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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 The - Floating World and Japonesque: How East Meets West - through Aug. 11. Works by Homare Ikeda, Margaret - Kasahara and Sachiko Takaki, through Aug. 11.
  • 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 The Floating World and Japonesque: How East Meets West through Aug. 11. Works by Homare Ikeda, Margaret Kasahara and Sachiko Takaki, through Aug. 11.

Art Shows & Galleries
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, through May 22. Works by Irene Braun, Roger Carlson, Bill Hyer, Sherry Rogers and Kazuko Stern in the Den Gallery.

ARTSpace Gallery, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 385-7900. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Choice Works from the Bridge Gallery Artists through June 30.

Black Cat Books, 720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Featuring the art of Andrea Archer and Anyta Vinogradov.

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 On the Edge through May 27.

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, and Metal Embossed Works, by Steve Havens, through May 29. From the Edge of the Center through June 9. Abstract paintings by Neil Fenton at Venue 515 through June 2. Opening reception, Sat., May 19, 2-5 p.m.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Featuring Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibit through May 14.

The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277. Featuring Art as Community, works by Dorothy Fein, Erin Skaggs, Jason Fryer and Trever Kudamus, through June 1. Ten percent of proceeds donated to non-profit of the buyers' choice.

Colorado Ironworks & Gallery, 625-627 S. Sierra Madre St., 447-1622, coloradoironworks.com. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Great Garden Sculpture, Funky Found Figures and Canyon Creatures through June 30.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Tableware, works in stoneware, porcelain and glass, through June 11. Opening reception, Fri., May 11, 5-8 p.m.

Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring A Watercolor Exhibit by Eric Michaels through May 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.

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 Wilderness Images, works by Sue Cranston, through May 24. Opening reception, May 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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. Museum Discovery Day, May 12. Featuring Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz through 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 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 Explore Fools Paradise, works by Phil Wassell, through May 26. In Retrospect, works by Rhonda S. Van Pelt, through May 31.

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. Satisfying Deep Desires, jewelry by Arleen Alleman, May 12 to June 20. Opening reception, Sat., May 12, 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.

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 26.

OpticalReverb 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 Perk Coffee & Tea House, 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.

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. Featuring new works by Stephan Hall.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Open Wed., Fri. and Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Student Art as well as Shifting Arcana, works by Lin Fife, through May 18. Art from Otates, works by Lindsay Ray, through May 26.

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 through May 25.

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 contemporary and abstract art by Gary Arthur, Ruth Burink, Michael Gault and Wayne Nickle. Opening reception, Thurs., May 17, 5-8 p.m.

art events "A Celebration for Life," Plantera Group Gallery, 731 N. Weber St., 886-0456. $15-$20. Featuring an art show with works by Lorelei Beckstrom, Kim Polomka and George Sanchez. Proceeds benefit Pennies for Nicoll. Opening reception, Fri., May 11, 5-8 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 Middle School Exhibition, May 12.

Auditions & Entries
The Colorado Springs Youth Symphony will hold auditions through May 12 for students age 18 or younger. Audition music can be found at csysa.com. Call 633-3901 for an appointment.

Artists Lair announces a call for entries in the Artists Lair 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 Downtown Partnership and Colorado Springs Philharmonic are 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.

Colachi Arts is seeking fine artists who would like to display their work at the gallery's new location at 1107 Manitou Ave. #11, Manitou Springs. Artists are encouraged to call or drop by through May 31. Call 685-1254 or visit myspace.com/colachi_arts for more.

Civic Opportunities
Fort Carson Restoration Advisory Board Meeting, Elkhorn Catering and Conference Center, Bldg. 7300 off Woodfill Road, Fort Carson, 526-8004. Learn about environmental restoration and clean-up projects. Thurs., May 10, 6:30 p.m.

USGA All-Night Golf-a-Thon, Cherokee Ridge Golf Club, 1850 Tuskegee Place, 597-2637, usga.org. This fundraiser will benefit the Pikes Peak Linkers and Colorado School for the Deaf & Blind Junior Golf Programs. Thurs., May 10, 7:30 p.m., to Fri., May 11, 6 a.m.

Rally for the Cure Golf Clinic & Tournament, Elmwood Golf Course, 3900 Thatcher Ave., Pueblo, Sue: 719/561-0478, komencs.org. $25-$75. Presenting a golf clinic with Penny Zavichas on Friday and a tournament on Saturday. Proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. May 11-12.

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

"A Walk Through Victorian Tea," Old Colorado City History Center, 1 South 24th St., 636-1225. $19. Sample Victorian refreshments and tea while enjoying an award-winning program on Victorian life, homes and fashions. Proceeds benefit the Old Colorado City History Center. Two seatings: Sat., May 12, 12:30 and 3 p.m.

Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform, Convention Center, 320 Central Main St., Pueblo, colorado.gov/208commission. Give your input to the Colorado Legislature on health-care reform proposals. Sat., May 12, 9 a.m. to noon.

"Dancing with the Stars" Gala Auction, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., southerncolorado.ja.org. $75. Presenting live and silent auctions to benefit Junior Achievement. Sat., May 12.

"Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive, Care and Share, Suzanne: 528-1247, ext. 222, careandshare.org. Leave a bag of non-perishable food by your mailbox and your carrier will deliver it to Care and Share Food Bank. Sat., May 12, 8 a.m. to noon.

Clubs & Organizations
Sierra Club/Pikes Peak Group, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon, 685-3019, rmc.sierraclub.org/ppg. $5 donation. Presenting A Land Out of Time, a film examining the gas-drilling blitz on some of the best wild lands in the Rocky Mountains, along with a silent auction. Thurs., May 10, 6 p.m.

Jung Society of CS, Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, 527-0622. $10-$12. Presenting "The Power of Companionship: Psychology of Brother-Sister Relationship." Fri., May 11, 7-9 p.m.

American Association of University Women, Silver Wood Hotel, 505 Popes Bluff Trail, 590-7237. $14.50. The club will present a lunch meeting with Marguerite Arai Cantu speaking on "American Indian Spirituality." Sat., May 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Colorado Springs Chapter of the ACLU Annual Meeting, CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 635-8606. Presenting Chief Richard W. Myers on "The Challenging Role of Policing in a Free Society." Mon., May 14, 7-9 p.m.

Intellectually Gifted/Socially Unsure is a new adult (ages 21 and over) social support group for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Make friends, attend social functions, share information and advocate for one another. Contact Linda L. Thede at 573-8660 or drnotyet2008@aol.com for more.

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.

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.

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.

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, Pikes Peak Region, Vanguard Church, 3950 N. Academy Blvd., 351-7951. Donations accepted. Meets Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m.

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
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. May 12.

Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jackpot Bingo, 2417 N. Union Blvd. $5. Screening the 1975 cult movie with full audience participation. Costumes encouraged. Doors open at 10 p.m. every Saturday; Show starts at midnight.

Food & Drink
Wild Oats Classes, 3180 New Center Point, 622-1099. Offering "Make Your Own Baby Food," May 10. "Kids Wild About Cooking," May 12. "Nutrition for New Parents," May 15.

click to enlarge 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 Celebration for Life, works by - Lorelei Beckstrom, Kim Polomka and George Sanchez, - through Oct. 19. Opening reception, Fri., May 11, 5-8 - p.m.
  • 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 Celebration for Life, works by Lorelei Beckstrom, Kim Polomka and George Sanchez, through Oct. 19. Opening reception, Fri., May 11, 5-8 p.m.

Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free. Offering "Spanish Wine Tasting," May 12. Pre-registration is required.

Spanish Wine Dinner, The Warehouse Restaurant & Gallery, 25 W. Cimarron St., 475-8880. $50. Presenting a five-course dinner paired with wine. Sat., May 12, 7 p.m.

Blue Star Events, The Blue Star Kitchen, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086, ext. 1. Tasting with Chef James Davis, $40, Mon., May 14, 6:30 p.m. Wine Tastings, $20, "Tuscany," May 16.

Health & Healing
Celebration Store Events, Celebration Store Community Room, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., celebrationstore.com. "Oneness Deeksha," May 11 and 24. "Brain Illumination," May 14. "The Joy of Belly Dance," May 17. "Michael Speaks," May 31.

Nutrition & Wellness Seminar for Seniors 50+, Faith Presbyterian Church, 1529 North Circle Drive, Sheryl: 229-6369. New ideas for using nutrition to improve health, build immunity and increase vitality. Sat., May 12, 2-4 p.m.

"Lighten Up" Workshop, Senior Center, 312 North Center St., 687-1191, angel-miracles.com. $15. Claim your power over emotional eating and weight extremes with Barbara Royal. May 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Past Lives, Dreams and Soul Travel," ECKANKAR Center, 1685 W. Uintah St., 633-0453, eckankar.org. Free. Join a discussion group. Sun., May 13, 10:30 p.m.

Low Back Pain Clinical Study, Hennen Health System, 3510 Galley Road, #104, 314-3935, clinic@hennenhealth.com. Do you suffer from low back pain? This research project will provide each participant with up to $1800 of care at no charge. Call or e-mail to find out if you qualify.

Satsang, Meditation and Kirtan, Siva Mandir, 128 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 229-4290. $5 suggested donation. Half-hour meditation followed by Kirtan, a reading and an Aarti service. Wednesdays through May 23, 7:15-8:30 p.m.

Grief Recovery Workshop, Springs Counseling Center, 5540 Tech Center Drive, #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.

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.

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. "Pathworkings," third Tuesday of the month, 6-8 p.m., $15.

Unity Church in the Rockies Events, 1945 Mesa Road, 471-4556, unityrockies.org for more. Offering "Communicate with Your Animals," Sat., May 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Yoga class, Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. "Ask and It Is Given," Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 p.m.

World Peace Organization Meetings, 703 Arrawanna St., 635-8968, sgiusacos.org. 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.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, HealthLink offices, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., #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.

Lectures & Learning
Curiosity Unlimited Series, UCCS Lodge, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Room 303, 598-3020, uccs.edu. $16. Presenting "Adaptations of Novels into Film," with Professor C. Kenneth Pellow. Fri., May 11, 11:30 a.m.

"Birding in Tanzania," Pueblo Zoo Classroom, 800 Goodnight Ave., Pueblo, 719/543-2724. Free. Featuring Gary Miller presenting slides and videos of his birding experiences with expert guides. Fri., May 11, 7-9 p.m.

Western Museum of Mining & Industry Events, 225 N. Gate Blvd., 488-0880, wmmi.org.Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presenting "Colorado's Historic Railroads," with Larry Dorsey of the Colorado Railroad Museum. Sat., May 12, 3 p.m.

"Global Warming: Changing Course," Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, 214 E. Vermijo Ave., Steve: sustain@ppjpc.org. $40. PPJPC Sustainable Living Committee will conduct a new four-week course developed by the Northwest Earth Institute. Mon., May 14, 7 p.m.

"Biodiesel Fuel: Is It In Your Future?" Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5206. Free. Larry Erpelding will answer all your questions about this alternative fuel. Call for reservations. Tues., May 15, 7-8:30 p.m.

Renaissance Academy Events, 2760 Fieldstone Road, 475-2510. Free. Presenting "Top Tips for Tip-Top Shape," with bicycling coach Craig Griffin. Tues., May 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

"Starting a Small Business," SCORE, 636-3074, coloradospringsscore.org. $15. Featuring workshops presented by SCORE. Schriever Air Force Base, May 15.

Literary Events
Book Reading and Signing, Cucuru Gallery Caf, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 635-1754. Local author Brian Kruse will read from and sign his novel The Great American Desert. Thurs., May 10, 5-8 p.m.

Poor Richard's Book Store Events, 324 N. Tejon St., 578-5549. Presenting CC professor Jane Hilberry reading and signing Body Painting and poet Kate Northrup reading and signing Things are Disappearing Here. Thurs., May 10, 6 p.m.

Adult Great Books Reading & Discussion Group, Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 ext. 1206. Free. Discussing Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street by Herman Melville. Thurs., May 10, 6:45-8:45 p.m.

Borders Events, Chapel Hills Mall Store, 1710 Briargate Blvd. #209, 266-1600. Featuring Harry Potter Book Group, Sat., May 12, noon. Southgate Store, 2120 Southgate Road. Featuring Renee Gray-Wilburn, Diana Butts and Lisa Gossman signing Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers, Sat., May 12, 2 p.m.

Music

acoustic

Jana Stansfield in Concert, Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, 520-9538, unityrockies.org. $12-$15. Presenting Jana Stansfield launching "The Women Helping Women Help the World Tour." Thurs., May 10, 7-8:30 p.m.

classical

Salute to Mother's Day, First United Methodist Church, 420 North Nevada Ave., 520-SHOW, csphilharmonic.org. $12-$20. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic will perform works by Brandenberg and Mozart Sat.-Sun., May 12-13.

jazz and blues

Blues Jam & Workshop, East Library & Information Center, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 687-2945, pikespeakblues.org. Free. Join this blues jam for all ages and abilities, and a workshop on "how to form a band" for the upcoming Pikes Peak Blues Community Battle of the Bands. Sat., May 12, 3-5 p.m.

Second Sunday Jazz Affair, Olympian Plaza Reception and Event Center, 975 S. Union Blvd., 685-9451. $5-$7. The Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society presents music with Jerry Brown and Friends, door prizes and dancing. Sun., May 13, 2-5 p.m.

other music

Dieckmann Benefit Metal Fest, Union Station, 2419 N. Union Blvd., 227-7168. $5-$10. Presenting a concert with local metal bands and a raffle to benefit the William Dieckmann Memorial Fund. Fri.-Sat., May 11-12, 7:45 p.m.

John Brannen, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. $10-$12. Presenting John Brannen's electric Southern rock with soul and R&B influences. Sat., May 12, 7:30 p.m.

African Drumming Workshop, Center For Spiritual Learning, 3685 Jeannine Drive, 964-8031. $15. Drummer Heidi Alina combines Western classical knowledge with innovative teaching techniques and aspects of African culture and spirituality. Sat., May 12, 3-6 p.m.

Beautiful Savior, Sunrise United Methodist Church, 2655 Briargate Blvd. Free will offering. Conductor Brad Peterson will direct the Soli Deo Gloria Choir in singing sacred masterworks. Sat., May 12, 7:30 p.m.

Collegium Musicum, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Presenting "Le Chant des Oiseaux," songs about birds from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Sun., May 13, 3 p.m.

Bryant Jones in Concert, Colorado Springs School, Luisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 685-6372. $12. Performing original piano compositions on Mother's Day in honor of the divine feminine. Sun., May 13, 2-4 p.m.

USAF Concert Band and Colorado Springs Chorale, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 554-BAND. Free. Presenting the concert band, the chorale, Blue Steel, and Ft. Carson's Harmony in Motion. Tues., May 15, 7 p.m.

Outdoors
Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "Nature Adventures: Water World," May 9. "Pressed Flower Art," May 12.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Free. Offering "Birding Basics," May 11.

Disc-A-Palooza, Cottonwood Creek Park Disc Golf Course, 7040 Rangewood Drive. $10. Bring the family and learn disc golf from local pros. Sat., May 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Alex Hoag Run for Sunshine, Security Service Field (formerly Sky Sox Stadium), 4385 Tutt Blvd., 660-1346, alexhoagrun.org. $10-$25. Featuring a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile competitive run, cash prizes, pancake breakfast, live band and karate demos. Benefits Proteus Syndrome Foundation. Sat., May 12, 8 a.m. to noon.

Spring Birdwalk, Wild Bird Center, 1722 E. Woodmen Road, 548-9863, birdingstore.com. Free. Meet at the Wild Bird Center to carpool to the birdwalk site. Reservations requested. Sat., May 12, 7-10 a.m.

Manitou Springs Garden Club Plant Sale, American Legion Post 39, 634 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 633-9248. Free. Offering a variety of annual and perennial plants suited to the Colorado climate. All proceeds benefit local scholarships and community programs. Sat., May 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Higher Ground, CC's Armstrong Theatre, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. $8-$10. The film celebrates climbing culture through the eyes of world-class climbers. Mon., May 14, 7 p.m.

Team in Training Information Meeting & Season Kickoff, Olympic Training Center, 1750 E. Boulder St., 303/984-2110, teamintraining.org/rm. Meet staff, coaches, mentors, team captains, alumni and patient honorees, and receive fundraising tips, training schedule and event information. Tues., May 15, 6 p.m.

Pony Fun Run, Ute Pass Elementary School, 9320 Chipita Park Road, Chipita Park, 684-9821. $15. This annual fundraiser for the elementary school includes a 1-mile or 5K run/walk. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. Race at 9 a.m. Sat., May 19.

Red Rock Canyon Tours, 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.

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.

Performances
Clue, William J. Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada Ave., 328-5081. $5-$6.The classic board game is now a student-directed play. Thurs.- Sat., May 10-12, 7 p.m. Saturday matinee, 2 p.m.

Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com. Presenting Tim O'Rourke, May 10-13. Elliot Threatt, May 16-20.

Tunjung Sari: Balinese Gamelan, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Presenting traditional and contemporary music and dance from Bali. Sat., May 12, 3 p.m.

click to enlarge Boulder Street Gallery, 725 N. Tejon St., 636-9358. - Featuring landscape photography by Andy Cook. Artists - reception, Fri., May 11, 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Boulder Street Gallery, 725 N. Tejon St., 636-9358. Featuring landscape photography by Andy Cook. Artists reception, Fri., May 11, 6-8:30 p.m.

Manitou Art Theater, Venue 515, Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, themat.org. Presenting Incredible Circus MAT 2007, $8, May 11-13.

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.

Colorado Jazz Dance Company, Mitchell High School, 1205 Potter Drive, 278-8499. $10-$15. Presenting special guest artist Richard Havey and the debut of Indigo Dance Theatre Colorado. Sat., May 12, 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. 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 Get Motivated Seminar with Zig Ziglar, Thurs., May 17, 8 a.m. to 4:15 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., May 11. Dance party, 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Dance and Fitness Event, The Broadmoor Hotel, 1 Lake Ave., 521-1201, springssalsa.com or milliondollarbody.com. Win dance and fitness prizes, enjoy lunch, attend a coach's clinic and more. Sat., May 12, 2-6 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 smoking or alcohol. Singles welcome. Sat., May 12, 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 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
John Fielder Presents, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-5284, rockymountainwildlandfire.info. $7.50-$10. Featuring a presentation and book signing by the nature photographer along with a dessert reception. Fri., May 11, 6:30-9 p.m.

Unstoppable Women Luncheon, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 536-4480. $50. Karen Possehl Women's Endowment presents a luncheon honoring Mary Mashburn and non-traditional women students. Fri., May 11.

Heritage Days Festival, Southern Colorado Heritage Center & Museum, 201 West B St., Pueblo, 719/295-1517. Free. This family street festival will include ethnic foods, museum tours, train rides, beer garden, live entertainment, face painting, bounce park, stick-horse rodeo and vendor booths. Fri.-Sat., May 11-12.

Rhythm and Motion of Africans in the Diaspora, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 337-6409. $10 donation per family. Presenting African dancers, drummers, poetry and spoken word performances, food and an African marketplace. Sat., May 12, noon to 3 p.m.

Be Aware & Prepare Wildfire Fair, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-2921, rockymountainwildlandfire.info. Free. Learn about steps you can take to protect your home from a future wildfire. Sat., May 12, 9 a.m. to noon. Fuel mitigation tour, 1-3 p.m.

Penrose Family Fun Day, Accident & Health Recovery Center, Highway 115, Penrose, 719/761-4340. Featuring a rummage sale, silent auction, live music, kids' games, a bounce house and more. Proceeds will send students to Junior Statesmen Summer School at Yale University. Sat., May 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Greccio Housing Third Annual Community Yard Sale, 1808 W. Colorado Ave., Matt: 475-1422 ext. *820. Find bargains at this community fundraiser. Sat., May 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ride of Silence, The Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Pkwy., rideofsilence.org. A short, silent procession of bicyclists, serving as part of a worldwide effort to honor those cyclists who have been killed by motorists. Wed., May 16, 7 p.m.

Youth & Family
Imagination Celebration Events, Celebration Place, The Citadel Mall, 750 E. Citadel Drive, 597-3344, imaginationcelebration.org. Offering "My Art Belongs to Mother," May 12, 10:30 a.m. "Just 4 Us: Rainforest Journey," May 15, 10 a.m.

Ruff and Ready Pet & Kid Safety Fair, Palmer Park, Maizeland Road and Academy Boulevard, 365-2365. Free. Featuring police and military dog demonstrations, dog training workshops, contests, pet adoption and vendors. Proceeds benefit Memorial Health System Pediatric Unit. Sat., May 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mother, Baby, Family Wellness Fair, Southeast Family YMCA, 2190 Jetwing Drive. Free. Presenting a family health fair sponsored by the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base and Fort Carson. Sat., May 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Reading and Learning Difficulties Testing, The Learning Connection, Manitou Springs, 495-3400, thelearningconnection.org. Free. Offering computer-based testing of young people ages 7-18 for learning difficulties. Appointments required. May 14-31.

Uncle Wilber Fountain Opening, Acacia Park, Bijou and Tejon streets, unclewilber.com. Kick off summer with a celebration of food, music and art. Sat., May 19, 11 a.m.

What Art Means Workshops, Colorado Springs Conservatory, 1430 N. Hancock Ave., 577-4556, springsgov.com. $80. Weekly sessions including computer and digital music, hip-hop dance, theatrics, visual arts, and keyboard and rhythm ensembles. Saturdays or Mondays through May 26.

Volunteer Opportunities
Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers are seeking volunteers to assist with public programs and hikes. Volunteer orientation, Sat., May 12, 9-11:30 a.m. RSVP to Paula Megorden at 520-6388 by May 10.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Memorial Health System is seeking volunteers for various areas of the hospital. Call 365-5298 or visit memorialheathsystems.com for more.

Dreampower Animal Rescue is seeking volunteers to give pets temporary homes until adopted. All food and veterinary care provided. Call 390-7838 or visit dreampower-arf.com for more.

Colorado Reptile Humane Society is seeking homes for adoptable lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises. Call 303/776-2070 or visit corhs.org 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.

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.

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. 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 Inspiring Impressionism through May 25. Gee's Bend: the Architecture of the Quilt, through July 6.

civic opportunities

Colorado Democratic Party Rally, Pipefitters Local 208 Union Hall, 6350 N. Broadway St., Denver. $30. Presenting Gov. Howard Dean, chair of the Democratic National Committee. Thurs., May 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

literary

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Melinda Henneberger, May 10. Jan Goldstein, May 11. Marjorie Blain Parker, Marc Bekoff and Timothy Hillmer, May 12. Barbara Kingsolver, Steven Hopp, Rawdon Tomlinson and Andrea Hollander Budy, May 14. Jacques Ppin, C.J. Box, Irvine Welsh and Joseph Marshall III, May 15. Sherman Alexie, May 16.

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 58th Annual Plant Sale, May 11-12. David Rogers' Big Bugs Exhibit through June 24.

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 Martini and a Movie, May 10. Spectacular Achievements: Audubon's Animals of North America through May 20. Mindscapes though June 10. Spring! through July 8. Showing the film Wolves through August.

performances

The Beat Down, The Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th St., Denver, theorientaltheater.com. $10. Presenting Ukulele Loki, The Hush, spoken word by Paulie Lipman and more. Proceeds benefit Neal Cassady: The Denver Years documentary project. Thurs., May 10, 7 p.m.

Mother's Day Magic Show, Theatre of Dreams, 735 Park St., Castle Rock, 303/660-6799, amazingshows.com. $20. Presenting the "Dream Masterz," Joe Givan and Carol Massie. Sun., May 13, 3 p.m.

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 Avenue Theater, 417 17th Ave., Denver, 303/321-5925, avenuetheater.com. $18-$22. Featuring Dog See God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead through 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 The Heidi Chronicles, May 11-27. Starship Troy, a live sitcom, every other Tuesday and Wednesday through May 23, 8 p.m.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, comedyworks.com. Presenting Judah Friedlander, May 10-13.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4000, denvercenter.org. $30-$80. Presenting the musical Wicked through June 3.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. $12.50. Presenting The Spirit of Ireland performed by the Bennett School of Irish Dance. Sat., May 12, 7 p.m.

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