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Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. Dog Days Art Celebration, Aug. 5. "A Step Into Zebulon Pike's World," Aug. 19. "Eat-A-Bug!" Aug. 26. "Natural History of the Pikes Peak Region 101," Aug. 3-17, Thurs., 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sat. field trips, Aug. 5-19, 9 a.m. to noon. Bird Banding: Live Songbirds, Sept. 9. Honey Harvest open house, Sept. 23. Fall Color Walk, Sept. 30. Call 520-6387 for more.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain. $50. Featuring "Birding 202" course, Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 10 and 24 and Sept. 7. Saturday field trips, Aug. 12 and 26 and Sept. 9, 8 a.m. to noon. Insect Safari, Sept. 9. Native Agroforestry, Sept. 15. "Traditional Technologies: Practical Plants," Sept. 23. Leaf Print Bandanas, Sept. 30. Call 520-6745 for more.

Catamount Institute Events, various venues. Featuring Free Foothills Ecology and Geology Seminar, Aug. 12. Garden of the Gods Photo Shoot, Aug. 19. Fourth Annual Repeat Boutique, Sept. 22-23. Fall Foliage Photography Workshop and Outing, Oct. 5, 7 and 12. Red Rock Canyon Full Moon Hike, Oct. 7. Halloween Costume and Compass Scavenger Hunt, Oct. 28. Visit or call 471-0910, ext. 105 for more.

Starsmore Discovery Center Events, 2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Road. Free climbing wall available Tues.-Sun., 3-4:30 p.m. Children's programs also available. Call 385-6086 or visit for more.

Summer Programs at Garden of the Gods Park, Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 1805 N. 30th St. Free. Daily Nature walks, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pike's backpack program, daily, 11 a.m. Bat Walks, Tues., 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Colorful Characters of the Pikes Peak Region, 4:45 p.m. Call 634-6666 or visit for more.

Tuesday Night Birding, various venues. Presenting a weekly bird watching group. Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Bear Creek East, Aug. 8. Call 964-7826 for more.

dance parties & workshops The Carriage Stop Events, 2700 W. Robinson St. $5. Colorado Ballroom, Sat., Aug. 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Country Western Dance Party, Sat., Aug. 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Partners not mandatory, but preferred for classes. Call 598-8624 for more.

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.

Broadmoor Waltz Club Basic Ballroom Dance Lessons, Austin Bluffs Community Church, 5090 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free. Must have a partner. Beginning Aug. 8; 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


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