Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fountain Arts Center Summer camps and classes

Press Release

Fountain Arts Center is currently holding registration for Summer Camps and Classes!

Students can register May 28 from 5-7pm, June 4 from 5-7pm and at our Open House on June 6 from 9-12noon.

Camp themes include Princess Dance Camp, Art Around the World, Play in a Day, Jazz Dance Camp and More!

Weekly class sessions include Preschool Dance, Kinderballet, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Guitar.

Classes for all ages 3-adult.

Check out their website at or call 205-7909 for more information.

Fountain Arts Center provides quality arts education in a safe, non-competitive environment.

PPWFC Adjusts Workshop Schedule to Meet Demand - June 2009


Colorado Springs, CO – To meet changing demand for job search workshops, the Pikes Peak Workforce Center will offer the following workshops in June. There is no charge to attend workshops but attendees must register with Connecting Colorado, the state job search database. (

NEW Online Job Search and Resume Assistance

Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, or 30, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. No registration necessary. Walk-ins welcome.

This workshop and lab is for beginners. Attendees will receive resume help and tips for completing online applications and setting up email accounts.

STREAMLINED Job Shop: Interview Skills and Network Techniques

Tuesdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 or 30, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Register online at or call 719.667.3790.

Job Seekers will learn to mine and network for leads; prepare to interview; negotiate salary; and more!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Health Insurance: Alternatives to COBRA

Friday, June 12, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Register by calling 667-3790.

Attendees will explore options and recent developments in health coverage.

Résumé ‘Righting!’ – Résumé and Portfolio Design

Mondays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 or 29, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 17, or 24, 10:00 to noon. No registration necessary, but please arrive on time.

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.

There is no charge to attend these workshops; however, registration is required for most. Register at, 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.


The Pikes Peak Workforce Center supports business and promotes employment by providing market-driven solutions for our community to succeed in the global economy. 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

TFA to bring teachers to Colorado Springs for 1st time

Teach For America is excited to announce that, for the first time, it will place teachers in Colorado Springs this fall. These teachers will be part of Teach For America’s incoming Colorado corps of 120 teachers.

Press Release—Teach For America today announced that it will place 120 new teachers this fall in Colorado , an increase of more than 70 percent from last year’s incoming corps of 70. In addition to Denver Public Schools and area charter schools, Teach For America will place these corps members in three new districts: Aurora Public Schools , Harrison School District 2, and Mapleton Public Schools .

“Teach For America has been hugely successful in raising student achievement,” said Sen. Michael Bennet. “These four new school districts will benefit immensely from a flood of over 100 new, young, and enthusiastic leaders to work with our own excellent teaching force to help close the achievement gap.”

The newest Colorado corps members are part of a national corps of 4,100 new teachers, the largest incoming class in Teach For America’s 20-year history. Teach For America corps members commit to teach for at least two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational equity.

“Talented teachers inspire students to see their own potential and believe they can succeed, and America ’s public schools won’t continue to improve without them,” said Sen. Mark Udall. “This year’s record Teach For America class will not only make that kind of difference in the lives of children from underserved public schools in the Denver area, it will foster educational leadership in Colorado for many years to come.”

Including Colorado , corps members will head to classrooms in 34 regions across the United States , encompassing a record-setting six new sites: Boston ; Dallas ; Milwaukee ; Nashville , Tenn. ; Tulsa , Okla. ; and Wilmington , Del.

School districts in new and existing Teach For America sites are eager to hire corps members, who bring new energy and leadership to the challenge of closing the academic achievement gap for students in low-income communities. On average, these students are three years behind their peers in more affluent areas by the time they are 9 years old, according to the latest data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (also known as the Nation’s Report Card), released last month.

Teach For America recruits on more than 450 college campuses, seeking seniors and recent graduates from all academic majors and backgrounds who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, perseverance, and leadership. Admission to the teacher corps was even more selective than in previous years, with a record 35,000 individuals applying to join. At more than 130 colleges and universities, more than 5 percent of the senior class applied, including 7 percent at Colorado College and 11 percent of all seniors at Ivy League universities. At the University of Denver , the number of applicants rose 80 percent from last year.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with four new school districts this year and to be welcoming our largest corps to date,” said Sean VanBerschot, executive director of Teach For America in Colorado . “We are also excited about the alternative certification legislation signed by the governor last week, which will allow us to bring the best possible teaching candidates to Colorado to help meet the needs of our district and school partners. Our newest teachers are ready to do whatever it takes to help all of their students succeed, and they are eager to join Colorado’s efforts to close the achievement gap.”

The large number of highly qualified candidates allowed Teach For America to increase not only the size of its 2009 corps but also its strength. Incoming corps members earned an average GPA of 3.6 and a combined SAT score of 1333, and 89 percent held leadership positions as undergraduates. Almost one-third of incoming corps members are people of color, and one-quarter received Pell Grants. Nearly 10 percent are African-Americans, which is double the percentage of African-Americans enrolled at the colleges where Teach For America primarily recruits.

“Teach For America’s corps members are having a beneficial and lasting impact in some of our most high-needs classrooms,” said Linda Childears, president and chief executive officer of the Daniels Fund. “We are pleased to welcome more of these outstanding educators into our schools this fall, and we look forward to their contributions to our efforts to promote educational equity and excellence.”

A growing body of research on Teach For America demonstrates the effectiveness of corps members in the classroom. In March, the Urban Institute released updated data from a 2008 study of the impact of Teach For America corps members teaching high school in North Carolina . The update, which employed larger sample sizes, confirmed that Teach For America teachers have a positive effect on student achievement relative to other teachers, including experienced teachers, traditionally prepared teachers, and those fully certified in their field.

Beyond their impact in the classroom, Teach For America alumni are staying in Colorado as teachers, principals, and leaders who continue to advocate for children and families in our lowest-income communities. For example, Nicole Veltzé (Bay Area Corps ’93), principal of Denver’s Skinner Middle School, is one of nine alumni who will be leading area schools this fall. Of the 14,400 Teach For America alumni across the United States , some 380 serve as school principals or superintendents, more than 500 work in government or policy, and more than 20 serve as elected officials.

About Teach For America

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for at least two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. In the 2008-09 school year, 6,200 corps members are teaching in over 1,600 schools in 29 regions across the country while more than 14,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Easy Street Launches New Improved Website

The new and improved is up and running.

The new site features easier navigation, relaunch specials on color copies, as well as new every day lower pricing on many items

Also added were the ability to upload your print ready files directly from the site and custom site search.

The new site and back-end software were designed by Tom Foster and Jon Potter of Troups Creek Software, LLC (

Monday, May 18, 2009

BBB Networking Event, June 2009

Better Business Bureau June Networking Event

What: Buzz with the Bs, a monthly business networking

When: Friday, June 12, 2009 – 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Where: The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks (BOPE)
Club – 3400 N. Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs.

Topic: Recycling Electronic Waste. Presentation by Bill Morris of
Guaranteed Recycling Xperts (GRX).

Why: To learn about electronic waste, what it is, why it should
be recycled and more.

RSVP: Required by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 10.
Please contact Carolyn Ball at 719-636-5076 ext.
118 or

Cost: In advance -$12; $15 at the door.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Michael Garman Museum Grand Opening

Press Release

May 16th & 17th, 2009

In late 2008, Michael Garman decided to retire due to worsening health conditions. When we announced his retirement and the upcoming close of Michael Garman Galleries, we were overwhelmed by the community response. So many of you came to see Michael, to offer words of encouragement, and to tell us what his sculptures have meant to you for the past four decades.

We are truly thankful for all your support. It also made us as a company, and Michael as a member of this lovely community, to consider ways to give back to the region. The last thing anyone needs is another vacant storefront. Colorado Springs is such a vibrant area and Old Colorado City is such a unique artistic venue that, in the end, Michael just couldn’t walk away.

The upcoming Michael Garman Museum will pay tribute to Michael’s fifty-year career. We will continue to offer a limited line of sculptures for sale in the museum. In addition, we will be expanding our 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


· Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 9:45 am . Saturday, May 17th

· Door Prizes every 45 minutes Saturday and Sunday, May 16th & 17th

· Discounted Scavenger Hunt

· Michael Garman will be available to autograph new purchases for those 2 days ONLY!

· Silent Auction of several one-of-a-kind and/or rare sculptures created by Michael over the past 50 years

· Tour guides in Magic Town to explain many of the newest features

Monday, May 4, 2009

Swine Flu Swindle - BBB Scam Alert

Don’t Get Swindled by Swine Flu Scams

Your Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be on the lookout for fraudulent
e-mails and Web sites trying to take advantage of the current Swine Flu outbreak.

Scammers read newspapers, watch TV and surf the Internet in order to capitalize on the day’s top headlines. Right now it’s Swine Flu.

According to McAfee Avert Labs, an online security company, spammers began sending e-mails as soon as the first accounts of Swine Flu hit the news. The messages include subject lines such as, “Madonna caught Swine Flu!” and “Swine Flu in Hollywood!” McAfee reports that the e-mails do not contain malware, but often link to online pharmacies.

Misleading Web sites are also beginning to appear. One in particular,, is offering a Swine Flu Survival Guide for $19.95.

BBB offers the following advice to avoid Swine Flu scams:

• Avoid opening e-mails from unknown sources and don’t click on any links in the body of the e-mail or open any attachments. Instead, delete the e-mail or report it to the Federal Trade Commission by forwarding the e-mail to

• Don’t believe online offers for vaccinations against Swine Flu because a vaccine does not exist. For more information on Swine Flu and updates on progress in fighting the outbreak, go to

• Make sure your anti-virus and anti-spyware software is up to date and all operating system security patches have been installed. If your computer becomes infected as the result of a spam e-mail about Swine Flu, you can report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at

Friday, May 1, 2009

Dump & Donate Day!

Harris Group Realty is sponsoring its 5th Annual Dump or Donate Day on Saturday, May 30th from 9:00 a.m. until noon in the Coronado High School parking lot. Donations of gently used household goods and clothing will be to the Springs Rescue Mission and tax receipts will be provided. We will have a dumpster available to throw away anything except tires, appliances, food, garbage, computer equipment and sorry…NO PAINT Cans PLEASE!! For more details or any questions, please contact Harris Group Realty, Inc. at 719-227-9900.