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  • Hoop-la: Embroidery's back, with some modern twists

    Hand embroidery is making a comeback, but what crafters are doing with needle and thread transcends the "Home Sweet Home" samplers of yesteryear. They're using innovative designs and materials to take embroidery to artistic realms. Scroll through websites such as Pinterest or Etsy and you'll find human portraits drawn in thread, colorfully...

  • Dear Donna: Boyfriend has concerns over 'honey-do' list

    Dear Donna, I have been seeing a girl for a couple of months, and we are getting along great. At the end of our last date, she handed me a "honey do" list and asked if I could help with some things around her house. I said I would. Then I got home and read the list of eight things, which included fixing the garage door and trimming the trees....

  • Drive-thru review: You'll get hooked on Burger King's Spicy Big Fish Sandwich

    The Spicy Big Fish Sandwich is not what I expected. I figured that Burger King would go the Wendy's route and use spicy breadcrumbs to bring the heat. Instead, BK simply slathers its regular Big Fish fillet with an up-tempo, creamy, spicy sauce to carry the payload. Here's the breakdown: Alaskan white pollock fish, dipped in crunchy panko...

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for March 2, 2015

    Events Dr. Seuss' Birthday - Children's program, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Manitou Springs Community Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free; ppld.org. Storytime - "Green Eggs and Ham," 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East; 637-8282, barnesandnoble.com. Open Mic Night - 8 p.m., Zodiac Bar and Venue, 230 Pueblo Ave,; 632-5059,...

  • Colorado Springs area events for seniors starting March 2, 2015

    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 Special Needs Trust - 1:30-2:30 p.m., $5 Wednesday-March 25 Further Adventures in Knitting - 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m....

  • J.K. Simmons' touching Oscars message: Call your folks

    Call your parents. It's been said so many times before, but when actor J.K. Simmons chose to share the simple message last week during his Academy Award acceptance speech, he inspired a Hallmark moment with Hollywood might and a viral trajectory. "Everybody, call your mom. Call your dad," said Simmons, who won best supporting actor for his...

  • Troop honors 7 teens who stuck it out to earn Eagle Scout rank

    When 16-year-old John Gaebler got up to thank his parents for supporting him along the road to becoming an Eagle Scout, he decided to start with a little honesty. "I almost quit Boy Scouts when I was in the sixth grade," said Gaebler. "And I'm so glad I didn't." Gaebler, the son of Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Jill Gaebler, was one of...

  • Book by pastor casts doubt on accounts of heaven

    Many people wonder what happens when someone dies. Is there an afterlife? Does hell exist? What's heaven like? The Rev. Mark Hitchcock thinks the public's innate curiosity about death accounts for the popularity of books about near-death experiences and people claiming to have visited heaven. "Proof of Heaven" by neurosurgeon Eben...

  • Side Streets: Colorado Springs' official flag still fighting obscurity a century after adoption

    High on a pole outside the Colorado Springs City Administration Building is an unusual flag, flying along with the Stars and Stripes and the Colorado state flag. The strange flag has a blue border and a field of white bearing a six-sided shield that's ringed in green, with rays of sun bursting behind a mountain spotted with gold. On a...

  • AROUND TOWN: The Y honors volunteers, imagines what's to come

    "Imagine" was the challenge and the charge from Boyd Williams, ebullient daydreamer and president/CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. "Imagine" set the tone for the 136th annual meeting and volunteer celebration Feb. 19 at the Antlers Hilton. There's huge potential for the Y's "phenomenal reach in the community," Williams said,...

  • AROUND TOWN: Wine Festival Grand Tasting benefits Conservatory

    Magnifico! A weekend with Paolo, Matteo, Mario, Jeanneth Angel and Antonio and the best wines from what's known as the top half of the boot: Piedmont and Tuscany. The 24th annual Wine Festival of Colorado Springs on Feb. 19-21 went Italian in a big way, featuring winemakers Paolo Canclini, Matteo Molino, Mario Scanu, Jeanneth Angel Tonon,...

  • Colorado Springs area literary events starting March 1, 2015

    SIGNINGS Author Signing - Paul Smith will copies of "The Ultimate Deployment Guidebook; Insight into the Deployed Soldier and a Guide for First-Time Deployed," 5 p.m. Friday, Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East; 11 a.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble, 4300 Pueblo Freeway, Pueblo; barnesandnoble.com. Author Signing - Brandy Vallance will sign...

  • Colorado Springs area nonprofit community events starting March 1, 2015

    Storytime - Asian Tales and Enrichment Program - 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays through March 29 and April 12, to benefit the Golden Lotus Foundation Academy, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, 2320 W. Colorado Ave. Registration: Cynthia Aki, 540-5338, info@goldenlotusfoundation.org. St. Baldrick's - Volunteer "shavees" needed to raise funds for...

  • Colorado Springs area volunteer opportunities starting March 1, 2015

    These agencies need volunteer help. Call about specific opportunities and time commitment. - Catholic Charities of Central Colorado - Marian House Client Services needs volunteers to pass out emergency items to clients, sort donations, data entry and information/referral; Frank Mora, 866-6559. - EF Foundation for Foreign Study - Host an...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting March 1, 2015

    RELIGION CALENDAR Music/Drama SUNDAY "On the Edge" - Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, 2:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., $5-$20; chamberorchestraofthesprings.org. fRIDAY-MARCH 8 and 13-15 "A Little Princess" - A story of resilience and the power of imagination, 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, First...

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for March 1, 2015

    Events "Kids First Series - Little Red Riding Hood" - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., The Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $12; themat.org. The Fab Four - The Ultimate Beatles Tribute, 5:30 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $35-$52; pikespeakcenter.com. Gregory Alan Isakov - 7 p.m., Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 Parkside...

  • Downtown Colorado Springs restaurant wants to set world record during grand opening

    Although The Cheese Grill, 26 E. Kiowa St., opened earlier this year, owner and chef Scott Clark is having a grand opening Saturday. There will be a challenge to set a world record for a person wearing the most T-shirts at one time. Details: 633-1134 or find The Cheese Grill on Facebook.

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for Feb. 27, 2015

    On TV "Sex Box," 8 p.m., WE tv: This horrible new therapy series puts a lot more in its box than "Saturday Night Live" ever stuffed into its own. Troubled couples get it on in an opaque cube in front of a studio audience, then exit the enclosure to talk about it. TRIBUNE NEWS sERVICE Birthdays Actress Joanne Woodward is 85. Opera...

  • How to make the most of these snow days

    School was canceled, but fifth-grader Delilah Tefertiller showed up just the same, a sled tucked under her arm. Her lesson plan for the day: discovering the thrill of going airborne. "A lot of people like to make jumps or ramps, which are fun," the 11-year-old said between trips down a sledding hill with her brother, 9-year-old Quinn, at a...

  • Survivor profile: Stroke survivor credits St. Francis staff, facility with full recovery

    Sponsored feature: “My story is simple, but complicated,” Joe* said. It all started in May 2014, during a month-long trip to Hong Kong. “I developed a blood clot that traveled all the way through my body, my heart, my lungs – and got lodged in the right side of my brain.” As a result, Joe experienced a stroke on May 19 at age 60 and was...

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