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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Getting to Know Meridian Ranch

Getting to Know Meridian Ranch


Maybe you’re just scoping Meridian Ranch from afar. Or maybe just want to know—WHO RUNS MERIDIAN RANCH? I did. This post kicks off the Brain Builder series for Meridian Ranch at Falcon Colorado. You ready?

Sure, there’s no such Meridian mayor running the place. But are you wondering…WHY ISN’T THERE A HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION? If you’re just getting into Meridian Ranch, you’ll likely find this answer on some FAQ online – or maybe scattered everywhere online. But if you’re like me, you had no clue on this. And you’re reading now to get to the skinny. So here goes:


Stonebridge enclave does. Ah ha! Got you. Here’s where the Catch 22s begin. If you know them all, that’s fabulous! But if you’re new (or busy like me), anyone can find the setup confusing. Wondering who maintains the common grounds? The parks? The trails? Storm drains? Sewer? And all that stuff out there?


Or in longwinded Germanic-Latin: the “Meridian Service Metropolitan District” takes stead. Keyword here is “Service.” We see these guys driving everywhere in their white trucks helping us.  They do everything from supplying water, growing our rec center, contracting street light maintenance, parks, trails, entrance monuments…you get it. Here the Service District functions like a HOA, but instead of being private like a HOA, it’s a public entity formed under Colorado law. Now for the second catch (mostly for the uninitiated): Service District doesn’t enforce covenants.  Instead, they’re on record as being part of a “special district" serving Meridian Ranch.  Just think about that relaxing lazy river for those kiddos at the 42,000 square foot YMCA. Or that enormous hot tub at the new indoor pool (for us big Kiddos!). Third Catch: The Meridian Service Metropolitan District doesn’t do everything a HOA usually does. In the big picture, they don’t remove snow, unless it’s trail snow. And if you’ve haven’t yet just arrived, the Service District doesn’t remove garbage. Most notably, the Meridian Service Metropolitan District doesn’t govern those pesky architectural and covenant issues…those naughty “CC&R” violations.  If you know a guy who’s had a dead tree in their yard for four months, there’s a second group enforcing CC&Rs. Who does that?


Or more correctly said (with stylish British accent please) the “Design Review Committees.”  What a DRC does do like a HOA is function like an architectural committee. Here the DRCs approve new changes for homes and landscaping plans. And, unlike the Service District (if we’re slacking) the DRC will write us up for covenant violations. Perhaps you’ve been there?  I have, and yes, you’ve got to still love the DRCs—Meridian Ranch property values are crushing it this year! For both current and new Ranch folk, this leads to yet a Fourth Catch: DRCs don’t maintain our roads (El Paso County does), and the DRCs don’t pay for those snow plow trucks zooming the Ranch in January (El Paso County does).

So let’s pause there. We just said DRCs? Yes, to make this awkward, there are two DRCs for Meridian Ranch. And yes, the odds of guessing your DRC number correctly is logically equivalent to flipping coins in your pocket. Try it one day (just not while driving Londonderry). But seriously, your DRC is based on your home’s location. Click here to find yours. Finally, to make this more awkward, Meridian’s Stonebridge community doesn’t have a DRC!  Stonebridge has a ________ (kindly fill in the blank, or click here if you’re paying attention ( : 


Okay, a h-o-a lot of info making us a little smarter in our neighbor talk, so let’s stop there! I’ve got to go now. But you’re probably wondering, how the Meridian Service District gets funding? Or maybe you’re “nail-biting” confused between that name “Ranch” District and “Service” District? Maybe you have no clue. Relax! We’ll cover that in my next Brain Builder post…

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5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 17, 18) in Colorado Springs

5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 17, 18) in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Philharmonic -"Symphonic Dances", Sat Sept 17, 7:30, Sun Sept 18 2:30pm at Pikes Peak Center

Admission: $21 and up, Kids Free. Celebrating its 90th year, the Philharmonic presents Gershwin, Rachmaninoff and DiLorenzo symbolizing artists at the beginning of their career, at the end of their career and still producing. For more information: www.csphilharmonic.org.


Pawtoberfest, Sat Sept 17, 10-3pm Bear Creek Park.

Admission: Free. The eighth annual event of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak region features a fun run, food merchants and beer garden to raise money for homeless animals. Last year raised $100,000 for the shelter. For more info and a festival guide: www.pawtoberfest.org.


Bines and Brews, Sat Sept 17, 1-5 pm, Limbaugh Park, Monument, Co

Admission: $30, $10 dd. Sample brews from over 15 local breweries plus 3 Hundred Days of Shine and The Ice Cave Cider. Leave the kiddos and pooches at home for this event. For more information: http://trilakeschamber.com/bines-brews.htm


Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest, Sat Sept 17 11-6pm, Sun Sept 18 1-6pm, Woodland Park

Admission: $6, Under 21 Free. Head to higher elevation for a fun Oktoberfest featuring biergartens, brats and lederhosen. This is the 19th year for Woodland Park to host this gathering and there is a shuttle from the high school For more information: http://woodlandparkchamber.com/oktoberfest.html.


Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival, Fri Sept 16 - Sun Sept 18, Rock Ledge Ranch

Admission: $8 adults, $5 seniors, $4 6-12, under 6 free. The 38th annual art festival features 165 artists and their handcrafted folk art, clothing and furniture with antiques and live music. For more info: www.rockledgeranch.com.


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5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 10, 11) in Colorado Springs

5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 10, 11) in Colorado Springs

Organ Spectacular -"Pipedreams", Sat Sept 10, 7pm at the First United Methodist Church.

Admission: $20-25. Mix the unmistakable sound of the pipe organ with the Chamber Orchestra and you get "Pipedreams". Three of Colorado Springs’ finest organists will perform pieces by Albioni and Handel. For more information: www.chamberorchestraofthesprings.org.


What IF Festival, Sat Sept 10 10-4pm Downtown Colorado Springs.

Admission: Free. The premiere science, engineering and technology fair comes alive this Saturday and is fun for all ages. Over 100 interactive exhibits, music on 6 stages, food trucks and a beer and wine tasting garden. Let your imagination soar at this great event. For more info and a festival guide: www.whatif-festival.org.


"Trash", Thurs, Fri, Sat thru Sept 24, Funky Little Theater 2109 Templeton Gap Road

Admission: $15. Inspired by reality TV shows "Honey Boo Boo" and "Duck Dynasty", this regional premiere is a dark, funny and not so funny look at life. Probably not exactly appropriate for the elementary school crowd, but it is sure to draw you into the unbelievable drama. For more information: www.funkylittletheater.org


Front Range Open Studios, Sat, Sun Sept 10-11 10-5pm, Various Locations in TriLakes Area

Admission: Free. With 22 artists in 16 studios, the Front Range Open Studio is a popular weekend for those looking to get up close and personal with the artists and their craft. This is the only true studio tour in Colorado. For a map and more information: www.frontrangeopenstudios.com.


Miguel Dakota with Differents, Fri Sept 9, 6-8pm, University Village Center

Admission: Free  Originally scheduled for Aug 19th, Miguel and his band will come back to the University Village for the Free Summer Concert Series. Miguel had us glued to our set during the America's Got Talent Finals, and is always fun and appealing to all ages with his blend of pop, rock and alternative music. For more info: www.UVCShopping.com.


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Labor Day Balloon Festival Tradition

Labor Day Balloon Festival Tradition

A Colorado Springs tradition over Labor Day weekend used to be called the Balloon Classic, but was "bought" by another group and is now the Labor Day Lift Off. In either case, this awesome festival takes place in Memorial Park near downtown Colorado Springs.

Walk amongst launching balloons, enjoy booths, jumpers for kids, morning lift-offs, evening glows, mascots for local athletics and lots of entertainment. 

Here are a couple of our photos from past years... 


For more details, check out their website, Labor Day Lift off.


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