- Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Caon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Diamonds and Rust, works by Matthew Crawford and Caron ONeil, through Aug. 20.
Art Shows & Galleries
Academy Frame Company, 7620 N. Academy Blvd., 265-6694, gregorpaintings.com. Featuring Celebrating our Colorado Artists, works by 12 local artists featuring both traditional and digital art, through July.
American Numismatic Association Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646, money.org. 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. Coins, Crown and Conflict through November.
Artists Lair, 2766 Janitell Road, 576-5247. Presenting All About Water, works by Irene Braun.
ARTSpace Gallery, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 385-7900. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring The Children of Niger, pastels by Louise Cutler, through Aug. 31.
Bella Art and Frame, 366 Second St., 488-0459. Featuring oil works by John DeFrancesco through Aug. 14.
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. Free. Featuring Polaroid Possibilities, by Karen Simkiss and Kathryn Wallace, through Aug. 1. Blow Up, an all-members exhibit, through Aug. 1.
Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring Earthbound, a ceramics invitational curated by Holly Parker featuring works by twelve artists, through July 28. Road Tested, works that come with their own suitcases, Aug. 3 to Sept. 15. Opening reception, Fri., Aug. 3, 5-8 p.m.
The Chapel of Art, 218 W. Colorado Ave., #102, 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Featuring An Experiment in Space and Sound, works by Timothy Flood, Aug. 3 to Sept. 22. Opening reception, Fri., Aug. 3, 5-8 p.m.
Chizart, 29 E. Bijou St., #17, 229-2316. Random hours; call for appointment. Featuring Design and Sculpture, expressions in stone, clay, metal, glass and wood.
The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277. Featuring Art as Community, works by AniRose Whaleswan, Stephan Getzschman and JD Huffman, through July. Ten percent of proceeds donated to non-profit of the buyers' choice.
*Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Diamonds and Rust, works by Matthew Crawford and Caron O'Neil, through Aug. 20.
Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring H2O with a Little Lemon, a watermedia exhibition from Chromatic Edge, Aug. 1-28. Opening reception, Fri., Aug. 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cucuru Gallery Cafe, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900, cucuru.santuario.com. Open Mon.-Sun., 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Featuring works by Cuban artists as well as local artists Will O'Brien, Ceil Horrowitz and Chip Shaw.
Duryea Fine Art, 1003 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9050. Open Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Pastel Shores, works by Gary Sillasen, through July 31. Summer Skies, works by Melissa Mohon Papineau, Aug. 1-31.
Eichman Gallery, Park State Bank and Trust, 710 W. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 687-9234. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat., 9 a.m. to noon. Featuring Mata Ortiz pottery, Mexican hand-woven rugs and paintings by Karen Standridge, through July 27.
*FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. 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 Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray through Sept. 30.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org. Featuring The Eclectic Eye: Pop and Illusion, selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Aug. 2 to Oct. 28.
*Fine Art Gallery at CSU-Pueblo, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2404. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring The Blue Collar Chronicles, works by Justin Reddick, through July 31.
The Gallery at Paragon, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744, cedarsjazzclub.com. Open Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Featuring Sound & Vision, works by William K. Polley, through Aug. 1. Exposed Photography, by Andrea Ziegart, through Aug. 7.
Gunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494, gunterwolffgallery.com. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesdays. Presenting New Works in the Gene Pool II through Aug. 15.
Heebee Jeebees, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open Mon.-Fri., noon to 6 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Voil, photographs by Jeff Cloutier, through July 28.
*Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471-1360, laurareilly.com. Open Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Poetry of Light, oil paintings by Laura Reilly through December.
Mediterranean Caf, 118 E. Kiowa St., 633-0115. Open Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Featuring Light Writing: Fourth of July at Memorial Park, through July 31.
OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 210-9799. Featuring Functional Hallucinations of Nature through Aug. 4. Teva Kiev A'goth, works by Spika, through Aug. 4.
Pikes Peak Community College Downtown Studio Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4040. Open Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Art of the Real Eye, works by Rebecca Myers, Lorraine Danzo and Juergen, through Aug. 2.
Pikes Peak Library District Galleries, 531-6333, ppld.org. Penrose Library featuring Carnegie Garden Project 2007 winners. Briargate Branch featuring watercolors by Gayle Higgins. Monument Branch featuring Scenic and Fine Art Photography by Elaine McDonald.
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 A Celebration for Life, works by Lorelei Beckstrom, Kim Polomka and George Sanchez, through Oct. 19.
ProRodeo Hall of Fame, 101 ProRodeo Drive, 528-4714, prorodeohalloffame.com. Featuring contemporary western art by Sophy Brown through July 31.
Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring The Floating World and Japonesque: How East Meets West through Aug. 11.
Second Street Art Market, 366 Second St., Monument, 488-2506, secondstreetart.com. Featuring Art to Feed Your Soul, paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, garden art, wood, metal and more.
Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Open Wed., Fri. and Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring ROLL: Colorado Springs' third annual Bicycle Art Show and 108 Prayer Wheels for Peace, a drive-by exhibit, through Aug. 18.
Squash Blossom Gallery, 2531 W. Colorado Ave., 632-1899. Featuring works by Ilene Greene, Darlis Lamb and George Kernan.
Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 488-8101. Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Through the Looking Glass, works of photography and glass, through Aug. 18.
UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567, galleryuccs.org. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., 1-4 p.m. Featuring Watermedia XV through Aug. 3.
Wayne Lambert Gallery, 2423 W. Colorado Ave., 471-1574. Open Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring original platinum/palladium photographs of the Southwest and Mexico.
Fourth annual Art Exhibit, Sunny Vista Living Center, 2400 E. Cache la Poudre St., 471-8700. Enjoy music, art and wine. Proceeds benefit Rocky Mountain Montessori Academy. Show runs through Aug. 23. Opening reception, Fri., July 27, 4-7 p.m. Children's exhibit, 3 p.m.
Bad Art Night, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567, galleryuccs.org. Help make a room-size installation of tinfoil, magazines, packing tape and other non-traditional materials inspired by artist Thomas Hirschhorn. Sat., July 28, 5-7 p.m.
*An Extremely Grand Opening, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. Celebrate the opening of the museum's new space. Guest speakers include Thomas Hoving, John Waters and Joel Gray. Thurs., Aug. 2 to Sat., Aug. 4.
First Friday ArtWalk in Old Colorado City, West Colorado Avenue between 21st and 27th streets, 520-9494, shopoldcoloradocity.com. Free. Meet artists, view demos and enjoy live music and refreshments. Friday, Aug. 3, 4-8 p.m.
First Friday Art Ride Shuttle, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., #102, smokebrush.org. Free. Catch the shuttle to venues in the Depot Arts District participating in the First Friday Art Walk. Fri., Aug. 3, 5-8:30 p.m.
Auditions & Entries
Leadership Now is accepting applications from those ages 22-32 for its 2007-2008 class. Applications are due by Fri., July 27. Call 632-2618 or visit leadershippikespeak.org for application materials.
The Business of Art Center is seeking artworks for the tourist season with the only criteria being that they must be made to fit in their own ready-to-use suitcase. Hand deliver entries to 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs on Sun., July 29, 10 a.m. to noon. See thebac.org for more.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company needs actors ages 13-50 to audition for Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs. Prepare a two-minute contemporary monologue and bring a headshot/resume. Auditions on Mon.-Tues., July 30-31, 6-10 p.m. Call 477-4387 for an appointment.
Pueblo Downtown Art Project is looking for 3-D media for a year-long downtown exhibit. Prizes of $500 and $1500 will be awarded. Slides and application due Mon., July 30. Visit artandsoul-pueblo.org or call Peggy Wilcox at 719/586-1104 for more.
The Friends of North Cheyenne Cañon is seeking two-dimensional artworks focused on "spectacular scenes of the Pikes Peak region" for the Canvases in the Cañon show. The deadline is Aug. 15 for the Sept. 8 exhibit. Call 635-7506 ext. 142 or visit cheyennecanon.org for more.
Opera Colorado announces auditions for the 2008 Opera Colorado Outreach Ensemble. Applications must be postmarked by August 15 and must include $25 application fee. Auditions are September 14 in Denver. Call 303/778-7350 for more.
The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs announces auditions for all string sections and several paid positions on Sat., Aug. 18 at First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade Ave. Call Charlease Bobo at 635-6173 for more.
Colorado Springs Chorale will hold auditions by appointment only on Tues., Aug. 21, 6:30-10 p.m. at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. Call 634-3737 or visit cschorale.org for more.
*Special Olympics Tip-A-Cop, All Red Robin Gourmet Burgers restaurants, 303/951-2557, redrobin.com. Local law enforcement will cook and serve burgers for tips to benefit Special Olympics Colorado. Fri., July 27, noon-8 p.m.
- Fine Art Gallery at CSU-Pueblo, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2404. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring The Blue Collar Chronicles, works by Justin Reddick, through July 31.
Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament, Cheyenne Shadows Gold Club, Bldg. 7800 Titus Blvd., 331-3877, ppwg.ghinclub.com. $75. Members and guest tournament is open to men and women. Proceeds support the fight against breast cancer. Sat., July 28, 1:30 p.m.
Clubs & Organizations
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Meeting, Safe Boating, 4125 Park Center, 391-2181, uscgaux.info. Free. Open to those 17 years and older interested in safe boating. Thurs., July 26, 6:30-8 p.m.
Colorado Springs Earth Charter Planning Committee, Pikes Perk Coffee and Tea House, 14 S. Tejon St., 321-9004. Help plan the October "Earth Summit." Fri., July 27, 7 p.m.
Pikes Peak Breakfast Club, Golden Corral Restaurant, 1970 Waynoka Road, 574-6121. Entrepreneurs and business professionals networking event. Sun., July 29, 8-10 a.m.
SnoJets Ski Club, various venues, snojets.org. $20 summer membership. Offering activities for those over 21 including bike rides, camping, dancing, rafting and more.
Film & Video
*Why We Fight, Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, 214 E. Vermijo Ave., ppjpc.org. Showing Eugene Jarecki's award-winning documentary on the military-industrial complex. Rated PG-13. Fri., July 27, 6:30 p.m.
Summer Nights Free Movie Series, 385-5256, springsgov.com. Part of the City Parks 100th Anniversary Celebration. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Monument Valley Park, Sat., July 28, 7 p.m.
Family Film Fun, Pikes Peak Library District, 531-6333, ppld.org. Free. Kids are welcome to wear PJs. Showing Happy Feet, Sand Creek Branch, Sat., July 28, 1:30 p.m.
*CSA: The Confederate States of America, CC's Armstrong Theatre, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. The film considers what might have happened if the South had won the civil war. Tues., July 31, 6:30 p.m.
Pictures on the Promenade, Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Pkwy., northeast parking lot, 265-6264. Free. Family films will be shown on a giant, inflatable screen beginning at sundown. Saturdays through Aug. 25.
Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jackpot Bingo, 2417 N. Union Blvd. $5. Screening the 1975 cult movie with full audience participation. Costumes encouraged. Doors open at 10 p.m. every Saturday; Show starts at midnight.
Food & Drink
Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free. Offering New World and Old World Wine Tasting, Thurs., July 26. Wines of the World Tasting, Sat., July 28. Pre-registration is required.
Experience Wine Classes, various locations, 262-8688, experiencewine.net, $40-$45. Featuring "Summer Wines," July 26.
*The Original Colorado Springs Wine Festival, The Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 630-7434, csdance.org. $50. Featuring wines and gourmet delights. Proceeds benefit Colorado Springs Dance Theatre. Fri., July 27, 5:30-8 p.m.
Irish Style Pub Quizzes, 321-5400, geekswhodrink.com. Free. Willie's South, 1865 N. Circle Drive, 389-0607, Thursdays, 7 p.m. The Underground Bar, 11 N. Nevada Ave., Fridays, 8-10 p.m. Jack Quinn's Alehouse, 21 S. Tejon St., Mondays, 8-10 p .m. McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St., Wednesdays, 8-10 p.m.
Health & Healing
Taize Service, First Congressional Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., 635-3549, fcucc.org. Service of readings, chants and silence is open to all religions. Thurs., July 26, 7-8 p.m.
"Change Your Life by Changing Your Thoughts" Seminar, Celebration Community Room, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 232-2499, cohypnotherapy.com. $40. Presented by Emily Lustig, certified clinical hypnotherapist. Sat., July 28, 1-4 p.m.
"Michael Speaks," Celebration Store Community Room, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., celebrationstore.com. $5-$10 suggested donation. Channeled through Deni, author of Messages from Michael. Sun., July 29, 7-8 p.m.
"Exploring the Ancient Christian Faith" Agia Sophia Coffeeshop, 2902 W. Colorado Ave., 473-9238. Free. Discussion with Father Anthony Karbo of Holy Theophany Orthodox Church on the history of Christianity and its relevance today. Sun., July 29, 7-9 p.m.
"Cultivating Attention," 290-9789, movetowisdom.com. $112. Offering a summer mediation course. Tuesdays through July 31, 7-8:30 p.m.
A Course in Light, private home near UCCS, 640-7053, aspenhi.com/lightwork.html. $195 plus $40 book. Offering a 10-week course on personal transformation using guided meditation, group discussion and self-study. Wednesdays starting Aug. 1, 6-9 p.m.
Lectures & Learning
*Red Rock Canyon Open Space Forum, Pioneer's Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5636. Free. Presenting a series of educational sessions about the canyon. "Stones and Bones: Geology of Red Rock Canyon," July 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
*El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union St., Pueblo, 719/583-0453, coloradohistory.org. Free admission on Sat., July 28. Featuring Descansos and Traditions in Remembering the Dead, July 28 to May 31, 2008.
Victor Trading Company & Manufacturing Works Tour, starting at Lowell Thomas Museum, 298 Victor Ave., Victor, 719/689-5509, victorcolorado.com. Admission by donation. Tour and old-time broom making demonstrations. Sat., July 28, 1 p.m.
Glen Eyrie Conference Center Events, 3820 N. 30th St., 634-0808, gleneyrie.org. Offering "FamJam," July 29 to Aug. 3.
Parents Internet Security Awareness Course, Panera Bread, 3110 New Center Point, 310-5454, futures-inc.com. Futures Inc. presents a course on protecting children online. Mon., July 30, 6-9 p.m.
Renaissance Academy Events, 2760 Fieldstone Road, 475-2510. Free. Presenting "Following the Real Estate Trends in Colorado Springs," with Mark Rudolph. Tues., July 31, 6:30-8 p.m.
"Should You Start Your Own Business?" SCORE, 636-3074, coloradospringsscore.org. $15. Featuring workshops presented by SCORE. East Library, Tues., July 31.
PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. Offering new classes on nature, music, film, books, finances, religion, health, history and more.
Summer Reading Party, Village Green at Pikes Peak Library Palmer Lake branch, 531-6333, ppld.org. Fri., July 27, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Barnes and Noble Events, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9960. Presenting William Scott and Michael Coumatos signing Space Wars: The First Six Hours of World War III. Sat., July 28, 2 p.m.
*2007 Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival and Workshops, Palmer Lake Elementary, 115 Upper Glenway Road, Palmer Lake, 488-4760. $5-$44. Presenting workshops, concerts and story swaps for kids and adults. Sat., July 28, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Groups, 574-5571, coloradospringsfictionwritersgroup.org. Free. Join other writers in improving your craft. Panera Bread, 3120 New Center Point, Sat., July 28, 2-5 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive, Sun., July 29, 3-6 p.m., and Mon., July 30, 6-9 p.m.
"What Would Bukowski Do?" Writer's Group, Montague's, 1019 S. Tejon St., 213-6343. Free. Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.
acoustic and country
*Classical Guitar Concert, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 598-3396. $10-$15. Guitarist Scott Sanchez will play Brubeck, Piazzola, Joplin and more. Fri., July 27, 7:30 p.m.
Pikes Peak Center Events, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, pikespeakcenter.org. Featuring Kris Kristofferson in Concert, Wed., Aug. 1, 7 p.m.
blues and jazz
Paint the Town Blue Summer Concert Series, Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave., 685-1861 ext. 42. Free. Rain location at Thunder & Buttons II. The Lethal Lisa McCall Band, Fri., July 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
*Blues Jam Festival, The Music Factory, 4785 Barnes Road, 337-6715. $5 donation. Enjoy a teaching jam session with Yellow Dog. Bring a chair. Sat., July 28, 3-5 p.m.
Festival Fridays, Sangre De Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe, Pueblo, 719/295-7222. $4-$5. Presenting food, fun and music with The Martini Shot, Fri., July 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
First & Main Summer Concert Series, at the park in front of Cinemark Theaters, 3305 Cinema Point, firstandmaintowncenter.com. Free. Featuring local bands, games, inflatable bounce house, food and more. The Nostalgics, Fri., July 27, 5-7 p.m.
Fun Friday Concert Series, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center's Jackson Sculpture Garden, 210 N Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7222, $4-$5. Featuring The Jake Loggins Band, Love 45 and more. Fridays through Aug. 3, 6-10 p.m.
Woodland Park Summer Music Series, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-5284. Concerts Fridays, 7 p.m., $6-$10, and Saturdays on the Green, 2 p.m., free. Aug. 10-11 and Sept. 7-8.
Vocal Arts Symposium, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6606. $5-$15. Presenting "Scene-O-Rama," Sun., July 29, 7 p.m. "Scenic View," Wed., Aug. 1, 7 p.m.
Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. "Nature Explorers: Leapin' Lizards," July 26. "Nature Night Hike," July 27. "Zoo on the Move: Wonderful Western Wildlife," July 28.
Grand Prix Classic 10K Run, Tiffany Square, 6805 Corporate Center Drive, 635-8803, csgrandprix.com. $22-$27. Run follows the Pikes Peak Greenway along Monument Creek. Sat., July 28, 7-10 a.m.
Herb Walk, Bear Creek Nature Center Parking Lot, 245 Bear Creek Road, 533-0707, $3-$10. Chris Fredrick will identify edible and medicinal plants. Sat., July 28, 9 a.m. to noon.
- FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. 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 Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray through Sept. 30.
Helen Hunt Falls, 4075 N. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 633-5701. Offering daily programs including wildflower walks at 2 p.m. and nature walks at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. "Belly Botany," Thursdays 1-2 p.m.
Colorado Geology Class, Woodland Park, 687-1229. $68. Five-week course. Wednesdays, Aug. 1-29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Classic 10K, 5K and Kids Fun Run, Monument Valley Park, 635-8803, csgrandprix.com. $10-$27. Route is mostly paved with rolling hills. On-site registration begins at 6 a.m. at Tiffany Square. Sat., July 28, 7-11 a.m.
Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 385-6086, cheyennecanon.org. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Offering Technical Rock Climbing, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 3-4:30 p.m. Wildlife Tours, daily, 2 p.m.
Red Rock Canyon Tours, Parking lot at Highway 24 and South Ridge Road. Offering tours of the area's newest open space. Hikes last 2-2.5 hours on easy to moderate trails. Thursdays at 8 a.m.
Greenway & Nature Center of Pueblo, 5200 Nature Center Road, Pueblo, 719/549-2414. Offering Bird Watching Programs, every other Tuesday, 6-8 a.m. Evening Nature Talks, Thursdays, 6 p.m. Raptor Programs, Saturdays, 2 p.m. and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. Nature Walks, Sundays, 1-3 p.m.
Arsene from Paris, Theatre of Dreams, 735 Park St., Castle Rock, 303/660-6799. $20. Presenting the magic, juggling, clowning and comedy of Arsene Dupin. Fri., July 27, 8 p.m.
Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com. Presenting Gabriel Rutledge through July 29.
Cripple Creek Theatre Events, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-6402, butteoperahouse.com. Thin Air Theatre Company presents The Colorado Colleen, through July 30.
Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theater, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5104. $9.50-$28.50. Presenting Gold Fever with sing-a-long intermission and vaudeville-style olio. Fridays and Saturdays, dinner at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
World Arena Events, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 866/464-2626, worldarena.com. Presenting 2007 State Games of America, Thurs., Aug. 2, 7 p.m.
dance parties & workshops
Ballroom and Tango Party, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, $8. Practice ballroom, tango, Milonga and Latin. No partner necessary. Fri., July 27, 8-10 p.m.
Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 598-8624, roncounts.com. $5. Basic instruction in various country dances No partner required. Sat., July 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m. New dancers, 7 p.m.
International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195, internationaldanceclub.org. $7-$9. Dances every Saturday to a live band with music from big band and country to polka and Latin, 7:30-11 p.m.
Ballroom Techniques Group Class, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, $12. Enhance your ballroom style. Previous experience, but no partner needed. Thurs., Aug. 1, 7-7:45 p.m.
Swing Lessons, Southside Johnny's, 528 S. Tejon St., 444-8487. Free. Learn to swing dance. Mondays, 8 p.m.
Ballroom Dance Classes, The Studio, 3020 W. Colorado Ave., Leslie: 635-7230. $30 for 5-week session. Learn basic ballroom dances and steps. No partner necessary. Mondays, 7-8 p.m.
Ballroom Dance Instruction, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., 634-3029. Learn swing, salsa, waltz, tango, foxtrot and more. Open to members and non-members. Registration on-going. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
City Parks 100th Anniversary Celebration, Monument Valley Park, ball fields at Fontanero Street, 385-5256. Free. Celebrate the cities' parks with music, games, art projects and more. Sat., July 28, 7 p.m.
Party on the Patio, Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277, csindy.com. Free. Featuring fun contests with prizes, free swag and food and drink specials. Sat., July 28, 1-4 p.m.
El Paso County Fair, 366 10th St., Calhan, 520-7880, elpasocountyfair.com. $3-$7. Featuring a Live Shark Encounter, Monster Truck Show and more. Runs through July 28, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Colorado Renaissance Festival, I-25 exit 172, Larkspur, 303/688-6010, coloradorenaissance.com. $8-$17.95, children under 5 free. Return to the 16th century to enjoy the music, merriment, and chivalry of the Renaissance. Open weekends through July 29.
"Wheels of Blue" Car Show, USAF Academy Prep School parking lot, 333-4538. Car or motorcycle entries, $10-$20. Fri., Aug. 3, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Youth & Family
School District 11 Homeschool Support Program, Audubon Elementary School, Room 3, 2400 E. Van Buren St. Free. Enrollment and Information Days. Tues., July 31, 9 a.m. to noon.
Colorado Virtual Academy Info Sessions, YMCA Southeast Family Center, 2190 Jet Wing Drive. Parent information session on the online school for grades K-8. Tues., July 31, 5:30 p.m. YMCA Garden Ranch, 2380 Montebello Drive West, Tuesdays, Aug. 14 and 28, 5:30 p.m.
Celebration Place Events, The Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive, imaginationcelebration.org. Free. Reservations required. Spirits of the Rainforest Movie Night, Wed., Aug. 1, 6 p.m.
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center is seeking volunteers, 14 and older, to assist riders with disabilities during weekly lessons. Experience not required. Volunteer orientation, Sat., Aug. 11, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 495-3908 for more.
ASSE International Student Exchange is seeking local host families for international high school students. Students speak English and are interested to learn about the U.S. Call 800/733-2773 for more.
Out of Town
*Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring Colorado Watercolor Society's State Watermedia Exhibition through Nov. 11.
Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/865-5000, denverartmuseum.org. Featuring Capturing America's Game: Photographs of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig through Sept. 30.
Fremont Center for the Arts, 505 Macon Ave., Cañon City, 719/275-2790. $3-$5. Featuring Unique Creative Visions, works by Kansas folk artist Jessie Montes, through July 29.
Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Dick Johnston and Greg Pahl, July 26. Ella Coney, July 27. Erin Mirabella, July 28. Ian Jackman and Dr. Paul Dobransky, July 30. Glenn Kurtz and Michael Punke, July 31.
Drums Along the Rockies, Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver, 303/779-8522, drumsalongtherockies.com. $15-$80. Regional competition featuring 12 elite drum and bugle corps. Sat., July 28, 6:30 p.m.
Summer Concert Series, Lakewood Cultural Center, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Amphitheater, Belmar Park, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. $4-$6. Bearfoot, Wed., Aug. 1, 6 p.m.
recreation & learning
*"The Eocene Life of Florissant," Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, 15807 Teller County Road #1, Florissant, 719/748-3253. $65. A complete overview of the paleontology of the Florissant Formation. Registration required. Sat.-Sun., July 28-29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-3682, coloradohistory.org. $5-$7, free under 5 years. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring The Italians of Denver exhibit through July 6, 2008.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3580, botanicgardens.org. "Story Time in the Garden," Saturday and Sundays through Sept. 22, 10 a.m.
*Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303/322-7009. $10-$20. Featuring TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition through Jan. 6.
The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, thewildlifeexperience.org. Presenting Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dog through Oct. 7. My Home Planet Earth through Oct. 21. Paws & Reflect: Art of Canines through Oct. 14. Showing the film Wolves through August.
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas through July 29.
The Avenue Theater, 417 17th Ave., Denver, 303/321-5925, avenuetheater.com. Featuring I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, $16-$24, through Aug. 18.
Buell Theatre, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4100, denvercenter.org. $25-65. Presenting The Taffetas, a musical about a 1950s-era sister act, through Sept. 16.
Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, comedyworks.com. Presenting Shawn Wayans, July 27-29.
Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. $12-$22. Presenting Jesus Christ Superstar through July 29.
Space Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1050 13th St., Denver, phamaly.org. $28. Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League presents Urinetown, The Musical, July 27 to Aug. 19.