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  • Colorado Day: Do you have the Colorado smarts to pass our quiz?

    Saturday is Colorado Day and to honor our lovely home, The Gazette has created a fun quiz. Remember, it's all in fun so try to stay away from Google search. Don't forget to post your results on Facebook so your friends can try. Why do you love Colorado? We asked readers on The Gazette's Facebook page and dozen of readers responded. Here...

  • Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years. The Chinese capital was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, beating Kazakh rival Almaty 44-40 in a surprisingly close vote marred...

  • Rob Bell's 'Everything Is Spiritual' tour coming to Colorado

    Hipster preacher Rob Bell is mashing up quantum physics, Jewish Kabbalah and Catholic mysticism to explain humanity's future evolution. In his 30-city "Everything Is Spiritual" tour, the former megachurch pastor and short-lived Oprah Winfrey Network talk-show host delivers a two-hour monologue aimed to a millennial generation less interested...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting Aug. 2, 2015

    RELIGION CALENDAR Music/Drama SUNDAY "An English Summer Soirée" and High Tea - With Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury and English songs, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., $10, children 10 and younger pay their age. Advance tickets: 635-3549, office@fcucc.org. FRIDAY "Jazz in the Garden" -...

  • Native or not? Which of these celebrities were Colorado-born?

    Saturday is Colorado Day and to honor our lovely home, The Gazette has created another fun quiz. Plus, we have prizes! Remember, it's all in fun so try to stay away from Google search. Scroll down to take the quiz.  Don't forget to post your results on Facebook so your friends can try. To be eligible for a prize, share and comment...

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for July 31, 2015

    On TV "Descendants," 6 p.m., Disney: Teen children of fairy-tale heroes and villains clash at prep school in this made-for-cable movie. "Cold Justice," 6 p.m., TNT: A new season begins, followed by a spinoff, "Cold Justice: Sex Crimes," at 7 p.m. TRIBUNE NEWS sERVICE Birthdays Actor Don Murray is 86. Singer Lobo is 72. Actress...

  • Colorado Springs chef turns mountain fine dining eatery into a distillery offering smoked meats

    Victor Matthews is never at a loss of ideas for starting new projects or repurposing old concepts. Such is the case for his new Black Bear Distillery (repurposing) and Big Daddy's BBQ (new). His Black Bear Restaurant, 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, was closed March 17, 2014, after he celebrated its 15th anniversary, to rebuild it...

  • Dining Review: Natural food a hit at family-owned Colorado Springs business

    Editor's note: Fields writes a monthly review of vegan options at local restaurants. In this fast food nation where quick meals are the norm - not always healthy and rarely vegan-friendly - I have begun to frequent the unsuspecting dining areas of my local grocery stores. Hear me out. This makes complete sense. I'm already at the store to...

  • 2015 summer bucket list: Ten things to do before fall arrives

    Attention: The end of summer is (sadly) almost here. Consider this your warm-weather wakeup call. Now that July is over, your days of mountain climbing, grilling out and seeing high temperatures on your phone's weather app are numbered. Read on for 10 ideas that'll make the rest of your Colorado summer shine. Sip on a beerfest: With Coors...

  • Colorado Springs couple transforms area summits into temporary radio stations

    Stuck on the summit without a signal? Stay calm and reach for the breath mints - at least that's the unlikely advice that Frank and Lynn Skinner might offer. The husband and wife from Colorado Springs spend weekends hunting for radio signals on summits across the Pikes Peak region. They manage to snag them by means of a gizmo that would...

  • Blog: Tickets on sale for Dalai Lama appearance

    The Dalai Lama will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the University of Colorado Boulder. Group tickets are on sale now for $100 at DalaiLamaColorado.com.  Single ticket sales, $60-$100, begin Aug. 3 at 8:30 a.m. Tickets include a morning teaching session and afternoon talk. Single event tickets, $35-$65, go on sale Aug. 10....

  • Pet of the week: Griffon

    Name: Griffon Breed: German Wirehaired Pointer Owner: Robert Erickson Griffon's story: He was on his way to the pound after several aggressive incidents. We rescued him a year ago and with the help of Camp Bow Wow on Northpark he is now a really well behaved dog and a joy to own.

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting July 30, 2015

    ADOPTION FAIRS 9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats and kittens, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com. Dreampower - For dogs, cats and small caged pets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 571 N. Academy Blvd.; dreampower.org, 390-7838. Four Paws Rescue - 11 a.m.-3...

  • Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting July 30, 2015

    ALMANAC Cycling ONGOING Gunnison-Crested Butte - Go online for information gunnison crestedbutte.com. - Crested Butte Big Mountain Enduro, Friday-Sunday. Hiking ONGOING Bear Creek Nature Center hikes - 245 Bear Creek Road. Reservations: 520-6387. - Sustainability Series - Wild Edible Plants, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, $5. Mueller State...

  • Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting July 29, 2015

    WHAT'S COOKING CLASSES ONGOING The Cañon City Queen Anne Tea House - 813 Macon Ave., Cañon City. Registration: 275-5354. - Homemade Dressings and Salads, 2 p.m. Aug. 8, $40. Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. - Low-Carb Cooking, 2-4 p.m. Aug. 10, $10, plus $10 for supplies....

  • Blog: Simmer down now

    It's been a summer that hasn't prompted me to write about ways to cool off. Until just recently, that is.  I am one who cannot tolerate exercising in the high heat. If it's too hot out, I'll head to the air conditioned gym. Yes, I know it's a gorgeous summer day, but if it makes me sick and nauseous to exert myself outside, what's the...

  • Colorado fishing report for July 28-Aug. 4, 2015

    Denver Metro Area Aurora Reservoir - Trout fishing from shore is slow to fair. Fish will be deeper so cast out 40-50 yards. Most fishermen catching trout are using PowerBait from a slip rig. Boaters are having success ranging from slow to fair on trout trolling with rapalas, spoons and pop gear with crawlers. Walleye fishing is fair to good...

  • AROUND TOWN: Hundreds were Off the Street and under the bridge for Urban Peak's homeless youth

    Seven years ago there was a cozy breakfast for the community on the mural-lined patio at the emergency shelter for homeless youth at Urban Peak Colorado Springs. Then the Off the Street "event" was moved to a big white tent filling Cucharras Street just outside the shelter where a couple of hundred volunteers and supporters started their day....

  • Colorado Springs area wellness events starting July 28, 2015

    HEALTH NOTES Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202. Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday, East Library,...

  • Colorado adds regulations for trampoline courts, adventure rides

    At the Springs Trampoline Park, new Colorado regulations for trampoline courts and aerial adventure parks mean annual inspections will be conducted by a third party and injuries will be reported to the state. What won't change is the standard to which the park holds itself, according to Isaac Brandon, general manager. "We follow the...

  • Deaf interpreters in Colorado Springs production of 'West Side Story' help unite hearing, deaf communities

    What would "West Side Story" be without the songs "Tonight" or "America"? We come to a Broadway musical to get caught up in the sweeping ballads and intricate dance moves. But what if you're deaf or hearing-impaired and the deaf interpreter is way off to the side of the stage? By taking your eyes off the action at center stage to figure out...

  • Pikes Peak region pups help out in healthcare facilities

    Watson makes his way across the room, stopping for pet here and a scratch behind the ears there, slipping gingerly through a maze of metal walkers and wheelchairs to sit obediently at Marilyn Kirkpatrick’s feet. “That’s a good boy, just rest here right by me,” Kirkpatrick cooed, her delicate, wrinkled hands rewarding Watson with head rubs. It...

  • Don't let corn be a summer sideshow. Grill it for a salad!

    The two most common side dishes at a barbecue are coleslaw and potato salad. But as much as I love those, I firmly believe it's time for corn salad to take its rightful place at the picnic table. Corn is summer's chameleon. It can take on a sweet and delicate personality when eaten raw or lightly steamed, or it can hit the grill and get a...

  • Traditional matcha tea gets whirled, dusted, infused in US

    More than a thousand years ago, Buddhist monks in Japan began a daily ritual of grinding green tea leaves into powder, mixing it into hot water with a bamboo whisk, then sharing the tea from a single cup. Today matcha in the U.S. is considerably less monastic. It's being blended into lattes, dusted onto cheesecakes, mixed into chocolate, even...

  • Embracing a new grain for a fresh take on bibimbap bowls

    Bibimbap is incredibly trendy in urban centers right now. If you're not familiar with it, you'll want to be. Bibimbap is a Korean rice bowl - white rice topped with meats, veggies, kimchee (intensely pickled cabbage) and hot sauce. Often, the meat is tossed in Korean barbecue sauce, lending a perfect sweetness to balance the tangy and spicy...

  • Eat Well: Monument-based cookbook author goes nuts for almond milk

    The price is sure right: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage is offering free nutrition and cooking classes. Even better, you'll get money back for attending. The store has a Passport to Healthy Eating card, which lists all the classes being offered in upcoming weeks. Each time you attend a class, you get an apple stamp on the card. Attend four...

  • Colorado Springs area beer related events starting July 29,2015

    BREW CALENDAR Mondays-Sundays Great Divide Brewing Co. Tap Room Tours - 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday, Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe St., Denver, free. Limited to 25 people, first-come, first-served; greatdivide.com/tap-room/tours....

  • List: Public swimming pools (and a beach) in Colorado Springs

    Want to cool off in Colorado Springs and looking for a public swimming area? Here are some options:  Portal Pool 3535 N. Hancock Ave., 7193888287 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday Monument Valley Pool 220 Mesa Road, 7195786636 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday Memorial...

  • Brew tour takes charitable giving message to Colorado Springs craft beer crowd

    The Community Partnership for Child Development is taking its message on the road in a vehicle inspired by, and tailored for, the craft beer demographic. Hops on the Bus invites those of legal drinking age on board for a two-hour tour of three west-side Colorado Springs breweries, complete with chauffeured ride, beer samples and appetizers....

  • The Country Life: County parks offer watery reminder of Midwest

    I was raised in the Midwest - a land of lakes, rivers and creeks - so I'm always excited to find an oasis on the Colorado prairie. At times, those discoveries have come courtesy of El Paso County's parks system. Last summer, I stumbled upon Homestead Ranch Regional Park, a 450-acre property at the edge of Black Forest that includes a...

  • Local family wins cover model contest for Colorado Springs' 2016 Official Vacation Planner

    The five-member Kerscher family is winningly adorable. Patrick and Stephanie Kerscher, their 7-year-old daughter, Caroline, and two 5-year-olds, Callie and S.J., a brother and sister they adopted, were selected as the cover family for the 2016 Official Vacation Planner. The Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau and Pikes Peak...

  • Mermaid dreams come true at Colorado Springs swimming school

    A local swimming school is making mermaid and merman dreams come true. Five girls showed up for a recent class at Mermaid Cove Swim School. They perched on the edge of the 95-degree, saltwater pool, wriggled into colorful fabric tails and shoved their feet into monofins, large fish-shaped fins that then were tucked under the fabric. With a...

  • The tips you need to navigate another year of packed lunches

    There was a time when a lunch box was simply that, a box into which your parents packed your lunch. For many years they were metal and came emblazoned with your favorite cartoon or movie characters, as well as a matching thermos. By the '80s, metal was passe, making way for plastic. But the basic design was the same. And you liked it. Until...

  • Colorado Springs area events for seniors starting July 27, 2015

    SENIOR CALENDAR Unless noted, events take place at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., and registration is required: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. TUESDAY Nutrition 101 - 10-11 a.m., $1 WEDNESDAY Who are the Friends of the Colorado Springs Center? - 10-11 a.m., free Making Cheese with The Goat...

  • Pikes Peak Fallen Officers Ride honors those lost, raises money for funerals

    Nearly a decade ago, Joe Divido stood in a line of law enforcement officers to receive Detective Jared Jensen's family at the former Colorado Springs police officer's funeral. But on Sunday, Divido honored his former colleague in a different way, this time by riding his motorcycle around the Pikes Peak Region, dodging rainstorms alongside 150...

  • List: Eight places to see animals in Colorado

    Butterfly Pavilion: Spread your wings with more than 1,600 butterflies - and sea creatures and Rosie the tarantula - at this education center in Westminster, the first stand-alone zoo of its type in the nation, founded to foster appreciation of the planet's invertebrates. More info: butterflies.org Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: The beautiful setting...

  • LIST: Eight restaurants to visit in Colorado

    Here's eight must-visit restaurants in Colorado. Casa Bonita: It's a restaurant. It's dinner theater. It's a funhouse for kids. Order Mexican food and then sit back and watch the show, including dives from a 30-foot waterfall, gunfights and more. An arcade and puppet shows round off your visit to Lakewood. More info: casabonitadenver.com...

  • Quintessential Colorado: a look at the winning photo entries

    Several weeks ago, we requested photos displaying what the Centennial State means to you. And you responded with nearly 15,000 submissions via an Instagram contest sponsored by Mike's Camera. Today, less than a week before Colorado's birthday, we unveil the winners of Quintessential Colorado. Check out all the entries at...

  • List: Top 10 attractions to see around Colorado Springs

    You will never know how much cool stuff there is to do and see in the Pikes Peak region until you’re asked to list just 10 of them. Here's a list of favorites: Cave of the Winds - 100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs, off U.S. 24; 685-5444. Terror-dactyl aerial dive, zip line, cave tours, Wind Walker Challenge Course.  -...

  • Book review: 'The Girl With Seven Names'

    Escaping North Korea was the easy part. In her memoir, "The Girl With Seven Names," Hyeonseo Lee, as she is called today, takes us on her gripping journey from the Ryanggang Province of North Korea, where dustless portraits of the Great Leader and Dear Leader hang in every home, to life as a defector in China and beyond. Due to a high social...

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