The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is bringing “the Greatest Show on Earth” to the Colorado Springs World Arena June 6-9. Circus performers and acts from across the globe include elephants, tigers, clowns, acrobats and aerialists. Tickets for a family can be pricey, but you can get a BIG DISCOUNT through Pikes Peak on the Cheap. For June 6, get tickets for $13 (regularly $16 or $23) For June 7-9, get tickets for $19 and $12 (regularly $23 and $16). You also save the box office fees, which can be substantial. To get in on this group sales event, just log on to www.worldarena.com/group_sales. User name: Pikes Peak. Password: Cheap (case sensitive) Or to purchase tickets over the phone, call Nathan Landry at 719-477-2116. Discounted tickets available now through May 31. We can save you up to $40, plus box office fees, (between $3.25 and $4.50 per ticket) for a family of four!
Did you know there are a bunch of talented local filmmakers? You can enjoy their efforts at a FREE screening of their work from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, at the historic Lon Chaney Theatre, 221 E Kiowa St For more information, call 502-7057 or check out the Web site of the local Independent Film Society when you CLICK HERE.
If you have a hankering for a Wendy’s burger or other menu item, head there on Tuesday, May 21. From 5 to 8 p.m. that day, Depending on the store, at least 10 percent of sales during that time on that day will go to the Pikes Peak Library District, to support their services and programs. You can “give to charity” without it costing you anything! If you donate an extra dollar, you will get to spin the Wendy’s Wheel to win a prize — and all those proceeds go to the library, too. The event is happening ONLY at the Montebello and Academy store.
Enjoy some great music among the flowers when Hillside Gardens once again presents its FREE Summer Concert Series, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 1006 S. Institute St. Meanwhile, here’s the line-up for the season: May 22: Out of Nowhere; May 29: George Sisneros; June 5: John Wise and Tribe; June 12: Benjamin Pratt; June 19: John Stone; June 26: Burn the Maps; July 3: Redraw the Farm; July 10: Joe Uveges; July 17: Mistura Bela 3; July 24: 21/3; July 31: Skean Dubh; Aug. 7: Chuck Pyle; Aug. 14: Mango fan Django; Aug. 21: The Hollands; Aug. 28: Robert Beard; Sept. 4: Edith Makes a Paper Chain; Sept. 11: Mitguards; Sept. 18: Old Friends and Memories; and Sept. 25: Big Jim Adam, Bill Snyder and Jon Stilwagen. For more information, or to confirm a program, call 520-9463 or visit www.hillsidegardens.net.
You’ve seen The Little Clinics in some King Soopers stores around town. Well, did you know they do sports and camp physicals for just $39? If you don’t have insurance, or your co-pay is high, this is a deal. The price is good for patients ages 25 and younger. The clinics are staffed with physician’s assistants and Certified Nurse Practitioners and the exam includes filling out your participation form, plus information on sports injuries, nutrition and hydration for summer activities. For details, go to www.thelittleclinic.com.
See fine art for FREE — on FREE days , the third Tuesday of every month, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Not only is admission FREE during the new extended hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, but anyone who attends can get a free guided tour of the gorgeous facility at 10 and 11 a.m. or at 1 and 6 p.m. There’ll be prize giveaways (value up to $50) – maybe for an art class at Bemis School of Art, theater tickets or museum passes. Any way you look at it, you’ll be back. Click here for more events at the Fine Arts Center.
Join an El Paso County Parks naturalist on a hike to experience the wonders of Paint Mines Interpretive Park from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. Archeological studies indicate that humans have inhabited the Paint Mines area for 9,000 years. The Paint Mines were named for their colorful clays that were used by American Indians to make paint. Participants will develop an understanding of the physical and historical features of the Paint Mines. Environmental, climatic, and resource characteristics will also be addressed. Participants must be at least 12 years old and 12 – 16 year olds must be supervised by an adult. Cost is $5 per person. Reservations required by calling 520-7880. Limited to 20 participants. Participants are encouraged to bring a hat, sun screen and water and must be able to walk in challenging terrain. The Paint Mines Interpretive Park is at 29950 Paint Mines Road, Calhan. Meet in the main parking lot before 9 a.m. Or you can go hike for FREE any time — but you won’t have a guide.
Graduates, have you struggled to put together a solid résumé when your work history is spotty or even nonexistent? As a young person, at the beginning of your career, help is available for you to develop an impressive résumé that highlights your strengths by incorporating your current activities into marketable job skills. Attend one of these FREE programs for ages 14 – 21, and Pikes Peak Workforce Center will teach you the words to use on your résumé that give it POWER, while being aware of what you should and shouldn’t include. The application is the first step in your job search. Companies are using job applications more than ever to weed out candidates. A great application is key to getting call backs for job interviews. Sessions are: Tue., May 21 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at Briargate Library; and Thu., May 23 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. at East Library.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill is giving customers $5 Bonus Bucks with the purchase of a $25 gift card. The offer is available in-store and online. The Bonus Bucks are valid from June 17 through July 23, so you have more than a month to redeem it. The “bucks” can be used toward food, non-alcoholic beverages and retail merchandise. Remember, gift cards don’t necessarily have to be gifts. If you frequent the Italian restaurant often, why not buy a few gift cards now and wait until June 17 to dine out? You just turned your $25 gift card into $30. The offer expires June 16. For locations, click here.
Want to grow your own vegetables? Well, it saves money — buying produce at the market costs eight times more than growing your own. There are many other good reasons why you may want to grow some of your own produce in a vegetable garden. You will definitely enjoy better tasting food. Many people find that their cooking habits change; they prepare simpler and less expensive recipes that are also healthier. Some families make tending the vegetable garden a group activity to help teach children about homegrown food. For tips and cautions about starting your own garden, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap.
Pikes Peak Writers will host another “Write Brain” session from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the Carnegie Room of Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. The topic is: “Manifestation of Yearning: The Flesh & Blood Factor of Good Storytelling.” The speaker will be Page Lambert, author, editor and creative coach. It’s FREE. Lambert is the recipient of numerous writing awards. Her books include the best-selling memoir, “In Search of Kinship,” and Mountains & Plains Best Novel finalistShifting Stars. Her essays, stories and poems appear in dozens of anthologies. Page has presented over 200 seminars and keynotes. NOTE: Parking is FREE at meters after 6 p.m. If you plan to attend, you need to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With so many gift-giving events (graduations, weddings, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day) coming up, we always enjoy a good gift-with-purchase promo. Through May 26, you can earn a FREE combo meal from Pei Wei Asian Diner with the purchase of $30 or more in gift cards — just save your receipt. When you’re ready to eat, just bring back that same receipt to a participating location for redemption. Limit one offer per receipt. (Of course, you must relinquish your receipt upon redemption.) The promo is only available in-store, not online. If you frequent Pei Wei Asian Diner often, pre-pay for meals for yourself and/or family.
If you haven’t visited one of Colorado Springs’ unique museums, the Money Museum of the National Numismatic Association, there’s no better time than on Saturday, May 18, when they’re offering FREE admission. Doors of the museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., open at 10 a.m. that day. Explore the world of money for FREE on the third Saturday of each month. See rare and unusual coins. Check out the beautiful Bass Gallery and see how U.S. coinage has changed over the decades. Walk through the Civil War exhibit and learn how money played a large role in the battle between the states.