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click to enlarge 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 Young and Old: A Look at - the Future, paintings by Sonja Carr, through Feb. 26. - Unified, paintings by Brett Wilson, Jan. 18 to Feb. 26. - Album Amcorum: Gems of Friendship in a Frightened - World, an exhibit of marbled papers from artists around - the planet, Jan. 18 to March 1. Opening reception, Fri., - Jan. 18, 5-8 p.m.; gallery talk, Sat., Jan. 19, 1-1:30 p.m., - and demonstration, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Marbling workshop, - $160-$180, Sat., Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 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 Young and Old: A Look at the Future, paintings by Sonja Carr, through Feb. 26. Unified, paintings by Brett Wilson, Jan. 18 to Feb. 26. Album Amcorum: Gems of Friendship in a Frightened World, an exhibit of marbled papers from artists around the planet, Jan. 18 to March 1. Opening reception, Fri., Jan. 18, 5-8 p.m.; gallery talk, Sat., Jan. 19, 1-1:30 p.m., and demonstration, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Marbling workshop, $160-$180, Sat., Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

Art on South Main Cooperative Art Gallery, 205 S. Main St., Pueblo, 719/542-6838, artonsouthmain.com. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Black and White Art Show through Jan. 31.

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.

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 The Damn Big Art Show, a group exhibit of sculpture, paintings, collages, mixed media, drawings and photos, through Jan. 27.

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 Young and Old: A Look at the Future, paintings by Sonja Carr, through Feb. 26. Unified, paintings by Brett Wilson, Jan. 18 to Feb. 26. Artist's reception, Fri., Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m. Album Amicorum: Gems of Friendship in a Frightened World, an exhibit of marbled papers from artists around the planet, Jan. 18 to March 1. Opening reception, Fri., Jan. 18, 5-8 p.m.; gallery talk, Sat., Jan. 19, 1-1:30 p.m., and demonstration, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Marbling workshop, $160-$180, Sat., Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, theideaspace.com. Open Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7 p.m. Featuring Performing Identities, photos and videos exploring the ideas of self-representation and the construction on personal identity, through Feb. 16. Reception and curator's talk, Fri., Jan. 25, 4:30 p.m.

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 Rieger, through Jan. 31. Ten percent of proceeds donated to a participating nonprofit of the buyer's choice.

Colachi Arts, 1107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1254. Open Mon. and Wed-Thurs., 1-5 p.m. Featuring Portraitures, interpretations of human expression by Erin Shepard, through Jan. 31.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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.

Commons Gallery, Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 634-0478, livingstonesunlimited.com. Featuring Where the Wealth Is, an exhibit by Dina Wood, Sarah Milteer and Ani Rose Whaleswan expressing political concerns and maybe some answers, Feb. 1-28. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 4, 5-9 p.m.

Cucuru Gallery, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900. Presenting Art Night at Cucuru, with original art by Sarah Taylor Moore and Brazilian jazz by Barbara Ernesto. Sat., Jan. 19, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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 through Jan. 25.

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.-Sat., 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 ext. 2258. 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.

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.

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 Wood, 6970 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 Painting for Entertainment, works by Joe Harris, through Feb. 2.

PPCC Downtown Studio Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4040, ppcc.edu. Presenting Art Students' Exhibit, including drawing, pottery, painting, photography, glass, weaving, jewelry and more, Jan. 18 to Feb. 21. Opening reception, Fri., Jan. 18, 5-7:30 p.m.

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 Psychic Menagerie, works by Holly Conlon, through Feb. 1.

Ruth Holley Branch Library, 685 N. Murray Blvd., 597-5377. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presenting new works by Juanita Canzoneri utilizing collage and mixed-media beneath glass mosaic through Jan. 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 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. Everyday is Earth Day in the Buell Children's Museum, through May 31.

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 Seventh annual FutureSelf Celebration Art Show through Jan. 17.

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.

art events
"Character through Clown," Manitou Art Theater, BAC's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, themat.org. $30. Physical comedienne, mime and clown Courtney Cunningham will lead a workshop in discovering a personal comic character. Sat., Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to noon.

Christo and Jeanne Claude Lecture, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. The artists will present a lecture about their proposed public art installation "Over the River: Project for the Arkansas River, Colorado" which would suspend fabric panels above the river, and "The Mastaba: Project for the United Arab Emirates." Wed., Jan. 23, 3:30 p.m.

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

Auditions & Entries
Leadership Pikes Peak is seeking nominations in three categories for awards to honor community leaders for their efforts and inspiration. Nominations are due Feb. 1. Visit leadershippikespeak.org for submission forms and more.

Imagination Celebration is seeking five-minute videos exploring the meaning of "inspiration" for their Young Film contest for high school teens. $10 entry fee. Deadline is Feb. 1. Call 597-3344 or visit imaginationcelebration.org for more.

Manitou Springs Carnivale Parade is seeking parade participants including individuals and groups. Family-friendly giant puppets, many-people snakes and dragons, creative costumes, musicians, human- or animal-powered floats and more are encouraged. The theme is "Faces in the Crowd." Meet at Memorial Park on Feb. 2 at 12:30 p.m. for the 1 p.m. parade. Call 685-9127 for more.

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 Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company announces auditions for Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Feb. 11-12, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Strong actor/singers are needed. Prepare 16-32 bars of song, and bring a headshot and rsum. Call 477-4387 for an appointment.

Pikes Peak Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women announces its 2008 Flash Fiction Contest. The theme phrase, "beneath the bed," must appear in the entry, which is limited to 100 words. Entry fee is $8. Top three winners will receive cash prizes of $15-$60. Deadline is March 1. For more information contact pamelacosel@comcast.net.

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
Citizen Emergency Response Training, Fire Department Complex, 375 Printers Pkwy., 385-5957, springsgov.com. Free. Learn disaster preparedness, medical assistance, light search and rescue, fire safety, disaster psychology and more. Sat.-Sun., Jan. 19-20.

Voter Registration Training, Barkman Branch Library, 1300 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/544-0866. Free. Veterans for Peace will present this training with a Progressive Coalition representative. Tues., Jan. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

click to enlarge Coburn Gallery, CCs Worner Campus Center, 902 N. - Cascade Ave., 389-6607, theideaspace.com. Open - Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7 p.m. Featuring Performing - Identities, photos and videos exploring the ideas of self- - representation and the construction on personal identity, - through Feb. 16. Reception and curators talk, Fri., Jan. - 25, 4:30 p.m.
  • Coburn Gallery, CCs Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, theideaspace.com. Open Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7 p.m. Featuring Performing Identities, photos and videos exploring the ideas of self- representation and the construction on personal identity, through Feb. 16. Reception and curators talk, Fri., Jan. 25, 4:30 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 and sign up for volunteer opportunities. Wed., Jan. 23, 6 p.m.

Health Care System Report, Penrose Library, Carnegie Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 473-2864, westernstrategies.org. Free. Western Strategies Center, a local nonprofit, will release its comprehensive study of the health care infrastructure of Colorado Springs with key findings and possible courses of action. Wed., Jan. 23, noon to 1 p.m.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, Sam's Club parking lot, 715 S. Academy Blvd., 785-2752. Bonfils Blood Center need more than 4,000 blood donors each week to meet the needs of our community. All donors will receive a Bonfils long-sleeved T-shirt. Fri., Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to noon.

Winter Clothing Drive, The Leechpit, 708 N. Weber St., 634-DORK (3675). 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
Pikes Peak Workforce Center Networking Groups, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3730. Open to any individual seeking new employment. 50+ Group, Thurs., Jan. 17, 24 and 31, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Veterans' Group, Wed., Jan. 23. Professional Group, Wed., Jan. 23 and 30, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Executive Group, Fri., Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to noon.

The Apartment Association of Southern Colorado, Doubletree Hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., RSVP: 264-9198. $30-$50. Presenting Dr. Sarah Qualls on "Our Aging Community," a lecture on the effects of the baby boom generation reaching retirement. Thurs., Jan. 17, registration 11:30 a.m.; program noon to 1 p.m.

Friday Night Singles, First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., 884-6229. $3 plus potluck dish to share. Join area singles ages 30+ for a "trivia extravaganza" and potluck dinner. Fri., Jan 18, 7-10:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission annual meeting, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, 315 E. Costilla St., 632-6189, ppjpc.org. Free. Members and supporters are invited to hear updates on programs and plans for the coming year with an opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions about the PPJPC. Sat., Jan. 19, 2-4 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Film & Video
Journey to Community Film Series, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717, asuuc.net. Free. Screening the 1962 Academy Award winner Lawrence of Arabia. Sat., Jan. 19, 6:30-10 p.m.

Food & Drink
Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free, pre-registration is required. Offering "South African Wine Tasting," Fri., Jan. 18. "New Zealand Wine Tasting," Sat., Jan. 19. "Italian Wine Tasting," Sat., Jan. 26. "Wines of the World," Thurs., Jan. 31.

"Food for Hearts" Celebration, Community Church of Manitou, 103 Pawnee Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5979, foodforhearts@hotmail.com. Free. A citizen's group assisting Manitou restaurants in going trans-fat free will host guest speakers, a bake sale and more. Sun., Jan. 20, 7 p.m.

"One Bowl: The Return of Eating as a Sacred Art," Adam's Mountain Caf, 934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-2372. $18/indiv., $35/couple. Manitou Wellness Center and Adam's Mountain Cafe will host a dinner to feed the whole self plus live music and the opportunity to purchase a "sacred" bowl from local potters. Mon., Jan. 21, 6-9 p.m.

Blue Star Events, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. "Great Night Out" Beer Dinner, $60, Tues., Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Wine Tastings, $20, "Italian Reds," Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m. "Lorie Valley Wines," Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m. "Wines with Chocolate," Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.

"Nutrition Education in the Classroom," Tesla School, 2560 International Circle, 578-3212. $8. An expert panel will explain how to successfully incorporate nutrition education into schools and classrooms. Wed., Jan. 23, 4:30 p.m.

"Dancing with Dinner: The Dynamics of Healthy Food Chains," CC's Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Joel Salatin, who has been called "the most innovative farmer in the nation," will discuss how to create a food system not enslaved by multinational corporations and governmental subsidies. Thurs., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Joel Salatin: Carnivore Club Reception, CC's Bemis Hall, 920 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Join Joel Salatin and area agricultural producers at this reception featuring bluegrass music and locally produced beef and pork. Thurs., Jan. 24, 5 p.m.

Singles Progressive Dinner, The Warehouse Restaurant, 25 W. Cimmaron St., 433-2727. RSVP by Jan. 23. $25. Men will rotate to join women at a different table after each course of this multi-course dinner focused on making new connections. Fri., Jan. 25.

Health & Healing
"Spirituality and Aging: Growing Old, Not Up," 226-2273. Free, reservations recommended. Share a free soup lunch and a discussion led by hospice chaplain Tom Stella. Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., Fri., Jan. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., Wed., Jan. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

"Pathways to Peaceful Living," Memorial Administrative Center, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 365-2535. Free. Learn stress-management strategies and more. Sat., Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. "Guide to Healthy Living Kickoff Party," Jan. 18. "Natural Weight Loss," Jan. 19 and 26. "Breakthrough Breathworkshop," Jan. 21. "Recharge and Rejuvenate," Jan. 25. "Open Forum: Welcoming Dr. James Maguire," Jan. 28.

12-Step Celebrate Recovery Meeting, Springs Rescue Mission, 5 W. Las Vegas St., 622-6879. Free. Christ-centered, 12-step study. Celebrate Recovery workbook provided. Mondays, Jan. 21 to Dec. 22, 7-8pm.

Healing Relationships, Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Rd., 634-2945, grief.net. $13/book. A 12-week educational program on healing the hurt of loss. Begins Tues., Jan. 22, 7-8:30 p.m.

"Freedom from Codependency Workshop," Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, 388-4972, woodmenvalley.org. $30/$20 for additional family members. Identify unhealthy, codependent behaviors and learn to find personal wholeness and build healthier relationships. Tuesdays, Jan. 22 to March 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

"Awakening to Presence: Spiritual Energy Talk," Franciscan Retreat/Conference Center, 7740 Deer Hill Grove, 233-0038, awakeningtopresence.com. Free. Professional healer Michael Fleming will lead the first in a series of talks covering holistic healing sciences. Wed., Jan. 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Taize Service, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 E. St. Vrain, 548-4932, fcucc.org. Offering a Taize service of prayer, chants and silences. Thurs., Jan. 24, 7 p.m.

Woman's Story Retreat, Mount St. Francis, St. Francis of Assisi Church Ministry Center, 2650 Parish View, 598-5486 ext. 7739. $50. Retreat leader Kathy Hendricks will encourage women to discover the sacred in the ordinary events of their daily lives. Fri., Jan. 25, 7 p.m., and Sat., Jan. 26, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Spiritual Astrology by Vivian Rice," Catamount Institute, 740 W. Caramillo St., 635-5596. $35. Bring your sun, moon and rising sign to learn how to start the new year with a more loving and peaceful life. Sat., Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to noon.

Gentle Strength Wellness & Herb Shop Events, 4831 Barnes Road, 533-0707. "Free Journey Drumming Circle," second and third Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery: Hurts, Habits and Hangups, Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Road, 597-4402. Free. Christ-centered, 12-step ministry. Fridays through Dec. 26, 7-9 p.m.

Alcohol Recovery, Red Cloud Serenity Club, 8020 Ute Pass Ave., Cascade, 720/684-1212. Donations accepted. Attend this 12-Step Recovery meeting place with a full meeting schedule. See rcserenity.org for times.

"Reclaiming Your Life after a Cancer Diagnosis," Memorial Administrative Center, Room A, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 365-2535. Free. Learn how to focus on "heart-centered" living and redefine your priorities. Sat, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

click to enlarge 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.
  • 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.

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 #216, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 303/813-9551, meditationincolorado.org. $8 suggested donation. Offering guided meditation and Buddhist teachings. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., #220, 444-2273, memorialhealthsystem.com. Classes from baby basics and parenting, to yoga, tai chi and more.

Lectures & Learning
Small Business Development Center Classes, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, cssbdc.org. "Drop Dead Marketing Ideas," Jan. 17, 2 p.m. "QuickBooks Pro Intro," Jan. 29 and Feb. 26. "Choosing the Right Business Structure," Feb. 5. "Planning a Winning Website," Feb. 6.

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

Senior Resource Development Agency, 230 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8900, srda.org. Offering classes including computers, aerobics, games, arts and crafts and more. "New Year Social," $3, Fri., Jan. 18, 2-4 p.m.

"A Font of Prosperity or Troubled Waters?," Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, cspm.org. Free. Author Deborah Harrison provides a photographic essay about the history of the Manitou Springs Spa Building and Soda Spring as well as a book sale and signing. Sat., Jan. 19, 2 p.m.

"Seasons of Nonviolence," PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. The Rev. Dr. Ellen Johnson-Fay will offer a class featuring the sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thurs., Jan. 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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

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

"Walk the Talk: A Community Trustee Series," Patty Jewett Clubhouse, 900 E. Espanola St., 632-2618, leadershippikespeak.org. $20. Featuring breakfast with Brenda Smith, "Leaving Your Footprint in Your Community," March 18, 7:30-9 a.m.

PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. Offering classes on nature, music, film, books, finances, religion, health, history and more.

District 11 Community Education Classes, various locations, 520-2384, d11.org/communityed. Offering classes in foreign languages, dance, business, crafts, yoga, computers and more.

Pikes Peak Library District Events, 531-6333, ppld.org. Offering book clubs, story times and programs on writing, business, languages, computers, parenting, crafts, film, history, animals, theater and more for children, teens, adults and seniors.

The West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 20th St., 385-7920. Offering classes from CPR to belly dancing and photography.

Literary Events
Black Cat Books Events, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. David Chorpenning signing and discussing Everyday Visionary, Thurs., Jan. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Poetry Night, Mon., Jan. 21, 7-9 p.m. Book Club (reading The Bookseller of Kabul), Thurs., Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m. Knitting Group, Sundays, 4-6 p.m. Occult Sciences Class, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Business Group with C.K. Reyes and Michelle Vandepas, Wednesdays, 8:45-10:15 a.m.

Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 632-7721, poorrichardswebsite.com. Free. Featuring Jasmin Cori signing Healing from Trauma, Thurs., Jan. 17, 6-8 p.m. David Chorpenning Ph.D., discussing his book Everyday Visionary, Thurs., Jan. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

"Words of Resistance," WeUsOur Artist's Market, 10 Ruxton Ave., 685-9702, myspace.com/weusour. Free. Iraq Veterans Against the War will host an evening of poetry from veterans, active-duty military and local peace activists. Tues., Jan. 22, 7-10 p.m.

"Valuing Old Books and Book Collecting," PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. This course will introduce the art of book collecting and the ways in which book values are determined. $20-$24. Tues., Jan. 22 and 29, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

"luvsaverb" (It's Not Just Poetry) Open Mic and Discussion, Village Inn Restaurant, 5790 S. Carefree Circle, 233-1698, luvsaverb.com. Free. All are welcome to listen and perform. Second and fourth Saturdays, 9-11 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 The Martini Shot, Jan. 18, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Bad Habitz, Jan. 25.

Cowboys Triple Play, Cowboys Nightclub, 3910 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-1212. $15-$19. Presenting country artists Luke Bryan, James Otto and Crossin' Dixon. Sat., Jan. 19.

"Help the Needy" Benefit Concert, Crystola Road House, 20918 E. Hwy. 24, Crystola, 687-7879, rcarpe2409@aol.com. $25/ind., $45/couple. Featuring music by Posis, Radio London and The John Cary Band, plus dancing, auction and door prizes. Sat., Jan. 19, 6 p.m.

High School Honors String Quartet Festival, CSU-Pueblo's Hoag Hall, 2100 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2365, veronikastringquartet.com. Free. String ensemble students from across Colorado will study with the Veronika String Quartet, culminating in a public concert. Sat., Jan. 19, 3 p.m.

"Songs of Love and Destiny," 633-3649, chamberorchestraofthesprings.org. $10-$15. Presenting the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs with soprano Linda Weise and Matthew Scheffelmann on horn. Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., Sat., Jan. 19, 7 p.m., and First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., Sun., Jan. 20, 3 p.m.

Friends House Concerts, P.O. Box 38943, 329-1644, house-concerts.org. Presenting Erika Luckett, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., $20. 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.

Winter Jazz Benefit Concert, Antlers Hilton Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 389-1253 ext. 100, ppcf.org. $25-$75. Presenting Grammy winner Dave Valentin in a concert to benefit the Pikes Peak Community Foundation's Fund for the Arts. Sat., Jan. 26, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org. $15-$52. Presenting 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.

Unity Concert, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 388-6895, aprecords.org/unityconcert.html. $15-$20. Enjoy an evening of modern fusion jazz by some of the best musicians of the region, cultural cuisine and an art exhibition to promote social unity. Sat., Jan. 26, 6 p.m.

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.

George Whitesell & His All Stars featuring Jill Watkins, Castaway's Inn, 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 576-5945, amusiccompanyinc.com. $15-$50. Second annual Valentine show. VIP dinner available. Sat. Feb. 9, 7 p.m.

Colorado Chamber Players Concerts, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., 389-6853, coloradochamberplayers.org. Free. Featuring "Einstein's Mozart: Two Geniuses," an original work that integrates two Mozart works with poetic narration by Kate Light. Wed., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.

"Ladies Sing the Blues," Castaways Inn, 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 576-5945, amusiccompanyinc.com. $22-$50. Featuring Jill Watkins, Lila Mori, Erica Bron and Juanita Martin with John Stilwagon and Santi Guarnera. VIP dinner available. Sat. March 15, 8 p.m.

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.

Performances
Manitou Art Theater, BAC's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, themat.org. $16. Presenting Burden of Poof starring Courtney Cunningham, an evening of clown comedy for adults. Thurs.-Sat., Jan. 17-19, 8 p.m., and Sun., Jan. 20, 2 p.m.

Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com. Presenting Tommy Savitt, Jan. 17-20. Dean Austin, Jan. 23-27. Ben Creed, Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. Patrick Candelaria, Feb. 6-10.

"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, 315 E. Costilla St., 433-9200. $15. Presenting a cabaret showcasing 14 men and women performing songs of Broadway. Proceeds will benefit JAKES Theatre and Colorado Festival of World Theatre. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 18-19, 8-10 p.m.

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. 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-$31. 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.

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.

The Wizard of Oz, Rampart High School Auditorium, 8250 Lexington Drive, 234-2086, $3-$6. Skip down the yellow brick road to Rampart High School Performing Arts Department's production of The Wizard of Oz. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 25-26, 7 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.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, pikespeakcenter.org. Gypsy, Tues.-Wed., Feb. 5-6, 7:30 p.m. Opera Theatre of the Rockies presents Carmen, March 1-2.

Imagination Celebration Family Theater Season, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, imaginationcelebration.org. $8-$15. Presenting Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, Fri., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. The Velveteen Rabbit, Sun., March 30, 2 and 4 p.m. If You Give a Pig a Party, Mon., April 21, 7 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
Dance Events, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, dancecolorado.net. $20-$52/4-5 weeks. "Salsa Dance Club," Jan. 18, 7 p.m. "Teen Dance Club," Jan. 19, 11:30 a.m. "Swing Dance Club," Jan. 17, 7 p.m. " Argentine Tango Dance Club," Jan. 19, 2:15 p.m. "Foxtrot Dance Club," Jan. 21, 7 p.m. "Ballroom Basics," Jan. 22, 7 p.m. "Swing Dance Club," Jan. 24, 7 p.m.

Polka Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195. $7-$9. Dance to the music of the Rick Borger Band. Sat., Jan. 19, 7:30-11 p.m.

Winter Ball, 2 Left Feet Dance Studio, 525 E Fountain Blvd. #150, 471-FEET (3338), 2leftfeet.net. $15-$20. Beat the winter blues at this all-ages evening with dancing, food, beverages and dance performances. Sat., Jan. 19, 7-10 p.m.

Pikes Peak Traditional Dance, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 578-8979, geocities.com/pptdcontra. $4-$8. Live music by Deb and the Pariahs, with caller Pat Togoni. All dances taught and all ages welcome. No partner needed. Sat., Jan. 19, 7:30-10 p.m.

Colorado Ballroom Dance, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 598-8624, roncounts.com. $5. Basic instruction of a dance rhythm and steps followed by dance time. Waltz, fox trot, rumba, samba, tango, swing, salsa and cha-cha. Singles welcome, casual dress. No smoking or alcohol. Sat., Jan. 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Instruction, 7 p.m.

Free Kickoff Class, Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., Suite C, 520-1201, springssalsa.com. Free. Experience the high-energy dance moves of Masala Bhangra and the excitement of Bollywood. Sat., Jan. 26, 10:30 a.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.

English Country Dance, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 494-0563. For those 55+. Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m.

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
Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "Twos and Threes Outdoors: A Winter Scavenger Hunt," Jan. 17, 10 a.m. "Hands-on Science," Jan. 19, 10 a.m. "Cross Country Skiing at Fox Run Regional Park," Jan. 19, 9:30 a.m. "Nature Adventures: Mighty Eagles," Jan. 23, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. "Soar with Eagles," Jan. 26, 10 a.m.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Offering "Nature Explorers: Tricky Tracks," Jan. 17, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. "Princeton Scientific Expedition," Jan. 19, 10 a.m. "Animal Mask Making," Jan. 25-26, 10 a.m. "Little Wonders: Owling Around," Jan. 29, 2 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights, 576-2251, parks.state.co.us/parks/cheyennemountain. "Cookie Burner Hikes," Jan. 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.

Birds of Prey, Colorado Division of Wildlife Office, 4255 Sinton Rd., 531-7076, aikenaudubon.com. Free. Stephen Vaughan will present information on the identification of Colorado's eagles, hawks and falcons. Wed., Jan. 23, 7 p.m.

Cheer U Colorado Springs, Bally's Total Fitness, 1801 S. Academy Blvd., 209-5816, cheerucolosprings.com. $15/registration plus class fees. Learn the art of pom and cheer. Thursdays, Jan. 24 to May 15, 6-8 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
AIDS Orphans Benefit, Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, 499-3283, aosci.org. Innovative AIDS educator Amy Gillespie will present art produced by the children as well as a talk and slide show on AIDS Orphans Skills Center programs in Africa. A concert featuring Fairlight Moriah with Joe King and Canaan Vallejos will follow. Sat., Jan. 19, 6 p.m.

"Faces of CF&I CF&I at Play" Fundraising Dinner, Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-9086. Benefit to support the Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture. Featuring cocktails, dinner and the debut of a vintage film. Reservations required. Sat., Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Freedom Day" Celebration, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., cospdiversityforum.org. A musical celebration of Dr. King presented by the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Sun., Jan. 20, 3:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Candlelight March and Closing Ceremony, begins at YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., cospdiversityforum.org. The march will proceed to CC's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., for a closing ceremony. Sun., Jan. 20, 5 p.m.

High School Hockey Breast Cancer Fundraiser, Sertich Ice Center, 1705 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 963-7619. $5-$6. Hosted by Palmer High School, the fundraiser includes hockey games, door prizes, a silent auction and more. All proceeds to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Fund. Mon., Jan. 21, 3-8 p.m.

34th Silver Bell Award Celebration, Broadmoor West Ballroom, 1 Lake Ave., 570-7139. $10. Help honor the nominees and recipient of the award for outstanding volunteer of the year. Thurs., Jan. 24, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

"I Have a Dream" Reenactment, Leon Young Service Center, 1521 Hancock Expressway, cospdiversityforum.org. Colorado Springs Utilities' Delta Team will present this brown bag lunch and reenactment of Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech. Fri., Jan. 25, 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dog Wash-A-Thon Fundraiser, Wag 'N' Wash, 1625 W. Uintah St., 264-6460, haveanicedog.org. $20 suggested donation. Enjoy a bake sale treat while volunteers wash your dog. Appointments recommended. All proceeds benefit All Breed Rescue & Training. Fri., Jan. 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Opera Gala: La Fiesta Carmen, BAC's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 633-9373, operatheatreoftherockies.org. $125. Presenting a Spanish-themed evening of food, drink and entertainment to benefit the Opera Theatre of the Rockies. Sun., Jan. 27, 5 p.m.

Mission Medical Clinic "Burn the Mortgage" Dinner, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 227-0434. $100. Presenting Gus Lee, bestselling author of China Boy and Courage, will speak on "Living as a Person of Courage." Tues., Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m.

Manitou Springs Carnivale Parade, Manitou Avenue, 685-9127, manitousprings.org. Presenting Manitou's annual family-friendly, Mardi Gras-style celebration. Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off in Soda Springs Park at 11 a.m. Parade at 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 2.

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

Youth & Family
"Dancing Dogs," Pikes Peak Library District, 531-6333, ppld.org. Free. Watch these amazing dogs as they "dance" to music, then create your own dancing dog and doggie bookmark. Rockrimmon Branch, Sat., Jan. 19, 1:30 p.m. Ute Pass Branch, Sat., Jan. 26, 10:30 p.m.

Pueblo City School D-60 Science Fair, Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, 31001 Magnuson Ave., Pueblo, 719/948-9219. Sat., Jan. 19, 8 a.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. "Career Preparation: Building Your Professional Self," Wed. Jan. 30, 4-5:30 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.

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 Children's Literacy Center is seeking 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.

PEAK Parent Center needs volunteers to help sort, stuff and label information packets for trainings sessions. Volunteers will meet at 611 N. Weber St., #200, on Tues., Jan. 29, 10 a.m. until the task is completed. Call 531-9400 or email volunteer@peakparent.org for more.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers needs volunteers to welcome new babies to the community as part of the First Visitor program. Bring new and expectant parents a gift and information about early child development and community resources. Training begins in January. Call 228-6639 or visit peakvista.org for more.

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to serve on the joint city/county Drainage Board. No experience is required. The group advises City Council and County Commissioners about drainage and control of flood and surface waters. To apply, send a rsum and cover letter to City Council, Attn: Marti Devine, P.O. Box 1575, Colorado Springs 80901 by Jan. 25. Call 385-5453 for more.

Explorer Elementary School in Academy School District 20 is looking for volunteers to work in the Peach Patrol, its literacy program. Mentors work one-on-one with first- and second-grade students following easy-to-use individualized lesson plans developed by the teacher. Contact Donna at 234-4429 for more.

click to enlarge Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr., - 531-6333 ext. 2258. 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.
  • Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr., 531-6333 ext. 2258. 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Out of Town

art galleries & events
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. Featuring Muiz: Remastered, photographs from the West Collection, through Jan. 20. Spanish Happy Hour, $5, practice speaking Spanish and play Spanish games, Fri., Jan. 18, 5-8 p.m.

film & video
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303/322-7009. Presenting The Alps and The Living Sea on the IMAX screen, $4-$8, through June 12.

literary
Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Kim Sune, Cynthia James and Douglas Preston, Jan. 16. Steve Berry, Jennifer Kaufman, Karen Mack and Michael Shermer, Jan. 17. Lawrence Kreisman, Jan. 18. Marc Beckoff, Jan. 19. Poetry Slam, Jan. 19. Madeleine Albright and J.A. Jance, Jan. 21. Jerry Wartgow and David Wann, Jan. 22. Stephen Cannell, Jan. 23.

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. $27-$30. 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.

The Atomic Fireballs with saxophonist Carlos Crull, Cliff Lanes Family Entertainment Center, 25 Main St., Westcliffe, 719/783-2031, clifflanes.com. $8-$10. Featuring a variety of music including rock, blues, country and swing. Sat., Jan. 19, 8 p.m.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. $26. Presenting theHugo Wolf Quartett, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.

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. Colorado Resident Free Day, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 17 and April 22. Blossoms of Light through Jan. 20, 6-9 p.m. Chapungu: Custom and Legend, A Culture in Stone, through Feb. 29. "The Collector in the Garden: Natural Garden Design Using Uncommon Desert and Mediterranean Plants," lecture by Sean Hogan, $17-$22, Wed., Jan. 23, 7 p.m.

Mountain Park Environmental Center Events, 9167 Mountain Park Road, Beulah, 719/485-4444, hikeandlearn.org. $5, members free. "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.

performances
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring 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. Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League, Inc. (PHAMALY) presents One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest through Feb. 3.

Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303/321-5925, avenuetheater.com. $20. Featuring Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women, a play about the milestones in women's lives, along with the Diary Museum, an exhibit of pages from real-women's diaries, Jan. 18 to Feb. 24.

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 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 Ralph Harris, Jan. 18-20. "I Have a Dream Show" with MC Chuck Roy, Jan. 21. Great American Comedy Festival, Jan. 23. Jon Reep, Jan. 24-27. Vic Alejandro, Jan. 30-31. Greg Behrendt, Feb. 1-2.

Denver Center for Performing Arts, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4100, denvercenter.org. Presenting Plainsong, Jan. 25 to Feb. 23. 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. Presenting Monkey Men, free, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. The Lion in Winter, $20-$22, through 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.

Playwright Theatre, 2119 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303/839-1361, vintagetheatre.com. $17-$22. Vintage Theatre Productions presents Brilliant Traces, the story of two lost souls in the wilds of Alaska, through Feb. 3. Shot in the Dark, Feb. 15 to March 16. Dinner with Friends, March 28 to April 20. The Boys Next Door, May 2 to June 1. Crazy Bag, June 6-20. A Streetcar Named Desire, Aug. 22 to Sept. 21. Murderers, Oct. 3 to Nov. 2. The Little Foxes, Nov. 14 to Dec. 14.

Theater Off Broadway, 1124 Santa Fe, Denver, 303/777-3292, theatregroup.org. $12-$22. Presenting Jeffrey, by Paul Rudnick, Jan. 17 to March 1.

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