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click to enlarge 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 Picassos - 1937 Guernica piece, through Jan. 1. G.M.F. 80819, a - series by artists from Green Mountain Falls, P.C. - Superheroes, illustrations by Alex Sena and  Always for - the Staff, works by staff members, through Feb. 10.
  • 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 Picassos 1937 Guernica piece, through Jan. 1. G.M.F. 80819, a series by artists from Green Mountain Falls, P.C. Superheroes, illustrations by Alex Sena and Always for the Staff, works by staff members, through Feb. 10.

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.

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. 31. 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.

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.

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.

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. G.M.F. 80819, a series by artists from Green Mountain Falls, P.C. Superheroes, illustrations by Alex Sena and Always for the Staff, works by staff members, through Feb. 10.

OpticalReverb at the V Bar, 19 E. Kiowa St., 684-9439. Featuring paintings by Neil Fenton through Jan. 1. Reticulated Microphobia, paintings by Jeff Jag, through Feb. 10.

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.

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 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 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.

Pots by the Pound, Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs. This annual pottery and art sale features items as Commonwheel members and guest artists. Jan. 5-22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 685-1008 or visit commonwheel.com for more.

Auditions & Entries
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. at First Christian Church. 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.

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

OpticalReverb is seeking local visual and literary works for its first annual book. E-mail your portfolio, artist statement and bio to JPZacharias@opticalreverb.com for consideration. Call 684-9439 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
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.

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.

Community Blood Drive, Bonfils Blood Center Bus. 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.

click to enlarge 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.
  • 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.

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
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.

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.

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
Community Holiday Dinner, at five locations. 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. Mon., Dec. 25, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call The Salvation Army at 636-5266 for more.

Wild Oats Classes, 3180 New Center Point. 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. Practical Weight Loss Tips, Jan. 11. Call 622-1099 for more information.

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

First Thursday Wine Tasting, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $10-$14. Featuring "Best Valued Wines of 2006." Jan. 4, 5-8 p.m. Call 634-5583 or visit csfineartscenter.org for more.

"Four Season Harvestables," East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Free. Presenting Larry Stebbins, Education Coordinator at Venetucci Farm and President of the Old Farm Community Gardens, on how to grow vegetables nine months of the year. Tues., Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Call 475-0250 for more.

Anchor of Hope Banquet, 1025 Ford St. Free. Lighthouse Mobile Ministries will provide people who are homeless with a gourmet meal prepared by a five-star chef. Sat., Jan. 13. Call Rev. Laura Lowe at 633-6800 for more.

Health & Healing
Celebration Store Events, Celebration Conscious Living Store, 2209 W. Colorado Ave. Offering "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.

EFT Tapping Group, Smooth Changes Therapies, 4935 N. 30th St. $20. Learn to naturally re-balance and eliminate blockages from your body's energy system with Emotional Freedom Techniques. Wed., Dec. 27, 6-8 p.m. Call 271-6089 for reservations.

Beginning Reiki, 19410 Glencannon Way, Monument. $90. Learn to heal yourself on physical, mental and emotional levels and infuse water with healing properties. Wed., Dec. 27, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 339-1172 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.

Benet Hill Center Classes, 2577 N. Chelton Road. Offering Spiritual Journey Course III, Mondays or Tuesdays, Jan. 8 to Feb. 13. Ennegram II, Jan. 13. "Exploring Dreams Through Art," Jan. 13. Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator, Jan. 27. Call 633-0655 for 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. Sat., Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 634-1669 or visit nasacupuncture.com for more.

"Meet the Doulas," Babies R Us, 3555 S. Citadel Drive. The Pikes Peak Doula Association will host a presentation and Q&A session about birth and post-partum experiences. Registration recommended. Sat., Jan. 20, 1-3 p.m. Call 278-6930 or visit csdoulas.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, 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
The Small Business Development Center Classes, UCCS CITTI Building, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Offering "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.

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.

"The Cuban Five: Political Prisoners in the U.S.," The Gay & Lesbian Fund, Community Room, 315 E. Costilla St. Free. Hear about Antonio Guerrero, a federal prisoner in Florence, and his four compatriots known as the "Cuban Five." Wed., Dec. 27, 7 p.m. Call 475-8595 or visit freethefive.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.

click to enlarge 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. Visit galleryuccs.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. Visit galleryuccs.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.

"Tending The Fire of Your Giftedness," Mount Saint Francis, 7665 Assisi Heights. Sister Marie Micheletto will lead a women's retreat including reflection, prayer, meditation and singing. Fri., Jan. 19, 7 p.m. (Registration due by Jan. 4.) Call 577-9404 for more.

"Voyage to Mar," Challenger Learning Center of Colorado, 10215 Lexington Drive, Suite 110. $18-$20. Presenting a space mission simulation for students and adults. Sat., Jan. 20, 9 a.m. to noon. Call 598-9755 or visit clccs.org for reservations and 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations. Featuring classes on film, politics, war, global warming, alternative healing, Colorado history, business and more. Call 633-4991 or visit visitpillar.org for more.

Literary Events
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.

Poetry Slam, Java Buddha, 2631 W. Colorado Ave. Free. Presenting an open mic poetry slam with featured reader Lindsay Miller from Tucson, AZ. Meets the fourth Wednesday of every month. Wed., Dec. 27, 7-9:30 p.m. Call 720/404-1950 for more.

Reader's Passport, Pikes Peak Library District, all locations. Free. Participants (16 years and over) read six books to receive a free book. A book will also be donated to a nonprofit of the reader's choice. Runs through March 31. Sign up in local libraries or visit ppld.org 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.

Music

classical Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Presenting 100 Years of the Music America Loves Best with songstress Amy Sue Hardy, trumpeter Chris Lawson and Lawrence Leighton Smith on piano. Sun., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Call 884-2110 or visit csphilharmonic.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.

Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. Free. Presenting 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.

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 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.

Marie Osmond " The Magic of Christmas, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $46.50-$51.50. Presenting Marie Osmond singing holiday music. Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. Call 576-2626 or visit ticketswest.com for more.

Jefferson Starship New Year's Eve Bash, Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. $75. Featuring music with Jefferson Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Tom Constanten and Radio London, free champagne and balloon drop at midnight. Sun., Dec. 31, 6 p.m. Visit smplive.com for more.

New Year's Eve Big Band Dance, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park. $20.07. Featuring dancing to the music of Swing Factory, appetizers and party favors. Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 687-2210 for more.

Starlight New Year's Eve Ball, Antlers Hilton, 4 Cascade Ave. $99, includes cocktails. Presenting Randy Rodgriguez and the Stardust Orchestra performing music of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Michael Buble, Neil Diamond and others. Sun., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. Call 576-2626 or visit randysinatra.com for tickets and more.

Festival Fridays, Sangre De Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe, Pueblo. $4-$5. Presenting food, fun and music with Phat Daddy & the Phat Horn Doctors, Fri., Jan. 5, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Daniel Cordova y Esperanza, Fri., Jan. 12, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Steele, Fri., Jan. 19, 5:30-9:30 p.m. The Martini Shot, Fri., Jan. 26, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Call 719/295-7222 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.

Friends House Concerts, 730 Polaris Drive. $20. Presenting Michael Johnson, Thurs., Jan. 18, 7 p.m. Patty Larkin, Sun., Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Erika Luckett, Fri., March 9, 7:30 p.m. Call 329-1644 or visit house-concerts.org for more.

Performances
Loonee's Comedy Corner Events, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707. Featuring Paul Cardozo, through Dec. 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.

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.

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 through Dec. 24. Call 636-3272 or visit simpich.com/david/dhome.htm for 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.

Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive. $12-$22. Featuring 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.

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.

click to enlarge 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. Visit csfineartscenter.org 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. Visit csfineartscenter.org for more.

Recreation
World Arena Skate Night, 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.

Bear Creek Nature Center Events, 245 Bear Creek Road. Free. Offering "Nature Explorers: Snow and Ice," Jan. 4. "Winter Trails Day Celebration," Jan. 6. "Whooo's in the Woods?" Jan. 12. "Living with Wildlife," Jan. 13. "Nature Explorers: Watching Wildlife," Jan. 18. "Young Naturalists: Skulls, Skeletons and Antlers," Jan. 20. "Winter Wildlife Walk for Adults," Jan. 27. Call 520-6387 for more.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain. Offering "Twos and Threes Outdoors: B is for Birds," Jan. 4. "Hawk Talk," Jan. 6. "Nature Adventures: Predator and Prey," Jan. 10. "Knot Tying: Learning the Ropes," Jan. 20. "Nature Adventures: Raptors," Jan. 24. "Eagles: Lords of the Sky," Jan. 27. Call 520-6745 for more.

Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $5-$40. Featuring more than 100 athletes from 15 countries competing for 12 medals. Wed.-Sat., Feb. 7-10. Call 576-2626 or visit ticketswest.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 Country-Western Christmas Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. $5. Dance easy line dances, the Cotton-eyed Joe, Texas two-step, mixers, easy squares, country waltz, cowboy cha-cha and more. No experience or partner required. Sat., Dec. 23, 7:30-9:30 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. Beginning Jan. 9. Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Also presenting classes on Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. at the Hancock Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock St. Free. Must have a partner. 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
Many Lights of Christmas, Springs First Church of the Nazarene, 4120 E. Fountain Blvd. Free. Featuring a drive-through display of over 600,000 Christmas lights and displays including a gingerbread house, castle, Santa's workshop, nativity scene and more through Dec. 23, 6:30-9 p.m. Call 596-5119 for more.

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

Miracle on Tejon Street, Old Chicago, 118 N. Tejon St. Free. Providing a holiday meal, warm clothes, toiletry items and family portraits to homeless and displaced individuals. Toys, winter jackets, face painting and a visit with Santa for kids. Mon., Dec. 25. Call 919/359-4029 or e-mail rolsbo@rockbottom.com for more.

"Julotta" Swedish Christmas Service, Bethany Lutheran Church, 1401 S. Eighth St. Offering a worship service celebrating the church's heritage with scripture readings in Swedish and English, Scandinavian music and refreshments. Mon., Dec. 25, 6 a.m. Call 632-9017 for more.

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 through Dec. 30, 5-9:30 p.m. Call 632-0752 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.

World Day of Peace Service, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2030 W. Colorado Ave. Pax Christi Pikes Peak Region will host the peace service in conjunction with Pope Benedict XVI's 2007 Peace Letter. Mon., Jan. 1, 2-3 p.m. Call Pat Huhn at 477-0196 for more.

Youth & Family
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.

Youth Leadership Training, Colorado Springs Assets for Youth, 1506 N. Hancock Ave. $10. Presenting a workshop intended to empower youth as leaders in their schools and communities. Sat., Jan. 6, 1-4 p.m. Call 635-8300 or visit csay.org for more.

Volunteer Opportunities
Silver Key Senior Services needs volunteers to schedule deliveries of Giving Tree gifts, and volunteers to make deliveries to area seniors, through Dec. 22. Call Kathy St. Pierre at 884-2333 for more.

The AARP Tax-Aide Program is seeking volunteer counselors to assist low-to-middle income taxpayers aged 60 or older in preparing their tax returns. Training for IRS Certification will be provided Jan. 22-26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are asked to work four hours per week Feb. 1 to April 16. Call Don Von Gunden at 495-3651 or visit aarp.org/taxaide for more.

Working Together Against Abuse is seeking donations for its new thrift store at 3632 W. Colorado Ave. Small household items, men's clothing, children's winter clothing and toys are especially needed. Call 328-1389 for more.

American Numismatic Association is seeking museum docents, administrative support and customer service volunteers. Call 482-9814 or e-mail volunteer@money.org for more.

The Children's Literacy Center is seeking volunteers to provide one-to-one tutoring in reading for first- through sixth-grade children. Tutor one child two hours per week for 12 weeks. Training on Tues., Jan. 16 or Wed., Jan. 17, 5:30-8 p.m. Call 471-8672 for more.

Bob Telmosse Foundation needs 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.

The Kindred Grove, a non-profit organization that helps low-income families and individuals, is seeking a computer and contributions for 2007. Call 232-8028 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.

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.

click to enlarge 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 - Zappas music. Thurs., Dec. 21, 8:30 p.m. Call 578-5744 - 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 Zappas music. Thurs., Dec. 21, 8:30 p.m. Call 578-5744 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St., Denver, 303/394-9993. Featuring 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. Presenting Kathleen Cook Waldron, Jan. 6. Jeffrey Franklin, Barbara Euser and Connie Burke, Jan. 8. John Henderson and Trent Wearner, Jan. 9. Nick Bantock, Jan. 10. Christopher Auer and Susan Blumberg, Jan. 11. Jay Schein, Jan. 12. Visit tatteredcover.com for locations, times and more.

Music The Denver Folk and Roots Music Festival, Denver Center for Performing Arts, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th St., Denver. $40-$75. Presenting the Taj Mahal Trio and other acts. Sat., March 31, 6 p.m. Call 303/777-1003 or visit swallowhillmusic.org 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. Kids Bowl II, Feb. 3, 10 a.m. Birds in Art through Jan. 28. Showing the film Beavers through October 2007. Visit thewildlifeexperience.org for more.

performances 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.

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

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

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. $27-$48. Featuring Thoroughly Modern Millie through Dec. 31. Call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org for more.

Buell Theatre, 950 13th St., Denver. $25-65. Presenting How I Lost My Denverginity through Dec. 31. All Shook Up, an Elvis-inspired musical, through Dec. 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.

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.

Aurora Fox Theatre Events, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. $20-$22. The Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League will present Our Town by Thorton Wilder. Jan. 11 to Feb. 4, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Call 303/739-1970 or visit pharmaly.org 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 "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.

Singles New Year's Eve Bash, The Bella Building, 3950 Wynkoop St., Denver. $55. Ring in the New Year with a DJ, dinner and open bar. Cocktail attire please. Sun., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 303/295-3000 or visit singlesmarketplace.com for more.

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.

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