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“All I Want for Christmas…” Is Some Relaxation!

This holiday season, many of us could use some much-needed time to de-stress and relax. If you or somebody you know is juggling a mile-long to-do list these days, consider giving (or receiving) the gift of relaxation!  Throughout the month of December, The Spa & Salon at Garden of the Gods Club will offer a couple of sparkling holiday deals to help you, friends, and family look and feel relaxed and rejuvenated this holiday season.

This season, give the gift of relaxation with items or services from our Spa & Salon!

This season, give the gift of relaxation with products or services from our Spa & Salon!

1. Pamper your skin with SkinCeuticals. Unfortunately, one of the first places to show signs of holiday stress is the face. To help keep your skin looking fresh, our Spa & Salon is offering 15% off all SkinCeuticals skincare products throughout the month of December. “SkinCeuticals offers a variety of products rich in Vitamins A, C, and E, such as moisturizers, masks, exfoliates, and more to keep your skin looking fresh,” Dana Young, interim spa director, said. “This is an excellent deal on SkinCeuticals products!”

2. Enjoy complimentary gift-wrapping. In addition to giving the gift of relaxation, The Spa & Salon is also offering free gift-wrapping for boutique purchases of $50 or more. Because the Spa Boutique offers a variety of skin care and cosmetics products, as well as trendy clothing and jewelry, it is an excellent place to find unique gifts!

3. Enter for the chance to win a basket of luxurious spa products. While shopping for great gifts in our spa boutique, you also have the opportunity to win a basket full of lavish spa products. When you purchase at least $100 in spa boutique products, your name will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a spa gift basket. The gift baskets will include a variety of must-have spa products, including Rosy Rings oil diffusers, FarmHouse Fresh products, and more.

This season, please those on your gift-giving list with some relaxation–and consider taking time to pamper yourself as well! In addition to the excellent deals listed above, the Spa & Salon also offers a variety of massage therapies, skin treatments, and other services to help you sail through the holiday season with minimal stress. You can also stop by the Spa & Salon throughout the month of December to enjoy a complimentary hot mocha or cocoa while you pamper your feet in a cocoa pedicure. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, we encourage you to contact the Spa Concierge at 719.520.4988 or ggcspa@ggclub.com.

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Things to Do in Colorado Springs This Weekend: 11/30/12-12/2/12

Santa playing piano at Garden of the Gods Club

Santa playing piano at Garden of the Gods Club

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…  Now that it’s officially the holiday season, you’ll find plenty of weekend activities to enjoy in Colorado Springs, including right here at Garden of the Gods Club.  Our Members will kick off the holiday season on Sunday with our annual family holiday brunch, during which Santa hands out treats with the children, poses for photos, and even performs a variety of festive tunes on the piano.  That afternoon, Member families will be busy decorating gingerbread houses.

Outside of the Club, events will include a holiday lights parade, a holiday concert, an ugly sweater race, and more.  We’ve listed a few of the events below.  For more ideas, check out www.peakradar.com or www.coloradosprings.com. And don’t forget–if you have friends/family coming into town, or if you just need to make your own quick “holiday escape”–our Lodge guest rooms are a great choice.  Click here to learn about our special holiday packages.  Happy holidays!

  • Colorado College Hockey vs. University of North Dakota — Friday, 7:37 pm, World Arena.  Tickets $14-40.
  • Colorado Springs Youth Symphony:  Waltzing Through the Holidays — Friday, 8 pm, Pikes Peak Center.  Presented by the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, this show will feature Nutcracker favorites, snow, & sleigh bells!  Tickets $18-20.
  • Chasing Santa 5K Race & Family Fun Run — Saturday, 8 am to 12 pm, University Village Shopping Center.  Join the fun in the largest Santa run in Colorado. Celebrate Christmas with a 5k run/walk. This family event is chip-timed and designed for fun. Instead of a race day t-shirt you will receive a FULL Santa suit from head to toe: pants, jacket, belt, hat and a beard.  Help fill Marty’s Toy Box!  For each unwrapped toy you donate on race day, three seconds will be knocked off your finish time, up to 30 seconds for 10 toys.
  • Children’s Holiday Magic: Home for the Holidays — Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.  This free event will feature a variety of performances, including music, dance, magic, and story time.
  • Santa Paws — Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.  Get the kids (including canines and cats) together, dressed in their holiday best, for a 10-minute photo session with Santa Paws and Blue Fox Photography at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbott Lane. Reserve your spot today and check those holiday cards off your list!  Advance registration required; no walk-up appointments available. Cost:  $59.  All proceeds help HSPPR care for the 28,000 animals that pass through the doors every year.
  • 28th Annual Festival of Lights Parade — Saturday, 5:50 pm, downtown Colorado Springs.  Festival of Lights, Inc. is a series of events to celebrate the December holiday season, highlighted by the Festival of Lights Parade. The events include cultural and artistic programs, performances and other festivities for the enjoyment and education of the general public. The Festival of Lights is pleased to announce this year’s Grand Marshall, Jerri Marr. Jerri is a forest supervisor for the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands. As many of you know, she played an instrumental role during the Waldo Canyon Fire and supporting the Pikes Peak Community.
  • 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Run — Saturday, 11:30 am, Monument Valley Park.
  • ‘Tis the Season: A Holiday Forecast — Sunday, 3 pm, Pikes Peak Center.  Enjoy the sounds of the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, along with special guests the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, the Taiko Society, and the Colorado Springs Ballet Society.  Tickets $9-22.
  • Glen Eyrie Presents: The Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra, featuring the Summit Ensemble — Sunday, 7-8 pm, Glen Eyrie Castle.  If you enjoy classical music played in a fine hall and the sounds of children laughing and singing, you won’t want to miss these glad tidings!  Tickets $20.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: Yummy Turkey Chili

If you’re looking for a delicious way to use up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey, look no further. Today, Garden of the Gods Club Executive Sous Chef Carl McCartney shares a tasty turkey chili recipe to help you continue enjoying the Thanksgiving bird, long after the holiday has passed.

Enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers with this tasty turkey chili recipe.

Enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers with this tasty turkey chili recipe.
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Turkey Chili

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion
1 bell pepper
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
1 bay leaf
About 2 lbs. of leftover turkey, dark and white meat, diced
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons of your favorite hot pepper sauce
1 pinch of salt
2 cups leftover prepared corn kernels
32 ounces of crushed tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth

To make:

Heat a large pot with the olive oil. Next, chop the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño, and place in the pot. Cook until the vegetables are tender. Mix the diced turkey in with the cooked vegetables. Mix in the spices, chopped bay leaf, and hot pepper sauce. Next, add the corn kernels.  Finally, add the tomatoes and the broth. Simmer on low heat for 10-30 minutes.

We hope that you enjoy this warm, hearty turkey chili recipe. Do you have any particularly delicious post-Thanksgiving turkey recipes? If so, we encourage you to share them in the comments box below.

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Fitness Friday: Five Post-Thanksgiving Recovery Tips

We hope that you enjoyed every last morsel of pumpkin pie, turkey, and mashed potatoes during yesterday’s Thanksgiving feast. If, like most of us, you indulged a little too much, not to worry. Although extra helpings of rich, Thanksgiving fare, often washed down with alcohol or sugary drinks, can leave you with little energy, the following tips will help you bounce back quickly. Keep reading to for great post-Thanksgiving Day recovery tips from Lauralee Beerman, manager at The Sports Club at Garden of the Gods Club.

The Sports Club at GGC is a great place to get in a post-Thanksgiving workout while enjoying a beautiful view!

The Sports Club at GGC is a great place for a post-Thanksgiving workout with a beautiful view!

1. Start the day off with a healthy breakfast. Although it may be tempting to fast the day following Thanksgiving, doing so will likely lead you to overeat later. “I recommend beginning the day with a light, healthy breakfast such as egg whites and fruit or oatmeal,” Lauralee said. “Doing so helps to level out your blood sugar and provide a boost of energy.”

2. Enjoy fun, physical activity. “Because there are a lot of carbs in your system following a Thanksgiving feast, enjoy a leisurely stroll or some stretching the day after Thanksgiving,” Lauralee advised. “If you want a bit more of a challenge, try a circuit training workout that alternates between resistance training and cardio,” she continued. “Fitting in some physical activity after a large meal is probably one of the best ways to get back to feeling normal quickly.”

3. Fill up on water. “The day after Thanksgiving, make a conscious effort to drink enough fluids, particularly water. Doing so will help clear out toxins and aid digestion,” Lauralee explained. “Making sure to get sufficient fluids also helps counteract any bloating associated with salt and alcohol.”

4. Freeze left-over turkey and use it for healthy, post-Thanksgiving meals. “After Thanksgiving, I like to incorporate the left-over turkey into yummy, super-healthy recipes,” Lauralee said. “Whole-wheat turkey sandwiches, a giant turkey salad, and warm, turkey soup are all good options.” For other healthy, post-Thanksgiving turkey recipes, click here.

5. Eat small, healthy meals. “To prevent insulin spikes and drops, which can leave you feeling fatigued, eat small meals throughout the day,” Lauralee said. “Each meal should contain a balance of protein and veggies.”

If you are in need of a pick-me-up following yesterday’s Thanksgiving indulgence, try one or all of these tips! You will feel better in no time. If you are looking for ways to stay fit and energized throughout the holiday season, consider joining the Sports Club at GGC. The Sports Club offers a variety of group fitness classes, personal training, Pilates, and more to help you sail through the holiday season with renewed energy and excitement. To learn more, we invite you contact Membership Director Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com.

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Things to Do in Colorado Springs: Thanksgiving Weekend 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!  We hope that you have a wonderful holiday spending time with your loved ones.  If you’re in Colorado Springs this weekend and looking for ways to stay busy after the turkey has been put away, check out the local events and activities we’ve listed below.  For additional ideas, check out PeakRadar.com or ColoradoSprings.com.  Have fun!


See The Nutcracker Ballet this weekend!

  • The Nutcracker — Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 2 pm & 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm, Pikes Peak Center.  From the Colorado Springs Philharmonic website:  “Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is the holiday tradition. Bring the whole family to see Clara, the Sugarplum Fairy, the Mouse King, and more than 150 dancers!”  Tickets $29-52.  NOTE:  If you’re a Member of Garden of the Gods Club, you and your guests are invited to join us at GGC on Saturday evening at 5 pm for a festive dinner buffet, followed by a Member outing to see the show.  The price is $89/person, which includes the dinner buffet, ticket, and roundtrip transportation from GGC to Pikes Peak Center.   For reservations, call 719.329.6901.
  • A Christmas Carol — Friday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 2:30 pm, Simpich Showcase Marionette Theatre.  From the website:  “From the pen of Charles Dickens and the puppetry of David Simpich… The Simpich Showcase Marionette Theatre is proud to present its adaptation of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol. This special presentation is designed in the intimate style of traditional European puppet theatre—but with an unusual twist! Simpich portrays Dickens himself on stage and the unforgettable creations of this literary master are brought to life as never before on the ends of marionette strings…”   Tickets $12-15/person.
  • Colorado College Hockey vs. University of New Hampshire — Friday, 7:37 pm, World Arena.  Tickets $9-35.
  • Illumination — Saturday, 4:30-6:30 pm, First & Main Town Center.  Visit First & Main Town Center for a glorious evening full of lights, ice, food, and fun! First & Main merchants will have wintry treats, and there will also be a kids’ activity area, an interactive ice sculpture by Jess Parrish, music from the Sand Creek high School Marching Band, and local tv personality Matt Meister from KRDO News Channel 13 counting down to illumination.
  • Colorado College Hockey vs. Yale — Saturday, 7:07 pm, World Arena.  Tickets $9-35.

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