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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 PEACE is..., found art modified into personal declarations by artists of Sierra High, through 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 photography by Gary Snyder, Dec. 21 to Jan. 15. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 21, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Illumination, a group exhibition.
Ruth Holley Library, 685 N. Murray Blvd., 597-5377, ppld.org. Open Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Wonderful Wandering West and Botanical Beauty, photography by Laura Gangi Pond, through Dec. 31.
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.
Second Street Art Market, 366 Second St., Monument, 488-2506, secondstreetart.com. Featuring Art to Feed Your Soul through Jan. 31.
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 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 Winter 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, through Feb. 9.
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, through Jan. 15.
"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
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.
Commonwheel Artists Co-op is seeking a metalsmith, a jeweler and a wall artist for their gallery. Visit Commonwheel, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, or commonwheel.com for an application. Due Mon., Jan. 7. Call 685-1008 for more.
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 email@example.com. Call 328-5402 for more.
Longest Night of the Year Memorial Service, meet at Salvation Army Soup Line, Spruce Street and Pikes Peak Avenue, 632-3297. Free. On the longest night of the year, join a candlelight procession to commemorate those who have died as a result of homelessness. Fri., Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m.
Christmas Tree Recycling, 520-7878, recycleyourchristmastree.com/counties/elpaso.com. $5. Remove all decorations and drop off your tree. See website for locations. Free mulch available. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 29-30 and Jan. 5-6.
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
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.
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.
Women's Sexual Abuse Survivor Support Group, Hillsboro at Springs Ranch, 3864 Riviera Grove, 237-4316, firstname.lastname@example.org. $12. Meets Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m.
WINGS, 800/373-8671, wingsfound.org. Offering therapist-facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Women's groups on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Men's group, Thursdays evenings.
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.
NAMI Colorado Springs, NAMI Office, 510 E. Willamette Ave., Suite A, 473-8477, namicoloradosprings.org. Free. A support group for families of persons with mental illness. Meets first and third Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Singles Social Group of El Paso/Douglas Counties, e-mail: email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Film & Video
The Dark Side of Oz and Alice on the Wall, Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St., 389-5969, myspace.com/pimp_circus. Watch The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland accompanied by the music of Pink Floyd. Live entertainment by The Boxsleeves and Blueberry Kush. Fridays, Dec. 21 and 28, 7 p.m.
Food & Drink
Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free. Offering Pre-registration is required. "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.
Community Holiday Dinner, 636-5266, tsacs.org. Free, no reservations needed. At six locations including The Salvation Army, 908 Yuma St.; Marian House Soup Kitchen, 14 W. Bijou St.; Salvation Army Canteen, 1205 Potter Drive; Manitou Springs Town Hall, 606 Manitou Ave.; and Fountain Valley Senior Center, 5727 Southmoor Drive, Fountain. Tues., Dec. 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Health & Healing
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.
Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Offering "Winter Solstice Sacred Sounding" and "Garden of the Goddess' Solstice Drumming," Dec. 22. "Michael Speaks: The Evening of the Full Moon," Dec. 23. "Oneness Blessing Deeksha," Dec. 30.
Gentle Strength Wellness & Herb Shop Events, 4831 Barnes Road, 533-0707. Free. "Winter Solstice Native American Ceremony," Sat., Dec. 22, 12:30 p.m. "Holiday Open House Celebration," Sat., Dec. 22 and 29, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"Blessings of How God Speaks to Us" Open Forum, EKANKAR Center, 1685 W. Uintah St., 633-0453, eck-colorado.org. Sun., Dec. 23, 10:30 a.m.
Yoga Holiday Donation Classes, CorePower Yoga, 338-7818, corepoweryoga.com. By donation. Classes to benefit Safe Passage, a non-profit that helps sexually abused children heal. Vinyasa Yoga, 623 N. Nevada Ave., 5 p.m.; Hot Yoga, 1025 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite C, 4:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 25.
Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 220, 444-2273, memorialhealthsystem.com. Registering now for January classes from baby basics and parenting, to yoga, tai chi and more.
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.
"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.
Lectures & Learning
"Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., ppwfc.org. Presenting "Resume Writing: Resume & Portfolio Design," Thurs., Dec. 20 or 27.
PILLAR Institute of Lifelong Learning Events, 30 E. Rio Grande St., 633-4991, visitpillar.org. Registration required. "PILLAR Players Senior Readers Theatre," Dec. 20.
"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. Offering 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.
"Read It Before You See It," Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, 260-6882, ppld.org. Free, registration required. Read The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith and join other kids ages 7-12 for a discussion, an activity, popcorn and a drawing for free movie tickets. Fri., Dec. 28, 4-5 p.m.
Colorado Springs Fiction Writer's Groups, 574-5571, coloradospringsfictionwritersgroup.org. Free. Discuss writing and publishing, critique works and socialize with other writers. Groups meet Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
"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, 9-11 p.m.
Wendy Woo in Concert, Thirsty Parrot, 32 S. Tejon St., 884-1094, amusiccompanyinc.com. $9-$14. Presenting the Colorado singer-songwriter and her band. Thurs., Dec. 20, 8-11 p.m.
Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org. Presenting Christmas Classics & Carols, $26-$45, Sat., Dec. 22, 8 pm. and Sun., Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m. Pops: New Year's Eve, $15-$52, 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.
Empty Stocking Benefit Concert, Kinfolks Mountain Shop, 950 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 499-8835. $10-$12. Presenting Ian Gott and Madison Square with Grant Sabin and the Revelators. Proceeds benefit the Empty Stocking Fund. Sat., Dec. 22, 7 p.m. to midnight.
New Year's Eve with Canned Heat, Silver Moon, 117 E. Las Vegas St., 633-LIVE. $75. Celebrate with the band that rose to fame in the sixties, played Woodstock and continues today. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.
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.
Pikes Peak Philharmonic, various venues, 685-6468, pikespeakphil.org. $6-$18. Presenting Romantic Europe, Sun., Feb. 10, 3 p.m. Lost in the Woods, April 13, 3 p.m. Spring Fantasy, May 18, 3 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.
Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, ticketswest.com. 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.
Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com. Steve Hirst, Dec. 20-23. David Testroet, Dec. 26-30. Kristin Key, Dec. 31. Jowl Lindley, Jan. 2-6.
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.
Murder Mystery Dinner, The Briarhurst Manor, 404 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1864. $60. Presented by Red Herring Productions. Fri., Dec. 28, 6:30 p.m. seating, 7 p.m. show.
Manitou Art Theater, BAC's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, themat.org. $8. Presenting Art Guffaw, a circus of fine art, puppetry, dance, comedy, magic and juggling. Dec. 28 to Jan. 6.
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., Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m., and Mon., Dec. 31, 7 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, $80 with dinner show and cash bar, Mon., Dec. 31. Broadway Broads and Gents: A Musical Review, $8-$36 (with dinner option), Jan. 11-12 and 19-20. The King And I, $8-$25, Feb. 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24.
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. Aesop's Fables, Tues., Jan. 15, 7 p.m. Gypsy, Tues.-Wed., Feb. 5-6, 7:30 p.m.
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
December Social Dance, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, dancecolorado.net. $10. Enjoy dancing, great music and refreshments. Open to all skill levels. Dress to impress. Fri., Dec. 21, 8-10 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., Dec. 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Instruction, 7 p.m.
English Country Dance, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 494-0563. $3. No partner required. Dancers ages 10 and over welcome. First and third Saturdays, 2-4 p.m., beginning Jan. 5.
English Country Dance, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 494-0563. For those 55+. Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m., beginning Jan. 14.
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.
Salsa Dance Classes, Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave. Unit C, 520-1201, springssalsa.com. Join a six-week, semi-private group course with one-on-one attention. Registration required. Thursdays beginning Jan. 3, 6 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. Fridays, 7-8 p.m.
Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. "Two & Threes Outdoors: Winter Wildlife,' Dec. 20.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights, 576-2251, parks.state.co.us/parks/cheyennemountain. "Cookie Burner Hike," Sat., Dec. 22 and 29, 10 a.m. to noon. "Trek to Observe Winter Survival Strategies," Sun., Dec. 23 and 30, 2-4 p.m.
Empty Stocking Skate Nights, World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2101. $2 suggested donation. Hosting three night of open ice skating to benefit the Empty Stocking Fund. Wed.-Fri., Dec. 26-28, 6-8 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. 20-22, 2 p.m.
"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 Teas and Light Tours, Canon City Queen Anne Tea House, 813 Macon Ave., Canon City, 719/275-5354. "Holiday Light Tours" by van with Christmas story presentation and holiday music, $5-$7, beginning at dusk through Dec. 22. "Afternoon Tea" with sandwiches and sweets, $14.99, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and "High Tea" with dinner and dessert, $24.99, 6 pm., through Dec. 31.
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.
Swedish "Julotta" Service, Bethany Lutheran Church, 1401 S. Eighth St., 632-9017. Featuring a Christmas candlelight service conducted in Swedish and English with Scandinavian music. Refreshments follow. Tues., Dec. 25, 6 a.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. Runs through Dec. 30, 5-9:30 p.m.
Starlight New Year's Eve Ball, Antlers Hilton, 4 Cascade Ave., 576-2626, ticketswest.com. $110. Ring in the New Year with Randy Rodriguez and the Stardust Orchestra, cocktails, dinner and dancing. Proceeds benefit Care and Share Food Bank. Mon., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.
"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. "December Celebrations," Dec. 20. "Favorite Stories," Dec. 27.
Old North End Neighborhood Holiday Caroling, begins at Tejon Street and Madison Avenue, 330-8753, oldnorthend.org. Bundle up to stroll and sing along a 1.9-mile route with three warming stops. Santa will join singers in a horse-drawn wagon. Fri., Dec. 21, 5-7 p.m.
Pikes Peak Library District Events, 531-6333, ppld.org. "Mrs. Claus Tells Stories," Fountain Branch, Sat., Dec. 22, 10 a.m., and Ruth Holley Branch, Sat., Dec. 29, 1:30 p.m. "Colossal Cookies and Holiday Fun," Sand Creek Branch, Sun., Dec. 23, 1:30 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.
Old Town Christmas, Old Colorado City, West Colorado Avenue, 302-2962, shopoldcoloradocity.com. Meet Santa in Bancroft Park every Sat.-Sun. through Dec. 25, 1-5 p.m., plus Dec. 24, noon to 4 p.m.
"Cookie Mining," Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880, wmmi.org. $4-$8, members and children under 4 free. Become part owner in an imaginary mine, learn about the industry and race other teams to mine chocolate chips from cookies. Fri., Dec. 28, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Colorado Kids Free Day, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, 10 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, 686-1820, rmdrc.com. Two kids admitted free for every paid adult. See over 30 dinosaur exhibits plus marine reptiles and a working fossil preparation lab. Fri., Dec. 28, 9 a.m. to 6 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 & events
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.
Collectors' Night Holiday ArtWalk, Denver's ArtDistrict on Santa Fe, 6th to 10th Avenues on Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/629-0713. Enjoy art at over 40 galleries, restaurants and shops just south of downtown. Fri., Dec. 21, 6-8 p.m.
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.
Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Student Holiday Piano Concerts, Dec. 21-23. Family Friday Night, Dec. 28.
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.
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring Plaid Tidings, featuring the Forever Plaid quartet, through Dec. 23. Alex Komodore, Thurs.-Fri., Jan. 24-25, 7 p.m. The Mercury Ensemble String Quartet, Thurs., Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Windy Peak, Thurs., March 6, 7 p.m.
Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. Presenting The Nutcracker, through Dec. 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. Blossoms of Light through Jan. 20, 6-9 p.m. 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, 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.
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 through Dec. 29. Starship Troy, featuring a motley space crew, through April 23. tRUNks: A Live Comic Book through April 19.
Byers-Evans House Museum, 1310 Bannock St., Denver, 303/620-4933. $10. Featuring In a Holiday Mood, a readers' theater presentation by Colorado Homegrown Tales, Dec. 21-23.
Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, comedyworks.com. Presenting 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 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.
Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. Presenting The Nutcracker, Dec. 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.