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  • Around the House: Smelly fireplace could require a chimney sweep's services

    Dear Ken: My wood fireplace always seems to let odor into the house, even when we haven't used it in a while. The place smells like smoke downstairs. Any way to help on this? - Larry Answer: How long since it's been checked and cleaned by a chimney sweep company? If there is excessive buildup of creosote and other combustion products, then...

  • Costumed critters can be fun but make sure outfits are safe

    Horrors! If anything is scary about Halloween, it is this: Consumers spend more than $330 million each year on costumes - for their pets. That's more than one-quarter of the amount spent on costumes for children, according to the National Retail Federation. But you have to admit, Fido is pretty cute as a ghost and Fluffy looks like a cool...

  • Year-round gardening: Cover crops come with many benefits

    Plant a cover crop this fall and your vegetable garden will be more productive and healthier next season. You may be wondering: What is a cover crop? It's a source of organic matter planted solely to benefit the soil; it is not harvestable. Cover crops give big benefits for minimal labor. They are easy to plant and are low-
maintenance,...

  • Over-wintering your perennials in pots? Some tips

    n simpler times, container gardening was small-scale landscaping using flowering annuals: Enjoy their color for one season and go with something new the next. Shifts toward food production and mixed container plantings have changed all that. Who wants to see all those months of devotion go to naught after the first frost if you don't...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting Oct. 25, 2014

    Nov. 1 Homebuying - 10 a.m.-noon, Ent Federal Credit Union, 7350 Campus Drive, free. Registration: 574-1100, ext. 6670, ent.com/seminars. Nov. 8 Veggie Garden Class - A to Z in Gardening - 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Aspen Valley Ranch, 1152 County Road 231, Woodland Park, $60. Registration: tinyurl.com/m5y2un7. Nov. 15 Silk Flower Centerpiece for...

  • Quoth the raven, 'Happy Halloween'

    Edgar Allan Poe and Halloween are enmeshed like cobwebs on a lamppost. In classics such as "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Masque of the Red Death" and more, the master of horror fiction gave us imagery - sinister masquerade balls, mysterious catacombs, menacing city streets - that has long inspired Halloween...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Oct. 25, 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,...

  • Pet of the week: Reacher

    Pet of the week Name: Reacher Breed: German Shepherd Owner: Casey Curran Reacher's story: He loves his dolly, he's smart, playful and, most of all, he's my best friend! - Casey Curran To have your pet considered, email a high-resolution photo to pets@gazette.com. Please include the pet's name and breed along with your name and a short...

  • Tips for kids, adults for safe and fun Halloween

    Halloween is less than a week away and parties are already in full swing. Here are seven tips from AAA for trick-or-treaters and adults to have a safe and fun time. Trick-or-Treaters and Parents 1. Look for light, bright and reflective costumes that make trick-or-treaters easy to see. Add reflective tape to costumes, treat buckets and bags...

  • Colorado Springs recycling nonprofit joins national network

    Since its founding in 2009, Blue Star Recyclers of Colorado Springs has operated as a social enterprise - a nonprofit that employs for-profit business practices but creates a positive social impact. In Blue Star's case, it hires people with autism and other disabilities. Now, Blue Star isn't just recycling its operating model; it's leveraging...

  • 7 ideas for Colorado adventure on this warm autumn weekend

    It's summer again in southern Colorado - or at least it feels like it. Though autumn began more than a month ago, the weather forecast is promising lots of sun and temperatures approaching 80 degrees Friday through Sunday. Now's the time to mark off whatever is left of the season's bucket list. For those who haven't already planned an...

  • Will the ghost of Emma Crawford haunt the Manitou Springs coffin races?

    Parade of coffins and antique hearses, noon Saturday, coffin races will follow parade, along Manitou Avenue; after-
party with food, drinks, music and costume contests, Soda Springs Park, 35 Park Ave., Manitou Springs, free 685-5089, manitousprings.org. Coffin race viewing tips: - Aim to arrive by 11 a.m. for parking and good spots to watch...

  • List: Halloween events for adults in the Colorado Springs area

    Oct. 24-31: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" - Presented by Fire and Ice Theatrical, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25, Oct. 29-31, Club Q, 3430 N. Academy Blvd., for ages 18 and older, $10-$20; 422-9423, tinyurl.com/lczmav8. Oct. 25: BloodLux Bash - Food trucks, creative drinks, entertainment and more, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, Colorado Springs Fine Arts...

  • Must See Must Do: What's happening around Colorado Springs this weekend

    Who ya gonna call? Geeks Who Drink. It's "Ghostbusters" trivia night complete with costumes and craziness at 5 p.m. Saturday at Green Man Taproom & Beer Garden, 320 S. Weber St., and simultaneously in 24 other cities nationwide. It's the "Ghostbusters" 30th anniversary. Teams have a six-person max, $5 admission fee for each player. Info:...

  • Side Streets: Buy a calendar, help put the 'springs' back in Colorado Springs

    Since I first wrote about efforts to restore Tahama Springs in Monument Valley Park, I've had folks wanting to know how to contribute. They like the idea of resurrecting the spring on the west bank of Monument Creek that was damaged by the Memorial Day Flood of 1935 and then destroyed by a second flood in June 1965 and sealed in concrete....

  • To Do Today calendar Oct. 24, 2014

    On TV "Leave the World Behind," 7 p.m., Showtime: Musical act Swedish House Mafia heads out on its ultimate world tour. "Grimm," 8 p.m., NBC: Season 4 begins. "Great Performances," 9 p.m., PBS: An unlikely pair perform together in "Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!" Poor Tony - he'll be wiping meat grease off of his face for...

  • 5 things to know about today's partial solar eclipse: Watch now

    What's happening? - A partial solar eclipse - when the moon comes between the sun and the earth but they don't align perfectly so the moon only partially covers the sun's sphere - happens Thursday afternoon. What will it look like? - It will look like the moon has taken a bite out of the sun. When can we see it in the Pikes Peak region?...

  • Komen Southeastern Colorado Works Hard to Make Donations Count

    Every year, the Komen Southeastern Colorado (SECO) Affiliate distributes 75-percent of its net proceeds from fundraising to non-profit organizations that provide education, breast health and breast cancer screening, and treatment support to the medically uninsured, underinsured or at-risk populations within its 13-county service area.

  • Crosses for Losses pooch has own cross to bear

    Deja Boogie Ann Davis shakes her head and off flies her froufrou pink headband - the one with the white daisies on it. But her rhinestone-studded collar stays in place, drawing attention to what a pretty girl she is. Actually, she prefers her pink spiky collar and regularly begs for it, but it's worn out. Still, she's definitely not all...

  • Artists combine for new GOCA1420 exhibit at UCCS

    A prodigal artist son returns. Painter Jason Chase will join forces with longtime local sculptor Sean O'Meallie in "Play," a new show at the Gallery of Contemporary Art 1420 at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. It opens Friday with a reception and free lectures by the artists. "We came up with 'Play,' which we both sort of do...

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