If you’re hooked on Books-on-Tape and Books-on-CD, check out this deal at Hooked on Books. During the month of April, all of them are marked 50% off. They’re great for daily commutes and for road trips this summer. The store is located at 3918 Maizeland Road (at Academy Boulevard) and is open daily except Sundays. For more information, call them at 596-1621.
Mark your calendar for the 2014 Garden of the Gods Earth Day Celebration, scheduled on Saturday, April 19 at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Events, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., are FREE and include live falcon from the Air Force Academy, a chemical magic show, American Indian dancers, live animals and presentations from Nature’s Educators, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and the Wolf & Wildlife Center, and llamas from Touch the Earth. There also will be climbing demonstrations and Segway demonstrations. Nature walks, wildlife touch tables, arts and crafts and educational exhibits are also featured. There’ll be FREE admission to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site with the blacksmith shop and historic homes. Participants should park at Rock Ledge Ranch and take the free shuttle to the Visitor Center for the day’s festivities. The shuttle will run every fifteen minutes from 8:30 am to 3 pm. Registration for cleanup volunteers begins at 8:30am at the Visitor Center. All volunteers receive a free lunch. For more information, call 634-6666
It’s never a good idea to leave important financial documents lying around, right? Well, Office Depot is helping everyone by offering FREE paper shredding at participating locations. Through Tuesday, April 29, you can shred up to five pounds of paper at no cost, with this coupon. One coupon per household or business. For locations, click here.
Feeling poetic? Join the club. Literally. “Hear Here” is a FREE poetry event featuring “nationally known and locally loved artists” that happens the third and fourth Fridays of each month at Smokebrush Theatre, 219 W. Colorado Ave, suite 210. The gathering begins at 6 p.m. with a writing workshop and the program is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. It features nationally known slam poets, local favorites, first-timers, grandmas, grandsons, anyone who wants to take a shot at it. For information, call 520-0024 or 964-4499 and ask for Luke Cissell. Rhyme on!
Manitou Springs is famous for its multitude of fine art galleries. Nearly a dozen of them join forces to present Third Friday ArtWalks, this month’s on Friday, April 18, serving FREE light refreshments. It’s a lovely way to spend a summer evening, and you might even find a piece of sculpture or a paintng you just can’t live without! Participating galleries include the Business of Art Center, Commonwheel Artists Co-op, the Mountain Living Studio and Fare Bella, among others.
If you have lots of friends and family members having babies, you’ve probably realized that the cost of baby shower gifts can quickly add up, especially if you’re opting to give cute designer baby duds. However, baby gifts don’t necessarily have to break the bank. No etiquette rule says you have to spend a certain amount on a baby shower gift (or on a baby gift given after birth). As The Emily Post Institute staff wrote a while back, “there’s no requirement” that a baby shower gift “must come from the registry or cost a certain amount.” In fact, some of the most meaningful and appreciated gifts won’t cost you that much. We’ve come up with seven such great (and cheap) baby shower gifts to consider if you’re on a budget. See the full story on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.
Active-duty military personnel and their dependents can enter every national park for FREE as part of an effort to thank service members and their families. An annual pass is available to members of the military FREE. It usually sells for $80. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass provides access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands. Military personnel can get the passes at any national park or wildlife refuge that charges an entrance fee by showing their military ID. Each family member will also be able to obtain their own pass even if the service member is deployed or if they are traveling separately. The pass will be accepted at National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. The free pass also is available for activated members of the National Guard and Reserves.
“Celtic Woman — The Emerald Tour,” is coming to the Pikes Peak Center for one show at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24. The elaborate new stage presentation will celebrate the Emerald Isles’ spellbinding musical and cultural heritage and combines longtime fan favorites with new musical gemswritten specifically for Celtic Woman. The Emerald Tour will spotlight the angelic voices and inspiring music that have won Celtic Woman the devotion of a worldwide audience. If you get your tickets through the Pikes Peak on the Cheap group, you’ll enjoy the following discounts: Orchestra, Loge, Mezzanine, Balcony rows A-E – $65.10/$66.85 (regularly $72/$74), and Balcony Rows F-M – $38.10/$39.10 (regularly $42/$43.25) — plus, you’ll save a bundle on box office fees. Discounts available until April 18. To get your discount go to www.worldarena.com/group_sales and use username: Pikes Peak and password: Cheap. Discounts available through April 18.Discounts not available at box office or through Tickets West.
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, April 19, 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. This month, in the KidsZone, from 10″30 to noon, children 4-y can learn about the anatomy of a coin. Yes, coins have “body parts” too! It’s also FREE, but you must pre-register for the event. Call 632-2646 or go to www.money.org/KidsZone.
With this promo, Olive Garden really does treat you like family. For a limited time, the Italian restaurant is giving customers a FREE take-home entrée. First, enjoy an entrée with unlimited homemade soup or garden fresh salad and breadsticks starting at $12.99. Then, choose another entrée to take home with its compliments. For your FREE entrée, you can choose from Mezzaluna Ravioli with Five Cheese Marinara, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Shrimp Alfredo, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, Creamy Citrus Chicken or Fettuccine Alfredo. There’s no limit per table, so everyone in your party can have a meal to enjoy later. For locations nationwide, click here. Price and participation may vary.
It’s time to get your financial house in order. But before you can make a plan to save money, you have to find out where your money’s going. If you use an online budget tool or computer program to track your spending, run some reports and evaluate where your money went. If you don’t have any records, write down every penny you spend for a month. “It’s hard to figure out where you’re overspending until you know where you’re spending,” says Jean Chatzky, author of “Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security.” For her tips on saving money this year, read the full story on our sister site, Living on othe Cheap.
Pinkberry wants your repeat business…the very next day, with this promo. Through Sunday, April 20, bring your receipt back the next day and get 50% off a small Pinkberry (or larger.) If you’re ordering more than one yogurt, it might be wise to pay separately, so you have two receipts the next day for you and a friend or family member. For participating locations, click here.