<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> around-town]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/around-town Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:15:18 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Hundreds were Off the Street and under the bridge for Urban Peak's homeless youth]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-hundreds-were-off-the-street-and-under-the-bridge-for-urban-peaks-homeless-youth/article/1556257?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-hundreds-were-off-the-street-and-under-the-bridge-for-urban-peaks-homeless-youth/article/1556257?custom_click=rss

Seven years ago there was a cozy breakfast for the community on the mural-lined patio at the emergency shelter for homeless youth at Urban Peak Colorado Springs. Then the Off the Street "event" was moved to a big white tent filling Cucharras Street just outside the shelter where a couple of hundred volunteers and supporters started their day.

Fast forward to 2015 and the transformation was breathtaking. Off the Street packed 830 under the Colorado Avenue bridge on a sunny early morning July 22 and raised almost $100,500 for the nonprofit and its work. Besides the monetary support there were volunteer-interest requests from 68 attendees and 43 people asked to tour the shelter or to learn more about Urban Peak's work.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:56:48 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Old North End gardens featured on Friends of eXtension tour]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-old-north-end-gardens-featured-on-friends-of-extension-tour/article/1556200?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-old-north-end-gardens-featured-on-friends-of-extension-tour/article/1556200?custom_click=rss

A tour of gardens on Colorado Springs' historic Old North End on July 18-19 drew a record crowd: 805.

They were treated to strolls through flower and vegetable gardens, past a stream and gazebos, and into shaded, flower-lined yards. At one they saw an American Beech tree considered one of the most notable trees in Colorado Springs. At several others they learned the secret to effective, and attractive, hail netting.

Plein air garden artists worked at the sites as those visiting stopped to watch.

Before the tour, the Colorado Master Gardeners who served as hosts and hostesses at each garden site took a "PreView" of each location, learning the interesting and often historic facts about each.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:15:02 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN PHOTOS: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center sashayed to an O'Keeffe look]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-photos-colorado-springs-fine-arts-center-sashayed-to-an-okeeffe-look/article/1556066?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-photos-colorado-springs-fine-arts-center-sashayed-to-an-okeeffe-look/article/1556066?custom_click=rss

If artist Georgia O'Keeffe had been invited to a "glam soiree" in her name, no doubt she would have been attired in her requisite black clothing.

It wasn't to be at Sashay, an evening of brightly colored, splashy-floral frocks with 300 guests paying homage to O'Keeffe's art shown in upstairs galleries at the Fine Arts Center. And attendees were treated to a cocktail party filled with fun and some eye-popping fashions and body painting.

It wouldn't have quite fit with O'Keeffe's quiet, reclusive New Mexico lifestyle, but featured clothing, jewelry and accessory designs by 10 local and regional designers shown on runways along the center's courtyard and Glass Corridor.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:20:15 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Delta Sigma Theta Hats Off Luncheon]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-delta-sigma-theta-hats-off-luncheon/article/1555653?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-delta-sigma-theta-hats-off-luncheon/article/1555653?custom_click=rss

Each year, the Colorado Springs Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority honors women from throughout the local community who are committed to public service.

It's also a time for sorority members to don the most festive of hats for the Hats Off Luncheon, a tribute to the late national sorority leader Dorothy Irene Height who, local alumnae noted, moved the sorority into an era of activism, volunteerism, leadership training and interracial and ecumenical educational programs for sorority members.

It would undoubtedly bring a smile to Height's face, alumnae said, to learn that the local chapter will be adding a forward-moving honor: M.A.L.E. (Men of Achievement, Leadership and Excellence).

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]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 04:16:06 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN PHOTOS: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Ball Fete with Penguin Flock a sell-out success]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-photos-cheyenne-mountain-zoo-ball-fete-with-penguin-flock-a-sell-out-success/article/1555212?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-photos-cheyenne-mountain-zoo-ball-fete-with-penguin-flock-a-sell-out-success/article/1555212?custom_click=rss

Colorado the penguin was surrounded by twins when many of the men at the FĂȘte with the Flock Zoo Ball came in similar black-tie attire.

Colorado, subject of the June 20 gala's theme, waddled around among long dresses and tuxes at the cocktail reception for a while before heading back into his carrier to relax as gala patrons enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, fed lettuce to the giraffes and took selfies with the popular long-necked mammal herd in the African Rift Valley exhibit. Then they visited with an armadillo, Kale the porcupine, a giant tortoise, Wally Gator and a large Abyssinian ground hornbill.

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Sun, 12 Jul 2015 21:41:51 -0600