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Don't let your tree become another victim of Christmas's murderous rage; recycle it and allow its gentle needles to return to Earth in the form of mulch. Treecycle sites are open all over town through Jan. 7. Call 577-9111 or read the listing below for details.

Volunteers of America's Foster Grandparent Program is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive charitable nonprofit human services organizations. The program matches low-income seniors ages 60 and up with troubled children -- for tutoring, mentoring and caring for at-risk kids at area facilities such as Children's University and the Community Partnership for Child Development. In exchange for their goodwill, the volunteers receive a $200 monthly stipend that does not affect Social Security, subsidized housing, OAP, Medicare or Medicaid. To find out more about the program or to lend a hand, call Kathy at 632-1448.

bulletin boardTreecycle Christmas Tree Recycling program available at several sites around Colorado Springs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through Jan. 7: At Current Inc., Woodmen Road at I-25; Fountain Creek Regional Park, Fountain; Manitou Springs Middle School; MCI, off Flying W Ranch Road, 30th Street at Garden of the Gods Road; Memorial Park, Pikes Peak Avenue at Hancock Boulevard; Penrose Equestrian Center, 1045 Rio Grande Ave., off Eighth Street; Rocky Top, Reliable Circle near the Sheraton on Four Seasons Drive; Sky Sox Stadium, east of Powers Boulevard on Barnes Road; Village Green Park, North Academy Boulevard at Carefree Circle North; and Pine Creek, Briargate Parkway at Pine Meadow Drive. Call 577-9111 for details.

Epimethian Press Spare Change Program, encouraging people to collect spare change at home and work through January to donate to Epimethian Press, an non-profit that provides books and education to prisoners. Call 475-8059 for details.

Rebuilding Together is a volunteer non-profit, non-religious organization addressing housing-related health, safety and maintenance issues faced by low-income homeowners, especially the elderly and disabled. They seek monetary donations and volunteer help to continue helping people be independent. Call 634-4115 for details.

El Paso County Department of Health and Environment seeking donations of cold weather kits for the homeless. Suggested items include socks, gloves, mittens, knit caps, old sleeping bags, reflective survival blankets and jumbo-size Ziplock bags. Call 578-3278.

Salvation Army taking food donations to fill emergency pantry. Drop off nonperishable donations at 908 Yuma St. For information, call 636-3891 Ext. 16.

Call for participation in "Spotlighting the Overlooked Woman," a benefit fashion show/multi- media event that focuses on seeing the beauty in "non-Madison Avenue shapes and sizes." We need models, organizers, sponsors, clothiers and committee people. Come make a difference in how women are seen! For more information, call 635-3919.

civic opportunities

Colorado Springs City Council seeking citizen volunteers to serve on several City Boards and Commissions. Vacancies for citizens-at-large include: Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax Advisory Committee, Liquor and Beer Licensing Board, Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee, Parks & Recreations Advisory Board and the Citizens Advisory Committee on Competitiveness in City Government.

Vacancies for individuals with specific qualifications include: School/Park Fee Advisory Committee, seeking representatives of school board/administrations, construction, housing sales and land developers; The Mechanical Committee, seeking an architect; The Briargate Special Improvement Maintenance District, seeking five members who own property within the district; and the Youth Traffic Safety Committee, seeking representatives from School Districts No. 20, No. 12, No. 11, No. 2 and No. 49, plus two citizens at large. Individuals should send letters of interest along with a resume to City Council, P.O. Box. 1575, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. Call Nancy Bramwell at 385-5453 for details. Deadline: Dec. 31.

clubs & organizations

Adoption Alliance holding information meetings about traditional infant, special needs and international adoptions at 30 E. Rio Grande St. on the first Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. and the third Wednesday at 7 p.m. RSVP to 636-9140 or torypearl@aol.com. Next meeting: Jan. 2.

Chess Club meeting every Monday from 6:30-8 p.m. at Borders, 1710 Briargate Blvd. Details, 266-1600.

Downtown Toastmasters meets at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada. Call 634-1408 for information. Meeting every Friday, noon to 1 p.m.

Debtors Anonymous holds meetings at the Cathedral Room of First Presbyterian Church at Bijou and Nevada. Free, 719/227-1916. Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.

Life Group, for people who want community and to study God's word. Meets Tuesday nights from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Currently studying Romans. Location varies. Leave message, 531-7274.

The Network Exchange for Women (NEW) meets the third Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Antonio's on Garden of the Gods Road. $12, 265-1969. Next meeting: Jan. 15.

Pikes Peak Area 39+ Catholic Singles looking for new faces to join divorced, widowed, separated and never married persons between the ages of 39 and 65 years old. Call Nancy for more information at 393-0561.

Prism Fellowship Family Support Group meeting at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2505 N. Circle Dr. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Call Carolyn Reida, 548-0892, for details. Next meeting: Dec. 27.

Public Speaking for the Terrified, a supportive environment where you can practice public speaking. Work at your own pace. Tell a joke, read a poem or make a speech. Meeting Saturday mornings. Call 487-9009.

Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group, Inc. (SMMUG) meeting the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. (novices meet at 6) at the Disabled American Veterans building, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. For information, call Lynn Poos, 599-4528, or visit www.smmug.org. Next meeting: Jan. 9.

Silent Springs Social Group, for hard-of-hearing and deaf adults; sign language users welcome. Dining out at local restaurants, potlucks and community activities. For details, call 487-9009 or e-mail

silentspringscos@hotmail.com.

Singles Connection V, a social club for men and women age 50 to 79, meeting weekly for a variety of activities. Call Pauline at 475-0376 for information and a monthly newsletter.

Vegetarians of Colorado Springs gathering for a potluck on the second Sunday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at varying members' homes and city parks. For details or club information, visit www.vsc.org or call 388-2176. Next gathering: Jan. 11.

Welcome Wagon of Colorado Springs seeking new members interested in book clubs, tours and luncheons, bridge, arts and crafts, ladies' socials and more to greet area newcomers. Luncheon meetings held every second Wednesday of the month September through May. Dorothy Greenway, 630-5047. Next meeting: Jan. 9.

forums & discussions

Fort Carson Advisory Board holding an open meeting where the public can learn about environmental restoration projects on post. At the Colorado Springs Police Department Gold Hills Division, 705 S. Nevada Ave. For details, call Jim Henderson at 526-8001. Thurs., Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Orientation to Cohousing, an introduction to the concept of cohousing in Colorado Springs. At 423 E. San Rafael St., 471-6611. Free child care provided. Sat., Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to noon.

Design in America: Breaking Old Habits, an architecture lecture series at Colorado College. All lectures are free, 389-6609. On Tues., Jan. 29, Terence Riley, curator of the Musuem of Modern Art in New York.

political groups

El Paso County Democratic Club meeting monthly for formal meetings, breakfasts and informal discussions. For details, call President Mark Entrekin at 548-8798.

Pikes Peak Green Party, espousing ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy, nonviolence, respect for diversity and future focus in politics meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Center, 29 S. Institute. Details, 210-5144. Next meeting: Jan. 15.

El Paso County Democratic Party, an affiliate of the national Democratic Party, holding regular meetings as well as endorsing the Democratic Women's Club, Young Dems and many others. Call the party headquarters for more, 473-8713.

Natural Law Party of Colorado, meetings locally during campaigns and in Denver during the rest of the year. For details, call 888/456-1732 or visit http://www.natural-law-colorado.org.

El Paso County Republican Party, an affiliate of the national Republican Party, holding regular meetings as well as endorsing the several clubs and producing events. Call the party headquarters for more details, 578-0022.

Libertarian Party of El Paso County, an affiliate of the national Libertarian Party, meeting on the last Wednesday of each month. Friends of Liberty, an informal discussion group meeting every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Wooglin's Deli, southeast corner of Tejon and Cache la Poudre. Details, 596-6799. Next formal meeting: Jan. 30.

volunteer opportunities

American Cancer Society seeking volunteers to help with the Road to Recovery program. Volunteers will help drive cancer patients to and from treatment. Training provided. Call 636-5101.

Alzheimer's Association seeking volunteers to be a part of HELPLINE, which provides information and encouragement to caregivers. Call 266-8773.

Beidleman Environmental Center seeking volunteers to help school children learn about the environment through hands-on exploration, activities, hikes, and much more. Volunteers especially needed for Wildlife Neighbors, Tuesdays and Wednesdays Jan. 15 through March 6. Call 578-7088.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Pikes Peak seeking volunteers to mentor youth in our community. One to six hours a week. 633-2443.

Business of Art Center, a non-profit community art center in Manitou Springs, seeking art lovers to lend a hand with opening receptions, special events, greeting visitors, fundraising, improving the facility and anything else that interests you. To find out more, call 685-1861.

Care and Share Food Bank seeking volunteers to help with promotions, graphic design, development, clerical work, food pickup and delivery, photography, special events help, research, data entry and warehouse work. Call Jordan Isreal, 528-1247. Visit www.careandshare.org for more.

CASA seeking volunteers to be a voice in court for child victims of abuse and neglect in El Paso County. All advocates are thoroughly trained and provide on-going support. Call Amber, 447-9898 Ext. 1008.

The Children's Literacy Center seeks volunteers ages 16 or older (13-15 with special recommendations) to provide one-on-one tutoring in reading to first, second and third graders. Two hours per week for 12 weeks will help a child become a successful reader. 30 sites and a variety of tutoring times available; training provided. For details, call 471-8672.

Community Partnership for Child Development seeking volunteers for its Head Start program. Volunteers spend a few hours per week working one-on-one with children in the classroom or during evening child care. All ages welcome to apply; there is no minimum commitment of hours. Schedules are flexible, training is provided, and there's a variety of locations. Call 635-1536 Ext. 233.

El Paso County Health Department seeking bilingual volunteer receptionists to make visits less stressful for Spanish-speaking clients. If you speak Spanish and enjoy working with a friendly team, call Karen Weber at 578-3278 or e-mail karenweber@elpasoco.com.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office seeking volunteers in a variety of positions including; Posse Deputies, Volunteer/Events Assistant, Range Assistant, Clerical/Office Assistants, Wildland Fire Crew Members, Cadets (young people 14-21) and more. Contact Jaimie Hutchison, Volunteer Coordinator, at 520-7216 or e-mail JaimieHutchison@elpasoco.com to find out more. You can also visit the EPSO Web page: www.elpasoco.com/sheriff.

First Visitor seeking volunteers to visit expectant and new parents; help promote care-giving, good maternal and child health; and to link families with other community resources. Full training and support provided. Call Nancy Barrows, 444-4504.

Friends of Cheyenne Cañon seeks volunteers to work in partnership with the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services staff to foster the enjoyment and preservation of the North Cheyenne Cañon Park. There are a variety of opportunities at both the Starsmore Discovery Center and the Helen Hunt Visitor Center. Volunteers needed to work with children, excellent training provided. Call Bette Large at 578-6146.

Foster Grandparent Program presented by Volunteers of America invites low-income seniors in El Paso County to tutor, mentor and care for troubled children at facilities like Children's University and the Community Partnership for Child Development. In return, seniors are provided with a $200 monthly stipend that does not affect Social Security or other programs. To find out more, Call Kathy at 632-1448.

Girl Scouts seeking adult men and women volunteers to be troop leaders and helpers, and organize activities such as camping, mentoring, photography and more. No experience required. Call 597-8603.

Meals-on-Wheels seeking volunteers to help deliver hot meals to area elderly people for two hours each week. Call Diane at Silver Key Senior Services, 632-1521.

Memorial Hospital seeking volunteers interested in learning more about health care and making a difference in the community to help in the business office, and interact with patients via reading out loud, visiting, and writing letters. Volunteers should commit for at least 6 months. Hours are very flexible. Call 365-5298.

Out Volunteer (a project of the Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Community Center, and the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado) seeking LGBT and Allied people to volunteer for community projects. Must enjoy volunteering for nonprofits and the community-at-large, and creating understanding, awareness, and positive visibility for the LGBT community. Call 471-4429 Ext. 5 for details. (Leave message)

Pikes Peak Family Connections seeking volunteers for the Nurturing Program, a series of parenting classes. A commitment of four hours per week for four months is requested. For more information, call Lindsay Peters, 444-4517.

Pikes Peak Library District seeking volunteer Archives Photocopying Assistants, Circulation Assistants, Computer Class Schedulers, Shelvers and Bin Processors. Positions available at various branches. Call 531-6333 Ext. 1251 for details.

The Probation Victim Assistance Program seeks caring volunteers to assist in victim notifications, victims' rights education and the victim/offender mediation process. Call Stephanie, 329-7006.

Silver Key Senior Services seeking people to help drive local elderly persons to the grocery store, bank, doctor, etc. Invest just four hours a week or month and don't pay a penny for your gas! Call Diane, 632-1521.

Suicide Prevention Hotline, serving El Paso and Teller counties, seeking volunteers to staff a home-based telephone service whose goal is to help a person in crisis find a way to live. Call Tom at 573-7447.

The Wolf Rescue Center seeking volunteers for various tasks, from computer work to helping with daily tours. Call Darlene, 748-8683.

Workout Ltd., a restorative justice program, seeks volunteers to facilitate conferences between victims and offenders. Training provided. Call Denise Mantano, 471-4200, or visit

www.workoutltd.org.

Workout, Ltd. seeking a Volunteer Facilitator to assist participants in developing and approving a mutually acceptable agreement and facilitate meetings with victims and offender towards a positive resolution whenever possible. For details, call Denise Montano or Rich Lindsey at 471-4200 or visit http://www.workoutltd.org.

Walking Shield American Indian Society seeking volunteers to help in warehouse with packing and loading boxes, and picking up donations. Hours: Tues.-- Fri., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Elaine Glynn at 329-0251

The Community Chest is a resource for speaking your mind, pulling your weight, casting your vote or joining the club. See page 30 for information on submitting notices to the Chest.

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