- Coburn Gallery, CCs Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Featuring Book as Object: An International Survey of Sculptural Bookworks, through Dec. 19.
Art Shows & Galleries
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Open Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Featuring Quilts as Object d' Art, and works by Naomi Rene Trujillo through Nov. 30. Call 633-7717 or visit asuuc.net for more.
American Numismatic Association Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646. Open Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Free. Featuring The Die Is Cast: Money of the Ancient World through September 2007. Visit money.org for more.
Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 351-3029. Featuring Take 7's Fifth Anniversary, works from several of Colorado Springs' leading portrait photographers, in the Antlers Atrium through Jan. 1.
Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Christmas Art Show with paintings of Kang Lee Sheppard through November. Visit aratiartists.com for more.
Artists Lair, 2766 Janitell Road, 576-5247. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Featuring The Gift, works by Bill Hyer, through Jan. 10. Opening reception, Thurs., Nov. 30, 6-9 p.m.
ARTSpace Gallery, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 385-7900. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat., 1-5 p.m. p.m. Featuring works by Eulalie Brown through Dec. 16.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9960. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Featuring collages by artist Terry Barber through Dec. 1
Black Cat Books and Wine Bar, 720 Manitou Ave. and RetroMoto Toys, 738 Manitou Ave., 685-2475. Presenting Toy Stories: The Art of Playing, a show featuring handmade toys, art made from toys and art depicting toys, through Dec. 1.
The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. Featuring the works of Adam Conard through Dec. 10.
The Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 232-9368. Open Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., noon to 3 p.m. Featuring Wrapped, works by all Bridge Gallery members, through Dec. 2. Inside-Outside, works by Michael Cellan and Tamara Converse including mixed media, digital, watercolor and hand-pulled prints, through Dec. 17. Opening reception, Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m.
Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring The Art of Winter Solstice through Dec. 30. Hot Off the Press: Printmakers Invitational, woodblock, intaglio, relief, monotype prints and more from 15 artists, through Dec. 31. Echoes from a Dream, oil paintings by Donna Dellacroce, through Dec. 31. Opening reception, Thurs., Dec. 7, 5-7 p.m. Visit thebac.org for more.
Cedar Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Ave., 578-5744. Featuring Abstract from a Geometric Mind, works of Ron Cornelius, through Jan. 31. Opening reception, Sat., Dec. 2, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Celebration Place, The Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive. Featuring the Kennedy Imagination Celebration Open House and District 11 Teacher Feature Art Show. Thurs., Dec. 7, 5:30-8 p.m. Call 597-3344 to RSVP by Dec. 5.
Cheyenne Mountain Academic Arts Building, 1200 Cresta Road, 475-6110. Featuring works of the entire Cheyenne Mountain District 12 Art Faculty through Dec. 14. Opening reception Nov. 30, 5:30-7 p.m.
Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Featuring Book as Object: An International Survey of Sculptural Bookworks, through Dec. 19.
Colachi Arts, 1107 Manitou Ave., No. 11., 685-1254. Featuring Great People, Great Minds, oil paintings by Preston Smith.
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Featuring Buffalo Bill and the Invention of the Wild West through Jan. 27. Visit cspm.org for more.
Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Holiday Market, works by over 50 Colorado artists, through Dec. 31. Holiday Open House, Sat., Dec. 9, noon to 4 p.m. Visit commonwheel.com for more.
Cucuru Gallery, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900. Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Cuban Art Show, with the works of Aguedo Alonso and other artists, through Dec. 18.
El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/583-0453. Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $3-$4 for non-members. Featuring Explorer or Spy: The Pike Legacy through Dec. 30.
FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., Suite 100, 634-5583. Open Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3.75-$7.50 for non-members. Featuring works by Dale Chihuly through Jan. 7. First Thursday Holiday Party, $10-$14. Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m. Spring Forward, works of Colorado Springs artists Dan Britton, Pard Morrison, Laurel Swab and Rita Zimmerman, Jan. 27 to March 4. Katrina: Catastrophe and Catharsis, March 9 to April 29. William Gottlieb's Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz, May 5 to June 24. Visit csfineartscenter.org for more.
Gunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494. Open Mon. and Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring A Year in the Making: Anniversary Celebration through Dec. 8. Winter Fantasies, with paintings by John Sherman, glassworks by Sharon Dykes-Modlen and jewelry by Rone DelBianco, Dec. 8-31. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. Visit gunterwolffgallery.com for more.
Lion's Pride, 6912 Mesa Ridge Pkwy., 382-8387. Featuring the works of Keith Stewart and Angie Wisdom through Dec. 15. Opening reception Sat., Dec. 2, 5-9 p.m.
The Nook, 2821 Dublin Blvd., 265-8980. Open Mon., 6:30-10:30 a.m. and Tues.-Sun., 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Featuring the works of Joe R. Luciano, Barbara J. Davies and Dottie Lirette through April.
OpticalReverb at Park East Restaurant, 720 Goodnight Ave., Pueblo, 684-9439. Featuring Pueblo Guts, works by Justin Reddick, Jina Pierce, Sam Pisciotta and Jeff Jag through Jan. 1.
OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 684-9439. Featuring For Emily " ReImagining Guernica, works from Drew Stofflet, Tim Davis, Jason Zacharias and over 20 more artists inspired by Picasso's 1937 Guernica piece, through Jan. 1.
OpticalReverb at the V Bar, 19 E. Kiowa St., 684-9439. Featuring paintings by Neil Fenton through Jan. 1.
Pankratz Gallery, 366 Second St., Monument, 481-3108. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featuring East Meets West: The Northern Edition, American landscapes by Brian Clifford, through Dec. 2.
Pianos " New & Used, 413 N. Tejon St. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Musical Journeys, photographs by Lillian Kaiser of famous rock, blues and pop musicians, through Jan 30.
Pikes Peak Community College Art Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-3164. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Past, Present and Future, works by faculty and students from Bemis School of Art, through Dec. 14.
Plantera Group Gallery, Plantera Group, 731 N. Weber St., 886-0456. Open Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Weber Street Works of Art, with CJ Hendrickson, Alison Smith and Davoth, to benefit the Business of Art Center, through Dec. 22.
Red Stone Castle, 601 S. Side Road, Manitou Springs, 684-2431. Featuring A Classic American Yuletide, works from Linda Crawford depicting yuletide in the Rockies. Dec. 2-4, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit lindacrawfordfineart.com for more.
Rico's Caf & Wine Bar, 320 N. Tejon St., 630-7723. Open Mon.-Wed, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thurs.-Sat., 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring a Photographic Meditation On Ordinary Objects, by Tim Davis, through Jan. 4.
Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring My Favorite Things in the Children's Museum through Jan. 6. Colorado landscape artist Charles Partridge Adams through Jan. 27. Own Your Own Art Show and Sale through Dec. 30. Different Perspectives: Views of Pikes Peak through Jan. 20. Visit sdc-arts.org for more.
Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012. Open Wed., Fri. and Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Clothing as Art through Dec. 1-17. Heads II: Exploring the Individuality and Expression of the Human Head and La Luz de Jesus, Dec. 1-22. Opening reception, Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m. Visit smokebrush.org for more.
UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. 262-3567. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., 1-4 p.m. Featuring UCCS Faculty Exhibition, Dec. 1 to Jan. 5. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 1, 5-7:30 p.m. Blue Books and other Artist Books, Jan. 19 to March 16. Student Art Exhibition, April 6 to June 1. Water Media International XV, June 15 to Aug. 3. Visit galleryuccs.org for more.
The Winter Gallery, 47 Third St., Monument, 488-1063. Featuring the nature photography of Stephen Weaver and other local and regional artists. Opening reception, Nov. 30, 5-8 p.m. Open house: Small Town Christmas, Sat., Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Art events A Gathering of Artists, Golf Acres Shopping Center, 1422 N. Hancock Ave., Suite 4 South. Free. Featuring artwork of local artists ranging from photography to jewelry and more. Fri., Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m. Call 634-0664 for more.
Colorado College Annual Arts & Crafts Sale, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Free. Showcasing works of over 60 juried, professional artists and CC students. Fri., Dec. 1, 4-8 p.m. and Sat.-Sun., Dec. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 389-6606 for more.
Bemis Art Faculty Holiday Sale, Bemis School of Art, 30 W. Dale St. Offering art works by teachers from Bemis School of Art. Fri.-Sun., Dec. 1-3. Call 475-2444 or visit csfineartscenter.org for more.
Blue Christmas Open House, Back Pages, 297 S. 21st St. (in the Anglers Covey Building). Featuring the music of blues musician Calvin Benton while Mr. Eugene, Hollywood fashion designer and illustrator, "paints the blues." Sat., Dec. 2, noon to 6 p.m. Call 520-1139 for more.
Holiday Open House, Frames Works Gallery & Framing Studio, 2236 N. Wahsatch Ave. Featuring local artists, live music, cider and cookies. Sat., Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 636-2427 for more.
FutureSelf Art Sale, 6330 Farthing Drive. Featuring art works including paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography, pottery, poetry, wearable art and more. Sat., Dec. 2, 3-9 p.m. Call 685-1861 ext. 43 or visit futureself.org for more.
Jonathan Binstock Lecture, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Free. Presenting renowned scholar and curator Jonathan Binstock from the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC. Mon., Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m. Call 262-4612 for more.
HeadStart Craft Fair, Bristol Elementary School, 890 N. Walnut St. Free. Featuring a craft fair to benefit HeadStart classes at Bristol. Vendor slots available. Sat., Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Jeremy at 650-2187 for more.
Charles H. Rockey Art Raffle, Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave., Manitou Springs. Raffling "Into the Garden," an original painting by Charles H. Rockey, Painter Laureate of Manitou Springs. Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100. Proceeds benefit the church. The winner will be drawn on Dec. 10. Call 685-5225 for more.
Auditions & Entries
Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is seeking participants for the Snowflakes & Smiles Holiday Parade. Prizes will be awarded in five categories. Entries due by Sat., Dec. 1. Call 685-5089 or visit manitousprings.org for more.
Girls Scouts Wagon Wheel Council is accepting nominations for the 2007 Women of Distinction Awards. Nomination forms are available at girlscouts-wwc.org and are due by Dec. 1. Call 597-8603 for more.
Theatreworks will be casting the role of Booth, an African-American male, 20-30 years old, slick, and a street hustler for a production of Top Dog/Underdog. Auditions will be held at Theatreworks' Osborne Studio, 3955 Cragwood Drive, on Sat., Dec. 3, 6-9 p.m. Call 262-3232 or visit uccstheatreworks.com for more.
The Rep at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center will hold auditions for Little Shop of Horrors, Dec. 5-6, 6-10 p.m. Please prepare 16-32 bars of music, a one-minute or shorter monologue, headshot and resume. Call 477-4387 for more.
CHANGE, a subgroup of TESSA, is seeking exhibition space to host the Finding Our Voices exhibit for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Please call 761-6002 to respond by Dec. 15.
Woodland Park City Hall and Chamber of Commerce are accepting applications for "The Blizzard of Oz" 2006 Lighter Side of Christmas Parade. Entries are $25 for businesses and $10 for non-profits. Call 686-1820 ext. 112 for more.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and Red Rocks Community College are seeking entries for the 2007 Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region. Submissions will be accepted through Dec. 10. Call 303/914-6231 for more.
Pikes Peak Art Council is seeking 10-minute plays as entries in the "Six Women Playwriting Festival," open to women 16 and older, through Dec. 31. Winning works will be presented at the Business of Art Center on April 19-22. Visit sixwomenplayfestival.com for more.
CHANGE, a subgroup of TESSA, is seeking two- and three-dimensional works for Finding Our Voices, an art exhibit for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. All survivors, allies and supporters are encouraged to submit entries by March 1. Call 761-6002 or e-mail email@example.com for more.
PPJ&PC Open House & Silent Auction, 214 E. Vermijo Ave. Free. Join the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission in celebrating its 28th year. Sat., Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 632-6189 or visit ppjpc.org for more.
Scooter Holiday Toy Run, Sportique Scooters, 431 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Bring an unwrapped toy and ride through town to the drop-off destination as part of this scooter-only ride for local children. Sat., Dec. 2, noon. (Rain/snow date is Dec. 9.) Call 442-0048 for more.
World AIDS Day Events, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Free. Presenting a candlelight vigil and reading of names to honor survivors and remember those who have lost the battle against AIDS. Tues., Dec. 5, 7-9 p.m. Call 481-0085 for more. Contact the Southern Colorado AIDS Project at 578-9092 or s-cap.org for more.
Community Blood Drive, Bonfils Blood Center. Qdoba, 1916 Southgate Road, Dec. 5,11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eden, 217 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Dec. 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Elkhorn Conference Center, Fort Carson, Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Petsmart, 2965 New Center Place, Dec. 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Pkwy., Dec. 29, noon to 4 p.m. The Citadel, 750 Citadel Drive East, Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 800/365-0006 or visit bonfils.og for more.
Winter Coat Drive, drop boxes at Rock Ledge Ranch, 3202 Chambers Way, and Howbert Elementary School, 1023 N. 31st St. Winter wear is urgently needed for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota including coats, gloves, scarves, boots and warm socks for infants through adults size 3X. Call 598-5990 for more.
One Nation Walking Together is seeking holiday gifts and toys for Native Americans in need. Gifts for boys 8-18, such as playing cards, flashlights, balls, trucks and watches, are especially needed. Bring donations to 45-A Commerce St. Call 329-0251 or visit onenationwt.org for more.
Holiday Giving Tree, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 616 N. Tejon St. Help families and individuals with MS celebrate the holidays by purchasing gifts for the Giving Tree through Dec. 14. Call 634-2820 opt. 2 ext. 100 or visit fightmscolorado.org for more.
Empty Stocking Fund Extravaganza, El Pomar Sports Center, 44 W. Cache la Poudre St. Free. This fundraiser will feature a dodge ball tournament and carnival to benefit the Empty Stocking Fund. Sat., Dec. 9, 1 p.m. Call 389-6606 for more.
Glass Slipper Ball, Sheraton Colorado Springs Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive. $75. Featuring music by Gentle Rain, entertainment by Dance Colorado and food from 20 of the area's best chefs to benefit TESSA and Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Region. Sat., Jan. 20, 7-11 p.m. Call 264-9087 for more.
Clubs & Organizations
Aficionados Luncheon, CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Room, 902 N. Cascade Ave. $12.50. Presenting author, sculptor and retired police chief Ruben Archuleta on "Leaving Your Mark Behind." Wed., Dec. 2, noon. Call 389-6649 for more.
MS/Lupus Support Group, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Rockrimmon Community Center, Room 118, 290 E. Woodmen Road. Free. Presenting Bernadette Noble of Hobby Town USA sharing holiday crafts. Tues., Dec. 5, 10-11:30 a.m. Call 388-4900 for more.
Association of University Women Holiday Brunch, Embassy Suites, 7290 Commerce Center Drive. $15. Professor Katherine Sturdevant of Pikes Peak Community College will speak on "Christmas in American History." Sat., Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m. Call 590-7237 for reservations by Dec. 5.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 616 N. Tejon St. Free. Featuring a holiday party, recognition of volunteers and refreshments. Wed., Dec. 6, 3:30-6 p.m. Call 634-2820 opt. 2 ext. 100.
Empower Colorado, First Church of the Nazarene, 4120 E. Fountain Blvd. A support group for families of children with a mental illness. Meets the second Saturday of the month. Call 559-7679 for more.
- A Christmas Wish, The Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek. $7-$12. An 1890s Cripple Creek adaptation of Its a Wonderful Life through Dec. 31. Fridays, 7 p.m., Saturdays 1 and 7 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. Call 719/235-8944 or visit butteoperahouse.com for more.
The Alpha Course, The Weber Street Center, 219 E. Bijou St. Weekly meeting to share a meal and discuss questions of faith. Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. Call 884-6180 or visit first-pres.org/alpha for more.
Emotions Anonymous Support Group, Pikes Peak United Way, 518 N. Nevada Ave. Meets at 3:30-4:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. Call 573-7846 for more.
Recovery Incorporated self-help group for people with depression, anxiety, obsessions or other psychological issues meets Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. at Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point. Call 393-5316 for more.
Adult ADD/ADHD Support Group of the Pikes Peak Region, Vanguard Church, 3950 N. Academy Blvd. Donations accepted. Meets Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 351-7951 for more.
Senior Community Service Employment Program, 1510 N. Hancock Ave. Offering paid training for persons 55 and older. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call AARP at 635-3579 for more.
The Breakfast Club for Singles 50+, SilverWood Hotel, 505 Popes Bluff Trail. $13. Meets 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month, offering activities and social events. Call 260-0651 for more.
GFWC Woman's Club of Colorado Springs, CC's Slocum Hall Commons, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Featuring a Christmas Party with entertainment and cookie exchange. Collecting unwrapped gifts for teen-aged girls from A Kid's Hope. Wed., Dec. 13, 2 p.m. Call Kathy at 590-1436 for more.
Jack Quinn's Running Club, 21 S. Tejon St. Featuring a weekly night 5K Run, Walk, Trot, Stagger, Crawl with a free appetizer buffet and happy hour Bristol pints. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Call 385-0766 or visit jackquinnsrunners.com for more.
Sno-Jets Ski Club Events, Howard's BBQ, 3350 N. Chestnut St. Club meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Offering ski trips, biking, hiking and other activities. Visit snojets.org or call 577-7669 for more.
Colorado Springs Medical Marijuana Support Group, Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Learn about the uses of medical marijuana and more. Meets the second Thursday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 393-0857 for more.
Twilight MOPS Buffet and Speaker, First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St. $10. Featuring a buffet supper and speaker for moms of preschoolers. Dinner for children and childcare included. First and third Thursdays of the month, 6-8 p.m. Call 884-6233 for more.
Lunch Break, Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., $7.50. For all women in the workplace, a buffet luncheon with speakers addressing the theme Wednesday Matinee: Encouragement for Life's Reel Dramas through April. Meets first and third Wednesdays of the month, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Call 884-6234 by Monday prior for reservations.
Colorado Springs Chess Club, Acacia Apartments' cafeteria, 104 E. Platte Ave. Any chess player is welcome on Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m. Call Richard at 685-1984 or visit cs.chess.home.att.net for more.
WINGS provides therapist-facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in which survivors are believed, accepted and no longer alone. Women's group meets Monday evenings. Men's group is developing a waiting list. Call 800/373-8671 or visit wingsfound.org for more.
Forty+ of Colorado Springs, TREA Club, 834 Emory Circle. Free. A nonprofit for anyone over 40 who is searching for employment through management and leadership. Meets Fridays, 7:30 a.m. Call Mark at 548-9114 for more.
El Paso County Democratic Club, Democratic Headquarters, 25 N. Iowa St. Meets the second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. Call Mark at 548-9114 for more.
Film & Video
French Cinema Club, CC's Armstrong Hall, Max Kade Theater, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Presenting a tribute to Actress Catherine Deneuve featuring Est ouest (1999), Dec. 4. 8 femmes (2002), Dec. 11. Showings at 6:30 p.m. in French with English subtitles. Call 389-6519 for more.
IMAX Film Festival, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. Featuring six favorite films, selected by viewers, from those shown during the theater's 23-year history. Jan. 1 to March 15. Call 800/925-2250 or visit dmns.org for more.
"Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD" Series, Tinseltown, 1545 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. $15-$18. Featuring screenings of the Metropolitan Opera performing The Magic Flute, Sat., Dec. 30, 11:30 a.m. and I Puritani, Sat., Jan. 6, 11:30 a.m. Visit metoperafamily.org/hdlive for more.
Food & Drink
Greek Bake Sale, St. John's Greek Orthodox Church, 1010 Spruce St., Pueblo. Offering handmade Greek delicacies for parties and gift giving. Dec. 1-2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 719/564-5604 or visit stjohngoc-pueblo.org for more.
The Warehouse Restaurant Martini Tasting, 25 W. Cimarron St. $35. Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Tastings include six martinis and appetizers. Tues., Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m. Call 475-8880 to RSVP.
Blue Vervain Restaurant Events, 56 Park Ave., Manitou Springs. $65-$85 for series. Monthly cooking classes featuring an appetizer, salad, entre and dessert, French, Dec. 6. Mondays, 6-8 p.m. Call 685-2003 to register.
Colorado Farm and Art Holiday Market, Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive. Featuring area food and art vendors. Sat., Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 640-6154 for more.
Experience Wine Classes, Mimi's Caf, 7133 N. Academy Blvd., "A Friendly Introduction to Wine," Sun. Dec. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $35. "Wines of Napa Valley," 5:30-7:30 p.m. $45. "Wine and Chocolate Party," Sun., Dec. 17, 7-9 p.m. $45. Call 282-8688 for more or visit experiencewine.net.
Health & Healing
Hypnosis Group Workshops, Smooth Changes Therapies, 4935 N. 30th St. #180. Free. Featuring a guide meditation session to help relieve the stress of the holidays. Sat., Dec, 2, 10-11:30 a.m. and Sun., Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 271-6089 or visit smoothchanges.com for reservations and more.
Benet Hill Center Events, 2577 N. Chelton Road. Offering "Healing & Wholeness: Honoring One's Sacred Space," Sat., Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m. to noon. "Scripture Classes: Pauline Letters," Fridays, Dec. 15 to Mar. 2, 9:15-11:15 a.m. "Senior Enrichment Days: Spiritual Potential in the Second Half of Life," Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 633-0655 for more.
Express Childbirth Class, Alliance Breastfeeding Center, 5664 N. Academy Blvd. $75. Featuring a fast-paced class on effective natural children methods for busy expectant families. Dec 3 and Dec. 10, noon to 6 p.m. Call 331-1292 or visit birthingtouch.com for more.
Celebration Store Events, Celebration Conscious Living Store, 2209 W. Colorado Ave. Offering "Meditation and Visualization Techniques and Practices" , Dec. 2. "Talk to Animals," Dec. 3. "How Does Acupuncture Heal?" Dec. 4. "Beginning Psychic Development," Dec. 6. "Emotional Freedom Technique: Tapping on Acupuncture Points," Dec. 8. "White Light Reiki - Second Degree," Dec. 9. "Emotional Freedom Technique: Level One Certificate," Dec. 10. "Meetup: Reclaiming Witches," Dec. 11. "Chakra Interpretation: Connecting with Our Wheels of Enlightenment," Jan. 13. "Dancing the Elements TM: Energy Interpretation in Action," Jan. 27. "Our Sacred Connection: How Do You Experiece the Divine?" Feb. 10. Visit celebrationstore.com for more.
"Revealing the Unknown: When You Are Diagnosed with MS," Health South Rehabilitation Hospital, First Floor Dining Hall, 325 Parkside Drive. A workshop and breakfast for those newly diagnosed with MS and "experts" who are living fully with MS. Sat., Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 634-2820 option 2 ext. 100 or visit fightmscolorado.org for more.
World Hypnotism Day Celebration, Smooth Changes Therapies, 4935 N. 30th St. #180. $5 donation suggested. Reservations are required for this event facilitated by certified hypnotist Baerbel Froehlin. Thurs., Jan. 4, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Call 271-6089 or visit smoothchanges.com for more.
Women's Empowerment Circle, 606 S. Tejon St. Explore your creativity, spirituality and commitment to personal care with this women's support group. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Call 548-9859 for more.
First Congregational Saturday Movement Practice, Founder's Room, 20 E. St. Vrain St. Donations accepted. Dance Gabrielle Roth's Five Rhythms. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. Call 291-3120 for more.
Sacred Communitas Center Events, 1353 S. Eighth St., Suite 102. Goddess Embodied Women's Circle, $10. Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Creative Abundance Circle, $10. Mondays, 7-9 p.m. Call 210-1085 or visit innercraft.com for more.
Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, HealthLink offices, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 220. Register for a variety of classes from childbirth classes to yoga, massage and smoking cessation. Call 444-2273 or visit memorialhealthsystem.com for more.
Celebrate Recovery, Westside First Church, 520 N. Walnut St. Join the road to recovery with this Christian-based support program. Saturdays at 7 p.m. Call 473-7113 for more.
Falun Gong Group, Monument Valley Park, directly behind the Fine Arts Center at 30 W. Dale St. Graceful exercises to meditation music, every Sunday, 2-3 p.m. Free training, e-books and e-video. Call 282-9236 for more.
Special Needs Yoga, Yoga Journeys Studio, 709 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 201. Offering yoga for those with physical challengescancer recovery, joint and muscle limitations, fibromyalgia, heart disease and more. Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m. Call 578-8093 for more.
Yoga and Coffee, Java Buddha Coffee House, 2631 Colorado Ave. $5. Learn Ashtanga, Hatha and Vinyasa yoga from certified instructors. Call 633-5282 for times.
Insight Buddhist Meditation, Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite A. Silent sits on Sundays, 9-10 a.m. and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Orientation for first timers, Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. Guided loving kindness sits on Fridays, noon to 1 p.m. Call Carol at 473-7609 for more.
Lectures & Learning
"Genius, Visionary, Icon: The Culture of Celebrity in the Contemporary Art World," CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Presenting Art Historian Erika Doss speaking on the construction of art world celebrity. Thurs., Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6038 for more.
"Preparing for Board Service: Board Roles and Responsibilities," Pikes Peak United Way, 518 North Nevada Ave. $45. Learn about the expectations and functions of a successful nonprofit board. Sat., Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to noon. Call 575-4341 or visit cnecoloradosprings.org for more.
District 11 Community Education Classes, various locations. Offering "Components of a Successful Web Site," Dec. 4. "Managing Rental Property," Dec. 12. Call 520-2384 or d11.org/communityed for more.
"Should You Start Your Own Business?" Penrose Library, Dec. 5. Featuring workshops presented by SCORE. Call 636-3074 or visit coloradospringsscore.org for more.
The Small Business Development Center Classes, UCCS CITTI Building, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Offering "Funding Your Business," Dec. 5. "QuickBooks Pro 2006," Dec. 14. "Basics of Bookkeeping," Dec. 21. "Planning a Winning Website," Jan. 17. "Understanding Financial Statements to Manage Your Business," Jan. 18. "NxLevel Business Planning Program," Feb. 19. Call 262-3844 or visit cssbdc.org for a complete schedule and more.
Renaissance Academy Events, 2760 Fieldstone Road. Presenting "Relating to Reptiles," presented by MountainAire Reptile Rescue and Sanctuary. Tues., Dec. 5, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 475-2510 for more.
"Personal Jungian Odyssey," Unity Church of the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road. $5, students free. Presenting Paul Burke, writer and editor of Life, Meaning & Videotape on his life's journey from a Jungian perspective. Fri., Dec. 8, 7-9 p.m. Call 685-4205 for more.
Curiosity Unlimited Series, University Center at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Room 303. $25 for entire series. Lectures on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. "The Brain-Development/Decline of Cognitive Processes," Dec. 8. "Teaching African American History," Feb. 9. "Why is Most of the Universe Missing?" March 9. "Current Trends in Math Research," April 13. "Jane Austin Visits Country Houses," May 11. For more call 598-3020 or visit uccs.edu.
"Feathers and Fur," Colorado Division of Wildlife, 4255 Sinton Road, back entrance. Free. Learn about wildlife and its impact on the ecosystem with Indigo Mountain Nature Center and Ellicott Wildlife Rehab Center. Mon., Dec. 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call 683-8152 for more.
Environmental Stewardship Series, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. Environmental Organization Panel Discussion, Dec. 17. Call 473-1807 or visit broadmoorchurch.org for more.
Pikes Peak Library District Events, various library locations. Offering book clubs, story times and programs on holiday planning, parenting, writing, business, languages, crafts, film, history and more for all ages. Call 531-6333 or visit ppld.org for times and locations.
PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations, call 633-4991 to register. Featuring classes on film, politics, alternative healing, Colorado history, travel, business and more. Visit visitpillar.org for more.
Sheppard Art Institute, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Fees vary. Offering classes through a nonprofit with the mission of providing opportunities to study art and culture. Call 282-2706 for more.
The West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 20th St. Offering classes from CPR to belly dancing and photography. Also offering trips and summer camps. Call 385-7920 for more.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1565 Briargate Blvd. Featuring Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins signing John's Story: The Last Eyewitness, Thurs., Nov. 30, 7 p.m. Holiday Book Fair benefiting Liberty High School Band programs, Fri., Dec. 1, 5-9 p.m. Kristen Heitzmann signing Freefall, Sat. Dec. 2, 2 p.m. Call 266-9960 for more.
Open Mic Poetry Nights, Pikes Peak Community College, Downtown Studio Campus, Student Commons, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Free. All readers welcome to share favorite poetry or prose, or present an original composition. Dec. 1, 7-9 p.m. Call 540-7106 for more.
Book Signing and Lecture, Old Colorado History Museum, 1 S. 24th St. Presenting Flint Witlock who will sign his book Distant Bugles, Distant Drums and speak about "Colorado's Role in the Civil War." Sat., Dec. 2, 11 a.m. Call 636-1225 for more.
"Writing the Story of Your Life," Benet Hill Center Events, 2577 N. Chelton Road. $15. Join Molly Wingate, former CC Writing Center Director, for a workshop on memoir writing. Sat., Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Call 633-0655 for more.
John Fielder Lecture, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Free. Nationally renowned outdoor photographer and preservationist John Fielder will present a slide show on his latest book Do You See What I See? to benefit The Sierra Club. Tues., Dec. 5, 7-9 p.m. Call 481-0085 for more.
Colorado College Visiting Writers Series, Colorado College, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Featuring readings by internationally known authors and poets. H.L. Hix, Thurs., Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Robert Mesey, Thurs., Jan 25, 7 p.m. Camille Paglia, Tues., Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. James Salter, Thurs., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Tony Moffeit, Sat., Feb 24, 7:30 p.m. Azar Nafisi, Fri., March 30, 7:30 p.m. David Mason, Thurs., April 5, 7 p.m. Peter Matthiessen, Wed., May 2, 7 p.m. Call 389-6853 for more.
acoustic Travis Book and Friends, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake. $10-$12. Featuring a special evening of contemporary acoustic music along with appetizers, desserts and cash bar. Sun., Dec. 10, 5 p.m. Call 481-0475 for tickets and more.
classical Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $14-$16. Presenting the annual Holiday Pops concert. Fri., Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Pre-concert reception, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Call 520-SHOW for tickets.
Colorado College Choir and Chamber Chorus Concert, Shove Memorial Chapel, 101 S. Nevada Ave. Free. Presenting a joint concert will full orchestra showcasing works by Joseph Haydn, Benjamin Britten and Leonard Bernstein. Fri., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6606 for more.
Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $12-$50. Presenting Pops: The Music of John Williams, Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Christmas Classics and Carols (with sing-along), Fri., Dec. 22, 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m. Call 884-2110 or visit csphilharmonic.org for more.
Pueblo Symphony, Hoag Recital Hall, CSU-Pueblo. $20-$25. Featuring The Broadway Baritones: Douglas Webster, Gregg Busch and Sal Viviano. Sat., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Some Enchanted Evening, Sat. Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. Cello Passion, Sat., March 10, 7:30 p.m. Season Finale, April 21, 7:30 p.m. Call 719/545-7967 for more.
Rising Stars, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Presenting the Colorado Concert Band under the direction of Robert Murray. The program includes a marimba duet, flute quartet, clarinet choir, brass quintet, full concert band and more. Sun., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6606 for more.
St. Andrew's Recital Series, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Cañon and Manitou avenues, Manitou Springs. $5 suggested donation. Chamber Music Recitals featuring Mostly Low Brass, Music for the Holidays, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Concertos, Bach for Violin and Oboe, Brandenburg #6, April 4, 7:30 p.m. Call 475-2396 for more.
Colorado Springs Chorale, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Presenting Deck the Hall, Dec. 8 and Christmas Classics and Carols, Dec. 22-23. Call 634-3737 or visit cschorale.org for more.
Rocky Mountain Music Alliance Series, Forestgate Presbyterian Church, 970 Northgate Road. $18-$22. Daniel Lochrie on clarinet, Margaret Miller on viola and Michael Baron on piano. Sat., Dec. 9, 7 p.m. Pianist Michael Baron. Sat., Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Michael Baron and Renato Premezzi, piano duo. Sat., April 21, 7 p.m. Call 484-0192 for more.
Woodland Park Wind Symphony, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park. Free. Enjoy the symphony's Christmas Concert. Sun., Dec. 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Call 687-2210 for more.
- Genius, Visionary, Icon: The Culture of Celebrity in the Contemporary Art World, CCs Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Presenting Art Historian Erika Doss speaking on the construction of art world celebrity. Thurs., Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6038 for more.
Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada, Ave. Free. Presenting Wintersong a celebration of the season with music and spoken word. Fri., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. and at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church, 20256 Hunting Downs Way, Monument, Sun., Dec. 17, 4 p.m. The Art of Ensemble Singing, CVAE high school vocalists will join with high school chamber ensembles. Sat., Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. Location TBA. Visit cvae.org for more.
Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Saturdays at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., and Sundays at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. $10-$15. Featuring Winter Dreams and Summer Memories, Jan. 20-21. Children's Chorale and The Chamber Orchestra, March 3-4. Season Finale, May 5-7. Friday at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. Call 633-3649 for more.
Pueblo Symphony for Kids, Hoag Recital Hall, Pueblo. $10. For Kids, By Kids: Back to Broadway, Sat., March 17, 7:30 p.m. Call 719/545-7967 for more.
other music A Holiday Housewarming: Songs of the Season, Benet Hill Center, 2577 N. Chelton Road. $12-$15. Featuring the American the Beautiful Chorus. Sat., Dec. 2, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Call 272-4390 for more.
TubaChristmas 2006, Acacia Park Bandshell, 115 E. Platte Ave. Featuring traditional carols played by more than 70 tubas and euphoniums at the Festival of Lights celebration. Sat., Dec. 2, 4 p.m. Call Verne Campbell at 532-0021 to join the performers.
Balinese Music and Dance, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Presenting Tunjung Sari, CC's Balinese gamelan band, directed by I Made Lasmawan. Sun., Dec. 3, 3 p.m. Call 389-6606 for more.
Pueblo Performing Arts Guild Events, Hoag Hall, CSU-Pueblo. Presenting Holiday Harmony, Broadway Baritones, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Concert Choir & Chamber Fall Concert, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Visit pueblopag.org for more.
'Tis the Season, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $11-$16. Featuring the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and the Pikes Peak Performance Company. Sun., Dec. 3, 3 p.m. Call 520-SHOW for tickets and more.
Holiday Fantasies, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. Free. Featuring the Pikes Peak Flute Choir conducted by Karen Morsch with guest soloist Paul Nagem of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Sun., Dec. 3, 7:30-9 p.m. Call 685-1445 for more.
Lessons and Carols, First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade Ave. Featuring First Lutheran's 80-voice choir, Carillon Ringers, quartets, children's choir and more. Sun., Dec. 3, 3:30 p.m. Call 632-8836 for more.
Music and Art for a Winter's Night, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave. $35. Presenting soprano Helen Dilworth along with a cocktail hour, hors d' oeuvres, art show and sale to benefit the Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District. Thurs., Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Call 593-8400 for more.
Soli Deo Gloria Choir, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 846 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The choir will present Blessed Light...Holy Night. Please bring a non-perishable food item for Care and Share. Sat., Dec. 9, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call 262-0614 or visit solideogloriacs.org for more.
Vocal Fusion Christmas Concert, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 2111 Carlton Ave. Free. Featuring an hour-long program of holiday favorites from the Vocal Fusion singers. Sun., Dec. 10, 3 p.m. Call 634-7046 for more.
Sacred Concert Series, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Free. Presenting The Sounds of Christmas: Magnificat and Carols, by John Rutter. Sun., Dec. 10, 5 p.m. Visit fumc-cs.org or call 471-4361 for tickets and more information.
Holly and Ivy, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Free. Presenting the USAF Academy Band and the Heritage Voices in concert. Mon.-Wed., Dec. 11-13, 7 p.m. Call 554-2263 for tickets and more.
Frank Zappa Birthday Celebration, Cedars Jazz Club, 2135 Sinton Road. $5. Members of the house band and special guests will perform a selection of Frank Zappa's music. Thurs., Dec. 21, 8:30 p.m. Call 578-5744 for more.
Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $20-$95. Presenting Nutcracker: The Ballet, Dec. 1-3. Jesus Christ Superstar, Thurs., Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Capitol Steps, Wed. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. Romeo and Juliet, Sat., March 10, 4 p.m. Glenn Miller Orchestra, Fri., April 13, 7:30 p.m. Call 719/295-7200 for more.
The Nutcracker, Palmer High School Auditorium, 301 N. Nevada Ave. $15. Presenting the Peak Ballet Theater with international guest artists. Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Dec. 2-3, 1 p.m. and Dec. 3, 4:30 p.m. Call 632-7511 or visit thepeakballet.org/tickets for more.
Manitou Art Theater Events, Venue 515, Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. $8, ages two and under free. Featuring Little Big Frog, a mask and puppet fairy tale from Rob Faust. Dec. 2, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Dec. 3, 2 p.m. CirKoo: A Table for Two, a comedic spoof of cooking shows with Jim Jackson and Birgitta De Pree. Dec. 29 to Jan. 7. Call 685-4729 or visit themat.org for more.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. A comedic, 60-minute musical adaptation of the popular children's book by Judith Voirst. Mon., Dec. 4, 7 p.m. Call 597-3344 or visit imaginationcelebration.org for more.
Loonee's Comedy Corner Events, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707. Shows on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Jay Wendell Walker, through Dec. 3. Claude Stuart, Dec. 6-10. Visit loonees.com for more.
Psycho Beach Party, UCCS Osborne Theater, 3655 Cragwood Drive. $5, UCCS students free. Theatre d' Art encourages audience members to bring beach blankets and wear flowered shirts and leis for this show by Charles Busch. Dec. 8-17, 8 p.m. Call 262-3232 or visit myspace.com/theatredart for more.
Scrooge! The Carol with an Attitude, Woodman Valley Chapel, 250 E. Woodmen Road. $8.50. Featuring a new adaptation of Dicken's holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, through Dec. 10. 7-9 p.m. Call 388-5000 or visit woodmenvalley.org for more.
Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive. $12-$22. Featuring Arms and the Man through Dec. 17. Topdog/Underdog, Jan. 18-28. The Syringa Tree, Feb. 1-11. The Importance of Being Earnest, March 1-18. The Caucasian Chalk Circle, April 19-28. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m. Call 262-3232 or visit uccstheatreworks.com for more.
2006 Holiday Extravaganza Review, The Iron Springs Chateau, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs. $14-$25. Presenting a mixture of dance, music and comedy with a sing-along intermission, through Dec. 23. Dinner, 6 p.m. Show, 8 p.m. Call 685-5104 for reservations and more.
A Christmas Wish, The Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek. $7-$12. An 1890s Cripple Creek adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life through Dec. 31. Fridays, 7 p.m., Saturdays 1 and 7 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. Special shows Dec. 21 and 28, 7 p.m. Call 719/235-8944 or visit butteoperahouse.com for more.
Damon Runyon Theater Events, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo. $8-$30. Featuring A Year with Frog and Toad, Dec. 8-9, 7 p.m. and Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Call 719/564-0579 or runyontheater.org for more.
The Nutcracker 2006, Mitchell High School Theatre, 1205 Potter Drive. $15. Featuring the Zamuel Ballet School performing the classic ballet. Sat., Dec. 9, 2 and 7 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 10, 1 and 5 p.m. Call 219-9730 or visit zamuelballet.com for tickets and more.
FAC Main Events, 30 W. Dale St. Featuring 1940's Radio Hour, through Dec. 10. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Jan. 12-28. Little Shop of Horrors, Feb. 16 to March 11. The Complete History of America ... Abridged, March 30 to April 15. Into the Woods, May 11 to June 3. Call 634-5583 for tickets and more.
A Salute to Broadway, Dance Colorado Studio, 612 S. Tejon St. $15. Featuring a showcase of amateur and professional ballroom dance performances. Sat., Dec. 16, 7:30-9 p.m. Call 473-1395 for more.
Holiday Tea with Tchaikovsky 2006, Rampart High School Theatre, 8250 Lexington Drive. $12-$16. Presenting Colorado's Classical Youth Ballet and guest actors performing excerpts from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker ballets. Sat., Dec. 16, 2 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 17, 1 and 5 p.m. Call 272-7078 for more.
Pikes Peak Center Events, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Presenting Jesus Christ Superstar, Feb. 13-14. David Copperfield: An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion, March 13. Aida, April 13-14. Call 520-7469 or visit ticketswest.com for more.
Bed & Breakfast Murder Mystery Theater, Old Town Guesthouse, 115 S. 26th St. $65. Featuring Murder Aboard the Titan and dinner. Fri., Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m. Call 632-9194 or visit oldtown-guesthouse.com for more.
Children's Playhouse Series, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $6-$25. Presenting If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Sat., Feb. 10. Russian American Kids Circus, Sat., Feb. 24. Lazer Vaudeville, Sat., March 31. All shows 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 719/295-7222 for more.
Bear Creek Nature Center Events, 245 Bear Creek Road. Offering "Young Naturalists: Winter Wonderland," Dec. 2. "Nature Explorers: Rudolph's Relatives," Dec. 7. "The Science of Snowflakes," Dec. 9. "Bear Creek by Candlelight," Dec. 15, 6-9 p.m. "Canine Christmas Party," Dec. 16. Call 520-6387 for more.
Christmas Volksmarch, Central Christian Church, 2002 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Free. Join the Falcon Wanders for a 5K or 10K walk through Old Colorado City. Register at the church 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and walk at your own pace. Sat., Dec. 2. Call Karen at 632-9320 or visit angelfire.com/co4/fw/ for more.
Mountain Chalet Wednesday Clinics, 226 N. Tejon St. Free. Offering "Ski Tuning 101" with Mike Miller, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Call 633-0732 for more.
Rocky Mountain Nature Association Hikes, various locations. Enjoy a group hike led by Larry Boyd in Garden of the Gods. Meet in the parking area at the visitor center, Sat., Dec. 9, 8 a.m. Call 970/586-3262 for more.
Mighty Hoopsters Basketball Clinic, First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St. $10. Offering sports and recreation programs for children with special needs and their families. Saturdays, through Dec. 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Call 884-6209 for more.
Garden of the Gods Visitor Center Events, 1805 N. 30th St. Featuring a new exhibit, "Mineral Treasures from Around the World," through Dec. 31. Call 219-0108 or visit gardenofthegods.com for more.
Red Rock Canyon Guided Tours, Highway 24 and South Ridge Road. Free. Offering two-hour and longer guided hikes on easy to moderate trails. Every Saturday, 9 a.m. Call 685-5089 for more.
Starsmore Discovery Center Events, 2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Road. Fall hours: Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offering a free climbing wall, children's programs, guided hikes, lectures, hand-on activities and more. Call 385-6086 or visit cheyennecanon.org for a calendar of events.
dance parties & workshops Colorado Ballroom Dance, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. $5. Basic instruction followed by dancing the waltz, fox trot, rumba, samba, tango, swing, salsa, disco and cha-cha. No partner required. Sat., Dec. 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m., New dancers, 7-7:30 p.m. Call 598-8624 for more.
Hip Hop Classes, The West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 20th St., 385-7920 and Meadows Park Community Center, 1943 S. El Paso Ave., 385-7940. $19. Offering 8-week classes for ages 6 to adult through Dec. 14. Visit springsgov.com and click the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services link for more.
International Dance Club Events, 2422 Busch Ave. Offering dances every Saturday to a live band, 7:30-11 p.m., $9. Ballroom dances third Friday of the month, $10. Call 633-0195 for more.
Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St. $36-$48. Learn salsa, swing, country two-step and many other dances. Also offering ballroom bootcamp, wedding workshops and teen classes. Call 473-1395 or visit dancecolorado.net for more.
Ballroom, Latin and Swing Dance, Social Elegance, 2109 Templeton Gap Road. $7. Open dancing, every second and fourth Saturday, 7-9 p.m. Beginner through advanced classes available. Call 632-4055 or visit socialelegance.net for a schedule and more.
Valentin Dance Studio Events, 410F S. Eighth St. Experience fusion dance fitness and salsa dancing, first class free or $15 private lessons. Call 649-8294 or visit zumbacolorado.com for more.
Dances of Universal Peace, Unity Church of the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road. By donation. Offering devotional chants and circle movements from many cultures and religions on the third Friday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. through May. Call 575-0152 for more.
Scottish Country Dancing, 315 E. Costilla St. $5 per month. Featuring basic, intermediate and advanced instruction on social dance of Scotland. Meets the first three Wednesdays of the month, 7-9 p.m. Partner not required. Call 494-0563 for more.
Broadmoor Waltz Club Basic Ballroom Dance Lessons, Austin Bluffs Community Church, 5090 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free. Must have a partner. Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Also presenting classes on Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. at the Hancock Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock St. Call 598-2885 or visit broadmoorwaltzclub.com to register.
Ballroom Dance Classes, YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave. Learn swing, salsa, waltz, tango and more. Ongoing classes open to members and non-members. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Call Arthur at 634-3029 for more.
Soma Studio Events, "The Rhythms of Life," a class using improvisational movement for men and women, Wednesdays, 7-8:15 p.m. "The Circle," a community of women exploring dance, art, writing and movement, first Saturday of the month. Call 291-3120 or visit somamovement.org for more.
USABA Night of Firsts, Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road. Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind athlete to summit Mt. Everest, will speak. Proceeds benefit the U.S Association of Blind Athletes and Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. Fri., Dec. 1, 6:45 p.m. Call 630-0422 for more.
Lighter Side of Christmas Parade "The Blizzard of Oz," Highway 24 from Maple Street to Fairview Street, Woodland Park. Featuring floats, music, Santa and a tree lighting ceremony. Sat., Dec. 2, 6 p.m. Call 686-1820 ext. 112 for more.
Holiday Doll, Toy and Craft Fair, El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo. Free. Featuring many vendors as well as a doll and toy appraiser. Sat., Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 719/583-0453 for more.
Woodland Park Eighth Annual Holiday Home Tour, Teller County. $7-$15. Featuring seven festively decorated homes, music, refreshments, prizes and more. Dec. 2-3, Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Call 686-2464 or visit dicksoncenter.org for more.
Twelfth Annual Old Colorado City Holiday B&B Tour, Old Colorado History Center, 1 S. 24th St. $10-$15. Visit eight local Bed & Breakfast Inns decorated for the holidays. Proceeds will benefit the Old Colorado City Historical Society. Sun., Dec. 3, 2-6 p.m. Call 471-3980 or visit historytour.info for more.
Holiday Fun Fair, Cheryl's Metaphysical Gifts, 3618 Jeannine Drive. Presenting a multi-store event with henna tattoos, readings, free bodywork, free Reiki and more. Sun., Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 651-4291 for more.
Christmas Tree Cutting, Pikes Peak Ranger District, 601 S. Weber St. $10 per tree. The USDA Forest Service is selling permits on Dec. 2-3 and 9-10 to cut trees through Dec. 13. The cutting area is northeast of Woodland Park on Rampart Range Road. Call 477-4221 for more.
Snowflakes & Smiles Holiday Parade, Memorial Park, Manitou Avenue and El Paso Boulevard. Enjoy Manitou Springs' annual holiday parade starting at Memorial Park and winding through downtown streets. Sat., Dec. 9, noon to 2:30 p.m. Call 685-5089 or visit manitousprings.org for more.
Hi-Plains Sertoma Parade of Lights, Ellicott Community Park, Ellicott. Featuring a tree-decorating contest in the park and the "You're Home in Our Hearts" parade. Sat., Dec. 9, 3 p.m. Parade at 5 p.m. Call 683-5450 for more.
Santa Paws, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbott Lane. Offering family and pet photos with Santa to benefit animals at the Humane Society. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 9-10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 473-1741 ext. 177 or visit hsppr.org for more.
Shop for a Good Cause, Downtown Colorado Springs. Purchase one-day shopping passes and save 20 percent on purchases at participating downtown stores and restaurants. All proceeds go to CASA. Sun., Dec. 10, 1-5 p.m. Call 365-1600 for more.
Seven Falls Holiday Lighting, Seven Falls, 2850 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road. $3 donation to benefit Christmas Unlimited. Featuring over 200,000 lights, visits from Santa, 30 special displays and multi-colored lights on the falls. Dec. 16-30, 5-9:30 p.m. Call 632-0752 for more.
Youth & Family
"Success for Students in Secondary Classrooms," Tesla Education Opportunity Center, 2560 International Circle, Dec. 1, 1-4 p.m. and Gay and Lesbian Fund Building, 315 E. Costilla St., Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to noon. Presenting two free workshops for parents and educators to help students with disabilities succeed in school. Call PEAK Parent Center at 531-9400 for more.
Children's Holiday Magic Celebration, Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Offering free activities for children including holiday ornament making, sing-alongs, model railroads, music, demonstrations and magic. Sat., Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit cspm.org for more.
Winter Wonders, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Road. $40. Offering fun and educational games, crafts and tours for children. Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 633-9925 ext. 112 for more.
Holiday Tea Party, El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo. $4-$6. Featuring a tea party, visit with Santa, craft project and tour of the doll exhibit. Sat., Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 719/583-0453 for more.
Museum Discovery Day, FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., Suite 100. $3. Children ages 6 to 10 and their parents can explore the galleries in family-friendly, guided tours and then make their own artwork. Dec. 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call 634-5583 or visit csfineartscenter.org for more.
- Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring My Favorite Things in the Childrens Museum through Jan. 6. Own Your Own Art Show and Sale through Dec. 30. Visit sdc- arts.org for more.
Treasure Box Workshop, The Home Depot, all locations. Free. Children ages 5 to 12 can build a treasure box to give as a holiday gift. Sat., Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to noon. Visit homedepot.com for more.
Imagination Celebration Events, Celebration Place, The Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive. "Cheer Up, Alexander!" Sat., Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m. $1. "Stories Near, Stories Far," Sat., Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m. Call 597-3344 or visit imaginationcelebration.org for more.
Sock Monkey Project, Starbuck's, various locations. Free. Monkey making, Saturdays, Dec. 2-16, noon to 8 p.m. Call 504/301-8201 or visit razzamatazproductions.com for locations and more.
Breakfast with Santa, Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave. $3-$5. Children and adults can enjoy a meal with Santa in Old Colorado City. Sat., Dec. 9, 8-11 a.m. Call 577-4112 for more.
Santa's Workshop, Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave. $4. Offering children's crafts, milk and cookies with Santa, Sat., Dec. 9. Photos with Santa at the historic cabin, weekends through Dec. 24, noon to 5 p.m. Call 577-4112 for more.
Rock Ledge Ranch Events, 3202 Chambers Way. "Holiday Evenings" with jingle bell wagon rides, lantern light tours, barn dance, St. Nicholas and more. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 15-16, 4-8 p.m. $2-$6, under six free. Call 578-6777 or visit rockledgeranch.com for more.
Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers will hold a Volunteer Orientation Class for those interested in positions as visitor information receptionists and program leaders for school children. Sat., Dec. 2, 1-3:30 p.m. Call 520-6388 for more.
Care Share Food Bank needs volunteers to help with hunger-relief projects throughout southern Colorado. Call 528-1247 or visit careandshare.org for more.
Colorado Association of Internet Professionals is seeking volunteers to help lead and reorganize the association. New board members are critically needed. Call 638-9925 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
American Cancer Society is seeking a few good drivers to help those who need rides to treatments. One-hour training provided. Call Stephanie Wilson at 488-3748 for more.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking volunteers to be a voice in court for an abused or neglected child. No legal experience is required. Call 447-9898 ext. 1008 or visit casappr.org for more
Teller County Regional Animal Shelter in Divide is seeking volunteers to learn dog-training techniques and work with shelter dogs. Call 686-7707 or visit tcrascolorado.com for more.
Roundup Fellowship is seeking volunteers and corporate sponsors for a Spring Benefit Concert to build a school for children who have developmental disabilities. Call 303/946-6711 or visit rup.org for more.
Pikes Peak Family Connections needs volunteers for its Nurturing Parenting Program and KPC Kids' Place respite nursery. Internships and work study positions also are available. Call Alpha at 442-6337 for more.
American Cancer Society is seeking hands-on volunteers to work with cancer patients and their families, answer questions, assist with wigs and help with office work. Call 636-5105, option 3, for more.
Wildlife Emergency Center seeks volunteers, supplies, nonprofit assistance, grants management and people with marketing skills. E-mail email@example.com or call 964-7826 for more.
Memorial Health System is seeking volunteers for various areas of the hospital. Call 365-5298 or visit memorialheathsystems.com for more.
All Breed Rescue & Training is seeking foster or adoptive homes for dogs, and volunteers for special events, office work, maintenance, fundraising and volunteer coordination. Call 264-6460 or visit haveanicedog.org for more.
Easter Seals Southern Colorado is seeking volunteers for collating and mailing newsletters, office work, special events and other tasks. Call 574-9002 or visit co-so.easterseals.com for more.
Indigo Mountain Nature Center, a Lake George sanctuary for captive-born wildlife is seeking volunteers with a variety of skills, including construction, maintenance and fundraising. For more call 748-5550 or visit indigomtn.org.
Safe Place Animal Rescue is seeking volunteers to assist with finding homes for pets of the terminally ill. Visit safeplaceco.org or call 638-1424 for more.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking volunteers to mentor a child as little as one hour per week. Activities include homework assistance, reading and playing games. Call 633-2443 for more.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to staff its Resource Center and Lending Library at St. Francis Health Center. Call 477-1515 or visit dbsacoloradosprings.org for more.
SET Medical Clinic at the Marian House needs volunteer doctors to commit a single shift per month to care for the homeless and low-income. Call 776-8850, ext. 1000 or visit setofcs.org for more.
Dreampower Animal Rescue is seeking volunteers to give pets temporary homes until adopted. All food and veterinary care provided. Call 390-7838 or visit dreampower-arf.com for more.
Another Life Foundation is hosting Volunteer Mentor meetings on recognizing and preventing suicidal behavior. Meets at 3:30-4:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. Call 573-7846 for more.
The Salvation Army has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Call 636-5266 or visit tsacs.org for more information.
Colorado Reptile Humane Society needs homes for lizards, snakes, turtles, tortoises and amphibians. Visit corhs.com for more.
Colorado Springs Urban Peak is seeking volunteers to help feed homeless youth from 7-9 a.m. Call 630-3223, ext. 22 for more.
Earthseeds Project, volunteers needed to assist with office work and in communications, fundraising, online research, local events and more. Call 636-3637 or visit earthseeds.net for more.
The Military Officers Association of America invites all active, retired, National Guard, Reserve and local military officers to join in fostering fellowship and supporting various civic organizations. Call James at 591-9622 for more information.
Women's Resource Agency, 2220 E. Bijou St., Suite 2E. Volunteers needed in several areas, including workshop facilitation, computer class instruction, event planning and more. Call 471-3170 for more.
Odyssey Healthcare Hospice, 4465 Northpark Drive. Seeking volunteers for caregiver support, in-patient visits, office support, phone calls and bereavement follow-up. Call 573-4166 for more.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts & Conference Center, 30 W. Dale St. Seeking volunteers in various areas. Call Daniella at 477-4351 or 634-5581 for more.
The Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. Seeking volunteers in various capacities. Call 719/295-7200 for more.
Starsmore Discovery Center, volunteers needed at North Cheyenne Cañon Park. Hours are flexible and the work is fun. Call 578-6146 for more.
Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care, 5450 Tech Center Drive, Suite 120. Caring volunteers needed to visit patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families, assist with administrative duties and bereavement support, or volunteer with your dog. Call 265-1109 for more.
Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 600. Volunteers needed to support patients and families in their homes and long-care facilities. Volunteer musicians also needed for inpatient care. Visit pikespeakhospice.org or call 633-3400 ext. 603 for more.
Garden of the Gods Community Restoration Program, volunteers needed in the Spring Canyon area. Be prepared to get dirty. Various dates, Dec. 2-10, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Liz at 471-7736 to register one week in advance.
TESSA is seeking volunteers to assist with administrative duties, victim advocacy, counseling, crisis management and more. Call 785-6809 for more.
Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, seeking tax-deductible contributions to help feed and provide medical care for wildlife in rehabilitation. Call 683-8152 or visit ellicottwildlife.com for more.
Out of Town
Out of Town
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303/443-2122. Featuring Transit Glyphs by Jimi Billingsley, Society of the Spectacle by DJRABBI, and Revival by Terry Maker, through Jan. 27. A Digital Salon with Mark Amerika, Tues., Dec. 5, 6 p.m., $5, members free. Visit bmoca.org for more.
Fremont Center for the Arts, 505 Macon Ave., Cañon City, 719/275-2790. Non-members $5, members free. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Cosmic Collections: Space and Beyond through Dec. 22. Visit fremontarts.org for more.
Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845. Featuring The Artisan Holiday Gift Show & Sale, through Dec. 23. Icons and Archetypes, through Jan. 4. 100 Years at the Park: 10,000 Years on the Plateau, through Feb. 16. Visit lakewood.org for more.
Spanish Peaks Art Council Gallery, 132 W. Ryus Ave., La Veta. Open Tues., Thurs. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring the tenth annual Gift of Art Show through Jan. 6. Visit spanishpeaksarts.org for more.
Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St., Denver, 303/394-9993. Featuring Peace and Harmony in Picture, winning photographs from the "Snapshot: Eye Behind the Lens" competition. Collectors Collect: Works from Denver's Private Collections, through Jan. 5. Visit mizelmuseum.org for more.
Old South Frame & Gallery, 1588 S. Pearl St., Denver, 303/715-3828. Opening Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring Classic American Pin-up Art from renowned illustrators of the 1930s through 1970s, through Dec. 31.
Tims Art Quilt Studio and Gallery, 105 W. Ryus Ave., La Veta. $5 donation. Featuring Expressions: The Art Quilt with works by 63 quilt artists from across the U.S. through Jan. 4. Visit rickytims.com for more.
Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Dick Cussler and Andrew Carroll, Nov. 30. Linda Ashman, Tom Noel and Debra Faulkner, Dec. 1. Pat Miller, Judi Mattivi Morley and Michael Chandler, Dec. 2. Harry MacLean and Stephen Trimble, Dec. 4. Ken Blackburn and Katie Hnida, Dec. 5. Gabor Boritt, Harmon Grave, Buffalo Kaplinski and Reggie Rivers, Dec. 7.Visit tatteredcover.com for locations, times and more.
music Bluegrass Christmas, Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. $16. Presenting Timothy P and the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers playing a holiday bluegrass extravaganza. Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. Call 303/987-7845 or visit lakewood.org for more.
recreation & learning Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring The Jewelry of Ben Nighthorse and Uncovering the Exceptional: A Carver's View through Dec. 31. A Woman's Place ... is on the Range through June 30. Soldiers on Skis through Dec. 2007. Call 303/866-3682 or visit coloradohistory.org for more.
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton. Featuring Living Bronze Sculptures by Robert Wick, through Jan. 21. For more call 720/865-3500 or visit botanicgardens.org.
The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Featuring "Family Fun Day," Dec. 2. "Holiday Film Festival " featuring A Christmas Story, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. John Fielder's Intimate Colorado Landscapes through Dec. 10. Birds in Art through Jan. 28. Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats interactive exhibit through Jan. 7. Showing the film Beavers through October 2007. Visit thewildlifeexperience.org for more.
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. $27-$48. Featuring Thoroughly Modern Millie through Dec. 31. Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold in the Black Box Theater, Dec. 5-17. Call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org for more.
Destination Dinosaurs, The Avenue Theater, 417 17th Ave., Denver. $5-$7. A children's show featuring Professor Higglemeyer and her sidekick as they travel back in time on a secret mission. Saturdays at noon through Dec. 23. Call 303/321-5925 or visit avenuetheater.com for more.
Winter in Graupel Bay, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. $12-$20. Featuring a comedy about a town of slightly eccentric people. Thurs.-Sat., Dec. 1-23, 8 p.m. and Dec. 10 and 17, 6 p.m. Call 720/946-1388 or visit buntport.com for more.
Buell Theatre, 950 13th St., Denver. $25-65. Presenting How I Lost My Denverginity through Dec. 31. Sweet Charity staring Molly Ringwald as Charity Hope Valentine, Dec. 5-17. All Shook Up, an Elvis-inspired musical, Dec. 20-31. The Taffetas, a musical about a 1950s-era sister act, Mar. 10 to Aug. 5. Call 303/893-4100 or visit denvercenter.org for tickets and more.
Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. Featuring The Nutcracker, Dec. 16-23. Call 303/987-7845 or visit lakewood.org for more.
BFE: The Town That Christmas Forgot, Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th St., Denver. $20-$24. A stranger shows up in town determined to teach the people of BFE about Christmas, through Dec. 23, Thursdays, 7 p.m. Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 and 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Call 303/321-5925 or visit avenuetheater.com for more.
Trunks Season 2: Still Uncoordinated, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. $4-$6. Featuring a comic-book themed children's play, every other Saturday through May 5 at 1 and 3 p.m. Call 720/946-1388 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Governor's Mansion Tours, 400 E. Eighth Ave., Denver. Free. See the newly restored 1908 Boettcher Mansion during holiday tours conducted by the Colorado Historical Society through Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 303/866-3682 for more.
18th Annual Blossoms of Light, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver. $6-$8. Featuring over 1 million lights illuminating the gardens, kissing spots marked by mistletoe, and HoloSpex glasses for viewing. Dec. 2 to Jan. 21, 6-8:30 p.m. Call 720/865-3544 or visit botanicgardens.org for more.
Santa Paws Contest, Outlets at Castle Rock, 505 Factory Shop Blvd. Dress your dogs as "Santa Paws" for a chance to win $100 in gift certificates and other prizes. Sat., Dec. 2, 10 a.m. Visit outletsatcastlerock.com for more.
"Polar Express to the North Pole," Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, 479 Main Ave., Durango. $16-$24. Featuring a reading of The Polar Express and a train ride to the "North Pole" to meet Santa. The return trip features Christmas caroling. Runs through Dec. 23. Call 888-872-4607 or visit durangotrain.com for more.
"Colorado Media Matters: An Expert View of the 2006 Election," Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver. Presenting campaign managers, a journalism professor, TV reporters and newspaper editors speaking on the election. Tues., Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 303/815-7690 for reservations by Dec. 1.
Singles Holi-Date Party for Charity, Siena at the Courtyard Restaurant, 333 Perry St., Castle Rock. $15-$20. Celebrate the seasons with other singles while enjoying wine, food, holiday activities, merchant giveaways and more. Proceeds benefit the Mayor's Youth House. Wed., Dec. 6, 5:30-8 p.m. Call 303/295-3000 or visit singlesmarketplace.com for more.