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click to enlarge The Gallery at Paragon, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744, - cedarsjazzclub.com. Open Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. - Featuring Explore Fools Paradise, by Phil Wassell, - through May 26. In Retrospect, by Rhonda S. Van Pelt, - through May 31.
  • The Gallery at Paragon, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744, cedarsjazzclub.com. Open Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Featuring Explore Fools Paradise, by Phil Wassell, through May 26. In Retrospect, by Rhonda S. Van Pelt, through May 31.

Art Shows & Galleries
American Numismatic Association Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646, money.org. 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.

Artists Lair Gallery and Studio, 2766 Janitell Road, 576-5247. Open Tues.-Fri., 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring new paintings by Irene Braun, Roger Carlson and Bill Hyer in the Den Gallery.

The Beacham Gallery, 4357 Charleston Drive, 330-0384, boundlessgallery.com/artist/1358.html. Open by appointment only. Featuring The Muse of Colour & Impression, impressionistic and abstract art of Lyle Morris, through April 19.

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 Works by Holly Conlon through April 29. On the Edge, May 1-31, Karen Simkiss solo show, June 1-30. Karen Simkiss & Kathy Wallace in the Common Gallery, June 1-30. Blowing Things Up, July 1-31. Susan Risinger solo show, Aug. 1-31. Elemental, Sept. 1-30. Bad Juju, Oct. 1-31. One Plus One: Sons & Daughters, Nov. 1-30. Betty Atherton solo show, Dec. 1-31. Eric Winfield in the Common Gallery, Dec. 1-31.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring Recalling France, paintings by Sarah Asleson, through April 24. Journeys, photography by Cris Pulos, through May 29. Metal Embossed Works, by Steve Havens, April 25 to May 29. From the Edge of the Center, April 20 to June 9. Opening reception, Fri., April 20, 5-7 p.m.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Featuring Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibit, April 24 to May 14. Opening reception, April 26, 4:30 p.m.

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.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Color: Hand and Soft through April 23. Imagination Celebration Children's Art Show, April 27 to May 7. Opening reception, April 29, 1-4 p.m.

Dogtooth Coffee Company, 505 E. Columbia St., 632-0125. Open Mon.-Fri., 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring Portraits, paintings by Sarah Davis, through April 22.

*Duryea Fine Art, 1003 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9050. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Times Past and Present, works by Bill Duryea, through May 31.

Eichman Gallery, Park State Bank and Trust, 710 W. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 687-9234. 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, through April 27. Wilderness Images, works by Sue Cranston, Executive Director of Indigo Mountain Nature Center, May 8-24. Opening reception, May 11, 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, csfineartscenter.org. 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. Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz, May 5 to June 24.

First Congregational Church Atrium, 20 E. St. Vrain St., 635-3549. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Featuring paintings by Frederick Lyle Morris, April 22-29. All-members art show, May 12-20.

*The Gallery at Paragon, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744, cedarsjazzclub.com. Open Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Featuring In Retrospect, works by Rhonda S. Van Pelt, through May 31. Explore Fools Paradise, works by Phil Wassell, through May 26.

*Gunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494, genterwolffgallery.com. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesdays. Featuring Rhodes Raku Rendezvous, works by Jerry Rhodes, April 21 to May 15. Opening reception, Sat., April 21, 6-8 p.m.

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 No Satisfaction, contemporary culture captured in clay by Elizabeth Copan, through May 25.

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

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 the V Bar, 19 E. Kiowa St., 684-9439. Featuring The Capitalist Pig and Kitsch Gone Wrong: Vicious New Work by Ryan S. Ballard, through May 8.

*Optical Reverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 210-9799. Featuring ... after a brief, yet necessary, lacuna, works by Julianza Shavin, Michelle Boettcher, Alex Sena, Sam Pisciotta and more, through June 7.

Pikes Peak Library District Galleries, 531-6333, ppld.org. Penrose Library featuring The Journey of Herbs. Fountain Branch featuring artwork by Fountain-Fort Carson School students. Briargate Branch featuring photography by Carolyn Streit-Carey. East Library featuring works by Teri Brown. Monument Branch featuring student works from Monument School of Fine Arts. Ruth Holley Branch featuring secondary school artists.

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.

*Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. 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.

Second Street Art Market, 366 Second St., Monument, 488-2506, secondstreetart.com. Featuring Art to Fill Your Soul, paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, garden art, wood, metal and more.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Open Wed., Fri. and Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Fluid, photo images by Kim Drennan and Abigail Kreuser, through April 28. Shifting Light, works by Lin Fife, through May 20.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, trilakesarts.org. Open Wed.-Sat., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Spring Salon 2007, showcasing the work of 19 Colorado artists, through April 20.

UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567, galleryuccs.org. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., 1-4 p.m. Featuring a Student Art Exhibition through June 1. Water Media International XV, June 15 to Aug. 3.

Velez Gallery, 220 N. Tejon St., 630-3710, velezgalleries.com. Open Mon.-Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Works of Claudio Jeminez, retablos showing scenes of indigenous cultures.

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 Art of Lewis Palmer High School Students and Staff through May 12. Opening reception, Thurs., April 26, 5-8 p.m.

art events Works of Heart, Woodland Park Library, 218 E. Woodland Ave., Woodland Park, 686-7775, charitabletreasures.com. $35. Featuring an auction of works by local artists as well as food and wine. Proceeds benefit Charitable Treasures Workshop. Fri., April 20, 7-10 p.m.

45th Annual Young People's Art Exhibit, Celebration Place, The Citadel Mall, 750 E. Citadel Drive, 597-3344, imaginationcelebration.org. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring High School Exhibition, April 20-28. Middle School Exhibition, May 4-12.

DIY University, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567, galleryuccs.org. Free. Offering a loose framework through which participants create, discuss, and collaborate in designing curriculum for acting and reacting. Thurs., April 26, 7 p.m.

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

Auditions & Entries
The Gallery at Paragon and Cedars Jazz Club is seeking artists to display their works in an up and coming venue. Open to all ideas and styles. Call Ron Goldman at 510-1450 for more.

Young Concert Artists will hold auditions for its youth orchestra, prelude strings and wind ensemble. General auditions, April 21. Brass and woodwinds, April 28. Call 473-8152 or visit yca-cs.org/auditions for more.

Theatreworks will hold auditions for its Shakespeare Festival on Fri., April 20, 7-10 p.m., and Sat., April 21, 1-4 p.m., in the Osborne Studio Theatre at UCCS University Hall, 3955 Cragwood Drive. Visit uccstheatreworks.com for more.

Royal Caribbean International will hold auditions for singers and dancers at Daza Arts Studio, 1220 Valley St. on Wed.-Thurs., April 25-26 beginning at 9:15 a.m. Call 278-8499 for more.

The Kennedy Center's Imagination Celebration and The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center are accepting entries in the annual Poster Contest. The "Bringing Dinosaurs to Life" contest is open to all ages through May 29. Visit rmdrc.com for details and entry forms.

Art & Crafts in Bancroft Park is seeking artists in all media, original and handmade. Sponsored by the Old Colorado City Historical Society. Runs June 23 and August 11. Application forms at 1 S. 24th St. or 636-1225.

Art As Community 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. Local artists and non-profits that are interested in participating are encouraged to call 540-3592.

Civic Opportunities
2nd Annual Wine Tasting Gala and Silent Auction, High Valley Farm, 14 Alsace Way, 574-9002, co-so.easterseals.com. $50. Sample fine wines from around the world to benefit Easter Seals Southern Colorado. Thurs., April 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friends of SET Wine Tasting, Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 776-8850. $40. Proceeds benefit SET Family Medical Clinics services to the homeless, uninsured and underserved. Thurs., April 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Annual SANE Wine Tasting & Silent Auction, The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St., 365-8666. $30-35. This is the major fundraiser event for the sexual assault/forensic nurse examiner program at Memorial Hospital. Fri., April 20, 5-8 p.m.

Goodwill Industries Annual Dinner, Broadmoor Hotel, Rocky Mountain Ballroom, 1 Lake Ave., 785-9200. $41. Honoring individuals and businesses that support Goodwill's mission. Wed., April 25, 7 p.m. RSVP by April 19.

The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Fashion Show, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, 598-9351. Presenting a fashion show, luncheon, silent auction and door prizes to benefit SAWA. Thurs., April 26, 11 a.m. RSVP by April 20.

9th Annual Memories in the Making Fundraiser, Broadmoor International Center, 21 Lake Circle, 266-8773, alzco.org. $120. The Alzheimer's Association presents their annual art auction and dinner. Proceeds will support the group's mission, programs and services. Sat., May 12, 6-10 pm.

Clubs & Organizations
A.N.I.M.E. Club, Akasaka Japanese Restaurant, 4737 N. Academy Blvd., 272-7301, meowaruu.org. Free. Meeting to discuss and sometimes view Japanese animation. Sat., April 21, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Woman's Educational Society of Colorado College, CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 473-4627. $15. Presenting the WES Annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon. Thurs., April 26, 11:30 a.m.

Singles Potluck and Trivia Extravaganza, First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., 884-6229. $3. Join singles 30 and over for food and fun. Bring a potluck dish to share. Fri., April 20, 7 p.m.

Friday Night Singles, First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., 884-6229. 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.

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

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group, Memorial Administrative Center, Classroom B, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 636-5101 opt. 3. Free. Open to all prostate cancer survivors regardless of treatment location, and their spouses or partners. Meets the first Monday of the month.

Entrepreneur Club, Steaksmith, 3802 Maizeland Road, 214-3552. $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.

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

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

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

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

Emotions Anonymous Support Group, Pikes Peak United Way, 518 N. Nevada Ave., 216-7238. Meets at 3:30-4:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month.

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

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

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

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

Lunch Break, Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., 884-6234. $7.50. Offering a buffet luncheon with speakers for all women in the workplace. Meets first and third Wednesdays of the month, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

WINGS, various locations, 800/373-8671, wingsfound.org. Offering 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.

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

Film & Video
French Cin Club, CC's Max Kade Theater, Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6519. Free. Presenting Elisa (1995), April 23. Mon Oncle d' Amerique (1980), April 30. Vatel (2000), May 7. Showings at 6:30 p.m., in French with English subtitles.

Movies at the Museum, Steelworks Museum, 215 Canal St., Pueblo, cfisteel.org. $2-$3. Presenting two films about steel workers and raw materials produced by the Colorado Fuel and Iron company in the 1950s. April 28, May 12 and 26.

Food & Drink
Wild Oats Classes, 3180 New Center Point, 622-1099. Offering "Earth Friendly Cooking Class," April 19. "Diabetic-Friendly Store Tour," April 24. "Intro to Tai Chi/Qigong," April 25. Senior Breakfast, April 25. "Organic Home Gardening," April 28.

Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free. Wines of California and the Pacific Northwest, April 21. South African Wine Tasting, April 26. Cognac Tasting, April 28. Pre-registration is required.

Experience Wine Classes, Mimi's Caf, 7133 N. Academy Blvd., 282-8688, experiencewine.net. Offering Sunday wine tastings, "Colorado Wines," April 26, 5:30-8 p.m., $45. "White Wine Please," April 29, 5:30-8 p.m., $45.

Wednesday Wine Tastings, The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086, thebluestar.net. $20. Offering five wines, tapas and lessons in wine tasting. Every Wednesday through May 2, 6:30 p.m.

Health & Healing
Celebration Store Events, Celebration Conscious Living Store, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., celebrationstore.com. "The Joy of Belly Dancing," April 19. "Medicine for the Earth Workshop," April 20-21. "The Temples of Witchcraft" Signing, April 23. "Past Life Recognition," April 25. "Celebrating Beltane," April 26. "EFT Level One," April 28. "EFT Level Two," April 29. "Creating Prosperity and Abundance: Healing Unconscious Wealth Rejection," May 19.

"The Truth about Cholesterol, Statin Drugs and Heart Disease," East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 475-0330, kleinholisticcenter.com. Free, reservations required. Presenting Dr. Joel B. Klein of the Klein Center for Holistic Medicine as part of the Health Through Balance Talk Series. Tues., April 24, 7-8:30 p.m.

Grief Recovery Workshop, Springs Counseling Center, 5540 Tech Center Drive, Suite 203, 548-0100, springscounseling.com. $60. This six-week workshop will help you understand the grieving process and manage challenging times. Babysitting available if arranged in advance. Tuesdays, April 24 through May 29, 5:30-7 p.m.

"Lighten Up" Workshop, 687-1191, angel-miracles.com. $15. Explore the underlying causes of emotional eating and food dependency with Barbara Royal. Powell Chiropractic, 490 Rampart Range Road, May 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Senior Center, 312 North Center St., May 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

click to enlarge Duryea Fine Art, 1003 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, - 685-9050. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat., 10 - a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Times - Past and Present, works by Bill Duryea, through May 31.
  • Duryea Fine Art, 1003 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9050. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Times Past and Present, works by Bill Duryea, through May 31.

Soma Studio Events, 291-3120. "Let It Shine," an 8-week class for children using movement, art and dance to celebrate the spirit within, Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m., $18.

Faerie Moone Events, 1518 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0236. Offering Tarot readings with Sharon Karson, Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m., and Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m., $25. "Color Healing Series," second Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m. "Pathworkings," third Tuesday of the month, 6-8 p.m., $15. "Essential Oils," fourth Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m.

New Year/New Life!, Unity Church of the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, 227-7177, lifeenhancementsystems.com. $35 materials, plus free will offering. A 12-week experience in enabling the Law Of Attraction facilitated by Enrique Montiel. Tuesdays through June 26, 6:30-8 p.m.

Unity Church in the Rockies Events, 1945 Mesa Road, 471-4556, unityrockies.org for more. Offering Yoga class, Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., through Dec. 26.

Zen Buddhist Meditation, CC's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 330-1926. Free. Silent meditation every Monday with the Springs Mountain Sangha, 6:15-7:30 p.m.

World Peace Organization Meetings, 703 Arrawanna St., 635-8968, sgiusacos.org. World Peace Prayer meetings, first Sunday of the month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism, second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.

Weight Management Classes, Peak Nutrition, 606 S. Tejon St., 548-9859. 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.

Yoga for Special Needs, Yoga Journeys Studio, 709 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 201, 578-8093. $15/class or $70/five classes. Offering a gentle class designed for those with physical challenges. Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m.

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

Taketina Practice Groups, Manitou Wellness Center, 725C Manitou Ave., 685-1480, taketina.com. Donations only. Have fun and challenge yourself with polyrhythms. Sundays, 4-5 p.m.

"Transform Your Life" Meditation Class, CC's Worner Campus Center, Room 216, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 303/813-9551, meditationincolorado.org. $8 suggested donation. Offering guided meditation and Buddhist teachings. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery, Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Road, 597-4402. Join this Christian-based, 12-step program for "hurts, habits and hang-ups." Fridays, 6-9 p.m.

CommuniDance, Founder's Room, 20 E. St. Vrain St., 291-3120. Donations accepted. Building community through movement and dance. Childcare provided. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, HealthLink offices, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 220, 444-2273, memorialhealthsystem.com. Register for a variety of classes from baby care classes to yoga, dancing and weight loss.

Insight Buddhist Meditation, Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite A, Carol; 473-7609. 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.

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.

Lectures & Learning
Xeriscape Basic Seminars, Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, 2855 Mesa Road, 668-3838, csu.org. Free. Colorado Springs Utilities will offer an introduction to Xeriscape principles. Sat., April 21, May 19 and June 16, 9-10 a.m. Garden tours, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Small Business Development Center Classes, UCCS CITTI Building, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, cssbdc.org. Offering "Understanding Financial Statements," April 19. "Legalities of Starting a Business in Colorado," April 25. "Basics of Bookkeeping," May 17. "NxLevel Business Planning Program," Sept. 10.

"Predatory Lending and Mortgage Fraud: How It Effects the Real Estate Market," Franciscan Retreat Center, 7740 Deer Hill Grove, 314-1219. $22. Hear from industry leaders regarding these issues on a national and local level. Thurs., April 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Major Gifts: Finding the Perfect Donors Who Love Your Mission and Stay with You for Life," Gay & Lesbian Fund, 315 E. Costilla St., 206/709-9400 ext. 131. Benevon presents a workshop to help with nonprofit fundraising. Fri., April 20, 1-3 p.m.

Tibetan Buddhist Teaching Series, CC's Worner Campus Center, Room 213, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 471-9051, tsling.com. $10 suggest donation. Thubten Shedrup Ling presents "The Big Heart: Buddhist Techniques for Developing Loving-Kindness and Compassion." Fri., April 20.

"Jailbirds for Justice," Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, cspm.org. Free, reservations suggested. Presenting a women's history program about those who made great sacrifices to win the vote for all women. Sat., April 21, 2 p.m.

Mining History and Geology Seminar, Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880, wmmi.org. $45-$50. Explore Colorado's mining heritage with geologist Steven Veatch. Sat., April 21, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

"The War Between the States: The American Civil War," Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 ext. 2252, ppld.org. Free. Presenting a lecture, Civil War "show-and-tell" and gallery talk with Calvin P. Otto. Sun., April 22, 2-4 p.m.

Ancient African Christianity, Agia Sophia Coffee Shop, 2901 W. Colorado Ave., 473-9238. Free. Deacon Yoseph Tafari from an Ethiopian Church in Denver, will speak on ancient African Christianity and the differences between Islam and Christianity. Sun., April 22, 7-9 p.m.

Child Abuse Prevention Month, Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1305 N. Union Blvd., 520-1019. Free. Presenting "A Nurturing Approach to Tending to the Caregiver in You," Tues., April 24, 6-8 p.m.

"Beyond the Burqa," Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 576-1814. Free. Presenting Vickie Pokaluk on her assignment to Kabul, Afghanistan. Tues., April 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

"The Politics of the Iraq Study Group," CC's Olin Lecture Hall, 1030 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6607. Free. Former U.S. Sen. Alan K. Simpson will discuss the study he co-authored, national politics, the Republican Party, the media and related topics. Tues., April 24, 7:30 p.m.

Renaissance Academy Events, 2760 Fieldstone Road, 475-2510. Free. Presenting "Powering Renewables" with Simon Baker, Senior Conservation Specialist for Colorado Springs Utilities. Tues., April 24, 6:30-8 p.m.

Come-As-You-Are Spanish Class, Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument,488-8280. Learn conversational Spanish. Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m. through April 24.

Marijuana and Alzheimer's Disease, Gill Foundation , 315 E. Costilla St., 302-0291, freethinkerscs.com. Presenting Dr. Robert Melamede, UCCS biology chair, on "Endocannabinoids: Multi-scaled, Global Homeostatic Regulators of Cells and Society." Wed., April 25, 7:30-9 p.m.

"The Future of Planet Earth and its Inhabitants: Our Imperfect Crystal Ball," CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Presenting Dr. Timothy Killeen, director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. Wed., April 25, 6 p.m.

Nonprofit Management Classes, Country Buffet Community Room, 7665 N. Academy Blvd., 494-4849, nonprofitleadership.biz. $5 for materials. Presenting "Organizing a Successful Volunteer Force," and "Publicity Beyond the Press Release." Sat., April 25, 9 a.m. to noon.

"Should You Start Your Own Business?," SCORE, 636-3074, coloradospringsscore.org. $15. Featuring workshops presented by SCORE. Penrose Library, May 8 and June 19. East Library, May 29.

Curiosity Unlimited Series, University Center at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Room 303, 598-3020, uccs.edu. $25 for entire series. Lectures on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. "Jane Austin Visits Country Houses," May 11.

Buddhism Lecture Series, Unity Church of the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, 389-6616. $10. A four-part lecture series presented by CC religion professor David Gardiner on the theory and practice of Tibetan Buddhist Tantra. Thursdays in April, 5:30-7 p.m.

"Starting a Small Business," SCORE, 636-3074, coloradospringsscore.org. $15. Featuring workshops presented by SCORE. Peterson Air Force Base, May 2, Aug. 1 and Nov. 7. Fort Carson, May 8, July 31 and Nov. 13. Schriever Air Force Base, May 15, Aug. 28, Nov. 20.

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

Pikes Peak Library District Events, 531-6333, ppld.org. 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.

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

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

Literary Events
Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 324 N. Tejon St., 578-5549, poorrichards.biz. Gus Lee will sign and discuss his new bestseller Courage: The Backbone of Leadership. Thurs., April 19, 6 p.m.

Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Wyndham Hotel Colorado Springs, 5580 Tech Center Drive, 531-5723, ppwc.net. $295-$350. Presenting a journey into the world of commercial fiction with speakers that include authors, agents and editors. April 20-22.

Black Cat Book Signing, 720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Presenting Nancy Atherton, author of the Aunt Dimity book series. Sat., April 21, 1-4 p.m.

Poetry West Open Mic, East Library, 5550 North Union Blvd., 635-2344. In celebration of National Poetry Month, Poetry West and the Pikes Peak Library District present an open-mike poetry reading. Sun., April 22, 2-3:30 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Events, 1565 Briargate Blvd.266-9945, bn.com. Presenting story time with Clifford the Big Red Dog in costume, Fri.-Sat., April 20-21, 10:30 a.m. Joanne Sundell signing A ... My Name is Amelia, Sat., April 21, 1 p.m.

Borders Bookstore Events, Southgate, 2120 Southgate Road, 632-6611. Featuring "The Magical World of Harry Potter," April 22, 2 p.m.

Colorado College Visiting Writers Series, Colorado College, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu/news_events. Free. Featuring readings by internationally known authors and poets. Peter Matthiessen, Wed., May 2, 7 p.m.

Spring Writers Workshops, 16990 Cherry Crossing Drive, 495-3755. Presenting guided writing exercises, individual consultations and group manuscript critiques. Meets Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m., through June 13. Women only: meets Thursdays, 7-10 p.m. through May 31.

Music

acoustic

Old Time Bluegrass Concert, Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/235-8944, butteoperahouse.com. $4-$12.50 Showcasing the music of Colorado band, Sweet Sunny South. Fri.-Sat., April 20-21, 7 p.m.

Friends House Concerts, 730 Polaris Drive, 329-1644, house-concerts.org. Presenting Mike Dowling, Concert: Sat., April 21, 7:30 p.m., $20. Workshop: Sun., April 22, $30. Zoe Lewis-Solo, Sat., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., $15. Pete Mulvey, Sun., Dec. 9, 7 p.m., $15.

classical

A Celebration of Debussy, Louisa Performing Arts Center, The Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 475-9747 ext. 110. $10-$15. Presenting solo piano music, chamber music, vocal music, modern dance and spoken word. Thurs., April 19, 7:30 p.m.

Change Your Way Day Concert, City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., 385-6954. $5. Pikes Peak Youth Council presents Brandon Henderson and local high school bands in concert. Proceeds benefit local teen charities. Thurs., April 19, 7 p.m.

Pueblo Symphony, Hoag Recital Hall, CSU-Pueblo, 719/545-7967. Season Finale, April 21, 7:30 p.m., $20-$25.

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

Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., 520-SHOW, csphilharmonic.org. $20. Presenting the Mozart and friends series with Bach's Brandenburg Concerti Nos. 2 and 4. Sat., April 21, 8 p.m. and Sun., April 22, 2:30 p.m.

Handel's Messiah, St. Mary's Cathedral, 22 W. Kiowa St. Free. Presenting the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and USAFA Choir. Sun., April 22, 2:30 p.m.

Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 633-3649. Presenting the Season Finale, May 5-7.

jazz

Big Band Sunday, Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St., 964-7977. $6-$10, under 18 free. $2 discount for donation of non-perishable food items. Featuring Bill Emery and The New Century Big Band with vocalists Randy Rodriguez and Kristin Warner. Benefiting Care and Share Food Bank. April 22, 3 p.m.

Billy Cobhan in Concert, The Percussion Institute of Colorado, 1363 Pecan St., 578-0356, percussioninstitute.com. Presenting Hall of Fame jazz drummer Billy Cobham. Tues., April 24, 6 p.m.

other music Voice, Verse, Vision: An Arts Collaboration, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 102, 4444-1012, smokebrush.org. Presenting the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble. Fri., April 20, 7 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Music Alliance Piano Duet, Forestgate Presbyterian Church, 970 Northgate Road, 484-0192. $18-$22. Presenting Julliard School graduate Renato Remezzi and RMMA artistic director Michael Baron. Sat., April 21, 7-9 p.m.

The Spirituals Project Choir, Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 593-8400, ppld.org. Presenting the Denver-based choir performing "spirituals," created and sung by enslaved African Americans. Sat., April 21, 8-10 p.m.

Organ Plus One, First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., 633-8888, firstchristiancos.org. Free will offering. Featuring organist Carol Wilson with other performers. Sun., April 22, 2:30 p.m.

U.S. Air Force Academy Band, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 554-BAND. Free. Presenting the Academy Winds. Sun., April 22, 2 p.m.

Performances

Manitou Art Theater Events, Business of Art Center's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, themat.org. $15. Featuring First Annual Women's Playwriting Festival, April 19-21, 8 p.m. and April 22, 2 p.m.

Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, uccstheatreworks.com. $22-$25. Featuring 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.

42nd Street, Rampart High School, 8250 Lexington Dr., 234-2086. $5-$8. Presenting the popular musical set on 1930's Broadway. Fri., Sat., April 20-21 and 27-28, 7 p.m.

Damon Runyon Theater Events, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0779, runyontheater.org. $10-$22. Featuring Harvey, the comedy made famous by Jimmy Stewart. Dinner option available. April 20-21, 7 p.m.

Success of the Springs, Fine Arts Center, SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $27. Colorado Springs Dance Theatre presents a showcase of dancers and choreographers who have lived and trained in Colorado Springs. Sat., April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com. Presenting Patrick Caldelaria through April 22. Jimmy Burns, April 25-29. Bengt Washburn, May 2-6.

Olde Tyme Vaudeville Review, Lon Chaney Theatre, 221 E. Kiowa St., 209-1484. $10 - $12. Presenting youth theater with Alleycat Theatrics. Tues., April 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theater, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5104. $9.50-$28.50. Presenting Gold Fever with sing-a-long intermission and vaudeville-style olio. April 24 to Sept. 29, Fridays and Saturdays, dinner at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays by reservation.

World Arena Events, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 866/464-2626, worldarena.com. Presenting Carlos Mencia, April 28, 8 p.m. Martina McBride, May 25, 7:30 p.m.

FAC Main Events, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. Featuring Into the Woods, May 11 to June 3. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m.

click to enlarge Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa - Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. 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.
  • Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. 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.

Recreation
Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "Twos and Threes Outdoors: Turtle Time," April 19. "Birding for Beginners," April 19, May 3 and 17. "Bird Banding Workshop," April 21, May 5 and 19. "Nature Adventures: Let's Fly a Kite," April 25. "Kite and Wind Festival," April 28.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Free. Offering Young Nature Explorers: Pokey Porcupines, April 19. Earth Day Night Hike, April 20. Geocaching, April 21. Radical Reptiles, April 28.

Earth Day Walk, Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., Penny: 591-9672. Join the Falcon Wanderers on a 5K or 10K trail. Register at the visitor's center and walk at your own pace on April 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bird Banding at Chico Basic Ranch, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Pat Grove: 475-9199. Observe songbird banding, learn how biologists collect and use data and more. Mondays-Saturdays, April 21 to May 25. Reservations required.

Public Star Party, Bear Creek Park's East Garden Parking Lot, S. 21st and W. Rio Grande Streets, 651-8476, csastro.org. Free. The Colorado Springs Astronomical Society will set up telescopes to observe galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters. You do not need to have a telescope. Sat., April 21, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 385-6086, cheyennecanon.org. Hours: Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Offering "Bird Discovery Walks," Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Sunrise Earth Day Hike, Sun., April 22, 5:45 a.m. Spring Clean-up, Sat., April 28, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Earth Day Restoration, Red Rocks Canyon Open Space, parking lot off Ridge Road and Highway 24, 385-6520, redrockcanyonopenspace.org. Free. Join Friends of Red Rock Canyon in vegetation restoration and closure of social trails. Lunch will be provided. Sun., April 22, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

dance parties & workshops Ballroom Dance Parties, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, dancecolorado.net, $5-$8. Beginners' Practice, 7:45-8:30 p.m. Ballroom and Latin Party, 8:30-10:30 p.m., Fridays in April. Milonga Dance Party, April 27. No partner required.

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

Universal of Dances Peace, Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, 471-4556, unityrockies.org. By donation. Offering devotional chants and movements from many cultures. Third Friday of the month, 7-9 p.m., through May.

Ballroom Dance Classes, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., 634-3029. Learn swing, salsa, waltz, tango, foxtrot and more. Open to members and non-members. Registration on-going. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.

Special Events
Senior Information and Sharing Day, Silver Key Senior Services, 2250 Bott Ave., 884-2321. Free. Enjoy lunch while learning about the many services available to senior citizens. Thurs., April 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Earth Day Expo and Film Festival, Palmer High School, 301 n. Nevada Ave., Erin Yount: 471-0910 ext. 106, pikespeakearthday.org. Free. Featuring art, children's activities, music, vendors, presentations, food and more. Sat., April 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Earth Day Celebration, Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., 219-0108. Free. Offering live demonstrations with wolves, birds and other animals, Mr. Science, Search and Rescue, live music, nature walks, park clean-up and more. Sat., April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pueblo Earth Day Celebration, El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/544-3599. Free. Featuring educational programs, entertainment and vendors on the museum grounds. Sat., April 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Earth Day Tree Planting, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 30th Street and Gateway Road, 578-6777. Enjoy living history demonstrations and help plant apple and cherry trees in the historic orchard. Sat., April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Earth Day in the Park, Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., Rock Club:217-8335. Enjoy renewable power demonstrations, kid's activities, live music and more. Sun., April 22, noon.

31st Annual Pine Forest Antiques Show and Sale, Lewis Palmer High School, 1300 Higby Road, Monument. Featuring vendors and on-site appraisers. $5 per item appraised, three-item limit. Sat., April 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., April 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mature Workers' Job Fair, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 260-0744. The Senior Resource Council presents a job fair for older workers and business interested in employing them. Fri., April 27, noon to 4 p.m.

Youth & Family
11th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Rally, Olympic Training Center, One Olympic Plaza, Alpha Gunn: 442-6337. Free. Pikes Peak Family Connections presents booths, entertainment, food, clowns, face painting, mascots, door prizes and more. Fri., April 20, 5-8 p.m.

Imagination Celebration Events, Celebration Place, The Citadel Mall, 750 E. Citadel Drive, 597-3344, imaginationcelebration.org. Offering "A Midsummer Night's Dream," April 26, 10 a.m. "Mad Hatter's Tea Party," April 28, 10:30 a.m.

Inside/Out Youth Services Open House, 235 S. Nevada Ave., downstairs entrance on the south side, 328-1056, insideoutys.org. See the group's new space, meet new staff and share appetizers and drinks. Thurs., April 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities
Starsmore Discovery Center needs volunteers to assist with sales, school programs, hikes, trail building and maintenance, the climbing wall, and other public programs. Next training date is Tues., May 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 385-6089 for more.

Garden of the Gods Community Restoration Program adult and teen volunteers needed to help repair erosion damage. Be prepared to get dirty. Various dates in spring and fall through Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Liz at 471-7736 to register at least one week in advance.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking volunteer medical personnel such as nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, dentists, pharmacists and mental health counselors to respond to disasters or public health emergencies. Free training provided. Call 888/260-6330 or visit covolunteers.state.co.us for more.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking volunteers for the Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time program. Call 447-9898 ext. 1020 or visit casappr.org 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 the first Wednesday of every month, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Call 216-7238 or visit anotherlifefoundation.org 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.

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

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring Jeffco Student Exhibition, through May 13. John Counterman: Odd Man Out, through May 6. Jeffco Juried Teachers Exhibition, through May 20.

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

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/913-0169, denverartmuseum.org. Featuring Gee's Bend: the Architecture of the Quilt, through July 6. Inspiring Impressionism through May 25. Charles Deas: Telling Tales to 1840s America, May 17 to Aug. 10.

Exhibitrek The Gallery, 1711 15th St., Boulder, 303/998-1711. Open Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Co-existence, paintings by Colorado Springs artist Rich Wojdula, through May 4.

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

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

literary

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Christine Jorgenson and Adrian McKinty, April 19. Marcie Davis and Melissa Bunnell, April 20. Saturday Poetry Night, April 21. Elinor Christiansen, Robin Gilbert and William Travis, April 22. Laura Flanders, April 23. Jonathan Lethem, April 24. Robert Utley and Greg Mortenson, April 25.

music

Pikes Peak Ringers, Jones Theater, Second and Main Streets, Westcliffe, 719/783-9709. $5-$25. Performing classical, traditional, Celtic, pop, jazz, new age and original music on handbells. Sun., April 22, 33:30 p.m.

North Fork Bluegrass & Roots Music Festival, various venues, Hotchkiss, 970/872-8000, northforkbluegrass.com. $20-$50. Featuring bluegrass, folk, acoustic blues, honky-tonk and old-time music in a family setting with performances, jams, workshops and camping. June 8-10.

recreation & learning

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, 303/322-7009. Saturday: $6-$10. Sunday: free admission. Presenting the Earth Day Renewable Energy Expo, Sat.-Sun., April 21-22.

Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-3682, coloradohistory.org. $5-$7, free under 5 years. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring The Italians of Denver exhibit, April 20 through July 6, 2008.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3580, botanicgardens.org. Featuring Free Admission Day, April 22. David Rogers' Big Bugs Exhibit through June 24. Hosting the world's leading garden experts in a series of lectures. Julie Moir Messervy, Aug. 4, 11 a.m. Mary Irish, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Richard Hartlage, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, 303/322-7009, dmns.org. $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.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, thewildlifeexperience.org. Presenting Earth Day Family Fun Day, April 21. Spectacular Achievements: Audubon's Animals of North America through May 20. Spring! through July 8. Showing the film Wolves through August.

performances

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring Do I Hear a Waltz?, through May 13. The Dinosaur Play, a children's show, through May 4.

The Avenue Theater, 417 17th Ave., Denver, 303/321-5925, avenuetheater.com. $18-$22. Featuring Dog See God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, April 27 to June 9.

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

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, 720/946-1388, buntport.com. $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.

Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. Featuring Gypsy, April 20-29.

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  • "The Edge: The War Against Cheating and Corruption in the Cutthroat World of Elite Sport" @ UCCS University Center

    • Wed., Oct. 5, 6-7 p.m. Free
  • The Max Allen Band @ Rocks Sports Bar & Grill

    • Thu., Oct. 6, 8 p.m.
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  • Ali Ryerson @ CC's Packard Hall

    • Tue., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. Free

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