Linda Navarro

Charity Events Columnist

Linda has been a Gazette journalist for nearly 50 years. She has been a writer and editor and has covered beats including police, courts, television and features. She has also been a news researcher and for several years wrote a column answering readers' questions, "Did You Ever Wonder?" Since 2006 she has been both writer and photographer for "Around Town" events, many of them charity fundraisers raising millions of dollars for many of this area's 2,000 nonprofits.
  • Must See Must Do: Readings of minds, plays and poetry as well as intergalactic cosplay

    Updated: Thu, Feb 23, 2017

    Whatcha thinking about? Abracadabra. Mentalist Paul Draper says he knows what's on your mind. He'll probe the "Mysteries of the Mind" at 8 p.m. in The Gold Room, 18 S. Nevada Ave. Tickets $30, $40 VIP, The poets of Hear Here have put together a night of timely,...

  • AROUND TOWN: "Straight Arrow" Mayor John Suthers roasted for a cause

    Updated: Thu, Feb 23, 2017

    It was a night to have some fun at Mayor John Suthers' expense. And he laughed right along at folks who had twitted him about being quiet, short, a bit of a nerd and totally tech lacking. Oh, and wasn't he that "Straight Arrow" who had batted hitless against future MLB Hall of Famer...

  • AROUND TOWN: Congregations help homeless families through Family Promise

    Updated: Thu, Feb 23, 2017

    Sensory memories: Delicious church potluck smells floating up from the the basement. Ladies wearing aprons. Tables filled to groaning. At the 20th annual Hope, Hearts and Home Family Promise luncheon and auction Feb. 12, homeless families who have temporary homes in local churches as...

  • Pikes Pick: Reservations are being taken for the Scoop Bus

    Updated: Tue, Feb 21, 2017

    One scoop or two? The Josh & John's Ice Cream shops are must-stops downtown and in Mountain Shadows, but how about this: the Scoop Bus! Josh & John's deliciously yummy churned ice cream travels around in an adorable little VW bus all spring and summer. The calendar is up and...

  • Must See Must Do: Stargazing, a film fest and a 1920s party this weekend around Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Feb 16, 2017

    The talent-packed Shivers Fund PPLD Concert Series, featuring a tenor, soprano, violinist and pianist, continues, this time at 6 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. The $50 tickets include a social hour and meet-the-artist dessert reception. RSVP:,...

  • AROUND TOWN: Heart Ball a 'Midwinter Night's Dream' to remember in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Wed, Feb 15, 2017

    Elegant ladies in evening gowns and glittering Venetian masks took the arms of formally attired men, many wearing red ties, and strolled the lobby of Broadmoor Hall for an Elizabethan "Midwinter Night's Dream." The 34th annual Heart Ball was one of those special nights to remember...

  • AROUND TOWN: Ewoks hit the lanes for Junior Achievement and financial literacy

    Updated: Sun, Feb 12, 2017

    "Alert all commands." The Force has invaded the bowling alley. Wrapping up today, Darth Vaders, Jedi, Wookies and Princess Leias are competing for the galaxy in Junior Achievement Rock 'N Bowl Episode XXXIV - Battle at the Bowling Alley. It's Junior Achievement of Southern...

  • AROUND TOWN: Temple Shalom film and dinner seek out Israeli cuisine

    Updated: Sun, Feb 12, 2017

    Temple Shalom created an educational Jewish film series and found a welcoming audience. The second in the series, "Searching for Israeli Cuisine," brought in a sold-out crowd on Jan. 29 with a packed, Israeli-inspired dinner followed by even more people arriving for the free showing of...

  • Pikes Pick: Bighorn Sheep Day at Garden of the Gods

    Updated: Fri, Feb 10, 2017

    Majestic bighorn sheep can be seen up close in their natural habitat during the popular Bighorn Sheep Day Saturday at Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. Early weather reports forecast a beautiful day in the garden. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., use binoculars and the...

  • Must See Must Do: Safari in Ice, follow a moose, enjoy jazz and blues this weekend in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Feb 9, 2017

    These gray-haired ladies will have you up and moving. And spiking and attacking. They're the Norwegian volleyball phenoms in the film "The Optimists," ages 68 through 98, and practice every single week but can't find a team to compete against. The film is bunches of fun. Showtime 6:30...

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