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16 Wednesday

art

click to enlarge Shatter the Silence
  • Shatter the Silence

According to Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention, suicide stands as the No. 2 killer of those between 15 and 44 years old in El Paso County. As just one means of outreach, the group is co-organizing the free Shatter the Silence Citywide High School Art Show from 5 to 8 tonight at PPLD's Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Drive, pikespeaksuicideprevention.org). Participants in PPSP's Children Left Behind by Suicide program will be among the exhibitors, responding artistically to the questions: "What is it like for a teen to lose someone to suicide?" "Why do some teens have suicidal thoughts?" and "What helps a teenager avoid suicidal thoughts?" Matthew Schniper

17 Thursday

film

click to enlarge Autism in Love
  • Autism in Love

Winning the Neapolitan Award at the Naples International Film Festival, as Autism in Love did last month, was confirmation not only of first-time director Matt Fuller's filmmaking skills, but also of the generosity of spirit that merits an award reserved for works that embody "charity, generosity and community." This new documentary takes on a largely unexplored subject — dating and romantic relationships among autistic adults — and does so with a sensitivity that's winning over audiences as it makes the festival circuit rounds. Autism in Love will air nationally on PBS in January, but you can get the full cinematic experience this evening at a free 7 p.m. screening in the Tim Gill Center for Public Media (315 E. Costilla St., timgillcenter.org). — Bill Forman

18 Friday

holiday

click to enlarge Yule Love It Downtown
  • Yule Love It Downtown

It's the final weekend of Pueblo's big holiday celebration, Yule Love It Downtown, which means sales at local businesses, carolers, wandering dancers, musicians in the streets and more art than yule (guffaw) know what to do with. Some highlights: The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and Steel City Art Works are holding art sales and a holiday bazaar. Still can't find the perfect present? Tonight, the city's Van Gogh shuttle can take you to galleries and shops along Pueblo's creative corridor. Most events today — running from 5 to 7 p.m. — are free, and there's more tomorrow from noon to 5. Check out pueblo.org or call 719/542-1704 for details. — Alissa Smith

19 Saturday

books

click to enlarge Community Read-Through
  • Community Read-Through

Welsh poet Dylan Thomas may be better known for the classic "Do not go gentle into that good night," but more seasonally appropriate is one of his longer prose works, "A Child's Christmas in Wales." Today at 3, come to Mountain Fold Books (121 E. Costilla St., mountainfoldbooks.org) for a community read-through of Thomas' beloved tale of nostalgia for childhood Christmases. Participants will read the tale aloud en masse, forming a choir of voices. Mountain Fold event coordinator Mia Alvarado was inspired by a 24-hour community read-through of Dante's Divine Comedy she attended at a church in New York. "In the global age, I think people are finding it hard to connect," she said in a press release. "It's a beautiful time to return to the oral and community roots of literature." — Griffin Swartzell

20 Sunday

wildlife

click to enlarge Winter Wonderland with the Wolves
  • Winter Wonderland with the Wolves

For volunteers at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (Lower Twin Rocks Road, Florissant), sharing brunch with one of nature's most majestic predators may just be part of an average morning. Well, at 9 a.m. today, you too can be a part of the pack as you dine on breakfast burritos al fresco with the wolves and learn about conservation and protection of this keystone species. Cost is $30 per adult and $15 for kids 12 and younger, with funds supporting the animals' care and feeding. Reservations are required — call 687-9742. Other details, including restrictions and directions, can be found at wolfeducation.org. — Bridgett Harris

21 Monday

dinosaurs

click to enlarge Santa and the Dinos
  • Santa and the Dinos

History has struggled to find a way to make a jolly old fat man delivering free presents via benevolent breaking and entering any more awesome, but it may have finally happened. Turns out that just about anything can be made cooler by adding dinosaurs — and no other place is better prepared for that than the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center (201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, bit.ly/1J69i1O). From 1 to 3 today, your regular admission will include a visit with Santa, crafts and trimming of the center's Christmas tree. Santa and the Dinos runs from the 20th through the 23rd. — Bridgett Harris

22 Tuesday

solstice

click to enlarge Winter Solstice Candlelit Yoga
  • Winter Solstice Candlelit Yoga

"This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year's threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath, the door of a vanished house left ajar." So goes "Solstice Poem" by Margaret Atwood. Today is the winter solstice, the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. Though we have many cold days to come, it's just going to get brighter and sunnier from here. If quiet reflection sounds appropriate, seek out the Give! participants in Ormao Dance Company (10 S. Spruce St., ormaodance.org). Tonight at 6:30, they will be hosting a candlelight yoga and meditation session. Bring a mat and candle; refreshments will be provided. Recommended donation is $25. Go to on.fb.me/1QhXv8n for more information. — Griffin Swartzell

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