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Them that's got shall get, them that's not shall lose ... or so it seems in light of recent decisions made regarding the El Paso County Public Health Department. But perhaps that's the way things need to be. After all, what exactly is the role of public health in our community? The Committee for Responsible County Government hosts a town meeting at the Hillside Community Center (925 S. Institute) Saturday morning, April 6, to tackle that topic. The panel discussion will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call 576-5299 for details.

There are about 600,000 tons of solid waste cast away to rot in El Paso County landfills each year, but only about 10 percent of that is recycled. That's a good 18 percent behind the national average. So what are we doing wrong? "Talking Trash: Why Aren't We Recycling More?," a free symposium on regional recycling, aims to find solutions to our recycling problems. A series of speakers will discuss what other communities are doing about recycling and what barriers and opportunities exist here in El Paso County, plus a discussion will be held to catalyze community action. It all takes place in Colorado College's Slocum Hall from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12. For details, call 633-4343.

Area Events

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.

13th Annual Holocaust Commemoration featuring an interfaith service, candle lighting and reading of the Kaddish in Colorado College's Gates Common Room, in Palmer Hall. Free, 389-6607. Mon., April 8, 7 p.m.

Earth Spirit Pagans 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring a commemorative service. Free. At 1414 N. Academy Blvd., behind Taco Bell. For details, call 800/731-2650. Wed., April 10, 6 p.m.

Talking Trash -- Why Aren't We Recycling More? A symposium on regional recycling in Colorado College's Slocum Hall. Featuring a series of speakers discussing what other communities are doing about recycling, what are the barriers and opportunities in El Paso County and a facilitated discussion on possible community action. Free. For details, call 633-4343. Fri., April 12, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bulletin Board

Call for nominees by the Volunteer Center of the Pikes Peak Region for the National Volunteer Week Awards to be given out April 25. Categories are: adult, youth, leadership, group, corporate and military. For details, call 575-4345.

Former members of Co H, 19th SFGA or 5th SF Bn, 19th SFGA, COARNG, invited to a reunion during the weekend of September 14-15, 2002, in the Denver, CO area. Please contact coh5thbn@aol.com or Co H / 5th Bn Reunion, P.O. Box 31512, Aurora, CO 80012. Call LTC Harry Owen, 303-364-8461.

Colorado Renewable Energy Society seeking information about exemplary buildings for its annual awards program. Buildings must be in Colorado and be no more than three years old. The required info is: location, use, size, owner, architect or designer, construction cost, predicted energy use or savings, distinguishing features and other relevant information. Send info to Walt Kaesler, 24050 Genesse Village Rd. Golden, CO, 80401. Call 303/526-0924 for details.

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.

Krysta Rule, a 15-year-old Manitou Springs resident recently underwent a lung transplant necessitated by Cystic Fibrosis and needs help with her huge medical bills. Contributions may be made to the Krysta Rule Benefit Account at ENT FCU, P.O. Box 15819, Colorado Springs, CO 80935.

Greenway and Nature Center's Raptor Center is in need of donations of food items for its resident and convalescing birds of prey. Especially needed are game meats such as deer, elk and rabbit. Beef, pork, lamb and other processed meat cannot be used. Also accepting rats, mice and similar rodents. Call 719/549-2327.

Clubs & Organizations

ABATE of Colorado, a nonprofit 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 at 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 17.

American Society for Training and Development discussing "How Do We Train for Disaster?" at a meeting at the Embassy Suites, 7290 Commerce Center Dr. $17-$22, 577-7783. Tues., April 9, 11:30 a.m.

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

Colorado Business Leads of Northern Colorado Springs meeting at the Village Inn, 8050 N. Academy Blvd., every Tuesday, 7-8:30 a.m. 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.

Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society featuring many satellite groups for those interested in mineralogy and using precious stones in jewelry, such as crystals, fossils, faceting, lapidary, micromount, camera club and pebble pups. General meeting held on the third Thursday each month except August and January, at 7:30 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. Free. For details, call Belinda Hall, 574-5319. Next meeting: April 18.

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.

Little London Stitchers, local chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild looking for new members. Meeting the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. For more information, call Shari at 392-6303. Next meeting: April 16.

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: April 16.

Old Colorado City Historical Society meeting at the History Center, 24th and Pikes Peak. Featuring Dr. Jack Reeves speaking on Mabel Fitzgerald in 1911: a Breath of Fresh Air for Colorado's High Altitudes. Free, 636-1225. Fri., April 12, 11 a.m.

Peak Digital Imaging Society meeting at Elope, 775 N. Murray Blvd. Discussing photos, videos, computer scanned art and scanned images. E-mail:

imagesociety@aol.com. Thurs., April 25, 6:30 p.m.

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.

Pikes Peak Neighbors (formerly 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: April 10.

Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group, Inc. (SMMUG) meeting at the Leon Young Service Center, 1521 Hancock. For information, call Lynn Poos, 599-4528, or visit www.smmug.org. Next meeting: April 17, 6 p.m.

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

Public Health in El Paso County, a town meeting at the Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute. Featuring a panel discussion of the roles and responsibility of public health in this community. For details, call 576-5299. Sat., April 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Value and History: Liang Ch'i-Ch'ao and German thought in Modern China, a lecture by Professor Axel Schneider in Colorado College's Gates Common Room. Free, 389-6607. Tues., April 9, 4 p.m.

Fort Carson Restoration Advisory Board Open Meeting at the Residence Inn, 2765 Geyser Dr. Learn about environmental restoration projects on base and give your input. For details, call Jim Henderson, 526-8001. Thurs., April 11, 6:30 p.m.

The Changing Face of Islam, a lecture by Professor Robert Lee at the Colorado College Women's Educational Society annual meeting and luncheon in Bemis Hall. $11. Call 598-1221 for reservations. Sat., April 27, 11:30 a.m.

America and the World in the New Era, the Marianne Lannon Lopat Lecture with Strobe Talbot, Director for the Center for the Study of Globalization at Yale, in Colorado College's Gates Common Room. Free, 389-6607. Mon., April 29, 7:30 p.m.

Political Programs

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: April 16.

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 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: April 28.

Volunteer Opportunities

Call for nominees by the Volunteer Center of the Pikes Peak Region for the National Volunteer Week Awards to be given out April 25. Categories are: adult, youth, leadership, group, corporate and military. For details, call 575-4345.

Alzheimer's Association seeking volunteers to be a part of HELPLINE, which provides information and encouragement to caregivers. Call 266-8773. Also 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, 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 ongoing 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. Thirty 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 Susan Fleming at 635-1536 Ext. 233.

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 voer come addiction. Teens and seniors encouraged to apply. For more information call Karen Weber at 578-3278 or e-mail karenweber@elpasoco.com.

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.

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. 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.

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 at 471-4200, or visit

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 41 for information on submitting notices to the Chest.

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