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Art Shows & Galleries
Academy Frame Company, 7620 N. Academy Blvd., 265-6694. Featuring Photography Assortment, works by Matt Otten, Guy Moore, Ben DeMeter, Erma Snyder and Igor Ho, through Feb. 29.

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

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

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 Surface, works by Karen Winfield exploring the theme of surface quality and texture of our surroundings, through Feb. 24.

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, through Feb. 26. Album Amcorum: 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.

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.

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.

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. Family adventure Day, Sat., Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family Night, Sat., Feb. 16, 5-8 p.m. 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, through Feb. 28.

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, through March 3.

Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring 5th Congressional District High School Art Exhibit, photography, mixed media, paintings, drawings and computer-generated art, through Feb. 26.

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, ppld.org. Featuring Genocide: 1900-Darfur, a multi-media exhibit, through Feb. 29.

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 Second annual Fine Art Scholarship Student Art Exhibit, artworks by area high school students, through Feb. 27. Reception and awards ceremony, Wed., Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m.

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, through April 27.

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, through Feb. 29.

Heebee JeebeeS, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring Through the Eye of the Camera, black-and-white prints by Bryan Briscoe-Smith, through March 29.

Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471-1360, laurareilly.com. Featuring Night and Day, cityscapes, night scenes and winter landscapes by impressionist painter Laura Reilly. Opening reception, Sat., Feb. 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 10, noon to 4 p.m.

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.

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, through 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.

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, members free. Featuring Richard Hansen: Some Rocks, Some Water, through May 3. Shelter: Beauty, Sustainability, Function, through May 17. Everyday is Earth Day in the Buell Children's Museum, through May 31. Christo and Jeanne-Claude, through April 19. SK Cothren: Captured Earth, Kate Leonard: Shallow Water and SW Pisciotta: Nature on the Grid, Feb. 9 to May 10. Artists' reception, Fri., Feb. 22, 5-7 p.m.

Second Street Art Market, 366 Second St., Monument, 488-2506, secondstreetart.com. Featuring Art to Feed Your Soul through Feb. 29.

The Secret Totem Gallery, 316 N. 25th St., 633-3134. Featuring Horse and Pony Month, works by K. Hall, R.N. Catron, Geraldine Strong Horse, Tony Winterbottom and others, Feb. 29.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Open Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Featuring State of the Union, an exhibit of artistic perspectives on current social issues, through Feb. 25. Peterson AFB Celebrates Black History Month, honoring artistic and cultural contributions of African Americans, through Feb. 25. Domestic Expansion, works created using traditional women's craft techniques, through Feb. 29.

Squash Blossom Gallery, 2531 W. Colorado Ave., 632-1899, squashblossom.com. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring fine art and jewelry by local and regional artists including Donna Dellacroce, Mariya Zvonkovich, Tom Owen, Rick Young, Sherry Sander, Robert Deurloo and others.

T Benton Brooks Studio, 110 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs, Suite E, tbentonbrooks.com, Featuring Art in Mind, recent paintings by T Benton Brooks. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 8, 5:30-10 p.m. Exhibition, Sat, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 10, noon to 6 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, through Feb. 29. Opening reception, Sat., 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
Pre-Show Appetizer: Dario olman, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 262-3567, galleryuccs.org. Presenting a pre-show appetizer for the upcoming exhibition Dario olman: The Heart of Perspective, the Making of the Film. Thurs., Feb. 7, 7 p.m.

Auditions & Entries
A filmmaking team is seeking people who would like to be part of the International Documentary Challenge, a competition to make a short documentary film in five days. The team will shoot in various Colorado Springs locations. Camera, audio, editor, and producer positions are now open for the competition in early March. Call Steve at 703/869-9353 or see docchallenge.org 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 El Paso County Fair Queen Committee is seeking candidates to serve as the 2008 El Paso County Fair Queen. The queen will be chosen based on horsemanship, public speaking skills, a personal interview and application. A free clinic for potential candidates (with horse required) will be held Sat., Feb. 9, 10 a.m. To reserve a space, call 520-7880 or visit elpasocountyfair.com for an application packet. Deadline is Feb. 28, 3 p.m.

SPACe Gallery is seeking entries in an experimental show meant to give artists an opportunity to "play" artistically. This year's theme is "Life Symbols." To enter, bring work to SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus in La Veta on Sat., Feb. 9, 10 am. to 2 p.m., or Sun., Feb. 10, noon to 2 p.m. The entry fees are $5-$10 per piece. Visit spanishpeaksarts.org or call 719/742-3074 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 Arts Council is seeking entries in the Fourth annual Pikes Peak Art Fest to be held at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. on June 13-15. Entry deadline is March 31; Early-bird discount deadline Feb. 15. For entry forms and information call 260-1981 or visit pikespeakartscouncil.org.

Pikes Peak Earth Day is seeking socially-conscious musicians of all genres to perform at the Earth Day Expo on April 26 at Palmer High School. Applications due March 1. To apply, visit pikespeakearthday.org/home or call 632-6189.

Colorado College's IDEA Space and UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art are seeking proposals for 1440 Minutes: An Evening of Installation and Performance, a 24-hour art installation and exhibition event curated around the theme of "Social Spaces." Proposals are due March 1. Accepted artists will receive $500. Call 389-6797 or visit theideaspace.com for more.

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.

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.

El Paso County Nature Centers are requesting entries in the 2008 "No Child Left Indoors" Logo Contest. The logo should embody the ideals of "No Child Left Indoors." Entry deadline is March 31. Call 520-6745 or go to elpasoco.com/parks for rules and information.

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.

Civic Opportunities
Valentines for Vets and Troops, Monument Branch Library, 1706 Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 488-8280, startmyart.tripod.com. Free. Send a valentine or special note to a soldier on a card you create at this event with students of the Monument School of Fine Art. Sat., Feb. 9, 1-3 p.m.

Hearts for the Homeless, Marriot Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Drive, 329-1244, $35. A fundraising luncheon and auction for Interfaith Hospitality Network, which shelters homeless families with children. Featuring speakers City Councilwoman Jan Martin and Regina Lewis. Sun., Feb. 10, noon.

Library Focus Group, Pikes Peak Library District, Falcon School District 49 Central Office Board Room, 10850 E Woodmen Road, 531-6333 ext. 2050. Meet to discuss plans for a new library in the Falcon/Peyton area. Mon., Feb. 11, 5:30-7 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. Meet like-minded people and learn what you can do to help end extreme poverty. Meets the first Sunday of the month, 1:30 p.m.

Clubs & Organizations
Better Business Bureau: "Buzz with the Bs," Caddie Shack Restaurant at Valley Hi Gold Course, 610 S. Chelton Road, RSVP: infobbbsc.org. $12. Presenting topics of interest to business owners. February's speaker is Police Chief Richard Myers on the "State of the Department." Fri., Feb. 8, 7:15-9 a.m.

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Pikes Peak Landlord & Investors Group, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Road, 684-9010. $10. Featuring a monthly meeting and presentation. Tues., Feb. 12, 6:30-9 p.m.

GFWC Woman's Club of Colorado Springs Meeting, CC's Slocum Hall, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St., 590-1436. Free. This month's program, "Special Kids, Special Families Zach's Place." Wed., Feb. 13, 2 p.m.

Pikes Peak Blues Community Board Meeting, BAC's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., 685-1861 ext. 42, pikespeakblues.org. Stop by to listen in or call in advance to have an item considered for the agenda. Wed., Feb. 13, 7 p.m.

Pikes Peak Neighbors Meeting and Luncheon, The Stagecoach Inn, 702 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 559-3942. $19. Local women are invited to hear Donna Lastra of Memorial Hospital speak about heart-related issues. Music provided by Joshua Bruns. Wed., Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

American Association of University Women, 1210 Wood Ave., 570-7237. RSVP by Feb. 13. Join a Valentine's High Tea at the old President's House at Colorado College. A program on historic CC will follow. Sat., Feb. 16, 2-4 p.m.

Pikes Peak Flotilla 1 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, CSPD Sand Creek Division Command Station, 4125 Center Park, 391-2181. The public is invited to a monthly business meeting on the fourth Thursday, 6:30 p.m., excluding November and December.

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.

The Breakfast Club, Embassy Suites, 7290 Commerce Center Drive, 591-7994. Meet singles ages 50+ for a monthly breakfast and other activities such as hikes, dances, board games and more. First Saturday of the month, 9-11 a.m.

"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, 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.

WINGS, 800/373-8671, wingsfound.org. Offering therapist-facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in which survivors are believed and accepted. Women's groups on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Men's group, Monday nights.

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.

Film & Video
Black History Cinema, Meadows Park Community Center, 1943 S. El Paso Ave., 385-7940. Free. Enjoy films pertaining to black history every Friday in February at 12:30 and 4 p.m. The Tuskegee Airmen, Feb. 8. Partners of the Heart, Feb. 15. When We Were Kings, Feb. 22. The Defiant Ones, Feb. 29.

Journey to Community Film Series, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717, asuuc.net. Free. Enjoy free popcorn and a screening of the 1973 Academy Award winner The Sting, Sat., Feb. 9, 7-10 p.m. The 1982 Academy Award winner Gandhi, Sat., Feb. 15, 6:30-10 p.m.

Iron Jawed Angels, CC's Barnes Science Center, #219, 1040 N. Nevada Ave., 633-2376, lwvppr.org. Free. This film follows two activists, Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor), who helped women receive the right to vote in 1920. Sat., Feb. 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Carmen Film Night 2, The Sound Shop, 7 E. Cimarron St., 633-9373, alacarteproductions@msn.com. Free, reservations required. Presenting the flamenco version of Carmen from Antonio Gades. Thurs., Feb. 14, 7 p.m.

Food & Drink
Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free, pre-registration is required. Offering "Craft Beer Tasting," Thurs., Feb. 7. "California Wine Tasting," Sat., Feb. 9. "Wines of the World Tasting," Fri., Feb. 15.

First Thursday Wine Tasting, Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. $12-$17. Featuring "French and Belgian Wines." Thurs., Feb. 7, 5-8 p.m.

"Entertaining on the Fly," Garden of the Gods' Gourmet, 2528 W. Cucharras St., 471-2799. Free. A class in the "Learn How 2" series to build confidence in the kitchen, save time, and entertain friends. Sun., Feb. 10, 1 p.m.

"Eating to Beat the Blues," Whole Foods, 7635 N. Academy Blvd., 531-9999. Free. Registered dietitian Martha Rosenau will highlight specific foods and supplements that can help improve your mood this winter. Wed., Feb. 13, 6 p.m.

Blue Star Events, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. Wednesday Wine Tastings, $20. "Barossa Valley," Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. "Bordeaux Tasting," Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. "Old World vs. New World Part 1," Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m.

Health & Healing
"The Art of Loving More," Celebration Conscious Living Store, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 330-8892. Featuring Chris Douglas, former apprentice to Carlos Casteneda. Fri., Feb. 8, 7-9 p.m.

Sacred Hoop Ministry Events, Yurt at 1515 County Road 21, Woodland Park, 687-4335, sacredhoopministry.org. Offering "Crystal Bowl Meditation," Fri., Feb. 8, 7-9:30 p.m. "Exploring Other (Non-Drum) Methods of the Shamanic Journey," Sun., Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. "Intermediate Shamanic Journey Group," Feb. 15, 7-9:30 p.m. "Sound Healing Concert," Feb. 22, 7-9 p.m. "Introduction to Shamanic Journey," Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

"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.

"Breathing New Life into Tired Souls," Julie Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave., 776-2672, soullink@soullinkonline.org. $30 pre-registration. A retreat featuring songs by Joe Uveges, and an opportunity to discuss the spiritual journey with other seekers. Sat., Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"How to Bring More Joy & Divine Love into Your Life," East Library, Community Room, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 633-0453, eckankar.org. Join a discussion for spiritual seekers. Free. Sat., Feb. 9, 2-3 p.m.

Gentle Strength Wellness & Herb Shop Events, 4831 Barnes Road, 533-0707. "Open house featuring Reiki, reflexology, wellness and holistic kinesiology sessions, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. "Reiki Second Degree Practioner's Course," Feb. 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Drum Journeying," Feb. 13 and 27, 6:30-8 p.m.

Woman's Story Gathering, Mount St. Francis, St. Francis of Assisi Church Ministry Center, 2650 Parish View, Sister Marilyn Uhing: 598-5486. Review your spiritual journey and your progess toward wholeness. Sun., Feb. 10, 2-3:30 p.m.

You Can Heal Your Life: The Movie, Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. $5 donation. A "loving portrait" of Louise L. Hay and her life's work with appearances by Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Christiane Northrup and others. Mon., Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

"History & Modern Use of Essential Oils," East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 598-7287. Free. Carol Garner, practitioner, will discuss the health & beauty benefits of essential oils. Tues., Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m.

Yoga Journeys, 709 N. Nevada, Ste. 201, 477-9511, yoga-journeys.net. Free. Introduction to gentle yoga. Wednesdays, Feb. 13-27, 7:30 p.m.

"Mind Your Body" Workshop, The Celebration Community Room, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 232-2499, cohypnotherapy.com. Pre-registration required. Certified clinical hypnotherapist Emily B. Lustig will present a seminar on understanding the mind-body connection. Sat., Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"All About Alzheimer's: An Introduction to the Disease," Alzheimer's Association, 2135 Bolt Ave., 266-8773. Learn about the differences between Alzheimer's and other dementias, and normal memory loss due to aging. Third Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 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.

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, 7-8 p.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
Indy Hour with Alan Gottlieb, Poor Richard's Bookstore, 324 N. Tejon St., 271-0404. Free. Former Denver Post reporter Alan Gottlieb will read from his just-published novel Ultimate Excursions. His coming-of-age tale chronicles Tim Lake's Peace Corps experiences in Ecuador and Peru, his unwitting involvement with drug scams, and his life as a hack reporter for a Denver daily newspaper. Thurs., Feb. 7, 4:45-6 p.m.

"Diversity as It Relates to the Presidential Race," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. New York Times journalist Jerry Gray will talk about this year's presidential race which has drawn the most diverse field of candidates ever. Thurs., Feb. 7, 7 p.m.

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Black History Month Lecture, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 531-6333. Free. Dr. Daryl Michael Scott of Howard University will present "Lessons from the Lost Manuscript of Dr. Carter G. Woodson: Origins and Legacies of Multiculturalism." Thurs., Feb. 7, 6-8:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3730, ppwfc.org. Presenting "Rsum Writing: Rsum & Portfolio Design," Feb. 7, 14, 21 or 28. "Self Employment: The Driver's Seat," Feb. 12 or 26. "Job Shop: Guided Job Search," Feb. 20.

"Modern India," UCCS University Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 527-8036. Free. Curiosity Unlimited presents history department professor Christopher Hill speaking of his recent six-month sabbatical in India. Fri., Feb. 8, 9:30-11 a.m.

"The Mysteries of a Saudi Woman," PILLAR Lifelong Institute, visitpillar.org, 633-4991. $16-$22. Instructor B. Fox lived in Saudi Arabia for over two years and will introduce the traditions, lifestyles, concerns and joys of Saudi women that she met. Fri., Feb. 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

February Science Days, Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture, 21 Canal St., Pueblo, 719/564-9086. $6. Offering "Electronics Lab," a hand-on opportunity to learn about modern solid-state electronics, Sat., Feb. 9, 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. "Dr. Mike's Bag of Bugs," learn about insects from the founder of the Butterfly Pavilion, Sat., Feb. 16, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

"Buffalo Soldiers," Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333, ppld.org. Free. Featuring a new display on the history of African American soldiers and a presentation by members of the 10th U.S. Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, Inc. Sun., Feb. 10, 2 p.m.

Garden of the Gods Lecture Series, Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., 219-0108. Free, donations welcome. 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.

"Strength in Service," La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Rd., 888/334-VETS (8387), 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.

Small Business Development Center Classes, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, cssbdc.org. "Funding Your Business," Feb. 12. "Basics of Bookkeeping," Feb. 21. "QuickBooks Pro Intro," Feb. 26. "Planning a Tobacco-Free Workplace," Feb. 28.

"A Portrait of Local Legend Fannie Mae Duncan," Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, cspm.org. Free. Author, educator, and friend of Ms. Duncan, Kay Esmiol will present the inspirational story of the African American businesswoman. Sat., Feb. 16, 2 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 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. Sign up now for February classes including computers, aerobics, games, arts and crafts and more.

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

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

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

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

Literary Events
Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012, poorrichardswebsite.com. Free. Alan Gottleib will sign and discuss Ultimate Excursions, Thurs., Feb. 7, 4:45-6 p.m. Margaret Johnson will read and sign her children's story, The Seven Magical Tooth Fairies. Sat., Feb. 9, 1-3 p.m. Avalokiteshvara Buddhist Center Book Discussion on basic Buddhist views with Gen Kelsang Losel, Tues., Feb. 12, 7-8:30 p.m.

Borders Bookstore Events, 1710 Briargate Blvd., #209, 266-1600. Award-winning author Eli Gottlieb will read and sign his new novel, Now You See Him. Sat., Feb. 9, 2 p.m.

Walden, PILLAR Lifelong Institute, visitpillar.org, 633-4991. $36-$51. Lucy Bell will help readers understand Henry David Thoreau's Walden as a nature book, a guide to a simpler life, a criticism of modern life, or a blueprint for spiritual renewal. Wednesdays, Feb. 13-27, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Adult Great Books Reading & Discussion Group, Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade St., 531-6333 ext.1206. Free. Discussing "The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler: Envy" with Roman Fever by Edith Wharton and Smokers by Tobias Wolff. Thurs., Feb. 14, 6:45-9 p.m.

National Association of Pen Women, Crescent Lily Inn, 6 Boulder Crescent St., 495-2702. RSVP by Feb. 13. Monthly luncheon will be welcoming national president, Elaine Waidlich. Sat., Feb. 16, 11:15 a.m.

Freelance Writers Boot Camp, Cucuru Gallery Caf, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 638-6876. $45. Veteran authors and journalists Karen Linamen and Steven Saint will lead a boot camp to inspire your nonfiction career. Sat., Feb. 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Black Cat Books Events, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. 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.

"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 discussion, "The Bible: 'The book' or just another good book?" Second and fourth Saturdays. Sat., Feb. 9, 9-11 p.m.

Music
Thursday Night Recital Series, The Colorado Springs School, Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 475-9747 ext. 510, css.org. $10-$15. Presenting Le Duo Francois, a violin/piano duo with Ron Francois and Silvana Santinelli. Thurs., Feb. 7, 7:30 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.

Music on the Mesa Valentines Day Concert, Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Drive, 471-4556. $10-$20. Phil Volin and Joleen Bell will present a concert of acoustic guitar and vocals featuring love songs. Sat., Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.

"Songs of Love," CSU-Pueblo, Hoag Recital Hall, Pueblo, 719/545-7967. $25-$30. The Pueblo Symphony will present a concert featuring soprano Lori Hultgren and tenor Richard Fracker. Fri., Feb. 8, Sat., Feb. 9, 7:30 pm.

Deanna Henderson and Friends, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., 637-7694. Free. Deanna Henderson, Jan Bodholdt, Lee Singletary and Sharon Vialpando will sing works by Doane, Dvorak, Delibes, Saint-Saens, Puccini and others. Sat., Feb. 9, 2 p.m.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org. $15-$52. Presenting Thrilling Tchaikovsky with violinist Miriam Fried, Sat., Feb. 9, 8 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 10, 2:30 p.m. 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.

Melvin Seals and The Jerry Garcia Band, The Silver Moon, 117 E. Las Vegas St., 633-5483, smplive.com. $15-$20. Keeping the flame alive with the music of the Greatful Dead and others. Sun., Feb. 10, 7-11:45 p.m.

February Jazz Event, Olympian Plaza Event Center, 975 S. Union Blvd., 685-9451, ppjass.org. $5-$10. Featuring an award presentation, Carl Dixon and the Jazz Cats performing two shows and a jam session, plus cash bar and buffet. Sun., Feb. 10, 2-5 p.m.

Romantic Europe, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada, 685-6468, pikespeakphil.org. The Pikes Peak Philharmonic presents works by Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Mendelsohn. Sun., Feb. 10, 3 p.m.

Sean Costello, Merlino's Belvedere, 1330 Elm Ave., Canon City, 576-5945, amusiccompanyinc.com. $13-$30. Presenting national recording artist Sean Costello on blues guitar. Sun., Feb. 10, 3-6 p.m.

A Concert of Love, Pikes Peak Community College, Centennial Campus Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., 502-3135. Free. Enjoy a Valentine-themed concert featuring songs of love. Sun., Feb. 10, 2-3:15 p.m.

Organ Concert, Church of St. Michael the Archangel, 7400 Tudor Road, 260-9161. Free will offering. International composer and organist Pamela Decker will perform music by contemporary composers, followed by a reception. Sun., Feb. 10, 4 p.m.

U.S. Air Force Academy Band Chamber Recital Series, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., 556-9916. Free. Featuring band members on saxophone, clarinet, flute, bassoon and piano. Tues., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Romantic Music Salon, Broadmoor-area house concert, Abe: 439-4630. $25, reservations required. Presenting "Classically Alive," works by Schubert, Reinecke and Dukas on clarinet, horn and piano. Tues., Feb. 12, 6:30 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.

Big Band Sundays, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 593-2011. $10. Featuring polka dancing and more with Claude Wiatrowski's Planet Polka Band, Sat., Feb. 23, 7:30-11 p.m.

World Arena Concerts, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Matchbox 20 with Alanis Morissette, Tues., March 4, 8 p.m.

Friends House Concerts, P.O. Box 38943, 329-1644, house-concerts.org. Presenting Patty Larkin, Sun., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., $20. Catie Curtis, Sun., March 16, 7 p.m., $20. Chris Smither, Fri., April 11, 7 p.m., $25.

"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 Patrick Candelaria, Feb. 7-10.

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469. $8-15. Join Imagination Celebration for family fun at this musical performance based on the Miss Nelson book series. Fri., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Kid-friendly art activities, 6 p.m.

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.

New World Order: The Messenger, The Warehouse Restaurant Gallery, 25 W. Cimarron St., 477-1531. $20. Presenting a sci-fi thriller about an alien named AA3, who must warn the people of earth about a plan to exterminate humans. Fri., Feb. 8, 7 p.m.

The Vagina Monologues, CC's Cossitt Hall, 906 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. $6-$9. Enjoy this award-winning play and help raise funds for V-Day, a global movement aimed at ending violence against girls and women. Fri., Feb. 8-9, 7 p.m.

Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. $8-$25. Featuring The King and I, Fridays to Sundays, Feb. 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24. Dinner option, 6 p.m.; show, 7 p.m.

Middle Eastern Dance and Music Party, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744, rachidhalihalmusic.com. $10. Dancers and musicians will have a chance to perform live with the Rachid Halihal Ensemble. Experienced musicians will be invited to sit in with the band. Dancers should call 303/573-7610 to reserve a spot. Sat., Feb. 9, 7-11 p.m.

The Dan Bialek vs. America Tour, Jack Quinn's, 21 S. Tejon St., danvsamerican.com, 440-6507. $5. Featuring stand-up comedians Sean Crespo, Dan Dominguez and Dan Bialek. Wed., Feb. 13, 8 p.m.

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Ten Minutes Max, Manitou Art Theatre, Theatre at Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., 685-4729, themat.org. $16. Presenting the sixth annual vaudeville extravaganza featuring new theater, dance, music poetry and comedy all performed in 10 minutes or less. Feb. 14-16 and 22-23, 8 p.m. and Feb. 17 and 24, 2 p.m.

Scapin, Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St., 573-7411, theriponline.com. $10-$16. The Star Bar Players and local improv group The RiP perform together in the comedy Scapin. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 15-16.

FAC Theatre, SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. $26-$31. Presenting Sunday in the Park with George, through Feb. 17. Fuddy Meers, March 21 to April 6. Beauty and the Beast, May 9 to June 1. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Theatreworks, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, theatreworkscs.org. $12-$22. Featuring Blithe Spirit, through 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. Opera Theatre of the Rockies presents Carmen, March 1-2. Comedian Jon Reep, winner of Last Comic Standing 5, Fri., March 7, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Cirque Dreams Jungle Fanstasy, Fri., March 21, 8 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.

World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Harlem Globetrotters, Sun., April 6, 2 p.m. The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, Sat., May 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

dance parties & workshops
Dance and Fitness Events, Springs Salsa and Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., 520-1201, springssalsa.com. Registration required. "Salsa 101," Thursdays, Feb. 7 to March 13, 7 p.m. "Cardio Street Jam with Kid Cuba," Wednesdays, Feb. 13-27, 7:15 p.m. "Intro to Pole Dance," Saturdays, March 1-29.

Saturday Night Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195. $7-$9. Dance to ballroom, polka, Latin, country and more live music. Sat., Feb. 9, 7:30-11 p.m.

Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 Robinson St., 598-8624. $1-$5. roncounts.com. Learn a variety of dances with licensed instructors. Singles and families welcome. Sat., Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. Instruction for new dancers, 7 p.m.

"Intro to Belly Dance" Workshop, The Colorado Academy of Music and Dance, 975 Garden of the Gods Rd, 635-1004. Free, registration required. No previous dance experience necessary. Ages 15 and up. Sat., Feb. 16, 2 p.m.

Waltz Lessons, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 632-8091. Free, registration required. Members of the Broadmoor Waltz Club will lead traditional waltz practice sessions. Thursdays, 5-7 p.m.

English Country Dance, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 494-0563. $3. No partner required. Dancers ages 10 and over welcome. First and third Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.

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, Reservations: 520-6745. Offering "Twos & Threes Outdoors: Animal Talk," Feb. 7, 10 a.m. "Winter Stargazing for Beginners," Feb. 8, 7 p.m. "Winter Stargazing for Beginners," Feb. 8, 7 p.m. "Night Hunters: Owls of North America," Feb. 9, 10 a.m. "Nature Adventurers: Clever Coyotes," Feb. 13, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. "Pajamas in the Park: Winter Wildlife & Night Sky," Feb. 15, 5 p.m. to Feb. 16, 9 a.m.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, Reservations: 520-6387. Offering "Young Naturalists: Papermaking 101," Feb. 9, 10 a.m. "Little Wonders: Winter Birds," Feb. 12, 2 p.m. "Digital Wildlife Photo Seminar," Feb. 16, 10 a.m. "Nature Explorers: Beaver Tales," Feb. 21, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. "Family Campfire," Feb. 22, 6 p.m.

Roller Derby Match, City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., 385-5969. $10-$15. The Pikes Peak Derby Dames All Star team will face the Houston Hard Knocks. Sat., Feb. 9, 7 p.m.

Winter Series Race III, Santa Fe Trail and Baptist Road Trailhead, Patricia: 598-2953, active.com. $4-$10. Offering a 5-mile and a 10-mile run. Sat., Feb. 9, registration 9 a.m., race 10 a.m.

"America's Boating Class," Dorene: 632-8129, PPFlotilla@hotmail.com. Pre-registration required. Pikes Peak Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will present an 8-hour class for both novice and experienced boaters. Saturdays, Feb. 9, March 8 and April 19.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park Guided Hikes and Programs, Cheyenne Moutain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights, www.parks.state.co.us/parks/cheyennemountain, 576-2251. Offering "cookie-burner" hikes, kids' treasure hunts, winter discovery walks, geocaching and more in the month of February.

Women's Fitness Solutions, various locations, Trish: 217-0987, health.groups.yahoo.com/group/womensfitness/. Join other women for outdoor activities. First and third Sundays.

Special Events
Chinese New Year Celebration, Jade Dragon Chinese Restaurant, 3958 N. Academy Blvd., 287-7624. $25-$30. RSVP by Feb. 4. Celebrate the Year of the Rat with a Chinese New Year's dinner and a lecture on the Chinese lunar cycle. Thurs., Feb. 7, 7-10 p.m.

Citizens Project Fourth annual Divine Award Celebration, The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St., 520-9899. Free. RSVP by Feb. 1. An event that will honor Lorne Kramer for working to create a vibrant democracy. Thurs., Feb. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Elan Vital: The Fourth annual CC Fashion Show, City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., 389-6607. $10-$15. See the work of 23 student designers with designs for people of every age, size and occasion. Fri., Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. After-party, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Colorado Springs Tattoo Arts Festival, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive, 328-1544. $20-$40, children under 18 free (must be accompanied by an adult). Featuring tattoo contests, live tattooing, seminars, art galleries and world-renowned tattoo artists. Fri., Feb. 8, 2-10 p.m., Sat., Feb. 9, noon to 11 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 10, noon to 7 p.m.

Cripple Creek Ice Festival, Bennett Avenue, Cripple Creek, 877/858-4653, cripplecreekicefest.com. Free. Featuring a beer garden, live music, ice carving demos, illuminated ice sculpture displays and more. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 8-10 and 15-18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All-You-Can-Eat Dinner and Dance, Colorado Springs Shrine Club Hall, 6 S. 33rd St., 229-1177, $12-$32.50, kids 5 and under free. Join the United Portuguese of Colorado (Divino Espirito Santo) at this fundraiser featuring music by The Martini Shot and a crab dinner. Sat., Feb. 9, 5-10 p.m.

Open House, The Pinery Wedding and Event Center, 12375 Black Forest Road, 495-9499. Free. Tour the facility, meet the staff and sample food. Sat., Feb. 9, 3-7 p.m.

Weisbrod Aircraft Museum Events, 31001 Magnuson Ave., Pueblo, 719/948-9218. "Rocket Building and Launching," Sat., Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Open Cockpit Day," sit at the controls of an F9-F Cougar that was used by the Blue Angels, Sun., Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vintage Japanese Textiles Show and Sale, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, 315 E. Costilla St., 632-6189, ppjpc.org. Free. Featuring cloth and garments from Japan's Showa period (1926-1989) including vintage Kimono, obi, juban and more. Proceeds benefit the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission. Sun., Feb. 10, noon to 4 p.m.

Prayers for Peace in Iraq, Beth-El Mennonite Church, 4625 Ranch Drive, 636-2716. Free. Pray for people on all sides of the Iraq conflict. Mon., Feb. 11, 7-8 p.m.

Pooch Pool Party, Manitou Swimming Pool, 202 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9735, freewebs.com/manitoupool. $10. Let you dog swim at the indoor pool before it is drained for maintenance. This fundraiser will benefit the pool's fitness and community programs. Sat., Feb. 16, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

"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
College Goal Sunday, Pikes Peak Community College, Centennial Campus Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., 502-3000, ppcc.edu. Free. No matter where you go to college, learn how to fill out the federal student financial aid form to meet your college goals. Sun., Feb. 10, 2-4 p.m.

"Parenting Your Teen Through Thick and Thin," The Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 434-3506, css.org. Free. An Evening with Rosalind Wiseman, author of the bestseller Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence. Thurs., Feb. 14, 7 p.m.

Parent Lecture Series: Title I Students, Bristol Elementary School, 890 N. Walnut St., RSVP: 328-4038. Dinner will be served. Feb. 21, March 18, April 24 and May 12.

Children's Playhouse Series, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Presenting The Ant and the Grasshopper, Sat., Feb. 23, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Velveteen Rabbit, Sat., March 8, 11 a.m and 2 p.m. If You Give a Pig a Party, Sat., April 26, 11 a.m. and 2 pm.

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.

Junior Jazzercise, Apex Tae Kwon Do, 5563 Powers Center Point, 649-0500, springsinshape.com. Ashley Lawless will lead kids ages 6-12 in high-energy, non-competitive dance and fitness routines set to music. Saturdays, 1:30-3 p.m.

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

"Mothersong," Unity Church, 1945 Mesa Road, 471-0520. $5-$10, kids free. Offering a multi-cultural sing-along for families with children 0-3 years old. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Volunteer Opportunities
PEAK Parent Center needs volunteers to help sort, stuff and label 700 information packets for their Inclusive Education Conference. Volunteers will meet at 611 N. Weber St., #200, on Fri., Feb. 8, 1 p.m. Call 531-9400 or email volunteer@peakparent.org for more.

TESSA is seeking volunteers to help clean out the former TESSA safehouse to ready it for sale. Sign up for a three-hour shift or the entire day on Sat.-Sun., Feb. 9-10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact 785-6808 or swoods@tessacs.org for more.

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to adopt a flowerbed for the 2008 Springs in Bloom program. Flowerbed adopters will be responsible for planting and maintaining the bed throughout the summer. Flowers will be provided free of charge. Go to springsgov.com or call 578-6649 by April 3.

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens is seeking schools, businesses, organizations and neighborhood groups to assist with the development of community gardens throughout Colorado Springs. Call 651-3416 or visit ppugardens.org 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.

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.

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 488-0880 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.

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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 Collette at 201-1497 or visit pajamaprogram.org 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.

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.

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.

Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is 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.

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 as 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 its 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.

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.

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.

Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care, 5450 Tech Center Drive, #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.

Colorado Reptile Humane Society is seeking homes for adoptable lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises. Call 303/776-2070 or visit corhs.org for more.

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., #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.

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. Watch Your Step: Sidewalks through March 23. More Big Beautiful Things, an exhibit of contemporary sculpture, through March 30.

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, 772 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-0440, chacweb.org. Open Wed.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fri., noon to 10 p.m., and Sat., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Art in the Heart of Winter, works by Fernando Duran Alcantar, Lola Montejo, Leyna Bencomo and Josey Dak, through Feb. 23.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 303/denverartmuseum.org. Featuring Inspiring Impressionism, masterpieces by Manet, Degas, Monet, Renior and others, Feb. 23 to May 25.

Gilmore Art Center, 2119 Curtis St., Denver, 303/483-3422. Featuring Black Eyed Peas & Grace: Black Art History Exhibit, folk art pieces by Janie McGee reflecting black history from 1900s to the civil rights movement, through March 12.

Museo de Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, 303/571-4401, museo.org. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. "Family Free Day," Feb. 9, noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Space Invaders, art that blends physical, aesthetic and social questions to create multidimensional results, Feb. 8 to June 8. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 8, 6-9 p.m. Artist's talk, Sun., Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m.

film & video
Boulder International Film Festival, Boulder Theater, Boulder public Library and other venues, 303/449-2289, biff1.com. Presenting films from around the world, conversations with directors, producers, screenwriter and actors, parties and more. Feb. 14-17.

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.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, thewildlifeexperience.org. Showing the film Whales on the Extreme Screen through April, and Australia: Land Beyond Time through August.

literary
Boulder Bookstore Events, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, boulderbookstore.com. Presenting Michael Cleverly and Bob Braudis (The Kitchen Readings: Untold Stories of Hunter S. Thompson), Feb. 7. Brigitte Mars (The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine), Feb. 11. Marilyn Krysl (Dinner with Osama), Feb. 12. Bruce Barcott (The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw), Feb. 13. Reginald Ray, (Touching Enlightenment), Feb. 19.

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Eli Gottlieb (Now You See Him) and John Byrne Cooke (Reporting the War), Feb. 7. Sandi Ault (Wild Inferno), Feb. 8. Dr. Richard Collins (Cooking with Heart), Feb. 9. Dinaw Mengestu (The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears), Feb. 11. Russell Banks (The Reserve), Feb. 12. Michael Oren (Power, Faith and Fantasy), and Michael Cleverly and Bob Braudis (The Kitchen Readings: Untold Stories of Hunter S. Thompson), Feb. 13. Theresa Rebeck (Free Fire Zone), and Pamela Nowak (Chances), Feb. 15.

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 The Mercury Ensemble String Quartet, Thurs., Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Windy Peak, Thurs., March 6, 7 p.m.

Augustana Arts presents the Vienna Boys Choir, Augustana Luthern Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver, 866/464-2626, ticketswest.com. $10-$30. Performing classical and light selections and international and Austrian folk songs. Sat., Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 303/294-9258, mercurycafe.com. $8. Presenting 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. Presenting "Colorado's African Americans," Sat., Feb. 9. Free Black History Month programs every Sunday with "Life in Dearfield," Feb. 10. "Celebrate Music," Feb. 17. "Voices of the Past," Feb. 24.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. February Lecture: "The Writer in the Garden: Gardens as Metaphor and Paradox," Tues., Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Colorado Resident Free Day, Feb. 18, March 17 and April 22. Chapungu: Custom and Legend, A Culture in Stone, through Feb. 29.

Denver Zoo Events 2008, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 303/376-6720, denverzoo.org. Featuring "Paw Thaw," Feb. 16-17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Leap Day," Feb. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mountain Park Environmental Center Events, 9167 Mountain Park Road, Beulah, 719/485-4444, hikeandlearn.org. $5, members free. "Valentine Day's Hike," Sat., Feb. 16, 10 a.m. "Winter Wildflower Hike," Sun., Feb. 24, 11 a.m.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, thewildlifeexperience.org. $4.95-$7.95, kids 2 and under free. Featuring Survivor: Jamestown, an exhibit that puts visitors in the shoes of the original Jamestown colonists, through May 11.

Winter Walk in Florence, Florence Community Senior Center, 100 Railroad St., Florence, 372-3541, falconwanderers.org. Falcon Wanderers Volksmarch Club's first event of the year, both a 5K and 10K walk, will be offered at your own pace. Sat., Feb. 9, registration 9 a.m. to noon.

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

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.

Bug Theatre, 3645 Navajo St., Denver, 303/780-7836, modernmusetheatre.com. $15-$20. Presenting A Body of Water, a play that asks how well we know ourselves and others, through Feb. 24.

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 Kevin Pollack, Feb. 8-9. Bruce Bruce, Feb. 15-17. Ralphie May, Feb. 21-23. Henry Cho, Feb. 28 to March 1.

Denver Center for Performing Arts, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4100, denvercenter.org. Presenting Plainsong, through 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. $20-$22. Presenting The Lion in Winter, King Henry II goes head-to-head with wife Eleanor to secure England's next king, through Feb. 16.

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 through Feb. 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 Lovers, Split Strangers, through Feb. 29.

Parker Mainstreet Center, 109650 E. Mainstreet, Parker303/841-4500, parkerartscouncil.org. $10-$12. Presenting Cactus Flower, the story of a bachelor who invents a wife and family to keep from committing to his girlfriend in this homage to free love and go-go boots, Feb. 9-16.

Playwright Theatre, 2119 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303/839-1361, vintagetheatre.com. $17-$22. Vintage Theatre Productions presents 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.

special events
Colorado Ukulele Festival, 71 East Yale Ave., Denver, 303/777-1003, swallowhillmusic.org. $20-$130. Swallow Hill Music Association presents a full day of activities and music for ukulele lovers. Sat., Feb. 9, 9 a.m.

"2008 Chocolate Affair," Olde School House in downtown Arvada, 303/420-6100. $5, free for children under 5. Showcasing over ten chocolatiers, bakers and restaurants with family activities, carriage rides, treasure hunt and more. Sat., Feb. 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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