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  • 5 cool family hikes in Colorado on a hot summer day

    To help you enjoy Colorado, we at Out There Colorado have brainstormed and identified five fun trails for a sunny summer day. (Don't worry, we'll keep sharing ideas for shady or water-splashed hikes as long as there's a need to beat the heat. And we welcome your suggestions: email team@outtherecolorado.com.) These Front Range trails are great...

  • Chew on this: Top burgers, BBQ, burritos, pizza and fish taco spots in the Colorado Springs area

    Who has the best burger in Colorado Springs? How about best barbecue or pizza? Gazette readers voted and so did we. Here are the results: - Best Barbecue Bird Dog BBQ Rudy's 'Country Store' and Bar-B-Q Front Range Barbeque   - Best Burger Five Guys Burgers and Fries Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews...

  • Colorado drive-in theaters offer summer nights of nostalgia

    PUEBLO - It won't be dark for a couple of hours, so Chuck and Marianne James lean against their red pickup parked behind the snack shop and poke at a tray of fried chicken and french fries. They feed crumbs to their two dogs, who saunter in and out of the front seat, and watch as the line of cars gradually swells. "This is it, this is really...

  • AROUND TOWN PHOTOS: 19 young women named 2015 Colorado Springs Debutantes

    Nineteen young women who just celebrated their high school graduation and are planning their freshmen year in college have been chosen as the 2015 Colorado Springs Debutantes. Those selected for this 49th social season were named for their school accomplishments, volunteer activities and contributions to the community as well as for the...

  • 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. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday Monument Valley Pool 220 Mesa Road 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday Memorial Park Recreation Center 280 S....

  • 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.  -...

  • From Colorado Springs' Memorial Park to Monument, Pikes Peak region celebrates Fourth o July

    Thousands sprawled out across Memorial Park's lawn Saturday, passing plates of funnel cakes and bags of kettle corn, tossing Frisbees and listening to the sound of the symphony. For much of the day, the crowds waited. And during the final hours of the Fourth of July, they - some covered with umbrellas and rain jackets - watched the sky light...

  • Growing local in Colorado: coming soon to a pint near you

    GREELEY - Grow local. Buy local. Eat local. As the local trend also drives locally sourced brews, small hops and barley operations have been popping up all over northern Colorado with the hopes of satisfying the needs of the state's 200 craft breweries. One of the newer additions to Colorado craft beer culture is Troubadour Maltings, a Fort...

  • Colorado Springs Muslim builds bridges, answers critics, celebrates Fourth of July

    The questions arise every time a terrorist praises Allah while beheading or bombing innocent women and children. Where are the moderate Muslims? And why don't they stand up and say something? Ever since 9/11, Arshad Yousufi, the spokesman for the Islamic Society of Colorado Springs, has been standing up and speaking to more than 50 church...

  • At Ramadan, an online petition for female Quran reciters

    To many non-Muslims, Ramadan is about fasting, and later, feasting. But Muslims know Ramadan as the month of the Quran, a time when the book is recited, read and rehearsed. Many Muslims attempt to listen to the Quran in its entirety during the month of fasting, either by attending evening prayers called "tarawih," or more frequently by...

  • AROUND TOWN: Centro de la Familia, WCLI

    Each Women's Community Leadership Initiative class has a project. It builds on what the 20 to 30 women have learned about community needs, leadership and themselves during the January to June Leadership Pikes Peak program. The 2015 WCLI participants chose La Casita, home to Centro de la Familia programs utilized by Hispanic and Native American...

  • AROUND TOWN: Cowgirls & Cocktails

    It was the pinkest night of the rodeo season, save for this Thursday's "Think Pink Night" when cowboys in Komen pink shirts will take over at Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Leading the way was the eighth annual Cowgirls & Cocktails, which drew let's-party women to the indoor arena at Norris-Penrose Event Center on June 4. The crowd was 500 strong...

  • Colorado Springs area volunteer opportunities starting July 5, 2015

    These agencies need volunteer help. Contact about specific opportunities and time commitment. - The Alzheimer's Association - Volunteers needed for light office duties; bcauldle@alz.org. - Catholic Charities of Central Colorado - Marian House Client Services needs volunteers to pass out emergency items, sort donations, do data entry and help...

  • Colorado travel calendar starting July 5, 2015

    Colorado Calendar Be sure to call before you go. Many events are free; some charge admission or require tickets. Events are subject to change. Phone numbers without a designated area code are 719. Monday - Morrison, Steely Dan, with Elvis Costello and The Imposters, 7 p.m., Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, $49.50-$125;...

  • Colorado Springs area nonprofit community events starting July 5, 2015

    NONPROFIT COMMUNITY EVENTS Urbanites Leading the Pikes Peak Region Golf Tournament - 8 a.m. Friday, to benefit education and employment opportunity programs of the Urbanites Leading the Pikes Peak Region, Monument Hill Country Club, 18945 Pebble Beach Way. Registration: Carolyn, 460-3998, Jason, 377-0730, Rick 459-6723. "Art in the Garden" -...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting July 5, 2015

    RELIGION CALENDAR Music/Drama FRIDAY "Jazz in the Garden" - With Air Force Academy Falconairies, 7 p.m., Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument streets; tinyurl.com/l62nv2p. JULY 24 "Jazz in the Garden" - With Gregory Goodloe and the Light Years Ahead Band, 7 p.m., Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument...

  • PHOTOS/VIDEO: Fourth of July celebrations worth the wait around the Pikes Peak region

    Thousands sprawled out across Memorial Park’s lawn Saturday, passing plates of funnel cakes and bags of kettle corn, tossing Frisbees and listening to the sound of the symphony. For much of the day, the crowds waited. And during the final hours of the Fourth of July, some protected by umbrellas and rain jackets, they watched the sky light up....

  • List: 17 great ways to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend around Colorado Springs

    Here's a list of Fourth of July events Saturday and the entire weekend in the Colorado Springs area. - Will 100,000 show up for Colorado Springs Philharmonic concert and fireworks at Memorial Park? - Watch what you light on Fourth of July in Pikes Peak region - Friday-Sunday Pikes Peak Art and Music Festival - 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10...

  • Colorado Springs Philharmonic director expects record crowd at Fourth of July concert

    What goes better with the boom of fireworks than a side of symphony? Back for its 43rd round, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will light up Memorial Park on the Fourth with tunes and plenty of red, white and blue to go around. "It's an event that makes our community great - it's a gift back to the community to make us all stronger," said...

  • Let the flags fly in your home landscape

    When Kip Carey was designing a sign for his new shop, All About Colorado, he went looking for a state flag for inspiration. Flying the Centennial State's symbolic identity wasn't the breeze he'd anticipated. "I couldn't find one anywhere," said Carey, who decided then that he'd keep a full range of Colorado flags in stock once he opened. Two...

  • Kid-friendly crafts for the Fourth of July

    Along with parades, picnics and fireworks, Fourth of July fun for kids can include some holiday-themed crafts. "The Fourth is such a great crafting holiday for kids," says Mary Giles, deputy editor of FamilyFun magazine. "They can decorate their bikes or make silly hats and noisemakers for the local parade, then help create decorations and...

  • Year-round gardening: Managing mosquitoes in your backyard

    Just when you thought it was safe to go into the garden, Mother Nature unleashes storms with hail. If that weren't enough, the weather also has given rise to the scourge of outdoor activity: mosquitoes. A gardener's yard is filled with ideal places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs, with plenty of pots, buckets, saucers, bird baths, ponds,...

  • Fruity, summery colors perk up decor all year

    Aah, summer - the season when oranges are transformed into ice pops, limes add zing to slushies, peaches become pies, and berries take over nearly every dessert. Citrus and other fruity hues look fresh and energetic in summer decor, and there's no need to remove them once fall approaches. Their upbeat nature makes them a smart choice all year...

  • Is your garden out of control? Then simplify

    Too many plants, too little time? A lot of unnecessary effort can be weeded out with some time- and energy-saving shortcuts, from plant selection to better tools. "I realized one day that I was becoming a slave to my plants," said Kerry Ann Mendez, author of "The Right-Size Flower Garden." "I was working harder for them than they were working...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting July 4, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR July 11 Vermicomposting - Worms - 10 a.m., Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway, free. Registration: phelangardens.com. July 15 Tour of Tough Plants at the Xeriscape Garden - 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Conservation and Environmental Center, 2885 Mesa Road, free. Registration: 668-8232. July 18 Fermentation...

  • Dining review: Wood-fired pizza to savor at Colorado Springs pizzeria

    Standing in line to order a meal often conjures negative images; after all, it's part of what makes fast food, well you know: fast. Fortunately, neither all lines nor all cuisines are created equal. Yes, Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza does have a queue and its menu is posted on the wall (it also has hand-held versions to peruse while waiting to...

  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space set to reopen; popular Colorado Springs fountain closed

    The flood-battered Red Rock Canyon Open Space will reopen Friday, a little more than six weeks after it was closed for repairs amid record rainfall, city officials said Thursday. Repairs to trails, roads and other features have addressed most of the city's safety concerns, though work is expected to continue in the park for two to three...

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for July 3, 3015

    On TV "The National Mall: America's Front Yard" 9 p.m., PBS: Watch this history of the D.C. site and your T.Q. (trivia quotient) will rise dramatically. TRIBUNE NEWS sERVICE Birthdays Actor Michael Cole ("The Mod Squad") is 75. Singer Judith Durham of The Seekers is 72. Actor Kurtwood Smith ("That 70s Show") is 72. Country singer...

  • Well-known Colorado Springs chef bowing out after long career

    Lawrence "Chip" Johnson has hung up his knife roll. The former owner and executive chef of The Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery, 25 W. Cimmarron St., announced via email June 23 at 6:20 p.m., "I am departing The Warehouse and retiring from the restaurant business effective immediately." Who can blame him? He's been a chef or owner for 40...

  • Sculpture, dance, bluegrass, progressive music at Green Box Arts Festival

    Green Mountain Falls channels the vibrant performing arts culture of New York City for a week and a half every July. The Green Box Arts Festival is a surfeit of music, dance, art, classes, hikes, stargazing and more, offered mostly for free in multiple venues and locations throughout the tiny mountain town 14 miles west of Colorado Springs....

  • Colorado by trail: 5 classic backpacking trips in the state

    You've inventoried your gear, cleaned your water filter and replaced your boot laces. And now that the snow is melting from the high country, it's all about to pay off. Here are five suggested backpacking trips - all of them Out There tested and approved - to reacquaint you with the mysteries and pleasures of Colorado's rugged interior....

  • Love your country, love your dog: Keep pets safe over July 4

    To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air. The pops and explosions, raucous block parties and other loud noises during holiday festivities can scare dogs into leaping over or digging under fences to escape the thunderous blasts, leading them to get lost or injured. More...

  • On the run: When training, don't neglect downhill running

    Runners throughout the Pikes Peak region are fortunate when it comes to options for backcountry trails. And most trails in and around Colorado Springs feature ups and downs. Yet many runners focus only on running uphill and bypass training on downhill technique. When downhills become more technical, most opt to disregard form and simply try to...

  • Pet of the week: Leia

    Name: Leia Breed: American Longhair Owner: Anjuli Wieseler Leia's story: Leia brings great joy into my life and that of my husband's. She is a great companion and has really helped me deal emotionally with an ongoing heart condition. We were very lucky to have found her at our local animal shelter. - Wieseler To have your pet considered,...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting July 2, 2015

    ADOPTION FAIRS Dreampower - Noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 571 N. Academy Blvd.; dreampower.org , 390-7838. Look What The Cat Brought In - 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 2129 E. Boulder St.; lookwhatthecatbroughtin.org. EVENTS Wednesday Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Redhawks - Bark in the Park - 7:05 p.m., Security Service Field,...

  • Pikes Pub: Storybook looks to next chapter

    Pete Kilman has a day job, but his dream is to have a storybook ending in which his beer pays the bills. Brewing, talking and drinking beer is too much fun for the owner of Colorado Springs' Storybook Brewing for him to want to stay forever at a stock-trading software company. Every afternoon when he opens the brewery gives Kilman another...

  • Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting July 2, 2015

    ALMANAC Cycling ONGOING Pro Cycling Mountain Bike Group Rides - 5:30 p.m.; facebook.com/teamprocycling. - Red Rocks Open Space, leave from Red Rocks parking lot, 31st Street south of Rudy's Bar-B-Q, Tuesday. Hiking ONGOING Mueller State Park hikes - 21045 Colorado Highway 67, Divide. Day pass $7 per vehicle; 687-2366. -...

  • S'mores get new flavors with varied ingredients

    That gooey, chocolatey, crunchy, quintessential American campfire treat is getting a makeover. S'mores are turning up in unexpected sweet settings and savory dishes and even being transformed into adult beverages. Think Lemon Meringue Pie S'mores, made with lemon curd (homemade or store-bought), roasted vanilla marshmallows and graham...

  • High-end Colorado Springs chocolate-maker hoping for sweet success

    There isn't a single candy bar at Cacao Chemistry. Instead, small decorated truffles are displayed in a glass case with prices starting at $2.50. Even though the truffle could be eaten in two bites, there is a chemistry behind it. It might be sweet, it might be salty, fruity - with a little wine or whiskey in it. Inspired by the way...

  • Blog: Want what you've got

    There was almost a brawl in my house this morning. I knew the potential was there the second I decided to give both dogs their own little chewy bone. Butter, my 3-legged American Eskimo, started gnawing at his. Porkchop the pug just sat there staring at his bone, ignoring the perfectly good one lying right at her feet. Of course. She sat...

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