Theatreworks will be performing William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 5:30 p.m. outside the Deerfield Hills Community Center (4290 Deerfield Hills Rd.) on Thursday, June 24. The performance is part of the Theatreworks Free-for-All program, which provides no-cost performances f…

Later this year, Elena Salinas plans to open a small neighborhood grocery store that will not only help provide Southeast Colorado Springs residents access to affordable fresh food, but also act as a haven for women. 

As a young woman in Southeast Colorado Springs, Latrina Ollie looked around and saw all the problems many others see when they visit her corner of town: higher rates of crime and poverty than most other parts of the city, a lack of economic development, and too few opportunities for young pe…

As a young man, Diego Lujan bounced back and forth between the dusty San Luis Valley and the urban neighborhoods of Colorado Springs. The men in his family laid concrete and built roofs. Meanwhile, Lujan “ran the streets,” as he puts it. He had no desire or expectation of one day working lon…

When it comes to philanthropy, Jennifer Smith is like the Energizer Bunny — she just keeps  on going. She has worked as the family outreach coordinator for the Colorado International Language Academy for the last five years, and since 2013 she’s served as president of the nonprofit she found…

The recent March storms blanketed Southeast Colorado Springs with snow and frigid temperatures. If you’re looking for some delicious island flavors to melt away that cold, J’s Jamaican Flava (3016 South Academy Blvd.) has got you covered. 

I have faced many challenges in my career as an artist who identifies as a black queer woman. Without question, the largest challenge I have faced and continue to conquer is being rejected from art spaces and opportunities, especially in Colorado Springs. Although many choose to ignore the f…

Don Guillo (2551 Delta Drive) is bringing Puerto Rican cuisine to Southeast Colorado Springs. Located inside the shopping center at the intersection of Hancock Expressway and Delta Drive, Don Guillo provides dine-in and take-out options, serving up generous portions of traditional Puerto Ric…

The eighth annual Multicultural Black History Program took place Feb. 28 at Stargazers Theatre. The event, which traditionally features children performing “I Am” speeches as a specific figure in Black history, debuted a musical Motown segment this year. That came out of a partnership betwee…

Community members — including members of El Paso County Health, Servicios de La Raza, RISE and BeYou from Southeast Colorado Springs — provided the El Paso County Board of Health updates on a recent health survey provided to residents to identify supports needed during the continued COVID-19…

Community advocate Juelz Ramirez has recently launched a documentary series focusing on Southeast Colorado Springs called Daily Dose 719. Each episode tackles a unique aspect of life and health equity, which the World Health Organization defines as “the absence of unfair and avoidable or rem…

The Colorado Springs Business Journal, sister paper of the Express, recognized 15 women this year with the Women of Influence award program. Meet two of those women who are involved in Southeast: Patricia Cameron and Yolanda Avila.

The Colorado Springs Business Journal, sister paper of the Express, recognized 15 women this year with the Women of Influence award program. Meet two of those women who are involved in Southeast: Patricia Cameron and Yolanda Avila.

Pikes Peak Community College course designer Marc Nash was recognized by Gov. Jared Polis for his collaborative work to advocate for and introduce open educational resources, which are materials for teaching or learning — such as textbooks — that are either in the public domain or free of ch…

Every year, the start of fall brings colors to the trees, and Arts Month brings a world of colors to the city. October is always Arts Month in Colorado Springs, a time when the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region works to elevate arts and culture throughout El Paso County. 

Stephany Rose Spaulding recalls one of her first in-person interviews 10 years ago for her teaching position at UCCS. The Chicago native was told of all the living things that make the area home, including plenty of deer — and the occasional mountain lion.

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 …

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…

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 (…

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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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. 

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.

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. 

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.