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Deborah Greymoon recently returned from Kabul, where she spent time with the women of the region, toured the schools and businesses, and met with officials and families at a refugee camp. She will share her experiences at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, 29 S. Institute. Also appearing is singer-songwriter and activist Amy Martin, who is currently touring to benefit the Revolutionary Association of Women in Afghanistan. Admission is free but donations will be accepted; call 632-6189.

Colorado College hosts the annual Take Back the Night Rally, a candlelight vigil and march from the Worner Center to Acacia Park and back to protest sexual assault and violence against women. The event also features speakers, performance poetry by Good Sista/Bad Sista, live music, an open mic and more. The rally begins at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at the Worner Center flagpole, on the northwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street and returns to Bemis Hall at 8 p.m. Call 389-6607 for details.

Area Events

Housing Campaign Benefit Dinner to benefit Greccio Housing Opportunity Center, at Divine Redeemer Church, 910 N. Logan Ave. $35, 475-1422. Sat., April 27, 6:30 p.m.

Ask-A-Lawyer at the Chapel Hills Mall. Get your questions answered free by members of the El Paso County Bar Association. Sat.-Sun., April 27-28, mall hours.

Free paint giveaway sponsored by El Paso County Solid Waste Management at Penrose Stadium, 1045 W. Rio Grande St. Materials include latex and oil-based paint, stains, varnish, roofing tar, liquid building materials and more. Volunteers needed; call Judy at 591-7565. Sun., April 28, 8 a.m. to noon.

Deborah Greymoon, Global Exchange traveler to Afghanistan, appearing with singer-songwriter and activist Amy Martin at the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, 29 S. Institute. Greymoon will discuss her recent trip to Kabul. Free, donations accepted. 632-6189. Wed., May 1, 7-9:30 p.m.

Take Back the Night Rally, featuring a candlelight vigil, speakers, performance poetry, march, open mic and more to protest sexual assualt and violence against women at Colorado College's Worner Center flagpole, NW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Free, 389-6607. Wed., May 1, 5 p.m.

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, 684-8386 or visit

www.abateofcolo.org. Next meeting: May 8.

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: May 1.

NOW, the National Organization for Women of the Pikes Peak region, holding a meeting at the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Featuring speaker Steve Linhart, UCCS Security Officer and Rape Aggression Defense instructor. Free, 475-3089. Tues., April 30, 6 p.m.

Pikes Peak Camera Club holding a competition meeting at Living Springs Worship Center, 640 Manitou Blvd. Topic: multiple exposures. Photographers of all levels welcome to join. For details, call 597-6652. Tues., May 7, 7 p.m.

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, "Fashion Safari": May 8.

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

http://www.salesprofessionals-usa.com.

Sunrise Sertoma, meeting on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m. at the Valley Hi golf course restaurant. Call Bob Hauptman at 596-8728 or Terry Shattuck at 632-6806.

Forums & Discussions

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.

District 11 Five-Year Capital Plan 2002-2007 public information meeting for the purpose of gathering community input, at Doherty High, 4515 Barnes Road, on Tues., April 30, 6-8 p.m. Also at West Middle School, 1920 W. Pikes Peak Ave., on Thurs., May 2, 6-8 p.m. Call 477-6085 for details.

Political Programs

May Day March and Picnic, a celebration of International Worker's Day at the Uncle Wilber Fountain in Acacia Park. 473-4941. Wed., May 1, 11 a.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: May 21.

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

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

Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo, seeking volunteers to help with Wildlife Neighbors, Survivors and Keepers of the Water, environmental education school programs in 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 for its information and referral helpline telephone service. Must have good customer service skills and be able to commit to one 4-hour shift per week for at least 6 months. Call Jordan at 528-1247 or visit

www.careandshare.org for details.

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.

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 Parks Department seeking volunteers to help install a playground at Bill Bauers Park in Manitou Springs. Six-hour shifts, tools and lunch provided. Call Aimee Cox at 520-6978. Sat.-Sun., May 4-5, and Sat., May 11.

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.

March of Dimes WalkAmerica event in search of volunteers to help with setup, registration, food coordination, crowd management and cleanup. Call 473-8991. Sat., April 27.

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.

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.

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 37 for information on submitting notices to the Chest.

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