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Best Way for a Mom to Shake Her Tail Feathers

Mom's Walking Club

Monument Valley Park

Stave off stir-craziness and join us every Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot. I think I'm the only gal there with coffee instead of water. FG

Best Place to Break Your Piggy Bank

Manitou Springs Arcade

(Arcade Amusements Inc.)

900 Manitou Ave., 685-9815

The satisfaction felt in giving a panhandler some change fades fast. But a nostalgia high from a few hours of Pac-Man and Galaga play? Now, that's bang for your ... penny. PF

Best Reason to Be Glad Youre Going Bald

St. Baldrick's

stbaldricks.org

For six years, Elope has spearheaded the largest local St. Baldrick's head-shaving event, raising spirits and, last year, more than $130,000. Give in to that dare for children's cancer research on April 6, 2007 at Colorado College. CSB

Best Use of an Unconventional Space

Flaunt: Fashion Under the Bridge

This ambitious September fundraiser for FutureSelf, under the Colorado Avenue Bridge, was part fashion show, part cocktail party, and part dance party. It begs the question: "Why didn't we think of that?" BS

Best Way to Thank God it's Friday

First Fridays Art Walk at Depot Arts District Galleries , 218 W. Colorado Ave.

First Friday of every month

A glass of wine, some snacks, live music, DJs and a wide variety of fabulous art much by local artists make this the place to see and be seen. BS

Best Friend to the Four-legged

Le Pooch Connection

2360 Montebello Square Drive, 522-9000

lepoochconnection.com

Still new to town, but offering an excellent selection in natural foods at reasonable prices, Le Pooch Connection is worth a look if you have a dog, that is. JK

Best Local Poet

Aaron Anstett

Where does Anstett gets his energy? He organizes chapbook contests, hosts a weekly open mic, and his third book will be out this fall. FG

Best Donation to Journalism

Brian "Scoop" Nemeth

Formerly known as "Eyewitness Flava," Nemeth (right) brings the "Hardcore News" to downtown. Pedestrians are offered articles on current events and hot women in exchange for J-school funds. LP

Best Public Punctuation

"Ask," the giant green question mark sculpture

Amid the perplexing public art you encounter on the streets of downtown, here's a piece that simply reminds you what to do. LP

Best Ad Campaign

Public Interest's "Born Different"

Norman, a mooing dog that challenges: Are people born gay? Hats off to this social-awareness campaign, that in retort, spawned Sherman the dog who barks like a dog from Focus on the Family. MS

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