Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Maximized living makeover event - Fountain Chiropractic

"Do chemicals make you fat? Why are 70% of Mississippi residents obese or overweight? Why has obesity tripled in the
last generation? Why are as many as 30% of children now overweight - the highest percentage in history?"

These are just a few of the questions that Dr. Moran will address in his upcoming seminar:

Maximized living with Dr. Arnold Moran
Saturday January 8th, 1pm to 4pm at the Fountain Valley Library (230 S Main St, Fountain)
call 719-799-6555 or email drmoran@fountaincitychiro,com to register for this event.
Registration fee includes: event/book/recipes/biggest loser competition ($25)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Tiz the season to buy appliances

(company press release)

Black Friday Prices and Better on Appliances for Week after Christmas

Although consumer purchasing increases greatly right after Christmas, some Colorado retailers are hesitating on dropping prices for consumers. Despite this, few people realize that the week after the holiday is the largest shopping period for appliances, and when some of the best values and biggest sales happen in that industry.

“This is the number one time for consumers to buy appliances,” said Chuck Ewing, CEO of Appliance Factory Outlet, a local retailer with 11 locations throughout Colorado, including Denver, the Front Range, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction.

“Consumers return the luxuries they don’t need and buy the necessities they do need,” said Ewing. In addition, many scrimp and save during the holidays, and once they’ve gotten through Christmas, they’ll take the extra money they have and buy something that they do need, he said.

“It’s an ideal time for them to shop, fix up their kitchen, and buy appliances for the New Year,” he said.

Given the increasing demand for appliances, manufacturers and retailers are in tremendous competition for customers, which creates immense value for the consumers during this time of year.

Appliance Factory Outlet is running a 50 percent-off sale, bring back Black Friday pricing for the week after Christmas. Just like Black Friday, this is the best time for consumers to take advantage of the low prices retailers are offering, and for consumers that are looking to buy but missed out on Black Friday deals.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Free Learn-to-Swim Day on December 18 Open to the Public

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Springs Swim School (CSSS)will once again be offering a Free Learn-to-Swim Day at the Colorado Springs Recreation Center (280 S. Union Blvd. in Memorial Park) on Saturday, December 18 from 12-1pm. In an effort to reduce drowning rates in our community, CSSS holds Free Learn-to-Swim Days periodically to encourage swimming as a year-round activity and not just a summer activity.

The event is open to the public and is limited to 50 students. The free learn-to-swim session is designed to introduce the children to swimming lessons and refine current swimming skills. Registration is required and interested participants should call CSSS at 719-385-5984 to sign up. The class will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

CSSS is an official Make a Splash local partner. Make a Splash is the national, child-focused, water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation, headquartered in Colorado Springs. Make a Splash works by educating parents through a national awareness campaign, and by providing opportunities for kids to learn to swim through its growing network of providers.

Currently there are 260 Make a Splash local partner programs in 43 states, and the number continues to grow. Local Partners around the country include a variety of organizations, community centers and privately-owned swim schools. To qualify as a local partner, the organizations must offer a percentage of their lessons for low or no cost, or provide water safety education to their community at no charge.

The initiative also focuses on ethnically diverse areas. Research shows that drowning statistics are far worse in African- American and Hispanic communities where children drown at a rate almost three times higher than Caucasian children in similar age groups.

For more information on Make a Splash and to how to find or become a local partner program or to sponsor a swim lesson, visit For more information on the Colorado Springs Swim School, visit

About the USA Swimming Foundation
The USA Swimming Foundation was established in 2004 with the purpose of using the sport of swimming to improve lives and make communities stronger. The Foundation focuses its resources in three main areas: making children safer in and around the water to reduce drowning; encouraging diversity in the sport of swimming; and using swimming to promote a healthy lifestyle to combat issues such as childhood obesity. The USA Swimming Foundation is the premier charitable organization that supports the sport of swimming in the United States from grassroots to gold medals and is recognized as a national leadership organization for promoting water safety. It is the Foundation's ongoing goal to teach every child in America how to swim. To help, to donate or for information:

About the Colorado Springs Swim School
The Colorado Springs Swim School is the city's #1Learn-to-Swim School. Established in 1992, CSSS has taught thousands of individuals how to swim and better enjoy all things aquatics. CSSS is devoted to Enriching Lives through Aquatic Programming and Instruction.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Lions Club Christmas Trees on Sale Now

Support your local Lions and get in the traditional holiday spirit with a real tree this year.

The Security Lions Club will be selling Christmas trees beginning Friday, November 26. They've set up shop on Hwy 85/87 at the Fountain Valley Shopping Center, between Independent Records and Albertacos.

Trees range in price from $30 to $80 depending on the type and size. Proceeds benefit the Security Lions Club. The Lions hope to sell around 300 trees between Black Friday and December 19th.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Flip them the bird!

God's Pantry, 102 N. Main Street in Fountain, CO is hosting a Turkey Dinner for struggling families in the area, but they NEED TURKEYS. If you can spare one, please make your donation to God's Pantry in downtown Fountain.

Turkeys are on sale just about everywhere right now. You can likely pick one up for between $5 and $7. For more information call God's Pantry at (719) 382-0643.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tree lighting ceremony, Fountain Colorado, Friday, November 19th

The Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce will once again host the annual tree lighting ceremony at 7pm at Mayors Park (Caboose Park) on North Santa Fe Ave in Fountain (at Iris and Hwy 85/87, north of the middle school).

It's free to the public, and yes, there will be free cookies,hot chocolate and hot apple cider. Of course Santa Clause will be on hand as well.

For more information call the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce office at 382-3190 (before 2pm)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

American Airlines Awards Colorado Springs Airport Employees for Improved Customer Service

Saturday, 13 November 2010 (

American Airlines employees in Colorado Springs celebrated their second customer service victory this year as American announced the top five airports to be honored for improved customer experience and innovative problem solving for the third quarter of 2010. The program is called the Customer Cup, and the winners are announced each quarter.

"We created the 'Customer Cup' to build competition between airport station teams who are focused on bettering processes, products and interactions to deliver an improved customer experience," said Mark Mitchell, American's Managing Director – Customer Experience. "A good customer experience is the foundation for building customer loyalty, and we recognize five stations each quarter that are making measured improvements in enhancing the travel experience for our customers."

Customer Cups are categorized and awarded by market size from largest to smallest stations according to flight activity. The award recognizes stations for their performance in serving customers at the airport across six primary customer touch points, including gate interactions, the boarding experience, delays and delay management, onboard interactions, baggage handling and baggage resolution. Colorado Springs was awarded the Customer Cup this quarter for significantly improving internal customer satisfaction ratings in several categories, including an 8 point increase in boarding efficiency and 3 point increase in delivering relevant information to customers at the gate. Other winners this quarter include Dallas/Fort Worth, Dayton, Ohio, Liberia, Costa Rica and San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico.

This second victory marks consistent improvement and continued dedication from employees in Colorado Springs. Employees at the station focus on details that matter to customers at the airport, while taking time for personal customer interactions. The team works to provide frequent updates at the gate that keep travelers well informed of their flight's status and their options in case of delays.

"Winning the Customer Cup for a second time this year is a great honor because it comes right from the customer," said Lothar von Wolfseck, American's General Manager – Colorado Springs. "Our employees recognize the importance of providing exceptional service and we are working very hard every day to deliver on our standard of customer service. Our win this quarter gives us additional motivation to keep raising the bar for our customers."

The Customer Cup is part of a broader focus the airline has put toward improving the experience for its customers. With more than 250 employee teams across the network, the airline encourages all employees to bring forward ideas and solutions to improve the travel experience. With stations competing for the Customer Cup honor quarterly, employees who contribute earn network bragging rights and a party in their honor for working hard to improve the airlines' customer service rankings.

"Given the challenges the industry faces, the Cup is a great way to recognize the accomplishments of our employees," Mitchell added. "It's through their dedication and ingenuity we can deliver exceptional travel experiences of our customers."

Colorado Springs Recreation Center expands programming and events

press release

Providing the community with multiple recreation options

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The Colorado Springs Recreation Center has expanded it's programming and events to better serve the Colorado Springs Community. The Recreation Center opened this past September and is ideally located only 1.5 miles from Downtown in beautiful Memorial Park. The Recreation Center now boasts a plethora of programming designed to fit the Recreation needs of all ages.

The Recreation Center is one of three City facilities the Colorado Springs Swim School (CSSS) saved from closure due to City budget cuts. As part of an agreement with the City of Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Swim School also took over management of Wilson Ranch Pool and Portal Pool, originally scheduled to be closed due to City budget cuts.

Youth Sports Camps - Starting with the Thanksgiving Holiday season (Nov 22-24 & 26) and continuing through the winter holidays, the Recreation Center will offer Youth Sports Camps. Youth Sports Camps, scheduled during local school holidays are an ideal alternative to Day Care. Designed to both introduce and build new sport and activity skills, children will spend a fun-filled active day with us. The camps are designed for school-aged children between 5-12 and are scheduled between 8:30am-3:30pm with options for early drop off and late pick up.

Parent's Night Out is being held the third Friday of every month and is designed to provide parents the opportunity to spend an evening out without their children. Parent's Night Out is from 5:00pm-8:30pm and children will be treated to a fun evening of sports and recreational activities under the watchful eyes of the Recreation Center Staff. The next two Parent's Night Out will be held November 19 and December 17 serving as an ideal time for some holiday shopping without the kids. Children ages 6-weeks to 12-years are welcome.

Aquatic Turkey Trot and Turkey Trot Predict - Two great events on the same day, November 20. These two events will take place in and around the Recreation Center and are fun ways to ward off those unwanted holiday pounds before the big meal. The Aquatic Turkey Trot (9:00am) will be a fun water workout taking place in the Recreation Center Pool, and the Turkey Trot Predict (10:00am) will take place outside the Recreation Center utilizing the park's trail systems.

Aquatic Fitness - Multiple aquatic fitness workouts are now being offered at the Recreation Center. From Ai Chi, to Low Impact Aquatic Exercise, and Monthly Back to Basics classes, the expertise of the Colorado Springs Swim School staff is able to meet the aquatic fitness needs of a wide range of fitness individuals.

Child Care in the PlayRoom - Starting on Monday, November 15, the Colorado Springs Recreation Center will begin offering Child Care in the PlayRoom. Child Care will be offered from 7-11am Mon-Friday and is for children 6-weeks of age and older. Call the Recreation Center at 719-385-5984 for more details.

Learn-to-Swim Lessons - The staple of the Colorado Springs Swim School, our Learn-to-Swim lessons boast the smallest student to teacher ratio (3:1 for 3-5 yr. olds and 5:1 for 6+) of any group lessons in the community. Parents learn why CSSS is a Swim School, and not just another facility offering lessons. School Holiday lessons are now available on the Swim School site at

Masters Swimming - Every weekday morning, the Recreation Center hosts Coached Masters Swimming workouts. The Masters Swimming workouts are designed for adult (18+) swimmers of all abilities. Workouts take place from 6:00-7:30am.

Holiday Drives - The Colorado Springs Recreation Center is an official drop off location for Care and Share and Toys for Tots. Please bring non-perishable food items and new unwrapped toys to the Recreation Center and let's all help those in need in our community.

American Red Cross GuardStart, Lifeguard and CPR classes are now offered at the Recreation Center. Registration is available from the home page of the Colorado Springs Swim School. CPR classes will be held the 2nd Thursday of every month at 5:00pm.

About the Colorado Springs Recreation Center
The Colorado Springs Recreation Center opened in September of 2010 under the management of the Colorado Springs Swim School. Designed to offer the Colorado Springs community with and abundance of recreational opportunities, the Recreation Centers mission is "Keeping our Community Healthy, Fit and Safe."
About the Colorado Springs Swim School
The Colorado Springs Swim School is the City's leading Learn-to-Swim School. Established in 1992, CSSS has taught thousands of individuals how to swim and better enjoy all things aquatics, and is responsible for providing the residents of Colorado Springs with the only outdoor public aquatic facilities. CSSS is devoted to "Enriching Lives through Aquatic Programming and Instruction."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

South Side Business News adds Safeways and Valeros to distribution locations

Beginning with the December 2010 issue, the South Side Business News will be available in three Colorado Springs and Fountain Safeway stores - 6520 S. Academy, 6925 Mesa Ridge Parkway (Fountain) and 1920 S. Nevada Avenue. It will also be adding 5 Valero (Diamond Shamrock) convenience store racks, 1801 Main Street and 205 Main Street in Security, 1740 Jet Wing Drive, 1760 S. Nevada Ave and 715 Cheyenne Meadows Road in Colorado Springs.

The monthly paper, which spotlights the area's small business community is already available in 12 south side 7-11's and over 100 other local businesses and offices. You can also access the paper and archives, online at (no registration required).

Community Honors CVB President & CEO Terry Sullivan

Colorado Springs Colorado – November 11, 2010 - On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau commemorated President & CEO Terry Sullivan’s retirement along with his 20 years of service to the tourism industry. The theme of this grand event was “Celebrating Mr. Tourism: A World of Thanks for Terry Sullivan.” As Mr. Sullivan will officially retire on December 31, 2010, more than 500 local, regional and national industry partners, colleagues, friends and family gathered to honor Mr. Sullivan and his contributions throughout his years of service.

The celebration held at Cheyenne Mountain Resort featured Mr. Sullivan’s tales of challenges and accomplishments beginning in June of 1990 and ending this December of 2010. Mr. Sullivan’s two children, Ryan Sullivan and Deirdre Campbell, paid comical tribute to their father and CVB Board Chair Susan Edmondson presented Mr. Sullivan with the Tourism Industry Award. A bench in America the Beautiful Park was dedicated to Mr. Sullivan, as known fondly as Mr. Tourism, by the City of Colorado Springs. Mr. Sullivan will hold his final Board meeting on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. Photos of the event can be viewed here and are available in high resolution upon request.

The CVB would like to thank event sponsors Cheyenne Mountain Resort, The Broadmoor, Miller Lite, Coca-Cola, Outlets at Castle Rock, Ent Business Banking, DocuMart, Texas Monthly, Internet Honey, Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association, Marvel’s Cake Boutique, Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation, the Colorado Tourism Office, MMG Worldwide, Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs, M & C, Successful Meetings, Marco Hernandez Creative, Efficient Media Solutions, Pikes Peak Lodging Association, Colorado Restaurant Association, Colorado Springs Marriott, A.S. Enterprise, Colorado Springs Airport, Schneider Publishing and Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New Colorado Springs Company offers Armed Defense Training

image - Daniel C. Lanotte, Carpenters Mate Consulting

Colorado Springs - (Proforma Mark-It Pros) Carpenter’s Mate Consulting, Personal Protection Group serves the citizens of El Paso County in the areas of basic firearms instruction and personal protection. The offer courses which concentrate on safety and proficiency in firearms use.

Instruction is client paced, ensuring each student is comfortable with the information presented. Many students are experiencing shooting for the first time, while some are experienced shooters who need to satisfy the requirement for the Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit. Whichever the case, each student receives the personal attention required.

Personal Protection In the Home is taught in a home setting. If desired, this training can be done in the student’s home, allowing the client to develop strategies in his/her personal residence, providing the ideal situation to brainstorm and enact various scenarios for safety and feasibility. The additional range work is designed to be as realistic as possible.

Personal Protection Outside the Home is a true concealed carry course. All range work is performed from a concealed carry purse or a holster and a covering garment . Clearly, it’s best to avoid altercation; however, if that is not possible, students can learn a variety of strategies to mitigate the threat.

A new area of concentration for the Personal Protection Group is that of Business Watch. The company consults with business groups to assist them in learning how to reduce crime in their areas.

Personal Protection Group also speaks to Neighborhood Watch groups to assist in their mission to reduce crime in the local community. It seems that every day there is a new report about another break-in, home invasion, or abduction. Neighborhood Watch groups have proven to drastically reduce these and other crimes in neighborhoods.

The two “Watch” programs are not intended to supplant law enforcement involvement but rather to augment it.

One course that is still in development is Church Security Team Training. Unfortunately, many houses of worship have found it necessary to develop their own Safety and Security programs. This is an area in which few churches have any expertise. Personal Protection Group can assist in compiling the governing guidelines and policies and then establish training programs in line with the adopted plan.

For more information, please contact Daniel C. Lanotte at Carpenter’s Mate Consulting,
(719) 661-1318

Expressions of Hope 2011: Clients’ Artwork on Display in Annual Calendar

AspenPointe press release – “Expressions of Hope,” the 2011 art calendar featuring paintings by consumers of ASPENPOINTE, is now available online.

The artwork is created as part of the organization’s creative expression programs, which help adults as well as children cope with a variety of ailments. This year’s calendar also includes the artwork of wounded soldiers from Fort Carson, who take classes through a collaboration with the Bemis School of Art at the Fine Arts Center of Colorado Springs.

All proceeds from the sales will go back to the creative expression programs and help with the purchase of supplies.

“Sometimes people associate mental illness with crazy ideas; treat it as a negative,” says 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 ASPENPOINTE 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 again featured in the 2011 calendar. It can be purchased for $10 and viewed online at or by clicking here.

To order by phone, and for more information about creative expression and other ASPENPOINTE programs, call (719) 572-6100

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Excellence in customer service workshop, November 17th, Colorado Springs

From the BBB

What’s one of the best ways to ensure a successful business?


Statistics show it costs more to attract a new customer than it does to keep the ones you already have. Treat your customer’s right and they will continue to patronize your business. Treat them wrong and they may never return.

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado’s Foundation has a program to help. It’s called Excellence in Customer Service (EICS) and is designed to help companies analyze and improve their customer service processes.

Those who wish to participate must submit an application. In order to make it easier for you, we will be holding an application writing workshop to walk you through the process.

Below are the details for the EICS workshop:

Date: Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Time: 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Location: Colorado Technical University

4435 N. Chestnut St., Colorado Springs


Event Code: BBBWriting

For more detailed information on this event, please contact Cat Eli at

(719) 636-5076 ext. 100, (866) 206-1094 ext. 100, or

Monday, November 8, 2010

First Annual Fountain Valley Business Expo sells out exhibitor spaces

The Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its first annual Fountain Valley Business Expo on Monday, November 15th, 2010 from 10am to 4pm. Denise Owen of the Chamber reports that all available exhibitor space has now been sold.

Local businesses will be showing off their wares and providing information about their companies, products and services, as well as promotional items like pens, buttons, free samples, coupons and more. There will be food and drinks available, and one can enter for a number of door prizes as well.

The event is open to the public. Admission is $5 at the door, but you can pick up a complimentary ticket before hand at the Chamber office, at Easy Street Designs or download one from online at

Participating exhibitors include: Pavestone - Big R - Colorado Springs World Arena – Achievement Gallery – Fountain Valley El Paso County News - Southside Business News – Easy Street Design - Assist2Sell – Fountain Valley Senior Center - Culver’s Restaurant – Black Hills Energy – City of Fountain – Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce - Fountain Library District – Bill Crowley Caricature Artist – New Generation Homes – Reflective Comfort - Merit Reality – i9 Sports Youth Sports League – Keller Williams Realty – Edward Jones Financial Advisor – Gift of Touch Massage – MyJerkyShop – Lion’s Pride Framing – Kerri Moffit Photography – Tax Man to You – The Master’s Group – Chap’s Enterprise – Schramek Landscape Materials - Shelf Genie – Dove-Witt – Henslee, Halle Associates CPA – Windows of Hope Counseling – UMB Bank – Lucky Dog – Security Florist – Fountain Valley YMCA – Springs Computer Solutions – Fountain Chiropractic – Cowboy Expresso - Custom Concept Exteriors – Carson Bluffs Self Storage and UHaul, and Land of Ahs Kennel.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Colorado Springs Women’s Express Network Monthly Luncheon

Colorado Springs (CO) –Calling all professional individuals who wish to develop enriching and empowering relationships with other community leaders.

Colorado Springs Women’s Express Network is a chapter of American Business Women’s Association, connecting professionals of diversity.

The next luncheon is Friday November 12, 2010 at 11:30 AM. The featured speaker will be senior trainer; Steve Black from Brian Tracy’s coaching team. For more info on Mr. Black, visit:

For more information regarding this event, please visit or call (719) 632-4410.

Coat & Can Drive 2010

(Harris Group Realty)

Once again this year, Harris Group Realty, Inc. is teaming with the Springs Rescue Mission for its’ 6th Annual Coats & Cans Community Drive. Please help us assist needy families throughout Colorado Springs. We’ll be collecting new or gently used clothing, coats, mittens, sweaters, scarves, snowsuits, hats and non perishable food items thru November 15th, 2010.

Items can be dropped at our office at 2950 Professional Pl, Ste. 205 in the Kissing Camels Office Park, just east of Coronado High School on Fillmore from 8:30 to 4:00 M-F or at a south location at Easy Street Designs, 109 Kiva Road in Security from 8:30 to 6:00 M-F and 10:00 to 2:00 Saturday. Thank you in advance for helping us help those in need this holiday season. For more information, please call us at 227-9900

Friday, October 29, 2010

Affiliated Computer Services to hire 450 in Colorado Springs

Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) has announced that it will hire 450 new employees in Colorado Springs, including technical support and supervisor positions.

An open house will be held on Saturday, November 6th.

Applications are availabel at the ACS recruiting office at 2424 Garden of the Gods Road. More information about ACS job opportunities is available at

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fountain Valley Toastmasters - Oct 28, 2010

Fountain Valley Toastmasters meeting on Thursday, October 28th will be held at the Fountain Valley Senior Center (behind Albertacos on 85/87). Newbies/Guests/Vistors welcome, but please be prompt - 7p.m. See you there.

Speaker #1 – Jacob Hargrave (Icebreaker)

Speaker #2 – Ed Duffy

Monday, October 25, 2010

Letter to the Editor - Backward Thinking in Rural Colorado

By Marsha Looper

This year’s election is one for the books! First, Governor Ritter the entrenched incumbent decided not to run for re-election and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper leaped in to fill the Democratic candidate void. Next, the GOP candidate is in a meltdown. And now, the American Constitutionalist Party candidate is in a statistical dead heat with the Hickenlooper.

Hickenlooper has dropped another doozie of a declaration against rural families in Colorado. As reported on October 22, 2010 by Michael Sandoval of the National Review Online, Hickenlooper during a 2009 interview made a comment insinuating people living outside of the Denver Metro area are backwards thinking. Here is the Mayor’s comment:

“I think a couple things, I mean, you know, the tragic death of Matthew Shepard occurred in Wyoming. Colorado and Wyoming are very similar. We have some of the same, you know, backwards thinking in the kind of rural Western areas you see in, you know, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico.”

Hickenlooper and his “GIDDY UP’N VOTE BUS TOUR” have swerved into a ditch and over the next couple of days they’ll be trying to steer the bus back on the road to win over the voters in rural Colorado.

The Democrat apparently doesn’t value the fact that hard working men and women in rural Colorado have been growing the crops and raising the cattle that feed the families in this state, this country and the world for generations. Not only do these same farmers and ranchers provide a bounty of food for our nation, they are now providing fuel for our cars and trucks.

Hickenlooper doesn’t seem to value the contributions our agriculture communities in rural Colorado make to our economy and our nation’s security. Does the Mayor even care? Colorado’s 37,000 farms and ranches contribute more than $20 billion annually to Colorado’s economy and provide more than 100,000 jobs in rural Colorado. Colorado agricultural producers rank 2nd in the nation for market sheep & lambs; 4th for cattle on feed; 6tth for winter wheat and 8th for overall hay production! These national rankings reflect the ingenuity, hard work and intelligence of the citizens in our rural communities – not a “backwards thinking” mentality that Hickenlooper claims in his interview.

It’s time for Denver Mayor Hickenlooper to apologize to the people of rural Colorado and appreciate their contributions to Colorado’s quality of life, economy and national security. The millions of people living outside of Denver deserve better representation and leadership than the Democrat candidate who thinks he can insult rural Coloradans and still earn their support in his drive to become governor.

Marsha Looper,

Colorado State Representative-Calhan

Glenn Beck in Colorado Springs, October 26th

Radio host and bestselling author Glenn Beck is coming to Colorado Springs.

The conservative master of the monologue, live and in person at the

Colorado Springs World Arena!

(click on image for more details)

Proceeds to benefit the Constitution Challenge, an educational curriculum

to help America’s children learn the founding principles of the nation we love

(see below for more on the Constitution Challenge).

Call now for tickets at 1-866-464-2626 or go to Prices start at just $19.50!

For VIP reception tickets call 1-888-912-BECK.

Get your VIP ticket to meet Glenn personally and be photographed with him.

First Annual Medicine of Cycling Conference, Colorado Springs, Nov 13th and 14th

Press Release

USA Cycling is pleased to announce the first annual Medicine of Cycling Conference scheduled for November 13-14, 2010 at USA Cycling’s headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo. The conference, set to run parallel to USA Cycling’s Annual Promoters Summit, is a unique two-day summit offering medical professionals a platform on which to collaborate and establish common standards of care for competitive cyclists. It is accredited by the Office of Continuing Medical Education at the University of California, San Francisco and will offer 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits to attending physicians.

“We’re excited to be able to help move standards of care for our athletes forward,” said USA Cycling Chief Executive Officer Steve Johnson. “We hope the conference will serve as a collaboration point for all medical personnel in the sport to discuss and continually improve practices in treatment and injury prevention amongst cyclists.”

Organized by USA Cycling Board of Directors Vice Chairman Mark Abramson, University of California-San Francisco physician Dr. Anna Abramson, and Harvard-Brigham and Women's Hospital trauma surgeon Dr. James Watkins, the conference aims to give the sport’s medical professionals the opportunity to learn, teach and collaborate with each other.

“One of the most difficult aspects of providing care for this diverse and mobile group of athletes is their variety of medical needs, locations, insurances and circumstances,” said Dr. Abramson. “We recognized the need for collaboration after listening to medical support staff and physicians express a need to form standards of care for cycling patients. The teams and athletes also expressed the desire for reassurance that their physicians understand the needs of professional cyclists and have the credentials to treat them properly.”

Conference participants will hear from several noteworthy speakers during the following sessions:

• Cyclist Health and Injury – MARK GREVE, M.D. (Clinical Assistant Professor, Brown University; Clinical Associate Professor, Tufts University; Medical Director, Team Type 1)

• Spine Injuries and Back Pain in Cyclists – SONNY GILL, M.D. (Orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine surgery at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo.)

• Traumatic Brain Injury in Athletes – DON GERBER, Psy.D. (Specializes in rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord and brain injuries at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo.)

• Hot Topics in the Law of Sports Medicine – STEPHEN HESS, ESQ. (Sherman and Howard, LLC, USA Cycling General Counsel)

• Anti-Doping and the Biological Passport – Representatives from U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

• Wounds and Wound Care for Cyclists – JAMES WATKINS, M.D. (Trauma surgeon specializing in burns and wound management at Harvard-Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass.)

• Primary Care and Infectious Disease Management – JASON BRAYLEY, M.D. (Sports medicine physician and team physician for Kenda presented by Gear Grinder)

• Organizing a Safe Race Day – M. RAMIN MODABBER, M.D. (Chief of Surgery, Saint John’s Health Center, Managing Partner at Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group, race physician Tour of California)

The cost to register for the conference is $295 and space is limited. More details and registration information, including the complete objectives and agenda, can be found at

About USA Cycling

Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 66,500+ licensees; 2,200 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,650 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit

1A Public Forum, Colorado Springs, CO , Wed, Oct 27

Press Release


Colorado Springs, CO – On Wednesday, October 27th from noon to 1:00, the “No on 1A” campaign will host a public forum downtown in the Carnegie Room at the Penrose Library. The “No on 1A” campaign has been launched by Citizens for Safer Communities, a grassroots issue committee formed to defeat the ban on Medical Marijuana Centers. The committee includes business owners, doctors, attorneys, engineers, construction workers, and other community leaders. The general public is invited to come out and learn more regarding 1A and get their questions answered.
County Question 1A allows registered voters in El Paso County to decide whether to ban Medical Marijuana Centers in the unincorporated portions of El Paso County. If passed, this ban could put thousands of local people out of work, cause untold numbers of bankruptcies, harm the local economy, decrease government revenue, and deny access to essential treatment for thousands of local people suffering from disease and sickness.

In addition, if passed 1A would push the Medical Marijuana industry into our neighborhoods. Under 1A, your next door neighbor could legally sell Medical Marijuana without your knowledge, and there would be a greater risk of home invasions, fires, and other hazards. By voting “NO” on 1A, you ensure that the Medical Marijuana industry remains highly regulated, secured, and out of our neighborhoods.
The forum will feature two speakers: Steve Hammers, President of Hammers Construction, who will discuss why the passage of 1A would hurt the local economy and cause local people to lose their jobs; and Lono Ho’ala, a biochemist, author, and Kahuna Priest, who will explain why the passage of 1A would drive the Medical Marijuana business back into our neighborhoods, making our neighborhoods less safe.
Here are the details of the event:

Wednesday, OCTOBER 27TH-- Noon

For more information contact Mike Elliott at 719-213-3993

Friday, October 22, 2010

Letters to the Editor - Vote No on 1A

1) By Audrey Hatfield, Colorado Springs

On November 2nd, registered voters will make the decision on whether or not to place a Ban on Medical Marijuana Centers in unincorporated El Paso County . If this ban passes, it will have several negative effects of which I would like to point out.

First, there are between 15 and 20 thousand patients that will no longer have safe access to their medication. Under House Bill 1284, Medical Marijuana centers are under tight regulation and operate in a controlled and safe environment. If you value the Patient- Doctor relationship and the right for patients to continue to receive safe access to medication, a ban simply does not make sense on MANY levels! Our government should not be able to strip away the rights of the patients!

Second, a ban will not only affect the right for safe patient access, but will greatly affect our economy. With the recent recession, the medical marijuana industry has grown and prevented many local people from losing their jobs, including carpenters, electricians, construction workers, engineers, accountants, etc. In addition, previously vacant land now has tenants, causing the value of property to increase, and putting money in the pockets of local land owners. A ban of medical marijuana dispensaries will have a trickle down effect throughout the local economy: hundreds to thousands of people will lose their jobs, current construction projects will be abandoned, and government revenue will decrease.

Third, Voting No on 1A if would insure that medical marijuana businesses would stay highly regulated, secured, and out of our neighborhoods. By banning the centers, the medical marijuana business will be pushed into our neighborhoods. Your next door neighbor could be dealing in medical marijuana without your knowledge. This increases the risk of home invasions, fires, and other hazards. In addition, the black market could once again dominate this business. Our neighborhoods will be safer if the medical marijuana business is kept in highly regulated centers.

As a Patient, I am URGING you to look at the facts and make the right decision based on common sense. Vote NO on 1A! Keep the businesses legitimate and safe for patients, the economy thriving, and our neighborhoods secured!

2) By Robert Wiley, Colorado Springs

1A Dispensary Ban is risky for Neighborhoods

In the years prior to Colorado's Medical Marijuana Amendment 20, any patient unable to grow his own medicine had to purchase blackmarket marijuana from street dealers. Amendment 20 removed the criminal connection and provided protection for the acquisition, possession, manufacture, production, use, sale, distribution, dispensing, and transportation of marijuana for medical use for patients and their caregivers.

The caregiver model worked reasonably well for the first few years but was hampered by the limitation of only five patients per caregiver. El Paso County had only 95 patients in early 2005 and needed only a few caregivers to supply their medicine. Subsequently the court invalidated the patient limit, and dispensaries arrived to provide a wide variety of cannabis medications previously unavailable through the rudimentary caregiver model. Patient numbers increased dramatically; the most recent Health Department registry report indicated El Paso County had 3,961 patients at the end of January and we likely have at least twice that number today.

If a dispensary ban is approved it would push thousands of patients into our neighborhoods to purchase from unlicensed caregivers. So instead of having regulated dispensaries operating in commercial or industrial areas, voters would be forcing the medical marijuana operations into our neighborhoods. Don't let this happen. Keep your community safe.

Please vote NO on 1A to keep our communities from being overrun by unregulated caregivers.

Editors Note: Letters to the Editor may be submitted to We will not consider publication of letters submitted anonymously.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

International Stuttering Awareness Day, October 22

If speech therapy was good enough for King George VI, it’s good enough for us!

With the release of the new movie, The King’s Speech, it’s a great time to highlight International Stuttering Awareness Day, October 22. There are speech-language pathologists in your area who specialize in helping people who stutter.

The nonprofit Stuttering Foundation provides a free list of local therapists at our Web site,, or you may call 800-992-9392.

The same dread King George VI felt about speaking in public was also felt by our founder Malcolm Fraser and many others in the 1930s and 40s. However, today’s research shows that stuttering does indeed have a biological cause and can be effectively treated.

Parents' Night Out! It's cheaper than a sitter!

Take advantage of an evening off without the kids! When was the last time you had a nice quiet dinner together or saw a movie YOU wanted to see?

Drop your children off at the Recreation Center this Friday at 5:00pm and pick them up at 8:30. The kids will be treated to a fun evening of sports and recreational activities under the watchful eyes of the Recreation Center Staff.

When: Friday, Oct. 22 from 5:00-8:30pm
Where: Colorado Springs Recreation Center, 280 S. Union Blvd.
Why: Because sometimes its good to get away!
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $6 per child

For more info, visit or call 719-385-5984

Friday, October 15, 2010

Spook N' Splash at the CS Recreation Center

Saturday, October 30, 2010
280 S. Union Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80910 719-385-5984

The Colorado Springs Recreation Center is excited to kick off the Holiday Season with its first-ever Spook N' Splash. This unique safe family fun event will be an evening of trick-or-treat, costume contests, gamBooes, prizes and swimming for the whole family. That's right, after your little goblin has finished trick-or-treating, decorating a pumpkin or finding their way out of the corn maze, it's in the pool for more Halloween fun. Once in the pool, Spook N' Splash will have bobbing for apples, pumpkin races in the pool, and a Witches Brew brewing the entire time.

Spook N' Splash will abobbing for appleslso be collecting non-perishable food items for Care and Share of Southern Colorado. Bring a non-perishable food item and receive one free adult entry.

Date: Saturday, Oct 30, 2010
Time: 4-7pm
Cost: $5 per person

Please Note: There will be no face paint allowed in the pool, so please have your child either come in costume without face paint or it must be completely washed off prior to entering the pool.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Boots and Spurs, Dinner Dance Fundraiser, Security, CO, October 23d

Saturday October 23rd at the Knights of Columbus Hall, just off Main Street in Security, CO. Support the Fountain Valley Foundation. Just $25 gets you dinner, live music, dancing and a chance to bid on valuable items, generously donated for the silent auction. Call 719-382-7837 or stop by the Fountain Valley News office on Ohio Street in Fountain for tickets or more information.

Medical Voyce expands to Wyoming

Press Release

Colorado Springs, CO – Medical Voyce LLC, a Colorado-based business, announced its expansion into Wyoming in collaboration with a new partnership with the Wyoming State Medical Society. The partnership will include a new Website for the Society, “Powered by Medical Voyce,” which will connect the Wyoming Medical Society member-physicians to each other and to physicians across Colorado through the communication tools and information on the Medical Voyce Professional Portal website.

Medical Voyce is a dual-sided web portal that provides HIPAA-compliant communication between doctors connected to its free searchable physician directory, along with other tools and information to help doctors run effective and efficient practices on its Professional Portal. The Public Portal is a free health care resource identifier to help empower patients with local information.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Gala Goddess Brings Professional Love and Logic Speaker to Colorado Springs, CO

Press Release

Date & Time: Saturday October 23, 2010 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: UCCS Gallogly Event Center 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway

Cost: $29.99-$59.99 Group Rates Available

Local business owner, Rachel Wilson, is bringing Jedd Hafer of the Love and Logic Institute as well as actress and key-note speaker Bertila Damas to Colorado Springs, CO for a 4 hour speaker event October 23, 2010.

Bertila Damas’ topic is Living An Inspired Life, during which she will discuss issues regarding relationships, finance, career and parenting. Love and Logic® is a parenting philosophy that, according to their website, “provides simple and easy to use techniques to help parents have more fun and less stress while raising responsible kids of all ages.” During Jedd’s two-hour speech, he will cover:

· Helping kids feel great about themselves

· Learning to put an end to arguing, back talk and power struggles

· Guiding kids to own and solve their own problems

Gala Goddess is dedicated to producing affordable, inspiring and fun events in areas of life which matter most to the community. Gala Goddess was born out of Rachel Wilson’s dream of being fulfilled in her life: To do something for a living that allows her to raise her children, take care of her home and marriage, and create something that truly makes a difference for people. Rachel Wilson is available for interviews.

Friday, October 8, 2010

U.S. Army selects ITT for $1.4 billion Kuwait facilities operations contract

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct 06, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ITT Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Rock Island Contracting Center to provide comprehensive support services for all U.S. Army facilities in Kuwait. The award is for one year with four one-year options and is worth an estimated $1.4 billion with all options exercised.

Under the Kuwait Base Operations & Security Support Services contract, ITT will provide the full spectrum of logistics, security, transportation, life support and facilities services at Camp Arifjan, Camp Buehring, Camp Virginia and a number of other critical military installations in the Kuwait area of responsibility. This represents the fourth major facilities operations contract awarded to ITT in 2010 and solidifies the company's role as a premier provider of base operations services in the Middle East.

"We understand the criticality of the U.S. military mission in Kuwait and appreciate the Army's acknowledgement that ITT is the best company to handle its complex needs in the region," said Michael Gulino, president and general manager of ITT Systems. "We have a reputation for providing world-class facilities operations support around the globe, and that is exactly what our customers in Kuwait can expect from us going forward."

Work will be performed by ITT's Systems business unit, based in Colorado Springs, Colo., a global leader in providing maintenance, sustainment and operations support for U.S. government facilities, vehicles, equipment, ranges, communication networks and information systems.

About ITT Corporation

ITT Corporation is a high-technology engineering and manufacturing company operating on all seven continents in three vital markets: water and fluids management, global defense and security, and motion and flow control. With a heritage of innovation, ITT partners with its customers to deliver extraordinary solutions that create more livable environments, provide protection and safety and connect our world. Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., the company reported 2009 revenue of $10.9 billion.

SOURCE: ITT Corporation

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Light the Night - Free Halloween Fun

Press Release

Activity Name: Light the Night
Sponsor: Gathering Stones Community
Location:7368 McLaughlin Road
Falcon, CO 80831-4713
Cross-Roads: Near Meridian Rd. and Woodmen Rd.
Phone#:(719) 358-1937
When: Oct. 31st
Time: 5:30pm. - 9pm.
Cost: Free
A fun filled and safe community activity, that is open to all, where children will enjoy:
Awesome Inflatables, Games, Hay Maze, Tons of Candy and much, much more!

Colorado Springs Fire Department Partners with Domino’s Pizza During Fire Prevention Week

Press Release

WHAT: Domino’s Pizza and the Colorado Springs Fire Department are teaming up during Fire Prevention Week to support the Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program. A portion of the sales from any Domino’s pizza order will be donated to the program. Let the Domino’s Pizza Customer Service Representative know that you would like part of your purchase to be donated to the program.

WHEN: Fire Prevention Week: Tuesday, October 5th

WHERE: All Colorado Springs Domino’s Pizza locations

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Circle of Life - The Rise and Fall of Republicans?

Democrats are about to suffer a political beating of Biblical proportions. Republicans are going to take at least one of the houses of Congress back and they'll be riding a wave of new found popularity. How did this happen and can it be sustained?

How it happened is easy. A variety of different people rallied around a few core principals and saw the Republican party as a vehicle to drive the agenda. Those principals are that government should be less costly and smaller in size and in scope. They want less regulation and low taxes and the want adherence to the Constitution. If the newbies in Washington DC next year were to focus on those and work hard to advance the cause everything would be hunky dory. But here is perhaps a more likely scenario.

Republicans will begin talking amongst themselves, setting the agenda and discover that not all gun rights advocates are also pro-life. They'll learn that not all pro-lifers are church going, God fearing Christians. They'll find out that not all church going, God fearing Christians oppose gay marriage. They'll find out that not all gay marriage opponents are NRA members. You get the idea. They'll soon begin squabbling amongst themselves over these and other issues (most of which aren't legitimate concerns of the government anyway) and the dreams of balanced budgets, limited government and fiscal sanity will fade away. At the same time, Democrats will find three or four things that they can agree on long enough to win some elections. The circle of politics goes on.

I sincerely hope that I'm as wrong as wrong can be on this one. But I'm not.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Help Wanted - Progressive to Hire 200 in Colorado Springs

Company Press Release

Smart, outgoing people looking for flexible schedules, competitive pay and job perks like an on-site fitness center may want to consider joining Progressive car insurance. Progressive, named one of the best places to work for military veterans by GI Jobs and Military Times EDGE, plans to fill 200 new sales and service positions in Colorado Springs by January 31, 2011.

Progressive car insurance is hiring customer service and sales representatives to work at its contact center in Colorado Springs. Grace Donnelly has been with Progressive since April 2008. Progressive car insurance is hiring customer service and sales representatives to work at its contact center in Colorado Springs. Grace Donnelly has been with Progressive since April 2008.

The phone representatives will sell policies and answer customer questions. The jobs require a minimum of two years' post secondary education or two years' work experience in a customer service environment.

"We're hiring because we're growing," said Kay Krienke, recruiting supervisor at Progressive. "We're looking for energetic, customer-focused problem solvers who are passionate about offering great service. In return, we offer the chance to be part of a culture that embraces risk taking, innovation and diversity, and rewards people for contributing to the company's success."

All of the positions offer paid training, which Krienke said could be particularly appealing to people wanting to start new careers as licensed insurance representatives.

And, flexible scheduling options are available for some of the positions, such as the ability to work four 10-hour days with three days off instead of the typical five-day workweek.

As for benefits, in addition to medical, dental, vision and life insurance, Progressive employees also enjoy:

* potential bonuses based on company performance;
* an on-site health services facility and fitness center;
* parenting resources, such as a child-care subsidy and maternity services;
* tuition assistance; and
* a casual dress code.

To find out more about jobs at Progressive in Colorado Springs or to apply, visit

AspenPointe Cafe Grand Opening, September 29th, Colorado Springs

Press Release

AspenPointe Café, a café and catering organization that trains and hires the disadvantaged, will hold a grand opening Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at its new location: 5069 N. Academy Blvd.

The community is invited to taste the café’s fare and celebrate the move and expansion of services as well as take tours of the facility.

The larger space allows for dine-in services and a new training program for those interested in pursuing a career in the culinary field. The program’s goal is to train about 75 students a year through a 17-week course.

“People with disabilities, whether mental of physical, are told too often they cannot do this or that because of their condition,” said Morris L. Roth, president and CEO of AspenPointe. “We prefer to focus on what an individual can do and train them to be employable, whether that’s in a restaurant or some other business.”

AspenPointe Café’s profits are invested back into the business. The greater its sales, the more people in the community it can help.

“AspenPointe’s mission to help the less fortunate is what attracted me to this position,” said Chef Brandon Benjegerdes, recently recruited as the café’s operations manager. “The customers I’ve spoken with feel the same way. By coming here, they attain satisfaction on multiple levels.”

Benjegerdes has 15 years of experience in the culinary business. He has a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and hotel and hospitality supervision from Stratford University in Washington , D.C.

“It’s a privilege and honor to have someone of Chef Brandon’s caliber overseeing the cooking and operation of AspenPointe Café,” said Roth. “My concern is that I will be spending a little too much time there now.”

In addition to dine-in services, which are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, the café caters events every day for groups ranging from 10 to hundreds. It provides breakfast and lunch buffets, boxed meals, soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, hot entrées and more. Please visit for a full menu.

Since 1875, AspenPointe has empowered clients, enriched lives and embraced purpose, through individual and family services in mental health, substance abuse, employment and career development, education, housing, jail diversion/reintegration, telephonic wellness, and provider network services.

Monday, September 27, 2010

USO-Style Dinner Dance Fundraiser - Colorado Springs

Friday, October 15, 2010

Cocktail Reception at the Pioneers Museum - 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Dance at the City Auditorium - 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Join us for a World War II era canteen dinner dance on Friday, October 15, 2010. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served at the Museum, 215 S. Tejon St, starting at 6:00 p.m., to unveil the accompanying WWII exhibit,
Don't Fence Me In: German POWs at Camp Carson.
The dinner dance will then begin at 7:00 p.m. at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. World War II dress is encouraged!

Tickets to the USO Dinner Dance will be available at the Museum Store. Pricing and more information is available on the CSPM website, or by calling the Museum at 385-5631. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

Enjoy the big band sounds of the World War II days and fabulous USO-style entertainment, while partaking of the "donut bar" and other canteen-style chow and a cash bar. Winners of the "In Their Honor" Air Show art, essay and video documentary contests will be announced, competitors being local School District 11 students.

Dance attendees will be given an opportunity to participate in modern-day American Red Cross project. A "donation station" will be setup at the dance to collect much-needed items for "comfort kits" that will be sent to our service men and women serving in Afghanistan (much like what the American Red Cross did during WWII). A list of items to bring is on our website, All items will be sent to American Red Cross worker
Susanne Harlandt, who is currently serving our troops in Afghanistan. (A link to Susanne's blog and photo of her can also be found on the CSPM website.)

Another "donation station" that will be available at the dance is the
The Home Front Cares, a local non-profit organization dedicated to assisting military families with emergency financial needs. Funds will be collected to help local soldiers' families here at home. A link to THFC website for more information about their organizations is posted on the CSPM website,

Town Hall meeting, Security, CO, October 2

Town Hall meeting at the Security Fire Department

Blue books will be available.

Click on image for more details.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Family Stewardship Day at Fountain Creek Nature Center, Sept 25

9am to 4pm


Invasive Species Removal
Water-Wise Garden Work
Creek Clean Up
Renovate Trails
Plant Trees

Tools, light lunch and BBQ dinner will be provided

Reservations required
Call 719-520-6745

or for the Bear Creek Nature Center call 520-6387

Friday, September 17, 2010

Alzheimer's Memory Walk Fund Raiser Saturday - Colorado Springs

Annual Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk Steps Off in America the Beautiful Park on Sat. Sept 18, 2010

WHO: Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado presents Memory Walk 2010 sponsored by Life Care Centers of America

WHAT: Fundraising event includes a 5k Walk, exhibits, refreshments, live entertainment, and Kids’ Activity Tent sponsored by Anthem

WHEN: Saturday, Sept 18, 2010

7:30 am Registration, 9 am 5k Walk

WHERE: America the Beautiful Park 126 Cimino Drive

From downtown, west on Colorado Avenue. Turn left before the I-25 exit.

Summary: This is a pledge event and every person who walks is asked to make a personal contribution and ask family, friends and co-workers to support them with a donation to the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. Prizes for fundraising include Memory Walk T-shirts, purple and lime green water bottles with the signature Alzheimer’s walker and other items for which fund raisers qualify. Participants raising $100 or more will receive the water bottle and T-shirt.

To register a team, purchase a Tribute Flag or for more information 719-266-8773 or visit

About the Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter is the premier source of information and support for the more than 72,000 Coloradoans with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers. Through its statewide network of offices, the Alzheimer’s Association offers education, counseling, support groups and a 24-hour Helpline at no cost to families. In addition, contributions help fund advancements in research to prevent, treat and eventually conquer this disease. The Alzheimer’s Association advocates for those living with Alzheimer’s and their families on related legislative issues, and with health and long-term care providers. For information call the Alzheimer’s Association at 719-544-5720 or 800-272-3900, or visit

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Town in Maine Gets Serious About Competing for Small Business

Lewiston, ME (PRWEB)

Many communities lament the exodus of youth, jobs and entrepreneurial talent. One Maine community is doing something about it. Two local business organizations, the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council (LAEGC) and the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to send a message loud and clear: the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, Maine welcome young, creative entrepreneurs - particularly youth who have roots in the community but who have moved away. To back up that sentiment, a number of local companies have stepped forward to contribute what is expected to be over $100,000 in cash and in-kind services to the most promising start-up company willing to come back home and set up business.

The LAEGC and the Chamber of Commerce have launched an entrepreneurial contest that has an ambitious goal of connecting with youth who have roots in the local community, and encouraging them to consider starting a business in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine. The program, called Launch L-A!, features a contest inviting young entrepreneurs to submit a proposal to start a business in L-A. Entries will be screened by a committee of business and banking professionals who will judge the ideas on a number of criteria including creativity, viability, and community need. Adding a page from the "American Idol" script, finalists will be voted upon electronically by community members of Lewiston and Auburn in January 2011.

The winning entrepreneur will receive an equity infusion of $10,000 - $20,000 seed money, along with a number of in-kind services for a year, including business consulting, accounting services, legal fees, advertising agency services, rent, and more -- all provided by Chamber members. Runners-up may also receive in-kind services.

Three local Maine banks, Bangor Savings Bank, Northeast Bank and Auburn Savings Bank have already committed $11,500 to seeding the prize package. In addition, dozens of local businesses are offering in-kind services including:

* Rinck Advertising: Branding, Creative and Public Relations Package - $15,000
* Curry Printing: Printing Package - $1,200
* Next Level Business Coaching: Business Consulting - $3,600
* LAEGC: Start-up office space, conference room space & receptionist - $4,000
* Robustelli, Soucy & Hussey, PA: Accounting services - $10,000
* Brann & Isaacson: Legal fees for a year - $2,500
* Core Zero Creative: Search Engine Optimization, web and social media marketing strategy - $1,500
* Oxford Networks: Internet/Phone lines - $1,900
* WGME-13: Advertising package, including cost of production - $2,000
* Leighton Images: Video Production -- $4,500
* Mainely Portrait Photography: Photo session - $500
* Strategic Talent Management: Personality Aptitude Testing - $2,500
* Chamber of Commerce: Membership, Advertising, and Support Package - $500
* RE-Group! Business Solutions: Risk Mitigation and Business Infrastructure - $1,000
* Sun Journal: 1 year's worth of advertising and consulting - $5,000
* Marriott Residence Inn: One-week stay - $1,000

The competition is open people between the ages of 18-30 who have roots in Androscoggin County but have not lived here in at least 9-months. Applicants will be encouraged to support their idea using digital applications such as video presentations, web sites, podcasts, and digital photos.

"The value of this program is not merely that a few entrepreneurs will get assistance to launch a business in Lewiston-Auburn," says Paul Badeau, Marketing Director, Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council. "What's perhaps more important is the message this sends to the world outside of L-A's borders: namely, that Lewiston-Auburn welcomes young, creative entrepreneurs and is committed to helping them succeed."

"The contest is part of a broader initiative to connect and keep in touch with young people, particularly college grad "expatriates" who have graduated from local high schools," says Wendy Tardif, a member of the event planning committee and Executive Director for The Dempsey Challenge. "Using e-mail and social media like Facebook and Twitter, young people will get regular updates about the community's ongoing renaissance."

"Native sons and daughters often leave for college and don't return, sometimes because they don't perceive that gainful employment or opportunities can be found in Maine," explains Laura Davis, a partner at Rinck Advertising who is also a member of the committee. "We hope people follow this story chapter by chapter."

Rinck Advertising, an Auburn-based advertising and public relations agency, has contributed its services in-kind to developing the logo and PR strategies for the effort. In addition, the agency will donate over $15,000 in services to the winning business.

"We have what young people are looking for right here in L-A: urban life, arts and culture, affordable housing, a riverfront, plenty of good restaurants, and talented people," says Davis. "What we don't have is enough recognition for our assets, and enough help for struggling entrepreneurs."

"Even if young people don't return to the community for whatever reason, it is still important that they feel proud of their community in order to serve as ambassadors, stay connected to local institutions, and serve as future benefactors for local institutions", says Chamber President, Chip Morrison.

"Will our youth return in droves because of this? Probably not," adds Morrison. "But if we can help a few entrepreneurs get off the ground, and get young people with roots in the L/A area to feel proud of their home community, we will have been wildly successful."

T.H. Creations, a Lewiston-based web site development company, created a web site to promote the contest. Entrepreneurs can enter the contest with their business idea right online at: Contestants and interested parties can also follow the contest on Facebook at or Twitter at Launch LA is also offering a chance to win an Apple iPAD for anyone who helps spread the word through Twitter. Details at Launch LA Maine.

Companies interested in finding out more about the contest and how they can be a part of it should contact the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council at 207-784-0161 or the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce at 207-783-2249.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Springs Post Office to Make Presentation at Race for the Cure

C. Springs Post Office to highlight Breast Cancer Research Stamp & survivors - at SE Colorado Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this Sunday, Sept. 12th

Sales of stamp has raised nearly $71 million so far to support bc research

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Colorado Springs Post Office will again honor breast cancer survivors and highlight the fight to stamp out breast cancer with a presentation at the 16th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Colorado Springs this Sunday, Sept. 12.

The ceremony will take place at approximately 7:00 AM at the main expo center stage, this Sunday, September 12th, at the Garden of the Gods entrance located at 30th Street and Gateway Road.

Ron Perry, Customer Relations Coordinator for the Postal Service in Colorado Springs, will make the presentation of a framed memento of the current Breast Cancer Research (BCR) Stamp to several Honorary Survivors and before an expected audience of more than five thousand participants.

The three Honorary Survivors – from Pueblo County, Teller County and El Paso County - were each chosen for their unselfish devotion and for being tireless advocates for this great cause. They have invested major time and knowledge of experiencing Breast Cancer, of having the fear of being diagnosed, and of obtaining the necessary medical treatment and in gaining the support for being able to survive. They have also spread their own great knowledge and experience to educate newly diagnosed breast cancer survivors, and to help them and many others experience their own success stories.

Ron Perry said it is a great opportunity to raise awareness of how all Coloradoans and Americans can continue to help find a cure through their purchase of the 55-cent BCR stamps, available at all Post Offices. The extra postage above the First Class 44-cent rate – minus administrative costs - goes to support bc research.

Since the Breast Cancer Research (BCR) Stamp was issued and first went on sale in July, 1998, the total raised for bc research from sales of the stamp to date is $70.7 million.

“We invite everyone to join the Post Office, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and the Colorado Springs community at this most worthwhile annual event on Sunday, and to continue their great efforts and support in helping to stamp out breast cancer,” Perry added.

Friday, September 10, 2010

South Side Business News webstats

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South Side Business Blog adds Help Wanted section for Colorado Springs and surrounding area

Beginning today, the South Side Business Blog will accept and post free help wanted ads for area businesses. These postings should be for employment opportunities and not for business opportunities, MLM or contract labor. The South Side Business Blog may remove or refuse to post any submission at its sole discretion.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

New video, workshop instructs how to apply for City Proposals

(Press Release submitted by Kim Jackson, Pikes Peak National Bank)

The City of Colorado Springs has produced a new video that provides a detailed overview of its Request for Proposal (RFP) process. The RFP process provides individuals and companies an opportunity to compete to provide a wide range of products and services to the City.

The video (RFP Video Version 3) is posted on the City’s Web site ( in several places, including the Procurement Services, Financial and Administrative Services and Public Communications Web pages (use the “City Agencies” drop down menu).

“We hope the video will take some of the mystery out of the RFP process and encourage more individuals and companies to submit proposals,” explained Curt Decapite, Procurement Services manager.

In addition, interested individuals and companies are invited to a “Local Business Opportunity Workshop” on Sept. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Leon Young Service Center, Pikes Peak Room, 1521 Hancock Expressway. Those attending will learn how to follow government procurement processes and meet with procurement staff from the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities, El Paso County, School District 11 and the State of Colorado.

According to DeCapite, the City does not have a “bidding list” of suppliers that are contacted when RFP opportunities arise. Rather, the City posts RFP opportunities in the Contracting Office lobby in the City Administration Building as well as on the Procurement Services Web page of

“The RFP process is beneficial for both the City and for the individuals and companies that supply products and services. The City receives high-quality products and services at fair prices and individuals and services are offered opportunities to compete on a level playing field,” said DeCapite.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fountain Valley Foundation Fund raiser, Sept 11th, Fountain CO

“Calling The Community”

Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits is proud to announce a partnership with the Fountain Valley Foundation to help enhance the lives of our neighbors. Come join us for a day of food, fun, games and activities to help us “pay it forward” throughout our community. Learn about the Fountain Valley Foundation, and the ways that you can help, or receive help in your area.

When: Saturday September 11th from 10 am to 4pm

What: Hot Dog Roast, Canned Food Drive, Dunk Tank, Activities and Prizes

Where: 501 East Iowa Avenue, Fountain, CO 80817

Committed to a pursuit of Community Focus, many local companies will be in attendance to show their support of Community Fellowship. Additionally, many companies from our neighbor Colorado Springs will be in attendance to support a pursuit of Community Focus.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Fountain Fall Festival 2010

images from the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce's Fall Festival and Parade, September 6, 2010, Fountain, Colorado.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Mortgage insurance rates change October 4th

FHA Gives Homebuyers One Month Window

Colorado Springs, CO – “The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is giving homeowners and buyers until October 4 to lock in a low monthly insurance premium,” said Gibran Nicholas, Chairman of the CMPS Institute, an organization that trains and certifies mortgage bankers and brokers. “After October 4, the monthly insurance premiums on FHA loans will increase by over 63%.”

What does this mean for homebuyers?

A homebuyer purchasing a $200,000 home using a $193,000 FHA mortgage before October 4 would pay an insurance premium of $88.46 per month. If the same homebuyer waits until after October 4, the insurance premium would jump to $148.01. “In this example, the homebuyer would lose $59.55 per month, or $7,146 over a ten year timeframe,” Nicholas said. “Although the upfront mortgage insurance premium is going down after October 4, the real impact to the homebuyer is actually a net increase in their out of pocket costs because the monthly premium is going up by 63%. Remember, sellers can pay the upfront premium or it can be financed into the loan amount, so homebuyers rarely pay the upfront premium out of pocket. On the other hand, the increase in the monthly premiums will be paid right out of the homebuyer’s pocket with their mortgage payment each month.”

Ironically, homebuyers who plan to be in the mortgage for less than 3 years and decide to pay the upfront fee themselves (instead of having the seller pay it for them), may actually save money by waiting until after October 4 to apply for an FHA loan. “Homebuyers with a short term time horizon may actually benefit from this change because the upfront premium will be reduced to 1% from 2.25%,” Nicholas said. This change will impact over 30% of the homebuyers in today’s market who use FHA-insured financing.

Provided by Sterling Campbell.
Homebuyers considering an FHA loan can call Sterling Campbell, CMPS at (719) 535-8723 or email at to discuss their options and what this means for their situation. Also, you can follow CMPS Institute on Twitter to stay updated on these and other mortgage and housing industry developments.

Sterling Campbell
Certified Mortgage Planner
Air Academy Federal Credit Union

Fountain Fall Festival, Labor Day Weekend Activities

Lots to do in Fountain this weekend
September 4, 5 and 6th

Click on the image for details

or see page 3 of this month's South Side Business News

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Now Hiring - H&R Block, Seasonal/Part Time

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Being an H&R Block Tax Professional is interesting and challenging work that provides advantages such as extra income, a flexible schedule and a chance to learn new valuable skills.

If interested, submit your resume to

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Colorado Springs Recreation Center Grand Opening

Colorado Springs Swim School to Open the
Colorado Springs Recreation Center
Grand Opening Set for September 18, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Colorado Springs Swim School (CSSS) is pleased to announce their Grand Opening of the Colorado Springs Recreation Center (formerly the Aquatic and Fitness Center) on Saturday, September 18. In advance of the Grand Opening, an Open House will be held on Monday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 14 between the hours of 10:00am-1:00pm and 5:30-7:30pm. The Recreation Center is ideally located in beautiful Memorial Park at 280 S. Union Blvd.

The Recreation Center is one of three City facilities CSSS saved from closure due to City budget cuts. As part of an agreement with the City of Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Swim School also took over management of Wilson Ranch Pool and Portal Pool, which were also scheduled to be closed due to City budget cuts.

With a warm water pool ideal for hosting Learn-to-Swim lessons, aquatic fitness programs and aqua therapy, to a 10,000 square foot dry-land fitness area geared towards total body fitness, the Recreation Center will meet the needs of young and old alike.

“We’ve had a wonderful summer with the two outdoor facilities and now with summer coming to an end it’s time to shift the focus indoors,” stated CSSS owner Tina Dessart. “We are extremely excited to open the Recreation Center for the community to enjoy programming and services geared towards overall health and wellness.”

Open to the public for both daily entry and memberships, users of the Recreation Center will find many of the activities taking place at the facility geared towards developing independent exercise routines, with monthly health and wellness themes, and clinics ranging from fitness and nutrition to diabetes and sun safety.

About the Colorado Springs Swim School
The Colorado Springs Swim School is the City’s leading Learn-to-Swim School. Established in 1992, CSSS has taught thousands of individuals how to swim and better enjoy all things aquatics, and is responsible for providing the residents of Colorado Springs with the only outdoor public aquatic facilities. CSSS is devoted to “Enriching Lives through Aquatic Programming and Instruction.”

Blue Book and Ballot Initiative Town Hall, Security, Colorado

Saturday Oct 2, 2010
9am to 10:30am
Security Fire Dept, 400 Security Blvd

2010 Ballot Initiatives
Amendment 60- Property Taxes
Amendment 61 - Limits on Government Spending
Amendment 62 Person Term
Amendment 63 Health Care
Amendment P - Gaming
Amendment Q - State Seat
Amendment R - Real Property
Proposition 101 Fees
Initiative 92 - Pretrial Services

Blue books will be available

State Rep Marsha Looper
Senator Keith King
County Commissioner Dennis Hisey
Ftn Dist 8 Superintendent Cheryl Serrano

For more info Contact Mary Ellen at 351-9930

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fountain Valley 5k For the Fallen, September 4th

The 2d annual 5k For the Fallen takes place in Fountain, CO on September 4th, 2010.
For more information and to register online visit

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ray's Auction - Grand Re-Opening

Ray's Auction (formerly known as B.U.R.G. Auction) will be holding its first auction at its new location

Thursday September 2, 2010

2854 Janitell Rd
, Colorado Springs, CO

Auctions will be held every Thursday at 6pm

Consignments accepted Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat

Call 527-0533 for more information

Friday, August 27, 2010

4th Annual Great Pumpkin Run at Venetucci Farm - 5k, 10k and fun run

The 4th Annual Great Pumpkin Run at Venetucci Farm takes place October 2nd at 8:30 a.m.

Pikes Peak Community Foundation will host the fun event with a 5K and 10K race at Venetucci Farm (near the intersection of Hwy 85 and Main Street in Security) plus a Little Pumpkin Fun Run. Registration is now open, race is limited to 600 runners. Find out More or Register on-line NOW! Sponsored by Colorado Springs Utilities and Runner's Roost.

Online Registration Form:

For more information visit:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Author Fest 2010 set for October 1st and 2d in Manitou Springs

The 5th Annual Author Fest of the Rockies is a signature event of the Friends of the Manitou Springs Public Library

Author Fest is a statewide literary conference for readers, writers, editors, illustrators, poets-anyone interested in the written and spoken word.

WHEN: Friday, October 1, 2010, 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Historic Cliff House at Pikes Peak
306 Canon Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
(719) 685-300

For additional information on speakers, presenters and events leading up to Author Fest, and to sign up for the conference, visit:

13th Annual SAFE Conference at First Presbyterian Church, September 30th

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO --The Colorado Springs Senior Resource Council will be hosting the 13th annual SAFE Conference (Safe Aging for Everyone) at First Presbyterian Church located at 219 E. Bijou St. The free community event will take place Thursday, September 30th from 8:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Lunch is provided.

The annual SAFE Conference is a FREE day-long workshop designed to educate seniors and those interested in seniors about maintaining independence and safety. FREE parking will be available in the First Presbyterian parking lot on the corner of Weber and Bijou. A FREE lunch will be provided for the conference participants.

The conference Master of Ceremonies will be Jon Karroll, News Channel 13 and the Keynote Speaker is national speaker, CJay Smith. There will be breakout sessions on Financial Safety, Home Safety, Travel Safety, and Medical and Health Safety. Free credit reports.

Space is limited, so please call 719-884-6188 and register for this special event.

What : Senior Resource Council’s 13th Annual SAFE Conference

Where : First Presbyterian Church

219 E. Bijou St.

When : Thursday, September 30th

8 a.m. – 3p.m.

Sponsors :

ElderWatch, Kaiser Permanente, ResCare Home Care and American Medical Response (AMR)

The Senior Resource Council is a nonprofit organization made up of individuals and organizations that provide services to and advocate for seniors in the Colorado Springs area. They have proudly been serving this community since 1988 with dedicated professionals committed to building community on behalf of older adults.
Visit them online at

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Southside Johnny's Garage Sale

Sell it at Southside Johnny's first annual parking lot GARAGE SALE!!!
Clean out your basement and make enough to pay off your tab at Johnny's,
McCabe's or Coffee Exchange!
Sunday August 22nd at 9:00AM - 4pm

Southside Johnny's
528 S. Tejon
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

SET offers free child vaccination clinics

Safety Net Clinic: SET Family Medical Clinics offers FREE Children’s Immunizations

Colorado Springs, CO—SET Family Medical Clinics (SET), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides basic medical
services and holistic health programs to uninsured, under-insured, homeless and low income people without discrimination,
announces that they continue to offer free immunizations for children. The generous funding from The Colorado Trust makes it
possible for SET to offer 8 immunization clinics a year.

In 2009 SET became a part of the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program, which is a federally funded program that provides
vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. SET’s immunization clinic is
for children ages 4 – 18 that are uninsured, Medicaid eligible, American Indian or Alaskan Native.
SET will offer free children’s immunizations on August 19th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at SET Family Medical Clinics located at 825 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Building 29. The immunizations are by appointment only. Call 719-776-8850 to make an appointment.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must have the child’s immunization records.
“SET Family Medical Clinics Immunization Clinic is very important to the Colorado Springs’ community as it works to decrease
preventable illness through the use of vaccines”, emphasizes Zelna Joseph, SET Family Medical Clinics, President and CEO.
SET Family Medical Clinics will provide assistance in enrolling children in the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) which is a low-cost
health insurance program for Colorado’s uninsured children. CHP+ is for children whose parents earn too much to qualify for
Medicaid, but cannot afford private health insurance.

About SET Family Medical Clinics
SET Family Medical Clinics, a 501 (c)(3) is a non-profit organization is a Safety Net Clinic for the Safety Net Clinics, provides
basic medical services and holistic health programs to uninsured, under-insured, homeless and low income people without
discrimination. SET offers a Family Clinic for acute and chronic needs at the St. Francis Health Center and also provides a
Health Literacy Center. The SET Homeless Clinic, although not affiliated with Catholic Charities, is located at The Hanifen Self
Sufficiency Center, and is available five days a week for homeless people to access free basic health care. SET also offers
Senior Wellness Clinics to several Housing Authority apartment buildings in Colorado Springs. SET offers a Comprehensive
Healthcare Re-entry Program (CHRP), which provides healthcare, mental health services, life skills training and prescriptions to
ex-offenders. SET Family Medical Clinics saves the Pikes Peak community over 3 million dollars each year by averting nontrauma medical issues from local emergency rooms. SET is sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives/Centura Health. For more information about SET Family Medical Clinics please visit or call 719-776-8850.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Pikes Peak Philharmonic Auditions, August 31, 2010

The Pikes Peak Philharmonic has openings for the following positions:

community members and high school students are welcome to audition

Principal cello
Principal trombone, second trombone
Percussion players
All string players
Substitute woodwind and brass
Members who have not previously auditioned
(We periodically need players during our season to fill vacancies)

Auditions will take place August 31, 2010 at First United Methodist Church

Please contact Kevin Sutherland for requirements and to schedule an audition at 719-502-0462 or by email at

Pikes Peak Philharmonic is a non-profit organization

9th Annual DUBS Along the Rockies at PPIR August 22

Colorado Springs, CO – August 16, 2010 - Dubs Along The Rockies 2010 - Presented by Bluewater Performance officially announces the 9th Annual Dubs Along the Rockies Volkswagen & Audi enthusiast event. This year's DATR event will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at Pike Peak International Raceway in Fountain, CO. Schedule of events include:

· Show & Shine - classes by make and generation. Award winners will include best of class and runner-up trophies.

· Autocross Event – monitored by Pikes Peak Sports Car Club at Pikes Peak International Raceway. PPSCC will set up an autocross event for all participants who wish to run their vehicle. This is currently the only autocross event held inside the track. All other PPIR autocross events are held in the north parking lot.

· Slow Drags - the opposite of regular drag racing. The last one to the finish line wins. It's not just about going slow; it's about going slow in style.

· Event Specials – a number of sponsors and vendors will be at the event offering specials on their products and services.

· Large Raffle - prizes separated by vehicle type and generation will be taking place throughout the day.

For best prices, pre-registration is available online for all events. Day of event registration will be available but pre-registration is highly encouraged. Event t-shirts designed by 8380 Laboratories will be available. Volunteers are also needed fo day of event operations. If interested, please contact Chris Durham at for available tasks. This event is 100% alcohol free. For more information or to pre-register visit