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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.

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, Hot Off the Press: Printmakers Invitational, and Echoes from a Dream through Dec. 31. Visit thebac.org for more.

Cedars 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 December.

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. 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 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.

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. Own Your Own Art Show and Sale through Dec. 30. Different Perspectives: Views of Pikes Peak through Jan. 20. 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 In the Chapel of Art: Cyclades, photos from Greece by Cris Pulos. Opening reception, Jan. 5, 5-8 p.m. Visit smokebrush.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.

Art events First Friday Art Walk & Ride, various venues. Featuring an art walk or free shuttle with live, on-board entertainment stopping at the Art Mill, Cottonwood Artists School, the FAC Modern and Big City Burrito. Fri., Jan. 5, 5-8 p.m. Call 444-1012 for more.

Pots by the Pound, Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs. This annual sale of pottery seconds and overstock features items sold by weight and other discounted art. 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.

Colorado Springs Childrens Chorale is holding auditions for its high school-aged Summit Ensemble on Thurs., Jan. 4 and for its treble choirs (ages 7-13) on Sat., Jan. 6. Call 633-3562 for more information or 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.

The League of Women Voters is requesting nominations for the LWV Making Democracy Work Award. Nominees should be women between the ages of 50 and 65 who have been part of the workforce and contributed to the community in a meaningful way. Nomination forms due Jan. 26. Call 337-9435 or visit lwvppr.org for more.

Pikes Peak Philharmonic is auditioning musicians 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.

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.

Civic Opportunities
Community Blood Drive, Bonfils Blood Center Bus. 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.

Clubs & Organizations
Trout Unlimited Cheyenne Mountain Chapter, Colorado Division of Wildlife, 4255 Sinton Road. Free. Featuring speakers and programs on topics including protection of cold water fisheries, fly fishing, conservation and the environment. Meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month. Visit cmctu.org for more.

Emotions Anonymous Support Group, Pikes Peak United Way, 518 N. Nevada Ave. Meets at 1-2 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. Call 573-7846 for more.

Recovery Incorporated, Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point. Offering a self-help group for people with depression, anxiety, obsessions or other psychological issues. Meets Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. 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.

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.

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.

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 groups meet Monday and Tuesday evenings. Men's group is developing a waiting list. Call 800/373-8671 or visit wingsfound.org 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. 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. "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.

Health & Healing
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.

Celebration Store Events, Celebration Conscious Living Store, 2209 W. Colorado Ave. Offering "The Reconnection and Reconnective Healing," Jan. 8. "The Elements of Magic," Jan. 11. Visit celebrationstore.com for more.

Benet Hill Center Classes, 2577 N. Chelton Road. Offering Spiritual Journey Course III, Mondays or Tuesdays, Jan. 8 to Feb. 13. Call 633-0655 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.

Fairie Moone Events, 1518 N. Academy. Free readings with Sharon Karson, Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m., and Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m. Call 591-0236 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. Free training, e-books and e-video. Graceful exercises to meditation music, every Sunday, 2-3 p.m. Newcomers welcome. Call Joyce at 282-9236 for more.

Yoga for Problem Areas, Haven Wellness Spa, 4749 N. Academy Blvd. $5, introductory class. Focus on neck and shoulders in January. Meets Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m. Call 264-9553 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. Mindful Movement and Meditation, first and third Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. Call Carol at 473-7609 for more.

Lectures & Learning
Western Museum of Mining & Industry Events, 225 N. Gate Blvd. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.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. Call 636-3074 or visit coloradospringsscore.org for more dates and locations.

"Radon: An Environmental Concern with a Simple Solution," Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave. Free. Presenting Doug Kladder on radon measurement, health risks and mitigation. Tues., Jan. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. Call 685-5206 for reservations.

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.

Family to Family Education Classes, Colorado Springs and Woodland Park. Free. The National Alliance on Mental Illness will present classes for family members who have relatives with a mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder and others. Mon. Jan. 15, 6:30-9 p.m. Call 592-1919 or 686-1347 to register by Jan. 7.

Literary Events
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.

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.

Desperate Musical Housewives, Louisa Performing Arts Center, Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave. $10-$15. Seven Colorado Springs women present an evening of vocal and instrumental music including works by Beethoven, Faur, Bolling, Gershwin and Porter. Thurs., Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. Call 475-9747 ext. 110 for tickets and 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. Rescheduled for Sat., Dec. 30, 8:30 p.m. Call 578-5744 for 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. Call 719/295-7222 for more.

Chapman University Choir and University Singers, First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., Thurs., Jan. 11, 7 p.m. and First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., Wed., Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. Free will offering. The choirs will perform sacred and secular music from the Renaissance to the present. Call 633-8888 or 471-8522 for more.

Performances
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 December. Fridays, 7 p.m., Saturdays 1 and 7 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. Special show Dec. 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.

Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707. Featuring New Year's Eve show with Kristen Key, Sun., Dec. 31. Visit loonees.com for more.

Recreation
Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 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, 245 Bear Creek Road. Free. Offering "Nature Explorers: Snow and Ice," Jan. 4. "Winter Trails Day Celebration," Jan. 6. 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. Call 520-6745 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.

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 Drew Stofflet, Tim Davis, J.P.Z., Kim Polomka and - Richard Ward, 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 Drew Stofflet, Tim Davis, J.P.Z., Kim Polomka and Richard Ward, through Feb. 10.

Starsmore Discovery Center, 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 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, 2422 Busch Ave. $9-$10. Offering dances every Saturday to live music including big band, country, Latin and polka, 7:30-11 p.m. Call 633-0195 or visit internationalpolkaclub.org for 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.

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
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.

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.

Pueblo New Year's Party, Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main St., Pueblo. $75. Featuring the music of The Martini Shot, dinner, dancing and casino night. Sun., Dec. 31, 6 p.m. Call 719/542-1100 for more.

New Year's Family Theater Extravaganza, Manitou Art Theater, Venue 515, Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. $10. Featuring CirKoo, Doc Murdoch and The Eddie Coker Band with comedy, puppetry, fire shows, art activities and refreshments. Sun., Dec. 31, 4-10 p.m. Call 685-4729 or visit themat.org for more.

Electric Safari, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road. Featuring more than 1 million lights, 40 animated light sculptures, Santa and his elves at the zoo through Jan. 1, 5:30-9 p.m. 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.

Winter Model Daze '07, Compleat Games and Hobbies, 326 N. Tejon St. Featuring events for model builders. "Six-Hour Build," Sat., Jan. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 473-1116 for more.

Youth & Family
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.

"Play-n-Sign" Classes, A Show of Hands, 978 Allegheny Drive. $96 for one child and adult. Offering basic sign language, music, creative movement, language enrichment and toys for children 6 months to 8 years and their families. Free "try-it" classes also available. Beginning Mon., Jan 8. Call 266-6846 for more.

Imagination Celebration Events, Celebration Place, The Citadel Mall, 750 E. Citadel Drive. Offering "Making It Up," Jan. 9, 10 a.m. Call 597-3344 or visit imaginationcelebration.org for more.

Volunteer Opportunities
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. 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 and Wed., Jan. 17, 5:30-8 p.m. Call 471-8672 for more.

TESSA is seeking volunteers to assist with administrative duties, victim advocacy, counseling, crisis management and more. Call 785-6809 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 Tuesday of every month. Call 573-7846 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.

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.

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.

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.

Out of Town

art Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845. Featuring Icons and Archetypes, through Jan. 4. 100 Years at the Park: 10,000 Years on the Plateau, through Feb. 16. Visit lakewood.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.

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. Visit tatteredcover.com for more.

music Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. $25-$28. Featuring Schumann: Musical Love Letters, Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. Call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.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 Family Fun Day, Jan. 6. 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 The Avenue Theater, 417 17th Ave., Denver. $12-$25. Featuring Murder Most Fowl, a comedy-mystery by John Ashton and Bob Wells. Dec. 29 to Jan 20. Call 303/321-5925 or visit avenuetheater.com for more.

Adams Mystery Playhouse, 2406 Federal Blvd., Denver. $69. Featuring Death for Dinner, an interactive comedy mystery, with champagne, hors d'oeuvres, music and dancing. Sun., Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. Call 303/455-1848 or visit adamsmysteryplayhouse.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. Call 303/893-4100 or visit denvercenter.org for tickets and more.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. $4-$6. Featuring Trunks Season 2: Still Uncoordinated, 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 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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