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  • Annual gift giveaway to be held Saturday

    A venerable giveaway spanning more than three decades and helping thousands of children each holiday season will return this year, five days before Christmas. The giveaway began in 1983 and has since ballooned into an hours-long spectacle helping thousands of people each year. Upon entering the event, children ages newborn to 17 are allowed...

  • Blog: Folding inward

    Everything cycles. Moods, bodies, relationships, the land. Ayurveda teaches us to cycle with the seasons. Winter is the time of year we go to ground. It's the darkest time of year and the earth lies fallow. This is the time to turn inward, and if you have a yoga practice, a perfect time to practice lots of forward folds. Folds are...

  • List: Colorado Springs in the holiday spirit, and it's 'Frozen' in time

    Feeling like you're prepared for Christmas with the holiday less than a week away? Perhaps it's not a surprise, according to e-commerce retailer Zulily. Colorado Springs ranked sixth in recent weeks for places in the country where "holiday spirit is in full swing." Miami, even with its beaches and warm temperatures, was ranked No. 1....

  • Food fads: Navigate trends, ingredient lists to choose pet best diet

    Sponsored: More people are trying to give their pets better, healthier, longer lives. What your pet eats can have a direct effect: the better the food, the healthier the animal. Unfortunately, interpreting pet food labels is difficult, and too much incorrect information regarding the subject is floating around.

  • Wellness Program for Pets provides care for pets of terminally ill

    Eighteen years ago, a Colorado Springs hospice nurse named Joanne Bonicelli realized there wasn’t a safe place her patients could send their pets when they could no longer care for them. She made up her mind to do something about it, and Safe Place for Pets was born. Nearly two decades later, April Hoskins is helping to expand Bonicelli’s vision...

  • Gift ideas for pet lovers

    A Charmed Impression Dog Paw Necklace $42 Order a custom made, personalized necklace for the pet lover in your life! This also makes a touching gift for someone who has recently lost a furry loved one. -Originally posted on www.etsy.com, via Pinterest.com. I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats Hardcover, $8.50 Cat...

  • Holocaust Survivor Hauptman dies; will be buried in Colorado Springs

    Holocaust survivor, lion tamer and longtime Colorado Springs resident Sara Hauptman died Wednesday in El Paso, Texas. She was 96. Hauptman was born Aug. 15, 
1918, in Brussels. She lost several family members to the Holocaust, including her mother and younger brother, who were killed in a concentration camp gas chamber. After her...

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for Dec. 19, 2014

    On TV "The Amazing Race," 7 p.m., CBS: This season reaches the finish line. "A Home for the Holidays," 8 p.m., CBS: This adoption awareness special features Jennifer Hudson and Train. "Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir," 9 p.m., PBS: Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies join the choir in performing holiday favorites. TRIBUNE...

  • Next steps on Cuba: Normalizing could take awhile

    WASHINGTON (AP) — How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba. It won't happen overnight. Some of the likely...

  • AROUND TOWN: Docents help visitors enjoy Fine Arts Center experience

    They're the faces of the Fine Arts Center, who help people enjoy and learn about their arts experiences. That's why docents are so important, said David Dahlin, the center's CEO/president, as he welcomed seven new docents at the holiday awards luncheon Dec. 9 at Garden of the Gods Club and Resort.

  • AROUND TOWN: A Talarico-Dreiling catering business 25th anniversary

    The year was 1989. Michelle Talarico was manager of a local restaurant where the band Appaloosa was playing, with songstress Kathy Dreiling at the microphone. Then the women decided it might be kind of fun and possibly a good idea to buy a little box-lunch and takeout deli called Picnic Basket.

  • The view from above: High-flying photographer captures Colorado's 14ers from cockpit of his antique plane

    Each time his 1949 Piper PA-11 closed in on one of Colorado's iconic fourteeners, Garrett Fisher scanned the frozen vistas for an escape route. If the engine were to cut out over the Sangre de Cristo range - which he flew on a subzero day huddled in two ski jackets and two pair of ski pants - he'd have his choice of emergency landings in...

  • Gazette's popular Front Range poster returns with limited-edition run

    Stash it, fold it or frame it — but by all means, get it while you can. The Gazette’s award-winning poster of Colorado’s Front Range — a 6-foot-by-1-foot scale drawing of “all major geological features west of Interstate 25” — has been reprinted for sale for the first time in two decades. The limited-edition print offers a sweeping, crisply...

  • Understanding the ecosystem at Audubon Christmas Bird Count

    The number of grackles, Canada geese, several types of doves and one type of hummingbird is growing in the region. The rusty blackbird, however, is diminishing in numbers. That's the kind of information regular bird counts can provide about southern Colorado. On Saturday, the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count takes place at Bear Creek Park....

  • Dining Review: Saluting breakfast at Sarges'

    Sarges' Grill isn't just about the food. It's a place where the armed forces and first responders are celebrated to such an extent that I was surprised I didn't hear reveille - perhaps I didn't arrive early enough. The Fountain restaurant is the brainchild of three Army sergeants, two still on active duty and one retired. All had some...

  • Snowcast: Heavy snow looks likely after Christmas

    While the storm that moved through last weekend didn't grace the lower elevations with much snow (and it wasn't supposed to), the high country did pretty well. Places such as Steamboat Springs picked up 20 inches, Monarch Mountain just less than 20 inches and most of Summit County received between 8 and 15 inches of snow. We certainly could...

  • 2015 Manitou Incline calendars on sale now

    Year of the Incline Know someone who can't get enough of the Manitou Incline? Well, you can give the gift of the Incline every day, only without the pain that goes along with climbing it. Colorado Springs resident and Incline enthusiast Rob Lucas has compiled a calendar with 12 months of photos featuring the popular trail. Go to...

  • Cat books: Purrfect holiday gifts for feline fans

    The felines are fighting back - on the bookshelf. Cats outnumber dogs in the U.S., but in bookstores, dog titles reign, the American Pet Products Association says. Fans insist felines are getting more popular as they ride the coattails of online sensations such as Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub and Nora, the piano-playing cat. For the cat lovers on...

  • Pet of the week: Eamon

    Name: Eamon Breed: Yellow Labrador retriever Owner: Vicky Campbell Eamon's story: Read how this dog went from being the runt of the litter to a dog-angel at gazette.com/pets. 
To have your pet considered, email a high-resolution photo to pets@gazette.com. Please include the pet's name and breed along with your name and a short...

  • On The Fly: Reeling in some great gift ideas

    Looking for last-minute gifts for the angler in your life? Well, look no further. Fly-fishers are notorious for being gear hounds who stay up on the latest trends. In fact, unless your special angler is very particular, it's a safe bet you could stroll into a local fly shop, ask the person behind the counter what's new and exciting, and be...

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