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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.

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 Album Amcorum: Gems of Friendship in a Frightened World, an exhibit of marbled papers from artists around the planet, through March 1. Mixed-media works by Chris Price and Kim Sayer-Newlin through April 9. Photography by Dave Goude through April 8. Wunderkind 2008, March 7 to April 12. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 5-8 p.m.; The BAC's 20th Anniversary Kick-off Celebration, 8-10 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 Vickie Meguire: Body of Pattern Exhibit, paper kimonos that evoke and negate the presence of a body, through April 8. Artist's reception and talk, Tues., March 4, 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.

Colorado Springs Conservatory, 1430 N. Hancock Ave., 382-5347. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sat., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring Juanita Canzoneri: Mosaics, music-themed mosaics and other new works, March 7-30. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 6-8 p.m.

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. Galo Galecio: Bajo la Linea del Ecuador (Below the Equatorial Line), a new permanent exhibit debuts in February. Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe, May 3 to July 5.

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

Duryea Fine Art, 1003 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9050, duryeafineart.com. Open Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 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 Quilts, artistic quilts by Sherry Noonan Carr and historical quilts from her family, March 3-21. Artist's reception, Fri., March 7, 11 a.m. to 2 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.

Gallery Two-Ten, 210 E. Cimarron St., 632-2132. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring works by local and regional artists including John Baker, Laura Bigger, Chris Conklin, Susan Hinton, Deb Komitor and others.

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.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494, hunterwolffgallery.com. Open Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring The Joy of Art, works by Katherine McNeill, Terrie Lombardi, John Sherman, Janelle Cox, Kenneth Shanika and others, March 5 to April 30.

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.

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. Presenting A Ruxton Statement, featuring Justin Eagles, D.K. McDonald, Brett Wilson, Brenda Wheatbrook and others, through April 20.

OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 387-7212, opticalreverb.com. Presenting Penman, works by Gary Blehm; The Divine Life, works by Spika; and Bridging the Gap, works by William K. Polley, Ken Nord, Halo and Jason Herzog, through April 20.

OpticalReverb at Stones, Bones and Wood, 6970 E. Lake St., Green Mountain Falls, opticalreverb.com. Featuring Lakeside Paint Storm, works by Ken Nord, Lance Butcher and Will K. Polley, though April 20.

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.

Rubbish Gallery, 17B Bijou St., 440-5638. Open Fridays, 5-10 p.m. Featuring works by Ursen Black, Robert Snowdon and Streeter Wright.

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 Christo and Jeanne-Claude, through April 19. Richard Hansen: Some Rocks, Some Water, through May 3. SK Cothren: Captured Earth, Kate Leonard: Shallow Water and SW Pisciotta: Nature on the Grid, through May 10. Shelter: Beauty, Sustainability, Function, through May 17. Everyday is Earth Day in the Buell Children's Museum, through May 31.

Second Street Art Market, 366 Second St., Monument, 488-2506, secondstreetart.com. Featuring Art to Feed Your Soul through 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 Domestic Expansion, works created using traditional women's craft techniques, through Feb. 29. Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Design, showcasing this unique art in partnership with the Colorado Springs chapter of Ikebana International, March 7-9. Discarded, a series of photograms by Ethan Jantzer, March 7-28. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 5-8 p.m.

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.

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.

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 Dario olman: Heart of Perspective, Making of the Film through April 5.

Wayne Lambert Gallery, 2423 W. Colorado Ave., 471-1574. Open Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring original platinum/palladium photographs of the Southwest and Mexico.

WeUsOur Artist's Market, 10 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9702. Featuring A Date with a Train, works by Tylan Troyer, Jennifer Koen and more, Feb. 29 to March 27. Opening reception, Fri., March 29, 6-9 p.m.

art events
Eye of the Tiger All Student Art Show and Social, Martinez Elementary School, 6460 Vickers Drive, 328-6100. Free. Enjoy art inspired by the culture of India and created by local school children. Thurs., Feb. 28, 6:30-8 p.m.

The Business of Art Center's 20th Anniversary Kick-off Celebration, BAC's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. $12. Enjoy beverage tasting stations, see the unveiling of Harriet Lee's design for a 20th Anniversary tile mural, bid in a silent art auction and join a trivia quiz on the BAC's history. Fri., March 7, 8-10 p.m.

Pastels Class, SRDA, 230 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8900, jstarkeyart.com. $25/month. Jill Starkey will lead this class on pastel varieties, paper, method, color theory and drawing. Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Sheppard Art Institute Classes, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., Kang Lee: 282-2706. Offering classes in oil painting, basic drawing, colored pencils, watercolor painting, pastels and raku pottery. Classes for children and adults begin in March.

"Wine & Roses" Hunter-Wolff Gallery Grand Re-opening, 2510 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494. Free. Visit the gallery in its new Old Colorado City location. Sat., April 19, 5-8 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. Applications and nomination forms are due by Feb. 29. Call 634-2204 or visit pikespeakpoetlaureate.org for more.

Pikes Peak Earth Day is seeking workshop presenters and socially conscious musicians of all genres to perform at the Earth Day Expo on April 26 at Palmer High School. Applications due Feb. 29. To apply, visit pikespeakearthday.org/home or call 632-6189 (for musicians) or 634-6552 (for speakers).

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.

CSU-Pueblo announces the 15th annual Southern Colorado Women Poets Competition as part of Women's History Month. Poets may enter up to three poems by Mon., March 3. Contact Margaret Barber at 719/549-2651 or margaret.barber@colostate-pueblo.edu for guidelines and more.

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.

click to enlarge Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado - Blvd., 303/322-7009. $10-$20. Featuring Gold, an - exhibit of over 600 geologic and cultural specimens, - through June 8.
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303/322-7009. $10-$20. Featuring Gold, an exhibit of over 600 geologic and cultural specimens, through June 8.

Commonwheel Artists Co-op is seeking a metalsmith jeweler and a wall artist for its cooperative gallery. Visit Commonwheel, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, or commonwheel.com for an application. Due Mon., March 10. Call 685-1008 for more.

Mayor Lionel Rivera has announced the call for nominations of high school students for the 2008 "Mayor's 100 Teens." Nominees must demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism, leadership and academic success. Submission deadline is March 14. For a nomination form visit springsgov.com and click the "Mayor's 100 Teens" link.

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.

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. For entry forms and information call 260-1981 or visit pikespeakartscouncil.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 Beacham Gallery is conducting an open artists' call for its May "Inside/Out" Art Benefit. No hanging fees, review fees or commissions are required. Contact mable1002000@aol.com or 390-6685, or visit the gallery at 2002 Monteagle St. for details and forms.

Art on South Main Cooperative Art Gallery is conducting an open artists' call for new members to exhibit at its gallery in Pueblo. Call 719/542-6838 or visit artonsouthmain.com.

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.


Civic Opportunities
Indy Hour: Affirmative Action on the 2008 Ballot, Poor Richard's Bookstore, 324 N. Tejon St., 577-4545. Free. Barb Van Hoy of Citizen's Project will lead a discussion about the November ballot. Thurs., Feb. 28, 5-6 p.m.

Pikes Peak Environmental Forum, Antlers Grille Club Room, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 633-4421, steveharrislaw.com/ppef_page.htm. $12-$16. Farmer, rancher and dairyman Doug Wiley will present "Our Food System and the Loss of Choice." Fri., Feb. 29, noon to 2 p.m.

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. Sun., March 2, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Partnering for the Environment: A Community Discussion, Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 668-8012, csu.org. The first in a series of discussions with Colorado Springs Utilities focusing on current environmental programs and future opportunities. Tues., March 4, 6-8 p.m.

Greening the State Democratic Convention, 315 E. Costilla St., Judy: 576-3366. Learn how you can help make the Democratic State Convention (at the World Arena on May 16-17) as eco-friendly as possible at this brown-bag lunch event. Wed., March 5, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Health Care Town Hall Meeting, Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 460-0580. Join State Representative Michael Merrifield and Senator John Morse to discuss the health care system and common questions and concerns. Sat., March 15, 8-9:30 a.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.


Clubs & Organizations
Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 494-8347, smmug.org. Free. Mark Pimental will discuss using Safari 3. Thurs., March 6, novices, 6 p.m.; meeting, 7 p.m.

Silicon Mountain Macintosh Special Interest Groups, Voelker Training Room, 5026 N. Academy Blvd., 570-7294, smmug.org. Free. Get answers and tips related to Mac computers. Sat., March 8, Mac users, 10 a.m. to noon; OS X group, noon to 2 p.m.

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.

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.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD, BDD) Support Group, Panera Bread Community Room, 7344 N. Academy Blvd., ocd.meetup.com/82. Free. Join a weekly support group for those with OCD or body dysmorphic disorder. Fridays, 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.

Air Force 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.

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.

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.

Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder Support Group, Disability Services of Colorado, 225 S. Academy Blvd., #104, 574-9002. Free. Offering weekly support meetings for individuals affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders and their families. Third Tuesday of the month, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 866/768-2232, ccfa.org. Free. Colorado Springs support group meets the second Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m.

Socrates Caf, Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 488-2370. This adult group discusses philosophy, religions, spirituality and humanity's common threads. Meets Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

Blazer Ski Club, Valley Hi Golf Course Clubhouse, 610 S. Chelton Road, 577-7755. Offering weekend bus ski trips, golf, hikes, social events and dinner meetings for mature adults. Meets Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.

Stroke Club, Disability Services of Colorado, 225 S. Academy Blvd., #104, 574-9002. Free. This group, for survivors of stroke and their families, has guest speakers as well as social gatherings. Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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
Springs Culture Cast Birthday Bash, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., springsculturecast.com. Free. Celebrate the one-year anniversary of the TV show focusing on the local arts scene. Thurs., Feb. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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 Defiant Ones, Feb. 29.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Lloyd Shaw Auditorium, Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road, 633-0732, banffmountainfestivals.ca. $12. See beautiful mountain landscapes, watch the world's top adventurers and relive their challenges. Proceeds benefit Rocky Mountain Field Institute. Sat., March 1, 7 p.m.

The Best of the Taos Mountain Film Festival, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 719/481-0475, trilakes.org. $12-$25. Two days of feature films, shorts and guest speakers. Fri.-Sat., March 7-8, 6 p.m.


Food & Drink
"Pairing Fusion: Chef's Creations for Vintage Libations," Jake & Telly's Greek Cuisine, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., 633-0406. $60 plus tax and tip. Enjoy a six-course wine tasting dinner featuring new, American style fusions of food and drink. Thurs., Feb. 28, 7 p.m.

Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free, pre-registration is required. Offering "Australian Wine Tasting," Sat., March 1. "Wines of the World Tasting," Fri., March 7. "Classic Varietals of the World," Sat., March 8. "St. Patrick's Day Beer Tasting," Thurs., March 13. "Organic Wine tasting, Sat., March 15.

Tasty Tuesday, Garden of the Gods Gourmet, 2528 W. Cucharras St., 471-2799, godsgourmet.net. Free. Enjoy snacks and samples of the latest offerings. Tues., March 4 and 18, 5:30-7 p.m.

First Thursday Wine Tasting, Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. $12-$17. Share a glass of wine with friends. Thurs., March 6, 5-8 p.m.

"Holy Moley: 15 People for Dinner in 2 Hours," Garden of the Gods Gourmet, 2528 W. Cucharras St., 471-2799, godsgourmet.net. Free. Learn how to feed a group with a short timeline. Sun., March 9, 1 p.m.

Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz, Jack Quinn's, 21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766, Mondays, 8 p.m.; McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St., 633-3300, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.


Health & Healing
Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Offering "Open Forum: Wake-up Calls," Feb. 25, 7-9 p.m. "Immersion in Celtic Fire & the World of Faerie," Feb. 27. "EFT Combined Levels 1 & 2," March 1. "Holistic Weight Loss without the Hype," March 4.

Sacred Hoop Ministry Events, Yurt at 1515 County Road 21, Woodland Park, 687-4335, sacredhoopministry.org. Offering "Shamanic Training: Soul Revival Class," Fri.-Sat., March 1-2 and 15-16. "Mask Workshop: Whose Face Is It Anyway?" Sat., March 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. "Crystal Bowl Meditation," Fri., March 14, 7-9:30 p.m.

"Got Abundance?" House on Coo-Corner, 621 Cooper Ave., 632-2297, angel-miracles.com. $25/basic, $50/adv. Harness your creativity to change limiting beliefs, achieve abundant living and be a positive influence in the world. Basics, Sat., March 1, 1-4 p.m.; Advanced class, Sat., March 8, 1-2:30 p.m.

click to enlarge Gallery Two-Ten, 210 E. Cimarron St., 632-2132. Open - Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Featuring works by local and regional artists including - John Baker, Laura Bigger, Chris Conklin, Susan Hinton, - Deb Komitor and others.
  • Gallery Two-Ten, 210 E. Cimarron St., 632-2132. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring works by local and regional artists including John Baker, Laura Bigger, Chris Conklin, Susan Hinton, Deb Komitor and others.

Benet Hill Center Events, 2577 N. Chelton Road, 633-0655 ext. 31. "Scripture Renewal Day," Sat., March 1, 9 a.m. "John's Gospel," Tuesdays, March 4 to April 29. "Book of Revelation," Wednesdays, March 12 to April 30. "Senior Day of Enrichment: Mongolia " Asia's Wild West," Fri., March 14, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Gentle Strength Wellness & Herb Shop Events, 4831 Barnes Road, 533-0707. "Holistic Kinesiology Workshop," March 1. "Reiki First Degree, Beginners Course," March 2. "Spring Solstice Open House," March 22, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SleepWell Colorado Springs Meeting, Memorial Administration Center, Cuchara Room, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 365-6917. Free. Presenting speaker Sally Cudrik for National Sleep Awareness Week. Tues., March 4, 5:30-7 p.m.

BodyTalk Access: Alternative Health Lecture, Community for Spiritual Living, 3685 Jeannine Drive, 510-9076, bodytalksystem.com Free. Michael McKibban will teach techniques to enhance health. Fri., March 7, 7-9 p.m.

Nurture Night for Women, Women's Associates Building, 1015 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 510-5096, insightjourney.com. $25. Come and enjoy an informal evening of being pampered and time to nurture your own body, mind and spirit. Sat., March 8, 6 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.

"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, 7-9 p.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.

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, massage and more.


Lectures & Learning
"Sustainability 101: Arithmetic, Population and Energy," CC's Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6638. Free. Dr. Albert Bartlett will demonstrate how unchecked population growth, coupled with high levels of consumption, undercuts prospects for long-term economic growth and our security. Thurs., Feb. 28, 6 p.m.

"Sustainable Solutions: Innovation, Poverty and Pollution," CC's Slocum Hall, SW wing, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Presenting Paul Hudnut of CSU's Global Innovation Center for Energy, Health & Environment. Thurs., Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Gardening in the Pikes Peak Region, CSU Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd., 636-8923. $8/class, $55/series. Presenting "Precise Pruning Practices for Trees & Shrubs," Thurs., Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Small Business Development Center Classes, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, cssbdc.org. "Planning a Tobacco-Free Workplace," Feb. 28. "The Power of E-mail Marketing," March 6. "Create Wealth" March 12.

Training Seminar for Competition Dogs, All Breed Rescue & Training, 20 Mount View Lane, Suite C, 264-6460, movetowisdom.com. Gail Gustafson will teach the Tellington Touch method for creating a winning bond between handlers and their agility or obedience dogs. Sat., March 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or Sun., March 2, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Garden of the Gods Lecture Series, Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., 219-0108. Free, donations welcome. "The Amazing Continental Divide Trail," Sun., March 2, 2 p.m.

Tanzania Trip Presentation, CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Eight CC women traveled to Tanzania to teach about HIV/AIDS. Hear their stories and learn about the future of the Tanzania Project. Sun., March 2, 7:30 p.m.

"Light at the Edge of the World: A Journey through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures," CC's Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Hear National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis. Tues., March 4, 7:30 p.m.

"My Life as a Feminist Porn Activist," CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. An "intimate show-and-tell evening" with former porn star turned sexologist and artist Annie Sprinkle. Wed., March 5, 5 p.m.

Colorado Geology Class & Field Trip, 687-1229. Join this class for five Wednesdays beginning March 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m., or a Saturday field trip in four counties in March.

"Ancient Wisdom, Modern Lives " Why the Greeks Still Matter," CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Presenting professor and author John Riker. Thurs., March 6, 3:30 p.m.

"Canine Body Language and Communication," Humane Society's Education Room, 610 Abbott Lane, 473-1741 ext. 114, hsppr.org. $15. A special seminar for humans only on canine body language and communication. Thurs., March 6, 6:30 p.m.

"Landscaping for the Pikes Peak Region," Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 574-8058. $10/class, $35/day. Featuring a full day of classes on creating and maintaining landscaping in Colorado. Sat., March 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Uranium Mining Exhibit and Lecture, Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880, wmmi.org. $4-$8, members free. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Back to the Future: Uranium, an exhibit on the history of uranium mining in Colorado, through April 26.

Torah-based Bible and Kabbalah Classes, Manitou Springs, 685-0999, cityofluz.com. Join on-going evening and Internet classes for Jews and non-Jews. Visit Web site for times and details.

"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.

Voices of America Lecture Series, CSU-Pueblo, Hoag Recital Hall, Pueblo, 719/549-2810. Free. Professor James Loewen, May 12, 2008.

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
Poet Craig Arnold, CC's McHugh Student Commons (above Herb 'n' Farm Caf), 1090 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. The Visiting Writers Series presents Craig Arnold, award-winning poet and author of Shells. Thurs., Feb. 28, 7 p.m.

Veterans' Open Mic Night, Poor Richard's Restaurant, 324 N. Tejon St., jjbarr46@yahoo.com. Free, donations accepted for soldier care packages. Soldiers, veterans, friends and family are invited to share stories, poems, experiences and songs in an informal, supportive atmosphere. Thurs., Feb. 28, 8-10 p.m.

Jeffery Deaver, Marriott Colorado Springs, 5580 Tech Center Drive, 531-5723, pikespeakwriters.com, $35-$95. Meet New York Times best-selling author Jeffery Deaver as he hosts a writing workshop, Q&A session, keynote speech, cocktails, dinner and book signing. Sat., March 1.

Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012, poorrichardswebsite.com. Free. Tom Hetherington will sign and discuss We Walked Out, the story of his service in the Korean War. Sat., March 1, 1-4 p.m. Kathryn Porter will talk about her book Too Much Stuff and ways to unclutter your life, Thurs., March 6, 7-8:30 p.m.

Authors Cara Black and Libby Hellmann, Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, 531-6333. Free. Cara Black, author of the Aimee LeDuc series, and Libby Hellmann, author of the Ellie Foreman series, will discuss their latest books and give tips on the writing process followed by a book signing. Fri., March 7, 1 p.m.

click to enlarge 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.
  • 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.

Barnes and Noble Bookstore Events, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9945, bn.com. Featuring Joyce Michal signing The Confirmation of a Dream, Sat., March 8, 1 p.m.

Black Cat Books Events, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. "Dr. Seuss' Birthday," Sun., March 2, noon to 6 p.m. "Open Mic Goddess Poetry Night," Mon. March 3, 7-9 p.m. "Occult Science Class," Tuesdays, 7-9 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. Discussion on "Relationships: Pros and Cons." Second and fourth Saturdays, 9-11 p.m.


Music
Jazz Night, Colorado Springs Conservatory, 1430 N. Hancock Ave., 382-5347, coloradospringsconservatory.org. $5. Enjoy jazz performed by CSC students and faculty. Fri., Feb. 29, 5:30-8 p.m.

Liberty High School Jazz Caf, Timberview Middle School, 8680 Scarborough Drive, Genice Matzke: 234-2288. $8-$10. Enjoy live jazz bands, a spaghetti dinner, silent auction and dancing. Proceeds benefit Liberty High School jazz band programs. Fri., Feb. 29, dinner 6-7 p.m.; dancing, 7-9 p.m.

Bellamy Brothers, Cowboys, 3910 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-1212. $15-$20. Hear the music of best-selling country duo Howard and David Bellamy. Sat., March 1.

World Arena Concerts, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Winter Jam 2008 Tour Spectacular, Sun., March 2, 6 p.m. Matchbox 20 with Alanis Morissette, Tues., March 4, 8 p.m. Volunteer Jam: The Charlie Daniels Band, .38 Special and Shooter Jennings, Wed., May 28, 7:30 p.m.

Musicale Recital, Colorado Springs Conservatory, 1430 N. Hancock Ave., 382-5347, coloradospringsconservatory.org. $5. Classical works performed by advanced students, faculty and guest artist Peter Tuft from Central City Opera. Tues., March 4, 7 p.m.

Firefall, Thirsty Parrot, 32 S. Tejon St., amusiccompanyinc.com. $14-$19. Hear one of the "most popular and enduring" bands of the 1970s. Thurs., March 6, 8 p.m.

In Harmony with The Arc: Community in Concert, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 471-4800 ext. 106, thearcppr.org. $10. Bring the entire family to this celebration with Dotsero, The Verdict, Mixed Emotions, Sierra Step Team and more. Proceeds benefit The Arc's programs assisting people with developmental disabilities. Fri., March 7, 7 p.m.

Johnny Winter and the Jake Loggins Band, Crystola Bar & Grill, 20918 E. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 687-7879, amusiccompanyinc.com. $30-$30. Hear rock/blues legend Johnny Winter along with local favorites, the Jake Loggins Band. Tickets purchased for the Silver Moon venue will not be honored at the new location. Contact Silver Moon for a refund. Fri., March 8, 9 p.m.

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

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

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

Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, ticketswest.com. Etta James, Fri., March 28, 7 p.m. Art Garfunkel, Sat., March 29, 7:30 p.m. B.B. King, Wed., April 9, 8 p.m. The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Fri., April 11, 7 p.m. America, Thurs., July 3, 7 p.m.


Performances
Meet Ben Franklin, Carmel Middle School, 1740 Pepperwood Drive, 389-1251 ext. 103. Peak Education presents Benjamin Franklin impersonator Chris Lowell. Thurs., Feb. 28, 7 p.m.

Murder Mystery Dinner, Briarhurst Manor Estate, 404 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1864. $60. Red Herring Productions presents An Emerald Affair. Fri., Feb. 29, 6:30 p.m.

The Odd Couple, Butte Theater in Cripple Creek, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-6402, butteoperahouse.com. $9.75-$14.75. Thin Air Theatre Company presents Neil Simon's comedy, The Odd Couple, Feb. 29 to March 22. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m.

The Museum of Dreams, Manitou Art Theatre, Theatre at Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., 685-4729, themat.org. $8. Birgitta De Pree plays a ghost that haunts the Pioneers Museum. Based on the painting and short story by C. H. Rockey. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 29 to March 1, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sun., March 2, 2 p.m.

Carmen, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, pikespeakcenter.org. $25-$75. Opera Theatre of the Rockies presents the operatic love story Carmen, sung in French with English translation projected above the stage. Sat., March 1, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., March 2, 3 p.m.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Arnold Hall Theater, U.S. Air Force Academy, 2302 Cadet Drive, 473-4317. $5-$10, cadets free. The USAF Academy Bluebards will perform Tennessee Williams' classic play, through March 2. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Comedian Jon Reep, Pikes Peak Center Studio Bee, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, pikespeakcenter.org. Presenting the winner of Last Comic Standing 5, Fri., March 7, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Cats, Arnold Hall Theater, U.S. Air Force Academy, 2302 Cadet Drive, 333-4497, ticketmaster.com. $27-$47. Presenting the musical based on the book by T.S. Eliot with music by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Fri., March 7, 8 p.m., and Sat., March 8, 2:30 and 8 p.m.

Wit, Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. $8-$36. Featuring the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about an English professor diagnosed with cancer, Fri.-Sun., March 7-9 and 14-16, 7 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.

Theatreworks, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, theatreworkscs.org. $12-$22. Featuring Dal Al-Harb and 9 Parts of Desire, two contemporary plays from the heart of the Middle East, Wed.-Sun., March 13 through April 6. March 20 to April 5. Playboy of the Western World, April 24 to May 3.

FAC Theatre, SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. $26-$31. Presenting 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.

Imagination Celebration Family Theater Season, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, imaginationcelebration.org. $8-$15. Presenting 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. Bell, Book and Candle, April 4-6. Tuna Christmas, April 11-13. Always ... Patsy Cline, May 2-4 and 9-11. Dinner option, 6 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Sunday matinee, 2 p.m.

Arnold Hall Theater, U.S. Air Force Academy, 2302 Cadet Drive, 333-4497, ticketmaster.com. Presenting Blast, $25-$45, April 5, 7:30 p.m. I Love a Piano, $20-$35, April 16, 7:30 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.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, pikespeakcenter.org. Comedy & Pet Theatre, Thurs., April 10, 7 p.m.

dance parties & workshops
Ballroom Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195. $7-$9. Featuring the music of the JT Trio Band. Sat., March 1, 7:30-11 p.m.

Colorado Ballroom Dance, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 598-8624, roncounts.com. $5. Basic instruction of a dance rhythm and steps, then dance time. Waltz, fox trot, rumba, tango, salsa and cha-cha. Singles welcome, casual dress. No smoking or alcohol. Sat., March 1, instruction, 7 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Saturday Night Ballroom Dance, All About Dance, 2318 Vickers Drive, 597-4451, comedancewithus.com. $10. Come dance the first Saturday of every month. Sat., March 1, 8-11 p.m., free mini-lesson, 7:30 p.m.

Ballroom and Latin Group Classes, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, dancecolorado.net. $20-$52/4-5 weeks. "Argentine Tango," Sat., March 1, 12:15 p.m. "Country Western," Mon., March 3, 7 p.m. "Ballroom Basics," Tues., March 4, 7 p.m. "Teen Dance Club," Wed., March 5, 7 p.m. "Swing," Thurs., March 6, 7 p.m. "Salsa," Fri., March 7, 7 p.m.

Dance and Fitness Events, Springs Salsa and Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., 520-1201, springssalsa.com. Registration required. "Intro to Pole Dance," Saturdays, March 1-29. "Salsa 101," Wednesdays, March 5 to April 9, 7:15 p.m.

"Create Your Own Burlesque Act," The Rocket Room, 230 Pueblo Ave., 661-4483, blendyourlife.com. Join a workshop with Lola Spitfire on Mondays, March 3-24, 8:15-10:15 p.m. Public graduation performance, Fri., March 28.

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. No smoking or alcohol. Sat., March 8, 7:30 p.m. Instruction for new dancers, 7 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.

"Ladies' Night Out" Burlesque, Rock your Yoga, 127 E. Bijou St., 661-4483, blendyourlife.com. $10. Join other women and try a little shake and shimmy to burlesque tunes. Fridays, 8-9:30 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.

click to enlarge Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 - Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free, pre-registration is - required. Offering Australian Wine Tasting, Sat., March - 1. Wines of the World Tasting, Fri., March 7. Classic - Varietals of the World, Sat., March 8.
  • Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free, pre-registration is required. Offering Australian Wine Tasting, Sat., March 1. Wines of the World Tasting, Fri., March 7. Classic Varietals of the World, Sat., March 8.


Recreation
Avon Walk for Life Kick-Off Meeting, Southside Johnny's Paradox Lounge, 528 S. Tejon St., 800/66-2718 ext. 1000. Join Colorado Springs Young Professionals in forming a team to walk 39 miles on June 28-29 for breast cancer awareness. Thurs., Feb. 28, 6-8 p.m.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, Reservations: 520-6387. Offering "Searching for Orion," Feb. 29, 6:30 p.m. "Xeriscape for Dummies," March 1. "Little Wonders: Nuts about Squirrels," March 4. "Fun with Puppets," March 8. "Beekeeping School," March 15. "Nature Explorers: Rabbits, Pikas and Hares," March 20. "Chocolate Bunny Walk," March 22. "Birds of Prey from Pueblo Raptor Center," March 29.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, Reservations: 520-6745. Offering "Animal Soap Carving," March 1. "Birds of Prey," March 8. "Nature Adventures: What Great Teeth You Have," March 12. "Wheels of Misfortune: The Unlovable Animals," March 15. "Natural Egg Dyeing," March 22. "Spring Break Nature Camp," March 24-28.

Nielson 2-Mile Challenge Run, North Monument Valley Park, West Fontanero Street and Culebra Place, Phil Foster: 447-1371, pprrun.org. Free. Sat., March 1, 8 a.m.

Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 385-6086, cheyennecanon.org. Open Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Offering "Habitat, Habitat," 11 a.m. "Wildlife Tracks and Signs Walk," 1 p.m. "The Journey of Starsmore," 2 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park Guided Hikes and Programs, Cheyenne Mountain 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.

"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, March 8 and April 19.


Special Events
Casino Royale Fundraiser, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 331-6852. $30/ind., $55/couple. Play casino games with "faux" chips at six different tables, play raffles, indulge in a buffet and bid on silent auction items. Proceeds benefit Teller County Regional Animal Rescue. Fri., Feb. 29, 5:30-9 p.m.

Sweetheart Social, Pueblo Senior Resource Development Agency, 230 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8900. $3. Fri., Feb. 29, 2-4 p.m.

Glass Slipper Ball and Chef's Competition, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive, 264-9087, zontapikespeak.org. $75. Featuring foods by 20 of the area's best chefs, dancing and silent auction. Proceeds benefit TESSA's domestic violence prevention programs and Zonta of the Pikes Peak area. Sat., March 1, 7 p.m. to midnight.

25th annual Heart Ball, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., Info: 244-9587, Tickets: 635-7688. $250. Featuring music by Martini Shot, live and silent auctions, dinner and more. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. Sat., March 1, 6:30 p.m.

Baldrick's Kick-off Party, McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St., stbaldricks.org. Join a team or form your own at this party to promote the head-shaving fundraiser for childhood cancer (coming April 4). Sat., March 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dinner Dance Apokreatiko, Jake & Telly's Greek Cuisine, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., 634-5678. $10-$25. RSVP by Feb. 24. Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church will host a traditional Greek four-course dinner with cash bar, Greek music and dancing. Sun., March 2, social hour 5 p.m.; dinner 6 p.m.

BaoBao Festival, CC's Bemis Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., baobaofest.org. Free. Former members of the Ghana National Dance Ensemble will host a night of African dance, drumming, singing and storytelling. Thurs., March 6, 7 p.m.

Operation Smile Benefit Concert, CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, operationsmile.org. $5. Colorado College's Club Med invites you to hear a capella groups Room 46, Ellement and the Back Row and bid at a silent auction. Proceeds benefit children in developing nations needing facial reconstructive surgery. Thurs., March 6, 7 p.m.

Fashion to the Rescue, Marriott Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Drive, 471-3170, wrainc.org. $65. A silent auction, live auction, food and fashion show to benefit Dress for Success, a program that helps equip women for transitions into the workforce. Fri., March 7, 6:30 p.m. RSVP by March 1.

Gallery of Living Art, First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade Ave., 632-8836, flccsc.org. Free. Presenting scripture readings, music by a 70-voice choir, and 80 cast members recreating life-size representations of thirteen sacred works of art. Fri., March 7, 8 p.m., Sat., March 8, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sun., March 9, 3 p.m.

Safe Passage 13th annual Fundraising Dinner, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 636-2460, safepassagecac.org. $95. Enjoy cocktails, fine dining and jazz music at this "Roaring Twenties"-themed event. Funds will support programs to help sexually abused children heal. Sat., March 8, 6 p.m.

Rocket Building and Launching, Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, 31001 Magnuson Ave., Pueblo, 719/671-2407. $9. Build your own rocket at the museum, and then launch it at the Hudson Ranch. Rocket building March 8; Launch March 15, 9 a.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
ACT Prep Course, DeVry University, 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd., Chris Myszkowski: 632-3000, devry.edu. Free, registration required. Ames Prather will prepare students to prepare for the ACT exam. Lunch provided. Sat., March 1, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dr. Seuss's Birthday Celebration, CC Bookstore, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Bring your children to share snacks, coloring pages and a reading with the Cat in the Hat. Mon., March 3, 2 p.m.

Children's Playhouse Series, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Presenting 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.

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

Spring Break Nature Camp, Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. $120, scholarships available. Offering outdoor adventures for kids in grades 1 to 5. March 24-28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Spring Break Performing Arts Workshops, Colorado Springs Conservatory, 1430 N. Hancock Ave., 382-5347, coloradospringsconservatory.org. Offering sessions in music and theater for children 8-12 years old. March 24-28, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CC Gifted & Talented Student Summer Programs, Colorado College Education Department, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6146, coloradocollege.edu. $210. Program runs June 16 to July 4. Application deadline, March 10.

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 multicultural sing-along for families with children 0-3 years old. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.


Volunteer Opportunities
REACT (Radio Emergency Associated Communication Teams) is seeking new volunteers to assist in emergencies by furnishing radio communication in cooperation with authorities and other organizations. Call 440-1933 or visit elpasocountyreact.org for more.

Pikes Peak Library District needs volunteer tutors to share their love of reading with adults who want to improve their literacy skills. Free training is offered March 3-31. Call 531-6333 ext. 2223 for more.

"A Child's Voice in Court," Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), 701 S. Cascade Ave., 447-9898 ext. 1008, casappr.org. Find out how you can make a lasting difference in the life of an abused or neglected child at this open house. Tues., March 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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.

All Breed Rescue & Training needs volunteers to help put together fundraisers like bowl-a-thons, poker nights, wash-a-thons, gala events and more. Call Chris at 210-4238 for details.

Safe Place is seeking volunteers for their pet placement assistance program for terminally ill people. Responsibilities include poster distribution, mailing and placement of pets. Call 359-0201 for more.

Suicide Prevention Partnership is looking for volunteers to answer its telephone hotline. Applications must be 18 years or older and complete 32 hours of training. The organization asks for a 12-hour commitment each month. Call Mary at 573-7447 for more.

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.

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.

click to enlarge The Museum of Dreams, Manitou Art Theatre, Theatre at - Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., 685-4729, themat.org. - $8. Birgitta De Pree plays a ghost that haunts the - Pioneers Museum. Based on the painting and short story - by C. H. Rockey. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 29 to March 1, 11 a.m. - and 2 p.m., and Sun., March 2, 2 p.m.
  • The Museum of Dreams, Manitou Art Theatre, Theatre at Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., 685-4729, themat.org. $8. Birgitta De Pree plays a ghost that haunts the Pioneers Museum. Based on the painting and short story by C. H. Rockey. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 29 to March 1, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sun., March 2, 2 p.m.

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. Free. 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.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/865-5000, denverartmuseum.org. Featuring Inspiring Impressionism, masterpieces by Manet, Degas, Monet, Renoir and others, through 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. Featuring Space Invaders, art that blends physical, aesthetic and social questions to create multidimensional results, through June 8.

Radius Gallery, Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood, 303/987-7850, lakewood.org. Featuring Parallel Pathways, a retrospective of the lifetime work of ceramists Rodger Land and Mark Zamantakis, through May 30.

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.

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 Natalie Goldberg (Old Friend from Far Away), Feb. 28. Guy Purcella (Do-It-Yourself Guide to Biodiesel), March 3. Jim Wallis (The Great Awakening), March 4. Manil Suri (The Age of Shiva), March 5.

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Jacqueline Winspear (An Incomplete Revenge), Paul Polak (Out of Poverty), and Anne Easter Smith (Daughter of York), Feb. 28. Jim Wallis (The Great Awakening), March 3. Manil Suri (The Age of Shiva) and Melanie Tem and Steve Rasnic Tem (The Man on the Ceiling), March 4. Stephen White (Dead Time) and Christina Kahrl (Baseball Prospectus 2008), March 5.

University of Denver Writers Series, Newman Center, Gates Concert Hall, 2344 E. Illif Ave., Denver, ticketmaster.com. $38-$49. Presenting 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, $12, Thurs., March 6, 7 p.m.

Denver Center for Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4000, denvercenter.org. Presenting Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Sat., March 1.

Illusions in Sound: Part Two, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St., Denver, 303/648-6280, grooveticket.com. This two-part festival features electronic music and art, Sat., March 8.

Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 303/294-9258, mercurycafe.com. $8. Presenting Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra, March 2. The Informants, March 9. The David Book Swingtet, March 16 and 23. Dressed in Black, March 30.

recreation & learning
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. Chapungu: Custom and Legend, A Culture in Stone, through Feb. 29. Equinox Bash, March 17. Colorado Resident Free Day, March 17 and April 22.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303/322-7009. $10-$20. Featuring Gold, an exhibit of over 600 geologic and cultural specimens, through June 8.

Denver Zoo Events 2008, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 303/376-6720, denverzoo.org. Featuring "Leap Day," Feb. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "St. Patrick's Day Serpent Festival," March 15-16, 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. "Daylight Savings Hike," Sun., March 9, 2 p.m. "(Just Past) Spring Equinox Hike," Sat., March 22, 9 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. Visions of the Boreal Forest, a fine art exhibit, through May 18.

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, through 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.

Buell Theatre, 1050 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4100, denvercenter.org. $25. Presenting Mark Twain Tonight!, featuring Hal Holbrook, Sat., March 1, 7 p.m. Stomp, March 4-9.

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 Henry Cho, Feb. 28 to March 1. Dom Irrera, March 7-8. Greg Fitzsimmons, March 13-15. John Oliver, March 21-22.

Denver Center for Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4000, denvercenter.org. Presenting My Fair Lady, March 26 to April 6. A Chorus Line, May 4-17. 3 Mo' Divas, May 9 to June 29. Sweeney Todd, June 17-29.

The Denver Victorian Playhouse, 4201 Hooker St., Denver. 303/433-4343, denvervic.com. $20-$22. Presenting Stones in His Pockets, a tongue-in-cheek comedy featuring two actors who bring to life 15 characters, through April 5. Sleggin and the Battle of the Mollinduffs, an interactive children's musical, Saturdays, March 1 to April 5.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/468-2030, operacolorado.org. Presenting Avenue Q, Sept. 9-21.

John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place, Denver, 303/893-5438, johnhandtheater.com. $10-$17. Hunger Artists Ensemble Theatre presents The Shape of Things, a play exploring how far people will go to keep love and create art, Feb. 29 to March 29.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. Presenting 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.

Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, 303/316-6360, maccjcc.org. $7-8. Denver Children's Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty. Sundays, March 2 to May 4, 1 p.m. No performances March 23, April 20 or 27.

Vintage Theatre, 2119 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303/839-1361, vintagetheatre.com. $17-$22. Presenting Shot in the Dark, through 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.

West Colfax E-Vent Center, 9797 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303/232-0363. $13-$16. The E Project Theatre Company presents Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet through March 15.

special events
Spirit of Ireland, Grandview High School, 20500 E. Arapahoe Road, Aurora, 303/750-3510, bennett-school.com. $10-$15. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day early with lively step dancing and Celtic music from the Foundation for Celtic Arts and Studies. Sat., March 1, 7 p.m.

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