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January 22 marked the eighth anniversary of the controversial Roe v. Wade decision, and the Pro-Choice Coalition of Colorado Springs has planned quite the celebration. Local figures will participate in "Our Voices of Choice," an evening of stories highlighting their reasons for supporting pro-choice legislation. Featured readers include Judy Noyes, Michael Merrifield, Laurie Picus, Ann Oatman-Gardner and Cindy Shealy. Plus comedians Kristina Hall, Sara B. Sirius and Monique Marvez will make sure it's not all sex and politics -- well, mostly. The celebration begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Admission is $10. Call 473-8537.

Make love, not war -- and General Wesley Clark is the man to show us how. The former Supreme Allied Commander of Europe and former NATO commander in Kosovo will discuss "Peacemaking in the 21st Century," and the interdependent roles of military power, diplomacy and economic aid, in Colorado College's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. The retired four-star general speaks on Monday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. and it's free. Call 389-6607.

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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.

Interfaith Hospitality Network Fifth Annual Luncheon and silent auction at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort Center, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road. This year's theme is "Have a Heart for the Homeless," featuring guest speaker Rabbi Hirsch of the Center for Christian-Jewish Dialogue. $25, 329-1244. Sun., Feb. 10, noon.

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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.

El Paso County Department of Health and Environment seeking donations of cold weather kits for the homeless. Suggested items include socks, gloves, mittens, knit caps, old sleeping bags, reflective survival blankets and jumbo-size Ziplock bags. Call 578-3278.

civic opportunities

El Paso County Park Advisory Board invites the public to attend their regular meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at the Board of County Commissioners Hearing 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.

El Paso County Commissioners seeking citizen volunteers to fill vacancies on various boards and committees, including the Board of Adjustment, the School Fee Advisory Committee, and the Placement Alternatives Commission. Interested individual should send a letter of interest and a brief resume to: Board of County Commissioners, Attn: Nancy Talent, Office Manager, 27 E. Vermijo Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2208.

clubs & organizations

Adoption Alliance holding information meetings about traditional infant, special needs and international adoptions at 30 E. Rio Grande St. on the first Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. and the third Wednesday at 7 p.m. RSVP to 636-9140 or Next meeting: Feb. 6.

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.

Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society featuring many satellite groups for those interested in mineralogy and using precious stones in jewelry, such as crystals, fossils, faceting, lapidary, micromount, camera club and pebble pups. General meeting held at 7:30 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. Free. For details, call Belinda Hall, 574-5319. Next meeting, "the Search for the Sun": Feb. 14.

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.

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.

forums & discussions

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.

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., Feb. 5: Mable Wilson, african American architect from the California College of Arts and Crafts discussing cultural memory and black museums.

political programs13th Annual Legislative Breakfast featuring keynote address by Fruzan Parvanta, "Plight or Promise: Women of Afghanistan." Also, networking, organization/issue fair and other events celebrating the variety of women's organization. At the Denver Public Library, Denver. $10, scholarship available. 303/592-3988. Mon., Feb. 11, 7-9:30 a.m.

volunteer opportunities

American Cancer Society seeking volunteers to help with the Road to Recovery program. Volunteers will help drive cancer patients to and from treatment. Training provided. Call 636-5101.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Pikes Peak seeking volunteers to mentor youth in our community. One to six hours a week. 633-2443.

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.

Friends of Cheyenne Cañon seeks volunteers to work in partnership with the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services staff to foster the enjoyment and preservation of the North Cheyenne Cañon Park. There are a variety of opportunities at both the Starsmore Discovery Center and the Helen Hunt Visitor Center. Volunteers needed to work with children, excellent training provided. Call Bette Large at 578-6146.

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.

Pikes Peak Family Connections seeking volunteers for the Nurturing Program, a series of parenting classes. A commitment of four hours per week for four months is requested. For more information, call Lindsay Peters, 444-4517.

Pikes Peak Library District seeking volunteer Archives Photocopying Assistants, Circulation Assistants, Computer Class Schedulers, Shelvers and Bin Processors. Positions available at various branches. Call 531-6333 Ext. 1251 for details.

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., a restorative justice program, seeks volunteers to facilitate conferences between victims and offenders. Training provided. Call Denise Mantano, 471-4200, 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 31 for information on submitting notices to the Chest.

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