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  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for March 27, 2015

    On TV "Hart of Dixie," 7 p.m., CW: Season 4 concludes. "Bride By Design," 7 p.m., TLC: Get ready for more brides, more dresses and (probably) more conflict in this new reality series. TRIBUNE NEWS sERVICE Birthdays Actor Julian Glover is 80. Actor Jerry Lacy ("Dark Shadows") is 79. Actor Austin Pendleton ("Oz," "Homicide: Life...

  • Spring excitement in the air at Colorado ski resorts

    Children from kindergarten through the fifth grade are eligible to ski for free at Vail Resorts next year - provided they sign up by Memorial Day. The promotion is part of the Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack, which provides four days of free skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone, according to a news release from...

  • For skiers of Colorado 14ers, mistakes can be deadly

    Perched on the snowy summit of 14,025-foot Pyramid Peak, Austin Porzak had no alternative but to perform flawlessly. Skiing any of Colorado's fourteeners involves a host of deadly threats, from rock fall and avalanche danger to ski-snagging obstructions in the hard, wind-carved snow. Pyramid Peak, a jagged tooth of the Elk Mountain Range near...

  • Analysis: Kara Tippetts, Brittany Maynard and 'death with dignity'

    Metastatic breast cancer took Kara Tippetts from her pastor husband, Jason, and their four children Sunday. She was only 38. But in her last years of life, her saga of accepting suffering became, in a quietly powerful way, a cultural force for another way of choosing death with dignity, one that refused to hasten death. In recent years, the...

  • Blog: How long until a habit?

    The other day I was listening to the “Happier with Gretchen Rubin“ podcast. Rubin also wrote "The Happiness Project." She and her sister were discussing the myths around how many days until you develop a habit. We've all heard 21 days or whatever other number suddenly becomes trendy. What do you believe? A magic timeframe of three...

  • AROUND TOWN: West Point Founders Day celebrated with superintendent

    If it's March, it's celebration time worldwide for West Point grads. The Military Academy at West Point was established by President Thomas Jefferson on March 16, 1802, and during the month the 140 West Point Alumni Societies honor Founders Day with a variety of get-togethers. The West Point Society of the Pikes Peak Region, winner of...

  • Snowcast: Fresh powder unlikely for Colorado's high country

    The weather pattern for the next week will bring more warmth. Even at high elevations, snow looks unlikely. The weekend features plenty of sun, with not much chance for moisture. By early to mid next week, a couple of smaller systems will move through the area. They likely will favor areas east of the mountains with any moisture they produce....

  • Trail Talk: Effort to close Colorado Springs trail gap finally pays off

    Remember "The Tortoise and the Hare?" It's one of Aesop's Fables with a simple moral lesson: slow and steady wins the race. Slow and steady is a requirement when a trail project involves a railroad. The Rock Island Trail is one of the Pikes Peak region's key trails but for years has been missing a critical segment. There's a 1.25-mile gap...

  • Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting March 26, 2015

    ALMANAC Cycling ONGOING The Colorado Springs Cycling Club - For all ages and abilities; bikesprings.org. Pizzeria Rustica Cycling Club - 2 p.m. second Sundays, Pizzeria Rustica 2527 W. Colorado Ave.; pizzeriarustica.com. Hiking ONGOING Garden of the Gods Visitor and...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting March 26, 2015

    ADOPTION FAIRS 9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com. Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue - For dogs less than 15 pounds, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 5020 N. Nevada Ave.; 266-1224. Dreampower - For dogs, cats and small caged pets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday...

  • Pet of the week: Doodlebug

    Name: Doodlebug Breed: Jack Russell Terrier Owner: Beth Cutter Doodlebug's story: Eight years ago this month, I adopted my Jack Russell Terrier Doodlebug from an animal rescue group in Bristow, Okla. Up to then, I had been indifferent to dogs (including all the hunting dogs my husband owned throughout our marriage). When I retired, I thought...

  • AROUND TOWN: Fun on the Safe Passage Boardwalk helps victimized children

    Shades of New Jersey, walking the Boardwalk, playing carnival games, winning kitschy little prizes. This was the Boardwalk Safe Passage style, circa the 1930s, down the hallways and in the ballroom at the Marriott Hotel on March 7. In true Safe Passage fundraiser gala fashion, the 20th annual event to benefit the nonprofit providing...

  • 13 Pikes Peak region Girl Scouts earn top Gold Award

    Thirteen area Girl Scouts are among 50 statewide who will receive the 2014-2015 Gold Award, the organization's highest honor that reflects participants' commitment to community service, leadership abilities and citizenship skills. The award culminates with a final project girls in grades 9-12 must complete. They come up with a...

  • Braided Easter egg bread is a showstopper on holiday tables

    This year, why not make a special bread to celebrate Easter? In Christian nations around the world, you'll find sweet breads specially made for the holiday, laden with their own unique symbolism. Some equate the rising of bread to Jesus rising from the grave. Kathy Anderson, who operates Crazy Good Personal Chefs in Colorado Springs,...

  • Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting March 25, 2015

    WHAT'S COOKING CLASSES ONGOING Adam's Mountain Café - 934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Registration: 685-4370. - Thai, 6 p.m. Monday, $45. - Lebanese, 6 p.m. April 6, $45. Black Bear Bourbon Bar - 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls; 684-9648, 964-2990, chefmatthews@aol.com. - Basic Bourbon Training,...

  • SudSisters: More craft brewers say 'no' to bottles because they can-can-can

    As comebacks go, Hollywood's got nothing on the beer can. The American Can Co.'s revolutionary invention, filled with 12 ounces of beer from the Gottfreid Krueger Brewing Co. of Newark, N.J., went on sale in Richmond, Va., 80 years ago. Within six months, Pabst Brewing Co. was distributing nationally. By year's end, more than three dozen U.S....

  • Ten fresh ideas for dressing up a basic bowl of oatmeal

    Oatmeal is the vanilla ice cream of the breakfast world. Some of us like it plain, appreciating its clean, oaty flavor, its firm yet giving texture, the way it cloyingly stays in your mouth a second longer than you think it should. And then there is the rest of humanity, those folks who - as with vanilla ice cream - treat oatmeal as a carrier...

  • Save Easter ham for sandwiches; do a duo of ducks instead

    Perhaps this will be the year you break out of your ham rut. Not that there's anything wrong with ham. It's only that as a main course at Easter, it tends to be kind of ... meh. How about trying something new, such as this duo of roasted ducks? The process is the same as roasting any other bird, with one exception. Because duck is so fatty, we...

  • Carrot cake - a classic Easter dessert recast as breakfast

    This Easter, we've decided you can have cake for breakfast. After all, it is a holiday that's loaded with treats, so why not embrace the sweeter side of every meal? We took the flavors of a classic carrot cake - golden raisins, grated carrots, chopped walnuts and brown sugar - and combined them into a crispy waffle perfect for breakfast or...

  • Asparagus? Meh! This Easter give me bacon, eggs and potatoes

    The classic foods of Easter dinner never have done much for me. Sure, a honey-glazed ham is nice. But the rest of the meal tends to go downhill. Now, Easter brunch is another matter. Hot cross buns and hash brown potatoes and muffins and coffee cakes and eggs of all manner ... now we're talking. I decided Easter would be a brunch to better...

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