Fort Carson Volksmarch, with the Falcon Wanderers. A non-competitive walk of 5K, 10K or 21K for soldiers or civilians. Sat., Nov. 12, 8 a.m. Call Sheila at 559-7953 or Russ at 667-5662 for more.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Activities, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 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.

Trails and Open Space Coalition 2005 Hike Schedule: 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. Featuring a Teddy Bear Drive to benefit the local needy. Bring a new teddy bear in through Dec. 17. Wild Turkeys on Thurs., Nov. 17, 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. Gone to the Dogs Hike on Sat., Nov. 19, 10-11 a.m. Paint Mines Hike on Sat., Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to noon. 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. Homestead Ranch Hike on Sat., Nov. 12, 9 a.m. Twos and Threes Outdoors: Gobblers on Thurs., Nov. 17, 9 a.m. Papermaking 101 on Sat., Nov. 19, 10 a.m. What Good is a Tail? on Wed., Nov. 23, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Wetland Wildlife Hike on Sat., Nov. 26, 9:30 a.m.

Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., 219-0108. Free; some programs $1-$2. Nature Walks, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Bat Walk, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Prairie Falcon Walk, Wed., 5 p.m. "Colorful Characters of the Pikes Peak Region," Thurs., 4:45 p.m.

dance parties & workshops Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. $4. Learn to dance easy lines, mixers, country waltz and more. No experience or partner needed, no smoking or alcohol. Sat., Nov. 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call 598-8624 for more.

Pikes Peak Traditional Dance, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute. $3-$7. Learn easy dances to do along with live music. No partner necessary. Sat., Nov. 19, free lesson at 7 p.m.; dance from 8-10 p.m. Call 578-8979 for more.

Ballroom Dance Classes, YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave. Fees include six hours of classes, and Y membership is not required. Learn swing, salsa, tango, cha-cha, fox trot, waltz and more. Wednesdays, 7:30, start anytime. Call Arthur at 634-3029 for more.


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