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click to enlarge 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, through April 28.
  • 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, through April 28.


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. "National Coin Week Treasure Hunt," April 20-26.

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.

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, through April 28.

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 The Raven: The Poem and an Artist's Paintings, through June 3. Cummins & Cummins, mixed media by William and Linda Cummins, through June 3. Canyon Walls, water media images by Eulalie J. Brown, through June 9. Chicago Reflections, works by Karen Winfield, through June 3. Invidnation, contemporary video art, April 18 to June 7. Opening reception, Fri., April 18, 5-8 p.m.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring 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 Imagination Celebration Children's Art Show, April 17 to 28. Open house, Sun., April 20, 1-4 p.m.

The Downtown Bar, 103 Central Plaza, Pueblo, 719/544-1499, thedowntownbar.com. Featuring No Pretty Landscapes, photography by Jennifer Koen and Bobby Valentine, April 18 to May 31. Opening reception, Fri., April 18, 6-8 .m.

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, through April 30.

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, through April 25.

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.

Fine Art Gallery at CSU-Pueblo, 2200 Bonforte Ave., Pueblo, 719/549-2810, colostate-pueblo.edu. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Senior Art Show, through May 3.

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, through May 31.

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. Open Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Night and Day, cityscapes, night scenes and winter landscapes by impressionist painter Laura Reilly.

Mountain Living Studio, 741 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0225. Open daily noon to 5 p.m. Presenting over 150 artists whose work includes jewelry, oils, watercolors, pastels, sculpture, glass, photography and pottery.

My Daughter's Deli and Espresso 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.

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.

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, through May 3.

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, through April 25. Salon, infrared photos by David Twede, through April 25.

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. Girls Gone Wild in Hawaii!, works by Claudette Bedingfield, Suzanne Jenne and Bonnie Wendelburg, through April 20.

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 2008 Senior Exhibition, May 2 to June 7. Opening reception, Fri., May 2, 5:30-8 p.m.

Pueblo West Vectra Bank, 154 McCulloch Blvd., Pueblo, 719/544-3753. Featuring works by Crystal Carkhuff, April 17 to June 8. Opening reception, Thurs., April 17, 4-6 p.m.

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, through April 30.

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

WeUsOur Artist's Market, 10 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9702, 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
"Quality and Craftsmanship in Art and Culture: Creating a Legacy," Fine Arts Center Music Room, 30 W. Dale St., 477-4350, csfineartscenter.org. Free. The annual Krupinski Lecture will feature Josh Kempf speaking about his grandfather, Starr Kempf and the legacy of his life and work. Thurs., April 17, 10 a.m.

"Finding Our Voices" Art Reception and Show, Gill Foundation, 315 E. Costilla St., 785-6809, tessacs.org. This public exhibition and artists' reception recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month will include art, poetry, survivor's stories and conversation to promote healing and understanding. Fri., April 18, 4-8 p.m.

African Folklore Embroidery Class, Ruth's Stitchery, 4440 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 591-1717. Leora Raikin, a native South African, will teach this creative needlecraft along with the traditions and customs of African tribes. Needlework exhibit through April 19. Needlework class, Sat., April 19, 9:30 a.m.

"Wine & Roses" Grand Re-opening, Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494, hunterwolffgallery.com. 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.

Young People's Art Exhibition, Celebration Place, Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive East, 520-2027, imaginationcelebration.org. Free. Enjoy artworks created by local students in grades 6-12. High School Exhibit, April 18-26; opening reception, Tues., April 22, 5-7 p.m. Middle School Exhibit, May 2-10; opening reception, Tues., May 6, 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Red Mango Art Classes, Red Mango Gallery & Gifts, 1823 N. Corona St., 633-7060, pattyb2500@yahoo.com. Registration required. "H20+ Paint = Unbridled Joy," Sat., April 19, 1-3 p.m. "Spray, Throw, Squeeze," Sat., April 26, 1-3 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 session at Royalty Stained Glass, 5331 Montebello Lane, on Sat., April 26, 2-4 p.m.


Auditions & Entries
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.

The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is seeking street performers for at least 66 performances scheduled for this summer. Auditions are Sat.-Sun., April 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Historic Spa Building at 934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Call 685-5089 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 Manitou Art Theater is seeking acrobats, circus performers, magicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, unicyclists and clowns of all ages for the Incredible Circus MAT 2008, May 2-11. Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave. Call 685-4729 or visit themat.org for 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.

Pikes Peak Christian Artist Festival is seeking artists for a juried fine art festival. This event will be held June 21 and 22 in Woodland Park. Deadline for submissions is May 30. Call 687.6824 or e-mail ranchgusano@msn.com.

The Colorado Department of Education is accepting nominations for the Colorado Teacher of the Year. Applications are due Aug. 15. Visit www.cde.state.co.us/cdeawards/trtoyinf.htm or call 303/866-6932 for more.

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
Cuts for CASA, Salon Seven, 622 S. Tejon St., 632-7774. $20/haircut. Featuring a cut-a-thon, silent auction and BBQ to benefit CASA of the Pikes Peak Region. Donated hair will go to Locks of Love. Sat., April 19, noon to 4 p.m.

Community in Action Fair, Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 331-1115. An event bringing together citizens and over 20 nonprofits with volunteer opportunities and events. Sun., April 27, 4-6 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
Rocky Mountain Inventor's Association, Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 260-7900, rminventor.org. $25, members free. Presenting the Colorado Springs area inventor's meeting. Thurs., April 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Veterans for Peace Chapter #129 Meeting, Rawlings Library, 100 Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, 719/544-3753. Free. The chapter will hold its monthly business meeting. Topics include: Memorial Day vigil planning, vigil speakers and more. Tues., April 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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

Senior Community Employment Program, 1510 N. Hancock Ave., 635-3579. Offering free work search assistance and possible training and referrals for persons 50 and older through AARP. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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. Second Wednesday of the month, 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, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2886 S. Circle 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. First Monday of the month, 5:30-7 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.

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. 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.

click to enlarge If You Give a Pig a Party, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. - Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW (7469), - imaginationcelebration.org. $8-$15. Imagination - Celebration presents a play based on the best-selling - childrens book by Laura Numeroff. Mon., April 21, art - activities in the lobby, 6 p.m.; show 7 p.m.
  • If You Give a Pig a Party, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW (7469), imaginationcelebration.org. $8-$15. Imagination Celebration presents a play based on the best-selling childrens book by Laura Numeroff. Mon., April 21, art activities in the lobby, 6 p.m.; show 7 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. 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. 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
Indie Spirit Film Festival, various downtown venues, indiespiritfilmfestival.org. $10/single ticket, $20-$100/feativla pass. This three-day festival will features over 80 independent films, filmmaker Q&As, awards and more. Fri.-Sun., April 25-27.

"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 through July 3, 6-9 p.m.

Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Pride Center, 2508 E. Bijou St., 355-4078, midnightdepravity.com. $6. Full audience participation is encouraged for showings of this cult-movie classic. Saturdays, midnight to 2 a.m.


Food & Drink
"Shopper's Guide to Healthy Living," Colorado Health and Wellness, 1231 Lake Plaza Drive, 576-2225. Sample organic products hear author Kathy Loidolt's tips on how to save time and money while improving your health. Thurs., April 17, 6-7:30 p.m.

"Montinore Wine Dinner," Ritz Gill Elbo Room, 15 S. Tejon St., 635-8484, ritzgrill.com. $65. Featuring a five-course meal with wine. Thurs., April 17, 6 p.m.

Wine Festival of Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor, Garden of the Gods Club and Paragon Culinary School, 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. $30-$175. Featuring wine-themed events including seminars, a tasting and auction, and a gourmet winemaker's dinner. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Fri.-Sat., April 18-19.

Powers Liquor Mart Tastings, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free, reservations required. "New World & Old World Wines," Fri., April 18. "South African Wines," Sat., April 19. "Tropical Island Wine Tasting," Thurs., April 24. "Chilean Wines," Sat., April 26.

"A Friendly Introduction to Wine," Mimi's Caf, 7133 N. Academy Blvd., 282-8688, experiencewine.net. $40/ind., $75/couple. This course by Experience Wine includes food, four wines, course handouts, textbook and more. Proceeds benefit the Avon Foundation's Breast Cancer Research Fund. Fri., April 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

"The Wild Gourmet: Crock Pot Cooking," Wild Oats Events, 3180 New Center Point, 622-1099, wholefoodsmarket.com. Sat., April 19.

Asian-Style Cooking Classes & Sake Tastings, Blue Sage, 5152 Centennial Blvd., 510-3961, minixcapes.com. $25-$35. "Singles 30+ Class," Sat., April 19, 6-8 p.m. "Singles 40+ Class," Tues., April 22, 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday Wine Tastings, The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. $20. "Spain: It's More than Tempranillo," Wed., April 23, 6:30 p.m. "Tequila!" Wed., April 30, 6:30 p.m.

Green Drinks, The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 964-3935, greendrinks.org. If you are interested or involved in "green" issues join this social networking and collaboration group of environmentally-minded people. Second and fourth Thursdays, 5-7 p.m.

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


Health & Healing
Sacred Hoop Ministry Events, Yurt at 1515 County Road 21, Woodland Park, 687-4335, sacredhoopministry.org. Offering "Union of Polarities Seminar," Sat., April 19, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Offering "Magick of Archangels," April 17. "Primal Goddess Workshop," April 18. "Applied Energetic Wisdom Workshop," April 19. "Reconnecting Kids," April 20. "Personal Healing Sessions," April 20-21. "Divination on the Full Moon," April 20. "Open Forum: Celebrating Earth Day," April 21. "Conscious Evolution," April 22. "The Time for Change Has Come," April 23. "Drumming Class Series," April 24. "Rejuvenate & Recharge," April 25.

Pueblo 9Health Fair, Praise Assembly of God, 2000 Troy Ave., Pueblo, 800/332-3078, 9healthfair.org. Free to $30. Health education and basic health screenings for those 18 and up. Price varies depending on screening choice. Sat., April 19, 7 a.m. to noon.

CSYP Yoga Networking, Corepower Yoga, 623 N. Nevada Ave., 477-9642. Free. Bring a mat, towel and water and network with Colorado Springs Young Professionals. Sat., April 19, 1:30 p.m.

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DSBA) Support Group, St. Francis Health Center, 825 E Pikes Peak Ave, first floor classroom, 477-1515, dbsacoloradosprings.org. Meets every other week and offers a lending library. Sat., April 19, 4 p.m.

Reiki Nite, Bodywork University of the Rockies, 2760 N. Academy Blvd. #206, 444-0708, bodyworkuniversity.com. Free. Inviting Reiki practitioners and those who would like to learn more about Reiki. Wed., April 23, 6-7:30 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
Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3730, ppwfc.org. Presenting "Rsum Writing: Rsum & Portfolio Design," April 17 or 24. "Self Employment: The Driver's Seat," April 22. "Job Shop: Guided Job Search," April 29.

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.

PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. $16-$44. Offering "The Wolves of Yellowstone," April 17. "The Prairie Rattlesnake," April 18. "A Guide to Confident Travel in Today's World," April 18 and May 6. "The Fun Way to Learn Poker," April 21-22. "The Real Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.," April 21. "Classical Music Brought to Life," April 22 and 29. "Traveling by Amtrak," April 22. "Self-Hypnosis for Deep Relaxation," April 23.

"Meet Juan Bautista de Anza: George Washington of the Southwest," Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Free, reservations required. Don Garate of the National Park Service will portray the colonial Spanish trail blazer, military leader, diplomat and governor. Sat., April 19, 2 p.m.

"Voyage to Mars," Challenger Learning Center of Colorado, 10215 Lexington Drive, Ste. 110, 598-9755, clccs.org. $18-20, reservations required. Join a simulated flight to Mars and learn about the work of an astronaut. Ages ten and up. Sat., April 19, 9 a.m. to noon.

Everyday Visionary Workshop, Manitou Springs High School SILC Building, 405 El Monte Place, Manitou Springs, 338-9407, everydayvisionary.com. $25 includes books. Learn a step-by-step process to find your passion and direct your future. Sat., April 19, 9 a.m. to noon.

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Autry Field, 912 N. Weber St. (behind KRCC), Sun., April 20, 3 p.m. Democracy Now host Amy Goodman and journalist David Goodman will speak about their book Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times. Sun., April 20, 3 p.m.

"Civil Liberties in Times of War," Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 576-1814. Free. Professor William R. Hockman will discuss both past and present wars. Tues., April 22, 10:30 a.m.

"Are We One Nation Under God?" Focus on the Family Community Center, 8605 Explorer Drive, 574-3972 ext. 5., freethinkerscs.com. Free. The Freethinkers of Colorado Springs and Focus on the Family will co-sponsor this debate about separation of church and state. Wed., April 23, 7 p.m.

"Life on the Campaign Trail and Reflections on Campaigns," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6038, coloradocollege.edu. Mary and Elizabeth Cheney, daughters of Vice President Dick Cheney, speak about their experiences with the presidential campaigns of 2000 and 2004. Wed., April 23, 7:30 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.

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 April classes including computers, aerobics, games, arts and crafts and more.

District 11 Community Education Classes, various locations, 520-2384, d11.org/communityed. Offering classes in foreign languages, dance, art, business, crafts, singing, movies, 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
Barnes and Noble Bookstore Events, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9945, bn.com. Free. Presenting Barbara J. Euser signing Venturing in Ireland: Quest for the Modern Celtic Soul, Thurs., April 17, 7 p.m. Marni Jameson signing The House Always Wins: America's Most Trusted Home Columnist's Guide to Creating Your (Almost) Perfect Dream Home, Fri., April 18, 7 p.m.

Book Signing, Embassy Suites, Front Range Room, 7290 Commerce Center Drive, 570-1617, outlivingtheflupandemic.com. Free. Local author Dennis Miner will sign The Difference between Life and Death: Outliving the Flu Pandemic. Fri., April 18, 5 p.m.

National Poetry Month Readings, 302-2549. Poetry West invites the public to read, trade and listen to poetry. Free. Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, Sat., April 19, 10 a.m. Mediterranean Caf, 118 E. Kiowa St., Sun., April 20, 1-3 p.m. Black Cat Books, 720 Manitou Ave., Mon. April 21, 7-9 p.m.

Borders-Chapel Hills Events, 1710 Briargate Blvd., #209, 266-1600. Free. Russell Scott will sign Metagalaxy: The Beginnings, Sat., April 19, 1 p.m.

Amy Goodman Talk and Book Signing, KRCC, 912 N. Weber St., krcc.org. Journalist Amy Goodman, host of radio news hour Democracy Now!, will launch her third book with journalist David Goodman, Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Madness In Extraordinary Times. Sun., April 20, 3 p.m.

Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012, poorrichardswebsite.com. Free. Kari Grady Grossman will show a documentary about Cambodia and sign and discuss her book Bones that Float: A Story of Adopting Cambodia, Mon., April 21, 6-8 p.m. Becky Elder signing Raven in the Garden: A Front Range Gardener's Journal, Tues., May 6, 6:30 p.m.

Poet Laureate Invitational Reading, East Library Community Room, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 338-9772. Free. Featuring Aaron Anstett, Jim Ciletti, Lois Hayna, Jessy Randall, Noel Black, Price Strobridge and others. Mon., April 21, 7-8:30 p.m.

Black Cat Books Events, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Presenting "National Poetry Month Open Mic," Mon., April 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.

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. This week's discussion: Ethnic slurs and other derogatory terms. Second and fourth Saturdays, 9-11 p.m.


Music
Rick Derringer in Concert, Thirsty Parrot, 32 S. Tejon St., amusiccompanyinc.com. $30-$60. Since his beginnings with The McCoys in 1965, Derringer has penned hits like "Hang on Sloopy" and performed with Johnny and Edgar Winter, Alice Cooper, Todd Rungren and Steely Dan. Thurs., April 17, 8 p.m.

Rednote Jazz Festival, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 4444-1012, rednotejazz.com. $15-$20. Presenting 16 different live jazz acts. Thurs.-Sat., April 17-19, 7 p.m. (Fri., only, 6 p.m.)

"Music's Fire," Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW (7469), cschorale.org. Presenting the sixth in the Colorado Springs Chorale's "Great Works" series of masterworks, with music by Handel, Brahms, Randall Thompson and William Walton. Sat., April 19, pre-concert performance in the lobby by The Vivace Strings, 7:15 p.m.; concert, 8 p.m.

USAF Jazz Festival, U.S. Air Force Academy, usafacademyband.af.mil/festival/ and ticketmaster.com. Free. Eight high school and middle school bands will perform followed by the USAF Falconaires' 18-piece jazz combo. Sat., April 19, 7 p.m.

Pikes Peak New Horizons Band Concert, Heritage Baptist Church, 4808 Palmer Park Blvd., 598-2373. Free. The Gold Band will play patriotic standards followed by the Swingmasters Jazz band playing toe-tapping favorites. Sat., April 19, 2:30 p.m.

Acoustic Eidolon, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, trilakesarts.org. $12-$15. Presenting Joe Scott on the guitjo, a double-necked guitar that he invented, and Hannah Alkire on cello. Sat., April 19, 7:30 p.m.

click to enlarge The Warehouse Restaurant, 25 W. Cimarron St., 471- - 1363. Featuring Pandoras Box  Collections, an exhibit - from the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society and Holmes - Middle School art students, through April 30.
  • The Warehouse Restaurant, 25 W. Cimarron St., 471- 1363. Featuring Pandoras Box Collections, an exhibit from the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society and Holmes Middle School art students, through April 30.

"Intimate Voices," 576-2626, ticketswest.com. $7.50-$15. The Veronika String Quartet will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Puccini and Janacek. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., on Sat., April 19, 8 p.m. and Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 21 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, on Sun., April 20, 2:30 p.m.

Music on the Mesa, Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, 471-4556, unityrockies.org. $10-$12. Presenting Canadian singer/songwriter Tia McGraff on her American tour. Sun., April 20, 2-3:30 p.m.

Chamber Orchestra of the Springs Concert, 633-3649. $10-$15. Presenting an all Beethoven season finale. Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., on Sat., April 19, 7 p.m., and First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., on Sun., April 20, 3 p.m.

Wild Blue Country with the Flying W Wranglers, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 556-9916. Free. Presenting the U.S. Air Force Academy's country band, Wild Blue Country, with the Flying W Ranch's cowboy band. Sun., April 20, 2 p.m.

Woodland Park Wind Symphony & Swing Factory Spring Concert, Woodland Park High School, Dickson Auditorium, 151 N. Baldwin St., Woodland Park, 687-2210. $5, students free. Presenting a debut performance of "City above the Clouds," Rod Harkins' musical anthology of the Ute Pass area. Sun., April 20, 2 p.m.

USAF Band Chamber Recital Series, 556-9916. Free. Featuring trombonist Gene Montgomery, vocalist Crissy Saalborn and pianist Susan Grace. CSU Pueblo's Hoag Hall, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo on Monday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. CC's Packard Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., on Tues., April 22, 7:30 p.m.

CAMP Benefit Concert, Singer-Songwriter Bernice Lewis, CC's Packard Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 634-8237, bernicelewis.com. $10-$20. Singer-songwriter Bernice Lewis will perform. Proceeds benefit the Christopher A. Matthews Project to assist adults with developmental disabilities. Thurs., April 24, 6 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.

Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, ticketswest.com. Wilco, Thurs., May 8, 8 p.m. America, Thurs., July 3, 7 p.m.

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


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

Women's Theatre Festival, BAC's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, themat.org. $10-$16. Presenting Six Women Playwriting Festival, April 17-20. Hannah Rockey's Comedy Cabaret, April 18-26. Cups, by Joni Sheram, April 19-27. Meet the Playwrights reception, Fri., April 18, 6-7:30 p.m.

Honesty Always Wins, Iron Springs Melodrama Theatre, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5104. $9.50-$$28.50. A musical-comedy melodrama and optional dinner with sing-a-long intermission. April 18 to Oct. 4, dinner at 6 p.m.; show at 8 p.m.

Playwriting and Performance Workshops, Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., 685-4729, themat.org. $30. Offering "Starting the Play" with playwright Judy GeBauer, Sat., April 19, 10 a.m. to noon. "Out of Nothing Comes..." with Women's Theatre Festival director Birgitta De Pree, Sat., April 26, 10 a.m. to noon.

Cheech Marin, Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main St., Pueblo, 719/542-1100, puebloconventioncenter.com. $75. Cheech and Chong's Cheech Marin will entertain guests at the La Gente 2008 Star Gala after a dinner, silent auction and mariachi music. Proceeds benefit La Gente Youth Sports Program. Sat., April 19, 6 p.m.

Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. $5. Presenting Our American Cousin, a reading of the farce playing at Ford's Theater when President Lincoln was assassinated, Sat., April 19, 7 p.m., and Sun., April 20, 2 p.m. Always ... Patsy Cline, May 2-4 and 9-11. Dinner option, 6 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Sunday matinee, 2 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, through May 10. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m.

Worship Dance Concert, Sunrise Church Woodmen Campus, 4005 Lee Vance View, 272-7078. $8-$12. Presenting the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, a dinner and silent auction. Proceeds benefit youth missions. Thurs., April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Theatreworks, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, theatreworkscs.org. $12-$22. Featuring Playboy of the Western World, April 24 to May 3. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m., and Sun., 4 p.m.

Oliver, Rampart High School, 8250 Lexington Drive, 234-2086. $5-$8. A musical, based on Charles Dickens' story of a boy who escapes life in an orphanage and falls in with a band of pickpockets. Thurs.-Sat., April 24-26, 87 p.m.

I Love a Piano, Arnold Hall Theater, U.S. Air Force Academy, 2302 Cadet Drive, 333-4497, ticketmaster.com. $20-$35. Presenting a musical journey of American history through the eyes of composer Irving Berlin. April 26, 7:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, pikespeakcenter.org. Rent, Tues.-Wed., May 6-7, 7:30 p.m. Comedian Josh Blue, Fri., May 9, 8 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, internationaldanceclub.org. $9. Featuring live big band, country, Latin and polka music. Sat., April 19, 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 19, instruction, 7 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Springs Fling Dance, Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 337-8294. $10-$15. A lesson by John Martin of Social Elegance, followed by dance time. Sat., April 19, lesson 7 p.m.; dance 8 p.m.

Social Dance Party, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395. $10. All levels of dancers welcome; appetizers and drinks available. Fri., April 25, 8-11 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 26, 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/first week. "Salsa 101" begins Tues., April 22, 7:15 p.m. Other classes include Zumba, Yoga Booty Ballet, Masala Bhangra, Cardio Combat, Tease 101and Candlelight Yoga.

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.

Swing in the Springs, VFW Hall, 430 Pikes Peak Ave. $6. Beginning swing lesson followed by dancing. Sundays, lesson 7:30 p.m.; dance 8 p.m.

English Country Dance, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 494-0563. For those 55+. Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m.

Swing Lessons, Southside Johnny's, 528 S. Tejon St., 444-8487. Free. Learn to swing dance. Mondays, 8 p.m.

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

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


Recreation
Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, Reservations: 520-6387. Offering "Nature Explorers: Dino Dig," April 17. "Earth Day Night Hike," April 18. "Colorado's Dinosaur Highway," April 19. "Garden Stewardship Day," April 19.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, Reservations: 520-6745. Offering "Birding for Beginners 101 Course," April 17, May 1 and 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., with birding field trips, April 19, May 3 and 17, 8 a.m. to noon. "Twos and Threes Outdoors: All about Reptiles," April 18. "Nature Adventures: Foxes," April 23.

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. "Water Babies," April 19, 2 p.m.

Sierra Club Half-Day Hike, Corral Bluffs, El Paso County, 385-0045, jlock@datawest.com. Free. Join this easy 4-mile hike through the area El Paso County wants to turn into a dirt bike facility. Sat., April 19, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park Guided Hikes and Programs, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights, www.parks.state.co.us/parks/cheyennemountain, 576-2016. Offering "Cache Bash," a chance to learn about geocaching (treasure hunting with GPS), Sat., April 19, 1-4 p.m.

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

Colorado Torpedoes Swim Team, Manitou Pool, 202 Manitou Ave., 685-9735, coloradotorpedoes.com. Price varies by group. The swim team is currently accepting registration for spring and summer youth competitive swim program.

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


Special Events
Cowboy Cotillion, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, 633-4601 ext. 123, pppartnership.org. $99. Enjoy professional roping demos, a bungee bull competition, arm wrestling, live country music, dancing, food and drink. Proceeds benefit the Pikes Peak Partnership. Thurs., April 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Spring Social, Senior Resource Development Agency, 230 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8900. $3. Meet new friends at this spring-themed event. Fri., April 18, 2-4 p.m.

*Earth Day Celebration, Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., 219-0108, gardenofgods.com. Free. Celebrating the day with guided nature walks, a Garden of the Gods clean-up, live animal demos, arts and crafts for kids, American Indian dances, science shows, live music and more. Sat., April 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Earth Day Celebration, Colorado Springs Utilities Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road, 668-8232, csu.org. Free. Learn about solar and wind power, water and energy efficiency, xeriscape gardening techniques, green vehicle technology and more. Sat., April 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pueblo Earth Day Celebration, El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., 582-0249. Free. Pueblo Recycles presents over 30 booths with the latest in environmental education and green products. Sat., April 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Locals Appreciation Day, Colorado Gators Reptile Park, Hwy. 17, 17 miles north of Alamosa, 719/378-2612, coloradogators.com. Free. Colorado residents are invited to see the park's 400 alligators, reptile rescue operation, working fish farm and tropical greenhouses. Sat., April 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebration of Community Leadership, Pikes Peak Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle, 632-2618. $60-$70. Featuring keynote speaker Jodi Taylor, live entertainment, a fundraising auction and presentation of the 2008 Community Leadership Awards. Sat., April 19, 5:30 p.m.

Repeat Boutique, Gay and Lesbian Fund Building, 315 E. Costilla St., 632-6189, repeatboutique@ppjpc.org. $10 minimum donation. Bring your re-useable women's clothing, accessories and home decor to this "swap-shopping" event, and fill your bags with all the new-to-you merchandise you need. Proceeds benefit the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission. Sat., April 19-20, noon to 4 p.m.

Train Show, Historic City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., pikemastersrr.com. $2-$5. Sponsored by the Pikemasters Model Railroad Club. Sat-Sun., April 19-20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cultural Awareness and Dance Night, UCCS Upper Lodge, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 330/871-3030, cakumfi2uccs.org. Free. The UCCS International Student Club will present students sharing presentations about their culture and teaching dances from around the world. Refreshments provided. Tues., April 22, 4:30-8:30 p.m.

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.

Spring Dog Wash, Wag 'N' Wash, 1625 W. Uintah St., 264-6460, haveanicedog.org. Suggested donation $10-$20. Enjoy a bake-sale treat while volunteers wash and dry your dog. Appointments recommended. Nail clipping also available. Proceeds benefit All Breed Rescue & Training. Fri., April 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.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.

Victorian Tea Time, Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., 636-1225. $20, reservations required. Enjoy tea, elegant desserts and a skit depicting Victorian life 100 years ago in Old Colorado City. Sat., April 26, 12:30 and 3 p.m.

Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Fashion Show, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, 599-3736. $45, RSVP by April 20. Presenting a fashion show, luncheon, silent auction, door prizes and more. Proceeds benefit needy children in El Paso County. Sat., April 26, 11 a.m.

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


Youth & Family
If You Give a Pig a Party, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW (7469), imaginationcelebration.org. $8-$15. Imagination Celebration presents a play based on the best-selling children's book by Laura Numeroff. Mon., April 21, art activities in the lobby, 6 p.m.; show 7 p.m.

Creek Connections Research Symposium, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 471-0910 ext. 104, catamountinstitute.org. Free. Catamount Institute presents this event showcasing water ecology learning opportunities for kids of all ages. Tues., April 22, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 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.

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 Earth Day Orientation, Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Rd., RSVP: 520-5381, pikespeakearthday.org. Join this orientation if you're interested in volunteering for Pikes Peak Earth Day. Dinner provided. Thurs., April 17, 6 p.m.

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.

click to enlarge Ravens Nest Coffee, 330 N. Institute St., 632-3433. - Featuring Arabic Calligraphy, paintings by Christopher - Rieger, through April 30.
  • Ravens Nest Coffee, 330 N. Institute St., 632-3433. Featuring Arabic Calligraphy, paintings by Christopher Rieger, through April 30.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

World Heritage is seeking families, couples or single parents who are adventurous, fun-loving and responsible to host a foreign exchange high-school student for the 2008-2009 school year. Call Jose at 800/888-9040 or visit world-heritage.org for more.

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

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

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens is seeking 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.

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.


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, through 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.

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.

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 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 Spring Passage, paintings by Hugh Daily, Lindsey Wells and Carole Pryharska, April 18 to May 10. Opening reception, Fri., April 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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.

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 Robert Bryce (Gusher of Lies), April 21. Heather Hansen (Disappearing Destinations), April 22. Jeffrey Bennett (Beyond UFOs), April 23. James Downton (Why Am I Do Damn Unhappy?), April 28.

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Chuck Hagel (America: Our Next Chapter), April 17. Dixie van de Flier Davis (Adoption: Stories of Lives Transformed), April 18. Sydney Solis (Storytime Yoga) and Laurie Wagner Buyer (Spring's Edge: A Ranch Wife's Chronicles), April 19. Jack O' Connell (The Resurrectionist), April 21. Carol Tavris (Mistakes Were Made But Not by Me), April 22. Susan Griffin (Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy) and Rabbi Jamie Korngold (God in the Wilderness), April 23.

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

recreation & learning
Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686, coloradohistory.org. $17-$20. Presenting "Unconventional Women of the West," a performance featuring Mother Jones, Georgia O'Keefe, Katherine Lee Bates and others. Sun., April 20, 2 p.m.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. Featuring Urban Nature, April 19 to Nov. 30. Sustainability Fair, April 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free Day on Earth Day, Tues., April 22. Lecture: "The Explorer in the Garden: Digging as a Metaphor," Thurs., April 24, 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.

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 303/376-6720, yearofthefrog.org. Celebrating "Party for Planet," Sat., April 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. "First Frog Fridays" with special activities and information about the extinction crisis. Fri., May 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also 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. "Nature Toddlers," Fri., April 25, 10 a.m. "Early Wildflower Hike," Sun., April 27, 11 a.m.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, thewildlifeexperience.org. $4.95-$7.95, kids 2 and under free. Featuring "Wild About Our World' Celebration, Sat., April 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Survivor: Jamestown, an exhibit that puts visitors in the shoes of the 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, through 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, through 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 Bobcat Goldthwait, April 18-19. DL Hughley, May 2-3. Jake Johannsen, May 8-10. Harland Williams, May 16-17. JB Smoove, May 22-25. Doug Benson, May 28-31.

The Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303/444-7328, thedairy.org. $12-$15. Presenting Wrong Turn at Lungfish, a comedy about a hospitalized professor and the young woman who volunteers to read to him, through April 20. Ted Tally's Hooters, April 17-19, 7:30 p.m.

Denver Center for Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4000, denvercenter.org. Presenting The Laramie Project, a story inspired by the murder of Matthew Shepard, through April 26. Harvey through April 26. 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 Crimes of the Heart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about three sisters in Mississippi, April 18 to May 24.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/468-2030, operacolorado.org. Presenting The Flying Dutchman, $45-$65, April 18-20. Avenue Q, $20, Sept. 9-21.

Heritage Square Music Hall Children's Theatre, 18301 W. Colfax D-103, Golden, 303/279-7800, hsmusichall.com. $5-$6. Presenting The Little Mermaid through April 26. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, May 3 to Aug. 9. Hansel and Gretel, Aug. 16 to Nov. 15. Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.

John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place, Denver, 303/562-3232, firehousetheatercompany.com. $10-$17. The Firehouse Theater Company presents Arcadia, by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard, through May 17.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. $18-$24. Presenting Thoroughly Modern Millie, the Tony Award-winning musical, 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, through April 13.

New Aurora Fox Studio Theater, 9900 E. Colfax, Aurora, 303/364-9998, nextstagedenver.com. $15-$20. Presenting Falsettos, a quirky musical that follows the exploits of neurotic and bisexual Marvin, April 18 to May 10.

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
"Martin and Malcolm: One Vision, Two Voices," New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd., Denver, 303/894-7951 ext. 10, coloradohumanities.org. $20. Two scholars/performers will portray Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in a thought-provoking discussion. Thurs., April 24, reception 5:30-7 p.m.; presentation 7-9:30 p.m.

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