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  • Old Colorado City offers walk through time with 20th annual Holiday Tour

    Old Colorado City is perhaps best known for its charming cafes and inviting, brick-lined storefronts. But for the neighborhood's most ardent fans, it's the ghosts of history that give the place life. Reviving and celebrating those "ghosts" is the aim of the 20th annual Holiday Tour hosted by the Old Colorado City Historical Society. The...

  • 10 home-video releases to give for the holidays

    NEW YORK - Are you worried there will be nothing to look at once the holiday decorations come down? Here, in no particular order, is a list of 10 home-video goodies to fill the gap. They may not fit so well in loved ones' stockings, but they'll look just great on a video screen. (More good news: All can be purchased online and are typically...

  • Great gifts for the gamers in your life

    Chances are you have at least one child or adult video gamer (or someone who's a combination of both) in your family. How do you buy them something great without giving the surprise away? Let The Gazette's gaming gift guide point you in the right direction. With a little something for every type of player, the excellent titles listed here are...

  • AROUND TOWN: Koats 4 Kids warms up 485 elementary students

    When cold weather hit this fall, 485 youngsters at Pinello Elementary School in Widefield School District 3 were warm and toasty in new coats. At the same time, $10,000 became available for scholarships for aspiring young musicians at the Colorado Springs Conservatory. Music and coats are the two parts of the 8-year-old Koats 4 Kids...

  • Colorado Springs restaurant celebrating Thanksgiving by serving up free meals

    No family or friends around for Thanksgiving, or can't afford to make a holiday dinner? The north location of Amanda's Fonda is preparing to fill in as surrogate chef and host this year. Normally closed on Thanksgiving, Amanda's Fonda at 8050 N. Academy Blvd. will open its doors from noon to 
3 p.m. Thursday to anyone who wants to stop by for...

  • How to get Santa to reply to your kid's letter, with a North Pole postmark

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. The Postal Service can help parents prove it when Santa replies to a child’s letter to Santa — complete with a North Pole postmark. Here are the steps for children to get a letter back from Santa: Have your child write a letter to Santa and seal it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole....

  • Affordable gifts for the family

    The joys of family during the holidays: the hearth, the history, the thinking that whatever you get them as a gift, they're contractually obligated to like it. That may have worked when you were a kid, rolling in the currency of cuteness, but now that you're all grown up - employed and independent and maybe even with children of your own - not...

  • Dear Donna: Holiday plans result in anxiety for woman

    Dear Donna, A man I have been dating for about six months has asked me to join him and his family for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. They live in another state so we would be flying there and spending two nights at his parents' house. I have said yes and he has bought the tickets. I want to meet his family, but as the holiday approaches I...

  • Want a Pikes Peak Christmas tree? Permits to go on sale

    Planning on cutting down your Christmas tree in the forest? Tree-cutting permits for the Pike National Forest's Pikes Peak District will be available starting Dec. 1, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday in a news release. Permits are $10 at the Pikes Peak Ranger District office, 601 S. Weber St., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through...

  • Santa Patrol seeks toys, gift cards for Tri-Lakes area children

    Santa is ditching the sleigh and reindeer for police cars and fire trucks this year in the Tri-Lakes area.
The Monument and Palmer Lake police departments, along with the Tri-Lakes Fire Department, are teaming up to deliver toys and Christmas cheer to children in the area next month. Santa and his "elves" will deliver the presents 10 a.m. - 1...

  • Take the first Royal Gorge train to Santa's house

    Colorado Santa doesn't mess around. He has built his North Pole and workshop in the Royal Gorge, and the only way to get there is the Santa Express Train at the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. The popular holiday train hits the rails for the 12th year at the Royal Gorge. "We have lights on the train so you can see part of the gorge," says...

  • Grandma Nancy - Grandparenting From Afar

    Nancy Dyson has grandchildren in far flung places. She has developed ways to keep in touch even though separated by miles and has offered to share her experience with Gazette Parents on a monthly basis.

  • Little libraries in Colorado Springs serve as real-world hub in a digital age

    Judge a Little Free Library solely by its cover and odds are you'll assume it's something else. A birdhouse, say, or a fancy mailbox inspired by Pinterest. Like its much larger brick-and-mortar siblings, though, it is a hub for many worlds - literary and literally. "It's about the joys of reading and about instilling that in our daughter, but...

  • Woodland Park pool measure was decades in the making

    The idea for a Woodland Park community swimming pool may have been conceived 70 years ago. But it wasn't until 1995 that enthusiasts presented a financing plan to voters. The plan was to increase property taxes to pay for a city-owned and -operated aquatics and recreation center. The issue tanked. Swimming pool supporters tried again in...

  • Video Game Review - 'Assassin's Creed Unity' brings the French Revolution to life

    Title: Assassin’s Creed Unity Format: PC, PS4, Xbox One Price: $59.99 Publisher/Developer: Ubisoft ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+) The Grade: B +  What is it? An action adventure game set in Paris during the French Revolution. “Assassin’s Creed Unity” is the seventh game in the series so long time fans can expect all the experiences...

  • Colorado Springs boy accepted for experimental leukemia treatment program

    Compared to other kids his age, 11-year-old Aden Knar is bony and sickly looking. He walks hunched over and complains of body aches and pains. He's nauseated and weak. But compared to other children who have cancer, he's like Hercules, says his dad, Mike Knar. "For some reason, he can really take a beating." Aden has received chemotherapy...

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