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  • 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....

  • AROUND TOWN: Old North End gardens featured on Friends of eXtension tour

    A tour of gardens on Colorado Springs' historic Old North End on July 18-19 drew a record crowd: 805. They were treated to strolls through flower and vegetable gardens, past a stream and gazebos, and into shaded, flower-lined yards. At one they saw an American Beech tree considered one of the most notable trees in Colorado Springs. At several...

  • AROUND TOWN PHOTOS: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center sashayed to an O'Keeffe look

    If artist Georgia O'Keeffe had been invited to a "glam soiree" in her name, no doubt she would have been attired in her requisite black clothing. It wasn't to be at Sashay, an evening of brightly colored, splashy-floral frocks with 300 guests paying homage to O'Keeffe's art shown in upstairs galleries at the Fine Arts Center. And attendees...

  • AROUND TOWN: Delta Sigma Theta Hats Off Luncheon

    Each year, the Colorado Springs Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority honors women from throughout the local community who are committed to public service. It's also a time for sorority members to don the most festive of hats for the Hats Off Luncheon, a tribute to the late national sorority leader Dorothy Irene Height who, local...

  • AROUND TOWN PHOTOS: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Ball Fete with Penguin Flock a sell-out success

    Colorado the penguin was surrounded by twins when many of the men at the Fête with the Flock Zoo Ball came in similar black-tie attire. Colorado, subject of the June 20 gala's theme, waddled around among long dresses and tuxes at the cocktail reception for a while before heading back into his carrier to relax as gala patrons enjoyed cocktails...

  • AROUND TOWN PHOTOS: 19 young women named 2015 Colorado Springs Debutantes

    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: Cowgirls & Cocktails

    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 strong...

  • AROUND TOWN: Centro de la Familia, WCLI

    Each Women's Community Leadership Initiative class has a project. It builds on what the 20 to 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: Big prize for playful sculpture

    Being fully appreciated for what you do never gets old for an artist. When well-known local artist Sean O'Meallie and his wife, Mary, heard his name called from the stage at City Auditorium, he gasped a bit and Mary teared up. O'Meallie had just learned he was receiving the $10,000 Art on the Streets juror's prize for his playfully quixotic...

  • AROUND TOWN: Pikes Peak Range Riders celebrate their 66th ride

    The first Pikes Peak Range Ride was a more casual Western affair with 38 friends and fellow horsemen in July 1949. Like that first ride, the 66th annual Range Ride, which concluded Father's Day, publicized the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, which turns 75 this year. When this year's festivities kicked off June 17 with the annual Western Street...

  • AROUND TOWN: 100+ Women Who Care - Colorado Springs

    In an instant world, simply call it speed charity, speed philanthropy or speed giving. In just a little more than an hour each quarter, members of 100+ Women Who Care Colorado Springs meet friends after work, learn about three local nonprofits, and then vote and choose one deserving project to receive what could be $10,000 instantly. No...

  • AROUND TOWN: 100+ Men Who Care - Colorado Springs

    100+ Men Who Care - Colorado Springs: "Now this is the way the fellows like to have meetings and raise money," one enthusiastic member said. A drink with friends at the El Paso Club after work, five-minute presentations and a potential $10,000 raised for a local charity. Over and done. Founders Bill Kurtz and Russ Wiley set out a couple of...

  • AROUND TOWN: The Arc Pikes Peak Region celebrates 60 years

    One mother, Peggy Marshall, set out to create a way to a better future for her daughter with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She rallied other mothers and started what evolved into The Arc Pikes Peak Region as well as numerous other nonprofits. The Arc Pikes Peak Region celebrated 60 years with a dinner for more than 500 and...

  • AROUND TOWN: Citizens Project paints a dream community word picture

    Love, equality, diversity, acceptance, neighbors, inclusion . A word cloud floated through the room as more than 450 pulled out phones and painted a descriptive vision of what their community could be. Outspoken Citizens Project board chair Jane Ard-Smith said she was speechless - cue laughter from the audience - at the enthusiastic and...

  • AROUND TOWN: Women friends link for community

    All it took was two women. In 1946, the Philadelphia pair invited seven more friends to create a club for African- American women that helps successful women "understand and accept their social and civic responsibilities" along with fostering cultural appreciation through the arts and developing inter-group relations. It became The Links, was...

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