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The City of Colorado Springs is accepting applications for its Citizens Academy, an eight-session learning series, through Aug. 3. Apply online at springsgov.com or call 385-5345 for more.

Dreampower Animal Rescue's Bathe 'n Bark, Wag 'n Wash, 1625 W. Uintah St. $15 donation per dog. Have your pet washed and dried by volunteers to benefit Dreampower Animal Rescue. Fri., July 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 390-7838 for more.

Restorative Practices Boomerang-It Trainings, UCCS Beth El College of Nursing, University Hall, room 140. Learn about practices that reunite estranged families, reduce discipline problems in school, improve employee relations, shrink recidivism rates and strengthen communities. Trainings available July 7-8 and 28-29. Visit youthtransformationcenter.org or call 440-1983 for more.

MS 150 Bike Tour Fundraiser, from Highlands Ranch to Cañon City. The MS National Multiple Sclerosis Society Colorado Chapter presents this weekend ride to raise funds for Coloradans affected by MS. July 8-9. Visit nationalmssociety.org/coc/home for more.

The Warehouse Restaurant Wine Maker's Dinner to Benefit Urban Peak, 25 W. Cimarron St. $80. Presenting the William Hill Estate Winemaker's Dinner five courses matched with wines. Wed., July 12, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Call 389-0973 for more.

A Midsummer Night's Music Fundraiser for the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Hillside Gardens and Nursery, 1006 S. Institute St. $25. Thomas Wilson presents music from Mozart with the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs in addition to a landscape presentation by Cheryl Conklin. Thurs., July 13, 6-9 p.m. Call 633-3649 for more.

March of Dimes Jail Ball & Bail, Baba-Yaga Restaurant, 819 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Participants raise bail money in a mock-prison fundraiser for the March of Dimes. Thurs., July 13, 11 a.m. Call 473-9981 or visit marchofdimes.com for more.

Continental Divide Trail Alliance Annual TrailFest, Columbine Park, Highway 24 and Main Street, Buena Vista. $5-$15. Enjoy outdoor activities, food, music and more to benefit the Continental Divide Trail. Sat., July 15, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 303/838-3760 or visit cdtrail.org for more.

ForestEdge Garden Tour to Benefit Wild Forever Foundation, 12285 Lindsay Lane. $4. Tour four acres of flowers, trees, shrubs, edibles, compost and mulch beds and view unusual woodworks. July 21-23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 268-8066 for more.

2006 Democratic Leadership Council National Conversation, Hyatt Regency, 650 15th St., Denver. Featuring hundreds of Democratic leaders from across the nation. July 22-24. Visit dlc.org for more.

2nd Annual Helping Hands Golf Tournament, Ft. Carson Golf Course. $105. Featuring a tournament with prizes and a dinner to benefit the Catholic Charities Marion House. Fri., July 28, noon. Tickets available at Pappy's Golf Shop, 4030 N. Sinton Road. Call 633-2064 for more.

2nd Annual Primerica Golf Tournament, Pine Creek Golf Course, 9850 Divot Trail. $100. Presenting 18 holes of golf to benefit Care & Share Food Bank. Thurs., Aug. 10, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 360-4777 for more.

Meric's Mai-Tai " No Tie Annual Fundraising Event, The Lodge at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Featuring cocktails, dancing, a silent auction and more to benefit The Medical Education & Research Institute of Colorado. Sat., Aug 26, 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Call 548-8850, ext. 100 for ticket information and more.

6th Annual Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Buddy Walk, Manitou Springs. Raise pledges for a three-mile walk through Manitou Springs and enjoy food, entertainment and more to benefit individuals with Down syndrome. Sat., Aug. 26, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Visit csdsa.org for more.

Brats and Fine Art Fundraiser for the Manitou Library, Garden of the Gods Trading Post, 324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs. $10. Enjoy brats, beer, music, art and more. Wed., Sept. 6, 5-8 p.m. Call 685-9100 for more.

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