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Art Shows & Galleries
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 10x10 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.
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 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, through Jan. 15.
Cheyenne Mountain High School Art Gallery, 1200 Cresta Road, 475-6110. Featuring the annual Art Faculty Exhibition, works by elementary through high school teachers across the district, Nov. 30 to Dec. 14. Thurs., Nov. 29, 5:30-7 p.m.
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 nonprofit 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 A Bold New Era, ongoing exhibit.
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, through Dec. 31.
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.
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, through Dec. 31.
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, through Dec. 31.
Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471-1360, laurareilly.com. Featuring Thanksgiving Holiday Open House, Fri.-Sat., Nov. 23-24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Painting demonstrations, 2 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, Monument, 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 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 the works of Teresa Pacheco, through Dec. 1. Once Upon a Playground, photography by Brenda Biondo, and photos by Russell Wood, through Jan. 5.
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. 30.
Plantera Group Gallery, Plantera Group, 731 N. Weber St., 886-0456. Open Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. $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, through Dec. 7. Artist's talk on the "creative process," for people who have the desire to be creative but are stuck, Fri., Nov. 23, 6 p.m.
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.
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, through Jan. 19.
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 Young Moderns: Sarah Braman, Todd Chilton & John McEnroe, Dec. 14 to Feb. 9. Pre-show appetizer with gallery director Christopher Lynn, $1-$4, Thurs., Nov. 29, 7 p.m.
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.
Winter Helmich Fine Art and Jewelry Gallery, 47 Third St., Monument, 487-8998. Featuring works by Gary Arthur, Claudette Bedingfeild, Ruth Burink, Michael Gault, Robert Gray, Lance Green, Wayne Nickle, Stephen Weaver and Susan Helmich. Grand-opening reception, Thurs., Nov. 29, 5-8 p.m.
Colorado College Arts and Crafts Sale, CC's Worner Campus Center, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6607. More than 40 professional artists along with CC students will offer works in various media including fiber, clay, metal, glass, wood, photography, painting and printmaking. Fri., Nov. 30, 4-8 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., Dec. 1-2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shears Art Bazaar, 334 N. Nevada Ave., 633-9076. Featuring creative and artistic gifts including leather goods, fabric art, beaded jewelry, pottery, herbal soaps and sculptural forms. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Auditions & Entries
OpticalReverb has opened a new gallery at 4 Ruxton Ave. in Manitou Springs and is seeking new works to display. Visit the gallery or go to opticalreverb.com to submit your portfolio.
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 nonprofit of the buyer's choice. Local artists and nonprofits that are interested in participating are encouraged to call 540-3592.
"Preserving Affirmative Action: Confronting Distortions in the Public Debate," Hillside Community Center, 901 S. Institute St., 475-7255. The NAACP will host a community discussion with Linda Meric, Bill Vrandenberg and Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins of the statewide equal-opportunity coalition. Sat., Nov. 24, 3 p.m.
Clubs & Organizations
Pueblo Veterans for Peace, Barkman Branch Library, 1300 Jerry Murphy Road, Pueblo, 719/544-3753. Screening the film Terrorstorm by Alex Jones. Tues., Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m.
Women's Sexual Abuse Survivor Support Group, Hillsboro at Springs Ranch, 3864 Riviera Grove, 237-4316, email@example.com. $12. Meeting Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m.
NSCA Weightlifting Club, National Strength and Conditioning Association, 1885 Bob Johnson Drive, 632-6722. Free. Join others who train and compete in the sport of weightlifting. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Singles Social Group of El Paso/Douglas Counties, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet other mid-life singles, ages 40-55, for dinner, plays, wine tastings, hikes, music events and companionship.
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 email@example.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.
Film & Video
Indymedia Newsreal Brown Bag, Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, 214 E. Vermijo Ave., 471-3405, ppjpc.org. Clips of today's people-power activism. Fri., Nov. 30, noon to 1 p.m.
Food & Drink
Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free. Offering "Italian Wine Tasting," Sat., Nov. 24. "California Wine Tasting," Fri., Nov. 30. "Wines of Chile and Argentina Tasting," Sat., Dec. 1. 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. "Beautiful Blends," Nov. 28.
Health & Healing
Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Offering "Michael Speak," Nov. 24. "Oneness Deeksha Blessing," Nov. 25.
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.
Faerie Moone Events, 1518 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0236, faeriemoone.com. "Essential Oils Class," $25, Wednesdays through May 7, 6-8 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.
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., Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
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., Suite 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.
"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.
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., #220, 444-2273, memorialhealthsystem.com. Offering classes from baby basics to yoga, smoking cessation and more.
Lectures & Learning
Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880, wmmi.org. $4-$8, members and children under 4 free. Featuring "The Gold Assay Process: Magic? No ... Chemistry!" Sat., Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Returning to the Arms of the Ancient Mariner," Unity Church, 1945 Mesa Road, 390-9090, midwifingdeath.com. $35 suggested donation. Leslie Della-Madre will lead this workshop for women on the divine feminine. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 24-25.
"An Amazing 10-Year Sailing Adventure," Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 528-6443. Free. Helen and Elmer Olson will present slides and commentary on their journey from the U.S. across the Pacific Ocean. Tues., Nov. 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., ppwfc.org. Presenting "Job Shop: Guided Job Search," Nov. 27. "Rsum Writing: Rsum & Portfolio Design," Nov. 29.
"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.
Pikes Peak Environmental Forum, Antlers Grille, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 633-4421. $9.61-$13.91. A luncheon with Gabriel Caunt, who will present "Architects and Climate Change: The Promise of Better Buildings." Fri., Nov. 30, noon to 2 p.m. RSVP by Nov. 28.
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.
Senior Resource Development Agency Classes, 230 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8900. Registering now for December classes including computers, aerobics, games, arts and crafts and more.
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.
Authors' Tea Showcase, Antler Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 593-8400. Free. Authors Marie Greenwood, Mara Purl, Jacqueline Sue and Lonzie Symonette will discuss the writing experience through their works of poetry, autobiography, nonfiction and fiction. Sat., Nov. 24, noon.
Black Cat Books Events, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Free. 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. Randy Levin, the Muffin Lady, will sign her cookbooks and discuss high-altitude cooking and special diets, Sat., Nov. 24, noon to 4 p.m. David Rioux will discuss and sign Naked and Unbound: Rising above Fear, Pain and Grief, Tues., Nov. 27, 6 p.m. Mike Tkacik will discuss and sign IM with God: Journey to the Center of the God in You, Thurs., Nov. 29, 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. Award-winning poet Dale Kent Peiffer will read from his new book, Staccato, and answer questions, Fri., Nov. 30, 6 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers Events, 1565 Briargate Blvd., bn.com. Free. Photographer John Fielder and author Claudia Cangilla McAdams signing their children's book, Maria's Mysterious Mission. Sat., Dec. 1, 11 a.m.
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.
Shivers Celebration VIII Evening of Classical Song, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 593-8400. Featuring vocalists Paulette Labbe-Chiasson, Joshua Conyers and Louise Toppic with Susan Grace on piano. Fri., Nov. 23, 8 p.m.
World Arena Concerts, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Blue Man Group, Sat., Nov. 24, 8 p.m.
Evening of Elegance Banquet and Jazz Concert, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 593-8400. $65. Enjoy a social hour, dinner and concert as part of the Shivers Celebration VIII. Sat., Nov. 24, 6 p.m.
Colorado Springs Conservatory Events, 1430 N. Hancock Ave., 577-4556, coloradospringsconservatory.org. Presenting Jazz Night, $5, Fri., Nov. 30, 7 p.m.
Colorado College Choir and Chamber Chorus Concert, Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., free. The choir and chamber chorus will present their winter concert under the direction of Deborah Jenkins Teske. Fri., Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Merry TubaChristmas 2007, Acacia Park Band Shell, 115 E. Platte Ave., 532-0021, tubachristmas.com. Free. Featuring traditional carols played by over 70 tubas and euphoniums. Sat., Dec. 1, 4 p.m.
Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, ticketswest.com. Presenting Holiday Pops Concert with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, $14-$16, Sat., Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, Sun., Dec. 2, 3 p.m.
Colorado Springs Philharmonic Events, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org. $26-$45. Presenting The Nutcracker, Fri.-Sat., Nov. 23-24, 8 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., Nov. 24-25, 2:30 p.m.
Theatre of Dreams Events, 735 Park St., Castle Rock, 303/660-6799, amazingshows.com. Presenting Funnyman David Deeble and Ryan Lowry, $20, Fri., Nov. 23, 8 p.m.
Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com. Presenting Matt Iseman, Nov. 23-24. Troy Baxley, Nov. 28 to Dec. 2.
Cripple Creek Theatre Events, Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-6402, butteoperahouse.com. $7-$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.
FAC Theatre Events, SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. $26-$29. Presenting A Christmas Carol, Nov. 30 to Dec. 23. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Iron Springs Chateau Dinner Theater, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5104. $9.50-$15.50 show only, $15-$28.50 with dinner. Presenting the 2007 Holiday Extravaganza Review, Fridays through Sundays, Nov. 30 to Dec. 23.
Damon Runyon Theater Events, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. Featuring A Year with Frog and Toad, $8-$36 (with dinner option), Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2 and 8-9.
Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, theatreworkscs.org. $12-$22. Featuring The Santaland Diaries, Dec. 6-23.
"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
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. 24, 7:30-11 p.m.
Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 598-8624, roncounts.com. $1-$5. Dance easy lines, Cotton-eyed Joe, Texas two-step, mixers, country waltz, cowboy cha-cha, easy squares and more. Family environment. Singles welcome. Sat., Nov. 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Instruction, 7 p.m.
Dance Fitness Classes, Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., Suite C, 520-1201, springssalsa.com. Learn to dance for your holiday parties. Fri., Nov. 23, "Zumba," 9 a.m. "Yoga Booty Ballet," 10:15 a.m.
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. 30, 8-10 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.
Turkey Trot 5K and Kids' Run, Briargate Family YMCA, 4025 Family Place, 282-9622. $15-$18. Thurs., Nov. 22, registration at 6:30 a.m.; kids' run at 8:15 a.m.; 5K at 9 a.m.
Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "Fountain Creek 10K Hike," Nov. 24. "Rudolph's Relatives," Dec. 1.
Mountain Chalet Events, 226 N. Tejon St., 633-0732, mtnchalet.com. Free. Featuring Shawn Connor on "Avalanche Safety," Wed., Nov. 28, 7 p.m.
Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Offering "Holiday Card Making," Dec. 1. "Little Wonder: Snow Stories," Dec. 4.
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.
Buy Nothing Day, Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, 214 E. Vermijo Ave., 632-6189. On the biggest retail day of the year, people concerned about materialism and consumerism will enjoy a potluck, open house and film screenings. Fri., Nov. 23, 1-5 p.m.
Holiday Headframe Lighting, Victor and Cripple Creek, victorcolorado.com. Giant holiday ornaments will be lit against the night skies. Self-guided maps at Victor Hotel, Cripple Creek Welcome Center, Carr Manor and Gold King Mountain Inn. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 23 to Dec. 24 and nightly Dec. 25 to Jan. 1.
Annual Thanksgiving Train Show and Swap Meet, Disabled American Veterans, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd., 550-1780. $2-$3/admission, kids under 13 free. Train layouts, venders and door prizes. Sat., Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Old Town Christmas, Old Colorado City, West Colorado Avenue, 302-2962, shopoldcoloradocity.com. "Santa in Bancroft Park," Fri., Nov. 23 and every Sat.-Sun. through Christmas, 1-5 p.m., plus Christmas Eve, noon to 4 p.m. "Harmony in Motion" Performance, Sat., Dec. 1, 1 p.m. at 26th Street and West Colorado Avenue.
World AIDS Day: Take Charge, Stop AIDS, UCCS University Center, #302, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 574-5435, Reception, short film and discussion with Dr. Watson, Thurs., Nov. 29, 5:30 p.m. Peoples United Methodist Church, 5110 Tamlin Road, musical program with candlelight ceremony, Fri., Nov. 30, 6 p.m.
Antiques at the Aud, Historic City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., 596-8839. $3. Vendors offering antiques, collectibles, unique items, fabulous finds, primitives and more. Sat, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Youth & Family
Renaissance Academy Events, 2760 Fieldstone Road, 475-2510. Free. Presenting "Parenting the Tweens" with Alice Barnett, a Love and Logic instructor. Tues., Nov. 27, 6:30-8 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.
Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs Family Immigration Services is seeking volunteers interested in helping adult immigrants in our community learn language skills. Orientation sessions, Tues., Nov. 27, 7-8 p.m., and Mon., Dec. 10, 7-8 p.m.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is recruiting volunteers to become a child's "voice in court" and make a difference for an abused or neglected child. No legal background needed. Open house at CASA's office, 701 S. Cascade Ave., on Thurs., Nov. 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Call Lori at 447-9898 ext. 1008 or visit casappr.org for more.
Silver Key is looking for help with its Holiday Project. Volunteers are needed to deliver 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.
Art as Community is collecting warm clothing and monetary gifts toward food for Navajo Elders. Donations can be dropped at The Coffee Exchange at 526 S. Tejon St. through Dec. 19. Call 540-3592.
The Salvation Army is seeking volunteer bell-ringers for the holiday season at 70 red kettle locations around the county. Shifts are flexible and continue through Dec. 24. Businesses, civic organizations and churches are encouraged to volunteer. Call 360-0715 or visit tsacs.org for more.
Home Instead Senior Care is looking for people to "Be a Santa to a Senior" as part of its campaign to brighten the lives of area seniors. Look for giving trees in area stores and businesses then buy and return a gift through Dec. 8. A community gift-wrapping event will be held at First United Methodist Church at 4420 N. Nevada Ave. on Dec. 8 at 9 a.m.
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 as 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 Web site or call 635-1536 for details.
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.
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 shoebox gift with toys, necessities, school supplies, candy and a letter of support.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
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, photos 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.
Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Mike Nelson, Nov. 24. Dottie Lamm and Peter Gomes, Nov. 27. Richard Shelton and Ken Lamberton, Nov. 28. Jenna Bush and Patricia Schultz, Nov. 29. Guillermo Vincente Vidal, Nov. 30.
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.
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.
National Grinch Tour, Tattered Cover Bookstore, 1628 16th St., Denver, 303/436-9210 ext. 2737. Free. Meet the Grinch in celebration of his 50th birthday and Dr. Charles D. Cohen, author of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! A 50th Anniversary Retrospective. Fri., Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m.
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring Plaid Tidings, featuring the Forever Plaid quartet, through Dec. 23.
recreation & learning
Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-3682, coloradohistory.org. $5-$7, free under 5 years. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Contested Lands: Photographs around the Picket Wire through June 1.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. 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.
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring La Cage aux Folles through Dec. 23.
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 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 Steve McGrew, through Nov. 25. Tom Papa, Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. Billy D. Washington, Dec. 5-9.
Denver Center for Performing Arts, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4100, denvercenter.org. Presenting Pride and Prejudice in the Buell Theatre and The Diary of Anne Frank in the Space Theatre through Dec. 15.
Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/422-4090, festivalplayhouse.com. $11-$13.50. Presenting The Man Who Rented Christmas, a holiday comedy for all ages, Nov. 23 to 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.
Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 303/294-9258, mercurycafe.com. $10. Presenting Marx in SOHO, a play on history by Howard Zinn, Nov. 23 to Jan. 25.
Miner's Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden, 303/935-3044, minersalley.com. $18-$20. Presenting A Tuna Christmas, a holiday comedy set in Tuna, Texas, through Dec. 23.
Theater Off Broadway, 1124 Santa Fe, Denver, 303/777-3292, theatregroup.org. $12-$22. Presenting Tiny Tim is Dead, a Christmas journey into the world of a group of urban street people, Nov. 24 to Jan. 5.
Arvada Center Holiday Craft Fair, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. $6. Offering handcrafted items by over 150 regional and national crafters and artisans. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 23-24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Salida Vintage Guitar Show, Salida Caf Bongo Billy's, 300 W. Sackett Ave., Salida, 719/207-0811, brokenstringguitars.com. Free admission. Buy, sell and trade acoustic and electric stringed instruments. Free. Sat., Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nightlife: The Andy Warhol Soap Factory Costume Party, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303/443-2122. $10-$15. BMoCA's end-of-the-year bash with art, music, fashion and Andy Warhol costume contest. Fri., Nov. 30, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.