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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. Coins, Crown and Conflict through November.

Arati Artist Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901. Presenting Celebrating Colorado Sunshine, with featured artist Kang Lee Sheppard, through Sept. 30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 5-8 p.m.

Artists Lair, 2766 Janitell Road, 576-5247. Presenting Nature's Beauty, paintings by Sherry Rogers, through Sept. 15.

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 Mi Familia, works from the family of Armando and Susanne Olivero, through Oct. 31. Opening reception with live music, Sun., Sept. 9, noon to 3 p.m.

Bella Art and Frame, 366 Second St., 488-0459. Featuring Turning Point, works by Tammi Otis and Jim Valone, through Sept. 15.

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. Featuring Elements and Principles, an exploration of the factors that make good desing and art, Sept. 7-30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 5-8 p.m. Bad Ju Ju, 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 Road Tested, works that come with their own suitcases, through Sept. 15. The Intimate Intemann: One Woman's Affair with a Local Hiking Trail, paintings by Kay Beaubien, through Sept. 25. Artist's reception, Thurs., Sept. 13, 5-7 p.m. Once Upon a Playground, photographs by Brenda Biondo, and Jewels of Asia, photography by Dianne L. Kittle, through Oct. 2. Artist's reception, Sept. 21, 5-7 p.m. Frank, Twisted & Bent, sculptures by Melissa Getz, Sept. 26 to Oct. 23. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Open Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7 p.m. Featuring The Allusive Self, figure paintings and drawings by Laura Ross-Paul, through Oct. 5. Artist's reception, Wed., Sept. 12, 4:30-7 p.m.

The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277. Featuring Art as Community, works with works by Tyler Jensen, Beryl Hennington and Chi Leary. Ten percent of proceeds donated to a participating non-profit of the buyers' choice. Opening reception, Sat., Sept. 8, noon.

Colorado Academy of Music and Dance, 975 Garden of the Gods Road, 231-6833. Featuring Musical Journeys, photos of rock and pop music greats by Lillian Kaiser, through Nov. 10.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org. Open Tues.-Wed., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring The Eclectic Eye: Pop and Illusion, selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, through Oct. 28.

The Commons Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 638-6853. Open Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 3 p.m. Featuring Pikes Peak Light, photos and paintings by Mark Byzewski, Sept. 7 to 30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 5-8 p.m.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Asian Influence: A Painter, A Potter, A Printmaker, works by Cody Evers, Paul Dahlsten and Ramona Lapsley, through Oct. 1.

Duryea Fine Art, 1003 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9050. Open Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Couleurs, plein air landscapes, gardens and architecture featuring Bill Duryea, through Oct. 31. Continuing work by Melissa Mohon Papineau.

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 the Mountain Artists Group, Sept. 6-27. Artists' reception, Fri., Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Limited Edition Bronze Sculptures, by Merry Karraker, Oct. 4-25. Artist's reception, Fri., Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Joy of Nature, oil paintings by Sherry Rogers, Nov. 5-23. Artist's reception, Fri., Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., Suite 100, 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. Open Tues.-Wed. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3.75-$7.50 for non-members. Featuring Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray through Sept. 30.

Fine Art Gallery at CSU-Pueblo, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2404. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring the thesis work of Karen Lynn Link and J.M. Jensen, through Sept. 28.

Gunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494, gunterwolffgallery.com. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Presenting Rocky Mountain High through Sept. 15.

Heebee Jeebees, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring Indelible, printmaking by Emily Eakes and photography by Matthew Yates, through Sept. 29.

Mountain Living Studio, 714 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0225. Featuring Color, Nature, Friends & Lovers: A Contemporary View of the Rocky Mountain Lifestyle, works by five artists, Sept. 7-30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Novis Gallery, 206-1/2 N. Tejon St., 633-6903. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Original Watercolors, works by Lorraine Danzo, through October. Open house, Fri., Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m.

OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 210-9799. Featuring Jedi Suggestions, works by Michael Garman, Jennifer Newman, D.K. McDonald and more, through Oct. 4.

Orly's Art Gallery, 730 S. Tejon St., 630-3371. Open Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring works by Sparky LeBold, Herman Raymond, Desmond O'Hagan, Thomas J. Owen and more.

Paragon Art Gallery, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744, cedarsjazzclub.com. Open Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Featuring Night Life, works by Brent Dewell, through Sept. 30.

Pikes Peak Library District Galleries, 531-6333, ppld.org. East Library featuring art inspired by All Pikes Peak Reads selection, Zorro. Monument Branch featuring photography by David Futey, through Sept. 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 Celebration for Life, works by Lorelei Beckstrom, Kim Polomka and George Sanchez, through Oct. 19.

Rubbish, 17B Bijou St., 231-9839. Open Fri. and Sat., 5-10 p.m. Featuring Skinny, fashion-inspired works by Jorge Gomez, Michael Sanderson and Jessica Lung, through Sept. 8. Relativity 112, works by Dorian, Cheryl and Paul Wells, Sept. 14 to Oct. 6. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 14, 5-10 p.m.

Second Street Art Market, 366 Second St., Monument, 488-2506, secondstreetart.com. Featuring Internal Expression of External Perception, contemporary acrylics by Barbara Roeming, through Sept. 14.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Open Wed., Fri. and Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring An Experiment in Space and Sound, works by Timothy Flood, in the Chapel of Art through Sept. 22. Sue Coe: Cycles, works addressing social, political and economic injustice, Sept. 7 to Oct. 17. In Their Own Words: Images and Voices of People Infeced and Affected by HIV, photos by Barry Brown, Sept. 7 to Oct. 17. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 5-8 p.m. Sue Coe free artist's lecture, Thurs., Sept. 20, 7 p.m.

The Squash Blossom Gallery, 2531 W. Colorado Ave., 632-1899, squashblossom.com. Featuring works by Bunny Oliver, Stephen LeBlanc and Jeffrey Desautels.

Third Eye Open, 919 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9264. Open daily, noon to 7 p.m. Featuring Slight Chance of Thunderstorms, lightning photography by Heather Oelklaus, through Sept. 7.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 488-8101. Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Pikes Peak Watercolor Society Annual Signature Members Show and Palette of Light, photography by Sonny Hood, through Oct. 6. Opening reception, Sat., Sept. 8, 5-8 p.m.

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 Manifest: Colonial Tendencies of the West, works depicting colonization and the resulting mix of cultures, politics and commerce, Sept. 14 to Nov. 17. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 14, 7-9 p.m.

Velez Gallery, 220 N. Tejon St., 630-3710, velezgalleries.com. Featuring furniture by Michael Velez, jewelry by the Montero family and gicles by Andrew Velez.

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.

We Us Our Artist's Market, 10 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9702. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring A Potter's Visit from Nepal, unique ceramic works by Laxmi Kumar Prajapati, Sept. 7 to Oct. 4. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 5-8 p.m.

Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880, wmmi.org. $4-$8, members and children under 4 free. Featuring Changing Mines in America, photography by Peter Goin, Sept. 13 to Dec. 29. Opening reception, Thurs., Sept. 13, 5-7 p.m.

The Winter Gallery, 47 Third St., Monument, 488-1063. Featuring Unusual and Intriguing Book Art, three-dimensional works in various media.

art events
22nd annual Exhibition of Quilts and Fine Woodworking, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Featuring dozens of one-of-a-kind quilts and original creations in wood, through Oct. 27. Opening reception and preview, Fri., Sept. 7, 5:30-7 p.m.

First Friday Art Ride Shuttle, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., #102, smokebrush.org. Free. Catch the shuttle to venues in the Depot Arts District participating in the First Friday Art Walk. Fri., Sept. 7, 5-8:30 p.m.

Canvases in the Canyon Art Show, North Cheyenne Cañon Park at Helen Hunt Falls and Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road. Free. Watch artists in action as you enjoy the sites. A percentage of proceeds from art sales benefit the park. Sat., Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Glass Artists of the Pikes Peak Region Inaugural Meeting, East Library, 550 N. Union Blvd. Pat Beck of SCORE will discuss setting up a business as an artist. Sat., Sept. 8, 10 a.m.

"Colored Pencils with Pizzazz," 741 Panorama Drive, 635-8456. $120. Explore drawing with Deb Komitor in this six-week class. Artists of all skill levels welcome. Tuesdays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 23, 6-8:30 p.m.

"Unique Perspectives on Life and Death," Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 578-9092, s-cap.org. $10 suggested donation. This art benefit for the Southern Colorado AIDS Project will feature artists Sue Coe and Barry Brown. Fri., Sept. 14, 5:30-8 p.m.

"Flaunt: Fashion Under the Bridge," under the Colorado Avenue bridge, flauntfashionunderthebridge.com. $30-$60. Featuring edgy fashion, art and entertainment with a "cirque" theme. Proceeds benefit FutureSelf. Sat., Sept. 22, 6-9 p.m.

Auditions & Entries
Arte Cultural Latino, Inc. is seeking parents and sixth- through eighth-grade students interested in joining a choral group that will learn and perform Spanish songs. Call Roger at 630-8246 for more.

Royal Caribbean International will hold auditions for singers and dancers ages 18-40 at DAZA Arts/Colorado Jazz Dance Company, 1220 Valley St., Suite A, on Sat., Sept. 8. Dancers sign in at 9:15 a.m. Singers sign in at 1:15 p.m. Call 278-8499 or visit royalcaribbeanproductions.com for more.

Young Concert Artists announces a French horn competition on Sat., Sept. 8. at Pulpit Rock Church. The winner will receive one year paid tuition for the Young Concert Artists 2007-2008 season and use of a Philip Farkas French horn. Call 473-8152 or visit yca-cs.org for an audition time.

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra and San Diego Ballet will hold auditions for The Nutcracker on Sun., Sept. 9, 1-5:45 p.m. The audition is open to male and female dancers of all skill levels from ages 6-21. Call 884-2110 or visit csphilharmonic.org/nutcracker for more.

Another Life Foundation is seeking local artists to display their works at their first annual Wine Tasting Event on Sept. 9. Booth fee is $150. Call 216-7238 or visit anotherlifefoundation.org for more.

Young Concert Artists is holding auditions for its upcoming season on Sept. 10 starting at 4 p.m. at Pulpit Rock Church, 301 Austin Bluffs. Pkwy. Call 473-8152 for an appointment or visit yca-cs.org for more.

Soli Deo Gloria is seeking new members for its 130-voice, adult, non-auditioned community choir. Registration will be held at 6:30 p.m. prior to the first rehearsal at Benet Hill Monastery, 2555 N. Chelton Road on Mon., Sept. 10. Rehearsal runs 7-9:30 p.m.

Velvet Hills Chorus, an award-winning women's a cappella chorus, is seeking new members. The chorus will offer free voice lessons and free membership at Velvet Hills Chorus Rehearsal Hall, 3675B Jeannine Drive. Call 630-2525 or visit velvethills.org. Beginning Sept. 10, Mondays, 7-10 p.m.

Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau invites all artists to design a t-shirt for the 13th annual Emma Crawford Memorial Coffin Race. Entries are due by Fri., Sept. 14, 5 p.m. at the Chamber office, 354 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs or manitou@pikes-peak.com. Call 685-5089 for more.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts is accepting entries for a juried still life and clay exhibition to run in October and November. Entry fee is $25-$35. Entries are due Sept. 25. Call 481-0475 or visit trilakesarts.org for more.

Pikes Peak Writers Contest is seeking entries in eight categories from unpublished fiction writers. A maximum of 400 entries will be accepted Sept. 1 through Nov. 1. Entry fees and critiques are $30-$80. Call 531-5723 or visit ppwc.net/contest.html for more.

Ahora Dance Company is seeking dancers to become part of the dance company and perform at community and non-profit events. Auditions by appointment only. Call 440-7877 for more.

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
"Shoes for School" Drive, DeVry University, 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd., 632-3000, devry.edu. Collecting new shoes for area school children in need. Call for directions. Runs through Sat., Sept. 8.

Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards, SaGaJi Theatre, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $20. Celebrate 40 years in the arts with PPAC. Sun., Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m.

Performing Arts for Youth Organization Garden Party, Gardens of Margot Lane, 1535 Culebra Place, 641-5221, payo.org. $45. Enjoy food, libations and a performance by the Children's Chorale. Proceeds benefit PAYO. Sun., Sept. 9, 3-6 p.m.

Draft Al Gore 2008, Pikes Perk, 14 S. Tejon St., 380-5606, algore.org. Free. Join the effort to get Al Gore elected or just come to learn more. Sun., Sept. 9, 2-4 p.m.

Clubs & Organizations
American Association of University Women, Fire Rock Grill, 575 Garden of the Gods, 598-7301. $15. Luncheon and presentation "Why Can't Congress Pass Comprehensive Immigration Legislation" by Thomas Hurley. Sat., Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hadassah Opening Tea, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, cshadassah@hotmail.com. $30-$36. Presenting guest speaker Jan Isaacs Henry, director of KIDPOWER, and a traditional English tea. Sun., Sept. 9, 2:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Neighbors, Clarion Hotel, 314 W. Bijou St., 559-3942. $18. Luncheon featuring multicultural storyteller Karen Burns. Welcoming all women new to the area. Wed., Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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General Federated Woman's Club, CC's Slocum Commons, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Presenting guest speaker Rebecca Rodriguez of Peak Vista Community Health Center. Wed., Sept. 12, 2 p.m.

NAMI Colorado Springs, NAMI Office, 510 E. Willamette Ave., Suite A, 473-8477, namicoloradosprings.org. Free. A support group for families of persons with mental illness. Meets first and third Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

NSCA Weightlifting Club, National Strength and Conditioning Association, 1885 Bob Johnson Drive, 632-6722. Free. Join others who train and compete in the sport of weightlifting. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:15-5:45 p.m.

Medical Marijuana Support Group, Front Range Americans for Safe Access, 957 E. Fillmore St., 439-0817. Learn if marijuana can help you and how to become legal. Meets every third Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Women's Sexual Abuse Survivor Group, Hillsboro at Springs Ranch, 3864 Riviera Grove, 201, 237-4316. $12. Women's incest survivor group will meet once per week.

WINGS, 800/373-8671, wingsfound.org. Offering therapist-facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in which survivors are believed and accepted. Women's groups meet Mondays and Tuesdays. Men's group meets Thursdays.

Alcohol Recovery, Red Cloud Serenity Club, 8020 Ute Pass Ave., Cascade, 720/684-1212. Donations accepted. Attend this 12-Step Recovery meeting place with a full meeting schedule. See rcserenity.org for schedule.

Socrates Caf, Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 488-2370. This adult group discusses philosophy, religions, spirituality and humanity's common threads. Meets Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

SnoJets Ski Club, various venues, snojets.org. $20 summer membership. Offering activities for those over 21 including bike rides, camping, dancing, rafting and more.

Pikes Peak Jugglers, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., 477-9978. Free. Join this informal group of jugglers. No membership needed. Sundays, 3-5 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.

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.

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, 104 E. Platte Ave., Richard Buchanan; 685-1984. All who enjoy chess are welcome. Meets Tuesdays, arrive between 6:30-8 p.m. to get into the building.

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.

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.

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.

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
Senior Lunch and a Movie, Pikes Peak Library District, 531-6333, ppld.org. Free. Bring a lunch and enjoy a movie. Showing Freedom Writers, Thurs., Sept. 13, noon, at Ruth Holley Branch. Letters from Iwo Jima, Tues., Sept. 11, noon' at Penrose Branch. Dreamgirls, Wed., Sept. 26, noon, at East Library.

Anime Nation, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420, Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567, galleryuccs.org. Screening the seminal film Akira (1992) by Katsuhiro Otomo. Thurs., Sept. 20, 7 p.m.

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
First Thursday Wine Tasting, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. $12-$17. Featuring "Wines of South Africa," Thurs., Sept. 6, 5-8 p.m.

Taste of Manitou, The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, 306 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9741, tasteofmanitou.com. $75. This celebration will showcase Colorado cuisine and wine, silent and live auctions and guest speaker Claire Walter. Fri., Sept. 7, 5:30-9 p.m.

Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free. Offering "South African, New Zealand and Australian Wine Tasting," Sat., Sept. 8. "End of Summer Beer Tasting," Thurs., Sept. 13. "California Wine Tasting," Sat., Sept. 15. "Spanish Wine Tasting," Sat., Sept 22. "Wines of the World" Tasting, Thurs., Sept. 27. "German Wine Tasting," Sat., Sept. 29. Pre-registration is required.

Wild Oats Events, 3180 New Center Point, 622-1099, wildoats.com. Offering "Gluten-Free Baking Class," Sept. 8, 1-2 p.m. "Shop Organic on a Shoestring," Sept. 11, 5:30-6 p.m. "Diabetic-Friendly Store Tour," Sept. 21, 5-6 p.m.

Peak to Plains Alliance Dinner, The Margarita at Pine Creek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, 598-8667, peaktoplains.com. $100. Meet the people behind your meals and support the Peak to Plains Alliance, and organization that promotes the use of locally grown food. Sun., Sept. 9, 4-7 p.m.

Experience Wine Classes, various locations, 262-8688, experiencewine.net, $40 individual, $75 couple. Featuring "A Friendly Introduction to Wine," Sun., Sept. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. "Intro to French Wine," Thurs., Sept. 27, 5:30-8 p.m. "A Friendly Introduction to Wine," Oct. 14, 5:30-8 p.m. "Wines from Napa Valley," Oct. 25, 5:30-8 p.m. "A Friendly Introduction to Wine," Nov. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Blue Star Events, The Blue Star Kitchen, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086 ext. 1. Offering Wednesday Wine Tastings, $20, "Rhone," Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. "Wine & Cheese," Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m.

Health & Healing
"Rebuilding: When your Relationship Ends," The Tava Center, 716 N. Tejon St., 488-3333, sharontheshrink.com. $22 per class. Offering a seminar and support group for those going through a divorce or break-up. Thursdays, Sept. 6 to Nov. 8, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

"Law of Attraction Workshop," Bodywork University of the Rockies, 3618 Jeannine Drive, 444-0708, joesbodyshop.com. $150. Learn how to stop sabotaging yourself and bring prosperity into your life. Sat., Sept. 8, 1-5 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"The Power of Intuition," Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, cohypnotherapy.com. Free will offering. Presented by certified clinical hypnotherapist Emily B. Lustig. Sundays, Sept. 9 to 30, 6:30-8 p.m.

Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, Celebration Store Community Room, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., celebrationstore.com. "Shamanic Journeying Group," Fri., Sept. 7, 7-9:30 p.m. "Autumn Conscious Living Day," Sat., Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. "Children's Spirituality Morning," Sat., Sept. 9, 10-11 a.m. "Accessing the Oracle," Mon., Sept. 10, 7-9 p.m.

"Intro to Zen Practice," The Woman's Club, 20 Mesa Road, 594-0724, smszen.org. $20. A day of instruction in meditation, koan practice and other methods of inquiry. Sat., Sept. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Health Smart Saturdays, Visiting Nurse Association, 5373 N. Union Blvd., Suite 101. 577-4448, vnacolorado.org. Providing a public wellness clinic, immunizations and vaccines for nominal fees. Second Saturday of the month. Sat., Sept. 8, 9 a.m. to noon.

"Woman's Story Gathering: An Afternoon of Women's Spirituality," Mount St. Francis, St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall, 598-5486 ext. 7739. Join a prayer service in honor of Dorothy Day, known for her social justice campaigns. Sun., Sept. 9, 2-4 p.m.

"Comprehensive Childbirth Class Series," ABC/Birthing Touch, 5664 N. Academy Blvd., 331-1292, birthingtouch.com. $125. This five-week series covers relaxation, visualization, mechanics, consumerism and more. Mondays, Sept. 10 to Oct. 8, 6-9 p.m.

"Learn To Make Herbal Health Products," Hillside Garden Center, 1006 S. Institute St., 633-9743, allnaturalcreations.com. $30. Learn to make tinctures, oils, balms and more. Tues., Sept. 11, 6-7:30 p.m.

Divorce Recovery Workshop, First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., 884-6229. $35-$40. Sponsored by the Single Adult Department of the church. Tuesdays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 23.

Wild Oats Events, 3180 New Center Point, 622-1099, wildoats.com. Offering "Intro to Acupuncture," Sept. 15, 3-4 p.m. "What's Your Eco-Impact?" Sept. 29, 3-4 p.m.

Benet Hill Center Classes, 2555 N. Chelton Road, 633-0655, benethillmonastery.org. $30-$134. Registering now for scripture classes, centering prayer workshops, and reiki classes that begin this month.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 220, 444-2273, memorialhealthsystem.com. Registering now for September classes from baby basics to yoga, smoking cessation and more.

CommuniDance, CC's labyrinth, Shove Chapel north lawn, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 291-3120. Building community through movement and dance. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

Taekwondo Classes, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 964-7397. $30. Offered by Rose of Sharon Arts Academy. Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. Classes through Oct. 25.

"Exploring the Ancient Christian Faith" Agia Sophia Coffeeshop, 2902 W. Colorado Ave., 473-9238. Free. Discussion with Father Anthony Karbo of Holy Theophany Orthodox Church on the history of Christianity and its relevance today. Fourth Sunday of every month, 7-9 p.m.

Buddhist Meditation, Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite B, 473-7609. Silent sit on Sundays, 9-10 a.m., and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Guided loving kindness, Fridays, noon to 1 p.m. Mindful Movement and Meditation, first and third Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

Yoga for Special Needs, Yoga Journeys Studio, 709 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 201, 510-0210. Offering a gentle class designed for those with physical challenges. Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m.

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

Zen Buddhist Meditation, CC's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 684-0210. Free. Silent meditation with the Springs Mountain Sangha. Newcomers welcome. Mondays, 6:10-7:15 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.

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

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
"Genealogy on the Internet," Fountain Branch Library, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, 531-6333, ppld.org. Some computer experience recommended. Thurs., Sept. 6, 7-8:30 p.m.

"The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," Colorado Hall, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., 579-8443, csworldaffairs.org. $30-$35. Colorado Springs World Affairs Council will present a talk with Pulitzer Prize-wining author Lawrence Wright. Thurs., Sept. 6, 11:30 a.m. RSVP by Aug. 31.

"Seabiscuit: The Little Horse that Could, and Did and Still Does," Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, 527-0622. $8-$12. The Jung Society presents Lyn Cowan on the process of partners engaged in mutual transformation, illustrated with clips from the movie. Thurs., Sept. 6, 7-9 p.m.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., ppwfc.org. Presenting "Resume Writing: Resume & Portfolio Design," Sept. 6, 13, 20 or 27, 9 a.m. "Self Employment: The Driver's Seat," Sept. 11 or 25, 2 p.m. "Job Shop: Guided Job Search," Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Carpenter, Prospector, Millionaire: A Visit with Winfield Scott Stratton," Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, cspm.org. Meet and talk with Winfield Scott Stratton portrayed by Richard Marold. Sat., Sept. 8, 1-3 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 15, noon to 2 p.m.

"The Jobs Machine: Quality of Life and Community in Colorado Springs," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 633-2376, lwvppr.org. Free. Presenting Dr. Daphne Greenwood on the sustainability of local economic development and quality of life. Sat., Sept. 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union St., Pueblo, 719/583-0453, coloradohistory.org. $5, volunteers free. Featuring Descansos and Traditions in Remembering the Dead through May 31, 2008. "Curator's Walk," a behind-the-scenes tour followed by a "Skeleton Tea," Sept. 8 and 11, 10 a.m. to noon. RSVP by Sept. 7.

The Small Business Development Center Classes, UCCS CITTI Building, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, cssbdc.org. Offering "NxLevel Business Planning Program," Sept. 10. "Basics of Bookkeeping," Sept. 20. "Power of Email Marketing," Sept. 26. "Understanding Financial Statements to Manage Your Business," Oct. 18.

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Renaissance Academy Events, 2760 Fieldstone Road, 475-2510. Free. Presenting "A Walk through Time," a guided tour through the geologically rich 22-acre academy property with Michael Hannigan. Tues., Sept. 11, 6:30-8 p.m.

"Should You Start Your Own Business?" SCORE, 636-3074, coloradospringsscore.org. $15. Featuring workshops presented by SCORE. Penrose Library, Sept. 11, Oct. 23, Nov. 13, and Dec. 18. East Library, Oct. 4 and Dec. 4.

"Monument Valley Park at 100," CC's Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6649. $12.50. Judith Rice-Jones will present this Aficionados Luncheon lecture. Wed., Sept. 12, noon. RSVP by Sept. 10.

Red Rock Canyon Open Space Forum, Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5636. Free. Presenting a series of educational sessions about the canyon. "Methods for Sharing Interpretive Information," Sept. 13.

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

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.

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
"luvsaverb" Open Mic Poetry, Village Inn Restaurant, 5790 S. Carefree Circle, 233-1698, luvsaverb.com. Free. Gathering on the second an fourth Saturday for all who want to read or listen. Sat., Sept. 8, 9-11 p.m.

Borders Events, Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., 266-1600, bordersstores.com. Featuring Gary Hardy signing The Santa Cruz Mountain Boys: The Bookmark, his new young adult novel. Sat., Sept. 8, 2 p.m.

Barnes and Noble Citadel Events, 795 Citadel Drive East, 637-8282. Presenting Beth Andrews signing I Miss You! A Military Kid's Book about Deployment an a kids' craft party. Sat., Sept. 8, 1-3 p.m.

Barnes and Noble North Events, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9960. Presenting Beth Lueders signing Lifting Our Eyes: Finding God's Grace through the Virginia Tech Tragedy: The Lauren McCain Story, Sat., Sept. 8, 2 p.m. Kevin W. McPeek, Sr. signing Living in the Five-Sense World, Sun., Sept. 9, 1 p.m. Jim Saccomano signing Game of My Life Denver Broncos: Memorable Stories of Bronco Football, Tues. Sept. 11, 6 p.m.

Colorado College Visiting Writers Series, CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu/news_events. Free. Featuring readings by internationally known authors and poets. Edward P. Jones, Thurs., Sept. 13, 7 p.m. Jeffrey Lent, Thurs., Oct. 4, 7 p.m.

Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012. Lambda Literary Award Finalist Mary Saracino will discuss and sign Singing of the Swans, Thurs., Sept. 13, 6 p.m. Poet Aaron Anstett will read and sign his newest collection of poetry, Mon., Sept. 17, 6 p.m.

Great Books Discussions, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333, greatbooks.org. Discussing "Planning and Democracy" (from The Road to Serfdom) by Freidrich Hayek and Distributive Justice (from Collected Papers) by John Rawls. Thurs., Sept. 13, 6:45-9 p.m.

Music
Ruthie Foster Live, Thirsty Parrot, 32 S. Tejon St., 884-1094, amusiccompanyinc.com. $13-$30. Hear the blues, gospel, acoustic and electrified folk of the Blue Corn Music recording artist. Opening act is Jim Adam. Thurs., Sept. 6, 7 p.m.

Woodland Music Series, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-5284. The Bill Emery Big Band and Swing Connection, $6-$10, Fri., Sept. 7, 7 p.m. Swing Factory and Dwight Shaw Band, on the green, free, Sat., Sept. 8, 2 p.m.

Colorado Farm & Art Market Concerts, Pine Creek Village Center, Briargate Pkwy. and Chapel Hills Drive, 390-6187. Free. Presenting fingerstyle guitarist Neil Kovac. Sat., Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to noon.

The Colorado Wranglers Concert and BBQ, The Salvation Army Corps, 908 Yuma St., 636-3891, tsacs.org. Free. The Colorado Wranglers began working together at the Flying W Ranch 29 years ago and have toured the world. Sun., Sept. 9, 10:45 a.m.

Cowboys for Jesus Concert, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., 471-4361, fumc-cs.org. $12-$20. The Colorado Wranglers will share their faith and stories in the traditional cowboy style. Sun., Sept. 9, 7 p.m.

September Jazz Affair, Olympian Plaza Event Center, 975 S Union Blvd., 685-9451, ppjass.org. $15-$20. Pikes Peak Jazz & Swing Society present the Dwight Shaw Septet, a buffet, cash bar, dancing and door prizes. Sun., Sept. 9, 2-5 p.m.

Herbert Beattie in Concert, First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., 633-8888. Free will offering. Presenting the bassist accompanied by Carol Wilson on piano and organ along with a three-piece ensemble. Sun., Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m.

Concerts in the Gardens, Hillside Garden Center, 1006 S. Institute St., 520-9463, hillsidegardens.com. Free. Live bands every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Jim Adams & Bill Snyder, Sept. 12.

"Secrets to Writing a Great Song," Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 473-0100. Terry Woodford will teach the techniques and guidelines that hit songwriters follow. Wed., Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic Events, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Presenting The Battleship Potemkin, $17-$37, Sa., Sept. 15, 8 p.m. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Sept. 29-30. Beloved Brahms Concerto, Oct. 20-21. Symphonie Fantastique, Nov. 17-18. Smetana: The Moldau, Jan. 12-13. Thrilling Tchaikovsky, Feb. 9-10. Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, March 15-16. Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1, April 12-13.

Friends House Concerts, 329-1644, house-concerts.org. Presenting Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines, Sun., Sept. 16, 7 p.m., $20. Zoe Lewis with Kate Wolf, Sat., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., $15. Pete Mulvey, Sun., Dec. 9, 7 p.m., $15. Patty Larkin, Sun., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., $20. Catie Curtis, Sun., March 16, 7 p.m., $20.

Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, pikespeakcenter.org. Presenting George Jones, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. Rodney Carrington, Nov 16, 8 p.m. Brule, Sat., Dec 15, 7:30 p.m.

Performances
Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com. Presenting John Fox, through Sept. 9. Jesse Pangelinan, Sept. 12-13 and 16. Steve "Mudflap" McGraw, Sept. 14-15.

Colorado Festival of World Theatre, Pikes Peak Center, CC's Armstrong Hall and various venues in Manitou Springs and Woodland Park, 475-1737, cfwt.org. Presenting Beautiful Girls, a tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Truth in Translation and Daniel Beaty singing The Broadway Songs I Love. Sept. 20-30.

Arnold Hall Theater Events, U.S. Air Force Academy, 333-4497, ticketmater.com. Presenting Cross Canadian Ragweed, $12-$20, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. Coaster, Drifters and Platters, $20-$35, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Cirque Le Masque, $35-$40, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Peter Pan, $15-$42, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Cats, $27-$47, March 7-8, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Blast, $25-$45, April 5, 7:30 p.m. I Love a Piano, $20-$35, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center Events, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, pikespeakcenter.org. Presenting Best of Sondheim: Beautiful Girls, Sat., Sept. 22, 8 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. Bill Cosby, Sun., Oct. 7, 2 & 5 p.m. Curtis Adams: Magic that Rocks, Thurs., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, theatreworkscs.org. $12-$22. Featuring Zorro!, Sept. 27 to Oct. 14. Doubt: A Parable, Nov. 1-18. The Santaland Diaries, Dec. 6-23. Blithe Spirit, Jan. 31 to Feb. 17. Dal Al-Harb, March 13 to April 6. 9 Parts of Desire, March 20 to April 5. Playboy of the Western World, April 24 to May 3.

World Arena Events, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Larry the Cable Guy, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Cripple Creek Theatre Events, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-6402, butteoperahouse.com. $9-$14. Thin Air Theatre Company presents Annie Get Your Gun, through Sept. 29. Dr. Jekyll's Medicine Show, Oct. 5-31.

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.

dance parties & workshops
International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195, internationaldanceclub.org. Dance to live music ranging from big band and country to polka and Latin, $7-$9, every Saturday, 7:30-11 p.m. Ballroom dances, $8-$10, every third Friday, 8-11 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. Family atmosphere with singles welcome. Sat., Sept. 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Dance Colorado Events, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, dancecolorado.com. Nightclub Dance Series, Sept. 6-27, 7 p.m. Social Dance Starter Party, $8, Fridays, Sept. 7-28, 8-10 p.m. Salsa Group Classes, Sept. 7-28, 7 p.m. Beginners Only Dance Party, $5, Tuesdays, Sept. 11-25, 7:45-8:30 p.m.

Hip Hop & Breakin', Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., 520-1201, springssalsa.com. Free introductory class with special guest instructor Cuba, Sat., Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Five-week series, begins Sat., Sept. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Country-Western Dance Lessons, DJ's Bar & Grill, 1110 E. Fillmore St., 633-1835, djsbarandgrill.com. Free. Dance lessons with Diane followed by open dancing with DJ Mike. Wednesdays, Sept. 12-26, 7 p.m.

Soul Mechanics: Informance, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420, Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567, galleryuccs.org. The B-Boy group Soul Mechanics will demonstrate and explain breakdancing moves, culture and roots. Fri., Sept. 21, 6 p.m.

Swing Lessons, Southside Johnny's, 528 S. Tejon St., 444-8487. Free. Learn to swing dance. Mondays, 8 p.m.

Ballroom Dance Classes, The Studio, 3020 W. Colorado Ave., Leslie: 635-7230. $30 for 5-week session. Learn basic ballroom dances and steps. No partner necessary. Mondays, 7-8 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.

Recreation
Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 385-6086, cheyennecanon.org. Open Wed.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offering Technical Rock Climbing, Sat.-Sun., 3-4:30 p.m. Wildlife Tours, Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m. Guided Hike of St. Mary's Falls, Sun., Sept. 9, 1-4:30 p.m. Pat's Wild Cañon Adventures," $2, Sat., Sept. 15 and 22, 10 a.m. to noon.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Offering "Bear Creek Nature Explorers: Colorado Wild Cats," Sept. 6. "Night Time Navigation," Sept. 7. "John Stansfield: Fantastic Folklore," Sept. 8. "Little Wonders: A is for Acorn," Sept. 11.

Komen Race for the Cure, Garden of the Gods Park, 30th Street and Gateway Road, komencs.org. $15-$25. Featuring a 5K walk/run and a family run to benefit breast cancer research. Sun., Sept. 9. Registration 6 a.m., race starts 7:30 a.m.

20th annual AIDS Walk Colorado, Cheesman Park, Denver, aidswalkcolorado.org, 578-9092. Join the Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP) team from Colorado Springs in this fundraiser. Sun., Sept. 9, 9 a.m. opening ceremonies.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "Fountain Creek Nature Adventures: Spiders," Sept. 12. "Book Talk and signing with The Cottonwood Tree: An American Champion," Sept. 15. "Twos and Threes Outdoors: Signs of Fall," Sept. 16.

Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 385-6086, cheyennecanon.org. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Offering Technical Rock Climbing, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 3-4:30 p.m. Wildlife Tours, daily, 2 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights, 576-2251, parks.state.co.us/parks/cheyennemountain. Open Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offering guided hikes and interpretive programs throughout the summer.

Special Events
Mountain Dew Battle of the Bands, Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande St. $5. The top ten Colorado teen bands will perform original songs to win performance opportunities, scholarships to Colorado Springs Conservatory and more. Fri., Sept. 7, 6 p.m.

German October Fest, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195, internationaldanceclub.org. $12-$14. Dinner dance with schnitzel, brats, salads, dessert and cash bar. Sat., Sept. 8, 5:30-11 p.m.

Whet Your Appetite, Pueblo Country Club, 3200 Eighth Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-7967. $20. Pueblo Symphony Friends invite you to an afternoon of music by the Veronika String Quartet, appetizers and cash bar. Sun., Sept. 9, 3-5 p.m.

Girls' Night Out, Beauty Brands Salon Spa Superstore, 7214 N. Academy Blvd. Free. An evening of special gifts, spa services, salon tours, product sample and hors d'oeuvres. Register at beautybrands.com/girlsnightout. Mon., Sept. 10, 5:30-8 p.m.

Bronco Mania Rally, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, 385-5906, springsgov.com. Free. Wear your orange and blue to meet Broncos cheerleaders, test your throwing skills, catch an NFL punt and more. Thurs., Sept. 13, 1-2:30 p.m.

Bone Appetit Gala, Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort, 264-6460, haveanicedog.org. $95. Featuring dinner, a dessert auction and presentation by Marc Beckoff, the world-renowned animal behaviorist, researcher and author. Proceeds benefit All Breed Rescue & Training. Sat., Sept. 22, 6 p.m.

Youth & Family
Emerson Edison Academy Open House, 4220 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 570-7822, edisonschools.com. Free. Visit this middle school and see the teaching in action. Fri., Sept. 7, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

East Teen Center Grand Opening, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 532-6333, ppld.org. Check out the media center for movies, video games and music; a college and career center; computer center; study rooms, and snack caf. Sat., Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Becoming a Love and Logic Parent, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. $70-$80. Offering a nine-session course on the parenting methods developed by Jim Fay, Charlie Fay and Foster Cline. Begins Mon., Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Tarantulas and Other Creepy Crawlies, Pikes Peak Library District, 531-6333, ppld.org. Meet spiders, millipedes, giant cockroaches and a scorpion. Sun., Sept. 9, 2 p.m. at East Library. Tues., Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. at West Center for Intergenerational Learning. Sat., Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m. at Briargate Branch, and 1:30 p.m. at Rockrimmon Branch. Sun., Sept. 16, 1:30 p.m. at Penrose Library.

Free Tutoring in Reading, Children's Literacy Center, Pamela Polke: 471-8672, peakreader.org. Children meet twice a week for 12 weeks with trained volunteer tutors. Call to find out if your child is eligible. Runs Sept. 10 through Dec. 14.

Colorado Virtual Academy Info Session, YMCA Garden Ranch, 2380 Montebello Drive West. Parent information session on the online school. Tues., Sept. 11, 5:30 p.m.

Play-n-Sign Classes, Feel the Beat Studio, 3464 W. Carefree Circle, 266-6846. $15, one child and parent, $20 family. Children up to 8 learn basic signs while singing, dancing and playing. Pre-registration required. Classes begin Wed., Sept. 12.

Volunteer Opportunities
Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers are seeking volunteers for their outdoor educational programs. Training begins Thurs., Sept. 13, 8 a.m. to noon. Call Paula Megorden at 520-6388 by Sept. 11 to register.

ERDT/SHARE is seeking host families for high school foreign exchange students ages 16-18. Also seeking adult "Ambassadors" to assist with placing students. Ambassadors receive a stipend. Call local coordinator Elsa Myers at 303/400-5227 or visit erdtshare.org for more.

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Rocky Mountain Field Institute is seeking volunteers for back-country trail work and environmental restoration. Oct. 13-14. Call 471-7736 or visit rmfi.org for more.

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

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center is seeking volunteers, 14 and older, to assist riders with disabilities during weekly lessons. Experience not required. Call 495-3908 for more.

Catholic Charities Life Support Center is seeking volunteers to receive and sort donations and help clients check out once they receive baby items. Call 866-6443 for more.

PEAK Parent Center is seeking volunteers to assist with general office tasks such as collating information packets, answering phones and data entry. Training is provided. Call 531-9400 or visit peakparent.org for more.

ASSE International Student Exchange is seeking local host families for international high school students. Students speak English and are interested to learn about the U.S. Call 800/733-2773 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. Call 888/260-6330 or visit covolunteers.state.co.us for more.

LitSource Library Tutor Training will be held through July 30 for tutors interested in helping adults improve basic literacy skills once a week for two hours. Meeting times and locations are flexible. Call the Pikes Peak Library District at 531-6333 ext. 2223 or 2224 for more.

Ariel Clinical Services is seeking loving foster homes for developmentally challenged and medically fragile children. Competitive stipend with excellent support provided. Call 260-6110 for more.

Garden of the Gods Community Restoration Program needs adult and teen volunteers needed to help repair erosion damage. Be prepared to get dirty. Call Liz at 471-7736 to register at least one week in advance.

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.

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter, a no-kill animal shelter in Divide, seeks volunteers to walk or groom dogs, play with cats, run errands, work in the office and more. Call 686-7707 or visit tcrascolorado.com for more.

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

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

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.

American Numismatic Association is seeking museum docents, administrative support and customer service volunteers. Call 482-9814 or e-mail volunteer@money.org for more.

The Salvation Army has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Call 636-5266 or visit tsacs.org for more information.

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

Pikes Peak Family Connections needs volunteers for its Nurturing Parenting Program and KPC Kids' Place respite nursery. Internships and work-study positions also are available. Call Jennifer at 442-6336 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.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.

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. Check csfineartscenter.org for a current list of volunteer opportunities. E-mail volunteer@csfineartscenter.org 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.

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 galleries
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring Colorado Watercolor Society's State Watermedia Exhibition through Nov. 11.

Central City Gallery, Washington Hall, 117 Eureka St., Central City, 303/582-5952, gilpinarts.org. Open Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Gilpin County Arts Association Members Exhibit and Sale through Sept. 29.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/865-5000, denverartmuseum.org. Featuring Capturing America's Game: Photographs of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig through Sept. 30. Artisans & Kings: Selected Treasures from the Louvre, Oct. 6 to Jan. 6, 2008.

Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden, 303/279-3922, foothillsartcenter.org. Featuring Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, Sept. 8 to Nov. 4. Gallery talk, Fri., Sept. 21, 11 a.m.

Museo de Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, museo.org. $3-$5. Family Free Day on Sat., Sept. 8, noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Con Confection, a vibrant display of textile work, through Sept. 9.

SPACe Gallery in the Park, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, 719/742-3074, spanishpeaks.org. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring Clay Continuum II, pottery works by area artists, through Sept. 7.

art events
Colorado Art Ranch Artposium, Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., Durango, 303/279-5198, coloradoartranch.org. $199-$249. Presenting "Mapping in the Arts: A Way of Seeing," a public symposium combining art, writing and maps. Fri.-Sun., Sept. 7-9.

Lyons Sculpture Trail, begin at Oskars Blues, Stone Cup Caf or Barking Dog Cafe, Lyons, 303/823-6828, sculpturetrail.com. A 60-90 minute walk through 36 Jack-and-the-Beanstalk themed sculptures, through Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

film
Toofy Film Fest, Boulder Theater (and other venues), 2032 14th St., Boulder, toofy.com. Showcasing independent movies, music, fine art and fashion. Fri.-Sun., Sept. 6-9.

literary
Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Matt Kailey, Sept. 6. Kris Carr and Diana Gabaldon, Sept. 7. Patrick Loehr, Sept. 8. Peter Yarrow, Sept. 9. Mark Scott, Gail Tsukiyama and Judy McCabe, Sept. 10. Nell Freudenberger , Ben Fountain and Peter Turchi, Sept. 11. Garrison Keillor and Charles de Lint, Sept. 13. Daniel Pinchbeck, Sept. 14.

Author Lawrence Wright, Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, Denver, denverpressclub.blogspot.com. $15-$35. A reception and talk with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower. RSVP to spjcolorado@yahoo.,com. Thurs., Sept. 6, 6-8:15 p.m.

music
Fall Mountain Music Festival, Riverside Park, Hwy. 291 and Hwy. 50, Salida, fallmountainfestival.com. $12.50-$15. Featuring Firefall and The Dorsets. Sat., Sept. 8, 1-10 p.m.

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring Plaid Tidings, featuring the Forever Plaid quartet. Nov. 13 to Dec. 23.

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, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. Hosting the leading garden experts in a series of lectures. Mary Irish, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Richard Hartlage, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 303/973-3705, botanicgardens.org. $5-$8. Get lost in an 8.5-acre corn maze. Fridays, 4-9 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 to Oct. 28.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303/322-7009. $10-$20. Featuring TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition through Jan. 6.

Mountain Park Environmental Center Events, 9167 Mountain Park Road, Beulah, 719/485-4444, hikeandlearn.org. Offering "Mason Gulch after Two Years," Thurs., Sept. 13, 7 p.m. "Nature for Toddlers," Fri., Sept. 14, 10 a.m. "Mason Gulch Burn Site Hike," Sat., Sept. 15, 9 a.m. "Autumn Equinox Drum Circle," Sun., Sept. 23, 6 p.m. "Autumn Equinox Harvest Moon Hike," Mon., Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, thewildlifeexperience.org. Presenting Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dog through Oct. 7. My Home Planet Earth through Oct. 21. Paws & Reflect: Art of Canines through Oct. 14. Showing the film Wolves through August.

performances
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring Moonlight and Magnolias, Sept. 7 to Oct. 7. La Cage aux Folles, Nov. 16 to Dec. 23. Defiance, Oct. 2 to Nov. 4. Of Mice and Men, Jan. 29 to March 9. Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Revue, March 6-23. House of Blue Leaves, April 8 to May 11. Altar Boyz, April 22 to June 15. Buddy...The Buddy Holly Story, July 5 to Aug. 10.

The Avenue Theater, 417 17th Ave., Denver, 303/321-5925, avenuetheater.com. Featuring The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged), Sept. 7 to Oct. 27.

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 Sept. 16.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, 720/946-1388, buntport.com. Presenting Vote for Uncle Marty, a satirical look at the craziness of life, Sept. 7 to Oct. 13.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, comedyworks.com. Presenting Phil Paulisoul, Sept. 6 and 16. Lavell Crawford, Sept. 7-9. Kevin Fitzgerald, Sept. 12. Bob Marley, Sept. 13-15. Robert Schimmel, Sept. 27-29. Harland Williams, Oct. 12-13. Kevin Nealon, Oct. 19-20.

The Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/422-4090, festivalplayhouse.com. $11-$13.50. Presenting Sin, Sex and the CIA, Sept. 7-22.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. $12-$22. Presenting Kingdom, Sept. 7-23. Hello Dolly, Sept. 28 to Oct. 7. Beauty and the Beat, Feb. 8-24. Thoroughly Modern Millie, April 18 to May 4.

Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts, Jones Theater, Main and Second streets, Westcliffe, 719/783-3004. $5-$10. Presenting New Rocky Mountain Voices One-Act Plays. Fri.-Sun., Sept. 7-9, 7:30 p.m.

special events
*Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival, Festival Fairgrounds, Estes Park, 800/903-7837, scotfest.com. $5-$20. Festivities include 50 events, pipe and drum bands, dancers, food and drink, tartan exhibitions, dog competitions, Celtic crafters and parade. Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 6-9.

Spirits in Transition, Terra Firma Equine Training Facility, Sedalia, 888/841-7211, animalacupressure.com. $365. Presenting a seminar by holistic veterinarian Ella Bittel on hospice care for our animal companions. Fri.-Sun., Sept. 7-9.

Turtle and Tortoise Hibernation Workshops, Colorado Reptile Humane Society, 13941 Elmore Road, Longmont, 303/776-2070. $10. Aquatic turtles, Sat., Sept. 8, 10 a.m. Box turtles and tortoises, Sat., Sept. 8, 1 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 9, 10 a.m.

Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials, Meeker, 970/878-0800, meekersheepdog.com. $5-$30. Top international dogs and handlers plus craft fair, free horse shuttle, demos, BBQ and more. No pets please. Runs through Sept. 9.

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