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  • The Country Life: Turkeys going from Kate's Farm in Black Forest to the dinner table

    There's fresh - and then there's really fresh. The turkeys that customers ordered from Kate's Farm in Black Forest will be really fresh; they're being processed at a facility in Simla on Tuesday, just two days before they'll be on dinner tables. Their lives have been short - less than a year - but presumably happy, having been...

  • Colorado's one resident town, Bonanza, lives on

    Bonanza, a one-man, 133-year-old mountain town, lives on. Bonanza, in Saguache County , was in jeopardy of being relegated to the ash heap of history, facing "dis-incorporation" and losing its status as the state's smallest town because of a "lack of government." But Colorado Secretary of State's Office announced Tuesday that Bonanza...

  • AROUND TOWN: Koats 4 Kids warms up 485 elementary students

    When cold weather hit this fall, 485 youngsters at Pinello Elementary School in Widefield School District 3 were warm and toasty in new coats. At the same time, $10,000 became available for scholarships for aspiring young musicians at the Colorado Springs Conservatory. Music and coats are the two parts of the 8-year-old Koats 4 Kids...

  • AROUND TOWN: It could be a banner year for The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation's Empty Stocking Fund

    This is it. This is the year. "If there were going to be a year, this is it," Jerry Bruni, head of the Bruni Foundation, proclaimed during the kickoff celebration for The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund.

  • Colorado Springs area holiday needs starting Nov. 17, 2014

    HOLIDAY NEEDS These organizations are asking for help this holiday season. If you are associated with a local organization or business that is looking for community assistance to help the needy in the area during the holidays, email your information, along with contact information, to carlotta.olson@gazette.com. Call 636-0221 for more...

  • Live Well: Channel your inner goddess of destruction

    When Kali makes an appearance, people stand up and pay attention. At first glance, you might be mesmerized by the Hindu goddess of destruction, with her beautiful face, long raven-colored hair and cornflower blue skin. But then you'll notice her multiple arms that clutch a sword, severed head and ball of fire. You'll take in her necklace of...

  • Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Nov. 25, 2014

    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. Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., if no cost listed, call or go online. Registration: 387-6000,...

  • Gifts for the health and wellness minded

    Think of a health and wellness gift as an investment in vitality. Many people these days are taking a new interest in their health and quality of life. The right gift can encourage a new exercise habit, support a healthier way of eating or living and provide valuable and life-saving information. And with a new year approaching, often...

  • Blog: Sometimes things must fall apart

    When that cold snap hit with a vengeance a week and a half or so ago, things got a little squirrely in my life. My furnace broke, my car broke, my Internet broke, and two weeks before that, my cat broke. It reminded me of the sentiment: Sometimes things must fall apart so they can grow back stronger. A quick Google search also shows it...

  • Skiing cheaper than you think, industry leaders maintain

    DENVER - In 2010, the price of walk-up, single-day lift ticket at Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts topped $100. Aspen quickly followed suit, and ticket prices at resorts across the country have consistently increased in the years since. The trend has raised a question that has dogged the ski industry for years: Is the sport becoming...

  • LED lights the next big thing in holiday lighting

    hursday might say Thanksgiving on the calendar, but it's also unofficially known as "the national it's OK to turn your lights on day," said Brian Zakavec, owner of High Altitude Holiday Lighting. That gives you five days to locate the boxes of lights, unsnarl them, check that they work and string them along the rooftop and trees. It also...

  • Affordable gifts for the family

    The joys of family during the holidays: the hearth, the history, the thinking that whatever you get them as a gift, they're contractually obligated to like it. That may have worked when you were a kid, rolling in the currency of cuteness, but now that you're all grown up - employed and independent and maybe even with children of your own - not...

  • Dear Donna: Holiday plans result in anxiety for woman

    Dear Donna, A man I have been dating for about six months has asked me to join him and his family for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. They live in another state so we would be flying there and spending two nights at his parents' house. I have said yes and he has bought the tickets. I want to meet his family, but as the holiday approaches...

  • Colorado Springs group promotes 'breaking bread, building bridges'

    fter divisive midterm elections that subjected Coloradans to $100 million of political ads, groups of Colorado Springs residents are meeting to cultivate an endangered community asset: civil conversations across ideological lines. Last month, dozens of participants kicked off three new Food for Thought groups that will bring together true-blue...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting Nov. 23, 2014

    Music/Drama Sunday "Romance by Moonlight" - Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, 2:30-5 p.m., Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., $5-$20; 633-3649, chamber orchestraofthesprings.org/tickets. Nov. 30 "Messiah" - Sing-along with Chamber Singers from the Colorado Springs Chorale, 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 16...

  • Colorado Springs area nonprofit community events starting Nov. 23, 2014

    November Wine Tasting Party - 3-5:30 p.m. Nov. 30, to benefit the African American Historical and Genealogical Society of Colorado Springs, Fine Wine and Spirits, 103 S. Wahsatch Ave. Reservations: 385-7920, ext. 202. December Online Holiday Auction - Hosted by Pikes Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America, to benefit ScoutReach, through Dec....

  • AROUND TOWN: Venus Williams scores with kids and Peak Vista fundraisers

    The 900 people who went to breakfast at The Broadmoor on Nov. 4 were all a bit starstruck. After all, their Breakfast of Champions guest, the keynote speaker, was tennis great Venus Williams. They quickly learned that she is a fun-loving, everyday person who was a delight as she rambled through her script and broke into huge smiles when she...

  • An oft-elusive yet gifty treat: coffee table books

    As self-purchases, coffee table books might seem like pricey indulgences, but as gifts they're an easy way to please a connoisseur, hobbyist or wannabe. Usually image-driven, often encyclopedic, consider one of these: Fashion - "Joe Eula: Master of Twentieth-Century Fashion Illustration," introduction by Cathy Horyn, image curation by Melisa...

  • Chamber Singers host fourth 'Messiah' sing-along

    Composed in only 24 days in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, the English-
language oratorio "Messiah," with text from the King James Bible, is Handel's most famous work and the most familiar sacred orchestral piece associated with the Christmas holiday - thanks, in part, to its popular "Hallelujah" chorus. Here's your chance to join in: For the...

  • Colorado Springs area literary events starting Nov. 23, 2014

    SIGNINGS Book Signing - Dick Katte will sign copies of "Over Time: Coach Katte on Basketball and Life," 3-5 p.m. Friday, Denver Christian School, 3898 S. Teller St., Lakewood; Shannon Bock, 1-720-365-5281, sbock@denverchristian.org. Meet and Greet and Book Signings - With children's authors Michael and Kathleen Hague and novelist/ historian...

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