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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 A Bold New Era, works from the FAC's permanent collection. 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.

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. Feast, photographic works by Rebecca Tillett, April 5 to May 31. Opening reception, Sat., April 5, 5-8 p.m.

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 New Works Times Four, art by Sparky LeBold, Ramon Kelley, Desmond O'Hagan and Herman Raymond, through April 15.

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. The BobandKatasutra Show, two-handed drawings, paintings and more by Kat and Bob Tudor, April 4-25. Salon, infrared photos by David Twede, April 4-25. Opening reception, Fri., April 4, 5-8 p.m., and extended hours, Sat., April 5, noon to 5 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. 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.

The Warehouse Restaurant, 35 W. Cimarron St., 471-1363. Featuring Pandora's Box Collections, an exhibit from the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society and Holmes Middle School art students, April 4-30. Opening reception, Fri., April 4, 5-8 p.m.

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, myspace.com/weusour. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Starving Artists' Show & Sale, ceramics, paintings, jewelry and more, March 28 to April 24.

art events
"Harnessing the Medieval Past," CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Art history professor Mary Shepard will discuss Alexander Lenoir, the Muse de Monuments Francais and the Gothic Arch. Thurs., March 27, 3:30 p.m.

International Support Women Artists Day, Gill Foundation Building, 315 E. Costilla St., swanday.org, anirose@livingstonesunlimited.com. View visual art and enjoy all-day art activities, yoga blessing, Womansong, poetry readings, musicians, open mic and more. Sat., March 29.

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. "H20+ Paint = Unbridled Joy," Sat., April 19, 1-3 p.m. "Spray, Throw, Squeeze," Sat., April 26, 1-3 p.m.

First Friday Artwalk, Old Colorado City, West Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 27th streets, 520-9494, hunterwolffgallery.com. Free. Enjoy artists' receptions, live music, art demos and a wide array of artistic styles at 13 individual art galleries. Fri., April 4, 5-8 p.m.

Wearable Art Gala Event & Benefit, Masonic Lodge, 455 E. El Paso St., Manitou Springs, manitouspringsartscouncil.org. Enjoy an evening of fine art, food and music. Silent auction and art sales will benefit public art in Manitou. Sat., April 5, 5-9 p.m.

"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, meet artist Mollie Plummer, enjoy live music and refreshments. Sat., April 19, 5-8 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.


Auditions & Entries
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.

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., April 7. Call 685-1008 for more.

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.

Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts is seeking one-act and 10-minute plays for the New Rocky Mountain Voices 2008 competition to be performed in September. Plays must be submitted by May 1. Visit westcliffecenter.org for rules and 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
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.
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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.

Earth Hour, imaginationcelebration.org. Free. Join local high school students and citizens worldwide in an event to create awareness about energy conservation by shutting off all non-essential lights and electrical appliances for an hour. Enjoy a candlelit dinner, living room "campout," or create a new tradition. Sat., March 29, 8-9 p.m.

Keva for the Kause, Keva Juice, 8668 N. Union Blvd. Half of the day's earnings will be donated to Pine Creek High School's community service club, SERTEENS. The donation will be returned to the community through community service. Wed., April 2, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Forest Service Seedling Orders, 113 S. Boundary St., Woodland Park, 687-2921, csfs.colostate.edu/districts/woodlandparkdist.htm. Qualified landowners with 2+ acres can order free tree and shrub seedlings, through April 4.

Child Abuse Prevention Fair, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Rockrimmon Community Center Gym, 290 E. Woodmen Road, 599-8652. Free. Woodmen Valley Chapel and the Family Attachment Center will host a fair to spread awareness and present resources available to help heal child abuse issues. Sat., April 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Baggage Donation Program, Colorado Baggage Co., Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive E., #2296, 574-7404, coloradobaggage.com. Bring in your used luggage to donate to children in the Colorado foster care system. Each piece will receive a $20 discount toward new luggage, through April 30.

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
Colorado Springs Chess Club, Acacia Apartments Building, 104 E. Platte, 685-1984, springschess.org. Free. The club is open for anyone who plays chess. Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m., arrive by 8 p.m. for access to the building.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Networking Groups, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3730. Open to any individual seeking new employment. 50+ Group, Thurs., March 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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.

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
Independent Restaurant Week, all Colorado Springs IRC restaurants, cosirc.com. $50, plus tax and gratuity. Price includes a three-course dinner for two at any restaurant in the Independent Restaurant Cooperative. March 31 to April 4.

"Movies without All the Hype," Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., 685-1861, thebac.org. By donation. Join the Business of Art Center on the first Thursday of every month to watch "the best movies you've never seen" followed by discussion. Thursdays, April 3 to July 3, 6-9 p.m.


Food & Drink
"Australian Wines," The Warehouse Restaurant, 25 W. Cimarron St., 473-5744. $45. Presenting appetizers and six wines from various regions of Australia. Thurs., March 27, 5:30-8 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.

WOW Single Malt Scotch Tasting, The Warehouse Restaurant, 25 W. Cimarron St., 473-5744. $40. Come to the annual Single Malt Scotch Tasting to benefit WOW, Ltd. (Wizards of Wishes for Kids). Fri., March 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

"Wine Expressions: Intro to the World of Wine," The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 282-8688, experiencewine.net. $20-$25. Join Experience Wine for a tasting of four wines representing different styles and regions around the world. Fri., March 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Black Gold, Fellowship Bible Church Auditorium, 5580 N. Nevada Ave., 598-7870 ext. 106, fbccs.org/blackgold. $5 donation. Watch Black Gold, a film about the injustices of the coffee industry, and participate in a tasting of fair-trade coffees. Proceeds benefit the Roots and Wings Guatemala Scholarship Fund. Sat., March 29, 7 p.m.,

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

Hospitality Expo and Culinary Competition, Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Hall, 1 Lake Ave., ppcra.org. $35. Watch area chefs compete "Iron Chef" style and sample food and drink from dozens of southern Colorado establishments. Sun., March 30, noon to 3 p.m.

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

"Friendly Introduction to Wine," Mimi's Caf, 7133 N. Academy Blvd., 282-8688, experiencewine.net. $40/ind., $75/couple. Benefit for Jan Hejtmanek's campaign for State Representative of House District 20. Sun., March 30, 5:30-8 p.m.

Wild Oats Events, 3180 New Center Point, 622-1099, wholefoodsmarket.com. "Gluten-free Store Tours," April 1, 1 and 6 p.m. "Organic on a Shoestring Cooking Class," April 5, 2 p.m. "Springs Organic Food Enthusiasts Meeting," April 11, 6:30 p.m. "Tour of Thailand Cooking Class," April 12, 2 p.m.

First Thursday Wine Tasting, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. $12-$17. Featuring "Spring Wines." Thurs., April 2, 5-8 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
"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.

"Spring Cleaning: Equalize Yourself," Catamount Institute-Beidleman Center, 740 W. Caramillo St., 635-5596. $45, includes lunch. Vivian Rice's Four Seasons Classes prepare you for spring by teaching you how to gently detox your body and more. Sat., March 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Offering "Conscious Living Day," March 29. "Children's Spirituality Morning" and "Reconnecting Kids," March 30. "Aromatherapy Basics," April 3. "Reawakening Goddess: 3 Class Series," April 6. "Intro to Body Talk," April 9.

Sacred Hoop Ministry Events, Yurt at 1515 County Road 21, Woodland Park, 687-4335, sacredhoopministry.org. Offering "Reiki Level One Hands-on Training," Sat.-Sun., March 29-30. "Shamanic Journey Group: Intermediate Level," Fri., April 4, 7-9:30 p.m. "The Moses Code Screening and Discussion," Sat., April 5, 7-9:30 p.m.

"Intentional Music, Movement and Mirth," Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, 390-9090, themagnificentyou.com. $35. Learn a five-step process that supports your mind, body and heart. Sun., March 30, 1-4 p.m.

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

"Contemporary Issues in American Health Policy," CC's Tutt Science Center Lecture Hall, 1112 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6607. Free. Discuss what steps can be taken to improve coverage and quality of care for Americans and other issues. Tues., April 1, 7 p.m.

"Loving What Is," Women's Associates Building, 1015 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 510-5096, insightjourney.com. $45, register by March 27. This empowering group will help you experience more joy and love in all your relationships. Wednesdays, April 2 to 16, 5:30-7 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. Registering now for April classes.

"Nurture Night for Women," Women's Associates Building, 1015 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 510-5096, insightjourney.com. $25, register by April 9. Enjoy an informal evening of pampering and a chance to nurture your body, mind and spirit. Sat., April 19, 6-8 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 Vipassana Meditation, Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite B, 473-7609, rockymountaininsight.org. Meditation on Sundays, 9-10 a.m., and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., with 6:15 p.m. orientation (required if new). Loving-Kindness Guided Meditation, Fridays, noon to 1 p.m.

"Exploring the Ancient Christian Faith," Agia Sophia Coffeeshop, 2902 W. Colorado Ave., 473-9238. Free. Discussion with Father Anthony Karbo of Holy Theophany Orthodox Church on the ancient Christian faith and its relevance today. Fourth Sunday of every month, 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.

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Yoga for Special Needs, Yoga Journeys Studio, #201, 709 N. Nevada Ave., Pat: 375-1922. Yoga class 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.


Lectures & Learning
Gardening in the Pikes Peak Region, CSU Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd., 636-8923. $8/class, $55/series. Presenting "Compost and Mulch," Thurs., March 27, 6:30 p.m. "Vegetable Gardening," Tues., April 1, 2 p.m., or Thurs., April 3, 6:30 p.m.

"Science in the Modern World," CC's McHugh Student Commons (above Herb 'n' Farm Caf), 1090 N. Cascade Ave., 398-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Hear Harvard University history of science professor Steven Shapin. Thurs., March 27, 7 p.m.

PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. "Religion and Politics in Four Middle Eastern Countries," March 28.

"Organic Gardening & Weed Control," Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. $2, reservations required. A panel of gardeners will provide advice on soil preparation, vegetables for our climate and pest and weed control. Sat., March 29, 1-2:30 p.m.

All Souls World Community Discussion: "Peace, Liberty and Justice for All," All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., RSVP: 930-5194. Free. Join this potluck discussion on current world events and how we can find common ground. All viewpoints are welcome. Sun., March 30, 11:30 a.m.

"Introduction to Permaculture," Gill Foundation, 318 E. Costilla, 635-3424, pikespeakpermaculture.org. Free. Learn about the ethics and principals behind permaculture, what it offers us, and how to use it in designing a sustainable future. Mon., March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

"Making Sense of the 2008 Election," CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Presenting Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Washington Post political columnist David Broder. Tues., April 1, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Geology Class and Field Trip, 687-1229. $98. This course for adults is offered monthly through October. A Saturday field trip is also available. Tuesdays, April 1-29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

"Can the Colorado River Survive Global Warming, Human Consumption and Imperialism?" CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6649. $12.50, RSVP by March 31. The Aficionados Luncheon and Lecture series presents visiting professor William Snapes. Wed., April 2, noon.

Pet First Aid, Humane Society's Education Room, 610 Abbott Lane, 471-1741 ext. 114, hsppr.org. $50. Participants will receive training on both cat and dog first aid as well as books, DVDs and certification. Thurs., April 3, 5 p.m.

"What Women Need to Know About Divorce," Key Bank Building, 1115 Elkton Drive, #300, RSVP by March 31: 520-5446, drcofcolorado.com. $40-$45. This workshop will answer questions, and help you discover resources and options as you move forward. Sat., April 5, 9 a.m. to noon.

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.

Small Business Development Center Classes, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, cssbdc.org. "Understanding Financial Statements to Manage Your Business," April 17. "Human Resources 101," April 22. "QuickBooks Pro Intro," April 29.

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.


Literary Events
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.

Borders-Southgate Events, 2120 Southgate Road, 632-6611. Free. Bill and Cheryl Jamison will sign and discuss Around the World in 80 Dinners, Tues., April 1, 7 p.m. "Educator Appreciation Reception," for teachers, librarians and homeschoolers, Fri., April 4, 4 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.

Barnes and Noble Bookstore Events, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9945, bn.com. Free. Presenting "Let's Be Friends: An Autism Storytime Event" with guest readers from the Autism Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Thurs., April 3, 6:30 p.m.

Borders-Chapel Hills Events, 1710 Briargate Blvd. #209, 266-1600. Free. "Educator Appreciation Reception," for teachers, librarians and homeschoolers, Fri., April 4, 4 p.m. Elaine Pease will sign and read her children's book, Even Sharks Need Friends, Sat., April 5, 2 p.m. Russell Scott will sign Metagalaxy: The Beginnings, Sat., April 19, 1 p.m.

Community Writing Marathon, CSU-Pueblo, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2576. The Southern Colorado Writing Project is sponsoring a day for adults 21 and older to walk, talk and write at different restaurants, pubs and other public places along Union avenue. Sat., April 5, 2-6 p.m.

Mountain of Authors, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333, ppld.org. Free. Pikes Peak Library District will present 12 authors from the Pikes Peak region offering presentations on writing and publishing followed by a ceremony announcing our area's first poet laureate. Sat., April 12, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Poet laureate ceremony, 4-6 pm.

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
Flamenco Guitar Concert, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. $15. Presenting Adam del Monte, one of the foremost modern flamenco and classical guitarists. Thurs., March 27, 7:30 p.m.

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

Bluegrass Concert, Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, amusiccompanyinc.com. $10-$15. Presenting Jeff & Vida followed by Boulder Acoustic Society. Sat., March 29, 7-10 p.m.

Heartland, Cowboys, 25 N. Tejon St., 596-1212. $15. See the Alabama band made famous by their single "I Loved Her First." Sat., March 29.

Bach Celebration Concert, First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., 633-8888. Firstchristiancos.org. Free. Presenting two concertos and the audience has the opportunity to sing chorales accompanied by the ensemble. Sun., March 30, 3 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.

An Evening of Brahms, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre Ave., 389-6607. Free. Presenting a Visiting Artists Concert with Bion Tsang on cello and Anton Nel on piano. Wed., April 2, 7:30 p.m.

A Celebration of Aaron Copeland, Colorado Springs School, Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 434-3506, ccs.org. $10-$15. The ProMusica of the Rockies will perform music from one of America's greatest composers. Thurs., April 3, 7:30 p.m.

Daniel Johnston Performance & Book Signing, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 473-4801, hihowareyou.com. $20-$25. KRCC presents Daniel Johnston with The Electric Illuminati and special guest Sarah Hope. Fri., April 4, 9-11:45 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.

Organist Huw Williams, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., 471-4361, fumc-cs.org. $18-$25, free childcare. The American Guild of Organists will present British organist Huw Williams in concert. Sun., April 6, 5 p.m.

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. Deirks Bentley with Bucky Covington and Lee Brice, Fri., April 25, 7:30 p.m. Volunteer Jam: The Charlie Daniels Band, .38 Special and Shooter Jennings, Wed., May 28, 7:30 p.m.


Performances
Willy Wonka, Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. $5-$20. Join the Damon Runyon Repertory as they present the musical based on Roald Dahl's children's novel. Thurs.-Sat., March 27-29, 7 p.m. show, 6 p.m. dinner option; Sat.-Sun., March 29 and 30, 2 p.m.

Alice in Wonderland, 40 Thieves Hookah Lounge, 1524 N. Academy Blvd., 591-8315, moodytouringmysteries.com. $10-$12. Moody Mystery Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland, a three-ring adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic story. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fri.-Sat., March 28-29, 9 p.m.

Fiddler on the Roof, Pine Creek High School, 10750 Thunder Mountain Ave., 234-8477, pinecreektheatre.org. $8-$12/show only, $16-$20/with dinner. Presenting the classic musical about a tight-knit Jewish family facing growing anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia. Wed.-Sat., April 2-5, 7 p.m. Opening night dinner, Wed., April 2, 5:30 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.

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.

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, through April 6. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Harlem Globetrotters, Sun., April 6, 2 p.m. Disney on Ice: Finding Nemo, Thurs.-Sun., April 17-20. The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, Sat., May 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Arnold Hall Theater, U.S. Air Force Academy, 2302 Cadet Drive, 333-4497, ticketmaster.com. Presenting BLAST!, a celebration of movement and music evolved from drum corps performances, $25-$45, Sat., 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. Annie, Wed.-Thurs., April 2-3, 7 p.m. Comedy Pet Theatre, Thurs., April 10, 7 p.m. Rent, Tues.-Wed., May 6-7, 7:30 p.m. Comedian Josh Blue, Fri., May 9, 8 p.m.

The Odd Couple, Butte Theater, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-6402, butteoperahouse.com. $9.75-$14.75. Thin Air Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, April 11 to May 10. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., 1 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
Saturday Night Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195. $9. Featuring live ballroom, country, Latin and polka music. Sat., March 29, 7:30-11 p.m.

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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.

Pikes Peak Traditional Dance, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 578-8979, geocities.com/pptdcontra. $4-$8. Dance fun, easy steps; no partner needed. Beginners are welcome, but dance lesson at 7 p.m. is recommended. March 29, 7:30-10 p.m.

Starlight Spring Dance Party, Antlers Hilton, 4 Cascade Ave., randysinatra.com/SpringDance.html. $35. Enjoy dinner, music and dancing with entertainment by Randy Rodriguez and Jesse Garland with Rick Stahl and DJ Jonathon Starr. Sat., March 29, 7 p.m.

Ballroom Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195, internationaldanceclub.org. $9. Come dance to the music of the Pete Dunda Band. Sat., April 5, 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., April 5, instruction, 7 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 Robinson St., 598-8624. $1-$5. roncounts.com. Learn a variety of dances with licensed instructors. Singles and families welcome. No smoking or alcohol. Sat., April 12, 7:30-9:30 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.

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. "Burlesque Basics" begins Sat., April 5. "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, Ladies Latin Styling 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
Critical Mass, Wooglin's Deli, 823 N. Tejon St., 459-4883. Free. Join this group bike ride to promote cyclists' rights. Last Friday of the month. Fri., March 28, 5:30 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.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, Reservations: 520-6387. Offering "Birds of Prey from Pueblo Raptor Center," March 29. "Little Wonders: Animal Babies," April 1. "Senior Fitness Walk," April 5. "Kids' Night Out: Earth Day is Every Day," April 11.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, Reservations: 520-6745. Offering "Return of the Herons," April 5. "Nature Adventures: Rowdy Raccoons," April 9. "Art in Nature: Spring," April 12.

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., "Signs of Spring Discovery Walk," noon, and The Journey of Starsmore movie, 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in April.

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
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.

Dropping a Ton and Making it Fun, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 385-7901, 303/450-1245. Free. Drummers and dancers invited to attend a drum community workshop to be filmed for a health documentary, Dropping a Ton and Making it Fun. Sat., March 29, noon.

Silver and Scarlet Gay-la, CC's Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, z_falconerst@coloradocollege.edu. $12-$20. Enjoy a comic drag show, drinks, hors d'oeuvres and a guest speaker from the Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP). Proceeds benefit HIV/AIDS work. Sat., March 29, 8 p.m.

10th annual Drag Ball, CCs Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. $3-$5. Featuring a dance with DJ Sunshine and a drag show. Proceeds benefit S-CAPs AIDS education, prevention and treatment efforts. Sat., March 29, 9 p.m.

St. Baldrick's Day, CC's Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 328-1312, stbaldricks.org. Free. Get your head shaved to support children with cancer. Enjoy live music and more. Fri., April 4, noon to 9 p.m.

Denim & Diamonds Fashion Show, Doubletree Hotel World Arena, 1775 Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 866/212-9983, RSVP by April 1: royalsplendor.com. $25. Colorado Springs Red Hat Society presents its first red hat fashion show with lunch, games and prizes. Sat., April 5, 9 a.m. to 5 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.

Pikes Peak Earth Day, Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada Ave., pikespeakearthday.org. Free. This eco-friendly festival will feature "green" exhibits, entertainment, recycled art, games, crafts, a science fair and presentations to help you do your part to protect the planet. Sat., April 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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


Youth & Family
"Pioneer Games & Spring Break with the Burros," Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 N. Gate Road, RSVP: 488-0880, wmmi.org. $4-$8. Come meet the burro mascots, learn the games that pioneer children played and explore the museum. Fri., March 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pueblo Family Fun Center Fundraiser, 1530 W. Pueblo Blvd., Pueblo, 719/561-4386. This fundraiser for Junior Achievement of Pueblo will feature special go-kart ride packages and a pizza lunch. Fri.-Sat., March 28-29, noon to 10 p.m.

Inspector Magic, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, 686-1820, inspectormagic.com. $6-50-$8.50, kids 4 and under free. Enjoy a magician and storyteller, then see over 30 dinosaur exhibits, marine reptiles and a working fossil preparation lab. Sat., March 29, 11 a.m. and 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.

"If You Give a Kid a Crayon," Celebration Place, Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Dr. E., # 3114, 387-9015, imaginationcelebration.org. $18, reservations required. Children 2 to 5 and their adults can hear "fairy godmother" Mary Mashburn read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and other stories, then participate in hands-on art projects. April 1, 8 and 15, 10 a.m.

"Debutante Leadership Workshop," Colorado Springs NAACP, 603 S. El Paso St., 597-4683. The Jolly Jills Civic and Social Club is sponsoring this workshop for sophomore through senior high school girls. Sat., April 5, 10 a.m.

Swingset Jazz, Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, themat.org. $8. Presenting the award-winning music of Swingset Jazz, traditional children's music in jazz arrangements. Sat., April 5, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sun., April 6, 2 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
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 and 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.

Dreampower Animal Rescue needs homes for older and special needs animals. Through a permanent foster home arrangement Dreampower pays all veterinary care and provides food and supplies through the remainder of the animal's life. Call 390-7838 or go to dreampower.org for more.

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.

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 businesses, organizations and neighborhood groups that want to grow community gardens. A bi-weekly consultation and free seeds will get you started. 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.

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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.

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. Call 447-9898 ext. 1008 or visit casappr.org for more.

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.


Out of Town

art galleries & events
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Free. Featuring 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. Imagination Celebration, a CHAC birthday show, April 2-26. Opening reception, Fri., April 4, 6-10 p.m.

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, 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.

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.

SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, 719/742-3074, spanishpeaksarts.org. Open Tues. and Thurs., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Great Things in Small Packages, miniature art in a wide array of media, through April 19.

Translations Gallery, 773 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/629-0713, translationsgallery.com. Featuring Blue, contemporary works by 15 artists through May 3.

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 artist, through June 1.

film & video
CineManteca, Museo de Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, 303/571-4401, museo.org. $3-$5. Guest curator Miguel Tarango will present eight films by new and emerging artists who record the world as they see it. Sat., March 29, 7-9 p.m.

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.

Vail Film Festival, various venues, Vail, 866/476-1092, vailfilmfestival,org. $7-$50. A festival showcasing independent films with a special focus on new and innovative filmmakers. Thurs.-Sun., April 3-6.

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 Gerda & Lissa Rovetch (There Was a Man Who Loved a Rat: And Other Vile Little Poems), April 1. "Poetry Month Series: Getting Published," April 3. Doug Fine (Farewell, My Subaru), April 7.

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Allyn and Arlyn Atadero (Missing: The Jaryd Aradero Story) and Mario Acevedo (The Undead Kama Sutra) March 27. Christopher Rice (Blind Fall) and Lisa Daily (15 Minutes of Shame), March 28. Mark Winne (Closing the Food Gap), March 29. Fred Krupp (Earth: The Sequel), March 31. Eleanor Swanson (Before the Reef), April 1. Gerda & Lissa Rovetch (There Was a Man Who Loved a Rat: And Other Vile Little Poems), April 2.

Elizabeth Gilbert Lecture, Paramount Theatre, 1631 Glenarm Plac, Denver, 303/623-0106, tickethorse.com. $38-$48. Presenting Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, in a rare appearance. Sun., April 6, 1:30 p.m.

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 Dressed in Black, March 30. Atomic Pablo, April 6. The Queen City Jazz Band, April 13.

Wendy Woo, Annex Event Center, 507 Main St., Cañon City, 719/276-0911, annexeventcenter.com. $15-$17. Wendy Woo and her new band will be performing material from the latest album, Luxury. Sat., April 5, 8-10:30 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, through March 30. Special Lecture with Rick Darke, "In Your Face: Ethics and Urban Ecology," Tues., April 1, 7 p.m.

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. "Evening Nature Talk: Great Old Brads for Wilderness," Thurs., April 10, 7 p.m. "Ecological Literacy," Fri., April 11, 7 p.m. "Early Spring Hike," Sat., April 12, 2 p.m. "Early Wildflower Hike," Sun., April 27, 11 a.m. "Nature Toddlers," Fri., April 25, 10 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.

performances
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring 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, through 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, through to April 23.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, comedyworks.com. Presenting Tracy Morgan, March 28-29. Bobby Collins, April 4-5. Bill Bellamy, April 11-12. Bobcat Goldthwait, April 18-19. DL Hughley, May 2-3. Jake Johannsen, May 8-10.

Denver Center for Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4000, denvercenter.org. Presenting My Fair Lady, through 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 Avenue Q, Sept. 9-21.

The Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/422-4090, festivalplayhouse.com. $12-$14. Featuring Luau for King Lear, the classic tale presented in a tropical environment. March 28 to April 12. Fridays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m.

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. Denver Children's Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty, $7-8, Sundays through May 4, 1 p.m. (No performances April 20 or 27.) In the Belly of the Whale, a performance on the perplexities of being Jewish today, $10-$13, March 29 to April 13.

Theater Off Broadway, 1124 Santa Fe, Denver, 303/777-3292, theatregroup.org. $22-$30. Presenting The Last Session, a musical by Steve Schalchlin and Jim Brochu, 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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