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Get your education on Saturday as the Colorado Women's Agenda, Planned Parenthood and the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado present Shaping Colorado's Future: Women at the State Capitol. Find out what's happening at the State Capitol regarding health care, education, affordable housing, civil rights, and child and elder care. Learn how to make your voice heard. $15 includes lunch; scholarships provided. Childcare is available with advance notice. Call 877/796-6626 to register; call Cindy at 573-8883 with questions. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Olympic Training Center, 1750 E. Boulder St.

Teachers and school employees won't have to shell out more money to tell the government how sad their annual income was in 2001, because they get free tax preparation during the month of March at Liberty Tax Service offices. Check out

www.libertytax.com for details.

Area Events

Shelter of Hope Anniversary Banquet featuring guest speakers at Nemeth's El Tejon. The organization runs a homeless shelter and provides services to the needy. $10. Call Quinn or Paula, 634-2494. Wed., April 3, 7 p.m.

T*E*S*S*A Benefit featuring live performances by singer/songwriters Erika Luckett and Joe Uvegas. At the Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave. $15, reservations required; 227-8648 or 329-1644. Sat., April 6, 7 p.m.

Bulletin Board

Great Outdoors Colorado Board seeking comments on a draft strategic plan to help with the board's investments and grants. See the plan on the Web at

www.goco.org or by calling 303/863-7522. Comments are due by March 26.

Liberty Tax Service offices offering free tax preparation during the month of March for teachers and school employees. Check

www.libertytax.com for details.

Alzheimer's Association accepting donations of used cars and recreational vehicles. Donors receive a tax write-off and free removal of the car. Donations help those with Alzheimer's Disease and developmentally disabled citizens. Call 800/864-4404.

The Pet Overpopulation Fund, a nonprofit program, has line item 57 on the 2001 Colorado State tax form allowing taxpayers to make a voluntary donation to the program. Contributions support local efforts to control pet populations.

Civic Opportunities

El Paso County Commissioners seeking citizen volunteers to fill vacancies on various boards and committees, including the Highway Advisory Commission, Park Advisory Board (Districts 2 and 4), Colorado State University Extension Advisory Committee, the School Fee Advisory Committee, and the Placement Alternatives Commission. Interested individual should send a letter of interest and a brief resume to: Board of County Commissioners, Attn: Nancy Talent, Office Manager, 27 E. Vermijo Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2208.

Clubs & Organizations

ABATE of Colorado, a non-profit safety-oriented motorcycle rights organization holding District 2 meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Navajo Hogan, 2817 N. Nevada Ave. For more information, call Rick, 684-8386 or visit

www.abateofcolo.org. Next meeting: April 10.

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: April 3.

Colorado Business Leads of Northern Colorado Springs meeting at the Village Inn, 8050 N. Academy Blvd., every Tuesday, 7-8:30 a.m. CBL of Downtown Colorado Springs meeting at the Olive Branch, 23 S. Tejon St., every Wednesday, 7-8:30 a.m. Call Mark Hiatt, 303/791-3237.

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.

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

High Noon Sertoma meets every Wednesday at noon (except the last Wednesday of the month) at Maggie May's restaurant, 2405. E. Pikes Peak Ave. For details, call Claudia Taylor at 522-1649.

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.

Sales Professionals International meeting every Monday at 7:30 a.m. at Le Peep, Centennial and Garden of the Gods, to discuss sales and marketing. Not a leads generator. For details, contact Terry Shattuck at 632-6806 or visit

www.salesprofessionals-usa.com.

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 5:30 p.m., at varying members' homes and city parks. For details or club information, visit www.vsc.org or call Nancy at 330-2165.

Forums & Discussions

Design in America: Breaking Old Habits, an architecture lecture series at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale. All lectures are free, 389-6607. On Tues., April 2, 7:30 p.m.: Elizabeth Wright Ingraham, granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, discussing her work in steel, glass and stone.

Political Programs

Rollie Heath, Democratic candidate for Governor of Colorado, speaking at the El Paso County Democratic Club monthly dinner at Bambino's, 2849 E. Platte Ave. $10 includes buffet dinner, 473-8713. Thurs., March 21, 6 p.m.

Shaping Colorado's Future: Women at the State Capitol. Learn what's happening at the state capitol regarding health care, education, affordable housing, civil rights, child and elder care and also how to make your voice heard. At the Olympic Training Center, 1750 E. Boulder St. $15 includes lunch, scholarships provided. Childcare available with advance notice. Call 877/796-6626 to register; call Cindy at 573-8883 with questions. Sat., March 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities

Alzheimer's Association seeking caring, sensitive artists to help patients express thoughts and memories they can no longer speak or write about. The artist's commitment is about two hours per week. Call Marica Hefti at 637-8049.

Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo St., seeking volunteers to help with Wildlife Neighbors, Survivors and Keepers of the Water, environmental education school programs in April and May. For a schedule of training times, call 578-7008.

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

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.

Colorado Springs Balloon Classic seeking an experienced volunteer coordinator for the Balloon Classic 5K race. Position involves recruiting and organizing up to 50 volunteers on race day, Sun., Sept. 1. Call Melissa Kenison, 573-5500 Ext. 12 or e-mail

balloonclassic@balloonclassic.com.

El Paso County Health Department seeking volunteers. Open positions include preventing tobacco use, supporting clerical staff, distributing immunization materials to low-income housing units, and caring for children while parents attend support groups to overcome addiction. Teens and seniors encouraged to apply. For more information 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.

Greyhounds as Pets seeks friendly, outgoing volunteers to hug, bathe, walk and love retired greyhounds that are up for adoption. Volunteers will also assist in basic kennel cleaning, gardening, painting, etc. Help especially needed Saturday mornings. Call Patty, 310-6924 or visit http://www.greyhoundsaspets.com.

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.

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 Hospice & Palliative Care seeks volunteers to offer patient and family support, administrative support and to assist with community events. Volunteers with skills in touch therapies such as essential oils, massage, aroma therapy and energy work. Volunteer orientation held on Mon., March 11. Call 633-3400.

Pikes Peak Library District seeking volunteer Circulation Assistants for one day per week at the East Library and the Ruth Holley branch library. Must be able to read, write and sort alphabetically and numerically. Call 531-6333 Ext. 1256 or 1251.

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site seeks volunteer docents to dress in period costume, conduct tours and historic demonstrations, assist with school programs and more. Training provided. A one-hour information session will be held on Wed., April 3, from noon to 1 p.m. For reservations, call 578-6777.

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.

Space Foundation seeking volunteers to help with the National Space Symposium, April 8-11 at the Broadmoor Hotel. Help needed with registration, media, speaker services and security. Call Lisa, 576-8000 or visit

www.spacesymposium.org.

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.

The Community Chest is a resource for speaking your mind, pulling your weight, casting your vote or joining the club. See page 33 for information on submitting notices to the Chest.

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