Monday, March 29, 2010

Call for Employers

PPWFC Annual Spring Career Fair

Colorado Springs, CO – The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is seeking employers who have open positions or plan to hire in the next month or two to participate in its Annual Spring Career Fair.

WHO: Employers in the Pikes Peak region who have open positions or plan to hire in the next month or two.

WHAT: PPWFC Annual Spring Career Fair sponsored by KKTV 11 News and Mr. Biggs.

WHEN: Monday, April 26, 2009 from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Mr. Biggs Entertainment Center, 5825 Mark Dabling Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80919.

WHY: Employers can find the best people for their open positions, accept resumes and interview on the spot in one place, at one time.

HOW: There is no charge for booth space, however, a $50 donation to Care and Share Food Bank or $50 worth of non-perishable food items for Care and Share is encouraged. To reserve a booth, please call Duke at 719.667.3839.


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

Golds Gives Backi

(MFH Media, Colorado Springs): Move For Hunger announces its first Gold’s Gym Food Drive this April to benefit Care and Share Food Bank. All area residents are asked to donate their unopened, non-perishable food items to distribute to local families in need.

“More than 134,051 people in southern Colorado are living on incomes that put them at risk of hunger every year,” says Adam Lowy, Executive Director of Move For Hunger. “Your help will directly impact thousands of families. Even the smallest donation goes a long way.”

Beginning April 1st, collection boxes will be conveniently located at the Gold’s Gym on 7655 North Union Boulevard, courtesy of Pikes Peak Moving and Storage Company, which will also deliver the donations to the food bank on May 1st.
“Our goal is to spread awareness of the growing problem of hunger while bringing relief to the thousands of hungry families’ right here in Colorado Springs,” says Lowy.

About Move For Hunger: Move For Hunger is a non-profit that works with moving companies to pick up unwanted, unopened food from people who are relocating and then deliver it to local food banks across the country. Move For Hunger works with over 70 movers nationwide and has collected nearly 25,000 pounds of food. With the support of partner Wheaton World Wide Moving, Move For Hunger is turning the average food drive into one of the nation’s largest, year-round service programs, influencing millions. For more information go to

About Care and Share Food Bank: The Care and Share Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and was established more than 35 years ago. In the last fiscal year, Care and Share distributed more than 14 million pounds of food throughout southern Colorado and will continue to bridge the gap between hunger and abundance by distributing 19 million pounds of food to those in need during Fiscal Year 2010. For more information go to

Friday, March 26, 2010

Talent Contest Sunday, March 28th - Fame Records at the Union Station in Colo Spgs

Fame Records presents: Show Your Talent
Spring break party at Union Station, 2419 N. Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO
Doors open at 6pm for auditions. Party with DJ Lemonhead at 10pm
Winners will receive free studio time, cash prize or gift
Entry fee for auditions: $20 for individual, $50 for group
For more information call 719-388-3709

SET Family Medical Clinics and Old Colorado City Cares Charity

SET Family Medical Clinics is honored to be sponsored by three merchants of the Old Colorado City
Associates (OCCA). During the week of March 22 thru the 28th , Boutique 2421 Point5, The Squash Blossom
and Olive Tree Traders will donate a percentage of their sales to SET Family Medical Clinics. These generous
and supportive merchants will help SET Family Medical Clinics continue to provide medical services for the
uninsured, underinsured, children, homeless and seniors.

“These are the type of events that demonstrate communities coming together to meet a need”, says Zelna
Joseph, SET Family Medical Clinics President and CEO.

The OCCA is helping to raise money for local charities in the Colorado Springs area. The more people that shop
in Old Colorado City during this week, the more money that will be raised for SET Family Medical Clinics and
other charities.

SET Family Medical Clinics is a 501 (c)(3) non-proft organization, sponsored by Centura Health, that provides
basic medical services and health programs to the uninsured, under-insured, homeless and low income people
without discrimination. SET o ers a Family Clinic for acute and chronic needs and a Health Literacy Center at
the St. Francis Health Center. The SET Homeless Clinic, located at The Hanifen Self Su ciency Center, is available
for homeless people to access free basic health care. SET also o ers a Comprehensive Healthcare Re-entry
Program for Ex-O enders and Senior Wellness Clinics.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Steel City and CSU Pueblo present Chicago, the musical

April 1, 2, 3, 9, 10: 7:30 pm
April 11: 2:30 pm
CSU-Pueblo Hoag Hall

For the first time, a local Pueblo theatre company will be performing the sardonic, spoof musical, Chicago.

This iconic dance musical features two “merry murderesses” as the lead characters, and chronicles America’s love affair with criminals-turned-celebrities. “It’s a really fun (but somewhat dark) show,” says SCTC Artistic Director Jason Laughrey. “It’s funny because it’s true. Americans get obsessed with these murderers and trials and it’s kind of crazy when you think about it.”

The show follows the story of two murderesses/wanna-be Vaudeville stars, Roxie Hart (played by Bethany Nafziger) and Velma Kelly (played by Michaela Shutts). Both starlets see their “recent sensational activities” (i.e. murders) as stepping stones to the big-time. The production features some classic Broadway numbers such as “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle.” Originally Chicago was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, and the current production attempts to stay somewhat true to the original vision. “Being a choreographer for a ‘Fosse show’ makes life interesting. You have to walk the line of attempting choreography in his style as well as creating your own dances,” says SCTC Managing Director Andrea Garrett.

“It’s a BIG undertaking,” says Laughrey. “It’s only our second year working with the CSU-P Music Department, and there are so many dance numbers. Some of our cast has never even performed in a musical before! I have to say they have happily surprised me. They are working so hard to make this show fantastic.”
“I’m really happy we’re doing this show,” says Garrett. “When I came on with SCTC three years ago, I said we would be doing Chicago, and here we are. No one in Pueblo has attempted anything like this one.”

Steel City Theatre Company and CSU-Pueblo Music Department Presents: Chicago.
Tickets are $5 with a donation of a canned good to benefit local Care and Share. Please call 719.258.8399 for tickets or visit

Featuring: Michaela Shutts, Bethany Nafziger, Marlo Angel, and Joey Gonzales
Due to language and strong sexual content, we do not recommend this production for
younger children.

SCTC exists to bring quality theatrical productions to the Pueblo community. SCTC strives to create a theatre environment in which actors, directors, volunteers and audience members have the opportunity to understand themselves, their world, and their art in a new and more profound way.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Colorado Lawmakers Present Tribute to Local Gold Medal Bobsled Team

Sen. Keith King, R-Colorado Springs, and Rep. Marsha Looper, R-Calhan, want to extend their congratulations to the four man bobsled gold medal winners of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, specifically team member Steven Holcomb, who is a local hero.

Bobsled team member Steven Holcomb lives in King and Looper’s district. “Holcomb has become a local hero, and it is an honor to have such a hard working, dedicated athlete in our midst,” King said.

Holcomb, his coach Brian Shimer and Execute Director of the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation Darrin Steele will be in Gov. Bill Ritter’s office at 9:15 a.m. March 22 to receive a proclamation from the Governor.

After the governor's proclamation, the three will make appearances on the House and Senate floors for tributes and a video of gold medal event.

“I am so excited to honor the bobsled crew for their hard work, strength and speed,” said Looper. “It has been 62 years since an American men’s four-man bobsled team could claim an Olympic gold medal. This is a tremendous accomplishment.”

The USA-1 four-man bobsleigh team piloted by Holcomb and his crew members Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Mesler and Justin Olsen won the four-heat race by a combined time of 3:24.46 and won the gold by .38 seconds.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Free Youth Workshops for April 2010

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

Career Preparation: Building Your Professional Self
Wednesday, April 7, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

This interactive presentation focuses on the importance of beginning a career sooner rather than later. It stresses the benefits of any job and the experience that is gained through a job. This presentation covers the importance of writing a resume. Youths will receive a resume and cover letter worksheet and complete a personality assessment. Proper interview etiquette with role playing will be covered.

Creative Writing
Wednesday, April 21, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Writing skills are critical to most career fields. Learning to write and express thoughts in a creative way will help youths climb the career ladder. This interactive workshop offers valuable practical writing tips and a college-level writing exercise. Youths will have fun while tapping into their creativity!

The Importance of Volunteering and Mentoring
Wednesday, April 28, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Youths often wonder why volunteering in the community is so important and rewarding. This workshop will answer those questions and so much more! Youths will learn how to begin, where to look, and the positive impact giving of themselves can make in other people’s lives; not to mention their own! For youths who are ready for a challenge; ready to do something that will make them feel good about themselves! This workshop will help youths begin an exciting new chapter in their life!

About the Youth Work Zone

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

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Peak Vista Community Health Centers announces new provider at its Senior Health Centers

Colorado Springs, CO, March 17, 2010--Peak Vista Community Health Centers announces the association of Scott Robinson, D.O. to support patients at its two Senior Health Centers, located at 2858 International Circle and 5636 North Union Blvd.

Scott Robinson, D.O. graduated from Baylor University (Masters degree in Clinical Gerontology) and from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Most recently a practice partner in Corpus Christi, Dr. Robinson just relocated from Texas to Colorado Springs with his wife, who is a teacher, and three young children.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is an accredited, non-profit organization with more than 480 employees at 16 centers throughout El Paso and Teller counties. Its mission is to provide exceptional healthcare for people facing access barriers. Established in 1971, Peak Vista annually offers primary medical, dental and behavioral health services to close to 57,000 residents of the Pikes Peak region. To learn more about Peak Vista, visit or call 344-6606.


Colorado Springs, CO - - The Pikes Peak Workforce Center announces a new program that helps employers in El Paso and Teller counties avoid layoffs.

The Incumbent (employed) Workers program provides grants for training so that companies can help their employees learn new skills or upgrade existing skills to ensure business competitiveness in the global economy.

Grant funds are currently available to train full-time, permanent, non-contractual workers who earn at least $12 per hour.

Companies demonstrating that training may help avoid future layoffs will be given priority for the grants. Grant funds are limited to $30,000 per company. The training funds will be awarded through a competitive process. Applications can be found online at and must be submitted by April 9, 2010.

Companies seeking more information should call 719.667.3870.


Colorado Springs, CO - - The Pikes Peak Workforce Center announces that counselors from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Unemployment Insurance Program will be at the center from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to address questions and concerns people may have about their Unemployment Insurance accounts.

WHEN: Thursday and Friday, March 18 and 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Pikes Peak Workforce Center 2306 East Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado

CONTACTS: tel 719.667.3700 web

Expert counselors will be in attendance to answer questions about specific claims and assist with virtually any question about unemployment insurance in Colorado. Counselors have experience in assisting claimants and have the ability to make complex issues understandable. These sessions will provide opportunities for participants to get their questions answered in a clear and direct style.


The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Bring the Bunny to Colorado Springs

The Energizer Bunny Hot “Hare” Balloon will be attending only three festivals this year. They have already announced one festival is in Missouri.

The location of the other two will depend on how many “post” are received per event on their Facebook Page.

Help us “catch the bunny” by posting before Sunday night, March 7, 2010, “Please send the Bunny to the Colorado Balloon Classic”. You will need to post this on the Energizer Bunny’s page, which can be found by clicking here.

The 2010 Colorado Springs Balloon Classic is scheduled for September 4,5 and 6.

BBB Foundation Holds Reel Teen Video Contest

It’s never too early to learn how to evaluate businesses and make smart purchasing decisions so your BBB Foundation is hosting a fun, educational video production contest for teens living in southern Colorado . The project has been created to help these young consumers discover, and then ultimately use, the services provided by the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.

Videos must be one to three minutes in length and will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

* Originality
* Creativity
* Appeal to a teen audience
* Adherence to the BBB brand
* Understanding of how the BBB can help teens make wise buying decisions.

First prize is $500 and second prize of $250.

Entrants must live in one of the following counties served by the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado: Alamosa, Baca, Bent, Chaffee, Cheyenne , Conejos, Costilla, Crowley , Custer, El Paso , Fremont , Gunnison, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln , Mineral, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo , Rio Grande , Saguache and Teller.

Those who wish to participate must be between the ages of 13 and 19 during the 2010 calendar year. Contest participants may begin submitting their videos and applications on Monday, March 1. The deadline is 3 p.m. Friday, April 30.

Once all videos have been received, a panel of judges will select up to 10 finalists. These videos will be embedded at Visitors to the local BBB Web site may cast their vote between Monday, May 17 and Friday, June 11.

The videos with the most votes will be awarded first and second prize. The winners will be announced on Monday, June 28th.

For details, go to

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Colorado Springs Conservatory The Ballet Society of Colorado Springs & Ormao Dance Company Present “Beautiful Chaos”

~a celebration of student creativity~

A performance dedicated to original student compositions and student choreography

Three of the city’s finest after school arts programs create a forum for student expression that makes for a totally creative performance. 2010 marks the third year of this unique collaboration that brings the students from the Colorado Springs Conservatory, the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs and the Ormao Dance Company together. Students from the Conservatory compose short musical selections that are then choreographed and performed by students from both dance schools. The musical genre ranges from rock and roll, minimalist string quartets to digital fusion. The choreography is a blend of classical ballet to dynamic contemporary dance. Students participating range in age from 13 to 18 years old.

Performance information:

Friday, March 12 at 7PM
Saturday, March 13 at 3PM
Location: The Conservatory Recital Hall
1600 N. Union Blvd 80909
Tickets: $5 general admission
Call the Conservatory for more information at (719) 577-4556

The Colorado Springs Conservatory (CSC) is an after school preparatory program for the arts founded in 1994. Programs are offered for children ages 4-19. The Conservatory is the recent recipient of the El Pomar Awards for Excellence for the arts. The Conservatory graduates 100% of their high school graduates to 100% of the colleges, conservatories and universities to which they apply and audition. The mission of the Conservatory is to motivate, inspire and challenge students to achieve their highest potential as artists and human beings through arts immersion studies and community arts advocacy. For more information about the Colorado Springs Conservatory log onto: Call the Conservatory at 719-577-4556
 Executive Director- Linda L. Weise

The Ballet Society of Colorado Springs was founded to provide aspiring dancers (ages 3 and up) superior training in a teaching environment that challenges the individual to attain new levels of excellence. In addition, the studio sets itself apart by encouraging a philosophy which promotes community, cooperation and camaraderie. Colorado’s Classical Youth Ballet is a group of 40 young pre-professional dancers, who study and rehearse year-round, presents classical and contemporary ballet throughout the region. For more information about the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs log onto: or call 719-272-7078 Patty Hoffman, Executive Director

The Ormao Dance Company is committed to contemporary dance. Their mission being to provoke, challenge and entertain those in our community and beyond through the language of dance. The school is home to many young people who devote hours of study that include all genre of dance. For more information about Ormao Dance Company log onto: or call 719-471-9759 Jan Johnson, Executive Director

For more information on this program and the upcoming summer program you can log onto: or

Thunder & Buttons II Golf Tournament Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project

(Colorado Springs, CO – Seiko Marketing) Thunder and Buttons II is proud to present the Inaugural Thunder & Buttons II Golf Tournament to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project. The tournament will be held on Monday, June 28, 2010 at the Valley Hi Golf Course in Colorado Springs. All proceeds will go to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project.

The cost to participate is as follow:

· Individual Players - $46 each
· Foursomes - $224
· Supporting Sponsors - $150
· Hole Sponsors - $500 (includes entry for foursome)

“This will be a local tournament sponsored by Thunder & Buttons II and benefitting the Wounded Warriors Project,” said Jeff Mielke, Owner of Thunder & Buttons II. “My wife Hillary and I are proud of our association with this worthy cause! All proceeds from the tournament will be given to this project to assist and support all the brave men and women of our military. This is a best ball tournament and we are looking for sponsors and players. The more sponsors we have, the more money given to the Wounded Warriors Project.”

Deadline for sign up is April 27th. To sign up for this golf tournament, please contact Mike Edwards at 719-640-8700. After the tournament, there will be a buffet, prizes and drawing at Thunder Button II located at 2415 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.

Better Business Bureau Scholarship - Application Deadline April 30

For the third year in a row, your BBB's Foundation will offer a $2,500 scholarship to a freshman enrolling in any college in Colorado for the 2010 school year.

Students must live in one of the 25 counties served by your BBB of Southern Colorado and have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Applicants are required to write a 1,000 word essay based on a case study about ethics.

The deadline for entry is 5 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2010. Application materials may be sent by mail to 25 N. Wahsatch, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 or faxed to 719-636-5078.

Interested students may download an application at our Web site:

For more information, contact Diane Stevens at 719-636-5076 ext. 114 or

Monday, March 1, 2010


Colorado Springs, CO – It’s that time of year again… time for the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt! The Governor’s Summer Job Hunt connects youth, ages 16 through 21, with local businesses to help them find short-term, summer employment.

In El Paso and Teller Counties, the Summer Job Hunt will start with a youth career fair on Thursday, March 11, 2010 hosted by the Youth Zone at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. There is no charge to attend but pre-registration is recommended. Youth must be at least 16 years old to participate.

Due to current economic conditions, youth will be encouraged to seek volunteer opportunities to gain experience and build their resumes for future job openings. The Career Fair will also host local vocational schools and colleges so that youth can learn about possible career paths.

WHO: Youth between the ages of 16 and 21 who are looking for full-time or part-time employment or volunteer opportunities.

WHAT: Youth Career Fair for young adults, 16 through 21 years old. Workshops to help youth write a résumé and prepare for interviewing and job searching will be presented during March (more information follows).

WHEN: Thursday, March 11, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Stargazer’s Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80910.

WHY: To connect youth with local employers looking to hire for summer and year-round positions and volunteer opportunities.

Career Fair attendees should dress appropriately; bring multiple copies of their resumes and application information to help them fill out applications.

WORKSHOPS: the following youth workshops will be presented in March to help youth prepare for their job search:

March 3 – 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. – Resume Writing
March 8 – 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. – Self Advocacy
March10 – 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. – Resume Writing
March 15 – 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. – Job Readiness
March 17 – 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. – Interview Skills
March 22 – 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. – Self-analysis
March 24 – 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. – Social Media
March 31 – 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. – Job Readiness

Youth should pre-register at

About the Youth Work Zone

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