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click to enlarge Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St., Denver, 303/394 - -9993. Featuring Peace and Harmony in Picture, winning - photographs from the Snapshot: Eye Behind the Lens - competition. Collectors Collect: Works from Denvers - Private Collections, through Jan. 5. Visit - mizelmuseum.org for more.
  • Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St., Denver, 303/394 -9993. Featuring Peace and Harmony in Picture, winning photographs from the Snapshot: Eye Behind the Lens competition. Collectors Collect: Works from Denvers Private Collections, through Jan. 5. Visit mizelmuseum.org for more.

Art Shows & Galleries
American Numismatic Association Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646. Open Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Free. Featuring The Die Is Cast: Money of the Ancient World through September 2007. Visit money.org for more.

Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 351-3029. Featuring Take 7's Fifth Anniversary, works from several of Colorado Springs' leading portrait photographers, in the Antlers Atrium through Jan. 1.

Artists Lair, 2766 Janitell Road, 576-5247. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Featuring The Gift, works by Bill Hyer, through Jan. 10.

ARTSpace Gallery, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 385-7900. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat., 1-5 p.m. Featuring works by Eulalie Brown through Dec. 16.

The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. Featuring the works of Adam Conard through Dec. 10.

The Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 232-9368. Open Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., noon to 3 p.m. Featuring Inside-Outside, works by Michael Cellan and Tamara Converse including mixed media, digital, watercolor and hand-pulled prints, through Dec. 17.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring The Art of Winter Solstice through Dec. 30. Hot Off the Press: Printmakers Invitational, woodblock, intaglio, relief, monotype prints and more from 15 artists, through Dec. 31. Echoes from a Dream, oil paintings by Donna Dellacroce, through Dec. 31. Visit thebac.org for more.

Cedar Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Ave., 578-5744. Featuring Abstract from a Geometric Mind, works of Ron Cornelius, through Jan. 31.

Celebration Place, The Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring District 11 Teacher Feature Art Show through Jan. 7.

Cheyenne Mountain Academic Arts Building, 1200 Cresta Road, 475-6110. Featuring works of the entire Cheyenne Mountain District 12 Art Faculty through Dec. 30.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Featuring Book as Object: An International Survey of Sculptural Bookworks, through Dec. 19.

Colachi Arts, 1107 Manitou Ave., No. 11., 685-1254. Featuring Great People, Great Minds, oil paintings by Preston Smith.

Colorado Ironworks, 615 S. Sierra Madre St., 447-1662. Featuring Moments in Metal through December. Visit coloradoironworks.com for more.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Featuring Buffalo Bill and the Invention of the Wild West through Jan. 27. Visit cspm.org for more.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Holiday Market, works by over 50 Colorado artists, through Dec. 31. Visit commonwheel.com for more.

Cucuru Gallery, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900. Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Cuban Art Show, with the works of Aguedo Alonso and other artists, through Dec. 18.

El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/583-0453. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $3-$4 for non-members. Featuring Explorer or Spy: The Pike Legacy through Dec. 30.

El Tesoro Restaurant and Gallery, 10 N. Sierra Madre St., 471-0106. Open Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring Moments Caught on Paper, mixed media works by George Sanchez, through Jan. 31. Visit el-tesoro.com for more.

FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., Suite 100, 634-5583. Open Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3.75-$7.50 for non-members. Featuring works by Dale Chihuly through Jan. 7. Spring Forward, works of Colorado Springs artists Dan Britton, Pard Morrison, Laurel Swab and Rita Zimmerman, Jan. 27 to March 4. Opening reception, Jan. 27, 6-9 p.m. Katrina: Catastrophe and Catharsis, March 9 to April 29. Opening reception, March 9, 5-8 p.m. William Gottlieb's Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz, May 5 to June 24. Visit csfineartscenter.org for more.

*Gunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494. Open Mon. and Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Winter Fantasies, with paintings by John Sherman, glassworks by Sharon Dykes-Modlen and jewelry by Rone DelBianco, through Dec. 31. Visit gunterwolffgallery.com for more.

Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471-1360. Open Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Enchant!, French countryside scenes by local impressionist Laura Reilly through December. Visit laurareilly.com for more.

Lion's Pride, 6912 Mesa Ridge Pkwy., 382-8387. Featuring the works of Keith Stewart and Angie Wisdom through Dec. 15.

Mediterranean Caf, 118 E. Kiowa St., 633-0115. Open Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Featuring Life through the Lens, photographs by Bruce Rieger, through Dec. 31.

The Nook, 2821 Dublin Blvd., 265-8980. Open Mon., 6:30-10:30 a.m. and Tues.-Sun., 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Featuring the works of Joe R. Luciano, Barbara J. Davies and Dottie Lirette through April.

OpticalReverb at Park East Restaurant, 720 Goodnight Ave., Pueblo, 684-9439. Featuring Pueblo Guts, works by Justin Reddick, Jina Pierce, Sam Pisciotta and Jeff Jag through Jan. 1.

OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 684-9439. Featuring For Emily " ReImagining Guernica, works from Drew Stofflet, Tim Davis, Jason Zacharias and over 20 more artists inspired by Picasso's 1937 Guernica piece, through Jan. 1.

OpticalReverb at the V Bar, 19 E. Kiowa St., 684-9439. Featuring paintings by Neil Fenton through Jan. 1.

Pianos " New & Used, 413 N. Tejon St. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Musical Journeys, photographs by Lillian Kaiser of famous rock, blues and pop musicians, through Jan 30.

Pikes Peak Community College Art Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-3164. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Past, Present and Future, works by faculty and students from Bemis School of Art, through Dec. 14.

Plantera Group Gallery, Plantera Group, 731 N. Weber St., 886-0456. Open Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Weber Street Works of Art, with CJ Hendrickson, Alison Smith and Davoth, to benefit the Business of Art Center, through Dec. 22.

Rico's Caf & Wine Bar, 320 N. Tejon St., 630-7723. Open Mon.-Wed, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thurs.-Sat., 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring a Photographic Meditation On Ordinary Objects, by Tim Davis, through Jan. 4.

*Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring My Favorite Things in the Children's Museum through Jan. 6. Colorado landscape artist Charles Partridge Adams through Jan. 27. Own Your Own Art Show and Sale through Dec. 30. Different Perspectives: Views of Pikes Peak through Jan. 20. Works by Ann Moore, Richard Tyler, Joe Adamich and the Southern Watercolor Society through Feb. 3. Visit sdc-arts.org for more.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012. Open Wed., Fri. and Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Clothing as Art, with fashion designer Autumn Teneyl, Dec. 17, noon to 4:30 p.m. Heads II: Exploring the Individuality and Expression of the Human Head and La Luz de Jesus, through Dec. 22. Visit smokebrush.org for more.

UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., 1-4 p.m. Featuring UCCS Faculty Exhibition, through Jan. 5. Blue Books and other Artist Books, Jan. 19 to March 16. Student Art Exhibition, April 6 to June 1. Water Media International XV, June 15 to Aug. 3. Visit galleryuccs.org for more.

Wayne Lambert Gallery, 2423 W. Colorado Ave., 471-1574. Open Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring original platinum/palladium photographs of the Southwest and Mexico through February.

The Winter Gallery, 47 Third St., Monument, 488-1063. Featuring the nature photography of Stephen Weaver and other local and regional artists.

Art events Art Benefit for Africa, Starbucks Coffee, 7 S. Tejon St. Featuring paintings by Chris Hall and Frederick Lyle Morris African through Dec. 22. All proceeds will benefit the Kisumu Hospice and Young Generation Center Orphanage in Kenya. Opening reception, Thurs., Dec. 21, 2-5 p.m.

Auditions & Entries
Heebee Jeebees Tattoos is seeking artists to display and sell work in their new gallery. Accepting applications through January. E-mail goffickgrrl@yahoo.com or visit the space at 318A E. Colorado Ave. for more.

CHANGE, a subgroup of TESSA, is seeking exhibition space to host the Finding Our Voices exhibit for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Please call 761-6002 to respond by Dec. 15.

Manitou Art Theater is holding auditions on Dec. 16-17 for dancers, singers, musicians, poets, comics, actors, variety and circus artists to perform original 10-minute works in Ten Minutes Max. Call 685-4729 or visit themat.org to schedule an audition.

Pikes Peak Art Council is seeking 10-minute plays as entries in the "Six Women Playwriting Festival," open to women 16 and older, through Dec. 31. Winning works will be presented at the Business of Art Center on April 19-22. Visit sixwomenplayfestival.com for more.

Colorado Springs Chorale is holding auditions for new members on Jan. 2-3, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Call 634-3737 to schedule an appointment.

Commonwheel Artists Cooperative has openings for a jeweler and a 3-D artist (any media except pottery). Submit slides, photos or CDs of work and an application by Jan. 8, 6 p.m. Call 685-1008 or visit commonwheel.com for more.

Pikes Peak Philharmonic is auditioning for the annual Youth Concerto Competition in January. A cash prize will be awarded and the winner will perform with the Pikes Peak Philharmonic on May 20. Call Brenda at 471-7605 for an appointment.

CHANGE, a subgroup of TESSA, is seeking two- and three-dimensional works for Finding Our Voices, an art exhibit for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. All survivors, allies and supporters are encouraged to submit entries by March 1. Call 761-6002 or e-mail revjenb@gmail.com for more.

Civic Opportunities
Sixth Annual Bring a Kid a Book Drive, drop boxes at CSU Pueblo. Collecting new and used books for elementary and middle school children in Pueblo, through Dec. 24. Call 719/549-2257 for more.

Santa's Angel Tree of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Seeking toys and games, children's snow boots, jackets, diapers, bedding for twin and full-size beds, towels, CDs and DVDs, kitchen items and food for local families in need, through Dec. 23. Call Lori at 266-3156 to arrange pick up or drop off.

Winter Coat Drive, drop boxes at Rock Ledge Ranch, 3202 Chambers Way, and Howbert Elementary School, 1023 N. 31st St. Winter wear is urgently needed for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota including coats, gloves, scarves, boots and warm socks for infants through adults size 3X through Dec. 15. Call 598-5990 for more.

Community Blood Drive, Bonfils Blood Center Bus. Elkhorn Conference Center, Fort Carson, Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Petsmart, 2965 New Center Place, Dec. 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Pkwy., Dec. 29, noon to 4 p.m. The Citadel, 750 Citadel Drive East, Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 800/365-0006 or visit bonfils.org for more.

Canine Christmas, All Breed Rescue & Training, 20 Mount View Lane, Suites B & C. Select a giving tree ornament or give a gift online this holiday to help rescued dogs, through Jan. 1. Call 264-6460 or visit haveanicedog.org for more.

Glass Slipper Ball, Sheraton Colorado Springs Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive. $75. Featuring music by Gentle Rain, entertainment by Dance Colorado and food from 20 of the area's best chefs to benefit TESSA and Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Region. Sat., Jan. 20, 7-11 p.m. Call 264-9087 for more.

Clubs & Organizations
Pikes Peak PRSA Holiday Party, Phantom Canyon Brewery, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $20, members free. The Public Relations Society of America will present a three-course luncheon, goodie bags and door prizes. Tues., Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 578-3212 for more.

Empower Colorado, First Church of the Nazarene, 4120 E. Fountain Blvd. A support group for families of children with a mental illness. Meets the second Saturday of the month. Call 559-7679 for more.

The Alpha Course, The Weber Street Center, 219 E. Bijou St. Weekly meeting to share a meal and discuss questions of faith. Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. Call 884-6180 or visit first-pres.org/alpha for more.

Emotions Anonymous Support Group, Pikes Peak United Way, 518 N. Nevada Ave. Meets at 3:30-4:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. Call 573-7846 for more.

click to enlarge Gunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494. - Open Mon. and Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., noon - to 5 p.m. Featuring Winter Fantasies, with paintings by - John Sherman, glassworks by Sharon Dykes-Modlen and - jewelry by Rone DelBianco, through Dec. 31. Visit - gunterwolffgallery.com for more.
  • Gunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494. Open Mon. and Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Winter Fantasies, with paintings by John Sherman, glassworks by Sharon Dykes-Modlen and jewelry by Rone DelBianco, through Dec. 31. Visit gunterwolffgallery.com for more.

Recovery Incorporated self-help group for people with depression, anxiety, obsessions or other psychological issues meets Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. at Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point. Call 393-5316 for more.

Adult ADD/ADHD Support Group of the Pikes Peak Region, Vanguard Church, 3950 N. Academy Blvd. Donations accepted. Meets Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 351-7951 for more.

Senior Community Service Employment Program, 1510 N. Hancock Ave. Offering paid training for persons 55 and older. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call AARP at 635-3579 for more.

The Breakfast Club for Singles 50+, SilverWood Hotel, 505 Popes Bluff Trail. $14. Meets 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month, offering outdoor activities and social events. Call 260-0651 for reservations and more.

Sno-Jets Ski Club Events, Howard's BBQ, 3350 N. Chestnut St. Club meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Offering ski trips, biking, hiking and other activities. Visit snojets.org or call 577-7669 for more.

Twilight MOPS Buffet and Speaker, First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St. $10. Featuring a buffet supper and speaker for moms of preschoolers. Dinner for children and childcare included. First and third Thursdays of the month, 6-8 p.m. Call 884-6233 for more.

Lunch Break, Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., $7.50. For all women in the workplace, a buffet luncheon with speakers addressing the theme Wednesday Matinee: Encouragement for Life's Reel Dramas through April. Meets first and third Wednesdays of the month, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Call 884-6234 by Monday prior for reservations.

WINGS provides therapist-facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in which survivors are believed, accepted and no longer alone. Women's group meets Monday evenings. Men's group is developing a waiting list. Call 800/373-8671 or visit wingsfound.org for more.

El Paso County Democratic Club, Democratic Headquarters, 25 N. Iowa St. Meets the second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. Call Mark at 548-9114 for more.

Film & Video
"Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD" Series, Tinseltown, 1545 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. $15-$18. Featuring screenings of the Metropolitan Opera performing The Magic Flute, Sat., Dec. 30, 11:30 a.m. and I Puritani, Sat., Jan. 6, 11:30 a.m. Visit metoperafamily.org/hdlive for more.

IMAX Film Festival, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. Featuring six favorite films, selected by viewers, from those shown during the theater's 23-year history. Jan. 1 to March 15. Call 800/925-2250 or visit dmns.org for more.

Food & Drink
Wild Oats Classes, 3180 New Center Point. Stress-Free Holidays, Dec. 14. Kids Wild about Cooking, Dec. 16. Dairy-Free Store Tour, Dec. 19. Intro to Tai Chi/Qigong, Dec. 27. Senior Breakfast, Dec. 28. Fine Cheese Lecture & Tasting, Dec. 28. Gluten-Free Store Tour, Jan. 2. Kids Wild about Cooking, Jan. 6. Eating for Chakra Balance, Jan. 9. Natural Anti-Aging Therapies, Jan. 11. Call 622-1099 for more information.

The Blue Star Events, 1645 S. Tejon St. Offering wine tastings, Thursdays, 5:45 p.m. "Great Gift Wines," Dec. 14. "Funky Blends," Dec. 21. "Wine with Chocolate," Dec. 28. Rum, Jan. 4. Call 598-7565 or visit thebluestar.net for more.

Experience Wine Classes, Mimi's Caf, 7133 N. Academy Blvd. $45. "Wine and Chocolate Party," Sun., Dec. 17, 7-9 p.m. Call 282-8688 for more or visit experiencewine.net.

"Get Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree" Tejon Street Bar Crawl, starting at Tony's, 311 N. Tejon St. Featuring a night of holiday cheer with toasts, caroling and more. Sun., Dec. 17, 5 p.m. Visit tejonstcrawl.whereseddie.com to join the event.

Community Holiday Dinner, The Salvation Army, 908 Yuma, Odd Fellows Hall, 575 S. Union Blvd., Marian House, 14 W. Bijou St., Fountain Valley Senior Center, 5745 Southmoor Drive, and Manitou Springs Town Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. Featuring a free feast on Christmas with no reservations required. Call The Salvation Army at 636-5266 for more.

Health & Healing
Celebration Store Events, Celebration Conscious Living Store, 2209 W. Colorado Ave. Offering "Inner Alchemy: The Journey from Lead to Gold," Dec. 15. "Yule Children's Circle," Dec. 17. "Beginning Psychic Development: Past Life Recognition," Dec. 20. "Sacred Sounding: Meditations on the New Moon," Dec. 21. "The Reconnection and Reconnective Healing," Jan. 8. "Chakra Interpretation: Connecting with Our Wheels of Enlightenment," Jan. 13. "Dancing the Elements TM: Energy Interpretation in Action," Jan. 27. "Our Sacred Connection: How Do You Experience the Divine?" Feb. 10. Visit celebrationstore.com for more.

Benet Hill Center Events, 2577 N. Chelton Road. Offering "Scripture Classes: Pauline Letters," Fridays, Dec. 15 to March 2, 9:15-11:15 a.m. "Senior Enrichment Days: Spiritual Potential in the Second Half of Life," Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 633-0655 for more.

"108 Sun Salutes for Peace," Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 102. Local yoga instructors will lead participants in this second annual event. Sun., Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Call 444-1012 for more.

"Peace and Calm Holiday Workshop," Pillar Classroom, 30 E. Rio Grande Ave. $15-$20. Learn self-hypnosis, relaxation and visualization techniques. Sun., Dec. 17, 3-4:30 p.m. Call 232-2499 or visit cohypnotherapy.com for more.

Aromatherapy Party, Peak Devotion Wellness Center, 1414 N. Hancock Ave., Unit C. Free. Learn to make bath salts as holiday gifts for fighting colds, refreshing the spirit and washing away stress. Mon., Dec. 18, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 633-4674 for reservations and more.

"Introduction to Acupuncture: How Can It Benefit You?" The Acupuncture Clinic, 2020 W. Colorado Ave., Suite B204. Free. Offering a seminar on acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Wed., Dec. 20, 6-8 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 634-1669 or visit nasacupuncture.com for more.

World Hypnotism Day Celebration, Smooth Changes Therapies, 4935 N. 30th St. #180. $5 donation suggested. Reservations are required for this event facilitated by certified hypnotist Baerbel Froehlin. Thurs., Jan. 4, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Call 271-6089 or visit smoothchanges.com for more.

"Transform Your Life" Meditation Class, CC's Worner Campus Center, Room 216, 902 N. Cascade Ave. $8 suggested donation. Offering guided meditation and Buddhist teachings. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. No class Dec. 21 to Jan. 4. Call 303/813-9551 or visit meditationincolorado.org for more.

Weight Management Classes, Peak Nutrition, 606 S. Tejon St. Offering classes on intuitive eating providing motivation, support and tools to make a new start. Taught by a registered dietitian. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Call 548-9859 for more.

Women's Empowerment Circle, 606 S. Tejon St. Explore your creativity, spirituality and commitment to personal care with this women's support group. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Call 548-9859 for more.

First Congregational Saturday Movement Practice, Founder's Room, 20 E. St. Vrain St. Donations accepted. Dance Gabrielle Roth's Five Rhythms. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. Call 291-3120 for more.

Sacred Communitas Center Events, 1353 S. Eighth St., Suite 102. Goddess Embodied Women's Circle, $10. Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Creative Abundance Circle, $10. Mondays, 7-9 p.m. Call 210-1085 or visit innercraft.com for more.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, HealthLink offices, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 220. Register for a variety of classes from childbirth classes to yoga, massage and smoking cessation. Call 444-2273 or visit memorialhealthsystem.com for more.

Celebrate Recovery, Westside First Church, 520 N. Walnut St. Join the road to recovery with this Christian-based support program. Saturdays at 7 p.m. Call 473-7113 for more.

Falun Gong Group, Monument Valley Park, directly behind the Fine Arts Center at 30 W. Dale St. Graceful exercises to meditation music, every Sunday, 2-3 p.m. Free training, e-books and e-video. Call 282-9236 for more.

Special Needs Yoga, Yoga Journeys Studio, 709 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 201. Offering yoga for those with physical challenges cancer recovery, joint and muscle limitations, fibromyalgia, heart disease and more. Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m. Call 578-8093 for more.

Yoga and Coffee, Java Buddha Coffee House, 2631 Colorado Ave. $5. Learn Ashtanga, Hatha and Vinyasa yoga from certified instructors. Call 633-5282 for times.

Insight Buddhist Meditation, Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite A. Silent sits on Sundays, 9-10 a.m. and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Orientation for first timers, Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. Guided loving kindness sits on Fridays, noon to 1 p.m. Call Carol at 473-7609 for more.

Lectures & Learning
"End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation," Broadmoor West, Rocky Mountain Ballroom, 1 Lake Ave. $30-$35. The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council will present a luncheon with Barry C. Lynn speaking about his book. Thurs., Dec. 14, noon. Call 579-8443 for more.

The Small Business Development Center Classes, UCCS CITTI Building, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Offering "QuickBooks Pro 2006," Dec. 14. "Basics of Bookkeeping," Dec. 21. "Planning a Winning Website," Jan. 17. "Understanding Financial Statements to Manage Your Business," Jan. 18. "NxLevel Business Planning Program," Feb. 19. Call 262-3844 or visit cssbdc.org for a complete schedule and more.

PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations, call 633-4991 to register. Offering "The Shroud of Turin: The Research of Dr. John and Rebecca Jackson" and "The Heart of Life: Growing Empty or Full?" Dec. 15. "Putting Your Best Foot Forward," Dec. 18. "Epstein and Rosenbaum at the Movies: Annie Hall," Dec. 19. Go to visitpillar.org for more.

Environmental Stewardship Series, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. Environmental Organization Panel Discussion, Dec. 17. Call 473-1807 or visit broadmoorchurch.org for more.

CSU Continuing Education Open House, 730 Citadel Drive East, Suite 300. Learn about local programs, meet advisors and register for classes. Mon., Dec. 18, 4-8 p.m. Call 442-2264 for more.

"Animal Expeditions with the Denver Zoo," Rockrimmon Branch Library, 832 Village Center Drive. Free. Inviting animal lovers of all ages to a presentation featuring Denver Zoo workers and animals. Tues., Dec. 19, 4 p.m. Call 531-6333 for more.

Western Museum of Mining & Industry Events, 225 N. Gate Blvd. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring "Break with the Burros" and "Pioneer Games," Dec. 22 and 27, 9 a.m. "Is It Magic or Electricity?" Dec. 29 and Jan. 3, 1 p.m. Call 488-0880 or visit wmmi.org for more.

"Should You Start Your Own Business" $15. Featuring workshops presented by SCORE. Penrose Library, Jan. 2, Feb. 13, March 6, April 17, May 8 and June 19. East Library, Jan. 23, March 29 and May 29. Call 636-3074 or visit coloradospringsscore.org for more.

Renaissance Academy Events, 2760 Fieldstone Road. Free. Presenting "Lions and Tiger and Bears," an in-depth look at Pikes Peak wildlife. Sat., Jan. 9, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 475-2510 for more.

"The Story Behind the Clay," Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St. Authors Sharon Swint and David Swint, Jr. will present a history of the Van Briggle Company and its art pottery. More information on the company's moving plans will be available. Fri., Jan. 12, 11 a.m. Call 636-1225 for more.

"Starting a Small Business" $15. Featuring workshops presented by SCORE. Air Force Academy, Jan. 30. Fort Carson, Feb. 8, May 8, July 31 and Nov. 13. Peterson Air Force Base, Feb. 7, May 2, Aug. 1 and Nov. 7. Schriever Air Force Base, Feb. 27, May 15, Aug. 28, Nov. 20. Call 636-3074 or visit coloradospringsscore.org for more.

Curiosity Unlimited Series, University Center at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Room 303. $25 for entire series. Lectures on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. "Teaching African American History," Feb. 9. "Why is Most of the Universe Missing?" March 9. "Current Trends in Math Research," April 13. "Jane Austin Visits Country Houses," May 11. For more call 598-3020 or visit uccs.edu.

Fourth Annual Half-Block Program, Colorado College. $900-$975. Offering a CC geology class and an anthropology of food course for community and family members. Jan. 8-18. Call 389-6776 for more.

Pikes Peak Library District Events, various library locations. Offering book clubs, story times and programs on holiday planning, parenting, writing, business, languages, crafts, film, history and more for all ages. Call 531-6333 or visit ppld.org for times and locations.

Sheppard Art Institute, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Fees vary. Offering classes through a nonprofit with the mission of providing opportunities to study art and culture. Call 282-2706 for more.

The West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 20th St. Offering classes from CPR to belly dancing and photography. Also offering trips and summer camps. Call 385-7920 for more.

Literary Events
55+ Lively Exchange Book Club, West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 25th St. Free. Discussing Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. New members welcome. No registration required. Thurs., Dec. 14, 12:30 p.m. Call 385-7920 for more.

Michael Hague Book Signing, Hooked on Books, 3918 Maizeland Road. Internationally renowned illustrator Michael Hague will sign his latest book, Lionel and the Books of Beasts, Sat., Dec. 16, 1-3 p.m. Call 596-1621 for more.

The Gift of Conversation, Black Cat Books, 720 Manitou Ave. Free. Scott Stanley, creator of the game Talk in a Box will sign copies. Sat., Dec. 16, 1-4 p.m. Call 685-1589 or visit talkinabox.com for more.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1565 Briargate Blvd. Featuring Jeremy Jones signing Walking on Water: The Spirituality of the World's Top Surfers, Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Joseph Michelli signing The Starbucks Experience, Dec. 17. Call 266-9960 for more.

Teen Fiction Writer's Club, Rockrimmon Branch Library, 832 Village Center Drive. Talk with published authors, share ideas and suggestions and learn about writing contests. Bring two to five pages to share. Fri., Dec. 22, 4 p.m. Call 382-5347 for more.

Colorado College Visiting Writers Series, Colorado College, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Featuring readings by internationally known authors and poets. Robert Mesey, Thurs., Jan 25, 7 p.m. Camille Paglia, Tues., Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. James Salter, Thurs., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Tony Moffeit, Sat., Feb 24, 7:30 p.m. Azar Nafisi, Fri., March 30, 7:30 p.m. David Mason, Thurs., April 5, 7 p.m. Peter Matthiessen, Wed., May 2, 7 p.m. Call 389-6853 for more.

click to enlarge Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa - Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 - p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring My Favorite - Things in the Childrens Museum through Jan. 6. - Colorado landscape artist Charles Partridge Adams - through Jan. 27. Own Your Own Art Show and Sale - through Dec. 30. Different Perspectives: Views of Pikes - Peak through Jan. 20. Works by Ann Moore, Richard - Tyler, Joe Adamich and the Southern Watercolor Society - through Feb. 3. Visit sdc-arts.org for more.
  • Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring My Favorite Things in the Childrens Museum through Jan. 6. Colorado landscape artist Charles Partridge Adams through Jan. 27. Own Your Own Art Show and Sale through Dec. 30. Different Perspectives: Views of Pikes Peak through Jan. 20. Works by Ann Moore, Richard Tyler, Joe Adamich and the Southern Watercolor Society through Feb. 3. Visit sdc-arts.org for more.

Music

acoustic Under the Christmas Moon, Benet Hill Auditorium, 2577 Chelton Road. $10-$15. The Black Rose Acoustic Society presents Ken Willson, Kim McKee, Phil Volan and Joleen Bell performing sacred, secular and original music of the season. Sat., Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Call 282-0760 or visit blackroseacoustic.org for more.

classical Living Christmas Tree, Circle Drive Baptist Church, 801 N. Circle Drive. Free. Featuring members of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic, a choir and drama. Dec. 15-17, 7 p.m. Call 685-6468 or visit pikespeakphil.org for more.

Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. Free. Presenting Wintersong a celebration of the season with music and spoken word. Fri., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. and at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church, 20256 Hunting Downs Way, Monument, Sun., Dec. 17, 4 p.m. The Art of Ensemble Singing, CVAE high school vocalists will join with high school chamber ensembles. Sat., Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. Location TBA. Visit cvae.org for more.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Colorado Springs Chorale, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $12-$50. Presenting Christmas Classics and Carols with a sing-along, Fri., Dec. 22, 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m. Call 884-2110 or visit csphilharmonic.org or cschorale.org for more.

Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Saturdays at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., and Sundays at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. $10-$15. Featuring Winter Dreams and Summer Memories, Jan. 20-21. Children's Chorale and The Chamber Orchestra, March 3-4. Season Finale, May 5-7. Friday at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. Call 633-3649 for more.

Rocky Mountain Music Alliance Series, Forestgate Presbyterian Church, 970 Northgate Road. $18-$22. Pianist Michael Baron. Sat., Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Michael Baron and Renato Premezzi, piano duo. Sat., April 21, 7 p.m. Call 484-0192 for more.

Pueblo Symphony, Hoag Recital Hall, CSU-Pueblo. $20-$25. Featuring Some Enchanted Evening, Sat. Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. Cello Passion, Sat., March 10, 7:30 p.m. Season Finale, April 21, 7:30 p.m. Call 719/545-7967 for more.

Pueblo Symphony for Kids, Hoag Recital Hall, Pueblo. $10. For Kids, By Kids: Back to Broadway, Sat., March 17, 7:30 p.m. Call 719/545-7967 for more.

St. Andrew's Recital Series, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Cañon and Manitou avenues, Manitou Springs. $5 suggested donation. Chamber Music Recitals featuring Concertos, Bach for Violin and Oboe, Brandenburg #6, April 4, 7:30 p.m. Call 475-2396 for more.

other music African Drum Ensemble Concert, CC's Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave. Free. Featuring the drum ensemble's winter concert directed by Abdoul Doumbia, master drummer from Mali, Africa. Thurs., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6606 for more.

The Back Row Winter Concert, CC's Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Presenting the Back Row, a 15-voice, all-male, a cappella group singing rock, pop, hip-hop and country music. Fri., Dec. 15, 8 p.m. Call 389-6606 for more.

Colcannon Christmas Show, Venue 515 at the BAC, 515 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs. $5-$12. Featuring songs, poetry and stories by the Celtic group. Fri., Dec. 15, 7:30-10 p.m. Call 685-1861 for more.

Collegium Musicum Concert, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St. Presenting works from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Sun., Dec. 17, 3 p.m. Call 389-6606 for more.

*Frank Zappa Birthday Celebration, Cedars Jazz Club, 2135 Sinton Road. $5. Members of the house band and special guests will perform a selection of Frank Zappa's music. Thurs., Dec. 21, 8:30 p.m. Call 578-5744 for more.

Pikes Peak Ringers Winter Concerts, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., Fri., Jan. 12, 7 p.m. and St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2111 Carlton Ave., Sun., Jan. 14, 3 p.m. Presenting the handbell ensemble with classical guitar, chamber orchestra and children's chorale. Visit pikespeakringers.org for more.

Performances
Absurd Plus, CC's Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. $2-$5. Featuring a cast of Colorado College students performing sketches, songs, films, dance, comedy and poems by writers of the absurd. The audience will be bussed from the south side of Armstrong Hall to a "secret venue." Dec. 14-16, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6606 for more.

Sweet Nothing in My Ear, Palmer High School Auditorium, 301 N. Nevada Ave. $5-$6. Thurs.-Fri., Dec. 14-16, 7 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Call Dexter Constant at 328-5080 for more.

The Puppet Maker: A Story of Christmas, Mount Saint Francis Auditorium, 7665 Assisi Heights. $12-$14.50. David Simpich will present his original play with nearly 20 hand-carved marionettes. Dec. 15-24. Call 636-3272 or visit simpich.com/david/dhome.htm for more.

A Salute to Broadway, Dance Colorado Studio, 612 S. Tejon St. $15. Featuring a showcase of amateur and professional ballroom dance performances. Sat., Dec. 16, 7:30-9 p.m. Call 473-1395 for more.

Holiday Tea with Tchaikovsky 2006, Rampart High School Theatre, 8250 Lexington Drive. $12-$16. Presenting Colorado's Classical Youth Ballet and guest actors performing excerpts from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker ballets. Sat., Dec. 16, 2 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 17, 1 and 5 p.m. Call 272-7078 for more.

Psycho Beach Party, UCCS Osborne Theater, 3655 Cragwood Drive. $5, UCCS students free. Theatre d' Art encourages audience members to bring beach blankets and wear flowered shirts and leis for this show by Charles Busch through Dec. 17, 8 p.m. Call 262-3232 or visit myspace.com/theatredart for more.

*Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive. $12-$22. Featuring Arms and the Man through Dec. 17. Topdog/Underdog, Jan. 18-28. The Syringa Tree, Feb. 1-11. The Importance of Being Earnest, March 1-18. The Caucasian Chalk Circle, April 19-28. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m. Call 262-3232 or visit uccstheatreworks.com for more.

Loonee's Comedy Corner Events, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707. Featuring Chris "Crazy Legs" Fonseca through Dec. 17. Paul Cardozo, Dec. 20-23. Kristen Key, Dec. 31. Shows on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Visit loonees.com for more.

Holiday Traditions, Mitchell High School, 1205 Potter Drive. $12-$15. Presenting the Colorado Jazz Dance Company. Sun., Dec. 17, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call 278-8499 for more.

Amahl and the Night Visitors, Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $1 donation. A one-act holiday opera sung in English. Mon., Dec. 18, 7 p.m. Call 719/295-7222 or visit sdc-arts.org for more.

2006 Holiday Extravaganza Review, The Iron Springs Chateau, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs. $14-$25. Presenting a mixture of dance, music and comedy with a sing-along intermission, through Dec. 23. Dinner, 6 p.m. Show, 8 p.m. Call 685-5104 for reservations and more.

Bed & Breakfast Murder Mystery Theater, Old Town Guesthouse, 115 S. 26th St. $65. Featuring Murder Aboard the Titan and dinner. Fri., Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m. Call 632-9194 or visit oldtown-guesthouse.com for more.

A Christmas Wish, The Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek. $7-$12. An 1890s Cripple Creek adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life through Dec. 31. Fridays, 7 p.m., Saturdays 1 and 7 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. Special shows Dec. 21 and 28, 7 p.m. Call 719/235-8944 or visit butteoperahouse.com for more.

Manitou Art Theater Events, Venue 515, Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. $8, ages two and under free. Featuring CirKoo: A Table for Two, a comedic spoof of cooking shows with Jim Jackson and Birgitta De Pree. Dec. 29 to Jan. 7. Call 685-4729 or visit themat.org for more.

FAC Main Events, 30 W. Dale St. Featuring The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Jan. 12-28. Little Shop of Horrors, Feb. 16 to March 11. The Complete History of America ... Abridged, March 30 to April 15. Into the Woods, May 11 to June 3. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Call 634-5583 for tickets and more.

Children's Playhouse Series, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $6-$25. Presenting If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Sat., Feb. 10. Russian American Kids Circus, Sat., Feb. 24. Lazer Vaudeville, Sat., March 31. All shows 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 719/295-7222 for more.

Pikes Peak Center Events, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Presenting Jesus Christ Superstar, Feb. 13-14. David Copperfield: An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion, March 13. Aida, April 13-14. Call 520-7469 or visit ticketswest.com for more.

Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $20-$95. Presenting Jesus Christ Superstar, Thurs., Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Capitol Steps, Wed. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. Romeo and Juliet, Sat., March 10, 4 p.m. Glenn Miller Orchestra, Fri., April 13, 7:30 p.m. Call 719/295-7200 for more.

Recreation
Bear Creek Nature Center Events, 245 Bear Creek Road. Offering "Bear Creek by Candlelight," Dec. 15, 6-9 p.m. "Canine Christmas Party," Dec. 16. Call 520-6387 for more.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park Events, 410 JL Ranch Heights Road. $5 per vehicle. Featuring "Holiday Crafts for the Critters." Program will be outside so bring a chair or blanket. All ages welcome. Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 227-5250 or visit parks.state.co.us for more.

World Arena Skate Night, Colorado Springs World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $1-$3. Tickets at the door. Enjoy an evening of ice skating. Proceeds to benefit the Empty Stocking Fund. Wed., Dec. 27, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Garden of the Gods Visitor Center Events, 1805 N. 30th St. Featuring a new exhibit, "Mineral Treasures from Around the World," through Dec. 31. Call 219-0108 or visit gardenofthegods.com for more.

Red Rock Canyon Guided Tours, Highway 24 and South Ridge Road. Free. Offering two-hour and longer guided hikes on easy to moderate trails. Every Saturday, 9 a.m. Call 685-5089 for more.

Starsmore Discovery Center Events, 2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Road. Fall hours: Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offering a free climbing wall, children's programs, guided hikes, lectures, hand-on activities and more. Call 385-6086 or visit cheyennecanon.org for a calendar of events.

dance parties & workshops Brazilian Christmas Party & Dance, Samba Brasil, 410G S. Eighth St. $3. Featuring Brazilian food, music, karaoke, free Samba and Forro dance lessons and more. Sat., Dec. 16, 6 p.m. Call 633-1990 for more.

Colorado Ballroom Dance, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. $5. Basic instruction followed by dancing the waltz, fox trot, rumba, samba, tango, swing, salsa, disco and cha-cha. No partner required. Sat., Dec. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m., New dancers, 7 p.m. Call 598-8624 for more.

Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St. $48-$60. Learn salsa, country two-step, east coast swing and other dances. Evening and Saturday classes begin Jan. 2. Call 473-1395 or visit dancecolorado.net for more.

International Dance Club Events, 2422 Busch Ave. Offering dances every Saturday to a live band, 7:30-11 p.m., $9. Ballroom dances third Friday of the month, 8-11 p.m., $10. Singles and couples welcome. Call 633-0195 for more.

Ballroom, Latin and Swing Dance, Social Elegance, 2109 Templeton Gap Road. $7. Open dancing, every second and fourth Saturday, 7-9 p.m. Beginner through advanced classes available. Call 632-4055 or visit socialelegance.net for a schedule and more.

Springs Salsa and Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave. Offering nightclub-style salsa dance instruction and specialty dance fitness classes. Mention The Independent to receive your free group class. Call 649-8294 or visit springssalsa.com for more.

Dances of Universal Peace, Unity Church of the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road. By donation. Offering devotional chants and circle movements from many cultures and religions on the third Friday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. through May. Call 575-0152 for more.

Scottish Country Dancing, 315 E. Costilla St. $5 per month. Featuring basic, intermediate and advanced instruction on social dance of Scotland. Meets the first three Wednesdays of the month, 7-9 p.m. Partner not required. Call 494-0563 for more.

Broadmoor Waltz Club Basic Ballroom Dance Lessons, Austin Bluffs Community Church, 5090 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free. Must have a partner. Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Also presenting classes on Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. at the Hancock Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock St. Call 598-2885 or visit broadmoorwaltzclub.com to register.

Ballroom Dance Classes, YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave. Learn swing, salsa, waltz, tango and more. Ongoing classes open to members and non-members. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Call Arthur at 634-3029 for more.

Soma Studio Events, "The Rhythms of Life," a class using improvisational movement for men and women, Wednesdays, 7-8:15 p.m. "The Circle," a community of women exploring dance, art, writing and movement, first Saturday of the month. Call 291-3120 or visit somamovement.org for more.

Special Events
Seven Falls Holiday Lighting, Seven Falls, 2850 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road. $3 donation to benefit Christmas Unlimited. Featuring over 200,000 lights, visits from Santa, 30 special displays and multi-colored lights on the falls. Dec. 16-30, 5-9:30 p.m. Call 632-0752 for more.

Free Holiday Parking, Colorado Springs. All parking meters downtown and in Old Colorado City will be free on Saturdays, Dec. 16 and 23. Parking in the city garages will be $1 for the day. Call 385-5247 for more.

Holiday Caroling in the Old North End, Tejon, Del Norte, Culebra, Columbia and Wood streets. Free. Join the singing and follow Santa in a horse-drawn carriage as he tosses candy to the kids. Wed., Dec. 20, 5:30-7 p.m. Call 633-7998 or visit oldnorthend.org for more.

Bob Telmosse Foundation 24th Annual Christmas Giveaway, Mission Trace Shopping Center, 3075 S. Academy Blvd. The giveaway has no proof of income or other requirements of recipients. Sat., Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or when supplies are gone). Call 331-6376 for more.

Electric Safari, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road. Featuring over 1 million lights, 40 animated light sculptures, Santa and his elves at the zoo through Jan. 1, 5:30-9 p.m. Closed Dec. 24. Visit cmzoo.org for more.

click to enlarge Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, - 3955 Cragwood Drive. $12-$22. Featuring Arms and the - Man through Dec. 17. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m. - and 7:30 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m. Call 262-3232 or visit - uccstheatreworks.com for more.
  • Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive. $12-$22. Featuring Arms and the Man through Dec. 17. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m. Call 262-3232 or visit uccstheatreworks.com for more.

Youth & Family
Rock Ledge Ranch Events, 3202 Chambers Way. "Holiday Evenings" with jingle bell wagon rides, lantern light tours, barn dance, St. Nicholas and more. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 15-16, 4-8 p.m. $2-$6, under six free. Call 578-6777 or visit rockledgeranch.com for more.

Sock Monkey Project, Starbuck's, various locations. Free. Monkey making, Saturdays, through Dec. 16, noon to 8 p.m. Call 504/301-8201 or visit razzamatazproductions.com for locations and more.

Reindeer Reception, Palmer Lake Branch Library, 66 Lower Glenway, Sat., Dec. 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Sun., Dec. 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Meet a live reindeer. Bring a camera for photos and an apple to feed these friendly creatures. Call 531-6333 for more.

Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation Christmas Party, Embassy Suites, 7290 Commerce Center Drive. Free. Featuring a Christmas party with Santa for seriously ill children and their families. Sat., Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Robin at 599-5887 for reservations and more.

Santa's Workshop, Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave. $4. Offering photos with Santa at the historic cabin, weekends through Dec. 24, noon to 5 p.m. Call 577-4112 for more.

Volunteer Opportunities
Bob Telmosse Foundation is seeking volunteers and donations of non-perishable food, toys, gifts and clothing for its 24th Annual Christmas Giveaway to be held at Mission Trace Shopping Center on Sat., Dec. 23. Call 331-6376 for more.

The Salvation Army is seeking bell ringers and volunteers to help serve its Christmas Day dinner in five locations across the city. Pies for the dinner also are needed. Drop pies off on Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Odd Fellows Hall at 575 S. Union Blvd. Call 636-5266 or visit tsacs.org for more.

Care Share Food Bank needs volunteers to help with hunger-relief projects throughout southern Colorado. Call 528-1247 or visit careandshare.org for more.

Colorado Association of Internet Professionals is seeking volunteers to help lead and reorganize the association. New board members are critically needed. Call 638-9925 or e-mail dan@dvwebsolutions.com for more.

American Cancer Society is seeking good drivers in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas to help those who need rides to treatments. One-hour training provided. Call Stephanie Wilson at 488-3748 for more.

Stitches from the Heart is seeking donations of yarn and volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, infant sweaters and hats for babies in need at hospitals across the country. Patterns available. Call 866/472-6903 or visit stitchesfromtheheart.org for more.

Terra Lingua USA is seeking volunteer hosts for English-speaking foreign exchange students ages 15-18 for a five-month semester program. Families provide room, board and a warm home atmosphere. Students have their own spending money and health insurance. Call 877/520-2522 or visit terralinguausa.org for more.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking volunteers to be a voice in court for an abused or neglected child. No legal experience is required. Call 447-9898 ext. 1008 or visit casappr.org for more

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter in Divide is seeking volunteers to learn dog-training techniques and work with shelter dogs. Call 686-7707 or visit tcrascolorado.com for more.

Roundup Fellowship is seeking volunteers and corporate sponsors for a Spring Benefit Concert to build a school for children who have developmental disabilities. Call 303/946-6711 or visit rup.org for more.

Pikes Peak Family Connections needs volunteers for its Nurturing Parenting Program and KPC Kids' Place respite nursery. Internships and work study positions also are available. Call Alpha at 442-6337 for more.

Wildlife Emergency Center seeks volunteers, supplies, nonprofit assistance, grants management and people with marketing skills. E-mail ersatzlemonade@lycos.com or call 964-7826 for more.

Memorial Health System is seeking volunteers for various areas of the hospital. Call 365-5298 or visit memorialheathsystems.com for more.

All Breed Rescue & Training is seeking foster or adoptive homes for dogs, and volunteers for special events, office work, maintenance, fundraising and volunteer coordination. Call 264-6460 or visit haveanicedog.org for more.

Easter Seals Southern Colorado is seeking volunteers for collating and mailing newsletters, office work, special events and other tasks. Call 574-9002 or visit co-so.easterseals.com for more.

Indigo Mountain Nature Center, a Lake George sanctuary for captive-born wildlife is seeking volunteers with a variety of skills, including construction, maintenance and fundraising. For more call 748-5550 or visit indigomtn.org.

Safe Place Animal Rescue is seeking volunteers to assist with finding homes for pets of the terminally ill. Visit safeplaceco.org or call 638-1424 for more.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking volunteers to mentor a child as little as one hour per week. Activities include homework assistance, reading and playing games. Call 633-2443 for more.

Dreampower Animal Rescue is seeking volunteers to give pets temporary homes until adopted. All food and veterinary care provided. Call 390-7838 or visit dreampower-arf.com for more.

Another Life Foundation is hosting Volunteer Mentor meetings on recognizing and preventing suicidal behavior. Meets at 3:30-4:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. Call 573-7846 for more.

The Salvation Army has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Call 636-5266 or visit tsacs.org for more information.

Colorado Reptile Humane Society needs homes for adoptable lizards, snakes, turtles, tortoises and amphibians. Call 303/776-2070 or visit corhs.com for more.

Earthseeds Project, volunteers needed to assist with office work and in communications, fundraising, online research, local events and more. Call 636-3637 or visit earthseeds.net for more.

Women's Resource Agency, 2220 E. Bijou St., Suite 2E. Volunteers needed in several areas, including workshop facilitation, computer class instruction, event planning and more. Call 471-3170 for more.

Odyssey Healthcare Hospice, 4465 Northpark Drive. Seeking volunteers for caregiver support, in-patient visits, office support, phone calls and bereavement follow-up. Call 573-4166 for more.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts & Conference Center, 30 W. Dale St. Seeking volunteers in various areas. Call Daniella at 477-4351 or 634-5581 for more.

The Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. Seeking volunteers in various capacities. Call 719/295-7200 for more.

Starsmore Discovery Center, volunteers needed at the North Cheyenne Cañon Park. Hours are flexible and the work is fun. Call 578-6146 for more.

Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care, 5450 Tech Center Drive, Suite 120. Caring volunteers needed to visit patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families, assist with administrative duties and bereavement support. Call 265-1109 for more.

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 600. Volunteers needed to support patients and families in their homes and long-care facilities. Volunteer musicians also needed for inpatient care. Visit pikespeakhospice.org or call 633-3400 ext. 603 for more.

TESSA is seeking volunteers to assist with administrative duties, victim advocacy, counseling, crisis management and more. Call 785-6809 for more.

Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, seeking tax-deductible contributions to help feed and provide medical care for wildlife in rehabilitation. Call 683-8152 or visit ellicottwildlife.com for more.

Out of Town

art Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303/443-2122. Featuring Transit Glyphs by Jimi Billingsley, Society of the Spectacle by DJRABBI, and Revival by Terry Maker, through Jan. 27. Visit bmoca.org for more.

Fremont Center for the Arts, 505 Macon Ave., Cañon City, 719/275-2790. Non-members $5, members free. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Cosmic Collections: Space and Beyond through Dec. 22. Visit fremontarts.org for more.

Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845. Featuring The Artisan Holiday Gift Show & Sale, through Dec. 23. Icons and Archetypes, through Jan. 4. Kitchen Goddess, Jan. 16 to March 23. Faces of Creativity: Portraits of Artists, Musicians and Poets by Photographer George Pickow, Jan. 16 to April 27. 100 Years at the Park: 10,000 Years on the Plateau, through Feb. 16. Visit lakewood.org for more.

Spanish Peaks Art Council Gallery, 132 W. Ryus Ave., La Veta. Open Tues., Thurs. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring the tenth annual Gift of Art Show through Jan. 6. Visit spanishpeaksarts.org for more.

Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St., Denver, 303/394-9993. Featuring Peace and Harmony in Picture, winning photographs from the "Snapshot: Eye Behind the Lens" competition. Collectors Collect: Works from Denver's Private Collections, through Jan. 5. Visit mizelmuseum.org for more.

Old South Frame & Gallery, 1588 S. Pearl St., Denver, 303/715-3828. Opening Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring Classic American Pin-up Art from renowned illustrators of the 1930s through 1970s, through Dec. 31.

Tims Art Quilt Studio and Gallery, 105 W. Ryus Ave., La Veta. $5 donation. Featuring Expressions: The Art Quilt with works by 63 quilt artists from across the U.S. through Jan. 4. Visit rickytims.com for more.

literary Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch. Alex Steffen, Sarah Rich, Tessa Levine Sauerhoff and Father Thomas Keating, Dec. 14. Madeleine Albright, Dec. 20. Visit tatteredcover.com for locations, times and more.

music Fremont Youth and Chamber Orchestra, Washington Elementary School, 606 N. Ninth St., Cañon City. Free. Presenting the Home for the Holidays concert. Sun., Dec. 17, 3:15 p.m. Call 719/784-3400 for more.

recreation & learning Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring The Jewelry of Ben Nighthorse and Uncovering the Exceptional: A Carver's View through Dec. 31. A Woman's Place ... is on the Range through June 30. Soldiers on Skis through Dec. 2007. Call 303/866-3682 or visit coloradohistory.org for more.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton. Featuring Living Bronze Sculptures by Robert Wick, through Jan. 21. For more call 720/865-3500 or visit botanicgardens.org.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Presenting Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats interactive exhibit through Jan. 7. Birds in Art through Jan. 28. Showing the film Beavers through October 2007. Visit thewildlifeexperience.org for more.

performances Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. $27-$48. Featuring Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold in the Black Box Theater, through Dec. 17. Thoroughly Modern Millie through Dec. 31. Call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org for more.

Destination Dinosaurs, The Avenue Theater, 417 17th Ave., Denver. $5-$7. A children's show featuring Professor Higglemeyer and her sidekick as they travel back in time on a secret mission. Saturdays at noon through Dec. 23. Call 303/321-5925 or visit avenuetheater.com for more.

Winter in Graupel Bay, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. $12-$20. Featuring a comedy about a town of slightly eccentric people. Dec. 17, 6 p.m. and Thurs.-Sat., through Dec. 23, 8 p.m. Call 720/946-1388 or visit buntport.com for more.

Buell Theatre, 950 13th St., Denver. $25-65. Presenting Sweet Charity staring Molly Ringwald as Charity Hope Valentine, through Dec. 17. How I Lost My Denverginity through Dec. 31. All Shook Up, an Elvis-inspired musical, Dec. 20-31. Hairspray, the Broadway musical comedy, Jan. 9-14. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the award-winning musical comedy, Jan. 16-28. The Taffetas, a musical about a 1950s-era sister act, Mar. 10 to Aug. 5. Call 303/893-4100 or visit denvercenter.org for tickets and more.

Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. Featuring The Nutcracker, Dec. 16-23. Call 303/987-7845 or visit lakewood.org for more.

BFE: The Town That Christmas Forgot, Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th St., Denver. $20-$24. A stranger shows up in town determined to teach the people of BFE about Christmas, through Dec. 23, Thursdays, 7 p.m. Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 and 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Call 303/321-5925 or visit avenuetheater.com for more.

Trunks Season 2: Still Uncoordinated, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. $4-$6. Featuring a comic-book themed children's play, every other Saturday through May 5 at 1 and 3 p.m. Call 720/946-1388 or visit stuff@buntport.com for more.

special events 18th Annual Blossoms of Light, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver. $6-$8. Featuring over 1 million lights illuminating the gardens, kissing spots marked by mistletoe, and HoloSpex glasses for viewing through Jan. 21, 6-8:30 p.m. Call 720/865-3544 or visit botanicgardens.org for more.

"Polar Express to the North Pole," Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, 479 Main Ave., Durango. $16-$24. Featuring a reading of The Polar Express and a train ride to the "North Pole" to meet Santa. The return trip features Christmas caroling. Runs through Dec. 23. Call 888-872-4607 or visit durangotrain.com for more.

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