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click to enlarge Roger Donlon

4 Wednesday

lecture

Roger Donlon was the first man to receive the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War, but the acknowledgment pales in comparison to Donlon's experience earning it. When the Nam Dong base was attacked by surprise in the early hours of July 6, 1964, Donlon suffered a series of injuries while running or crawling through the camp to aid and encourage his men. Most notably, a mortar blast punctured his abdomen; Donlon stuffed his wound with a scrap of his shirt and went on, eventually helping the U.S. fend off more than 900 attackers with only 300 or so soldiers. Hear Donlon tell more of his story at 7 tonight, for free, at CSU-Pueblo's Occhiato University Center Ballroom (2200 Bonforte Blvd., tiny.cc/4w256w). — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge People of a Feather

5 Thursday

film

It is perhaps the most widely disseminated Native American quote of all time: "How can you buy or sell the sky? The land?" asked Chief Si'ahl. "The idea is strange to us." A century and a half later, the idea is all too familiar, as our short-sighted stewardship courts ecological disaster. People of a Feather, which screens as part of the Native American Film Fest at Ivywild (1604 S. Cascade Ave.), is a documentary about hydroelectric dams and Inuit culture that, according to The New York Times, "warmly portrays a cold, uncertain present and a worrying future." The festival, which begins at 5:30 p.m. for a suggested $10 donation, will also include a cash bar, silent auction and Native American entertainment. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Three Sisters

6 Friday

stage

As one of three sisters, I'm well acquainted with the naturally arising tensions in such an estrogen-infused setting. But all brief spats aside, our dynamics were nothing in comparison to those in Three Sisters by Chekhov. THEATREdART (128 N. Nevada Ave., theatredart.org) has recently adapted the original 1901 play, and will perform it for the first time at 8 tonight, then on through Dec. 22. Modernizing the theme of finding meaning and purpose while facing the inevitable aging process, local actors will bring together elements of "addiction, indulgence and infidelity." Tonight through Sunday is pay-what-you-can, and afterward tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. — Anna Palmer

click to enlarge Festival of Lights Parade

7 Saturday

holiday

Part of what I like about downtown Colorado Springs is the festivity in the air during the holidays: lights strung up all down Tejon Street, red ribbons on storefront doors. And no one event highlights that feel better than the Festival of Lights Parade (coloradospringsfestivaloflights.org), happening tonight. It starts at 5:50 at the corner of Tejon and St. Vrain streets, then carries on southward to Vermijo Avenue. This year, the event will honor El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa for his important work in the Black Forest Fire, by having him lead the parade as Grand Marshal. — Gracie Ramsdell

click to enlarge Scott Simon

8 Sunday

lecture

When I was 19 years old, I applied to be an intern at NPR. In retrospect, my eagerness and optimism were both admirable and a bit sad, given my inexperience. Next time I apply, maybe I'll ask for the advice of Scott Simon, anchor of NPR's Weekend Edition: Saturday. Simon will be speaking at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre (3955 Regent Circle, theatreworkscs.org) at 2:30 today as part of TheatreWorks' free Prologue Series, dishing out his top-notch storytelling secrets. — Gracie Ramsdell

click to enlarge Ted Turner

9 Monday

lecture

You may eat at Ted's Montana Grill, or enjoy CNN, or remember watching Captain Planet and the Planeteers. ("Captain Planet, he's a hero!") It's all thanks to Ted Turner, one of the largest landowners in the U.S., and a media heavyweight who's perhaps best-known now as an environmentalist and philanthropist. There's much more to Turner's story, and for that we can turn to environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson, writer of Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet. The writer will share some of his findings at 7 tonight in a free lecture in CC's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Jack Quinn's and PikesPeakSports Holiday Fun Run

10 Tuesday

recreation

Get a head start on all those New-Year's-resolution types and attend the second annual Jack Quinn's and PikesPeakSports Holiday Fun Run at 5 today. To celebrate your own reclaimed inner fitness guru, the run will be followed by live music, tasty food and beer at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, jackquinnsrunners.ning.com, stargazerstheatre.com). Entry is canned food or one new toy, and you can sign up the day of the event. — Anna Palmer

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