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Spring Skincare With SkinCeuticals

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Ahhh, spring.  Here at Garden of the Gods Club, the golf course is turning green again, flowers will soon be blooming, and we’re starting to see baby bunnies and fawns all around us.  With everything looking so dewy and new, it’s time to brighten up your look, too!  Consider getting a fresh set of highlights, beautiful new makeup, or a facial to revive dry winter skin. 

About three in four women who visit a spa want high-performance skincare products.  That’s why at our spa and salon, we offer the best skincare available: SkinCeuticals.  With highly trained estheticians ready to make over your skin, our spa is one of the only spas that has been selected to continue carrying this line. 

SkinCeuticals® is introducing new spring products, including Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50. ”SPF 50?” you may be thinking.  “That sounds extreme.”  Here’s why SPF 50 sunscreens are beneficial:   According to the American Cancer Foundation, SPFs as low as 25 can prevent sun damage to your skin, but an SPF of 25 only provides you with 25 minutes of sun protection.  SPF 50 provides you with 50 minutes of complete UVA/UVB protection — which means less time spent reapplying and more fun in the sun!

As you probably know, the UV in UVA/UVB stands for ultraviolet radiation.  As the American Cancer Foundation explains, “Ultraviolet radiation (UV) is thought to be the major risk factor for most skin cancers. Sunlight is the main source of UVA/UVB/UVC radiation, which can damage the genes in your skin cells.”

  • UVA rays cause the cells to age and can cause some damage to cells’ DNA. They are also linked to long-term skin damage such as wrinkles.
  • UVB rays can cause direct damage to the DNA.  These are the rays that primarily cause sunburns. They are thought to cause the majority of skin cancers.

With a little bit of knowledge and proper skincare, you can enjoy the sun while protecting yourself from these changers.  We invite you to come by our spa and let us educate you about how to keep the sunshine from wreaking havoc on your skin.    

SkinCeuticals® is also introducing a new product called Blemish + Age Defense.  This special formulation:

  1. Fights acne
  2. Fights aging
  3. Is made for both men and women
  4. Reportedly improves fine lines by 40 percent after eight weeks of use
  5. Has been well tolerated by more than 92 percent of users

If you are experiencing adult acne or the signs of aging, then this is the product for you!  Blemish + Age Defense is proven to fight both without compromise.  It features Dioic Acid 2%, Salicylic Acid 1.5%, and Glycolic Acid 3.5%.

   2% Dioic Acid

  • Controls sebum production
  • Reduces the presence of acne-causing bacteria
  • Helps prevent hyperpigmentation

   1.5% Salicylic Acid

  • Unclogs pores, removing dirt and oil that can lead to breakouts
  • Provides even cell-by-cell exfoliation to decongest pores, while diminishing surface indicators of age

   3.5% Glycolic Acid

  • Breaks up and exfoliates dead skin cells, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, and smoothing texture

For additional information about SkinCeuticals®’ new spring line, please visit www.skinceuticals.com, or call our Spa Concierge at 719.520.4988.  We hope to see you soon! 


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Things to Do This Weekend in Colorado Springs

Welcome to our weekly overview of activities happening in the Colorado Springs area. If you enjoy a good show, then this weekend’s events should be right up your alley. 

  • Jimmie Van Zant — Friday, 7:30 pm, Pikes Peak Center.  Jimmie VanZant  has taken his place with the rest of his family to carry on the music that was born out of the dreams of his cousin Ronnie VanZant.  Like his other cousins, Johnny and Donnie, and various other family and band members, Jimmie’s intent is to keep Southern Rock alive and to always remember where he came from and the ideals that were instilled into him.  As a child, he watched his cousins soar to success with Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special.  Now as a man, he is leading his own charge to keep the VanZant name at the fore-front of music. He will be performing Lynyrd Skyrynd and .38 Special hits, and tickets are just $15 each. www.pikespeakcenter.com
  • Film10th annual UCCS Student Short Film Festival – Saturday, 3 pm, Room 121, UCCS Dwire Hall, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.  Enjoy a catered reception and vote on the best film in each of the following categories: animated short, live-action comedy, live-action drama, documentary, experimental and music video. This year’s festival will include an exhibition of concept art (storyboards, posters, and location sketches used to help visualize a film before shooting) in the lobby.  The event is free with paid admission to the galleries (free for FAC members, $10 for non-members). 
  • Jazz’n the Movies:  A Cabaret Concert & Wine Tasting – Saturday, 6 pm, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.  Jazz’n the Movies will be performed onstage in the historic recital room of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center by the FluteDaddy Jazz Quartet. The recital room will be transformed into a cabaret environment with bistro tables set with tablecloths and candles. Charcuterie plates of meats and cheeses will be served.  Jazz’n the Movies is a concert program of inspiring renditions of memorable songs from hit movies.  Selections include songs from West Side Story, Porgy and Bess, Shrek, Sweeney Todd, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, and more. The musical arrangements are crafted to rekindle memories while inspiring the mind and heart through fresh rhythmic treatments and original improvisations. The 90-minute concert begins at 7 pm.  A wine tasting will precede the concert. Select wines will be offered for tasting by Amuzé supported by vendor representatives. Wine tasting will begis at 6 pm. In addition to the wine tasting, a selection of choice wines will be available.  Tickets are $20 and $30 and may be purchased by telephone and in person at Amuzé at the FAC 719.477.4377 and online at FluteDaddy.com/moviejazz.
  • Colorado College Student Film Festival — Saturday, 7:30 pm, Armstrong Theatre, 14 Cache La Poudre St.   Admission is $8 ($5 with a Colorado College ID).
  • Spring Sorcery — Sunday, 2 pm, Pikes Peak Center.  Featuring Sorcerer’s Apprentice, American in Paris, and more, plus the Young Artist Solo Competition winner, the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, and the Ballet Society.  Tickets are $18-20. www.pikespeakcenter.com
Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs
Pikes Peak Center
  • Rites of Rossini — Sunday, 5 pm, Pikes Peak Center.  “Rites of Rossini”, the spring concert of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association, features “William Tell Overture” and American band classics. Groups performing include Pikes Peak Wind Symphony, Encore! Youth Orchestra, and Bravo! Winds, comprised of top young musicians from the Pikes Peak Region. One ticket gets you into both the 5:00 and 2:00 concerts featuring the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and Colorado Youth Ballet.  Tickets are $18-20 per person. www.pikespeakcenter.com

Have a wonderful weekend, and be sure to take time to enjoy the ones you love!

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Introducing Colorado College Students to Golf

On Thursday, April 21st, Garden of the Gods Club Member Steve Elder and I hosted students from Colorado College for a golf orientation day.

Students from Colorado College at Kissing Camels Golf Course

Students from Colorado College at Kissing Camels

The Colorado College students had lunch at Garden of the Gods Club with Steve and then had an hour and half golf orientation with me at Kissing Camels Golf Course. None of the students have ever been to a golf course before, so this was a great opportunity for me to connect with college students from all different backgrounds and all different cultures and introduce them to the game of golf.  I started the session by touring students around the facility, showing them where the main entrance is, where one can drop off his/her equipment, where the Golf Shop is, and where the practice facility, locker rooms, are grille area are located.

Students learning about scorecards

I then gave each student a scorecard and briefly explained why there are 18 holes, what par is, why holes are handicapped, what slope and rating is, and why some golf courses play harder than other ones. The students were encouraged to ask questions, and the students constantly gave me feedback and questions such as:

  • What is appropriate attire?
  • How important is pace of play?
  • What kind of shoes do I need when I play golf?
  • Should I pick up when I am a slow group on the course?
  • How important is pace of play and how long does it take to play golf? 
  • What happens if I show up late for a tee time?

All questions were great, and it really surprised me that students who had no golf experience in actuality were asking important questions that golfers of all levels should be asking. I then took the students to the counter and showed the group how to make a tee time and where they would find the golf course amenities such as where the golf carts were located, where they would find the practice balls, and who the starter was.

CC students learning to putt

CC students learning how to putt

After I concluded the session, I took the students outside for a quick 20-30 minute lesson on putting. I then explained the basic setup and grip for putting with students and then had the students put what they had learned to test. The progression of the students after 20 minutes was great. The students walked away with an understanding of how to putt and hopefully a great understanding on a sport that they will one day take up without feeling nervous or pressured. I hope that the students will take on this sport,which they can truly play for the rest of their lives!

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Fishing – Colorado Style!

I have put my skis away and have taken the ski rack off the car, so for my wife Sarah and me, that means it is time to break out our fishing gear (and of course pick up our fishing license) and head to the river!  Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region offers world-class fishing for your enjoyment, and there are great spots located not to far from the Lodge at Garden of the Gods Club, which is why many anglers from around the country make us their basecamp when traveling to our beautiful state.  Log onto the website of one my favorite places in Colorado Springs, Anglers Covey, for everything you need to know…. and then some.  They offer the following:

  • Guided trips
  • Fly fishing classes for all ages
  • Fly tying classes for beginners to experts
  • Fly Fishing Super Store, over 6,000 sq. ft., with hundreds of rods to choose from (you can cast them into their own pond on site)
Fishing in CO

Fishing in CO

Angers Covey even has a Mother’s Day Trip on Saturday, 4/30/11, which will be a day of guided fishing on the Arkansas River timed to take advantage of the famed Mother’s Day caddis hatch! They’ll spend half the day floating and half the day walking/wading. This is a great opportunity learn from a professional guide while you fish!

Every day may not be a good catching day, but every day is a good fishing day.  Hope to see you on the river!

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Summer Tennis Programs at Garden of the Gods Club

Junior Tennis Program at Garden of the Gods ClubIf you’re looking for fun, beneficial activities in which to involve your kids this summer, consider enrolling them in one of our junior tennis programs or signing them up for private tennis lessons.  As the United States Tennis Association (USTA) often puts it, tennis is a sport that can “add years to your life and life to your years.”  By involving your children in tennis at a young age, you’ll help them to develop physical, mental, and social skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.  Watch your children become more confident and make new friends.  

Tom Van De HeyGarden of the Gods Club‘s talented tennis professional, has just announced our 2011 summer tennis programs, which include options for children as young as age four.  Click here to view the flyer.  Private lessons are also available.

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