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  • Join The Gazette's table at Rockin' the '60s

    Readers, would you like to join us Saturday for one of the events I write about in Around Town? This one promises to be a rock 'n' roll evening of fun to benefit a great nonprofit, Silver Key Senior Services. It starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Antlers Hilton hotel downtown and don't worry about the parking because it's in the hotel's underground...

  • 'Wonderful Life' memorabilia amassed

    For most adults, early childhood memories generally center on a favorite toy, pet, or family member. For Karolyn Grimes, they also include movie stars. "I remember my first role in 'That Night with You' from 1945," said Grimes from her home in Port Orchard, a suburb of Seattle. "It starred Susanna Foster, an opera singer, who sang a lullaby...

  • Bristol committed to Colorado as it plans a growth spurt

    Twenty years ago, only the bravest gamblers might have wagered on Mike and Amanda Bristol making a go of their brewing business. There were plenty of strikes against them. The couple started the business with inadequate cash. They bought too few kegs. And, with little background in brewing other than Mike Bristol's home-brewing hobby, they...

  • Dear Donna: Look offline, beyond bars to meet genuinely nice guys

    Dear Donna, I have been divorced for several years but continue to date. I keep meeting men who want to be intimate right away. I like your rule of "no intimacy for the first three months" and see that time frame as a minimum. Are there any nice guys who believe in courting, dating and allowing a friendship to grow into something special? -...

  • Just the facts: Red light cameras aid safety

    My friend Heidi was recently hit by a car. In a crosswalk, no less. The driver blew the light, and Heidi's surreal somersault began - hitting the hood, then the roof, and eventually the pavement. Next stop: the ER. Blowing red lights is not uncommon: In some Colorado intersections it happens about every 10 minutes. It isn't usually because...

  • Drive-thru review: Thickburger at Carl's Jr. scores a touchdown

    The Texas BBQ Thickburger at Carl's Jr. puts the "mess" in "mesquite." The 8-ounce patty is charbroiled to a slight char. The brisket is chopped and lean and oozing spicy mesquite sauce. Just a guess, but is that Stubb's barbecue sauce glistening on my chin? This burger is a slop bomb with its pin pulled. The breaded and deep-fried jalapeno...

  • Pet calendar for Sept. 1, 2014

    PET NOTES 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.; 390-7838; dreampower.org . LookWhatTheCatBroughtIn - Cats...

  • Cork not only for wine and bulletin boards

    Cork. It's not only for wine stoppers and bulletin boards. Embraced by some progressive furniture makers decades ago and a staple in housewares, cork has found a larger place among shoes, handbags, jewelry and other fashion accessories. Designer Elaine Turner is a proponent of cork, which is renewable, feather light and water-resistant. So...

  • Today's divorce can mean cake and eating it, too

    Divorce, it seems, has turned into a party - special cakes and all. Event planners, bakers, lawyers and academics note the rise of "divorce parties" over the past several years, many with cakes featuring weapon-wielding brides or gloomy black frosting on inverted tiers. "I've taken to naming them freedom fests, as you aren't celebrating the...

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  • Colorado Springs world travelers offer tips on avoiding pickpockets

    Three experienced Colorado Springs travelers, who have been to more than 100 countries between them, offered their experiences and tips to avoid being pickpocketed after my Aug. 17 story about my misadventure on a Barcelona subway. Bill Stanley, Terry Mitchell and Tom Stockman wrote they want other travelers to avoid similar situation. Stanley...

  • Book signings and such for Aug. 31, 2014

    SIGNINGS Author Signings - Charleeda Sprinkle will sign "Preparing to Stand" and Angela Hollis will sign "Soul Journey," 1-3 p.m. Friday, 
225 Coffee Shop and Venue, 225 N. Weber St.; 884-6225, cafe-225.com. LITERARY EVENTS Open Critique - Provides a critique experience for writers who seek feedback on manuscript pages, 
6-8:30 p.m....

  • No bees? Look for other pollinators

    The dramatic loss of honeybees to changing land use, viruses and pesticides is alarming, and they are irreplaceable as pollinators. But you can somewhat offset their loss by attracting alternative pollinators, such as beetles, butterflies and moths, dragonflies, feral bees, wasps and flower flies. Attracting these beneficial insects requires a...

  • Colorado Springs gardeners can harvest, divide, plant, transplant in September

    September is a time of transition. Days are noticeably shorter, nights are cooler, and the weather is usually stable. It's a good time to plant or transplant. - Harvest pears, apples and ever-bearing strawberries as they ripen. Cover new fruit on heritage raspberries with bird netting. - Continue to harvest tomatoes, peppers, onions and...

  • KEN MOON: Find second, third opinion when facing a critical diagnosis on furnace

    Dear Ken: I have been told by a heating contractor that I need a new furnace because the heat exchanger is bad. What's the next step here? - Karen Answer: First things first. Make sure you have a good working carbon monoxide detector. Some furnace companies - thankfully, very few - "over diagnose" a faulty heat exchanger. It can be an effort...

  • Fall decor does a Scottish fling

    Where fashion goes, decor follows. And this fall, the fashionistas are inspired by Scotland. Plaid capes, kilts and coats hit the fall catwalk for Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney. Marchesa showed tartan-printed lace, argyle and fur, and deconstructed kilt patterns in a dress collection. Maybe it's Scotland's referendum on independence...

  • Prices of huge TVs are down, which means the football season is looking up.

    Supersized isn't just for French fries. Americans increasingly are replacing their once-enviable 50-inch TVs with even bigger screens. Think: 65 inches and up. And what better time to expand your HD horizons than Saturday's official kickoff of college football and the NFL season start next weekend. People are snagging big screens -...

  • 'Great Escape' survivors gather in Colorado Springs in reunion of former WWII POWs

    Seven decades haven't severed bonds built in captivity. Veterans who survived Germany's Stalag Luft III say the connections built in the prison camp have expanded over that time, encompassing children, wives and grandkids. Seventeen survivors of the camp - all in their 90s - are in Colorado Springs this week along with more than 100 family...

  • Think you know Pikes Peak region history? Meet Blanche Burton and Laura Belle McDaniel

    What: Summer Speaker Series, "Think You Know History," with Blanche Burton and Laura Belle McDaniel (portrayed by actors Dianne Hartshorn and Diana Hall) Blanche Burton Connection to Colorado Springs: A savvy businesswoman, Burton was the first madam to set up shop in the all-male gold boom town of Cripple Creek when she arrived in 1891....

  • AROUND TOWN: Citizen Soldier Connection

    The Citizen Soldier Connection, a group of local citizens stepping in to support members of the military and their families stationed here, recently took to the links for a Friend-Raiser Golf Outing at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course. Foursomes were made up of two soldiers and two local citizens. Prior to teeing up, members of the nonprofit...

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