Author: Jacque K

Newborn Hope Wine and Cheese Tasting

Newborn Hope Wine and Cheese

 

On Friday, October 24, Newborn Hope is hosting their first annual Wine and Cheese Tasting at 5th and Main Espresso Bar! Tickets are $20 (and will be available at the door) for a fun evening of wine and cheese tasting with delicious appetizers!

This event is perfect for date night and runs from 5:30-7:30! (And there is a wine grab – for $20 you pick a cork and go home with a bottle valuing up to $75!)

NBH Cheese and Wine

Now if you’re like I was 4 years ago you’re asking “What the heck is Newborn Hope?”  (Valid question – as it’s still fairly unknown here in Pueblo! But one of my goals is to change that! So stick with me for a moment while I tell you about this amazing organization!)

The Basics from the Newborn Hope website:

Newborn Hope, Inc. is a Colorado 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that raises funds and supports programs for the advancement of maternal, fetal and neonatal healthcare and well being. Newborn Hope has raised more than 4.7 million dollars for programs concerned with the prevention of premature birth and for the treatment of critically ill newborns.

But what does this really mean? Newborn Hope is a Colorado based organization – with all monies raised staying in Colorado. (And here at All Things Pueblo, we love to support local businesses and events!)

Did you know that for a long time Colorado had the HIGHEST rate of Pre-term birth in the nation? (That has since dropped, but still an interesting fact!)  In fact, in 2002 12% of all babies born in Colorado were pre-term – meaning they were born prior to 36 weeks gestation.

Newborn Hope is helping to raise awareness and prevention of premature childbirth. The organization was started in Colorado Springs in 1973 by Zoya Dickins Miller with a luncheon called “November Noel” and has been going strong ever since! There is a luncheon every February here in Pueblo at the Country Club. (2015’s will be February 6 – if you’re interested, just fill our our contact form and we can get you more information!)

So what does money go to? It goes out in the form of Grants, with Pueblo County receiving grant money for everything from equipment for the NICU’s to taxi vouchers for parents with premature babies for medical care. But the really great thing is that all the money raised by this primarily volunteer run organization (with only 2 very part time staff members) is that it stays in Colorado!

If you’re interested in purchasing a ticket for the Wine and Cheese Tasting, or learning more about Newborn Hope, please leave a comment below, or fill out our contact form!  (I am a co-chair for the 2015 luncheon, and can gladly share information about this fantastic organization!)

Autumn in Pueblo

Autumn Activities

It’s Autumn in Pueblo, and while we’ve already experienced Chile Fest and know that the Bell Rings Red for a fifth year? There’s still plenty to do in and around Pueblo this season!  (As always, if we’ve missed an event?? Please use our event submission page, or contact us on Facebook!)

Pueblo Pumpkin Patches and Corn Maizes!

Frederika Corn Maze – voted one of the top 10 by USA TODAY, is located near Avondale, and  presenting a “Colorado” themed corn maze for its inaugural 2014 event. Located at 47522 McHarg Road,  Pueblo, CO  81006.

Great Pumpkin Patch is an event held every October at Pantaleo Produce.  You can join in a group field trip to the patch, or come for the “Great Pumpkin Patch by Moonlight”.  Free Admission onto the Farm, Free Hayrides, Free Spookley the Square Pumpkin Theatre, Giant Corn Maze, Pumpkin Picking, Pony Rides, Inflatables, Face Painting, Crafts, Costume Contest, Great Food provided by The Pueblo Chile Company 

The Corn Maze will be open October 10th through the 31st!!! 

October 18th

The 2nd Annual Monster Dash is coming up on October 18th at DiSanti Farms. The Junior League of Pueblo is putting on the 5K Run/Walk.

October 25th

ZooBoo – Always a wonderful place to the kids.  Your children can explore the zoo in costume, while stopping at treat stations for candy.

Nature & Raptor Center of Pueblo –  Located at 5200 Nature Center Road.  1:00-4:00 pm.  Family fun including a bounce house, crafts, costume parade, story hike, costume contest, birds of prey, gift bags, games Members: $4 children/adults free Non-members: $5 children/adults free.

Haunted Kiddie Rides – All rides and bounce houses will be open from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Located at 800 Goodnight Avenue. Bounce houses, rides, spooky train tunnel, face painting and more! Costumes are encouraged!

Scary Skate –  Scary Skate from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at the Pueblo Ice Arena located at 100 N. Grand Avenue .  Costume Contest and Candy! $2 per skate!

New! Trinity Life Center – Located at 36 Merritt Court.  Free pony rides, bounce house, door prizes, and games from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

5th Annual Free Spooktacular Jr. Jeepers Creepers Carnival  –  Located at Affordable Storage Solutions, 90 Greenhorn Drive.  FREE Carnival games, Bounce House, and balloon animals from Mr. Magic.  Lots of candy, treats and prizes from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. 

October 30th

New! Southside Children’s Center is having harvest festival from 6 to 8 at the 4H building located in state fair grounds!! Donation appreciated

New! ARC of Pueblo costume party and dance for special needs individuals at the Sangre De Cristo Arts Center from 4 pm to 7 pm.  It’s a wonderful time and a great opportunity for any and all special needs friends or family members you may have or know to get out and have a GREAT TIME! It is a costume party and attendees are encouraged to dress up and enjoy themselves! There will be prizes and treats given out throughout the dance!

Please invite any and all special needs friends and family members of any age to come on out and have some fun and dance!

October 31st

Family Worship Center – Annual Harvest Party & Chili Cook-Off  6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Located at 3800 Parker Blvd.  Children dress up and go from parked trunk to trunk (in a row) and get treats. Then they go inside for games, jumping castles, snacks and events.

Fellowship of the Rockies – Fall Festival from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Located at  3892 W. Northern Avenue. Kids and parents of all ages are invited. Activities will include: trunk or treating, carnival games, bounce house and food.

Amazing Grace Fellowship Church  located in Pueblo West at 142 S Stardust Dr, Pueblo West starting at 5:00 pm.  Children dress up and go from parked trunk to trunk and get treats. There’s  also free food, games, candy, snacks and events. 

Trinity Lutheran 1st Annual Trunk or Treat from 6:00-7:00 located at 701 W. Evans Avenue.

Pueblo Christian Center – Trunk or Treat located at 1605 S. Pueblo blvd.  They will have inflatables, the Spider Jump multiple-trampolines, games, candy, tons of fun decorated trunks, and local food trucks with delicious treats for sale!  FREE from 6:00-8:00 pm.

New! Rocky Mountain Family Church – Located 1700 Horseshoe Drive.  Everything is free and you can win 1 of 12 bikes.  There is also games, bounce houses, and CANDY!!

New! Pueblo Mall will be hosting their annual trick-or-treat from 4:00-6:00 pm with a carnival, then magic show and trick-or-treating at 6:00 pm.


If, you know of a “family friendly” event that we should add to our list please leave a comment and we will make sure to add it!

 

 

 

 

This Weekend in Pueblo (Oct 10-12)

This Weekend In Pueblo

October is a busy time of year, so we decided to put together one post where you can find a whole bunch of fun stuff going on in Pueblo this weekend! (And there’s lots!) If you know of a family-friendly event that we missed? You can always fill our our event submission form, or leave us a message on our Facebook Page!

Friday October 10

  • The CSU Pueblo Thunderwolves Soccer team plays Colorado Christian at 7pm!
  • Laser Light Skate at the Pueblo Ice Arena! From 5:30-7:30, cost is $5 and includes skate rental!
  • Pueblo Central plays Pueblo County at 7pm at Pueblo County High School.
  • Steel City Theater Company (241 S. Santa Fe) is opening Rocky Horror Picture Show at 7pm. Adult tickets are $10, senior adults/students are $7. Shows at 7PM on 10/10, 10/11, 10/17, 10/18, 10/24, and10/25; at 10PM on 10/18, 10/24, and 10/25; and at 2PM on 10/12, 10/19, and 10/26.

Saturday October 11

  • Arts and Crafts Boutique, Eagles Auxiliary #145. Saturday, October 11, 9am-4pm. 1615 South Prairie. Lunch served at noon. For information, contact Jackie 719-250-7334. Public welcome
  • St. Mary-Corwin’s Farm Stand. It will be in the paved parking lot on Lake Avenue, north of the Fire Station #4 from 8-10:30 a.m. Only fresh locally sourced vegetables sold. October 11th featured item will be pumpkins.

Sunday October 12

  • Pokemon League/Tournament – 3:00 PM at Chaos Games and More (Poke’mon League/Tournament for kids and adults. $5 entry, prizes awarded based on age and number of players.)
  • Mesa Junction Art Bash at 2:00 PM in the Rawlings library courtyard. Enjoy arts, crafts, food, entertainment and fun! Free and open to the public.
  • Origami Odyssey at 2:00 PM in the Rawlings library Idea factory in the outdoor courtyard models from the book, “The Paris Wife,” will be folded, public welcome, Mary Tucey, 544-6420.

Do you know of something else going on this weekend in Pueblo? Please leave a comment below and let us know!

 

The Pueblo Slopper

Pueblo Slopper

Recently while brainstorming upcoming posts for All Things Pueblo, we both realized that we were having a lot of fun making Green Chile Recipes for the blog, and it came up that I had never tried a Slopper! (I know, having been in Pueblo for 14 years? This was a bit crazy! I love all things green chile – is it too late to rename this website?? Yet somehow, I’d never tried a Slopper!)  (And if you stick with us for a minute, we’ve got a recipe for the All Things Pueblo Slopper at the bottom of this post!)

A few years back the Slopper (and Gray’s Coors Tavern and Sunset Inn) were featured on the Travel Channel’s Food Wars show! And every year Chile Fest is full of vendors selling their version of the Slopper! (And the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce even made their own video, featuring 25 restaurants locally that serve Sloppers!) So I decided it was finally time to try one! (I went with Gray’s Coors Tavern for my first, and it was DELICIOUS! But there will be more Sloppers in my future, for sure!)

So before I share our recipe with you guys, let’s look at what a Slopper is! (Because I even asked on Facebook where your favorite place to get a Slopper is, and we had a few people ask what they were – so a definition is a must!)

A Slopper at it’s basic? A Cheeseburger smothered in Green Chili, topped with onions and cheese.

But there are so many different versions of this fantastic meal! (Pueblo Pulp has a video with this AMAZING version, using a local BINGO Burger as their beef and Papa Jose’s Green Chili for the ULTIMATE Slopper! Oh My Gosh!! I need to try this one!!) Serious Eats posted a recipe for their version, which also looks AMAZING! (My family is going to get so sick of Sloppers as I try all these recipes!)

In hunting, I even found Best Burger Review, which lists Pueblo among the “Four Cities with Iconic Burgers“!  (Ok, I just think it’s kind of awesome that there’s a website dedicated to nothing but burgers! It’s making me giggle just a little!)

So now it’s time to share our version of the Slopper with you!

 

The All Things Pueblo Slopper
A delicious version of the Pueblo Favorite!
Ingredients
  • Your Favorite Hamburger Recipe
  • Toasted Hamburger Buns
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Onions
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Recipe for All Things Pueblo Green Chili
  • 1 1/2 pounds of diced pork (or hamburger)
  • 6-8 Pueblo roasted green chilies, skin removed, cut into small pieces
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup of flour (approx.)
  • 30 ounces of water or chicken broth (your choice)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup of diced fresh tomatoes or 1 (12 ounce) can of Rotel tomatoes & chilies
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
Instructions
Green Chili
  1. In large skillet brown pork in oil, until the meat is slightly pink.
  2. Add onion and garlic, cook until they become soft. Add flour and stir, browning flour like if you were making gravy.
  3. Add water (or chicken broth) slowing and keep stirring until it’s bubbling.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil, then turn heat to low.
Slopper
  1. Make your favorite Hamburger Recipe (we prefer them grilled!)
  2. Toast your Bun
  3. Set Assembled Hamburger in a bowl (yes, you need a bowl!)
  4. Pour Green Chili over top of Burger
  5. Top with Diced Onions and Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Be sure to try our other Green Chile Recipes too!  Including Pueblo Chile Beer Can Chicken, Green Chile and Cheddar Corn Bread, and Green Chile and Corn Queso Dip!

Pueblo West Fall Festival – Oct 4

 

Fall Festival in Pueblo West

The Pueblo West Fall Festival is coming up, October 4! From 10 am to 2 pm you can head down to Pueblo West Fire Station Three  (729 E Gold Drive) for a fun afternoon! This event is FREE, and game tickets are $.25!  This is one of my favorite Pueblo West Events, and as mentioned? It’s FREE!!

The available activities:

  • bounce house
  • pie eating contest
  • balloon pop
  • ducky pond
  • pumpkin decorating
  • face painting
  • bean bag toss
  • fire challenges
  • bake sale
  • mini games
  • and much more………

According to the Pueblo West View, the first 75 kids through the door will receive a FREE Pumpkin – donated from local farms!

The fire station will be giving tours, and a truck will be on display – along with several interactive fire safety lessons! And Sparky the Fire Dog will be there too! (Plus, a flight for life helicopter will land!)

Autumn

We are currently compiling a list of Fall activities around Pueblo! As you know, All Things Pueblo is run by two local moms who got tired of hunting for things to do with our kiddos around town! Unfortunately, we’re also very busy with work and day-to-day life, so we sometimes miss events or don’t hear about them until it’s too late! So we greatly appreciate your help!  If you have an event of your own, or know of something going on around town? Please let us know! You can Submit an Event through our website, or you can send us a message through our Facebook Page!

An example of events and activities we’re looking for is the Frederika Fall Festival and Corn Maize! USA TODAY named it as one of the Top Ten Corn Maizes in the US! And it’s right in our backyard!!  (They also have a great group rate, which is perfect for your youth group, mom’s group or other outings!)