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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 Coins, Crown and Conflict through Nov. 30.

Artists Lair, 2766 Janitell Road, 576-5247. Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Presenting Small Paintings, works by Pikes Peak Plein Air Painters, through Nov. 29.

Art on South Main Cooperative Art Gallery, 205 S. Main St., Pueblo, 542-6838, artonsouthmain.com. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Presenting 10 x 10 Art Show and Sale and featured artist Lynn Chapman, through Nov. 29.

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 Unearthed, paintings and drawings by Jay Mason, through Dec. 15.

The Bridge Gallery, Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 232-9368. Open Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 3 p.m. Featuring Connections, works by members and guests that share a connection in theme, medium, etc., through Nov. 25. 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 Prt--Gicle, fine, archival inkjet prints, through Nov. 20. Convergence: Ways of Seeing, works depicting different points of view, through Dec. 29. Fun at Art, mixed media paintings by Angie Wisdom, Jeanne Boswell and Martha Marple, Nov. 21 to Jan. 15.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, theideaspace.com. Open Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7 p.m. Featuring Cyberskins, garments inspired by American Indian powwow regalia and high-tech culture by Bently Spang, through Dec. 12.

The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277. Featuring Art as Community, works by Dora Haslinger through Dec. 5. Ten percent of proceeds donated to a participating non-profit of the buyers' choice.

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 Impressionist and Modern Masters, works from the New Orleans Museum of Art, Dec. 8 to March 9. Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe, May 3 to July 5.

The Commons Gallery, Depot Arts Building, 210 W. Colorado Ave., livingstonesunlimited.com. Featuring A Kind of WAKE, a multimedia show and sale, through Dec. 1.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Annual Holiday Market, works by over 50 artists, Nov. 16 to Dec. 31. Open house, Sat., Dec. 8, noon to 4 p.m.

Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899, cottonwoodartistsschool.com. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring 10 Year Anniversary and Annual Instructors Show, featuring works by over 40 artists, through Nov. 30.

Cucuru Gallery Caf, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900, cucuru.santario.com. Featuring Color Touches the Heart, paintings by Marie Baehr, and 20 works of new pottery by Roger Fenton, through Nov. 30.

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 Translucence, a series of oil glaze paintings by Bill Duryea, through Dec. 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 Joy of Nature, oil paintings by Sherry Rogers, through Nov. 23.

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 Faces in the Crowd, portraiture from the permanent collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, through Jan. 20.

Fine Art Gallery at CSU-Pueblo, Capps Capozzolo Academic Center for the Arts, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2404. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featuring Scaling Routine, an exhibit highlighting the transcendent qualities of accumulated labor and daily routine, through Dec. 5.

Heebee Jeebees, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring Odditorium: Works by John Orr, an exhibition of contemporary art, through Nov. 30.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494, hunterwolffgallery.com. Open Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Anniversary Celebration: Everything New through Nov. 15. Giving Thanks, original paintings, sculpture, glass, pottery and fine jewelry by award-winning artists, Nov. 16 to Dec. 31. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 16, 5-8 p.m.

John Deaux Art Gallery, 221 S. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8407, johndeauxartgallery.com. Featuring Holiday Show and Potica Fest, trompe l'oeil painted wood sculpture by David Caricato and samples of Pueblo's Potica breads. Fri., Nov. 16, 5-9 p.m.

Lasko Fine Art, 113 N. Tejon St., 577-4750, laskofineart.com. Featuring 20 Years of Herman Raymond, works by the 2007 Pikes Peak Arts Council Artist of the Year, Nov. 16 to Dec. 31.Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 16, 5:30-8 p.m. Artist's talk, 6 p.m.

Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave. #4, 471-1360, laurareilly.com. Featuring Thanksgiving Holiday Open House, Mon.-Wed., Nov. 19-21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fri.-Sat., Nov. 23-24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

L.I.W. Cargo Fine Art Gallery, 713 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0452, allenfineart.com. Featuring Colorado Treasures Holiday Show: The Big and the Small of It, with over 20 artists displaying one large and one small painting, through Dec. 31.

Monument Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monumnet, 488-2370. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun., 1-5 p.m. Featuring Wonderful Wandering West and Botanical Beauty, photography by Laura Gangi Pond, through Nov. 30.

Nemo's Coffee Shop, 2230 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-2745. Open Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sat., 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring an exhibit of photographs and other media by members of the Colorado Springs Photography Meet-up Group through Jan. 4.

Novis Gallery, 206 1/2 N. Tejon St., 633-6903. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring original works by local artists, antique maps and prints.

OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 387-7212, opticalreverb.com. Featuring They're Everywhere, works by Louise Cutler, Alberto Leopizzi, Elizabeth Northart and others, through Nov. 25.

OpticalReverb at The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St., 387-7212, opticalreverb.com. $20-$25. Magnum Opus, a benefit for the COPPeR Foundation, through Nov. 30.

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

Paragon Art Gallery, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744. Open Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Presenting Once Upon a Playground, photography by Brenda Biondo in the Paragon Ballroom, and photos by Russell Wood, through Jan. 5. Featuring the works of Teresa Pacheco, through Dec. 1.

PPCC Art Gallery, Pikes Peak Community College, Downtown Studio Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4040. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Featuring A Reality of the Same Intensity, works by Will K. Polley, Maxine Green and Don Green, through Dec 14.

Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333, ppld.org. Featuring Victory at All Costs: Money of World War II through Nov. 31.

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. $20-$25. Featuring An Inspirational Journey, through Jan. 18.

Rubbish Gallery, 17B Bijou St., 440-5638. Open Fridays, 5-10 p.m. Featuring The Object Isn't the Thing, photography by Tim Davis.

Sangre de Cristo Arts 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 Pikes Peak Pastel Society Members Exhibit, through Jan. 18. The American West, paintings by Joellyn Duesberry, through Jan. 26. Works by Liz Johnson, Robert Hench, Jan Oliver, Louis Recchia and Zoa Ace, Nov. 15 to Feb. 2.

Second Street Art Market, 366 Second St., Monument, 488-2506, secondstreetart.com. Featuring Art to Feed Your Soul through Nov. 30.

The Secret Totem Gallery, 316 N. 25th St., 633-3134. Featuring People of the Edge: Changing Culture, an exhibit of paintings and sculpture, through Nov. 30.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Open Mon.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Featuring 12-18-21 Months, New Orleans photos by Theo Mullen and Clinton Sanders, through Nov. 17. Sky Sculpture for Peace on the rooftop through Dec. 31. The Nature of Design, the C-Springs Thirteen explore printmaking, through Dec. 1. Extraordinary Manitou, works by Charles H. Rockey, Ken & Tina Riesterer, Jermaine Rogers and more, through Dec. 15.

The Squash Blossom Gallery, 2531 W. Colorado Ave., 632-1899, squashblossom.com. Featuring Fall Exhibit, paintings and bronzes by local and regional artists.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, trilakesarts.org. Featuring the Annual Artist Member Show & Silent Auction, Nov. 16 to Jan. 19. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 16, 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, through Nov. 17.

The University of the Rockies, 555 E. Pikes Peak Ave. #108, 442-0505 ext. 601. Open Wed.-Fri., noon to 4:30 p.m. Featuring Color in Light, works by Sarah K. Hall, through Nov. 21.

Velez Gallery, 220 N. Tejon St., velezgalleries.com. Featuring Huichol Visions, a collection of Huichol bead work.

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.

WeUsOur Artist's Market, 10 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9702. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Things That Go Bump in the Night, the weird, wild and sometimes dark vision of Jeff DeMers, Chris Bullock and Rex Pillager, through Dec. 6.

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.

art events
Mexican Silver Exhibit and Sale, Kirk and Hill, 129 N. Tejon St., 635-7038. Offering handmade jewelry by renowned Mexican artisans. Proceeds benefit CASA. Fri., Nov. 16, 3-8 p.m., and Sat., Nov. 17, noon to 5 p.m.

Glass Blowing Demonstration, Higher Elevation Masterpiece Productions, 1323 Paonis St., 622-6646. Free. See artists will demonstrate their glass skills, and enjoy works on display. Sat., Nov. 17, noon to 3 p.m.

Intergenerational Arts & Crafts Sale, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 385-6980. Free. Offering hand-crafted herbal soaps, pottery, jewelry, holiday items, gourmet foods and more. Sat., Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Auditions & Entries
Prudential's Gingerbread House Contest to benefit Dickson Performing Arts Center in Woodland Park is seeking entries made of gingerbread, candy and sweets. Entries can be dropped off Nov. 19-21 at the Prudential Building. Call 687-1700 for contest details.

Colorado Balloon Classic is seeking entries in its 2008 logo design contest. Winner will receive a flight for two people in the 2008 Colorado Balloon Classic. Entries are due Nov. 30. Visit balloonclassic.com for more.

The League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region is seeking nominations for its "Making Democracy Work Award." Nominations are open to women who have worked and contributed to the community in a meaningful way. Applications due Dec. 1. Call 576-7432 or visit lwvppr.org for more.

CSU-Pueblo is seeking entries in a contest to choose a new fight song reflecting the university's name change. Entries will be accepted through Dec. 14. The winner will receive a choice of a $250 prize or a $1000 scholarship. Call 719/549-2576 for rules and more.

The Lighter Side of Christmas Parade 2007 is accepting entries for parade floats with the theme "I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas," in honor of those who have battled breast cancer. Call 686-1820 ext. 112 for more.

The Gallery at Paragon is seeking artists to display their work in the Paragon Royal Ballroom as well as Cedars Jazz Club at 3125 Sinton Road. Open to all ideas and styles. Call Ron Goldman at 510-1450 for more.

Commonwheel Artists Cooperative has openings for professional jewelers and wall artists for its shop and gallery in Manitou Springs. Call 685-1008 or visit commonwheel.com 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.

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
Third Iraq Moratorium, sidewalk in front of City Hall, Kiowa Street and Nevada Avenue, 632-6189, ppjpc.org. Join communities all over the U.S. to urge an end to the occupation of Iraq and oppose military action in Iran. Fri., Nov. 16, noon to 1 p.m.

"Pack the Pantry for the Hungry," Frieling Chiropractic, 6295 Lehman Drive, appointments: 592-9400. Bring in a non-perishable food donation and receive a free spinal screening and adjustment. Donations will go to The Good News Foundation. Tues., Nov. 20.

Clubs & Organizations
"Meet the League," Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 337-9435, lwvppr.org. Free. Learn about the League of Women Voters and hear Chris Nicoll present "A Radical Reform," a program about local suffragist Dr. Carol Spencer. Tues., Nov. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Republican Women, Colorado Springs City Auditorium, Academy Room, 212 E. Kiowa St., 494-7129. Free. Presenting State Senator Dave Schultheis on proposed legislation and immigration. Tues., Nov. 20, 5:30-7 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.

click to enlarge Cottonwood Artists School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899, - cottonwoodartistsschool.com. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. - to 4 p.m. Featuring 10 Year Anniversary and annual - Instructors Show, featuring works by more than 40 - artists, through Nov. 30.
  • Cottonwood Artists School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899, cottonwoodartistsschool.com. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring 10 Year Anniversary and annual Instructors Show, featuring works by more than 40 artists, through Nov. 30.

Professionals Network, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Steve: 667-3836. Open to any individual seeking new employment. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Singles Social Group of El Paso/Douglas Counties, e-mail: naturelady42@yahoo.com. Meet other mid-life singles, ages 40-55, for dinner, plays, wine tastings, hikes, music events and companionship.

Women's Sexual Abuse Survivor Support Group, Hillsboro at Springs Ranch, 3864 Riviera Grove, 237-4316, vi@qwest.net. $12. Meeting Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m.

Pueblo Veterans for Peace, Barkman Branch Library, 1300 Jerry Murphy Road, Pueblo, 719/544-3753. Meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month (except December).

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 866/768-2232, ccfa.org. Free. Colorado Springs support group meets the second Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m.

Blazer Ski Club, Valley Hi Golf Course Clubhouse, 610 S. Chelton Road, 577-7755. Learn about the club's upcoming events. Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.

SnoJets Ski Club, Howard's Pit BBQ, 3350 N. Chestnut St., snojets.org. The club offers activities for those over 21 including skiing, bike rides, camping, dancing, rafting and more. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.

WINGS, 800/373-8671, wingsfound.org. Offering therapist-facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Women's groups on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Men's group, Thursdays, 7 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Film & Video
Journey to Community Film Series, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717, asuuc.net. Free. Screening Invisible Children, a documentary about the child soldiers of Uganda. Sat., Nov. 17, 7-10 p.m.

Independent Film Series, InfoZone News Museum, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, 562-5604. Free. Featuring 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.

West Bank Story, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., cshadassah@hotmail.com. $10 includes lunch. This Academy Award winner for Live Action Short is a musical comedy about David, an Israeli soldier, and Fatima, a Palestinian fast food cashier. Sun., Nov. 18. 10 a.m.

Food & Drink
Singles Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner, First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., 884-6229. $3 plus a dish to share. First Presbyterian's Single Adult Ministries welcomes single adults 30 and above for this shared holiday meal. Fri., Nov. 16, 6 p.m.

Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free. Offering "Holiday Tasting," Sat., Nov. 17. "Italian Wine Tasting," Sat., Nov. 24. "California Wine Tasting," Fri., Nov. 30. Pre-registration is required.

Blue Star Events, The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. Offering Wednesday Wine Tastings, $20, 6:30 p.m. "Staff Favorites," Nov. 21. "Beautiful Blends," Nov. 28.

Health & Healing
Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Offering "Breakthrough Breathwork," Nov. 16. Open House featuring free classes all day, Sat., Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. "Children's Spirituality Morning," Nov. 18. "Michael Speak," Nov. 24. "Oneness Deeksha Blessing," Nov. 25.

Buddhist Teachings by Venerable Tenzin Kacho, Center for the Study of Buddhism and Tibetan Culture, Manitou Church, 103 Pawnee Ave., 471-9051. " "The Faults of Samsara," Nov. 17, 9:30-11 a.m.

Strength after Service, La Foret Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Road, 888/334-VETS, onefreedom.org. Free. This program, presented by combat veterans and civilian leaders in human performance, teaches vital information about brain and body changes due to prolonged stress. Sat., Nov. 17 or Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vivian Rice's Four Seasons Classes: Celebrating the Winter Solstice, 635-5596. $45. Receive nutrition, health and healing information including menus, recipes and exercises. Sat., Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Woman's Story Gathering, Mount St. Francis, St. Francis of Assisi Parish Ministry Center, 2650 Parish View, 598-5486. Pursue your inner spiritual journey through prayer, reflection and sharing with other women in these bi-monthly meetings. Sun., Nov. 18, 2-4 p.m.

MS/Lupus Wellness Group, Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel, 4285 N. Academy Blvd., 683-1700, woodmenvalley.org. Free. Presenting "Healthy Holidays," with Memorial Hospital Dietitian Mary Peet. Tues., Nov. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Faerie Moone Events, 1518 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0236, faeriemoone.com. "Essential Oils Class," $25, Wednesdays through May 7, 6-8 p.m. "Pathworkings Class," $25, Wed., Nov. 21, 7-8 p.m.

VNA Flu Shot Clinics, Visiting Nurses Association, 5373 N. Union Blvd., 577-4448, vnacolorado.org. $25-$40. Clinics every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through Nov. 29, noon to 6 p.m.

"Natural Healing for the Cold and Flu Season," Sage Woman Herbs, 308-A S. Eighth St., 473-9702, sagewomanherbs.com. $25. Learn how to treat yourself with herbs for the fastest recovery. Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"Movement for Survivors: Reawakening the Body after Trauma," The Studio, 3020 W. Colorado Ave., 494-7758. $45/class. Offering "Healing the Broken Heart: Trust & Intimacy," Dec. 9. Classes, 6-8:30 p.m.

Penrose Flu Shot Clinics, Penrose Community Hospital, 3205 N. Academy Blvd., 776-5050. $26-$40. Sun., Dec. 9.

Memory Screening, CU Aging Center, UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 471-4884 ext. 161. $5-$50. This low-cost screening can help determine if your memory changes are normal. Call for appointment.

"Sacred Sexuality" Group, Monument, e-mail: naturelady42@yahoo.com. Free. Discuss the writing of Charles and Carolyn Muir, Margot Anand and David Dieda as well as ancient texts on "enlightenment" through sexuality. Meets third Monday of the month, 7-9 p.m.

TaKeTiNa, Ecospiritual Center, 2502 W. Colorado Ave. #307, 685-1480. Experience the health benefits of simultaneous perception through the polyrhythm journeys of TaKeTiNa. Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.

CommuniDance, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., 291-3120, somamovement.org. Building community through movement and dance. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

Buddhist Meditation, Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave. #B, 473-7609. Silent sit on Sundays, 9-10 a.m., and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. with orientation, 6:15 p.m. Guided loving kindness meditation, Fridays, noon to 1 p.m.

Yoga for Special Needs, Downtown, Pat: 375-1922. Offering a gentle class designed for those with physical challenges. Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m.

"Yoga that You Can Do" Classes, WellPath Resources, 720 N. Main St. #335, Pueblo, 719/821-9200, wellpathresources.com. $10/each, $30/four. Mondays, 5:30-6:45 p.m. or Sundays, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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.

"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.

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.

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

Lectures & Learning
"The Innovative Minds Lecture Series Presents: Dave Calley," CC"s Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6607. Free. Come hear how Calley's company Southwest Windpower helps reduce pollution and oil dependence, as well as costs for those who are already "on the grid." Thurs., Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.

The Small Business Development Center Classes, UCCS CITTI Building, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, cssbdc.org. Offering "Basics of Bookkeeping," Nov. 15.

"Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., ppwfc.org. Presenting "Resume Writing: Resume & Portfolio Design," Nov. 15 or 29. "Self-Employment: The Driver's Seat," Nov. 20. "Job Shop: Guided Job Search," Nov. 27.

"Japan: Where It's Going, Where It's Been, and How It Affects the World," Broadmoor West, Rocky Mountain Ballroom, 1 Lake Circle, 579-8443, csworldaffairs.org. $30-$35. Luncheon featuring Michael Zielenziger, author of Shutting Out the Sun. Fri., Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m.

"Finding and Creek: History, Archaeology and the 1864 Massacre Site," Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, cspm.org. Free. Presenting Jerone A. Green, author and lead historian on the Sand Creek project. Sat., Nov. 17, 2 p.m.

"I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas: How To Have an Eco-friendly Holiday," Ruth Holley Library, 685 N. Murray Blvd., 573-0747. Free. Learn gift giving ideas and decorating strategies that are kind to the environment, reasonable and cost-effective. Sat., Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

"Tall Tales about Little People: Doing Science in the Age of Media," CC's McHugh Commons (above Herb 'n' Farm Caf), 1090 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Robert B. Eckhardt, part of the team of scientists that studied the "hobbit skeletons" of Indonesia, will talk about the discovery and the media spectacle that followed. Mon., Nov. 19, 7 p.m.

"Photographs of the Scrophalariaceae," Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo St., 633-5927. Free. Native penstemons and other species by the Colorado Native Plant Society. Mon., Nov. 19, 7-9 p.m.

"Discover Your Decorating Style," DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Showroom, 3205 N. Hancock Ave., 636-2444. $12/materials and decorating planner. Learn to identify your personal style and save time and money decorating your home. Thurs., Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m.

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

"Walk the Talk: A Community Trustee Series," Patty Jewett Clubhouse, 900 E. Espanola St., 632-2618, leadershippikespeak.org. $20. Featuring breakfast with Ret. Col. Lennie Coleman, "Military Support Operations in New Orleans," on Jan. 15, 7:30-9 a.m. Brenda Smith, "Leaving Your Footprint in Your Community," on March 18, 7:30-9 a.m.

Voices of America Lecture Series, CSU Pueblo, Hoag Recital Hall, Pueblo, 719/549-2810. Free. Presidential commentator Doris Kearns Goodwin, Feb. 19, 2008. Professor James Loewen, May 12, 2008.

Feng Shui and Floral Classes, School of Inner Health, 1 Lovers Lane, Manitou Springs, 964-8109. $50/class. Learn the principles of feng shui or floral design. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. or Sundays, 2-5:30 p.m.

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.

click to enlarge Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471 - -1360, laurareilly.com. Featuring Thanksgiving Holiday - Open House, Mon.-Wed., Nov. 19-21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., - and Fri.-Sat., Nov. 23-24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471 -1360, laurareilly.com. Featuring Thanksgiving Holiday Open House, Mon.-Wed., Nov. 19-21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fri.-Sat., Nov. 23-24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Literary Events
Old Colorado City Library Grand Re-opening, 2428 W. Pikes Peak Ave., ppld.org. Free. Featuring a performance by Manitou Art Theatre and other programs through the day. Sat., Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m.

National Association of Pen Women, Crescent Lily Inn, 6 Boulder Crescent, 495-2702. This luncheon meeting will feature nature photographer Debbie Hickie. All writers, musicians and artists welcome. Sat., Nov. 17, 11:15 a.m.

Bookfest 2007, Cripple Creek District Museum, 5th Street and Bennett Avenue, Cripple Creek, 689-9540, cripple-creek.org. Local authors Sylece Andromeda, Leland Feitz, Kathi MacIver, Dale Peiffer and Jan MacKell will discuss and sign their books. Sat., Nov. 17, noon to 3 p.m.

"luvsaverb" Open Mic, Village Inn Restaurant, 5790 S. Carefree Circle, 233-1698, luvsaverb.com. Free. Open to all who want to share or listen. Audience discussion on "Fate/Destiny." Second and fourth Saturdays. Sat., Nov. 17, 9-11 p.m.

Black Cat Books Events, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Free. Golden Compass Party with book talk, trivia and food, Sat., Nov. 17, 4-6 p.m. Goddess Open Mic Poetry, Mon., Nov. 19, 7-9 p.m. Book signing and talk with David Cole, traumatic brain injury survivor and author of The Illiad and the Odd D.C., Fri., Nov. 23, 6-9 p.m., and Sat., Nov. 24, 1-4 p.m. Poetry reading by Art Goodtimes, author of As if the World Really Mattered, Sat., Nov. 24, 7-9 p.m. Poetry reading by Dale Kent Peiffer, author of Staccato, Sat., Nov. 24, 7-9 p.m.

Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012, mandabach.com. Presenting Caf Scientifique, Tues., Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m. David Rioux discussing and signing Naked and Unbound: Rising above Fear, Pain and Grief, Tues., Nov. 27, 6 p.m.

Borders Events, Borders-Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd. #209, bordersstores.com. Presenting Jim Keen signing Great Ranches of the West, Sat., Nov. 24, 2 p.m.

Freestyle, Poetry, Spoken Word: Open Mic Nights, Pikes Peak Community College Downtown Studio Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-2091. Free. All readers are welcome to read their favorites or present their own works. Fri., Dec. 7.

Book an Adventure: Adult Reading Program, Pikes Peak Library District, 531-6333, ppld.org. Free. Read eight books in eight weeks to win prizes, food, coffee mugs and gas cards, through Dec. 17.

Great Books Discussion Group, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 ext. 1206, greatbooks.org. Free. Reading books from Great Conversations 2, edited by Daniel Born and Donald Whitfield. Second Thursday of the month.

Music
FireFall, Thirsty Parrot, 32 S. Tejon St., 576-5945, amusiccompanyinc.com. $14-$19. National recording artists FireFall will take the stage. Thurs., Nov. 15, 7-11 p.m.

Pikes Peak Ringers, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., 471-4361, fumc-cs.org. $12-$20. Enjoy this concert showcasing the handbell choir with guest vocalist Judith Shay-Burnz. Fri., Nov. 16, 7 p.m.

Out Loud: The Colorado Springs Men's Chorus, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 E. St. Vrain St., 471-0468, outloudcsmc.org. $15. Presenting the group's fall concert "Sing! Sing! Sing!" Fri.-Sat., Nov. 16-17, 8 p.m. Saturday matinee, 2 p.m.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic Events, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org. Presenting Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique, Sat., Nov. 17, 8 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m. The Nutcracker, Nov. 23-25. Christmas Classics & Carols, Sat., Dec. 22, 8 pm. and Sun., Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m. Pops: New Year's Eve, Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Smetana: The Moldau, Jan. 12-13. Pops: People's Choice, Sat., Jan. 26, 8 p.m. Thrilling Tchaikovsky, Feb. 9-10. Pops: Off to the Oscars, Sat., Feb. 23, 8 p.m. The Many Colors of Dr. Seuss, Sun., March 9, 2:30 p.m. Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, March 15-16. How's the Weather? Sun., April 6, 2:30 p.m. Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1, April 12-13.

Palmer Divide, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 S. Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. $12-$15. Featuring the all-original bluegrass band. Sat., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Borders Music, Borders-Southgate, 2120 Southgate Road. Free. Presenting singer-songwriter Will Dailey performing and signing his debut CD, Back Flipping Forward, Sat., Nov. 17, 2 p.m. Folk singer Mary Beth Cross, Sun., Nov. 18, 2 p.m.

Colorado Springs Conservatory Events, 1430 N. Hancock Ave., 577-4556, coloradospringsconservatory.org. Manger Avec Trios, $100, Sun., Nov. 18, noon. Jazz Night, $5, Fri., Nov. 30, 7 p.m.

USAFA Band Chamber Recital Series, CC's Packard Hall, W. Cache la Poudre St., 556-9916. Free. Featuring music for flute, clarinet, piano and harp. Tues., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.

World Arena Concerts, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Blue Man Group, Sat., Nov. 24, 8 p.m. Trans Siberian Orchestra, Wed., Dec. 5, 8 p.m.

Friends House Concerts, P.O. Box 38943, 329-1644, house-concerts.org. Presenting 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. Chris Smither, Fri., April 11, 7 p.m., $25.

Pikes Peak Philharmonic, various venues, 685-6468, pikespeakphil.org. $6-$18. Presenting Living Christmas Tree, Dec. 14-16, 7 p.m. Romantic Europe, Feb. 10, 3 p.m. Lost in the Woods, April 13, 3 p.m. Spring Fantasy, May 18, 3 p.m.

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

Performances
Katie Couric's The Brand New Kid, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, ticketswest.com. $8-$15. This musical, produced by the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences of Washington D.C., is adapted from the children's book. Thurs., Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

The Hiding Place, Village Seven Presbyterian Church, 574-6700 ext. 39, villageplayers.info. $6-$9. Presenting a play on the hope and faith of Corrie Ten Boom. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 15-17, 7 p.m. Matinee, Sat., Nov. 17, 2 p.m.

Seussical the Musical, Wasson High School Auditorium, 2115 Afton Way, 328-2000. $5-$7. Wasson Performing Arts Magnet school will present a musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 15-17, 7-9:15 p.m.

Working, Mitchell High School, 1205 Potter Drive, 328-6628. Students will present this musical based on Stud Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 15-17, 7 p.m.

Manitou Art Theater Events, Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, themat.org. $16. Presenting award-winning comic Barry Smith in his new one-man multimedia show, American Squatter, Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 15-17, 8 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 18, 2 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center Events, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, pikespeakcenter.org. Presenting Rodney Carrington, Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Hairspray, Sat., Jan. 5, 8 p.m., and Sun., Jan. 6, 2 p.m.

Arnold Hall Theater Events, U.S. Air Force Academy, 333-4497, ticketmaster.com. Presenting Prophecy and Honor (The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell), $6, Fri., Nov. 16, 7 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.

State Fair, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. CC voice student will perform a rousing, abridged version of the stage. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 16-17, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 18, 3 p.m.

Dance Lecture and Workshop, Unity Church of the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, 527-0622. $8-$10/lecture, $15-$20/workshop. Molly Lord will discuss how music evokes core behavior patterns in "Motown, Mozart and Mood: An Archetypal Dance," Fri., Nov. 16, 7 p.m. A workshop, "Dancing with the Witches' Broom," will follow on Sat., Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Theatre of Dreams Events, 735 Park St., Castle Rock, 303/660-6799, amazingshows.com. Presenting Magician Martin Cox, #20, Sat., Nov. 17, 8 p.m. Funnyman David Deeble, $20, Fri., Nov. 23, 8 p.m.

Damon Runyon Theater Events, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. Featuring Rabbit Hole, $8-$36 (with dinner option), Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18. A Year with Frog and Toad, $8-$36 (with dinner option), Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2 and 8-9. The Clock Strikes Dead: A New Year's Eve Mystery, $8-$36 (with dinner option), Jan. 11-12 and 19-20.

Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com. Presenting J.R. Brow, Wed.-Sun., through Nov. 18.

Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, theatreworkscs.org. $12-$22. Featuring Doubt: A Parable, through Nov. 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.

Cripple Creek Theatre Events, Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-6402, butteoperahouse.com. $9-$11. Thin Air Theatre Company presents Angel of the Christmas Mine, Nov. 23 to Dec. 31. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m. and Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m..

World Arena Events, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco, Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. Walking with Dinosaurs, Jan. 23-27. Harlem Globetrotters, Sun., April 6, 2 p.m.

FAC Theatre Events, SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. $24-$29. Presenting A Christmas Carol, Nov. 30 to Dec. 23. Sunday in the Park with George, Jan. 25 to Feb. 17. Fuddy Meers, March 21 to April 6. Beauty and the Beast, May 9 to June 1.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Performing Arts Series, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Presenting The Count Basie Orchestra, Tues., March 11, 7:30 p.m. I Love a Piano: The Music of Irving Berlin, Wed. April 2, 7:30 p.m. Chanticleer, Sun., May 4, 4 p.m.

"Whose Line Is It?" with Felonius Monks Improv Comedy Troupe, McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St., 633-3300. Free. Presenting a weekly comedy night. Tuesdays, 8 p.m.

dance parties & workshops
Social Dance Party, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, dancecolorado.net. $8. Dance and enjoy refreshments. Open to all skill levels. No partner required. Fri., Nov. 16, 8-10 p.m.

Contra Dance Workshop, 528 E. Bijou St., 578-8979. $3. Learn contra dance steps. Beginners welcome, Sat., Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contra Dancing, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute Ave., 578-8979. $4-$8, kids under 13 free. Pikes Peak Traditional Dance presents easy-to-learn dances and live music. No partner needed. Sat., Nov. 17, 7:30-10 p.m.

Colorado Ballroom Dance, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 598-8624, roncounts.com. $5. Basic instruction of a dance rhythm and steps followed by dance time. Waltz, fox trot, rumba, samba, tango, swing, salsa and cha-cha. Singles welcome, casual dress. Sat., Nov. 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Instruction, 7 p.m.

Saturday Night Dances, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195. $7-$9. Dance to a mix of music from big band to country, Latin to polka. Sat., Nov. 17, 7:3011 p.m.

Samba Group Dance Workshop, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, dancecolorado.net. $25. Join dance champion Donald Johnson as he teaches the samba. No partner required. Mon., Nov. 19, 7:45-8:30 p.m.

Salsa Dance Lessons, Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., 520-1201, springssalsa.com. Learn salsa moves and partnering techniques. Tuesdays through Nov. 27, 7:15-8:15 p.m.

Ballroom Dance Classes, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., Arthur: 634-3029. Learn swing, salsa, waltz, cha-cha, tango, foxtrot and more. Open to members and non-members. Registration on-going. Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m.

Hip Hop Workshop and Jam, Ormao Center for Contemporary Dance, 611 N. Royer St., 471-9759, myspace.com/hiphopcoloradosprings. Join our positive hip hop community and practice Bboying/Bgirling. First Saturday of the month. Workshop, 11 a.m. to noon. Jam, noon to 1 p.m.

Ballroom, Latin and Swing Lessons, Social Elegance, 2109 Templeton Gap Road, 632-4055, socialelegance.net. $7/drop-in. Beginner Dance Classes, Tuesdays through Dec. 22, 7-8 and 8-9 p.m. Intermediate, Wednesdays. Advanced, Thursdays.

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.

Recreation
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. $6/car. Kids' classes for ages 3-5 at 9 a.m. Offering "Tracking Turkeys," Nov. 15.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "T is for Turkey," Nov. 15. "Nature Adventures: Getting Ready for Winter," Nov. 21. "Fountain Creek 10K Hike," Nov. 24.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Offering "Nature Explorers: Turkey Time," Nov. 15. "Stewardship Day," Nov. 17.

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 "Colorado Evergreens for Kids," Nov. 17. "National Audubon Society Bird Count," Dec. 15.

Marital Arts Classes, Center for Aikido & Tangsoodo Studies, 5668 N. Union Blvd., 477-1244, aikitang.org. First month free. Inviting families and individuals to learn martial arts in a friendly, non-competitive environment. Mon.-Fri., Nov. 19-23, 7-9 p.m.

Mountain Chalet Events, 226 N. Tejon St., 633-0732, mtnchalet.com. Free. Featuring Shawn Connor on "Avalanche Safety," Wed., Nov. 28, 7 p.m. Bill Houghton on "Climbing the Dolomites," Wed., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.

Skate Park Public Input Meeting, City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., Jeff: 385-6523. Help design a new skate park to accommodate inline skaters, bicyclists and skateboarders in Memorial Park. Wed. Dec. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Special Events
Great Western Kettle Roundup, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 884-1050, tsacs.org. Free, reservations requested. This breakfast, with music by The Colorado Wranglers, kicks off the Salvation Army's 2007 Red Kettle Campaign. Thurs., Nov. 15, 7 a.m.

Light Up the Holidays, The Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Pkwy., 265-6264. Free. Enjoy hot cocoa, chocolate treats, face painting and live entertainment, select a giving tree ornament, and watch Santa turn on the first holiday lights. Fri., Nov. 16, 5-7 p.m. Lights on, 6 p.m.

Historic Homes Holiday Tour, 599-3736. Tour five downtown homes decorated for the holidays. Buy tickets at Phancy Pheasant, Silent Woman or Aunt Ruth's Attic. Proceeds benefit Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary programs. Fri., Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sat., Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

23rd Annual Trees of Life Celebration, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 633-3400, pikespeakhospice.org. Free. Celebrate life and honor loved ones at the Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care Trees of Life lighting ceremony. Sat., Nov. 17, 5-6:15 p.m.

Alpaca Holiday Extravaganza, Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road, 637-6449. See alpacas and hand spinners, artisans, and garments made from alpaca fleece and yarn. Sat., Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chrysanthemum Tea, Pueblo Country Club, 3200 Eighth Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-7967. $30. Featuring a performance of indigenous music of Bali, Indonesia with silent auction and tea, cash bar and hors d'ouvres. Benefits Pueblo Symphony. Sun., Nov. 18, 3:30-5:30 p.m. RSVP by Nov. 14.

click to enlarge PPCC Art Gallery, Pikes Peak Community College, - Downtown Studio Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502 - -4040. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sat., - 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Featuring A Reality of the Same - Intensity, works by Will K. Polley, Maxine Green and Don - Green, through Dec 14.
  • PPCC Art Gallery, Pikes Peak Community College, Downtown Studio Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502 -4040. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Featuring A Reality of the Same Intensity, works by Will K. Polley, Maxine Green and Don Green, through Dec 14.

Santa Paws, Humane Society of the Pike Peak Region, 610 Abbott Lane, 473-1741 ext. 125., hsppr.org. $10. Bring your pets (and kids) for holiday photos with "Santa Paws." Proceeds benefit the Humane Society. Sat., Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also Dec. 1, 8-9 and 15-16.

Thanksgiving Day Gala, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 593-8400. $55. Featuring Minnie Holloway, singing sensation from Mississippi and dancing to music of the Miles Street Jazz Band. Unveiling of Memorial to Clarence Shivers.

Youth & Family
Settlers of Catan-a-Thon, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567, galleryuccs.org. Hosting a marathon session of the board game "Settlers of Catan" to celebrate the closing of the exhibition Manifest: Colonial Tendencies of the West. Sat., Nov. 17, 1 p.m.

Youth Work Zone Events, Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., ppwfc.org. "Understanding and Improving Your Memory," Wed. Nov. 21, 4-5:30 p.m.

"Mothersong," Unity Church, 1945 Mesa Road, 471-0520. $5-$10, kids free. Offering a multi-cultural sing-along for families with children 0-3 years old. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

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.

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
ANNA's Preemie and the March of Dimes are seeking donations of new and gently used preemie-sized baby clothing and accessories in recognition of Prematurity Awareness Month. Donated items can be dropped off at locations throughout Colorado Springs through Nov. 17. See annaspreemie.com for locations and more.

Care and Share needs 6000 turkeys by Nov. 21 for families in need throughout the region. Turkeys can be dropped off at all Panera Bread stores as well as the Care and Share Food Band distribution center at 2520 Aviation Way. Call 528-1247 or visit careandshare.org for more.

Silver Key is looking for help with its Holiday Project. Volunteers are needed to deliver Thanksgiving food baskets through Nov. 20 and Christmas baskets and gifts Dec. 10-21 to older adults. Help is also needed with companionship visits, receiving donations, gift wrapping and more. Call 884-2311 for information.

Girls Scouts of Southeastern Colorado is seeking volunteers who want to make a difference in a girl's life. Share your skills whether you have an hour, a day, a weekend or more. Looking for women and men of all ages and backgrounds to help. Call 543-4690 ext. 102 for more.

Memorial Health System needs volunteers who want to make a difference a patient/family escorts, pediatric playroom helpers, weekend or evening information desk attendants, public event volunteers and more. Call 365-5298 for more.

Community Partnership for Child Development is seeking help in spreading holiday cheer through its Adopt-A-Family Program. Donors may "adopt" a family and purchase gifts for them or make a contribution for them at cpcdheadstart.org through Dec. 7. Visit the website or call 635-1536 for details.

Catamount Institute is looking for volunteers to further their mission of "inspiring ecological stewardship" through educational programs. Positions include working with youth, marketing and communications, fundraising, online research, office work and events. Call 471-0910 ext. 107 for more.

The Western Museum of Mining & Industry is seeking volunteers to lead tours, help with special events, maintain the grounds and staff the front desk. Call 488-0080 for more.

Storms Clinical Research Institute is looking for volunteers in a research study to determine whether an investigational medication works for allergic rhinitis (allergies) in children ages 3 to 9 years. Call 955-6000 for more information.

Explorer Elementary School in School District 20 is seeking volunteers for "The Peach Patrol," its literacy program. To learn how you can mentor first and second grade students in reading, call Donna at 234-4429.

Rocky Mountain Siamese Rescue needs temporary foster placements for cats or kittens rescued from shelters. Food, litter and all vet visits provided. Have fun and save lives. Call 651-2180 or visit co.siameserescue.org for more.

The Southern Colorado Pajama Program is seeking donations of new pajamas and books to deliver to abandoned and abused children living in group homes and foster care. Call 201-1497 or visit pajamaprogram.org for more.

Chins Up is looking for foster parents to provide safe and loving homes to neglected or abused children. Training, support and financial reimbursement is provided. Call Jennifer at 327-2013 or visit griffithcenters.org for more.

Operation Christmas Child is seeking donations for its Christmas gift project that reaches kids in over 100 countries. Call 260-9356 or see samaritanspurse.org for instructions on packing a shoe-box gift with toys, necessities, school supplies, candy and a letter of support.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is seeking volunteers to 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.org 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
Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/865-5000, denverartmuseum.org. Featuring Artisans & Kings: Selected Treasures from the Louvre through Jan. 6.

Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-4401, museo.org. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Free to members, $4 guests. Featuring Muiz: Remastered, photographs from the West Collection, through Jan. 20.

Rule Gallery, 227 Broadway, Denver, 303/777-9473, rulegallery.com. Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Fifty Ways to Fall in Love, works by Colorado Springs resident and native Pard Morrison, through Jan. 5

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 the 11th annual Gift of Art Show through Jan. 5. Opening reception, Sun., Nov. 18, 4-6 p.m.

literary
Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Haim Watzman, John Elder Robinson and John O'Hurley, Nov. 15. Joseph M. Marshall III, Nov. 16. Clive Cussler, Dom Testa and Peter Thomson, Nov. 17. Joel Fotinos and Ingrid Newkirk, Nov. 19. Dr. Larry McCleary and Robin Zubrin, Nov. 20.

University of Denver Writers Series, Newman Center, Gates Concert Hall, 2344 E. Illif Ave., Denver, ticketmaster.com. $38-$49. Presenting Claire Messud, Tues., Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m. Erik Larson, Tues., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. Anna Quindlen, Tues., March 18, 7:30 p.m.

Borders Events, Borders-Aurora, 6606 S. Parker Road, 303/680-4023, bordersstores.com. Presenting Jim Turner and Adrian Dater discussing and signing The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Denver Broncos, Tues., Nov. 27, 7 p.m.

music
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring Plaid Tidings, featuring the Forever Plaid quartet, through Dec. 23. Alex Komodore, Thurs.-Fri., Jan. 24-25, 7 p.m. The Mercury Ensemble String Quartet, Thurs., Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Windy Peak, Thurs., March 6, 7 p.m.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/468-2030, operacolorado.org. Presenting La Traviata, $28-$157, through Nov. 18. Don Pasquale, $28-$157, Feb. 8-17.

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 Contested Lands: Photographs around the Picket Wire through June 1.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. Annual Holiday Sale, free admission, Nov. 16-18. Chapungu: Custom and Legend, A Culture in Stone, through Feb. 29.

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

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 303/376-6720, denverzoo.org. $5-$9. Presenting Zoo Lights, 35 acres of lights and animated sculptures, Dec. 7 to Jan. 6, 5-9 p.m.

Mountain Park Environmental Center Events, 9167 Mountain Park Road, Beulah, 719/485-4444, hikeandlearn.org. $5, members free. "Post-Thanksgiving Hike," Sun., Nov. 25, 2 p.m.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, thewildlifeexperience.org. $4.95-$7.95, kids 2 and under free. Featuring Wild & Woolly: Ice Age Mammals, through Jan. 27. Showing the film Whales on the Extreme Screen through April 2008.

performances
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring La Cage aux Folles, Nov. 16 to Dec. 23. 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), $15-$20, through Dec. 31.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, 720/946-1388, buntport.com. Presenting Macbeth, the classic play set in the Wild West, through Nov. 17. Starship Troy, featuring a motley space crew, $5-$7, through April 23. tRUNks: A Live Comic Book through April 19.

Byers-Evans House Museum, 1310 Bannock St., Denver, 303/620-4933. $10. Featuring Christmas Teas for the Holidays, enjoy museum tours followed by a tea, $14-$18, Dec. 8-19.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, comedyworks.com. Presenting Charlie Murphy, Nov. 16-18. Steve McGrew, Nov. 21-25. Tom Papa, Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.

Denver Center for Performing Arts, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4100, denvercenter.org. Presenting Pride and Prejudice in the Buell Theatre, Nov. 16 to Dec. 15. The Diary of Anne Frank in the Space Theatre, through Dec. 15.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. Presenting Beauty and the Beat, Feb. 8-24. Thoroughly Modern Millie, April 18 to May 4.

special events
Chic and Shine Fashion Show, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303/443-2112, bmoca.org. $25-$30. Featuring holiday fashions, jewelry from Italian designers and a silent auction to benefit BMoCA. Thurs., Nov. 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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