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click to enlarge Cottonwood Artists School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899. - Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring - Convergence 2006, the works of 12 painters converging - into a single visual expression, through Nov. 21.
  • Cottonwood Artists School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Convergence 2006, the works of 12 painters converging into a single visual expression, through Nov. 21.

Art Shows & Galleries
American Numismatic Association Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646. Open Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Free. Featuring The Die Is Cast: Money of the Ancient World through September 2007. Visit money.org for more.

Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Christmas Art Show with paintings of Kang Lee Sheppard through November. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 17, 4-7 p.m. Visit aratiartists.com for more.

Artists Lair, 2766 Janitell Road, 576-5247. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring the Art of Devin Arnold through Nov. 20. The Gift, works by Bill Hyer, Nov. 30. To Dec. 20. Opening reception, Thurs., Nov. 30, 6-9 p.m.

ARTSpace Gallery, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 385-7900. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat., 1-5 p.m. p.m. Featuring works by Eulalie Brown through Dec. 16.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9960. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Featuring collages by artist Terry Barber through Dec. 1

Black Cat Books and Wine Bar, 720 Manitou Ave. and RetroMoto Toys, 738 Manitou Ave., 685-2475. Presenting Toy Stories: The Art of Playing, a show featuring handmade toys, art made from toys and art depicting toys, through Dec. 1.

The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. Featuring the works of Adam Conard through Dec. 10.

*The Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 232-9368. Open Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., noon to 3 p.m. Featuring Wrapped, works by all Bridge Gallery members, through Dec. 2.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring Sangre de Amor: Souls of Virtue, works of Lupita Carrasco, through Nov. 28. The Art of Winter Solstice through Dec. 30. Hot Off the Press: Printmakers Invitational, woodblock, intaglio, relief, monotype prints and more from 15 artists, through Dec. 31. Opening reception, Nov. 17, 5-8 p.m. Visit thebac.org for more.

Cheyenne Mountain Academic Arts Building, 1200 Cresta Road, 475-6110. Featuring works of the entire Cheyenne Mountain District 12 Art Faculty, Nov. 30 to Dec. 14. Opening reception Nov. 30, 5:30-7 p.m.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Featuring Book as Object: An International Survey of Sculptural Bookworks, through Dec. 19.

Colachi Arts, 1107 Manitou Ave., No. 11., 685-1254. Featuring Great People, Great Minds, oil paintings by Preston Smith. Opening reception, Nov. 18, 4-8:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Featuring Buffalo Bill and the Invention of the Wild West through Jan. 27. Visit cspm.org for more.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Holiday Market, works by over 50 Colorado artists, through Dec. 31. Open house, Dec. 9, noon to 4 p.m. Visit commonwheel.com for more.

*Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Convergence 2006, the works of 12 painters converging into a single visual expression, through Nov. 21.

Cucuru Gallery, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900. Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Fall Art Safari, with works by Judy Ellias-Ochs, Colorado Iron Works and Mary-Linn Benning. Cuban Art Show opening Nov. 18.

El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/583-0453. Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $3-$4 for non-members. Featuring Explorer or Spy: The Pike Legacy through Dec. 30.

FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., Suite 100, 634-5583. Open Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3.75-$7.50 for non-members. Featuring works by Dale Chihuly through Jan. 7. Colorado Springs artists Dan Britton, Pard Morrison, Laurel Swab and Rita Zimmerman, Jan. 27 to March 4. Katrina: Catastrophe and Catharsis, March 9 to April 29. William Gottlieb's Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz, May 5 to June 24. Visit csfineartscenter.org for more.

The Fine Art Gallery at Colorado State University, Capps Capozzolo Center for the Arts, Pueblo, 719/549-2404. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presenting Ruth Lingen: Collaborative Prints and Books, works showcasing print, paper and bookmaking techniques, through Nov. 17.

Full Spectrum Gallery, 828A E. Fillmore St., 630-7664. Open Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presenting FACETS 2006: Colorado Mosaic Art, works featuring glass, ceramic and found objects by 10 artists, through Nov. 25.

The Great Hall, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Open Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Featuring Quilts as Object d' Art, works from Dariel's Designs and Judy's Quilts, through Nov. 30. Call 633-7717 or visit asuuc.net for more.

Gunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494. Open Mon. and Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring A Year in the Making: Anniversary Celebration through Dec. 8. Visit guntherwolffgallery.com for more.

The Nook, 2821 Dublin Blvd., 265-8980. Open Mon., 6:30-10:30 a.m. and Tues.-Sun., 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Featuring the works of Joe R. Luciano, Barbara J. Davies and Dottie Lirette through April.

OpticalReverb Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 210-9799. Open noon to 5 p.m., Wed., Fri. and Sat. Featuring Works by James Wolnick through November. Visit opticalreverb.com for more.

OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 210-9799. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Featuring Organic Symmetry, works by Kim Polomka, Andy Mason, Marina Eckler and Adept through Nov. 30. Seguidor de Prosa, multi-media works by Jason Zacharias and Langdon Foss, Dec. 1 through Jan. 30.

OpticalReverb at the V Bar, 19 E. Kiowa St., 210-9799. Featuring Urban Sickness, canvas works by national graffiti artists, through Dec. 15.

*Pankratz Gallery, 366 Second St., Monument, 481-3108. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featuring East Meets West: The Northern Edition, American landscapes by Brian Clifford, through Dec. 2.

Pianos " New & Used, 413 N. Tejon St. Featuring Musical Journeys, photographs by Lillian Kaiser of famous rock and pop musicians. Opening reception with live music by Bryant Jones, Fri., Nov. 17, 5-7 p.m.

Pikes Peak Community College Art Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-3164. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Past, Present and Future, works by faculty and students from Bemis School of Art, through Dec. 14.

Plantera Group Gallery, Plantera Group, 731 N. Weber St., 886-0456. Open Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Weber Street Works of Art, with CJ Hendrickson, Alison Smith and Davoth, to benefit the Business of Art Center, through Dec. 22.

*Rainy Days Silkscreen Studio & Gallery, 218 West Colorado Ave., Suite 104. Featuring Harvest of Art, works by Chris Dysart, through Nov. 25. Call 471-2546 for more.

Rico's Caf & Wine Bar, 320 N. Tejon St., 630-7723. Open Mon.-Wed, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thurs.-Sat., 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring a Photographic Meditation On Ordinary Objects, by Tim Davis, through Jan. 4.

Rubbish, 17B Bijou St., 231-9839. Open Fri. and Sat., 5-10 p.m. Featuring Bring the Pain, works of Jarrod Stuhlsatzc and Doug W. Johnson, through November.

Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring My Favorite Things in the Children's Museum through Jan. 6. Colorado landscape artist Charles Partridge Adams through Jan. 27. Own Your Own Art Show and Sale through Dec. 30. Different Perspectives: Views of Pikes Peak through Jan. 20. Visit sdc-arts.org for more.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012. Open Wed., Fri. and Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Reimagining Guernica, artworks inspired by Pablo Picasso's 1937 masterpiece, through Nov. 19. Visit smokebrush.org for more.

The Squash Blossom, 2531 W. Colorado Ave., 632-1899. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Landscapes by Rick Young and New Works by Miguel Martinez through November.

UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. 262-3567. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., 1-4 p.m. Featuring Floating Worlds through Nov. 17. UCCS Faculty Exhibition, Dec. 1 to Jan. 5. Blue Books and other Artist Books, Jan. 19 to March 16. Student Art Exhibition, April 6 to June 1. Water Media International XV, June 15 to Aug. 3. Visit galleryuccs.org for more.

Art events Charles H. Rockey Art Raffle, Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave., Manitou Springs. Raffling "Into the Garden," an original painting by Charles H. Rockey, Painter Laureate of Manitou Springs. Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100. Proceeds benefit the church. The winner will be drawn on Dec. 10. Call 685-5225 for more.

Auditions & Entries
El Dorado Gallery is seeking entries for its Christmas art show. Forms can be picked up at the gallery at 2627 W. Colorado Ave. Entries will be accepted Nov. 17-19. Call 634-4075 for more.

Star Bar Players is holding auditions for Sam Shephard's True West on Sat., Nov. 18, noon to 4 p.m. and Mon., Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m. at Community Prep School Gymnasium, 332 E. Willamette Ave. Call 573-7411 or visit starbarplayers.org for more.

Leadership Pikes Peak is accepting applications for the Spring 2007 Women's Community Leadership Initiative through Nov. 30. Call 632-2618 or visit leadershippikespeak.org for more.

The Colorado Balloon Classic is seeking entries for its 2007 event logo contest. Entries are due by Nov. 30. Visit ballonclassic.com for a copy of the entry form and more.

Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is seeking participants for the Snowflakes & Smiles Holiday Parade. Prizes will be awarded in five categories. Entries due by Sat., Dec. 1. Call 685-5089 or visit manitousprings.org for more.

Woodland Park City Hall and Chamber of Commerce are accepting applications for "The Blizzard of Oz" 2006 Lighter Side of Christmas Parade. Entries are $25 for businesses and $10 for non-profits. Call 686-1820 ext. 112 for more.

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and Red Rocks Community College are seeking entries for the 2007 Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region. Submissions will be accepted through Dec. 10. Call 303/914-6231 for more.

Pikes Peak Art Council is seeking 10-minute plays as entries in the "Six Women Playwriting Festival," open to women 16 and older, through Dec. 31. Winning works will be presented at the Business of Art Center on April 19-22. Visit sixwomenplayfestival.com for more.

Civic Opportunities
Fort Carson Restoration Advisory Board, Elkhorn Catering and Conference Center, Building 7300, off Woodfill Road, Fort Carson. Presenting information to the public about hazardous waste permit modifications and environmental cleanup projects. Thurs., Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. Call 526-8004 for more.

Election Results in Review, CC's Slocum Hall Commons, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St. The League of Women Voters will present CC Professor Thomas Cronin speaking on the impact of the mid-term elections. Sat., Nov. 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Call 633-2376 for more.

Coats for Kids, collection bins at all King Soopers locations. The local chapter of Mothers & More is collecting new and gently used coats, hats and gloves for local families in need through Nov. 20. Call 599-8905 for more.

One Nation Walking Together is seeking holiday gifts and toys for Native Americans in need. Gifts for boys 8-18, such as playing cards, flashlights, balls, trucks and watches, are especially needed. Bring donations to 45-A Commerce St. Call 329-0251 or visit onenationwt.org for more.

Clubs & Organizations
MS/Lupus Support Group, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Rockrimmon Community Center, Room 118, 290 E. Woodmen Road. Presenting Diane Stewart of the MS Alliance of Southern Colorado discussing organizational tips. Tues., Nov. 21, 10-11:30 a.m. Call Linda at 638-1700 for more.

Empower Colorado, First Church of the Nazarene, 4120 E. Fountain Blvd. A support group for families of children with a mental illness. Meets the second Saturday of the month. Call 559-7679 for more.

The Alpha Course, The Weber Street Center, 219 E. Bijou St. Weekly meeting to share a meal and discuss questions of faith. Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. Call 884-6180 or visit first-pres.org/alpha for more.

Emotions Anonymous Support Group, Pikes Peak United Way, 518 N. Nevada Ave. Meets at 3:30-4:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. Call 573-7846 for more.

Recovery Incorporated self-help group for people with depression, anxiety, obsessions or other psychological issues meets Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. at Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point. Call 393-5316 for more.

Adult ADD/ADHD Support Group of the Pikes Peak Region, Vanguard Church, 3950 N. Academy Blvd. Donations accepted. Meets Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 351-7951 for more.

Senior Community Service Employment Program, 1510 N. Hancock Ave. Offering paid training for persons 55 and older. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call AARP at 635-3579 for more.

The Breakfast Club for Singles 50+, SilverWood Hotel, 505 Popes Bluff Trail. $13. Meets 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month, offering activities and social events. Call 260-0651 for more.

GFWC Woman's Club of Colorado Springs, CC's Slocum Hall Commons, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St. Meets the second Wednesday of every month through April, 2 p.m. Call Kathy at 590-1436 for more.

Jack Quinn's Running Club, 21 S. Tejon St. Featuring a weekly night 5K Run, Walk, Trot, Stagger, Crawl with a free appetizer buffet and happy hour Bristol pints. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Call 385-0766 or visit jackquinnsrunners.com for more.

Sno-Jets Ski Club Events, Howard's BBQ, 3350 N. Chestnut St. Club meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Offering ski trips, biking, hiking and other activities. Visit snojets.org or call 577-7669 for more.

Colorado Springs Medical Marijuana Support Group, Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Learn about the uses of medical marijuana and more. Meets the second Thursday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 393-0857 for more.

Twilight MOPS Buffet and Speaker, First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St. $10. Featuring a buffet supper and speaker for moms of preschoolers. Dinner for children and childcare included. First and third Thursdays of the month, 6-8 p.m. Call 884-6233 for more.

Lunch Break, Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., $7.50. For all women in the workplace, a buffet luncheon with speakers addressing the theme Wednesday Matinee: Encouragement for Life's Reel Dramas through April. Meets first and third Wednesdays of the month, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Call 884-6234 by Monday prior for reservations.

Colorado Springs Chess Club, Acacia Apartments' cafeteria, 104 E. Platte Ave. Any chess player is welcome on Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m. Call Richard at 685-1984 for more or visit cs.chess.home.att.net.

WINGS provides therapist-facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Women's group meets Monday evenings. Men's group starting soon. Call 800/373-8671 or visit wingsfound.org for more.

Forty+ of Colorado Springs, TREA Club, 834 Emory Circle. Free. A nonprofit for anyone over 40 who is searching for employment through management and leadership. Meets Fridays, 7:30 a.m. Call Mark at 548-9114 for more.

El Paso County Democratic Club, Democratic Headquarters, 25 N. Iowa St. Meets the second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. Call Mark at 548-9114 for more.

Film & Video
Call Me Malcolm, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 E. St. Vrain St. Free. Presenting a documentary that follows a transgender seminary student and his struggle with faith, love and gender identity. Call 635-3549 or visit callmemalcolm.com for more.

French Cinema Club, CC's Armstrong Hall, Max Kade Theater, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Presenting a tribute to Actress Catherine Deneuve featuring Place Vendme, (1999), Nov. 27. Est ouest (1999), Dec. 4. 8 femmes (2002), Dec. 11. Showings at 6:30 p.m. in French with English subtitles. Call 389-6519 for more.

Indymedia Newsreal Brown Bag, Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, 214 E. Vermijo Ave. Free. Presenting news clips of people in power that the corporate media doesn't show or tell. Tues., Nov. 28, noon to 1 p.m. Call 471-3405 for more.

IMAX Film Festival, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. Featuring six favorite films, selected by viewers, from those shown during the theater's 23-year history. Jan. 1 to March 15. Call 800/925-2250 or visit dmns.org for more.

Food & Drink
Taste of Manitou Springs Dining Extravaganza, Briarhurst Manor, 404 Manitou Ave. $40. Featuring foods from local restaurants and the annual report from the Manitou Springs Economic Development Council. Sat., Nov. 16, 6 p.m. Call 685-9741 for more.

Brazilian Celebration & Buffet, Samba Brasil Market & Caf, 410G S. Eighth St. $8.95. Samba Brasil and Amazon Energy present Brazilian foods and acai, the "power fruit" of the Amazon, along with live music from Mistura Bela and Banda Sem Nome, games and prizes. Call 633-1990 for more.

November Wine Dinner, The Warehouse Restaurant, 25 W. Cimarron St. $50. Presenting a five-course dinner with wine featuring German cuisine. Sat., Nov. 18, 7 p.m. Call 475-8880 for more.

Blue Star Events, 1645 S. Tejon St. Wine tastings, Thursdays, 5:45 p.m. Cooking classes, Greek, Nov. 19. Call 632-1086 to make reservations.

Experience Wine Classes, Mimi's Caf, 7133 N. Academy Blvd., "Wines of Napa Valley," Sun. Nov. 19, 5:30-8 p.m. $45. Call 282-8688 for more or visit experiencewine.net.

Blue Vervain Restaurant Events, 56 Park Ave., Manitou Springs. $65-$85 for series. Monthly cooking classes featuring an appetizer, salad, entre and dessert, French, Dec. 6. Mondays, 6-8 p.m. Call 685-2003 to register.

Health & Healing
Celebration Store Events, Celebration Conscious Living Store, 2209 W. Colorado Ave. Offering "Essential Self, Authentic Self," Nov. 17. Holiday Open House, Nov. 18. "White Light Reiki," Nov. 19. "Sacred Sounding and Channeling," Nov. 20. "Meditation on Astral Projection," Nov. 22. "Reclaiming Witches," Nov. 27. "Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover " Psychometry," Nov. 29. Second Degree Reiki Class, Dec. 9. Visit celebrationstore.com for more.

Sacred Communitas Center Events, 1353 S. Eighth St., Suite 102. Goddess Embodied Women's Circle, $10. Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Creative Abundance Circle, $10. Mondays, 7-9 p.m. Call 210-1085 or visit innercraft.com for more.

Smooth Changes Therapies Events, 4935 N. 30th St. #180, Free Hypnosis Group Sessions, Thurs., Nov. 16, 6-7:30 p.m. Call 271-6089 or visit smoothchanges.com for more.

click to enlarge Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou - Springs, 685-1861. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Free. Featuring Sangre de Amor: Souls of Virtue, works of - Lupita Carrasco, through Nov. 28. The Art of Winter - Solstice through Dec. 30. Hot Off the Press: Printmakers - Invitational, woodblock, intaglio, relief, monotype prints - and more from 15 artists, through Dec. 31. Opening - reception, Nov. 17, 5-8 p.m. Visit thebac.org for more.
  • Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring Sangre de Amor: Souls of Virtue, works of Lupita Carrasco, through Nov. 28. The Art of Winter Solstice through Dec. 30. Hot Off the Press: Printmakers Invitational, woodblock, intaglio, relief, monotype prints and more from 15 artists, through Dec. 31. Opening reception, Nov. 17, 5-8 p.m. Visit thebac.org for more.

Stay Healthy Naturally, Sage Woman Herbs, 308-A S. Eighth St. $10. Presenting a clinical herbalist teaching about herbal remedies for treating and preventing colds and fevers. Sat., Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 473-9702 for reservations and more.

Give Peace a Chant, Dancing Hearts Yoga Studio, 2828 W. Colorado Ave. Free. Offering a yoga chant followed by a silent meditation. Sun., Nov. 19, 4-5 p.m. Call 390-1611 for more.

"Excellent Lifestyle Habits," Ruth Holley Branch Library, 685 N. Murray Blvd. Free. Dr. David T. Dolwig will discuss things you can do to achieve peak health. Mon., Nov. 20, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 597-7553 for more.

Soul Restoration Workshop, Unity Church of the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road. $30. Use your inborn creative powers and the law of attraction to create the life you desire. Sun., Nov. 26, 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. Call 687-1191 for more.

First Congregational Saturday Movement Practice, Founder's Room, 20 E. St. Vrain St. Donations accepted. Dance Gabrielle Roth's Five Rhythms. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. Call 291-3120 for more.

Overcoming Obstacles, Rose of Sharon Ministries, 411 Lakewood Circle, Suite C204A. Offering a discipleship training class for help in facing difficult challenges. Mondays through Feb. 10, 7-9 p.m. Call 219-9789 for more.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, Healthlink offices, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 220. Register for a variety of classes from childbirth classes to yoga, massage, and smoking cessation. Call 444-2273 or visit memorialhealthsystem.com for more.

Celebrate Recovery, Westside First Church, 520 N. Walnut St. Join the road to recovery with this Christian-based support program. Saturdays at 7 p.m. Call 473-7113 for more.

Falun Gong Group, Monument Valley Park, directly behind the Fine Arts Center at 30 W. Dale St. Free. Graceful exercises to meditation music, every Sunday, 2-3 p.m. Call 282-9236 for more.

Special Needs Yoga, Yoga Journeys Studio, 709 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 201. Offering yoga for those with physical challengescancer recovery, joint and muscle limitations, fibromyalgia, heart disease and more. Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m. Call 578-8093 for more.

Yoga and Coffee, Java Buddha Coffee House, 2631 Colorado Ave. $5. Learn Ashtanga, Hatha and Vinyasa yoga from certified instructors. Call 633-5282 for times.

Insight Buddhist Meditation, Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite. A. Silent sits on Sundays, 9-10 a.m. and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Orientation for first timers, Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. Guided loving kindness sits on Fridays, noon to 1 p.m. Call Carol at 473-7609 for more.

Lectures & Learning
Learning Differences Seminar, Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road. $110-$150. Hillsprings Learning Center will present Learning Expert Dr. Mel Levine discussing children's learning styles and more. Thurs., Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 576-3840 for more.

The Small Business Development Center Classes, UCCS CITTI Building, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Offering "Understanding Business Financial Statements," Nov. 16. Call 262-3844 or visit cssbdc.org for a complete schedule and more information.

"Heather's Mommy Speaks Out: Homophobia, Censorship and Family Values," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave. Presenting Leslea Newman, author of Heather Has Two Mommies and other books. Thurs., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6038 for more.

"Jung and Gnosticism: In Search of the Pearl of Knowledge," Unity Church of the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road. $8-$10. Featuring a talk by Bob Bonqiovanni. Fri., Nov. 17, 7 p.m. Call 389-6616 for more.

"Passage to India: From Wireless to the Dalai Lama," Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St. Free. Presenting Dave Hughes, wireless technology guru, speaking about his experiences with the challenges of travel, technology and culture in India. Sun., Nov. 19, 2 p.m. Call 636-1225 for more.

"Refuse to Be a Victim" Crime Prevention Program, Colorado Springs Police Department Training Academy, Isaac Hall, 725 N. Murray Blvd. Featuring a seminar and workshop for the general public and instructor candidates. Mon. Nov. 20, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 703/475-4598 or email refuseprogram@verizon.net for registration information and more.

District 11 Community Education Classes, various locations. Offering "Computer Novice I," Nov. 28. "Components of a Successful Web Site," Dec. 4. "Managing Rental Property," Dec. 12. Call 520-2384 or d11.org/communityed for more.

Renaissance Academy Events, 2760 Fieldstone Road. Presenting "Using Biodiesel Fuel," with Larry Erpelding of LHE Energy of Colorado. Nov. 28, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 475-2510 for more.

"Genius, Visionary, Icon: The Culture of Celebrity in the Contemporary Art World," CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Presenting Art Historian Erika Doss speaking on the construction of art world celebrity. Thurs., Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6607 for more.

"Preparing for Board Service: Board Roles and Responsibilities," Pikes Peak United Way, 518 North Nevada Ave. $45. Learn about the expectations and functions of a successful nonprofit board. Sat., Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to noon. Call 575-4341 or visit cnecoloradosprings.org for more.

"Should You Start Your Own Business?" East Library, Nov. 27. Penrose Library, Dec. 5. Featuring workshops presented by SCORE. Call 636-3074 or visit coloradospringsscore.org for more.

Curiosity Unlimited Series, University Center at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Room 303. $25 for entire series. Lectures on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. "The Brain-Development/Decline of Cognitive Processes," Dec. 8. "Teaching African American History," Feb. 9. "Why is Most of the Universe Missing?" March 9. "Current Trends in Math Research," April 13. "Jane Austin Visits Country Houses," May 11. For more call 598-3020 or visit uccs.edu.

Environmental Stewardship Series, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. Environmental Organization Panel Discussion, Dec. 17. Call 473-1807 or visit broadmoorchurch.org for more.

Pikes Peak Library District Events, various library locations. Offering book clubs, story times, and programs on holiday planning, parenting, writing, business, languages, crafts, film, history and more for all ages. Call 531-6333 or visit ppld.org for times and locations.

PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations, call 633-4991 to register. Featuring classes on film, politics, alternative healing, Colorado history, travel, business and more. Visit visitpillar.org for more.

Sheppard Art Institute, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Fees vary. Offering classes through a nonprofit with the mission of providing opportunities to study art and culture. For more call 282-2706.

The West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 20th St. Offering classes from CPR to belly dancing and photography. Also offering trips and summer camps. Call 385-7920 for more.

Literary Events
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1565 Briargate Blvd. Featuring Randi Lee Levin signing Sharing Mountain Recipes, Sat., Nov. 18, 1 p.m. Steve Gaenzle and Jorge Charry signing Yo Si Puedo! Yes I Can!: Spanish Language Concepts for Law Enforcement, Sun., Nov. 19, 2 p.m. Call 266-9960 for more.

Colorado College Visiting Writers Series, Colorado College, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Featuring readings by internationally known authors and poets. Diane Thiel, Thurs., Nov. 16, 7 p.m. H.L. Hix, Thurs., Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Robert Mesey, Thurs., Jan 25, 7 p.m. Camille Paglia, Tues., Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. James Salter, Thurs., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Tony Moffeit, Sat., Feb 24, 7:30 p.m. Azar Nafisi, Fri., March 30, 7:30 p.m. David Mason, Thurs., April 5, 7 p.m. Peter Matthiessen, Wed., May 2, 7 p.m. Call 389-6853 for more.

Poetry Reading, Smokebrush Center, 218 W. Colorado Ave. Free. Hear three award-winning poetsMalcolm McCollum, Art Goodtimes and Jim Cilettiperform their poetry. Mon., Nov. 27, 7 p.m. Call 634-2367 for more.

Open Mic Poetry Nights, Pikes Peak Community College, Downtown Studio Campus, Student Commons, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Free. All readers welcome to share favorite poetry or prose, or present an original composition. Dec. 1, 7-9 p.m. Call 540-7106 for more.

Music

Acoustic House Concert with Joe Uveges and Phil Ginsberg, Old Town Guesthouse, 115 S. 26th St. $10-$12. Featuring music and spoken word monologues as Uveges and Ginsberg swap songs and stories. Thurs., Nov. 16, 7 p.m. Call 227-8648 for more.

Martn Candelaria, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St. $10-$15. Classical guitar virtuoso Candelaria will perform the music of Mexican composers Manuel Ponce and Ram'n Noble. Fri., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. Visit coloradospringsguitarsociety.org for more.

Leftovers with Chuck Pyle, Unity Church of the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road. $15, children under 10 free. Featuring the "Zen cowboy" in concert and a potluck dinner of Thanksgiving leftovers. Fri., Nov. 24. Potluck dinner, 6:15 p.m. Concert, 7:30-9 p.m. Call 495-0645 for more.

classical UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art Concerts, Science Building, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free. UCCS Jazz Ensemble, Nov. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call 262-3567 for more.

Mostly Mozart Thursday Salon Series, 8 Broadmoor Hills Drive. $15-$40. Presenting evening celebrations of music, food and drink in honor of Mozart's 250th birthday. Thurs., Nov. 16, 7 p.m. Call 439-4630 for reservations and more.

Pueblo Symphony, Hoag Recital Hall, CSU-Pueblo. Featuring Broadway Baritones, Sat., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Some Enchanted Evening, Sat. Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. Cello Passion, Sat., March 10, 7:30 p.m. Season Finale, April 21, 7:30 p.m. Call 719/545-7967 for more.

Rocky Mountain Music Alliance Series, Forestgate Presbyterian Church, 970 Northgate Road. $18-$22. Daniel Lochrie on clarinet, Margaret Miller on viola and Michael Baron on piano. Sat., Dec. 9, 7 p.m. Pianist Michael Baron. Sat., Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Michael Baron and Renato Premezzi, piano duo. Sat., April 21, 7 p.m. Call 484-0192 for more.

St. Andrew's Recital Series, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Cañon and Manitou avenues, Manitou Springs. $5 suggested donation. Chamber Music Recitals featuring Mostly Low Brass, Music for the Holidays, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Concertos, Bach for Violin and Oboe, Brandenburg #6, April 4, 7:30 p.m. Call 475-2396 for more.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $12-$50. Presenting Haydn, Beethoven & Kodaly, Sat., Nov. 18, 8 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 19, 2:30 p.m. The Nutcracker, Fri., Nov. 24, 8 p.m., Sat., Nov. 25, 2:30 and 8 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 26, 2:30 p.m. Pops: The Music of John Williams, Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Christmas Classics and Carols, Fri., Dec. 22, 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m. Call 884-2110 or visit csphilharmonic.org for more.

Colorado Springs Chorale, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Deck the Hall, Dec. 8 and Christmas Classics and Carols, Dec. 22-23. Call 634-3737 or visit cschorale.org for more.

Woodland Park Wind Symphony, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. midland Ave., Woodland Park. Free. Enjoy the symphony's Christmas Concert. Sun., Dec. 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Call 687-2210 for more.

Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. $5-$15. Free. Presenting Wintersong a celebration of the season with music and spoken word. Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada, Ave., Fri., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. and Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church, 20256 Hunting Downs Way, Monument. Sun., Dec. 17, 4 p.m. The Art of Ensemble Singing, CVAE high school vocalists will join with high school chamber ensembles. Sat., Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. Location TBA. Visit cvae.org for more.

Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Saturdays at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., and Sundays at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. $10-$15. Featuring Winter Dreams and Summer Memories, Jan. 20-21. Children's Chorale and The Chamber Orchestra, March 3-4. Season Finale, May 5-7. Friday at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. Call 633-3649 for more.

Pueblo Symphony for Kids, Hoag Recital Hall, Pueblo. $10. For Kids, By Kids: Back to Broadway, Sat., March 17, 7:30 p.m. Call 719/545-7967 for more.

other music Pikes Peak Flute Circle Meeting, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Free. Supporting members' common interest in Native American flute music. Thurs., Nov. 16. Beginner lessons and practice, 5:30-6:30 p.m. All members, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call 591-2922 for more.

Pueblo Performing Arts Guild Events, Hoag Hall, CSU-Pueblo. CSU Music Department presents Jazz Night, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. Pueblo Children's Chorale presents Merrily We Roll Along: A Season of Music and Mischief, Nov. 18, 3 p.m. Holiday Harmony, Broadway Baritones, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Concert Choir & Chamber Fall Concert, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Visit pueblopag.org for more.

El Pueblo History Museum Concert, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo. $10. Featuring 19th century Rio Grand dances followed by music of the Pike Era with a slide presentation of Zebulon Pike's expedition. Fri., Nov. 17, 6 p.m. Call 719/583-0453 for more.

Brothers, Sing On!, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 E. St. Vrain St. $15, children 12 and under free. Out Loud, the Colorado Springs Men's Chorus, will kick off its second concert season. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 17-18, 7 p.m. Call 471-0468 or visit outloudcsmc.org for more.

A Holiday Housewarming: Songs of the Season, Benet Hill Center, 2577 N. Chelton Road. $12-$15. Featuring the American the Beautiful Chorus. Sat., Dec. 2, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Call 272-4390 for more.

Lessons and Carols, First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade Ave. Featuring First Lutheran's 80-voice choir, Carillon Ringers, quartets, children's choir and more. Sun., Dec. 3, 3:30 p.m. Call 632-8836 for more.

Music for a Winter Night, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave. $30. Presenting soprano Helen Dilworth along with a cocktail hour, hors d' oeuvres, art show and sale to benefit the Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District. Thurs., Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Call 593-8400 for more.

Soli Deo Gloria Choir, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 846 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The choir will present Blessed Light...Holy Night. Please bring a non-perishable food item for Care and Share. Sat., Dec. 9, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call 262-0614 or visit solideogloriacs.org for more.

Sacred Concert Series, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Concerts by professional Christian artists from around the world. The Sounds of Christmas, Dec. 10. Visit fumc-cs.org or call 471-4361 for tickets and more information.

Performances
Manitou Art Theater Events, Venue 515, Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. $8. Featuring stand-up and improvisational comedy from Hannah Rockey and Jeff Harms, Nov. 16-18, 8 p.m. $15. Call 685-4729 or visit themat.org for more.

Anatomy of Gray, Cheyenne Mountain High School, Black Box Theater, 1200 Cresta Road. $5-$6. A unique coming-of-age story from Jim Leonard. Nov. 16-17, 8 p.m. and Nov. 18, 2 p.m. Call 475-6110 ext. 174 for more.

The Power Team, First Southern Baptist Church, 1409 Palmer Park Blvd. Presenting world class athletes using feats of strength to communicate positive messages. Nov. 16-19. Call 633-4625 for more.

Grease, Coronado High School, 1590 W. Fillmore St. $6-$8. Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny lead the high school cast in this musical celebrating 1950's pop culture. Nov. 16-18, 7 p.m. Call 328-3760 for more.

Beauty and the Beast, Mitchell High School Auditorium, 1205 Potter Drive. $5-$7. Mitchell Performing Arts Department will present the Disney production. Nov. 16-18, 7 p.m. Call 328-6684 for more.

Bed & Breakfast Murder Mystery Theater, Old Town Guesthouse, 115 S. 26th St. $65. Featuring Murder Aboard the Titan on Nov. 17 and Dec. 29. All shows and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Call 632-9194 or visit oldtown-guesthouse.com for more.

Damon Runyon Theater Events, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo. $8-$30. Featuring a readers' theater production of Dyskolos (or "Grouch"), Nov. 17-18, 7 p.m. A Year with Frog and Toad, Dec. 8-9, 7 p.m. and Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Call 719/564-0579 or runyontheater.org for more.

Razzamataz the Stupendous and His Mystical Medicine Show, various venues. Presenting an adaptation of The Jabberwocky with 14-foot-tall monsters, a sock monkey rock band, political satire, and puppetry magic. Nov. 17-20. Call 504/301-8201 or visit razzamatazproductions.com for venues and more.

FAC Main Events, 30 W. Dale St. Featuring 1940's Radio Hour, Nov. 17 to Dec. 10. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Jan. 12-28. Little Shop of Horrors, Feb. 16 to March 11. The Complete History of America ... Abridged, March 30 to April 15. Into the Woods, May 11 to June 3. Call 634-5583 for tickets and more.

Loonee's Comedy Corner Events, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707. Shows on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Jac Rene through Nov. 19. The Stagebenders, Nov. 22-26. Jay Wendell Walker, Nov. 29 to Dec. 3. Claude Stuart, Dec. 6-10. Visit loonees.com for more.

Nutcracker, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $24-$40. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic will present Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker with the San Diego Ballet and local children. Nov. 24-25, 8 p.m. and Nov. 25-26, 2:30 p.m. Call 884-2110 csphilharmonic.org for more.

The SquirmBurpee Circus, Theatre of Dreams, 735 Park St., Castle Rock. $20. Featuring "Handsome Little Devils" comedy, music, unicycle stunts, chainsaw juggling, dancing and more. Friday, Nov. 24 8 p.m. Call 303/660-6799 or visit amazingshows.com for more.

A Christmas Wish, The Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek. $7-$12. An 1890s Cripple Creek adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life, Nov. 24 to Dec. 31, Fridays, 7 p.m., Saturdays 1 and 7 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. Special shows Dec. 21 and 28, 7 p.m. Call 719/235-8944 or visit butteoperahouse.com for more.

Pikes Peak Center Events, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Presenting Jim Brickman, Nov. 27. Jesus Christ Superstar, Feb. 13-14. David Copperfield: An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion, March 13. Aida, April 13-14. Call 520-7469 or visit ticketswest.com for more.

Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive. $12-$22. Featuring Arms and the Man, Nov. 30 to Dec. 17. Topdog/Underdog, Jan. 18-28. The Syringa Tree, Feb. 1-11. The Importance of Being Earnest, March 1-18. The Caucasian Chalk Circle, April 19-28. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m. Call 262-3232 or visit uccstheatreworks.com for more.

The Nutcracker, Palmer High School Auditorium, 301 N. Nevada Ave. $15. Presenting the Peak Ballet Theater with international guest artists. Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Dec. 2-3, 1 p.m. and Dec. 3, 4:30 p.m. Call 632-7511 or visit thepeakballet.org/tickets for more.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. A comedic, 60-minute musical adaptation of the popular children's book by Judith Voirst. Mon., Dec. 4, 7 p.m. Call 597-3344 or visit imaginationcelebration.org for more.

The Nutcracker 2006, Mitchell High School Theatre, 1205 Potter Drive. $15. Featuring the Zamuel Ballet School performing the classic ballet. Sat., Dec. 9, 2 and 7 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 10, 1 and 5 p.m. Call 219-9730 or visit zamuelballet.com for tickets and more.

Children's Playhouse Series, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $6-$25. Presenting If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Sat., Feb. 10. Russian American Kids Circus, Sat., Feb. 24. Lazer Vaudeville, Sat., March 31. All shows 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 719/295-7222 for more.

Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $20-$95. Presenting Jesus Christ Superstar, Thurs., Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Capitol Steps, Wed. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. Romeo and Juliet, Sat., March 10, 4 p.m. Glenn Miller Orchestra, Fri., April 13, 7:30 p.m. Call 719/295-7200 for more.

Recreation
Bear Creek Nature Center Events, 245 Bear Creek Road. "Nature Explorers: Wild Turkeys," Nov. 16. "Young Naturalists: The Two Turkeys," Nov. 18. Bear Creek Clean Up Day, Nov. 18. Post-Thanksgiving Feast Hike, Nov. 25. "Young Naturalists: Winter Wonderland," Dec. 2. "Nature Explorers: Rudolph's Relatives," Dec. 7. "The Science of Snowflakes," Dec. 9. "Bear Creek by Candlelight," Dec. 15. "Canine Christmas Party," Dec. 16. Call 520-6387 for more.

Rocky Mountain Nature Association Hikes, various locations. Enjoy a group hike led by Larry Boyd in Ute Valley Park. Meet in the parking area off 31st Street, Sat., Nov. 18, 8 a.m. Garden of the Gods: Meet in the parking area at the visitor center, Sat., Dec. 9, 8 a.m. Call 970/586-3262 for more.

Mighty Hoopsters Basketball Clinic, First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St. $10. Offering sports and recreation programs for children with special needs and their families. Saturdays, Nov. 18-Dec. 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Call 884-6209 for more.

Red Rock Canyon Guided Tours, Highway 24 and South Ridge Road. Free. Offering two-hour and longer guided hikes on easy to moderate trails. Every Saturday, 9 a.m. Call 685-5089 for more.

Mountain Chalet Wednesday Clinics, 226 N. Tejon St. Free. "Hut Trips 101" with Steve Balsinger. Nov. 29, 7 p.m. "Ski Tuning 101" with Mike Miller, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Call 633-0732 for more.

click to enlarge Pankratz Gallery, 366 Second St., Monument, 481-3108. - Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m. - to 4:30 p.m. Featuring East Meets West: The Northern - Edition, American landscapes by Brian Clifford, through - Dec. 2.
  • Pankratz Gallery, 366 Second St., Monument, 481-3108. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featuring East Meets West: The Northern Edition, American landscapes by Brian Clifford, through Dec. 2.

Starsmore Discovery Center Events, 2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Road. Fall hours: Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offering a free climbing wall, children's programs, guided hikes, lectures, hand-on activities and more. Call 385-6086 or visit cheyennecanon.org for a calendar of events.

dance parties & workshops Colorado Ballroom Dance, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. $5. Basic instruction followed by dancing the waltz, fox trot, rumba, samba, tango, swing, salsa, disco and cha-cha. No partner required. Casual dress. Sat., Nov. 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call 598-8624 for more.

Ballroom, Latin and Swing Dance, Social Elegance, 2109 Templeton Gap Road. $7. Dancing, every second and fourth Saturday, 7-9 p.m. Beginner classes, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Call 632-4055 for reservations and more.

Suavemente Salsa Dance Class, VFW Hall, 430 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $25-$55. Offering a 5-week salsa class. Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. Call 575-0220 for more.

Valentin Dance Studio Events, 410F S. Eighth St. Experience fusion dance fitness and salsa dancing, first class free or $15 private lessons. Call 649-8294 or visit zumbacolorado.com for more.

Dances of Universal Peace, Unity Church of the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road. By donation. Offering devotional chants and circle movements from many cultures and religions on the third Friday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. through May. Call 575-0152 for more.

Scottish Country Dancing, 315 E. Costilla St. $5 per month. Featuring basic, intermediate and advanced instruction on social dance of Scotland. Meets the first three Wednesdays of the month, 7-9 p.m. Partner not required. Call 494-0563 for more.

Broadmoor Waltz Club Basic Ballroom Dance Lessons, Austin Bluffs Community Church, 5090 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free. Must have a partner. Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Also presenting classes on Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. at the Hancock Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock St. Call 598-2885 to register or visit broadmoorwaltzclub.com.

Ballroom Dance Classes, YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave. Learn swing, salsa, waltz, tango and more. Ongoing classes open to members and non-members. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Call Arthur at 634-3029 for more.

Soma Studio Events, "The Rhythms of Life," a class using improvisational movement for men and women, Wednesdays, 7-8:15 p.m. "The Circle," a community of women exploring dance, art, writing and movement, first Saturday of the month. Call 291-3120 or visit somamovement.org for more.

Special Events
Relay for Life Kick-Off Event, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Featuring information and registration for Relay for Life, a 12-hour all-night walkathon to benefit the American Cancer Society. Thurs., Nov. 16, noon to 1:30 p.m. Call 251-9679 for more.

Historic Homes Holiday Tour, various locations. $15-$20. Tour four festive homes. Proceeds to benefit The Salvation Army children's programs. Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 264-9540 for more.

22nd Annual Trees of Life Celebration, The Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St. Free. Join Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care in remembering those we love and those we have lost. Names provided at the event will be read in remembrance. Sat., Nov. 18, 5-6 p.m. Call 633-3400 for more.

Alpaca Holiday Extravaganza, Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road. Featuring alpacas, alpaca products and gift items. Sat., Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 494-8171 for more.

Third Annual Chrysanthemum Tea, Pueblo Country Club, 3200 Eighth Ave., Pueblo. $30. Offering refreshments and a cash bar with entertainment by MandoCentrics, a 10-piece mandolin orchestra, to benefit the Pueblo Symphony. Sun., Nov. 19, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Call 719/545-7967 for more.

Operation Christmas Child, various locations. Collecting shoeboxes filled with gifts for children around the world through Nov. 20. Visit samaritanspurse.org for drop off locations and more.

International Buy Nothing Day, Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, 214 W. Vermijo Ave. Free. Featuring family activities including a walk to the park, Thanksgiving leftovers potluck, crafts, discussions and more. Fri., Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 632-6189 or visit ppjpc.org for more.

Hometown Holiday Celebration, 700 block of Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs. Featuring a visit from Santa, who will turn on the holiday lights, Christmas carol sing-along with area choirs in front of the library, fireworks, merchant promotions and more. Nov. 24-26. Santa's visit, Friday at 6 p.m. Visit 80829.com for more.

Lighter Side of Christmas Parade "The Blizzard of Oz," Highway 24 from Maple Street to Fairview Street, Woodland Park. Featuring floats, music, Santa and a tree lighting ceremony. Sat., Dec. 2, 6 p.m. Call 686-1820 ext. 112 for more.

Holiday Doll, Toy and Craft Fair, El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo. Free. Featuring many vendors as well as a doll and toy appraiser. Sat., Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 719/583-0453 for more.

Holiday Tea Party, El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo. $4-$6. Featuring a tea party, visit with Santa, craft project and tour of the doll exhibit. Sat., Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 719/583-0453 for more.

Twelfth Annual Old Colorado City Holiday B&B Tour, Old Colorado History Center, 1 S. 24th St. $10-$15. Visit eight local Bed & Breakfast Inns decorated for the holidays. Proceeds will benefit the Old Colorado City Historical Society. Sun., Dec. 3, 2-6 p.m. Call 471-3980 or visit historytour.info for more.

Snowflakes & Smiles Holiday Parade, Memorial Park, Manitou Avenue and El Paso Boulevard. Sat., Dec. 9, noon. Enjoy Manitou Springs' annual holiday parade starting at Memorial Park and winding through downtown streets. Call 685-5089 or visit manitousprings.org for more.

Santa Paws, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbott Lane. Offering family and pet photos with Santa to benefit animals at the Humane Society. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 9-10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 473-1741 ext. 177 or visit hsppr.org for more.

Youth & Family
Rock Ledge Ranch Events, 3202 Chambers Way. Pike Bicentennial Event, Sat., Nov. 18. "Holiday Evenings" with jingle bell wagon rides, lantern light tours, barn dance, St. Nicholas and more. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 15-16, 4-8 p.m. $2-$6, under six free. Call 578-6777 or visit rockledgeranch.com for more.

Imagination Celebration Events, Celebration Place, The Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive. "Claus and Effect," Sat., Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. Call 597-3344 or visit imaginationcelebration.org for more.

Sock Monkey Project, Starbuck's, various locations. Free. Monkey making, Saturdays, Dec. 2-16, noon to 8 p.m. Call 504/301-8201 or visit razzamatazproductions.com for locations and more.

Volunteer Opportunities
Care Share Food Bank needs volunteers to help with hunger-relief projects throughout southern Colorado. Call 528-1247 or visit careandshare.org for more.

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers for two openings on the Liquor and Beer Licensing Board. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and reside in Colorado Springs. Send letters of interest and resumes by Fri., Nov. 17 to City Council, Attn: Marti Devine, P.O. Box 1575, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. Call 385-5453 for more.

Colorado Association of Internet Professionals is seeking volunteers to help lead and re-organize the association. New board members are critically needed. Call 638-9925 or e-mail dan@dvwebsolutions.com for more.

American Cancer Society is seeking a few good drivers to help those who need rides to treatments. One-hour training provided. Call Stephanie Wilson at 488-3748 for more.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking volunteers to be a voice in court for an abused or neglected child. No legal experience is required. Call 447-9898 ext. 1008 or visit casappr.org for more

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter in Divide is seeking volunteers to learn dog-training techniques and work with shelter dogs. Call 686-7707 or visit tcrascolorado.com for more.

Roundup Fellowship is seeking volunteers and corporate sponsors for a Spring Benefit Concert to build a school for children who have developmental disabilities. Call 303/946-6711 or visit rup.org for more.

Pikes Peak Family Connections needs volunteers for its Nurturing Parenting Program and KPC Kids' Place respite nursery. Internships and work-study positions also are available. Call Alpha at 442-6337 for more.

American Cancer Society is seeking hands-on volunteers to work with cancer patients and their families, answer questions, assist with wigs and help with office work. Call 636-5105, option 3, for more.

Wildlife Emergency Center seeks volunteers, supplies, nonprofit assistance, grants management and people with marketing skills. E-mail ersatzlemonade@lycos.com or call 964-7826 for more.

Memorial Health System is seeking volunteers for various areas of the hospital. Call 365-5298 or visit memorialheathsystems.com for more.

All Breed Rescue & Training is seeking foster or adoptive homes for dogs, and volunteers for special events, office work, maintenance, fundraising and volunteer coordination. Call 264-6460 or visit haveanicedog.org for more.

Easter Seals Southern Colorado is seeking volunteers for collating and mailing newsletters, office work, special events and other tasks. Call 574-9002 or visit co-so.easterseals.com for more.

Indigo Mountain Nature Center, a Lake George sanctuary for captive-born wildlife is seeking volunteers with a variety of skills, including construction, maintenance and fundraising. For more call 748-5550 or visit indigomtn.org.

Safe Place Animal Rescue is seeking volunteers to assist with finding homes for pets of the terminally ill. Visit safeplaceco.org or call 638-1424 for more.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking volunteers to mentor a child as little as one hour per week. Activities include homework assistance, reading and playing games. Call 633-2443 for more.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to staff its Resource Center and Lending Library at St. Francis Health Center. Call 477-1515 or visit dbsacoloradosprings.org for more.

SET Medical Clinic at the Marian House needs volunteer doctors to commit a single shift per month to care for the homeless and low-income. Call 776-8850, ext. 1000 or visit setofcs.org for more.

Dreampower Animal Rescue is seeking volunteers to give pets temporary homes until adopted. All food and veterinary care provided. Call 390-7838 or visit dreampower-arf.com for more.

Another Life Foundation is hosting Volunteer Mentor meetings on recognizing and preventing suicidal behavior. Meets at 3:30-4:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. Call 573-7846 for more.

The Salvation Army has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Call 636-5266 or visit tsacs.org for more information.

Colorado Reptile Humane Society needs homes for lizards, snakes, turtles, tortoises and amphibians. Visit corhs.com for more information.

Colorado Springs Urban Peak is seeking volunteers to help feed homeless youth from 7-9 a.m. Call 630-3223, ext. 22 for more.

Earthseeds Project, volunteers needed to assist with office work and in communications, fundraising, online research, local events and more. Call 636-3637 or visit earthseeds.net for more.

The Military Officers Association of America invites all active, retired, National Guard, Reserve and local military officers to join in fostering fellowship and supporting various civic organizations. Call James at 591-9622 for more information.

Women's Resource Agency, 2220 E. Bijou St., Suite 2E. Volunteers needed in several areas, including workshop facilitation, computer class instruction, event planning and more. Call 471-3170 for more.

Odyssey Healthcare Hospice, 4465 Northpark Drive. Seeking volunteers for caregiver support, in-patient visits, office support, phone calls and bereavement follow-up. Call 573-4166 for more.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts & Conference Center, 30 W. Dale St. Seeking volunteers in various areas. Call Daniella at 477-4351 or 634-5581 for more.

The Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. Seeking volunteers in various capacities. Call 719/295-7200 for more.

Starsmore Discovery Center, volunteers needed at the North Cheyenne Cañon Park. Hours are flexible and the work is fun. Call 578-6146 for more.

Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care, 5450 Tech Center Drive, Suite 120. Caring volunteers needed to visit patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families, or assist with administrative duties and bereavement support. Training in early November. Call 265-1109 for more.

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 600. Volunteers needed to support patients and families in their homes and long-care facilities. Volunteer musicians also needed for inpatient care. Visit pikespeakhospice.org or call 633-3400 ext. 603 for more.

Garden of the Gods Community Restoration Program, volunteers needed in the Spring Canyon area. Be prepared to get dirty. Various dates through Nov. 19 and Dec. 2-10, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Liz at 471-7736 to register one week in advance.

TESSA is seeking volunteers to assist with administrative duties, victim advocacy, counseling, crisis management and more. Call 785-6809 for more.

Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, seeking tax-deductible contributions to help feed and provide medical care for wildlife in rehabilitation. Call 683-8152 or visit ellicottwildlife.com for more.

Out of Town

art Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303/443-2122. Featuring Transit Glyphs by Jimi Billingsley, Society of the Spectacle by DJRABBI, and Revival by Terry Maker, through Jan. 27. Visit bmoca.org for more.

Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring The Jewelry of Ben Nighthorse through Dec. 31. Call 303/866-3682 or visit coloradohistory.org for more.

Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave., Denver. All Together Now, 1940s-2000s. Showcasing 60 years of works by Mel Strawn through Nov. 24. Visit denverlibrary.org or call 720/865-2044 for more.

Fremont Center for the Arts, 505 Macon Ave., Cañon City, 719/275-2790. Non-members $5, members free. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Cosmic Collections: Space and Beyond through Dec. 22. Visit fremontarts.org for more.

Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845. Featuring The Artisan Holiday Gift Show & Sale, through Dec. 23. Icons and Archetypes, through Jan. 4. Opening reception, Nov. 17, 5-7 p.m. Visit lakewood.org for more.

Spanish Peaks Art Council Gallery, 132 W. Ryus Ave., La Veta. Open Tues., Thurs. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring the tenth annual Gift of Art Show through Jan. 6. Opening reception, Sun., Nov. 19, 4-6 p.m. Visit spanishpeaksarts.org for more.

Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St., Denver, 303/394-9993. Featuring Peace and Harmony in Picture, winning photographs from the "Snapshot: Eye Behind the Lens" competition. Collectors Collect: Works from Denver's Private Collections, through Jan. 5. Visit mizelmuseum.org for more.

Old South Frame & Gallery, 1588 S. Pearl St., Denver, 303/715-3828. Opening Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring Classic American Pin-up Art from renowned illustrators of the 1930s through 1970s, through Dec. 31.

Tims Art Quilt Studio and Gallery, 105 W. Ryus Ave., La Veta. $5 donation. Featuring Expressions: The Art Quilt with works by 63 quilt artists from across the U.S. through Jan. 4. Visit rickytims.com for more.

literary Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax, and Highlands Ranch locations. Patti Thorn, Kristin Henderson, Judy Mattivi Morley and Janice Graham, Nov. 16. Lisa Ray Turner and Kimberly Field, Nov. 17. Conger Beasley and Barbara Sparks, Nov. 18. Jennifer Rosen and Nick Del Calzo, Nov. 20. Les Claypool and EllynAnne Geisel, Nov. 21. Janet Lane and Tara Jon Manning, Nov. 27. Christopher Kimball, Melissa Faye Greene and Nick Bantock, Nov. 29. Dick Cussler and Andrew Carroll, Nov. 30. Visit tatteredcover.com for locations, times and more.

Springs Slam, The Java Buddha, 2631 W. Colorado Ave. Open mic poetry reading and slam with featured reader Panama Soweto. Wed., Nov. 22, 7-10 p.m. Call 720/404-1950 or visit myspace.com/robcrules for more.

music

recreation & learning The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Featuring Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats interactive exhibit through Jan. 7. Showing the film Art of the Rainforest through Nov. 19, and Beavers through October 2007. John Fielder's Intimate Colorado Landscapes through Dec. 10. John Fielder lectures each Wednesday in November, 7-9 p.m. "Martini and a Movie," Nov. 16. "Holiday Film Festival " featuring A Christmas Story, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. Visit thewildlifeexperience.org for more.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton. Featuring Living Bronze Sculptures by Robert Wick, through Jan. 21. For more call 720/865-3500 or visit botanicgardens.org.

performances Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. $27-$48. Featuring Thoroughly Modern Millie, Nov. 28. to Dec. 31. Call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org for more.

Defiled, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder. $11-$15. Harry Mendelssohn struggles to make himself heard over the din of technology in this satirical thriller. Call 303/443-2122 or visit bmoca.org for more.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Phoenix Theatre, 1124 Sante Fe Drive, Denver. $15-$20. Presenting Oscar Wilde's light-hearted satire of the English upper class, through Nov. 26, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Call 303/839-1361 or visit vintagetheatre.com for more.

Destination Dinosaurs, The Avenue Theater, 417 17th Ave., Denver. $5-$7. A children's show featuring Professor Higglemeyer and her sidekick as they travel back in time on a secret mission. Saturdays at noon, through Dec. 23. Call 303/321-5925 or visit avenuetheater.com for more.

Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. Featuring Spider Saloff Jazz Quartet, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. The Nutcracker, Dec. 16-23. Call 303/987-7845 or visit lakewood.org for more.

BFE: The Town That Christmas Forgot, Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th St., Denver. $20-$24. A stranger shows up in town determined to teach the people of BFE about Christmas, through Dec. 23, Thursdays, 7 p.m. Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 and 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Call 303/321-5925 or visit avenuetheater.com for more.

Buell Theatre, 950 13th St., Denver. $25-65. Presenting Sweet Charity staring Molly Ringwald as Charity Hope Valentine. Dec. 5-17. All Shook Up, an Elvis-inspired musical. Dec. 20-31. Call 303/893-4100 or visit denvercenter.org for tickets and more.

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