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Rescue Run 5K/10K, Palmer Park. $18. All proceeds benefit the El Paso County Search and Rescue. Sun., Jan. 1, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 473-7848 for more.

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.

Sierra Club Singles Hike, Palmer Park. A five-mile, moderately difficult hike, followed by lunch. Sun., Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m. Call Dave at 597-3996 to register by the night before.

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. Featuring a Teddy Bear Drive to benefit the local needy. Bring a new teddy bear in through Dec. 17. Reservations required for all programs. "Rudolph's Relatives," Thurs., Dec. 15, noon and 2 p.m. "A Canine Christmas Party and Hike," Sat., Dec. 17, 10 a.m.

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. 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.

Rock Ledge Ranch, at the entrance to Garden of the Gods off 30th Street, 578-6777. Featuring "Holiday Tours of Historic Homes" on Dec. 20-21, 1:30 and 4 p.m. Cost is $7.50 and reservations are required. "Holiday Evenings" on Dec. 16-17, 4-8 p.m.

dance parties & workshops Scottish Country Dancing, 315 E. Costilla St. Featuring basic, intermediate and advanced instruction on social dance of Scotland. Meetings on the first three Wednesdays of each month. Call 473-0714 for more.

Ballroom Dance Classes, YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave. Fees include six hours of classes, and Y membership is not required. Learn swing, salsa, tango, cha-cha, fox trot, waltz and more. Wednesdays, 7:30, start anytime. Call Arthur at 634-3029 for more.

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