Celebrating Halloween in Colorado Springs

Celebrating Halloween in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs loves Halloween. I've never seen a city so enthusiastic about this holiday. There are many Halloween activities to enjoy here during the month of October. This weekend my teenage daughter went to the Haunted Mines, something she enjoys every year. The Haunted Mines takes place in the Northgate area at the old Mining Museum. Each Halloween a group of volunteers turn the museum and grounds into a spectacular haunted house.   Haunts are 7:30pm to 10:00pm Friday and Saturday of this week, and continue Thursday through Saturday from the 13th to the 30th. General admission tickets are $20. Plan on being there about an hour and a half. It's a perfect scare for the teens. I recommend not bringing children under 12. It's a little scary for young ones. Next week I'll write about my favorite Halloween activity for them. 

 

Below is an excerpt from the mining web site:

"The Haunted Mines is a volunteer charitable organization that raises money for the Pikes Peak region.  We do this by producing a professional, thrilling Halloween event for our community‚Äôs enjoyment, by teaching our volunteers valuable skills that they can put to use at our events and carry with them into their adult lives. Our goal is philanthropy and helping others as we teach!"

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Tankless vs Tank Water Heaters: What's the Best?

Tankless vs Tank Water Heaters: What's the Best?

I've often wondered, so maybe you have too, what the best style of water heater is for a home. The tankless option which came out years ago to provide more energy efficiency seems to be a great option, because water isn't sitting in the typical stand-up tank being heated and unused. 

However I wanted to get some expert advice, so I consulted with my favorite HVAC pro, Bob Brown of Brown's Heating and Cooling

Here is my long-winded analysis, with his advice. 

Cost Comparison

* The typical stand-up water heater is less expensive to install...$1400/1500 for traditional tank vs $4500 for tankless water heater

Energy Efficiency

* The tankless water heaters have recovery issues, despite their claim to a quick recovery, especially in Colorado where the groundwater comes out of the ground at 52 degrees. It takes more energy/time to get it to a comfortable shower temperature.

* Most tankless water heaters are manufactured for sea level, where the water comes out of the ground at 70 degrees, and obviously then takes less energy to get it to needed temps

* Tankless water heaters generally yield 7 gallons per minute of hot water, and stand-ups yield 11.2-13 gallons

* One tankless water heater might support a small home, but larger custom homes are putting in 2-3 tankless water heaters, obviously adding expense

Retrofitting

* Most homes are built with inadequate natural gas output for tankless, BT rating too low, so existing homes looking to upgrade will also need to upgrade gas service into the home, which is an added expense

* Venting will likely need to be updated/upgraded for tankless heaters as well

Conclusion: Buying a Tank Water Heater vs Tankless Water Heater

Overall, it seems the tankless water heaters aren't a great option at our altitude, as the added expenses and energy needed don't necessarily offset the energy savings. Over time, the 

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5 Things to Do This Weekend (Oct 1, 2) in Colorado Springs

5 Things to Do This Weekend (Oct 1, 2) in Colorado Springs

Creek Week - Sat Oct 1, 12-2pm, Legacy Loop Plaza

Admission: Free. This weekend concludes Creek Week in Colorado Springs where the Fountain Creek Watershed was given a little attention and love. This is the 3rd annual event where people get together to pick up trash and help cleanup the Fountain Creek Watershed. For more information, http://fountaincreekweek.com/.

 

Colorado College Hockey vs Mount Royal, Sun Oct 2, 6:07pm, Broadmoor World Arena

Admission: $9 and up. Nothing says fall like a little ice hockey. Colorado College opens the 2016-17 season on Sunday, Oct. 2, with an exhibition game against Mount Royal University at The Broadmoor World Arena beginning at 6:07 p.m. The regular season begins on Friday, Oct. 7, with a two-game series against UMass in Amherst, Mass. For tickets, http://www.broadmoorworldarena.com/.

 

Palmer Lake Art Group's Annual Fair, Fri Sep 30, Sat Oct 1, 9am - 5pm, Palmer Lake Town Hall

Admission: Free. This art fair has been going on for 43 years, so you know it has got to be good. Local artists, quilters and jewelry makers sell their products to benefit D-38 high school art scholarships. For more information: http://palmerlakeartgroup.com/

 

Bikes, Blues, Brews & BBQ, Sat Oct 1, 4-9pm, Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort

Admission: Free. Whether you like cruising on two wheels or not, you still have to check out this place and their Saturday community party is the perfect time to do so. The Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, or The Buff is a family-owned vintage hotel with a western theme. They organize rides and hold events for all members of the community. For more information: http://bicycleresort.com/.

 

USAF Academy Band's Rampart Winds, Sun Oct 2, 2:30pm, Benet Hill Monestary

Admission: Free. Off Highway 83 in the thick Ponderosa Pines, you can experience the Academy's Rampart Winds. With a mix of patriotic classics and armed service anthems, this concert will make you proud to be an American. Register at www.benethillmonastery.org .

 

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Nicole's Pumpkin Bread

Nicole's Pumpkin Bread

Every Fall I bake my favorite pumpkin bread.  Funny story about this recipe...it was actually mailed to me by another Realtor, trying to drum up business.  She was canvassing my neighborhood and apparently didn't know she was sending this to "the competition". Anyhow, it looked pretty good so I gave it a try.  It's actually one of the best I've had. So, here ya go. My favorite pumpkin bread recipe, compliments of me and that other realtor out there!

 

Pumpkin Bread

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup butter or margarine

1 1/4 cups white sugar

2 eggs

1 canned pumpkin

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease one 9x5x3 loaf pan with Pam. With a mixer, combine softened cheese, butter and sugar. Cream together well.  Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in pumpkin.

In another bowl, combine flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves and walnuts. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Pour all at once into batter. Stir in just enough to moisten. Pour into greased loaf pan.

Bake for 60-70 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Remove to rack to finish cooling.

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5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 24, 25) in Colorado Springs

5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 24, 25) in Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak Derby Dames Double Header - Sat Sept 24, 6:00pm, City Auditorium

Admission: $10-20 Women's flat track Roller Derby comes to Colorado Springs as the Derby Dames are hosting their home team double header. Come watch the Danger Dolls vs the Wreckin' Rebels and the Killer Queens vs High City. The PPDD is a diverse group of female athletes committed to the athletic development and empowerment of women in the Pikes Peak region. Whoot-whoot! For more information: http://pikespeakderbydames.breezi.com/.

 

Colorado Springs Philharmonic -"Live and Let Die", Fri & Sat Sept 23 & 24, 7:30 at Pikes Peak Center

Admission: $23 and up, Kids Free. The best of Paul McCartney from his Beatles, Wings and solo careers set to a memorable symphonic tribute. Sir Paul's greatest hits including Hey Jude, Yesterday, Live and Let Die and more. For more information: www.csphilharmonic.org.

 

Chile & Frijoles Festival, Fri, Sept 23 3-12am, Sat & Sun Sept 24, 25, 10-6 pm, Union Ave Historic District, Pueblo

Admission: $3, 12 and under free. With over 140,000 attendees last year, you know this festival is something not to miss. With the scorching of chile peppers wafting through the air, browse the local famer's wares, over 40 food vendors, live entertainment and over 150 street vendors. In it's 22nd year, the Loaf 'N Jug Chile & Frijoles festival is a laidback family event. For more information: http://pueblochilefestivalinfo.com

 

Johnny Martin Cup, Sat Sept 24 10-4pm, Nevada Ave between Colorado & Pikes Peak

Admission: Free. A free event with live music and classic cars? What could be better than that? Nevada Avenue will be filled with hot rods, muscle cars and classic cars pre-1972. Cars from around the country are competing for a prize package. For more information: http://johnnymartins.com.

 

Rumble in the Rockies, Sat Sept 24 7pm, Sun Sept 25 2pm - Broadmoor World Arena

Admission: $15 adults. Rumble in the Rockies is the 22nd stop of the Professional Bull Rider's Built Ford Tough Series. With that mouth-full of an event title, the contestants are competing for a prize purse of $140,000 and hopes of collecting enough points for the all-around $1 million PBR World Championship. In addition to the weekend event, Tejon Street downtown will be closed off at 5pm for a live music party to kick off the competition. Tickets can be purchased at: www.ticketswest.com or at the World Arena box office.

 

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