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  • Holiday village expands, in miniature, at Liberty Heights

    Just before their first Christmas together as a married couple in 1976, Barbara and George Millholland purchased three houses, a church, a post office and a grocery store - miniature versions, that is. The decorative pieces went up inside their home in Maryland as a celebration of the season. "After that, when we saw a house or a building that...

  • Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

    From tractors and trains to cats and knights, my son's evolving obsessions find a place on our Christmas tree. Like many families, we buy a new ornament each year, and I often seek out something that represents my son's current interests, in hopes that he'll enjoy looking back as an adult and remembering the year he loved spaceships or Legos....

  • Dear Donna: Thought that counts on gifts

    Dear Donna, A lady I have been dating for three months told me that she bought me a Christmas present. I want to get something for her, but I don't want to overdo it or not do enough. I have no idea what she has bought for me or how much she spent on it. What would you suggest? - Steve Dear Steve, Keeping in mind it's the thought that...

  • Annual gift giveaway to be held Saturday

    A venerable giveaway spanning more than three decades and helping thousands of children each holiday season will return this year, five days before Christmas. The giveaway began in 1983 and has since ballooned into an hours-long spectacle helping thousands of people each year. Upon entering the event, children ages newborn to 17 are allowed...

  • New DLC trailer for 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' features Exo Zombies

    Today Activision released the Exo Zombies DLC teaser trailer for “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.” It’ll be released in January of 2015 and stars John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan and Jon Bernthal. Gamers may remember the Call of the Dead zombie DLC that was released in 2011 that was part of “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” It featured the...

  • List: Colorado Springs in the holiday spirit, and it's 'Frozen' in time

    Feeling like you're prepared for Christmas with the holiday less than a week away? Perhaps it's not a surprise, according to e-commerce retailer Zulily. Colorado Springs ranked sixth in recent weeks for places in the country where "holiday spirit is in full swing." Miami, even with its beaches and warm temperatures, was ranked No. 1....

  • Skate with Olympians downtown on Monday

    Olympians Jason Brown and Rachael Flatt will be on hand to meet fans when U.S. Figure Skating hosts a free SkateFest for all ages and skill levels Monday, Dec. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Acacia Park outdoor skating rink in downtown Colorado Springs.  The event will be taped by NBC Sports to be broadcast in...

  • Colorado audit finds foster care check problems

    DENVER — Counties aren't properly conducting background checks before placing foster children in the care of relatives, according to a first-of-its-kind review by the Colorado Department of Human Services. Social workers are required to do four background checks on people in the homes of relatives who have been asked to take care of children...

  • Whodunnit: Murder mystery dinner theater a popular local choice in entertainment

    Detectives. Dead bodies that rise and hand clues to cops. Lying witnesses. And dinner. Don't forget dinner. Most Saturday nights you can find a throng of people champing at the bit for a taste of the mystery life, alongside a four-course dinner. They gather in an Antlers Hilton banquet room, eager for The Dinner Detective to begin. Murder...

  • Understanding the ecosystem at Audubon Christmas Bird Count

    The number of grackles, Canada geese, several types of doves and one type of hummingbird is growing in the region. The rusty blackbird, however, is diminishing in numbers. That's the kind of information regular bird counts can provide about southern Colorado. On Saturday, the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count takes place at Bear Creek Park....

  • Norman Bridwell, 'Clifford, the Big Red Dog' creator, dead at 86

    Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86. Bridwell, who lived for decades in a house with a bright red door on Martha's Vineyard off Cape Cod in Massachusetts, died Friday at Martha's Vineyard...

  • IT'S YOUR MONEY: Give your adult kids the gift of financial wisdom

    This year, the best Christmas gift for your adult children might be the gift of financial wisdom. Unfortunately, most young adults graduate from school without a practical understanding of personal finance. Starting them out with a solid foundation and some smart financial habits can help your children live a happier, more fulfilling life....

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo gives baby orangutan a new name

    ust like any new mom, Hadiah blatantly showed off her new, hairy baby Thursday, striking poses for cameras and leaning right up against the glass at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Her 1-month-old Bornean orangutan was born just before Halloween and finally has a name that fits perfectly. Ember, once called Bucket, has stolen the hearts of zoo...

  • Tree talk: Keep your Christmas tree fresh through the holidays

    Christmas comes but once a year, and spending family time picking out the right tree and thoughtfully trimming it with treasured knickknacks, serves up lifelong memories.

  • Colorado Springs pastry chefs construct a life-size gingerbread house at Broadmoor

    So what happens when you cut 14 chefs loose with 400 pounds of powdered sugar, 300 pounds of flour, 
200 pounds of candy, 120 pounds 
of butter, 100 pounds of honey, 
95 pounds of egg whites, 73 pounds of eggs and 10 pounds of spices during the holiday season? They roll up their white jacket sleeves and build a life-size gingerbread house....

  • What? No 'Janes?' Emma, Olivia, Liam and Noah top list of popular Colorado baby names

    Note: Scroll to the bottom of this article for an interactive graphic that shows the top Colorado baby names, year by year, since 1910. Poet Gertrude Stein's famous line "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose" wouldn't quite make it today. It would be more like "Emma is an Emma is an Emma." It doesn't quite have that poetic ring, but it is...

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