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  • More than 100 experiences to explore at Colorado Springs 'What If' festival

    reative collaboration is the key to the "What If ... Festival of Innovation and Imagination." The fifth annual Imagination Celebration event will spread out over six city blocks around the Pikes Peak Center and Pioneers Museum on Saturday. Last year, more than 25,000 people attended. This year will be similar in scope, with about 100...

  • Children, adults can 'Explore Mars' on Saturday at Space Foundation Center

    The Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, is offering a special day of "Exploring Mars," on Saturday, as part of its monthly "Star Days" series. Kids and adults can drive a rover on a simulated Martian terrain, play Minecraft Mission To Mars in a simulations lab and watch "The Air of Mars: Exploring...

  • Skinny dip yearbook photo raises eyebrows

    PORTALES, N.M. — A New Mexico high school yearbook is raising eyebrows after it published a racy photo of students under a "Most Likely to Skinny Dip" category. KRQE-TV reports (http://goo.gl/PoQvgN) Portales High School students picked up their 2014 issues last week and found the risque image among the others in traditional categories. In...

  • Royal Gorge park reopens Saturday; visitor center not quite ready

    The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park will reopen for daily visits Saturday, Sept. 6 but its new visitor center still needs final inspections and improvements. The Royal Gorge Bridge, shuttle, concessions and Royal Rush Skycoaster will be open daily starting Saturday, said Mike Bandera, vice president and general manager. The visitor's center is...

  • No Child Left Inside! events set for Cheyenne Mountain State Park

    NO CHILD LEFT INSIDE! JOIN THE MOVEMENT AT CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Join Cheyenne Mountain State Park Saturday, Sept. 13 for No Child Left Inside! No Child Left Inside is a national initiative to encourage children to get out and play in our parks, natural areas and the great outdoors. Come celebrate nature by...

  • September schedule of activities for Bear Creek and Fountain Valley Nature Centers

    El Paso County, CO, – El Paso County’s Bear Creek Nature Center and Fountain Valley Nature Center announce the events and activities for September 2014.   Bear Creek Nature Center 245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 719-520-6387,  www.elpasocountyparks.com   Vinyasa Yoga – Every Wed. morning. 8-9 a.m....

  • How Colorado Springs-area school districts are responding after fatal teen crash

    Counselors were on hand at Palmer Ridge High School throughout the day Tuesday to talk with grieving students after two students died in an auto crash. State troopers said speed and alcohol were factors in the deadly single-vehicle crash in Black Forest that killed seniors Beau Begier and Ryan Pappas. Here is what some school districts...

  • U.S. Olympic Training Center will charge for tours

    In an effort to avoid cutting funding for its athletes, the U.S. Olympic Training Center will charge for tours of its Colorado Springs facility starting Monday. The price for tours is $5 per adult with children under age 10 free. Senior, group and military discounts are available. The move is to help cover the rising costs of the tours,...

  • 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...

  • VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Experience and fine tuning make 'Madden 15' as successful as the rest of the series

    What is it? "Madden NFL 15" is the 26th edition of one of gaming's most popular sports franchises. That's right: "Madden" football titles have been around for 26 seasons. Of course, there's a reason for that. This series has been one of the most consistent and reliable in video game history and as longtime "Madden" fans would expect, this...

  • 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...

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