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Things to Do This Weekend in Colorado Springs

JLCS Kitchens With Altitude

JLCS Kitchens With Altitude

With weather forecasted to be in the 70s this weekend in Colorado Springs, Friday or Saturday might be great days to work on your golf or tennis game in preparation for the season.  Grab the family, the dog, and your camera and head to Garden of the Gods for a hike, show your barbecue grill some love, or enjoy a picnic at a local park.  You might event want to schedule a service at our spa so that you can take advantage of our heated infinity pool, which overlooks Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak.

As if that’s not enough to keep you busy this weekend in Colorado Springs, local nonprofits have got it goin’ on, too!  Attend one of the following fabulous events, and not only will you have a great time – you’ll support valuable community  programs, too.

  • 2011 Kitchens With Altitude — Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, Old North End and Broadmoor areas (self-guided tour).  The Junior League of Colorado Springs’ Kitchens with Altitude is a kitchen tour showcasing some of the area’s finest kitchens. This year’s tour features upscale, sophisticated residential kitchens and one innovative commercial kitchen in the city’s most coveted neighborhoods.  The tour also features the latest in tablescape and floral arrangements, as well as cooking demonstrations and fine food samples from Colorado Springs’ top chefs. To top it all off, Junior League members will be holding a silent auction with fabulous items and selling their amazing cookbook, A Peak at the Springs.  Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased at www.jlcoloradosprings.org, select retail locations, or at any of the featured homes on the day of the event.  Addresses and maps are also available on the JLCS website. 
  • Play for Music — Saturday, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, El Paso Club.  Enjoy lunch and games like bridge and Yahtzee while supporting the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.  $45 and reservations required; 579-0757.
  • Fashion to the Rescue — Saturday, 6-9 pm, Antlers Hilton.  Join the Women’s Resource Agency & its supporters for a sparkling evening of fashion and philanthropy!  This event will feature dinner, cocktails, silent and live auctions, and a dazzling fashion show starring members of the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters and volunteer models from the Colorado Springs community.  Tickets are $75 per person or $750/table.  Cocktail attire suggested.  www.wrainc.org
  • Pikes Peak Family Connections Child Abuse Prevention Fundraiser — Sunday, 2 pm (doors open at 1 pm), Stargazers Theatre and Event Center.  April is National Child Abuse Prevention month!  Family Connections would like to focus on the positive side of our youth:  the joy that children bring, as well as their many talents.  Support a great cause as you enjoy vocalists, pianists, instrumentalists, and much more.  This is an off-Broadway production by kids, for kids!  All proceeds will benefit KPC Kids Place, Colorado’s only crisis and respite care center for children.  Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the show.  www.familyconnectionsco.org

Whether you prefer art, music, or film, here’s a quick rundown of some other local events that you might appreciate during this beautiful Colorado Springs weekend:

  • First Friday ArtWalk — Friday, 5 pm to 8 pm, Old Colorado City.  Enjoy the variety of art displayed by the galleries of Old Colorado City, which include the Michael Garman Museum, the Squash Blossom, and more.  This event is free.  For more information, visit www.bestartontheavenue.com or call 520-9494.
  • A Night of Award-Winning Shorts — Saturday, 6:30 pm (social hour) and 7:30 (films), Stargazers Theatre and Event Center.  Presented by the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, this event will feature food and cocktails.  $20.  www.rmwfilmfest.org, 226-0450
  • At the Hop – Sunday, 2:30 pm, U.S. Air Force Academy (Arnold Hall Theater).  A cappella doo wop group the Alley Cats will perform a tribute to the greatest hits of the ’50s and ’60s.  www.usafaservices.com

However you choose to enjoy your weekend, all of us here at Garden of the Gods Club hope that you return to the office on Monday feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.  All the best to you!

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Wardrobe Spring Cleaning and Fabric Care Instructions

Sport Haley Rio Collection at Kissing Camels Golf Shop, Garden of the Gods Club

Sport Haley Rio Collection

It is official!  According to the calendar, it’s FINALLY spring, which means that it’s officially time to start your wardrobe’s “spring cleaning” (code name for “my clothes shrank over the winter”).  It’s time to get rid of items that are faded, frayed, or just don’t fit as well as they did last fall when you put them away for the winter.  

As you shop for new additions to your wardrobe, pay particular attention to the fabric content and care of the new tech fabrics. Those anti-wrinkle, anti-fading, non-shrinking, sun-protecting,  moisture-wicking, 4-way-stretch miracle fabrics require minimal but specific laundering care. 

Special laundry instructions might include using liquid detergent rather than powder, hand washing instead of machine washing,  line drying vs. tumbling dry, and “dry clean only” or “DO NOT DRY CLEAN” (my favorite!).  Did you know that liquid fabric softeners can make some types of fleece feel oily or that using a fabric softener sheet in the dryer might leave a grease-like spot on your favorite polo?  From experience, I can tell you that rewashing that polo will NOT get the spot out — EVER!  If you decide to  ”touch up with a cool iron,” make sure that you use an ironing cloth so that you don’t leave a shine in the shape of your iron on the fabric. That, too, will never go away.

Your clothes are an investment, and all of them come with care instructions. Proper laundering will protect those clothes and keep you stepping out in fabulous style all year long, but remember that the most atttractive accessory you can wear is a smile!

Keep smiling!

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The Final Four or the Frozen Four?

As the rest of the country is checking their NCAA college basketball brackets in disbelief, those who live in Colorado Springs (a self-proclaimed hockey town and home to the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons and the Colorado College Tigers hockey teams) are proud!  The 20th-ranked Air Force Falcons gave the third-ranked Yale a run for their money on Friday, 3/25, and took Yale into overtime in the NCAA East Regional at Webster Arena at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)  Unfortunately, the Falcons lost to Yale, which ended their season, but they sure provided a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat finale.    

So we turned our attention to the Colorado College Tigers as they went up against the Boston College Eagles later that same night.  Top-seeded Boston College, the defending national champs, had their season come to a quick and unexpected end at the hands of four-seed Colorado College, losing 8-4 in the opening round of the West Regional at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.  The young Colorado College Tigers team shocked many in the world of college hockey by beating Boston College, and the CC Tigers turned a lot of heads, as this year will mark the first time since 2005 and only the second time since 2000 that Boston College has not made it to the Frozen Four.  Go Tigers!  Then Saturday night came, and we watched CC battle their way to the Frozen Four vs. the Michigan Wolverines.  Disappointingly, the CC Tigers couldn’t get it done and lost to the Wolverines by a score of 2 to 1.    

Thank you to the USAFA Falcons and the Colorado College Tigers hockey teams for once again making the city of Colorado Springs proud.  We commend you for your efforts, and we now, more than ever, look forward to next season!

Lounge at Garden of the Gods Club

Lounge at Garden of the Gods Club

Whether it is the “Frozen Four” or the ‘Final Four,” over the next two weekends, check into a guest room at our Lodge and enjoy the excitement of your own “March Madness” in our Lounge, which features big-screen tvs, fantastic cocktails, and incredible mountain views.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Schedule
Reliant Stadium – Houston, TX


  • Butler vs VCU, Saturday, April 2 – 4 p.m. CT
  • Connecticut vs Kentucky, April 2 – 7 p.m. CT

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: April 4 – 7:00 p.m. CT 

Men’s NCAA Hockey Frozen Four, April 7-9, 2011
Xcel Energy Center – Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • Thursday, April 7 – 4 p.m. CT

Semi-final #1 – Notre Dame vs. Minnesota Duluth

  • Thursday, April 7 – 7:30 p.m. CT

Semi-final #2 – Michigan vs. North Dakota

Championship Game – April 9 - 6:00 p.m. CT

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Touching Video From Marisa & Dan’s Garden of the Gods Wedding

Marisa and Dan married at Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs

Marisa & Dan married at Garden of the Gods Club

Tammy Briody with Weddings of the Rockies Videography recently shared a video with us that she created for Marisa and Dan’s wedding at Garden of the Gods Club.  All we can say is, “Awww!”  Hosting weddings is one of our greatest pleasures here at Garden of the Gods Club, and Marisa and Dan’s wedding video is so sweet and heart-warming that we thought you might enjoying seeing it also. 

Click here to watch the video of Marisa and Dan’s wedding

We’d love to help you create memories that you’ll cherish forever, too.  To learn more about weddings at Garden of the Gods Club, please click here or contact our wedding specialist, Constanze Strader, directly at 719.520.4978 or cstrader@ggclub.com

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Exercising With a Heart Rate Monitor

Trail running in Colorado Springs

Me, trail running here in the Springs

When I started non-competitively running a couple of years ago, my husband (a longtime athlete) suggested that I purchase a heart rate monitor to use during training.  Heart rate monitors measure and record your heart rate in order to give you objective feedback about how hard you’re actually working your heart during your fitness routine.  Wearing a heart rate monitor prevents you from under-training or over-training and enables you to pace yourself during a longer run.  Further, a heart rate monitor is a fabulous tool for tracking and developing your progress as you work toward improving your cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance.

A good heart rate monitor will allow you to set your own heart rate thresholds and maximums and will sound alerts when your heart rate falls outside of the range/zone you’ve identified as your target.  Many heart rate monitors also interface with treadmills and other cardio machines so that you can simply wear the chest strap and monitor your performance on the machine’s screen (rather than having to constantly glance at your wristwatch).  What is probably my favorite part of wearing a heart rate monitor, however, is being able to see my own calorie burn based upon my own age, height, weight, and heart rate.  This figure is so much more accurate than the estimates that cardio machines typically provide (when a heart rate monitor isn’t involved).  Seeing my calorie burn also gives me the extra bit of motivation that I need when I sense my self-discipline waning.

After doing research on various heart rate monitors, I decided that the basic Polar F4 would sufficently meet my needs.  (It’s the pink item on my left wrist in the above picture.)  And since I wanted to learn the why and how of heart monitor training, I also purchased a popular book by John L. Parker, Jr., called “Heart Rate Monitor Training for the Compleat Idiot” (still not sure why he spells “complete” that way, but that’s beside the point).  In the book, Parker describes the science behind how the muscles deal with fat and glycogen, which I found interesting.  He suggests that beginning runners should keep their heart rates at our below 70% of the max while jogging/walking.  By preventing sore muscles and burnout, exercising in this heart rate zone allows for longer, more frequent workouts.  Plus, 60%  to 70% of max heart rate is considered to be the best fat-burning zone, so exercising in this zone is a great way to trim down.  As the beginning runner’s aerobic endurance improves, harder workouts should gradually be incorporated into his/her routine.  Parker provides training schedules that take the guesswork out of this process.

My only complaint about using my Polar F4 heart rate monitor was  that the plastic chest strap was very uncomfortable and tended to slide around while I ran.  Thus, I was actually relieved when, about a month ago, the battery in the chest strap finally ran out.  Since the battery in the plastic chest strap that comes with the Polar F4 isn’t replaceable, the user must buy a new chest strap.  Yay!  I chose to purchase the Wearlink, which is a small transmitter that snaps onto a flexible fabric chest strap.  In my opinion, the Wearlink is much more comfortable than my old plastic chest strap.  Polar also makes a special sports bra with built-in chest sensors, and the Wearlink’s removable transmitter simply snaps directly onto the front of it.  I think it’s one of the greatest inventions ever!  (Side note:  The Camelbak hydration pack for runners, which I’m wearing in the above picture, is another wonderful invention.  It’s designed to fit in the small of your back.  Brilliant!)

If you’re looking for a more sophisticated heart rate monitor, I recommend the Garmin Forerunner, which my husband uses.  This heart rate monitor is equipped with GPS so that you’re able to track distance and can monitor your performance over time using special computer software that’s included.  The only reason that I don’t use one of these is that the wrist unit is extremely large and bulky, especially for a petite woman’s wrist.

If heart rate monitor training is something you’d like to explore, I recommend checking out the following resources, which provide comprehensive information about this training strategy.

Good luck!

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