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17 Historic Evergreen Cemetery 'Hidden Gems' Tour

Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 S. Hancock Ave., 385-5369, evergreencemeterysociety.com

Take a walk on the supernatural side of the Springs with a twilight tour of the historic chapel at Evergreen Cemetery led by director Will DeBoer.

18 Catalyst: Exploring the Intersection of the Arts and Social Justice

First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., 471-8522, fumc-cs.org

An evening of music, art and dance focusing attention on human trafficking and similar issues, with a keynote speech by Brad Riley of iEmpathize, a group dedicated to eradicating child exploitation.

19-20 Woodcarving and Woodworking Show

Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St., 271-0615

Now in its 29th year, the Pikes Peak Whittlers' annual show features carvings of animals and people, turned objects, tools, books and, uh, wood.

19 Run to the Shrine

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925, cmzoo.org/run

The only event that allows foot traffic up to the Will Rogers Shrine, Run to the Shrine includes 5K and 10K options. Both offer gorgeous scenery and free admission to the zoo after the run.

20 Reach Your Peak 4-Mile Run, Walk and Stroll

University Village Colorado, 5230 N. Nevada Ave., 632-3855, jlcoloradosprings.org

A family-friendly running event to benefit the community service projects of the Junior League of Colorado Springs. Come for the race or the after-party, which includes a costume contest and a prize drawing.

20 10th Annual Manitou Springs Garden Club Plant Sale & Home Show

Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 473-5881, facebook.com/manitouspringsgardenclub

From grapevines to grasses, your source for locally grown plants and local vendors of goods for home and garden. All proceeds go to the MSGC scholarship fund and community programs.

20 Stargazing in Victor

Stratton Outdoor Amphitheater, County Road 81 and Diamond Avenue, Victor, 689-2675, victorcolorado.com

It's BYO telescope or binoculars on this night hike to the amphitheater to study the heavens. Event repeats June 4.

22 ChitChat

GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, 255-3504, uccs.edu/goca/TALK/ChitChat.html

Join Colorado College faculty and gardening experts Tim and Laura Spear for the final ChitChat of the season at the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA), where art and DIY collide for an evening of fascinating chatter.

24 Carson and Barnes Circus

Woodland Park Saddle Club, 19250 E. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 686-7381, bigtopshow.com

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pikes Peak, the circus comes to town with two shows.

24 Colorado College Summer Festival of the Arts

Various locations at CC, 14 East Cache la Poudre St., artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu

Opera theatre, a broad array of concerts, film, visual art ... all sorts of arts for everybody from late May through August.

25 Jazz in the Garden

Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St., 328-1125, graceststephensepiscopal.org

Bring a picnic and a lawn chair for this free concert series featuring local jazz and fusion artists playing al fresco in the garden of Grace and St. Stephen's. Also happening: June 15 and 29, July 27, and Aug. 10 and 31.

25-27 MeadowGrass Music Festival

La Foret Conference & Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Road, Black Forest, meadowgrassmusicfestival.org

A three-day event (drop in or camp out) showcasing roots, bluegrass, Americana, cowboy, folk and acoustic music.

26 Anchoria-Leland Mine Tour

Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, Third Street and Victor Avenue, 689-2675

This is your chance to look inside the operations of a $3 million gold mine that dates from 1890, normally inaccessible to the public. Tour includes presentations by miners, historians and engineers.

26 Verne Witham Annual Pancake Breakfast

Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, 685-5089, manitousprings.org

Manitou Springs' official summer kickoff comes with tasty, tasty pancakes at the city's Chamber of Commerce's outdoor breakfast, now held annually in memory of retired Manitou fire chief and past breakfast organizer, Verne Witham. The pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee are free, but event organizers would be happy to accept your donation to the town's Christmas lighting fund.

26-28 Territory Days

Old Colorado City, shopoldcoloradocity.com

More than 180 craft, commercial and food booths pack the streets of Old Colorado City over Memorial Day weekend.

27 Wood Avenue Historic Walking Tour

Wood Avenue and Uintah Street, 385-5369, springsgov.com/preservationmonth

Lace up your tennies for a 1.5-mile jaunt through the Old North End with Jennifer Wendler Lovell, co-author (with Bob Loevy) of Exploring the Old North End Neighborhood of Colorado Springs. Both authors will be on hand for signings.

28 Memorial Day Commemoration

Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 S. Hancock Expy., 385-6252, tinyurl.com/evergreen-cs

This Memorial Day, honor those who have died by writing your message on a balloon and sending it skyward during the 1 p.m. balloon release. There will also be military displays and light refreshments at this fascinating cemetery that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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