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: Weekend planner for Colorado Springs and throughout Colorado

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    THURSDAY An adult night out at the zoo is the popular Moonlight on the Mountain. Musicians are at all points as you stroll the mountainside enjoying the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo animals, gourmet food samples, craft brew and other beverages. Then there's dancing until 10 p.m. VIP early...

  • AROUND TOWN: It took the "Magic of Two" for Peak Education to lead low-income youngsters to college

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    It has been 20 years since two friends challenged themselves to find a way to give back to their community, especially the children. One an attorney, the other a periodontist, the pair found their calling after two young boys who were were walking home on Valentine's Day 1997 were...

  • AROUND TOWN: Grilling cheese to help the homeless

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Yummy grilled cheese sandwiches paired with craft beer samples drew several hundred hungry folks to the recent inaugural Colorado Springs Grill Cheese Fest at Catalyst Campus. This benefit for Ascending to Health Respite Care, which offers a place for homeless people to recover after...

  • 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...

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