The annual Thursday Evening Historic Colorado Springs Walking Tours continue tonight with a stroll through one of the greatest monuments to local gold rush opulence -- The Penrose House, at 1661 Mesa Ave. in the Broadmoor. Come and join The Historic Preservation Society for a sneak peek into how the other .01 percent lived. It's at 6:30 p.m. and it's only $5 per person. Call 538-6082 for more.
From 7 to 8 p.m. in the Carnegie Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade, former Denver Post editorial page editor and Honorary Consul General of Japan Bill Hosokawa will give a talk titled "Guilty by Reason of Race." Hosokawa is the author of Nisei: The Quiet Americans, 35 Years in the Frying Pan, and They Call Me Moses Masaoka. He and his family were interred in the Japanese internment camps in the United States during WWII. The event is free and open to the public, but you are encouraged to make reservations at 488-0637 or by e-mailing
Of course you wouldnt miss the Colorado Springs Independents 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the lawn of the Pioneers Museum today (see feature, left). But dont forget the John Mayall show at 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon). The show is a benefit for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a local organization that provides a voice in court for children who are victims of abuse, neglect or domestic conflict and promotes community awareness of these issues to ensure safe and permanent homes. Colorado Springs own John Alex Mason will be opening for the British blues icon at 9:30 p.m. Its $20, and all proceeds go to CASA. Call 955-5664 or go to www.32Bleu.com.
The third annual Navajo Rug Auction and Indian Item and Fine Art Auction begin tonight and continue tomorrow in the theater at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Preview is from 5 to 7 p.m. and the auction begins at 7 p.m. Tomorrow morning will be the Indian items part of the auction with the preview beginning at 9 a.m. and the auction starting at 10 p.m. Call 634-5581 ext. 321 for more.
We know you don't want to think about it, but it's almost time to take your books and get on back to school. Before you do, though, check out the Pikes Peak Bar-B-Q Festival in the northeast parking lots of Chapel Hills Mall. It's only $3 for admission, and the proceeds go to Operation Back to School, which provides school supplies to local children who need them. Stop by Friday evening between 6 and 10, or Saturday or Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. If you need more info, call 597-1821 or visit www.pikespeakbbqfestival.org.
Nothing like those little hummers! Yeah baby, its National Hummingbird Day and the Starsmore Discovery Center at 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Rd. is hosting an all-day hummingbird extravaganza. The day includes face painting and crafts for kids, adult seminars and tours. Call 578-6146 for the full schedule, costs and reservations.
Ahhh, if only Old Colorado City were still host to the number of bars, brothels and neer-do-wells it was during the gold rush at the turn of the twentieth century (exaggerated sigh). Still, we can pretend, cant we? Come to OCC today and tomorrow for the Founders Day and Cemetery Crawl activities, which will include a Laura Bell look-alike contest (at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Bancroft Park, Colorado Avenue and 24th Street), the Cemetery Crawl (from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at 1000 S. 26th St.), and lots of other arts, crafts, collectibles, food and entertainment throughout the day. Everything happens at Bancroft Park, except, of course, the stuff that happens at the cemetery. Tickets for the Cemetery Crawl are $3 for children, $7 for adults. Call the Old Colorado City History Society at 636-1225 for more.
Barbaric yawps aplenty tonight at the third annual Voices, Words and Wine poetry event featuring Stacy Dyson. This years theme is sustainability, sentiments and solutions, and is a part of a collaborative project with the Catamount Institute, the Voters Network, the Pikes Peak Peace and Justice Commission, and Fort Carson. The event goes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. and will include 13 poets and an open mike to follow. Free. Call 634-5581 ext. 318 for more.
After you have recovered from the Indy's raging party this weekend (three days should get you back in the party mode), come to the Gala in the Garden Barbecue and Silent Auction at the Historic Rock Ledge Ranch, located at the east entrance to the Garden of the Gods on 30th Street. It's a benefit for the Trails and Open Space Coalition, so in addition to enjoying the great food, open bar and amazing sunset in the Garden of the Gods, you can take comfort in the fact that the proceeds go to a fund that helps support a good cause. It's 5:30 to 9:30 tonight. Tickets are $35 each and there are discounts for groups. You need to reserve your spot, so call the TOPS coalition at 633-6884 right now!
-- Noel Black and Gina Schaarschmidt