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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region

MAY 2022

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Eugene Madry learned a lot about boxing and life from Muhammad Ali Reinvent yourself: 4 details that influence your quality of life after 50

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Depart from Colorado Springs arriving in Vancouver. Enjoy a city tour of Vancouver then board the beautiful Celebrity Millennium, fresh off her multi-million dollar renovation! The next day sail beyond the Inside Passage. This complex labyrinth of fjords, bays and lush green islands are home to an abundance of wildlife. Visit Ketchikan, the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’ and the ancestral home of the Tlingit people who have carved the world’s largest collection of totem poles. Explore Juneau, with its towering peaks, cascading streams, bright bursts of wildflowers and vast, otherworldly icefields. Take a train ride in Skagway up the famously steep Chilkoot Trail. Enjoy picture-perfect views of Hubbard Glacier, the longest tidewater glacier in the world. In Seaward board your deluxe motor coach and travel to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Explore the downtown area of Anchorage and enjoy an overnight stay in Talkeetna. Discover the beauty of taiga forests and miles of rolling tundra aboard a glass-domed railcar, for a picturesque ride on your journey to Anchorage.

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Something for the ladies and the gentlemen! Join us on this memorable day trip to see the performance of one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved musicals, along with a private tour of the fabulous Colorado Railroad Museum. Stroll the museum’s 15-acre railyard with over 100 locomotives, passenger and freight cars, cabooses and even a G-scale garden railway. After our tour we’ll end our visit with a short train ride! After experiencing a piece of Colorado history, we’ll head to the Candlelight Dinner theater for a fabulous production of Cinderella, the hearts of children and adults alike will soar with the slipper fits.

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Day 1: Depart from Colorado Springs for Pittsburgh, PA and transfer to your hotel where you will meet your tour manager for a welcome dinner. Day 2: At the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum see its extensive collection of trolleys and ride on a trolley. In Morgantown, West Virginia, hear tales of hometown hero Don Knotts and glimpse Fife Street. Day 3: Visit the C&O Canal Museum and the Western Maryland train depot before taking a driving tour of historic Cumberland, rich in French & Indian War history. Day 4: Visit the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Cass Scenic Railroad. Board the Cass Scenic Railraod for the journey up the mountain to Whittaker Station where breathtaking views and logging camp await. Next, follow the Highland Scenic Highway, SR 150 en route to the pretty town of Lewisburg. Day 5: Visit the Greenbrier Resort’s “Bunker” and Tamarack. Day 6: New Riverboat excursion and Adaland Mansion. Day 7: The Durbin Rocket, Salamander and Gandy Dinner Theatre.

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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region May 2022 | Volume 35 | Issue 5

Publisher Kevin K. VanGundy Managing Editor Rhonda Wray Editor in Chief Cloie Sandlin Graphic Designers B. Bigler Michael L. Madsen Customer Service Manager Stacey Splude


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Reinvent yourself after 50 There are four components that influence your quality of life as you age. Hear from eight local seniors how they reinvented themselves after 50

12 Recipe: Brunch Fruit Tart

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13 I speak Medicare

Sorting through Medicare options is enough to make some new retirees contemplate going back to work. Let Kathleen Graberg be your guide

14 Is your cat an adventure cat?

These signs can help you determine whether your cat is confident enough for outdoor activities

15 5 thyroid myths debunked

How to notice the symptoms of thyroid disease before it gets serious


Explore beauty and wonder at these sites of “outstanding universal value”

22 PHOTO ESSAY: Wildflowers

I hope we can learn from the flowers and carry their presence without expecting anything in return

24 Faith: A call to love moms

A look at mothers from God’s perspective

25 Modern-day couponing

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26 Musical memories with Mom

Maybe we should all joyfully throw our tone-deaf voices to the sky like my mother did

27 CALENDARS 27 Support Groups 28 Calendar 32 Clubs 34 News Bits 36 Fun After 50 Senior Center Activities 38 Fun & Games 40 Classifieds 42 Will independent medical practices become extinct?

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Cassius Clay—later known as Muhammad Ali—was on his way to becoming a champion boxer when he took Eugene Madry under his wing..

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wo life moments clearly demonstrated how much my mom did for me, how much she cared. One was when I went to college. The cafeteria fare wasn’t nearly as tasty as Mom’s meals, and clean, folded laundry didn’t magically appear. The second was when I gave birth. I don’t think I fully grasped the enormity of her love until I held my own blanket-wrapped bundle and gazed into the sweet face I’d waited my whole life to meet. I wish I could have known Mom before she was a mom: the girl voted “Best Personality” at school; who played the saxophone, bass, piano and organ; who smiles at me from blackand-white photos. Like many mothers of the 1960s, she was a young mom: 20 when she had her first child, and 25 when she had her last. It’s what she yearned for, though, and she was an exceptionally caring nurturer of her brood of three. She took us mushroom hunting for morels and on nature walks, finding beauty in the ordinary. She helped me navigate playground politics and heartbreak. She was (and is) a good listener. She made Christmas magical. She taught me how to cook. She supported our attempts to learn instruments, my siblings’ athletic endeavors, my own interests of writing and art. She learned many skills out of necessity when living in the country: she cut hair, wallpapered many rooms, refinished antique furniture and taught piano lessons. We had a small pantry we called the “fruit room,” bearing gleaming jars of her home-canned treasures. She sewed dresses, smock tops, peasant blouses, pantsuits, cool hats from old jeans and most astoundingly, my wedding dress!

She managed road trips like a pro, packing for all five of us, leaving an immaculate house and making a Tupperware full of sandwiches to go. In 1983 we took an RV from Iowa to Lake Powell in Arizona, which she deemed “The Last Family Vacation,” and so it was. We soon dispersed for jobs, marriage and kids, and there was never a trip with just our small family unit again. When I was a high school senior, Mom was also a student. She chose to return to nursing school as her nest emptied. She studied diligently and passed her boards on her first attempt. She was a careful and conscientious nurse for years, mastering a new career in medical transcription when standing for hours took its toll. I had barely arrived at college when I got the call that she had cancer. What a gut punch. Through great uncertainty and sadness, she relied on her deep faith. That, coupled with expert medical care, restored her health. We’re still grateful. Although she was a stay-at-home mom, she respected my wish to work parttime, watching my littles a couple afternoons a week. They adored her. Mom is in her 80s, a grandmother many times over and a great-grandmother to two. She’s often cozily tucked into a blanket, music playing and candle lit, when I stop by. She just completed a 1,000-piece puzzle, and last month she flew to Arizona. She has pretty cursive handwriting, loves the color blue and makes perfectly cut piles of scrap paper (and shares it with me). She is an artist. She reads, makes her own kefir and her indoor porch is bursting with plant life. It’s a rare day that I don’t call her to ask a question or share a laugh, this woman who grew plants and kids, who gave me my own roots. I call her Mom, but I also call her friend. ■

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Eugene Madry learned a lot about boxing and life from Muhammad Ali By Will Sanborn


ome of life’s teachings come from a parent or grandparent, a favorite teacher or coach, a good friend or a boss. Other lessons present in surprising ways. For Eugene Madry, 75, a childhood friendship with Muhammad Ali stands out among the usual lineup of trusted advisors. Madry, a Colorado Springs resident since 1985, grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. He came from a large family of 11 children, but some of his siblings didn’t survive. His father was illiterate. Money was tight. And prejudice was rampant. In the ’40s and ’50s, Louisville was highly segregated. Being black and impoverished back then brought many more challenges to his life. “Black people in Louisville were treated like dogs and denied simple human rights,” Ali later said about his and Madry’s upbringing.

Madry’s mom worried about her son, and with good reason. Their neighborhood was no easy place to raise a family and gave every opportunity for a young boy to go bad. After a friend was raped and murdered, Madry and some other boys found the body in a culvert. Increasingly, it seemed Madry might head in the wrong direction himself. Though his infractions were fairly minor—breaking windows in the neighborhood, uncoupling train cars down at the tracks—the potential was there and the opportunities were plentiful.

BOXING FOR THE BETTER Someone else was there, though—a big brother figure to kids in the neighborhood. Cassius Clay was a few years older than Madry and was on his way to becoming a champion boxer. He began a program for training young boxers in their hometown. Knowing Madry’s mom, Clay prom-



Eugene holding a photo of himself and his wife Teren, who died from cancer. ised her he would take care of her son and the other boys. Under Clay’s tutelage, Madry stepped into the ring. He began amateur boxing as a middleweight, later fighting as a light heavyweight. Clay would bus the boys to faraway locales like Oklahoma and Wyoming for bouts. He involved

THE SERVICE YOU DO FOR OTHERS IS THE RENT YOU PAY FOR YOUR ROOM HERE ON EARTH. them in ballet training and jumping rope (speed rope) to increase their agility and stamina—to “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.” Their mentor was a master with the 110-inch rope, using 8- to 10-minute nonstop bursts as part of his own training. Clay often said, “I hated every minute of training, but I would tell myself not to quit, to suffer now and then live the rest of my life as a champion.” Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali some years later, when he joined the Nation of Islam. He became an Olympic gold medalist and the three-time heavyweight champion of the world. He is still considered by many to be the greatest boxer of all time. Just another kid from the inner-city streets of Louisville, Ali became one of the most recognized figures in the world. On his way to the top, Ali’s example of overcoming obstacles took hold in Madry and his friends’ lives and inspired them to ease up on their troublemaking ways.

LESSONS FROM “THE CHAMP” Madry chuckled in recognition at Ali’s nickname, the “Louisville Lip,” due to his self-promotion, quick wit and well-publicized predictions before his fights. “I never learned to run my jaws like Ali did!” said Madry. Yet Ali’s words had a lasting impact on Madry, giving him an education that went far beyond boxing: “If you have a problem with someone, work it out with your boxing gloves, not something else,” remembered Madry. Although Madry eventually had to give up boxing due to diabetes, he took Ali’s principles to heart, especially about helping others. Ali would go on to be involved in charitable causes around the world, demonstrating that he was more than just a great boxer and big talker. Ali once said, “The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” That quality of reaching out to assist others is one Madry tried to emulate in his own life. Madry’s father couldn’t read or write, but he taught his son many things, including how to butcher meat, a trade that allowed Madry to make a living. That skill led Madry to a career in various

Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, shown here after winning the gold medal during the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy. areas of the food industry, including a stint as a cook at the famous Galt House in Louisville and, after moving to Colorado Springs, serving countless customers in the meat department at King Soopers. When Madry met Teren Denise Steele in St. Louis, he found yet another person—the most important one of all—who changed his life and taught him so many things. “Her smile kept me centered for 30 years, even when she got cancer,” Madry recalled. He brought her flowers every Thursday, when he got his paycheck. Though she fought it bravely, cancer eventually took her life 12 years ago. As he learned from his parents, Teren and Ali, life is more than just looking out for yourself. It’s about taking care of others. “Don’t count the days. Make the days count,” Ali advised. ■

The Columbia Gym Building, now part of the Spalding University Athletics Department, served as the original training center where Muhammad Ali began his career in boxing. The red bicycle above the entrance doors is in honor of Ali's bike which was stolen from him in front of the gym, prompting his introduction to boxing.

Teren Denise Madry, Eugene's wife who passed away from cancer.

Reinvent By Laverne H. Bardy


was recently asked to give a talk about the wonder and excitement of reinventing yourself after 50. The person who asked me said she viewed me as being a “liver” (as opposed to a kidney?) and thought my words might inspire others. After considerable thought, I decided there are four components that influence the quality of one’s life after 50: attitude, humor, stress and purpose.

Yourself wrinkles or what others think. Dr. Phil summed it up when he said: “You wouldn’t worry so much about what people think of you if you knew how seldom they did.” So stop yielding to yesterday’s belief of what seniors are supposed to look like. We walk around like we’ve got expiration dates stamped on our foreheads, but like celebrity peers George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Kevin Costner, we’re living longer and are no longer behind the scenes. We’re a force to be reckoned with. Instead of pining over yesterday, get interested and involved

ATTITUDE. Your attitude colors your entire life, shaping how you perceive the world around you. A positive attitude can find the remarkable in the mundane, tolerance in the intolerable and humor in the midst of sorrow. It reminds you to embrace the person you’ve become and not give a damn about

How did you reinvent yourself?

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Angie Finch “When I retire, I think I’ll do many of the same things I’m already doing: volunteering, giving back to the community and leading women’s leadership groups. I’ll have more time to travel beyond the whirlwind trips I do now. I’d also love to garden more and redo my back yard.”

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Stephanie Kelly “I’m busy with my gift basket business, and I’d like to expand into skin care. My degree is in social work, and sometimes I miss the office, but this is where I’m supposed to be right now. My dream is to start a nonprofit for single moms and children.”

“I don’t think we reinvent ourselves. My life has been evolving year to year. There’s an age segregation in our society that isn’t healthy. Biblically, older persons have a responsibility to give input to the next generation. I like staying engaged. I think excessive travel is escapism. If I had time, I’d be involved with building and construction.”

Diana Jorges Milan “I had a 35-year career in sales, and I don’t ever wish to go back to that. But I remade myself when I moved to Colorado Springs by exploring the field of astrology, becoming a spiritual mentor and teaching classes at the library. I offer professional guidance to restore balance and harmony to your life. I don’t ever want to retire from astrology. I’m a Capricorn, and we’re the ultimate worker bees.”

LIFE AFTER 50 in today. Reconnect with your childhood by making a snow angel, getting a squirt gun to ambush your husband or jumping up and down on your bed. (And, don’t forget to have your medical alert button with you at all times.) HUMOR. The more things you can find to laugh at, the happier you’ll be. Plus, laughing has many health benefits, such as: lowered blood pressure, reduced stress, diminished depression and reduced aggression. Studies show that laughing more may be as important as exercising, not smoking and eating a low-fat diet. Laughter also produces an overall sense of well-being and makes your heart

healthier. It’s the pressure valve that gets us through daily obstacles and challenges. Funny things happen all around you all the time if you’re tuned in. Like the time I waited for over half an hour in a crowded deli store before realizing I’d forgotten to take a number. Even though life isn’t fair, when you laugh at yourself or at your situation, you’re in control of your life. REDUCE STRESS. We can’t avoid it but we can handle it. Playing board games regularly offers almost as much stress relief and prolonged life expectancy for people over 65

“‘Don’t retire from work, retire to your passions’ helped me identify where I could be useful and enjoy it, and led me to develop new skills or revive old ones. Joining the boards of nonprofits has prevented the atrophy of my professional skills. I’ve sculpted, joined a jazz band and hiked Colorado’s mountains. I also set up a group Bike-n-Barge trip through Germany this summer.”

as for those who exercise regularly. Playing music can lower your blood pressure and heart rate. Having friendships is vital. Loneliness has been linked to making people more susceptible to stress, depression and other illnesses. We all need someone with whom to discuss our problems and share our good times. PURPOSE. Become involved in something you feel passionate about—something that makes you feel useful and necessary, gets your juices flowing, causes you to spring out of bed in the morning and keeps you riveted long past bedtime. Having a purpose reduces stress and the risk of depression.


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The bottom line is to eat sensibly, laugh and play a lot, move your body and remember that age is only a number. ■


Lisa Parker “I retired after a 36-year career in retail pricing. I’m into arts and crafts, and I’ve been sewing and quilting. I’ve taken classes in stained glass and even learned to make bowls out of huge gourds. I’d love to take a pottery class! I’ve enjoyed the cooking classes The French Kitchen offers. I used to volunteer at Children’s Hospital, but it’s so hard to see infants and little ones struggle with serious health conditions. I may go back, though. I believe in being nice. The world needs more of that.”

Ken Linfield “I’d like to continue my vocational life by using my professional knowledge and skills for groups with good values without reimbursement. My wife Amy and I moved here from Louisville, Kentucky, because both our children are here, and we like to have fun with them. It’s interesting to try to balance these two areas. If you have good insight into how to do that, let me know!”

Duane Wagler “I would like to travel more, including spending a couple of weeks in the summer going to different cities to watch Major League Baseball games. I loved baseball as a kid and used to broadcast imaginary Royals games to our cows. I guess traveling to stadiums would close that circle of life.”




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Let Kathleen Graberg be your insurance guide By Lisa Lowdermilk


lanning for retirement is daunting. Aside from property taxes, house and car insurance, utilities and food, retirees must also budget for life insurance, annuities, longterm care and Medicare—to name but a few. Medicare can be especially daunting when you factor in all the options. It’s enough to make some newly minted retirees contemplate going back to work. If you’ve ever wondered how prescription drug coverage works, what isn’t covered, which option is right for you or what the difference between a Medicare supplement and a Medicare Advantage plan is, Graberg Insurance Solutions provides reassurance coupled with clear answers so you can make decisions for your future with confidence. Kathleen Graberg, 66, also helps customers understand eligibility and enrollment periods, and identifies situations in which customers qualify for a special enrollment period, including retirees who’ve lost employer-based coverage, patients who have been diagnosed with certain qualifying chronic health conditions, individuals who have moved out of their plan’s service area and those who qualify for Extra Help (Part D). To prevent unwanted surprises for customers, Graberg also looks up their doctors, hospitals, specialists and clinics to ensure they’re part of the larger provider network. Additionally, she verifies that their medications are included with the insurance plan in question and provides anticipated costs.

LEARNING TOGETHER Graberg lived in Germany before moving to the U.S. in 2000. She began working in the insurance industry, then opened Graberg

Insurance Solutions in 2016. As a representative of United Healthcare, the leading insurance provider in Colorado, Graberg is well versed in the many nuances of Medicare. Her years of experience complement her ability to see both the big picture and the finer details.

and goes the extra mile for them. Customers across Colorado voice their appreciation, including seniors in need of a more robust insurance plan. One of Graberg’s favorite aspects of working in the insurance industry is the moment when her Kathleen Graberg lived in Germany before moving to the U.S. in 2000. She began working in the insurance industry and opened Graberg Insurance Solutions in 2016.


“I’ll be doing this until I’m 86,” she said. “I love what I do, and I have colleagues in this business who are 75. I don’t feel like I ever have to retire.” Her love for her work is evident in the way she tailors her services to each of her customers. “Customers learn with me,” she explained. “All I ask is that they bring an open mind and let me know why they want a particular service. They tell me how much they can afford, and I work with their budget.” Graberg recognizes that no two customers’ situations are the same

customers realize the process is much easier than they anticipated. Once they realize how much Medicare has to offer, “Many people are happy to turn 65,” Graberg explained. But for those who still find Medi-

care intimidating, Graberg offers free consultations. She understands that choosing a plan can be a very emotionally charged decision with multiple variables to consider, including premiums, deductibles and providers.

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Is my cat an adventure cat? Dear Ms. Kitty: I read all the time about cats who go hiking in backpacks with their people. It sounds like fun! My cat Doja is a little shy, but might it be good for her to get outside with me like that? —Backpacking in Bear Creek Dear Backpacking: Doing fun things with your cat can enrich her life and deepen your bond. Backpacking is great for some cats, but please ask these two questions before taking Doja out: Is she confident enough for this activity? And are you patient enough to train her?

TAIL UP, EARS FORWARD One way to tell if she is confident enough is to watch her reaction when the doorbell rings. If Doja

comes running to the door with tail up and ears and whiskers forward, she may enjoy new experiences. A confident kitten under 4-6 months may be more easily trained for outside adventures. If Doja hangs back or hides with new sounds or people, please reconsider. Cats instinctively know how vulnerable they are outside. That’s why they get low to the ground and head for cover when scared.

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fortable walking around (or even playing) in one while still inside. Once she’s accustomed to the equipment, take her for practice walks around the house while giving her treats. If she likes that, you can start to take her outside. If you live in an apartment, practicing walks in your hallway is perfect. Choose a quiet time when she will meet the fewest people. If neighbors do appear, take time to introduce them to Doja and show her they aren’t strangers. Let them feed her a treat, too.



Once she’s comfortably walking around your home or hallway, you can take her outside. I suggest carrying her over the threshold every time so she does not turn into a door darter. Again, choose a quiet time outdoors with the least foot traffic. Let her move around at her own pace. Once you know she enjoys being outside (tail up and ears forward), you can introduce her to the backpack. Choose a backpack big enough so she can lie down, both for rest and if she needs to retreat from anything scary. Introduce the backpack inside. Make it a fun place to hang out in, just like you would her carrier. Place her favorite food and toys in it so it becomes a normal part of the furniture. Once she’s very comfortable with the pack, put on her walking jacket and let her go outside. Zip her in (many packs have a hook in-

Please pay attention to what Doja is telling you with her body language. If she crouches with ears low, whiskers back and dilated pupils, she is afraid. A fearful cat is not having fun outside in your backpack, no matter how much fun you are having. A recent webinar with Kimberley Freeman, a professional tracker who finds lost cats, reported that the adventure cat trend has dramatically increased her lost cat cases. If Doja is a less confident adult, please ask yourself if trying to make her into an adventure cat is worth it if you lose her forever. If you have a confident cat (tail up and ears forward), plan thoughtfully, go gradually and train thoroughly. For some cats, travel is a wonderful extension of your time with them. For the other 95 percent, a walk in the back yard may be adventure enough. ■

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side to attach her leash to) and go for a short walk around the house. Reward her when she’s inside. Let her out and reward her again. Use high-protein, yummy treats and give her lots of rewards to make everything as pleasant as possible before you even go outside. Just like carrier training, go gradually, treating all the while, to make going outside a fun thing to do. This is where training a confident kitten will probably lead to your most successful adventures.

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5 thyroid myths



nexplained fatigue, hair falling out quickly, feeling cold, and being concerned you’re losing your mind are hallmark symptoms of thyroid illness, which often goes undiagnosed due to poor standards for testing. Though this topic may not interest a person until a doctor says you have a “thyroid problem,” it’s not necessary to wait until the diagnosis is upon you. You can notice the trademark symptoms yourself, and get help before it becomes too serious. To do that, make sure you can separate these myths from facts.

Myth: You need a physician

to find out if you have thyroid illness.

Fact: You can order at-home

blood tests or tests from your doctor’s office without a diagnosis. I recommend the Thyroid Profile or TPO antibodies. While you can test yourself, you do need to seek a physician for proper treatment and help. Thyroid issues are not something you can self-treat.

Myth: Certain diets can manage

hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

Fact: Diet alone will not cure

anyone. Low or high thyroid hormone production requires natural or conventional medication, or a little bit of both. The two common meds are natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) or levothyroxine. You will need a physician to write you a prescription for medication and treat you properly.

Myth: Thyroid disease does not affect fertility.


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Fact: This is false. Thyroid prob-

lems make it harder to become pregnant, and the risk for miscarriage is higher.

Myth: You can’t eat cauliflower, broccoli or Brussels sprouts if you have thyroid disease because it can enhance goiter formation.

Fact: No. It’s the raw consump-

tion that has a small, potentially negative impact, but you’d have to eat a lot of them! If you cook your vegetables, you can eat them with no problem, and they are very healthy.

Myth: If you’ve been taking a

medication and it has stopped working, that means you are getting worse.

Fact: If you are taking a medica-

tion and you no longer respond, you may need a different dosage or adrenal support. The thyroid gland and the adrenal glands work together. You may need natural herbal adaptogens to improve adrenal fatigue. Once your adrenals are balanced, your thyroid medication will begin to work like magic! If you have been stressed for a very long time, you may benefit more from a desiccated thyroid pill than from levothyroxine, which is T4. The T4 doesn’t convert very well to active thyroid hormone ■


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Submitted by A. Wendell Real mothers don’t eat quiche; they don’t have time to make it. Real mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox. Real mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids. Real mothers know that dried Play-Doh doesn’t come out of shag carpets. Real mothers don’t want to know what the vacuum just sucked up. Real mothers sometimes ask, “Why me?” and get their answer when a little voice says, “Because I love you best.” Real mothers know that a child’s

growth is not measured by height or years or grade. It is marked by the progression of Mama to Mommy to Mom.


Submitted by Jan Weeks In a bookstore: The Post-Apocalyptical Fiction section has been moved to Current Affairs. Highway marquee: Who hates speeding tickets? Raise your right foot. Outside a local shop: Shop local—because Amazon won’t sponsor your kids’ baseball team. At a hotel desk: Dogs are welcome in this hotel. We’ve never had a dog that smoked in bed and set fire to the blankets.

We never had a dog that stole our towels and played the TV too loud, or had a noisy fight with his traveling companion. We never had a dog that got drunk and broke up the furniture. So if your dog can vouch for you, you’re welcome, too. Outside a synagogue in Toronto: Adam & Eve: First ones to ignore Apple Terms & Conditions. On a classroom chalkboard: Dear Algebra, please stop asking us to find your x. She’s never coming back, and don’t ask y. Inside a zoo: Those who throw objects/stones at the crocodile/snakes will be asked to retrieve them.

real value. Between 31 and 35, a woman is like Spain: very hot, relaxed, and convinced of her own beauty. Between 36 and 40, a woman is like Greece: gently aging but still a warm and desirable place to visit. Between 41 and 50, a woman is like Great Britain: with a glorious and all conquering past. Between 51 and 60, a woman is like Israel: has been through war, doesn’t make the same mistakes twice, takes care of business. Between 61 and 70, a woman is like Canada: self-preserving, but open to meeting new people.


After 70, she becomes Tibet: wildly beautiful, with a mysterious past and the wisdom of the ages, an adventurous spirit and a thirst for spiritual knowledge.

Between 23 and 30, a woman is like Europe: well developed and open to trade, especially for someone of


Submitted by Hap Jordan Between 18 and 22, a woman is like Africa: half discovered, half wild, fertile and naturally beautiful.

Between 1 and 90, a man is like Iran: ruled by nuts.

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Submitted by Sue Gager An old blind cowboy wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake. He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a shot of Jack Daniels. After sitting there awhile, he yells to the bartender, “Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?” The bar falls silent. In a deep, husky voice, the woman sitting next to him says, “Before you tell that joke, cowboy, I think it is only fair, given you are blind, that you should know four things: “One, the bartender is a blonde girl with a baseball bat. The bouncer is a blonde. I’m a 6-foot tall, 175-pound blonde with a black belt in karate. The lady on your other side is a blonde and is a professional wrestler. Now think about it seriously, do you still wanna tell that blonde joke?” The blind cowboy thinks about it for a second, then shakes his head and mutters, “No, not if I’m gonna have to explain it four times.”


Submitted by Kevin Ray A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and asked his father when he could get a car. His father decided to make him a deal. “You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible and get your hair cut, then we’ll talk about a car.” The boy agreed to it. After about six weeks his father said, “Son, you’ve brought your

grades up and I’ve observed you studying your Bible, but I’m disappointed you haven’t had your hair cut.” The boy countered, “You know, Dad, I’ve been thinking about that. In the Bible, Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair and there’s even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair.” Impressed but not amused, his dad replied, “Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?”


Submitted by Jennifer Baker You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next 16 telling them to sit down and shut-up. Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your children. Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like clearing the driveway before it has stopped snowing. There is only one pretty child in the world and every mother has one. Mothers of teens know why animals eat their young. I asked Mom if I was a gifted child and she said they certainly wouldn’t have paid for me. Children are natural mimics, who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners. ■




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s every serious gardener knows, healthy soils are essential for resilient gardens and bountiful plant growth. Along with sufficient sunlight and moisture, fertile, well-drained soil can make all the difference between thriving and hardy plants and those afflicted with disease and pests. Compacted soils limit root growth and cause water to pool up or run off—neither of which allows it to reach the plant roots where it’s needed. Tilling the garden loosens up heavy clay soils, allowing for aeration and porosity for water to infiltrate. However, tilling the soil also destroys beneficial bacteria by exposing them to UV rays, harms fun-

gal colonies because it breaks up their mycelium webs that transfer nutrients to plant roots, and causes organic matter to degrade quicker, which means plants lose out on valuable nutrients. Rototilling is especially damaging because it pulverizes fungal colonies and earthworms, and destroys soil texture. Plus, clay particles are actually platelets, so rototilling creates clay flour that ends up settling denser into more compacted soil than what we started with. Whether or not you should till your garden is a highly debated topic, especially as we learn about integrating regenerative agriculture practices into our gardens. In a first- or second-year garden,


USE A GOOD FERTILIZER(S) Organic and naturally derived fertilizers supply both nutrients and microminerals for nutrient density in the food we eat. Here are some great options: • Fishmeal is a great source of nitrogen and provides phosphorus and potassium as well • Feathermeal, bloodmeal and cottonseed meal are nitrogen rich and support vegetative growth and leaf production (think lettuces and herbs) • Bonemeal and bat guano supply

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phosphorus to aid in blossom and fruit development (think tomatoes, cucumbers and edible flowers) • Greensand, kelp and granite dust are great sources of potassium to aid in root crop production (think carrots and garlic) while also being rich in trace minerals • Wood ash is also rich in potassium but is very alkaline. Adding too much can restrict mineral and nutrient availability to plants so be very careful when using it.

GROW WILD I’m a huge fan of double digging. This technique involves using a shovel to remove the top soil, exposing the subsoil beneath, breaking it up, adding organic matter then replacing the top soil. Double digging creates pore space and provides the opportunity for nutrients to sink down to plants’ root zone while dislodging weeds and their root systems.


Tilling the soil loosens up heavy clay soils, allowing for aeration and porosity for water to infiltrate, but may destroy beneficial bacteria by UV ray exposure.

I prefer using shovels for gardening because they’re much less disruptive to soil colonies and texture than tilling. While double digging a bed requires some muscle, it’s the fastest way to good soil and something you’ll only have to do once. Start at one edge of the garden and dig up one shovelful of soil and set it on the outer edge of the garden. Then dig up a second shovelful in the same spot and pile that soil up as well. Move one shovel width to the right and do the next double dig

until you’ve formed a trench along the edge of the garden. Come back with a pitchfork or stabbing rod and break up the subsoil inside the trench, then add nutrient-rich compost and fertilizers where the plant roots will eventually be. Once nutrients are in the trench, work backwards by moving back one shovelhead width and start digging the next trench. This step is much easier as each double-shovel dig involves moving soil from the new trench into the previous one.

Repeat the process until you’ve dug your last trench and reached the other end of your garden bed. Walk over to the soil on the edge of your first trench and use it to fill in the last trench. In the end, you will have a porous soil structure with nutrients at the plant root zone, which will potentially provide you with years of successful gardening ahead.

check, while their manure and decomposing bodies bring nutrients to plants as well. In a no-till approach, the first step is to lay down compost or aged manure and natural fertilizers over the garden’s surface. Use a broadfork, pitchfork or a probing rod to puncture the soil to a depth of 12 to 18 inches. Rock back to open up the soil, allowing for crop nutrients to trickle down to the subsoil. This action loosens our clay soils and provides aeration for water channels without tearing up fungal webs or earthworms, and protecting the beneficial bacteria from harmful UV rays. ■


NO-TILL SOIL AERATION Switching to a no-till method in successive seasons will increase the health of the soil and plants. Observing earthworms, pill bugs and earwigs in the soil is a good measure of soil health. They feed on microbes and other smaller critters to keep their populations in


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WATERTON-GLACIER INTERNATIONAL PEACE PARK 406-888-7800, The setting is very different in the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, which straddles the Rocky Mountains along the U.S.-Canada border. It’s an area of soaring snow-capped mountains, high altitude lakes and rushing glacier-fed rivers. Cedar hemlock forests and alpine tundra provide habitats for over 300 species of animals. The park serves as a symbol of goodwill between Canada and the U.S.

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cies, or association with events of “universal significance.” Other destinations on the list include East Africa’s Serengeti region, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Egyptian pyramids, and great castles and cathedrals throughout Europe. UNESCO sites in the United States are equally varied. They range from alluring parks to an ancient pueblo and from architectural treasures to cultural icons.

INDEPENDENCE HALL 215-965-2305, A much smaller but no less significant architectural treasure greets those who visit Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Completed in 1753 to house Pennsylvania’s Colonial Assembly, it is where the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Second Continental Congress met and the Constitutional Convention convened after the American Revolution. In 1915, the formal announcement was made of formation of the League to Enforce Peace. That later led to establishment of the League of Nations and eventually the United Nations.






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extravaganza Choose to spend time with the flowers in your life Story and photos by Mike E. Walker


ike the miracle of childbirth, growing flowers from seed is a journey into the great mystery of life. Contained within each seed lies potential beauty, a dormant magnificence just waiting to explode. I bought a bag of wildflower mix from the Teller-Park Conservation District last year and was astounded by the dense, hearty field of color and texture that emerged. Add the power of sunlight, slanting and shadow-casting at dawn and dusk, and you find a photographer’s heaven awaiting capture. A favorite saying of mine is, “God sleeps in the minerals, awakens in the plants, walks in the animals, and thinks in you.” Whatever your personal definition of God may be, flowers most certainly are one way that the great mystery manifests. The profound sense of spirit when close to these plants leaves one speechless. The images speak for themselves. The two flower gardens where these photographs were taken were planted due to crisis and grief, respectively. The crisis was the failure of the septic system’s leach field, which required extensive repairs. The other garden was planted

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as a memorial to our Greyhound Willow, who was put to rest last spring. These pictures, from August 2021, are the result of a two-year process. I hope I can learn from the flowers. I do believe I understand their core message: Express beauty by your simple presence. I hope I can carry the peace their presence gives me and share it with others like they do—without expecting anything in return. Anchored to the earth, grounded in their awakened state, the joy they create is one born of the universe, each bloom a tiny galaxy in technicolor. I’m grateful for the peace and joy flowers offer in this often way-too-hectic world. ■


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was close to Mother when she was alive, and I miss her even today. She was loved and looked up to by her children, grandchildren and her great- grandchildren. We talk about her when we get together—about her stubbornness, her food, but especially how she loved all of us. Today women, especially mothers, are viewed in various ways. As we approach Mother’s Day, I suggest we look at mothers from God’s perspective. What are the attributes of a mother based on Scripture, and what is to be our response? • “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30, ESV). • She to be a woman of strength, courage, and wisdom. (Proverbs 31:10-22) • She should rely on God through thick and thin. (1 Corinthians 15:10) • “But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious” (1 Peter 3:4, ESV).

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loved and trusted to honor her and take care of her. Likewise, we are to honor our mothers for the godly example they set. “Honor your father and your mother, just as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well for you on the land which the Lord your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 5:16, NASB). It’s the only commandment with a promise. We should be thankful for our moms. Billy Graham once said, “Only God himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.” We should not take our mothers for granted. “I thank my God every time I remember you” (Philippians 3:3, NIV). We should pray for our moms and the women in our lives. Lord, on this day that we honor mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have given us life, who have nurtured us and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to you, who formed and knitted each of us together in our mother’s womb. We pray that you’ll give each mom strength. We ask you to be the daily bread of tired mothers. May each one find rest in you. Amen. This is my Scripture for moms and women, on Mother’s Day and every day: “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9, NRSV). Have a blessed Mother’s Day! ■

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rowing up, my mom and grandma would clip and sort coupons. They would even go together on shopping trips to stock up on items that had purchase limits for the sales. Sometimes, they would use the power of the double coupon combined with a good sale and pay pennies for something that would have otherwise cost several dollars. We are experiencing a drastic increase in inflation, similar to what the country experienced in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and the cost of everything is rising quickly. Unlike those days, the printed coupon and grocery store circulars aren’t as ubiquitous. But, there are still great deals to be had. In the old days, clipping coupons was very time intensive. Typically, you had to subscribe to the Sunday and Wednesday newspapers, and carefully sort your junk mail to ensure a valuable coupon didn’t accidentally make it into the trash. You also had to read the circulars to see what items were significantly marked down that week. However, it paid off big time when our family finances were beyond tight. My mom would come home with armloads of groceries and we never went hungry. In fact, we never even went without ice cream or good cereal. Thanks to technology, shopping for deals is easier than ever. Every major store offers an app. Restaurants, retail stores, gas stations and hotels all provide portals to better deals than what you would pay by simply walking in the door. Here are some of my favorite ways to use shopping apps to make shopping easier and less expensive. Sign up for loyalty programs. Before you begin shopping for the best price, take the time to set up an account with every place you

plan on shopping. This can take some time, but it will be worth it because many gas stations, restaurants and retailers have special app-only offers that you can only see if you are logged in. This can feel overwhelming because it means you have to create a new password for each app. To make this easier, use a basic format with a simple prefix and use the business name for the rest and add a special character somewhere in the mix. Example: MyPw!Walmart. Opt out of and turn off alerts. Most apps have a checkbox asking if you’d like to receive alerts about deals. You don’t. Trust me. Set security to allow location services while using the app. This may seem intrusive, but it’s in your best interest. When you are using the app at Walmart or McDonald’s, it will use your location to ensure that the price and deals for that exact location are displayed. Use apps instead of your phone number. Many stores allow you to use your phone number at checkout to ensure you receive all general loyalty deals, but many businesses are adding deals to the app that will only apply if you scan your loyalty barcode via the app. Fuel is almost always cheaper with apps. King Soopers, Walmart, Shell, Exxon and Sinclair are just a few of the places where you can get as much as 10 cents off each gallon of gas if you enter your loyalty info before filling the tank. Never waste time looking for something in the store. In addi-

tion to current sales, inventory and prices, most major retailers also display where the item is located in the store. This can be extremely helpful when you make a trip to the hardware store for everything you need to fix a major leak in your roof-mounted swamp cooler or you have lost track of the four places that Walmart keeps flashlights. Use your phone’s search to locate apps. Once you download all these apps, it can be a pain to keep track of where they are located on your smartphone. Both Apple and Android phones have a search tool that allows you to type in the first few letters of the store name to reveal the app icon. You can also use “Hey Siri” or “OK Google” to open the app with your voice. What about privacy? The most common concern that I hear from people about using shopping apps is that they don’t want the store to know what they buy. While this is even more true if you are using a loyalty card, if you have ever returned something to Walmart, Home Depot, Best Buy or most other retailers, they can look up your receipt by using the credit card number you purchased the item with. That means the store knows what you bought, when you bought it, what else you purchased and how much you paid. All loyalty programs are used by stores to track data. They use that data to set prices, arrange their stores, make inventory decisions and lure you back to buy more. ■


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By Denise Thiery “Music has charms to soothe a savage beast, to soften rocks or bend a knotted oak.” – William Congreve


say that would depend on whether the music was good or bad. My father’s mellow baritone could soothe a savage beast. Mom’s caterwauling could certainly soften rocks or bend a knotted oak, as well as cause the wallpaper to fall of the walls in strips, and coyotes in the distant woods to howl in unison. What mom lacked in musical talent, she made up for in enthusiasm and volume. Their music reverberated through my youth; both his and hers. Dad was musically gifted. He often sang in the house. He taught himself to play several musical instruments. Sometimes he would invite several of his musically gifted friends over and they would gather in our living room and jam until late into the evening. His favorite genre was country

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music. When he heard his teenaged children playing the times’ current rock hits, he would bellow, “You call that music?” or “Loud is not the same as good!” Dad passed away in 1977. When I hear some of his favorite tunes— such as Hank Williams’ 1950s hit, “Jambalaya”—waves of nostalgia and fresh grief sweep over me. When he sang “Amazing Grace,” it would bring tears to the listener’s eyes. Hearing one of my late mother’s favorite tunes also brings waves of nostalgia and grief, but it’s eased by laughter. She knew how painfully bad her singing was—she just didn’t care. Maybe we should all joyfully throw our tone-deaf voices to the sky like Mom did. Mom’s favorite tune was “Misty” by Ella Fitzgerald. When she reached the line, “Look at me, I’m as helpless as a kitten up a tree,” the syllable “less” in the word “helpless” was shrieked at a decibel level that threatened to cause all the glasses in the cupboard to shatter.

For some reason, she often sang that one when I had friends over, which I found mortifying. Dad worked 60 hours a week and Mom stayed busy caring for her five children. It was obvious she missed Dad a lot. Often when he got home from work, she would sidle up to him with a twinkle in her eye, and loudly sing, “I’m in the mood for love simply because you’re near me,” which always prompted a grin from him and groans of embarrassment from us.

the creek in our yard and talk, their lit cigarettes flickering in the dark. I inherited my lack of musical talent from my mother. When I was in middle school, all students were required to take choir. After the choir director heard my pathetic attempts to sing a tune, he said, “Well, I guess I’ll identify you as an alto, but it’s all right if you want to just mouth the words.” In high school I was forced to participate when all the seniors sang at the graduation ceremony. I just mouthed the lyrics. My friend Mary, who was standing next to me on the bleachers, said, “I didn’t hear you singing anything.” I replied, “Believe me, it’s for the best.” Years later, when I was pregnant with my son, I read an article that said exposing babies to music in the womb helped build brain function.


At the end of a busy day, as Mom cleared the dinner table, she would sing to Dad, “Don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me.” Then the two of them would grab a couple of lawn chairs and sit together under the apple tree by

So, like my mom, I sang—loudly and badly—to my developing child. I failed to recognize that he couldn’t escape my caterwauling for nine months. When he was a toddler, I tried singing to him. He covered his ears and cried, “Mommy, no! Stop!” I hope his mom shrieking tone-deaf tunes will bring him happy memories of me and his childhood as my musical memories have to me. ■

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Emotions Anonymous, a program for unsolved emotional problems, meets at First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade Ave. Mondays | 6 p.m. | 719-685-1091

Keeping in Balance with the Life Tree meets weekly at Ambrose Family Health, 5035 N. Academy Blvd., in Union Square Mall. Sessions are $5. Refreshments are served. Thursdays | 2-3 p.m. | 719-203-5340.

Parkinson’s Support Group meets at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. 2nd Saturday | 10 a.m.

Falcon Senior Services meets at Patriot High School, 11990 Swingline Road in Falcon. 2nd Wednesday | 11 a.m. | 719-494-0353 Gamblers Anonymous meets virtually via Zoom and in person at the Red Cloud Serenity Club, 10400 Ute Pass Ave. in Green Mountain Falls. Virtual: Mondays | 6 p.m. In-person: Saturdays | 9 a.m. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren supports and encourages those dealing with issues of raising grandkids. Call for details. 719-578-8007

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Polio Survivors Support Group meets regularly. Call for details. 303-212-0017 Proactive Living Series meets at the Colorado Springs Senior Center to share tips on aging and resources from local experts. 3rd Thursday | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Project Angel Heart delivers free, nutritious meals to those living with life-threatening illness. Call for information about receiving meals. 800-381-5612 PTSD Spouse’s Support meets at UCCS Veterans Clinic, 4863 N. Nevada #380. Tuesdays | 4 p.m. | 719-255-8003 Silver Sneakers provides free gym memberships for adults 65+ who are insured through AARP, Aetna, Blue Cross, Humana, Kaiser Permanente and United Health Care. Visit website to see if you qualify. Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group meets virtually through The Independence Center. 2nd & 4th Wednesday | 1:30-3 p.m. | 719-471-8181 ■

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May 1

Monster Jam

If mechanical monsters rev your motor, stop by the Broadmoor World Arena for all the rip-roaring, four-wheeled fun you can handle! See website for times. 3185 Venetucci Blvd. | $20-$55 | | 719-477-2100

El Cinco de Mayo Fiesta & Car Show

Get a jump start on Cinco de Mayo on the grounds of Harrison High School at the biggest outdoor fiesta and car show in Colorado Springs with live music, dancers, vendors, food, a kid’s corner and more! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 2755 Janitell Road | Free | www.elcincode

May 3

Chamber Connect: Health & Wellness

Tap into the minds of health, wellness and employee benefits experts in a discussion about the future of company wellness initiatives at Library 21c. Lunch is included. 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. | 1175 Chapel Hills Drive | $25 ($10 members) | busin ess.coloradospringschamberedc. com/events | 719-471-8183

May 6

Monte Carlo Masquerade

May 1

Oddity & Bizarre Expo

Oddity enthusiasts will delight in the strange and unusual at the Colorado Springs Event Center, from morbid taxidermy, steampunk, bizarre art, creepy fantastic dolls and odd décor. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. | $13 | www.rjpromotions. com/oddity-and-bizarre-expo | 719-637-3960

the world-famous Ute Chief Gusher Bottle and the many other colorful bottles that helped put the town on the map. See this exhibit during museum hours through December. 4:30-7:30 p.m. | 517 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs | Free | www. | 719-685-1454

May 6-8 Miramont Mother’s Day Tea

Show the mothers in your life some love with this four-course high tea that includes a scone, fruit, tea sandwiches, desserts and a small surprise for mothers. There are three seatings daily. Reservations are required. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. | 9 Capitol Hill Ave., Manitou Springs | $50 adults, $35 kids | | 719-685-1011


Who can turn down a morning run in “America’s Most Beautiful Park”? Garden of the Gods will be closed to vehicles so you can run traffic free! Choose between a 5K or 5-mile course, a road race or a trail race. 7:45 a.m. | Gateway Road & 30th Street | $50-$65 | www.madmoose | 719-635-3833

May 7

Downtown Walking Tour

This hour-long guided tour introduces historic landmarks, contemporary artwork and cultural highlights of downtown. Start at the Wild Goose Meeting House with a free beverage (included in your ticket). 10-11 a.m. | 401 N. Tejon St. | $10 | | 719-886-0088

May 7

Henry Rollins Live

May 6

Learn about the mystery of Manitou Springs’ “effervescent and healthful mineral spring waters” at this free event at Manitou Springs Heritage Center and Museum. See

May 7

Take 5 in the Garden

Support the Colorado Springs Chorale with an evening of glamour and fun at the Marriott. Enjoy a delicious dinner, dancing, casino-style games and a silent auction. 6 p.m. | 5580 Tech Center Drive | $80 | | 719-634-3737

First Friday Art: Manitou Bottles

demonstrations, training seminars, adoptions, discount vaccines, animal education and more. 1-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday | 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. | $8-$12 | | 719-301-5842

May 6-8

Colorado Pet Expo & Conference

Pet fans, hit up the Colorado Springs Event Center for access to 165+ exhibitors and many speakers plus pet

Head to Stargazers Theatre for the “Good to See You 2022” tour, where Rollins will relate the pandemic lowdown of his life. He’s a humorist, motivational speaker, spoken word poet, actor, author and TV host Renaissance man! 8-11 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Drive |


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May 7

Falcon Wanderers & U.S. Air Force Academy Walk

Stretch your legs and join the 41st anniversary walk on the scenic Air Force Academy grounds. Choose from 5K and 10K courses. Food and beer are available for purchase. Register by May 4. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 5136 Eagle Drive | Free | | 719-333-4475

May 7

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

Come to the Pikes Peak Center to hear this Grammy-nominated musician and his blues-infused rock in his “Trouble Is…” 25th anniversary tour. 8 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $39$65 | | 719-477-2100

May 7

Sirsy! Rock Duo

Enjoy a frosty favorite at The DriveIn Tasty Freeze as this band serves up a side of rock, soul and sass. They’ve shared stages with Maroon 5, Cheap Trick, the Spindoctors, Collective Soul and more. 6-8 p.m. | 2309 N. Weber St. | Free | | 719-344-9073

May 7

Vets 4 Vets Spring Party

This family-friendly event at American Legion Post 209 puts the fun in fundraiser! Don’t miss the food trucks, live music, lounge, raffles, meat freezer drawing and more. All

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May 8

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Butterflies & Bellinis

Usher in spring at Painting with a Twist by creating a colorful customized butterfly décor piece using wood cutouts and sipping bottomless Bellinis for $12. Moms get a free Bellini! 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 1045 Garden of the Gods Road | $30 | www.paint springs-west | 719-358-7758

May 8

Mother’s Day Brunch at Glen Eyrie

Give Mom the dual gifts of heartwarming conversations and the best brunch menu this side of the Rockies in a castle fit for the queen she is. View the mouthwatering menu on the website. Choose from four seatings. 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m.| 3820 N. 30th St. | $65 adult, $35 kids | | 719-265-7050

May 8

Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival

May 10

Start at the Fountain Creek Nature Center and go birding all over! There’s a variety of classes, from photography to eBird instruction, and virtual events, too. “Birds and Brews” offers free food and drinks with live jazz. See the website for a detailed schedule. 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain | $25-$35 | www.pikespeakbird | 719-520-6765

If Americana and Celtic folk rock music stirs your soul, catch this critically acclaimed band’s concert at Stargazers Theatre. History, legends, tall tales and true-life experiences all factor into their music, with barn-burning instrumentals, too! 7 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Drive | $20 | | 719-476-2200

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May 13

Rock, Roll & Remember Elvis

Come out to Stargazers Theatre and get “All Shook Up” at Joseph Hall’s Elvis Presley tribute. This “America’s Got Talent” finalist is one of the top Elvis tribute artists worldwide. 7 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Dr. | $20-$45 | | 719-476-2200

Home Food Preservation: Pickling Technique Class

If you love pickled vegetables and summer relish, learn how to make your own from the Colorado State University Extension - El Paso County. See the secrets of safely water bath canning pickles, relish, salsa and chutney. Register by May 10. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 17 N. Spruce St. | $15-$25 | epcextension. | 719-520-7690

May 13

Virtual Rocky Mountain Parkinson’s Symposium

Join this online program via Zoom to learn about Parkinson’s progression, including promising treatments that may slow it down. For those with Parkinson’s and their family, friends, support people and health care workers. Registration is required. 10-11:30 a.m. | Free | www.parkin | 800-476-4636

Paddleboard Yoga Mother’s Day

For a decidedly different Mother’s Day, take your yoga practice outdoors at Quail Lake. Practicing on water adds an extra balance challenge, yet it’s a rewarding and meditative experience that connects you with the natural world. Book online. 9 a.m. | 915 E. Cheyenne Mountain

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Aretha: Queen of Soul

Get your R&B fix at the Pikes Peak Center, where the Colorado Springs Philharmonic salutes superstar Aretha Franklin with her hits “Respect,” “Rescue Me” and more. 7:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $24-$83 | www.pikespeakcenter. com | 719-477-2100

May 13-15, 19-22 & 26-28 “Ripcord”

Save your seat at the Westside Community Center for this funny yet surreal glimpse at two widows—one cantankerous and one infuriatingly chipper—vying for a coveted sunny room at a senior living facility. They place a bet that spirals into a dangerous game of one-upmanship, spotlighting deep truths each tries to hide. 7:30 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays | 1628 W. Bijou St. | $19 | | 719-471-4462

May 14

History & BBQ lecture: Black Smoke

Culinary historian and author Adrian Miller chronicles how Black barbecuers, pitmasters and restauranteurs helped develop grilled fare with perseverance and innovation, though often pushed to the margins. Miller will sign books and local restauranteur Brother Luck will offer BBQ slider samples. Reservations are required. 2-3 p.m. | 215 S. Tejon St. | Free | | 719-385-5990

May 14

Colorado’s Nearly Forgotten History: 1776-1876

Manitou Springs Heritage Center and Museum welcomes author and historian John Wesley Anderson for a presentation on his new book. This historical storybook tells 26 short stories—each a chapter for each letter of the alphabet—with interrelated historical vignettes of real people, places and events that are at risk of being forgotten. 10 a.m. | 517 Manitou Ave., Manitou

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Springs | Free | www.manitou | 719-685-1454

May 14 & 15

May 14

Step into the possibilities and peek into these small spaces at the Norris Penrose Event Center, whether you’re living “tiny” or are just intrigued by it. This two-day exposition covers building, design, off-grid solar setups and finding sustainable products. Bring your questions—builders are there to answer them. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday | 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road | $10 | www.

The Permission Slip Podcast Tour Live!

Women, grab your bestie and head to the SCP Colorado Springs Hotel to join a live podcast recording. Listen as Carmen Ohling, empowerment speaker and holistic nutritionist, gets real and shares how to get unstuck, take back your power and give yourself permission to live full out! Your ticket includes drinks, snacks, swag bags, giveaways and endless inspiration! 11:11 a.m.-1:11 p.m. | 2850 S. Circle Drive | $45 | thepermissionslippod

May 14

Goat Yoga

It’s fun, it’s therapeutic and it’s coming to Goat Patch Brewing Company. After yoga, take pictures and cuddle these cute creatures. Wear sunscreen and bring a hoodie, water bottle and your mat (or rent one there). 10 a.m., 12 or 2 p.m. | 2727 N. Cascade Ave., #123 | $30 | www. | 719-471-4628

May 14

Elton Dan and the Rocket Band

Pay tribute to one of the ’70s greats at Stargazers Theatre! This performer evokes Elton’s sound, sight and spirit. You’ll be captivated by magical piano playing, the incredible band and backup singers, over-the-top costumes and his stage rapport. 7 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Drive | $18$22 | | 719-476-2200

May 14

Masonic Outdoor Family Craft & Gift Festival Get some fresh air, bring your loved ones and come to the Masonic Center for live music, food trucks and 50+ local handmade vendors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 1150 Panorama Drive | Free | www.sonshineshows. com | 719-632-8994


Great American Tiny House Show

May 14-15

Oil and Wax Painting: Tools and Techniques

Come to the Kreuser Gallery for this two-day workshop to create exciting surfaces with oil and cold wax. Learn what sets this medium apart and how to integrate it into your painting. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 125 E. Boulder St. | $150 | pages/classes | 719-464-5880

May 14-15 Ram Party

Runners, take your mark and go to the beautiful Rampart Reservoir for this 50-mile race on May 14. The Heavy Half and Heavy Marathon runners will toe the line on May 15. 6 a.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m. Sunday | Rampart Range Road | $100-$200 |

May 14 & 15

mel Veterans Service Center for a citywide faceoff of 30+ food trucks! Admission includes 10 sampling tickets and a gift. There’s live music, axe throwing, face painting and a beer garden, too. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | 530 Communication Circle | $30-$35 | www.facebook. com/719foodtruckfest | 719-660-3071

May 15

Colorado Springs Fitness Expo Join free live fitness classes, check out health and fitness vendors, and review a variety of studios and clubs at Hillside Community Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | 925 S. Institute St. | Free | www.coloradospringsfitness | 719-385-7900

May 15

Stevie Nicks and Rod Stewart Tribute

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites you to this fundraiser—a once-per-year time where guests can go to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun by foot! This four-mile course weaves through the zoo and provides stunning views at the top. 5-8 p.m. | 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road | $45-$55 | www.cmzoo. org | 719-633-9925

Sure, you can “Go Your Own Way,” but please stop by Stargazers Theatre for the Gypsies, Doves and Dreams tribute show. Kim Osborne captures the essence of Stevie Nicks’ magical vocals, and Robb Stewart’s mannerisms and vocals are Rod Stewart in his prime. 6 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Drive | $18$22 | | 719-476-2200

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age, this free seminar offers clear and comprehensive answers about Social Security. Discover how age and work affect retirement benefits and learn about spousal, children’s, survivor and disability benefits, with the qualifications and application process for each. 4-5:30 p.m. | Free | events | 719-471-2096

May 18

An Evening with Bruce Cockburn Don’t miss this evening at Stargazers Theatre with one of Canada’s finest artists. An exceptional songwriter and a revered guitarist, Cockburn’s lyrics are shaped by activism, social justice, spirituality, travel and musical diversity, while his music embraces folk, jazz, rock and worldbeat styles. 7 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Drive | $35$40 | | 719-476-2200

May 19

Scams and Security lecture

Discover the many scams that target seniors at the Colorado Springs Senior Center. Experts will help you detect them and share how to avoid being a target. Find out what to do if you have ever been a victim and how to avoid scams in the future. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1514 N. Hancock Ave. | Free | colorado-springs-senior-center | 719-955-3400

10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 810 Arcturus Drive | $50 | yogaforkindness2021@gmail. com | 719-210-0141

May 21 & 28

Backyard Farmers Market

Shop for unique products outside the Black Forest Community Center, the largest producers-only farmers market in the area that supports a healthier community, sustainable living, young entrepreneurs and partnering with nearly 50 like-minded businesses. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | 12530 Black Forest Road | Free | www.thebackyard

May 21 MS Walk

Acacia Park is the place to be to raise money and awareness about multiple sclerosis (MS). Go as a team or solo and complete a 1- or 3-mile course. 9:30 a.m. | 115 E. Platte Ave. | Free | mssociety.donordrive. com | 855-372-1331

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May 21

Strong Women/Strong Bones

This one-day yoga intensive will give your bones and brain a workout. Drop by Who Gives a Scrap to learn how yoga combats osteoporosis and maintains bone health. You’ll practice some moves as well. Lunch is included.

CSI Colorado Springs

Go all in with this immersive outdoor murder mystery event that turns the streets of the Springs into a giant escape room! Play detective and scramble around town finding evidence, solving clues and interrogating suspects to crack the case. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Location TBD | $80 for 6 players | products/csi-colorado-springs-co

May 21 & 22

Cave of the Winds Sound Journey

Experience the cave like never before. Colten and Amanda of Yoga Studio Satya have a new set of healing frequencies for you, held by Mama Earth. Bring a camping chair and a blanket—the cave is 55 degrees. Register in advance. 7-8:30 | 100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs | $50 | www. | 719-203-4525

May 27-29

Memorial Day Camping

Camp at the Colorado Springs KOA Holiday and decorate your bike, golf cart or even yourself and join the Memorial Day parade. All veterans, public service employees and scouts are invited to a special service Monday morning. See website for prices. 12-3 p.m. | 8100 Bandley Drive, Fountain | | 719-382-7575

May 20

Cycling enthusiasts and art appreciators, plan on attending the opening reception of this annual juried international exhibit featuring artwork related to bicycles. 5-8:30 p.m. | 2 El Paso Blvd. | Free | | 719-323-4684

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May 28

Appalachian Spring

The finale to the Philharmonic’s Comeback Season at the Pikes Peak Center includes Mozart’s “Haffner” Symphony, Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra’s “Fandangos” and Korean artist Ji Su Jung on marimba. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $29-$83 | | 719-477-2100

Connect with the Emerald Isle through this Grammy-nominated quartet at the Pikes Peak Center. The “Postcards from Ireland” tour celebrates their homeland’s rich heritage with classics and original compositions. Includes dancers, bagpipers and traditional Celtic instruments. 7:30-9:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $42-$153 | www.pikespeakcenter. com | 719-477-2121

May 28

Jake Owen Live!

May 28-30 Territory Days Street Fair

The historic district of Old Colorado City comes alive, and you can shop hundreds of vendors, eat great food and peruse educational displays and patriotic tributes against a background of live music. Activities include live blacksmithing, period costumed characters, live birds of prey, Native American dancers, beer gardens, a mechanical bull and gold panning. A free shuttle from Coronado High School is available. Call for times. Old Colorado City | Free | www. territory-days.html | 719-344-85377690

May 30

Angel Run

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crooner and songwriter Jake Owen at Weidner Field as he sings about the simple things of life: dirt roads, sweet tea, blue jeans, going barefoot, small towns and fishing. Chris Lane, Tenille Townes and Kat & Alex also appear. 7-10 p.m. | 111 W. Cimarron St. | $27$125 | | 719-368-8480

Dial back and relax with country

Run to Red Leg Brewing to support veteran-owned nonprofit Angels of America’s Fallen, for children of fallen military and first responders. There are in-person 10K and 5K run/ walks, or you may participate virtually or do rooftop yoga. There’s food, live music and beer, too! 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | 2323 Garden of the Gods Road | $15-$40 | www.aoafall | 719-598-3776 ■




CLUBS 21st Century Toastmasters meets weekly at Library 21c. Fridays | 1 p.m. | 719-591-8045

Carnelian Coffee Book Club meets monthly at Out West Gift Shop. 1st Sunday | 1 p.m. |

ACC Grass Roots 307 Cribbage meets weekly at the Colorado Springs Elks Lodge. Wednesdays | 4:30 p.m. | 719-331-1200

Cheyenne Mountain Hooked on Crochet meets virtually to crochet or knit. 1st & 3rd Thursdays | 10 a.m. | | 719-389-8968

ACLU defends civil rights and liberties. Call for details. 303-777-5482 Adult Coloring Club meets monthly at Florissant Library. 1st Thursday | 10:30 a.m. | 719-748-3939 Austin Bluffs Sertoma meets for breakfast at Hotel Elegante. This community service organization helps the hearing impaired and promotes national heritage. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays | 7:30 a.m. | 719-460-5561 (Pat)

Colorado Springs Breakfast Club for Singles 50+ meets monthly at Patty Jewett Clubhouse. Cost is $20 (cash or check). Must RSVP. 1st Saturday | 9 a.m. | 719-260-0651 | Colorado Springs Chess Club meets weekly at Acacia Apartments ballroom. Tuesdays | 6 p.m.

Austrian-American Enzian Club is a German-speaking culture club that meets monthly at VFW Post #101. 2nd Wednesday | 2-4 p.m. | 719-380-1163

Colorado Springs Coin Club meets monthly at Fraternal Order of Eagles #143. 4th Tuesday | 6:30 p.m. | 719-433-8417

Black Forest AARP meets for a monthly potluck at Black Forest Lutheran Church. 2nd Wednesday | 12 p.m. | 719-596-6787 Bridge Players Duplicate plays daily at the Bridge Center. Mondays-Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. | Sundays at 1:30 p.m. | 719-634-7250 Bulldog Club meets monthly at Westside Community Center. 4th Monday | 6-8 p.m. |

Cheyenne Mountain Newcomers Club for women meets monthly at Broadmoor Community Church. Annual dues are $30. 2nd Wednesday | 9:30 a.m. |

Colorado Springs Numismatic Society meets monthly at Hilltop Baptist Church. 2nd Sunday | 2 p.m. | 719-433-8417 Colorado Springs Scrabble Club meets virtually weekly for three games on (must create account). Mondays | 6-9 p.m. | 719-332-5141 Colorado Springs Stamp Club

meets monthly at Vista Grande Baptist Church. 1st Tuesday | 7 p.m. Curiosity Unlimited offers continuous learning opportunities with UCCS professor lectures virtually and at the Ent Center for the Arts, Chapman Foundation Recital Hall. 2nd Friday | 10 a.m. | www.uccs. edu/curiosity | 719-755-5082 DAV Knob Hill holds a bingo fundraiser at 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. to help aid local veterans. Sundays | 5:30-9 p.m. | 719-591-8787 El Paso Pacers walking club meets monthly. RSVP by email. 3rd Thursday | 9 a.m. | 719-5206977 | Falcon Adult Group meets monthly at High Prairie Library. 1st Wednesday | 11 a.m. Falcon Garden Club meets monthly at High Prairie Library. 3rd Saturday | 10 a.m. | www.falcon Florissant Bookworms meets monthly at Florissant Library. 3rd Wednesday | 12 p.m. | 719-748-3939 Falcon Wanderers Volkssport Club meets for regular walks. Firstyear membership dues are $10 per person, $16 per couple and $20 per family. 719-597-4307 | Friends at the Table Cookbook Club meets at Florissant Library. 3rd Friday | 11:30 a.m. |

719-748-3939 Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship meets for breakfast at IHOP, 6005 Constitution Ave. 2nd Saturday | 7:30 a.m. | 719-229-3317 Gleneagle Sertoma meets twice monthly for lunch. This service organization helps the hearing impaired and promotes national heritage. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays | 11:30 a.m. | 719-331-1212 Gold Camp Victorian Society meets monthly at Cripple Creek Heritage Center. 4th Saturday | 2 p.m. | info@gold International Dance Club hosts weekly dances. Live bands, variety of styles, family friendly. Cost is $12. Saturdays | 7-10 p.m. | 719-633-0195 Maxi’s Dance Party is held weekly at Fraternal Order of Eagles #143. Cost is $8 for nonmembers. Thursdays | 6-9 p.m. | 719-660-1358 Not So Young Book Club meets monthly at Woodland Park Library. 1st Wednesday | 11 a.m. | 719-6879281 Paralyzed Vets of America plays weekly at Bingo World. Tuesdays | 12:30 p.m. | 719-578-1441 Pikes Peak Camera Club meets virtually monthly. Zoom link on website. 2nd Wednesday | 7 p.m. | 719-634-2376 | www.pikespeak Pikes Peak Computer Application Society meets at Springs Community Church, 7290 Lexington Dr.

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Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meets monthly virtually. 2nd Wednesday | 6 p.m. |

Sno-Jets Ski & Adventure Club meets for ski trips, biking, hiking, dinners and more. Summer membership (May-September) is $15. The 70th Anniversary Party for this longest active ski club in Colorado Springs is on May 20. See website for activities and information.

Pikes Peak Over the Hill Gang meets monthly for dinner. This club is for active adults 50+ who enjoy skiing, biking, hiking, golfing, camping, etc. Membership required. 2nd Wednesday | 719-388-1534 | Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners meets monthly for dinner and program at the Masonic Center. 2nd Monday | 6 p.m. | RSVP: 719-473-0330 PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning holds classes (live, Zoom, video) on a variety of topics. | 719-633-4991

Socrates Cafe meets weekly for discussion at the Monument Library. Tuesdays | 1-3 p.m. | 719-531-6333, ext. 7005 Sons and Daughters of Italy meets monthly at VFW Post #101. 1st Tuesday | Dinner 5:30, Meeting 6:30 p.m. | 719-290-9586 Sons of Norway meets monthly for a heritage meeting at Viking Hall. 2nd Wednesday | 7 p.m. | 719-574-3717

Rampart Range Blue Star Mothers meets monthly at Falcon Police Department. 1st Sunday | 2 p.m. | 719-651-8038

Travel Club meets regularly through Fountain Valley Senior Center. 719-600-2602 |

Read Amok Book Club meets monthly at Florissant Library. 2nd Monday | 12 p.m. | 719-7483939

Triviality Trivia plays weekly at Gold Camp Brewing Company. Wednesdays | 7 p.m. | 719-319-3798

Rotary Club meets weekly for lunch and a speaker at The Antlers. Visit website for Zoom link and to RSVP. Fridays | 12:15 p.m. | 719-338-3239 | Senior Chats occur weekly at the Rockrimmon Library. Tuesdays | 10:30 a.m. | 719-5316333 Senior Circle Book Club meets monthly at Woodland Park Library’s large meeting room. 2nd Thursday | 10:30 a.m. | 719-687-9281 Silicon Mountain Mac User Group meets virtually monthly. Visit website for Zoom link.

Vietnam Veterans of America meets monthly at Colorado Technical University. 4th Saturday | 9 a.m. | 719-650-1513 Women’s Army United, Chapter 75 for women veterans meets monthly at the Sand Creek Police Department. 4th Saturday | 10 a.m. | 719-6603641 Woodland Park Book Club meets monthly at Woodland Park Library. 1st Tuesday | 10:30 a.m. | 719-6879281 Yarnia! Knitting & Crochet Club meets monthly at Florissant Library. 2nd Thursday | 10 a.m. | 719-7483939 ■

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NEWS BITS Strong Women/Strong Bones yoga class for Osteoporosis Awareness Month

Parkinson’s Foundation hosts first annual symposium

Osteoporosis is known as the “silent crippler,” often undiagnosed until a fractured hip or vertebra occurs. Bone mineral density is at its maximum around age 30, with a steady decline as the body ages. Bone loss can be accelerated by smoking, lack of exercise, medications, poor diet or other health problems. Bone mineral density is determined by a DEXA Scan, which compares the bone status with the healthy bones of a 30-year-old, with results expressed by a T-Score. T-Scores reveal whether a person has normal bones, osteopenia (decreased bone density) or osteoporosis. DEXA Scans are usually done every two years starting at age 65 for women and 70 for men, or younger if there are added risks, such as family history or low body weight. Boost your bone health with proper nutrition, exercise,

The Parkinson’s Foundation will present the Rocky Mountain Parkinson’s Symposium on May 13 from 10-11:30 a.m. The event is live and online via Zoom. Understanding the complexities of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is important for those with Parkinson’s and their support teams. At this year’s symposium, attendees will learn about the disease, including the stages of disease progression, promising treatments and strategies and the latest research mineral supplements and daily sunshine for Vitamin D. Women are invited to a yoga program on May 21 called Strong Women/Strong Bones at Who Gives a Scrap, 810 Arcturus Drive, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $50, which includes lunch. To register, call 719-210-0141.

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After 12 years of partnership with the City of Colorado Springs, the Center for Strategic Ministry (CSM) is handing the operation of the Westside Community Center back to the City. All Westside neighbors—businesses, vendors, non-profits, civic partners and friends—are invited to a grand twoday celebration to leave on a happy note at 1628 West Bijou St. May 27 is Happy & Healthy Senior Day with Silver Sneakers, take-aways, information and lunch with root beer floats from 8:45 a.m.- 1 p.m. May 28 is a flea market/community picnic from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Woodmen Valley Chapel and CSM will give the Center back to the City and conclude operations on May 31.

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into slowing PD progression. The conference is free and open to people with Parkinson’s, their families, caregivers, friends and health care professionals. Leading up to the event, the Parkinson’s Foundation will also offer phone appointments for people who are new to online education and would like to learn how to use Zoom. For more information or to register, call 1-800-473-4636 or visit www.

slope of Ben Lomand Mountain near Palmer Lake. El Paso County purchased the property in 2017 to provide users of the adjacent New Santa Fe Regional Trail the opportunity to experience a natural foothills environment near urbanized areas. The rolling terrain with incredible views of the Front Range is covered in scrub oak, ponderosa pines, rock formations and grass meadows. It features 1.75 miles of natural-surfaced singletrack trails for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders, with maps at each trailhead. Parking is only available at the Palmer Lake or Highway 105 trailheads. The site will be open daily from dawn until dark.

CenterCare Hospice seeks volunteers

CenterCare Hospice volunteers make an impactful difference in the lives of patients and caregivers by providing various services for hospice patients and families as determined by the interdisciplinary team care plan. In-service education and training is provided. To volunteer, call 719-544-5891 or email

Seniors needed for UCCS student research

A doctoral student is seeking volunteers aged 60-89 for a senior cognition study. Participants will at-

tend one 90-minute meeting on the UCCS campus to complete a brief cognitive assessment and several questionnaires. This study is part of a student doctoral dissertation. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards. For more information or to join the study, contact Katie Granier at uccscognitionstudy@ or 719-255-8024.

“The Bluest Eye” at Ent Center for the Arts You’ll be spellbound by this staging of Toni Morrison’s classic novel that follows a young black girl’s coming of age in 1940s Ohio. “The Bluest Eye” runs through May 15 at the Ent Center for the Arts. Showtimes are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Buy tickets at tickets. or call 719255-3232.

Fine Arts Center presents “The Legend of Georgia McBride” When Casey’s boss at a smalltown dive bar axes his Elvis act and replaces it with a drag show, Casey gamely totters into the unknown in size 11 heels. Don’t miss this sequin-filled show which runs at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., Wednesdays through Sundays through May 15. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 5 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets start at $20 and are available at or call 719-634-5581.

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Didn’t get to Telluride to catch the Mountainfilm Festival? No worries—you can enjoy a selection of these inspiring films from your cozy home for $99. They celebrate indomitable spirit and educate and motivate individuals and communities. The online access runs May 31-June 7. Visit or call 970-728-4123 to purchase. ■


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Genealogy Basics (Virtual) 10 a.m. | May 2 & 21

History To Mystery: Historical Fiction Writing (Virtual)

Author Patricia Meredith shares the Gilded Age historical research that inspired her new novel, “Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker,” set in 1901 Spokane, Washington. 6 p.m. | May 5

Beginning Calligraphy

2 p.m. | May 6 | East Library 1 p.m.| May 7 | Ute Pass Library 5 p.m. | May 10 | Library 21c

Colorado: The Outlaws, the Renegades and the Dissolute Join author Randi SamuelsonBrown for a fun look into Colorado’s rollicking yesteryears. Its early hardscrabble days prove that we were not settled by temperate, well-adjusted people, but a “who’s who” of famous Wild West characters. 10 a.m. | May 7 | East Library

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“Other Than Honorable”

Join reporter Dave Philipps, editor Joanna Bean and photographer Michael Ciaglo for a discussion of their work on this 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning Colorado Springs Gazette article about the treatment of wounded combat veterans. 6:30 p.m. | May 17 | East Library

The Primal Smoothie Nutrition Class (Virtual) 1:30 p.m. | May 17

Good 4 U Food on a Budget (Virtual)

Rocky Mountain Parkinson’s Symposium Friday, May 13, 2022 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. MT Join the Parkinson’s Foundation to learn about Parkinson’s disease stages and treatments at this free online event.

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Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

Staged with minimal set, six actors and plenty of high-energy hijinks, Theatreworks’ 75-minute production features spirits, shipwrecks, sorcery and more in this condensed, family friendly show. 2 p.m. | May 21 | Manitou Springs Memorial Park

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private practice that was at least partially owned by a larger hospital system grew nearly 40 percent. And as the AMA survey notes, the majority of doctors employed by hospitals are under the age of 40. That suggests this trend will continue over the long term. Many younger doctors prefer the more regular hours that hospitals offer, as well as a fixed salary. Nevertheless, the shift away from private, independent care towards corporate mega-providers should alarm patients and policymakers. For starters, care will become more expensive as hospitals expand their regional monopolies. As health systems grow, they gain undue leverage with insurance providers to propose service-price hikes. One study in the Journal of Health Economics found that prices for physician services rose nearly 15 percent at practices acquired by hospitals between 2007 and 2013. Without competition from independent practices, hospitals have little need to keep a lid on prices. They can charge patients and their insurers effectively whatever they want to. Diminishing quality of care is another concern. Physician pay within a hospital system is determined in part by how many patients each doctor can treat, assembly-line style. So much for patient-centered care. We’re witnessing a historic shift in the practice of medicine in the U.S. And it isn’t an edifying spectacle, especially if you’re a patient in need of medical care that is humane, attentive, and not delivered on a conveyor belt. ■

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policy at the Pacific Research Institute. Her latest book is “False Premise, False Promise: The Disastrous Reality of Medicare for All” (Encounter 2020).

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SAVE THE DATE! Benefit Breakfast | Expo ~ Health Screenings | Educational Sessions

Silver Key in partnership with the Pikes Peak Senior News, invites the community to join us on Wednesday, June 15th for a full day of festivities to support the Pikes Peak region senior community. Event admission is available at no cost but does require advance registration Begins with a morning benefit breakfast with proceeds supporting area seniors Health screenings, information sessions, giveaways, refreshments and more Come-and-go as you please experience - over 70+ vendors will be in attendance!

Join us June 15th at The Antlers Hotel Downtown. Register now! | 719-884-2300

Start Your New Adventure AT SUMMIT GLEN

Discover why residents embrace the Summit Glen lifestyle. Residents Linda & Steve Osborn

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“When we first toured, management listened to our INCLUDED* needs, then took us to a beautiful two-bedroom apartment with a wraparound patio. We walked outside, and the whole Pikes Peak view was breathtaking. The building is beautiful too, but the best part is the people, community and the management. This isn’t just a community – it’s a family who looks out for each other. The management is super and also part of the family. There are enough fun activities for everyone’s taste. We have three meals a day as well as housekeeping, and pets are welcome. We’ve made lots of friends and had lots of fun. It’s home!”

Residents Mary Bergstrom & Mel Gomez “Summit Glen was light, bright and friendly compared to other senior living communities we toured, which made our choice easy when we decided to make a move. It will be easier to give up our cars when that day comes, thanks to the transportation provided here. We’ve enjoyed the opportunity to travel, vacationing in other Hawthorn communities in Arizona at no extra cost. Our families agree, we have a lovely apartment and place to live, plus many wonderful friends who live here.”

Resident Betsy McIlvoy “I immediately knew I was in the place I could call home with friendly people and caring management. I got involved in activities and met many interesting people. I knew I would never be lonely. I didn’t realize how much fun it would be here with all these people with their interesting backgrounds. We might all be seniors, but we have a lot of living to do in this wonderful place.”


To learn more about our gracious retirement lifestyle or to schedule a visit, please call 719-380-1409. Independent Living 4825 Old Farm Drive | Colorado Springs, CO 80917 *Except personal phone