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Finding a job is hard enough without having to deal with a medical condition such as epilepsy. Next Thursday, Jan. 24, Easter Seals presents a job search and career change workshop for epileptics to help them find better positions. Included in the workshop will be interview and resume skills as well as Myers-Briggs and self-assessment testing. There's a $10 fee; RSVP to Leigh at 888/378-9779. The workshop begins at 9 a.m. at Easter Seals, 225 S. Academy Blvd., Suite 104.

Speaking of needing help, the El Paso County Park Advisory Board wants you, Joe Public, to attend its regular meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room, 27 E. Vermijo, third floor. The Board discusses matters pertaining to the policy, planning, development, improvement and beautification of public parks, trails and open space, and these meetings are your chance to drop your two cents. The next one happens February 12. Call Cindy Olson with questions at 520-6999.

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Job Search and Career Change Workshop for persons with epilepsy at Easter Seals, 225 S. Academy, Ste. 104. $10 includes Myers-Briggs and Self Assessment testing. To RSVP call Leigh at 888/378-9779. Thurs., Jan. 24, 9 a.m. to noon. Also, Fri. 15, 9 a.m. to noon.

Eighth Anniversary Celebration of Roe v. Wade sponsored by the Pro-Choice Coalition of Colorado Springs. Featuring "Our Voices of Choice," stories read by Judy Noyes, Michael Merrifield, Laurie Picus, Ann Oatman-Gardner and Cindy Shealy. Also featuring comedians Kristina Hall, Sara B. Sirius and Monique Marvez. At All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. $10, 473-8537. Fri., Feb. 1, 7 p.m.

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.

civic opportunities

El Paso County Park Advisory Board invites the public to attend their regular meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room, 27 E. Vermijo, 3rd floor. The Board discusses matters pertaining to the policy, planning, development, improvement and beautification of public parks, trails and open space. For details, call Cindy Olson at 520-6999. Next meeting: Feb. 12.

El Paso County Commissioners seeking citizen volunteers to fill vacancies on various boards and committees, including the Board of Adjustment, the School Fee Advisory Committee, and the Placement Alternatives Commission. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest and a brief resume to: Board of County Commissioners, Attn: Nancy Talent, Office Manager, 27 E. Vermijo Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2208.

clubs & organizations

Adoption 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: Feb. 6.

Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society featuring many satellite groups for those interested in mineralogy and using precious stones in jewelry, such as crystals, fossils, faceting, lapidary, micromount, camera club and pebble pups. General meeting held at 7:30 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. Free. For details, call Belinda Hall, 574-5319. Next meeting, "the Search for the Sun": Thurs., Feb. 14.

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 Coalition of Chambers Diversity Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel, 2886 S. Circle. RSVP to 575-4347. Fri., Jan. 18, 11:30 a.m.

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: Jan. 17.

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.

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: Feb. 10.

Central Colorado Wilderness Network holding its inaugural meeting at the Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo. The first meeting will feature an open discussion on the purposes and future of the network, slides and maps presenting an overview of existing and potential wilderness in Central Colorado. For details, call John Stansfield, 303/660-5849. Thurs., Jan. 24, 7 p.m.

forums & discussions,

Orientation to Cohousing, an introduction to the concept of cohousing in Colorado Springs. At 423 E. San Rafael St., 471-6611. Free child care provided. Sat., Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to noon.

Design 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.

political groups

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 Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Center, 29 S. Institute. Details, 210-5144. Next meeting: Jan. 22.

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.

volunteer opportunities

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.

Foster Grandparent Program presented by Volunteers of America invites low-income seniors in El Paso County to tutor, mentor and care for troubled children at facilities like Children's University and the Community Partnership for Child Development. In return, seniors are provided with a $200 monthly stipend that does not affect Social Security or other programs. To find out more, Call Kathy at 632-1448.

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.

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.

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

Workout, Ltd. seeking a Volunteer Facilitator to assist participants in developing and approving a mutually acceptable agreement and facilitate meetings with victims and offender towards a positive resolution whenever possible. For details, call Denise Montano or at 471-4200, page her at 381-0681 or visit http://www.workoutltd.org..

The Community Chest is a resource for speaking your mind, pulling your weight, casting your vote and joining the club. See page 29 for information on submitting notices to the Chest.

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