Biz buzz:
New children’s book on rock-climbing uses Garden of the Gods

       A recent title in a local children's book series uses the Garden of the Gods to teach kids about rock-climbing.
       Author Jeffrey Keller Jr. was signing copies of “Ricky Climbs in Garden of the Gods” at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center June 22. The book, a color paperback, is available in the center gift store.
       A Pine Creek High School math teacher, Keller said he chose the Garden for the locale because of its rock-climbing popularity, and “it's right here in the city. It's a wonderful place.”
       Included in the book are names of local birds, rock formation history, climbing rules, types of equipment, names of wildlife and Garden climbing routes.
       Keller uses a rhyming format. An example is this couplet: “Before we can climb, the rules we must learn/ The Visitor Center is where we now turn.”
       Other Ricky books teach about rafting and climbing Pikes Peak.
       Artists Laura Reilly and Tracy Miller will present free painting demonstrations at the Garden of The Gods Trading Post Gallery, 324 Beckers Lane, Sunday, July 20, from noon to 3 p.m.
       Reilly owns the Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 4.
       Om & Garden, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 19, offers yoga classes four days a week.
       Owner/certified yoga instructor Kimberly Miller teaches Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and Thursday and Friday mornings.
       Drop-in students are welcome, and package rates are also available.
       The phone is 761-3300. The website is
       Susan Steinberger, part owner of Gary's Collision and a 25-year Westside resident, is now offering auto, home, life and health insurance through American National Insurance Co.
       Her office is at 1626 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 100. Hours are by appointment. The phone is 635-7757.

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