Class Shows How to Find, Prepare Wild Edible Plants

purple coneflowerJoin local edible plant enthusiast, Tracy Bookman, for “Wild Edible Plants,”  a presentation and hike to learn how to graze your backyard and the Front Range for wild plants you can eat. It’s part of the Sustainability Series being presented at Bear Creek Park, 245 Bear Creek Road. Class is 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 1. After class, enjoy a wild edible salad and lemonade. Best suited for ages 10 and older. Cost is $4/members, $5/nonmembers. Call 719-520-6387 for required reservations.

Colorado State Parks Celebrate with Free Day on Aug. 3

kid hikingColorado Parks and Wildlife invites you to celebrate Colorado Day with FREE admission to all state parks on Monday, Aug. 3. Come to Cheyenne Mountain State Park on Colorado Day to participate in a variety of nature and outdoor activities. The rest of August at the park is also packed with events. Learn about mountain lions and black bears with an in-depth look at their biology and how to be safe at an Aug. 8 program. On Aug. 15, find out the best way for a Junior Ranger to react when encountering wildlife, and take a Literary Walk in the Woods Aug. 29 to find out more about John Muir. For more information about any of the August events at CMSP, call 719-576-2016 or CLICK HERE.

Starbucks Treat Receipt = $2.50 Cold Drink After 2 p.m.

Thumbnail for 240738 Starbucks is making summer afternoons a little cooler with its popular Treat Receipt promo. Through Aug. 9, when you make a purchase in the morning (anytime before 2 p.m.) and bring the receipt back the same day after 2 p.m., get any grande cold beverage for just $2.50. (My Starbucks Rewards members get an extra week. For them, the promo runs through Aug. 16.) Remember, you do not have to redeem your receipt at the same location at which you made the morning purchase — any participating location will honor the receipt. There’s no minimum purchase requirement for the morning receipt, so consider buying a petite vanilla scone for $1.25 or banana for $1 to keep your costs down. If you’re buying a morning round of coffee for the office (or, at least, buying more than one menu item), pay for each item separately. Then, you’ll have more “treat receipts” to share with friends and family. Or, maybe, you can treat yourself to two bargain beverages — one in the early afternoon and one late at night.

Head to Woodland Park for Mountain Arts Festival

mountain arts festThe 30th annual Mountain Arts Festival is Aug. 1 -2 in Woodland Park. The festival is a juried even, which elevates it above the basic craft fair. A variety of artists will  display and sell their handcrafted creations, including jewelry, pottery, paintings, metal works, quilts, wood works, fine photography, stained glass, fairy houses and much more. It all happens at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 Midland Ave. East in
Woodland Park. FREE admission. Opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug 1, and Sunday, Aug 2. For more information, call 719-686-7469.

Catch a Free Friday Matinee at Springs Senior Center

filmThe Colorado Springs Senior Center hosts FREE Friday matinee movies all year long.  Scheduled movies include: July 31, “Flower Drum Song”; Aug. 7, “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves”; Aug. 14, “Calamity Jane”; Aug. 21, “Auntie Mame”; and Aug. 28, “Singing in the Rain.”    For the full line-up for coming weeks, CLICK HERE. Movies start at 1 p.m.

Celebrate ‘Colorado Grown’ at Pioneers Museum

colorado grownJoin the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum for “Colorado Grown,” a day of workshops, demonstrations, crafts, and family-friendly activities on Aug. 1 at the museum. Celebrate and discover local history and local identity through food, art, gardening and more. All workshops require pre-registration. To do that, you may visit or for more information!

Angler’s Covey Hosts Fly-Fishing Basics for Women

fly fishingThis month’s Women in Business Night is a great opportunity for you, your coworkers and friends, who want to try fly-fishing. Pikes Peak Women Angles will introduce you to fly-fishing, discuss how women can enjoy the sport, take you through some basics (equipment, rigging, bugs and casting), have a fly-fishing fashion show (models will show how to look great on the river!) and share some opportunities for getting started in fly fishing (classes, camps and events). Light refreshments will be served. It all happens at Angler’s Covey, 295 S 21st St , 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 30. It’s FREE, but registration is requiredSign up here: For more information, call 719-648-4798.

Library Presents ‘Food by the Book’ Series in August

food by the bookThe Pikes Peak Library District presents its “Food by the Book” series in August. Open to ages 12 and older, there are only 30 spots available, so you must register to attend. Call (719) 531-6333, x2665 to make a reservation. For those with food allergies, please be aware that samples may contain allergens. Try “The Health Benefits of Chocolate,” presented by Julie Pech, owner of The Chocolate Therapist chocolate and tea shop in Littleton, on Sat., Aug. 8 at 1:30 p.m. “High Altitude Baking” will be presented by Randi Levin, The Muffin Lady with tips and tricks that are sure to help Coloradans with high altitude baking! It’s on Sat., Aug. 15 at 1:30 p.m. Then catch a “Southwestern Cooking Demo” with Sonterra  Grill’s Chef Josh on Sat., Aug. 22 at 1:30 p.m. Finally, there’s “Vegan Basics: A Plant Based Diet,” presented by natural food chef Katherine Keck, owner of the Loonie Veggie Cooking Company. She’ll present a fun and inspiring cooking demo that will get you excited about cooking with vegetables! Learn the health benefits of a plant-based diet. It’s on Sat., Aug. 29 at 1:30 p.m. All classes are FREE will be held at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Get into Rhyme Time with Poet Laureate Price Strobridge

price strobridgeInteract one-on-one with renowned local storyteller and Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Emeritus Price Strobridge from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29 in the bay area of Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Bring a word and get a poem or a story. Get help with writing poetry. Be entertained and amazed! In the PPLD TV video above, Strobridge recites his poem “Dreamhead” and briefly discusses the common “shape” his poems have. The events are FREE.