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Dancers Shimmy for TESSA, Domestic Violence Awareness
As Part of Worldwide Shimmy Mob

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Several local dancers have a mission to raise awareness of domestic violence and funds for TESSA on Saturday, May 12th. The dancing will take place at several locations in Colorado Springs with three dances performed at each location:
 
•Third Space Coffee – 5670 N Academy Blvd. at 9am
 
•Library 21C – 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. at 10:10am
 
•Rico’s Café – 322 N Tejon St. at 10:45 am
 
•Downtown - Rocky Mountain Soap Market and  Zeezo’s on Tejon Street, Photography Studio at 127 ½ E. Bijou, and Acacia Park from 12-2:15pm

•Chapel Hills Mall - 1710 Briargate Blvd at 3:00 p.m.
 
 
The Colorado Springs Shimmy Mob team has taken part in the worldwide Shimmy Mob for four years, and the Team has raised approximately $3,500 for TESSA. TESSA is dedicated to helping women and their children achieve safety and wellbeing while challenging communities to end sexual and family violence. TESSA’s programs include a confidential Safehouse, Victim Advocacy, Counseling and Children’s Programs, a 24/7 Crisis Line, and Community Outreach and Education.
 
The efforts of the Colorado Springs Team are part of the overall Shimmy Mob goal - to raise awareness of domestic violence and to promote and support organizations making a difference for domestic violence victims.
 
Shimmy Mob performances take place on World Bellydance Day as part of a flash mob type event with dancers and non-dancers performing a belly dance choreography. Worldwide there are 1991 registered participants across 169 cities.
 
For more information about the efforts of the Shimmy Mob Team in Colorado Springs please contact Lindsay Callahan, 720.234.5978, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
More information about Shimmy Mob can be found at www.ShimmyMob.com.
 
Information about TESSA and the need for its programs can be found at http://www.tessacs.org/.                 
                                        

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Press Release (RedEnergyPR.com)

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care of Colorado Springs, Colorado is please to announce that Dr. Angela Poppe Ries, MD has joined them as Medical Director.

For information on Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care visit http://www.pikespeakhospice.org.

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Pilot program designed to enhance visitor experience

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Following a transportation study conducted earlier this year, the Garden of the Gods Foundation and the City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will partner in implementing a free public shuttle this summer in Garden of the Gods Park. The optional shuttle will be offered for approximately 90 days between the end of May and beginning of September, which is when the park experiences the greatest number of visitors. An estimated 5.8 million people visited the park in 2017.



“Launching the shuttle system this summer is part of our incremental approach to apply small-scale pilot programs to gauge impact and measure feedback on utilization patterns,” said Kim King, parks and recreation manager. “We know we won’t have all the answers right away, but because we want to increase alternative ways to experience the garden, it’s critically important to test programs like this shuttle.”

The shuttle fleet will be comprised of two 14-passenger vans that will take approximately 30 minutes to complete a three-stop loop at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and the intersection of Gateway Road and Juniper Way Loop, which connects to a trail into the Central Garden zone. To accommodate parking for shuttle users, a temporary parking lot with the capacity to hold 400 vehicles will be constructed near the intersection of 30th Street and Gateway Drive at Rock Ledge Ranch. Shuttles will depart the free Rock Ledge Ranch parking lot approximately every 15 minutes daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Adventures Out West – which currently offers guided, purchasable jeep, Segway and trolley tours from the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center – will manage and operate the shuttle. It will be funded by both the Garden of the Gods Foundation, a 501(c)(3) created in 1994 to preserve and maintain the park, and the parks department. The foundation also owns and operates the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.

Shuttle users will be encouraged to participate in a text-based survey to share their feedback. Additional information will be available at gardenofthegods.com and coloradosprings.gov/gogtransportationstudy.

The transportation study, funded by the Garden of the Gods Foundation, was conducted by Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. In addition to the study, the Parks department also sought feedback from residents in March about proposed ways to alleviate congestion, enhance access and reduce emissions.

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Press Release (VisitCOS.com)

The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, Venue Health & Analytics LLC and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services have partnered to launch a new healthcare tourism website, ChampionshipCareColoradoSprings.org. The goal of the site is to hyper-target potential patients in U.S. counties who search key terms that relate to specialized procedures and highlight Colorado Springs as a destination.



The site includes a categorized listing of highly rated Colorado Springs healthcare services, information and resources for these consumers. Penrose-St. Francis’ facilities, physicians and high ratings in hip, knee and heart valve replacement, alongside highly desirable visitor amenities, uniquely position Colorado Springs as an ideal choice for away-from-home healthcare.

“As healthcare providers, we have to reach consumers and patients wherever they are, and this partnership is an excellent opportunity to connect platforms,” Chris Valentine, Director of Marketing and Communications for Penrose-St. Francis, said. “We are on a mission to build flourishing communities by providing world-class whole person care and we want to share that mission with everyone, no matter where they are located.”

The site’s SEO marketing will be managed by Venue Health. “We provide destination health and predictive analytic services designed to improve access to higher quality health care services. Our work fosters compelling brand creations that visualizes both medical and tourism data in an industry that is undergoing explosive growth,” says Venue Health CEO Bob Durham.

Considering Colorado Springs and nearby Manitou Springs were founded on medical tourism, the concept isn’t new. Healing mineral waters, ample sunshine and fresh mountain air made the region a popular recovery choice for those suffering from tuberculosis in the late 1800s. “There is a lucrative and untapped market for medical tourism. People are willing to travel to other U.S. destinations, for longer periods of time, for top-quality health care and a beautiful location in which to recover. There’s no better place to do that than right here at the foot of the Rocky Mountains,” says CVB Chief Innovation Officer Amy Long. The partnership aims to fulfill the CVB’s mission to bring more visitors to Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak.

The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau is the leading marketing organization for group and leisure travel and tourism to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. The organization is dedicated to a strong national and international presence so that tourism is a primary contributor to a thriving local economy. The CVB mission is to bring more visitors to Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care facility offering a full complement of emergency, medical and surgical services Penrose-St. Francis is part of Centura Health. Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, senior living communities, health neighborhoods, home care and hospice services, we are making the region’s best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. For more information about Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, visit www.penrosestfrancis.org.

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

Mountain Metropolitan Transit kicked off its tourist season shuttle service last week by operating an additional route on the Manitou Springs corridor. The additional shuttle route adds service to bustling Manitou Avenue daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and extended hours to midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. The shuttles provided over 193,243 rides during the 2017 summer season, a 29% increase over 2016. Visit MMT’s website for shuttle bus times and to view a map of the routes.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses use clean diesel technology and are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Mountain Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.mmtransit.com, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).