Café Craft Coffee and Beer Invitational
Colorado Springs loves its coffee almost as much as its beer — or maybe that’s the other way around — so we have a lot of options when it comes to choosing the best in brews of all sorts. Local brewers and roasters have now melded the art of the two beverages, showcasing “the diverse flavors” in each at this special event. Attendees will receive samples, of course, a Café Craft glass, a special edition event booklet and some extra surprises. Proceeds benefit the Indy Give! campaign. Sept. 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, 2 El Paso Blvd., $35-$45,
Fourth Annual Fountain Creek Week Cleanup
Creating a healthy natural environment starts at home, and here’s a good opportunity to get involved. Individuals can join an existing “Creek Crew” or start their own groups. There will be about 30 public events to choose from throughout the week, in the Springs and surrounding towns, so no matter where you live you'll have an opportunity to help out. Sept. 30-Oct. 8, times vary, various locations, free, fountaincreekweek.com.
With that Federal Land Freedom Act threatening public lands, we should be loud in our celebration of National Public Lands Day. Today, party with the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance with some food, drinks, a bonfire and ziplining. You’ll also hear about what’s new in outdoor recreation, including local current events and how to get involved. Sept. 30, 4-7 p.m., Pikes Peak Zipline, 1335 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $20-$25, ppora.org.
Debra Gallegos and Yolanda Ortega
In its seventh year, Latina Voices continues to showcase the incredible and influential Latina women of Colorado. This year's lineup features digital storyteller Felicia Chavez; musical duo Yolanda Ortega and Debra Gallegos; and UCCS professor Dr. Sylvia Mendez. Benefit from their talent and insight while enjoying substantial refreshments provided by Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District. Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to noon, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, free, ppld.org.
This Kalamazoo College professor and alum has been recognized time and time again for her outstanding poetry. Her 2015 collection Four-Legged Girl
, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and 2010’s Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open
won the Juniper Prize for Poetry in 2009. As part of CC’s Visiting Writers Series, Seuss will speak and read from her work. Oct. 2, 7 p.m., CC’s Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., free, coloradocollege.edu.
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