Thursday, December 31, 2009

PRO-PROMOTIONS TO COORDINATE 2010 TERRITORY DAYS

Colorado Springs, CO (Seiko Marketing) — Old Colorado City Association of merchants is pleased to announce that they have hired Pro-Promotions to coordinate the 2010 Territory Days.

“We are very excited to have agreed on a contract with Jim and Pam Wear of Pro-Promotions to coordinate the 2010 Territory Days in Old Colorado City,” said Charles Irwin, President of the Old Colorado City Association. “We couldn’t have gotten a more qualified company to continue the great traditions of Territory Days as well as move forward with exciting opportunities for greater growth.”

Pro Promotions is one of Colorado’s longest standing special event production companies. For over two decades, Pro Promotions has organized and produced such great events as the Salute to American Veterans Rally, the Tejon Street Bike Fest, the Super Show and Swap Meet (aka the Hot Rods and Cool Bikes Super Show), the Western Sportsman’s Expo, the High Country Toy Run and others.

Pro Promotions is also an advertising and marketing agency whose client list includes companies like Outpost Harley-Davidson, The Ski Shop, KILO 94.3, KRXP 103.9, Henry Ham Insurance Agency, Red Noland Jaguar, Law Tigers, and RMC Distributing (Miller/Coors, Colorado Springs) just to name a few.

“We are honored and excited to be chosen as the new organizers of the Territory Days event,” said Jim Wear, President of Pro Promotions. “As natives of Colorado Springs, my wife Pam and I fully appreciate the long standing traditions of history and quality that the Territory Days event brings to our community, and we are dedicated to the preservation of those principles along with new energy and growth in the future.”

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

ICE ON THE AVENUE Ice Festival Returning to Old Colorado City in 2010


Colorado Springs, CO (Seiko Marketing) — The Old Colorado City Association of merchants is happy to announce that the ICE ON THE AVENUE Ice Festival is returning to Old Colorado City on January 16th & 17th of 2010 with most of the activities between 24th & 28th Street along West Colorado Avenue.

The event will feature a giant 50 ice block castle with three kid’s slides in Bancroft Park and also a Family Zone with an Ice Bowling Alley (with regular pins and ball) and a Drinking Luge in the parking lot next to Barbeque Mercantile. Also included for the first time is a King’s & Queen’s Throne where the public can interact and take photos. The plans for the 2nd Annual Ice on the Avenue also will include 15-25 different
statues sponsored by the sponsoring businesses of Old Colorado City.

There will also be several Ice Piggy Banks sponsored by different non-profits of the Pikes Peak region where donors can make immediate money donations to their favorite charities and be able to see their contributions inside the clear and hollowed ice sculptures. “We had close to 17,000 people come out for the 2009 Ice on the Avenue this year and we look forward to another large crowd in 2010,” said Charles Irwin, President of the OCCA merchants group. “I am very excited to present the 2010 Ice on the Avenue because we have Ice Sculptor William Sandusky, 3rd Place Winner at
the BP World Ice Art Championship 2009 sculpting for us and he’s got some incredible ice artwork to showcase to the public.”

Over 150 blocks of ice with each weighing 300 pounds will be used during the two-day event. There are plans to have an Ice Media Desk where 12 blocks of ice will be used to create an outdoor media set big enough for two people to report the news from the ice festival.

For more information on the 2010 ICE ON THE AVENUE ice festival, please contact Charles Irwin at 719-302- 2962 or go online at www.ShopOldColoradoCity.com.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Handcrafted Santa & More Receives Special Santa Order for Former President George W. Bush

Colorado Springs, CO (Seiko Tran) — Handcrafted Santa & More, located at 2605 W. Colorado Avenue in the heart of Historic Old Colorado City in Colorado Springs, is proud to announce that they were commissioned to make two special Santas for the former President of the United States, George W. Bush. Handcrafted Santas & More is a store that specializes in handmade Santas, Elves, Fairies, Vintage Ladies and Witches.

Melanie De Shon, the artist who created the two Santas for Former President Bush, said, “I have been creating Santas for 13 years. These Santas have found homes across the United States, Europe and Japan. I was honored to be commissioned to make the Prairie Chapel Santa as a present to the Bush family and had them delivered to Crawford Ranch in Texas. The second, the Fisherman Santa, was purchased as a Christmas gift for former President and Mrs. Bush in November 2009 and sent to Dallas, Texas.”

Each Santa’s face is individually sculpted out of clay, then baked and painted. Beards and hair are from various types of sheep’s wool. Their suits and dresses are made from vintage fabric, furs, trims & buttons collected from everywhere. They are accessorized with vintage and antique pieces. Each is unique, signed and dated.

Various Santas include Sewing Santa, Woodcutter Santa, Silver Swan Santa, Seashell Santa, Coffee Santa, Photographer Santa, Birdwatcher Santa, Clockmaker Santa, Patriotic Santa and Fisherman Santa. Prices range from $65 and up to $1,000 per Santa depending on the model.

Please contact Melanie De Shon of Handcrafted Santas & More, at 719-633-1165 or go online at www.HandcraftedSanta.com for more information on the special commissioned Santas or to place an order.

Half Ton Holiday Chocolate Bar In Old Colorado City

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Seiko Tran) - The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Old Colorado City will unveil a chocolate bar weighing over a half ton to celebrate the Holiday Season. "The candy business is all about having fun and we enjoy creating memorable experiences," says Mazie Baalman, owner of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate. "This won't be your typical chocolate bar."

The Chocolate Factory has enlisted the talents of local ice sculpture, William Sandusky, to create a serving bar made entirely of ice in front of the store. Sandusky has gain international acclaims for his talents. As part of a team he recently placed third in the 2009 World Ice Art Championships held in Fairbanks, Alaska.

"We are going to give away free chocolate all weekend long to people visiting Old Colorado City," says Baalman. The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is known for freshly made samples of fudge, caramel apples, and other goodies inside the store. The chocolate bar brings it outside to the street on a grander scale. "People are stressed this time of year. What better way to cheer them up than mixing the uplifting effects of unique art and old fashioned chocolates. Plus it is Free!"

The ice sculpted chocolate serving bar is themed to go with the historic nature of Old Colorado City. "We wanted to do something that evokes the wholesome and traditional American Christmas," says Sandusky." There will be a brick fireplace and mantle. Even flaming logs with twinkling lights embedded into the ice." The sculpture will slowly melt, lasting only a few days. "We are hoping it will make it to Christmas Eve," says Baalman. "As long as it is standing, we will use it to give away chocolate and spread holiday cheer in OCC."

Over the weekend Old Colorado City will host Free Pictures with Santa located at the cabin in Bancroft Park. Carolers and actors dressed in period costume will also add to the holiday spirit.

Photo/film opportunities for the ice sculpture are available Saturday December 19th in the morning and evening. From 6am-9am, William Sandusky is sculpting (the sculpture will be mid progress at 6am). After sunset the ice sculpture is illuminated.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is located at 2431 W. Colorado Avenue in Historic Old Colorado City.

Please contact Mazie Baalman of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, at 719-635-4131 for information on placing orders for the holidays.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Book Celebrates Area Craft Brewers, and their Dogs


Dogs, Beer and Colorado: New Gift Book Showcases All Three

BrewDogs is a photographic tribute to Colorado craft brewers and the dogs they love.
Colorado is well known for its geographic beauty---mountains, rock formations, alpine streams and wildflowers. Of almost equal stature is the staggering number of craft beer breweries dotted throughout the state. Over 100 microbreweries turn out enough beer to make Colorado one of the largest beer-producing states in the nation. As a result, the Great American Beer Festival makes its yearly home here. Regardless of the numbers, there’s one statistic that’s true almost across the board: where there is a craft brewer, there is usually a brew dog at his side. As a playful tribute to those brewers and their canine companions, The BrewDogs of Colorado was born, just in time for the gift-giving season.

The book, a high quality, 152-page hardbound edition with images of over 70 brew dogs and over 200 color photos of breweries throughout Colorado, was produced by a Colorado Springs family. “While the idea was not exactly born over a beer, the connection between beer and dogs is not too far ‘fetched’”, said co-authors Brian and Becky Bennett. “We realized that not only are most Colorado breweries dog-friendly, but a lot of beers are named after dogs.” As canine lovers themselves, the idea of a book to celebrate this relationship came to fruition, and turned into a summer long project involving the whole family, including daughters Lauren and Kristen. “With over 100 breweries in Colorado, it wasn’t hard to find an award winning craft beer, and a dog to go with it.”

John Hickenlooper, Mayor of Denver and a Colorado brewpub pioneer, contributed the foreword and a photo of his own brew dog. Slated to hit the bookstands on December 15, The BrewDogs of Colorado retails for $29.95 and is an ideal gift with appeal for both dog and beer lovers alike. It can also be ordered online at www.brewdogsbook.com. Place online orders by December 20 for delivery by Christmas. Several booksignings have been scheduled at breweries and bookstores; check the Brew Dogs website for dates and venues.

About WoofMedia, LLC:
WoofMedia, LLC, is a family-owned business. Brian and Becky Bennett are long-time residents and active members of the Colorado Springs community. Co-authors and daughters Kristen and Lauren Olson are also involved as managers and photographers. Brian is an active community volunteer in Colorado, serving on various non-profit boards and committees, including current service as Chairman of the Better Business Bureau Foundation. Stay tuned for future publications. www.woofmediallc.com.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Old Town Guesthouse Honored with 12th Consecutive AAA’s Four-Diamond Rating


Colorado Springs, CO (Seiko Tran) — Shirley & Don Wick, Inn Keepers of the Old Town GuestHouse, are again honored with their 12th consecutive Four-Diamond rating from AAA.

“Old Town GuestHouse is proud to be one of the few lodging facilities in the state with an AAA four-diamond rating,” said Don and Shirley Wick, Inn Keepers of Old Town GuestHouse. “We are proud of this honor and strive for excellence each day in continuing the highest standards to please our guests.”

The GuestHouse caters to adults for leisure travel and gives corporate rates to business travelers. All rentals include breakfast, evening reception, off-street parking and virtually soundproof rooms. The environment is smoke free and eco-friendly. A special guest room offers disabled friendly lodging and an elevator makes all rooms fully accessible.

As a Colorado Springs Bed and Breakfast, they are part of a select group of properties that offer luxurious accommodations, fine breakfast dining and an attention to detail that is unequaled. The Old Town GuestHouse was newly built in 1997 as a bed and breakfast inn yet retains the charm of the original 1892 Firestation. Only a few steps away from quaint boutiques, galleries, antique shops and restaurants, the three story brick building is in perfect harmony with the 1859 period construction of Colorado Springs' historic Old Colorado City, also known as Old Town.

The GuestHouse has a private Conference Center. The center can accommodate over 40 persons and is equipped to offer videoconferencing. This videoconferencing site networks to provide national and international communication. The Conference Center, including our Video Conferencing capability, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Old Town GuestHouse is located at 115 South 26th Street; just ½ block South of Colorado Avenue on 26th Street. For reservations or a tour, please call Old Town GuestHouse at 719-632-9194 or go online at www.oldtown-guesthouse.com.

Trendy boutiques, classic jewelry, gourmet restaurants, exquisite art and a lovely, tree-lined avenue invite the children and their families to come and see what Old Colorado City has to offer visitors and guests. Please visit www.shopoldcoloradocity.com for more information about Old Colorado City.

Friday, November 20, 2009

December Workshops at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center

Colorado Springs, CO – The Pikes Peak Workforce Center encourages job seekers to learn new job search tips and techniques by attending one of its December workshops or networking groups. There is no charge to attend, but attendees must register with Connecting Colorado, the state job search database. (www.connectingcolorado.com).

Please note that PPWFC will be close at noon on Wednesday, December 23 and will be closed all day on Thursday December 24 and Friday December 25, 2009 in observance of the Christmas holiday. PPWFC will also be closed on Thursday December 31, 2009 and January 1, 2010 in observance of New Year’s Day.

NETWORK GROUPS: Ongoing job search and support on trends and leads!

· Job Search Group: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. No registration required.

· 50+ Job Seekers Group: Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon. No registration required. PPWFC will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.

· Veterans: Regular sessions on December 1 and 8 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Federal Job Search workshop on December 16 or 23, check website for times. Register online at www.ppwfc.org for Veterans sessions.

Live Orientation: Overview of PPWFC services with Q&A

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. No registration required. PPWFC will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.

Online Job Search and Basic Resume

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Beginners will learn how to write a resume, complete online job applications and set up a free email account. No registration required. Walk-ins welcome. PPWFC will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.

Managing Stress

Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Learn tips and techniques for dealing with stress. No registration required. Walk-ins welcome.

Job Shop: Interview Skills and Network Techniques

Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.

Learn to mine and network for leads; prepare to interview, negotiate salary and more! Register online at www.ppwfc.org or call 719.667.3790.


Résumé ‘Righting!’ – Résumé and Portfolio Design

Mondays, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, 10:00a.m. to 12 noon. No registration required.

Resumes often are a report of past accomplishments when they should be an advertisement of future potential. Job seekers who are over or under-qualified struggle with how best to present themselves. Attendees will learn the latest trends in resume design and content. No registration necessary, but please arrive on time.

There is no charge to attend these workshops; however, registration is required for most. Register at www.ppwfc.org, click on the workshops under Employment and Careers or call 667-3790. All workshops are held at the main office, 2306 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, 80909.

About PPWFC

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center supports business and promotes employment by providing connecting employers and job seekers. PPWFC helps businesses solve their workforce-related business problems and helps residents with career transition. More information about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center can be found online at www.ppwfc.org.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

THE COMPREHENSIVE AUDIT WORKSHOP - 12/3/2009, Colorado Springs


Colorado Springs, CO (Seiko Tran) – Too busy to always keep up with the latest ins and outs of the workplace? Interested in creating and quickly implementing proven processes for increased productivity and efficiency? Feel like you are “compliant” but just want to be sure?

Join the experts for a complimentary & informative discussion on current best practices in the workplace on Thursday, December 3rd from 2:00-4:00 PM at the offices of Strategic Financial Partners located at 1755 Telstar Drive, Suite 501, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. This special workshop is brought to you by Tim Watson of Strategic Financial Partners, Tom Voake of Effective Choices Inc., Lili Tran & Marissa Walker of Human Capital Group and Meike Alberts of Perquest Payroll.

Topics discussed will include:

Human Resources

· Analyzing documents and evaluating current policies, practices & programs

· Investigating management philosophy & current HR practices

· Mitigating risk by developing a solid action plan

Employee Benefits

· How to establish a benefits “check up” outside of your annual renewal

· What is benefits audit? Will you be ready when the DOL calls?

· Learn the difference between a basic and in-depth audit

Payroll

· Proper recordkeeping practices

· Understanding the IRS Lookback Period

· Employee vs. 1099 – Proper Classification


Retirement Plans

· Fee Transparency – Do you know and understand what you are paying?

· Fiduciary Awareness for Plan Sponsors

· Creating and monitoring an Investment Due Diligence Process

Lili Tran of Human Capital Group said, “Marisa and I have teamed up with Perquest Payroll, Strategic Financial Partners, and Effective Choices, Inc. for a complimentary overview presentation on auditing your HR, payroll, benefits and retirement programs. The event will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2009, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Strategic Financial Partners offices. If you have any questions, please contact me (649-8170) or Marisa (964-2399) at marisa@humancapitalgroup.net. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat early. We hope you can join us for this information session.”

Human Capital Group, LLC, is a women-owned human resources management consulting company based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

For more information on Human Capital Group, LLC, please go to www.humancapitalgroup.net, call (719) 649-8170 or 964-2399, or email info@humancapitalgroup.net.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Designated Driver of Colorado Springs calls for New Year's volunteers

Hi Everyone,

Designated Driver of Colorado Springs is rapidly approaching our one year anniversary. Over the last few months I have been asked many times if we would still be around in 6 months or a year. Well, as I said each time I was asked, failure at this thing has never been an option. So, here we are over 1800 rides later and going strong. In fact, we have some REALLY exciting things going on. For now, I will just say keep your ears open because you will be hearing lots of good things about us very soon. Of course, you have been hearing good things all along J, but things just keep getting better and better.

As many of you know, we gave our first ride on New Years Eve of this year. And with New Years Eve not so far away, we are gearing up for what we anticipate will be an incredibly busy evening. That being said, I am writing this email and asking you all to help us out by passing it along to everyone you possibly can. Our typical Friday and Saturday nights have been requiring approximately 10 teams out each night. Our busiest night was Halloween, a total of 35 rides were given that night. So, if Halloween was that busy we are sure New Years Eve will be much busier than that.

We are looking for additional volunteers to help us through the entire holiday season starting after Thanksgiving. Of course New Years Eve being our biggest need. We will be needing both drivers and help with dispatch. If you can all pass this along and give me a call with any ideas or input you might have that would great. We continue to get an incredible response out in the community and I am confident we will be prepared to keep everyone in our community safe this holiday season and year around. Thank you all in advance.

Nonie Rispin
Designated Driver of Colorado Springs
www.noduicosprings.com
719-650-3450

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Bank at Broadmoor hosts Care and Share Drive-Up Donation Event

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Bank at Broadmoor in conjunction with Christmas Décor by Timberline will host an evening Care and Share Drive-Up Donation event on Friday, November 20, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 155 Lake Avenue.
The Bank at Broadmoor has collected canned food for Care and Share for the past several years in all four lobby locations. To help increase this year’s donations, Christmas Décor by Timberline has decorated the Lake Avenue bank with thousands of lights to bring attention to the event. Christmas Decor and The Bank at Broadmoor staff volunteers will accept cash and food donations for the Care and Share Food Bank.
To make it convenient to donate, citizens will be directed into the bank parking lot. Volunteers will be on hand to accept the donations and provide holiday treats, all from the comfort of their car!

This event provides another convenient drop-off area for the Care and Share Turkey Drive taking place on November 20th at several locations throughout the city. In addition, all four locations have drop boxes in the lobbies for donations.
The Bank at Broadmoor, www.bankatbroadmoor.com, is a locally owned and operated community bank with overall deposits in excess of $160,000,000. The four convenient locations are 155 Lake Avenue, downtown at 501 S. Tejon Street, north at 440 Chapel Hills Drive and on the Westside at 3216 West Colorado Avenue.

Memorial Health System and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Honored as 2009 Co-Champions of Community Health

Colorado Springs, CO - Peak Vista Community Health Centers held its fifth annual Breakfast of Champions (featuring Wheaties) today at the Broadmoor’s International Center. Mark Spitz, nine-time Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming, provided the keynote address to more than 800 attendees. The annual event raised more than $150,000 for primary medical, dental and behavioral health services for working families in the Pikes Peak Region. Raising awareness of the organization and its contributions to this community, the event also served to recognize the many champions associated with Peak Vista, especially volunteer physicians and dentists, and community partners.

El Pomar Foundation served as Breakfast of Champions Presenting Sponsor with Kathy and Bill Hybl recognized for being co-founders of the event. According to BJ Scott, president & CEO of Peak Vista. “While Mark had numerous healthcare resources to tap during his training, many of our patients have little to none when a healthcare need arises. Peak Vista is there for the many working families of El Paso and Teller counties when they have health-related needs…in essence, we serve as a champion for the 55,000 patients we care for each year.”

Peak Vista’s Breakfast of Champions recognized Memorial Health System and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services as its 2009 Co-Champions of Community Health for their partnership and ongoing support of Peak Vista’s initiatives. Nominees for the award must 1) exhibit outstanding advocacy for issues which directly impact our community’s health or 2) contribute financially to a measurable community health-related initiative or solicit significant funding for the same. Margaret Sabin, President and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and Dr. Larry McEvoy, CEO of Memorial Health System accepted the awards on behalf of their organizations.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide exceptional healthcare for people facing access barriers. Established in 1971, Peak Vista annually offers primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services to more than 55,000 El Paso and Teller residents…most from working families without health insurance. To support Peak Vista financially or to learn more about Peak Vista, visit www.peakvista.org.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mental Health Clients Artwork Featured in 2010 Calendar


“Expressions of Hope,” the 2010 Art Calendar featuring paintings by consumers of Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group, is now on sale online and at local stores.

The artists are participants in the Art Therapy program. All proceeds from the sales will go back to the program. The calendars are $10.

“Sometimes people associate mental illness with crazy ideas; treat it as a negative,” said art therapist Kim Nguyen. “But (the clients) are full of creativity and an abundance of beauty. With the right direction, they can flourish.”

Such was the case with Tisha Gutierrez. For several years, she battled the stigma and denied herself treatment out of fear of retribution and losing her four children. After a nervous breakdown in 2004, Gutierrez started treatment at Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group and one of her most effective treatments is paint and canvas.

“Once I get it out on the canvas, it’s not trapped,” she says. “It’s put on the wall and not stored away in my mind.”

Gutierrez’s work is featured in the 2010 Calendar. It can be purchased and viewed online at www.ppbhg.org. The calendars also are available at several Downtown Colorado Springs stores, including Poor Richard’s Bookstore and Colorado Co-op along Tejon Ave.

For more information about the art therapy and other Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group programs, contact Nguyen at (719) 572-6244

PuebloFinder.com Debuts as Pueblo Colorado’s Newest Consumer Directory and Resource Online

Pueblo, CO - (BouyancyDigital.com) – Internet advertising firm Buoyancy Digital, LLC is
pleased to announce the beta launch of www.pueblofinder.com, the newest and most
progressive directory of information, content and listings published by and for the
people of Pueblo, Colorado.

The PuebloFinder.com site, still in its first phase of operations, will serve as a
resource for consumers, professionals and students alike to find what Pueblo has to
offer online, no matter what format, all with a local flavor.

On the business side, Pueblo businesses which have been used to paying hundreds
to thousands of dollars per year on advertising campaigns that reach a generally
focused audience, will be able to self-publish relevant targeted ads seen by users
who are seeking what your web site and business actually offers. Registered users of
the PuebloFinder.com site have the ability today to publish searchable web listings
which may be linked to videos and pictures, classified listings, categorized banner
advertisements, and for the aspiring writers in the community, the ability to publish
articles of general or genre-specific interest.

According to Mr. Rabinowitz, site manager for PuebloFinder.com, “As a consumer, I
have found it difficult to find various kinds of Pueblo focused info and local site
listings easily. PuebloFinder.com addresses the need with a human-edited directory,
meaning that actual folks who live here have a hand in shaping what gets published
to the site, now and forever.”

“On the business side, local companies need cost effective solutions to reach the
targeted audiences available online who are interested in buying their goods and
services. Beyond being an advertising specialist, I am a Pueblo business owner and
have seen what the large national media companies’ charge, the level of service
offered, and the level of economic return they provide for businesses in Pueblo and
Colorado Springs for internet advertising. The next evolution for local business
advertising is to be found where your potential new customers are looking, at a
reasonable cost, and most importantly, where you can clearly see a return on your
investment with tools to measure the results that people in any line of work can
easily understand.”

The PuebloFinder.com team at Buoyancy Digital has been in the field of internet
advertising and web site traffic management for over 10 years. The company mission
is to provide cost effective web site support and advertising services to meet the
needs of local business. The PuebloFinder.com web site reflects this focused
commitment to support the consumers of Pueblo and local merchants alike.
For more information, please visit us online at www.pueblofinder.com

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Youth Workshops for November, Pikes Peak Workforce Center

NEW YOUTH WORKSHOPS FOR NOVEMBER



Youths and Parents Will Learn How Youths Can Take Charge

of their Lives through Self Advocacy Training
Colorado Springs, CO (PPWFC) – The Youth Zone at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center will offer a new workshop, Self Advocacy, for youths, 14 through 21, and their parents in November. There is no charge to attend. Youths can register online at www.ppwfc.org (click on the Youth Zone) or call 719.667.3860.

Self Advocacy, Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Self-Advocacy Training is designed for both parents and youth participants. Young people will learn how to empower themselves by taking charge of their own lives and advocate for themselves in various situations including work, school, and the community. It will also include activities to build youth self-esteem.

Parents will learn how to let their children take better control of their own destinies and become more independent, while still providing support and guidance. And, parents will learn tips for effective parent–teen communications and will be provided with valuable information about youth resources. Workshops for both groups will be interactive and fun!

About the Youth Work Zone

The Youth Work Zone supports education and promotes employment for youth in El Paso and Teller counties. More information about the Youth Work Zone can be found online at www.ppwfc.org.

New: Peak Performance Business Consulting

Local Start-Up Consultancy Takes Unique Approach To Training Managers

Colorado Springs, CO (Seiko Tran) - Peak Performance Business Consulting is an organizational development company that focuses on improving skills and performance of key contributors.

Peak Performance Business Consulting uses a combination of assessment profiles, coaching and training to help employers create real and lasting performance improvement through behavior change.

Rather than taking a “blanket” approach to training, Peak Performance Business Consulting uses an “Understand, Learn, Coach and Reinforce Over Time” model that ensures training dollars are well spent and performance improvement actually occurs.

“We do this by understanding the type of person first. Then we help the learner acknowledge there are areas for improvement and get them to agree to take the necessary steps to improve. Without gaining acknowledgement and agreement, change is unlikely to occur,” says Stan Heister, President of Peak Performance Business Consulting.



“When the steps above are complete, we can then design targeted learning and coaching sessions that enable behavior change to take place. This, combined with practice and feedback complete the loop and absolutely results in performance improvement - and is a result of the real and lasting behavior change that we create” adds Heister.

”We find that when we ensure that each key contributor in the organization is given the opportunity and tools to thrive - they will thrive. And when they do, so does the company,” concludes Heister.

Stan Heister, President of Peak Performance Business Consulting has over 25 years of business experience in Sales, Marketing and Training. He has spent his last 9 years with Teradata Corporation where he was a Director in the Learning Organization. He has been responsible for Learning Strategy, Sales Strategy and Execution and the Training and Development of the global demand creation audience within Teradata. Stan has trained and coached sales teams in more than 25 countries.

Peak Performance Business Consulting anticipates and solves employee-related problems by using and combining:

* Assessments
* Executive coaching
* Strategic planning
* Supervisory, management, and leadership training programs
* Sales training programs
* Team Development
* Group facilitation
* Employee accountability training
* Surveys

This process provides the intelligence needed to take an individual approach to placing, training and coaching managers. The results are behavior change and growth in the individual which means performance improvement, higher level of self worth and fewer turnovers – and ultimately an increase in bottom line profits to the company.

For more info on Peak Performance Business Consulting, please contact Stan Heister at 719-434-1195.

Home Show on Fort Carson, November 14

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS GROUND BREAKING EVENT AT FORT CARSON!
CALL 719-524-1901 or EMAIL nica.anderson@us.army.mil TO SECURE YOUR BOOTH TODAY!


Sat. 14 November – 11am-5pm - Best Hometown Home Show – Elkhorn Conference Center
Sponsorship booth $600.00 Sponsorship Fee includes 10 x 10 space and table, plus your name and logo on the “Traveling Banner”, AND a _ page full color ad in the December 09 and January 10 Hometown Editions (deadline for artwork is 6 November). . – Est. up to 50 vendors, Est. attendees 1,000 (open to public) *Additional Event Sponsor amenities below.

Why wait until Spring to start planning your home improvement, home buying, etc. MWR says, let’s do a Home Show in November so our folks can start getting their ideas and saving up for what are usually large purchases. We invite a variety of sponsors to attend a booth at this event, another ground breaker for MWR. Be a part of educating and sharing great information, products and services to Soldiers and Families who live off-post, on-post, or in the barracks. We plan to offer a prize to the FRG who brings the most people as well as a GRAND PRIZE of a variety pack of services and products from the event sponsors. Join in the fun and be a “Plank Owner” of this first ever event held at Fort Carson and show everyone that this is The Best Hometown in the Army! Not limited to, but recruiting the following sponsor categories:
Real Estate Agents - Home Builders – Furniture, electronics, and home décor stores – Lenders and on-post financial institutions – Florists – Nurseries – Landscapers – Home Improvement companies and stores – Thrift Stores – Fencing – Flooring – Decks – Fireplaces – Interior Decorators – Professional Organizers – Handymen – Carpet cleaning – Housekeeping – Exterminators – Chimney Sweeps – Hot Tubs – Matting/Framing – Cable and Internet providers – Home Security – Grocery and beverages – Educational Institutions – Day Care, etc.

Don’t miss out on this ground breaking event – call us today!

* If you like to have fun meeting people and interacting then YOU belong at one of the many DFMWR special events here at Fort Carson.

As the Commercial Sponsorship and Advertising Sales Manager for the Fort Carson Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Department I want to share with you some amazing opportunities to become involved with the soldiers and families of Fort Carson. With the arrival of the headquarters of 4th Infantry Division and the return of our two largest Brigades from war, Fort Carson is exploding with growth, new faces and lots of activity! Since April 2009 our event attendance has doubled for each event and program we have offered. Now is the time to be a household name on Fort Carson and meet your new customers face-to-face. As an event Sponsor YOU will have advertising and marketing opportunities on post and will meet the most important people there are, those who keep us free.

Get in Line for a Year's Worth of Free Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A Continues its expansion in Colorado Springs with its newest stand-alone restaurant opening Nov. 12; bringing nearly 65 new jobs to the area.

Chick-fil-A Will Give Away Free Year’s Supply to First 100 in Line at New Location on Garden of the Gods Rd.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.(CPCommunications)– The Chick-fil-A® restaurant chain and its Eat Mor Chikin® Cows will do their part to “boooost” and support the local economy with the opening of Colorado Springs’ newest stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant on Nov. 12 with a celebration that will include the giving away of more than $26,000 in free food and the creation of nearly 65 new jobs.

Chick-fil-A will award a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A Meals (52 certificates) to each of the first 100 adults in line, age 18 and older with identification, at the Chick-fil-A restaurant located at 575 Garden of the Gods Rd. The line officially begins forming on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 6 a.m. with the prizes being awarded Thursday, Nov. 12 sometime between 6 a.m. and 6:10 a.m. In the event that there are more than 100 eligible people by 6 a.m. on Wednesday,
Nov. 11, all 100 spots will be determined by a raffle. For complete rules, refer to www.chick-fil-a.com/#insidersfirst100. The restaurant will open for business immediately thereafter.

Despite the country facing challenging economic times, Chick-fil-A continues to grow. The company announced in early July its plans to add an additional five new stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurants this year, an increase from 64 to 69. Along with the opening of a new mall location and 10 licensed outlets this year, more than 4,500 new jobs will be created with Chick-fil-A’s expansion also providing a positive business impact in local communities.

The Colorado Springs restaurant is the third of four locations opening in Colorado within seven weeks and includes an opening in Longmont on the same day. The fourth location is scheduled to open in December in Aurora. The company will have opened five new restaurants this year in the state, including the April 23 opening in Sheridan.

“Chick-fil-A is grateful that we are in a position to continue our restaurant expansion,” said Chick-fil-A Inc. President and COO Dan Cathy, son of the chain’s founder Truett Cathy. “Our dedicated franchised Operators across the chain continue to provide freshly prepared Chick-fil-A menu items and exemplary service that keep our raving fans dining with us. We don’t take that for granted.”

One way Chick-fil-A thanks its most loyal customers is by giving away more than $26,000 in free food as part of its “First 100” promotion at each grand opening. Chick-fil-A’s raving fans often come from hours away, bringing tents, computers, furniture, games and even swimming pools to participate in the event which was launched more than six years ago to celebrate the opening of the chain’s first stand-alone restaurant in Arizona.

“Since that first person pulled up in our parking lot in 2003 and asked where to get in line, we’ve given away more than $10.2 million in free Chick-fil-A food at our stand-alone grand openings,” said Cathy, who has camped out at more than 97 of the events across the country.

"We’re flattered that our new customers think enough of our food and our service that they are willing to brave snow, wind, rain and triple-digit temperatures to help us celebrate each new Chick-fil-A opening year round. Plus, it’s just lots of fun.”
With nine years of Chick-fil-A Operator experience, Randy Watson has been selected to operate the new location. He is transferring from the Jefferson Village restaurant in Littleton to Colorado Springs, where his in-laws live and where he’s attended church with his family for the past nine years. Watson and his wife Linda have three children.
“Since its first chain restaurant opened more than 41 years ago, Chick-fil-A has set a high standard for its customers by providing freshly prepared food and personalized customer service,” said Watson. “My team and I look forward to extending that legacy at our Garden of the Gods restaurant and being involved locally with the community and local schools and churches such as supporting spirit nights, teacher appreciation luncheons and fundraisers.”

The Chick-fil-A on Garden of the Gods Road is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., serving a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m.

Panera Bread announces Coloring Contest Winners - Colorado Springs

Congratulations to the 2009 Winners of the Colorado Balloon Classic Coloring Contest sponsored by Panera Bread! The following winning artwork is featured on our website at www.balloonclassic.com.

1st Place Winners:

Graycen Chamberlain – 4 & Under
Ryan Carmack – 5 to 8 Years
Rebecca Trefethen – 9 - 12 Years
Lauren Harclerode – 13 to 17 Years
Tina Alberico – 18 & Above

2nd Place Winners:

Madison Strickland – 4 & Under
Rileigh Hambly – 5 to 8 Years
Sara Martin – 9 to 12 Years
Ashley Mangus – 13 to 17 Years
Ashley Hatfield – 18 & Above

3rd Place Winners:

Brody Thompson – 4 & Under
Elizabeth Hemsworth – 5 to 8 Years
Chase Bingham – 9 to 12 Years
Allan Kenyon – 13 to 17 Years
Maria Thompson – 18 & Above

The event dates for the 34th annual Colorado Balloon Classic are September 4, 5 & 6, 2010.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Smashburger Debuts in Colorado Springs


It wasn't really a ribbon cutting, more of a premiere, although it was a small group and a very casual setting.

The marketing folks at Smash Burger invited a handful of local bloggers, including yours truly, to a free meal at the unveiling of their second Colorado Springs location to open within the past month. This one is at 3707 Bloomington Street, just off Powers and N. Carefree, next door to Qdoba. It's an interesting use of social media combined with real world contact, but I'll save that for another post on another blog.

Smash Burger was founded by Tom Ryan with the support of Denver based Consumer Capital Partners and after just 2.5 years or so, now has about 4 dozen locations in 11 states with dozens more in the planning stages.

The concept is fast casual, small neighborhood eateries. Their aim is to become "Every city's favorite burger place". So what sets them apart from a Burger King or McDonalds? Let's start with the burger. No frozen patties here. They use only fresh, never frozen ground Angus beef. The name comes from the process. I had the Classic 1/2 pound Smash Burger. It starts with a 1/2 pound ball of fresh ground meat, which is literally smashed (using a specially designed utensil) onto a hot buttered grill. The result is a burger about 6 inches in diameter and 3/8" thick with a tasty carmelized outside and a tender inside. You order it at the counter and it's brought to your table in a metal basket, with the lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions on one side of the open bun, and the hot burger and cheese on the other. Hot only meets cold when you put it together.

They also serve an assortment of beers, in a frosted mug if you like (I had the Blue Moon). You can take that to your table right from the counter. The atmosphere is cozy. It's probably less than half the size of your typical fast food restaurant. The fresh food and limited size really do give it the feel of a neighborhood diner.

Your burger, side and drink will likely run you about $8-$9, or 20-30% more than you might pay for more ordinary fast food, but it's really an apples and oranges comparison. It's better food, very reasonably priced and I'm not just saying that because the fed me.

Smash Burger is a tasty and welcome addition to the local dining scene. I hope we see one on the South Side soon. Best of luck and thanks for the grub!

Other Colorado Springs location: 5230 N. Nevada Ave
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Fountain receives $2.1 million grant for smart grid project

Fountain, CO (Gain-Stovall Inc) - The City of Fountain will receive $2,123,500.00 to help fund its smart grid energy management project. The grant is part of $3.4 billion investment in smart grid technology nationwide. Local matching funds will be leveraged to create jobs and investment.

"This is great news for Fountain and an example of a successful collaboration by four municipalities” states Larry Patterson, City of Fountain Utilities Director. The application for funding request came from Fountain, Fort Collins, Loveland, and Longmont, who teamed up to make a more attractive package for stimulus funding consideration. Fountain received the second largest amount of funding in the project, with Fort Collins receiving the largest amount.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided funding, the majority of which will go toward installing a communications infrastructure system, servers, software and 16,000 smart electric meters. Currently, residents have to wait until they receive their electricity bill to learn how much power their homes consumed in the previous month. Installing the "automated meter infrastructure" will provide better communication on energy use between customers and energy providers. It opens up innovative possibilities, offering customers the choice to have energy use information at their fingertips. This system will enable integration of local renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, and future plug-in electric vehicles.

Customer chooses whether to utilize in-home features to reduce energy consumption and monthly bill
“While every outside meter will be replaced, it’s up to the customer to decide whether to utilize the enhanced features of the in-home display and switches to help cut their energy use to lower their bills” states Mike Vialpando, the Fountain Smart Grid Project Manager. In addition to the voluntary option of choosing enhanced features that enable in-home displays and smart thermostats, other optional features available at the customer’s request include air conditioning and electric water heater control switches.

The grant money will also pay for automated switches for the city's electrical grid, which will allow Fountain Utilities to continuously optimize the grid. "The switches allow us to automatically reconfigure our system to operate more efficiently, and reduce outage time" states Mike Vialpando. “Electrical grid security measures will also be paid for with the grant money,” he concludes.
Meter replacements will start in mid 2010 and utility customers will be notified when their replacement is scheduled. For more information about the Smart Grid project, contact Customer Service at 719-322-2010.

About Fountain Utilities
Fountain Utilities, an enterprise of the City of Fountain, delivers electricity and water to the City of Fountain and electricity to Widefield and portions of Security. The Electric Department serves approximately 40,000 residents of the Fountain Valley.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Ribbon Cutting and Opening of Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Ribbon Cutting and Opening of Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Mark your calendar! This announcement is to invite you to attend the opening of the Colorado PTAC.

When: 9:30 to 10:30 am, November 9, 2009 (Monday)

Where: Pikes Peak Center, 190 South Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, Main Lobby www.pikespeakcenter.com Telephone (719) 520-7453

Who will be there: Don Marostica (Director, State Office of Economic Development and International Trade), representatives from our Congressional Offices, the PTAC Director Tom Elam and the PTAC staff, and numerous other stakeholders in this important new statewide enterprise.

Why be there: This is an opportunity to get a first look at the new Colorado PTAC and meet the PTAC staff and many other stakeholders.

The mission of a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is to help businesses throughout the state to land government contracts and increase economic opportunities.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, the State Economic Development Commission, and local contributions from throughout the State. This will assist Colorados small and middle market businesses to obtain contracts with federal, state, county and local governments. It will be based out of Colorado Springs with satellite workers providing additional coverage throughout the state.

Colorado's small businesses form the backbone of our economy, Gov. Ritter has said. Bringing a PTAC to Colorado is critical for our small business community, especially since Colorado has such a significant federal government and military presence. This center will allow for all of Colorado's small businesses to get fair and equal access to do business with the government, at a time when there is much work to do to get our economy moving again.

The Procurement Technical Assistance Program was authorized by Congress in 1985 in an effort to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the Government Marketplace. There are now 93 PTACs in states around the country. Nationwide, businesses working through a PTAC were awarded contracts totaling $14 billion during the most recent procurement cycle, creating or retaining 334,000 jobs nationwide.

We hope you will find it worthwhile to participate in this inaugural event.

Free Eats at Applebees for Military and Vets, November 11th

MILITARY INVITED TO EAT FREE AT APPLEBEE’S® ON VETERANS DAY

Vets and Active Duty Saluted with Free Entrée and Neighborhood Support on
Veterans Day at All Colorado Area Applebee’s

DENVER, COLORADO – October 30, 2009 – Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar ® restaurants throughout Colorado are inviting all U.S. veterans and active duty military personnel to come in and pull up a chair at their favorite neighborhood restaurant for a delicious entree and heartfelt “thanks” this Veterans Day. With gratitude for their service and sacrifice, warm wishes and hot food will flow freely for these local heroes from lunchtime through the dinner hours for dine-in guests at all Applebee’s locations in Colorado. Family and friends are also invited to come join the celebration and gather to tell stories, share laughter and raise a glass in salute to these local heroes.

On Veterans Day (November 11), veterans and those on active duty with proof of United States military service will be able to select one complimentary entrée from a selection of delicious favorites:

o 7-ounce House Sirloin
o Three-Cheese Chicken Penne
o Fiesta Lime Chicken®
o Fire Pit Bacon Burger
o Chicken Tenders Platter
o Oriental Chicken Salad

Not only will these heroes receive a delicious entrée for free, but also the traditional sides that come with each entrée will be served “on the house.”

“It’s an honor to host an event that helps the neighborhood come together and say ‘thanks’ to our veterans and active servicemen and women,” said Mike Muldoon, President, AmRest Applebee’s. “We feel a special connection to everyone who wears or has worn our nation’s uniform to protect our freedoms. We’re proud of their courage and happy to have this opportunity to offer a mouth-watering meal free of charge.”

For more information and to locate the nearest Applebee’s restaurant visit www.applebees.com.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Coat the Community

Once again this year, Harris Group Realty, Inc. is teaming with the Springs Rescue Mission for its’ annual Coat the Community Drive. We’ll be collecting new or gently used coats, mittens, sweaters, etc. until November 13, 2009 at our office at 2950 Professional Pl, Ste. 205 in the Kissing Camels Office Park. Or come out and see us at either Sam’s Club on Saturday, November 14th between 11:00 and 3:00 p.m. when we will be working with the Rescue Mission to ‘Stuff the Truck’ for our community, with winter apparel and canned goods. We need your support and look forward to seeing you! For more information, please call us at 227-9900.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Easy Street Designs now carries MacVan maps

Easy Street Designs at 109 Kiva Rd in Security, CO is pleased to announce we now carry MacVan street maps of Colorado Springs, as well as their Colorado map book.

Regular maps retail for just $4.95, the laminated version is $7.95 and the big map book is just $24.85. Other MacVan maps also available upon request.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pikes Peak Workforce Center November Workshops

Colorado Springs, CO – The Pikes Peak Workforce Center encourages job seekers to learn new job search tips and techniques by attending one of its November workshops. There is no charge to attend workshops but attendees must register with Connecting Colorado, the state job search database. (www.connectingcolorado.com).

Please note that PPWFC will be closed Wednesday, November 11 for Veterans Day and Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

NETWORK GROUPS: Ongoing job search and support on trends and leads! No registration necessary.

Job Search Group: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon;

50+ Job Seekers Group: Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon. PPWFC will be closed November 11, 26 and 27.

Veterans: November 4, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Live Orientation: Overview of PPWFC services with Q&A

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. No registration necessary. PPWFC will be closed November 11, 26 and 27.

Online Job Search and Basic Resume

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Beginners will learn how to write a resume, complete online job applications and set up a free email account. No registration necessary. Walk-ins welcome. PPWFC will be closed November 11, 26 and 27.

Managing Stress

Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Learn tips and techniques for dealing with stress. No registration necessary. Walk-ins welcome.

Job Shop: Interview Skills and Network Techniques

Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

Learn to mine and network for leads; prepare to interview, negotiate salary and more! Register online at www.ppwfc.org or call 719.667.3790.

Résumé ‘Righting!’ – Résumé and Portfolio Design

Mondays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, 10:00 to noon. No registration necessary. PPWFC will be closed November 11, 26 and 27.

Resumes often are a report of past accomplishments when they should be an advertisement of future potential. Job seekers who are over or under-qualified struggle with how best to present themselves. Attendees will learn the latest trends in resume design and content. No registration necessary, but please arrive on time.

There is no charge to attend these workshops; however, registration is required for most. Register at www.ppwfc.org, click on the workshops under Employment and Careers or call 667-3790. All workshops are held at the main office, 2306 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, 80909.

About PPWFC

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center supports business and promotes employment by providing connecting employers and job seekers. PPWFC helps businesses solve their workforce-related business problems and helps residents with career transition. More information about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center can be found online at www.ppwfc.org.

Customer Appreciation Day at Michael Garman Museum

Colorado Springs, CO (Seiko Tran) —Michael Garman Galleries is proud to announce a Customer Appreciation Day at their Museum located at 2418 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.

“We would like to thank all our loyal customers by offering complimentary coffee, hot cider and free popcorn on Saturday, November 7, 2009 from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.,” said Barb Hodges, Michael Garman Museum Manager. “Free pre-selected Michael Garman Miniatures will be offered to the first 20 customers who purchase $50.00 or more during the event hours from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Also, Magic Town admission will be reduced by $2.00 per admission ALL DAY LONG (does not apply in addition to our group rates.)”

Hodges continues, “We have recently found molds for some Michael Garman sculptures, including his Nautical Series and a few of his early western pieces that we thought had been lost or damaged. We want to take this time to invite our customers and collectors to come in and see what we have found.”

The new Michael Garman Museum pays tribute to Michael Garman’s fifty-year career. The museum continues to offer a limited line of sculptures for sale in the museum. In addition, they have expanded their personalization department so that every customer can personalize a unique scene of their own.

Other museum features include:

· Expanded Magic Town
· Deluxe Scavenger Hunts
· Guided tours
· Displays of Michael’s early work including one-of-a-kind clay pieces and sketches
· Expanded personalization department to design your own Shadowbox Street Scene
· Video biography of Michael’s life and work

For more information, please contact Barb at 719-471-9391.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Alegria Living/Cronkite Wealth Strategies Open House Fund Raiser

ALEGRIA LIVING MAGAZINE JOINS CRONKHITE WEALTH STRATEGIES TO GIVE BACK
TO THE TROOPS DURING OPEN HOUSE

Colorado Springs, CO (Seiko Tran)— Alegria Living Magazine is giving back to the military Troops during their Open House on October 29th from 11am to 7pm. Alegria Living Magazine is collecting items for our troops and making Care Packages and will send all the items after the open house directly to our military troops. The items they are collecting include: candy, gum, chips, condiments, hand warmers, beef jerky, non-white pillow cases, energy bars, powdered drink mixes, plastic baggies, Oreos, note cards and pens.

“We are looking forward to a great Open House on the 29th to solicit donations and share our desire to help provide care packages for our men & women in the military who are serving our country, “said Cinnamon Bird, Publisher of Alegria Living Magazine. “We all have so much to be thankful for and all of us at Alegria Living Magazine are doing our part and invite you to stop by and have some fun.”

Sponsorship of the Open House is from Cronkhite Wealth Strategies with Paravicini's Italian Bistro providing food for the event.

Alegria Living Magazine covers Chaffee, Custer, Fremont and El Paso Counties with stories that focus on giving back to the communities (civic responsibility, as it is known is some circles), unique individuals and their equally unique talents, exploring the outdoors beyond our backdoors, the fascinating history of our region, tantalizing recipes from local chefs, book reviews of local authors, and much more.

“Welcome to Alegria Living, Colorado Style! We are a regional lifestyle magazine, representing what’s great about living in our piece of Colorado heaven,” said Bird. “People tell us we seem to always have smiles on our faces, and it’s probably true: what is there not to be thankful for? We’re the ‘glass is half full’ kind of writers and photographers and graphic designers who believe that sharing a cup of joy with your neighbor causes a ripple effect of well-being that can be felt across communities.

Please contact Cinnamon Bird, at 719-250-0345 or go online at www.alegrialivingonline.com for more info

Monday, October 19, 2009

BBB Alert, Online Home Rental Scams

BBB Warns Renters to Be Wary of Bogus Home Rentals Online

Consumers who wish to rent an apartment or home using Craigslist or other online classifieds need to use caution according to your Better Business Bureau.

The BBB’s national office has received reports from the public that some ads are false and are being placed with the intent of stealing money from potential renters.

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, about 36 million households in the U.S. are made up of renters -- which make this a large segment of the population that could potentially be scammed.

Although finding rental properties online is very convenient and millions of people have done so successfully, there are scammers who capitalize on this new way of finding a place to live.

Here’s how many of the scams unfold. The renter responds to an online ad and is told by the supposed landlord that they must wire money as a deposit. The potential renter is then promised they will receive the keys. When the renter asks to check out the property first, the landlords claim to be out of the country and can not show the house.

As a result, some shocked homeowners have received knocks at their doors by people who were planning to move into their new rental home. Often the real homeowners have their house up for sale – not rent - and had pictures posted online that the scammers could steal for their bogus listings.

Here are some red flags:

• The deal sounds too good to be true. Scammers will often list a rental for a very low price to lure in victims. Find out how comparable listings are priced, and if the rental you are considering is considerably lower, walk away.
• The landlord is located elsewhere and prefers to communicate via e-mail. Scammers often claim they have just been relocated out of the country for a job or missionary work - don’t believe it.
• The landlord requires a substantial deposit before handing over the keys or even showing the home. Don’t pay any money before inspecting the home, inside and out.
• The landlord asks the renter to wire money through wire transfer services such as Western Union or MoneyGram. Money sent via wire transfer service is extremely difficult to retrieve and once the scammers have picked it up; there is little recourse—if any—for getting your money back.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cinematic Tea Party, October 18th

Commencing a full blown attack on the hypocrisy and ill-conceived policies of the modern environmental movement, while simultaneously countering years of slanted, Hollywood political productions from he likes of Michael Moore and Al Gore, the public is invited to the DVD "premiere party" of the film Not Evil, Just Wrong.

Sunday October 18, 2009
6pm (doors open at 5pm
The Pikes Peak Center

For more information visit www.NotEvilJustWrong.com


Tickets are FREE but required.

Pick up at the Pikes Peak Center Box Office
190 South Cascade Ave
Box office is open Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Concessions will be available & parking is FREE

Peak Vista expands shelter offerings in Colorado Springs

Peak Vista Community Health Centers Opens New Homeless Health Center and
Receives Grant for Mobile Health Center

Colorado Springs, CO - Peak Vista Community Health Centers is pleased to announce the opening of its new Homeless Health Center adjacent to the Salvation Army’s New Hope Shelter at 117 West Rio Grande. Peak Vista has also received a Community Development Block Grant, administered by El Paso County, for a Mobile Health Center. Outreach services through the Mobile Health Center will resemble what Peak Vista provides at its new Homeless Health Center, allowing Peak Vista to serve many more who fall into this patient population, with emphasis on rural homeless in El Paso County.

The new Homeless Health Center, which provided care for over 1000 patients in 2008, will provide medical, dental and behavioral healthcare for homeless people of all ages. Limited laboratory services and pharmaceuticals, as well as breast health information, are also available at the Center. A special tribute to former board member Elizabeth Fineron is housed at the center to honor her advocacy efforts on behalf of the homeless.

It is anticipated that the new Mobile Health Center will be able to accommodate 500 patients annually. Peak Vista will partner with Catholic Charities during visits to migrant camps, rural areas and other areas in El Paso County to provide comprehensive medical care to the homeless and to those at risk of becoming homeless.

Greg Morris, longtime Director of Homeless Services for Peak Vista and a nationally recognized subject matter expert and advocate for the homeless, is responsible for both the Homeless Health Center and the Mobile Health Center.

About Peak Vista

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a non profit, multi-specialty primary healthcare organization whose mission is to provide exceptional healthcare for people facing access barriers. Established in 1971, Peak Vista today offers outpatient medical, dental and behavioral health care to more than 55,000 residents, mostly from working families, of the Pikes Peak region. Fifteen centers at twelve sites support care. In 2006, Peak Vista established its Foundation to sustain healthcare services for those without access. To learn more about Peak Vista or to support financially, visit www.peakvista.org or call 344-6606.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Free, Anonymous Testing for Depression Available


COLORADO SPRINGS – In recognition of National Depression Screening Day and Mental Illness Awareness Week, Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group is offering and promoting free and anonymous depression screening on its Web site: www.ppbhg.org.

The screenings coincide with the organization’s Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon on Oct. 8 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

An estimated 15 million people will suffer from major depression this year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The condition can take effect due to several factors, which can be psychological, biological, environmental and genetic.

National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 8) is held every year on the Thursday of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Hundreds of organizations throughout the United States provide both in-person screening events and online screening tools to help patients identify the services they need and promote positive mental health.

The online screening tool will continue to be available on the organization’s Web site after October 8.

“Our community should participate in this effort,” said Morris L. Roth, president and CEO of Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group. “It’s been a tough year and we know many people aren’t ‘themselves.’ We hope this tool will help those who need it, while encouraging them to recovery.”

The online screening tool consists of 10 simple questions and is completed in a couple of minutes. Participants who score high are given a local, 24-hour telephone number to speak to a medical professional to get further information about depression and treatment options.

Award-winning journalist Eric Weiner is the keynote at the Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. He traveled to the world’s happiest countries before penning The New York Times-bestseller “The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World.”

Tickets ($35 each) are still available by calling (719) 314-4305.

For 134 years, Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group has created help and hope for Southern Colorado residents. Its organizations provide a broad range of services to meet adult and family needs, substance abuse, acute treatment and managed care. We also provide vocational skills training and affirmative employment in catering, design/build/construction services as well as facilities management services.

SERVICESOURCE HIRING EVENT, Oct 15 + 16, Colorado Springs

Contractor Seeking Persons with Disabilities for Positions at Fort Carson

Colorado Springs, CO – The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is hosting a hiring event for ServiceSource Inc. on October 15 and 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ServiceSource is seeking Shift Leaders for food service and Dining Facility Attendants for positions at Fort Carson. The Dining Facility Attendants must have a documented medical disability which makes it impossible for the individual to be competitively employed over an extended period of time.

Applicants should pre-register in Connectingcolorado.com, the state database and then come to the Pikes Peak Workforce Center prepared to interview and able to pass a criminal background check and drug screening. The dining facility attendant positions require medical documentation.

ServiceSource offers benefits, educational and training opportunities.

For more information or to register for the hiring event, job seekers should go to www.ppwfc.org and click on hiring events, under the employment and careers tab.

About PPWFC

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center supports business and promotes employment by connecting employers and job seekers. PPWFC helps businesses solve their workforce-related business problems and helps residents with career transition. More information about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center can be found online at www.ppwfc.org.

RESULTS OF GIANT PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF IN OLD COLORADO CITY


Colorado Springs, CO —The merchants of Old Colorado City would like to announce the results of the GIANT PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF. The event was held from 10 AM to 4 PM in the Old Town Plaza on the corner of 25th Street and West Colorado Avenue.

Under the supervision of judges from the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth, there were growers with Giant Pumpkins competing for the Heaviest Pumpkin and the Howard Dill Award (The Prettiest Pumpkin). Judging began at Noon and awards were presented at 1 PM.

The Winner of this year’s Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off was Doug Minix from Pueblo West with a pumpkin weighing exactly 1,000 lbs. Second Place went to Marc Sawtelle of Colorado Springs with a pumpkin weighing 954 lbs. Third Place went to Jim Grande of Littleton with a pumpkin weighing 766 lbs. The winner of the Howard Dill award for the Prettiest Pumpkin went to Ron Franzen of Colorado Springs.

“This year’s contest went off without a hitch with a huge crowd and beautiful weather,” said Charles Irwin, President of Old Colorado City Associates. “This event is always so amazing because there are lots of activities and fun for the entire family.”

For more info on Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off, please contact Charles Irwin, President of Old Colorado City Association, at 719-302-2962 or go online at www.shopoldcoloradocity.com.

Trendy boutiques, classic jewelry, gourmet restaurants, exquisite art and a lovely, tree-lined avenue invite the children and their families to come and see what Old Colorado City has to offer visitors and guests.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

WEISBURG LANDSCAPING AND PPCC HONORED AT GOVERNOR’S MANSION




images: top - Earnest Hughes accepted the GSJH award on behalf of Pikes Peak Community College.
bottom - Eric Moroski, owner, and Michelle Graham, youth program director with the award presented to Weisburg Landscape Maintenance for their support of the Youth Summer Job Hunt program.

Weisburg Landscaping and Pikes Peak Community College Help Youth Gain Work Experience


Colorado Springs, CO - The Pikes Peak Workforce Center announced that Weisburg Landscape Maintenance and Pikes Peak Community College were recently honored at the 2009 Governor’s Summer Job Hunt reception at the Governor’s mansion for their participation in helping youths from Colorado Springs gain work experience.

Weisburg Landscape Maintenance is a local company that serves the Colorado Springs community with professionalism, integrity and beautiful landscapes. The owners, Jeff Weisburg and Eric Moroski, have been operating since 1999 and through that time have given back to the local community with charities like Partners in Housing, Care and Share, local church projects, and more recently working with Pikes Peak Workforce Center and the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt. Weisburg Landscape Maintenance is committed to thoroughly training and grooming all of its employees, young and old, for meaningful careers in the green industry.

Pikes Peak Community College provided work experience jobs for 16 youths in the Information Technology (IT) Department. PPCC was one of the first employers to approach the Youth program and developed training opportunities for young people and internships that would be springboards to career paths. A formal mentorship program was put in place and the youths were encouraged to take advantage of the educational opportunities at each campus. As a result, many of the youths who were not planning to attend college have now decided to do so.

“The relationship between PPCC and PPWFC has been a productive one with each entity striving to provide the training needed so that our young people can have successful careers,” says Michelle Graham, director of youth programs at PPWFC.

At the reception, Eric Moroski of Weisburg and Earnest Hughes from PPCC each received a plaque inscribed, “Young people can develop into confident, creative and intelligent leaders if the opportunities to succeed are available. By investing in these critical years, you have greatly affected the future of our communities.”

The Governor’s Summer Job Hunt program was established in 1981 to help Colorado’s youth successfully transition from school to work by matching skills and interests with employment opportunities.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Vein Specialty Center & Medical Director Receive Quality Excellence Award

(Colorado Springs, Colorado) - Albert Vein Institute and its Medical Director, Dr. James D. Albert, achieves recognition as a Best Vein Care Premiere Center of Excellence.

The Albert Vein Institute (www.albertvein.com) and James D. Albert, MD, its Medical Director, has earned Best Vein Care?s highest achievement as a Premiere Center of Excellence for the treatment of varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency.

With 45 million people suffering from venous disorders and with no regulatory oversight for the field of phlebology, it is challenging for patients to access the best possible care. As an organization that recognizes vein specialists for their commitment to quality excellence, Best Vein Care provides a valuable resource that enables patients to make smart vein care choices (www.bestveincare.com).

Dr. Albert voluntarily participated in the self-imposed regulatory framework established by Best Vein Care's independent panel of physician experts. This framework or Standards of Excellence are composed of quality measurements related to comprehensive services, patient rights and health care privacy, a safe environment, procedural monitoring, patient satisfaction, continual quality improvement and community activity and support. Physicians exceeding performance within these standards achieve recognition as a Premiere Center of Excellence.

As part of Best Vein Care's verification and evaluation protocol, a specialist completes a comprehensive physician query and extensive vein center self-assessment. The findings are then validated through a variety of mechanisms, which include, but are not limited to, primary source verification, referral recommendation, document evaluation, peer review, professional interview and on-site visit.

Recognition as a Best Vein Care Center of Excellence is synonymous with a commitment to pursue, achieve and maintain the highest quality of vein care today and we are pleased to welcome Dr. Albert into this elite group.

Dr. Albert serves Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas and represents one of only two specialists in the state of Colorado recognized for quality excellence in the treatment of venous disorders.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Operation Warrior Entrepreneur

Colorado Springs, CO — NG Enterprises, founded by Nicholas Gray, a former sergeant in the Army who served in Iraq, is pleased to sponsor the First Annual Operation Warrior Entrepreneur fundraiser aimed at assisting veterans form franchises in the Pikes Peak region. The project is aptly named OPERATION WARRIOR ENTREPRENEUR (OWE) and the kick-off event will be at the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event on October 15th from 4:30 pm to 6:30pm at Sky Sox Stadium.

“We at NG Enterprises and our partnering businesses are very excited to be able to provide this great opportunity for veterans to realize their dreams of owning a franchise,” said Nicholas Gray.

“We have a goal of raising $50,000 in cash, prizes and services to help kick start a business for veterans of the U.S. military. We are calling it Operation Warrior Entrepreneur (OWE) as we do owe it to our military heroes to help them start their own business after all the contributions and sacrifices they have made on our behalf,” Gray adds. “We are establishing an annual contest where interested veterans can apply for this prize package which includes a cash prize as well as free businesses services from our participating partners ranging from accounting, computers & technology, financing, insurance, marketing, retail credit cards, business coaching, etc. We will provide more details at the Chamber’s Business After Hours event on October 15th at the Sky Sox Stadium.”

This fundraiser is part of the Veterans 2 Business in the Veterans Division of NG Enterprises to assist veterans who are looking to go into business on their own. Veterans 2 Business is an organization that was founded by Nicholas A. Gray, President & CEO of NG Enterprises, LLC. Veterans 2 Business has working relationships with over 300 franchises in more than 30 industries that are part of the VET-FRAN program which honor veterans with significant discounts into franchise ownership.

Major contributions from the various partners of Operation Warrior Entrepreneur includes Jeff Burum CPA MBA LLC, Elk Creek Computers & Technology, All About Merchants, Seiko Marketing, Cameron Butcher Company, Anderson Insurance Company, Vectra Bank, Darrel Williams, and Janna Hoiberg -ActionCOACH Business Coaching. These business partners have committed to provide the winner of this contest with free business services for a minimum of ninety days.

For more information on NG Enterprises and how to assist veterans, please contact Nicholas Gray at 719-433-7755 or go on their website at www.ngenter.com.

Leave the driving to us

THUNDER & BUTTONS SPONSORS FUNDRAISER

FOR DESIGNATED DRIVER OF COLORADO SPRINGS

Proceeds Supports Drunk Driving Prevention by

Providing Free Rides Home in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Thunder & Buttons is proud to partner with Designated Driver of Colorado Springs (DD) on a fundraiser on October 10th from 6pm to 10pm at the Thunder & Buttons location on 2415 West Colorado Avenue in Old Colorado City. The objective is to kick off a fundraising drive to raise $100,000 to help Designated Driver of Colorado Springs operate during the busiest time of the year. Planned activities include special guest speakers, raffle, live bands and food.

“We care deeply about Designated Drivers of Colorado Springs and their mission to save lives so we are helping to raise money through sponsorships, promote an awareness of local businesses that support this worthy cause and solicit volunteers as drivers for DD in the next three months,” said Diane Dimbat of Thunder & Buttons.

"There is never a reason to get behind the wheel of a car when you have had too much to drink,” said Nonie Rispin, founder of Designated Driver of Colorado Springs. “You don’t have to be an alcohol drinker to participate. It’s about being a caring partner in this community.”

Diane adds, “Through this fundraiser, our goal is not only to help provide funds to keep Designated Drivers of Colorado Springs functioning for the rest of this year and beyond but to also reinforce the importance of planning ahead and making sure that there is a safe alternative ride home when you are under the influence of alcohol.”

“Designated Driver of Colorado Springs provides free rides through a network of volunteers," said Rispin. "Not only do we get people home safely, but we get them home safely in their own cars. All they have to do is call 719-650-3450. Our goal is to eliminate the reasons why drivers sometimes make poor choices when they have been drinking,” said Rispin. “If the ride is free and their car is sitting in the driveway the next morning, what's left to think about?"

Designated Driver of Colorado Springs partners with 40 local establishments where they are on call Tuesday thru Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. year round. “Our goal is to raise enough community sponsorship so that drivers would be available 24/7 to keep everyone safer,” said Rispin.

As a grassroots community-sponsored program with volunteer drivers, Rispin said that
Designated Drivers gave their first rides starting with New Year's Eve of this year and have given approximately 1,000 rides since then. The drivers work in two people teams. One driver gives the person a ride home in their own vehicle while the other follows in a chase car.

“We are just a group of volunteers who are not paid for our services so every dollar counts. We are in the process of moving from a Sole Proprietorship to Non-Profit status to be able to apply for community grants and donations that will help us reach our financial goals in the future,” concludes Rispin.

For more information: www.noduicosprings.com or call Nonie Rispin at 719-650-3450.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Home for rent, west side

3 Bed, 2 Bath, 1100 Sq foot, Vaulted Ceilings, Skylight, Fireplace, new windows and doors. Walkin master closet. All appliances, to include washer/dryer are in home. Storage. Walk to Elementary school. Trash included. Available soon. $825 per month.

Contact:
Sterling Campbell
Certified Mortgage Planner
Air Academy Federal Credit Union
Office (719) 535-8723
Cell (719) 210-4353

CS Women’s Express Network names new officers


CS Women’s Express Network recently installed officers for the upcoming year. Judy Blaskowski, President, Renee Cunningham President-Elect, Patrica Grivhala, Vice President of Finance, Gayle Votaw, Vice President of Communications, Barbara Harris, Vice President of Marketing/Public Relations, Debi Bauer, Vice President of Programs, Marion Swafford, VP of Correspondence, and Debi Willmer, VP of Hospitality. CS Women’s Express Network meets the 2nd Friday of each month at Garden of the Gods Club, 3320 Mesa Rd. For more information, call Barbara Harris at 227-9900 or go to the website, www.cswen.org.

Broadmoor Musikgarten expands offerings


The Broadmoor Musikgarten Academy Announces
the Addition of Two New Teachers and an Expanded Schedule

Now in its third year, the Broadmoor Musikgarten Academy (BMA) is continuing to grow by offering more classes this fall. Lynn Hurst, Minister of Music at Broadmoor Community Church has announced the addition of two new teachers to her team enabling them to offer more classes during the week. Joining Lynn will be Brenda Elliott who has been with BMA since it’s beginning as lead teacher and new teachers, Colleen Baily and Katie Fernandez.

Classes include vocal and instrumental music-making, moving and listening to music, dramatic storytelling and activities that foster physical coordination, critical listening skills and much more. At the BMA, classes provide a fun and energized way to learn and grow in a non-performance based atmosphere while emphasizing and facilitating adult involvement. Loving, qualified and experienced teachers facilitate and nurture the learning process in a fun yet purposeful manner.

For more information or to register for fall classes please call 473-1807x116 or 593-1951. An informational Parent Education class will be held at 6:00PM on Thursday, September 10. Classes begin September 14. Don’t delay, Give Your Child a Great Start with the Arts! All classes are held at the Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Avenue.

Check us out at: http://www.broadmoormusikgartenacademy.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Call to Artists, Colorado Springs Exhibition and Competition

Picturesque

A Photography Exhibition & Competition

Entry Deadline November 11
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The Smokebrush Gallery, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art and Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau are seeking photographic representations that creatively combine the scenic assets of the Pikes Peak Region with symbolic or representative imagery of local arts and culture. Images are expected to provide a fresh perspective on regional assets, such as the city skyline and mountain scenery, while creatively including and highlighting the arts. Each entry must fit into one of the defined categories and fulfill the expectations listed in the prospectus below.

This high-caliber exhibition will occur during March 2010. All work will be professionally executed and framed in museum-quality framing. It is open to traditional photography, as well as digital and digitally manipulated photography.

Smokebrush Gallery Curator Holly Parker developed the concept and states, "The intent of this exhibition is to challenge the creative community to produce a professional body of images that inventively incorporate our great regional assets with the arts. The exhibition will raise the profile of and underscore the caliber of our local art scene while eloquently identifying it with our powerful and popular scenery."

The work of the winner(s) will be utilized by the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau in some form of marketing in 2010, and possibly beyond. “There is always a need for strong imagery that represents our region to travelers. Who better to showcase our assets than the artists that are inspired by our surroundings every day? Since this is open to all artists in the state we’re anxious to see the various interpretations of the subjects,” says Vice President of Marketing & Membership Amy Long.

This competition and exhibition are made possible by the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, COPPeR, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Smokebrush Foundation.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers Adopts Audiology Program

Colorado Springs, CO, September 1, 2009- Peak Vista Community Health Centers
is pleased to announce the addition of an Audiology Program, effective immediately. Services include hearing screenings, comprehensive hearing tests, hearing aids, and minor hearing aid repairs for seniors age 60 and above living in El Paso, Teller, or Park counties.

In July of 2009, Peak Vista was awarded a grant by the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments’ Area Agency on Aging to acquire the Audiology Program. Services are available at Peak Vista’s Senior Health Center at Union & Vickers, located at 5636 N. Union Blvd. in Colorado Springs. There is no cost to program participants, nor are there income requirements to be eligible for the program; however, recipients of services must be legal residents of Colorado. If seniors are interested in the program, they should contact Peak Vista’s audiology program coordinator, Kristin Peterson, at (719) 329-7106 or visit www.peakvista.org and click on Audiology under the Services tab.

About Peak Vista

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a non profit, multi-specialty primary healthcare organization whose mission is to provide exceptional healthcare for people facing access barriers. Established in 1971, Peak Vista today offers outpatient medical, dental and behavioral health care to more than 55,000 residents, mostly from working families, of the Pikes Peak region. Fifteen centers at twelve sites support care. In 2006, Peak Vista established its Foundation to sustain healthcare services to those without access. To learn more about Peak Vista or to support financially, visit www.peakvista.org or call 228-6606.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Jackson Hewitt Tax School Begins

Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Courses Provide Individual Income Tax Information To Add Dollars to Your Pocket – Or Help Others Keep More Money in Theirs

Colorado Springs, Fountain, Security Wide Field, Monument, Falcon and Castel Rock, With over 500 tax law changes in place for the past tax filing season and new laws that will take effect this year for the 2010 Tax Filing Season, knowing about the credits and deductions that you may qualify for can help you make a difference to your income tax return bottom-line. The Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® office provides area residents the opportunity to learn about individual income tax preparation with its upcoming 10 week Basic Income Tax Course. By December, tax school students will have a better understanding of the fundamentals of basic income tax preparation as well as recent tax law changes and commonly overlooked deductions and credits. Whether learning more about income tax preparation for personal reference or to pursue a career in tax preparation*, Jackson Hewitt Tax School will provide students with an informative – and enjoyable – introduction to tax preparation.

“Especially in this economy, it’s all about educating and empowering area taxpayers so they are informed about the tax information that can make a difference to their bottom-line,” said Kathryn Kim Ramos, Field Operations Manager of Colorado Springs and surrounding areas for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. “We’ve structured the Basic Income Tax Course to cover the fundamentals of tax preparation in a 10 week period with convenient class offerings, with most meeting twice a week for three hours, in the daytime or evening.”

The Jackson Hewitt Basic Income Tax Course is a progressive tax education program for the beginner student – no prior tax preparation experience is required. Students work through sample problems and learn how to complete tax forms and schedules, covering a range of topics, from filing status, credits, deductions and IRS e-file, and more complex topics such as interest, dividends, capital gains, IRAs, depreciation, Schedule E and basis of property.

Jackson Hewitt Tax School is also an affordable option for everyone from recent college graduates to those recently displaced from jobs and stay-at-home parents to seniors. Jackson Hewitt Tax School courses and fees vary by market. For example, in some markets, registration and tuition may be free, with low-cost fees only for books and supplies.

Call Colorado Springs Jackson Hewitt Tax Service today at (719) 352-9400 to learn more about this exciting opportunity, including course offerings and class schedules, or visit www.jacksonhewitt.com/tax-preparation-school.

* Enrollment in, or completion of, course is neither an offer nor a guarantee of employment. Additional training, experience or skills may be required. Most offices are independently owned and operated.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center September Youth Workshops

Youths Can Learn How to Study, Improve Memory and

Get the Job Search Results They Want from Twitter and Facebook!



Colorado Springs, CO – The Youth Zone at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center will offer the following workshops for youths, 14 through 21, in September. There is no charge to attend. Youth can register online at www.ppwfc.org (click on the Youth Zone) or call 719.667.3860.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009, Study helps and Test Taking Tips, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

This workshop is a must for youths having trouble studying for tests. Youths will learn the most productive ways to study and take tests in this fun filled, interactive workshop. The best methods of gathering and retaining information, along with what distracts and hinders improvement will be shared. The techniques used in this presentation will help youths during study and test-taking times; especially before ACT, SAT, finals, and midterms.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, Understanding and Improving Your Memory, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Youths will learn and understand how memories are created; understand the physiologic nature of memory; and master several memory-improving techniques. These memory techniques will help youths study, especially before ACT, SAT, finals, and midterms. This workshop includes interactive activities and handouts that demonstrate memory techniques that can be used in everyday life.

NEW! Wednesday, September 23, 2009, the role of Social Networking for Job Search, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This informative hands-on workshop will include mock social networking practice and demonstrations while reviewing the role of technology in social networking for job search. Concepts from the “7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens” by Sean Covey will be applied for use in effective social networking. Attendees will learn how to get the results they want from Twitter and Facebook.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, Résumé Writing and Interview Etiquette, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Youths will learn to begin their career sooner rather than later! After this workshop, youths will understand the benefits of any job and the experience that is gained through a job. This workshop focuses on the importance of writing a resume. Youths will receive a resume and cover letter worksheet and complete a personality assessment to better understand how their personality fits with certain jobs and careers.

About the Youth Work Zone

The Youth Work Zone supports education and promotes employment for youth in El Paso and Teller counties. More information about the Youth Work Zone can be found online at www.ppwfc.org.