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.
Open for 26 years, Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy transforms fledgling muscle molders into bona fide massage therapists with practical, on-the-job training. Tense backs and stressed frames hop onto the bliss bed for an hour of relaxing Swedish or therapeutic massage, performed by a well-trained, bright-eyed student yet to become jaded by the spine’s unrelenting arrogance. During the Swedish massage, well-rehearsed hands strum the strings of tranquility across the back in long, sweeping strokes, and therapeutic-massage techniques untie tense knots and kinks with the speed and accuracy of an auctioneer’s secretary taking dictation.
A Hirschfield-style line drawing of George Burns dominates the brick wall of the Loonees stage. The good-natured caricature–complete with the comedian's trademark round glasses and enormous cigar–watches over modern comics as they launch their best lines into the crowd, from Saved By the Bell alumnus Dustin Diamond to hyperactive J.J. "Dy-no-mite!" Walker from Good Times. Appetizers, sandwiches, and desserts comprise the menu, which visitors peruse before the spotlight sets the stage aglow.
Sensory overload is the stock and trade at Rawkus. The massive venue, sporting 13,000 square feet for hundreds of regular-shaped feet to stand in, carries electronic accoutrements that range from a surrealistic laser system to a pro audio system for transcendent evenings out. While sprinkling its schedule with DJs, dance parties, and rock acts, the venue also serves beer and liquor from its bar and snacks from its kitchen.
At 84 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breathing, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CorePower Yoga classes lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. During construction of all its new studios, CorePower Yoga strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
Look in any direction at Cleats Bar and Grill, and there's likely to be some kind of competition in sight. HD televisions peer down on visitors, casting football, hockey, and baseball games across their glowing faces. Friendly bouts of pool and darts break out elsewhere, while foosball players spin their miniature players until they vomit LEGO blocks. On the outdoor patio, guests surrounding the fire pit pass subtle bets on which log will be the last to crumble into ash. All the while, these varying gladiators take bites from team-themed burgers and hoist domestic and craft beers.