FREE Carnival at Glen Eyrie Castle

A FREE family-fun event at Glen Eyrie

(April 30th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Bring the entire family out for a day of fun at Glen Eyrie, hosted by Eagle Lake Camps. Tons of exciting activities, giveaways, and endless fun! What’s more, if you register for a week of camp at the event, you’ll receive $25 credit for your camper’s store account and a free limited-edition tee shirt. Mark your calendar for April 30th--this is an event you won't want to miss!

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FREE Family Film Night - TANGLED in Old Colorado City

Family Film Night--Tangled

Tuesday, April 26

When the kingdom’s most wanted – and most charming- bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he’s taken hostage by Rapunzel, a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn’s curious captor, who’s looking for her ticket out of the tower where she’s been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs.
Kids are welcome to wear pajamas to this month's family film!
Where: Old Colorado City Library
When: 6:30 PM
Cost: Free

** Special Thanks to Macaroni Kid Colorado Springs for having such a great calendar of events

Happy Easter - Fun recipes for Yummy treats

Cheesy Easter Bread By: Kyetra Belton

1 can (13.8 oz) refrigerated pizza crust
3 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon ranch dressing and seasoning mix (the dry mix in envelopes)
1/4 cup finely shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend
Pimento-stuffed olives, parsley, all for decoration

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Unroll dough and press into a rectangle, just like if you were making a pizza. Using large (3x2 inch) cookie cutters, cut into shapes. Place shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet.
In a small bowl, mix the mayo, dressing mix, and cheese. Blend well.
Spread each shape with about 1 teaspoon of may mixture. Decorate with olives and parsley.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve hot.

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies - Bird Nests!


1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup of sugar, 1 egg, bran cereal for the nest

M&M's or other candy for the eggs

Mix together the peanut butter, sugar and egg. By the teaspoon, roll into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press an indentation with finger for a place to put your "eggs". Place your candy in cookie. Stick pieces of bran cereal into the cookie for branches. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

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Easter is Coming - Bunny Walk & Egg Hunt - Colorado Springs Bear Creek Nature Center

Bear Creek Nature Center has so many GREAT activities. With Easter on April 24th, this is a great activity for your family on Saturday, April 23rd

Chocolate Bunny Walk & Egg Hunt

Saturday, Apr 23 9:00a to 10:00a
at Bear Creek Nature Center, Colorado Springs, CO

Chocolate Bunny Walk & Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 23, 9:00-10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. - Noon & 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Meet a live rabbit and learn about these furry hoppers. Then join the Bunny Guide as you hike to look for goody-filled eggs along the trail. For children ages 2-10 with an adult. ($5.00/member, $7.00/nonmember, Reservations required, 520-6387) read more

Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 520-6387

Business Tax Deductions - Make the Most of your Tax Preparation

10 tax deductions: in time for the April 18 deadline

Your tax return is due by April 18, 2011 (the deadline was extended three days this year because of weekends and holidays). If you haven't filed yet, make sure you haven't forgotten the following 10 tax deductions, which are often overlooked by real estate agents and brokers.

1. Business clothing with logos: You can deduct clothing you buy for business use only if it can't be used for ordinary street wear. This means you can't deduct a regular business suit. However, you may deduct the cost of a sport jacket, coat or other clothing item with a company logo on it.

2. Car expenses if you take standard mileage rate: If, like most small businesspeople, you use the standard mileage rate to deduct your car expenses, you get to deduct 50 cents for every business mile you drove in 2010. You don't get to separately deduct the cost of gas, insurance, depreciation and similar items because these are all included in the standard mileage rate.

However, you can still deduct certain expenses, including the interest you pay on a loan for your business car, parking and tolls. However, you can't deduct the cost of parking tickets.

3. Home telephone expenses: You get no deduction for a single phone in your home; but you may deduct the cost of long-distance phone calls and special phone services you use for business such as call waiting or message center. You may deduct the full cost of a second phone line you use at home for business, including a cell phone.

4. Business gifts: Gifts you purchase for clients are deductible as a business expense, but the deduction is limited to $25 per person per year. However, the $25 limit applies only to gifts to individuals.

It doesn't apply if you give a gift to an entire company, unless the gift was intended for a particular person or group of people within the company. Such companywide gifts are deductible in any amount, as long as it is reasonable.

5. Continuing-education courses: You can't deduct the education expenses you incur to qualify for a new business or profession. For example, you can't deduct the cost of studying for your real estate license.

However, you can deduct the cost of continuing-education courses you must take each year to maintain your license. Education that improves your knowledge and skills as a real estate professional is also deductible -- for example, you can deduct the cost of a webinar on how to use social media to find sales prospects.

6. Tax-preparation fees: You can deduct the cost of hiring a tax professional to prepare your business tax return. If the same tax pro prepares your personal and business return, you can deduct only the cost of preparing the business portion. Make sure that you get an itemized bill showing the portion of the tax preparation fee allocated to your business.

7. ATM fees, credit card fees, and interest: You can deduct ATM fees, credit card fees and other bank charges you paid during 2010 for all your business accounts.

8. Subscriptions: Real estate-related magazines and trade publications are deductible. You can also deduct the cost of subscribing to an online real estate news service.

9. Greeting cards: Greeting cards you send to clients and sales prospects are a deductible advertising expense.

10. Websites: You can deduct the cost of designing and maintaining a website you use for business. You can also deduct your Internet hosting fees and the cost of obtaining a domain name for your business.

Inman News™, March 18, 2011, By STEPHEN FISHMAN