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The annual voyage to the pumpkin patch is a favorite field trip for many students in Colorado Springs. One such trip is made possible through the generosity of Nick and Bambi Venetucci, who have provided free pumpkins to local children for over 50 years. Since 2006, the Pikes Peak Community …

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Kimbra Smith, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) is collecting stories from residents as part of her new project, “Revealing Invisible Histories of Colorado Springs.” Starting in mid-October, Smith and her students will be conducti…

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The Helen Hunt Campus, a former elementary school on East Moreno Avenue that now is home to six nonprofits and a Switchbacks Coffee, hosted the Colorado Farm and Art Market Saturday, Sept. 26.

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This stylish Southeast spot with cool murals and poppin’ colors everywhere opened a couple months ago and stands out for its super-non-gringo savory snack and dessert menu; there’s so many items I don’t recognize and would love to return to try. But for this first foray, we nab two paletas (…

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A Colorado Springs native, Latrina Ollie wants to inspire fellow entrepreneurs to follow their dreams and promote growth in the Southeast.

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If you’re driving near the intersection of Jetwing Drive and Hancock Expressway on the second Friday of the month, you may notice some traffic congestion in the area due to the Solid Rock Community Development Corporation’s (SRCDC) Community Pantry event, which provides free food to Colorado…

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The week in March when the novel coronavirus was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, Maria, an undocumented Colorado resident for over 15 years, lost the eight customers whose houses she cleaned for a living.

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I love fish. OK, maybe “love” is a bit strong, but suffice it to say I have a taste for the toothsome chicken of the sea.

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When students return to schools in Harrison School District 2 on Aug. 17, they’ll be entering a vastly different landscape than the one they left last spring.

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We start with RISE Southeast, which is one of three organizations that received some 180 temporal thermometers for redistribution to neighborhood businesses. Coalition members swung by the Sand Creek Library July 8, 9 and 10 to get the thermometers into area entrepreneurs’ hands. 

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After the birth of their second child, Jorja and Clint Harrison wanted more. But after two complicated pregnancies, they decided to forego another and adopted a little girl from Ethiopia instead.

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It’s hard to imagine that, last fall, any of the hundreds of high school and college seniors or final-year elementary and middle schoolers in the area, envisioned their studies and lives uprooted by a potentially fatal virus. 

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A waterfall bubbles from the empty sprayground at Deerfield Hills Community Center & Sprayground May 11. The center and sprayground have been closed since March in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic; however Deerfield Hills Park and its fields remain a popular place to recreate.  

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The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on countless businesses since arriving in Colorado in early March, forcing statewide shutdowns and unprecedented economic disruptions.

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People always think Keyshon Cooks is older than he is — but the new community coordinator for the Colorado Springs Council of Neighbors and Organizations is only 23. 

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The Deerfield Hills Community Center has resumed its monthly food pantry, more than a month after the COVID-19 pandemic forced its temporary closure. 

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When mobile groomer Brenda Davis drives around town, she often catches inquisitive glances from other drivers. It seems to have something to do with the name “Clip-N-Dales,” painted in multi-colored letters on the side of a work trailer and hitched to the back of her silver SUV.

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She was the first person to know and love us, even before we knew ourselves. She was our first caregiver, our first friend, our first role model. She was the giver of hugs, the kisser of owies, the healer of scraped knees and broken hearts. 

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When we launched this column, the plan was to give a shoutout to the people, organizations and institutions that went above and beyond for the betterment of Southeast Colorado Springs. 

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I always get excited when some new culinary development lands on my plate. So it was with a certain eager anticipation that I stopped at Mission Trace Shopping Center on March 7 for the chance to learn more about Southeast Colorado Springs’ first mobile grocer, The Helping Hand Neighborhood Grocery Store.

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This is for the pusher of swings. The builder of toys. The one who showed a little boy how to be a man; who was a little girl’s first dance partner. The one who first taught you how to throw a ball and, even more importantly, how to catch. 

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Rehabilitation project kicks off at South Shooks Run Park  By Zach Hillstrom The Southeast Express Rehabilitation of the Leon Young Pavilion in South Shooks Run Park began last week and is expected to be completed by the end of April. The pavilion is named after

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‘Basically a giant egg pie Hi there, home cooks! After a few months off, it’s nice to be back with you and getting creative in the kitchen. March is National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign led by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to get

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Entrepreneur brings fresh, affordable options directly to Southeast Colorado Springs food deserts Elena Salinas likes to say, “food is love, and I love people.” The entrepreneur grew up cooking alongside her mother, who, she said, was the first person to volunteer to make a meal

A mural by Molly McClure and Muji Rieger depicting Mother Earth invokes the coming growing season and summer’s bounty.

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This month’s shout-outs go to the Youth of the Year contestants, community engagement and Southeast Springs voters.

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Leading an accessibility renaissance It could be easy to forget, when you’re sitting in Benjamín “Ben” Gallegos-Pardo’s office, that you’re on a college campus. Picture windows offer sweeping views of the mountain and the city unfurling to the north, and on a sunny February morning,

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This is what family looks like. On Feb. 22, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum celebrated the opening of its new exhibit, “Una Familia Grande: The Conejos Neighborhood Project.” The collection features historic photos, interpretative signage, traditional clothing and memorabilia from the insular and colorful community

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Coming home This is a love story. It’s a tale of the love that anchored a group of Colorado Springs residents to the small neighborhood they called home; of the tightly knit friendships among children and a lifetime’s worth of surrogate parents; of the insular-yet-formative

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Honoring mom, the maker of memories She was the first person to know and love us, even before we knew ourselves. She was our first caregiver, our first friend, our first role model. She was the giver of hugs, the kisser of owies, the healer

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A portrait of a wild flower hangs near a set of exam rooms and the vision-testing station in the new Peak Vista Family Health Center at Mitchell High School. A first-of-its-kind partnership between the health care provider and Colorado Springs School District 11 means Peak

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Edie Wren recalls the sense of isolation, the struggles with anger and sorrow, and the incredible sense of shame. She remembers being told by a teacher that her father was a bad man. As the daughter of an inmate, Wren sympathizes with young people who

New art program hopes to help kids of incarcerated express themselves.

Here are some of the area’s offerings on New Year’s Eve By Zach Hillstrom The Southeast Express With 2019 coming to an end and the new year fast approaching, it’s time for Southeast residents to start making their plans for New Year’s Eve. For those

“Artist,” a mural of a multi-talented octopus, celebrates the many facets of art made in Colorado Springs. The work by Knobhill Urban Arts District-affiliated creative Mario Sanchez, is painted on the west wall of Platte Furniture, 2331 E. Platte Place. [Express photo/Regan Foster] The Express

This decadent dinner won’t bust your belt … or the bank A few years ago, while I was still covering health and wellness, and writing a weekly food column, I spoke with a nutritionist about battling the bulge at this time of year. Let’s face

Community gardens, nonprofit address Southeast food desert By Erinn Callahan The Southeast Express Joan Clemons is the first to say that the Hillside Community Garden is not run by experts. “We just saw a need and said, ‘Hey, can we do this? Yes, we can,’”

From murals to performances, local makers use art as advocacy By Stewart Ricker Special to the Southeast Express Editor’s note: This autumn, the Southeast Express partnered with a second-year publishing class at Pikes Peak Community College to examine may facets of voting and politics. This

Lisa Marie Coleman finds purpose in volunteer work, art and hip-hop By Faith Miller The Southeast Express Lisa Marie Coleman isn’t afraid to take on big projects. And perhaps nothing exemplifies her enthusiasm and fierce determination more strongly than Drinks & Jewelry Studios (D&Js), a