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Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival and Workshops, Thurs., July 31, 7 p.m.: opening concert at Douglas County Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock; Fri., Aug. 1, 8 a.m. 7:30 p.m. workshops, 7:30 p.m. storytelling concert. Sat., Aug. 2, 9 a.m. noon workshops, 1:30 4:30 p.m., family story and music concert, super story swap, 7:30 p.m. storytelling variety concert Friday and Saturday events at Palmer Lake Elementary School. $65 full weekend. Admission to single events is available at the door. For more, call 800/484-6963 ext. 8253.

The Ritz 16th Birthday Bash, Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon St. Free. Birthday cake with lunch or dinner, Head Full of Zombies at 9:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 14.

C.A.R.E. Fair, Wasson High School Gymnasium, on Afton Way. Community Assistance and Resource Event to provide medical and dental services for children. For more, call 632-3855.

Lammas ritual, (First Harvest), the "grove" at Monument Valley Park (far north end, west of Boddington Soccer field). $1 (members), $3 (nonmembers). Organized by Earth Spirit Pagans. Fri., Aug. 1, 6:30 9 p.m., ritual at 7 p.m., social following. For more, call 800/731-2650.

Volan, Uveges and Sokol concert, Benet Hill Center, 2577 N. Chelton. $10. A special night of music in conjunction with Soul-Link, a local nonprofit whose purpose is to create opportunities for spiritual seekers to meet one another. Fri. Aug. 9, 7:30 9 p.m.

Antique Show and Sale, City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa. $2. Sat, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more, call 596-8839.

Founders Day Celebration, Bancroft Park, Colorado And 24th Street. Free admission. Arts, crafts, entertainment by Rainbow Four, Jim Young, Cliff Sandifer and Serendipity Peak Dulcimers; Laura Bell Look-Alike Contest Sat. at 11 a.m. Sat., Aug. 9 and Sun., Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 636-1225.

Colorado City Cemetery Crawl, Fairview Cemetery, 1000 S. 26th St. $3 - $7. The founders and characters of Old Colorado City come alive. Sat., Aug. 9 and Sun., Aug. 10, 2 5 p.m. Advance tickets at History Center, 1 South 24th St. Call 636-1225 or e-mail history@oldcolo.com.

Bikes and Brews at the Bridge, Criterium Bicycles, 6150 Corporate Drive. Road bike ride, mountain bike ride, family bike ride, contests, food and music. Sat., Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To sign up for rides or for more info, call 599-0149 or 633-2555.

General Palmer Day, Monument Valley Park, pavilion south of the swimming pool. Free. Thurs., July 31, 6 8 p.m., with tour of park at 5 p.m. Bring picnic dinner. Enjoy entertainment, lemonade, sing-along. For more, call Jan at 635-6615.

Pasta in the Park, The Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., $65. Pasta sauce and cook-off competition, silent and live auctions; benefit for T.E.S.S.A. Sat., Aug. 16, 5 9 p.m. For more, call 633-1462.

Black Forest Festival, Black Forest Community Center, Black Forest and Shoup Roads. Free. Sat., Aug. 16. 6:30 a.m. pancake breakfast; 10 a.m. parade; flea market, booths, food, entertainment all day to 4 p.m. For more, call 495-8675.

Pikes Peak Bar-B-Q Festival, Chapel Hills Mall, Northeast parking lots, 1710 Briargate Blvd., $3. Fri., Aug 8, 6 9:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 9, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sun., Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Supports Operation Back To School, providing school supplies to local children. For more, call 597-1821 or visit

www.pikespeakbbqfestival.org .

Colorado College Summer Festival of the Arts, Vocal Arts Symposium -- VAS Follies: Scene Stealer, Act I, Packard Hall, Fri., Aug. 1, 7 p.m. Scene Stealer, Act II, Packard Hall, Sun. Aug. 3, 3 p.m. Scene Stealer, Act III, Packard Hall, Wed., Aug. 6, 7 p.m. Simply Sondheim, Packard Hall, Sun., Aug. 10, 3 p.m. For information, call 389-6607. Tickets at the Worner Center, 390-6098.

Farmers Markets, Mon and. Thurs.: Memorial Park, Pikes Peak Ave. and Union Blvd. Wed. Farmers State Bank, Meridian Road and US Highway 24. Fri: Woodland Park, on Hwy. 24. Sat.: Old Colorado City at 24th St., Doherty High School, 4515 Barnes Road, Lewis Palmer District 38 headquarters, 2nd Street.

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