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click to enlarge Free Family Arts Day, America the Beautiful Park - (formerly Confluence Park), 126 Cimino Drive. The - Manitou Art Theater and the Kennedy Center Imagination - Celebration host an arts day featuring contests, - workshops, giant bubble play and music making. Free - evening performances of The Incredible Circus to follow. - July 10, 4-6 p.m., performance 6:30-8 p.m. See - themat.org for more.
  • Free Family Arts Day, America the Beautiful Park (formerly Confluence Park), 126 Cimino Drive. The Manitou Art Theater and the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration host an arts day featuring contests, workshops, giant bubble play and music making. Free evening performances of The Incredible Circus to follow. July 10, 4-6 p.m., performance 6:30-8 p.m. See themat.org for more.

Colorado Springs Blizzard Soccer Home Games, CC's Washburn Field, 14 Cache La Poudre. $6 admission, children under 10 are free. Colorado Springs' semi-pro soccer team plays July 9, July 15, 6:30 p.m. Call 573-4876 or visit blizzardfc.com for more.

Pueblo Zoo, 3455 Nuckolls Ave., Pueblo, 719/561-1452. Featuring Camp-Out with Critters on Sat., July 9.

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, by the 30th Street entrance to Garden of the Gods on Gateway Road, 578-6777. Jon Chandler and the Wichitones Concert, Fri., July 15, 7 p.m.

Public Star Party, Telescope viewing at Fox Run Park, on Stella Dr., July16, from dark to 11 p.m. Call 262-0698 for more.

Thunder in the Valley Car Show, 116 S. Main St., Fountain. July 16, 10 a.m-4:30 p.m. See rods, customs, and muscle cars through 1972. Dance and pig roast after the car show. $25 entry, free admission. Call 719/382-8823 for more.

Party in the Park, America the Beautiful Park (formerly Confluence Park), 126 Cimino Dr. For two weeks, events will be held at the park. All events are free to attend. Farm & Art Market, Sat., July 9, 16, 23; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Invite the Neighbors, family festival with live music, poetry readings, hip hop dancing, face painting, July 9, 1-7 p.m. Sunday in the Park with the Manitou Art Theater, July 10, 4-8 p.m. Intergenerational Jazz Journey, July 14, 6-8 p.m. W.A.M. (What Art Means), daylong youth cultural festival, July 19, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Masterpiece in the Park, a one-day art-making extravaganza, with contests and classes. July 23, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., $30 entry fee for art competition. Call 385-5421 for info.

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, 686-1820. Summer Program for kids runs through July.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Activities, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925. Featuring Dinosaurs at the Zoo exhibit. What are dinosaurs doing at the zoo? They are extinct! Go see their exhibit and find out. Also, now featuring white lions, Matunde and Zakera, through Labor Day.

ArtSports Trampoline Safety Course, 4626 N. Park Dr., 531-JUMP. July 12 and Aug. 9, 2:30-4 p.m. Coaches will teach correct skills progressions and safety for trampolines. Trampolines will be provided.

Grand Prix Classic 10K, Tiffany Square, Woodman and I-25. July 30, 7 a.m. Call 266-8910 for more.

Trails and Open Space Coalition 2005 Hike Schedule: Mid and Lower Shook's Run, July 9, 9 a.m. Catamount Trail, Aug. 13, 8:30 a.m.; Pancake Rocks, Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m.; Skelton Ranch, Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m.; Monument Fire Center, Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m.; Crews Gulch and Fountain Creek Regional Park, Dec. 10, 9:30 a.m. Call 633-6884 for more.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Open Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission, programs vary in cost. Offers interactive exhibits, nature trails, guided and self-guided programs, Junior Ranger program, special events and more. Visit elpasoco.com/parks for more. Nature Explorers: Wacky Woodpeckers, July 7, 10 a.m.; 11:45 a.m.; 1:30 p.m. Fly Fishing 101, July 9, 10 a.m. Summer Nature Camp, July 11-15, 9 a.m. to noon. Eat A Bug!, July 16, 10 a.m. Classical Strings Open House, July 17, 1 p.m. Bear Creek Summer Nature Camp August 1-5, 9:00 a.m.-Noon; Nature Explorers: Terrific Terrariums, August 11, :00-11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., & 1:30-2:45 p.m. Reservations required for all programs.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Free admission, programs vary in cost. Offers interactive exhibits, nature trails, guided and self-guided programs, Junior Ranger program, special events and more. New youth volunteer programs for ages 12 and up available. Visit elpasoco.com/parks for more. Stewardship Saturdays, volunteer workdays on Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m. A Big Day for Bugs on Thurs., July 7, 9 a.m. Pajamas in the Park, Fri., July 8, 4 p.m. Youth Outdoor Adventure Camp, July 11-15, 9 a.m. The Scoop on Poop, Sat., July 16, 9:30 a.m. Reservations required for all programs.

Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 578-6146. Tipi Building and Ute Heritage Workshops, July 23 and Aug. 27, 10 am.-1 p.m., for ages 8 to adult. $5 donation requested, reservations required. Call 633-5701 for more.

Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., 219-0108. Free; some programs $1-$2. Nature Walks, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily; Nature Presentations and Multi-media Movie, various times daily; Become a Junior Ranger, available daily. Bat Walk, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Prairie Falcon Walk, Wed., 5 p.m. Colorful Characters of the Pikes Peak Region, Thurs., 4:45 p.m.

dance parties and workshops Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. Learn as you dance easy lines, cotton-eyed Joes, mixers, country waltz and more. Sat., July 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call 598-8624 for more.

Swing in the Springs, Downtown VFW, 430 East Pikes Peak Avenue, every Sunday through July, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Free beginning lesson starts at 7:30, dance is from 8-10 p.m. $5.00. For more, call 266-6453.

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