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The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission calls all people who are committed to peace, justice and nonviolence to gather in vigilance and action during this Christmas season for a one-hour program at the Acacia Park band shell downtown on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. The program will include music, poetry, hot soup and cider. Social activist Steve Handen will speak, as will peace in space activist Bill Sulzman. Acacia Park is at the corner of Nevada Avenue and Kiowa Street. For more info, call 632-6189.

Adopt a family in need this holiday season, and give them a nice meal, winter clothes and gifts for the kids. Sponsored by the Community Partnership for Child Development, the Adopt-a-Family program allows people to shop for food and gifts for a family in need, or make a monetary donation and let CPCD do the shopping for you. For details, call Delberta at 635-1536 Ext. 276.

The Pikes Peak Green Party espouses ecological wisdom, social justice, grass-roots democracy, nonviolence and respect for diversity. Its focus is also to affect change in the political status quo, across the country and right here in Colorado Springs. The El Paso County Green Party has set down roots, and is currently meeting the third Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Utopia Cafe, 117 E. Bijou St. For details, call 210-5144.

bulletin boardThe Pikes Peak Ranger District offering permits to cut your own Christmas tree through Dec. 14. Permits may be purchased at the District Office, 601 S. Weber St., for $10. Office hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 477-4221 for more or visit

www.fs.fed.us/r2/psicc/pp.com.

El Paso County Department of Health and Environment seeking donations of cold weather kits for the homeless Suggested items include socks, gloves, mittens, knit caps, old sleeping bags, reflective survival blankets and jumbo-size Ziplock bags. Call 578-3278.

Salvation Army taking food donations to fill emergency pantry. Drop off nonperishable donations at 908 Yuma St. For information, call 636-3891 Ext. 16.

Call for participation in "Spotlighting the Overlooked Woman," a benefit fashion show/multi- media event that focuses on seeing the beauty in "non-Madison Avenue shapes and sizes." We need models, organizers, sponsors, clothiers and committee people. Come make a difference in how women are seen! For more information, call 635-3919.

Free Pet Obituary/Remembrance section now offered on www.colorado-springs.net. Share your feelings and love of that special friend who shared so much with you. Click on "Remembrance Page" in the Pet Obituaries section.

Christmas Unlimited has been providing quality holiday gifts to families in need since 1923. Applications for assistance are available at El Paso and Teller County Departments of Health and Human Services, Head Start, and 50 other agencies. Call 597-1821.

civic opportunitiesColorado Springs City Council seeking citizen volunteers to serve on several City Boards and Commissions. Vacancies for citizens-at-large include: Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax Advisory Committee, Liquor and Beer Licensing Board, Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee, Parks & Recreations Advisory Board and the Citizens Advisory Committee on Competitiveness in City Government.

Vacancies for individuals with specific qualifications include: School/Park Fee Advisory Committee, seeking representatives of school board/administrations, construction, housing sales and land developers; The Mechanical Committee, seeking an architect; The Briargate Special Improvement Maintenance District, seeking five members who own property within the district; and the Youth Traffic Safety Committee, seeking representatives from School Districts No. 20, No. 12, No. 11, No. 2 and No. 49, plus two citizens at large.

Individuals should send letters of interest along with a resume to City Council, P.O. Box. 1575, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. Call Nancy Bramwell at 385-5453 for details. Deadline: Dec. 31.

clubs & organizationsAdoption Alliance holding information meetings about traditional infant, special needs and international adoptions at 30 E. Rio Grande St. on the first Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. and the third Wednesday at 7 p.m. RSVP to 636-9140 or torypearl@aol.com. Next meeting: Dec. 19.

Chess Club meeting every Monday from 6:30-8 p.m. at Borders, 1710 Briargate Blvd. Details, 266-1600.

Downtown Toastmasters meets at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada. Call 634-1408 for information. Meeting every Friday, noon to 1 p.m.

Debtors Anonymous holds meetings at the Cathedral Room of First Presbyterian Church at Bijou and Nevada. Free, 719/227-1916. Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.

Life Group, for people who want community and to study God's word. Meets Tuesday nights from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Currently studying Romans. Location varies. Leave message, 531-7274.

Pikes Peak Area 39+ Catholic Singles looking for new faces to join divorced, widowed, separated and never married persons between the ages of 39 and 65 years old. Call Nancy for more information at 393-0561.

Prism Fellowship Family Support Group meeting at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2505 N. Circle Dr. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Call Carolyn Reida, 548-0892, for details. Next meeting: Dec. 20.

Silent Springs Social Group, for hard-of-hearing and deaf adults; sign language users welcome. Dining out at local restaurants, potlucks and community activities. For details, call 487-9009 or e-mail

silentspringscos@hotmail.com.

Singles Connection V, a social club for men and women age 50 to 79, meeting weekly for a variety of activities. Call Pauline at 475-0376 for information and a monthly newsletter.

The Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce celebrates Women in the Military with guest speaker Brigadier Gen. Kathy E. Thomas. Celebration will be held at the Cliff House Inn, 306 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs. $28-$32, 442-2007. Tues., Dec. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Vegetarians of Colorado Springs gathering for a potluck on the second Sunday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at varying members' homes and city parks. For details or club information, visit www.vsc.org or call 388-2176. Next gathering: Jan. 11.

Welcome Wagon of Colorado Springs seeking new members interested in book clubs, tours and luncheons, bridge, arts and crafts, ladies' socials and more to greet area newcomers. Luncheon meetings held every second Wednesday of the month September through May. Dorothy Greenway, 630-5047. Next meeting: Jan. 9.

forums & discussionsDesign in America: Breaking Old Habits, an architecture lecture series at Colorado College. All lectures are free, 389-6609. On Tues., Jan. 29, Terence Riley, curator of the Musuem of Modern Art in New York.

holiday donating10th Annual Christmas Toy Drive and Giveaway to benefit the children of Teller County. Toys will be given away to needy families at the Bella Vista II in Highlands Center, Divide on Sat., Dec. 8.

Adopt-a-Family Holiday Program provides needy families with a festive holiday meal, winter clothing and a gift for their kids. Sponsored by the Community Partnership for Child Development. You can "adopt" a family and then shop for food and gifts yourself, or make a monetary donation and CPCD will do the shopping for you. You decide what you can give and CPCD will match you with a family. For details, call Delberta at 635-1536 Ext. 276.

Christmas Unlimited has been providing quality holiday gifts to families in need since 1923. Donations are accepted at all Colorado Springs police and fire stations. Call 597-1821 for more.

El Paso County Department of Health and Environment seeking donations of holiday gifts for children of clients in drug and alcohol treatment. Call 578-3278.

Salvation Army desperately seeking new, unwrapped toys and food baskets for children of all ages. Toys are being accepted at Ca Toys, Cinemark Movie Theaters, U.S. Homes locations, Pulte Homes and the Village at Skyline, as well as the Salvation Army offices at 908 Yuma St. Call 636-3891 for details.

Toys for Tots accepting new, unwrapped toys to give to needy children of the community at Homes by Jan, 4710 N. Nevada Ave. For details, call 592-9200.

political groupsEl Paso County Democratic Club meeting monthly for formal meetings, breakfasts and informal discussions. For details, call President Mark Entrekin at 548-8798.

El Paso County Democratic Party, an affiliate of the national Democratic Party, holding regular meetings as well as endorsing the Democratic Women's Club, Young Dems and many others. Call the party headquarters for more, 473-8713.

El Paso County Republican Party, an affiliate of the national Republican Party, holding regular meetings as well as endorsing the several clubs and producing events. Call the party headquarters for more details, 578-0022.

Libertarian Party of El Paso County, an affiliate of the national Libertarian Party, meeting on the last Wednesday of each month. Friends of Liberty, an informal discussion group meeting every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Wooglin's Deli, southeast corner of Tejon and Cache la Poudre. Details, 596-6799. Next formal meeting: Jan. 30.

Natural Law Party of Colorado, meetings locally during campaigns and in Denver during the rest of the year. For details, call 888/456-1732 or visit http://www.natural-law-colorado.org.

Pikes Peak Green Party, espousing ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy, nonviolence, respect for diversity and future focus in politics meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Utopia Cafe, 117 Bijou St. Details, 210-5144. Next meeting: Dec. 18.

volunteer opportunities

volunteer opportunitiesAmerican Cancer Society seeking volunteers to help with the Community Connection desk at the American Cancer Society offices, 1445 N. Union Blvd., Suite B100. Volunteers direct cancer patients and family members to community services and agencies providing assistance. Call 636-5101.

Alzheimer's Association seeking volunteers to be a part of HELPLINE, which provides information and encouragement to caregivers. Call 266-8773.

Beidleman Environmental Center seeking volunteers to help school children learn about the environment through hands-on exploration, activities, hikes, and much more. Call 578-7088.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Pikes Peak seeking volunteers to mentor youth in our community. One to six hours a week. 633-2443.

Business of Art Center, a non-profit community art center in Manitou Springs, seeking art lovers to lend a hand with opening receptions, special events, greeting visitors, fundraising, improving the facility and anything else that interests you. To find out more, call 685-1861.

Care and Share Food Bank seeking volunteers to help with promotions, graphic design, development, clerical work, food pickup and delivery, photography, special events help, research, data entry and warehouse work. Call Jordan Isreal, 528-1247. Visit www.careandshare.org for more.

CASA seeking volunteers to be a voice in court for child victims of abuse and neglect in El Paso County. All advocates are thoroughly trained and provide on-going support. Call Amber, 447-9898 Ext. 1008.

The Children's Literacy Center seeks volunteers ages 16 or older (13-15 with special recommendations) to provide one-on-one tutoring in reading to first, second and third graders. Two hours per week for 12 weeks will help a child become a successful reader. 30 sites and a variety of tutoring times available; training provided. For details, call 471-8672.

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative seeking volunteers for restoration, seed collecting, trail and rock-work activities on Missouri Mountain, Grays and Torreys Peaks, The Crestone Needle and Quandary Peak. Call 303/278-7525 Ext. 115 or 120 or e-mail intern@14ers.org.

Community Partnership for Child Development seeking volunteers for its Head Start program. Volunteers spend a few hours per week working one-on-one with children in the classroom or during evening child care. All ages welcome to apply; there is no minimum commitment of hours. Schedules are flexible, training is provided, and there's a variety of locations. Call 635-1536 Ext. 233.

El Paso County Health Department seeking volunteers to help break the cycle of abuse by providing a safe and nurturing atmosphere for infants and toddlers while mothers attend afternoon support groups to overcome addiction. Also seeking volunteers to promote the Stop Family Violence campaign by distributing posters, cards and bookmarks.

First Visitor seeking volunteers to visit expectant and new parents; help promote care-giving, good maternal and child health; and to link families with other community resources. Full training and support provided. Call Nancy Barrows, 444-4504.

Girl Scouts seeking adult men and women volunteers to be troop leaders and helpers, and organize activities such as camping, mentoring, photography and more. No experience required. Call 597-8603.

Meals-on-Wheels seeking volunteers to help deliver hot meals to area elderly people for two hours each week. Call Diane at Silver Key Senior Services, 632-1521.

Memorial Hospital seeking volunteers interested in learning more about health care and making a difference in the community to help in the business office, and interact with patients via reading out loud, visiting, and writing letters. Volunteers should commit for at least 6 months. Hours are very flexible. Call 365-5298.

Out Volunteer (a project of the Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Community Center, and the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado) seeking LGBT and Allied people to volunteer for community projects. Must enjoy volunteering for nonprofits and the community-at-large, and creating understanding, awareness, and positive visibility for the LGBT community. Call 471-4429 Ext. 5 for details. (Leave message)

Pikes Peak Family Connections seeking volunteers for the Nurturing Program, a series of parenting classes. A commitment of four hours per week for four months is requested. For more information, call Lindsay Peters, 444-4517.

Pikes Peak Library District seeking volunteer Archives Photocopying Assistants, Circulation Assistants, Computer Class Schedulers, Shelvers and Bin Processors. Positions available at various branches. Call 531-6333 Ext. 1251 for details.

The Probation Victim Assistance Program seeks caring volunteers to assist in victim notifications, victims' rights education and the victim/offender mediation process. Call Stephanie, 329-7006.

Silver Key Senior Services seeking people to help drive local elderly persons to the grocery store, bank, doctor, etc. Invest just four hours a week or month and don't pay a penny for your gas! Call Diane, 632-1521.

Suicide Prevention Hotline, serving El Paso and Teller counties, seeking volunteers to staff a home-based telephone service whose goal is to help a person in crisis find a way to live. Call Tom at 573-7447.

The Wolf Rescue Center seeking volunteers for various tasks, from computer work to helping with daily tours. Call Darlene, 748-8683.

Workout Ltd., a restorative justice program, seeks volunteers to facilitate conferences between victims and offenders. Training provided. Call Denise Mantano, 471-4200, or visit

www.workoutltd.org.

Walking Shield American Indian Society seeking volunteers to help in warehouse with packing and loading boxes, and picking up donations. Hours: Tues.-- Fri., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Elaine Glynn at 329-0251.

The Community Chest is a resource for speaking your mind, pulling your weight, casting your vote and joining the club. See page 44 for information on submitting notices to the Chest.

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