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Harrison School District 2 seeks a new way to support educational programs without impacting district resources. They need your input on the possible formation of a Local Education Foundation (LEF), a nonprofit created and managed by local citizens designed to support public education at the local level. A discussion forum will be held at the Harrison Education Service Center, 1060 Harrison Road, on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Call 579-2319 for details.

The Indy's own John Hazlehurst will be just one of several media wonks to give their perspective at the Pikes Peak Library District's Reporting on the Media Panel Discussion Friday night at UCCS. KKTV 11's Jeff Marcu, The Gazette's Wayne Heilman and Jon Caldara, radio talk-show host and president of the Independence Institute in Golden, will also be present in University Center Room 116, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. The discussion begins at 7 p.m. Call 531-6333 with questions.

Area Events

Overview on Environmental Requirements for Construction Activities, a free class to help the construction and business communities comply with regulations. At the Colorado Springs Utilities Leon Young Center, 1521 S. Hancock Expressway. Topics include air permits, grading and erosion control plans, clean water requirements, wildlife protection, cultural resource management and more. To register, call 668-8698. Mon., March 11, 8 a.m.

Reporting on the Media Panel Discussion featuring KKTV 11's Jeff Marcu, The Gazette's Wayne Heilman, the Independent's John Hazlehurst and Jon Caldara, radio talk-show host and president of the Independence Institute in Golden, CO. At UCCS, University Center Room 116, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Fri., March 15, 7 p.m.

Introduction to Cohousing with Colorado Springs Cohousing at 515 E. Columbia St. Learn about energy-efficient homes clustered around common facilities designed for community activities. Call 471-6611. Sat., March 16, 10 a.m. to noon.

Arthritis Foundation Spaghetti Dinner at Oddfellow's Hall, 575 S. Union Blvd. Featuring entertainment and prizes. $2.50-$5, 520-5711. Sat., March 16, 6-8 p.m.

Housing Advocacy Coalition Annual Membership Meeting featuring a silent auction, lunch, awards, yearly report and more at First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain. Call 634-0738 for lunch reservations. Sat., March 16, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bulletin Board

Great Outdoors Colorado Board seeking comments on a draft strategic plan to help with the board's investments and grants. See the plan on the Web at

www.goco.org or by calling 303/863-7522. Comments are due by March 26.

The Pet Overpopulation Fund, a nonprofit program, has line item 57 on the 2001 Colorado State tax form allowing taxpayers to make a voluntary donation to the program. Contributions support local efforts to control pet populations.

Clubs & Organizations

American Businesswomen's Association meeting at Guiseppe's Depot, 10 S. Sierra Madre. Featuring networking and speaker Wendy Burt. $17 includes dinner, 481-0588. Registration required. Tues., March 19, 6 p.m.

Chess Club meeting every Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Borders, 1710 Briargate Blvd. Details, 266-1600.

Debtors Anonymous holds meetings at the Cathedral Room of First Presbyterian Church at Bijou and Nevada. Free, 719/227-1916. Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.

Downtown Toastmasters meets at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada. Call 634-1408 for information. Meeting every Friday, noon to 1 p.m.

Little London Stitchers, local chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild looking for new members. Meeting the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. For more information, call Shari at 392-6303. Next meeting: March 19.

The Network Exchange for Women (NEW) meets the third Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Antonio's on Garden of the Gods Road. $12, 265-1969. Next meeting: March 19.

Prism Fellowship Family Support Group meeting at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2505 N. Circle Dr. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Call Carolyn Reida, 548-0892, for details. Next meeting: March 21.

Rocky Mountain Inventors and Entrepreneurs Congress holding an informal round table meeting at PPCC on South Academy in Room 211, Student Life Building, Lot E, upstairs. $5-$10. For details, call Don Kessinger at 303/730-8460. Thurs., March 21, 6:30 p.m.

Singles Connection V, a social club for men and women age 50 to 79, meeting weekly for a variety of activities. Call Pauline at 475-0376 for information and a monthly newsletter.

Vegetarians of Colorado Springs gathering for a potluck on the second Sunday of each month at 5:30 p.m., at varying members' homes and city parks. For details or club information, visit www.vsc.org or call Nancy at 330-2165.

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 March 17: Historic photos of Manitou Springs.

Harrison Community Education Foundation holding a community forum to discuss the possibility of a Local Education Foundation in School District #2. Community input is sought at the Harrison Education Service Center, 1060 Harrison Road. Call 579-2319 for details. Tues., March 19, 6:30 p.m.

Political Programs

Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition Candidate Forums, for County Commissioner seats. At the VFW Post 4052, 430 E. Pikes Peak Ave., at 7 p.m. Free. On Thurs., March 14: Republican candidates for Commission District 1, Bill Guman and Wayne Williams. On Thurs., April 11: Republican candidates for Commission District 5, Jim Besburg and Mary Anne Tebedo.

Shaping Colorado's Future: Women at the State Capitol. Learn what's happening at the state capitol regarding health care, education, affordable housing, civil rights, child and elder care and also how to make your voice heard. At the Olympic Training Center, 1750 E. Boulder St. $15 includes lunch, scholarships provided. Childcare available with advance notice. Call 877/796-6626 to register; call Cindy at 573-8883 with questions. Sat., March 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pikes Peak Green Party, espousing ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy, nonviolence, respect for diversity and future focus in politics meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Center, 29 S. Institute. Details, 210-5144. Next meeting: March 21.

Volunteer Opportunities

Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo St., seeking volunteers to help with Wildlife Neighbors, Survivors and Keepers of the Water, environmental education school programs in April and May. For a schedule of training times, call 578-7008.

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

CASA seeking volunteers to be a voice in court for child victims of abuse and neglect in El Paso County. All advocates are thoroughly trained and provide on-going support. Call Amber, 447-9898 Ext. 1008.

The Children's Literacy Center seeks volunteers ages 16 or older (13-15 with special recommendations) to provide one-on-one tutoring in reading to first, second and third graders. Two hours per week for 12 weeks will help a child become a successful reader. 30 sites and a variety of tutoring times available; training provided. For details, call 471-8672.

Colorado Division of Wildlife seeking volunteers for a wildlife transport team, to help injured wildlife. Volunteers must be able to be on call after training. Call Jean Sanchez at 227-5204 for details.

Community Partnership for Child Development seeking volunteers for its Head Start program. Volunteers spend a few hours per week working one-on-one with children in the classroom or during evening child care. All ages welcome to apply; there is no minimum commitment of hours. Schedules are flexible, training is provided, and there's a variety of locations. Call Susan Fleming at 635-1536 Ext. 233.

Girl Scouts seeking adult men and women volunteers to be troop leaders and helpers, and organize activities such as camping, mentoring, photography and more. No experience required. Call 597-8603.

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.

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site seeks volunteer docents to dress in period costume, conduct tours and historic demonstrations, assist with school programs and more. Training provided. A one hour information session will be held on Wed. April 3 from noon to 1 p.m. For reservations, call 578-6777.

The Community Chest is a resource for speaking your mind, pulling your weight, casting your vote or joining the club. See page 35 for information on submitting notices to the Chest.

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