Tri-Lakes 4th of July Celebration
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Tri-Lakes 4th of July Celebration July 4: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Pancake breakfast, run, parade, music and street fair MonumentWebsite: trilakeschamber.com

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What’s not to like about living in one of the smaller towns that share one Interstate 25 exit between Colorado Springs and Denver?

The growing communities of Monument, Woodmoor and Palmer Lake have their own personalities and small-town feel but with all the conveniences of today’s busy lifestyles. Business is booming at big-box stores and restaurants as well as longtime mom-and-pop establishments. You’ll find regulars at their tables at the coffee shops.

Tri-Lakes schools are in Lewis-Palmer District 38. And the expanded YMCA has a full healthy-living schedule as well as an adjoining Tri-Lakes Health Pavilion.

Palmer Lake — yes, there’s a lake — is home to the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, where you can catch a play, listen to concerts or see artwork by area artists and sculptors. Downtown Monument is lined with specialty shops and excellent cafés and restaurants.

Woodmoor was developed with more of a country-club atmosphere and is home to the private Country Club at Woodmoor.

Even as it grows, Tri-Lakes continues a tradition of quirky and special small-town events, from more serious Chautauqua historic re-creations to a holiday yule log hunt, a July 4 parade and races between people-powered artistic creations. This, after all, is an area known for landmarks like the Dirty Woman Park in Monument.

Volunteers help at Tri-Lakes Cares and its thrift shop to make certain no one goes hungry or cold. This was an active site during the 2013 Black Forest fire, when area residents rallied to the call.

The senior citizens center serves as a meeting place where seniors can share meals, bingo and even a friendly game of pingpong. Since 1973, the Tri-Lakes Women’s Club has provided grants for community needs.

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