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The Sustainable Living Coalition has been absorbed into the Clean Air Campaign's Clean Technology Speakers Series, and the first joint presentation happens this Tuesday at the Colorado Springs Utilities Leon Young Service Center, 1521 Hancock Expressway. Terry Schuyler, VP of Altair energy speaks on "The Nature of Watts to Come" and John Thornton of National Renewable Energy Laboratories presents "Renewable Applications for the 21st Century." There's a $5 suggested donation. RSVP to Steve Blanchard, 633-4343 Ext. 204. The talks happen Saturday, Feb. 19, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Pikes Peak Family Connections Nurturing Program is a 16-week psychoeducational parenting class designed to reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect. They need people to assist the professionals presenting the program, and are holding a volunteer orientation this Tuesday, Feb. 19, for those who want to lend a hand. The orientation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Call Lindsay for details, 444-4517.

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Overview on Environmental Requirements for Construction Activities, a free class to help the construction and business communities comply with regulations. At the Colorado Springs Utilities Leon Young Center, 1521 S. Hancock Expressway. Topics include air permits, grading and erosion control plans, clean water requirements, wildlife protection, cultural resource management and more. To register, call 668-8698. Tues., March 5, 8 a.m. Also, Mon., March 11, 8 a.m.

Print Media Effectiveness, a half-day workshop with The Independent's own Managing Editor Tess Powers and Listings Editor Kristen Sherwood. Learn the most effective ways to deal with the media, including how to make a great press release, how to submit images, what kind of information will encourage coverage, local resources and much more. $10, 685-1861. At the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. Fri., March 8, 3-6 p.m.

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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.

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. 20.

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

Pikes Peak Landlords and Investors Group meeting on the third Tuesday of the month at the Boy Scouts of America headquarters, 525 E. Uintah. First time guests are free. For details, call Dale Osborn at 339-9329. Next meeting: Feb. 19.

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: Feb. 21.

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.

forums & discussions

Manitou Springs Historic Speakers Series at Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave., Manitou. Free, 685-5089. All lectures begin Sundays at 3 p.m. On Feb. 17: Forestry projects on Pikes Peak. On March 3: Before it Was Cheyenne Lodge, the McLaughlin Lodge with Linda Bloom. On March 17: Historic photos of Manitou Springs.

Design in America: Breaking Old Habits, an architecture lecture series at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale. All lectures are free, 389-6607. On Tues., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.: Andrew Freear, discussing his Chicago-based practice and low-income housing. On Tues., Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.: Marwan Al-Sayed, Iraq native and Phoenix resident discussing beginning his own architecture firm.

Distributed Generation, the fourth Clean Technology Speaker Series featuring "the Nature of Watts to Come" and "Renewable Applications for the 21st Century". At the Colorado Springs Utilities Leon Young Service Center, 1521 Hancock Expressway. $5. RSVP to Steve Blanchard, 633-4343 Ext. 204. Tues., Feb. 19, 8:30 a.m.to 10:30 a.m.

Dr. James J. Heckman, CC's first Nobel laureate and University of Chicago economics professor, delivering the W.P. Carey Novel Laureates in Economics lecture in Colorado College's Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Free, 389-6607. Thurs., Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.

The Unintended Effects of Environmental Laws on Native American Religion, a lecture by Phillip Kannan at the Colorado College Aficiandos Luncheon in Gaylord Hall in the Worner Campus Center, NW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. $10.50. RSVP by Feb. 25 to 389-6649. Wed., Feb. 27, noon.

Jake Norton speaking on his team's 1999 discovery of the body of George Mallory on Mount Everest, as well as his own expedition, discovery and summit attempts at Colorado College's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. Free, 389-6607. Thurs., Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.

political programs

Legislative Breakfast hosted by the Greater Pueblo Chamber and Parkview Medical Center. At the Holiday Inn. $10, reservations required. 719/542-1704. Sat., Feb. 23, 8 a.m.

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: Feb. 19.

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.

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: Feb. 27.

volunteer opportunities

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.

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.

El Paso County Health Department seeking volunteers. Open positions include preventing tobacco use, supporting clerical staff, distributing immunization materials to low-income housing units, and caring for children while parents attend support groups to voer come addiction. Teens and seniors encouraged to apply. For more information call Karen Weber at 578-3278 or e-mail karenweber@elpasoco.com.

Friends of Cheyenne Cañon seeks volunteers to work in partnership with the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services staff to foster the enjoyment and preservation of the North Cheyenne Cañon Park. There are a variety of opportunities at both the Starsmore Discovery Center and the Helen Hunt Visitor Center. Volunteers needed to work with children, excellent training provided. Call Bette Large at 578-6146.

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.

Greyhounds as Pets seeks friendly, outgoing volunteers to hug, bathe, walk and love retired greyhounds that are up for adoption. Volunteers will also assist in basic kennel cleaning, gardening, painting, etc. Help especially needed Saturday mornings. Call Patty, 635-6440.

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.

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