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Book Drive, Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church, 1102 S. 21st St. Donate used books to generate money for the church through May 31, Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 471-0130 for more.

Urban League Equal Opportunity Day Dinner, Sheraton Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive. $50-$75. Presenting POW Shoshana Johnson. Thurs., May 18, 6 p.m. Call 634-1525, ext. 110 for more.

Medicine Wheel of the Pikes Peak Region Annual Spring Meeting, El Paso County Parks Department Headquarters, 21s and Rio Grande streets. Discuss volunteer train maintenance, bike patrol, trail building and more. Thurs., May 18, 7 p.m. Visit medwheel.org for more.

Garage Sale to Fight Wal-Mart, SE Elementary School, 4710 Harrier Ridge Drive. Support Soaring Eagles Community in their fight against Wal-Mart by purchasing baked goods and used items. Sat., May 20, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 291-5068 for more.

Shops at Briargate Blood Drive, I-25 and Briargate Parkway. Sat., May 20, noon to 4 p.m. Call 800/750-4483 to make an appointment.

Project ChildSafe, Sportsman's Warehouse, 555 N. Chelton Road, and Wal-Mart, 8250 Razorback Road. Presenting a firearm safety education workshop and free gunlock giveaway. May 20-22, noon to 6 p.m. at Sportsman's Warehouse. May 23-25, noon to 6 p.m. at Wal-Mart. Visit projectchildsafe.org for more.

24th Annual Bowl for Kid's Sake, Peak Bowling Center, 2816 N. Prospect St. $75 pledges for four-member teams. Bowl with a pirate theme and enjoy pizza and beverages to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Sat., May 20, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call 633-2443, ext. 201 for more.

4th Annual Arthritis Education Day, Wyndham Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Drive. $6. Kristine Harty presents "Navigating Life's Roadblocks." Sat., May 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Call 548-8850 or visit meric.info for more.

Gleneagle Spirit 5K Run or Walk for Fun, Antelope Trails Elementary, 15280 Jessie Drive, Palmer Lake. $23-$30. Run or walk to support Boy Scout Troop 194 and enjoy live music and food. Sat., May 20, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Call 719/492-3974 for more.

2nd Annual Compassion for Kids Poker Run, Western Omelette, 16 S. Walnut St. to Townhouse Lounge, 907 Manitou Ave. Enjoy food and prizes for the best poker hand while supporting a nonprofit that assists children with cancer. Sat., May 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 540-9830 for more.

Be Aware & Prepare Wildfire Fair, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park. Free. Learn about mitigating wildfire hazards, fire history and ecology and more. Sat., May 20, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. call 719/687-2921 or visit rockymountainwildandfire.info for more.

Small Things: Words and Pictures for the Children of Afrika Book Release, Woodmen Heights Community, 8292 Woodmen Valley View. Join local artists and purchase a poetry and art book to support the World Vision's Hope Initiative, which provides relief to AIDS orphans in Africa. Sun., May 21, 2-5 p.m. Call 637-0197 for more or 888/795-4274 to order a copy.

Constructing Peace House Party, Gill Foundation, 315 E. Costilla St. Free. The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission will present on the rebuilding on a Palestinian home to take place this summer. Mon., May 22, 6-9 p.m. Call 632-6189 for more.

El Paso County Democratic Party Open House, EPCDP Headquarters, 25 N. Iowa Ave. Free. Meet officers and enjoy entertainment, refreshments and more. Tues., May 23, 6-9 p.m. Call 473-8713 by May 22 to register.

Fair Trade Workshop, Gill Foundation, 315 E. Costilla Ave. Jeff Briggs and Becca Sickbert will present a workshop on the social, economic and environmental benefits of fair trade. Sat., May 27, 1-4 p.m. Call 632-6189 for more.

Donald Rumsfeld Protest, Air Force Academy North Gate. Bring your own signs or banners to welcome Rumsfeld to the Air Force Academy's graduation. Wed., May 31, 7:30-10 a.m. Contact Dennis at 832-6189 or dynamic@ppjpc.org for more.

6th Annual Gleneagle Community-Wide Garage Sale & Neighborhood Cleanup, various residences along Gleneagle Drive. Featuring hundreds of homes' garage sales. June 2-3. Call 487-3444 for directions and more.

3rd Forum on Ending the Iraq War, Gill Foundation, 315 E. Costilla Ave. Join Iraq war veterans and others opposed to the war for a continuing dialogue. Sat., June 3, 1-3 p.m. Call Dennis at 832-6189 for more.

Back From Iraq, Steam Plant Theatre, 220 W. Sackett Ave., Salida. The Central Colorado Coalition on the Iraq War presents Dahlia Wasfi, Kelly Dougherty and Elizabeth Spradlin. Sun., June 4, 3-5 p.m. Call 719/539-2783 for more.

2nd Annual Pikes Peak Linkers Texas Scramble, Cherokee Ridge Golf Club, 1850 Tuskegee Place. Golf with junior program participants to benefit the Pikes Peak Linkers Junior Golf Program. Event includes long-drive and closet-to-the-tee contests and more. June 5, 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Kristin for donation information and more at 471-4810, ext. 31, or visit usga.org.

Library Lawn Sale, Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave. Bring "gently used" items as a donation to the lawn sale to benefit the Friends of the Library Expansion Project. Sat., June 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 685-9100 for more.

2006 Democratic Leadership Council National Conversation, Hyatt Regency, 650 15th St., Denver. Featuring hundreds of Democratic leaders from across the nation. July 22-24. Visit dlc.org for more.

6th Annual Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Buddy Walk, Manitou Springs. Raise pledges for a three-mile walk through Manitou Springs and enjoy food, entertainment and more to benefit individuals with Down syndrome. Sat., Aug. 26, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Visit csdsa.org for more.

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