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Saturday events, Mother's Day deals

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado is hyping up for Prince Harry's visit, but that is not the only event going on in Southern Colorado this weekend.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Saturday is the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. It's the nation's largest single-day food drive. Last year, more than 70 million pounds of food donations were collected. In Southern Colorado, about 88,000 pounds of food were collected.

This year, the Campbell Soup Company is joining forces with Southern Colorado letter carriers again to stamp out hunger across America.

To participate, just leave a sturdy bag filled with non-perishable food items (e.g., canned soup, canned vegetable, peanut butter, pasta, rice) by your mailbox before the regular, scheduled time of mail delivery. Local letter carriers will collect the donations while they deliver mail. The donations will be taken to Care and Share Food Bank.

United Way Fundraiser at Fun Yogurt

United Way of Pueblo County is holding a fundraiser Saturday to help those in need in the Pueblo community. You can help its cause, all while enjoying a delicious frozen yogurt treat. 

The fundraiser will be held at the downtown Pueblo location of Fun Yogurt from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thirty percent of the proceeds will benefit United Way funded programs.

If you cannot make it to the fundraiser, you can still help by making donations to United Way at either of the two Fun Yogurt locations until Monday, May 20.

Fun Yogurt
Downtown Pueblo - 223 S. Union Ave.
Inside Pueblo Mall

National Train Day

Saturday is also National Train Day. The sixth annual event celebrates why trains matter, and there will be a free event in La Junta for the celebration.

The event will take place at the Amtrak La Junta Station (1 West First St.) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature plenty of family-friendly activities and train-themed displays.

National Train Day Activities in La Junta
-Tours of Amtrak railcars with a locomotive
-Chuggington Kids Depot with train-themed kids' activities based on the popular animated television series on Disney Junior
-An HO scale operating model train provided by Walthers, featuring Amtrak equipment, including an Amtrak locomotive and passenger cars

Spring Greenway Cleanup 2013

Also happening Saturday is Spring Greenway Cleanup 2013. Colorado Springs residents will be volunteering to cleanup two of the community's and region's most important waterways - Fountain Creek and Monument Creek.

Starting at 10 a.m., volunteers will work by America the Beautiful Park in downtown Colorado Springs, where Fountain Creek and Monument Creek meet, to clean up the banks and property that line the creeks.

To join in on the clean-up efforts, meet at the park at 10 a.m. Make sure to bring sunscreen, gloves and a water bottle.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

In Pueblo, it is Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday. The event is only open to residents of the city and county of Pueblo.

You can drop-off hazardous waste from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Colorado State Fair Grounds (Gate 3 - Mesa Ave.) You will only be able to enter from the westbound lane of Mesa Ave.

Waste items you can drop-off, free of charge, include: chemicals, poisons, mercury-containing devices (such as fluorescent bulbs, thermometers and thermostats), paints and stains, vehicle and household batteries, motor oil, antifreeze and appliances.

Appliances containing Freon (such as refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners) can be dropped off for an additional $5 fee per item. Passenger tires may also be dropped off for a $1 per tire fee, with a limit of 12 tires. Electronic waste (computers or TVs) is accepted for a fee, upwards of $5 each, depending on size.

No bio-medical waste, ammunition, yard debris, furniture or household trash will be accepted.

No waste will be accepted from businesses, schools or large facilities.

Mother's Day Perks

This weekend is also Mother's Day weekend, and there are several places in Southern Colorado honoring mothers by offering them some perks.

The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is offering moms free admission on Sunday. The first 500 moms to arrive will also get a keepsake packet of springtime seeds.

The park is also offering perks to all active and retired military, and all Fremont County residents this month with half-price admission through the end of May.   

Seven Falls is also offering moms free admission on Sunday.

The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center is offering moms a buy-one-get-one deal on Sunday. Moms will get free admission with one paid adult or child admission.

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