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click to enlarge Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471 - -1360, laurareilly.com. Featuring oil paintings by Laura - Reilly through Jan. 31.
  • Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471 -1360, laurareilly.com. Featuring oil paintings by Laura Reilly through Jan. 31.

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.

The Beacham Gallery, 2002 Monteagle St., 390-6685. Open Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Inside/Out Youth Services Benefit Art Show, works by Barb McAdams, DeLane Bredvik, Kay Kahn, Frederick Lyle Morris and Sam Michellas, through March 31.

Black Cat Books, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Featuring photography by Gary Snyder through Jan. 15

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 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. 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 nonprofit of the buyer's 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.

Duryea Fine Art, 1003 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9050, duryeafineart.com. Open Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Dream Trees, a series of imaginary trees by Bill Duryea, through March 31.

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 oil and watercolor landscapes by Kristine Stewart Jan. 7-25. Opening reception, Jan. 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

El Pomar Carriage Museum, 11 Lake Circle, 577-7065, elpomar.org. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., 1-5 p.m. Featuring Masterpieces of Colorado Landscape, through Feb. 3.

FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., #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.

Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave. #4, 471-1360, laurareilly.com. Featuring oil paintings by Laura Reilly through Jan. 31.

Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr., 531-6333 x2258. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun., 1-5 p.m. Featuring Bob McIntyre Photo Exhibit, photographs of Broadmoor Hotel visitors including past presidents, sports personalities and celebrities, through Jan. 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 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. Open Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring 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. Featuring An Inspirational Journey, through Jan. 18.

Rubbish Gallery, 17B Bijou St., 440-5638. Open Fridays, 5-10 p.m. Featuring Illumination, a Burning Man-inspired group exhibition, through Jan. 5. Psychic Menagerie, works by Holly Conlon, Jan. 11 to Feb. 1. Opening reception, Fri., Jan. 11, 5-10 p.m.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring Pikes Peak Pastel Society Members Exhibit through Jan. 18. The American West, paintings by Joellyn Duesberry, through Jan. 26. Works by Liz Johnson, Robert Hench, Jan Oliver, Louis Recchia and Zoa Ace, 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 Beyond the Mind's Eye: UFO and Alien Art through Jan. 31.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Open Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Featuring Love Letters Home, works by Sarah Milteer, through Jan. 17. Seventh Annual FutureSelf Celebration, Jan. 4-17. Opening reception, Fri., Jan. 4, 5-8 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

art events
Annual FutureSelf Celebration, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave. Ste. 102, 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Featuring works ranging from oil painting to origami by FutureSelf and ArtWorx! students as well as a live poetry performance. Fri., Jan. 4, 5-8 p.m.

"Pots by the Pound," Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. An annual pottery and art sale, with items priced by the pound. Jan. 4-28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"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.

Auditions & Entries
Commonwheel Artists Co-op is seeking a metalsmith, a jeweler and a wall artist for its gallery. Visit Commonwheel, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, or commonwheel.com for an application. Due Mon., Jan. 7. Call 685-1008 for more.

Colorado Springs Children's Chorale will hold treble auditions for singers ages 7 to 12 on Sat., Jan. 12. Call 633-3562 for more information.

Smokebrush Gallery and Foundation for the Arts and the Business of 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. 14. They may be e-mailed, mailed or delivered to Smokebrush Gallery. Visit smokebrush.org or thebac.org for details.

Pikes Peak Philharmonic will hold concerto competition auditions for students through the high school level on Sat., Feb. 9. Win a cash prize and an opportunity to perform with the philharmonic. Call 471-7605 for more.

The Pride Center's OutWord Writing Group is seeking entries from local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons for inclusion in its LGBT anthology. Guidelines are available at ppglcc.org or call 352-2007. Entries accepted until March 21.

Civic Opportunities
Christmas Tree Recycling, 520-7878, recycleyourchristmastree.com/counties/elpaso.html. $5. Remove all decorations and drop off your tree. See website for locations. Free mulch available. Sat.-Sun., Jan. 5-6.

"Peace on Earth: Darfur?" Roundtable Discussion Pikes Peak Justice and Peak Commission, 214 E. Vermijo St., econjustice@ppjpc.org. Everyone is concerned about the suffering in Darfur, but what is the best course of action for activists committed to nonviolence. Mon. Jan. 7, 7-9 p.m.

New Hampshire Primary Viewing Party, Old Chicago, 118 N. Tejon St., 949/584-8099. Free. Join your fellow Hillary supporters to watch the primary results. Tues., Jan. 8, 6-9 p.m.

Fountain Creek Restoration Public Forum and Open House, Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 633-6620, restorefountaincreek.org. Learn about the effects of urbanization along the creek and how local conservation efforts can benefit the community. Thurs., Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m.

Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council Outreach Meeting, Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333. Free. Learn how restorative justice can help bring together offenders, harmed parties, supporters and affected community members for positive resolutions. Thurs., Jan. 10, 1:30 p.m.

Fort Carson Town Hall Meeting, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 439-7544, ppacg.org. Free. Learn how our community is responding to the influx of 32,000 new soldiers and family members. Mon., Jan. 14, Workshops, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Panel discussion, 5-7 p.m. Social hour, 7 p.m.

Voices for Change: A Debate and Community Forum on Presidential Grassroot Campaigns, Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 473-8713. $10 suggested donation. Hear from representatives for the Democratic presidential candidates, learn about their campaigns and sign up for volunteer opportunities. Wed., Jan. 23, 6 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 percent 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
Urban League Community Meeting, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 634-1525. Free. The public is invited to this informational meeting about the present and future status of the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region. Thurs., Jan. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

click to enlarge El Pomar Carriage Museum, 11 Lake Circle, 577-7065, - elpomar.org. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., - 1-5 p.m. Featuring Masterpieces of Colorado Landscape, - through Feb. 3.
  • El Pomar Carriage Museum, 11 Lake Circle, 577-7065, elpomar.org. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., 1-5 p.m. Featuring Masterpieces of Colorado Landscape, through Feb. 3.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Networking Groups, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3730. Open to any individual seeking new employment. Executive Group, Fri., Jan. 7, 10 a.m. to noon. Veterans' Group, Wed., Jan. 9. Professional Group, Wed., Jan. 9, 10:30 a.m. to noon. 50+ Group, Thurs., Jan. 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Pueblo Veterans for Peace, Barkman Branch Library, 1300 Jerry Murphy Road, Pueblo, 719/544-3753. Screening The News Dissector, a video examining today's media, with Danny Schechter. Meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Tues., Jan. 8, 6:30-9 p.m.

Pikes Peak Landlords and Investors Group Meeting, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock, 684-9010. $10. A monthly meeting and presentation. Tues., Jan. 8, 6:30-9 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, 5:30-7 p.m.

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, vi@qwest.net. $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.

National Organization of the Mentally Ill (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.

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.

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: naturelady42@yahoo.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 drnotyet2008@aol.com for more.

Food & Drink
First Thursday Wine Tasting, Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. $12-$17. Featuring "Wines from Napa Valley." Thurs., Jan. 3, 5-8 p.m.

Health & Healing
Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. $10-$15 suggested donation. "Monthly Shamanic Journeying Group," Fri., Jan. 4, 7 p.m.

Gentle Strength Wellness & Herb Shop Events, 4831 Barnes Road, 533-0707. Free. "Reiki Beginner's First Degree Class," Sun., Jan. 6, 11a.m. to 4 p.m. "Holistic Kinesiology," Sat., Jan. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Free Journey Drumming Circle," second and third Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Family-to-Family Mental Health Classes, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) of Colorado Springs, 473-8477. Family members of those with mental illnesses can learn about coping during crisis and relapse, medications, communication techniques and more in this 12-week course. Colorado Springs classes begin Tues., Jan. 8. Woodland Park begins Mon., Jan. 14.

"Spotlight on Shingles: Know What You Can Do," CC's Slocum Commons, 590-1436, womansclubofcoloradosprings.org. Free. The Women's Club of Colorado Springs GFWC Meeting will feature materials from the American Pain Foundation. Wed., Jan. 9, 2 p.m.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., #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., Suite 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.

Faerie Moone Events, 1518 N. Academy Blvd., 591-2419, faeriemoone.com. "Essential Oils Class," Wednesdays through May 7, 6-8 p.m.

Conversations with God Study Group, 475-2068. Free. Featuring "New Thought" spiritual readings and discussion. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

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

Lectures & Learning
"Media Roundtable: Getting Your Message Out," Robert Hoag Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, 719/546-0400. Free, reservations required. The Southern Colorado Press Club will explain how to get more media coverage for your nonprofit organization or business. Wed., Jan. 9, 9:30-11 a.m.

"Introduction to Sales and Use Tax," City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., #102, 385-5903. Free. Learn about the tax system. Wed., Jan. 9, 9-11 a.m.

"Educating Children of Color" Summit, Colorado College, 447-9898 ext. 1030, allisonw@casappr.org. Professionals $20, parents free. Hear national speakers discuss how to help children succeed. Sat., Jan. 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Strength After Service," La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Rd., 888/334-VETS, one freedom.org. Free. Learn about the brain and body and how they are changed under the prolonged stress of deployment and military life. Sat., Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Greg Mortenson: On Man's Mission to Support Peace...One School at a Time," CC's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6038. Free. Greg Mortenson, author of the New York Times' best-selling book, Three Cups of Tea, will be discussing his experiences in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Tues., Jan. 15, 7 p.m.

"Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., ppwfc.org. Presenting "Rsum Writing: Rsum & Portfolio Design," Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 or 31. "Self Employment: The Driver's Seat," Jan. 15 or 29.

Senior Resource Development Agency Classes, 230 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8900, srda.org. Registering now for January classes including computers, aerobics, games, arts and crafts and more.

"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.

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 Kathryn Eastburn discussing and signing Simon Says: A True Story of Boys, Guns and Murder, Thurs., Jan. 3, 6 p.m.

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

Borders Events, Borders Southgate, 2120 Southgate Road, 632-6611. Denver Broncos place kicker Jason Elam and co-author Steve Yohn will sign, Monday Night Jihad. Sun., Jan. 13, 2 p.m.

Justice & Peace Book Group, Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, 214 E. Vermijo St., afj@ppjpc.org. Book/$17. Reading Al Gore's latest, The Assault on Reason. Tuesdays, Jan. 15 to 29, 7-8:30 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" (It's Not Just Poetry) Open Mic 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, Sat., Jan. 12, 9 p.m.

Music
Festival Fridays, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center's Jackson Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe. Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7222. $4-$5. Food, fun and live music with Phat Daddy and the Phat Horn Doctors. Fri., Jan. 4, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dotsero, Jan. 11. The Martini Shot, Jan. 18. Bad Habitz, Jan. 25.

Opera Theatre of the Rockies, The Colorado Springs School, Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 633-9373, operatheatreoftherockies.org. $20. Presenting The Stars of Carmen. Sun., Jan. 6, 3 p.m.

Thursday Night Recital Series, The Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 475-9747 ext. 510, css.org. $10-$15. Presenting chamber music by Margaret Miller and Friends. Thurs., Jan. 10, 7 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, ticketswest.com. Winter Bash with Sawyer Brown, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Chris Young, Phil Stacey and Rissi Palmer, Thurs., Jan. 10, 7 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.

CD Release Party, Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. Free. Naked Jaybird Music presents a celebration of John-Alex Mason's new release, "Town and Country," and music photography by Pamela Martinez and Rod Tanaka, through Jan. 13. Photographers' reception and CD release party, Tues., Jan. 11, 7 p.m.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org. $15-$52. Presenting Fire & Water, sounds of Stravinsky, Copland, Smetana and Mozart, 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. 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.

Performances
Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com. Presenting Jowl Lindley, Jan. 3-6.

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. Opera Theatre of the Rockies presents Carmen, March 1-2.

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, through Jan. 6.

Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. Featuring 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.

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.

FAC Theatre, SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. $26-$29. Presenting 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.

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

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
Dance Events, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, dancecolorado.net. $24-$60/4-5 weeks. "Swing Dance Club," Jan. 3, 7 p.m. "Salsa Dance Club," Jan. 4, 7 p.m. "Teen Dance Club," Jan. 5, 11:30 a.m. "Argentine Tango Dance Club," Jan. 5, 12:15 p.m. "Foxtrot Dance Club," Jan. 7, 7 p.m. "Ballroom Basics," Jan. 8, 7 p.m. "Swing Dance Club," Jan. 10, 7 p.m.

Ballroom Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195. $7-$9. Featuring the Springs Music Group. Sat., Jan. 5, 7:30-11 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.

Swing Lessons, Southside Johnny's, 528 S. Tejon St., 444-8487. Free. Learn to swing dance. Mondays, 8 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 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.

Recreation
"Winter Nature Camp," Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. $20/one day, $30/two days. Join kids grades 1-5 for hiking, crafts, games and more. Registration required. Thurs.-Fri., Jan. 3-4, 9 a.m. to noon.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "Winter Wildlife Camp," for grades 1-5, Fri., Jan. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Homestead Ranch Winter Walkabout," Jan. 5. "Nature Adventures: Animal homes and Signs," Jan. 9. "Winter Twilight Walk," Jan. 11. "Fountain Creek Winter Bird Count," Jan. 12.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Offering "Young Naturalists: Da Moose," Jan. 5. "Little Wonders: F Is for Fox," Jan. 8. "Nature Explorers: Tricky Tracks," Jan. 17.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights, 576-2251, parks.state.co.us/parks/cheyennemountain. "Cookie Burner Hikes," Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10 a.m. "The Scoop on Animal Poop," Jan. 19 and 26, 1 p.m. "Watchable Wildlife Slideshow," Jan. 20 and 27, 1 p.m. "A Trek to Observe Tracks," Jan. 20 and 27, 2 p.m.

NABA Adult Baseball League Sign-Ups, 2645 Sunbird Dr., 964-7790, dugout.org. $85. The National Adult Baseball League is now forming for the 2008 season. Please e-mail scnaba@yahoo.com to register. Informational meeting, Sun., Jan. 30.

Special Events
"Timeless Beauty," Antler's Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 659-5818, costumequeen.googlepages.com/home. $9-$12. A bridal fashion show by the Costume Queen with designs from Arthurian legend to present day. Sun., Jan. 6, 1-3 p.m.

Founders Day Celebration, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717, ASUUC.net. Free. Celebrate the church's beginnings and the building's placement on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties. Sun., Jan. 6, 10:30 a.m. to 1 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
"Teen Refuge from Parental Units," Monument Branch Library District, 488-2370, ppld.org. Join other teens for food, video games (including Smash Brothers and Guitar Hero) and a "stupid gift exchange." Thurs., Jan. 3, 4-7 p.m.

Children's Story Times, 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.

"Just 4 Us: Color the Earth," Celebration Place, Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive East, 597-3344, imaginationcelebration.org. $18/adult plus child. Learn child-friendly conservation tips, join singer and storyteller Beth Epley, and create art with recycled objects. Reservations required. Tuesdays, Jan. 8, 15 and 22.

Family Exploration Day, Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-9261, wmmi.org. $4-$8. Explore machines and Lego steam engines while learning about the Industrial Revolution. Sat., Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to 3 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
The Pikes Peak Library District is seeking volunteer tutors for its LitSource adult literacy program. Help adults improve basic skills in reading, writing and spoken English. Free tutor training sessions held Thursdays from Jan. 3 to Feb. 7, 5:30-9 p.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Call 531-6333 x2223 for information or to register.

Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is looking for volunteers for the Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time Program, which protects children from witnessing parental disputes. Deadline for registration is Jan. 11, with training beginning Feb. 2. Call 447-9898 or visit casappr.org for more.

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center needs volunteers to assist riders with disabilities riding lessons. Training is provided and experience with horses is not required, but helpful. The age limit is 14 and older. Volunteer orientation is Sat., Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 495-3908 or e-mail volunteer@pptrc.org for more.

The Children's Literacy Center needs volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring to children in reading. Attend one of the orientation and training sessions on Jan. 22, 23 or 24, 5:30-8 p.m. at 2928 Straus Lane #100. Call 471-8672 or visit peakreader.org for more.

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  • 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.

American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers for its Cancer Resource Center and Road to Recovery programs. Responsibilities include helping people with information, comfort items and wigs and driving patients to and from treatments. Training provided. Call 636-5101 for more.

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.

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.

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.

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 & events
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., and Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Free to members, $4 guests. Featuring Muiz: Remastered, photographs from the West Collection, through Jan. 20. Target Family Free Day, Sat., Jan. 12, noon to 4 p.m.

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 Shauna James Ahern and Rafe Esquith, Jan. 7. Jason Elam, Steve Yohn and Kurt Andersen, Jan. 8. Kathryn Eastburn and Beth Lisick, Jan. 9. Amy Reeder Hadley, Jan 11. S. David Freeman and Joanne Harris, Jan. 12.

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 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 Hugo Wolf Quartet, 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. "First Hike of 2008," Sat., Jan. 5, 1 p.m. "Intro to Nature Sketching," Sat., Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Winter Afternoon Saunter," Sun., Jan. 27, 2 p.m.

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

performances
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring 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.

Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/739-1970, phamaly.org. $18-$24. PHAMALY presents One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Jan. 12 to Feb. 3.

The Bindery, 2180 Stout St., Denver, 877/862-6752, uncorkedproductions.org. $10-$15. Presenting Closer, a story about love, lust, and life, Jan. 18 to Feb. 18.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, 720/946-1388, buntport.com. Presenting Stories on Stage, Jan. 4-5. tRUNks: A Live Comic Book through April 19. Starship Troy, featuring a motley space crew, through April 23.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, comedyworks.com. Presenting Jasper Redd, Jan. 3-6. John Heffron, Jan. 10-12. Ralph Harris, Jan. 18-20.

Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303/444-7826, the dairy.org. $10-$13. Presenting, In The Belly of the Whale, a show investigating what it means to be Jewish in America today, Jan. 10-13.

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.

The Denver Victorian Playhouse, 4201 Hooker St., Denver. 303/433-4343, denvervic.com. $20-$22. Presenting The Lion in Winter, Jan. 4 to Feb. 9.

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 Beauty and the Beast, 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.

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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