Open House this Wednesday and Saturday in Forest Meadows

Open House this Wednesday and Saturday in Forest Meadows

Come Try Out This Private Master Balcony!!! We are holding open houses at this lovely home Wednesday August 24th, 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM and Saturday August 27th, 10 AM to 1:00 PM. For more details on our listing at 7778 Chasewood Loop, Colorado Springs 80908, go to https://www.springshomes.com/mls/6453302-7778-Chasewood-LP-Colorado-Springs-CO-80908 

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Just Listed - Land with 360 degree views & rock formations

Just Listed - Land with 360 degree views & rock formations

Lot 5

When you think of Colorado, this piece of land could be the state's official postcard. 1.67 acres of land in Cripple Creek Mountain Estates Community with rock formations and to die for views. Community benefits include, Fitness Center, heated Indoor Pool, Library and playground. For more information, visit www.goldencyclecircle.com, or give me a call.

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5 Things to do this Weekend in Colorado Springs Jun 24-26

5 Things to do this Weekend in Colorado Springs Jun 24-26

Doug Smith, Fri Jun 24, 7pm at the Black Forest Community Center.

Admission: $5-10. The Black Rose Acoustic Society Friday Night Featured Act comes to us with a Grammy under his belt. Doug is an accomplished guitarist who has won the Winfield International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. His original compositions are heard everywhere from NPR to TCM to Martha Stewart to Good Morning America. His playing combines folk, classical and jazz elements and has been called “a cross between Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges.” For more information: www.blackroseacoustic.org .

 

Fan Fest, Fri Jun 24 5-10pm on Tejon Street between Colorado and Platte.

Admission: Free. Start the International Hill Climb weekend celebration with the Red Bull Jumpers, Fire Fighter Chili Cookoff, Victory Motorcycle Stunt Team, meet the fastest qualifiers from each race class and a Beer Garden. For more information: www.PPIHC.com .

 

Buddy Whittington & The Atomic Fireballs, Fri Jun 24, 6-8 pm, University Village

Admission: Free. Head out to the University Village Shopping Center for they Friday Evening Free Concerts. This week brings you a great mix of Blues and Country that is sure to please everyone. For more information: www.UVCshopping.com . 

 

Pickin' on the Divide, Sat June 25 9-5pm, Church at Woodmoor, 18125 Furrow Dr, Monument

Admission: $10. Head north to Monument for some bluegrass and fiddlin'. The competition runs 9-12 with bands playing 12-5. See known bands like Flying W Wranglers, WireWood Station and Grass it Up. For more information: www.pickinonthedivide.com .

 

Tejon Street Bike Festival and Tattoo Fest, Sun June 26, 10 am

Admission: Free  Corona Bikini Contest with $1,000 prize, bike show, live music and lots of vendors. Starting at 1pm, attention will be turned to tattoos and the ink will be flowing. Head to Cowboy's 25 N. Tejon where it is $10 per tattoo for the competition. http://pro-promotions.com/pro-events/tbf .

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The Best Colorado Springs schools!

The Best Colorado Springs schools!

I was searching for my school choice blog post the other day and with website re-vamping, it's disappeared, so this important topic deserves my attention again... And yours! 

So the title is a bit of a set-up, because well, we can't tell you which schools are "the best". It's against NAR ethics regarding steering and it's just not in your best interest for us to choose what your child needs. It takes time and effort, but part of your house hunting job if it's an important factor for you, is to find which schools are the best for your kid(s). The truth is, test scores and location can provide you with a lot of feedback, but school visits and "choice" meetings will help you best understand the school and if it will fit your child. 

First, What is Choice?:  Colorado Springs and the greater surrounding Pikes Peak areas participate in school of choice options. You can obviously go to your neighborhood school, within which every house in Colorado Springs has boundaries and designated schools. You can opt or choice into a school that isn't your neighborhood school... Or even into another district if it seems appropriate. 

How do I "choice" into another school or district?: Every district is a little bit different. I will try to provide a list of the individual school districts in the Pikes Peak region which we service below. Most provide the opportunity with a choice window in January to register your child(ren) with the desired school and district. Many charter schools in the area provide a "wait list" option, which many put their kids on shortly after birth, in case it ends up being the best choice for their child(ren)when the time comes. 

A couple Stories: 

1) When I was in high school (yes, many, many moons ago), my older sister and I had great success in our high school. Our younger sister, however, was not seeing the same success. I think the same teachers we had even gave her the benefit of the doubt, but a combination of family and friend choices weren't giving her a successful result. So our mom's moved to Denver and a school adjustment was just what was needed. 

2) I've heard of parents opting students out of "the best" school district for special needs or accelerated programs and "less desirable" districts, because it was what their student needed. Sometimes sports even play a factor. 

3) Our personal story includes putting our boys on the wait list for a charter school shortly after birth. They were hundreds down the list, but we left them on anyway. We then visited a couple other schools as our oldest approached kindergarten and felt led to his school. We went to choice meetings / open house house nights at several and some things didn't' make sense for our family at the charter option. Many of our friends go to that school and it did feel like the right choice for all of them. 

All of this said, we feel strongly that the parents and kids need to make school decisions based on their needs, plans, goals, etc. There are way too many factors for us to decide for you! Here are a list of school districts in the area and their websites to hopefully help you on your path:

Lewis Palmer District 38 (Monument/Palmer Lake area) http://www.lewispalmer.org
Academy School District 20 (north Colorado Springs) asd20.org
Falcon School District 49 (east, northeast Colorado Springs) http://d49.org
Colorado Springs District 11 (Colorado Springs city and surrounding area) d11.org
Manitou District 14 (west of Colorado Springs, Manitou)
Harrison District 2 (south Colorado Springs) http://www.hsd2.org/pages/HSD2
Widefield District 3 (south of Colorado Springs) http://www.wsd3.org
Fountain-Fort Carson District 8 (south of Colorado Springs & on Ft. Carson) ffc8.org
Woodland Park District RE-2 (west, up Ute Pass) http://www.wpsdk12.org
Peyton School District (east of Colorado Springs/Falcon) http://www.peyton.k12.co.us
Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 http://www.cmsd.k12.co.us/ 

 

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5 Things To Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs

5 Things To Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs

Pine Forest Spring Show and Sale, Lewis Palmer High School, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-3.

Admission: $6. Sponsored by the TriLakes Women's Club, this event has over 100 bakers dishing up their goods as well as gourmet food trucks for the first time this year. You can also enjoy antiques, craft items, birdhouses, garden art and more. The TriLakes Women's Club is celebrating their 40th year of putting on this great show. For more info: www.tlwc.net

 

Great American Cleanup, Sat. April 23 9 am, various sites around the Pikes Peak Region.

Admission: Free. A great day to volunteer and help cleanup your community including roadways, waterways and trails. The Sierra Club helps out with a cleanup of Monument Creek, meet at Roswell Park 515 W. Polk at 10:30 am Saturday. For other locations, visit www.gacppp.com

 

Woodland Park Wind Symphony World of Windcraft, Sun April 24, 1:30pm, Ute Pass Cultural Center

Admission: Free. Rescheduled from last weekend, The Woodland Park Wind Symphony pays tribute to video game music. This show will be fun for both the old school video game lovers as well as people playing the current video game offerings. Come dressed as your favorite Video Game Character and enter the costume contest which will be followed by the concert. For more info: www.woodlandparkwindsymphony.com

 

International Sculpture Day Celebration, Sangre de Christo Arts & Conference Center, Sun April 24.

A community sculpture installation will take place on Sunday using publicly donated lamps. At 7pm, a lighting ceremony will highlight the exhibit. A reception, community sculpture walk, food trucks and music by the Change Agents is also planned. For more info: www.sdc-arts.org

 

Go to Kelly's Open House, 4545 Bridle Pass Dr, Colorado Springs 80923, Sat & Sun 1-3pm. Pikes Peak Views!

2 Story stucco home with 4bd/4ba/2.5car garage. Walkout basement includes a wet bar, exercise & theater area. This floor plan is great for entertaining with an open kitchen & vaulted ceilings in the living area. The kitchen features tons of storage, corian counter tops & recently updated stainless steel appliances. Main level office includes built ins. Large deck & 2 patio areas. The master bedroom overlooks Pikes Peak!! 5 piece master bath & so much more. This home has been well maintained & it definitely shows!! For more info: http://www.springshomes.com/mls/5766751-4545-Bridle-Pass-DR-Colorado-Springs-CO-80923 . 

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