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click to enlarge Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901, - aratiartists.com. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and - Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Works by Gail Necker, - three-dimensional vessels combining fibers, natural - elements, basketry and gourds, through March 31.
  • Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901, aratiartists.com. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Works by Gail Necker, three-dimensional vessels combining fibers, natural elements, basketry and gourds, through March 31.


Art Shows & Galleries
Academy Frame Company, 7620 N. Academy Blvd., 265-6694. Featuring Diversity of Art, works by Kelvin Taylor, Alan Bacarella, Cindy Jolly, Jose Zamora, Jamian Berry and Joan P. Berry, through March 31.

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.

Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901, aratiartists.com. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Works by Gail Necker, three-dimensional vessels combining fibers, natural elements, basketry and gourds, through March 31.

ARTSpace Gallery, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 385-7900. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring Faces of India, photos by Robert E. Bixler capturing the diverse expressions of Indian culture, through May 23.

Art on South Main Cooperative Gallery, 205 S. Main St., Pueblo, 719/542-6838, artonsouthmain.com. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Honoring the Sacred, through March 31.

Asian Garden Restaurant, 1747 S. Eighth St., 477-6997. Featuring Debut: Stan SzySlowSki, an exhibit of oil paintings, through March 31.

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

Black Cat Books, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Featuring Batik Designs, works by Andrea Archer, 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 Metaphor, works including clay sculpture, paintings, drawing and mixed media, through March 30. Just Paintings, works by Debra Brewster, April 4-28. Opening reception, Fri., April 4, 5-8 p.m.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring mixed-media works by Chris Price and Kim Sayer-Newlin through April 9. Photography by Dave Goude through April 8. Wunderkind 2008, through April 12.

Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road, 475-6110 ext. 232. Free. Featuring District 12 Student Art Exhibit, works by K-12 students from every school in the district, through April 4.

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.

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, through March 30.

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 Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe, May 3 to July 5.

Commons Gallery, Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 201-1177. Open Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 3 p.m. Featuring Scenes from a Dream: Somnabulation, black-and-white photography by Charles Knoeckel, through March 30.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Meditation Therapy, works by Roger Tolzman and Gary King, through April 14.

Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Watercolor Exhibit, works by over 15 studio artists and instructors, through March 25.

CSU-Pueblo Fine Arts Gallery, Art/Music Bldg., 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2404, chass.colostate-pueblo.edu/art. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featuring annual Student Art Exhibit through April 4.

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.

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, through March 21.

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.

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, through 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.

Montage Salon & Spa, 3564 N. Academy Blvd., 574-3205. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring Fine Art Photos, works from Shikai Photography, through March 31.

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 Frost and Fire, works by Julianza Shavin, through April 29.

PPCC Downtown Studio Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4020, ppcc.edu. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Presenting Icons & Whispers: Domestic Dioramas, works by Rian Kerrane and Daisy McConnell, through April 15.

Raven's Nest Coffee, 330 N. Institute St., 632-3433. Featuring Arabic Calligraphy, paintings by Christopher Rieger, April 3-30.

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 March 31.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Open Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Featuring Spherical Cube, tactile pieces by Timber Kirwan, through March 28. Discarded, a series of photograms by Ethan Jantzer, through March 28.

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. Featuring Metro Denver Artist's Invitational, a multimedia exhibit with works by 16 Denver area artists, through April 19. The Beauty of America, works in watercolor and acrylic by Earl Blois, through March 29 in the Lucy Owens Gallery.

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.

UCCS University Center Exhibit Space, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3000, uccs.edu. Featuring Faces of India, a photographic exhibit by Robert E. Bixler, through March 30.

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, through March 27.

art events
Red Mango Art Classes, Red Mango Gallery & Gifts, 1823 N. Corona St., 633-7060, pattyb2500@yahoo.com. Registration required. "The Wonder of Wood," Sat., March 29, 1-4 p.m. "Color My World," Sat., April 5, 1-3 p.m. "Hanging in There," Sat., April 12, 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 Pride Center's OutWord Writing Group is seeking entries from local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons for inclusion in its GLBT anthology. Guidelines are available at ppglcc.org or call 352-2007. Entries accepted until March 21.

The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center announces a call for entries of art films to be exhibited during the center's Hollywood and film-themed exhibits in the summer of 2008. Films must be no longer than 20 minutes including credits. Submissions are due March 28. Visit sdc-art.org or call 719/295-7200 for more.

First International Support Women Artists Day (SWAN) is seeking women artists (visual, musical, literary) to participate in the day's activities at the Gill Foundation Bldg., 315 E. Costilla St., on March 29. Contact anirose@livingstonesunlimited.com or visit swanday.org for details.

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. Entry deadline is March 31. Call 520-6745 or go to elpasoco.com/parks for rules and information.

Smokebrush Gallery is seeking entries for "Shelter," an exploration of homelessness and dereliction through imagery and art. Artists are asked to consider the causes, results and perceptions of homelessness in the world today. The exhibit will open in June. Entries are due April 25. Call 444-1012 or visit smokebrush.org for more.

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.


Civic Opportunities
"Health Care Debate: Is a Single-Payer System a Legitimate Alternative?" CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Doctors Rocky White and David Helm will debate the merits of a single-payer system, followed by an opportunity to ask questions. Tues., March 25, 7:30 p.m.

Indy Hour: Downtown Development and More, Poor Richard's Bookstore, 324 N. Tejon St., 577-4545. Free. Join this talk with Independent executive editor Ralph Routon. Thurs., March 27, 5-6 p.m.

Pikes Peak Environmental Forum, Antler's Grille, Club Room, 4 S. Cascade Ave., RSVP by March 26: 633-4421. $10-$14. Share a buffet lunch and hear speaker Mark Glauth on energy and water use issues. Fri., March 28, noon.

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, 1:30-3:30 p.m.


Clubs & Organizations
Rocky Mountain Inventors' Association, Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 260-7900, rminventor.org/event.htm. $25, members free. Bonnie Griffin Kaake, executive director of the United Inventor's Association, will speak about "Do-It-Yourself Licensing." Thurs., March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD/DD) Support Group, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., ocdbddsupportweb.googlepages.com. Free. Join a weekly support group for those with OCD or body dysmorphic disorder. Thurs., March 20, 7-8 p.m.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Networking Groups, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3730. Open to any individual seeking new employment. 50+ Group, Thurs., March 20 and 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Executive Group, Mon., March 24 and 31, 10 a.m. to noon. Professional Group, Wed., March 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Veterans' Group, Wed., March 26.

Veterans for Peace Chapter #129 Meeting, Rawlings Library, 100 Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, 719/544-3753. Free. The chapter will hold its monthly business meeting. Tues., March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

ISSA Colorado Springs Cyber Security Conference, Colorado Technical University, 4435 Chestnut St., issa-cos.org. Free. Hear tech industry speakers, breakfast, vendor displays and lunch. Wed., March 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Emotions Anonymous Support Group Meeting, Another Life Foundation, 801 N. Weber St., First Floor Conference Room, 216-7238, anotherlifefoundation.org. Free. A support group for individuals battling with mental illness and suicidal behaviors. Thursdays through June 26, 10-11 a.m.

Senior Community 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.

click to enlarge The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, - 720/488-3300, thewildlifeexperience.org. $4.95-$7.95, - kids 2 and under free. Featuring Visions of the Boreal - Forest, a fine art exhibit, through May 18. The Art of - Robert Bateman, works by the internationally renowned - wildlife artists, through June 1.
  • The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, thewildlifeexperience.org. $4.95-$7.95, kids 2 and under free. Featuring Visions of the Boreal Forest, a fine art exhibit, through May 18. The Art of Robert Bateman, works by the internationally renowned wildlife artists, through June 1.

Pikes Peak Radio Amateurs Association, 282-8554, ppraa.org. This club encourages interest in HAM radio, plans special events, participates in search and rescue efforts and more. Meets the second Wednesday, 7-9 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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Journey to Community Film Series, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717, asuuc.net. Free. Screening Leonard Bernstein Mass at the Vatican City, a theatre piece for singers, players and dancers. Fri., March 21, 7-10 p.m.


Food & Drink
Vegetarian & Organic Wine Pairing Dinner, The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, 598-8667. $55. Featuring a multi-course vegetarian meal paired with wines. Thurs., March 20, 7 p.m.

Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free, pre-registration is required. Offering "Wines of the World Tasting," Sat., March 22. "Portuguese Wine Tasting," Thurs., March 27. "Wines of the World Tasting," Sat., March 29.

"Overcoming Food Guilt," Whole Foods Market, 7635 N. Academy Blvd., RSVP: 531-9999. Free. Registered Dietitian Martha Rosenau will sift through the myths around good and bad foods and help you to feel good about the choices you make. Tues., March 25, 6 p.m.

The Blue Star Events, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. Wednesday Wine Tastings, $20. "Wines of Washington," March 26, 6:30 p.m.

"Maysara Winemaker's Dinner," Nosh, 121 S. Tejon St., 635-6674. $55. Enjoy an evening of wine and a five-course dinner with winemaker Tehmiene Momtazi of Maysara Winery. Wed., March 26, 6:30 p.m.

"The Wines of Colorado" Dinner, Jake and Telly's Greek Cuisine, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., 633-0406. $60. A multi-course wine dinner featuring wonderful wines that our state has to offer. Thurs., March 27, 7 p.m.

"Get to the Point," Garden of the Gods Gourmet, 2528 W. Cucharras St., 471-2799, godsgourmet.net. Free. Learn knife care and skills. Sun., March 30, 1-2:30 p.m.

Green Drinks, The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 964-3935, greendrinks.org. If you are interested or involved in "green" issues join this social networking and collaboration group of environmentally-minded people. Second and fourth Thursdays, 5-7 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
Healthy Living Seminar, Colorado Health and Wellness, 1231 Lake Plaza Drive, 576-2225. Free. Author Kathy Loidolt will show you how easy healthy eating can be while you enjoy food samples and a chance to win gift certificates and health-oriented books. Thurs., March 20, 6-7:30 p.m.

Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Offering "Celebrate Ostara: Face East, Smiling," March 20. "Breakthrough Breathworkshop," March 21. "Divination on the Full Moon: Crystal Ball Gazing at the Equinox," March 22. "Open Forum: Transmission Meditation - Spiritual Development for the 21st Century," March 24. "Conscious Living Day," March 29. "Children's Spirituality Morning" and "Reconnecting Kids," March 30.

"Welcome Home Warrior Workshop: Coming Home, Going Forward III," Temple Hills Retreat Center, 1364 County Road 75, Woodland Park, whwarrior.org. Free. Presenting a workshop on understanding and coping with the effects of war experiences for veterans and their families. Fri., March 21, 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.

Sacred Hoop Ministry Events, Yurt at 1515 County Road 21, Woodland Park, 687-4335, sacredhoopministry.org. Offering "Shamanic Journeying Group," Fri., March 21, 7-9:30 p.m. "Reiki Level One Hands-on Training," March 29-30.

BreastFest 2008, The Pride Center, 2508 E. Bijou St., Kelly: 302-3725, ppglcc.org Free. This informative, women-only event will feature how-tos on breast health, a screening of Breasts: A Documentary, wellness experts, live music, food, an auction and more. Sat., March 22, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"Crystal Basics," Rose Bridge Healing Center, 2809 Tremont St., 761-6002, rbhc.org. $40. Learn how to clear, program and use crystals for personal enhancement and increased wellbeing. Sat., March 22, 9 a.m. to noon.

Gentle Strength Wellness & Herb Shop Events, 4831 Barnes Road, 533-0707. "Spring Solstice Open House," March 22, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Soul Meditation, 2663 Cinnabar Road, 488-0548, spiritually@gmail.com. Free. Awaken and empower your mind with a meditation on "Soulful Lifestyles" followed by a lunch. Sun., March 23, 10 a.m. to noon. "Soulful Sensuality," Sun., March 30, 10 a.m. to noon.

"Lunch and Learn: How to Talk to Your Angels ... and Get Answers," Adam's Mountain Caf, 110 Canon Ave., 328-0990, heartsonginternational.com. $20 plus lunch. HeartSong International will help answer all of your questions about angels, healing and creating heaven on earth. Mon., March 24, 11 a.m. to noon.

"Reiki Night," Bodywork University of the Rockies, 2760 N. Academy Blvd., #206, 444-0708, bodyworkuniversity.com. Free. An evening of experiencing reiki, for those wishing to see what it is all about, and an opportunity for practitioners to get some hands-on time. Tues., March 25, 6-7:30 p.m.

"Introduction to Gentle Yoga," Yoga Journeys Studio, 709 N. Nevada Ave., #201, 477-9511, yoga-journeys.net. Free. Learn the basics of a beginner's Kripalu yoga class through Q&A and practice. Fri., March 28, 11 a.m. to noon.

"Contemplative Prayer Retreat," Benet Hill Center Events, 2577 N. Chelton Road, 633-0655 ext. 31. Fri.-Sun., March 28-30.

Solar/Lunar Yoga Workshop, Yoga Imaging Studio, 324 N. Nevada Ave., 473-7770, yogaimaging.com. $32, register by March 21. Celebrate spring solstice with award-winning author Thia Luby at this special event. Sat., March 29, 1-3 p.m.

Buddhist Meditation Classes, High Plains Church (education building in back), 1825 Dominion Way, 303/813-9551, meditationincolorado.org. $10/class. Offering guided meditation and teachings with Buddhist nun, Gen Kelsang Losel. Thursdays, 7-8:30 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.

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
Gardening in the Pikes Peak Region, CSU Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd., 636-8923. $8/class, $55/series. Presenting "Yes, You Can Grow Tomatoes in the Pikes Peak Region," Thurs., March 20, 6:30 p.m. "Compost and Mulch," Tues., March 25, 2 p.m. or Thurs., March 27, 6:30 p.m.

Small Business Development Center Classes, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, cssbdc.org. "Funding Your Business," March 20. "QuickBooks Pro Advanced," March 25.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3730, ppwfc.org. Presenting "Rsum Writing: Rsum & Portfolio Design," March 20 or 27. "Self Employment: The Driver's Seat," March 25.

PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. "The Heart of Life," Thurs., March 20. "PILLAR Players Senior Readers' Theatre," March 20. "Stretch and Feel Better," March 25. "Religion and Politics in Four Middle Eastern Countries," March 28.

"Our Expanding Universe," Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 576-1814. Free. Retired physicist Henry Gertzman will discuss the discovery of dark energy and how it has altered our view of the eventual fate of the universe. Tues., March 25, 10:30 a.m.

Uranium Mining Exhibit, 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.

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.

click to enlarge PPCC Downtown Studio Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., - 502-4020, ppcc.edu. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Presenting Icons & Whispers: Domestic Dioramas, works - by Rian Kerrane and Daisy McConnell, through April 15.
  • PPCC Downtown Studio Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4020, ppcc.edu. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Presenting Icons & Whispers: Domestic Dioramas, works by Rian Kerrane and Daisy McConnell, through April 15.


Literary Events
Southern Colorado Reading Series, CSU-Pueblo, First Year Center, Library Second Floor, Pueblo, 719/549-2082. Free. Presenting a reading with local award-winning fiction writer Annie Dawid. Thurs., March 20, 7 p.m.

Black Cat Books Events, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Westside Women Business Owners Group, Thurs., March 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Kate Keeley will sign Molly Finn and the City Under the Sea, Sat., March 22, 1-4 p.m. "Socrates Caf: Self and Ego," Mon., March 24, 7-8:30 p.m. "Occult Science Class," Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.

Alan Gottlieb: Visiting Writers Series, CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. CC alumnus Alan Gottlieb will read from his novel Ultimate Excursions. Thurs., March 27, 7 p.m.

Jim Hightower Lecture, CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 271-0404. Free. Hear "America's most popular populist," nationally-syndicated columnist Jim Hightower, discuss his new book Swim against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go with the Flow. Tues., April 1, 4-5 p.m.

Billy Collins Reading, CC's Shove Memorial Chapel, 101 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Hear one of the America's favorite poets, former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins. Thurs., April 3, 7 p.m.

Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012, poorrichardswebsite.com. Free. Laurie Wagner Buyer will sign her book Spring's Edge: A Ranch Wife's Chronicles, Tues., April 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

Great Books Discussion, Penrose Library, Second Floor Conference Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 ext. 1206, greatbooks.org. Free. Discussing books from The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler. Second Thursdays, 6:45-9 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. Second and fourth Saturdays, 9-11 p.m.


Music
Jazz in the Springs, Mr. Biggs Event Center, 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., 391-8556, wc-productions.com. $45-$55. Presenting nationally renowned saxophonist Marion Meadows and keyboardist Brian Simpson. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region. Sat., March 22, 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

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.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Performing Arts Series, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Presenting I Love a Piano: The Music of Irving Berlin, Wed. April 2, 7:30 p.m. Chanticleer, Sun., May 4, 4 p.m.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org. $15-$52. How's the Weather? Sun., April 6, 2:30 p.m. Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1, April 12-13.

Friends House Concerts, P.O. Box 38943, 329-1644, house-concerts.org. Chris Smither, Fri., April 11, 7 p.m., $25. Girlyman, Fri., June 29, 7:30 p.m.

World Arena Concerts, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Volunteer Jam: The Charlie Daniels Band, .38 Special and Shooter Jennings, Wed., May 28, 7:30 p.m.


Performances
Steel Magnolias, CSU-Pueblo, Hoag Recital Hall, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., 719/289-0292, sctcpueblo.com. $7-$10. Presenting a play about six Southern women set in a beauty shop. Thurs.-Sat., March 20-22, 7:30 p.m.

World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Fri., March 21, 8 p.m. Harlem Globetrotters, Sun., April 6, 2 p.m. The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, Sat., May 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Fuddy Meers, FAC Theatre, SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. $26-$31. Presenting the darkly comic play by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, March 21 to April 6. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 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, through March 22. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., 1 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, through April 6. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m., and Sun., 4 p.m. Playboy of the Western World, April 24 to May 3.

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.

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

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

dance parties & workshops
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 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Instruction for new dancers, 7 p.m.

"Polka and More," International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195. $7-$9. Featuring live music by Planet Polka. Sat., March 22, 7:30-11 p.m.

Mad Hatter Line Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 598-8624, roncounts.com. $1-$5. Learn beginner-level line dances with instructor Kit Galvin in a family-friendly atmosphere. Sat., March 29, 7:30-9:30 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.

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.

Springs Salsa and Dance Fitness Events, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., 520-1201, springssalsa.com. $10/one week. "Pole Dance" begins Sat., April 5, 11:30 a.m. "Salsa 101" begins Wed., April 23, 7:15 p.m. Other classes include Zumba, Yoga Booty Ballet, Masala Bhangra, Cardio Combat, Tease 101, Burlesque and Salsa.

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.

Ballroom Dance Classes, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., Arthur: 634-3029, ppymca.org. Learn swing, salsa, tango, cha-cha, foxtrot, waltz and more. Open to members and non-members with all levels of dance experience. Registration on-going. Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Yoga Booty Ballet, Motion Studies, 4460 N. Chestnut St., blendyourlife.com. $10. Try this new-school hybrid combining meditation, cardiovascular dance, ballet and yoga. Wednesdays, 7-8:15 p.m.


Recreation
Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, Reservations: 520-6387. Offering "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 "Natural Egg Dyeing," March 22. "Spring Break Nature Camp," March 24-28.

Widefield 5K Walk & 5 Mile Run, Fountain Creek Regional Park, 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, Doris Schommer: 391-3515, cc.wsd3.org. Join this 5K along Fountain Creek Nature Trail. Sat., March 22, 8:30 a.m.

Volksmarch St. Patrick's Walk, Modern Woodmen of the America, 2924 N. Beacon St., falconwanderers.org. Walk at your own pace and enjoy historic neighborhoods, the Trolley Museum and Monument Valley Park. Sat., March 22, start between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Sierra Club Snowshoe Hike, Pikes Peak Toll Road, Spencer Johnston: 649-3837. Free. Join this snowshoe hike on Elk Park Trail to Ghost Town Hollow on Pikes Peak. Sat., March 22, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Running for Rachael 5K, U.S. Air Force Academy, Falcon Stadium, rachaelsribbonsofhope.org (click "Upcoming Events" link). $20-$25. This 5K race will raise funds to help prevent and cure brain tumors in children. Sat., March 29, registration at 8 a.m.; race at 9 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, 576-2016. Offering guided hikes, kids' programs and naturalist-led talks.

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 novice and experienced boaters. Sat., April 19.


Special Events
Hand-Painted Easter, The Holly Leaf, 2514 W. Colorado Ave., #101, 635-8222. Let artist Mr. Eugene create a hand-painted Easter egg just for you. Thurs.-Sat., March 20-22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Save the Facility! Savor the Arts!" Fundraiser, Shivers Academy, 2555 Airport Road, 360-2425. Featuring performances and an art auction. Fri., March 21, 6-8 p.m.

S-CAP Fundraiser, 13 Pure, 217 E. Pikes Peak Ave., djsbarandgrill.com/upcoming.aspx. $30-$35. This fundraiser will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Southern Colorado AIDS Project and the United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire. Thurs., March 27, 6:30 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 April 12; Launch April 19, 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
Single Parents Day Celebration, RetroMoto Toys, 738 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-2475. An all-day open house with refreshments. Fri., March 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt and Luncheon, Miramont Castle Museum, 9 Capitol Hill Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1011, miramontcastle.org. $10.95-$30.95, reservations required. Enjoy a special lunch and an Easter egg hunt for those ages 10 and under. Sat., March 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

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.

Parent Lecture Series: Title I Students, Bristol Elementary School, 890 N. Walnut St., RSVP: 328-4038. Dinner will be served. 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 If You Give a Pig a Party, Sat., April 26, 11 a.m. and 2 pm.

Tutoring in Reading, Children's Literacy Center, 2928 Straus Lane, 471-8672, peakreader.org. Offering free one-on-one tutoring twice a week to children reading below grade level. Contact the center to learn if your child is eligible.

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
Silver Key Senior Services urgently needs food donations. The Silver Key food pantry is almost empty and many seniors on fixed incomes rely on it when needs like rent and medication limit their ability to afford groceries. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at Silver Key, 2250 Bott Ave. Call 884-2300 for more.

Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is looking for volunteers to become advocates for children in court as well as volunteers for the Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time Program. No legal experience is needed. Applications for April training are due March 21. Call 447-9898 ext. 1008 or visit casappr.org for more.

Pikes Peak Library District Board of Trustees is accepting applications through March 31 for a vacancy on its Art Evaluation Committee. Committee members review works submitted by local artists for exhibit at all PPLD facilities. Call 531-6333 ext. 2332 or e-mail charnish@ppld.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.

Rocky Mountain Field Institute is accepting applications for Earth Corps 2008, a service opportunity to help restore wilderness areas in the west and learn about wilderness conservation. Application deadline is April 4 for sessions June 4 to July 3 and July 14 to Aug. 12.

click to enlarge 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 Simons comedy, The Odd - Couple, through March 23. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m., and Sat.- - Sun., 1 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 Simons comedy, The Odd Couple, through March 23. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m., and Sat.- Sun., 1 p.m.

Black Forest Animal Sanctuary is seeking homes for 20 hounds from puppies to senior dogs to assist their terminally ill owner. For information on adoption or to make a donation, call 494-0158 or visit bfasfram.org

PEAK Parent Center is recruiting volunteers to help with general office support and answering telephones. Call 531-9400 or e-mail volunteer@peakparent.org for more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rocky Mountain Field Institute is looking for people to serve as volunteer crew leaders for restoration workdays in the Garden of the Gods. Training including rock retaining-wall construction will be provided. Workdays are scheduled for April and May. Call 471-7736 or visit rmfi.org for more.

Pacific Intercultural Exchange is seeking host families in El Paso County for English-speaking exchange students ages 15-18. PIE works to match students with families who have similar interests and lifestyles. To learn more, call 866/546-1402.

Care and Share Food Bank is seeking organizations to lead food drives, host a speaker at their workplace or civic group and visit Care and Share for a tour. Call 296-8032 or visit careandshare.org for more.

Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange is looking for people to work as community representatives as well as host families for foreign exchange students. All students are ages 15-18 and speak English. Call Anne Ring at 866/462-3423 for more.

Stitches from the Heart needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, sweaters and hats for babies in need. Items are donated to hospitals across the country. Patterns available. Yarn donations are also welcome. Call 866/472-6903 or visit stitchesfromtheheart.org for details.


Out of Town

art galleries & events
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Free. Featuring Watch Your Step: Sidewalks through March 23. More Big Beautiful Things, an exhibit of contemporary sculpture, through March 30.

Byers-Evans House Museum, 1310 Bannock St., Denver, 303/620-4933. Free. Open Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring Myron Wood: Photographs of the West, works by the renowned Colorado Springs photographer, through May 1. Evening showing, Fri., April 4, 5-9 p.m.

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council Gallery, 772 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-0440, chacweb.org. Presenting Primavera es Comencio Nuevo, works by Stevon Lucero, Michael Penny, Robert Martinez and Robert Maestas, through March 29.

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.

Habitat Gallery and Studio, 828 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/534-9740, habitatgallery.com. Featuring R-E-S-P-E-C-T: A Community Celebration of Women's History Month, a group exhibit by over 15 artists, through March 29.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. $24. Presenting Woven Harmony, abstract works by textile artist Rebecca Bluestone, through March 31.

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. Spanish Happy Hour and DimensionTRES, Fri., March 21, 5-9 p.m.

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.

Sandra Phillips Gallery, 744 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/573-5969, thesandraphilipsgallery.com. Featuring Critical Encounters, Todd Walker's groundbreaking experimentation in digital photographic manipulation, through April 12.

Translations Gallery, 773 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/629-0713, translationsgallery.com. Featuring Blue, contemporary representations of the color blue by 15 artists, March 21 to May 3. Opening reception, Fri., March 21, 5-8 p.m.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, thewildlifeexperience.org. $4.95-$7.95, kids 2 and under free. Featuring Visions of the Boreal Forest, a fine art exhibit, through May 18. The Art of Robert Bateman, works by the internationally renowned wildlife artists, through June 1.

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
Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Lisa Lutz (Curse of the Spellmans) and Jeffrey Bennett (Beyond UFOs), March 20. Diana Rupp (Sew Everything Workshop), March 22. Wendy Toliver (The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren) and James Howard Kunstler (World Made by Hand), March 24. Lester R. Brown (Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization) and Chris Hedges (I Don't Believe in Atheists), March 25. Gary Hart (Under the Eagle's Wing) and Leslie Lehr (Wife Goes On), March 26

music
Denver Folk & Roots Music Festival, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/777-1003, swallowhillmusic.org. $48-$125. Presenting Bruce Cockburn, Nanci Griffith and special guests. Fri., March 28, 6 p.m.

Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 303/294-9258, mercurycafe.com. $8. Presenting jazz music and dance with The David Book Swingtet, March 23. Dressed in Black, March 30. Atomic Pablo, April 6. The Queen City Jazz Band, April 13.

Wilson and McKee: Celtic Music and Dance, Jones Theater, Main and Second streets, Westcliffe, 719/783-3004. $10. Presenting the award-winning songwriting duo. Wed., March 26, 7:30 p.m.

recreation & learning
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. Colorado Resident Free Day, April 22. Featuring Fruits & Flowers of Asia, original art works on paper featuring plants of Asian origin, through March 30.

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.

Mountain Park Environmental Center Events, 9167 Mountain Park Road, Beulah, 719/485-4444, hikeandlearn.org. $5, members free. "(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 "EGGstravaganza," a full-day of fun to celebrate the beginning of springs, Sat., March 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Survivor: Jamestown, an exhibit that puts visitors in the shoes of the original Jamestown colonists, through May 11.

performances
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Revue, through March 23. A Year with Frog and Toad, through May 2. 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. $18-$22. Featuring Oleanna, a two-character play by David Mamet, March 21 to April 19.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, 720/946-1388, buntport.com. Presenting Starship Troy, featuring a new episode every week, through April 23. Rocky Horror Picture Show, a live version of the film classic, March 25 to April 23.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, comedyworks.com. Presenting John Oliver, March 21-22. Tracy Morgan, March 28-29. Bobby Collins, April 4-5.

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 through April 5.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/468-2030, operacolorado.org. $20. Presenting I Love a Piano, a celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin, Mon., March 24, 8 p.m. 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, through March 29.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. Presenting Thoroughly Modern Millie, April 18 to May 4.

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 through May 4, 1 p.m. No performances March 23, April 20 or 27.

Theater Off Broadway, 1124 Santa Fe, Denver, 303/777-3292, theatregroup.org. Presenting Mutiny of Desire, a free series showcasing Colorado playwrights, Tues., March 25, 7:30 p.m. The Last Session, a musical by Steve Schalchlin and Jim Brochu, $22-$30, through April 19.

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

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