Take a Guided Bike Tour of City’s New Legacy Loop

bike riderOn July 12, the city of Colorado Springs will offer a guided biking tour of the soon-to-be-constructed Legacy Loop Trail. Meet at the Mesa parking lot at the corner of Glen Avenue and Mesa Road in Monument Valley Park The first ride departs at 11 a.m. and a second guided tour will depart at noon. On the heels of the announcement of a $1 million Great Outdoors Colorado grant for the Legacy Loop, this is a great opportunity to ride the trail, learn about the Legacy Loop Project and hear from project partners, city staff, and friends and neighbors as we enjoy a fun community bike ride along a trail first envisioned by Gen. William Jackson Palmer in 1871. The ride is approximately three miles in length on a flat gravel trail.  There will be several stops along the route to talk about the Legacy Loop project.  All ages and abilities are welcome!


Save 20% on Walgreens’ Monthly Senior Savings Day

walgreensIt pays to be a little older and wiser. On the first Tuesday of every month, Walgreens offers customers 55 and older a discount on many in-store purchases. (Proof of age may be required, so bring a photo ID. Plus, the offer is only valid with its Balance Rewards program.) On Senior Savings Day, qualifying customers save 20% on all regular-price merchandise. Note: The discount no longer applies to sale items. Of course, there are some restrictions: Discounts are not valid on prescriptions, cigarettes, dairy products, liquor, liquor department items, phone cards, newspapers, magazines, stamps, gift cards, items or services submitted to insurance for reimbursement or where otherwise limited by law. Make sure to read the fine print on the bottom of Walgreens’ Senior Savings Day page for a full review of restrictions. If you don’t qualify, consider asking an older relative or friend to go shopping with you to get in on the savings. Be sure you’re a member of its FREE loyalty program, Balance Rewards, for maximum savings.


Phelan Gardens Teaches Us to Be Better Gardeners

orchidsWant to be a better gardener? Some local garden shops have FREE classes. (And some not free, but reasonably priced.)  Phelan Gardens, on Austin Bluffs just east of Oro Blanco, has several FREE classes this summer. The next one is on Vermicomposting, 10-11 a.m. on July 11. Jay Williams of the Rocky Mountain Worm Company will teach home composters how to use earthworms to get better compost. On Aug. 1, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., take a class on how not to kill that bearutiful orchid someone gave you! Matt Kumaski from the Colorado Springs Orchid Society will share the secrets of keeping orchids alive and thriving.  You must preregister for classes. Do so by calling 574-8058 or register online at www.phelangardens.com.

Here’s How to Get the Best Deal on a Home Mortgage

reverse mortgageMost people will need a mortgage to buy a home. That means that not only do you need to shop for a home, you need to shop for a home loan. But a survey of 2013 borrowers by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that almost half of borrowers didn’t shop around before settling on a mortgage. They should. In fact, you may find more loans to choose from than you do houses. You should start looking for a mortgage professional before searching for a house. You want to make sure your credit is in order because mistakes can take months to correct. You also want to know how much house you can afford. You can run calculations online, but a good mortgage professional will better help you determine which loan is the best fit for you. For the rest of the story on this topic, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap.

IHOP Celebrates 57th with 57-cent Short Stack on 7/7

Thumbnail for 210080To celebrate its 57th anniversary, IHOP is flipping a short stack of its popular buttermilk pancakes for just 57 cents at participating locations. The syrupy sweet savings takes place on July 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The price is actually a few pennies less than its original price of 60 cents back in 1958. Now, that’s saving we can flip for anytime. Limit one per customer. For locations nationwide, click here. Price and participation may vary.


Starbucks Serving a BOGO Free Frappuccino Cookie Straw

Thumbnail for 214884With this promo from Starbucks, you can sip on the sweet savings. Through July 6, customers can get a buy-one-get-one FREE Frappuccino Cookie Straw. What is a Frappuccino Cookie Straw? Well, it’s an actual edible straw you can use (or just enjoy as a sweet treat) –a rolled cookie wafer lined with chocolate. It’s the perfect pairing with one of its Frappuccinos. It’s even sweeter because the cookie straws are just 95¢ each — so, with this sale, you get two for a buck. The offer is available at participating locations.

Diversity Forum Hosts Free Concert, Collects Instruments

celtic musicColorado Springs Diversity Forum, in partnership with Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center, presents “Everybody Welcome Salute Veterans: Free Family Celebration,” July 11 at the Broadmoor World Arena. This year’s celebration will include a community-wide band instrument drive. The organization is seeking donated instruments for distribution locally to engage more students in musical instruction and performance. CSDF will connect with local school districts that encourage a holistic view of the art, science, technology, and math behind musical training.   Everyone is encouraged to attend the FREE concert and donate an unused instrument that evening.  All donated instruments will be allocated to local schools in August. Additional Information is available n the CSDF website, csdiversityforum.org.


Learn to Take Advantage of Google, Start Own Business

lectureThe Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering two in expensive workshops in July. On Wednesday, July 8, check out the “Digital Marketing Series, Driving Leads for Business: Google+” from  9 a.m.-12 p.m. Cost is $10 (refunded to those in attendance) and it will be held at Ent Federal Credit Union, 7350 Campus Drive. To Register: https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=70340209. Playing in the Google sandbox has its rewards – especially for Search Engine Optimization.  Learn how to create an effective Google+ page, how to use the tools available on Google+ and how you can generate leads through an effective Google+ page. This is a beginner’s session. Then on Thursday, July 16, go to “Boot Camp: Steps to Owning Your Business,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SBDC, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 1107.  Cost is $15.  To Register: https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=70350007 Taking the first step to starting your business can be difficult! This workshop will be a realistic starting point for all budding entrepreneurs. The 1-1/2-hour workshop will be PACKED and FAST PACED. For more information about the SBDC and services it offers, visit www.cssbdc.org or call 719-667-3803.