Chorale hosting annual Chefs’ Gala

The Colorado Springs Chorale is hosting its 21st annual Chefs’ Gala, a competition among local chefs in the categories of appetizers, entrees and desserts, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Broadmoor International Center.

The event includes a silent auction and live entertainment featuring the chorale’s 12-person pops ensemble, Mosaic and the Teske Jazz Quartet.

Restaurants, caterers and chefs participating include Heidi Cottrill of Amuse Gourmet Inc., Gene Kalesti of the Antlers Grille, K.T. Trombley of Bella Panini, Derek DeVries Howard of Black Tie Gourmet Deli & Catering, James Davis of The Blue Star, Rebecca Christensen of Blue Vervain, Lawrence A. Johnson of Briarhurst Manor, Vito Iacobbo of Charles Court at the Broadmoor, Michael Wood of Cheyenne Mountain Country Club, Bill Poulin of Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Doug Blazavich and Scott Savage of The Cliffhouse at Pikes Peak, Jackie Williams of Cunningham’s Catering and Supper Club, Brandon Martin of The Famous, Andrew Darrigan of The Food Designers Fine Catering, Mark Clements of Gratzi at the Wyndham, Nita Faust of The Herb Garden Bistro, Ivan Sisneros of Liberty Heights Retirement Resort, Eric Viedt of The Margarita at Pine Creek, Steve and Kay Carlson of The Melting Pot, Otho Spencer of Otho’s Gourmet 80906 Café, Camron Welch of Sonterra Grill, Tajinder Dhillon of Taste of India, David Platzer of Tavern at The Broadmoor, Mickey Harden of Tavern at The Broadmoor and BB Bean Coffee Roasters.

Tickets are $90 each or $810 for a table of 10. For more information, visit or call 634-3737.

Nonprofit Excellence hosting workshops

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence is hosting two workshops geared for the nonprofit newcomer and those wanting a basic refresher Feb. 23 at the Penrose House.

“Creating Your Message: The Case for Support” is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, and “Effective Grant Writing” is scheduled from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $45 for each session. In addition, as part of the center’s mini-MBA series, an all-day workshop focusing on nonprofit financial management is scheduled Feb. 15. The cost is $100.

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For more information, call 575-4341.

Employment Readiness hosting Carson job fair

The Employment Readiness Program, Army Community Service of Fort Carson, is hosting a job fair from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 24 at the Post Field House Building 1829, on the corner of Prussman Boulevard and Specker Avenue.

The job fair is free to recruiting employers and attendees. Anyone who is able to gain access to the post can attend.

For more information, contact Mercedes Jamieson, program manager, at

Ent Federal Credit Union hosting seminars

Ent Federal Credit Union is hosting the following seminars in February and March:

Getting Your Affairs in Order: Wills and Other Important Documents Everyone Needs – 6 to 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23, 4545 Galley Road. Register at or call 550-6095.

First-Time Home Buyers – 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 25, 4545 Galley Road. Register at or call 550-6998.

Give Yourself Credit: Preparing for Your First Loan – 10 a.m. to noon, March 11, 4545 Galley Road. Register at or call 550-6095.

First-Time Home Buyers – 10 a.m. to noon, March 18, 4545 Galley Road. Register at or call 550-6998.

Building a Home: Help from the Ground Up – 10 a.m. to noon, March 25, 4545 Galley Road. Register at or call 550-6998.

Start Your Own Business SCORE workshops for 2006

SCORE, Service Corps of Retired Executives, has announced the schedule for its free workshop, “Should You Start Your Own Business,” for the first half of 2006. All workshops are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and registration is not necessary.

  • Feb. 27: Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room
  • March 20: East Library, Community Room
  • April 4: Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room
  • April 25: Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room
  • May 16: East Library, Community Room
  • June 6: Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room

The workshop will include information about how to access and evaluate your business ideas, how to assess your risks and management skills while setting realistic expectations, funding realities for a start up, marketing considerations – such as demand, customers and competition, the business plan – describing your business, the marketing plan, the financial plan and why you need one, and how SCORE counselors can help with the process.

For more information, call the SCORE office at 636-3074.

State offering sales tax class

The Colorado Department of Revenue is offering a free training seminar about state sales tax issues at 2:30 p.m. March 2 at 4420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

The seminar also will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3 and 17 at 1881 Pierce St., Room 110 in Lakewood.

The seminar includes information about sales topics and a review of all forms related to sales tax collection and remittance. Participants will learn about sales tax licenses, trade names, how to collect sales tax, distinguishing sales and use tax, and electronic services.

Training materials are provided and no pre-registration is necessary. For more information, visit

Workforce center hosting summer hiring event

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is seeking employers who understand the impending worker shortage and are willing to hire and train their future work force.

Local businesses that need summer help and are willing to hire and train young workers are encouraged to attend the center’s Youth Summer Opportunity Fair noon to 4 p.m. March 8 at the Doubletree World Arena. The event is part of the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt.

There is no charge for booth space, but availability is limited. Call 667-3833 for reservations.

For more information, visit

IRS, state hosting wage withholding class

The Colorado Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service are offering a free training seminar about wage withholding from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 at 1881 Pierce St., Room 110 in Lakewood.

Information will be available about IRS and state withholding regulations. The Department of Labor and Employment will discuss labor requirements and unemployment insurance issues, and an independent insurance agent will discuss workers’ compensation.

Training materials are provided and continued professional education credits are available. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Send full name, date of session, e-mail address and phone number to For more information, visit

SCORE offering workshops for military personnel

The Colorado Springs SCORE chapter is offering “Starting a Small Business” workshops for members of the military.

The four-hour course is designed to answer the basic questions for people leaving the service and starting a small business.

The presentation includes discussions about the advantages and disadvantages of starting from scratch, purchasing a franchise or buying an existing business. While the information is an important first step, it does not replace the need to seek legal and accounting advice for concerns unique to an individual business.

Registration is done through the Family Support Center at each base or post. The cost is $15 per participant. Additional information is available by calling the SCORE office at 636-3074.

Programs are scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

Fort Carson – May 9, Aug. 8 and Nov. 14

Peterson Air Force Base – May 3, Aug. 2 and Nov. 1

Schriever Air Force Base – May 23, Aug. 29 and Nov. 7