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click to enlarge 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.
  • 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.

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 Sept. 30. Coins, Crown and Conflict through Nov. 30.

Arati Artist Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901. Presenting Celebrating Colorado Sunshine, with featured artist Kang Lee Sheppard, through Sept. 30.

Artists Lair, 2766 Janitell Road, 576-5247. Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Presenting The African Soul, painters, sculptors and potters interpret Africa, Oct. 4-27. Artists' receptions, Fri., Oct. 3, 6-8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 4, 4-7 p.m.

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.

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 design and art, through Sept. 30. 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 The Intimate Intemann: One Woman's Affair with a Local Hiking Trail, paintings by Kay Beaubien, through Sept. 25. Once Upon a Playground, photographs by Brenda Biondo, and Jewels of Asia, photography by Dianne L. Kittle, through Oct. 2. Chicano Magic, in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 21 to Nov. 3. 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.

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

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, through Sept. 30.

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.

Cucuru Gallery Caf, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900, cucuru.santario.com. Featuring Cuba Revisited, paintings and drawing from Cuba, and wall sculptures by Will O'Brien, through Oct. 2.

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 through Sept. 27. 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.

Frameworks Gallery, Bon Shopping Center, 2236 N. Wahsatch Ave., 636-2427. Featuring Repeat Performance, musical instruments that have been transformed into artworks, Sept. 24 to Oct. 5. Fundraising auction for Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Sat., Oct. 6.

Green Horse Gallery, 729 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0636. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Mischief in Mud, works by Lynn Loftus.

Gunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494, gunterwolffgallery.com. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Presenting Jewelry Trunk Sale, works by Gina St. Aubin, Sept. 21-22. Oil paintings by Sherry Rogers, opening reception, Sat., Sept. 22, 5-8 p.m.

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.

Lasko Fine Art, 113 N. Tejon St., 577-4750, laskofineart.com. Featuring Geoff Lasko etchings, engravings, giclees and plein air paintings through Oct. 31.

L.I.W. Cargo Fine Art Gallery, 713 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0452, allenfineart.com. Featuring Flowers, Gardens and Patios, paintings by Leslie Allen, through Sept. 30.

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, through Sept. 30.

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.

Pine Creek Gallery, 2419 W. Colorado Ave., 633-6767, pinecreekgallery.com. Featuring Ray Shaw, wildlife artist, and Eugene Snively, Hollywood fashion designer, through September.

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.

Poor Richard's Restaurant, 324 N. Tejon St., 632-7721. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring the acrylic paintings and pen & ink works of Chris McKnight through Nov. 5.

PPCC Downtown Studio Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4040. Featuring PPCC Art Faculty Exhibit through Oct. 2.

Rubbish, 17B Bijou St., 231-9839. Open Fri. and Sat., 5-10 p.m. Featuring Relativity 112, works by Dorian, Cheryl and Paul Wells, through Oct. 6.

Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring The World is Flat: Cultural Celebrations with Flat Stanley, in the Buell Children's Museum, through Nov. 3.

Second Street Art Market, 366 Second St., Monument, 488-2506, secondstreetart.com. Featuring Art to Feed Your Soul through Oct. 31.

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, through Oct. 17. In Their Own Words: Images and Voices of People Infected and Affected by HIV, photos by Barry Brown, through Oct. 17. Sky Sculpture for Peace, on the Smokebrush rooftop, Sept. 21 to Dec. 31. Sue Coe 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.

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.

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, through Nov. 17.

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, through Oct. 4.

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, through Dec. 29. Outside Machinery Days, Sat., Sept. 22, 10 a.m. and 1 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
The Artist's Business Mini-Series, Business of Art Center, 513 & 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861 ext. 11, thebac.org. Free, reservations encouraged. Presenting "Legalize It!" with attorney Brenda Spears, Thurs., Sept. 20, 6-7 p.m. "Promote It!" with Abigail Roehrich and Jason Goss, Thurs., Sept. 27. "Make the Goal!" with Kathryn Wallace, Thurs., Oct. 6.

"The Medal is the Message: Global Ideas in Hand-Held Sculpture," American Numismatic Association Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646, money.org. Meet the artists, view their work, attend a lecture and enjoy live entertainment. Thurs.-Sat., Sept. 20-22.

Gregory Walker's "Nightmare in Rio," UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567, galleryuccs.org. Free. Presenting a multi-media event featuring Latin fusion music, spoken word, video projection and photography. Sat., Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.

"Flaunt: Fashion Under the Bridge," Depot Arts District, 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.

15th Anniversary Art Show & Sale, Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Free. Featuring Seasons of Fountain Creek art show plus guided nature walks, slide show, games, activities and treats. Sat., Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

Auditions & Entries
Oil Painting Classes, Colachi Arts, 1107 Manitou Ave. #11, 761-3656. Offering four-week, 90-minute sessions for beginner through advanced students. Wednesday and Saturday classes beginning Sept. 22.

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.

Commonwheel Artists Co-op is seeking handcrafted items for its Holiday Market. Submit 3-5 samples of gift items between Sept. 27 to Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to Commonwheel, 102 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs. Call 687-2847 for more.

Cucuru Gallery Caf is seeking artworks for "Open Space," an exhibit on the subject of space, both literal and conceptual interpretations. Intake and jurying of work at 2332 W. Colorado Ave. on Oct. 1, 1-6 p.m. Call 520-9900 for more.

AlleyCat Theatrics will hold auditions for Disney's The Aristocats on Mon., Oct. 15, 4:30-8:30 p.m. at AlleyCat Theatrics Studio, 111 S. 7th St., for youth ages 8-14. Call 209-1484 for an appointment.

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

Chipita Park Association is seeking applicants for its 6th annual Arts & Crafts Fair at Marcroft Hall, 9105 Chipita Park Road, on Nov. 3-4. Entry is $40 per table. Call 632-5231 for more.

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.

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
Military Blood Drive, Air Force Academy, Arnold Hall Ballroom, militarylifeforce.com. Donors can book an appointment online to meet the needs of wounded soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thurs., Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vigil for National Iraq War Moratorium, sidewalk at corner of Kiowa Street and Nevada Avenue, 632-6189, ppjpc.org. Join this lawful, nonviolent vigil to call for a global ceasefire and end to conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Fri., Sept. 21, noon to 1 p.m.

Meet the Candidates, Black Cat Books, 720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Meet Manitou Springs Mayoral Candidates including Mark Morland, Nancy Barnes, Donna Ford and Eric Drummond. Fri., Sept. 21, 5-8 p.m.

"Democrat or Republican: What's Party Got To Do with It?" Hillside Community Center, 901 S. Institute St., 475-7255. The Colorado Springs NAACP presents El Paso County Republican Party Chair Greg Garcia and Democratic Party Chair John Morris. Sun., Sept. 23, 3 p.m.

"Thanks, Troops" Golf Tournament, Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club, Fort Carson, 243-6400, thankstroops.com. First annual tournament for disabled veterans and sponsors. Mon., Sept. 24.

"Our Future Water Supply," Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 528-6443. Colorado Springs Utility's Kristin Flannery will talk about the city's future water supply and the proposed Southern Delivery System. Tues., Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m.

Party on the Patio for Aimee Cox, Adam's Mountain Caf, 934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, RSVP: 685-9682. $15 adults, $2 children under 12. A fun and informative event sponsored by The Committee to Elect Aimee Cox (to Manitou Springs City Council). Mon., Sept. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Now Is the Time Community Breakfast, Doubletree Hotel World Arena, 175 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 636-1536 ext. 325, cpcdheadstart.org. Free, RSVP needed. Showcasing the need for early childhood services in El Paso County. Thurs., Sept. 27, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

El Paso County Parks and Leisure Services is seeking public input on the Bear Creek Regional Park Master Plan. Simply complete the survey at adm.elpasoco.com/parks_and_lesiure_services by Mon., Oct. 1.

Clubs & Organizations
SnoJets Ski Club Membership Drive and 55th Reunion Party, The Warehouse Restaurant, 25 W. Cimarron St., snojets.org. The club offers activities for those over 21 including skiing, bike rides, camping, dancing, rafting and more. Sat., Sept. 22, 6-10 p.m. Weekly meetings begin, Thurs., Oct. 4 at Howard's Pit BBQ.

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.

WINGS, 800/373-8671, wingsfound.org. Offering therapist-facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Women's groups on Mondays and Tuesdays. Men's group on Thursdays.

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.

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.

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
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.

Senior Lunch and a Movie, Pikes Peak Library District, 531-6333, ppld.org. Free. Bring a lunch and enjoy a movie. Showing Dreamgirls, Wed., Sept. 26, noon, at East Library.

Pikes Peak Environmental Forum, Antler's Grille, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 633-4421, growthbusters.com. $11.28-$14.98. Filmmaker Dave Gardner will share scenes from Growthbusters, his documentary series about sustainability. Fri., Sept. 28, noon to 2 p.m.

Independent Film Series, InfoZone News Museum, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, 562-5604. Free. Featuring Something Like Happiness, a drama/comedy from the Czech Republic with English subtitles. Sat., Oct. 20, 7-10 p.m. Mother of Mine, a drama from Finland and Sweden with English subtitles. Sat., Nov. 17, 7-10 p.m. Madeinusa, a drama from Spain and Peru with English subtitles. Sat., Dec. 15, 7-10 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
Taste of Old Colorado City, Colorado Avenue between 24th and 28th Streets, 577-4112. $5-$15. Enjoy food sampling, art demonstrations, carriage rides, history tours, music and children's activities. Sat., Sept. 22, noon to 5 p.m.

Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free. Offering "Spanish Wine Tasting," Sat., Sept 22. "Wines of the World" Tasting, Thurs., Sept. 27. "German Wine Tasting," Sat., Sept. 29. Pre-registration is required.

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

Experience Wine Classes, various locations, 262-8688, experiencewine.net. $40 individual, $75 couple. Featuring "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.

Health & Healing
Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Presenting "Cosmic Relationships," Sept. 21, 7-9:30 p.m. "Tarot Card Workshop," Sept. 22, 1-3 p.m. "Autumn Equinox Sacred Sounding," Sept. 22, 7-8 p.m. "A Channeling of Isis: The Power and Beauty of the Feminine," Sept. 24, 7-9 p.m.

"Crystals 101," Rose Bridge Healing Center, 2809 Tremont St., 761-6002, rbhc.abmp.com. $30, registration required. Learn how to clear, program and use gemstones and crystals. Bring your own stones. Sat., Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to noon.

"Vivian Rice's Four Seasons Classes: Celebrating the Autumn Equinox," 635-5596. $45, lunch included. Learn to use the seasons to enhance your wellness with menus, recipes, exercises and probiotics. Sat., Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Bodywork University of the Rockies Events, 3618 Jeannine Drive, 444-0708, joesbodyshop.com. Offering "Reiki I Workshop," $125, Sat., Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday classes, $25/class, Sun., Sept. 23, "Rocks, Stones and Crystals," 10:30 a.m. "Dealing with Fear," 1 p.m. "Crystal Diving," 2:30 p.m. "Walking Your Talk," 4 p.m.

"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 ancient Christian faith and its relevance today. Fourth Sunday of every month.

Taize Service, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 E. St. Vrain St., 635-3549, fcucc.org. A service of readings, chants and silence open to all faith traditions. Thurs., Sept. 27, 7-8 p.m.

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

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs Seminar, The Acupuncture Clinic, 2020 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1669, nasacupuncture.com. Free. Learn how acupuncture can improve your health. Sat., Sept. 29, Wed., Oct. 3, and Sat., Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MERIC Women's Health Conference, Antlers Hilton Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 548-8850 ext. 100, meric.info. $7. Sessions and speakers on common women's health concerns. Sat., Sept. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 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, through Sept. 30, 6:30-8 p.m.

"Yoga for Stressed-Out Beginners," World Savings Building, 720 N. Main St., Suite 335, Pueblo, 719/821-9200, puebloserves.org. $10/class. Gentle yoga and natural approaches to stress management with Richard Pinneau. Mondays through Oct. 1, 5:30 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.

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.

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.

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
"Gardening in the Pikes Peak Region," CSU Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd., 636-8923. $8/class, $60/six-class series. Presenting "Putting Gardens to Bed and Bulbs to Warm Your Springtime Soul," Thurs., Sept. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

"The Great Porn Debate," CC's Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6607. Free. Ron Jeremy, the "Porn King," and Craig Gross, the "Porn Pastor" will face off in a debate. Thurs., Sept. 20, 7 p.m.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., ppwfc.org. Presenting "Love 'em or Lose 'em," Sept. 20. "Creative Low-cost Ways To Market Your Small Business," Sept. 20. "Resume Writing: Resume & Portfolio Design," Sept. 20 or 27. "Self Employment: The Driver's Seat," Sept. 25.

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

"Thomas Merton: Guide for a Seeker's Soul," Julie Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave., 776-2672. $25, lunch included. Explore the life of Thomas Merton, monk, mystic and social prophet. Sat., Sept. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"The Sound of Sondheim" Lunch & Symposium, Broadmoor Lakeside Terrace, 1 Lake Ave., 719/475-1737, cfwt.com. $55. Presenting Broadway legend Lonny Price and Maestro Paul Gemignani. Sun., Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m.

"The Uses of Literature: An Un-Manifesto," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Presenting feminist literary and culture critic Rita Felski. Mon., Sept. 24, 7 p.m.

Fire Safety for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community, Colorado Springs Independence Center, 21 E. Las Animas St., 471-8181, TTY: 471-2076. Learn about fire prevention and risks, alarms, escape plans and more. Mon., Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m. RSVP by Sept. 21.

Colorado Festival of World Theater Lectures, Pikes Peak Center, Studio Bee, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 719/475-1737 ext. 17, cfwt.com. Presenting Michael Lessac, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. Zoe Caldwell, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. Peter Shaffer, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. Janet Suzman, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Renaissance Academy Events, 2760 Fieldstone Road, 475-2510. Free. Presenting local author Celinda Kaelin on "History and Culture of the Ute Tribes." Tues., Sept. 25, 6:30-8 p.m.

Voices of America Lecture Series, CSU Pueblo, Hoag Recital Hall, Pueblo, 719/549-2810. Free. Presenting Pulitzer Prize-winner David McCullough, Tues., Sept. 25, 8 p.m. Professor Ronald Takaki, Nov. 13. Presidential commentator Doris Kearns Goodwin, Feb. 19, 2008. Professor James Loewen, May 12, 2008.

Indy Hour at Poor Richard's, Poor Richard's Bookstore, 324 N. Tejon St., 577-4545. Presenting Gazette editorial page editor Sean Paige. Moderated by Independent publisher John Weiss with KRCC news editor Eric Whitney. Thurs., Sept. 27, 4:45-6 p.m.

UCCS Reach Your Peak Lecture Series, UCCS Campus Recreation Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., uccs.edu/lectureseries. $10-$35. Presenting National Book Award winner David McCullough, known for his biographies of American leaders. Fri., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Geology Field Trips and Classes, 687-1229. $78-$160. Offering one- and two-day field trips and a weekly class, Tuesdays, Oct. 2-30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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  • 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, through Sept. 30.

"Sensory Processing Disorder: Practical Strategies," The Lodge at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 265-6141, asappr.org. $30. Presenting information for parents, teachers and professionals on identifying and addressing sensory-driven behavior in class and at home. Fri., Oct. 12, 8 a.m. to noon.

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

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
Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012. Poet Aaron Anstett will read and sign Each Place the Body's. Thurs., Sept. 20, 6 p.m.

Book Signing, The Winter * Heimlich Gallery, Third and Front Streets, Monument, 488-1063. Cindy Landsberg and Judith Pettibone will sign The Hero Within with artist and cover designer Eldon Warren. Free. Thurs., Sept. 20, 5-8 p.m.

All Pikes Peak Read Kick-off Party, Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., 531-6333, ppld.org. Celebrating Zorro with food, music, games, crafts and prizes. Sun., Sept. 30, 1-3 p.m.

"luvsaverb" Open Mic Poetry, Village Inn Restaurant, 5790 S. Carefree Circle, 233-1698, luvsaverb.com. Free. Gathering for all who want to read or listen. Second and fourth Saturdays. Sat., Sept. 22, 9-11 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. Jeffrey Lent, Thurs., Oct. 4, 7 p.m.

Music
March Fourth Marching Band, CC's Armstrong Quad, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6797, theideaspace.com. Free. Presenting the "surrealist, high-energy, global-groove big band ensemble." Fri., Sept. 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 686-8228. $5. Presenting Jerry Barlow playing Celtic fingerstyle guitar and The RJs performing music of The Beach Boys. Fri., Sept. 21, 7-10 p.m.

Big Band Sunday, Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 3 S. 33rd St. $6-$10, 18 and under free. Featuring music of The New Century Big Band. Proceeds benefit Care and Share food bank. Fri., Sept. 21, 3 p.m.

Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing, Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Road, 597-4402, hymnsing.org. Free will offering. An evening of singing favorite hymns and gospel songs hosted by Paul Ferrin. Fri., Sept. 21, 7-9 p.m.

Celebration of Music, Navajo Hogan Roadhouse, 2817 N. Nevada Ave., 632-5490, pikespeakblues.org. $5 suggested donation. Featuring live bands, silent auction, youth activities, food and more. Proceeds benefit the Pikes Peak Blues Community. Sun., Sept. 23, 1-6:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic Events, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Presenting Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Sat.-Sun., 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.

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

Friends House Concerts, 329-1644, house-concerts.org. Presenting 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.

Performances
Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com. Presenting Charlie Weiner through Sept. 23. Robert Mac, Sept. 26-30. Cowboy Billy Martin, Oct. 3-7. Sam Griesbaum, Oct. 10-14. Hypnotist Jac Rene, Oct. 16-28.

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, ticketmaster.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. Rodney Carrington, Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Go Diego Go Live!, Oct. 23-24, 4 & 7 p.m. Evita, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, Nov. 11, 7 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, Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m., and Sun., 4 p.m. 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.

Ramantic: Masquerade, Rampart High School, 8250 Lexington Drive, 234-2086. $5-$8. The Rampart High School theater department presents a variety show. Thurs.-Sat., Sept. 27-29, 7 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.

Shakti Dances, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 102, 444-1012, smokebrush.org. $5. Presenting classical Indian dances, flamenco dance and guitar, tribal belly dance and samba. Sat., Sept. 29, 7-9 p.m.

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

Damon Runyon Theater Events, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. Featuring Fiddler on the Roof, $8-$25 (with dinner option), Oct. 12-14, 19-21 and 26-27. Rabbit Hole, $8-$25 (with dinner option), Nov. 9-11 and 17-18.

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 through Sept. 29, dinner at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

"Whose Line Is It?" with Felonius Monks Improv Comedy Troupe, McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St., 360-3786. Free. Presenting a weekly comedy night. Tuesdays, 8 p.m.

dance parties & workshops
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 break dancing moves, culture and roots. Fri., Sept. 21, 6 p.m.

International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195, internationaldanceclub.org. Dance to live music ranging from big band and country to polka and Latin, $8-$10, 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. No experience or partner required. Sat., Sept. 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Dance Colorado Events, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, dancecolorado.com. Beginners Only Dance Party, $5, Tuesdays through Sept. 25, 7:45-8:30 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, through Sept. 26, 7 p.m.

Fifties Sock Hop, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195, internationaldanceclub.org. $10-$12. Featuring dancing to the oldies, hula hoop contest and door prizes. Call for reservations. Sat., Sept. 29, dinner 5:30-7 p.m.; dancing 7:30-11 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
NAMI Colorado Walk, 473-8477, check in at NAMI Office, 510 E. Willamette Ave., namicoloradosprings.org. $15-$30/individual, $50/family. Run begins at Shooks Run Park. Proceeds benefit National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado Springs chapter. Sat., Sept. 22, 8-11 a.m.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Offering "Nature Explorers: Magnificent Monarchs," Sept. 20. "HawkQuest: Live Birds of Prey," Sept. 22. "Young Naturalists: Spinning Spiders," Sept. 29.

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. "Pat's Wild Cañon Adventures," $2, Sat., Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to noon. Gold Camp Road Guided Hike, Sept. 23.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "Autumnal Equinox Walk," Sept. 21. "Pond Critters," Sept. 22. "Nature Adventures: Animal Aerobics," Sept. 26. "15th Anniversary Art Show and Sale," Sept. 29.

"Sports Nutrition for Team Sports," Spectrum Wellness, 810 Arcturus Drive, 444-0381. Registered dietician Martha Rosenau explains how nutrition can be the difference between winning and losing and how to eat in practice and competition. Wed., Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m.

"Preparing for a Fall Marathon," Runner's Roost, 107 E. Bijou St., Free. Registered dietician Martha Rosenau proper fuel and hydration for training at long distances. Thurs., Sept. 27, 6 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights, 576-2251, parks.state.co.us/parks/cheyennemountain. Open daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. $5 day pass. Offering interpretive naturalist programs, Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Special Events
Global Mala Project, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. A night of yoga, art and music with Kat and Bob Tudor as part of the U.N. International Day of Peace. Fri., Sept. 21, 5:30-7:30 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.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, June Chan residence, Black Forest, 287-7624 to RSVP. $40-$50. The Chinese Cultural Institute presents author Gus Lee, local musicians, a banquet, drinks and more. Sat., Sept. 22, 6-9 p.m.

Give Peace a Dance, Paragon Royal Ballroom, 3125 Sinton Road, 632-6189, givepeaceadance.org. $15. Local musicians John Wise & Friends and Aiyo will play to celebrate the U.N. International Day of Peace. Sat., Sept. 22, 8 p.m. to midnight.

7th annual Evergreen Cemetery Walking Tour, 1005 S. Hancock Ave., 630-7328. $7, kids 12 and under free. Costumed re-enactors bring to life early pioneers and famous early residents of Colorado Springs along this 1.2-mile walk. Sat., Sept. 22, 10 a .m. to 2:30 p.m.

Coffee Connoisseurship and Global Citizenship Day, Yampa Field, Nevada Avenue and Cache la Poudre Street, theupandup.org. Coffee roastings, tastings, lectures, music, food and art projects. Proceeds benefit Coffee Kids and Caf Feminino. Sat., Sept 22.

Blacksmith Demonstration, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 30th Street and Gateway Road, 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com. $20. Showcasing the talents of renowned blacksmith Allison Finn. Sat., Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Rock-n-Vroom Car Show, The Rocket Room, 230 Pueblo Ave., 447-4990. $2. Presenting a car show with live music and a burlesque show. Sat., Sept. 22, 4 p.m. to midnight.

Senior Job Fair, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 635-3579, employmentguide.com. Free, Presenting 20 employers with job openings. Tues., Sept. 25, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

"Downtown Chic" Fashion Show and Sale, CC's Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., 593-1054. $30-$40. The Woman's Club of Colorado Springs will host this event with fashions from Kirk and Hill and Saboz. Proceeds will benefit Child Nursery Centers. Wed., Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Go for the Green Symposium, CC's Tutt Science Center, 1112 N. Nevada Ave., 329-5230. $30, RSVP by Sept. 21. Learn how your business could be more green or help others go green. Thurs., Sept. 27, 3-5:30 p.m.

Career Fair, DeVry University, 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd., devry.com. Free. Meet over 40 area employers. Business attire and resumes recommended. Thurs., Sept. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Ghost Walk: Storytelling of Pueblo's Past," begins at El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/583-0453. $6-$7, kids 5 and under free. Tours leave every 15 minutes. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 5-6, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Mind Seizure Haunted House, indoors at the Flea Market, 5225 E. Platte Ave., 527-3787, mindseizure.com. $13. Professional local actors wait to terrify their victims. Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 4-7, 11-14, 18-21 and 25-31, 7 p.m.

Great Venetucci Pumpkin Festival and Great Pumpkin 5K Run, Venetucci Farm, 5210 S. Hwy. 85/87. $5-$6, kids under 5 free. Featuring a pancake breakfast, 5K run, family fun run, games and more. Sat., Sept. 29, 8:30-11 a.m.

2007 Autism Resource Symposium, The Lodge at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Kim: 265-6141, asappr.org. Free. Featuring speakers and an expo highlighting area services, organizations and support groups for those within the autism spectrum community. Sat., Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Youth & Family
Manitou Springs Public Library Storytimes, 606 Manitou Ave., 685-5206, manitousprings-co.gov. Enjoy weekly stories, fingerplays and songs for children birth through 5 years. Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m. "What's That Shape?" Sept. 20. "Don't Bug Me," Sept. 27.

Fall Fiesta, Ironhorse Park, Fort Carson, 526-4494, planetadeevaproductions.com. Free. Offering live music, 5k and 10k walks, pony rides, bounce house, games, food and entertainment. Sat., Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Car Seat Safety Fair, Burlington Coat Factory, Citadel Mall, 820 Citadel Drive East, 444-7412. Donations accepted. Certified car seat technicians will ensure that seats are properly fitted in the vehicle and child is sitting correctly. Sponsored by Burlington and Colorado Springs Police Department. Sat., Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Family Day, Challenger Learning Center, 10215 Lexington Drive, Suite 110, 598-9755, clccs.org. $5-$20. Presenting author William Scott signing Star Wars, plus hands-on activities, space drinks and more. Sat., Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to noon.

Mothersong, Unity Church, 1945 Mesa Road, 471-0520. $5-$10. Offering a multi-cultural sing-along for families with children 0-3 years old. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. No meeting Oct. 2.

Family Fun Nights, Manitou Springs Public Library, 606 Manitou Ave., 685-5206, manitousprings-co.gov. Presenting local performers, stories, arts & crafts and snacks. First Thursday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities
The City of Colorado Springs has an opening for a volunteer member on the Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee. No experience is necessary. Send letters of interest and resumes by Sept. 21 to City Council, Attn: Marti Devine, P.O. Box 1575, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. Call 385-5453 for more.

The American Cancer Society is seeking cancer survivors and volunteers with caring hearts to visit with newly diagnosed cancer patients. Training provided. Call 635-5101 opt. 3 for an application or information.

Rocky Mountain Field Institute is seeking volunteers for back-country trail work and environmental restoration. Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 13-14. Call 471-7736 or visit rmfi.org for more.

Operation Care Package is seeking support in fulfilling its mission of sending weekly letters of support and care packages to soldiers who are serving overseas. See operationcarepackage.org for more.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will host an open house at CASA's offices, 701 S. Cascade Ave., on Wed., Oct. 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Find our how you can become a child's "voice in court" and help an abused or neglected child. No legal background needed. Call 447-9898 ext. 1008 or visit casappr.org for more.

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.

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, through Nov. 4. Gallery talk, Fri., Sept. 21, 11 a.m.

Freemont Center for the Arts, 505 Macon Ave., Canon City, 719/2275-2790. Featuring A Conversation in Bronze, works by sculptor Robert Henderson, through Sept. 30.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. Featuring Una Casa Para el Muerto (A Home for the Dead) art celebrating Day of the Dead, through Nov. 2.

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. Presenting Fall Celebration, works by featured artist Coni Grant and 18 regional artists, through Oct. 12.

art events


Zonta International Artful Women Exhibit, The Abbey Monastery Library, 2951 E. Hwy. 50, Canon City, 719/275-7581. $5. Exhibition with cash awards of $1500. Runs through Oct. 7.

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.

literary
Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Robert Frank and Hal Edward Runkel, Sept. 20. Jonathan Kozol, Laura Moriarty and Lorna Landvik, Sept. 24. David Harsanyi and Dr. Scott Shannon, Sept. 25. Harvey Walden IV and Tony Boyle, Sept. 26. Michael Korda and Terry Prachett, Sept. 27.

music

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring John Maldonado, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Perry Weissman 3, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Molly O'Brien and Rich Moore, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Plaid Tidings, featuring the Forever Plaid quartet. Nov. 13 to Dec. 23.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. $26. Presenting Takcs Quartet, Thurs., Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.

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. Fall plant and bulb sale, Sat., Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hosting 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 Sundays, noon to 8 p.m., through 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 "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, through Oct. 7. Children's Theater: Miss Nelson is Missing!, Sept. 25 to Nov. 2. 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), through Oct. 27.

Buell Theatre, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4100, denvercenter.org. $30. Presenting Monty Python's Spamalot, through Oct. 7.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, 720/946-1388, buntport.com. Presenting Vote for Uncle Marty, a satirical look at life, through Oct. 13.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, comedyworks.com. Presenting 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 through Sept. 22.

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

special events

"Mystical Pagosa," Archuleta County Fairgrounds, mile south of Hwy. 160 on Hwy. 84, Pagosa Springs, 719/395-3884. $3. Featuring readers, bodyworkers, holistic products, minerals, jewelry, artwork and seminars. Fri.-Sun., Sept. 21-23.

Opera Colorado's 25th Birthday Celebration, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 14th and Curtis Streets, 303/698-2334, operacolorado.org. Free. Enjoy giveaways, special ticket offers, backstage tours, free ticket drawings and more. Sat., Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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