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  • Colorado Springs group promotes 'breaking bread, building bridges'

    fter divisive midterm elections that subjected Coloradans to $100 million of political ads, groups of Colorado Springs residents are meeting to cultivate an endangered community asset: civil conversations across ideological lines. Last month, dozens of participants kicked off three new Food for Thought groups that will bring together true-blue...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting Nov. 23, 2014

    Music/Drama Sunday "Romance by Moonlight" - Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, 2:30-5 p.m., Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., $5-$20; 633-3649, chamber orchestraofthesprings.org/tickets. Nov. 30 "Messiah" - Sing-along with Chamber Singers from the Colorado Springs Chorale, 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 16...

  • Chamber Singers host fourth 'Messiah' sing-along

    Composed in only 24 days in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, the English-
language oratorio "Messiah," with text from the King James Bible, is Handel's most famous work and the most familiar sacred orchestral piece associated with the Christmas holiday - thanks, in part, to its popular "Hallelujah" chorus. Here's your chance to join in: For the...

  • Turkey drive organizers shift goals, ask for smaller birds, too

    Organizers of an annual massive turkey drive revised their goal Wednesday amid a shift in strategy toward also serving hens. A day after announcing its annual campaign, the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado lowered its goal of receiving 10,000 donated turkeys to seeking 7,000, said Shannon Coker, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit....

  • Students explore faith through art at Colorado Springs class

    Mary LaBrecque never fancied herself an artist and "doesn't know anything about painting," admittedly. Yet on a Thursday evening in late October, the retired preschool coordinator from Colorado Springs was halfway through a piece that told the story of her life in vibrant sweeps of color. Painting with her fingertips, LaBrecque leaned over to...

  • Cuba builds first church in 55 years

    HAVANA - Cuba is allowing construction of the country's first new Catholic church in 55 years. Experts say it's a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba's communist government. The church, funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Fla., will be built in Sandino, a citrus- and coffee-growing town in the far-western province...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting Nov. 16, 2014

    Music/Drama Sunday Pikes Peak Flute Choir Fall Concert - 3 p.m., Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.; thepikespeakflutechoir.com. Friday Violin/Piano Duo - Michael Finlay and Byron Hitchcock, 7:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 
16 E. Platte Ave., $10; byronhit@gmail.com. Saturday and Nov. 23 "Romance by Moonlight" - Chamber...

  • Air Force Academy cadets join national pledge not to rape

    Cadets have pledged to not lie, cheat or steal. They added another pledge Wednesday: They will not rape. It's part of a national movement on college campuses pushed by the Obama administration that has students pledge to intervene to stop sexual assaults and support victims. The "It's on Us" campaign has included an advertising blitz to...

  • Lawsuit claims Colorado Springs school limits student's Constitutional rights

    A dispute over what constitutes "free time" at Pine Creek High School and whether students can pray during that time has led to a federal civil rights lawsuit. A nonprofit legal organization, Alliance Defending Freedom, filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Denver on Friday, on behalf of Pine Creek senior Chase Windebank. The student says...

  • Veterans tell about their time in service: World War II: Shot down over Germany

    Tech. Sgt. Charles W. "Chuck" Blaney was seven missions from going back to his parents' home in Chicago when the B-24 he was in was hit by German fighters and crashed in a small German village near Hamburg. The tide had turned for the Allies in early 1945, but Blaney would spend his 20th birthday in Stalag Luft I prison camp in Barth, Germany,...

  • Colorado Springs residents recall childhood marked by reunification of Germany

    They met eight months ago amid the breads and raisin-apple strudel in the kitchen of Wimberger's Old World Bakery in Colorado Springs. It was a serendipitous moment for the bakery employees - Claudia Hage, 31, and Stephanie Morris, 34. They say their new friendship would never have happened if the Berlin Wall had not crumbled 25 years ago....

  • Side Streets: Collection sheds light on Jewish life in Colorado Springs area

    Retired teachers Jane and Bob Neff felt an obligation to give back to their community. So as the 40th anniversary of Temple Shalom approached in 2011, they scanned hundreds of photos and made digital copies for a slide show. It was a natural outgrowth of their retirement business, Valuable Memories on Video. But the Neffs wanted to know...

  • Gay rights stand at evangelical college causes uproar

    WENHAM, Mass. - D. Michael Lindsay thought he was on safe political ground when he signed the letter. President Barack Obama was about to expand job protection for gays employed by federal contractors. Under the proposed changes, faith-based charities with federal grants worried they could lose the right to hire and fire according to their...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting Nov. 9

    Music/Drama Sunday Gospel Concert - Featuring Lorraine Coke-Clark and John Remon, to benefit the Colorado Prince Hall Foundation Scholarship Fund, 
2 p.m., Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $15-$35; 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com. "The Wizard of Oz Musical" - Presented by the Sunrise Players, 3 p.m.,...

  • Side Streets: Brown Bombers enshrinement a miracle 65 years in making

    Miracles do happen. I witnessed one Tuesday night. A miracle 65 years in the making. That's certainly the belief of the five surviving members of Colorado Springs' all-black baseball team, the legendary Brown Bombers. They were among the honorees Tuesday when the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2014 at The...

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