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Plant and flower giveaway, city greenhouse, 1003 Glen Ave. (in Monument Valley Park. Free. Fri., Oct. 10, 7:30-11 a.m. Bring boxes or plastic bags to carry your plants. For more, call 578-6649.

Renaissance Academy Open House, 1010 Darby St., Free. Open house to introduce the programs, which focus on gifted and talented education for preschool through 8th grade. Teachers and admissions staff will be present. Thurs., Oct. 16, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 475-2510 for more information.

UCCS Fall Career Fair, UCCS Gym, Fri., Oct. 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more, visit www.uccs.edu/studentsuccess and click on careers, or call 262-3340.

Public Service Announcement: Have you ever felt that drugging your child to improve his or her educational performance or behavior was wrong? Today, eight million American children are prescribed mind-altering drugs for "mental disorders" that cannot be scientifically proven. You're right, these things are wrong. Call the Citizens Commission on Human Rights at 1-800-869-2247. Or visit http://www.FightForKids.org.

4PAWS Rescue Dog Adoptions, Southgate Petsmart, 2160 Southgate Road, Sat., Oct. 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more, call 687-6347.

Full Moon Ritual, 'the Grove' in Monument Valley Park (far north end, west of Boddington Soccer field), $1 members, $3 nonmembers suggested donation. No alcohol, leashed pets welcome. Fri., Oct. 10, 6:30 9 p.m., ritual at 7 p.m., social following. For more, call 1-800-731-2650.

Civic Opportunities Senior Health Forum, Senior Center, at 1514 North Hancock Ave. Free. Colorado is receiving $92,000,000 in additional Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) funds. The legislature and the governor will decide if the additional money will remain in Medicaid programs, will be used for other programs or is put into a reserve fund. Fri., Oct. 17, 1:30-3 p.m. For information, call Ron at 636-5101

Amendment 33: Gambling or Tourism? Valley Hi Clubhouse, 610 S. Chelton. $10, includes lunch. Speakers include State Rep. Bill Cadman and Assistant District Attorney Dan May (both against the amendment) and Charles Prignano and Pancho Hayes from Yes on 33. Mon., Oct. 20, 11:30 a.m. social, noon lunch and program. Reservations required; call Joan at 599-8633

Tourism in the Pikes Peak Region: Opportunity Knocking?, Guiseppe's Depot Restaurant, 10. S. Sierra Madre, $15-$20. Thurs., Oct. 16, 11:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m. Hosted by the American Society for Public Administration RSVP by Oct. 10 to Linda Kean at 444-5528 or LindaKean@elpasoco.com.

El Paso County Park Advisory Board, County Commissioners Hearing Room, 27 E. Vermijo, 3rd Tues. of the month, 1:30 p.m. Call Cindy at 520-6999 for more.

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