Biz Buzz:
‘Puppet Maker’ to open at Simpich

       The Simpich Showcase Theatre will present “The Puppet Maker: A Story of Christmas,” Nov. 20-Dec. 31.

A scene from David Simpich’s “The Puppet Maker.”
Courtesy of Simpich Showcase

       In a live presentation using nearly 20 hand-carved marionettes, puppeteer/ actor/writer David Simpich will portray a village woodcarver on Christmas Eve preparing a marionette Nativity scene for a local Christmas music festival.
       The theater is at 2413 W. Colorado Ave.
       The show is one of 14 developed by Simpich for his one-man performances over the past 20-plus years. He and his wife Debby, the business manager, opened the Showcase in 2009 with the help of his parents (long-time character doll makers Bob and Jan Simpich) and their own children.
       For specific performance dates, times and prices, call 465-2492 or go to
       CARES fundraiser Nov. 26
       Meadow Muffins and Colorado Springs Construction are sponsoring a fundraising event for Westside CARES Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 1 p.m. to closing.
       Included will be live music from several bands, door prizes and a silent auction. A portion of the Meadow Muffins revenues will be contributed to Westside CARES along with food items and funds raised during the event.
       Westside CARES is a long-time, church-sponsored emergency assistance entity, which recently relocated to 2808 W. Colorado Ave.
       Toy drive for hospital
       A retail business with locally made home furnishings and children's boutique items recently opened at 2616 W. Colorado Ave., Suites 15 and 16.
       The store, Reynolds Funny Farm, will have a special event Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, hosting a toy drive for the Children's Hospital. People who bring a new unwrapped toy can take advantage of store sales, according to owner Lydia Reynolds.
       Open Tuesday to Sunday, the business specializes in “green” home decor and furniture, she said.
       The phone is (805) 815-8757. The e-mail is

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