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

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. First Friday Art Walk reception, Fri., Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m.

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 through Jan. 27. Surface, works by Karen Winfield exploring the theme of surface quality and texture of our surroundings, Feb. 1-24. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 1, 5-8 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. Album Amicorum: Gems of Friendship in a Frightened World, an exhibit of marbled papers from artists around the planet, through March 1. Marbling workshop, $160-$180, Sat., Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Unified, paintings by Brett Wilson, through Feb. 26. Artist's reception, Fri., Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, theideaspace.com. Open Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7 p.m. Featuring Performing Identities, photos and videos exploring self-representation and the construction of 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 April 4.

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.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Nicaraguan Pottery, a benefit show for Nicaraguan potters and Potters for Peace, Feb. 1 to March 3. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 1, 5-8 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.

East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333, pp;d.org. Featuring Genocide: 1900-Darfur, a multi-media exhibit, Feb. 3-29. Opening reception, Sun., Feb. 3, 1-5 p.m; speakers and program 1:30 p.m.

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 Altered Space: 21st Century Installation Art, Feb. 1 to April 27. Opening reception, Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m.

Fountain Branch Library, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, 382-5347. 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, Feb. 1-29.

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. Through the Eye of the Camera, black-and-white prints by Bryan Briscoe-Smith, Feb. 1 to March 29. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m.

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.

My Daughter's Deli & Espresso Bar, 2514 W. Colorado Ave., 266-1333. Presenting Through the Glass, paintings by Colorado Springs' native Gail Anne, through Feb. 29.

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 Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presenting Painting for Entertainment, works by Joe Harris, through Feb. 29. Frost and Fire, works by Julianza Shavin, Jan. 26 to April 29.

PPCC Downtown Studio Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4020, ppcc.edu. Presenting Art Students' Exhibit, including drawing, pottery, painting, photography, glass, weaving, jewelry and more, through Feb. 21.

Rainy Days, Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 685-1254. Presenting First Friday at Rainy Days, a silk screening demonstration on the production of the Pink Guns clothing line hosted by Colachi Arts. Half your support goes to merchandise sent to victims of violence. Fri., Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m.

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. Preschool Fridays, 9-11 a.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring 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. Shelter: Beauty, Sustainability, Function, through May 17. Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Jan. 26 to April 19. Richard Hansen: Some Rocks, Some Water, Feb. 2 to May 3.

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 State of the Union, an exhibit juried by Chuck Asay, John Hazelhurst and Blake Milteer, Feb. 1-25. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, trilakesarts.org. Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Winter Fine Art Show, works by members of the Palmer Lake Art Group, Feb. 1-29. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 9, 5-8 p.m.

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
"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.

"Etch-a-Sketch Battle," CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Art students will have 30 minutes to create a winning design on a full-sized Etch-a-Sketch screen, while audience members create their own designs on mini-screens with musical accompaniment. Thurs., Jan. 31, 12:30 p.m.

Auditions & Entries
The Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project is seeking nominees in El Paso and Teller counties for the region's first Pikes Peak Poet Laureate. Individuals who support the project with a donation of $50 or more by March 31 will be recognized as a Founding Muse. For applications, nomination forms or donation information, call 634-2204 or visit pikespeakpoetlaureate.org.

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.

Colorado Springs Art Guild is seeking entries for a juried fine art show and sale at Woodmen Valley Chapel with guest juror Martha Mans. Entry fees $7.50-$12. Early registration by mail, Feb. 1. Deliver entries, Feb. 5. Opening reception, Feb. 8. Call 630-1611 or visit artwebsite.org for more.

The Colorado Springs Conservatory is currently enrolling for spring semester classes and workshops in Music and Theater Studies for children ages 3 through 19. Call 577-4556 or coloradospringsconservatory.org for more.

Art on South Main Cooperative Gallery in Pueblo is seeking new artists for juried membership in the cooperative. Bring representative work to the gallery at 205 S. Main St., Pueblo, during business hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Call 719/542-6838 or visit artonsouthmain.com 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.

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Civic Opportunities
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.

Gov. Bill Ritter: "My Vision for Colorado," CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Come hear Gov. Bill Ritter discuss his administration's top priorities including renewable energy, natural resources, transportation and educational reform. Fri., Jan. 25, 4:30 p.m.

Green City Summit, Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 632-6189, sustain@ppjpc.org. Free. The Sustainable Living Working Group will host a city-wide discussion on making Colorado Springs a green city working toward a climate action plan that the city council could adopt. Thurs., Jan. 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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.

Children's Book Drive, Joseph Edwards Senior Center, 230 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8900. SRDA and the Pueblo YMCA will deliver all children's books donated to area children in need. Drop off books through Feb. 1, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 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. 24 and 31, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Executive Group, Fri., Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to noon. Professional Group, Wed., Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Country Buffet, 7475 Park Meadow Drive, Littleton, 303/688-4101. Welcoming veterans of World War II. Sat., Jan. 26, 11 a.m. lunch (dutch treat); noon meeting.

Guys That Believe: "Bible and God Stuff," Starbucks Coffee, 4465 Centennial Blvd., 963-5530. Free. Join other men in this Bible and life discussion. Saturdays through Dec. 31, 8 a.m.

Senior Community Service Employment Program, 1510 N. Hancock Ave., 635-3579. Offering free work search assistance and possible training and referrals for persons 50 and older through AARP. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 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.

Film & Video
"Dancing with Wolves and Miss Navajo's Sheep: New Perspectives on Native Americans in Film," CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6649. $12.50. RSVP by Jan. 28. An Aficionados luncheon and lecture featuring filmmaker and CC visiting professor Leighton C. Peterson. Wed., Jan. 30, noon.

Carmen Film Night, The Sound Shop, 7 E. Cimarron St., 633-9373, alacarteproductions@msn.com. Free, reservations required. Presenting the 1984 screen adaptation of the famous opera that tells a love story between a soldier and a factory worker. Thurs., Jan. 31, 7 p.m.

The Devil Came on Horseback, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Featuring a documentary on the genocide in Darfur, followed by a discussion and booksigning with Brian Steidle and Gretchen Steidle Wallace. Sat., Feb. 2, 7 p.m.

Food & Drink
"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.

"Safe and Savvy Uses for the Slow Cooker," CSU Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd., 636-8920. $10. Learn how to prepare traditional meats and one-dish dinners following recent food safety recommendations. Sat., Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to noon.

"Gluten-free Baking Class," DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, 3205 N. Hancock Ave., 636-2444. Make sandwich rolls, pizza crust and muffins. Recipes and resource list included. Sat., Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to noon.

Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free, pre-registration is required. Offering "Italian Wine Tasting," Sat., Jan. 26. "Wines of the World," Thurs., Jan. 31.

Blue Star Events, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. Wednesday Wine Tastings, $20, "Lorie Valley Wines," Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m. "Wines with Chocolate," Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.

Health & Healing
"Stretch and Feel Better," PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. $10-$12. Work with slow motions from your own chair to increase flexibility, energy and balance. Thurs., Jan. 24, 11 a.m. to noon. Also, Feb. 26 and March 25.

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.

Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. "Recharge and Rejuvenate," Jan. 25. "Winter Wellness: Be Prepared for the Flu Season," Jan. 28, 7 p.m. "You Can Heal Your Life: The Movie," Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

Desiree Rumbaugh Yoga Workshops, Fountain of Health Yoga Studio, 653 S. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/543-1765, gutyoga.com. Presenting a workshop with international yoga teacher Desiree Rumbaugh, whose work has been featured in videos and Yoga Journal. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 25-27.

"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.

"Body Shape Workshop," PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. $16-$22. Rob Gottesman will teach the secret to losing weight by knowing your body type. Mon., Jan. 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Divorce Recovery Workshop, First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., 884-6229. Sponsored by the Single Adult Department. Tuesday evenings, Jan 29 to March 11.

An Arrow to the Heart Talk and Booksigning, All Soul's Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 290-9125, asuuc.org. By donation. Ken McLeod, a senior Western Buddhist teacher, will discuss the heart sutra and living a life of compassion. Wed., Feb. 6, 7-9 p.m.

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.

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.

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 through Dec. 22, 7-8pm.

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.

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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
"Celebrate the Season for Peace and Nonviolence," PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. $16-$22. 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.

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

Garden of the Gods Lecture Series, Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., 219-0108. Free, donations welcome. Photographer, interpreter and international tour guide Kent Taylor will present "Travelogue: National Parks of the Canadian Rockies," Sun., Jan. 27, 2 p.m. Interpreter and climber Bob Hostetler on "Rock Climbing: How Do They Do It?" Sun., Feb. 10, 2 p.m. Mark Hesse of Rocky Mountain Field Institute on "Garden of the Gods or Garden of the Gullies?" Sun., Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Certified forester Dennis Will on "Forest Health and Brush Oak Management in GOG," Sun., Feb. 24, 2 p.m. "The Amazing Continental Divide Trail," Sun., March 2, 2 p.m.

Third annual Culturally Responsive Teaching and Counseling Symposium, UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-4134, uccs.edu. Free. Dean La Vonne Neal will lead a K-12 symposium for local teachers, counselors and administrators. Sat., Jan. 26.

"Intro to Permaculture" Workshop, Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, 214 E. Vermijo St., sustain@ppjpc.org. $40, bring lunch. In this all-day immersion course, learn more about "living off the grid" and as self-reliantly as possible. Sat., Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Historic Archeology Workshop," PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. $16-$22. After a brief introduction to archeology, examine 40 artifacts and discuss their origins, uses and significance. Mon., Jan. 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

"What We Say Goes: Iran, Pakistan & the (Mis)conduct of U.S. Foreign Policy," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Presenting David Barsamian, founder and director of Boulder-based Alternative Radio. Tues., Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.

"Laura Ingalls Wilder: Her Life and Times," PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. $20-$27. Through slides, books, photos and character dolls, Mary Stevens Humphreys will explore the life of the Little House on the Prairie author. Tues., Jan. 29, 1-4 p.m.

Small Business Development Center Classes, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, cssbdc.org. "QuickBooks Pro Intro," Jan. 29 and Feb. 26. "Choosing the Right Business Structure," Feb. 5. "Planning a Winning Website," Feb. 6.

"Challenges to Liberal Democracy," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Presenting Lopat lecturer Francis Fukuyama, known for provocative publications including "The End of History and the Last Man," "America at the Crossroads" and others, which have at times have supported and conflicted with the neo-conservative outlook. Thurs., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.

"Outlook for Local Primary Job Creation in a Challenging National Economy," Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Centennial Ballroom, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, 475-6455. $27, RSVP by Jan. 29. Presenting a luncheon with Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation President Mike Kazmierski. Thurs., Jan. 31, 11:30 a.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," Breakfast, Patty Jewett Clubhouse, 900 E. Espanola St., 632-2618, leadershippikespeak.org. $20. Leadership Pikes Peak presents retired Air Force pilot Leonard "Lennie" Coleman, Fri., Jan. 25, 8 a.m. Brenda Smith on "Leaving Your Footprint in Your Community," March 18, 7:30-9 a.m.

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.

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. 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 David Chorpenning Ph.D., discussing his book Everyday Visionary, Thurs., Jan. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.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 or share. This week's theme is "Joe Horn: Hero or Murderer?" Second and fourth Saturdays. Sat., Jan. 26, 9-11 p.m.

Coffee Klatch with David Mason, Park State Bank & Trust, 710 W. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, RSVP: 686-5250. Free. Meet noted author and Colorado College professor David Mason who latest book, Ludlow, was recently released. Wed., Jan. 30, 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Open Mic Night: Soldier Poetry, PPCC Downtown Studio Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4020, ppcc.edu. Free. This month's focus will be on soldiers and the military. Hear soldiers, vets, dependents and loved ones share their writings, or read your own. Fri., Feb. 1, 7-9 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 Bad Habitz, Jan. 25, 5:30-9:30 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.

The Spirituals Project Choir, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., 471-8522, fumc-cs.org. $15-$25. Experience the power of spiritual music and the legacy of African American musicians to this art form. Free childcare. Sun., Jan. 27, 5 p.m.

Organ Recital, First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., 633-8888. Free will offering. Presenting Deke Polifka, organist and choirmaster of Grace Episcopal Church, performing works by J.S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, Gerald Near and others. Reception following. Sun., Jan. 27, 3 p.m.

Celebration Great Women Composers, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Featuring visiting artists Susan Pickett on violin and Tania Cronin on piano performing selections by Marguerite Canal, Clara Schumann and Germaine Tailleferre. Sun., Jan. 27, 3 p.m.

US Air Force Academy Band, USAF Academy Chapel, 556-9916, usafa.af.mil. Free. A Chamber Recital Series concert with the USAFA Band brass section and Dr. Joseph Galema, organ. Tues., Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Wendy Woo in Concert, Thirsty Parrot, 32 S. Tejon St., 576-5945, amusiccompanyinc.com. $9-$11/show, $40/with buffet. Catch Wendy and her band as they tour the region. Thurs., Jan. 31, 8-11 p.m.

Songwriter's Circle, Benet Hill Center, 2577 Chelton Road, 570-7148. Free. Get your songs on their way to reality in a friendly environment. Sponsored by the Black Rose Acoustic Society. Thurs., Jan. 31, 7 p.m.

The Bowed Piano Ensemble, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. CC's internationally acclaimed ensemble will perform Stephen Scott's "Vikings of the Sunrise." Thurs., Jan. 31, 7:30 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
Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com. Presenting Dean Austin, Jan. 24-27. Ben Creed, Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. Patrick Candelaria, Feb. 6-10.

World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Walking with Dinosaurs, Jan. 24-27. 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.

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.

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Scapin, Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St., 573-7411, starbarplayers.org. $16. The Star Bar Players and local improv group The RiP perform together in the comedy Scapin. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 25-27 and Feb. 1-3.

Stick Horses in Pants, Colorado Springs School, Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 650-7343, thestickhorses.com. $6-$8. Presenting a family-friendly improvisational comedy troupe that relies heavily on audience suggestions. Sat., Jan. 26, 7 p.m.

A Night at the Oasis, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 213-2872, zalzalibellydance.com. Free. Enjoy an evening of Middle Eastern dance with the Zalali Belly Dance Troupe and special guest Gidda Hoop. Family-friendly atmosphere with dinner available. Sat., Jan. 26, 7-9 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.

Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. Featuring The King And I, $8-$25, Feb. 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24.

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 Clubs, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, dancecolorado.net. $20-$52/4-5 weeks. "Swing Dance Club," Jan. 24, 7 p.m. "Salsa Dance Club," Jan. 25, 7 p.m. "Teen Dance Club," Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m. " Argentine Tango Dance Club," Jan. 26, 12:15 p.m. "Foxtrot Dance Club," Jan. 28, 7 p.m. "Ballroom Basics," Jan. 29, 7 p.m. "Swing Dance Club," Jan. 31, 7 p.m.

Saturday Night Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195. $7-$9. Dance to a great mix of live music. Sat., Jan. 26, 7:30-11 p.m.

Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 598-8624, roncounts.com. $1-$5. Dance easy lines, Texas two-step, mixers, country waltz, cowboy cha-cha, easy squares and more. No smoking or alcohol. Families and singles welcome. Sat., Jan. 26, 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
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.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Offering "Animal Mask Making," Jan. 25-26, 10 a.m. "Little Wonders: Owling Around," Jan. 29, 2 p.m. "Chemical Magic Show with Dr. Ron Furstenau," Feb. 2, 10 a.m. "Young Naturalists: Papermaking 101," Feb. 9, 10 a.m.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "Soar with Eagles," Jan. 26, 10 a.m. "Lame Wolf Project," Feb. 2, 10 a.m. "Twos & Threes Outdoors: Animal Talk," Feb. 7, 10 a.m. "Winter Stargazing for Beginners," Feb. 8, 7 p.m.

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

Sierra Club Hike, 649-3837. Free. Call for details on this easy hike on one of the area's most beautiful trails. Sat., Jan. 26, 8:L30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

NABA Adult Baseball League Sign-Ups, 2645 Sunbird Dr., 964-7790, dugout.org. The National Adult Baseball League is now forming for the 2008 season. Please e-mail scnaba@yahoo.com to register. Informational meeting, Sat., Jan. 26, 2-4 p.m.

Memorial Skate Park Public Input Meeting, City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., Jeff: 385-6523. See renderings of the proposed Memorial Park skate park for inline skaters, bicyclists and skateboarders at this third and final meeting. Wed., Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m.

Special Events
34th Silver Bell Award Celebration, Broadmoor West Ballroom, 1 Lake Ave., 570-7139. $10. Help the Assitance League honor nominees and the 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.

Sixth annual Casino Night Fundraiser, Mr. Bigg's Event Center, 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., 633-4601. $40. Enjoy dinner from Carrabba's Italian Grill, a silent auction and casino-style games. Proceeds benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern Colorado. Sat., Jan. 26, 6-10 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.

Brazilian Carnival/Mardi Gras Night, Cucuru Gallery, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900. Featuring music by Barbara Ernst and friends. Sat., Feb. 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

"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
Parent Lecture Series: Title I Students, Bristol Elementary School, 890 N. Walnut St., RSVP: 328-4038. Parents of Title I students are invited to learn about assessments CSAP, MAP, DIBELS), what they mean to a child, and how parents can help. Dinner will be served. Thurs., Jan. 24, 6 p.m. Also, Feb. 21, March 18, April 24 and May 12.

"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. Ute Pass Branch, Sat., Jan. 26, 10:30 a.m.

Manga and Anime Club, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333 ext. 1306, ppld.org. Free. Join other fans (ages 11 to 18) of Japanese animated cartoons and graphic novels. Sat., Jan. 26, 3-5 p.m.

"Puppets with Alanna: Aesop's Fables," Pikes Peak Library District, 531-6333, ppld.org. Free. Enjoy a storytelling program with Alanna Jones and her Woofumdust Puppets. Fountain Branch, Sat., Jan. 26, 10 a.m. and Ruth Holley Branch, Sat., Jan. 26, 1:30 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. "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
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.

Prison Fellowship will hold an informational meeting for potential volunteers on Tues., Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m. at Village Seven Presbyterian Church, Leonard Hall Bldg. Rooms 13-14, 4050 Nonchalant Circle. Learn more about the program and volunteer opportunities both inside and outside prisons. Call 244-3600 or visit pfm.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.

Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers will hold a volunteer orientation class for those interested in helping people enjoy the parks' natural, cultural and outdoor recreation resources. Learn more on Sat., Feb. 9, 1-3:30 p.m., at Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. An Environmental Education Program Leader Training Class will be held Thursdays, Feb. 14 to March 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. RSVP by Mon., Feb. 7 to 520-6388.

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.

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.

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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
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring Uzi Buzgalo, showcasing the importance and beauty of non-audible language, through March 9. More Big Beautiful Things, an exhibit of comtemporary sculpture, through March 30. Watch Your Step: Sidewalks through March 23.

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.

"I'm Not There," Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303/786-7030, bouldertheater.com. $7. Six actors including Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Ben Whishaw portray Bob Dylan in this unconventional journey into his life and times. Tues., Jan. 29, 8 p.m.

literary
Boulder Bookstore Events, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, boulderbookstore.com. Presenting Andrea Cohen, Jan. 24. Heidi Julavits, Jan. 28. Joan Borysenko, Jan. 30.

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Anne Bym, Jan. 24. Melody Moezzi, Rev. Gilbert Caldwell, Dr. Donald Messer and Dr. Steve McCeney, Jan. 28. Justina Chen Headley and Hannah Teter, Jan. 29. Dr. Andrea Joy Cohen and Deborah Rodriguez, Jan. 29. Jill Conner Browne and Debra Fine, Jan. 30. Dr. John Ratey and Thomas DeWolf, Jan. 31.

"Create Your Writer's Life:" Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Workshop, Standley Lake Public Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada, rmfw.org. Free. Cynthia Morris will assist you in establishing writing goals, setting priorities and designing a plan to keep on track for 2008. Sat., Jan. 26, 1-3 p.m.

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.

Jones Theater, 119 Main St., Westcliffe, 719/783-2099, opustow.org. Featuring Opus Two performing works by Schoenfield, Debussy and Brahms. Sun., Jan. 27, 2 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.

Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 303/294-9258, mercurycafe.com. $8. Presenting Sunday Jazz Dance with Dressed in Black, Jan. 25. Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra, Feb. 3. The Queen City Jazz Band, Feb. 10. The David Booker Swingtet, Feb. 17. Atomic Pablo, Feb. 24. Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra, March 2.

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, Feb. 18, March 17 and April 22. Chapungu: Custom and Legend, A Culture in Stone, through Feb. 29.

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. A Year with Frog and Toad, Feb. 19 to May 2. 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, through Feb. 24.

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

Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/422-4090, festivalplayhouse.com. $12-$14. Presenting Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, Feb. 1-17.

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. Lovers, Split Strangers, Feb. 1-29.

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 through March 1.

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