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click to enlarge Samba & Afro Brazilian Dance

2 Wednesday

Dance

When my freshman-year roommate described Samba dancing with her Brazilian Arts and Culture class, she mentioned getting drunk with her professor and falling on her face. As fun as that sounds, those who are craving "a class to strengthen the whole body" should try Samba & Afro Brazilian Dance at Manitou Bindu (513 Manitou Ave., in the Manitou Art Center, manitoubindu.com). Classes are held Wednesday afternoons at 5:30, and will explore Flamenco techniques "to help develop posture, graceful arms, and expressive hands." $15 to drop in. — Hannah Fleming

click to enlarge Summer of Discovery: Astronomy

3 Thursday

Science

Welcome to week four of the Space Foundation's 10-week Summer of Discovery program, this time focused on the study of astronomy, and on this particular day offering a late-night star gazing event with the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society (4425 Arrowswest Drive, spacefoundation.org). Come early for crafts, "Astonaut Me" photos and for the lunch and dinner hours, grub from Bite Me Gourmet Sausages Food Truck. Go online for details; admission runs $4.50 to $10 with discounts for military. — Edie Adelstein

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4 Friday

America

Here's what me and mine are doing today: A visit to Rock Ledge Ranch for a picnic and parade around the sights, a requisite home viewing of 1776 in the hot afternoon, then a trek downtown to Memorial Park for some badass Colorado Springs Philharmonic action and fireworks. God bless the U.S.A. with barbecue, beer and a blanket on the grass. And god bless the freedom of choice: There are loads of options for how you might want to spend our nation's birthday, including some that fall on July 3 and a post-Fourth park clean-up with the city. Find a full list on p. 35. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Ice Cream Theatre Presents Art Guffaw

5 Saturday

Stage

My very first encounter with art was a print of Picasso's "Bust of a Woman with a Hat" at my grandfather's apartment. I didn't know why it was there, he was blind, and as far as I could tell, he disliked pretty much everything. For a friendlier way to expose young ones to art, how about Art Guffaw, playing this weekend and next at 7 p.m. at the Millibo Art Theatre (1626 S. Tejon St., themat.org, $12)? Mr. Guffaw, the lovable clown played by Jim Jackson, learns more about visual art through talking easels, visits from Van Gogh and Picasso, and artwork come to life. Discuss notions of Formalism vs. context afterward over ice cream. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Sunday Market Downtown at Acacia Park

6 Sunday

Local goods

After a lull, farmers market activity will return to the heart of downtown today, and continue weekly, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through October 26, with the Sunday Market Downtown in Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave., downtowncs.com). It'll be a different market than in previous years (anchored recently by Platteville's Miller Farms), this time under the management of Ivywild School's Hunt or Gather, who'll vend Arkansas Valley Organic Growers' products. Urban gardeners' goods and other items from smaller-scale cottage industry people will also be available, alongside music and other festivities. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge 2014 Manitou Springs Good Old Summertime Ice Cream Social & Pie Baking Contest

7 Monday

Good ol' summertime

Manitou's Soda Springs Park is hosting the annual dose of sugar-overload — minus a pie-eating contest (1016 Manitou Ave., manitousprings.org). The ,b.Good Ol' Summertime Ice Cream Social & Pie Baking Contest,/b., from 5:30 to 8 p.m., will have pie slices for $2 and scoops of 'scream for a buck. Young and old shall enjoy dessert complemented by the Little London Winds at 7. If you'd like a more active role in the festivities, investigate the pies that place in the contest: Their honor will last longer than the pies could ever hope to. — Hannah Fleming

click to enlarge Opera Goofo!

8 Tuesday

Opera

Opera Theatre of the Rockies is gearing up for "a season of exotic splendor" — or so reads the tag line on the poster for its late July performances of The King and I — and what better way to ensure similar verve in the future than with a fundraiser? Thus you should hit Opera Goofo! a comedic performance at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu), tonight at 6. Singers will rock a series of operatic spoofs, while you either laugh along, or eat dinner and attempt not to choke on it while you laugh along. Tickets are $25 for the show, or $45 with food. — Bryce Crawford

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