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Fifteen-year-old Krysta Rule recently had a lung transplant, part of her struggle with cystic fibrosis. Rule's family now has to shoulder the huge medical bills and needs help. On Sunday, Feb. 24, the Manitou Springs community is hosting a spaghetti dinner and silent auction to benefit the Manitou resident at City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. Admission is $5 for kids and $10 for adults. There will be two seatings -- at 5 and 6 p.m. Contributions can also be sent to the Krysta Rule Benefit Account, ENT FCU, P.O. Box 15819, Colorado Springs, CO 80935.

It's not legal to go around plucking eagle feathers. This saves the birds but puts a crimp in many Native American religions, which utilize the feathers and other natural items in their ceremonies. Philip Kannan, a professor of environmental policy at Colorado College, will discuss this problem in his lecture, "The Unintended Effects of Environmental Laws on Native American Religion," at the Aficionados luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Admission is $10.50; RSVP to 389-6649 by Feb. 25. The lunch begins at noon in Gaylord Hall in the Worner Center (northwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre).

area events

2002 Hiroshima Flame Pilgrimage to Stop Nuclear War (see page 9 for more). Walk begins at 8 a.m. at Shove Chapel and proceeds along Platte to Peterson Air Force Base for a prayer vigil and peace rally at 1 p.m. Walkers welcome at any point. Call 632-6189.

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.

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Krysta Rule, a 15-year-old Manitou Springs resident recently underwent a lung transplant necessitated by Cystic Fibrosis and needs help with her huge medical bills. Contributions may be made to the Krysta Rule Benefit Account at ENT FCU, P.O. Box 15819, Colorado Springs, CO 80935. A spaghetti dinner and silent auction to benefit Rule will be held at the Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. $5-$10, 685-2152. Sun., Feb. 24, seatings at 5 and 6 p.m.

Greenway and Nature Center's Raptor Center is in need of donations of food items for its resident and convalescing birds of prey. Especially needed are game meats such as deer, elk and rabbit. Beef, pork, lamb and other processed meat cannot be used. Also accepting rats, mice and similar rodents. Call 719/549-2327.

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 Hear 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. For details, call Cindy Olson at 520-6999. Next meeting: March 12.

clubs & organizations

ABATE of Colorado, a non-profit safety oriented motorcycle rights organization holding District 2 meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Navajo Hogan, 2817 N. Nevada Ave. For more information, call Rick at 684-8386 or visit Next meeting: March 13.

American Association of Individual Investors (AAII), a non-profit investor education organization, meeting in the meeting room at the Altimera Apartments, 2210 Skyview Lane. $5, 527-8107. On Tues., Feb. 26, 7 p.m.: Screening for Stocks -- More Profitable than Panning for Gold.

High Noon Sertoma meets every Wednesday at noon (except the last Wednesday of the month) at Maggie May's restaurant, 2405. E. Pikes Peak Ave. For details, call Claudia Taylor at 522-1649.

Peak Digital Imaging Society meeting at Elope, 775 N. Murray Blvd. Bring photos to share with the group. E-mail: Thurs., Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Prism Fellowship Family Support Group meeting at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2505 N. Circle Drive, 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.

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

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

Venerable Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen discussing Tibet in Exile at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Freewill offerings accepted. Sun., Feb. 24, 7 p.m.

Colorado Springs 2020: Goals, Tracking, Progress, a discussion with Ira Joseph, City of Colorado Springs Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Manager. Hosted by the World Future Society at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. For details, call Jay Gary at 636-2000. Mon., Feb. 25, 7 p.m.

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. 26, 7:30 p.m.: Marwan Al-Sayed, Iraq native and Phoenix resident discussing beginning his own architecture firm.

The Unintended Effects of Environmental Laws on Native American Religion, a lecture by Phillip Kannan at the Colorado College Aficionados 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 Pueblo Holiday Inn. $10, reservations required. 719/542-1704. Sat., Feb. 23, 8 a.m.

volunteer opportunities

Alzheimer's Association seeking caring, sensitive artists to help patients express thoughts and memories they can no longer speak or write about. The artist's commitment is about two hours per week. Call Marica Hefti at 637-8049.

Bent's Old Fort Volunteer Recruitment Meeting at Otero Junior College Student Center in La Junta for anyone interested in working at the National Park site. For details, call Eric Weisman, 383-5010. Thurs., Feb. 28, 7 p.m.

Colorado Springs Balloon Classic seeking an experienced volunteer coordinator for the Balloon Classic 5K race. Position involves recruiting and organizing up to 50 volunteers on race day, Sun., Sept. 1. Call Melissa Kenison, 573-5500 Ext. 12 or e-mail

Community Partnership for Child Development seeking volunteers for its Head Start program. Volunteers spend a few hours per week working one-on-one with children in the classroom or during evening child care. All ages welcome to apply; there is no minimum commitment of hours. Schedules are flexible, training is provided, and there's a variety of locations. Call 635-1536 Ext. 233.

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

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.

Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care seeks volunteers to offer patient and family support, administrative support and to assist with community events. Volunteers with skills in touch therapies such as essential oils, massage, aroma therapy and energy work. Volunteer orientation held on Mon., March 11. Call 633-3400.

Pikes Peak Library District seeking volunteer Circulation Assistants for one day per week at the East Library and the Ruth Holley branch library. Must be able to read, write and sort alphabetically and numerically. Call 531-6333 Ext. 1256 or 1251.

Space Foundation seeking volunteers to help with the National Space Symposium, April 8-11 at the Broadmoor Hotel. Help needed with registration, media, speaker services and security. Call Lisa at 576-8000 or visit

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

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