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The Rock at Soc n' Roll, 16240 Old Denver Hwy. Rock climbing competition for all ability and age levels, Sat., June 18, 4-7 p.m., $10. Ribbon cutting and six months in business in celebration, Sat., June 18, 7-7:30 p.m., free. Wine tasting to celebrate six months in business, Sat., June 18, 7:30-10 p.m., free.
Colorado Springs Blizzard Soccer Home Games, CC's Washburn Field, 14 Cache La Poudre. $6 admission, children under 10 are free. Colorado Springs' semi-pro soccer team plays July 9, July 15, 6:30 p.m. Call 573-4876 or visit blizzardfc.com for more.
Pueblo Zoo, 3455 Nuckolls Ave., Pueblo, 719/561-1452. Featuring Zoofari on Fri., June 24. Camp-Out with Critters on Sat., July 9. Turtle Tuesdays in June, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, by the 30th St. entrance to Garden of the Gods on Gateway Rd., 578-6777. Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout, music historians and performers, concert, Fri., June 17, 7 p.m. Basic Blacksmithing Workshop on June 25 or 26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
###Lake Pueblo State Park Events, 640 Reservoir Rd., Pueblo, 561-9230 ext. 16. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Activities, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain. Zoo Rd., 633-9925. Featuring Dinosaurs at the Zoo exhibit. What are dinosaurs doing at the zoo? They are extinct! Go see their exhibit and find out. Also, now featuring white lions, Matunde and Zakera, through Labor Day.
Trails and Open Space Coalition 2005 Hike Schedule: Mid and Lower Shook's Run, July 9, 9 a.m. Catamount Trail, Aug. 13, 8:30 a.m.; Pancake Rocks, Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m.; Skelton Ranch, Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m.; Monument Fire Center, Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m.; Crews Gulch and Fountain Creek Regional Park, Dec. 10, 9:30 a.m. Call 633-6884 for more.
Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Open Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission, programs vary in cost. Offers interactive exhibits, nature trails, guided and self-guided programs, Junior Ranger program, special events and more. Visit elpasoco.com/parks for more. Discover the Paint Mines Hikes, Sat., June 25, 9-11 a.m. Yucca Plants, Sat., June 25, 1-2:30 p.m. Beth Ann Bassein book signing of Released Into the Wild, Wed., June 29, 2-3 p.m. Nature Explorers: Leapin Lizards, Thurs., June 30, 10-11:15 a.m.; 1:30-2:45 p.m. Reservations required for all programs.
Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Free admission, programs vary in cost. Offers interactive exhibits, nature trails, guided and self-guided programs, Junior Ranger program, special events and more. New youth volunteer programs for ages 12 and up available. Visit elpasoco.com/parks for more. Stewardship Saturdays, volunteer workdays on Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Firefly Celebration and Night Hike, Fri., June 24, 7-9 p.m. Creekside Habitat Hike, Sat., June 25, 9-10:30 a.m. Nature Adventures: The Nectar Sippers, Wed., June 29, 10-11:30 a.m.; 1:30-3 p.m. Water-Wise Garden Celebration, Thurs., June 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations required for all programs.
Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Canon Rd., 578-6146. June events include Wild About Wildlife, The Smallest Flying Machine -- Hummingbirds, We're Searching for Scientists, The Starsmore House, Adaptive Gardening, Trail Maintenance Day, Starsmore Day, National Hummingbird Day, Wildlife Watch and more. 4th of July at Helen Hunt Falls on Mon., July 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th, 219-0108. Free; some programs $1-$2. Nature Walks, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily; Nature Presentations and Multi-media Movie, various times daily; Become a Junior Ranger, available daily.
dance parties and workshops Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. Learn as you dance easy lines, cotton-eyed Joes, mixers, country waltz and more. Sat., June 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call 598-8624 for more.
Ballroom dance classes, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave. Fees include 6 hours of classes. Classes include swing, salsa, tango, cha-cha, fox trot, waltz and more. Register any time; open to members and nonmembers. Ongoing Wednesdays, 7:30-0 p.m. Call Arthur at 634-3029 for more.