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click to enlarge Cottonwood Artists School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899. - Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring works by - nationally known muralist, draftsman and instructor Eric - Bransby, through March. Visit - cottonwoodartistsschool.com for more.
  • Cottonwood Artists School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring works by nationally known muralist, draftsman and instructor Eric Bransby, through March. Visit cottonwoodartistsschool.com 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. Visit money.org for more.

Artists Lair Gallery and Studio, 2766 Janitell Road, 576-5247. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring abstract art by Eric Korody. Opening reception, Sat., March 24, 6-9 p.m.

ARTSpace Gallery, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 385-7900. Open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sat., 1-5 p.m. Presenting Exploring a Legacy: Youth and Diversity, art and poetry of Sierra High School students, through April 7.

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. Free. Featuring Sol, works referencing the sun, through March. Chromatic Vibes, works by 12 water media artists in the Common Gallery, through March.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring New Orleans Before the Storm, works by Susan Morello and Jo Anne Bailey at Venue 515, through March. Wunderkind, works by local high school students, through April 14. Recalling France, paintings by Sarah Asleson, through April 24. Visit thebac.org for more.

The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277. Featuring Art in Community, works by Chi Leary, Beryl Hennington and Tyler Jensen, through April. Ten percent of proceeds donated to non-profit of the buyers' choice. Opening reception, March 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Colachi Arts, 1107 Manitou Ave., No. 11, 685-1254. Featuring Artist of the Month: Peter King, photography, pottery, drawings and paintings. Meet the artist, Thurs., March 22, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Colorado Springs Airport, 7770 E. Drennan Road, 550-1917. Featuring 2007 First Quarter Art Exhibit, works by Kathryn Wallace, David Twede, Jerry Rhodes, Tom Woodward and local school children, through March.

CSU-Pueblo Fine Art Gallery, Art-Music Building, Pueblo, 719/549-2404. Open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featuring Portraits from an Ark, footage of humans painted to depict animals, through March 23.

Eichman Gallery, Park State Bank and Trust, 710 W. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 587-9234. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat., 9 a.m. to noon. Featuring Into Africa: A Photo Safari, photos by Lenore Hotchkiss, April 9-27. Opening reception, April 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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 Colorado 1870-2000: Then and Now II, photos by John Fielder and William Henry Jackson, through April.

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 Katrina: Catastrophe and Catharsis, through April 29. Visit csfineartscenter.org for more.

Fireplace Gallery of Colorado, 5755 Industrial Place, 574-3224. Presenting the Colorado Springs Art Guild, featuring original oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, sculpture and other media through March.

Heebee Jeebees, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open Mon.-Fri., noon to 6 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Better Homes & Icons, works by Heather Oelklaus, through March.

Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471-1360. Open Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Poetry of Light, oil paintings by Laura Reilly through December. Visit laurareilly.com for more.

L.I.W. Cargo Gallery, 713 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0452. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Featuring oil paintings, pastels, prints, watercolors and southwestern art by award-winning area artists through March.

Machu Picchu Store, 954 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1418. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Featuring Products of Peru, native artworks by Peruvian artisans, through April.

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 Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 684-9439. Featuring Mutinous Continuum, works by Brian and Michelle Schivner, Llangdon Foss, Julianza Shavin, Randy Wix, Marina Eckler and more, through June 1.

OpticalReverb at the V Bar, 19 E. Kiowa St., 210-9799. Featuring Silver Gelatin and Oil, photographs by Bill Starr and paintings by Sean Dunston, through March.

Pikes Peak Library District Galleries, 531-6333. Fountain Branch featuring Alex Sena's Gallery. Briargate Branch featuring Academy School District 20 Student Artists. East Library featuring Children of Niger by Lois Culter. Monument Branch featuring Palmer Divide Quilt makers. Ruth Holley Branch featuring Solitude, photography by Teri D. Brown. Visit ppld.org for more.

Pikes Perk Coffee Cafe, 1616 S. Eighth St., 634-7375. Open Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat., 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sun., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Regarding Red Rock Canyon, photos by Rhonda S. Van Pelt, through June 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 A Man's Perspective, works by Chris Fielder, Michael Pointer and Ray Shaw to benefit the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, through April 28.

PPCC Downtown Studio Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-3135. Featuring Inner Visions with Tim Davis, Patricia Dagnon and Nick Ordahl, through April 18.

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 Tradicon Mexico, three galleries of work by Mexican and American artists, through May 5. The Legend of Chromes, works from the Museo Soumaya de Mxico, and Viva La Revoluci'n! Money of the Mexican Revolution through April 21. Visit sdc-arts.org for more.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Open Wed.-Sat., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Spring Salon 2007, showcasing the work of 19 Colorado artists, through April 20. Opening reception, Fri., March 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Call 481-0475 or visit trilakesarts.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 Miracles and Memories, embroidered pictorial narratives in the University Center, through March. Performing the Process, projects of performance art, Fri., March 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Visit galleryuccs.org for more.

Velez Gallery, 220 N. Tejon St., 630-3710. Open Mon.-Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Functional Art, furniture by expert woodworker Michael Velez. Visit velezgalleries.com 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.

The Winter Gallery, 47 Third St., Monument, 488-1063. Featuring Birds and Blooms, works by Elizabeth Hacker, Linda Hauff and others.

Woodland Park Public Library Gallery, 218 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-8562. Open Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekend hours vary. Featuring Capricorn Rising, works by Julianza Shavin-Katz as a memorial to her father, though March. Visit opticalreverb.com for more.

art events

Artists Workshop, Cottonwood Artists School, 25 Cimino Drive. Presenting a class with award-winning Wyoming oil painter Jerry Antolik. Sun., March 25, noon. Call 303/647-1085 for more.

Muralist Leo Tanguma, Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch artist Leo Tanguma paint a mural celebrating Hispanic culture in the U.S., through April 28. Call 719/295-7200 or visit sdc-arts.org for more.

Auditions & Entries
The Rocky Mountain Elk Tour is seeking artists to paint life-size, fiberglass elk that will be placed throughout Teller County as part of a public art project this summer. Chosen artists will be paid $750. Visit elksrus.com to submit a design or sponsor an elk.

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking nominations for the newest class of Mayor's 100 Teens. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism, leadership and academic success. The submission deadline is March 23. Call 385-6954 or visit springsgov.com for nomination packets.

Art In Community (AIC) promotes local artists who are willing to donate 10 percent of the purchase price of their art to a non-profit of the buyer's choice. First exhibit will be March 24. Local artists and non-profits that are interested in participating please call 540-3592.

Pikes Peak Arts Fest is seeking fine artists and artisans to participate in the Third Annual Pikes Peak Art Fest to be held at the Pikes Peak Center on June 8-10. Submit three slides or digitals by March 30. Call 290-1981 or e-mail maricahefti@cs.com for more.

Thin Air Theatre Company will hold auditions and accept resumes for actors, singers, dancers, musical directors/piano players and production personnel on Sun., April 1, 1-4 p.m. at UCCS Theatreworks, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. These paid positions include housing for theatrical season at Butte Theater in Cripple Creek. Call 237-2837 for more.

Civic Opportunities
Armed Services Blood Drive, Special Events Center, Building 1829, Fort Carson. Collecting blood to be shipped to Iraq for use at military medical facilities. Thurs.-Fri., March 22-23, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 526-4143 for more.

Health Care Reform Public Hearings, Penrose Cancer Center, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., Room 101. The Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform is soliciting proposals for reform and seeks public input on the proposal criteria. Sat., March 24, 9 a.m. to noon. Visit colorado.gov/208commission for more.

Community Blood Drive, Bonfils Blood Center Bus. Colorado Department of Revenue, 1480 Quail Lake Loop, March 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 800/365-0006 or visit bonfils.org for more.

"How Safe Are You?: Facing Public Health Challenges," Pikes Peak Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle. Free. The El Paso County Health Department will present information to help you protect yourself and your family. Mon., April 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m. RSVP by March 23 to 578-3101.

Clubs & Organizations
Entrepreneur Club, Steaksmith, 3802 Maizeland Road. $16. Business owners gather to network and work on their marketing methods. Facilitated by Patti Serrano, a corporate trainer and public speaker. Thursdays, noon to 1:30 p.m. through June 7. Call 214-3552 for reservations.

Downtown Toastmasters, City Hall, Academy Room, 107 N. Nevada Ave. Guests free. Meeting to support your personal and professional growth by improving your oral communication skills. Fridays, 12:05-1 p.m. Call 685-1861 ext. 45 or visit downtowntoastmaster.org for more.

Friday Night Singles, First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St. Free. Featuring worship music, testimonies and activities including volleyball, movies, book clubs, cards, board games and more for singles 30 and over. Meets Fridays, 7-10:30 p.m. Call 884-6229 for more.

Colorado Springs Chess Club, Acacia Apartments cafeteria, 104 E. Platte Ave. All who enjoy chess are welcome. Meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Call Richard Buchanan at 685-1984 for more.

The UFO Institute Colorado Springs Chapter, Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Police Operations Center, 705 S. Nevada Ave.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Mondays and Tuesdays. Men's group is developing a waiting list. Call 800/373-8671 or visit wingsfound.org for more.

Film & Video
Senior Lunch and a Movie, Pikes Peak Library District. Bring a lunch and enjoy a movie. Showing Glory Road, East Library, March 27, noon. Call 531-6333 for more.

French Cin Club, CC's Max Kade Theater, Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Presenting Police (1985), March 26. La Chevre (1981), April 2. Showings at 6:30 p.m., in French with English subtitles. Call 389-6519 for more.

Food & Drink
Reserve Tastings & Food Pairings, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, 3011 E. Hwy. 50, Cañon City. Free. Offering Colorado Merlot Reserve with guest chef James Tracey, March 22. 2006 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc with hors d'ouevres by Han Son, March 29. Call 719/276-5191 for more.

Bone Apettit Wine & Food Pairing, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 220 W. South Ave, Woodland Park. $25. Presenting wines, gourmet food samplings and a silent auction to benefit the homeless pets of Teller County. March 23, 5:30-8 p.m. Call 322-4958 for more.

Chef's Catalog Retail Store Classes, 5070 Centennial Blvd. $50-$60. Vegetarian Class with Chef Don Louie, March 23. Call 272-2700 for more.

Wild Oats Classes, 3180 New Center Point. Offering Eating of the Greens, March 22. Easter Celebration Tasting Fair, March 24. Gluten-free Baking, March 24. Weight Loss for Healthy Aging, March 27. Senior Breakfast, March 28. Diabetic-Friendly Store Tour, March 28. Call 622-1099 for more.

Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd. Free. California Wine Tasting, March 24. Spanish Wine Tasting, March 31. Pre-registration is required. Call 596-4700 for more.

Experience Wine Classes, Mimi's Caf, 7133 N. Academy Blvd. Offering Sunday wine tastings, "Simply Reds," March 25, 5:30-8 p.m., $45. "Australian Wines," March 29, 5:30-8 p.m., $45. Call 282-8688 for more or visit experiencewine.net.

click to enlarge Coburn Gallery, CCs Worner Campus Center, 902 N. - Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Featuring Nicking the Never, - works by Marina Zurkow, through April 14.
  • Coburn Gallery, CCs Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Featuring Nicking the Never, works by Marina Zurkow, through April 14.

Italian Wine Tasting, Gertrude's Restaurant, 2625 W. Colorado Ave. $49. Presenting eight wines and four courses with speaker and wine expert Darby Gould. Mon., March 26, 6-8:30 p.m. Call 471-0887 for more.

The Blue Star Events, 1645 S. Tejon St. Offering "Weekly Chef Tastings," Mondays through March, 6 p.m., $40. Wine tastings, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., $20. "Spanish Wines," March 28. Call 598-7565 or visit thebluestar.net for more.

Health & Healing
"Lighten Up" Workshop, Pikes Peak Hospice, 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $15. Explore the underlying causes of emotional eating and food dependency with facilitator Barbara Royal. March 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 687-1191 or visit angel-miracles.com for more.

Celebration Store Events, Celebration Conscious Living Store, 2209 W. Colorado Ave. "Explore Your Past Lives," March 24. Spring Conscious Living Day, March 25. "Shamanism for Personal and Planetary Healing," March 26, 7-9 p.m. Joan Williams signs The Peacefinder, March 28. A Soul Restoration Workshop with Barbara Royal, March 31. Visit celebrationstore.com for more.

Faerie Moone Events, 1518 N. Academy. Offering Tarot readings with Sharon Karson, Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m., and Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m., $25. "Elemental Magick" Class, Sat., March 24, 6-7:30 p.m., $20. Tarot Class, Sat., March 24, 1-4 p.m., $45. Reiki Level 1 Class, Sun., March 25, noon to 7 p.m., $95. "Essential Oils," Tues., March 27, 7-9 p.m. Call 591-0236 for more.

"Past Life Exploration," Celebration Conscious Living Store, 2209 W. Colorado Ave. Explore past lives and create greater understanding, awareness and healing. Pre-registration required. Sat., March 24, 1-3 p.m. Call 232-2499 or visit cohypnotherapy.com for more.

"VA Mad Medicine: The Danger to Veterans from Doctors and Administrators," Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy Blvd. Free. Presenting author Gwendolyn Bailey. Come share your story. Sat., March 24, 1-3 p.m. Call Renee at 638-1337 for more.

"Living Life as a Spiritual Exercise," ECKANKAR Center, 1685 W. Uintah St. Offering a free discussion. Sun., March 25, 10:30 a.m. Call 495-1096 or visit eckankar.org for more.

Animal Leadership Workshop, Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road. Presenting Linda Nations on how to communicate with and understand animals. Free introductory class. Sun., March 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call 471-4556 for more.

Unity Church in the Rockies Events, 1945 Mesa Road. Offering "Life as a Joyous Adventure" with author Terry McBride, March 25-26, 6:30-9:30 p.m. "The New Earth" Study Group, Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., through April 2. "The Game of Life and How to Play It," Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., through April 11. Yoga class, Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. Call 471-4556 or visit unityrockies.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.

Conversations With God Study Group. Free. Featuring "New Thought" spiritual readings and discussion. Thursdays, 7- 8:30 p.m. Call Wendy at 475-2068 for information and directions.

Taketina Practice Groups, Manitou Wellness Center, 725C Manitou Ave. Donations only. Have fun and challenge yourself with polyrhythms. Sundays, 4-5 p.m. Call 685-1480 or visit taketina.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. Call 303/813-9551 or visit meditationincolorado.org for more.

First Congregational Saturday Movement Practice, Founder's Room, 20 E. St. Vrain St. Donations accepted. Building community through movement and dance. Childcare provided. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. Call 291-3120 for more.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, HealthLink offices, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 220. Register for a variety of classes from childbirth classes to Pilates, 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.

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. Buddhist Panel Presentation, Wed., March 28. Call Carol at 473-7609 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. Sundays, 2-3 p.m. Call Joyce at 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.

Lectures & Learning
Gardening in the Pikes Peak Region, CSU Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd. $8. Presenting "Surrender in the Turf War and the Importance of Worms," March 22. "Trees for the Pikes Peak Region," March 27 and 29. Call 636-8923 to register.

"Mental Health in the Wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: A Clinician's Unique View," UCCS Science Building, Room 221, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. PSI CHI presents Calvin Lidmark on response efforts from crisis, through transition, and into long-term recovery. Thurs., March 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

"Preparing Your Home For Sale: The Wow Factor," Cheyenne Mountain Branch Library, 1785 S. 8th St. Free. Learn "staging secrets" to prepare your home for a faster and more profitable sale in today's competitive market. Thurs., March 22, 7-8:30 p.m. Call 633-6278 for more.

"Raptors: Birds of Prey," Wild Bird Center, 1722 E. Woodmen Road. Free. Wildlife educators will be on hand with birds to speak and answer questions. Sat., March 24, 11-2. Call 548-9863 or visit birdingstore.com for more.

"Who's in Your Family Tree?," Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St. $25. Offering a seminar sponsored by the African-American Historical & Genealogical Society of Colorado Springs. Sat., March 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 471-0008 for more.

"Colorado Bird Breeding Atlas II," Colorado Division of Wildlife, 4255 Sinton Road. Free. Presenting information on the Bird Breeding Atlas II Project and recruiting volunteers to do field work. Sat., March 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call 548-9863 or visit aikenaudubonsociety.org for more.

"Railroads, Mines and Mills of Ute Pass Area," Community Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 103 Pawnee Ave., Manitou Springs. Presenting "The Cliff House: Mountain Hospitality at Its Finest," with Deborah Harrison and Betty Jo Cardona, Sun., March 25, 3 p.m. Call 685-4205 for more.

"Good Wars, Bad Wars: Is There Such a Thing as a Just War?," Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Road. Free. Presenting Professor Bill Hochman. Tues., March 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call 576-1814 for more.

"How the Progressives Transformed American Liberalism," CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Presenting Eldon Eisenach, author and professor at the University of Tulsa. Tues., March 27, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6607 for more.

The Small Business Development Center Classes, UCCS CITTI Building, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Offering "Legalities of Starting a Business in Colorado," March 28. "Planning a Winning Website," March 28. "Funding Your Business," April 3. Call 262-3844 or visit cssbdc.org for a complete schedule and more.

"Savoring the Sacred in a Secular World," CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Julia M. Becker explores the sacred in everyday experiences through her art. Thurs., March 29, 4:30 p.m. Call 389-6603 for more.

Come-As-You-Are Spanish Class, Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument. Learn conversational Spanish. Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m. through April 24. (No class April 10.) Call 488-8280 for more.

"Should You Start Your Own Business?" $15. Featuring workshops presented by SCORE. East Library, March 29. Call 636-3074 or visit coloradospringsscore.org for more.

"Understanding Gems," Doubletree Hotel World Arena, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. The Referral Institute of Colorado is sponsoring a full-day workshop to improve your ability to interact with clients. Thurs., March 29. Call 491-6686 for more.

Gardening Class Series, Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Offering "Hyper-Tufa Troughs," March 31 and April 7, $45. Call 574-8058 to RSVP.

District 11 Community Education Classes, various locations. Offering classes in foreign languages, dance, business, crafts, yoga, computers and more. Call 520-2384 or visit d11.org/communityed for a schedule of classes.

Pikes Peak Library District Events, various library locations. Offering book clubs, story times and programs on writing, business, languages, computers, parenting, crafts, film, history, animals, theater and more for children, teens, adults and seniors. Call 531-6333 or visit ppld.org for times and locations.

PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations. Offering classes on photography, poetry, music, film, finances, religion, health, history and more. Call 633-4991 or visit visitpillar.org 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.

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.

Literary Events
Andrea Gibson Performance, The Java Buddha, 2631 W. Colorado Ave. Free. Andrea Gibson, number three-ranked slam poet in the U.S., will perform. Wed., March 28, 7-9 p.m. Call 720/404-1950 for more.

Marketing Your Book, Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. $20. Introducing low risk, effective ways to get your book to those who need it most. Wed., March 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call 685-1861 ext. 45 or visit thepublishingpro.com for more.

Colorado College Visiting Writers Series, Colorado College, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Featuring readings by internationally known authors and poets. Azar Nafisi at CC's Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., Fri., March 30, 7:30 p.m. David Mason, Thurs., April 5, 7 p.m. Call 389-6606 or visit coloradocollege.edu/news_events for more.

Music

acoustic

Black Rose Acoustic Society Workshop, Benet Hill Center, 2577 N. Chelton Road. $20-40. Offering eight different sessions for a variety of instruments. Sat., March 24, 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Call 282-0760 or visit blackroseacoustic.org for more.

classical

Colorado Springs Chorale 50th Anniversary Concert, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $16-$45. Presenting chorale favorites performed by the 140-voice choir and 63-piece orchestra. Sat., March 24, 8 p.m. Call 520-7469 for more.

Music of the British Isles, Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Road. Presenting the Pikes Peak Philharmonic with Celtic Steps Dance School and the Colorado Skye Pipe Band. Sunday, March 25, 3 p.m. Call 685-6468 or visit pikespeakphil.org for more.

Chamber Music with Veronika String Quartet, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $7.50-$15. Presenting The Russian Soul: Shostakovich, Sun., March 25, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Call 295-7200 for more.

AFA Chamber Recital Series, Mon., March 26, 7:30 p.m. at CSU-Pueblo's Hoag Hall, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo. Tues., March 27, 7:30 p.m. at CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St. The Air Force Academy Band presents soprano Nancy Poffenbarger, saxophonist Ryan Janus and pianist Susan Grace. Free. Call 556-9952 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

Flute Recital, First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. $8-$12, members free. Colorado Flute Association presents internationally acclaimed British flutist Susan Milan with pianist Lillian Pearson. March 23, 8 p.m.

Double Pachanga Grande, Bigg City, 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd. Presenting the best of cumbia, merengue and reagetton with a special effects show. Fri., March 23, 9 p.m. Call La Grand D at 303/962-3560 for more.

Ashraf Sewailim and Susan Grace, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Presenting Sewailim, baritone, and Grace on piano. Sat., March 31, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6607 for more.

Performances

World Arena Events, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. Featuring Disney on Ice: Monsters Inc. , March 22-25, $10-$21. Harlem Globetrotters, April 5, 7 p.m. Call 866/464-2626 or visit worldarena.com for more.

Mountain Dance!, Benet Hill Center, 2555 N. Chelton Road. $5-$10, kids under 6 years, free. Presenting a recital of Irish music and dance. Fri., March 23, 7 p.m. Call 471-8736 or visit celticsteps.org for more.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Old Town GuestHouse, 115 S. 26th St. $65. Featuring Murder Aboard the Titan and a gourmet dinner, March 23, 7:30 p.m. Call 632-9194 or visit oldtown-guesthouse.com for more.

Loonees Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd. Presenting Dave Ashley through March 25. Dobie Maxwell, March 28 to April 1. Dean Austin, April 4-8. Call 591-0707 or visit loonees.com for more.

FAC Main Events, 30 W. Dale St. Featuring The Complete History of America (Abridged), March 30 to April 15. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m. Call 634-5583 for tickets and more.

click to enlarge Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Caon Ave., Manitou - Springs, 685-1008. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Featuring Soul Works, glassworks by Jannine Scott and - contemporary paintings by Robin Anderson, through - March 19. Color: Hand and Soft, March 23 to April 23. - Opening reception, Fri., March 23, 5-8 p.m. Visit - commonwheel.com for more.
  • Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Caon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Soul Works, glassworks by Jannine Scott and contemporary paintings by Robin Anderson, through March 19. Color: Hand and Soft, March 23 to April 23. Opening reception, Fri., March 23, 5-8 p.m. Visit commonwheel.com for more.

Children's Playhouse Series, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $6-$25. Presenting Lazer Vaudeville, March 31. All shows 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 719/295-7222 for more.

Recreation
Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain. Offering "Twos & Threes Outdoors: Hairy Animals," March 22. "Container Gardening," March 24. Springs Break Nature Camp: Wake Up World," March 26-30. Call 520-6745 for more.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. Free. Offering "Wonders of the Wolf," March 24. Call 520-6387 for more.

Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road. Hours: Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Offering "Discovery Walks," Saturdays, 2 p.m. "Signs of the Spring Equinox," March 25, 2 p.m. Call 385-6086 or visit cheyennecanon.org 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.

dance parties & workshops

Friday Night Dance Parties, Dance Colorado Dance Studio, 612 S. Tejon St. $5-$8. Fri., March 23. Beginners' Party, 7:45-8:30 p.m. Ballroom and Salsa Parties, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Ask for the introductory special on classes. Call 473-1395 or visit dancecolorado.net for more.

International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave. $9-$10. Dances every Saturday to a live band with music from big band and country to polka and Latin. Sat., March 24, 7:30-11 p.m. Ballroom dances every third Friday with digital DJ Ken Daily. Call 633-0195 or visit internationaldanceclub.org or more.

Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. $5. Dance easy lines, Texas two-step, Cotton-eyed Joe, mixers, country waltz, cowboy cha-cha, easy squares and more. No experience or partner required. Sat., March 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call 598-8624 or visit roncounts.com for more.

Every Body Dance, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St. Free. Building community through movement, music and art. Bring an instrument and a dish to share. Sun., March 25, 3:30-6 p.m. Call 291-3120 or visit fcucc.org 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 a free group class. Call 649-8294 or visit springssalsa.com for more.

Broadmoor Waltz Club Basic Ballroom Dance Lessons, Austin Bluffs Community Church, 5090 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. 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, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave. Learn swing, salsa, waltz, tango, foxtrot and more. Open to members and non-members. Registration on-going. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Call Arthur at 634-3029 for more.

Special Events
Taize Service, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St. An evening of prayers, chants and silence. Open to all faith traditions. Thurs., March 22, 7-8 p.m. Call 635-3549 for more.

"Social Responsibility, Radical Business Philosophy and Free Ice Cream," CC's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. Presenting Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Wed., March 28, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6607 for more.

"Restoring Global Health," CC's Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave. Free. Presenting Allan Savory, founder of Holistic Management International, to discuss how our interactions with living systems affect global health. Thurs., March 29, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6603 for more.

Drag Ball, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. $4-$20. Presenting an amateur and professional drag show. All proceeds will benefit Southern Colorado AIDS Project. Sat., March 31, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. VIP After Party, 12:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 389-6607 for more.

Youth & Family
Kindermusik Demos, 908 N. Circle Drive, Suite B. Free. Presenting demonstrations of music and movement classes for children ages 2 to 5. Mon., March 26, 10-10:45 a.m. Call 622-8781 for more.

Young Adult Job Fair, West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 20th St. Offering a job fair for ages 16 to 24. Fri., March 30, 1-3 p.m. Call 444-5212 for more.

Imagination Celebration Events, Celebration Place, The Citadel Mall, 750 E. Citadel Drive. "Creative Explorations: Story More ..." Tuesdays-Saturdays through March 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations required. Call 597-3344 or visit imaginationcelebration.org for more.

Volunteer Opportunities
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking volunteers for the Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time program. Training will be held Sat., March 24, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 447-9898 ext. 1020 or visit casappr.org for more.

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will hold an orientation for people interested in becoming docents for the 2007 Living History Program. Sat., March 24, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 578-6777 for more.

Front Range Wildlife is seeking animal care, rescue and transport, fundraising, event planning and other volunteers for Spring/Summer 2007. Call 964-7826 or visit frontrangewildlife.org to register.

American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers for two new Cancer Resource Centers at Penrose and Memorial Hospitals. Volunteers will offer information to cancer patients, families, caregivers and the public. Basic computer experience is preferred. Call 636-5101 ext. 3 or visit cancer.org for more.

Odyssey Healthcare/Hospice is seeking volunteers for caregiver respite, patient visits, phone contacts, office support and special projects. Those with massage therapy, Reiki, aromatherapy, pet therapy and music therapy skills are needed. Call Kent Mathews at 573-4166 for more.

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center needs volunteers to assist riders with disabilities during weekly horseback riding lessons. Training is provided. The age limit is 14 and older. Call 495-3908 for more.

The Colorado Balloon Classic is seeking a volunteer interested in coordinating the event's merchandise. Must be available Labor Day weekend. Call 471-4833 or visit balloonclassic.com for more.

Pikes Peak Library District is seeking volunteer tutors to help adults each week to improve their reading, writing or language skills. Call 531-6333 ext. 2223 or visit ppld.org for more.

Working Together Against Abuse is seeking donations for its thrift store at 3632 W. Colorado Ave. Household items, toys, books, and clothing for men, teens and children are especially needed. Call 328-1389 for more.

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to plant and maintain flowerbeds as part of the "2007 Springs in Bloom" program. Call 578-6649 or visit springsgov.com for more.

Council for Educational Travel, USA seeks loving homes to host foreign exchange students who are attending area high schools. Community Coordinators needed too. Call Karin Bugatti at 888/9CETUSA for more.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to local youth as part of a new program. Go for walks, play in the park, watch movies, play board games, cook food and share other positive experiences with kids each week. Call 633-2443 or visit bbbscolo.org/pikespeak for more.

Memories in the Making, a program of the Alzheimer's Association, is looking for artists to volunteer in facilitating small art groups for people with Alzheimer's disease. Call Susan at 684-2030 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 Salvation Army has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Call 636-5266 or visit tsacs.org for more information.

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

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.

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.

Colorado Reptile Humane Society is seeking homes for adoptable lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises. 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.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts & Conference Center, 30 W. Dale St. Seeking volunteers in various areas. Call Leslie Herzog at 634-5581 ext. 312 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.

Out of Town

art

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Featuring Bebe Alexander: Constructives and Arvada Artist's Guild 48th Annual Membership Exhibition through March 25. Marie Gibbons and Jimmy Sellars: Residual Memory through April 11. Call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org for more.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303/443-2122. Featuring works by Halim Al-Karim, Kris Cox and Christopher Morris through May 19. Visit bmoca.org for more.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/913-0169. Featuring Inspiring Impressionism through May 25. Visit denverartmuseum.org for more.

Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845. Featuring Kitchen Goddess through March 23. Faces of Creativity: Portraits of Artists, Musicians and Poets by Photographer George Pickow through April 27. Visit lakewood.org for more.

Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St., Denver. Featuring Representing the Unspeakable: 10 "Glocal" Artists Interpret Genocide through April 27. Call 303/394-9993 or visit mizelmuseum.org for 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

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver. Hosting the world's leading garden experts in a series of lectures. Holly Shimizu, April 5, 7 p.m. Call 720/865-3580 or visit botanicgardens.org for more.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Presenting Art and the Animal through April 1. Showing the film Wolves through August. Visit thewildlifeexperience.org for more.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $6-$10. Featuring Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World, an exhibit exploring the life and work of the scientist, inventor and diplomat, through May 20. Call 303/322-7009 or visit dmns.org for more.

performances

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Featuring The Dinosaur Play, a children's show, through May 4. Call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org for more.

Buell Theatre, 950 13th St., Denver. $25-65. Presenting The Taffetas, a musical about a 1950s-era sister act, through Aug. 5. Call 303/893-4100 or visit denvercenter.org for tickets and more.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. $4-$6. Featuring Trunks: A Live Comic Book, a children's play, every other Saturday through May 5 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Starship Troy, a live sitcom, every other Tuesday and Wednesday through May 23, 8 p.m. Moby Dick Unread, Fridays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Thursdays in April, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 3 p.m., through April 27. Call 720/946-1388 or visit buntport.com for more.

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