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.
  • AROUND TOWN: On its 25th anniversary, the challenge: 'Be Community. Be Citizens Project'

    Updated: Sun, Jun 25, 2017

    For 25 years, the community advocacy Citizens Project has been the voice "to embrace equality, diversity and separation of church and state." The 500 anniversary breakfast guests at the Antlers on June 8 were challenged to "Be Community. Be Citizens Project" and to choose personal...

  • AROUND TOWN: Cowgirls & Cocktails a pink girls' night out

    Updated: Sun, Jun 25, 2017

    The gals donned pink, cowgirl hats and boots, rallied their friends and went Western at the 10th anniversary Cowgirls & Cocktails on June 2. More than 350 were in the Norris-Penrose Event Center Indoor Arena for the volunteer event, which has raised almost a half-million dollars to...

  • Must See Must Do: A Unicorn Festival, Batman under the stars, and Bike Week

    Updated: Wed, Jun 21, 2017

    THURSDAY-SUNDAY "Starry Meadows" lives up to its name for the annual Rocky Mountain Star Stare party and campout sponsored by the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. Stars are sparkling bright in the clear dark skies at the site near Gardner, 7,612 feet, between the Sangre de...

  • Must See Must Do: Bands in the Backyard, a hula fest and Starlight Spectacular

    Updated: Thu, Jun 15, 2017

    Music to kids' ears, "Babar the Little Elephant" performed by the Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra as the annual children's concert. It's Babar time from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave. Free but tickets required, reserve at Worner Desk...

  • AROUND TOWN: Black Chamber's silver anniversary salutes James Stewart

    Updated: Tue, Jun 13, 2017

    James Stewart has worn many hats: colonel, fighter pilot, Pikes Peak United Way board chair, business developer, business professor and co-chair of the National Museum of World War II Aviation. Add to that, founding president of the Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce....

  • AROUND TOWN: The Arc Pikes Peak Region's 'Building for Change' awards night

    Updated: Tue, Jun 13, 2017

    In the midst of "Building for Change," an inclusive campus for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc Pikes Peak Region paused to celebrate annual award winners and achievers. Construction items, yellow tape and reflective safety vests set the scene May 20 at...

  • AROUND TOWN: Swaby honored; nontraditional KPWE scholars rise to the challenge for UCCS degrees

    Updated: Mon, Jun 12, 2017

    Echoing the words of Maya Angelou, the women of the Karen Possehl Women's Endowment have overcome their life obstacles and "like air, I'll rise." The powerful "Still I Rise" was used by Unstoppable Woman honoree Professor Barbara Swaby to mold around the stories of the 15 mentored...

  • Recent graduates from 11 high schools selected as 2017 Colorado Springs Debutantes

    Updated: Sat, Jun 10, 2017

    Twenty-four young women who graduated from high school this year have been named 2017 Colorado Springs Debutantes. They were selected for school accomplishments, volunteer activities and contributions to their community, as well as for the community contributions of their families....

  • Must See Must Do: High-altitude rodeo, legendary magician and new-look Springs Spree

    Updated: Fri, Jun 9, 2017

    THURSDAY - The spotlight shines on the Colorado College Summer Music Festival faculty for the Festival Artists Concert, leading with a lecture about the evening's music by professor Michael Grace. Works by Dvorak, Stearn, Marinu, Copland and Janacek. 6:15 p.m., Packard Performance...

  • AROUND TOWN: Newborn Hope introduces new director, awards grants

    Updated: Wed, Jun 7, 2017

    More than $50,000 in Newborn Hope grants to provide resources for Colorado babies and families impacted by prematurity were announced at a celebration reception May 3 at Gold Hill Mesa. It was also an opportunity to introduce the 45-year-old nonprofit's new executive director Allison...

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