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  • Ask her to leave the pot at home

    Dear Donna, I was on a second date with a lady and she asked me if I was "420 friendly." As soon as she realized I did not know what she was talking about, her mood changed. She explained that "420 friendly" means you enjoy smoking pot. I told her I never had smoked pot but I did not mind if she did. She immediately lit up a joint and asked me...

  • The Country Life: A laid-back goat joins the menagerie

    Meet Chica. Chica, a LaMancha goat, is the new companion for Nana, our other goat. Nana had been without a buddy since the death of Christmas, detailed in a previous column. We bought Chica (then named Goat Girl) from a young couple in Hanover who had sort of inherited her. While Christmas - a rescue goat from Black Forest Animal Sanctuary -...

  • Colorado Springs area events for seniors starting Aug. 3, 2015

    SENIOR CALENDAR Unless noted, events take place at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., and registration is required: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. If cost not listed, call Senior Center for information. TUESDAY CPR/AED Certification - 8:30-11:30 a.m., $42 Preparing Your Wishes - 1-3 p.m., $1 THURSDAY Get Help...

  • Back to School: busy season for networks of online shoppers

    While many parents hit the stores to find their children's back-to-school wardrobes, the online marketplace also buzzes. And for some dedicated shoppers, it is more than a convenient place to buy clothes. It's a subculture. Finding a niche "We all share a common love for children's clothing, which not many of our real-life friends...

  • A craving for crafTH

    is dad wore polos and khakis to work, so Eric Nicol steps behind the counter sporting a wrinkled button-down and skinny black jeans, his rolled-up sleeves revealing tattoo-adorned arms. His parents drove a minivan and played it safe, so Nicol moved around and joined a punk-rock band. His mom was a teacher, so Nicol works here - at The...

  • Film and TV deals buoy Colorado Springs literary agency's faith-based titles

    When Rick Christian decided to gamble on a future as a literary agent in the world of spiritual and inspirational literature, he tapped into home equity to pay the bills while he pursued his vision. That earned him a year. At the end of it, he sold his car, buying a 13th month. And when that money ran out, Christian gathered up the books...

  • 5 cool family hikes in Colorado on a hot summer day

    To help you enjoy Colorado, we at Out There Colorado have brainstormed and identified five fun trails for a sunny summer day. (Don't worry, we'll keep sharing ideas for shady or water-splashed hikes as long as there's a need to beat the heat. And we welcome your suggestions: email team@outtherecolorado.com.) These Front Range trails are great...

  • List: Top 10 attractions to see around Colorado Springs

    You will never know how much cool stuff there is to do and see in the Pikes Peak region until you’re asked to list just 10 of them. Here's a list of favorites: Cave of the Winds - 100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs, off U.S. 24; 685-5444. Terror-dactyl aerial dive, zip line, cave tours, Wind Walker Challenge Course.  -...

  • Colorado Springs woman provides sweets to Sky Sox, opponents alike

    Jill Gorski figured her brownies earned her a picture. After all, Nashville Sounds pitcher Barry Zito said Gorski's were the best he'd ever had. "I think he owes me," the Colorado Springs Sky Sox season ticket holder said as she made her way toward Zito, who was signing autographs before a recent game. By the time Gorski got to the...

  • With 'Flight,' Rotary Club aims for Kardashian-level recognition

    Not too long ago, members of the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs took to the streets, armed with video cameras, a pop quiz and a vision of updating their century-old service club. "We asked people three different questions. One, 'Are you able to name the Kardashian sisters?' A high percentage knew that. Two, 'Could you name the governor of...

  • Colorado Springs area volunteer opportunities starting Aug. 2, 2105

    HELPING HANDS These agencies need volunteer help. Contact them about specific opportunities and time commitment. - New Volunteer Information Session - 10 a.m. Wednesday, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St. Registration: 385-5631, cspm.org. - Care and Share Food Bank - Help make sure no one goes hungry in southern Colorado;...

  • Colorado Springs area literary events starting Aug. 2, 2015

    SIGNINGS Author Signing - John Tucker will sign the latest book in his "Dragon Riders of the Realm" series, 10 a.m. Aug. 15, Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East; 637-8282, barnesandnoble.com. LITERARY EVENTS Food for Thought Luncheon - With Michelle Malkin, author of "Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring...

  • Colorado Springs area nonprofit community events starting Aug. 2, 2015

    NONPROFIT COMMUNITY EVENTS August "Lucere" Opening Reception and Silent Auction - 5-8 p.m. Friday, to benefit Silver Key, , Kreuser Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 111; 464-5880, abigailkreusergallery.com. Peach Party - Order Palisade peaches through Saturday, to benefit the Colorado Springs Philharmonic; tinyurl.com/o55et8c. "A Dog's...

  • Colorado travel calendar starting Aug. 2, 2015

    Colorado Calendar Call before you go. Many events are free; some charge admission or require tickets. Events are subject to change. Phone numbers without a designated area code are 719. Monday: Denver - Melissa Etheridge, 6:30 p.m., Denver Botanic Gardens-York Street, 1007 York St., $77; concerts.botanicgardens.org. Monday - Morrison,...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting Aug. 2, 2015

    RELIGION CALENDAR Music/Drama SUNDAY "An English Summer Soirée" and High Tea - With Gilbert & Sullivan's "Trial by Jury," 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., $10, children 10 and younger pay their age. Advance tickets: 635-3549, office@fcucc.org. FRIDAY "Jazz in the Garden" - With Al Eberhart and the...

  • Rob Bell's 'Everything Is Spiritual' tour coming to Colorado

    Hipster preacher Rob Bell is mashing up quantum physics, Jewish Kabbalah and Catholic mysticism to explain humanity's future evolution. In his 30-city "Everything Is Spiritual" tour, the former megachurch pastor and short-lived Oprah Winfrey Network talk-show host delivers a two-hour monologue aimed to a millennial generation less interested...

  • Falcon girl learns moves from Broncos Cheerleaders

    Cheyenne Dyess doesn't let anything get her down, even her battle with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. The Falcon 10-year-old got another huge reason to smile on Friday afternoon. Two Denver Broncos cheerleaders arrived at the University of Colorado Health Memorial Hospital Center in Colorado Springs to teach the young Broncos fan the right...

  • Human remains found at Colorado Springs-area construction site could be thousands of years old

    Thomas Carr, a senior archaeologist with Colorado Archaeologist's office, determined Friday that the remains of a young girl found at a Fountain construction site are at least several hundred, and maybe even several thousand years old. Engineers installing a drainage pipe at the Ventana subdivision site on the 10000 block of Old Pueblo Road...

  • Largest tiny house gathering comes to Colorado Springs

    For those who are, understandably, a bit fuzzy on the concept of irony: A three-day event celebrating the micro-housing and small-living movement is expected to draw as many as 10,000 people to a sprawling 27-acre museum campus in Colorado Springs. "This is the first event of this magnitude of its kind in the nation and the largest tiny...

  • Colorado Day: Do you have the Colorado smarts to pass our quiz?

    Saturday is Colorado Day and to honor our lovely home, The Gazette has created a fun quiz. Remember, it's all in fun so try to stay away from Google search. Don't forget to post your results on Facebook so your friends can try. Why do you love Colorado? We asked readers on The Gazette's Facebook page and dozen of readers responded. Here...

  • Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years. The Chinese capital was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, beating Kazakh rival Almaty 44-40 in a surprisingly close vote marred...

  • Native or not? Which of these celebrities were Colorado-born?

    Saturday is Colorado Day and to honor our lovely home, The Gazette has created another fun quiz. Plus, we have prizes! Remember, it's all in fun so try to stay away from Google search. Scroll down to take the quiz.  Don't forget to post your results on Facebook so your friends can try. To be eligible for a prize, share and comment...

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for July 31, 2015

    On TV "Descendants," 6 p.m., Disney: Teen children of fairy-tale heroes and villains clash at prep school in this made-for-cable movie. "Cold Justice," 6 p.m., TNT: A new season begins, followed by a spinoff, "Cold Justice: Sex Crimes," at 7 p.m. TRIBUNE NEWS sERVICE Birthdays Actor Don Murray is 86. Singer Lobo is 72. Actress...

  • Colorado Springs chef turns mountain fine dining eatery into a distillery offering smoked meats

    Victor Matthews is never at a loss of ideas for starting new projects or repurposing old concepts. Such is the case for his new Black Bear Distillery (repurposing) and Big Daddy's BBQ (new). His Black Bear Restaurant, 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, was closed March 17, 2014, after he celebrated its 15th anniversary, to rebuild it...

  • Dining Review: Natural food a hit at family-owned Colorado Springs business

    Editor's note: Fields writes a monthly review of vegan options at local restaurants. In this fast food nation where quick meals are the norm - not always healthy and rarely vegan-friendly - I have begun to frequent the unsuspecting dining areas of my local grocery stores. Hear me out. This makes complete sense. I'm already at the store to...

  • Colorado Springs couple transforms area summits into temporary radio stations

    Stuck on the summit without a signal? Stay calm and reach for the breath mints - at least that's the unlikely advice that Frank and Lynn Skinner might offer. The husband and wife from Colorado Springs spend weekends hunting for radio signals on summits across the Pikes Peak region. They manage to snag them by means of a gizmo that would...

  • Blog: Tickets on sale for Dalai Lama appearance

    The Dalai Lama will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the University of Colorado Boulder. Group tickets are on sale now for $100 at DalaiLamaColorado.com.  Single ticket sales, $60-$100, begin Aug. 3 at 8:30 a.m. Tickets include a morning teaching session and afternoon talk. Single event tickets, $35-$65, go on sale Aug. 10....

  • Pet of the week: Griffon

    Name: Griffon Breed: German Wirehaired Pointer Owner: Robert Erickson Griffon's story: He was on his way to the pound after several aggressive incidents. We rescued him a year ago and with the help of Camp Bow Wow on Northpark he is now a really well behaved dog and a joy to own.

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting July 30, 2015

    ADOPTION FAIRS 9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats and kittens, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com. Dreampower - For dogs, cats and small caged pets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 571 N. Academy Blvd.; dreampower.org, 390-7838. Four Paws Rescue - 11 a.m.-3...

  • Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting July 30, 2015

    ALMANAC Cycling ONGOING Gunnison-Crested Butte - Go online for information gunnison crestedbutte.com. - Crested Butte Big Mountain Enduro, Friday-Sunday. Hiking ONGOING Bear Creek Nature Center hikes - 245 Bear Creek Road. Reservations: 520-6387. - Sustainability Series - Wild Edible Plants, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, $5. Mueller State...

  • Pikes Pub: Blue moon the perfect occasion to celebrate with a beer

    If you only drink once in a blue moon, Friday is your day. July 31 brings the second full moon of the month, a phenomenon called a blue moon. That happens about once every three years. The timing is perfect for Golden's Blue Moon Brewing Co. They're planning to celebrate the occurrence, which coincides with the label's 20th anniversary. The...

  • Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting July 29, 2015

    WHAT'S COOKING CLASSES ONGOING The Cañon City Queen Anne Tea House - 813 Macon Ave., Cañon City. Registration: 275-5354. - Homemade Dressings and Salads, 2 p.m. Aug. 8, $40. Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. - Low-Carb Cooking, 2-4 p.m. Aug. 10, $10, plus $10 for supplies....

  • Blog: Simmer down now

    It's been a summer that hasn't prompted me to write about ways to cool off. Until just recently, that is.  I am one who cannot tolerate exercising in the high heat. If it's too hot out, I'll head to the air conditioned gym. Yes, I know it's a gorgeous summer day, but if it makes me sick and nauseous to exert myself outside, what's the...

  • Colorado fishing report for July 28-Aug. 4, 2015

    Denver Metro Area Aurora Reservoir - Trout fishing from shore is slow to fair. Fish will be deeper so cast out 40-50 yards. Most fishermen catching trout are using PowerBait from a slip rig. Boaters are having success ranging from slow to fair on trout trolling with rapalas, spoons and pop gear with crawlers. Walleye fishing is fair to good...

  • AROUND TOWN: Hundreds were Off the Street and under the bridge for Urban Peak's homeless youth

    Seven years ago there was a cozy breakfast for the community on the mural-lined patio at the emergency shelter for homeless youth at Urban Peak Colorado Springs. Then the Off the Street "event" was moved to a big white tent filling Cucharras Street just outside the shelter where a couple of hundred volunteers and supporters started their day....

  • Colorado Springs area wellness events starting July 28, 2015

    HEALTH NOTES Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202. Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday, East Library,...

  • Colorado adds regulations for trampoline courts, adventure rides

    At the Springs Trampoline Park, new Colorado regulations for trampoline courts and aerial adventure parks mean annual inspections will be conducted by a third party and injuries will be reported to the state. What won't change is the standard to which the park holds itself, according to Isaac Brandon, general manager. "We follow the...

  • Deaf interpreters in Colorado Springs production of 'West Side Story' help unite hearing, deaf communities

    What would "West Side Story" be without the songs "Tonight" or "America"? We come to a Broadway musical to get caught up in the sweeping ballads and intricate dance moves. But what if you're deaf or hearing-impaired and the deaf interpreter is way off to the side of the stage? By taking your eyes off the action at center stage to figure out...

  • Pikes Peak region pups help out in healthcare facilities

    Watson makes his way across the room, stopping for pet here and a scratch behind the ears there, slipping gingerly through a maze of metal walkers and wheelchairs to sit obediently at Marilyn Kirkpatrick’s feet. “That’s a good boy, just rest here right by me,” Kirkpatrick cooed, her delicate, wrinkled hands rewarding Watson with head rubs. It...

  • Don't let corn be a summer sideshow. Grill it for a salad!

    The two most common side dishes at a barbecue are coleslaw and potato salad. But as much as I love those, I firmly believe it's time for corn salad to take its rightful place at the picnic table. Corn is summer's chameleon. It can take on a sweet and delicate personality when eaten raw or lightly steamed, or it can hit the grill and get a...

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