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click to enlarge Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, - 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, - uccstheatreworks.com. $22-$25. Featuring The - Caucasian Chalk Circle through April 28. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 - p.m., Sat., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sun., 4 p.m.
  • Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, uccstheatreworks.com. $22-$25. Featuring The Caucasian Chalk Circle through April 28. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sun., 4 p.m.

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 Pottery from the Dragons Fire, works by Pamela Ross, Eugenia Williams and Nicole Paulmier, May 5-22. Opening reception, Sat., May 5, 5-8 p.m. Works by Irene Braun, Roger Carlson, Bill Hyer, Sherry Rogers and Kazuko Stern in the Den Gallery.

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 Journeys, photography by Cris Pulos, through May 29. Metal Embossed Works, by Steve Havens, through May 29. From the Edge of the Center through June 9.

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

The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277. Featuring Art as Community, works by Dorothy Fein, Erin Skaggs, Jason Fryer and Trever Kudamus, May 5 to June 1. Ten percent of proceeds donated to non-profit of the buyers' choice. Opening reception, Sat., May 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

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.

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 through April 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, gunterwolffgallery.com. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesdays. Featuring Rhodes Raku Rendezvous, works by Jerry Rhodes, through May 15.

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.

Orly's Art Gallery, 730 S. Tejon St., 630-3371. Featuring works by Tricia Bass, Sparky LeBold, Desmond O'Hagan, Herman Raymond, Kevin Weckbach, Thomas J. Owen and Michael Ome Untiedt.

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.

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

Secret Totem Gallery, 316 N. 25th St., 633-3134. Feature new works by Stephan Hall. Opening reception, Fri., April 27, 4-8 p.m.

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.

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 2007 Senior Exhibition, May 4-25. Opening reception, Fri., May 4, 5-7:30 p.m. 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

DIY University, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567, galleryuccs.org. Free. Offering an opportunity for participants to create their curriculum including experimental lectures, film viewings, critiques, studio visits, brainstorming sessions, jogging tours or garage sales. Thurs., April 26, 7 p.m.

Finding Our Voices Artists Reception & Show, TESSA, 320 S. El Paso St., 785-6811. Free. Presenting two receptions featuring artwork created by survivors and supporters to bring awareness to the struggles surrounding sexual violence. Fri., April 27, 5-8 p.m., and Sat., April 28, noon to 3 p.m.

Stoa Spring Show, 425 Wilcox St., Castle Rock, castlerockstoa.com. Hosting a spring show of over 30 local artists, along with a wine tasting by local micro-winery Concetta Cellars. Sat., April 28, 6-9 p.m.

Creative Crafters' Spring Show, Lewis Palmer High School, 1300 Higby Road, Monument, 488-3046. $4. This special exhibition will showcase over 100 fine artists and crafts people. Sat., April 28, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sun., April 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Clayfest, McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St. $15. Buy a bowl (handmade and donated by local potters) and keep filling it with wontons until you've had your fill. All proceeds are tax deductible. Sun., April 29, 3-6 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 through April 28. Middle School Exhibition, May 4-12.

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.

26th Annual Miniatures Art Show, El Dorado Gallery, 2627 W. Colorado Ave., 634-4075. View tiny works of art, some no larger than a butterfly. April 29 to May 21. Opening reception, Sun., April 29, 1-5 p.m.

Auditions & Entries
The Downtown Partnership and Colorado Springs Philharmonic are is looking for musicians to play in 24 downtown restaurants and galleries as part of the "Sunday on the Town" benefit. Call Roslyn at 884-2110 or visit csphilharmonic.org for more.

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. Brass and woodwinds, April 28. Call 473-8152 or visit yca-cs.org/auditions for more.

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

Artist Lair is to announce call for entries in the Artists Lairs Summer Arts Festival in June. This juried exhibition and competition welcomes emerging and mid-career artist's work. Entry fee is $25 per artist for two entries. Entry deadline for mailed slide/CD entries is May 18, and other entries, June 6. There will be a special category for Artists 18 years and under. Call 576-5247 for more.

Colorado Springs Chorale will hold auditions at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. on Tues., May 22, 6:30-10 p.m. Call 634-3737 for an appointment or visit cschorale.org.

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
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.

Vineyard in the Village, Bigg City Event Center, 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., 592-0200 ext. 100, cheyennevillage.org. $65-75. Enjoy dinner, dessert and wine, a grape stomp contest, international marketplace and live music. Proceeds benefit Cheyenne Village programs for people with developmental disabilities. Fri., April 27, 5:30-9 p.m.

Community in Action Fair, Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 502-0938. Free. Learn about local events and volunteer opportunities, meet government officials, and enjoy food and live music at this community event. Sat., April 28, 4-7 p.m.

Garden Party & Silent Auction, St. Stephen's Classical Academy, 631 N. Tejon St., 575-0436, ststephensclassicalacademy.com. $60. Presenting an enchanted evening in the garden to benefit St. Stephen's Classical Academy. Sat., April 28, 6-9 p.m.

Team in Training Information Meeting, Olympic Training Center, 1750 E. Boulder St., 303/984-2110, teamintraining.org. Free. Get in shape, make lasting friendships and raise money for improve the quality of life for those with blood cancers. Tues., May 1, 7-7:45 p.m.

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
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.

Strategic Networking, Cheyenne Mountain Branch Library, 1791 S. Eighth St., 650-9890, strategicnetworkingus.com. $38. Offering fast, fun and productive business speed networking to increase your business contacts. Thurs., April 26, 5:45-8:30 p.m.

Democratic Latino Initiative of El Paso County, Democratic Headquarters, 25 N. Iowa St., 651-0445, ppdlatinos.org. $10/year. Meets the fourth Saturday of every month. Sat., April 28, 2-3 p.m.

The SleepWell Colorado Springs, Memorial Administration Complex, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 365-6917. Free. Join the monthly meeting (formerly Sleep Apnea Support Group). Tuesday, May 1, 5:30-7 p.m.

Colorado Carnivorous Plant Society Meeting & Show, Rockrimmon Library, 832 Village Center Drive, 578-8123, coloradocarnivorousplantsociety.com. Free. Featuring plant judging, show-and-tell, raffles, silent auctions, door prizes and more. Sat., May 5, 2-4 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.

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

click to enlarge 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.
  • 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.

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
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.

Wild Oats Classes, 3180 New Center Point, 622-1099. Offering "Organic Home Gardening," April 28. "Gluten-Free Store Tour," May 1. "Wear Your Baby," May 2. "Children's Nutrition," May 3.

"A Taste of Colorado," Briarhurst Manor, 404 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1864. $90. Presenting a seven-course food and wine pairing. Sat., April 29, 6:30 p.m.

Experience Wine Classes, 282-8688, experiencewine.net. Offering wine classes including "Colorado Wines," April 26, 5:30-8 p.m., $45. "White Wine Please," April 29, 5:30-8 p.m., $45. "A Friendly Introduction to Wine," May 20. "Sonoma County Focus," May 24. "A Friendly Introduction to Wine," June 10. "How To Make Your Own Wine," June 21.

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. "Celebrating Beltane," April 26. "EFT Level One," April 28. "EFT Level Two," April 29. "Creating Prosperity and Abundance: Healing Unconscious Wealth Rejection," May 19.

"A Thousand Nightingales: The Heart of Kabbalah and The Kabbalah of Heart," Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, 520-9538, schoolofalchemy.com. $75. Learn about Kabbalah with Evan Hodkins. Bring a dish to share at lunch. Sat., April 28, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bone Marrow Stem Cell Education Day, Penrose Public Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., cshadassah@hotmail.com. Free. The Colorado Springs Chapter of Hadassah presents Dr. J. Frederic Kolhouse on stem cell transplantation and research, along with Laurie Schmidt, a bone marrow donor. Sun., April 29, 1:30 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 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.

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. Explore polyrhythm, voice and movement with William Whitehawk. Sundays, 4-5:30 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
"Is Time Historical?" CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Presenting Lynn Hunt, professor of modern European history at University of California. Thurs., April 26, 7 p.m.

I2V: Invention to Venture, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, University Center Theatre, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3686, invention2venture.org/events/uccs. Free. Part of a series of conferences designed for technology-oriented inventors looking to develop tech-based products and businesses. Fri., April 27, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"Memories of a Lifetime in the Pikes Peak Region," Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., 636-2040. Free. Presenting the 91-year-old author, of one of the rarest books about early Colorado City history, in celebration of the book's re-release after 35 years out of print. Sat., April 28, 2 p.m.

"Staging Your Home To Sell: The WOW Factor," Monument Branch Library, 1706 Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 488-2370. Free. Learn to make your home more attractive to prospective buyers. Sat., April 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Patriot Tour, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., thepatriots.us. $5 donation. Presenting national security expert Dr. Bob Bowman on the "battle for our freedoms taking place not in Iraq, but right here in the U.S." Wed., May 2, 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.

"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.

The Small Business Development Center Classes, UCCS CITTI Building, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, cssbdc.org. Offering "Basics of Bookkeeping," May 17. "NxLevel Business Planning Program," Sept. 10.

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.

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
"Poems of Healing & Celebration," Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., Robin: 634-1441, smokebrush.org. Free. Celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading featuring poet Robin Izer. Thurs., April 26, 7 p.m.

Acoustic & Spoken Word Open Mic, Cafe Zajj, 123 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/545-0499. Enjoy an open mic with roots folk artist, Rod White. Thurs., April 26, 7-10 p.m.

Mountain of Authors, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333, ppld.org. Free. Pikes Peak Library District presents its first annual authors' event featuring New York Times bestselling author Sandra Dallas and dozens of other writers and presentations on writing and publishing. No registration required. Sun., April 29, 1-5 p.m.

Read Your Favorite Poems, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 635-2344. Free. In celebration of National Poetry Month, Poetry West and the Pikes Peak Library District present a read-your-favorite-poems afternoon. Sunday, April 29, 2-3:30 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Events, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9945, bn.com. Presenting Hugh Hewitt signing A Mormon in the White House?: Ten Things Every Conservative Should Know About Mitt Romne, Thurs., April 26, 7:30 p.m. Author Beth Groundwater signing A Real Basket Case, Sat., April 28, 2 p.m.

Colorado College Visiting Writers Series, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu/news_events. Free. Featuring readings by internationally known authors 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

Yampa Valley Boys, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, trilakesarts.org. $12-$15. The Yampa Valley Boys will take you back to the old west with music, stories and poems about the cowboy. Sat., April 28, 7:30 p.m.

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

classical

Colorado Springs Philharmonic Family Concert, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, csphilharmonic.org. $9-$15. Presenting "A Day at the Zoo" with soprano Linda Weise and the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs. Sun., April 29, 1:30 p.m.

Colorado College Chamber Orchestra, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Performing with the two winners of the 2007 Concerto Competition, Jenny Mendoza and Katherine Caouette, under the direction of Daniel Brink. Tues., May 1, 7:30 p.m.

Sonatas for Cello and Piano, CSU-Pueblo, Hoag Recital Hall, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719-549-2552, chass.colostate-pueblo.edu. Free. Presenting the Faculty Recital Series with cellist Mary Artmann and pianist Yelena Balabanova performing Sonatas by Beethoven, Britten and Brahms. Wed., May 2, 8-10 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 and blues Tiger Jazz Ensemble, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Presenting "A Tribute to Count Basie." Sun., April 29, 3 p.m.

Rhythm and Blues Review, Bigg City Event Center, , 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., amusiccompanyinc.com, 237-9953. $20-$25. Presenting the Tommy Castro Band, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Magic Dick and Deanna Bogart. Sun., April 29, 7 p.m.

other music

Dick Cunico's Little Big Band, Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-6402. $10-$22.50. Presenting "Pop Horn Classics," a stage show complete with choreographed horns, audience sing-a-longs, TV themes and popular music of the 1940s-1970s. Fri.-Sat., April 27-28, 7-9 p.m.

Chris Cagle in Concert, Cowboy's, 3910 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-1212. $22-$26. Presenting Capitol Records country music recording artist Chris Cagle. Sat., April 28, 9 p.m.

Pipe Organ 50th Anniversary Concert, The Church of St. Michael the Archangel, 7400 Tudor Road, 598-3244. Free. Featuring selections by Karg-Elert, R. Strauss, Gigout, Hovhaness, Praetorius, and Telemann for pipe organ, brass quintet and solo flute. Sun., April 29, 4 p.m.

Business of Music Seminar," Business of Art Center's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. $10 suggested donation, Pikes Peak Blues Community members free. Offering a seminar on creating a buzz, recording your music and marketing it. Sun., April 29, 12:30-5 p.m.

Outdoors
Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "Kite and Wind Festival," April 28. "Birding for Beginners," May 3 and 17. "Bird Banding Workshop," May 5 and 19.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Free. Offering "Radical Reptiles," April 28. Little Wonders: A is for Ant," May 1. "Nature Explorers: Sneaky Snakes," May 3.

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. Spring Clean-up, Sat., April 28, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Phelan Gardens Arbor Day Celebration, 4955 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 574-8058. Bring in three bags of newspaper and receive a free tree (one per family). Sat.-Sun., April 28-29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kid's event for children ages 5-12, Sat., April 28, 10-11 a.m.

Colorado Springs Daylily Society Annual Plant Sale, Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 282-9642. Start up your spring with this garden club event. Sat.-Sun., April 28-29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Backpacking 101, Mountain Chalet , 226 N. Tejon St., 633-0732. Join Steve Balsiger for a discussion of places to go in Colorado, gear suggestions, safety, packing a pack, ethics and more. Wed., May 2, 7-8 p.m.

Red Rocks Canyon Tour, Parking lot at Highway 24 and S. Ridge Road. Offering tours of the area's newest open space. Hikes last 2-2.5 hours on easy to moderate trails. Thursdays at 8 a.m., starting May 3.

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., May 19 and June 16, 9-10 a.m. Garden tours, 10:30-11:30 a.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, through May 25. Reservations required.

Performances

Flamenco Performance, Pikes Peak Community College Downtown Studio Campus, Dance Studio, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-2091, reneheredia.com. Free. International flamenco and classical guitarist Ren Heredia will perform, accompanied by percussionist La Candida and dancer Carolina from the Gypsy Chics. Fri., April 27, 8-9 p.m.

Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, uccstheatreworks.com. $22-$25. Featuring The Caucasian Chalk Circle through April 28. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and 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 27-28, 7 p.m.

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.

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

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  • 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, works by Phil Wassell, through May 26. In Retrospect, works by Rhonda S. Van Pelt, through May 31.

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. Fridays and Saturdays, dinner at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays by reservation through Sept. 29.

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.

dance parties & workshops

Ballroom and Tango Party, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, dancecolorado.net. $8. No partner required. Beginner's Practice Party, Fri., April 27, 7:45 p.m. Dance party, 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 598-8624, roncounts.com. $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., April 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Instruction at 7 p.m.

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
All Breed Rescue Dirty Dog Wash-a-thon, Wag 'N' Wash, 1625 W. Uintah St., 264-2460. $10-$20 suggested donation. Call for an appointment or drop by and volunteers will bathe your dog while you enjoy a bake sale treat. Proceeds benefit All Breed Rescue & Training. Fri., April 27, noon 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.

Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum Open House, 5865 N. Nevada Ave., 635-0138. Featuring an antique motorcycle show, entertainment, a fundraising garage sale and more. Sat., April 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., April 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for more.

CFA Spring Cat Show, Phil Long Expo Center, 1515 Auto Mall Loop, 471-2887. $3-$5. The Rocky Mountain Cat Fanciers present over 200 cats and 30 breeds competing in eight different rings. Sat., April 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., April 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Micah 6 Awards Banquet, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., 635-3549, fcucc.org. $3.50-$10/includes dinner. Pastor Benjamin Reynolds, former head of the NAACP, will be the keynote speaker at this event to honor those who "do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God." Sun., April 29, 5 p.m.

Youth & Family
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. "Just 4 Us: Rainforest Journey," May 1, 8 and 15, 10 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.

Homeschool Education Support Program Open House, Audubon Elementary School, 2400 E. Van Buren St., Kim Hennessy, District 11 Homeschool Liaison: 520-2216. This District 11 open house and information fair highlights one-day-a-week classes designed to enrich homeschool programs for students in grades K-7. Fri., April 27, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

WalkAmerica 2007, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, 473-9981, walkamerica.org. Free. Sat., April 28, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join this March of Dimes event to help prevent premature births, the number one cause of infant deaths.

Volunteer Opportunities
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Southern Office is seeking friendly people willing to share quality time with people living with MS in long-term care facilities. To learn more about the Community Care Volunteer Visitation Program call 634-2820 opt. 2, ext. 101. or visit fightmscolorado.org.

Council for Educational Travel, USA is seeking Host Families for high school students from around the world arriving this fall. Call 388-7978 or visit cetusa.org for more.

Friends of Garden of the Gods is seeking volunteers to welcome visitors or help lead field trips for school children and tourists. Call Bonnie Frum at 219-0101 for more

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. Youth workdays, April 29, May 12, Sept. 22 and Oct. 21. 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 Judith Stone, April 26. Sara Davidson, April 27. Cate Colburn-Smith and Andrea Serrette, April 28. Stuart Woods and Jack Stokes Ballard, April 30.

music

Vienna Teng in Concert, Steam Plant Theater, Sackett & G Street, Salida, 719/539-8514, rootsoftherockies.org. $15. Presenting singer-songwriter and pianist Vienna Teng with special guest Jenny Owen Young. Sun., April 29, 7:30 p.m.

George Winston Solo Guitar Performance, Jones Theater, Westcliffe, 719/783-3004. George Winston will perform Hawaiian Slack Key as well as traditional American music. Tues., May 1, 7:30 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

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 through July 6, 2008.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3580, botanicgardens.org. Featuring 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 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 through April 29.

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