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Red Rock Canyon Free Hiking Tours, 30th street and Hwy 24. Offering guided, two-hour hikes on Thursdays at 8 a.m. Call 685-5089 for more.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain. $50. Featuring "Birding 202" course, Thurs., Sept. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday field trip, 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. "Leave it to Beaver," Oct. 6. "Woody Woodpecker," Oct. 11. Fall Star Gazing for Beginners, Oct. 13. Pajamas in the Park, Oct. 20. "Creepy Critters," Oct. 21. "Stellaluna the Bat," Oct. 25. Pumpkin Carving Party and Jack-O-Lantern Trail, Oct. 28. Call 520-6745 for more.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. Honey Harvest open house, Sept. 23. Fall Color Walk, Sept. 30. "All About Owls," Oct. 12. "Geocaching: High-Tech Treasure Hunt," Oct. 21. "Super Spiders," Oct. 26. "Bird Banding:Live Songbirds," Oct. 28. Call 520-6387 for more.

Catamount Institute Events, various venues. 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 catamountinstitute.org or call 471-0910, ext. 105 for more.

Starsmore Discovery Center Events, 2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Road. Offering a free climbing wall, children's programs, guided hikes, lectures, hand-on activities and more. Call 385-6086 or visit cheyennecanon.org for a calendar of events.

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

Shadow Dancing, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St. $40. Invoke the power of your shadow side through humor, dance, writing and more. Sun., Sept. 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call 494-7758 for more.

Pikes Peak USA National Ballroom Dance Week Workshop, Manitou City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. $10-$12. Featuring an all-day workshop and an evening dance. Sat., Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call 634-0827 or visit ppusadance.org for more.

Pikes Peak USA Masquerade Ball, Manitou City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. $10-$12. Featuring a costume contest and dance. Sat., Oct. 28, 7 p.m. Call 634-0827 or visit ppusadance.org for more.

Dances of Universal Peace, Unity in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road. By donation. Offering devotional chants and circle movements from many cultures and religions on the third Friday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 15 through May, 2007. Call 575-0152 for more.

Earthdance, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain. Donations accepted. Join over 250 locations in 50 countries for dance, visualization and art for the intent of peace, featuring live drumming and music. Sun., Sept. 17, 2-4 p.m. Visit dancingsprings.org 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. 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 broadmoorwaltzclub.com.

Ballroom Dance Classes, YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave. Learn swing, salsa, tango and more. Ongoing classes. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Call 634-3029 for more.

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