5/31/12

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Things to Do in Colorado Springs This Weekend: June 1-3, 2012

With Friday just around the corner, we’ve got you covered with our weekly edition of the Colorado Springs weekend planner.  Whether you are a music lover, a car buff, a theatre aficionado, or a wine connoisseur, you’re likely to find an event happening in Colorado Springs this weekend to pique your interest.  With sunshine and warm temps, golf, tennis, hiking or biking at nearby Garden of the Gods Park, or poolside relaxation also sound like great options.  Check out the “best bets” we handpicked below, or visit www.peakradar.com or www.coloradosprings.com for additional ideas.  If you’re a Member here at Garden of the Gods Club, don’t forget that our delectable Sunday brunch is also an option; call 719.329.6901 for reservations.  Have fun!

  • Hairspray — Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 2 pm & 7:30 pm, and Sunday, 2 pm, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.  The Fine Arts Center’s Theatre Company will sweep you away to 1960s Baltimore with its season finale, Hairspray, a big, fat Broadway musical based on the John Waters’ 1988 film.  Tickets $29-37 ($15 for students).  For additional details, visit www.csfineartscenter.org.
  • 20th Annual Boomer & Beyond Expo and Classic Car Show — Saturday, 9 am to 2 pm, World Arena.  This free-admission, free-parking event will feature more than 100 vendor booths, free health screenings and giveaways, and a classic car show.  Please bring non-perishable food items to help fill the Silver Key Senior Services pantry.
  • Wine

    Manitou Springs will host a wine festival Sat. at Memorial Park.

  • Manitou Springs Wine Festival — Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm, Memorial Park, Manitou Springs.  25 Colorado wineries will be pouring samples of the wines they produce.  Specialty food & wine related gift booths will also be located throughout the park.   Live entertainment starts at noon.  Tickets $30 per person.
  • Acacia Park Summer Concert Series — Saturday, 6 pm, Acacia Park.  The Modbo and the Colorado Springs Downtown Business Improvement District announce the kickoff extravaganza for the Acacia Park Summer Concert Series!  For the lineup, visit www.downtown80903.com/events/acacia-park-summer-concert-series.
  • Children’s Chorale:  Red, White, and Broadway — Sunday, 3 pm, Pikes Peak Center.  From the PPC website: “Red White and Broadway – The Evolution follows the development of music theatre on America’s “Street of Dreams” from early shows like “Annie Get Your Gun”, into the 21st Century with shows like RENT and Movin’ Out!”  Tickets $10-22.

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5/30/12

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Summer Tennis Programs at Garden of the Gods Club

If you or your children enjoy the game of tennis, Garden of the Gods Club offers a wide variety of both youth and adult tennis programs throughout the summer. Summer is an excellent time to hone your tennis skills. We recently had the opportunity to chat with GGC Tennis Pro Tom Van De Hey about why summer is a prime time to enjoy the game. We invite you to follow along with our conversation below to learn more.

Summer is an excellent time to hone your tennis skills.

Summer is an excellent time to sharpen your tennis skills.

Garden of the Gods Club (GGC): Why is it important for aspiring young tennis players to practice during the summer?
Tom Van De Hey (TH): Summer is a great time for youngsters who want to develop their skills to get the attention that they need. During the summer, there are three tennis pros available to teach. With more relaxed summer schedules, children can really focus on the game. In addition to one-on-one instruction, we also offer the opportunity to teach small groups of students at any level.

We also offer a formal training program, the Junior Team, where the players practice and compete with players from other clubs. This provides valuable exposure to competition. Players do not have to be highly advanced to participate, and it is a great way to give the more advanced youth players some structure throughout the summer.

GGC: Can you tell me more about summer tennis programs for adults?
TH: Throughout the summer, we facilitate an adult league through the United States Tennis Association (USTA) elite program. We offer drills and private lessons from levels 2.5 to 4, we have social tennis round robins on Saturdays, and we hold a tennis Pow Wow.  [It's] a fun weekend of social tennis in July [and] a great time! The adult tennis programs are great vehicles for Members and their guests to get to know each other while enjoying tennis.

GGC: For those who have never before tried tennis, why is summer a good time to do so?
TH: Well first of all, Colorado summers are absolutely beautiful! The season is a great backdrop against which to learn basic tennis skills while enjoying the outdoors. If families are looking for a good summer activity, tennis is a game that can be played together by a family, and for those whose schedules are a bit more relaxed in the summer, it’s a great time to take up the game!

One of my students was formerly very involved in basketball but was cut from his team while in middle school. He picked up the game of tennis and discovered a new passion! He played on the tennis team during his last two years of high school and was even named Most Valuable Player. He went on to get his degree from Stanford four years later. So the moral of this story is that you never know when you might discover a new activity about which you are passionate and where it may take you. Continue to try new activities!

GGC: Can you describe the core values that tennis teaches?
TH: I think tennis can teach and reinforce important values in both youth and adults. It not only encourages sportsmanship and integrity, but it also teaches players how to handle the stress of competition. You have to learn how to handle bad days in a constructive way. All of these things apply to everyday life.  Because tennis is also a very social game, it encourages the development of key social skills. Lifelong memories and relationships form around tennis. These values can help both youth and adults to reach their goals.

Tennis is a game that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. You can take a peek at the summer tennis programs offered at GGC by clicking here.   If you are interested in learning more about membership at Garden of the Gods Club, we invite you to stop by and chat with Membership Director Tracey Kalata about your place in the GGC community. You can contact Tracey at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com.

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5/30/12

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Memorial Day Event

Memorial Day golf at Garden of the Gods Club

Memorial Day golf at Garden of the Gods Club

The unofficial beginning of summer is here, with Memorial Day weekend just behind us!  Here at Kissing Camels Golf Course, we celebrated Memorial Day by hosting our annual Memorial Day Golf Tournament.  The format was individual stroke play.  This year, tee times went from 8 am to 2 pm, with more than 50 participants!  This was an individual low gross low net game in which players competed from the tees they chose. The weather was just right for the event, with a sky full of sun and a cool breeze. Many players were festively dressed in red, white, and blue, as was our golf course, which featured an American flag at each pin.  Results will be posted on our Members Only website and sent out soon via an e-blast. Our next patriotic golf tournament will be on the 4th of July, and we’ll host a third one on Labor Day.  We hope to see you there!

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5/24/12

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7 Ideas For a Fun and Active Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and it’s shaping up to be a gorgeous, sunny weekend! Whether you have family coming in or are simply looking forward to a relaxing three-day weekend, below are some ideas for how to have an enjoyable time. Happy Memorial Day!

Have a fun, active Memorial Day weekend!
Have a fun, active Memorial Day weekend!

1. If you are a GGC Member, join us for our first hiking club outing. The Sports Club at Garden of the Gods Club is gearing up for a beautiful summer with its first-ever hiking club. The hiking club’s first outing will take place this Sunday, May 27th, at 2 pm at Seven Bridges Trail. To learn more about this trail and to view a map, click here. GGC Members can sign in the Sports Club or contact Sports Club Manager Lauralee Beerman at 719.329.4009 or lbeerman@ggclub.com to learn more.

2. Cook a healthy family dinner. Enjoy the extra time off by cooking a delicious, healthy dinner with your family. You can get some menu ideas for healthy family dinners here. Set a precedent for a healthy, active summer by finding as many creative ways to incorporate seasonal fruits and veggies as possible.

3. Attend our Recreation Center’s grand opening. The opportunity for long days spent by the pool is finally here! GGC Members can attend our Recreation Center’s grand opening this Saturday, May 26th, from 11 am to 3 pm. This event will feature a BBQ buffet ($15 per adult & $8 per child) with burgers, hotdogs, etc., face painting and interactive games, and information tables for scuba diving training and children’s programs at GGC. For more information, please contact Recreation Center Manager Tracey Holman at 719.329.6905 or tholman@ggclub.com.

4. Enjoy horseback riding. With the beautiful weekend forecast to look forward to, why not get outside and try horseback riding? There are locations in Colorado Springs and Cañon City where you can enjoy a beautiful horseback ride.

5. Set fitness goals for the summer. Consider using the extra time this weekend to set some fitness goals that you can work toward this summer. Doing so will help you enjoy an active, healthy summer! There are plenty of options from which to choose. You can check out a summer race, take up swimming, try yoga, go dancing, explore new hiking and biking trails, and more. Really, the sky is the limit; just have fun!

6. Go on a walk or hike with friends or family. Sometimes, keeping things simple is all you need to have a great time. With excellent weather predicted for Memorial Day weekend, gather your friends and family and head out for an invigorating walk or hike outside. You can explore a list of local trails by clicking here.

7. Treat yourself to some rest and relaxation. If you have been very busy and are looking forward to catching up on rest this weekend, consider paying a visit to our Spa & Salon for some much-needed relaxation. Squash stress and rejuvenate with a massage or other therapeutic treatment. Learn more about the variety of treatments offered at our Spa & Salon here.

This weekend, enjoy the extra time off with friends and family, or take time to unwind and relax. If you are interested in exploring what Garden of the Gods Club has to offer you and your family this summer, we invite you to stop in and chat with Membership Director Tracey Kalata. You can contact Tracey at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com. In the meantime, have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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5/23/12

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“Get Golf Ready” Program at Garden of the Gods Club

Have you ever thought about learning to play golf in a fun and friendly environment? Well, our “Get Golf Ready” is the program for you. The cost for the program is $99 for five lessons. In addition to learning the basics, you will be guided onto the golf course to put your skills into action. Here is what you will learn in each of the five one-hour lessons.

Kissing Camels Tee Box

Kissing Camels tee box

The hole is the goal:

*How to get around the clubhouse and practice areas

*The many social benefits both on and off the golf course

*Suggestions on what to wear for golf fashion and comfort

*All about golf clubs and why there are different clubs in your bag

*Putting – the excitement of rolling the ball into the hole

Overlap grip

Getting It Close:

*Warm-up, stretching, and wellness tips

*The best ways to hold the club and get ready before you take a swing

*Hitting the ball close to the hole – chipping, pitching, and other iron shots from short distances.

*Caring for the course

Swing, Swing, Swing:

*Getting comfortable with the full swing

*Using irons to get the ball into the air and onto the greens

*Learning the “lingo,” like fairways and rough, tee box, green, divot, and bunkers

*Having more fun using “it’s okay” as the way to play

Family Course Tees

Family course tees

Driving School:

*Swinging your driver and other “big” clubs to hit long tee shots

*Starting to play from the correct tee markers–”tee it forward” to have more fun

*Helpful shortcuts to save time while you play

Ready, Set…  Go Golf:

*Linking all that you have learned to play a few holes

*Tips for playing in groups, on teams and other fun ways to play

*Becoming more comfortable on the course and where to drive the cart

*Review of the rules and keeping score

*More opportunities for you to come back and play more golf

Here is the current program that Garden of the Gods Club will be hosting during the month of June:

Attention all lady sports or social/dining members, or ladies whose friends are considering joining the club: Have you ever thought about taking golf instruction and learning about golf but thought it cost too much or took too long?  Well, here is your chance to try golf for a week. June is “Ladies’ Golf Month,” and we would like to invite you out for our “Get Golf Ready” program. This series of golf lessons will take place June 11th through 14th and June 25th through June 28th. This “Get Golf Ready” program is only four days long since we are going to invite you back for a ladies’ twilight event on June 29th at 4:30pm. The cost for this program is $99. To sign up for this exciting program, email me at cproehl@ggclub.com or call the Golf Shop at 719-636-2520 to sign up. This program is only designed for women who have a Sports or Social/Dining membership or ladies whose friends are considering joining the club.

Cory

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