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  • Colorado travel calendar starting Nov. 23, 2014

    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. Tuesday - Denver, Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls, 7 p.m., Pepsi Center, 100 Chopper Circle. Go online for ticket prices: nba.com/nuggets. Wednesday - Denver,...

  • Coming Friday: The Gazette's holiday lights map

    Tis the season to shine your lights! We would love to showcase your hard work, whether you're a novice or the next Clark Griswold. Starting Friday, The Gazette will launch its interactive holiday lights map at gazette.com/holidaylights. So nominate yourself or a friend. Even that neighbor who has been planning his display for 12 months. If...

  • Gifts you can use - and use up

    The holiday catalogs and gift guides are starting to pour in, full of wonderful stuff to wrap for friends and family. But what about those who don't want more stuff? Small-space dwellers don't have room for much. Seniors might not either, or might not want the burden of more things at this stage in life. Instead, think about giving something...

  • Star-studded TV show to help needy dogs find homes

    Oscar winner Hilary Swank is unleashing some serious star power to help rescue dogs get adopted by families who want to make a difference on Thanksgiving - or those who simply want to watch terriers instead of touchdowns on TV. "Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular" will air on Thanksgiving and feature a slew of celebrities aiming...

  • Several more Colorado ski areas are open

    After a relatively sluggish start to the season, skiers and snowboarders are preparing to hit the slopes at a half-dozen new resorts this weekend. Among the areas ringing in a new season - and adding to the variety of terrain available to snow sports enthusiasts - are Vail Mountain and Eldora, both of which opened some of their runs Friday....

  • Around the House: Itchy skin not only thing that will benefit from humidifying house

    Dear Ken: We need a humidifier. We are tired of itchy skin and being stuffed up all the time. Can you tell us what to look for? - Lucy Answer: The newest versions of whole house humidifiers are self-cleaning and have no moving parts. Gone are those old rotating foam drums and reservoirs that were a haven for bacteria and mold spores. Now we...

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for Nov. 22, 2014

    Events Christmas Expo - Hosted by Q102.7, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd., free admission; coloradosprings eventcenter.com. Thanksgiving Feast - 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Circle Drive Baptist Church, 801 N. Circle Drive, free. To request transportation, call 596-4461. Trees of Life Outdoor Community...

  • 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...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting Nov. 22

    HOME AND 
GARDEN 
CALENDAR TUESDAY Fall Floral Class - Learn how to make a centerpiece for holiday table and table décor, 3-4:30 p.m., Garden of the Gods Gourmet, 410 S. 26th St., $40 Registration: 471-2799. Dec. 4 Simple Toilet Repairs - 10-11:30 a.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $4. Registration: 387-6000,...

  • Pet of the week: Padre

    Pet of the week Name: Padre Breed: Schnauzer Owner: Robin Hassen-Day Padre's story: Life can bring joy and also unhappiness. My older son at age 32 had passed unexpectedly. I have another son, Mike, who lives in Los Angeles and is very compassionate and supportive. Mike purchased Padre in Grants Pass, Ore., then flew to L.A. and on to San...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events Nov. 22, 2014

    ADOPTION FAIRS 9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats, 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. LookWhatTheCatBroughtIn - Cats and kittens,...

  • Blog: Do you practice online yoga-ing?

    I keep meaning to explore the great online world of yoga classes, and write about them for a future column. And I probably will, at some point. But time goes by, and I just keep going to real, in-person classes, or do my own practice at home. That doesn't mean, however, that I don't think they could be excellent companions to a regular...

  • AROUND TOWN: Woman's Club focuses on education, community involvement

    Since 1902, members of The Woman's Club of Colorado Springs have focused on education and community involvement. Not only is their focus the same all these years later, it is increasing.

  • 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.

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for Nov. 21, 2014

    On TV "Eat: The Story of Food," 7 p.m., NGC: This new miniseries explores the evolution of food. Tonight's episode includes movers and shakers including Julia Child and Christopher Columbus. "Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued," 7 p.m., Showtime: Musicians including Elvis Costello create new songs from newly discovered lyrics...

  • Love is in the air in Chamber Orchestra's 'Moonlight'

    Romance surrounds Jennifer DeDominici. For a decade, there has been an ongoing love affair between the award-winning mezzo-soprano and the music lovers of the Pikes Peak region. And after a local concert in which she performed, she met her future husband - Colorado Springs businessman Mark Bittle. While her defining role for local audiences...

  • Take the first Royal Gorge train to Santa's house

    Colorado Santa doesn't mess around. He has built his North Pole and workshop in the Royal Gorge, and the only way to get there is the Santa Express Train at the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. The popular holiday train hits the rails for the 12th year at the Royal Gorge. "We have lights on the train so you can see part of the gorge," says...

  • Colorado Springs group seeks top-notch look for Pikes Peak summit house

    As plans inch along to replace Pikes Peak's oft- maligned Summit House, a citizens' group with deep roots in public service says it wants to make sure that whatever gets built in its place can boast about more than its doughnuts. "This is a once-in-a-generation chance," said Marcy Morrison, a former state legislator and co-founder of...

  • On the Fly: Is fluoro worth the cost? Depends on where you fish

    During guide trips, I'm often asked the difference between monofilament and fluorocarbon leaders, and whether those differences justify the price gaps. Even though fluorocarbon has a different name, it's simply another type of monofilament. The differences between fluoro and traditional mono are numerous, but the biggest selling point for...

  • Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting Nov. 20, 2014

    ALMANAC Armchair travel Friday "A Thousand Takeouts" - Slideshow and narrative presented by Vince Cloward of his raft trip through the Grand Canyon, 7 p.m., Mountain Equipment Recyclers, 1024 S. Tejon St.; 210-6427, merecyclers.com. Cycling ONGOING The Colorado Springs Cycling Club - For all ages and abilities; bikesprings.org....

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