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Art Shows & Galleries
American Numismatic Association Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646, money.org. Open Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Free. Featuring The Medal is the Message through May.

Artists Lair, 2766 Janitell Road, 576-5247. Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Presenting Holiday Artists Review, works by artists featured throughout 2007.

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. PEACE is..., found art modified into personal declarations by artists of Sierra High, Dec. 18 to Jan. 31.

The Beacham Gallery, 2002 Monteagle St., 390-6685. Featuring Inside/Out Youth Services Benefit Art Show, works by Jo LoCurto, Barb McAdams, DeLane Bredvik and Frederick Lyle Morris through Dec. 30.

Black Cat Books, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Featuring a series of small paintings by Steve Wood, Dec .15 to Jan. 15. Opening reception, Sat., Dec. 15, 6-9 p.m.

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 Rsum, an overview of Betty Atherton's body of work, through Dec. 22. Paintings and mixed media by Eric "Bucker" Winfield in the Common Gallery through Dec. 22.

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, through Dec. 14.

The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277. Featuring paintings by Majorie Hause through Dec. 31. Fallen Apples Productions presents Life Through the Lens, a new look at nature by photographer Bruce Reiger, Jan. 5-31. Opening reception, Fri., Jan. 5, 5 p.m. to midnight. 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, through March 9. Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe, May 3 to July 5.

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.

Cucuru Gallery and Caf, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900. Presenting works by local painter Marie Baher, local potter Roger Fenton as well as works by Cuban nationals, through Jan. 1.

The Downtown Bar, 103 Central Plaza, Pueblo, 719/544-1499, thedowntownbar.com. Open Tues.-Wed., 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Thurs.-Sat., 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Featuring Heart Paint, works by Blond Morris. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 14, 6-8 p.m.

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 works by Kristine Stewart, oil and watercolor landscape artist, Jan. 7-25.

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.

Heebee JeebeeS, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring Zenon, comic book and fine art works by Gary Grossman and Kollin Strand, through Jan. 26.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494, hunterwolffgallery.com. Open Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring Abstract Multiplied, works by painters Carol Ettenger and J. Price Garner, through Dec. 15.

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.

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.

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 works by Julie Sprinkle, Hal Gimpelson, Russ Lewis, Hank Miller, Chris Coleman, Lorraine Danzo, Larry Wilkinson and Diane Vallejo.

Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., 636-1225. Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring On the Mountain with AdAmAn, photographs and artifacts from the AdAmAn's 85-year tradition of scaling Pikes Peak on New Year's Eve, through Jan. 15.

OpticalReverb Gallery at The Creative Flow, 4 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-2430, opticalreverb.com. Featuring A Ruxton Tag, works by 15 local artists, through Jan. 30.

OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 387-7212, opticalreverb.com. Featuring The Divine Life, new works by Spika, through Jan. 30.

OpticalReverb at Stones Bones and Wood6970 E. Lake St., Green Mountain Falls, 684-2291, opticalreverb.com. Open Thurs.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Lakeside Paint Storm, works by Warwen Arcila and Lance Butcher, through Jan. 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. Painting for Entertainment, works by Joe Harris, through Feb. 2.

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 Wonderful Wandering West and Botanical Beauty, photography by Laura Gangi Pond, at Ruth Holley Library through Dec. 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.

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 Own Your Own Art Show and Sale through Dec. 29. 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, through Feb. 2.

The Secret Totem Gallery, 316 N. 25th St., 633-3134. Featuring Annual Seasonal Wreath Show, plus contemporary and traditional paintings and sculpture, through Dec. 31.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Open Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Featuring Extraordinary Manitou Holiday Bazaar, works by Charles H. Rockey, Ken & Tina Riesterer, Jermaine Rogers and more, through Dec. 15. Nature's First Green is Gold, paintings by Taffy Mulliken, through Dec. 21. Love Letters Home, works by Sarah Milteer, through Jan. 17.

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. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 14, 7-9 p.m.

Velez Gallery, 220 N. Tejon St., 630-3710, velezgalleries.com. Open Mon.-Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Pre-Columbian Metals, fine vintage jewelry in silver, copper and brass, through Dec. 31.

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 Black & Red Local Color, photography by Terry Wolfe and stoneware by Mark Wong, through Jan. 3.

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.

Wireworks Coffee Shop and Gallery, 103 S. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/671-8775. Featuring A New York State of Mind, expressionist paintings by Joel Carpenter, Dec. 15 to Jan. 15.

art events
"Colored Pencils with Pizzazz" Class, Deb Komitor's Studio, 741 Panorama Drive, 635-8456. $20/week, registration required. Six-week class exploring new compositional and color possibilities with Deb Komitor. All skill levels welcome. Wednesdays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 13.

Colachi Arts, 1107 Manitou Ave. #11, 685-1254. Featuring day, evening and weekend classes in watercolor cards, body molds, wood staining, Feng Shui and more.

Auditions & Entries
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 Manitou Art Theater will hold auditions for 10 Minutes Max, a variety show, on Dec. 15-16 at Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave. Call 685-4729 or visit themat.org for details and an appointment.

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The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company announces auditions for David Lindsay-Abaire's dark comedy Fuddy Meers on Dec. 17-18 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Seeking male and female actors ages 17 to 60. Call 477-4387 for an appointment.

Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts and the Business Fine Art Center's Big Picture Discussion Group are seeking 2D and 3D art for the State of the Union art exhibit in February. Submissions are due Jan. 4. They may be e-mailed, mailed or delivered to Smokebrush Gallery. Visit smokebrush.org or thebac.org for details.

Katharine Lee Bates Elementary School is seeking former Bates students to contribute to a 50th anniversary "Where Are They Now?" memory book. E-mail your favorite elementary school memory, the years you attended Bates, a short biography, and even a photo to mccoljs@d11.org. Call 328-5402 for more.

Civic Opportunities
Iraq Moratorium, 1100 and 1200 blocks of S. Academy Blvd., 632-6189, ppjpc.org. Free. Join Santa and members and supporters of the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission for this monthly moratorium. Fri., Dec. 14, noon to 1 p.m.

Winter Clothing Drive, The Leechpit, 708 N. Weber St., 634-DORK. Bring donations to The Leechpit between noon and 6 p.m. daily, and they will be distributed throughout the winter at Shove Chapel's Sunday soup kitchen. The store will offer a 15% discount with a donation.

ONE " The Campaign to Make Poverty History, Panera Bread Community Room, 7344 N. Academy Blvd., one.org. Free. Learn what you can do to help make poverty history and meet like-minded people. Meets the first Sunday of the month, 1:30 p.m.

Clubs & Organizations
CS Women's Express Network, Garden of the Gods Club, 3320 Mesa Road, 303/419-3253. $25. This local league of the American Business Women's Association meets monthly for networking and professional development. Fri., Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Blazer Ski Club, Valley Hi Golf Course Clubhouse, 610 S. Chelton Road, 577-7755. Offering weekend ski trips, golf, hikes, social events and dinner meetings for mature adults. Meets Wednesdays. Wed., Dec. 19, 6-9 pm.

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 evenings.

Academy Toastmasters, DeVry University, 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd., 494-2777. Free. Learn to be a better speaker. Visitors welcome. Mondays, 5:30-6:30 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 p.m.

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.

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.

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
Film Fundraiser, Unity Church of the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, rockymountaininsight.org. Matthew Flickstein will speak about spiritual development, share details of the film and a trailer. Donations will support filming of Voices of Truth: The Meeting Point of All Spiritual Traditions. Thurs, Dec. 13, 7-9 p.m.

Indulgence World Premiere, CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 404/713-9566, negativesplit.net. $10, free with CC ID. Screening Indulgence: 1000 Miles Under the Colorado Sky, featuring ultra-marathon phenomenon Anton Krupicka. Fri., Dec. 14, 8-10 p.m.

Journey to Community Film Series, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717, asuuc.net. Free. Screening the 1979 film version of Gian Carlo Menotti's, Amahl and the Night Visitors. Sat., Dec. 15, 7-10 p.m.

Independent Film Series, InfoZone News Museum, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, 562-5604. Free. Featuring Madeinusa, a drama from Spain and Peru with English subtitles. Sat., Dec. 15, 7-10 p.m.

Celine Dion's "A New Day," Tinseltown, 1545 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., fathomevents.com. $12.50. See Celine Dion perform her Las Vegas show, which will close later this month. Mon., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Food & Drink
Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free. Offering Pre-registration is required. "German Wine Tasting," Sat., Dec. 15. "Wines of France, Italy and New Zealand," Sat., Dec. 22. "Wines of the World Tasting," Thurs., Dec. 27. "Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting," Sat., Dec. 29.

Champagne Dinner, La Belle Vie Restaurant, 1606 S. Eighth St., 444-8400. $125. Serving five courses and pouring a "dozen or so" champagnes. Sat., Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

Blue Star Events, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. Wednesday Wine Tastings, $20, "Champagne and Sparkling Wines," Wed., Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Health & Healing
Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Offering "Chris Douglas Lecture: The Art of Silence," Dec. 14, 7 p.m. "Children's Spirituality: Celebrating Yuletide," Dec. 16. "The Keys to Chakras: Life Cycles," Dec. 17. "Winter Solstice Sacred Sounding," Dec. 22. "Michael Speaks: The Evening of the Full Moon," Dec. 23. "Oneness Blessing Deeksha," Dec. 30.

"Celebrate Recovery " Hurts, Habits and Hangups," Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Road, 597-4402, radiantchurch.org. Free. Open to men and women in search of a Christ-centered recovery. Meets every Friday. Fri., Dec. 14, 7-10 p.m.

"Old Friends: Easing Life with EFT During Your Pet's Transition," Smooth Changes Therapies, 4935 N. 30th St. #180, 271-6089, smoothchanges.com. $45. Bring your pet in a carrier to this hands-on workshop. Sat., Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

108 Sun Salutes for Peace, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., smokebrush.org. Free. Kat Tudor of Smokebrush, Thia Luby of Yoga Imaging and other yoga instructors will lead the event. Live music and refreshments. Sun., Dec. 16, 2 p.m.

Faerie Moone Events, 1518 N. Academy Blvd., 591-2419, faeriemoone.com. "Public Yule Ritual," free, bring an inexpensive gift and a dish to share, Fri., Dec. 21, 8-10 p.m. "Essential Oils Class," Wednesdays through May 7, 6-8 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. #B, 473-7609. Silent sit on Sundays, 9 a.m., (orientation 8:15 a.m. on first Sundays) and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. (orientation, 6:15 p.m.). Guided loving kindness meditation, Fridays, noon. Mindful Movement and Meditation, first and third Saturdays, 9 a.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.

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"Transform Your Life" Meditation Class, CC's Worner Campus Center, Room 216, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 303/813-9551, meditationincolorado.org. $8 suggested donation. Offering guided meditation and Buddhist teachings. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

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

Lectures & Learning
"Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., ppwfc.org. Presenting "Resume Writing: Resume & Portfolio Design," Thurs., Dec. 13, 20 or 27. "Self Employment; the Driver's Seat," Tues., Dec. 18.

PILLAR Institute of Lifelong Learning Events, 30 E. Rio Grande St., 633-4991, visitpillar.org. Registration required. "Hot Issues of the 21st Century," Dec. 13. "Nutritional Healing," Dec. 14. "What the Bleep Do We Know? Further Down the Rabbit Hole," Dec. 17. "Costa Rica," Dec. 18. "PILLAR Players Senior Readers Theatre," Dec. 20.

"Re-designing Humans: Human Re-evolution in 2050 and Beyond," CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Joseph Rosen, a plastic surgeon specializing in polytrauma cases, will discuss social implications of technological advances in health care. Thurs., Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.

"Manifest Your Life Goals," Cucuru Gallery and Caf, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 685-1480, divinepurposeunleashed.com. Free. Get ready for 2008 and manifest your resolutions at this "creative exploration" evening. Thurs., Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Curiosity Unlimited Faculty Lecture, Edelweiss Restaurant, 34 Ramona Ave., 527-8036. $15. Theatreworks Artistic Director Murray Rose will discuss how a play is selected and a cast is chosen. Fri., Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m.

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

"Pack Your Burro," Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880, wmmi.org. $4-$8, members and children under 4 free. Join an interactive game that includes storytelling, maps, posters, photos and an imaginary prospecting expedition and meet live burros (weather permitting). Fri., Dec. 21, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

"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," Jan. 15, 7:30-9 a.m. Brenda Smith, "Leaving Your Footprint in Your Community," 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.

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.

Literary Events
Poor Richard's Bookstore, 320 N. Tejon St., 632-7721, poorrichardswebsite.com. Featuring Anthropologist Sarah Hautzinger discussing and signing Violence in the City of Women: Police and Batterers in Bahia, Brazil, Thurs., Dec. 13, 6 p.m. Poet Bob King will read and sign his new collection, Old Man Laughing, Tues., Dec. 18, 6 p.m.

Veteran's Open Mic Night, Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., 328-9620. Free. Hear stories and poems from veterans and active duty soldiers, or share your own. Thurs., Dec. 13, 7-9 p.m.

Twice-a-Month Poetry Night, Cucuru Gallery and Caf, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900. Hear select local poets read their works. Wed., Dec. 14, 5:30-8 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9945. Presenting John Shumaker signing The Mystery of the Alpha and Omega, Sat., Dec. 15, 1 p.m.

National Association of Pen Woman Luncheon, Crescent Lily Inn, 6 Boulder Crescent, 495-2702. Linda Weise, founding director of Colorado Springs Conservatory, and Lauren Arnest, artist, illustrator, lyricist, writer and editor will speak about "Women in the Musical Arts." Sat, Dec. 15, 11:15 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.

"luvsaverb" Open Mic Poetry and Discussion, Village Inn Restaurant, 5790 S. Carefree Circle, 233-1698, luvsaverb.com. Free. Open to all who want to share or listen. Second and fourth Saturdays, 17, 9-11 p.m.

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

Acoustic Eidolon Holiday Concert, Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road, 282-0760, blackroseacoustic.org. $10-$15. Hannah Alkire and Joe Scott blend Celtic, folk and world-influenced music. Fri., Dec. 14, 7-10 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, ticketswest.com. Presenting Brule, Sat., Dec 15, 7:30 p.m. Etta James, Fri., March 28, 7 p.m. Art Garfunkel, Sat., March 29, 7:30 p.m. B.B. King, Wed., April 9, 8 p.m. The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Fri., April 11, 7 p.m. America, Thurs., July 3, 7 p.m.

Global Jazz Fusion, Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012. $7 suggested donation. World jazz by Bob Tudor, Tom Ross and Gregg Johnson. Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m.

The Orchestra, Silver Moon, 117 E. Las Vegas St., 633-LIVE. $45. Featuring former members of ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) and ELO Part II. Sun., Dec. 16, 8 p.m.

Songs of Christmas, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 2111 Carlton Ave., 219-2236. Free. Vocal Fusion, the 30-voice show choir, will perform holiday favorites. Sun., Dec. 16, 3 p.m.

Messiah, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., 471-4361. Call for complimentary tickets. The chancel choir, orchestra and soloists of the church will perform Handel's Christmas classic. Sun., Dec. 16, 5 p.m.

Holiday Lights Concert, Pulpit Rock Church, 301 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 473-8152, yca-cs.org. Free. Young Concert Artists of Colorado Springs will present a holiday music concert. Sun., Dec. 16, 3 p.m.

The Promise, Village Seven Presbyterian Church, 4050 Nonchalant Circle South, 574-6700, v7pc.org. $5-$15. Presenting a Christmas concert featuring Michael Card, 150 voices and 40 instrumentalists. Sun., Dec. 16, 6 p.m.

Borders Events, Borders-Southgate, 2120 Southgate Road, 632-6611, bordersstores.com. Folk singer Mary Beth Cross will perform. Sun., Dec. 16, 2 p.m.

Travis Book and the Colorado Playboys, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-3019, trilakesarts.org. $12-$15. Travis Book and the band will present their own brand of bluegrass and acoustic music. Sun., Dec. 16, 7 p.m.

Christmas Big Band Sunday, Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St., 964-7977, billemerymusic.com. $6-$10, 18 and under free. Presenting the New Century Big Band with Kristin Warner. Sun., Dec. 16, 3 p.m.

An Evening of Song, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Voice students will present a recital of song cycles including works by Schumann, Poulene, Granados, Ireland and J.J. Niles. Sat., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Collegium Musicum, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Performing works from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and the early Baroque periods. Sun., Dec. 16, 3 p.m.

The Little London Winds: Musical Gifts in Packages Large and Small, 4925 Farmingdale Drive, 492-1049, littlelondonwinds.org. Free. The wind ensemble will perform favorite Christmas songs in standard and new styles. Mon., Dec. 17, 7-8:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org. Presenting 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.

World Arena Concerts, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. World Arena Birthday Bash with Sawyer Brown, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Chris Young, Phil Stacey and Rissi Palmer, Thurs., Jan. 10, 7 p.m. Casting Crowns: The Altar and the Door Tour, Tues., Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Matchbox 20 with Alanis Morissette, Tues., March 4, 8 p.m.

Friends House Concerts, P.O. Box 38943, 329-1644, house-concerts.org. Presenting 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.

Performances
Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.comClaude Stuart, Dec. 13-16. Steve Hirst, Dec. 19-23.

Holiday Showcase, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, dancecolorado.net. $15. Watch dance teachers and students perform pairs and group dance formations to Christmas music. Sat., Dec. 15, 7-9 p.m.

A Nutcracker Ballet and Holiday Tea, Rampart High School, 8250 Lexington Drive, 272-7078. $13-$17. Presenting Colorado's Classical Youth Ballet, the Colorado Springs Conservatory Singers and actor David Sckolnik as Tchaikovsky. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 15-16, 1 and 5 p.m.

The Nutcracker, Old Falcon High School Commons Area, 9755 Towner Ave., Falcon, kcrockett@d49.org. Woodmen Hills Elementary students and choir will present The Nutcracker. Tues., Dec. 18, 7 p.m.

Theatreworks, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, theatreworkscs.org. $12-$22. Featuring The Santaland Diaries through Dec. 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.

FAC Theatre, SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. $26-$29. Presenting A Christmas Carol, through 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. 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, through to Dec. 23.

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Cripple Creek Theatre, 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, through Dec. 31. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m. and Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m.

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

Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. Featuring The Clock Strikes Dead: A New Year's Eve Mystery, $8-$36 (with dinner option), Jan. 11-12 and 19-20.

World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Walking with Dinosaurs, Jan. 23-27. My Little Pony Live!, Feb. 1-3. Harlem Globetrotters, Sun., April 6, 2 p.m.

Arnold Hall Theater, U.S. Air Force Academy, 333-4497, ticketmaster.com. Presenting 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.

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. Enjoy dancing, great music and refreshments. Open to all skill levels. No partner required. Fri., Dec. 14, 8-10 p.m.

Ballroom Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195. $8-$10. Dance to the sounds of the Bill Emery Band. Fri., Dec 14, 8-11 p.m. Also, free beginners ballroom dance classes every first, third and fifth Thursday.

Pikes Peak Traditional Dance, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 578-8979. $4-$8. Richard Myers calling and live music by Ceol Ceili. Easy-to-learn dances. No partner needed; families welcome. Sat., Dec. 15, 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., Dec. 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Instruction, 7 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 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.

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
Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Offering "Christmas Bird Count" and "Young Naturalist: Feathered Friends of Bear Creek," Dec. 15. "Little Wonders: All about Deer," Dec. 18.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "Nature Hike with Santa Claus," Dec. 15. "Two & Threes Outdoors: Winter Wildlife,' Dec. 20.

Trails and Open Space Coalition Holiday Hike, Red Rock Canyon Open Space, 3615 W. High St., 633-6884, trailsandopenspaces.org. Free, reservations required. Join a 1-2 mile night hike followed by hot chocolate and cookies. Tues., Dec. 18, 5:30 p.m.

Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 385-6086, cheyennecanon.org. Open Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Offering "The Journey of Starsmore," 1 p.m. "Wildlife Tracks and Signs Walk," 2 p.m.

Special Events
Remembrance Service, Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, 388-4972. Free. If there is an empty chair at your holiday table, join with others at a special candlelight service. Feel free to bring a framed photo of your loved one. Thurs., Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Christmas Party and Toy Drive, Blondie's, 20 N. Tejon St. 232-6765, csyoungprofessionals.com. Free. The Colorado Springs Young Professionals will host a party and toy drive with a complimentary buffet if you donate a toy. Thurs., Dec. 13, 6-9 p.m.

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.-Sun, Dec. 15-16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Seven Falls Holiday Lighting, 2850 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road, $4 donation. Over 100,000 lights, 30 special displays and multi-colored lights highlighting the falls. Proceeds benefit Christmas Unlimited. Dec. 15-30, 5-9:30 p.m.

Holiday Teas and Tours, Rock Ledge Ranch, 30th Street and Gateway Road, $12-$15, reservations required. Tour the ranch decorated for a family celebration in the 1880s with treats and recipes from the cooks. Dec. 16 and 18-22, 2 p.m.

"A Light in the Darkness" Taize Service, 3685 Jeannine Drive, 596-6894, community-for-spiritual-living.com. Free. Offering a candlelight service for people who are dealing with sorrow and loss in the midst of the holiday season. Tues., Dec. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Holiday Tree Cutting Permits, Pikes Peak Ranger District, 601 S. Weber St., 477-4221, fs.fed.us/r2/psicc/passes. $10. Get a permit to cut your own Christmas tree in the Rampart Range Road area outside Woodland Park, through Dec. 16.

"A Dozen Ways to Say Holiday Magic," Downtown Colorado Springs, downtown80903.com. Activities include Santa's workshop, live music and a variety of promotions and celebrations hosted by shops and restaurants. Runs every Wed.-Sat. through Dec. 22.

Holiday Headframe Lighting, Victor and Cripple Creek, victorcolorado.com. Giant holiday ornaments will be lit against the night skies of the City of Mines. Self-guided maps at Victor Hotel, Cripple Creek Welcome Center, Carr Manor and Gold King Mountain Inn. Friday to Sunday through Dec. 24 and nightly Dec. 25 to Jan. 1.

"Silent Night" Coffee & Conversation, Starbucks Coffee, The Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Parkway, 265-6264. Inviting the deaf community, interpreters and those who love stories for coffee, conversation, activities and children's story time. Sundays, 4-10 p.m. Story time (ASL interpreted), 4-5 p.m.

Youth & Family
Children's Storytimes, Manitou Springs Public Library, 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. "We Love the Library," Dec. 13. "December Celebrations," Dec. 20. "Favorite Stories," Dec. 27.

Holiday Evenings, Rock Ledge Ranch, 30th Street and Gateway Road, 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com. $2-$6. Enjoy wagon rides, lantern light tours, blacksmithing demos, a barn dance, hot cider and a visit from St. Nick. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 14-15, 4-8 p.m.

Pikes Peak Library District Events, 531-6333, ppld.org. "Mrs. Claus Tells Stories," Briargate Branch, Sat., Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m., and Rockrimmon Branch, Sat., Dec. 15, 1:30 p.m. "Reindeer Coming Your Way!" Palmer Lake Branch, Sat., Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m., and Penrose Library, Sun., Dec. 16, 1:30 p.m.

Letters to Santa, US Post Office, 570-5324. Free. The post office is helping Santa Claus with his Christmas mail. Send letters to Santa Claus, c/o Customer Relations Office, 3655 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs 80910. Please mail letters by Sun., Dec. 16.

Old Town Christmas, Old Colorado City, West Colorado Avenue, 302-2962, shopoldcoloradocity.com. Meet Santa in Bancroft Park every Sat.-Sun. through Christmas, 1-5 p.m., plus Christmas Eve, noon to 4 p.m.

"Toys for Tots" Toy Distribution, Colorado Springs Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., 487-8005. Free, children 12 and under. If you are struggling to make ends meet and need toys for your children, bring them to see Santa. Sponsored by Marine Corps Reserve and Toys for Tots. Sat., Dec. 22, 1 p.m.

Youth Work Zone Workshops, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3736, ppwfc.org. Free. Open to youth ages 14-21. "Making Bright Choices: Choosing the Career That's Right for You," Wed., Jan. 16, 4-5:30 p.m. "Career Preparation: Building Your Professional Self," Wed. Jan. 30, 4-5:30 p.m.

Free Thoughts-Free Kids Group, 210-9332, freethinkerscs.com. Join science, ethics and nature-related activities with the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs new group for parents and kids. Promotes humanist principles and critical thinking. Events and meetings, first Sunday of the month.

"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.

Volunteer Opportunities
Project Angel Heart needs volunteers to deliver nutritious, medically appropriate meals to people with life-threatening illnesses as part of its "Cruise for a Cause" program. Call 800/381-5612 to volunteer for a 90-minute shift.

Art as Community is collecting warm clothing and monetary gifts toward food for Navajo Elders this winter. Donations can be dropped at The Coffee Exchange at 526 S. Tejon St. through Dec. 19. Help support these elders who keep the stories and ways of our planet and people alive. Call 540-3592 for more.

Silver Key urgently needs more volunteers to deliver Christmas baskets and gifts through Dec. 21 to older adults. Help is also needed with companionship visits, receiving donations, gift wrapping and more. Call 884-2311 for information.

The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers through Dec. 23 to host their Angel Tree at Chapel Hills Mall. Volunteers will accept gifts for those in need. Volunteer bell ringers are also needed. Call 636-5266 or visit tsacs.org to sign up for a shift.

All Breed Rescue & Training invites community members to choose an ornament from the rescue's Holiday Giving Tree and buy a gift for a rescued dog. Visit the facility at 20 W. Mount View Lane, Suites B & C, call 264-6460 or visit haveanicedog.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 recruiting volunteers to become a child's "voice in court" and make a difference for an abused or neglected child. No legal background needed. Call Lori at 447-9898 ext. 1008 or visit casappr.org for more.

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.

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.

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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.

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 children in need 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.

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.

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
Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, 772 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-0440, chacweb.org. Featuring Luminarias De La Guadalupe & Christmas Mercado Group Show, though Dec. 22.

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.

literary
Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting John Nichols, Dec. 13. James Humes, Joan Borysenko and Gordon Dveirin, Dec. 14. Pat Miller aka The Gabby Gourmet, Dec. 15. Dr. Payson Sheets, Dec. 16.

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

music
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring December Bells, holiday music from the Rocky Mountain Ringers, Dec. 14-15. 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.

Fremont Chamber Orchestra, Washington Elementary School, 606 N. 9th St., Canon City, 719/784-3400. Free. Take part in an evening of traditional holiday music. Sat., Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. Presenting Christmas Voices and Brass with the Colorado Chorale, Dec. 15-16. The Nutcracker, Dec. 15-23. Hugo Wolf Wuartet, Jan. 24.

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. Blossoms of Light through Jan. 20, 6-9 p.m.

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, through Jan. 6, 5-9 p.m.

Mountain Park Environmental Center Events, 9167 Mountain Park Road, Beulah, 719/485-4444, hikeandlearn.org. $5, members free. "Winter Solstice Drum Circle," Fri., Dec. 21, 6:30-8 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 through Dec. 23. 19th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Jan. 10-13. 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. $15-$20. Featuring The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) through Dec. 31.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, 720/946-1388, buntport.com. Presenting Titus Andronicus: The Musical, $12-$20, through Dec. 29. 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, through Dec. 19.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, comedyworks.com. Presenting Greg Warren, Dec. 13-16. BT, Dec. 21-22. Adam Ferrara, Dec. 28-31. Jasper Redd, Jan. 2-6. John Heffron, Jan. 10-12. Ralph Harris, Jan. 18-20.

Crossroads Theater, 2590 Washington St., Denver, 303/832-0929, denvercrossroads.com. $8-$10. Presenting A December Suite, an original winter musical and dance celebration, through Dec. 30.

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. My Fair Lady, March 26 to April 6. A Chorus Line, May 4-17. 3 Mo' Divas, May 9 to June 29. Sweeney Todd, June 17-29.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/468-2030, operacolorado.org. Presenting Don Pasquale, $28-$157, Feb. 8-17. Avenue Q, Sept. 9-21.

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, through Dec. 15.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. Presenting The Nutcracker, Dec. 15-16 and 20-23. 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, through 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, through Jan. 5.

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