Around Town: 13th Butterflies Flight auction goes virtual, raises $100,000 for D-11 and Rotary | Lifestyle

The 13th year for the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs’ highly anticipated auction of large art butterflies and dragonflies would have been a Western-themed evening of “Butterflies and Boots” at the Boot Barn.

Then COVID-19 crowd restrictions put its spurs in it.

Instead, the club persevered in an all-new, 2020 way, concluding the fundraiser virtually without a traditional formal gala. It was a success, netting more than $100,000 for School District 11 art and STEM programs and Rotary service projects.

The large juried-artist metal butterflies and dragonflies had been introduced in a socially distanced Grand Reveal on the lawn of the Pioneers Museum where they remained, often serving as photo props, during September.

The 38 desk-top petite butterflies could be seen in the wide, sunny windows at Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery, 122 E. Kiowa St., and on the auction site. Silent bidding ran throughout much of September.

On Sept. 26, art

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How much does it cost to rent a car in Singapore?, Lifestyle News

Owning a car in Singapore is famously expensive, but there are times when public transport or public hire services just won’t cut it. If you have a valid driving license (or know someone who does) short-term car or vehicle rental can be the ideal solution.

We attempt at curating the average costs of renting different types of vehicles in Singapore, and what you should look out for when getting one.

A vehicle for every occasion and price

The Singapore car rental market is a vibrant one with every make of car available for rental, for the right price.

As you’d expect, the rental price depends largely on the physical characteristics of your chosen vehicle such as its brand, model, age, engine capacity, seating capacity and so on. 

Type of vehicle Rental cost per day* 
Sedans/Hatchbacks $50 to $150
Luxury Sedans/Hatchbacks $80 to $600
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Edmunds Highlights Small Cars Under $25k | Lifestyle News


Small sedans and hatchbacks were once the entry point to new car ownership for many people. But consumers’ increasing preference for small SUVs has led to lower sales. As a consequence, a number of automakers have discontinued their small sedans and hatchbacks.

This year, the Honda Fit, Hyundai Elantra GT and Toyota Yaris became the latest victims of this trend. They join the Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta, two small sedan and hatchback combos that were discontinued last year.

Because automakers typically charge more for their SUVs, the dwindling selection of small cars has effectively raised the ground floor for new car pricing. For example, the next most affordable vehicle in Honda’s lineup after the Fit is the HR-V SUV. It’s mechanically related to the Fit yet costs nearly $5,000 more.

But consumers looking for an inexpensive set of wheels still have options. Edmunds’ experts

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Car Doctor: Reader doesn’t want all-wheel drive – Lifestyle –

Q: Are insurance companies behind the all-wheel drive craze? It is getting much harder to find vehicles without it. That and I am always reading about being cautious buying older all-wheel-drive vehicles with high mileage because they are expensive to fix.

I have driven just fine for more than thirty years with front-wheel drive and it is time for a new car but I do not want or like the idea of being forced to buy all-wheel drive.

Any suggestions?

A: Vehicle manufacturers wouldn’t build all-wheel-drive vehicles if there was no demand for them. All-wheel drive improves handling in both dry and slippery conditions.

Does everyone need all-wheel drive? No. People have been successfully driving front-wheel as well as rear-wheel-drive vehicles for more than 100 years. Living in the northeast, many dealers stock more all-wheel-drive vehicles but that does not mean you can’t find a front-wheel drive version of the

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