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  • Fairy gardens a magical introduction to gardening

    If you build/grow it, they will come. That's the original magical thinking behind fairy gardens, miniature nature-scapes that incorporate plants, furniture and accessories scaled to Thumbelina size. Once upon a time, fairy gardens were primitive outdoor digs set up on mossy patches or in hollow logs and appointed with toadstool tables, walnut...

  • Lightning rods offer protection in event of direct hit

    Dear Ken: Do lightning rods help? Last year there were several hits nearby, and I'm worried. - Angie Answer: The aphorism about lightning never striking in the same place twice is sort of true, but there are factors that make strikes more likely in a given area. They include elevation of a neighborhood in relation to surrounding topography,...

  • Reducing allergies while gardening

    Allergies can put a serious crimp in gardening: A runny nose, itchy eyes or a wheezing and persistent cough can drive allergy sufferers indoors during the growing season. But there are many things you can do to reduce those irritations and remain a dedicated gardener. Start by determining what's causing your allergies. See an allergist for...

  • Pikes Peak Water Garden Society hosts annual sale

    Pikes Peak Water Garden Society will hold its annual water plant sale 10 a.m. Saturday at the Union Printers Home, 101 S. Union Blvd. Attendees should use the north entrance on Pikes Peak Avenue just east of Union Boulevard. The society was founded in 1989 to encourage interest and further knowledge about the construction and maintenance of...

  • Right at Home: New floral prints bring spring indoorsNew floral prints bring spring indoors

    Floral motifs pop up every spring in home-furnishing collections, and after a long winter they're always a welcome sight. But this year, there seem to be more than ever, and they feel particularly fresh. New York interior designer Elaine Griffin says it began a few seasons back with a movement toward kinder, gentler silhouettes and patterns....

  • Textiles bring midcentury-modern style home

    Have you discovered midcentury-modern style and gone hunting for a great piece of furniture from the era? Vintage pieces are pricey, and even well-made reproductions can challenge the bank account. So while you're saving up for that Eero Saarinen Womb settee or George Nelson Coconut chair, why not delve into the era through textiles? Whether...

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for May 30, 2015

    Events Literary Walk in the Woods with John Stansfield - 1 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights Road. Day pass $7 per vehicle; 576-2016. "The Drunken City" - 8 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E Colorado Ave., $5-$15; cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com/david-lord-theater. On TV - "2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting May 30, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Wednesday Updating Your Sprinkler System with Rebates - 6:30-8 p.m., Conservation and Environmental Center, 2885 Mesa Road, free. Registration: 668-8232. June 6 Soil Health Management Outdoor Workshop - With Jeff Goats, resource soil scientist, Colorado NRCS, 9 a.m.-noon, 10275 Link Road, Fountain, $5-$10....

  • Broadmoor area estate packed with 'jaw dropping' items lures shoppers

    Rich Schell had his arms loaded Friday with vintage clothes, including a Bill Blass gown of embossed taffeta. He was one of many estate sale goers mesmerized by the offerings at 12 El Encanto Drive in the Old Broadmoor area. The items he chose will be given to a designer friend back east, Michelle Workman, who likes to dress in vintage...

  • Cripple Creek woman lives through aneurysm despite 1% survival chance

    Sponsored feature: Deb Reynolds shouldn’t have survived her aneurysms. “The doctors said because of the severity, I had a one-percent chance of surviving and even less of a chance to be OK,” the 52-year-old said. Nearly eight months later, she is not only alive, but recovered and functioning well.

  • 45-year-old Penrose ER nurse survives stroke

    Sponsored feature: Elizabeth Dienst was 45 and healthy, with more than 30 years in the healthcare field under her belt as a paramedic, Flight for Life staff and ER nurse. Then, she had a stroke. “I didn’t have the regular risk factors, but it was a lot of other seemingly random factors that came together to cause it,” she said. “My doctor called...

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for May 29, 2015

    On TV "Great Performances," 9 p.m., PBS: Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra. TRIBUNE NEWS sERVICE Birthdays Actor Kevin Conway ("Gods and Generals") is 73. Singer Gary Brooker of Procol Harum is 70. Singer Rebbie Jackson is 65. Composer Danny Elfman is 62. Singer LaToya Jackson is 59. Actor Ted Levine ("Monk,"...

  • List: Loads of free summer concert series in Pikes Peak region parks

    Clean up the folding chairs, pack a picnic and head to a free concert in one of the numerous parks across the Pikes Peak region. This summer, you can find live music almost every night of the week, with opportunities to hear your favorite local bands or to check out new musicians from around the state. FIRST & MAIN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES...

  • New Barr Camp caretakers keeping it all in the family

    atering to weary travelers at Barr Camp soon will be a family affair, courtesy of the first brother-and-sister team of caretakers in the camp's history. "It's so ironic," said Ashley Miller, half of the sibling duo. "I kept telling people all I want to do is make pancakes and have people over." Ashley, 24, and Zach Miller, 26, assume their...

  • Pet of the week: Tres

    Name: Tres Breed: Paint Owner: Sally Ruport Tres' story: Tres was the prize in an essay contest conducted by Renee's Friends back in 2007. Here's an excerpt from The Gazette on March 10, 2007: "Some contests give away a car or a cruise. But the prize Lenora Kater won in an essay contest was a horse of another color. Literally. On...

  • Cats chat with us through meows, blinks and roving whiskers

    When it comes to cats, those meows mean a lot of things. With each purr, yowl or even blink, felines are saying, "Hello," "Let's snuggle" or "Beat it, Mom." For the increasing number of pet owners who want to connect with their often-aloof fur babies, experts say there's something to gain from those attempts at communication. Cats are very...

  • Trail talk: Don't let rain dampen desire to support Colorado Springs-area trails

    Who likes May in Colorado? We get whispers of spring in March and April. Then just as tulips and lilacs begin blooming, a freak snow or hard freeze brings scents and colors to an abrupt end. Days later, summer arrives. After these past couple of weeks, baking weather would be welcome. City and county trails, parks and open spaces were damaged...

  • Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting May 28, 2015

    ALMANAC Cycling Sunday Cafe Velo Gran Fondo - Pikes Peak Brewing Co., 1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive. Go online for times, costs and registration: tinyurl.com/nlxwnfs. Hiking Saturday Clear Springs Ranch Walk - 5K or 10K, start between 8 a.m. and noon, Clear Springs Ranch, off Exit 123 of I-25. Sponsored by Woodland Park Falcon Wanderers,...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting May 28, 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. AWR Cat Tails Rescue - 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Pet Pantry, 5148 N. Academy Blvd.; 369-5107, awrcattailsrescue.com. Dreampower - For dogs, cats and small caged pets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and...

  • Recent youth suicides a 'terrifying situation' that must be addressed, El Paso County official says

    In what an official from the El Paso County Coroner's Office calls "a terrifying situation," two students from West Middle School committed suicide in the past few weeks. "It is a problem in our society that we don't properly deal with, and every effort should be made with prevention before it happens," Dr. Leon Kelly, deputy chief medical...

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