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  • Five classic backpacking trips to try in Colorado

    You've inventoried your gear, cleaned your water filter and replaced your boot laces. And now that the snow is melting from the high country, it's all about to pay off. Here are five suggested backpacking trips - all of them Out There tested and approved - to reacquaint you with the mysteries and pleasures of Colorado's rugged interior....

  • AROUND TOWN: 2015 Colorado Springs Debutantes announced

    Nineteen young women who just celebrated their high school graduation and are planning their freshmen year in college have been chosen as the 2015 Colorado Springs Debutantes. Those selected for this 49th social season were named for their school accomplishments, volunteer activities and contributions to the community as well as for the...

  • AROUND TOWN: Centro de la Familia benefits from WCLI salsa project

    Each Women's Community Leadership Initiative class has a project. It builds on what the 20-30 women have learned about community needs, leadership and themselves during the January to June Leadership Pikes Peak program. The 2015 WCLI participants chose La Casita, home to Centro de la Familia programs utilized by Hispanic and Native American...

  • AROUND TOWN: Cowgirls & Cocktails turns the rodeo night pink

    It was the pinkest night of the rodeo season, save for this Thursday's "Think Pink Night" when cowboys in Komen pink shirts will take over at Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Leading the way was the eighth annual "Cowgirls & Cocktails" which drew let's-party women to the indoor arena at Norris-Penrose Event Center on June 4. The crowd was 500...

  • Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting July 2, 2015

    ALMANAC Cycling ONGOING Pro Cycling Mountain Bike Group Rides - 5:30 p.m.; facebook.com/teamprocycling. - Red Rocks Open Space, leave from Red Rocks parking lot, 31st Street south of Rudy's Bar-B-Q, Tuesday. Hiking ONGOING Mueller State Park hikes - 21045 Colorado Highway 67, Divide. Day pass $7 per vehicle; 687-2366. -...

  • Colorado Springs well known chef bowing out following a long career

    Lawrence "Chip" Johnson has hung up his knife roll. The former owner and executive chef of The Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery, 25 W. Cimmarron St., announced via email June 23 at 6:20 p.m., "I am departing The Warehouse and retiring from the restaurant business effective immediately." Who can blame him? He's been a chef or owner for 40...

  • Sculpture, dance, bluegrass, progressive music concert at Green Box Arts Festival

    Saturday through July 12, multiple times and locations in Green Mountain Falls, many events are free, fee for adult classes and workshops, complete schedule online; 465-3065, greenboxarts.org Green Mountain Falls channels the vibrant performing arts culture of New York City for a week and a half every July. The Green Box Arts Festival is a...

  • S'mores get new flavors with varied ingredients

    That gooey, chocolatey, crunchy, quintessential American campfire treat is getting a makeover. S'mores are turning up in unexpected sweet settings and savory dishes and even being transformed into adult beverages. Think Lemon Meringue Pie S'mores, made with lemon curd (homemade or store-bought), roasted vanilla marshmallows and graham...

  • High-end Colorado Springs chocolate-maker hoping for sweet success

    There isn't a single candy bar at Cacao Chemistry. Instead, small decorated truffles are displayed in a glass case with prices starting at $2.50. Even though the truffle could be eaten in two bites, there is a chemistry behind it. It might be sweet, it might be salty, fruity - with a little wine or whiskey in it. Inspired by the way...

  • List: Public swimming pools (and a beach) in Colorado Springs

    Want to cool off in Colorado Springs and looking for a public swimming area? Here are some options:  Portal Pool 3535 N. Hancock Ave. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday Monument Valley Pool 220 Mesa Road 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday Memorial Park Recreation Center 280 S....

  • Blog: Want what you've got

    There was almost a brawl in my house this morning. I knew the potential was there the second I decided to give both dogs their own little chewy bone. Butter, my 3-legged American Eskimo, started gnawing at his. Porkchop the pug just sat there staring at his bone, ignoring the perfectly good one lying right at her feet. Of course. She sat...

  • Ditch the dogs and take your July 4 links to a new level

    Anybody can grill a hot dog, slap it on a bun and add the usual ketchup and mustard. So how about going a bit beyond the ordinary this July Fourth? Let's start with the meat. Rather than a basic dog, up the ante by grilling something more robust, such as bratwurst sausages or peppery kielbasas. They are bigger, meatier and more flavorful. For...

  • List: Colorado Springs area Fourth of July events

    Here's a list of Fourth of July events in the Colorado Springs area starting Friday. - Watch what you light on Fourth of July in Pikes Peak region - Friday, July 3 Western Heritage Day Celebration - Horseshoes, crafts, vendors and more, begins at 4 p.m., live music at 7 p.m., watch Fort Carson fireworks, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410...

  • Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting July 1, 2015

    WHAT'S COOKING CLASSES ONGOING The Cañon City Queen Anne Tea House - 813 Macon Ave., Cañon City. Registration: 275-5354. - Italian Foods, 2 p.m. July 11, $30. Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. - Summer Produce, 2-4 p.m. July 13, $10, plus $10 for supplies. Colorado State...

  • Doing the impossible - Improving on strawberry-rhubarb pie

    A basic strawberry-rhubarb pie is a delightful and iconic part of summer, but why let it rest at that? This summer we decided to crank it up and take this pie to a new level. We started by ditching the usual cooked strawberries in favor of fresh raspberries. The raspberries get arranged over a simple but deliciously tart-sweet rhubarb compote....

  • The classic macaroni salad, not updated even a little

    We reached all the way back to the "Mad Men" era for inspiration as we crafted this classic July Fourth side dish. It's macaroni salad in all its tangy, comfortingly mayonnaise-rich, decades-ago glory. This is pasta salad as your parents - or more likely your grandparents - remember it. You won't be able to stop shoveling it onto your plate....

  • No local lobster handy? Get a lobster roll fix with shrimp

    Wildly flavorful and obscenely indulgent, lobster rolls are a summertime fixture at every seafood shack in New England. Problem is, these heavily-buttered hot dog buns stuffed with chunks of mayonnaise-rich lobster and maybe a little celery for crunch can be pricey. Also, it's not as if everyone everywhere can count on finding fresh Maine...

  • Crank your lemonade cred with 5 easy sweet-tart infusions

    Straight up fresh lemonade is, of course, delicious. It's the classic summer refreshment. And we're going to walk you through making a truly wonderful basic version, as well as some terrific infused lemonades that doctor up that basic batch with some fantastic complementary flavors. But first, let's move way beyond basic. Because as good as a...

  • Colorado Springs area beer related events starting July 1, 2015

    BREW CALENDAR Tuesdays Tuesday Night Karma Hour - One dollar per pint sold will be donated to a local charity, 5-9 p.m., Bristol Brewing Co., 1604 S. Cascade Ave. ; bristolbrewing.com. Fridays New Beer Friday - Launch of new beer, 5 p.m., Red Leg Brewing Co., 4630 Forge Road, Suite B; redlegbrewing.com. First Saturdays First...

  • Colorado fishing report for June 30-July 6, 2015

    Conditions Denver Metro Area Aurora Reservoir - Trout fishing from shore is rated as slow to fair. Fish will be deeper so cast out 40-50 yards. Most reports are of trout being caught using power bait from a slip rig and some reports using crawlers and a float. Boaters report success ranging from slow to good on trout trolling with rapalas,...

  • Living fences make good neighbors, and a good yard

    "Something there is that doesn't love a wall," wrote the poet Robert Frost. Clearly that something never lived next to a hoarder or a highway. "Whether it's a thing they don't want to look at or hear ... it's 'I love my neighbors, but it's nice to have privacy once in a while," said Levi Heidrich, owner of Heidrich's Colorado Tree Farm...

  • Chew on this: 5 top dining spots in the Colorado Springs area

    Who has the best burger in Colorado Springs? How about best barbecue or pizza? Gazette readers voted and so did we. Here are the results: - Best Barbecue - Best Burger - Best Burrito - Best Pizza - Best Fish Taco Visit Best of the Springs for a complete list of dining bests.

  • Blog: Thinx for the ladies

    This might be a delicate subject for some readers, but it's a fact of life. Women have menstrual cycles. My Facebook page and a couple of other websites I visit have mentioned a new way to deal with it lately -- Thinx. They're actual underwear that you wear during a cycle. The makers claim they can be used as a backup to tampons or menstrual...

  • Manitou Incline, Barr Trail take a toll on those who hike them

    As Jerry Retherford struggled to breathe on the unforgiving steps of the Manitou Incline six years ago, he wasn't alone. There, by Retherford's side, was Jill Suarez, holding his hand as they waited for medical assistance. But it was too late. The 61-year-old, who had climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro the previous year, died roughly 400 feet from the...

  • The Survival Doctor: Summer brings return of mosquitoes, West Nile virus

    After the record rainfall this spring, I've noticed a lot more greenery around the house - and a lot more bugs. While the bugs aren't as plentiful here as other states where I've lived, the number is higher than usual. So, of course, that brings me to an annual Colorado concern - West Nile virus. Here's the funny thing about mosquitoes: They...

  • Eat well: Asian hot pots bring loads of veggies to the dining table

    Andrew Zimmern is obsessed with Asian hot pot meals. This I learned during his cooking demonstration, Amazing Asian Hot Pots, at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, held the third weekend in June. Zimmern is likely best known for "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern," which has aired on Travel Channel since 2006. The show also has morphed into...

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for June 30, 2015

    Events "The Fallen" Photo Exhibit - Photos provided by mothers and wives who have lost a loved one while serving in the armed forces, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd; ppld.org. Pro Cycling Mountain Bike Group Rides - Bear Creek and Stratton Open Space, leave from Pro Cycling Shop, 415 W. Pikes Peak Ave.; facebook.com/teampro...

  • A healthy steak that keeps you firmly in the produce aisle

    We finally live in a world where going meatless on Mondays can appeal to even the enthusiastic carnivore. Which is why vegetable "steaks" are becoming increasingly popular. The concept is simple. Cut up thick slices of veggies - often eggplant, portabella mushroom caps, heads of cauliflower - and grill or broil them as you would beef steaks....

  • Colorado Springs area wellness events starting June 30, 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. ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign...

  • 'Sit-down' dinners improve seniors' lives, enrich families

    When is the last time you had dinner with grandma and grandpa, or mom and dad? Was it your birthday, or perhaps Thanksgiving? Almost 75 percent of families surveyed said they only join aging loved ones for a "sit-down" meal on special occasions, according to research from Home Instead Senior Care, which provides in-home caretakers for...

  • Shedding light on fear of the dark

    Chad Cramer knows a thing or two about the simple flip of a light switch. During the day, his 4-year-old twin boys run around the house recreating scenes from superhero movies. At night, though, when the closet door creaks or something near the window makes a sound, they scream out for Dad to save them. After a slew of these sleepless,...

  • Local artist featured in Georgia O'Keeffe show at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

    Karen Khoury never cries over spilled paint. In fact, she relishes pouring vividly colored craft and house paint onto large pieces of plastic painting tarps stretched across the concrete floor of her downtown studio. When the paint dries, it resembles a plastic material that's easily pulled up off the tarp and manipulated into all sorts of...

  • List: Loads of free summer concert series in Pikes Peak region parks

    Clean up the folding chairs, pack a picnic and head to a free concert in one of the numerous parks across the Pikes Peak region. This summer, you can find live music almost every night of the week, with opportunities to hear your favorite local bands or to check out new musicians from around the state. FIRST & MAIN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES...

  • 8 places to celebrate the Fourth of July in Colorado

    Here are some of your best options for celebrating the Fourth of July around Colorado: Cherry Creek Arts Festival: This annual event offers a free spectacle of music and performing and culinary arts, July 3-5 in Denver. cherrycreekartsfestival.org Rollin' on the Riverwalk: An "epic" fireworks display along with music from the Pueblo...

  • The Country Life: Washed-out road a reminder of record rains

    Hey, remember May? You know, Colorado Springs' wettest month on record? With summer blazing, last month is a soggy memory for many. But for residents along a stretch of Jones Road in eastern El Paso County, a gaping wound in the roadway is an ongoing reminder of Mother Nature's fury. One of my favorite running routes is Jones Road; it's...

  • Manitou Springs art exhibit features work from youth in correctional facility

    A student exhibit opened last week at the Manitou Art Center, but none of the artists were allowed to attend. The adolescents who created the artwork are locked up in what amounts to juvenile jail. They are awaiting court hearings involving criminal cases or have been found guilty of committing felonies and misdemeanors. That doesn't mean...

  • Colorado travel calendar starting June 28, 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 - Glendale, "Monday Movie Madness - 'Despicable Me 2,'" 8 p.m., Infinity Park, free; infinityparkat glendale.com. Monday-July 5 - Telluride, Plein...

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for June 29, 2015

    Events 101st Dixieland Army Band - 1:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Writing Group - 6 p.m. , Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East. For beginning and published writers;...

  • Colorado Springs area events for seniors starting June 29, 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 Internet Safety - 9-11 a.m., $10 Scan Your Photos - 1:30-4 p.m., $10 THURSDAY-JULY 30 Card Magic - 1-4...

  • A dozen Georgia O'Keeffe works on exhibit at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

    Georgia O'Keeffe's work has tugged at art enthusiasts and casual observers for almost a century. Even if they don't know her name, they recognize the images she favored so often: extreme close-ups of bright yellow calla lilies, pink and purple pansies, and black irises; New York City buildings standing staunchly underneath a glowing moon; the...

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