<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> around-town]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/around-town Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:57:52 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Millennials' glittering YOT Club night helps kids have Christmas]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-millennials-glittering-yot-club-night-helps-kids-have-christmas/article/1617150?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-millennials-glittering-yot-club-night-helps-kids-have-christmas/article/1617150?custom_click=rss

Millennials glittered and sparkled in their holiday best as they partied the night away. It's a tradition, the YOT Club evening.

Making it even more special, the more than 600 young adults arrived at The Mansion nightclub Nov. 18 carrying bags of new toys, stuffed animals and books for 1,500 children. YOT, volunteer elves explained with a smile, is TOY spelled backwards.

The amazing final count, said organizers Aidan Ryan and Chad White, was 1,111 toys and games, 603 books, 600 bears and more than $14,000.

Books went into 350 Stockings for Kids at Early Connections Learning Centers along with the plush bears donated by Kay's Jewelers. Several hundred bears also went to the Police Department, CASA, Partners in Housing



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<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust's silent auction evening]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-rocky-mountain-community-land-trusts-silent-auction-evening/article/1617151?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-rocky-mountain-community-land-trusts-silent-auction-evening/article/1617151?custom_click=rss

It's a silent auction tradition to experience, as tables fill Norris-Penrose Event Center with choice items described on multiple pages.

The Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust's 21st anniversary celebration Nov. 16 lived up to all expectations.

A special addition was board member Ralph Cruz's wine pull table. Cork ornaments off the Christmas tree were traded for festive bags of wine.

Emcee Bill McAfee told guests that the Land Trust has helped 320 low-income families into home ownership. Working with nonprofit partners, it also has added 94 affordable rentals and 37 transitional housing units. The motto: "Building a strong community ... one home ... one neighborhood at a time!" Several homeowners serve on the board of



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Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:36:21 -0700
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Leadership group CSLI honors creators of Olympic City USA brand]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-leadership-group-csli-honors-creators-of-olympic-city-usa-brand/article/1616213?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-leadership-group-csli-honors-creators-of-olympic-city-usa-brand/article/1616213?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Leadership Institute has been a community asset for 20 years formed to "increase the quality and quantity of leaders in our community through the development of personal, professional and civic knowledge."

"We felt the community wasn't being all it could be," said Brenda Smith, a CSLI founder.

With more than 250 alumni and 16 class members annually, CSLI - led by Julia Sands de Melendez - has had a major impact on creating a stronger region, leaders said at the group's Nov. 10 breakfast and leadership retreat at The Pinery.

Add to this a CSLI Positive Impact Award celebrating those "who have, through skillful leadership, collaborated to create an extraordinary leadership benefit for the Pikes Peak



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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:17:01 -0700
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Tiny Head Start chairs an inspiration at CPCD's annual fundraising events]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-tiny-head-start-chairs-an-inspiration-at-cpcds-annual-fundraising-events/article/1616619?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-tiny-head-start-chairs-an-inspiration-at-cpcds-annual-fundraising-events/article/1616619?custom_click=rss

Tiny chartreuse chairs, "the bright beginning" for little ones who fit onto them, were unique table centerpieces at the annual CPCD...giving children a head start Community Giving Events Nov. 15 at The Antlers hotel.

The Chair Project carried the stories of Head Start youngsters and was autographed by supporters sitting at the breakfast and cocktail-hour tables. After the fundraiser the chairs were delivered to top donors.

Tablemates shared the stories of smiling CPCD preschool youngsters like Riley, who's 3 1/2, likes cheese sandwiches, sings "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and likes to paint. The CPCD dancers were a delight, performing and sometime improvising their own individual moves.



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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:14:48 -0700
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Teen Court benefactors sample Jewel of a Wine Tasting]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-teen-court-benefactors-sample-jewel-of-a-wine-tasting/article/1616618?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-teen-court-benefactors-sample-jewel-of-a-wine-tasting/article/1616618?custom_click=rss

Champagne flutes were raised high toasting 23 years of Colorado Springs Teen Court and its 10th annual Jewel of a Wine Tasting fundraiser Nov. 3 at Norris-Penrose Event Center.

It was also a toast to Ivars Spons of Sovereignty Wines for being the man behind the wine and beverage selections at the benefit all 10 years.

Benefitting from the evening, Teen Court is restorative justice for first-time juvenile offenders. More than 8,000 juveniles have traversed the program, judged by a jury of their peers instead of the misdemeanor courts. The majority of their crimes are shoplifting, simple assaults and drug violations and their sentencing fits each case, meted out over the years by 2,000 trained high school volunteers.



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<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Gingerbread houses and jazz benefit Early Connections child-care centers at historic site]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-gingerbread-houses-and-jazz-benefit-early-connections-child-care-centers-at-historic-site/article/1616214?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-gingerbread-houses-and-jazz-benefit-early-connections-child-care-centers-at-historic-site/article/1616214?custom_click=rss

It's a 23-year tradition of gingerbread houses and hot jazz.

What makes Early Connections Learning Centers' Gingerbread & Jazz even more special is its setting, the breathtaking 1923 Historic Day Nursery downtown, where guests can roam the wide hallways with decades of photos covering the walls.

The Gingerbread & Jazz gala night is a time to see up close the spectacular windows and original murals along with photos of the little folks in early-education classes there during the week.

Was it someone's mansion? Not at all. It has always been for "all mothers and all children," a dedication by 14 forward-thinking women starting in 1897. It's the oldest nonprofit child-care center in Colorado and on the National Register



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Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:50:40 -0700
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo's 71 years supporting military charities]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-pikes-peak-or-bust-rodeos-71-years-supporting-military-charities/article/1615714?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-pikes-peak-or-bust-rodeos-71-years-supporting-military-charities/article/1615714?custom_click=rss

The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo has been a rip-snortin' local sports tradition since 1937, and founder Spencer Penrose stipulated a special legacy: The rodeo proceeds would support the area's military and their families.

Penrose died in 1939, and by 1946 the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation was in place to continue carrying out his wishes.

Now, 71 years later, the foundation oversees the charitable work behind the rodeo and events Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo, Blue Jeans & Brass Gala, and Cowgirls against Cancer and its Cowgirls & Cocktails. In addition, it is continuing the Western rodeo heritage at Norris-Penrose Event Center, which is completing a capital campaign for a major expansion of the expo and conference

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]]> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 04:15:08 -0700 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Superhero laughter, little heroes at Special Kids Special Families]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-superhero-laughter-little-heroes-at-special-kids-special-families/article/1615715?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-superhero-laughter-little-heroes-at-special-kids-special-families/article/1615715?custom_click=rss

A night of silliness and laughter raised almost $40,000 for Zach's Place, a day-care center providing respite and care for children with physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities.

The sixth annual Special Kids Special Families Night of Comedy on Oct. 28 saluted the "Superhero Families" served by Zach's Place, one of only two such licensed facilities in the state. Little Zach's Place kids gave a "ROAR" performance and distributed "little hero" stuffed animals to guests.

The comedy came via "clean comic" John Crist, a preacher's son with Colorado Springs memories. In his bio are viral videos "Road Rage in the Church Parking Lot" and "Signs You Grew Up Christian.

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