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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 Medal is the Message through May.

Art on South Main Cooperative Art Gallery, 205 S. Main St., Pueblo, 719/542-6838, Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring "grassroots art" by over 30 local painters, sculptors, jewelers and photographers. First Friday Art Walk reception, Fri., Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m.

The Beacham Gallery, 2002 Monteagle St., 390-6685. Open Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Inside/Out Youth Services Benefit Art Show, works by Barb McAdams, DeLane Bredvik, Kay Kahn, Frederick Lyle Morris and Sam Michellas, through March 31.

The Bridge Gallery, Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 232-9368. Open Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 3 p.m. Featuring Surface, works by Karen Winfield exploring the theme of surface quality and texture of our surroundings, Feb. 1-24. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring Young and Old: A Look at the Future, paintings by Sonja Carr, through Feb. 26. Unified, paintings by Brett Wilson, through Feb. 26. Album Amcorum: Gems of Friendship in a Frightened World, an exhibit of marbled papers from artists around the planet, through March 1. Marbling workshop, $160-$180, Sat., Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, Open Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7 p.m. Featuring Performing Identities, photos and videos exploring self-representation and the construction of personal identity, through Feb. 16.

The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277. Fallen Apples Productions presents Life Through the Lens, a new look at nature by photographer Bruce Rieger, through April 4.

Colachi Arts, 1107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1254. Open Mon. and Wed.-Thurs., 1-5 p.m. Featuring Portraitures, interpretations of human expression by Erin Shepard, through Jan. 31.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Impressionist and Modern Masters, works from the New Orleans Museum of Art, through March 9. Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe, May 3 to July 5.

Commons Gallery, Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 634-0478, Featuring Where the Wealth Is, an exhibit by Dina Wood, Sarah Milteer and Ani Rose Whaleswan expressing political concerns and maybe some answers, Feb. 1-28. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 1, 5-9 p.m.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Nicaraguan Pottery, a benefit show for Nicaraguan potters and Potters for Peace, Feb. 1 to March 3. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m.

Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring 5th Congressional District High School Art Exhibit, photography, mixed media, paintings, drawings and computer-generated art, Feb. 1-26. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Duryea Fine Art, 1003 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9050, Open Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Dream Trees, a series of imaginary trees by Bill Duryea, through March 31.

East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333, Featuring Genocide: 1900-Darfur, a multi-media exhibit, Feb. 3-29. Opening reception, Sun., Feb. 3, 1-5 p.m.; program by speakers who are witnesses to the atrocities, 1:30 p.m.

Eichman Gallery, Park State Bank and Trust, 710 W. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 687-9234. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat., 9 a.m. to noon. Featuring Second annual Fine Art Scholarship Student Art Exhibit, artworks by area high school students, Feb. 4-27. Reception and awards ceremony, Wed., Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m.

El Pomar Carriage Museum, 11 Lake Circle, 577-7065, Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., 1-5 p.m. Featuring Masterpieces of Colorado Landscape, through Feb. 3.

FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, 634-5583, Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $3.75-$7.50 for non-members. Featuring Altered Space: 21st Century Installation Art, Feb. 1 to April 27. Opening reception, Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m.

Fountain Branch Library, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, 382-5347. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presenting new works by Juanita Canzoneri utilizing collage and mixed-media beneath glass mosaic, Feb. 1-29.

Heebee JeebeeS, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring Through the Eye of the Camera, black-and-white prints by Bryan Briscoe-Smith, Feb. 1 to March 29. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m.

Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471-1360, Featuring Night and Day, cityscapes, night scenes and winter landscapes by impressionist painter Laura Reilly. Opening reception, Sat., Feb. 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 10, noon to 4 p.m.

Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr., 531-6333 ext. 2258. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun., 1-5 p.m. Featuring Bob McIntyre Photo Exhibit, photographs of Broadmoor Hotel visitors including past presidents, sports personalities and celebrities, through Jan. 31.

My Daughter's Deli & Espresso Bar, 2514 W. Colorado Ave., 266-1333. Presenting Through the Glass, paintings by Colorado Springs' native Gail Anne, through Feb. 29.

Novis Gallery, 206 N. Tejon St., 633-6903. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring works by Julie Sprinkle, Hal Gimpelson, Russ Lewis, Hank Miller, Chris Coleman, Lorraine Danzo, Larry Wilkinson and Diane Vallejo.

Orly's Art Gallery, 730 S. Tejon St., 630-3371. Open Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring works by Herman Raymond, Sparky LeBold, Desmond O'Hagan and Thomas J. Owen.

Paragon Art Gallery, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presenting Painting for Entertainment, works by Joe Harris, through Feb. 29. Frost and Fire, works by Julianza Shavin, through April 29.

PPCC Downtown Studio Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4020, Presenting Art Students' Exhibit, including drawing, pottery, painting, photography, glass, weaving, jewelry and more, through Feb. 21.

Rainy Days, Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 685-1254. Presenting First Friday at Rainy Days, a silk screening demonstration on the production of the Pink Guns clothing line hosted by Colachi Arts. Half your support goes to merchandise sent to victims of violence. Fri., Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m.

Rubbish Gallery, 17B Bijou St., 440-5638. Open Fridays, 5-10 p.m. Featuring Psychic Menagerie, works by Holly Conlon, through Feb. 1.

Ruth Holley Branch Library, 685 N. Murray Blvd., 597-5377. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presenting new works by Juanita Canzoneri utilizing collage and mixed-media beneath glass mosaic through Jan. 31.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Preschool Fridays, 9-11 a.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring works by Liz Johnson, Robert Hench, Jan Oliver, Louis Recchia and Zoa Ace, through Feb. 2. Everyday is Earth Day in the Buell Children's Museum, through May 31. Shelter: Beauty, Sustainability, Function, through May 17. Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Jan. 26 to April 19. Richard Hansen: Some Rocks, Some Water, Feb. 2 to May 3.

Second Street Art Market, 366 Second St., Monument, 488-2506, Featuring Art to Feed Your Soul through Feb. 29.

The Secret Totem Gallery, 316 N. 25th St., 633-3134. Featuring Horse and Pony Month, works by K. Hall, R.N. Catron, Geraldine Strong Horse, Tony Winterbottom and others, Feb. 2-29. Southwestern Creations, a special reception with award-winning jewelry artist Sandy Lasher, Feb. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, Open Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Featuring Domestic Expansion, works created using traditional women's craft techniques, Feb. 1-29. Peterson AFB Celebrates Black History Month, honoring artistic and cultural contributions of African Americans, Feb. 1-25. State of the Union, an exhibit of artistic perspectives on current social issues, Feb. 1-25. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Winter Fine Art Show, works by members of the Palmer Lake Art Group, Feb. 1-29. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 9, 5-8 p.m.

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 Young Moderns: Sarah Braman, Todd Chilton & John McEnroe, through Feb. 9.

Wayne Lambert Gallery, 2423 W. Colorado Ave., 471-1574. Open Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring original platinum/palladium photographs of the Southwest and Mexico.

art events
"Etch-A-Sketch Battle," CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Art students will have 30 minutes to create a winning design on a full-sized Etch-A-Sketch screen, while audience members create their own designs on mini-screens with musical accompaniment. Thurs., Jan. 31, 12:30 p.m.

Edifice Gallery Grand Opening, 325 N. Tejon St., The curators of Nocturnal Mockery will celebrate the opening of their 2,000-square-foot gallery space and exhibit of over 35 artists' work. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 1, 6-9 p.m.

"Open Studio 101: First Saturdays," Studio 101, 2609 W. Colorado Ave., 291-5198, $16/session. Art educator Page Saulsbury will invite young artists (ages 3-17) to visit the world of Alexander Calder and create mobiles using wire and found objects. Sat., Feb. 2, 9 and 10:45 a.m., and 1 and 2:45 p.m.

Pre-Show Appetizer: Dario olman, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 262-3567, Presenting a pre-show appetizer for the upcoming exhibition Dario olman: The Heart of Perspective, the Making of the Film. Thurs., Feb. 7, 7 p.m.

Auditions & Entries
Leadership Pikes Peak is seeking nominations in three categories for awards to honor community leaders for their efforts and inspiration. Nominations are due Feb. 1. Visit for submission forms and more.

Imagination Celebration is seeking five-minute videos exploring the meaning of "inspiration" for their Young Film contest for high school teens. $10 entry fee. Deadline is Feb. 1. Call 597-3344 or visit for more.

Manitou Springs Carnivale Parade is seeking parade participants including individuals and groups. Family-friendly giant puppets, many-people snakes and dragons, creative costumes, musicians, human- or animal-powered floats and more are encouraged. The theme is "Faces in the Crowd." Meet at Memorial Park on Feb. 2 at 12:30 p.m. for the 1 p.m. parade. Call 685-9127 for more.

Colorado Springs Art Guild is seeking entries for a juried fine art show and sale at Woodmen Valley Chapel with guest juror Martha Mans. Entry fees $7.50-$12. Early registration by mail, Feb. 1. Deliver entries, Feb. 5. Opening reception, Feb. 8. Call 630-1611 or visit for more.

The Colorado Springs Conservatory is currently enrolling for spring semester classes and workshops in Music and Theater Studies for children ages 3 through 19. Call 577-4556 or for more.

Art on South Main Cooperative Gallery in Pueblo is seeking new artists for juried membership in the cooperative. Bring representative work to the gallery at 205 S. Main St., Pueblo, during business hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Call 719/542-6838 or visit for more.

Pikes Peak Philharmonic will hold concerto competition auditions for students through the high school level on Sat., Feb. 9. Win a cash prize and an opportunity to perform with the philharmonic. Call 471-7605 for more.

The El Paso County Fair Queen Committee is seeking candidates to serve as the 2008 El Paso County Fair Queen. The queen will be chosen based on horsemanship, public speaking skills, a personal interview and application. A free clinic for potential candidates (with horse required) will be held Sat., Feb. 9, 10 a.m. To reserve a space, call 520-7880 or visit for an application packet. Deadline is Feb. 28, 3 p.m.

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company announces auditions for Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Feb. 11-12, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Strong actor/singers are needed. Prepare 16-32 bars of song, and bring a headshot and rsum. Call 477-4387 for an appointment.

Pikes Peak Arts Council is seeking entries in the Fourth annual Pikes Peak Art Fest to be held at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. on June 13-15. Entry deadline is March 31; Early-bird discount deadline Feb. 15. For entry forms and information call 260-1981 or visit

Colorado College's IDEA Space and UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art are seeking proposals for 1440 Minutes: An Evening of Installation and Performance, a 24-hour art installation and exhibition event curated around the theme of "Social Spaces." Proposals are due March 1. Accepted artists will receive $500. Call 389-6797 or visit for more.

Pikes Peak Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women announces its 2008 Flash Fiction Contest. The theme phrase, "beneath the bed," must appear in the entry, which is limited to 100 words. Entry fee is $8. Top three winners will receive cash prizes of $15-$60. Deadline is March 1. For more information contact

The Pride Center's OutWord Writing Group is seeking entries from local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons for inclusion in its LGBT anthology. Guidelines are available at or call 352-2007. Entries accepted until March 21.

The Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project is seeking nominees in El Paso and Teller counties for the region's first Pikes Peak Poet Laureate. Individuals who support the project with a donation of $50 or more by March 31 will be recognized as a Founding Muse. For applications, nomination forms or donation information, call 634-2204 or visit

El Paso County Nature Centers are requesting entries in the 2008 "No Child Left Indoors" Logo Contest. The logo should embody the ideals of "No Child Left Indoors." Entry deadline is March 31. Call 520-6745 or go to for rules and information.

Civic Opportunities
Green City Summit, Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 632-6189, Free. The Sustainable Living Working Group will host a city-wide discussion on making Colorado Springs a green city working toward a climate action plan that the City Council could adopt. Thurs., Jan. 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Indy Hour Brainstorming Session, Penrose Library, Carnegie Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Free. Brainstorm how to build on Greg Mortenson's recent visit, including how we can jumpstart a local "Pennies for Peace" program. To get ideas flowing, Bristol Brewing and Buy Well Coffee will provide refreshments. Thurs., Jan. 31, 5-6 p.m.

Children's Book Drive, Joseph Edwards Senior Center, 230 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8900. SRDA and the Pueblo YMCA will deliver all children's books donated to area children in need. Drop off books through Feb. 1, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ONE " The Campaign to Make Poverty History, Panera Bread Community Room, 7344 N. Academy Blvd., Free. Meet like-minded people and learn what you can do to help end extreme poverty. Sun., Feb. 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Winter Clothing Drive, The Leechpit, 708 N. Weber St., 634-DORK (3675). Bring donations to The Leechpit between noon and 6 p.m. daily, and they will be distributed throughout the winter at Shove Chapel's Sunday soup kitchen. The store will offer a 15 percent discount with a donation.

Clubs & Organizations
Rotary Club's World Peace and Understanding Luncheon, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 534-7333. Presenting keynote speaker Wilfred Wilkinson, who has been dedicated to global efforts to eradicate polio. Fri., Feb. 1, noon.

Colorado Springs Intermediate Journey Group, Celebrations Community Room, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 687-4335. Suggested donation $15-$20. This group for experienced shamanic journeyers only explores other dimensional realms. Please bring a drum or rattle, a blanket, eye covering, notebook, drinking water and munchies. Fri., Feb. 1, 7-9:30 p.m.

Knights of Columbus Hall Dinner Dance, 565 Marquette, Security, 574-8420, $15. Featuring dinner, dancing and door prizes to benefit St. Martin de Porres Scholarships for Catholic schools. Sat., Feb. 2, 6 p.m.

Chamber Rising Professionals, Double Tree Hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 575-4388, $10-$20. Enjoy an educational seminar, business-to-business networking, door prizes, food and beverages. Wed., Feb. 6, 4:30-7 p.m.

National Organization of the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Colorado Springs, NAMI Office, 510 E. Willamette Ave., Suite A, 473-8477, Free. A support group for families of persons with mental illness. Meets first and third Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Guys That Believe: "Bible and God Stuff," Starbucks Coffee, 4465 Centennial Blvd., 963-5530. Free. Join other men in this Bible and life discussion. Saturdays, 8 a.m.

Senior Community Service Employment Program, 1510 N. Hancock Ave., 635-3579. Offering free work search assistance and possible training and referrals for persons 50 and older through AARP. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group, Memorial Administrative Center, Classroom B, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 636-5101 opt. 3. Free. Open to all prostate cancer survivors regardless of treatment location, and their spouses or partners. Meets the first Monday of the month, 5:30-7 p.m.

Academy Toastmasters, DeVry University, 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd., 494-2777. Free. Learn to be a better speaker. Visitors welcome. Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Women's Sexual Abuse Survivor Support Group, Hillsboro at Springs Ranch, 3864 Riviera Grove, 237-4316, $12. Meets Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m.

WINGS, 800/373-8671, Offering therapist-facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Women's groups on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Men's group, Thursday evenings.

NSCA Weightlifting Club, National Strength and Conditioning Association, 1885 Bob Johnson Drive, 632-6722. Free. Join others who train and compete in the sport of weightlifting. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:15-5:45 p.m.

Pueblo Veterans for Peace, Barkman Branch Library, 1300 Jerry Murphy Road, Pueblo, 719/544-3753. Meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 866/768-2232, Free. Colorado Springs support group meets the second Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m.

Socrates Caf, Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 488-2370. This adult group discusses philosophy, religions, spirituality and humanity's common threads. Meets Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

Blazer Ski Club, Valley Hi Golf Course Clubhouse, 610 S. Chelton Road, 577-7755. Offering weekend ski trips, golf, hikes, social events and dinner meetings for mature adults. Meets Wednesdays.

SnoJets Ski Club, Howard's Pit BBQ, 3350 N. Chestnut St., The club offers activities for those over 21 including skiing, bike rides, camping, dancing, rafting and more. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.

Medical Marijuana Support Group, Front Range Americans for Safe Access, 957 E. Fillmore St., 439-0817. Learn if marijuana can help you and how to become legal. Meets every third Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

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

Film & Video
Carmen Film Night, The Sound Shop, 7 E. Cimarron St., 633-9373, Free, reservations required. Presenting the 1984 screen adaptation of the famous opera that tells a love story between a soldier and a factory worker. Thurs., Jan. 31, 7 p.m.

Black History Cinema, Meadows Park Community Center, 1943 S. El Paso Ave., 385-7940. Free. Enjoy films pertaining to black history every Friday in February at 12:30 and 4 p.m. Remember the Titans, Feb. 1. The Tuskegee Airmen, Feb. 8. Partners of the Heart, Feb. 15. When We Were Kings, Feb. 22. The Defiant Ones, Feb. 29.

The Devil Came on Horseback, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Featuring a documentary on the genocide in Darfur, followed by a discussion and booksigning with Brian Steidle and Gretchen Steidle Wallace. Sat., Feb. 2, 7 p.m.

Who Killed the Electric Car?, CC's Olin Lecture Hall, 1030 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6607, Free. This documentary tells the story of the EV1, an electric car introduced in California that was loved by those who drove it, yet it mysteriously disappeared. Monday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.

Journey to Community Film Series, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717, Free. Enjoy free popcorn and a screening of the 1973 Academy Award winner The Sting. Sat., Feb. 9, 7-10 p.m.

Food & Drink
Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free, pre-registration is required. Offering "Wines of the World," Thurs., Jan. 31.

Blue Star Events, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. Wednesday Wine Tastings, $20. "Wines with Chocolate," Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.

Health & Healing
"The Truth about Cholesterol," East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 457-0330, Free, RSVP recommended. Dr. Jowl Klein and Dr. Tiffani Schilling will discuss the latest research, potential dangers of statin drugs, and what you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease. Sat., Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to noon.

An Arrow to the Heart Talk and Booksigning, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 290-9125, By donation. Ken McLeod, a senior Western Buddhist teacher, will discuss the heart sutra and living a life of compassion. Wed., Feb. 6, 7-9 p.m.

"The Art of Loving More," Celebration Conscious Living Store, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 330-8892. Featuring Chris Douglas, former apprentice to Carlos Casteneda. Fri., Feb. 8, 7-9 p.m.

"Reclaiming Your Life after a Cancer Diagnosis," Memorial Administrative Center, Room A, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 365-2535. Free. Learn how to focus on "heart-centered" living and redefine your priorities. Sat, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You Can Heal Your Life: The Movie, Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, $5 donation. A "loving portrait" of Louise L. Hay and her life's work with appearances by Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Christiane Northrup and others. Mon., Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

"Mind Your Body" Workshop, The Celebration Community Room, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 232-2499, Pre-registration required. Certified clinical hypnotherapist Emily B. Lustig will present a seminar on understanding the mind-body connection. Sat., Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gentle Strength Wellness & Herb Shop Events, 4831 Barnes Road, 533-0707. "Free Journey Drumming Circle," second and third Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery: Hurts, Habits and Hangups, Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Road, 597-4402. Free. Christ-centered, 12-step ministry. Fridays through Dec. 26, 7-9 p.m.

Alcohol Recovery, Red Cloud Serenity Club, 8020 Ute Pass Ave., Cascade, 720/684-1212. Donations accepted. Attend this 12-Step Recovery meeting place with a full meeting schedule. See for times.

CommuniDance, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., 291-3120, Building community through movement and dance. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

Buddhist Meditation, Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite B, 473-7609. Silent sit on Sundays, 9 a.m., (orientation 8:15 a.m. on first Sundays) and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. (orientation, 6:15 p.m.). Guided loving-kindness meditation, Fridays, noon. Mindful Movement and Meditation, first and third Saturdays, 9 a.m.

12-Step Celebrate Recovery Meeting, Springs Rescue Mission, 5 W. Las Vegas St., 622-6879. Free. Christ-centered, 12-step study. Celebrate Recovery workbook provided. Mondays through Dec. 22, 7-8 p.m.

Yoga for Special Needs, Downtown, Pat: 375-1922. Offering a gentle class designed for those with physical challenges. Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m.

"Yoga that You Can Do" Classes, WellPath Resources, 720 N. Main St., #335, Pueblo, 719/821-9200, $10/each, $30/four. Mondays, 5:30-6:45 p.m., or Sundays, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Zen Buddhist Meditation, CC's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 684-0210. Free. Silent meditation with the Springs Mountain Sangha. Newcomers welcome. Mondays, 6:10-7:15 p.m.

World Peace Organization Meetings, 703 Arrawanna St., 635-8968, World Peace Prayer meetings, first Sunday of the month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism, second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.

"Exploring the Ancient Christian Faith" Agia Sophia Coffeeshop, 2902 W. Colorado Ave., 473-9238. Free. Discussion with Father Anthony Karbo of Holy Theophany Orthodox Church on the ancient Christian faith and its relevance today. Fourth Sunday of every month.

Faerie Moone Events, 1518 N. Academy Blvd., 591-2419, "Essential Oils Class," Wednesdays through May 7, 6-8 p.m.

Conversations with God Study Group, 475-2068. Free. Featuring "New Thought" spiritual readings and discussion. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

"Transform Your Life" Meditation Class, CC's Worner Campus Center #216, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 303/813-9551, $8 suggested donation. Offering guided meditation and Buddhist teachings. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., #220, 444-2273, Classes from baby basics and parenting, to yoga, tai chi and more.

Lectures & Learning
"Challenges to Liberal Democracy," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Presenting Lopat lecturer Francis Fukuyama, known for provocative publications including "The End of History and the Last Man," "America at the Crossroads" and others, which at times have supported and conflicted with the neo-conservative outlook. Thurs., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.

"Outlook for Local Primary Job Creation in a Challenging National Economy," Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Centennial Ballroom, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, 475-6455. $27, RSVP by Jan. 29. Presenting a luncheon with Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation President Mike Kazmierski. Thurs., Jan. 31, 11:30 a.m.

Small Business Development Center Classes, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, "Choosing the Right Business Structure," Feb. 5. "Planning a Winning Website," Feb. 6. "Funding Your Business," Feb. 12. "Basics of Bookkeeping," Feb. 21. "QuickBooks Pro Intro," Feb. 26. "Planning a Tobacco-Free Workplace," Feb. 28.

Colorado Geography Class, 687-1229. Learn about the geologic wonders of Colorado on a March field trip or a five-week class, Tuesdays, Feb. 5 to March 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

"Blogging and Politics: My Take on the 2008 Elections," CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607, Free. Hear Markos Moulitsas, publisher of Daily Kos the largest progressive community blog in the U.S. share his thoughts on the upcoming elections. Wed., Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Indy Hour with Alan Gottlieb, Poor Richard's Bookstore, 324 N. Tejon St., 271-0404. Free. Former Denver Post reporter Alan Gottlieb will read from his just-published novel Ultimate Excursions. His coming-of-age tale chronicles Tim Lake's Peace Corps experiences in Ecuador and Peru, his unwitting involvement with drug scams, and his life as a hack reporter for a Denver daily newspaper. Thurs., Feb. 7, 4:45-6 p.m.

"Diversity as It Relates to the Presidential Race," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, Free. New York Times journalist Jerry Gray will talk about this year's presidential race which has drawn the most diverse field of candidates ever. Thurs., Feb. 7, 7 p.m.

Garden of the Gods Lecture Series, Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., 219-0108. Free, donations welcome. Interpreter and climber Bob Hostetler on "Rock Climbing: How Do They Do It?" Sun., Feb. 10, 2 p.m. Mark Hesse of Rocky Mountain Field Institute on "Garden of the Gods or Garden of the Gullies?" Sun., Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Certified forester Dennis Will on "Forest Health and Brush Oak Management in GOG," Sun., Feb. 24, 2 p.m. "The Amazing Continental Divide Trail," Sun., March 2, 2 p.m.

"Strength in Service," La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Rd., 888/334-VETS (8387), Free. Learn about the brain and body and how they are changed under the prolonged stress of deployment and military life. Sun., Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Voices of America Lecture Series, CSU-Pueblo, Hoag Recital Hall, Pueblo, 719/549-2810. Free. Presidential commentator Doris Kearns Goodwin, Feb. 19. Professor James Loewen, May 12, 2008.

"Walk the Talk," Breakfast, Patty Jewett Clubhouse, 900 E. Espanola St., 632-2618, $20. Leadership Pikes Peak presents Brenda Smith on "Leaving Your Footprint in Your Community," March 18, 7:30-9 a.m.

Senior Resource Development Agency, 230 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8900, Sign up now for February classes including computers, aerobics, games, arts and crafts and more.

PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations, 633-4991, Offering classes on nature, music, film, books, finances, religion, health, history and more.

District 11 Community Education Classes, various locations, 520-2384, Offering classes in foreign languages, dance, business, crafts, yoga, computers and more.

Pikes Peak Library District Events, 531-6333, Offering book clubs, story times and programs on writing, business, languages, computers, parenting, crafts, film, history, animals, theater and more for children, teens, adults and seniors.

The West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 20th St., 385-7920. Offering classes from CPR to belly dancing and photography.

Literary Events
Open Mic Night: Soldier Poetry, PPCC Downtown Studio Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4020, Free. This month's focus will be on soldiers and the military. Hear soldiers, vets, dependents and loved ones share their writings, or read your own. Fri., Feb. 1, 7-9 p.m.

"Forms of Finding," CC's Worner Campus Center, #213, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. $5, Poetry West members free. A workshop with Bob King focusing on finding a poem through form and discovering metaphors. Sat., Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to noon.

Barnes and Noble Bookstore Events, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9945, Featuring "The Dangerous Boys Club" based on the book The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden, Sat., Feb. 2, noon. Terry Frei signing 77: Denver, the Broncos and a Coming of Age, Sat., Feb. 2, 2 p.m. C.J. Box signing Blue Heaven, Tues., Feb. 5, 7 p.m.

Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012, Free. Alan Gottleib will sign and discuss Ultimate Excursions, Thurs., Feb. 7, 4:45-6 p.m. Margaret Johnson will read and sign her children's story, The Seven Magical Tooth Fairies. Sat., Feb. 9, 1-3 p.m.

Borders Bookstore Events, 1710 Briargate Blvd., #209, 266-1600. Award-winning author Eli Gottlieb will read and sign his new novel, Now You See Him. Sat., Feb. 9, 2 p.m.

Black Cat Books Events, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Knitting Group, Sundays, 4-6 p.m. Occult Sciences Class, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Business Group with C.K. Reyes and Michelle Vandepas, Wednesdays, 8:45-10:15 a.m.

"luvsaverb" (It's Not Just Poetry) Open Mic and Discussion, Village Inn Restaurant, 5790 S. Carefree Circle, 233-1698, Free. All are welcome to listen or share. Second and fourth Saturdays, 9-11 p.m.

Wendy Woo in Concert, Thirsty Parrot, 32 S. Tejon St., 576-5945, $9-$11/show, $40/with buffet. Catch Wendy and her band as they tour the region. Thurs., Jan. 31, 8-11 p.m.

Songwriter's Circle, Benet Hill Center, 2577 Chelton Road, 570-7148. Free. Get your songs on their way to reality in a friendly environment. Sponsored by the Black Rose Acoustic Society. Thurs., Jan. 31, 7 p.m.

The Bowed Piano Ensemble, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. CC's internationally acclaimed ensemble will perform Stephen Scott's Vikings of the Sunrise. Thurs., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.

Reggae for Obama '08, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 904/501-2015. Enjoy live reggae music at this fundraiser for presidential candidate Barack Obama. Fri., Feb. 1, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Mozart & Friends Music Series, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada, 520-7469. $20. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic presents A Mozart Diversion and Bach's Air on the G-string. Fri., Feb. 1, 8 p.m., and Sat., Feb. 2, 2:30 p.m.

Native American Flute Concert, Sacred Hoop Ministry, 1515 County Road 21, Woodland Park, 687-4335, Suggested donation $20. Enjoy the sacred and healing sounds of the Native American flute as played by flute maker Andrew Begay. Sat., Feb. 2, 6:30-8 p.m. Also offering a flute workshop (no experience required), $50 donation, Sat., Feb. 2, 3-5 p.m.

Eighth annual Black History Drum Gathering, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute, 385-7901. Free. Join drummers from all over the state to share in the music making. Bring your drums, bells, congas, djembes, shakers, guitars, flutes and horns. Sat., Feb. 2, noon to 6 p.m.

Big Band Sundays, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 593-2011. $10. Featuring ballroom dancing with the Bill Emery 5-Spot Band, Sat., Feb. 2, 7:30-11 p.m. Polka dancing and more with Claude Wiatrowski's Planet Polka Band, Sat., Feb. 23, 7:30-11 p.m.

Joe Uveges & Friends, High Plains Church, 1825 Dominion Way, 260-5599. $15. Featuring Susan Rissman and KJ Braithwaite. Sat., Feb. 2, 7 p.m.

Chamber Music Sunday, First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., 633-8888. Presenting members of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and friends on strings, woodwinds and keyboards playing works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Menotti, Dvorak and more. Sun., Feb. 3, 3 p.m.

Casting Crowns: The Altar and the Door Tour, World Arena Concerts, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, Hear the Atlanta-based Christian band that is topping the charts. Tues., Feb. 5, 7 p.m.

Thursday Night Recital Series, The Colorado Springs School, Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 475-9747 ext. 510, $10-$15. Presenting Le Duo Francois, a violin/piano duo with Ron Francois and Silvana Santinelli. Thurs., Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.

George Whitesell & His All Stars featuring Jill Watkins, Castaway's Inn, 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 576-5945, $15-$50. Second annual Valentine show. VIP dinner available. Sat., Feb. 9, 7 p.m.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $15-$52. Presenting Thrilling Tchaikovsky with violinist Miriam Fried, Sat., Feb. 9, 8 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 10, 2:30 p.m. Pops: Off to the Oscars, Sat., Feb. 23, 8 p.m. The Many Colors of Dr. Seuss, Sun., March 9, 2:30 p.m. Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, March 15-16. How's the Weather? Sun., April 6, 2:30 p.m. Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1, April 12-13.

Colorado Chamber Players Concerts, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., 389-6853, Free. Featuring "Einstein's Mozart: Two Geniuses," an original work that integrates two Mozart works with poetic narration by Kate Light. Wed., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.

World Arena Concerts, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, Matchbox 20 with Alanis Morissette, Tues., March 4, 8 p.m.

Friends House Concerts, P.O. Box 38943, 329-1644, Presenting Patty Larkin, Sun., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., $20. Catie Curtis, Sun., March 16, 7 p.m., $20. Chris Smither, Fri., April 11, 7 p.m., $25.

"Ladies Sing the Blues," Castaways Inn, 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 576-5945, $22-$50. Featuring Jill Watkins, Lila Mori, Erica Bron and Juanita Martin with John Stilwagon and Santi Guarnera. VIP dinner available. Sat. March 15, 8 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, Etta James, Fri., March 28, 7 p.m. Art Garfunkel, Sat., March 29, 7:30 p.m. B.B. King, Wed., April 9, 8 p.m. The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Fri., April 11, 7 p.m. America, Thurs., July 3, 7 p.m.

Theatreworks, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, $12-$22. Featuring Blithe Spirit, Jan. 31 to Feb. 17. Dal Al-Harb, March 13 to April 6. 9 Parts of Desire, March 20 to April 5. Playboy of the Western World, April 24 to May 3.

Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, Presenting Ben Creed, Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Patrick Candelaria, Feb. 6-10.

My Little Pony Live!, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW (7469), See a musical that brings to life the popular children's toys. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 1-3.

Scapin, Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St., 573-7411, $10-$16. The Star Bar Players and local improv group The RiP perform together in the comedy Scapin. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 1-3 and 15-16.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf, Manitou Art Theatre, Theatre at Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., 685-4729, $8. Featuring the puppetry of Paul Mesner and his spin on the classic story. Sat., Feb. 2, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 3, 2 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, Gypsy, a Stephen Sondheim musical classic about burlesque queen Gyspy Lee Rose and her stage mother, Tues.-Wed., Feb. 5-6, 7:30 p.m. Opera Theatre of the Rockies presents Carmen, March 1-2.

An Evening with Sandra Bernhard, Armstrong Theatre, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., 389-6138. Free, tickets required. Featuring Sandra Bernhard in a one-woman show breaking down perceived boundaries between entertainment, social commentary and performance art. Wed., Feb. 6, 7 p.m.

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469. $8-15. Join Imagination Celebration for family fun at this musical performance based on the Miss Nelson book series. Fri., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Kid-friendly art activities, 6 p.m.

The Vagina Monologues, CC's Cossitt Hall, 906 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. $6-$9. Enjoy this award-winning play and help raise funds for V-Day, a global movement aimed at ending violence against girls and women. Fri., Feb. 8-9, 7 p.m.

Imagination Celebration Family Theater Season, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, $8-$15. Presenting Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, Fri., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. The Velveteen Rabbit, Sun., March 30, 2 and 4 p.m. If You Give a Pig a Party, Mon., April 21, 7 p.m.

Arnold Hall Theater, U.S. Air Force Academy, 333-4497, Presenting Peter Pan, $15-$42, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Cats, $27-$47, March 7-8, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Blast, $25-$45, April 5, 7:30 p.m. I Love a Piano, $20-$35, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, $8-$25. Featuring The King and I, Fridays to Sundays, Feb. 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24. Dinner option, 6 p.m.; show, 7 p.m.

Middle Eastern Dance and Music Party, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744, $10. Dancers and musicians will have a chance to perform live with the Rachid Halihal Ensemble. Experienced musicians will be invited to sit in with the band. Dancers should call 303/573-7610 to reserve a spot. Sat., Feb. 9, 7-11 p.m.

FAC Theatre, SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, $26-$31. Presenting Sunday in the Park with George, through Feb. 17. Fuddy Meers, March 21 to April 6. Beauty and the Beast, May 9 to June 1. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Performing Arts Series, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, Presenting The Count Basie Orchestra, Tues., March 11, 7:30 p.m. I Love a Piano: The Music of Irving Berlin, Wed. April 2, 7:30 p.m. Chanticleer, Sun., May 4, 4 p.m.

World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, Harlem Globetrotters, Sun., April 6, 2 p.m.

dance parties & workshops
Dance Clubs, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, $20-$52/4-5 weeks. "Salsa Dance Club," Feb. 1, 7 p.m. "Argentine Tango Dance Club," Feb. 2, 12:15 p.m. "Cowboy Cha Cha," Feb. 4, 7 p.m. "Ballroom Basics," Feb. 5, 7 p.m. "Teen Dance Club," Feb. 6, 7 p.m. "Swing Dance Club," Feb. 7, 7 p.m.

Saturday Night Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195. $7-$9. Dance to ballroom, polka, Latin, country and more live music. Sat., Feb. 2, 7:30-11 p.m.

Colorado Ballroom Dance, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 598-8624, $5. Basic instruction of a dance rhythm and steps followed by dance time. Waltz, fox trot, rumba, samba, tango, swing, salsa and cha-cha. Singles welcome, casual dress. No smoking or alcohol. Sat., Feb. 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Instruction, 7 p.m.

"Salsa 101" Workshop, Springs Salsa and Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., 520-1201, This six-week workshop introduces basic step makeovers, cross-body style and club-style salsa. Thurs., Feb. 7 to March 13, 7-8 p.m.

Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 Robinson St., 598-8624. $1-$5. Learn a variety of dances with licensed instructors. Singles and families welcome. Sat., Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. Instruction for new dancers, 7 p.m.

"Be a Bombshell: Tease 101 Workshop," Springs Salsa and Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., 520-1201, Learn to move like professional dancers in this steamy, two-day workshop. Sat., Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

English Country Dance, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 494-0563. $3. No partner required. Dancers ages 10 and over welcome. First and third Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.

English Country Dance, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 494-0563. For those 55+. Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m.

Swing Lessons, Southside Johnny's, 528 S. Tejon St., 444-8487. Free. Learn to swing dance. Mondays, 8 p.m.

Hip-Hop Workshop and Jam, Ormao Center for Contemporary Dance, 611 N. Royer St., 471-9759, Join our positive hip-hop community and practice Bboying/Bgirling. First Saturday of the month. Workshop, 11 a.m. to noon. Jam, noon to 1 p.m.

Ballroom Dance Classes, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., Arthur: 634-3029. Learn swing, salsa, waltz, cha-cha, tango, foxtrot and more. Open to members and non-members. Registration on-going. Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m.

Ballroom Dance Classes, The Studio, 3020 W. Colorado Ave., Leslie: 635-7230. $30 for 5-week session. Learn basic ballroom dances and steps. No partner necessary. Fridays, 7-8 p.m.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Offering "Chemical Magic Show with Dr. Ron Furstenau," Feb. 2, 10 a.m. "Young Naturalists: Papermaking 101," Feb. 9, 10 a.m. "Little Wonders: Winter Birds," Feb. 12, 2 p.m. "Digital Wildlife Photo Seminar," Feb. 16, 10 a.m.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "Lame Wolf Project," Feb. 2, 10 a.m. "Twos & Threes Outdoors: Animal Talk," Feb. 7, 10 a.m. "Winter Stargazing for Beginners," Feb. 8, 7 p.m. "Winter Stargazing for Beginners," Feb. 8, 7 p.m. "Night Hunters: Owls of North America," Feb. 9, 10 a.m. "Nature Adventurers: Clever Coyotes," Feb. 13, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Roller Derby Match, City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., 385-5969. $10-$15. The Pikes Peak Derby Dames All Star team will face the Houston Hard Knocks. Sat., Feb. 9, 7 p.m.

Special Events
Manitou Springs Carnivale Parade, Manitou Avenue, 685-9127, Presenting Manitou's annual family-friendly, Mardi Gras-style celebration. Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off in Soda Springs Park at 11 a.m. Parade at 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 2.

No Limit Texas Hold 'Em Tournament, The Warehouse Restaurant, 25 W. Cimarron St., 475-8880. $100. Win great prizes donated by local businesses. Proceeds benefit Southern Colorado AIDS Project. Sat., Feb. 2, 3 p.m.

Brazilian Carnival/Mardi Gras Night, Cucuru Gallery, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900. Featuring live music, Brazilian dancers, clarinet parade, gumbo, capoiera demos and a costume contest. Sat., Feb. 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Chinese New Year Celebration, Jade Dragon Chinese Restaurant, 3958 N. Academy Blvd., 287-7624. $25-$30. RSVP by Feb. 4. Celebrate the Year of the Rat with a Chinese New Year's dinner and a lecture on the Chinese lunar cycle. Thurs., Feb. 7, 7-10 p.m.

Citizens Project Fourth annual Divine Award Celebration, The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St., 520-9899. Free. RSVP by Feb. 1. An event that will honor Lorne Kramer for working to create a vibrant democracy. Thurs., Feb. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Tattoo Arts Festival, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive, 328-1544. $20-$40, children under 18 free (must be accompanied by an adult). Featuring tattoo contests, live tattooing, seminars, art galleries and world-renowned tattoo artists. Fri., Feb. 8, 2-10 p.m., Sat., Feb. 9, noon to 11 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 10, noon to 7 p.m.

All-You-Can-Eat Dinner and Dance, Colorado Springs Shrine Club Hall, 6 S. 33rd St., 229-1177, $12-$32.50, kids 5 and under free. Join the United Portuguese of Colorado (Divino Espirito Santo) at this fundraiser featuring music by The Martini Shot and a crab dinner. Sat., Feb. 9, 5-10 p.m.

Hearts for the Homeless, Marriot Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Drive, 329-1244, $35. RSVP by Feb. 4. A fundraising luncheon and auction for Interfaith Hospitality Network, which shelters homeless families with children. Featuring speakers City Councilwoman Jan Martin and Regina Lewis. Sun., Feb. 10, noon.

Vintage Japanese Textiles Show and Sale, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, 315 E. Costilla St., 632-6189, Free. Featuring cloth and garments from Japan's Showa period (1926-1989) including vintage Kimono, obi, juban and more. Sun., Feb. 10, noon to 4 p.m.

"Silent Night" Coffee & Conversation, Starbucks Coffee, The Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Parkway, 265-6264. Inviting the deaf community, interpreters, families and those who love stories for coffee, hot chocolate, conversation, activities and more. Sundays, 4-10 p.m.; children's story time (ASL interpreted), 4-5 p.m.

Youth & Family
Children's Playhouse Series, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, Presenting The Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Fri. Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., and Sat., Feb. 2, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Ant and the Grasshopper, Sat., Feb. 23, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Velveteen Rabbit, Sat., March 8, 11 a.m and 2 p.m. If You Give a Pig a Party, Sat., April 26, 11 a.m. and 2 pm.

"Community Forum: Kids in Nature," Renaissance Academy, 2760 Fieldstone Road, 475-2510. Free. Hear about upcoming summer programs for kids who love to be outdoors. Tues., Feb. 5, 6:30-8 p.m.

Parent Lecture Series: Title I Students, Bristol Elementary School, 890 N. Walnut St., RSVP: 328-4038. Dinner will be served. Feb. 21, March 18, April 24 and May 12.

Children's Story Times, Manitou Springs Public Library, 606 Manitou Ave., 685-5206, Enjoy weekly stories, fingerplays and songs for children birth through 5 years. Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m.

Free Thoughts-Free Kids Group, 210-9332, Join science, ethics and nature-related activities with the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs' new group for parents and kids. Promotes humanist principles and critical thinking. Events and meetings, first Sunday of the month.

"Mothersong," Unity Church, 1945 Mesa Road, 471-0520. $5-$10, kids free. Offering a multi-cultural sing-along for families with children 0-3 years old. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Volunteer Opportunities
The Barack Obama Presidential Campaign is seeking volunteers to help organize supporters for the upcoming Colorado Democratic caucuses on Feb. 5. Activities include phone banking, data entry and office work. No experience or party affiliation necessary. Call 482-8459 for more information.

Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers will hold a volunteer orientation class for those interested in helping people enjoy the parks' natural, cultural and outdoor recreation resources. Learn more on Sat., Feb. 9, 1-3:30 p.m., at Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. An environmental education program leader training class will be held Thursdays, Feb. 14 to March 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. RSVP by Mon., Feb. 7 to 520-6388.

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to adopt a flowerbed for the 2008 Springs in Bloom program. Flowerbed adopters will be responsible for planting and maintaining the bed throughout the summer. Flowers will be provided free of charge. Go to or call 578-6649 by April 3.

All Breed Rescue & Training is currently seeking foster homes for a 3-year-old Shih Tzu as well as five puppies who need some special care while waiting for permanent homes. To find out more or to apply to foster one of these dogs, call 264-6460 or e-mail

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens is seeking schools, businesses, organizations and neighborhood groups to assist with the development of community gardens throughout Colorado Springs. Call 651-3416 or visit for more.

Explorer Elementary School in Academy School District 20 is looking for volunteers to work in the Peach Patrol, its literacy program. Mentors work one-on-one with first- and second-grade students following easy-to-use individualized lesson plans developed by the teacher. Contact Donna at 234-4429 for more.

American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers for its Cancer Resource Center and Road to Recovery programs. Responsibilities include helping people with information, comfort items and wigs and driving patients to and from treatments. Training provided. Call 636-5101 for more.

Project Angel Heart needs volunteers to deliver nutritious, medically appropriate meals to people with life-threatening illnesses as part of its "Cruise for a Cause" program. Call 800/381-5612 to volunteer for a 90-minute shift.

Girls Scouts of Southeastern Colorado is seeking volunteers who want to make a difference in a girl's life. Share your skills whether you have an hour, a day, a weekend or more. Looking for women and men of all ages and backgrounds to help. Call 543-4690 ext. 102 for more.

Memorial Health System needs volunteers who want to make a difference as patient/family escorts, pediatric playroom helpers, weekend or evening information desk attendants, public-event volunteers and more. Call 365-5298 for more.

Catamount Institute is looking for volunteers to further its mission of "inspiring ecological stewardship" through educational programs. Positions include working with youth, marketing and communications, fundraising, online research, office work and events. Call 471-0910 ext. 107 for more.

The Western Museum of Mining & Industry is seeking volunteers to lead tours, help with special events, maintain the grounds and staff the front desk. Call 488-0880 for more.

Rocky Mountain Siamese Rescue needs temporary foster placements for cats or kittens rescued from shelters. Food, litter and all vet visits provided. Have fun and save lives. Call 651-2180 or visit for more.

The Southern Colorado Pajama Program is seeking donations of new pajamas and books to deliver to children in need living in group homes and foster care. Call 201-1497 or visit for more.

Chins Up is looking for foster parents to provide safe and loving homes to neglected or abused children. Training, support and financial reimbursement is provided. Call Jennifer at 327-2013 or visit for more.

Operation Care Package is seeking support in fulfilling its mission of sending weekly letters of support and care packages to soldiers who are serving overseas. See for more.

Odyssey Healthcare/Hospice is seeking volunteers for patient visits, caregiver respite, phone contacts, office support and bereavement calls and visits. Those with massage therapy, Reiki, pet therapy and music therapy skills are needed. Call 573-4166 for more.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking volunteer medical personnel such as nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, dentists, pharmacists and mental health counselors to respond to disasters or public health emergencies. Call 888/260-6330 or visit for more.

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

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter, a no-kill animal shelter in Divide, seeks volunteers to walk or groom dogs, play with cats, run errands, work in the office and more. Call 686-7707 or visit for more.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Southern Office is seeking friendly people willing to share quality time with people living with MS in long-term care facilities. To learn more about the Community Care Volunteer Visitation Program call 634-2820 opt. 2, ext. 101 or visit

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 for more.

Another Life Foundation is hosting volunteer mentor meetings on recognizing and preventing suicidal behavior. Meets the first Wednesday of every month, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Call 216-7238 or visit for more.

Colorado Reptile Humane Society is seeking homes for adoptable lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises. Call 303/776-2070 or visit 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 for more.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts & Conference Center, 30 W. Dale St. Seeking volunteers in various areas. Check for a current list of volunteer opportunities. E-mail 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.

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

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 for more.

Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is looking for volunteers for the Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time Program, which protects children from witnessing parental disputes. Call 447-9898 or visit for more.

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center needs volunteers to assist riders with disabilities during riding lessons. Training is provided and experience with horses is not required, but helpful. The age limit is 14 and older. Call 495-3908 or e-mail for more.

Out of Town

art galleries & events
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, Featuring Uzi Buzgalo, showcasing the importance and beauty of non-audible language, through March 9. More Big Beautiful Things, an exhibit of contemporary sculpture, through March 30. Watch Your Step: Sidewalks through March 23.

Gilmore Art Center, 2119 Curtis St., Denver, 303/483-3422. Featuring Black Eyed Peas & Grace: Black Art History Exhibit, folk art pieces by Janie McGee reflecting black history from 1900s to the civil rights movement, Feb. 1 to March 12. Opening reception Fri., Feb. 1, 6-10 p.m.

Museo de Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, 303/571-4401, Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Space Invaders, art that blends physical, aesthetic and social questions to create multidimensional results, Feb. 8 to June 8. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 8, 6-9 p.m.

film & video
Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley, Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303/786-7030, $10. This film has been called a concert tribute, Marley family travelogue and humanitarian documentary. Wed., Feb. 6, 8 p.m.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303/322-7009. Presenting The Alps and The Living Sea on the IMAX screen, $4-$8, through June 12.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, Showing the film Whales on the Extreme Screen through April, and Australia: Land Beyond Time, Feb. 2 through August.

Boulder Bookstore Events, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, Presenting John Gray, (Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus), Feb. 4. Eli Gottlieb (Now You See Him), Feb. 5. John Byrne Cooke (Reporting the War), Feb. 6.

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, Presenting John Ratey (Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain) and Thomas DeWolf (Inheriting the Trade), Jan. 31. M.T. Anderson (Feed), Feb. 1. C.J. Box (Blue Heaven) and Devra Davis (The Secret History of the War on Cancer), Feb. 4. Barbara Park (Junie B. Jones series) and John Gray (Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus), Feb. 5. Binka Le Breton (The Greatest Gift: The Courageous Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang), Feb. 6.

University of Denver Writers Series, Newman Center, Gates Concert Hall, 2344 E. Illif Ave., Denver, $38-$49. Presenting Erik Larson, Tues., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. Anna Quindlen, Tues., March 18, 7:30 p.m.

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, $27-$30. Featuring The Mercury Ensemble String Quartet, Thurs., Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Windy Peak, Thurs., March 6, 7 p.m.

Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 303/294-9258, $8. Presenting Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra, Feb. 3. The Queen City Jazz Band, Feb. 10. The David Booker Swingtet, Feb. 17. Atomic Pablo, Feb. 24. Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra, March 2.

Windjammers Jazz Orchestra, Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton, 303/730-4612, $8-$10. Presenting an evening of live big band and ballroom dancing featuring Charles King and Wendy Vernon-Dzaman. Sat., Feb. 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

recreation & learning
Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-3682, $5-$7, free under 5 years. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Presenting "Colorado's African Americans," Sat., Feb. 9. Free Black History Month programs every Sunday with "Colorado Pioneers," Feb. 3. "Life in Dearfield," Feb. 10. "Celebrate Music," Feb. 17. "Voices of the Past," Feb. 24.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500, February Lecture: "The Writer in the Garden: Gardens as Metaphor and Paradox," Tues., Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Colorado Resident Free Day, Feb. 18, March 17 and April 22. Chapungu: Custom and Legend, A Culture in Stone, through Feb. 29.

Denver Zoo Events 2008, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 303/376-6720, Featuring "Prairie Dog Day," Feb. 2, noon to 4 p.m. "Paw Thaw," Feb. 16-17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Leap Day," Feb. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mountain Park Environmental Center Events, 9167 Mountain Park Road, Beulah, 719/485-4444, $5, members free. "Valentine Day's Hike," Sat., Feb. 16, 10 a.m. "Winter Wildflower Hike," Sun., Feb. 24, 11 a.m.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, $4.95-$7.95, kids 2 and under free. Featuring Kids Bowl III, sports-themed games and activities throughout the museum, Sat., Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, Featuring Of Mice and Men through March 9. A Year with Frog and Toad, Feb. 19 to May 2. Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Revue, March 6-23. House of Blue Leaves, April 8 to May 11. Altar Boyz, April 22 to June 15. Buddy...The Buddy Holly Story, July 5 to Aug. 10.

Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/739-1970, $18-$24. Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League, Inc. (PHAMALY) presents One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest through Feb. 3.

Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303/321-5925, $20. Featuring Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women, a play about the milestones in women's lives, along with the Diary Museum, an exhibit of pages from real-women's diaries, through Feb. 24.

The Bindery, 2180 Stout St., Denver, 877/862-6752, $10-$15. Presenting Closer, a story about love, lust and life, through Feb. 18.

Bug Theatre, 3645 Navajo St., Denver, 303/780-7836, $15-$20. Presenting A Body of Water, a play that asks how well we know ourselves and others, through Feb. 24.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, 720/946-1388, Presenting tRUNks: A Live Comic Book through April 19. Starship Troy, featuring a motley space crew, through April 23.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, Presenting Vic Alejandro, Jan. 31. Greg Behrendt, Feb. 1-2. Kevin Pollack, Feb. 8-9. Bruce Bruce, Feb. 15-17. Ralphie May, Feb. 21-23. Henry Cho, Feb. 28 to March 1.

Denver Center for Performing Arts, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4100, Presenting Plainsong, through Feb. 23. My Fair Lady, March 26 to April 6. A Chorus Line, May 4-17. 3 Mo' Divas, May 9 to June 29. Sweeney Todd, June 17-29.

The Denver Victorian Playhouse, 4201 Hooker St., Denver. 303/433-4343, $20-$22. Presenting The Lion in Winter through Feb. 9.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/468-2030, Presenting Don Pasquale, $28-$157, Feb. 8-17. Avenue Q, Sept. 9-21.

Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/422-4090, $12-$14. Presenting Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, Feb. 1-17.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, Presenting Beauty and the Beast, Feb. 8-24. Thoroughly Modern Millie, April 18 to May 4.

Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 303/294-9258, $10. Presenting Lovers, Split Strangers, Feb. 1-29.

Parker Mainstreet Center, 109650 E. Mainstreet, Parker303/841-4500, $10-$12. Presenting Cactus Flower, the story of a bachelor who invents a wife and family to keep from committing to his girlfriend in this homage to free love and go-go boots, Feb. 9-16.

Playwright Theatre, 2119 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303/839-1361, $17-$22. Vintage Theatre Productions presents Brilliant Traces, the story of two lost souls in the wilds of Alaska, through Feb. 3. Shot in the Dark, Feb. 15 to March 16. Dinner with Friends, March 28 to April 20. The Boys Next Door, May 2 to June 1. Crazy Bag, June 6-20. A Streetcar Named Desire, Aug. 22 to Sept. 21. Murderers, Oct. 3 to Nov. 2. The Little Foxes, Nov. 14 to Dec. 14.

Theater Off Broadway, 1124 Santa Fe, Denver, 303/777-3292, $12-$22. Presenting Jeffrey, by Paul Rudnick through March 1.

recreation & learning
"Biggest Show on Snow" Mardi Gras Festival, downtown Snowmass Village, The day's activities include a snowshoe race, crawfish boil, parade, multiple parties, kids' carnival, bead throw and more. Tues., Feb. 5, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.


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