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Hobnob with the legislative elite at the second annual Citizens Day at the Legislature, presented by Citizens Project and yours truly, the Independent. Board a bus with other like-minded individuals and travel to the state Capitol in Denver. Spend the day watching legislators do fun stuff like debate bills and attend committee meetings, then meet with citizen lobbyists and share lunch with El Paso County legislators. The whole day costs $35 ($28 if you don't ride the bus), and partial and full scholarships are available. Call 520-9899 to reserve your space. The bus leaves Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6:15 a.m.

Grrrr... Corporations bad; mom and pop good. You may be certain about this statement's basic truth, but do you have any idea why corporations could be detrimental to our democracy? Or how they got so damn huge and powerful to begin with? The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission presents a discussion course on these topics titled "Rethinking the Corporation." All backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome to the free course, and donations for literature are appreciated. The course begins Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at PPJPC, 29 S. Institute. Register by calling 632-6189.

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Eighth Anniversary Celebration of Roe v. Wade sponsored by the Pro-Choice Coalition of Colorado Springs. Featuring "Our Voices of Choice, stories read by Judy Noyes, Michael Merrifield, Laurie Picus, Ann Oatman-Gardner and Cindy Shealy. Also featuring comedians Kristina Hall, Sara B. Sirius and Monique Marvez. At All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. $10, 473-8537. Fri., Feb. 1, 7 p.m.

El Paso County Parks Department will begin accepting pavilion reservations for Bear Creek Park, Black Forest Regional Park, Fountain Creek, Fox Run and Palmer Lake parks on Feb. 1 at the Administrative offices, 2002 Creek Crossing. Fees run $25 to $150 per day. For details, call 520-6375.

Colorado Springs Utilities now offers home energy audits online and by mail. Visit to perform the HomeVantage Home Efficiency Profile or call 448-4800 to request one be sent to you, free of charge.

civic opportunities

El Paso County Park Advisory Board invites the public to attend their regualr meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at the Board of County Commissioners Hear Room, 27 E. Vermijo, 3rd floor. The Board discusses matters pertaining to the policy, planning, development, improvement and beautification of public parks, trails and open space. For details, call Cindy Olson at 520-6999. Next meeting: Feb. 12.

clubs & organizations

Adult Missionary Kid time-limited reflections group beginning to create links between area residents who share the common experience of living part or all of their childhoods overseas. For more information, call Anne, 579-5081. Wed., Feb. 6, 7 p.m.

Pikes Peak Family Connections Nurturing Program Volunteer Orientation, a 16-week psychoeducational parenting class designed to reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect. Volunteers needed to assist professionals presenting the program. Call Lindsay for details, 444-4517. Tues., Feb. 19, 5-7 p.m.

Pikes Peak Neighbors (formerly Welcome Wagon of Colorado Springs) seeking new members interested in book clubs, tours and luncheons, bridge, arts and crafts, ladies' socials and more to greet area newcomers. Luncheon meetings held every second Wednesday of the month September through May. Dorothy Greenway, 630-5047. Next meeting: Feb. 13.

Pikes Peak Region NOW (National Association for Women) holding a meeting at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Featuring Janice Van Anrooy, director of OmniHealth, a nonprofit rehabilitation home for eating disorder patients. Free, 475-3089. Tues., Jan. 29, 6 p.m.

forums & discussions

Vegetarians of Colorado Springs gathering for a potluck on the second Sunday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at varying members' homes and city parks. For details or club information, visit or call 388-2176. Next gathering: Feb. 10.

Orientation to Cohousing, an introduction to the concept of cohousing in Colorado Springs. At 423 E. San Rafael St., 471-6611. Free child care provided. Sat., Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to noon.

Rethinking the Corporation, a discussion course with the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, 29 S. Institute. Learn how corporations become so powerful and why this signals danger to our democracy. All are welcome. Free, donations appreciated for literature. Register by calling 632-6189. Begins Mon., Jan. 28, 7 p.m.

Design in America: Breaking Old Habits, an architecture lecture series at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale. All lectures are free, 389-6607. On Tues., Jan. 29, Terence Riley, curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. On Tues., Feb. 5: Mable Wilson, african American architect from the California College of Arts and Crafts discussing cultural memory and black museums.

Manitou Springs Historic Speakers Series at Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave., Manitou. Free, 685-5089. All lectures begin Sundays at 3 p.m. On Feb. 3: It's Better Than a Burro, the development of the Cog Railway, with Mark Doty. On Feb. 17: Forestry projects on Pikes Peak.

political programs

Citizens Day at the Legislature presented by Citizens Project and the Independent. Travel to Denver to see legislators debate bills, attend committee meetings, meet with citizen lobbyists, share lunch with El Paso County legislators and much more. $35 ($28 if you don't ride the bus up). Partial and full scholarships available. Call 520-9899. Thurs., Jan. 31, 6:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

El Paso County Democratic Party, an affiliate of the national Democratic Party, holding regular meetings as well as endorsing the Democratic Women's Club, Young Dems and many others. Call the party headquarters for more, 473-8713.

Natural Law Party of Colorado, meetings locally during campaigns and in Denver during the rest of the year. For details, call 888/456-1732 or visit

Libertarian Party of El Paso County, an affiliate of the national Libertarian Party, meeting on the last Wednesday of each month. Friends of Liberty, an informal discussion group meeting every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Wooglin's Deli, southeast corner of Tejon and Cache la Poudre. Details, 596-6799. Next formal meeting: Jan. 30.

volunteer opportunities

Alzheimer's Association seeking caring, sensitive artists to help patients express thoughts and memories they can no longer speak or write about. The artist's commitment is about two hours per week. Call Marica Hefti at 637-8049.

Care and Share Food Bank seeking volunteers to help with promotions, graphic design, development, clerical work, food pickup and delivery, photography, special events help, research, data entry and warehouse work. Call Jordan Isreal, 528-1247. Visit for more.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office seeking volunteers in a variety of positions including; Posse Deputies, Volunteer/Events Assistant, Range Assistant, Clerical/Office Assistants, Wildland Fire Crew Members, Cadets (young people 14-21) and more. Contact Jaimie Hutchison, Volunteer Coordinator, at 520-7216 or e-mail to find out more. You can also visit the EPSO Web page:

Foster Grandparent Program presented by Volunteers of America invites low-income seniors in El Paso County to tutor, mentor and care for troubled children at facilities like Children's University and the Community Partnership for Child Development. In return, seniors are provided with a $200 monthly stipend that does not affect Social Security or other programs. To find out more, Call Kathy at 632-1448.

Greyhounds as Pets seeks friendly, outgoing volunteers to hug, bathe, walk and love retired greyhounds that are up for adoption. Volunteers will also assist in basic kennel cleaning, gardening, painting, etc. Help especially needed Saturday mornings. Call Patty, 635-6440.

Meals-on-Wheels seeking volunteers to help deliver hot meals to area elderly people for two hours each week. Call Diane at Silver Key Senior Services, 632-1521.

The Probation Victim Assistance Program seeks caring volunteers to assist in victim notifications, victims' rights education and the victim/offender mediation process. Call Stephanie, 329-7006.

Silver Key Senior Services seeking people to help drive local elderly persons to the grocery store, bank, doctor, etc. Invest just four hours a week or month and don't pay a penny for your gas! Call Diane, 632-1521.

Workout, Ltd. seeking a Volunteer Facilitator to assist participants in developing and approving a mutually acceptable agreement and facilitate meetings with victims and offender towards a positive resolution whenever possible. For details, call Denise Montano or at 471-4200, page her at 381-0681 or visit

Walking Shield American Indian Society seeking volunteers to help in warehouse with packing and loading boxes, and picking up donations. Hours: Tues. Fri., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Elaine Glynn at 329-0251,

The Community Chest is a resource for speaking your mind, pulling your weight, casting your vote or joining the club. See page 29 for information on submitting notices to the Chest.

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