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  • Music program tailored to kids a sweet sound in Colorado Springs

    There's piano or guitar lessons, and then there's Kids' Music Playground. It's like Grandma's broccoli-and-bean bake versus a Happy Meal. Music teacher extraordinaire Cheri Roggow came up with the idea and has been offering it in Colorado Springs for 10 years. The program, for children ages 4-7, goes way beyond plinking and plucking....

  • Today's divorce can mean cake and eating it, too

    Divorce, it seems, has turned into a party - special cakes and all. Event planners, bakers, lawyers and academics note the rise of "divorce parties" over the past several years, many with cakes featuring weapon-wielding brides or gloomy black frosting on inverted tiers. "I've taken to naming them freedom fests, as you aren't celebrating the...

  • Royal Gorge park reopens Saturday

    As expected, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park will open Saturday for a "soft opening" Labor Day weekend. A June 2013 fire destroyed 90 percent of the park and 48 of its 52 buildings. Multiple phases of repairs and additions are planned to help restore the park, including a new visitors center. Visitors will be able to walk and drive across...

  • Girl Scouts help save teen boys on Pikes Peak

    Teens Rebecca Clark, Jordan Wilson and Tristina Altman began preparing for their Aug. 23 hike to the summit of Pikes Peak long before the first step. As Girl Scouts, they knew never to take nature - especially Colorado nature, at altitude - for granted. Weather on high is stormy and mercurial, and the slog to the top up Barr Trail, with its...

  • Seasonal Halloween stores already scaring up business in Colorado Springs

    It happens every year about this time. Football? Lower temperatures? Aspen leaves getting ready to change? Nah. We're talking about the arrival of seasonal Halloween stores scaring up business in late August, even before the calendar turns to Labor Day. Two of the most widely recognized national chains, Spirit Halloween and Halloween...

  • Parks Service hosting program to hear elk bugling

    The National Parks Service will be hosting an opportunity to participate in a Rocky Mountain tradition: listening to the bugling of the bull elk (wapiti). The gatherings will be at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on Sept. 20-21 and 26-27 from 5-7:30 p.m. and Oct. 3 and 5 from 4:45-7:15 p.m. The programs will include a brief...

  • New Colorado Springs D-11 executive chef tasked with creating 'awesomeness' in schools

    Nathan Dirnberger has been driven to follow his dream to be a leader - and he's getting his chance. Dirnberger, 27, is the newly hired executive chef for School District 11. But it hasn't been an easy journey for this young chef. His parents divorced when he was 5, leaving his mom to raise him and three older siblings. "She was doing the...

  • Colorado State Fair's livestock auction bittersweet for youth

    Some might call Jammer a cash cow. After all, the 1,200-pound steer fetched $4,250 at the Junior Livestock Sale on Tuesday at the Colorado State Fair. But he meant much more than dollar signs to Sierra Churchill, who has spent virtually all her free time with the steer since getting him as a 6-month-old calf last October. She got up every...

  • Boulder puts off anti-pot 'lab rat' campaign

    BOULDER — A provocative anti-marijuana campaign aimed at Colorado youths has angered marijuana activists for its tag line, "Don't Be a Lab Rat." Now, a Colorado city is holding off on displaying a human-size cage used in the campaign after a school district raised concerns. The city of Boulder said Tuesday it is putting off the campaign. The...

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