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(Care and) Share recipes
Care and Share Food Bank recently published Recipes for Hope 2008, a collective of diverse recipes from Southern Colorado chefs. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds from each $15 book, available at, will go directly to the region's only food bank for locally and nationally donated and purchased food.

According to participant and Care and Share spokesperson-chef William Alfonsin Von Goeben, the 124-page cookbook includes recipes intended for the average cook, though many of the best gourmet chefs in the region have offered favorites. Dishes span from breakfast to dinner and dessert, and even include a contribution of broccoli casserole from Mayor Lionel Rivera and his wife, Lynn. Adding a nice touch between the recipes, the book also features personal stories from each contributor and information about Care and Share's operations, mission and goals. Call 528-1247 for more.

Much ado at the Margarita
The Margarita at PineCreek (7350 Pine Creek Road) is set to unveil a number of warm-weather activities and special events. The sunset patio, with a new lounge menu, as well as a nightly happy hour and Thursday night live music, is already open. Plus, you'll get a new bluegrass brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays during the summer months. The restaurant will host the Colorado Farm and Art Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning June 14. Lastly, the ever-popular dinner-and-a-movie series returns at sundown, June 6 (first-come, first-served) with a themed prix fixe dinner option. Call 598-8667 for more.

Take note
The Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival takes place from noon to 6 p.m., June 7. Admission of $25 buys a souvenir glass and tastings from 22 Colorado wineries. Call 685-5089 or visit for more.

China Village (203 N. Union Blvd.) will host the Colorado Springs Chinese Cultural Institute and guests at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 12 for a gourmet Chinese dinner. Ralph Pollock, CEO of AsiaPacific Access, will present "China's Changing Landscape" over a meal that includes barbecued duck as well as chicken, beef and seafood samplings. The dinner costs $25 for non-members, and payments are due by June 10. Call 287-7624 or visit for more. Compiled by Matthew Schniper

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