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Learn how to harass local officials in the most efficient and eloquent way possible at the Colorado Citizens' Voice Coalition workshop Tuesday, April 16, at Colorado College's Slocum Commons (130 E. Cache La Poudre St.). Gain resources to help monitor local government, lobby local officials, and pass good government reforms in our community. The workshop is free, but you need to register; call 471-8824 or visit

www.coloradocitizensvoice.org.

Nationally lauded "green" builder Jim Leach, from Wonderland Hill Development Company in Boulder, is driving down to present "A New Neighborhood -- A New Vision" Thursday night, April 18, at 7 p.m. The talk and slide show focuses on the first-ever, energy-efficient co-housing neighborhood in Colorado Springs. It's free, and child care is provided. The presentation will be held at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Call 471-6611.

Area Events

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 the barriers and opportunities in El Paso County are 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.

Introduction to Cohousing, answering "what is cohousing and what makes it different?," sponsored by the Colorado Springs Cohousing Community. Free, 471-6611. Sat., April 13, 10 a.m. to noon; video shown at 10:30 and 11:30 p.m.

A New Neighborhood -- A New Vision, a presentation by nationally known "green" builder Jim Leach about the new cohousing neighborhood in Colorado Springs. At All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Free, child care available. 471-6611. Thurs., April 18, 7 p.m.

Bulletin Board

Volunteer Center of the Pikes Peak Region Call for Nominees 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.

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.

Clubs & Organizations

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.

Little London Stitchers, local chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild looking for new members, Meeting the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-9 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.

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: April 18.

Rock Mountain Inventors & Entrepreneurs Congress hosting a round table meeting at Pikes Peak Community College on S. Academy, Room 211. $5-$10, call Dale Boody at 269-3273. Thurs., April 18, 6:30 p.m.

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.

Forums & Discussions

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.

Steve Mahone, of the Colorado Springs Freethinkers, speaking about personhood at the quarterly meeting of the Pro-Choice Coalition at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Free, 473-8537. Mon., April 15, 7 p.m.

Sustainable Development: Concepts & Applications in Colorado, a presentation by Professor Walt Hecox and students in Colorado College's Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave. $10, RSVP by April 12 to Patti Barton, 389-6607. Tues., April 16, 7:30-9 a.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

Citizens' Voice Workshop, teaching tools and resources for monitoring local government, lobbying officials, passing good government reforms in our community and more. In Colorado College's Slocum Commons, 130 E. Cache La Poudre St. Free, 471-8824. Reservations requested.

www.coloradocitizensvoice.org. Tues., April 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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 18.

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.

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

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.

The Bijou House, a hospitality house providing transitional housing and support for homeless adults, is in need of regular volunteers in a variety of capacities. For more information, call 635-5078.

Care and Share Food Bank seeking volunteers to help with promotions, graphic design, development, clerical work, food pickup and delivery, photography, special events, 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.

El Paso County Health Department webmaster seeking someone with good writing skills to help translate technical documents into laymen's terms for the general public. Call Karen Weber, 578-3278.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

The Community Chest is a resource for speaking your mind, pulling your weight, casting your vote or joining the club. See page 32 for information on submitting notices to the Chest.

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