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Special Events IAFF Fallen Fire Fighters Observance at the Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial, Memorial Park, Pikes Peak and Institute. Call 442-2014 or visit www.iaff-ffm.com. Sat., Sept. 21, 1 p.m.

10th Anniversary open house celebration, at the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Features tree planting, nature programs, guided hikes, crafts, refreshments, 2002 Creek Crossing. Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 520-6159.

Silent auction presented by First Steps Spirituality Center at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Semiformal event includes snacks and music. $15. Call 719/520-9024 for reservations. Proceeds will benefit the center. Sun., Sept. 22, 7-9 p.m.

Eighth annual Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival in the Historic Union Avenue District, Pueblo. Fri.-Sun., Sept. 20-22.

Earth Spirit Pagans full-moon ritual at the Grove in Monument Valley Park (just west of Boddington Soccer Field). Suggested donation: $1 members, $3 non-members. Sat., Sept. 21, 6:30-9 p.m. Backup date is Sept. 22. (same place and time). 800/731-2650.

Murder Mystery Fundraiser presented by the Pikes Peak Center on Deafness at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road. Includes cocktails, dinner. $75. Potential sponsors and individuals are invited to participate. Sat., Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. 591-2777, or

www.ppcod.org.

Phoenix Rising Celebration and Concert, with motivational speaker Doug Stevenson, and the Pick-You-Up-Band, at the Community for Spiritual Living, 3685 Jeannine Dr. Wed., Sept. 25, 7-9 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door. 596-6894.

Colorado Springs Annual Oktoberfest at the Penrose Equestrian Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande. Family fun, arts and crafts, pastries, food, domestic and German beers, lemonade, pop, music. Snacks and full dinners, $3-$8. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 27 to Oct. 5. Daily admission: $5 at gate. 520-6711.

Pikes Peak Farmers Markets, featuring fresh Colorado grown and organically grown produce, honey, flowers, plants, cheese and more. At Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Oct. 13. At Doherty High School, 4515 Barnes Road: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 29. At Memorial Park: Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Sept. 27.

Healing Hooves Benefit Ball, a night of swing dance music, dinner and auction for the benefit of the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame on Sat., Oct. 5. Cost $45-$55. Call 495-3908 for reservations by Sept. 26.

One Faith, Many Faces ministry congress at the University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo. Presentations by Hispanic, Native American, Asian and Croatian groups will express their traditions in music, movements, prayer and costumes. Fri., Sept. 27, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. & 6-8:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. 719/544-9861, Ext. 113 or

amadic@dioceseofpueblo.com.

Southern Colorado Sports and Arms Expo at the Southern Colorado Expo, 1801 N. Union Blvd. Fri., Sept. 27, noon to 6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5, children under 12 free with adult. Call 633-6853.

A Step Back in Time, a benefit for the Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Center featuring Linda Purl at the Sheraton Hotel, I-25 and Circle. Includes gala luncheon, ragtime music, fashion show women's wear in the late 19th century. Sat., Sept. 28. For more, call 632-7000.

The Silver Bell luncheon honoring the outstanding community volunteer in the Pikes Peak region, presented by Assistance League of Colorado Springs, at the Broadmoor West Ballroom, 1 Lake Ave. $24.50; Call 599-5074 or 576-1848 for reservations by Sept. 20. Tues., Oct. 1. Cash bar opens at 11:30, luncheon at 12:15.

Rabbi Bob Alper, the only practicing clergyman doing stand-up comedy, will deliver the sermon, "The Spirituality of Laughter," addressing the healing power of laughter, at Temple Shalom. On Fri.-Sat., Oct. 4-5. See the "Comedy" section of Performance listings for more.

North Cheyenne Canyon Fall Clean-Up. Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Canyon Rd. For ages 14 and older. Lunch provided at 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to bring water and gloves, wear sunscreen, a hat and sturdy shoes. Pre-register: 578-6146. Sat., Oct. 5, 9 a.m.

Fore A-Breast 18-Hole Golf Tournament, to benefit Puebloans diagnosed with breast cancer, at the Hollydot Golf Course in Colorado City. Sat., Oct. 5. Call 719/671-1617 for fees and details.

Fifth Annual 2002 Pumpkin-thon fund raiser for Silver Key Senior Services, Bear Creek Park Pavilion. Fun and costume contests for all ages. Enter your own pumpkin or support one of the biggies. Entrance fee: donated item of food for the elderly. Sat., Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 632-1521.

A Night at the Moulin Rouge, a masquerade ball presented by Inside/Out Youth Services, at the Castaways Inn, 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Featuring dinner, dancing, speakers and more. $60. Table rates available. Call 328-1056 or e-mail

InsideOutYS@aol.com. Sat., Oct. 19, 6 p.m.

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