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art & galleries

All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717. Featuring paintings, monotypes, found objects, raku collages by Michelle Vandepas and Susan Blue. Through Dec. 31.

American Numismatic Association, 818 N. Cascade Ave., Free, 632-2646. Featuring Hands Across the Sea, an international exhibit of avant-garde, medallic sculpture. Through Jan. 30.

Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun., 12-4 p.m. 636-1901. www.aratiartists.com. Featuring pastels by Jean Houghton, through December. 24th birthday reception: Sun., Dec. 9, 1-4 p.m.

Artazia Gallery & Frames, 2521 W. Colorado Ave., 477-0632. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Featuring over 30 local artists including Bear, Marica Hefti, Rick Bainbridge, Lee Manning, Carol Ettinger, Irma Bracken, Janice E. Hill and Bill Crowley.

Art Gallery of the Rockies, 5051 N. Academy Blvd. in the Union Square Shopping Center. 260-1873. Featuring the works of regional artists Becky Johnson and Barbara Moore. Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 8, noon to 4 p.m.

Boulder Street Coffee Roasters, 332 N. Tejon St., 577-4291. Mon.-Sat., 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun., 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Featuring Colorado's Spirit, fine art photography by Sherry Moldenhauer, through Jan. 31.

Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 329-1574. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, noon to 3 p.m. Appointments available. Featuring Heaven and Hell, works in different mediums by various artists, through Dec. 16.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring The Gifted Hand, fine crafts from 20 regional artists, through Dec. 31. Also in the Avenue Gallery, A Grounding Experience, landscapes by Perri Tyler.

City Hall at Chapel Hills Mall, 385-6990. Mon.-Fri., 4 to 8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., noon to 6 p.m. Featuring artwork and photography by Cherri Norris. Through Feb. 26.

Colorado College's Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6797. Open 12:30-7:30 p.m. daily (except holidays). Featuring Noble Souls Abhor Wrongdoing, ink-jet and photographic lambda prints by Ethan Jackson, through Feb. 8.

Colorado Ironworks, 615 S. Sierra Madre, 447-1622. Open by appointment. Featuring new metal works including functional metal furniture and sculpture mixed with mosiac tile and glass by Judy Ellias.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. $2-$4. Free to members and free to all on Saturdays. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Daily docent tours at 10:30 a.m. Featuring Holiday Lights: A Multi-Cultural Holiday Festival, through Dec. 31.Our Favorite Things: Docent 50th Anniversary Exhibition, through Dec. 31. Hands On, an exhibition from the tactile gallery collection, Dec. 7-31. Giricoccola, an Italian Fairy Tale, an installation by Ann Cunningham, Dec. 7-31. Inner Beauty: Contrasting Aesthetics from the Permanent Collection, Dec. 7-March 10. Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 7, 4-6:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Featuring the 17th annual quilts and woodworking juried exhibition, through Dec. 8.

Commonwheel Artists, 102 Cañon Ave., 685-1008. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Featuring Rock, Paper, Scissors, works by Jennifer Neff, Kay Beaubien and Elizabeth Hansen, through Nov. 18.

Eagle Conference Center, 777 E. Hwy. 24 in Woodland Park. 687-5700. Fields of Interest: Extraordinary Portraits of Nature, through Jan. 12.

FastFrame Gallery, 5154 Centennial Blvd., 277-0161. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring 16 and Under, works under 16" in size by local artists, through Jan. 9.

Fiber Art Gallery and Weaving Studios, 118.5 E. Cheyenne Road, 634-3823. Thurs.-Fri., 2-6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments available. Features work by Brenda Cameron, Judy Ditmore and Rebecca Yaffe.

Filthy Wilma's, 10 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0636. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Featuring works by Nita Ball, Carl Bandy, Junco Brackin, Sharon Cupit, Dena and Patty de Benedet, Sushe Felix, Mick Gill, Deb Hager, Casey Hankin, Darlene Hardie, Emma Hutchens, Lynn Lemmon-Oliver, Michelle Loftis, Ken and Tina Riesterer, Pearl Sanchez, Donna and Claire Stier, Clyde Tullis, and Deborah Yarra.

Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 262-3567. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. The View From Here, featuring 12 contemporary Russian and 10 American artists, through Dec. 14.

Gertrude's Restaurant, 2625 W. Colorado Ave. Featuring Little Gems, small oil paintings by Laura Reilly. Call 333-2416. Through Dec. 31.

Hearthstone Inn, xxx N. Cascade Ave. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., everyday, 473-4413. Featuring the Great Impressions ArtWorks retail gallery, showcasing hand-painted oil reproductions of the Great Masters.

LIW Cargo, 713 Manitou Ave., 685-0452. Featuring the Christmas Art Extravaganza with past artists of the month, through Dec.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Viewing hours: during shows with a ticket to the event. Featuring new works by the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society and Eric Bransby, through Dec. 20. Works by the Palmer Lake Arts Group, Jan. 2-Feb. 26.

River Rock Gallery, 16 Colbrunn Court, north of Colorado Ave. between 24th and 25th Streets. Wed.-Sat., 10:30 to 5 p.m. Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring painting, jewelry, ceramics and sculpture by over 30 artists.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/543-0130. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring Contemporary Mexican Art, by Arturo Fuentes in the Regional Gallery. Rush to the Rockies: Nelson A. Rieger, in the King Gallery. Terrain: Landscapes From the King Collection, from the Francis King Collection of Western Art, New Work, by Gary Skul and Pueblo, A Changing Face, by John Suhay through Jan. 26.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Tri-Lakes Contemporary Fiber Arts Show 2001, through Dec. 8.

U.S. Olympic Complex in the Visitors Center at the Olympic Training Center, corner of Boulder St. and Union Ave., 578-4618. Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring American Athletes, sports photography by Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low, until August.

Velez Gallery Ltd, 220 N. Tejon St., 630-3710. Mon.-Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring indigenous art of the Americas.

art events and programs

First Thursdays at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. A hip place to enjoy the arts with other young professionals. Features live music, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and more on the first Thursday of each month, 5-8 p.m. On Dec. 6: Celebrate the opening of several new exhibitions.

Workout Ltd. Art Festival Wine Tasting and Auction in the Manitou Business of Arts Center, 513 Manitou Ave. $15-$20, 471-4200. Fri., Dec. 7, 6 p.m.

Own Your Own Art Show and Sale at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, 210 Sante Fe Ave., Pueblo. $3-$4, 719/543-0130. Through Dec. 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Winter Ambiance art show and sale at Adam's Mountain Caf, 110 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs. Call Rene for more information at 685-0707. Mon., Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Center of the Unknown Universe, an exhibition of works by artists from the Guffey and Florissant area at Slater Creek Ranch. Call 719/689-2769. Sun., Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday Night Swing Nights at the VFW Hall, 430 E. Pikes Peak. $5, 266-6453. All-ages welcome, no partner required. Intermediate lessons from 6:15 to 7:15, beginners 7:15 to 8 p.m. Dancing, 8-10 p.m. www.swinginthesprings.com.

Pikes Peak Scottish Country Dancers offering weekly classes in traditional and contemporary Scottish social dancing. New classes begin at the beginning of each month. At the West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 20th St. Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Call 473-0714.

London Theatre Tour IV, an eleven-day tour through London and the English countryside with Professor Murray Ross and Drew Martorella of Theaterworks at the University of Colorado . Included in the price are round-trip airfare, first class accommodations, daily breakfasts, sightseeing, professional lectures and 6 theatre performances. $2,878 from Denver, other departure cities available. For details call Drew at 262-3275. Jan. 3-13.

Ballroom Dance Classes at YMCA downtown, Nevada and Kiowa. Learn swing, salsa, tango, waltz, cha cha, fox trot and rumba. Ongoing, register anytime. For members and non-members. Reasonable fees includes four sessions. First session free. For details, call 634-3029 or 473-9622. Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays, 7-9 p.m.

Acting Class consisting of cold readings and script interpretation. Offered by NYC actress with 20 years experience. Mondays downtown, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Call 262-9078 for interview.

McTeggart School of Irish Dance holding classes in the Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. Thursdays, 5-6:30 p.m. Call 303/696-1266 for more.

call for entries

Business of Art Center accepting proposals for The Blues Project, a "blue inspired" show opening Jan. 25. All media considered. For details call 685-1861. Art due at the BAC from Thurs., Jan. 17, 10 a.m. to Sat., Jan. 19, 5 p.m.

Colorado Council on the Arts is seeking entries for a 2002 Artist Fellowship. Fellowships available in Visual Arts, Literature and Traditional Arts/Folk Art. Submit application form, resume and samples. Must be Colorado resident. Contact Kelleen Zubick, 303/894-2617 Ext. 18, or Mary Ewell, Ext. 19. Deadline: Jan. 4.

Downtown Art Project accepting entries for outdoor, three dimensional media for year-long downtown exhibit. Call 719/295-7216 for information. Awards include: $1500 Award of Excellence and $500 People's Choice Award. Deadline: May 15.

The Commonwheel Artist Co-op is accepting proposals for gallery shows for the year 2002. Send entries to: The Commonwheel Artists Coop C/O The Gallery Committee, 102 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80929, or call 685-1008 for prospectus.


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announcements

The Pikes Peak Ranger District offering permits to cut your own Christmas tree through Dec. 14. Permits may be purchased at the District Office, 601 S. Weber St. Office hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10, 477-4221. Visit

www.fs.fed.us/r2/psicc/pp.com.

clubs & organizations

The American Association of University Women presents a seasonal program by the Martin Luther King Elementary School choir at the annual holiday brunch. Lunch will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 7290 Commerce Center Dr. $13, 598-2979. Sat., Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m.

The Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce celebrates Women in the Military with guest speaker Brigadier Gen. Kathy E. Thomas. Celebration will be held at the Cliff House Inn, 306 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs. $28-$32, 442-2007. Tues., Dec. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Prism Fellowship Family Support Group meeting at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2505 N. Circle Dr. from 7-8:30 p.m. on the 3rd Thurs. of each month. Call Carolyn Reida, 548-0892, for details.

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

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.

Singles Connection V, a social club for men and women age 50-79, meeting weekly for a variety of activities. Call Pauline at 475-0376 for information and a monthly newsletter.

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 email

silentspringscos@hotmail.com.

Public Speaking for the Terrified, a supportive environment where you can practice public speaking. Work at your own pace. Tell a joke, read a poem or make a speech. Meeting Saturday mornings. Call 487-9009.

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.

Vegetarians of Colorado Springs gathering for a potluck on the second Sunday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at varying members' homes and city parks. For details or club information, visit www.vsc.org or call 388-2176. Next gathering: Dec. 9.

Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group, Inc. (SMMUG), meeting the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. (novices meet at 6) at the Disabled American Veterans building, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. For information call Lynn Poos 719-599-4528 or visit www.smmug.org. Next meeting: Dec. 12.

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: Dec. 12.

The Network Exchange for Women (NEW) meets the third Tuesday of each month at Antonio's on Garden of the Gods Road. $12, 265-1969. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Next meeting: Dec. 18.

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: Dec. 18.

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: Dec. 19.

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 Ray Thompson, 683-26030 or Belinda Hall, 574-5319. Next meeting: Dec. 20.

health & healing

Dealing with a Different World, a free seminar on understanding post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression in the aftermath of the WTC attack. At Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute. For details, call 635-9155 or 477-1515. Sat., Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact Reflex Analysis Workshop at 2928 El Capitan Dr. Reveal the root cause of our health problems and how to treat them. $60, 599-7466. Sat., Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Look Good... Feel Better, a workshop for women undergoing cancer treatment. Learn specialized make-up application and skin care. Each woman receives a free make-up kit. At Memorial Hospital. Free. To register, call 636-5101. Mon., Dec. 10, 2 p.m.

Heartbeat, the suicide prevention partnership for the Pikes Peak Region meets the first Tuesday of each month at Pikes Peak Partners, 12 N Meade. Meetings are at 7 p.m. Call 596-LIFE.

Suicide Prevention Partnership is taking requests for those who wish to have the name of a loved one added to the "Memory Tree." The tree is a way for family members and friends to celebrate the lives and memorialize loved ones lost through suicide. Call 719/573-7447.

Sacred Women of Wisdom, a series of workshops on women's spirituality, designed to help women express and expand the daily practice of their spirituality. Labyrinth walks, journaling, creating sacred space. For info, call Cee at 683-8511 or log on to http://miraclelabyrinths.netfirms.com.

Tobacco Quit Kits available for those who wish to quit smoking. Kits contain information and incentives, and are free. To request a kit, call 632-4200.

senior programs & activities

Holiday Countdown: Packages of Delight, featuring holiday entertainment and performances each day around lunchtime at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 Hancock Blvd. Free, 385-5933. Through Dec. 21.

Senior Days of Enrichment at Benet Hill Center, 2555 N. Chelton Road. Advent: Here and Coming, presented by Fr. Will Menard CSC of Holy Cross Novitiate. $10, 633-0655. Fri., Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Senior Center Choral Concert at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 Hancock Blvd. Free, 385-5933. Tues., Dec. 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Learning Unlimited: Eclectic Education, an educational program for seniors at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. Features expert guest speakers and presenters. $1 per week, 385-5933. Wednesdays, through Dec. 19, 9-10 a.m.

Fit Over Fifty at Body Sculptors Fitness Training Studio, 4743 N. Carefree Circle. Class designed to increase strength, range of motion and flexibility. Eight sessions $45, 637-0100. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:35 a.m.

Art, Creativity and Craft Classes at the Fountain Valley Senior Center, 5745 Southmoor Dr. Includes Embossed cards, oil painting, porcelain doll making, quilting, woodcarving and Creating the Story of Your Life. Times and fees vary, details. 520-6471.

Adults with Aging Parents Group for those dealing with issues of an aging parent of friend. On the fourth Monday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m., at Penrose Hospital Cancer Conference Room A, 2215 N. Cascade Ave. On the second Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Monument/Woodmoor Fire Department, 1855 Woodmoor Dr. Details, 266-8773.

Legal and business services at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. 385-5933. Free unless otherwise noted. Notary Public Service: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. 5 p.m. $1 suggested donation. Legal counseling: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 2-4 p.m. Appointments required. Career/Job Search Counseling: Make appointments by calling Lynn Dyatt, 578-5444. Health Insurance Counseling: Make appointments by calling Lisa Hietela, 635-4861. Real Estate Q & A: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Ageless Adult Classes at the Arvada Center, Denver. Featuring courses in music, visual arts, ceramics, humanities and dance. Times and fees vary. For details, call 303/431-3939 or visit.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program offers part-time work to people over 55 to help them upgrade their skills. Meanwhile, SCSEP helps place participants in full-time positions. For more, 635-3579.

volunteer opportunities

Effective Volunteer Management Workshop at the Penrose House. Brenda Clifton and Becky Hill will be discussing the secrets to successful volunteer programs. $60-$80, 575-3435. Wed., Dec. 12, 8:30 p.m.

El Paso County Department of Health and Environment seeking donations of cold weather kits for the homeless and holiday gifts for children of clients in drug and alcohol treatment. Suggested items include: socks, gloves, mittens, knit caps, old sleeping bags, reflective survival blankets and jumbo-size Ziplock bags. Call 578-3278.

American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers to educate the community about the prevention and early detection of cancer. Call 636-5101.

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.

Salvation Army taking food donations to fill emergency pantry. Drop off non-perishable donations at 908 Yuma St. For information, call 636-3891 Ext. 16.

Pikes Peak Family Connections seeking volunteers for the Nurturing Program, a series of parenting classes. A commitment of 4 hours per week for four months is requested. For more information, call Lindsay Peters, 444-4517.

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

El Paso County Health Department seeking volunteers to promote the Stop Family Violence campaign by distributing posters, cards and bookmarks. Donations of knit caps, gloves, scarves, socks, old sleeping bags and reflective survival blankets are also being sought for homeless clients. Call 578-3278.

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

CASA is 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. Next training starts Oct. 16. Call Amber, 447-9898 ext. 1008.

Community Partnership for Child Development seeks volunteers to assist in their Head Start/preschool classrooms. Variety of locations, schedules are flexible, training provided. 635-1536 ext. 233.

Walking Shield American Indian Society seeking volunteers to help in warehouse with packing and loading boxes, and picking up donations. For more information, call Elaine Glynn at 329-0251, Tues.-- Fri., 9 a.m.--3 p.m.

Beidleman Environmental Center seeking volunteers to help school children learn about the environment through hands-on exploration, activities, hikes, and much more. Call 578-7088.

Pikes Peak Family Connections seeking volunteers for the Nurturing Program, a series of parenting classes. A commitment of 4 hours per week for four months is requested. For more information, call Lindsay Peters, 444-4517.

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. 597-8603.

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.

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.

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative seeking volunteers for restoration, seed collecting, trail and rock-work activities on Missouri Mountain, Grays and Torreys Peaks, The Crestone Needle and Quandary Peak. Call 303/278-7525 Ext. 115 or 120 or Email intern@14ers.org.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office is in need of 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 email JaimieHutchison@elpasoco.com to find out more. You can also visit the EPSO web page: www.elpasoco.com/sheriff.

Workout, Ltd. seeking a Volunteer Facilitator to assist participants in developing and approving a mutually acceptable agreement and facilitate meetings with victims and offender towards a positive resolution whenever possible. For details, call Denise Montano or Rich Lindsey at 471-4200.

El Paso County Health Department seeking volunteers to help break the cycle of abuse by providing a safe and nurturing atmosphere for infants and toddlers while mothers attend afternoon support groups to overcome addiction. Volunteers are also requested to assist with car seat safety checks and educate students of the dangers of smoking. For information about these and other volunteer opportunities, call 578-3278 or email karenweber@elpasoco.com.

Business of Art Center, a non-profit community art center in Manitou Springs, seeks art lovers to lend a hand with opening receptions, special events, greeting visitors, fundraising, improving the facility and anything else that interests you. To find out more, call 685-1861.

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 at 632-1521.

Head Start Preschool Program seeking volunteers to 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. Call 635-1536, Ext. 233.

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.

Care and Share Food Bank seeking volunteers to help with promotions, graphic design, development, clerical work, food pickup and delivery, photography, special events help, research, data entry and warehouse work. Call Jordan Isreal, 528-1247. www.careandshare.org .

holiday donating

10th Annual Christmas Toy Drive and Giveaway to benefit the children of Teller County. Toys will be given away to needy families at the Bella Vista II in Highlands Center, Divide on Sat., Dec. 8.

Adopt-a-Family Holiday Program provides needy families with a festive holiday meal, winter clothing and a gift for their kids. Sponsired by the Community Partnership for Child Development. You can "adopt" a family and then shop for food and gifts yourself, or make a monetary donation and CPCD will do the shopping for you. You decide what you can give and CPCD will match you with a family. For details, call Delberta at 635-1536, Ext. 276.

Christmas Unlimited has been providing quality holiday gifts to families in need since 1923. Applications for assistance are available at El Paso and Teller County Departments of Health and Human Services, Head Start, and 50 other agencies. Call 597-1821. Donations are accepted at all Colorado Springs police and fire stations.

Toys for Tots accepting new, unwrapped toys to give to needy children of the community at Homes by Jan, 4710 N. Nevada Ave. For details call 592-9200.


Film and Video

@the Movies, a film discussion group at the Rockrimmon Branch Library, 832 Village Ctr. Bring VHS or DVD copies of movies you liked that no one else does, cued to 5-minute clips. Call 528-3952. Thurs., Dec. 13, 7 to 9 p.m.

World Horizons Film Series at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Each travel film is narrated by the filmmaker. Sundays and Mondays, 2 p.m. $7, 634-5583. On Jan. 6-7: Italy, Tip to Toe with Stan Walsh. On March 10-12: Wales with Frank Klicar. On April 14-15: Biblical Treasures of Turkey with Robin Williams.

Learning

Presentations at Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon. On Thurs., Dec. 6: Avalanche Safety 101, with Nick Logan. On Thurs., Dec. 13: The Trooper Traverse, with Lou Dawson. Free, 633-0732. All events begin at 8 p.m.

Programs at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, two miles south of Florissant on Teller County Road 1. Reservations required, 719/748-3253. Fees vary. On Sat.-Sun., Dec. 8-9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: An 1880's holiday.

Events at Benet Hill Monastery. 2555 N. Chelton Road. Scripture Study, Tues.-Wed., Dec. 11-12, Feb. 26-27, Tues., 7 to 9 p.m., Wed., 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Please call 633-0655 for more information.

Learning Unlimited: Eclectic Education, an educational program for seniors at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. Features expert guest speakers and presenters. $1 per week, 385-5933. Wednesdays, through Dec. 19, 9-10 a.m.

West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 20th St., announcing enrollment for winter classes in art, dance, photography, health and wellness, early childhood, drama, cooking, sports, teen classes, field trips for kids and adults and much much more. Times, locations and fees vary. To receive fall brochure or for registration information, call 444-7340.

Photography classes at Shewmaker's Camera Shop. Includes wedding, portrait, black & white, digital photography, Photo 101 and more. Visit www.shewmakers.com for full schedule or call 636-1696.

Community Education Classes presented by School District 11. Registration open now for classes in foreign languages, dance, crafts, art, self-help and more. Locations, times and costs vary. Call 520-2384 for details.

Secular Home Schooling Support Group meeting at Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Dr. E. Offering support to parents of home schooled children. For more information, call 637-8282.

Literary Events

Book Groups At Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East. Spiritual Gateways Book Group, Sat., Dec. 8, 10 a.m. Just C.A.W.S., Sat., Dec. 16, 10 a.m. Conversations with God, Tues., Dec. 18, 7:15 p.m. Colorado Springs Fiction Writer's Group, 574-5571. Mon., Dec. 17, 6 p.m.

Minnie Bruce Pratt reading from her poetic works including Crime Against Nature and Walking Back Up Depot Street in Colorado College's Max Kade Theatre, on the third floor of Armstrong Hall. Free, 389-6607. Thurs., Dec. 13, 8 p.m.

Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group meets at Barnes and Noble, Citadel Mall. Call Henri & Hollie Snider at 574-5571. Meeting the last Monday of every month, 6 p.m.

Vegetarians of Colorado Springs Book Club meeting at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Learn about vegetarians from many great authors and their works. For details call Nan, 388-2176 or visit www.vsc.org.

Music Concerts

acoustic, folk & country

Colorado Springs Guitar Society annual concert, to benefit activities supporting classical music on the guitar. At the All Souls Unitarian Church at Tejon and Dale. $5, 599-8761. Mon., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Steve Barta Trio presenting their third annual benefit Christmas concert at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $8-$15, 634-5583. Proceeds benefit the Families of Freedom fund. Mon., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Peace and Justice Coffee House featuring string player Steve Hoke, at 29 S. Institute, 632-6189. Thurs., Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

The Chieftains at the Pikes Peak Center. $26-$42, 520-SHOW. Mon., Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m.

choral

Woodland Park Community Singers will be presenting a Christmas Concert. at the Mt. View United Methodist Church, 1101 Rampart Range Road. Free, 686-8860. Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Handel's Messiah presented by the U.S. Air Force Academy at the Cadet Chapel. Call 719/333-7731. Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.

Concerts at Colorado College. Call 389-6138. Winter Pops Concert: Packard Hall, Fri.-Sat., Dec. 7-8, 7:30 p.m. The Splendor Of Venice: Packard Hall, Sun., Dec. 9, 3 p.m.

America The Beautiful Christmas at Mitchell High School. $10, 579-9132. Sat., Dec. 8, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

A Time to Heal: An Advent Service of Comfort and Hope, featuring the Broadmoor Chamber Orchestra and choirs from two churches, readings and more at the Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. Free, 473-1807. Sun., Dec. 9, 7 p.m.

'Tis the Season: Holiday Memories, a performance by the Colorado Springs with the Youth Symphony Brass Ensemble at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $10-$14, 520-SHOW. Bring a non-perishable food item for Care and Share for a free treat from Santa. Sun., Dec. 9, 3 p.m.

Come, Celebrate Christmas featuring the Chancel Choir, Chamber Singers and Orchestra of First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada. Free, 719/471-8522. Dec. 9, 5 p.m.

Pauline Oliveros will perform with Myriad and the CC Chamber Chorus at the Packard Hall building on CC campus. Free, 389-6138. Fri., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Deck the Hall, presented by the Colorado Springs Chorale at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $12-$25, 520-SHOW. Fri., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Ellement will present two winter pop concerts at the Olin Fishbowl building on CC campus. Suggested donation, 389-6138. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 15-16, 8 p.m.

classical

The Colorado College Chamber Orchestra will play works by Bach, Vaughan-Williams and Bloch. Performed at the Packard Hall building on CC campus. Free, 389-6138. Tues., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Chamber Orchestra of the Springs with violinist Rebecca Lee presenting A Musical Gift, a concert featuring works by Vivaldi, Corelli, Mozart and more at First Christian Church, Platte and Cascade. $6-$12, 633-3649. Sun., Dec. 9, 2:30 p.m.

jazz & swing

JazzTrax Christmas Concert at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Presenting familiar holiday songs performed by Norman Brown, Chris Botti and Alex Bugnon. $33-$37, 520-9090. Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.

The High Altitude Trombone Quartet Holiday Concert at the First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade. Free, 632-8836. Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.

miscellaneous

The Three Irish Tenors performing Christmas From Dublin at the Arnold Hall Theater, Air Force Academy. $15-$30, 719/333-4497. Sat., Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Julia McKay, pianist and performance artist, performing at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon. Free, 687-9316. Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.

Look for the Star, an all-original musical Christmas performance composed by Fellowship of the Rockies pastor Tom Bartlett. Sing carols after the show. At Fellowship Church, 1625 S. 8th St. Free tickets available by calling 633-4759. Sat., Dec. 8, 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

First Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., featuring new performers every Sunday at 5 p.m. $8-$15, 471-4361. Dec. 9: Christmas Concert.

Holly and Ivy presented by The United States Air Force Band of The Rockies at the Colorado Springs World Arena. Free, 719/556-9955. Sun., Dec. 16, 3 p.m.

rock, pop & blues

Snoop Dogg at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa Ave. $27.50-$30, 520-9090. All-ages. Thurs., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Sting at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $55-$100, 576-2626. Sun., Dec. 9, 8 p.m.

Hoobustank, Pressure 4-5 and Earshot at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $5.43, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Mon., Dec. 10, 8 p.m.

Clutch, Biohazard and Candiria at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $10.43, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Thurs., Dec. 13, 8:30 p.m.

Peace Sign and Boomer Box at the new Business of Art Center Carriage House Theater, 515 Manitou Ave. $12.50-$15, 685-1861. Sat, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

Marty Jones and the Pork Boilin' Poor Boys at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $5, 265-9951. Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Tesla at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $26, 800/965-4827. 21+. Sun., Dec. 16, 9 p.m.

Liz Clark Band at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $5, 265-9951. Sat., Dec. 22, 8 p.m.

Xiren at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $5, 265-9951. Fri., Dec. 28, 8 p.m.

Todd Tijerina Band at Jack Quinn's, 21 S. Tejon St. 685-0766. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 28-29, 9:30 p.m.

Swivel Hips Smith at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $5, 265-9951. Sat., Dec. 29, 8 p.m.

music announcements

Pikes Peak Philharmonic auditioning for bass trombone and bassoon, and for all stringed instruments. Musicians are needed by Dec. 2. Call Carla at 574-1883.

Performances

comedy

Jerry Seinfeld at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $46-$76, 520-SHOW. Sat., Jan 19, 7 p.m.

dance

The Nutcracker presented by the Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theatre in the Arts Center Theater, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave. $5-$7, 719/542-1211. Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 8, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tunjung Sari, a performance of Balinese dance and gamelan music, will be presented by Colorado College in the Packard Hall building on CC campus. Free, 389-6138. Sun., Dec. 16, 3 p.m.

miscellaneous

Pops On Ice at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $19.50-$64.50, 719/477-2121. Dec. 15, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Santa's Frosty Follies, a holiday musical and dance review presented by the Wells Foundation for the Performing Arts at Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. $15-$18, 719/577-4556. Dec. 22, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 23, 2 p.m.

theater

Grease presented at Lewis-Palmer High School Performing Arts Auditorium, 1300 Higby Road. $4-$7, 488-4720. Dec. 6-7, 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde performed by the PPCC Masquers at Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. $5-$10, 540-7418. Fri-Sat., 8 p.m., through Dec. 15. Sun., Dec. 9, 2 p.m.

Reading Rainbow by Theatreworks USA at the Pikes Peak Center, 30 W. Dale. $6, 520-SHOW. Tues., Dec. 11, 7 p.m.

A Christmas Carol presented by TheatreWorks on the UCCS campus. $16-$18, 262-3232. Thurs., Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and Sun., 4 p.m. Dec. 13-24.

A Christmas Carol presented by the Colorado College drama and dance department at the Armstrong Theatre on CC campus. $2-$5, 389-6138. Thurs.-Sat., Dec. 13-15, 8 p.m.

The King & I, by the Repertory Theatre Company at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $20-$25, 634-5581. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Dec. 16.

Two By Two presented by the Star Bar Players at the Lon Chaney Theater, Weber and Kiowa. $5-$12, 573-7411. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. Thurs., 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 4 p.m. Through Dec. 16.

A Christmas Carol presented by the Gold Camp Players at the Cripple Creek historic Butte Opera House. $3-$6, 719/689-6402. Dec. 14-15, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 16, 2 p.m.

Come For Dinner...Stay For Death! at the Hearthstone Inn, 506 N. Cascade Ave. $29 dinner and show; room packages start at $59 per person, 473-4413. Sat., Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.

It's My Party... I'll Die If I Want To, at Castaways Dinner PlayHouse Theater. $16 show only, $30 dinner and show, 685-3700. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. Buffet, 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 22.

A Christmas Carol broadcast on KCME Radio, 88.7. KCME Radio Theatre recreates the Charles Dickens story with music by Samuel F. Hall. Mon., Dec. 24, 8 p.m.

The Murder Room by the Encore! Dinner Theater at their new location at 10 Old Man's Trail in Manitou Springs (formerly Tajine Alami). $36 plus tax includes meal. Reservations, 471-PLAY. Fridays and Saturdays, cocktails and live music, 6 p.m. Buffet, 6:30 p.m., show at 8.

announcements

Auditions for The Taffetas at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Roles are for women and positions are paid. Call 634-5583 for an appointment. Sat., Dec. 8, 1-5 p.m. and Dec. 10, 7-10 p.m.

Auditions for Sundiata, The Lion King of Mali at the Arvada Center, Denver. Actors should prepare 16 bars of an up-tempo song. Experienced performers of all ethnic backgrounds, male and female, ages 18 and over are needed. By appointment only, 303/431-3080 Ext. 3471. Auditions begin Jan. 28.5

Recreation

Events at Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon. All events are free and begin at 8 p.m. 633-0732. On Thurs., Dec. 6: Avalanche Safety 101, with Nick Logan. Thurs., Dec. 13: The Trooper Traverse, with Lou Dawson.

Guided Hikes at Mountain Park Environmental Center, Beulah. Hikes are guided by an experienced naturalist. Most are appropriate for ages 10 and up and last 2 to 3 hours. Come prepared for the weather, wear good shoes and bring water. $3, or free to members. Register early, group size limited. 719/485-4444. On Sun., Dec. 9: Yule Log Hike. On Sat., Dec. 15, 9 a.m.: An Almost Winter Morning Hike. On Sat., Dec. 22, 1 p.m.: Winter Solstice Hike. On Sun. Jan. 6, 11 a.m.: First Hike of the New Year.

Sierra Singles Group inviting single Coloradans of all ages to meet new friends while hiking, biking, camping, learning and exploring Colorado's natural beauty. Sponsored by the Pikes Peak Sierra Club. For details or to sign up for an outing, call Martha Rosenau, 685-9147. On Sat., Dec. 15: Breckenridge downhill and X-C Ski Trip, 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sun., Dec. 30: Aiken Canyon Hike, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Snowshoeing 101, an indoor clinic designed to teach you the basics, including where to go and how to get started. At the Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. Reservations required, Sat., Dec. 15, 11-noon and 1-2 p.m.: Snowshoeing 101.

Spectator Sports

Colorado College Tiger Hockey Home Games at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. All games starting at 7:05 p.m. $12-$15, call 576-2626. Nov. 16-17, Clarkston University. Jan. 11-12, Minnesota State Mankato. Jan. 18-19, North Dakota. Jan. 25, Air Force Academy. Jan. 26, Niagra University. Feb. 2, University of Denver. Feb. 8-9, University of Wisconsin. Mar. 8-10, WCHA Playoffs.

Special Events

Jungian Odysseys: Accounts of Inner Journeys, with Toby Easton and Byron Johnson, presented by the C.G. Jung Society of Colorado Springs. $5, 685-4205. At First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Thurs., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Electric Safari, a safari route guides visitors through lighted trees and sculptures. $3.25-$5.50, 633-9925. Daily: Dec. 7 through, Jan. 1. 5:30 to 9 p.m.

60th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Observance at the Memorial Park Veteran's Memorial, on Union near Airport. Featuring the Ft. Carson choir, wreath layings, flag presentations and WWII fighter plane fly-bys. Fri., Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to noon.

Wine Tasting and Art Auction benefiting Workout, Ltd, a restorative justice program. At the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. $15-$20, 471-4200. Fri., Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m.

Holiday Bed and Breakfast Tour in Salida. The Heart of the Rockies Bed and Breakfasts are hosting a holiday tour of six decorated inns. Participating Inns: Beddin' Down, The Century House, Gazebo Country Inn, River Run Inn, The Thomas House and The Tudor House. Call 719/539-2068 or

www.heartoftherockiesb&bs.com. Fri., Dec. 7-8, 5 to 7 p.m.

Let Heaven and Nature Sing, a student-led Christmas workshop presented by the Music Ministry of Sunnyside Christian Church, 2025 N. Murray Blvd. Call 596-1659. Fri. and Sat., Dec. 7-8, 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 9, 4 p.m.

Old Fashioned Holiday Gathering at the First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade. Come celebrate with the Alzheimer's Association. Free, 266-8773. Sat., Dec. 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Holiday Lights Festival 2001 at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale. Celebration will continue the tradition of displaying live trees, decorated by community organizations, businesses and schools, and now includes winter holiday customs from around the world. Free, 634-5581. Dec. 7-31. Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 7, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Children's Activity Day: Sat., Dec. 15, 1 to 3 p.m.

Lighter Side of Christmas Parade in Woodland Park. Parade route: Down highway 24 between Taco Bell and Ute Pass Cultural Center. Call Tracie Bennitt, 687-7375. Sat., Dec. 8, 6 p.m.

Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation 17th Annual Trees of Life tree lighting. Community invited to purchase lights and commemorative ornaments. Call 633-3400. $10 illuminates a light. $40 includes an ornament, $100 personalizes an ornament, $1,000 or more will engrave a name on Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation's Tribute Wall, includes membership in Flo Carris & Susan Langstaff Founders' Society, illuminated light and personalized, glass ornament. Tree lightings: Pioneers Museum; Dec. 8, 5 p.m. Penrose Hospital; Dec. 10, 3 p.m. Memorial Hospital, Dec. 10, 4 p.m; St. Francis Health Center, Dec. 10, 5 p.m.

Old Fashioned Holiday Gathering presented by the Alzheimer's Association, at First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade. Free, 266-8773. Sat., Dec. 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Traditional Holiday Service featuring readings, carols and choral music in Colorado College's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. Free, 389-6607. Sun., Dec. 9, 6 p.m.

Channukah events hosted by Chabad-Lubavich of Southern Colorado. On Sun., Dec. 9: Channukah celebration at Colorado College. On Sat., Dec. 15: lighting of a 7-foot menorah at the Citadel near the food court. Enjoy traditional Jewish holiday food. For details, call 634-2345.

Teaching Peace, a family sing-along event at the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, 29 S. Institute. $5-$10 donation appreciated but not required, 632-6189. Enjoy pizza and soda while making a family commitment to peace in the world and at home. Sun., Dec. 9, 4-6 p.m.

Mediterranean Dinner & Tasting Series at Primitivo, 28 S. Tejon St. Featuring three courses and 5-7 matched wines. $49, tax and tip not included. Mondays at 7 p.m. Reservations: 473-4900. On Dec. 10: Portugal.

Twilight Christmas At Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 1401 Recreation Way. $1-$5, 719/578-6777. Dec. 15-16, 4 to 8 p.m.

Twilight Frontier Christmas at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. There will be fun activities for the entire family, including entertainment, wagon rides, lantern tours and crafts. $1-$5, 719/578-6777. Sat., Sun., Dec. 15-16, 4 to 8 p.m.

Practice New Year's Eve Party at 707 Manitou Blvd. House concert, bar room set with Volan, Uveges and Sokol. Reservations required, 389-0405. $6 artist donation. Sat., Dec. 29, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

KCIC New Year's Eve Gala at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Big band sounds of Wallace Cotton and the Royals, dancing, dinner, champagne and brunch. $250-$325, 538-4000. Call for more information. Mon., Dec. 31.

Youth & Family

Programs at the Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. Reservations required for all programs, 520-6387. On Sat., Dec. 8, 10-11:30 a.m.: Children's Corner Winter Celebration. On Sat., Dec. 15, 8-10 a.m.: Christmas Bird Count. On Sat., Dec. 15, 11 to noon and 1-2 p.m.: Snowshoeing 101.

Programs at the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Reservations required for all programs, 520-6745. On Sat., Dec. 8, 10-11 a.m.: Rudolph's Relatives. On Wed. Dec. 19, 10-11:15 and 1:30-2:45: Nature Adventures: Nature's Gifts. On Sat., Dec. 29, 10 a.m. to noon: Winter Wildlife Hike.

Teaching Peace, a family-sing along to commit to making peace in the world and at home will be held at the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Office, 29 S. Institute St. $5-$10 donation, 632-6189. Food and refreshments will be provided. Sun., Dec. 9, 4 to 6 p.m.

The Miracle Of Santa a play for children emphasizing the Christian background of the Santa Claus story will be presented at the Hospitality Center of the First United Methodist Church, 420 Nevada. Sign language interpretation will be available for all performances. Free-will offering, 520-9024. Fri., Dec. 14, 7 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 15, 10 a.m.

Hands-On Holiday Celebrations at the Buell Children's Museum at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, 719/543-0130. Featuring holiday crafts, interactive reindeer games, the Magic Carpet Theater, a collection of Kris Kringle's personal belongings and much more. Through Jan 7.

Out of Town

acoustic, folk & country concerts

E-Town live radio tapings at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $11.55, 303/786-7030. All tapings begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. On Sun., Dec. 9: Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Billy Nershi & Liza Oxnard. On Sun., Dec. 16: Bill Frisell & Greg Liesz with Jane Siberry and speaker Erik Weihenmayer.

Deana Carter at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $18-$20, 303/322-2308. Mon., Dec. 10, 7 p.m.

Spheres Of Influence, part of the Music with a View Series, at the Arvada Center. World-class guitar player, Alex Komodore, will perform pieces written by various composers as tributes to countries other than their own. $8, 303/431-3939. Thurs., Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

Cherish The Ladies at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood. $20-$22, 303/380-2333. Sun., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Sam Bush & Friends with Mighty Squirrel at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $35, 303/786-7030. 21 +. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

art

Arvada Center for the Art and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/431-3939. Featuring Childhood Revealed: Art Expressing Pain, Discovery and Hope, art created by children with mental illnesses, through Jan. 13.

Chicano Humanities and Art Council Gallery, 772 Santa Fe, Denver. 303/571-0440. Open Fridays, 7-10 p.m. and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Featuring the Christmas Mercado, Dec. 7-22.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. Featuring Preserving Patterns: The Quilts of Charlotte Jane Whitehill, through Dec. 9. Alice Neel, through Dec. 30. Bruce Nauman, through Dec. 30. 20th Century Design: Breaking All the Rules, through December 31. Giants of Melanesia: Monumental Art from the South Pacific, through Jan. 6. The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore, through Jan. 20. Motion Pictures: Maybridge and Edgerton Photographs from the Collections, through April 14. Cultural Coatings, through June 16. Many more exhibitions; for details, visit www.denverartmuseum.org.

Foothills Art Center, 805 15th St., Golden, 303/279-3922. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., 1-5 p.m. Featuring the Holiday Art Market, through Dec. 24. Also, Fiesta! The Art of Mexican Celebration, through Jan. 13.

WildLife Art Works, 123 W. First St., Salida. 719/530-0792. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment. Featuring Minor Gods & Gardens, raku sculpture and paintings by EAROTHWELL, Dec. 8-Jan.8. Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 8, 3 to 7 p.m.

classical & jazz music

Stanley Jordan at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $14, 303/443-3399. Thurs., Dec. 20, 9 p.m.

Birds of a Feather -- A Tribute to Charlie Parker featuring Roy Haynes, Kenny Garrett, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride and Dave Kikoski at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $27-$34, 520-9090. Fri., Jan. 18, 8 p.m.

comedy

Comedy Works, featuring new performers every weekend. 1226 15th St. at Larimer Square, Denver. 303/595-3637. Showtimes: Tues.-Thurs., Sat., 8 p.m. Fri., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sat., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8, Jeff Cesario. Dec. 7, Rita Rudner. Dec. 10-11, Jim Breuer. Dec. 12-16, Adam Ferrara. New Year's Eve, Billy D.

12 Steps of Christmas at the Bovine Theater. 1527 Champa St., Denver. $12-$17, 303/758-4722. Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m. Sun., 2 p.m. Arrive 1/2 hour before curtain for a Christmas & Holiday sing-along. Through Dec. 30.

dance

The Nutcracker by the Colorado Ballet at the Auditorium Theater at the Denver Center, 14th and Curtis Streets. $18-$100, 800/641-1222. Nov. 24-Dec. 30.

rock, pop & blues

Dispatch at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $20, 520-9090. All-ages. Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.

Porterhouse featuring Michael Travis, Tye North and Dan Lehmann at Tulagi's, Boulder. $7.50, 303/447-0095. 21+. Fri., Dec. 7, 10 p.m.

Space Team Electra at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $7, 800/965-4827. Sat., Dec. 8, 8 p.m.

Wilco at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $22.50, 800/965-4827. Sat., Dec. 8, 8 p.m.

Deep Soul Project at Tulagi's, Boulder. $5.25, 303/447-0095. 21+. Sat., Dec. 8, 10 p.m.

Small Brown Bike at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $7, 800/965-4827. Sat., Dec. 8, 6 p.m.

Sting at Magness Arena, Denver. $55-$125, 520-9090. Mon., Dec. 10, 8 p.m.

Rock*A*Teens at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $7, 800/965-4827. Tues., Dec. 11, 8 p.m.

System of a Down, Sevendust and Alien Ant Farm at the Fillmore Auditorium, Clarkson and Colfax, Denver. $32.50, 520-9090. 16+. Tues., Dec. 11, 7 p.m.

Evolution, The String Cheese Incident DVD Release Party at the Boulder Theater. $7, 303/786-7030. Tues., Dec. 11, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Dilated Peoples with Supernatural at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $20, 303/443-3399. Tues., Dec. 11, 8 p.m.

Mad Caddies at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8.50, 800/965-4827. Wed., Dec. 12, 7 p.m.

Deke Dickerson & The Eccophonics at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8.50, 800/965-4827. Thurs., Dec. 13, 8 p.m.

Pigface at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $20, 800/965-4827. Fri., Dec. 14, 8 p.m.

Cake with Flickerstick at the Fillmore Auditorium, Clarkson And Colfax, Denver. $25-$30, 520-9090. Fri., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Kottonmouth Kings at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $17, 800/965-4827. Sat., Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise and Johnny A at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $15, 303/443-3399. 21+. Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m.

Motet at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St. 21+. $10, 303/786-7030. Sat., Dec. 15, 9 p.m.

Guru, Afu-Ra, Mendoughhza, Bless and DJ Big Deal at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $20, 303/443-3399. All-ages. Sun., Dec. 16, 8 p.m.

Moonspell at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $12.50, 800/965-4827. Mon., Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Man or Astroman? at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $12, 800/965-4827. Tues., Dec. 18, 8 p.m.

Hot Water Music at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8, 800/965-4827. Tues., Dec. 18, 7 p.m.

Barenaked Ladies, Jewel, Nikka Costa and Jessica Simpson at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $27.50-$40, 520-9090. Thurs., Dec. 20.

Stanley Jordan at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $20, 800/965-4827. Sun., Dec. 22, 8 p.m.

The Gin Project, Shine, Blue Moon Dancers, Kristina Ingham, Jill Watkins and Delo at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $10, 303/786-7030. All-ages. Sat., Dec. 22, 7 p.m.

Kirk Franklin's Christmas Tour at the Paramount Theatre, 16th St. and Glenarm. $35--$45, 303/265-0519. Sun., Dec. 23, 7 p.m.

David Wilcox at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $25, 800/965-4827. Thurs., Dec. 27, 7 p.m.

Sound Tribe Sector 9 at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. $20, 520-9090. 18 +. Fri., Dec. 28, 9 p.m.

Little Feat at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $25, 303/443-3399. 21+. Fri., Dec. 28, 9 p.m.

Lucky Boys Confusion at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8.50, 800/965-4827. Fri., Dec. 28, 4:30 p.m.

Slim Cessna's Auto Club at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $10-$15, 800/965-4827. Sun.-Mon., Dec. 30-31, 8 p.m.

Sound Tribe Sector 9 at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $20-$30, 303/443-3399. All-ages. Sun.-Mon., Dec. 30-31, 9 p.m.

Sam Bush and Friends with Mighty Squirrel at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St. 21+. $35, 303/786-7030. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters at the Fillmore Auditorium, Clarkston and Colfax, Denver, $42.50, 719/520-9090. Mon., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m.

Leftover Salmon at the Paramount Theater, Denver. $45, 520-9090. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

Aerosmith with Cheap Trick at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $45-$85, 719/520-9090. Sat., Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m.

The Word featuring John Medeski, North Mississippi All Stars and Robert Randolph at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $20, 303/443-3399. Mon.-Tues., Jan. 14-15, 9 p.m.

Papa Grows Funk featuring Russell Batiste, June Namigashi, John Gros, Jason Mingledorff and Marc Pero at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $7.50, 303/443-3399. 21+. Wed., Jan. 16, 9 p.m.

Robert Walter's 20th Congress at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $15, 303/443-3399. 21+. Fri., Jan. 18, 9 p.m.

Theory of Everything V with Dave Watts, Ross Martin, Tye North, Jessica Lurie and The Living Daylights at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $TBA, 303/786-7030. 21+. Sat., Jan. 19, 9 p.m. On sale Dec. 15.

Merl Saunders & the King Johnson Band at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $16, 303/443-3399. 21+. Sat., Jan. 19, 9 p.m.

Jay Farrar at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $16.50, 303/443-3399. 21+. Fri., Jan. 25, 9 p.m.

"1964"...The Tribute at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $19.50-$29.50, 303/265-0519. Sat., Jan. 26, 8 p.m.

Vinyl at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $16.25, 303/443-3399. 21+. Sat., Jan. 26, 9 p.m.

The Samples at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $15-$18, 303/443-3399. 21+. Sat., Feb. 2, 9 p.m.

Down From The Mountain: Music From the Film O Brother Where Art Thou, featuring Allison Krauss & Union Station (with Jerry Douglas), Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless, Ralph Stanley, The Whites, The Peasall Sisters, Norman and Nancy Blake, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Bob Neuwirth and Chris Thomas King at the Paramount Theater, Denver. $69-$85, 520-9090. Mon., Feb. 11, 8 p.m.

Vonda Shepard at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $32, 303/265-0519. Tues., Feb. 12, 8 p.m.

String Cheese Intranational Incident, at Lahaina Civic Center Outdoor Stage in Maui, Hawaii. Tickets go on sale Dec. 4 at

http://www.sciticketing.com or 303/xxxx5-0191. Feb. 16-17.

John Tesh at the Paramount Theater, Denver. $26-$42, 520-9090. Sat, Feb. 16, 9 p.m.

Tangerine Dream at the Paramount Theater, Denver. $25-$40, 520-9090. Tues., Feb. 19, 8 p.m.

special events

Making the Link: Civil Rights and Campaign Finance Reform presented by The National Civic League will be held at the Omar D. Blair Fellowship Hap, 3100 Richard Allen Court, Denver. Call 303/571-4343. Sat., Dec. 8, 9:30 to noon.

Bill O'Reilly speaking as part of the Denver Distinguished Lecture Series in the Auditorium Theater at the Denver Center. $25-$52, 520-9090. Thurs., Jan. 17, 7 p.m.

Ehud Barak speaking as part of the Denver Distinguished Lecture Series in the Auditorium Theater at the Denver Center. $25-$52, 520-9090. Mon., April 29, 7 p.m.

theater

Dinner With Friends, the 2000 Pulitzer Prize winner at the Denver Center, Denver. $26-$42, 800/641-1222. Through Dec. 8.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Arvada Center for the Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Aurora. $36. Call 303/431-3939 for show dates and times. Dec. 11-Jan.6.

The Miracle at Tepeyac written and directed by Anthony J. Garcia, at St. Cajetans on the Auraria Campus, Denver. $12-$15, 303/296-0219. Thurs.-Sun., 3 and 7:30 p.m., Through Dec. 16.

Blast! The 2001 Tony Award-winning dance and musical performance at the Buell Theatre at the Denver Center. $20-$55, 520-9090. Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. Sat. matinee, 2 p.m. Sundays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 16.

Donner: A Documentary (about the reindeer...not the party) presented by the Buntport Theater Co. at the Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. $10-$12, 720/946-1388. Thursdays through Saturdays, Through Dec. 22, 8 p.m.

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare at the Denver Civic Theatre. $15-$20, 303/595-3800. Through Dec. 22, 8 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

A Christmas Carol at the Denver Center Theatre, Denver. $26-$34, 800/641-1222. Through Dec. 23, show times vary.

The Santaland Diaries, by David Sedaris at the Bug Theater, Denver. 303/477-9984. Through Dec. 29.

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