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Old Colorado City Scarecrow Days, West Colorado Avenue in Old Colorado City. Vote for you favorite scarecrow through Sept. 30. Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off, Sept. 30. Call 577-4112 for more.
Summer Extravaganza Fashion Show, Casino Night and Dancing, Sheraton Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive. $65. Benefits the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Scholarship Foundation. Sat., Sept. 30, 4:30-10 p.m. For tickets and more information call 599-9300.
Venetucci Farm Pancake Breakfast & Festival, 5210 S. US Hwy. 85/87. $4-$6. Bring the whole family for pancakes, children's activities and hayrides. Sat., Sept. 30, 8-11 a.m. For more call 389-1251 or visit ppcf.org.
Mid-Autumn Festival, private residence, Black Forest. $40-$50. Featuring Chinese foods, moon cake tasting, silent auction, entertainment by pianist Chui-Fen Buczynski and book signing by authors Gus Lee and Diane Elliott-Lee. Sat., Sept. 30, 6-9 p.m. Call 287-7624 for location and more.
Alpaca Farm Day, Triple J Alpaca Ranch, 14425 Windy Pine Drive. Featuring an alpaca viewing and sale, alpaca yarn, purses, hats and other products. Sat., Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 495-6540 for more.
Blessing of the Animals, Gazette Park, 30 S. Prospect St. Featuring activities and information about animal rescue and adoption followed by a blessing ceremony. All animals are welcome if leashed and under control. Sun., Oct. 1, 2-4 p.m. Ceremony at 3 p.m. Visit safeplaceco.org for more.
Homeland Defense Symposium, Broadmoor Hotel, 1 Lake Circle. Business leaders, government and military officials, and academic specialists address issues related to homeland security and defense. Mon.-Thurs., Oct. 2-5. Visit nhdf.org for more.
UCCS Fall Career Fair, UCCS University Center Gymnasium, Mountain Lion Way. Free. Meet recruiters from Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Peace Corps, Northwestern Mutual Financial and more. Thurs., Oct. 5, 2-6 p.m. Visit web.uccs.edu/careercenter for more.
Self-Guided Solar Homes Tour, begins at the CC Tutt Science Center, 1112 N. Nevada Ave., and Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce Building, 354 Manitou Ave. $5. Sat., Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 685-5089 for more.
First Annual Grand Victorian Ball, Shrine Club of Colorado Springs, 6 S. 33rd St. $19-$38. Relive the grandeur of a Victorian ball, with period dress and dances, to benefit the Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society. Sat., Oct. 7, 2006, 5:30-11:30 p.m. Call 592-1648 for reservations and more.
Seventh Annual Rock Island Railroad Festival, Rock Island Roadhouse, 2333 Steel Drive. $3. Ride a 1947 PPC streetcar, see train cars and trolleys, and enjoy model trains and exhibit booths. Sat.-Mon., Oct. 7-9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Steve Pelles at 634-2733 for more.
Rockledge Ranch Events, 3202 Chambers Way. Harvest Festival, featuring horse-drawn wagon rides, old-time music, pumpkin picking and ranch tours. Sat., Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First Nation's Day, featuring American Indian dance, storytelling, food and art. Sat., Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 578-6777 or visit rockledgeranch.com for more.
33rd Annual Christmas Crafts Festival, Palmer Lake Town Hall, Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake. Free. A juried show featuring pottery, glass, wood, metal, jewelry, basketry, fabric art and more. Oct. 7-8. Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 719/488-8101 for more.
Tenth Annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum, Antler's Hilton Hotel, Heritage Ballroom, 4 S. Cascade Ave. $75. Featuring keynote speaker Michael Swanson discussing U.S. and international economic trends. Wed., Oct. 11, 7 a.m. to noon. Visit southerncoloradoeconomicforum.com for more.
Spanish Art Market, Pikes Peak Community College, Downtown Studio Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. The festival will include traditional music, dance, food and art of more than 30 Colorado and New Mexico artists. Oct. 13, 4-8 p.m. and Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 502-3164 for more.
Junior League's Annual Fall Fling, Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande St. $50. Presenting dinner, a silent auction and entertainment by MC Randy Rodriguez to benefit Care Fair for uninsured children. Sat., Oct. 14, 7 p.m. Call 632-3855 or visit jlcsfallfling.org for more.
NAACP Freedom Fund Gala 2006, Sheraton Colorado Springs Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive. $75. Featuring Honorary Chairpersons Mary Lou Makepeace and Independent Publisher John Weiss, dinner, and CBS News correspondent Randall Pinkston. Sat., Oct. 21, 6 p.m. Call 233-0243 or visit www.coloradospringsnaacp.org for more.
Seventh Annual Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $100-$250. Wed., Oct. 25, 6 p.m. Call 634-7333, ext. 1009 or visit thesportscorp.org for more.
Evangelical Christian Academy Auction and Banquet, Sheraton Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive. $40. Featuring music, food and entertainment. Sat., Oct. 28, 4-10 p.m. Call 597-3675 for more.
Snowflakes & Smiles Holiday Parade, Memorial Park, Manitou Avenue and El Paso Boulevard. Sat., Dec. 9, noon. Enjoy Manitou Springs' annual holiday parade starting at Memorial Park and winding through downtown streets. Call 685-5089 or visit manitousprings.org for more.