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Labor Day Celebrations


September 6, 2017

I hope all are doing well and you get to enjoy a lovely week.  I enjoyed a great Labor Day weekend, highlighted by the Fountain Fall Festival parade and park events on Monday.  It was a pleasure to have been in the parade this year, and I was happy to see so many come out for the parade and the festival activities afterward at Metcalfe Park.  This long weekend's festival is one of the many community events we get to enjoy in the Fountain Valley.  The weekend kicked off on Saturday with the 5k Color Run which showed considerable growth in its second year.  As they always do, the Fountain Fire Department and its Chief, Darin Anstine, put on another outstanding BBQ dinner and dance Sunday night.  And, the annual JROTC pancake breakfast got everyone started on the right foot Monday morning prior to the parade.  I wanted to thank the Chamber of Commerce for their hard work in putting on the festival and look forward to next year's activities.

The Fall Festival rounded out a full weekend of other activities around our region that we are blessed to enjoy.  I did get to stroll around Memorial Park in Colorado Springs a couple of hours and observe a bit of the Balloon Lift Off.  Most loved the whimsical "old lady in a shoe" and giant crab hot air balloons, but all the balloons were impressive. 

The El Paso County Advertiser and News/Fountain Valley News does a great job of highlighting events and activities coming to our area, and I recommend getting out and enjoying those of interest to you.

Local Parks and Open Spaces/Nature Center Activities

And finally, don't forget to take advantage of our local parks and open spaces.  Willow Springs Ponds provide a great opportunity to get the kids out fishing and our parks and mountain areas offer some great hiking. 

The Fountain Creek Nature Center has a few upcoming events you might also like to check out.  On Saturday, September 9, from 7am – 10:30am, they will be conducting their Fall Bird Count.  Help record the number of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park.  A donation of $5 per person is recommended.  And on September 16, from 10am - 11:30am and again from 1pm – 2:30pm, the Nature Center will be highlighting "Magic Monarchs."  Learn about the mystery of the monarch butterflies migration to Mexico.  See an indoor presentation, make a craft, and search for caterpillars and adults to tag and release for research.  $4 per member, $5 per non-member.  For additional information about activities going on at the nature center, call 719-520-6745.

Fall Brings Changing Of Colors In High Country

So, enjoy the end of summer and the start of our great fall season.  I'm looking forward to getting up into the mountains later this month to enjoy the changing of the colors of the aspens.  Hopefully this year, I will remember to charge the battery on my camera before heading out to the mountains.  

God bless!


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