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Pottery Barn / Sherwin-Williams Paint Seminar

To all who are building their new homes and to those who are planning to renew their homes…this is a free service to BFT Discount Card holders!

Fall is just around the corner and has already arrived at Pottery Barn! Thinking of painting a room, an accent wall or the entire house? Would love to try out a special paint technique? Not sure about which color or colors to choose?

Join us for a Paint Seminar with Sherwin-Williams
Saturday, August 2 at 9am
Pottery Barn at the Shops at Briargate

Meet Jean Cahill, from Sherwin Williams, and bring your questions! Jean will discuss the new Pottery Barn fall color palette, how paint impacts a space, trends in painting and painting techniques. And of course, our Design Team will be on-hand to help you pull everything together with accent pillows,
throws and other decorative accessories.

Please RSVP to the store @ 719-265-6916. Space is limited for this seminar.

“From Ashes to Memories” Part II


On Saturday, August 2nd, from 1PM to 4PM, Aspen Pointe will host an event in partnership with Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at La Foret. Like the previous event, this will be a chance for survivors of the Black Forest Fire to bring in their keepsakes from the fire and work with artists to transform them into new memories. All art materials provided at no charge. Reserve a slot at (719) 572-6100. Please see attached flyer for more information.

“Women with Roots” Support Group To Meet August 6

Come join in for a couple hours of fellowship and laughs. Take a break before the school year starts back up with all of its tasks!

We will discuss the upcoming clothing swap and just enjoy each other’s company. Who knows, we may even play another round of Charades since it was so fun in July. We will meet at the Black Forest Fire Station, 11445 Teachout Road, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  For assistance contact Kath Schnorr at or Nancy Trosper at

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Black Forest Together Has a Brand-New Wood Chipper!

The American Red Cross has purchased a wood chipper for BFT to use while working on community projects and forest recovery.

If you are in need and would like to request a work team to use the woodchipper on your property, please contact Bill Mantia at Bill Mantia is managing chipper requests. He will require a site visit. In your email request please provide your name, address , phone, email, number of acres, percent black/green, home partial or total loss and willing/able to volunteer. Bill will contact you to set up the visit

The chipper will not be deployed without a BFT team lead trained on the machine. This individual will operate the chipper because of liability issues. Homeowners can assist in handing slash to the operator. We are focused on liability and safety as well as service to the community. Under no circumstances will the chipper be loaned out to homeowners.



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Get Your High-Visibility House Number Sign at the Black Forest Fire Station

Many Black Forest homes have no house numbers, or numbers that are hard to see – especially in rain, snow or smoke. If you need to improve your numbers, you can now get these simple high-visibility house number signs at Station One.

The numbers are 4 inches tall, reflective and are installed on both sides of the post. They are designed to take an impact of over 60 MPH and bounce back. The cost is $25.00, installed. If you lost your home in the Black Forest Fire, your sign is FREE and we will install it for you. Order yours by calling Station One at 495-4300, or stop in to sign up. Payment can be made at the station or arrangements made to collect on installment at the home (exact amount please).

These number signs are not required, but can help our members find you quickly when minutes matter.

Black Forest Discount Cards Still Available

The BFT Discount Card is a win-win way to help Black Forest families and local businesses recover together. Our families get a price break on the things they need to rebuild their homes and restore their land. And businesses – especially our local Black Forest businesses – get a valuable opportunity to showcase their products or services. Click here to see the current list of participating businesses.