Held every year, the Kitchens with Altitude tour supports the Junior League of Colorado Springs, an organization that promotes volunteerism and developing women's potential throughout the Pikes Peak region through its charitable showcase of the region's most sophisticated residential kitchens. Tour-goers journey through a self-guided tour of the area's most upscale neighborhoods, scoping out gleaming appliances and getting marooned on elegant islands of marble and oak. At various homes along the path, the day's culinary odyssey will cover current trends in tabletop design and floral arrangements as well as cooking demonstrations and food and drink samples from renowned local chefs as they shout monosyllabic catchphrases at their ingredients. All tour proceeds support projects and programs benefiting women and children in El Paso County and the Junior League's Fantasy Flight and Kids in the Kitchen programs.
Boasting four decades of accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, Intellitec Medical Institute cultivates future medical professionals through education, training, and externship programs in six programs, including medical or dental assistance, personal fitness training, and massage therapy. Students practice what they're preached inside real life settings, on real life people, who acquire services such as teeth cleaning or whitening at a discounted price. Like apprentice shark wrestlers, each student is supervised by a professional while performing treatments. Aspiring personal trainers lead individualized fitness sessions, while massage therapy students use their extensive training in relaxation techniques and anatomy to help others unwind and find their long-lost scapula.
To remember her son’s childhood, Soraya Cartwright stockpiled pictures, video clips, and mementos. Irked that many types of videotape only have a 15-year lifespan; she looked for a way to safeguard her memories for generations, and as a result founded her own digitizing business, Life’s Sweet. Today, she and her technicians convert videotape and film formats to archival quality DVDs; they can also store audio footage on CDs, rather than player pianos. In addition, they scan pictures to save them in digital format, compile them into photo books, or showcase them on custom greeting cards.
Indulge Wine School's staff of educators, such as Kris in Jacksonville, a wine expert and blogger, expands wine knowledge with ease, having turned the revelry-steeped tassels of nearly 3,000 graduates. Classes of 12–20 take place in venues throughout the United States, as students swirl and sip their study materials and nibble complimentary appetizers. Every class ends with a Q&A session, during which potation professors shine a light on oenophilic mysteries including tannin content and regional differences. Afterward, students continue to ferment knowledge at home with a complimentary electronic copy of Indulge's book A Fun and Informative Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wine, a food-and-wine-pairing chart, and a top-10 list of wine-buying tips.
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association pairs former baseball brethren with local and national celebrities in a charity baseball game to benefit the Children's Cancer Center. Baseball for Kids Day 2011 brings Hall of Famers such as Goose Gossage and Jim Bunning, and celebrities from other walks of life like Larry the Cable Guy to the Bright House Field for a day of fast pitches and hard hits. To complement the fun on the field, auctions and raffles provide official merchandise excitement with on-site winners.