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click to enlarge Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado - Blvd., 303/322-7009. $4-$8, Presenting Astronaut in - the Gates Planetarium, and The Alps and The Living Sea - on the IMAX screen, through June 12.
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303/322-7009. $4-$8, Presenting Astronaut in the Gates Planetarium, and The Alps and The Living Sea on the IMAX screen, through June 12.


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," through April 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, through June 7.

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 through April 28.

The Downtown Bar, 103 Central Plaza, Pueblo, 719/544-1499, thedowntownbar.com. Featuring No Pretty Landscapes, photography by Jennifer Koen and Bobby Valentine, through May 31.

*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. Art of the Poem, a free evening of art-inspired poetry, Sat., April 26, 6-8 p.m.

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.

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 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.

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 through June 8.

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 Coffee Break, paintings by Leo Rivera using coffee as a medium, April 25 to May 29. Opening reception, Fri., April 25, 5-8 p.m.

art events
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, through April 26. 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. "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.

Theatreworks will hold auditions for its summer Shakespeare production, As You Like It, on April 26-27 from 1-5 p.m. in University Hall on the UCCS Campus. All actors will be paid. Call 262-3232 for an audition appointment or visit theatreworkscs.org for more.

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.

Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority is seeking grant applications for projects to enhance downtown residential, retail, arts and culture, jobs, security, sustainability, urban design or streetscape. Applications due April 30. Call 886-0088 or visit downtown80903.com 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.

Commonwheel Artists Cooperative is seeking a professional metalsmith jeweler for its shop and gallery. Applications due May 12. Call 685-1008 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
TABOR Forum, PPCCRampartRangeCampus, 11195 Hwy. 83 (InterQuest Parkway), 502-3189, elsa.dias@ppcc.edu. Free. Representative Doug Bruce, Dr. Robin Baker and Mr. Wade Buchanan will discuss TABOR and its far-reaching consequences at this public forum sponsored by Pikes Peak Community College. Sat., April 26, 2:30-4 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.

"Convention Conversations" Forum, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., RSVP: 720/362-2008, rsvp@democonvention.com. Free. The 2008 Democratic National Convention's planning committee will host the seventh in its series of forums. Leah D. Daughtry, DNCC CEO, will give an update and answer questions. Tues., April 29, 5:30 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
Downtown Toastmasters, City Hall, Academy Room, 107 N. Nevada Ave., 636-3107, downtowntoastmaster.org. Visitors free. Improve your public speaking skills at weekly meetings. Fri., April 25, 12:05-1 p.m.
click to enlarge 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.
  • 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.

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.

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/festival pass. This three-day festival will feature over 80 independent films, filmmaker Q&As, awards and more. Fri.-Sun., April 25-27.

Family Film Fest, Manitou Springs Elementary School, 701 Duclo Ave., Manitou Springs. $1. Enjoy the movie Hoot with a craft before the screening. Pizza and ice-cream floats available for sale after the film. Sun., April 27, 3-6 p.m.

Indymedia Newsreal Brown Bag, Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, 214 E. Vermijo Ave., 471-3405, ppjpc.org. Clips of "people power" that the corporate media won't show. Tues., April 29, noon to 1 p.m.

"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
Powers Liquor Mart Tastings, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free, reservations required. "Tropical Island Wine Tasting," Thurs., April 24. "Chilean Wines," Sat., April 26. "Craft Beer Tasting," May 1.

Vineyard in the Village, The Event Center at Bigg City, 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., 592-0200, cheyennevillage.org. $75. Enjoy an evening of food, fun and a traditional grape stomp contest. Proceeds benefit Cheyenne Village. Fri., April 25, 5:30 p.m.

Taste of the Springs, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 2886 S. Circle Drive, 538-1247, tasteofthesprings.org. $65. Sample foods from some of the area's best restaurants. Proceeds benefit Care and Share Food Bank. Sun., April 27, 3-6 p.m.

Wednesday Wine Tastings, The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. $20. "Tequila!" Wed., April 30, 6:30 p.m.

"Italian Wines," The Warehouse Restaurant, 25 W. Cimarron St., experiencewine.net. $45. This class explorer the main wine regions of Italy with appetizers, six wines and course handouts. Wed., April 30, 5:30-8 p.m.

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

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


Health & Healing
Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Offering "Drumming Class Series," April 24. "Rejuvenate & Recharge," April 25. "You Too Can Communicate with Animals," April 26. "Tools of Healing Light," April 27. "Conscious Evolution with Chris Douglas," April 29. "Reiki Share," April 30.

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
PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. $16-$44. Offering "A Poetry Reading with Constance Davis," April 24. "Wellness: It's Not a Battle," April 24. "Stress Less: An Overview of Jin Shin Jyutsu," April 25. "Epstein and Rosenbaum at the Movies: Mystery Train," April 25.

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.

"Tree Grafting Class," Venetucci Farm, 5210 S. Hwy. 85, 391-8102. $40. Learning the art of tree grafting and help reestablish an apple orchard. Sat., April 26, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.

"High Altitude Gardening Basics," Woodmoor Community Center, 1691 Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 636-8923. $8. Learn the secrets of high-altitude gardening. Tues., April 29, 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3730, ppwfc.org. Presenting "Job Shop: Guided Job Search," April 29.

Small Business Development Center Classes, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, cssbdc.org. "QuickBooks Pro Intro," April 29.

click to enlarge 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.
  • 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.

"Divorce 101: Your Options and What to Expect," Strategic Financial Planners, 1755 Telstar Drive, #501, 548-8511, thedivorcehelp.com. Free. Learn about different legal options, using outside experts, parenting issues, what to look for when hiring an attorney and more. Tues., April 29, 6-8:15 p.m.

Colorado Geology Class and Field Trips, 687-1229. Transportation provided for field trips. Classes Thursdays, May 1-29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Colorado Rift Zone Field Trip, May 24-25.

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
National Poetry Month Readings, 302-2549. Free. Poetry West invites the public to read, trade and listen to poetry. Couture Laundromat, 801 N. Tejon St., Sat., April 26, 10-11 a.m.; Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, Sat., April 26, 6-8 p.m.; King Soopers (near the deli), 1750 W. Uintah St., Sun., April 27, 2-3 p.m.

Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012, poorrichardswebsite.com. Free. Becky Elder signing Raven in the Garden: A Front Range Gardener's Journal, Tues., May 6, 6:30 p.m.

Black Cat Books Events, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. 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
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.

Colorado Springs Conservatory Senior Recital, All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St., coloradospringsconservatory.org. $5. Performing jazz, classical, original, standard and pop music. Fri., April 25, 6:30 p.m.

Mozart & Friends, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., 520-SHOW (7469), ticketswest.com. $20. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra presents of concert of works by Mozart, Haydn and others. Pre-concert Conversation with Maestro Smith one hour before concert. Sat., April 26, 8 p.m., and Sun., April 27, 2:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Flute Choir Spring Concert, Bethel Lutheran Church, 4925 Farmingdale Road, 633-1425, thepikespeakflutechoir.com. Free. Featuring music about animals with narrated animal stories and young dancers. Sun., April 27, 3-4:30 p.m.

Big Band Sunday, Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St., billemerymusic.com. Presenting the New Century Big Band. $6-$10, bring non-perishable food item for $2 discount. Those 18 and under admitted free. Proceeds benefit Care and Share Food Bank. Sun., April 27, 3 p.m.

PPCC Faculty Concert, First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., 633-8888. Free will offering. Presenting members of the Pikes Peak Community College Faculty in concert. Sun., April 27, 3 p.m.

"From Opera to Broadway to Pueblo," CCSU-Pueblo's Hoag Recital Hall, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/545-7967. $25-$30. Presenting the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra's final concert of the season. Sun., April 27, 2:30 p.m.

Music Market: A Musicians' Tradeshow, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 686-5250. $5-$10. This event is intended to link local musicians with Pikes Peak area businesses. Musicians will be give scheduled 10-minute blocks of time to present live or recorded music. Sun., April 27, 2-6 p.m.

Velvet Hills Chorus Family & Friends Show, Liberty High School, 8720 Scarborough Drive, 630-2525, velvethills.org. Free. See the award-winning a cappella chorus and several quartets in concert. Mon., April 28, 8 p.m.

Rampart Winds Woodwind Quintet, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., 473-1807. Tues., April 29.

Tuesday Night Musicale Recital, Colorado Springs Conservatory, coloradospringsconservatory.org. $5. Featuring CSC music students and faculty with guest artists from Central City Opera. Tues., April 29, 7 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
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.

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

"Five Years of Amazement" Magic and Illusion Show, Theatre of Dreams, 735 Park St., Castle Rock, 303/660-6799, amazingshows.com. $20. Presenting Joe Givan, Carol Massie and a surprise guest. Sat., April 26, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., April 27, 4 p.m.

"Reunion," DJ's Car and Grill, 1110 E. Fillmore St., 473-2425, ucppe.org. The United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire presents Miss Sable Gordon and Mr. Lamar Cooper with guest performances by the imperial court. Proceeds benefit UCPPE and ICRME. Sat., April 26, 9 p.m.

Women's Theatre Festival, BAC's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, themat.org. $10-$16. Presenting Hannah Rockey's Comedy Cabaret, through April 26. Cups, by Joni Sheram, through April 27.

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

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, through Oct. 4, dinner at 6 p.m.; show at 8 p.m.

Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. $5. Presenting Always ... Patsy Cline, May 2-4 and 9-11. Dinner option, 6 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Sunday matinee, 2 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.

World Arena Events, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, Sat., May 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m. WWE Smackdown and ECW, Tues., May 27, 7:45 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 26, 7:30-11 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.

Veteran's Dance, Colorado Springs Elks Club, 3400 N. Nevada Ave., 339-8670. $10. Enjoy big band music by the Bill Emery Orchestra featuring USO-style show with The Dinettes and Kristin Warner. Sat., April 26, 6:30 p.m.

Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 Robinson St., 598-8624. $1-$5. roncounts.com. Learn a variety of dances with licensed instructors. Singles and families welcome. No smoking or alcohol. Sat., April 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Instruction for new dancers, 7 p.m.

Contra and Waltz Dancing Workshop, 578-8979, geocities.com/pptdcontra. $3. All ages welcome and no partners are needed for this beginner workshop. Sat., April 26, 10 a.m. to noon.

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., May 3, instruction, 7 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Waltz Lessons, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 632-8091. Free, registration required. Members of the Broadmoor Waltz Club will lead traditional waltz practice sessions. Thursdays, 5-7 p.m.

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

Ballroom Dance Classes, The Studio, 3020 W. Colorado Ave., Leslie: 635-7230. $30 for 5-week session. Learn basic ballroom dances and steps. No partner necessary. Fridays, 7-8 p.m.

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.

click to enlarge 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.
  • 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.

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


Recreation
Critical Mass, Wooglin's Deli, 814 N. Tejon St., 459-4883. Free. Featuring a community bike ride to promote bike advocacy and have fun. Last Friday of every month. Fri., April 25, 5:30 p.m.

Sierra Club Hike, Seven Bridges Trail, Cheyenne Canon Park, 649-3837. Join this moderate, beautiful hike along Cheyenne Creek crossing seven bridges. Sat., April 26, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, Reservations: 520-6745. Offering "Kite and Wind Festival," April 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.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. "Park Stewardship: North Cheyenne Mountain Park Clean-up," Sat., April 26, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bash the Bluffs 5K/10K Run, UCCS Campus, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., AmberLynn: 262-7511, uccs.edu/~campusrec/. Offering 5K and 10K races. Sun., April 27, 9 a.m.

Cycling Sundays, McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St., sevo74@hotmail.com. Free. Join this community-style gathering for cyclists to talk bikes, watch races and socialize. Sundays, 1-4 p.m.

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
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.

Freedom of Expression Fashion Show, 1394 S. 21st St., RSVP: 635-3004, bmwducatisoco.com. $10. BMW-Ducati of Southern Colorado will present a fashion show paying tribute to our service men and women. Proceeds benefit the Fallen Heroes Fund. Fri., April 25, 7:30-9:30 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.

Kite and Wind Festival, Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. $4, children 3 and under free. Enjoy fly a kite that you make, bring or purchase at the center, then enjoy face painting, Japanese kite exhibit, balloon animals, wind generator and wire safety demo. Sat., April 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bowling for Rhinos, Peak Bowl, 2861 N. Prospect St., 633-9925 ext. 133, cmzoo.org/indexaask.html. $10. Join the American Association of Zoo Keepers in this fundraising event to protect rhino habitat in Indonesia and Africa. Sat., April 26, 6:30-9 p.m.

Kicks for CASA, Donald E. Autry Field, 912 N. Weber St. (behind KRCC), kicksforcasa@gmail.com. $40/team. The Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at Colorado College invites you to join in a game of kickball to support CASA. Kids are especially welcome. (Team size is limited to 10.) Sat., April 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

March for Babies, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, marchforbabies.org, 800/525-9255. The March of Dimes will sponsor a walk to raise awareness and help prevent premature births. Sat., April 26, 9 a.m.

Zeta Fashion Show, Colorado Music Studios, 3470 W. Carefree Road, 217-3820. Free. Enjoy fashion, refreshments, live music and performances. Sat., April 26, 3-5 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.

Junior League Trash-and-Treasure Sale, 632-3855, jlcoloradosprings.org. Free admission. Check the Web site for five locations across the city selling gently used merchandise to benefit CARE Fair, a day of free children's healthcare. Sat.-Sun., April 26-27, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

31st annual Cat Show, Historic City Auditorium, 211 E. Kiowa St., 471-2887. $3-$5, $14/family. Rocky Mountain Cat Fanciers will sponsor this event featuring over 200 pedigreed cats representing 30 different breeds. Sat.-Sun., April 26-27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dancing with the Troops, Crystola Bar 7 Grill, 20918 Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 439-3621, whwarrior.org. $5/ind., $15/families. Includes dance exhibitions, dance party and dance lessons. Proceeds benefit Welcome Home Warrior. Sun., April 27, 6-9 p.m.

Limited Government Week, Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, 262-4553, uccs.edu/~csgi. Presenting ABC journalist John Stossel, cartoonist Chuck Asay and others. Mon.-Wed., April 28-30

"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
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.

"A Night in Emerald City," Renaissance Academy, 2760 Fieldstone Road, RSVP: 475-2510, therenaissanceacademy.org. Free. Join a celebration of art, drama and science in the land of Oz. Fri., April 25, 6-8 p.m.

"Magpie's Nest," Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 1805 N. 30th St., RSVP: 219-0108. Free. Join this toddler program for an Aesop's Fable reading, bird facts, nest building craft and more. Fri., April 25, 10:15 a.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.

Dia de los Libros, Ruth Holley Branch Library, 685 N. Murray Blvd., 531-6333, ppld.org. Free. Celebrate this Hispanic tradition honoring children and books with food, fun, a mariachi performance, crafts and piata. Sat., April 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Teen Art (TART) Awards Ceremony, Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333. Free. See local teen art at this show and award event. Sun., April 27, 2-3 p.m.

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
Business of Art Center is seeking volunteers to help with the gallery, gift shop, espresso bar and special events. Call 685-18661 ext. 10 or visit thebac.org for more.

St. Francis Medical Center at Woodmen Road and Powers Boulevard is accepting applications for volunteers in a variety of departments. Orientation and department-specific training is provided. Call 776-5677 or e-mail sandraduve@centura.org for more.

Lions Clubs are seeking donations of used prescription eyeglasses and hearing aids. They'll be refurbished and donated to those in need worldwide. Children's eyewear is especially needed. Donations can be dropped during daytime hours at any neighborhood fire station of the Fire Department Complex at 375 Printers Pkwy.

Pikes Peak Library District is seeking volunteer tutors to begin training in May. Training sessions will be held Thursdays, May 1-29, 5:30-9 p.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Call 531-6333 ext. 2223 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.

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.

click to enlarge WeUsOur Artists 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 Coffee Break, paintings by Leo Rivera - using coffee as a medium, April 25 to May 29. Opening - reception, Fri., April 25, 5-8 p.m.
  • WeUsOur Artists 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 Coffee Break, paintings by Leo Rivera using coffee as a medium, April 25 to May 29. Opening reception, Fri., April 25, 5-8 p.m.

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, through May 10.

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. $4-$8, Presenting Astronaut in the Gates Planetarium, and The Alps and The Living Sea on the IMAX screen, 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 James Downton (Why Am I Do Damn Unhappy?), April 28. Avi (The Seer of Shadows), April 29. Lucinda Franks (My Father's Secret War), April 30.

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Alice Hoffman ( The Third Angel), and Barbara Damrosch (The Garden Primer), April 24. Victor Stenger (God, the Failed Hypothesis), Martha Beck (Steering by Starlight), and Irv Sternberg (Neptune's Chariot) April 25. Frances Richey (The Warrior: A Mother's Story of a Son at War), April 29.

music
Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 303/294-9258, mercurycafe.com. $8. Presenting jazz music and dance with Atomic Pablo, April 27. Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra, May 4. Atomic Pablo, May 11. The David Booker Swingtet, May 18. Dressed in Black, May 25.

recreation & learning
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. Featuring Urban Nature, through Nov. 30.

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

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 303/376-6720, yearofthefrog.org. Celebrating "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. "Cookies Burner Hike," Sat., April 26, 10 a.m. to noon. "Curly Dock: Weed or Wildflower?" Sat., April 26, 1-2 p.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 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.

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.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, comedyworks.com. Presenting 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.

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, through May 24.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/468-2030, operacolorado.org. Presenting 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, through 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 performance April 27.)

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, through May 10.

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

Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 1522 W. Sixth Ave., Golden, 303/883-2603, pinballshowdown.com. $10-$15, kids 6 and under free. Join pinball tournaments, attend seminars, and buy and sell pinball machines, parts, memorabilia. Fri.-Sun., April 25-27, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Colorado Women's Expo, Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver, 303/932-8100, ticketswest.com. $12-$40. See celebrity speakers Suze Orman, Bob Greene, Stacey London and Kahi Lee and visit vendors in the expo hall. Sat., April 26, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sun., April 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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