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click to enlarge Fiddler on the Roof, Pine Creek High School. 10750 - Thunder Mountain Ave., pinecreektheatre.org, 234- - 8477. $8-$12/show only, $16-$20/with dinner. - Presenting the classic musical about a Jewish family - facing growing anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia. Thurs.- - Sat., April 3-5, 7 p.m.
  • Fiddler on the Roof, Pine Creek High School. 10750 Thunder Mountain Ave., pinecreektheatre.org, 234- 8477. $8-$12/show only, $16-$20/with dinner. Presenting the classic musical about a Jewish family facing growing anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia. Thurs.- Sat., April 3-5, 7 p.m.


Art Shows & Galleries
Academy Frame Company, 7620 N. Academy Blvd., 265-6694. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Spring Fling, works by Kim Costello, Earl Blois, Cindy Jolly, Jose Zamora, Timothy Jackson and Judy Horton, through April 30.

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.

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.

blacKiowa Gallery, 745 E. Kiowa St. Featuring Stardust, new work by Spika including sculptures, installations, murals, film and a reading of his poetry. Music by Eight Track Mafia. Sat, April 5, 8 p.m.

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 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 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.

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., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Painted Gardens, a series of plein air garden paintings by Bill Duryea, through June 30.

Edifice Gallery, 325 N. tejon St., 434-4866, edificeclothing.com. Featuring The Munny Show, works by Ray Beckner, Lauren Potereiko, Josh Harvey, Holly Conlon and others. Opening reception, Fri., April 4, 6 p.m.

Eichman Gallery, Park State Bank and Trust, 710 W. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 687-9234. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat., 9 a.m. to noon. Featuring Mixed Media, works by Mary Adoretti of Wildheart Studios and Lupita Carrasco, April 7-25. Artists' reception, Fri., April 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

El Tesoro Restaurant & Gallery, 10 N. Sierra Madre St., 471-0106. Open Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring Three Man Art Show, works by George Sanchez, Bernard Sandoval and Marc Shereck, through June 30.

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.

Gertrude's Restaurant, 2625 W. Colorado Ave., 471-0887. Exhibiting Hunter-Wolff Gallery presents Janelle Cox, landscapes and travel-inspired paintings, through Dec. 31.

Heebee JeebeeS, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring 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.

My Daughter's Deli and Expresso Bar, 2514 W. Colorado Ave., 266-1333. Open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring West of Eden, works by Gail Anne, and petite pastels by Lynn Chapman, through April 27.

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, through April 30.

Rubbish Gallery, 17B Bijou St., 440-5638. Open Fridays, 5-10 p.m. Featuring O' the Webs We Weave, new paintings by Carlita Trujillo, April 11 to May 3. Opening receptions, Fri., April 11, 5-10 p.m.

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.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Open Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Featuring 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.

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.

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, through April 24.

art events
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.

Mood Swings Artist Talk, BAC Espresso with Art, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. Free. Award-winning artist Kim Sayers-Newlin will discuss the imagery and processes behind the fine art prints in her exhibition, Mood Swings. Fri., April 4, 4-6 p.m.

Studio Artists' Moving Event, Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive, Studio #5B, 520-1899, cottonwoodartistsschool.org. Cottonwood's 43 studio artists are packing to move, so enjoy a special exhibit and bargains before the artworks are boxed. Fri., April 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m., and Sat., April 5, 10 a.m. to 4 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.

Red Mango Art Classes, Red Mango Gallery & Gifts, 1823 N. Corona St., 633-7060, pattyb2500@yahoo.com. Registration required. "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.

State of the Rockies: "People's Choice" Photo Competition, CC's Armstrong Theatre, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Judge photography from around the Rocky Mountain region. Sun., April 6, 4 p.m.

Open Mosaic Classes, Full Spectrum Art Glass, 828-A E. Fillmore St., 389-1337. $13. Students at all skill levels will learn to make one-of-a-kind creations using mosaic techniques. Thursdays in April, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Additional sessions at Royalty Stained Glass, 5331 Montebello Lane, on Sun., April 6, 1-3 p.m., and Sat., April 26, 2-4 p.m.

"1440 Minutes," CC's Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., and UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 227-8263, theideaspace.com. Free. Presenting an evening of installation and performance art centering around the theme of "Social Spaces." Fri., April 11, installation, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; reception, 5-8 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.


Auditions & Entries
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.

NORAD is seeking entries for both an essay contest and a model airplane contest in celebration of NORAD's 50th anniversary. Entries are due April 25. For contest requirements and entry information visit norad.mil/50/contests.html or call 554-6889.

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.

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center is seeking entries in its "Savage Ancient Seas" Dino Art 2008 contest. Prizes will be awarded in categories from pre-school through adults. Entries are due May 23. Visit rmdrc.com for entry forms and rules.

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
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.

"Citizens for Peace in Space" Protest, Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, 214 E. Vermijo St., bsutzman@juno.com. Free. Travel to the Broadmoor Convention Center for a nonviolent protest at the U.S. Space Foundation's "arms bazaar." Mon., April 7, 4:30 p.m., Tues., April 8, 2:30 p.m., and Wed., April 9, 10 a.m.

"War or Peace in Space?: A Global Perspective," Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 389-0644. A forum with J.N. Roa of India, Jan Tamas of the Czech Republic, Damian Moran from Poland and Mary Beth Sullivan from Maine. Mon. April 7, 7-8:30 p.m.

"To Genocide We Speak: Understanding Mass Violence and Ethnic Conflict," CSU-Pueblo's Occhiato University Center Ballroom, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2156. Presenting a panel discussion with CSU Political science professors, an Air Force Academy professor and a survivor of the Khmer Rouge "education camps" in Cambodia. Thurs., April 10, 7 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
CHANGE, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 785-6811, change@tessacs.org. Join this group of domestic violence/sexual assault survivors dedicated to creating community healing and awareness through action and education. Thurs., April 3, 5:30 p.m.

Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., Roland: 494-8347, smmug.org. Free. Meet other Mac lovers and learn more about using your computer. Thurs., April 3, novices, 6 p.m.; meeting, 7 p.m.

Chi Eta Phi Open House, Clarion Hotel, 314 W. Bijou St., 659-9880, clzenon@comcast.net. Free. Hosting an event highlighting community organizations including NAACP, the Urban League, African American Voice, Memorial Hospital, and nursing schools. Sat., April 5, 1-3 p.m.

Silicon Mountain Macintosh Special Interest Groups, Voelker Training Room, 5026 N. Academy Blvd., 570-7294, smmug.org. Free. Get tips and answers related to Mac computers, digital photography, software and more. Sat., April 5, Mac users, 10 a.m. to noon; OS X group, noon to 2 p.m.

Colorado Springs Scrabble Club, Poor Richard's Bookstore, 320 N. Tejon St., 636-1450, pikespeakscrabble.com. Free. Word freaks and Scrabble players of all skill levels welcome. Meets first, third and fifth Sundays. Sun., April 6, 3-6 p.m.

Peak to Plains Alliance, Gay & Lesbian Center, 315 E. Costilla St., 520-5381, rmc.sierraclub.org/ppg/. Free. Learn about sustainability, local agriculture and the work of Peak to Plains Alliance to preserve farming, ranching and the agricultural heritage of El Paso County. Tues., April 8, 7-8:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Landlords & Investors Group, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 684-9010. $10. Join the group's monthly meeting and presentation. Tues., April 8, 6:30-9 p.m.

Veterans for Peace Chapter #129, Barkman Branch Library, 1300 Jerry Murphy Road, Pueblo, 719/544-3753. This planning meeting will focus on recruiting volunteers organizing a peace event in Pueblo on Memorial Day. Tues., April 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Woman's Club of Colorado Springs, CC's Slocum Commons, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St., Kathy: 590-1436. RSVP by April 4. $20. Featuring bunko, a silent auction and luncheon. Proceeds benefit A Kidz Hope and First Visitor. Wed., April 9, 10 a.m.

Pikes Peak Nieghbors, Paragon Culinary School, 315 Sinton Road, 559-3942. $19. Colorado Springs women are invited to a meeting and luncheon featuring a presentation by Wanda Reeves on the work of the Colorado Mountain Reclamation Foundation. Wed., April 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

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, 260-0651. 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. through 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.

The Moses Code, Tickets: 685-1480 or 635-5388, $10-$15. This film brings together some of the best-known spiritual teachers of our time to discuss service and the true meaning of abundance. Om & Garden Yoga Studio, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., on Fri., April 4, 1 p.m.; Celebration Conscious Community Room, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., on Fri., April 4, 7 p.m.; Sacred Hoop Ministry, Yurt at 1515 County Road 21, Woodland Park, on Sat., April 5, 7 p.m.; Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, on Sun., April 6, 6:30 p.m.

State of the Rockies Film Festival, CC's Armstrong Theatre, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Films range from 5 to 53 minutes and include Nobody's Home, The Missoula Urban Chicken Debate, Voices Beneath the Peak, The Lost People of Mountain Village, The Hatch and others. Sun., April 6, 4:30 p.m.


Food & Drink
First Thursday Wine Tasting, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. $12-$17. Featuring "Spring Wines." Thurs., April 3, 5-8 p.m.

Wild Oats Events, 3180 New Center Point, 622-1099, wholefoodsmarket.com. "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.

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
Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Offering "Aromatherapy Basics," April 3. The Moses Code, April 4. "Creation of Healing in Your Life: Sacred Space & Sound Healing," April 5. "Reawakening Goddess," April 6. "Open Forum: Connecting to the Angelic Realms," April 7, 7 p.m. "Celebration Metaphysical Fair," $5, Fri.-Sun., April 11-13.

Sacred Hoop Ministry Events, Yurt at 1515 County Road 21, Woodland Park, 687-4335, sacredhoopministry.org. Offering "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. "Flower of Life," April 11-13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Opening to Your Bliss," 130 Lower Glenway, Palmer Lake, 448-2493. Pre-registration required. The event with Dr. Susan Garment will assist you to remember your true nature, release your emotional wounds and remove blocks to accepting bliss. Fri.-Sat., April 5-6.

click to enlarge Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, - smokebrush.org. Open Monday through Friday., noon to - 5 p.m. Featuring 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, Friday, April 4, - 5-8 p.m., and extended hours, Saturday, April 5, noon to - 5 p.m.
  • Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Open Monday through Friday., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring 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, Friday, April 4, 5-8 p.m., and extended hours, Saturday, April 5, noon to 5 p.m.

"Purple Visions: Stress Relief Group for Creative People," Smooth Changes Therapies, 4935 N. 30th St., #180, 271-6089, smoothchanges.com. Free. Try journaling, collage making, knitting, crocheting, guided imagery, meditations and more. Sat., April 5, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"Contemporary Issues in American Health Policy," CC's Tutt Science Center Lecture Hall, 1112 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6607. Free. Health care costs continue to rise, meanwhile more than 47 million Americans under age 65 do not have health insurance. Learn what can be done. Tues., April 8, 7 p.m.

Health Lectures, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd, 598-7287. "My Labs Are Normal, But I'm Still Sick," a discussion with the Thyroid Focus Group, Tues., April 8 11, 5:20-6:15 p.m. "Optimal Wellness Solutions: You Never Know Hw Sick You Are Until You Become Well," with Kelley J. Calabrese, Tues., April 8, 6:30-8 p.m.

St. Francis Medical Center Grand Opening, 6001 Woodmen Road, 776-5050, penrosestfrancis.org. Free. Featuring a community festival to celebrate the center's opening. Sat., Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Introduction to BodyTalk," Celebration Conscious Living Store, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 510-9076, bodytalksystem.com. $10. Instructor Michael McKibban of Boulder will teach basic BodyTalk techniques and demonstrate a session. Wed., April 9, 7 p.m.

"The Art of Silence," Celebration Store Community Room, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 330-8892. Featuring Chris Douglas, former apprentice to Carlos Castaneda. Fri., April 11, 7 p.m.

"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.

Candlelight Yoga, Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., 520-1201, springssalsa.com. Experience yourself at a deeper level and restore your body, mind and spirit all by candlelight. Thursdays, 7:15-8:15 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.

The Moving Word, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., 291-3120, fccmovement.org. Free. Deepen your relationship with God through dance, scripture and prayer. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. (No meeting May 3.)

"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.

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.

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.

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.


Lectures & Learning
"Nietzsche on Liberal Education," CC's Palmer Hal, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Presenting Bowdoin College professor and CC graduate Paul Franco. Thurs., April 3, 7 p.m.

"Social Security Benefit Process Workshop," Newman University, 2120 Hollowbrook Drive, RSVP: 520-1214. Free. Gerald W. Riley will cover how Social Security works, how to file, types of disability programs and the decision process. Thurs., April 3, 7-8:30 p.m.

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.

Gardening in the Pikes Peak Region, CSU Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd., 636-8923. $8/class. Presenting "Vegetable Gardening," Thurs., April 3, 6:30 p.m. "Ornamental Grasses and Hardy Shrubs," Tues., April 8, 2 p.m., or Thurs., April 10, 6:30 p.m.

"Mission Marketing: Public Relations for Nonprofits," Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 ext. 2335, ppld.org. Free. Learn to make the most of your publicity efforts by building them around your mission. Thurs., April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3730, ppwfc.org. Presenting "Rsum Writing: Rsum & Portfolio Design," April 3, 10, 17 or 24. "Self Employment: The Driver's Seat," April 8 or 22. "Job Shop: Guided Job Search," April 15 or 29.

"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.

"The Medicine Show: Nostrums & Quackery," Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333, ppld.org. Free. Presenting a brief history of quackery including medicines, methods and devices from 1840 to present. Sun., April 6, 2-4 p.m.

"State of the Rockies: Affordable Housing in Colorado Springs," CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. A workshop led by Wylie Rogers on existing options and future opportunities. Mon., April 7, 4:30 p.m.

"State of the Rockies: Renewable Energy," CC's Slocum Commons, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. A workshop led by Liz Kolbe on residential solutions to a national problem. Mon., April 7, 4:30 p.m.

"State of the Rockies: Managing Rockies Wilderness and Wildlands," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. A workshop led by Brandon Goldstein on the Pike National Forest Travel Management Plan. Mon., April 7, 4:30 p.m.

"State of the Rockies: Gale Norton, Keynote Speaker," CC's Armstrong Theatre, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Hear the former secretary of the Department of the Interior. Mon., April 7, 7:30 p.m.

"State of the Rockies: Connecting CC to Local Immigrant Communities," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. A workshop led by Simon Cataldo. Tues., April 8, 4:30 p.m.

"State of the Rockies: River Restoration Opportunies," CC's Slocum Commons, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. A workshop led by Lucy Emerson-Bell on opportunities in the Fountain Creek Watershed. Tues., April 8, 4:30 p.m.

"Living with Wildlife in Manitou Springs," Manitou Springs Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5206, manitouspringslibrary.org. Matt Yamashita of the Colorado Division of Wildlife will discuss how to handle encounters with mountain lions, black bears, foxes, deer and other wildlife. Wed., April 9, 7 p.m.

"Traveling in China," City Hall, Pikes Peak Room, 2nd Floor, 107 N. Nevada Ave., 287-7624, cscci.org. Free, reservations required. Colorado Springs Chinese Cultural Institute will give tips on visa requirements, food, language, transportation and culture. Thurs., April 10, 6-8 p.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.

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
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.

Black Cat Books Events, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Presenting a book discussion with C.K. Reyes on Debbie Ford's Why Good People Do Bad Things, Thurs., April 3, 7-8:30 p.m. Rudolf J. Waldner will discuss and sign Marketing from the Trenches, Fri., April 4, 6-8 p.m. "National Poetry Month Open Mic," Mondays, April 7 and 21, 7-9 p.m. Knitting Group, Sundays, 4-6 p.m. Occult Science classes, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Business Group, Wednesdays, 8:45-10:15 a.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. Tom & Melanie Tam signing Man on the Ceiling, Sat., April 6, 2 p.m.

Borders-Southgate Events, 2120 Southgate Road, 632-6611. Free. "Educator Appreciation Reception," for teachers, librarians and homeschoolers, Fri., April 4, 4 p.m.

"Malinda Russell's Recipes: More Than a Cookbook, Off-Roads into History," Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333, ppld.org. Leigh Cravin will discuss this recently discovered 39-page cookbook written in 1866 that is believed to be the first cookbook written by an African American. Sat., April 5, 10 a.m. to noon.

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.

All City Poetry Reading, Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Aaron: 338-9772. Free. Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading and listening to original and favorite poems. Call to reserve a reading time. Tues., April 8, 7-8:30 p.m.

W.C. Jameson Reading, CC's Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Hear the award-winning author of 50 books, and hundreds of articles, essays, songs and poems. Thurs., April 10, 7 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. Thurs., April 10, 6:45-9 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 tips and ideas 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. "Caf Scientifique" with professor Rebecca Laroche on her work with the Institute for Medical Humanities, Tues., April 15, 6:30 p.m.

"luvsaverb" (It's Not Just Poetry) Open Mic and Discussion, Village Inn Restaurant, 5790 S. Carefree Circle, 233-1698, luvsaverb.com. Free. All are welcome to listen or share. Second and fourth Saturdays, 9-11 p.m.


Music
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.

Our Next Generation Workshop, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 685-1861 ext. 42. Free. Pikes Peak Blues Community presents a day of music workshops for all ages, ending in a student jam hosted by Yellow Dog Blues Band. Sat., April 5, 1-6 p.m.

How's the Weather?, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 884-2110, csphilharmonic.org. $9-$15. Colorado Springs Philharmonic will present a concert of works inspired by clouds, fog, spring, thunderstorms and tornadoes with KOAA meterologist Mike Madson adding weather facts. Sun., April 6, 2:30 p.m. Pre-concert kids' activities, 1:30 p.m.

Abendmusik Spring Concert, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., 579-7165. Free. Presenting works ranging from Bach and Brahms to Manhattan Transfer. Sun., April 6, 3 p.m.

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.

William Malone Faculty Recital, PPCC Main Theatre, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., 502-3135. Free. Featuring the music of Debussy, Bach and Joan Tower accompanied by modern dance. Sun., April 6, 2-4 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, ticketswest.com. 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.

New Horizons Band Concert, Cheyenne Mountain High School. Lloyd Shaw Auditorium, 1200 Cresta Road, 634-2463. Hear two bands (symphonic and concert bands) whose members must be at least 40-years-old to play. Directed by retired music department chair Ed Nuccio. Thurs., April 10, 7:30 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.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org. $15-$52. Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1, April 12-13.

Abe Minzer Classical Piano Recital, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1128 E. Boulder St., 634-2478, ihn-cos.org. Free. Works by Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Ravel and Dallapiccola. Donations accepted for Interfaith Hospitality Network. Sun., April 13, 2:30-4:30 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. Carrie Underwood, Tues., May 13, 7:30 p.m. Volunteer Jam: The Charlie Daniels Band, .38 Special and Shooter Jennings, Wed., May 28, 7:30 p.m.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Performing Arts Series, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Presenting Chanticleer, Sun., May 4, 4 p.m.


Performances
Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, pikespeakcenter.org. Annie, Thurs., April 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.

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 Jewish family facing growing anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia. Thurs.-Sat., April 3-5, 7 p.m.

Little Women, CC's Taylor Theater (adjacent to Bemis Hall), 920 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free (tickets at Worner Campus Center). The Student Musical Theater Group presents a full-length production based on the book by Louisa May Alcott. Fri.-Sun., April 4-6, 8:30 p.m.

Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. $8-$36. 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!, 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.

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.

Good Lessons from Bad Women, Pikes Peak Community College Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., 520-SHOW (7469). $5-$10. Broadway actress Dorothy Leeds will present a bawdy one-woman romp through history featuring eight infamous female characters. Thurs., April 10, 7-8:30 p.m.

You Can't Take It with You, Lewis Palmer High School Auditorium, 1300 Higby Road, Monument, 488-4720. $4-$5. Lewis Palmer High School students will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy. Thurs.-Sat., April 10-12, 7 p.m.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Butte Theater, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-6402, butteoperahouse.com. $9.75-$14.75. Thin Air Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's popular romantic comedy, 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
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.

"Create Your Own Burlesque Act," The Rocket Room, 230 Pueblo Ave., 661-4483, blendyourlife.com. Join a workshop with Lola Spitfire followed by a graduation performance. Mondays, April 7-28, 8:15-10:30 p.m.

Saturday Night Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195, internationaldanceclub.org. $9. Featuring live big band, country, Latin and polka music. Sat., April 12, 7:30-11 p.m.

Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 Robinson St., 598-8624. $1-$5. roncounts.com. Learn a variety of dances with licensed instructors. Singles and families welcome. 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
Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, Reservations: 520-6387. Offering "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.

click to enlarge State of the Rockies: Gale Norton, Keynote Speaker, - CCs Armstrong Theatre, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389- - 6607. Free. Hear the former secretary of the Department - of the Interior. Mon., April 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • State of the Rockies: Gale Norton, Keynote Speaker, CCs Armstrong Theatre, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389- 6607. Free. Hear the former secretary of the Department of the Interior. Mon., April 7, 7:30 p.m.

Nielson 2-Mile Challenge Run, North Monument Valley Park, W. Fontenaro Street and Culebra place, Phil: 447-1371, pprrun.org. Free. Challenge yourself with this non-competitive run. Sat., April 5, 8 a.m.

Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 385-6086, cheyennecanon.org. Open Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Offering "Habitat, Habitat," 11 a.m., "Signs of Spring Discovery Walk," noon, and The Journey of Starsmore movie, 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in April. "Together on Trails," April 5, 2 p.m. "Geology Rocks," April 12, 2 p.m. "Water Babies," April 19, 2 p.m.

Colorado Springs Cycling Spa, Old Town Bike Shop, 426 S. Tejon St., RSVP: 475-8589, oldtownbikeshop.com. This bicycling event for women includes rides, yoga, stretching, nutrition, lunch and basic bike maintenance. Sun., April 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Colorado Parkinson Awareness 5K Run & 3K Walk, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, Dan: 265-9035, parkies.org. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Parkinson Foundation. Sun., April 6, 10 a.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
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.

Earth Month Cut-a-Thon, Aveda Salon, 3rd Floor-Dillard's at Chapel Hills Mall, 1790 Briargate Blvd., Appointments: 536-0314. Volunteer stylists will give $15 haircuts with proceeds benefiting Western Resource Advocates, a non-profit protecting Colorado's land, air and water. Fri.-Sat., April 4-5.

Quilt & Stitch Expo, Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main St., Pueblo, 719/544-8485, qiltandstitchexpo.com. $5. Featuring the acclaimed "9-11 Ground Zero Quilt" and sewing and quilt vendors from across the U.S. Fri.-Sat., April 4-5, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CC Unity Contest Powwow, CC's Armstrong Quad, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. The Native American Student Union and CC present a 12-hour social gathering of dance and music to honor the cultural history of Native American people along with an arts & crafts fair and food vendors. Sat., April 5, noon.

Simpich Character Dolls, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., RSVP: 385-5990. Meet the Simpich family and enjoy refreshments in the gallery. Sat., April 5, 2-4 p.m. The Simpich exhibit closes April 12.

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.

24th National Space Symposium, The Broadmoor Hotel, 1 Lake Ave., 800/691-4000, nationalspacesymposium.org. Celebrate 50 years of space exploration with forums and speakers from civil, commercial and national security sectors. Mon.-Thurs., April 7-10.

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
Pueblo Symphony for Kids, CSU-Pueblo's Hoag Recital Hall, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/545-7967. $10. The Pueblo Symphony Orchestra will present a concert featuring Metales M 5, a quintet perfrming music ranging from opera to pop movie soundtracks. Sat., April 5, 7:30 p.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., and Sun., April 6, 2 p.m.

"Kids Speak Out," Garden Pavilion at Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave., RSVP by April 9: kidsspeakout@yahoo.com. Featuring a panel discussion with "twice-exceptional" high school students, young people who are identified as gifted and talented and also receive special education services. Tues., April 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

Imagination Celebration Family Theater Season, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, imaginationcelebration.org. $8-$15. Presenting 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.

Autism Conference, The Lodge at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., registration: alisonseyler@mac.com. The Autism Society of the Pikes Peak Region will present renowned autism expert Dr. Temple Grandin and Jeff Newman, a student with autism, who will speak about their personal experiences living with the disorder. Wed., April 23, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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
Friends of Red Rock Canyon is seeking volunteers to help prune scrub oak and close social trails in the canyon. A snack and drink will be provided. To register, click the "volunteer" link at redrockcanyonopenspace.org. Sat., April 5, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center needs volunteers ages 14 and older to assist riders with disabilities during riding lessons. Training is provided and experience with horses is not required, but helpful. Volunteer orientation, Sat., April 12, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 495-3908 or e-mail volunteer@pptrc.org for more.

Rocky Mountain Field Institute is looking for volunteer crew leaders to correct erosion and trail damage in the Garden of the Gods. Training will be provided. Workdays are scheduled for April and May. Call 471-7736 or visit rmfi.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 800/287-9252 or visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org for more.

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking citizens to fill vacancies on several boards and committees including the City Planning Commission, the Civil Service Commission, and the Historic Preservation Board. Submit letter of interest and resume by April 4. Visit springsgov.com or call 385-5453 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.

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.

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 has an immediate need for administrative volunteers to work in its office at 5450 Tech Center Drive, #120 on a regular basis. Caring volunteers also are needed to visit patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. 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.

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 Candyland, works by Heather Billings, April 7 to May 4.

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 Imagination Celebration, a CHAC birthday show, through April 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.

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
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 "Poetry Month Series: Getting Published," April 3. Doug Fine (Farewell, My Subaru), April 7. Captain Alfred McLaren (Unknown Waters), April 9.

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Mary Doria Russell (Dreamers of the Day), Marni Jameson (The House Always Wins) and Jodi Picoult (Change of Heart), April 3. Tobias Wolff (Our Story Begins) and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (Things I Learned from Knitting), April 4. Lisa Tucker (The Cure for Modern Life), April 7. Doug Fine (Farewell, My Subaru) and Nevada Barr (Winter Study), April 8.

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
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.

Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 303/294-9258, mercurycafe.com. $8. Presenting jazz music and dance with Atomic Pablo, April 6. The Queen City Jazz Band, April 13. The David Booker Swingtet, April 20. Atomic Pablo, April 27.

Sante Fe Opera Apprentice Tour, Jones Theater, 119 Main St., Westcliffe, 719/783-9709. Free. Presenting singers performing selections from favorite operas as well as works by Aaron Copland, Sigmund Romberg and George and Ira Gershwin. Sun., April 6, 2 p.m.

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

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 303/376-6720, yearofthefrog.org. Celebrating "First Frog Fridays" with special activities and information about the extinction crisis as part of the Year of the Frog. Fri., April 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also May 2, June 6, July 4, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.

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.

The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver, 303/780-7836, modernmusetheatre.com. $15-$20. Presenting Bee-luther-hatchee, the story of an elusive author and a shocking discovery, April 5 to May 4.

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 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, through April 12. Fridays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m.

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, through 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.

special events
Arvada Kite Festival, Robby Ferrufino Park, 74th Avenue and Carr Drive, 720/898-7400, arvadafestivals.com. Free. Featuring a sky-full of kites, special events, kids' activities, bounce houses, face painting and prizes. Sat., April 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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