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Lots of crunchy, educational things going this week. ... For example, mobile home owners and HUD tenants from all over the state meet this Saturday, March 2, at the Save Our Section 8 Coalition meeting. The residents, and others concerned with the housing situation, will discuss approaches to preserve and generate affordable housing at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Call 634-0738 to register. The lunch discussion will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Thursday, the Wyndham Hotel hosts Colorado Nonprofit Day. Presented by the Chamber Nonprofit Partnership, the day features morning workshops, a nonprofit expo, grantmaker/grantseeker roundtables and a luncheon with keynote speaker Thomas R. Mason, executive vice President for Focus on the Family. To register for the event, call John Glisson, 575-4346. The hotel's at 5580 Tech Center Drive.

area events

Save Our Section 8 Coalition meeting with HUD tenants, mobile home owners from all over the state, and others concerned with affordable housing, to discuss preservation strategies at the First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Call 634-0738 to register. Sat., March 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hospitality Expo featuring a culinary competition, vendors, exhibits, the first annual bed-making competition, door prizes and more at the Broadmoor Hotel, 4 S. Lake Ave. $5, 635-7506. Mon., March 4, noon to 6 p.m.

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.

Colorado Nonprofit Day featuring morning workshops, a nonprofit expo, luncheon with keynote speaker Thomas R. Mason and grantmaker/grantseeker roundtables. At the Wyndham Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Dr. To register, call John Glisson, 575-4346. Thurs., March 7, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.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.

Arthritis Foundation Spaghetti Dinner at Oddfellow's Hall, 575 S. Union Blvd. Featuring entertainment and prizes. $2.50-$5, 520-5711. Sat., March 16, 6-8 p.m.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade seeking floats, children's groups, marching bands, dancing troupes and other organizations that want to march. Call 635-8803 to find out more.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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 individual 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

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.

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 Next meeting: March 6.

American Businesswomen's Association meeting at Guiseppe's Depot, 10 S. Sierra Madre. Featuring networking and speaker Wendy Burt. $17 includes dinner, 481-0588. Registration required. Tues., March 19, 6 p.m.

Colorado Business Leads of Northern Colorado Springs meeting at the Village Inn, 8050 N. Academy Blvd., every Tuesday, 7-8:30 a.m. Of Downtown Colorado Springs meeting at the Olive Branch, 23 S. Tejon St., every Wednesday, 7-8:30 a.m. Call Mark Hiatt, 303/791-3237.

Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Research Workshop with the Zebulon Pike Chapter. Find out if you're eligible to join the DAR. At the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Free. For registration, call Bev Payne, 535-2944. Sat., March 2, 9:30 p.m.

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.

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

Liberals Singles Group having a potluck at the Susan B. Anthony Annex, corner of Dale and Cascade. Meet like-minded liberal singles. For details, call 684-0271. Sun., March 10, 6-9 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.

Little London Stitchers, local chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild looking for new members. Meeting the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. For more information, call Shari at 392-6303. Next meeting: March 19.

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.

The Network Exchange for Women (NEW) meets the third Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Antonio's on Garden of the Gods Road. $12, 265-1969. Next meeting: March 19.

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.

Pikes Peak Area 39+ Catholic Singles looking for new faces to join divorced, widowed, separated and never married persons between the ages of 39 and 65 years old. Call Nancy for more information at 393-0561.

Pikes Peak Landlords and Investors Group meeting at the Modern Woodmen building basement, 2924 Beacon St. First-time guests are free. For details, call Dale Osborn at 339-9329 or e-mail Next meeting: Tues., March 5, 7-9 p.m.

Pikes Peak Neighbors (formerly Welcome Wagon of Colorado Springs) seeking new members interested in book clubs, tours and luncheons, bridge, arts and crafts, ladies' socials and more to greet area newcomers. Luncheon meetings held every second Wednesday of the month September through May. Dorothy Greenway, 630-5047. Next meeting: March 13.

Sales Professionals International meeting every Monday at 7:30 a.m. at Le Peep, Centennial and Garden of the Gods, to discuss sales and marketing. Not a leads generator. For details contact Terry Shattuck at 632-6806 or visit

Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group, Inc. (SMMUG) meeting the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. (novices meet at 6) at the Disabled American Veterans building, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. For information, call Lynn Poos, 599-4528, or visit Next meeting: March 13.

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

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 varying members' homes and city parks. For details or club information, visit or call Nancy at 330-2165.

forums & discussions

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.

Manitou Springs Historic Speakers Series at Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave., Manitou. Free, 685-5089. All lectures begin Sunday at 3 p.m. On March 3: Before It Was Cheyenne Lodge, the McLaughlin Lodge with Linda Bloom. On March 17: Historic photos of Manitou Springs.

political programs

El Paso County Democratic Club meeting monthly for formal meetings, breakfasts and informal discussions. For details, call President Mark Entrekin at 548-8798.

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: March 19.

El Paso County Democratic Party, an affiliate of the national Democratic Party, holding regular meetings as well as endorsing the Democratic Women's Club, Young Dems and many others. Call the party headquarters for more, 473-8713.

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

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: Feb. 27.

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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Pikes Peak seeking volunteers to mentor youth in our community. One to six hours a week. 633-2443.

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.

Colorado Division of Wildlife seeking volunteers for a wildlife transport team, to help injured wildlife. Volunteers must be able to be on call after training. Call Jean Sanchez at 227-5204 for details.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 576-8000 or visit

Walking Shield American Indian Society seeking volunteers to help in warehouse with packing and loading boxes, and picking up donations. Hours: Tues. Fri., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Elaine Glynn at 329-0251,

The Community Chest is a resource for speaking your mind, pulling your weight, casting your vote or joining the club. See page 39 for information on submitting notices to the Chest.

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