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Museums

American Numismatic Association Money Museum

818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646, 800/367-9723

money.org

A museum devoted to rare coins, tokens and medals, as well as to items used as money from its invention to modern day, may not sound sexy. But some of the shows put on here really are impressive.

Buell Children's Museum

210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200

sdc-arts.org

Fused with the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, this museum offers hands-on exhibits for children and covers a variety of topics with each new show

Colorado Springs Historical Military Museum at Dragon Man's

1200 Dragon Man Drive, 683-2200

dragonmans.com

On 220 acres, the museum includes an extensive collection of working weapons, military uniforms and military vehicles as well as an on-site gun store and paintball range. It's run by Mel Bernstein, whose enthusiasm for all things shoot-'em-up is local legend. Call for a guided tour.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990

cspm.org

This museum and research facility housed in the old county courthouse traces the history of Colorado Springs and the Front Range. Exhibits roll from ancient geological history all the way to the Gold Rush era.

Cripple Creek District Museum

Fifth and Bennett avenues, Cripple Creek, 719/689-2634, 719/689-9540

cripple-creek.org

If it's time to take a break from the casinos, consider stopping into this three-building complex. It features artifacts relating to the Native American era and to the frontier and mining history of Cripple Creek and Teller County.

Dinosaur Depot

330 Royal Gorge Blvd., Cañon City, 719/269-7150, 800/987-6379

dinosaurdepot.com

Exhibits at this facility display fossils found in the Cañon City area. (If you don't already know, the area's dinosaur history is no joke.) The skeletons and reconstructed replicas of dinosaurs are complemented by an on-site working lab.

El Pueblo History Museum

301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/583-0453

coloradohistory.org/hist_sites/pueblo/pueblo.htm

This historic site with an 1840s-style adobe trading post, as well as an archeological excavation of an authentic trading post, details the culture of the peoples of the region.

Ghost Town Wild West Museum

400 S. 21st St., 634-0696

ghosttownmuseum.com

Who wants to go panning? Do it (and look at other historic attractions) in the controlled environment of this frontier-town setting.

May Natural History Museum

710 Rock Creek Canyon Road, 576-0450, 800/666-3841

maymuseum-camp-rvpark.com

This museum, housing both a large collection of rare insects (!) as well as an exhibit on the history of space exploration, opens for its summer season May 1.

McAllister House Museum

423 N. Cascade Ave., 635-7925

nscda.org/co/mcallisterhousemuseum.html

If you feel like a guided tour and a tea, look into visiting this authentic Victorian house built by one of the founding families of the city.

Miramont Castle Museum

9 Capitol Hill Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1011

miramontcastle.org

Built by a French priest in the late 1890s, the gorgeous castle hosts tours of Victorian-era rooms, a miniatures collections and hosts high teas.

Old Colorado City Historic Center

1 S. 24th St., 636-1225

history.oldcolo.com

On the outskirts of Old Colorado City's historic district, you can peruse a detailed collection of photographs and biographies of the history of Colorado's first capital and the surrounding area.

Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation and Colorado Springs & Interurban Railway

2333 Steel Drive, 475-9508

coloradospringstrolleys.org

Dream about the Front Range commuter rail we'll have someday as you soak in the history of Colorado Springs streetcars and railways. Highlights include restored trolley cars and a short ride on a live track.

ProRodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy

101 ProRodeo Drive, 528-4764

prorodeohalloffame.com

Yes, this museum boasts a legitimate hall of fame. There's also a real rodeo arena here.

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site

3202 Chambers Way, 578-6777

rockledgeranch.com

In June, this living history museum with zones hosted by docents depicting periods in Colorado history from 1775 to 1907 reopens. Keep an eye out for the popular annual "Fiddles, Vittles and Vino" fundraiser in July and a vintage baseball game around Labor Day.

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

601 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, 686-1820

rmdrc.com

From the outside, this one looks like it's for the kids exclusively. But it actually puts on classes for adults as well as children, and contains a wealth of information on the days of the dinosaurs with a large collection of fossil exhibits and an on-site paleontology lab.

Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame

5865 N. Nevada Ave., 487-8005

It's small, but impressive: The motorcycle museum jams nearly 60 antique motorcycles, international and domestic, inside its walls, as well as photographs from moments in motorcycle history and more.

Western Museum of Mining and Industry

225 N. Gate Blvd., 488-0880, 800/752-6558

wmmi.org

Go for Oro and Nugget, its celebrity mascot burros. Stay to learn about the history and machinery of mining.

Dr. Lester L. Williams Fire Museum

375 Printers Pkwy., 385-5950

fire-museum.com

The Fire Museum's not often talked about, but it's worth a visit. Through collections of authentic firefighting carts, cars, uniforms and other artifacts, it offers an in-depth look at the science of firefighting as well as the history of famous local fires.

World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame

20 First St., 635-5200

worldskatingmuseum.org

Remind yourself that you're in the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee by visiting a site celebrating one of its most beloved sports. Exhibits and a hall of fame honor the history and development of figure skating with a collection of awards, costumes and other memorabilia.

Books & Writing

Pikes Peak Library District

For general information, call 531-6333 or visit ppld.org.

Bookmobiles

ppld.org

Briargate

9475 Briar Village Point, 260-6882

Carnegie

20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 ext. 2253

Home of special collections

Cheyenne Mountain

1785 S. Eighth St., 633-6278

East

5550 N. Union Blvd, 531-6333

eBranch

ebranch.ppld.org

Fountain

230 S. Main St., Fountain, 382-5347

Monument

1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 488-2370

Old Colorado City

2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 634-1698

Palmer Lake

66 Lower Glenway, Palmer Lake, 481-2587

Penrose

20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333

Home of El Pomar Nonprofit Resource Center, El Paso County Bar Law Library and Community Breast Cancer Resource Center

Rockrimmon

832 Village Center Drive, 593-8000

Ruth Holley

685 N. Murray Blvd., 597-5377

Sand Creek

1821 S. Academy Blvd., 597-7070

Ute Pass

8010 Severy Ave., Cascade, 684-9342

Rampart Library District

For general information, visit rampart.colibraries.org.

Woodland Park Public Library

218 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-9281

Florissant Public Library

334 Circle Drive, Florissant, 748-3939

Local bookstores

Adventures in Books

606 N. Tejon St., 473-4090

This new shop in a bright downtown storefront is operated by Bill Porter, who ran Bijou Street Books for more than a decade. He's great at matching readers with selections, and his latest venture offers all types of used titles with especially enticing collections of history, children's and Colorado-related books.

Bargain Book Warehouse

104 W. Cucharras St., 475-8091

Behind the Pikes Peak Center, in a funky brick industrial building, deal-lovers will find shelf after shelf of bargains. All used hardcover books here are $4; most paperbacks are $2. The exception is a huge bin of $1 books, primarily mass-market paperbacks.

Bargain Comics

19 E. Bijou St., 578-8847

bargaincomics.com

Owner Doug Scott backs up his belief that graphic novels can be literature by stocking a full range of favorite comic brands along with independent, small-press and collectible offerings. His inventory also contains graphic-novel biography, history, travel and crime, and even a modest section of manga.

Beth Anne's Book Corner

1532 N. Circle Drive, 471-7545

bethannesbookcorner.com

All those in love with love should visit Beth Anne's Book Corner. The centrally located bookstore features a huge collection (more than 50,000 volumes) of new and used romances, plus popular mystery, Western, sci-fi, fantasy and true-crime novels. While you're there, be sure to ask Beth Anne about her encounter with romance cover-boy Fabio.

Black Cat Books

720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1589

manitoubooks.com

This Manitou shop's known for having a liquor license, but that's not all: Even better is its great selection of new and used books. Black Cat also offers book clubs, poetry groups and signings, and a warm, cozy atmosphere. Curl up on a comfy couch with a book and a beer, or try a cup of the tasty, free (!) coffee.

The Book Rack

4335 N. Academy Blvd., 593-9463

Tucked into the end of a strip mall called "The Centre," north of Austin Bluffs Parkway on Academy Boulevard, this used bookshop specializes in mass-market fiction, but also carries children's books, DVDs and even used software titles. The shop also buys, sells and trades gently used items.

Book Sleuth

2501 W. Colorado Ave., #105, 632-2727

booksleuthmysteries.com

In this Old Colorado City bookshop, celebrating its 25th year, the aptly named Moriarty the cat reigns over stacks of mysteries ranging from the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew to Rex Stout and Sue Grafton. Longtime manager Lyman Mack can help you uncover the right tale.

The Bookman

3163 W. Colorado Ave., 636-0055

This favorite of west-siders is located near Safeway on Colorado Avenue. Its owners, who took over about a year ago, deal in friendly service and an interesting variety of books including fiction, nonfiction and children's fare. Look for big bargains in the sale racks on the sidewalk.

Books for You

1737 S. Eighth St., 630-0502

abebooks.com/home/gretchengsbooks

This brightly lit, well-organized and recently renovated shop is a hidden gem in the Skyway neighborhood. Operated by Gretchen Goldberg, president of the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the store carries more than 50,000 books, ranging from mass-market paperbacks to hardcover fiction and nonfiction as well as some rare and out-of-print titles. Other inventory is available online.

Clausen Books

2131 N. Weber St., 471-5884

clausenbooks.com

Clausen has been part of local bookselling since 1946. Though the shop seems small from the outside, it's filled to the brim with used, rare and antiquarian books. One note: The selections are categorized, but not alphabetized, so shopping is an adventure.

Covered Treasures Bookstore

105 Second St., Monument, 481-2665

This shop, one of the only area independents carrying primarily new books, is a great place to sip a cup of coffee and take in the charm of downtown Monument. It carries a satisfying selection that encompasses hiking guides and regional favorites, current and classic fiction and nonfiction, as well as children's books, greeting cards and journals.

Ed's Cards & Comics

5857 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-9128

This little shop near Palmer Park and Powers boulevards carries all the major brands of comics as well as an assortment of collectible comic books, including many Silver and Golden Age finds, plus sports and other collectible trading cards. Most days, Ed himself is ready to help you with buying, selling or trading.

Heroes & Dragons

5751 N. Academy Blvd., 388-9524

Owner Carlos Sanchez consolidated his two former locations (at the Chapel Hills and Citadel malls) into this 3,800-square foot shop next to LensCrafters. The result is still a super selection of manga, comic books and fantasy, mystery and sci-fi novels. Along with knowledgeable recommendations, Sanchez offers occasional special events for role players, trading-card collectors and other gamers.

Hooked on Books

3918 Maizeland Road, 596-1621

hookedonbooksonline.com

Hooked on Books boasts the largest selection of used and discounted books in the area, with 250,000-plus stacked into the shop's unassuming but roomy strip-mall location. Owner Mary Ciletti, a fixture on the local literary scene (along with her husband local poet Jim Ciletti), buys, sells and trades all types of titles.

Poor Richard's Book Store

320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012

poorrichards.biz

This shop makes up one quarter of the Poor Richard's community gathering spot. It offers a collection of used and new books as well as calendars and gift items, and features speakers and signings every month.

Local Christian bookstores

Born Again Used Books

1529 N. Union Blvd., 528-8622

bornagainusedbooks.com

This store carries used Christian books, music, tapes, DVDs and lots of homeschooling supplies. It accepts book donations and also considers items for trade.

Christian Outlet Bookstore

2310 Vickers Drive, 594-5892

Find Christian books, cards and gifts along with space to enjoy free Wi-Fi. (If you buy a book, the coffee's free, too.) On the small stage, musicians occasionally perform Christian and family-friendly tunes.

Connections Bookstore and Café

240 E. Woodmen Road, 599-4714

connectionsbookstore.com

Located in the Woodmen Valley Chapel complex, this coffee shop and bookstore carries a range of Christian resources.

Focus on the Family Bookstore

8655 Explorer Drive, 531-3464

focusonthefamily.com/visitus/bookstore

This bookstore in the Focus compound has books on Christian and cultural issues, the complete published works of James Dobson, and even a slide for the kiddies.

The Fountain

123 E. Boulder St., 389-0364

Those of the Catholic persuasion will appreciate this bookshop, which sells wares from Bibles to rosaries.

LDS Chapter and Verse Bookstore

4446 Barnes Road, 593-9831

This store welcomes members and non-members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as Mormons), and offers books, art, jewelry, games, music, clothing and more.

Writing organizations

Pikes Peak Writers

531-5723

pikespeakwriters.com

This group's events include an annual conference, presenting nationally known writers and publishing industry professionals, as well as monthly workshops and writers' gatherings.

Poetry West

630-1767 (Ceil Malek)

poetrywest.org

This organization offers monthly workshops, critique sessions and networking opportunities for beginning, developing, emerging and accomplished poets. It publishes a chapbook and literary journal.

Volunteer Resources

Center for Nonprofit Excellence

518 N. Nevada Ave., 575-4341

cnecoloradosprings.org

The online volunteer referral service at volunteerpikespeak.org/volunteer is the region's most comprehensive one-stop shop for figuring out how to help out.

CHURCHES

The list below highlights denominations with relatively little local representation. For others, we'd recommend looking in the Yellow Pages.

Anglican

Christ the King Anglican Church

Meets at 675 Baptist Road, Monument, 649-7111

christthekinganglican.org

St. Aidan's Anglican Church

1404 S. Eighth St., 473-8080

http://www.anglicanpck.org/index.shtml

St. Luke's Church

2425 N. Chestnut St., 473-7950

stlukesanglican.us

Apostolic

Greater Christ Temple Apostolic Church

4985 N. Carefree Circle, 573-0484

Life Church

2601 E. St. Vrain St., 573-2288

lifechurchcs.com

Baha'i

Baha'i Faith

1622 Rainier Drive, 532-9907

Buddhist

Rocky Mountain Insight

2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite A, 634-0566

rockymountaininsight.org

Soka Gakkai Int'l — USA

703 N. Arrawanna St., 635-8968

sgiusacos.org

Springs Mountain Sangha — A Zen Buddhist Community

CC's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 684-0210

smszen.org

Thubten Shedrup Ling (Center for the Study of Buddhism and Tibetan Culture)

CC's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 447-9880

tsling.com

Calvary

Rocky Mountain Calvary

4285 N. Academy Blvd., 597-1133

rmcalvary.org

Christian Science

Christian Science Reading Room

407 N. Tejon St., 632-5678

First Church of Christ Scientist

325 N. Cascade Ave., 632-0051

christiansciencecoloradosprings.org

Disciples of Christ

First Christian Church

16 E. Platte Ave., 633-8888

firstchristiancos.org

Eckankar

Eckankar of Colorado Springs

1685 W. Uintah St., 633-0453

eck-colorado.org

Islamic

Islamic Society of Colorado Springs

2125 N. Chestnut St., 632-3364

isocs.org

Colorado Springs Sufi Center

636-1967

sufiorder.org

Jewish

Temple Beit Torah Reformed Congregation

522 E. Madison St., 573-0841

beit-torah.org

Temple Shalom

1523 E. Monument St., 634-5311

templeshalom.com

Mennonite

Beth-El Mennonite Church

4625 Ranch Drive, 636-2716

bethelmennonite.org

First Mennonite Church

11 N. 22nd St., 635-5593

firstofcoloradosprings.co.us.mennonite.net

Mountain Community Mennonite Church

643 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-3155

mountaincommunity.co.us.mennonite.net

Messianic Jewish

Beit Ad-Nai Yisrael (Kehilat)

Meets at 4965 Barnes Road, 536-9331

Kehilat Mishpachah Yeshua

437 Windchime Place, 260-6965

messianicinfo.org

Metropolitan

Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church

1102 S. 21st St., 634-3771

ppmcc.org

Pagan

Colorado Springs Witchcraft Society

cswitchsociety@hotmail.com

geocities.com/cswssite/index.html

Earth Spirit Pagans

P.O. Box 17188

info@earthspiritpagans.org

earthspiritpagans.org

Pentecostal

Colorado Springs Fellowship

451 Windchime Place, 597-8800

csfc.org

New Covenant Church of God and Christ

301 E. Platte Ave., 475-7740

newcovenantcogic.org

Pentecostal Church of God

1429 McArthur Ave., 632-4199

Victory World Outreach

3150 S. Academy Blvd., 392-1231

vwo.thischurch.org

Quaker

Colorado Springs Friends Meeting

2413 N. Cascade Ave., 685-5548

slashart.com/quakers

First Friends Church of Colorado Springs

2748 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-4011

csfirstfriends.org

Reformed

Springs Community Church

7290 Lexington Drive, 590-1705

springscommunitychurch.org

Springs Reformed Church

229 S. Weber St., 577-4157

springsreformed.org

Trinity Covenant Reformed Church

Meeting at 2511 N. Logan Ave., 590-1477

trinityrcus.com

Religious Science

Community for Spiritual Living

3685 Jeannine Drive, 596-6894

community-for-spiritual-living.com

Seventh-Day Adventist

Colorado Springs Church of God — Seventh Day

Meeting at 7290 Lexington Drive, 578-9818

cscog7.org

Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Colorado Springs

1305 N. Union Blvd., 578-5616

centralsda.org

Palace of Peace Seventh-Day Adventist Church

1150 Aeroplaza Drive, 591-2094

palaceofpeace22.adventistchurchconnect.org

Seventh Day Baptist Church of Colorado Springs

1218 Prairie Road, 548-1098

Unitarian Universalist

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church

730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717

asuuc.net

High Plains Church Unitarian Universalist

1825 Dominion Way, 260-1080

hpcuu.org

United Church of Christ

First Congregational Church

20 E. St. Vrain St., 635-3549

fcucc.org

Community Congregational Church of Manitou Springs

103 Pawnee Ave., 685-5255

manitouucc.org

Unity

Unity Church in the Rockies

1945 Mesa Road, 471-4556

unityrockies.org

Wesleyan

Pine Creek Community Church

9565 Otero Ave., 598-8501

pinecreekcommunitychurch.com

Mountain View Wesleyan Church

3445 Oro Blanco Drive, 550-0775

mtviewfamily.ws

Westside First Wesleyan Church

502 N. Walnut St., 473-7113

westsidefirst.org

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