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Epimethian Press has come up with an easy way to fund their books-for-prisoners program and other educational activities: small change. Through January, the Press will provide you with a collection jar for your home, office or anywhere else coins collect en force. At the end of the month you can send back the jar full of change or a check for the amount, and the money will be used to further Epimethian's nonprofit activities. Call 475-8059 for details.

The annual Bob Telmosse Christmas Eve Give-A-Way is now in its 18th year as one of the largest holiday charitable acts in the nation. Each Christmas, Telmosse and over 300 volunteers purchase massive amounts of fresh chickens, turkeys and hams, fresh vegetables and other edibles. They organize a massive collection of toys, clothing, household items, appliances, cars, tools and other gifts and then find a place to put it all -- this year it's the old 60,000-sq.-foot Best building on the northeast corner of Academy and Union boulevards. Then on Christmas Eve, from 2 to 5 p.m., they throw open the doors and allow those in need to come and take at least two full bags of food and enough gifts to outfit their families.

This Zen Christmas doesn't come off without major help. Volunteers are needed to help set up and tear down, deliver gift items, organize and help out on Christmas Eve. Skilled mechanics, carpenters and other handy folks are especially needed to repair donated bikes and household items. Monetary donations are also needed to offset the costs of food purchases. If you'd like to help out with or donate to the Christmas Eve Give-A-Way, call 630-2277.

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18th Annual Bob Telmosse Christmas Eve Give-A-Way offering clothing, gifts, toys, household items and food at the old Best building, NE corner of Union and N. Academy Blvd. No questions asked. Children ages 6-16 are invited to the "parents gifts" section, where they can select a gift for their family members and have it gift wrapped on the spot. For details, call 630-2277. Mon., Dec. 24, 2-5 p.m.

World Peace Meditation at Pikes Peak Church, 3685 Jeannine Dr. Join people of every nation, culture, religion and color as they turn their hearts and minds to world healing for one hour. Free, 596-6894. Mon., Dec. 31, 4:45 to 6:15 a.m.

Epimethian Press Spare Change Program, encouraging people to collect spare change at home and work through January to donate to Epimethian Press, a non-profit that provides books and education to prisoners. Call 475-8059 for details.

Rebuilding Together is a volunteer non-profit, non-religious organization addressing housing-related health, safety and maintenance issues faced by low-income homeowners, especially the elderly and disabled. They seek monetary donations and volunteer help to continue helping people be independent. Call 634-4115 for details.

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

Salvation Army taking food donations to fill emergency pantry. Drop off nonperishable donations at 908 Yuma St. For information, call 636-3891 Ext. 16.

Call for participation in "Spotlighting the Overlooked Woman," a benefit fashion show/multi- media event that focuses on seeing the beauty in "non-Madison Avenue shapes and sizes." We need models, organizers, sponsors, clothiers and committee people. Come make a difference in how women are seen! For more information, call 635-3919.

Christmas Unlimited has been providing quality holiday gifts to families in need since 1923. Applications for assistance are available at El Paso and Teller County Departments of Health and Human Services, Head Start, and 50 other agencies. Call 597-1821.

civic opportunities

Colorado Springs City Council seeking citizen volunteers to serve on several City Boards and Commissions. Vacancies for citizens-at-large include: Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax Advisory Committee, Liquor and Beer Licensing Board, Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee, Parks & Recreations Advisory Board and the Citizens Advisory Committee on Competitiveness in City Government.

Vacancies for individuals with specific qualifications include: School/Park Fee Advisory Committee, seeking representatives of school board/administrations, construction, housing sales and land developers; The Mechanical Committee, seeking an architect; The Briargate Special Improvement Maintenance District, seeking five members who own property within the district; and the Youth Traffic Safety Committee, seeking representatives from School Districts No. 20, No. 12, No. 11, No. 2 and No. 49, plus two citizens at large.

Individuals should send letters of interest along with a resume to City Council, P.O. Box. 1575, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. Call Nancy Bramwell at 385-5453 for details. Deadline: Dec. 31.

clubs & organizations

Adoption Alliance holding information meetings about traditional infant, special needs and international adoptions at 30 E. Rio Grande St. on the first Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. and the third Wednesday at 7 p.m. RSVP to 636-9140 or torypearl@aol.com. Next meeting: Jan. 2.

American Business Women's Association, Pikes Peak Chapter meeting at The Hilton Garden Inn, 1810 Briargate Pkwy. $19 includes dinner. Call 481-0588. Tues., Jan. 15, 6 p.m.

Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society featuring many satellite groups for those interested in mineralogy and using precious stones in jewelry, such as crystals, fossils, faceting, lapidary, micromount, camera club and pebble pups. General meeting held on the third Thursday each month except August and January, at 7:30 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. Free. For details, call Ray Thompson, 683-26030, or Belinda Hall, 574-5319. Next meeting: Dec. 20.

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

Life Group, for people who want community and to study God's word. Meets Tuesday nights from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Currently studying Romans. Location varies. Leave message, 531-7274.

The Network Exchange for Women (NEW)meets the third Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Antonio's on Garden of the Gods Road. $12, 265-1969. Next meeting: Jan. 13.

Pikes Peak Area 39+ Catholic Singles looking for new faces to join divorced, widowed, separated and never married persons between the ages of 39 and 65 years old. Call Nancy for more information at 393-0561.

Prism Fellowship Family Support Group meeting at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2505 N. Circle Dr. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Call Carolyn Reida, 548-0892, for details. Next meeting: Jan. 17.

Public Speaking for the Terrified, a supportive environment where you can practice public speaking. Work at your own pace. Tell a joke, read a poem or make a speech. Meeting Saturday mornings. Call 487-9009.

Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group, Inc. (SMMUG) meeting the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. (novices meet at 6) at the Disabled American Veterans building, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. For information, call Lynn Poos, 599-4528, or visit www.smmug.org. Next meeting: Jan. 9.

Silent Springs Social Group, for hard-of-hearing and deaf adults; sign language users welcome. Dining out at local restaurants, potlucks and community activities. For details, call 487-9009 or e-mail

silentspringscos@hotmail.com.

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

Vegetarians of Colorado Springs gathering for a potluck on the second Sunday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at varying members' homes and city parks. For details or club information, visit www.vsc.org or call 388-2176. Next gathering: Jan. 11.

Welcome Wagon of Colorado Springs seeking new members interested in book clubs, tours and luncheons, bridge, arts and crafts, ladies' socials and more to greet area newcomers. Luncheon meetings held every second Wednesday of the month September through May. Dorothy Greenway, 630-5047. Next meeting: Jan. 9.

holiday donating

Adopt-a-Family Holiday Program provides needy families with a festive holiday meal, winter clothing and a gift for their kids. Sponsored by the Community Partnership for Child Development. You can "adopt" a family and then shop for food and gifts yourself, or make a monetary donation and CPCD will do the shopping for you. You decide what you can give and CPCD will match you with a family. For details, call Delberta at 635-1536 Ext. 276.

18th Annual Bob Telmosse Christmas Eve Give-A-Way, the largest one-day give-a-way of food, toys, clothing and gifts in the country, at the old Best building, on the NE corner of N. Academy and Union Blvd. Donations of food, money, clothes, household items, computers, furniture, cars and toys are gratefully accepted. Over 300 volunteers, especially bike repair people, carpenters, electricians and anyone handy, also needed Dec. 22-26. Call 630-2277 for more.

Christmas Unlimited has been providing quality holiday gifts to families in need since 1923. Donations are accepted at all Colorado Springs police and fire stations. Call 597-1821 for more.

El Paso County Department of Health and Environment seeking donations of holiday gifts for children of clients in drug and alcohol treatment. Call 578-3278.

Harvest of Love Holiday Food Drive accepting donations of non-perishable food at El Paso Country Clerk and Recorder's Offices downtown at 200 S. Cascade, in the Chapel Hills Mall between JC Penney's and Mervyn's and in Widefield at 115 Fontaine Blvd. Monetary donations also accepted; $20 can be converted into 200 meals. Call 520-6216 for details.

Salvation Army desperately seeking new, unwrapped toys and food baskets for children of all ages. Toys are being accepted at Ca Toys, Cinemark Movie Theaters, U.S. Homes locations, Pulte Homes and the Village at Skyline, as well as the Salvation Army offices at 908 Yuma St. Call 636-3891 for details.

Toys for Tots accepting new, unwrapped toys to give to needy children of the community at Homes by Jan, 4710 N. Nevada Ave. For details, call 592-9200.

political groups

El Paso County Democratic Club meeting monthly for formal meetings, breakfasts and informal discussions. For details, call President Mark Entrekin at 548-8798.

Pikes Peak Green Party, espousing ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy, nonviolence, respect for diversity and future focus in politics meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Center, 29 S. Institute. Details, 210-5144. Next meeting: Jan. 13.

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

Natural Law Party of Colorado, meetings locally during campaigns and in Denver during the rest of the year. For details, call 888/456-1732 or visit http://www.natural-law-colorado.org.

El Paso County Republican Party, an affiliate of the national Republican Party, holding regular meetings as well as endorsing the several clubs and producing events. Call the party headquarters for more details, 578-0022.

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

volunteer opportunities

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

American Cancer Society, seeking volunteer cosmetologists to consult with female cancer patients 1 to 2 hours per month in its Look Good ... Feel Better program. Training provided. Call 636-5101 for more.

Alzheimer's Association seeking volunteers to be a part of HELPLINE, which provides information and encouragement to caregivers. Call 266-8773.

Beidleman Environmental Center seeking volunteers to help school children learn about the environment through hands-on exploration, activities, hikes, and much more. Volunteers especially needed for Wildlife Neighbors, Tuesdays and Wednesdays Jan. 15 through March 6. Call 578-7088.

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

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

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

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

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

El Paso County Health Department seeking volunteers to help break the cycle of abuse by providing a safe and nurturing atmosphere for infants and toddlers while mothers attend afternoon support groups to overcome addiction. Also seeking volunteers to promote the Stop Family Violence campaign by distributing posters, cards and bookmarks.

El Paso County Health Department seeking volunteers to assist in educating students of the dangers of smoking. For more call 578-3278 or e-mail karenweber@elpasoco.com.

El Paso County Health Department seeking bilingual volunteer receptionists to make visits less stressful for Spanish-speaking clients. If you speak Spanish and enjoy working with a friendly team, call Karen Weber at 578-3278 or e-mail karenweber@elpasoco.com.

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

First Visitor seeking volunteers to visit expectant and new parents; help promote care-giving, good maternal and child health; and to link families with other community resources. Full training and support provided. Call Nancy Barrows, 444-4504.

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

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

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

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

Salvation Army is seeking volunteers for the Christmas Holiday Dinners. Dinners will be at 4 locations. 600 volunteers are needed to serve meals and provide conversation. Call 636-3891, ext. 16. Tues., Dec. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

Suicide Prevention Hotline, serving El Paso and Teller counties, seeking volunteers to staff a home-based telephone service whose goal is to help a person in crisis find a way to live. Call Tom at 573-7447.

The Wolf Rescue Center seeking volunteers for various tasks, from computer work to helping with daily tours. Call Darlene, 748-8683.

Workout Ltd., a restorative justice program, seeks volunteers to facilitate conferences between victims and offenders. Training provided. Call Denise Mantano, 471-4200, or visit

www.workoutltd.org.

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

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