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Art Shows & Galleries
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 Sept. 30. Coins, Crown and Conflict through Nov. 30.

Arati Artist Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901. Presenting Celebrating Colorado Sunshine, with featured artist Kang Lee Sheppard, through Sept. 30.

Artists Lair, 2766 Janitell Road, 576-5247. Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Presenting African Soul, painters, sculptors and potters interpret Africa, Oct. 5-29. Artists' receptions, Fri., Oct. 5, 6-8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 6, 5-7 p.m.

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 Mi Familia, works from the family of Armando and Susanne Olivero, through Oct. 31.

Black Cat Books, 720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Presenting mixed media pieces by Bob Brooks, influenced by his service during the Korean War. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 6-9 p.m.

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 Elements and Principles, an exploration of the factors that make good design and art, through Sept. 30. Bad Ju Ju, Oct. 1-31. One Plus One: Sons & Daughters, Nov. 1-30. Betty Atherton solo show, Dec. 1-31. Eric Winfield in the Common Gallery, Dec. 1-31.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring Once Upon a Playground, photographs by Brenda Biondo, and Jewels of Asia, photography by Dianne L. Kittle, through Oct. 2. Frank, Twisted & Bent, sculptures by Melissa Getz, through Oct. 23. Chicano Magic, in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, through Nov. 3. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Open Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7 p.m. Featuring The Allusive Self, figure paintings and drawings by Laura Ross-Paul, through Oct. 5.

The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277. Featuring Art as Community, works by Tyler Jensen, Beryl Hennington and Chi Leary through Oct. 1. Ten percent of proceeds donated to a participating non-profit of the buyers' choice.

Colorado Academy of Music and Dance, 975 Garden of the Gods Road, 231-6833. Featuring Musical Journeys, photos of rock and pop music greats by Lillian Kaiser, through Nov. 10.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, Open Tues.-Wed., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring The Eclectic Eye: Pop and Illusion, selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, through Oct. 28.

The Commons Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 638-6853. Open Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 3 p.m. Featuring Pikes Peak Light, photos and paintings by Mark Byzewski, through Sept. 30.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Asian Influence: A Painter, A Potter, A Printmaker, works by Cody Evers, Paul Dahlsten and Ramona Lapsley, through Oct. 1. Intriguing Web, showcasing works of Pikes Peak Weavers' Guild members, Oct. 5 to Nov. 12. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m. Live music, Sat., Oct. 6, 1-3 p.m. Juanita Canzoneri mosaic demonstration, Sun., Oct. 7, 3-5 p.m.

Cucuru Gallery Caf, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900, Featuring Cuba Revisited, paintings and drawing from Cuba, and wall sculptures by Will O'Brien, through Oct. 2.

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 Couleurs, plein air landscapes, gardens and architecture featuring Bill Duryea, through Oct. 31. Continuing work by Melissa Mohon Papineau.

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 the Limited Edition Bronze Sculptures, by Merry Karraker, Oct. 4-25. Artist's reception, Fri., Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Joy of Nature, oil paintings by Sherry Rogers, Nov. 5-23. Artist's reception, Fri., Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., Suite 100, 634-5583, Open Tues.-Wed. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 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.

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 thesis work of Karen Lynn Link and J.M. Jensen, through Sept. 28. spongexsponge, five artists relating absorption in the body with the way we "sponge up" culture, Oct. 3 to Nov. 2. Lecture, Wed., Oct. 3, noon. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m.

Frameworks Gallery, Bon Shopping Center, 2236 N. Wahsatch Ave., 636-2427. Open Tues.-Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sat., 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Featuring Repeat Performance, musical instruments that have been transformed into artworks, through Oct. 5. Fundraising auction for Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Sat., Oct. 6.

Green Horse Gallery, 729 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0636. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Mischief in Mud, works by Lynn Loftus.

Gunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494, Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Featuring oil paintings by Sherry Rogers.

Heebee Jeebees, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring Indelible, printmaking by Emily Eakes and photography by Matthew Yates, through Sept. 29. Odditorium: Works by John Orr, an exhibition of contemporary art, Oct. 5 to Nov. 30. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m.

Lasko Fine Art, 113 N. Tejon St., 577-4750, Featuring Geoff Lasko etchings, engravings, giclees and plein air paintings through Oct. 31.

L.I.W. Cargo Fine Art Gallery, 713 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0452, Featuring Flowers, Gardens and Patios, paintings by Leslie Allen, through Sept. 30. A Little Americana, oil paintings by Frederick R. Hubicki, Oct. 1-31. Artist's reception, Sun., Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m.

Mountain Living Studio, 714 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0225. Featuring Color, Nature, Friends & Lovers: A Contemporary View of the Rocky Mountain Lifestyle, works by five artists, through Sept. 30.

Novis Gallery, 206-1/2 N. Tejon St., 633-6903. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Original Watercolors, works by Lorraine Danzo, through October. Open house, Fri., Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m.

OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 387-7212, Featuring Jedi Suggestions, works by Michael Garman, Jennifer Newman, D.K. McDonald and more, through Oct. 4.

OpticalReverb at The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St., 387-7212, Magnum Opus, a benefit for the COPPeR Foundation, Oct. 25 to Nov. 30. Reception with Theatre D'Art and music by Ben Pratt, Thurs., Oct. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Orly's Art Gallery, 730 S. Tejon St., 630-3371. Open Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring works by Sparky LeBold, Herman Raymond, Desmond O'Hagan, Thomas J. Owen and more.

Paragon Art Gallery, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744, Open Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Featuring Night Life, works by Brent Dewell, through Sept. 30.

Pikes Peak Library District Galleries, 531-6333, East Library featuring art inspired by All Pikes Peak Reads selection, Zorro. Monument Branch featuring photography by David Futey, through Sept. 30.

Pine Creek Gallery, 2419 W. Colorado Ave., 633-6767, Featuring Ray Shaw, wildlife artist, and Eugene Snively, Hollywood fashion designer, through September.

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.

Poor Richard's Restaurant, 324 N. Tejon St., 632-7721. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring the acrylic paintings and pen & ink works of Chris McKnight through Nov. 5.

PPCC Downtown Studio Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4040. Featuring PPCC Art Faculty Exhibit through Oct. 2.

Rubbish, 17B Bijou St., 231-9839. Open Fri. and Sat., 5-10 p.m. Featuring Relativity 112, works by Dorian, Cheryl and Paul Wells, through Oct. 6.

Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring The World is Flat: Cultural Celebrations with Flat Stanley, in the Buell Children's Museum, through Nov. 3.

Second Street Art Market, 366 Second St., Monument, 488-2506, Featuring Art to Feed Your Soul through Oct. 31.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, Open Wed., Fri. and Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Sue Coe: Cycles and In Their Own Words: Images and Voices of People Infected and Affected by HIV through Oct. 17. Sky Sculpture for Peace on the rooftop through Dec. 31. BULA! Fiji Comes to Colorado, murals and music from the Fijian people, Oct. 5-27. 12-18-21 Months, New Orleans photos by Theo Mullen and Clinton Sanders, Oct. 5 to Nov. 17. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m.

The Squash Blossom Gallery, 2531 W. Colorado Ave., 632-1899, Featuring works by Bunny Oliver, Stephen LeBlanc and Jeffrey Desautels.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 488-8101. Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Pikes Peak Watercolor Society annual Signature Members Show and Palette of Light, photography by Sonny Hood, through Oct. 6.

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 Manifest: Colonial Tendencies of the West, works depicting colonization and the resulting mix of cultures, politics and commerce, through Nov. 17.

Velez Gallery, 220 N. Tejon St., 630-3710, Featuring furniture by Michael Velez, jewelry by the Montero family and gicles by Andrew Velez.

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.

We Us Our Artist's Market, 10 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9702. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring A Potter's Visit from Nepal, unique ceramic works by Laxmi Kumar Prajapati, through Oct. 4.

Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880, $4-$8, members and children under 4 free. Featuring Changing Mines in America, photography by Peter Goin, through Dec. 29.

The Winter Gallery, 47 Third St., Monument, 488-1063. Featuring Unusual and Intriguing Book Art, three-dimensional works in various media.

art events
The Artist's Business Mini-Series, Business of Art Center, 513 & 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861 ext. 11, Free, reservations encouraged. Presenting "Promote It!" with Abigail Roehrich and Jason Goss, Thurs., Sept. 27. "Make the Goal!" with Kathryn Wallace, Thurs., Oct. 6.

"Art of Living" Art Show & Sale, The Gallery at Rich Designs, 1731 Mt. Washington Ave., 633-3400 ext. 610. Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care presents 50 regional and national artists in a show that reflects a celebration of life. Sat., Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

15th Anniversary Art Show & Sale, Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Free. Featuring Seasons of Fountain Creek art show plus guided nature walks, slide show, games, activities and treats. Sat., Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First Friday ArtWalk in Old Colorado City, West Colorado Avenue between 21st and 27th streets, 520-9494, Free. Meet artists, view demos and enjoy live music and refreshments. Fri., Oct. 5, 4-8 p.m.

Manitou Springs Art Walk Weekend, Downtown Manitou Springs, 685-5089, Enjoy gallery open houses and demonstrations by area artists. Fri., Oct. 5, 5-7 p.m., Sat., Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., an Sun., Oct. 7, noon to 4 p.m.

Fare Bella Studio and Gallery Grand Opening, 16 Ruxton Ave,. Manitou Springs, 226-4315. Free. Presenting art demonstrations and artworks by 18 local artists including featured abstract artist Maria Smith. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 6-7, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

22nd annual Exhibition of Quilts and Fine Woodworking, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Featuring dozens of one-of-a-kind quilts and original creations in wood through Oct. 27.

Auditions & Entries
Commonwheel Artists Co-op is seeking handcrafted items for its Holiday Market. Submit 3-5 samples of gift items between Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to Commonwheel, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs. Call 687-2847 for more.

Cucuru Gallery Caf is seeking artworks for "Open Space," an exhibit on the subject of space, both literal and conceptual interpretations. Intake and jurying of work at 2332 W. Colorado Ave. on Oct. 1, 1-6 p.m. Call 520-9900 for more.

Barbershop Harmony will hold auditions on Tues., Oct. 2, 7-9 p.m. at Village Christian Church, 3113 Primrose Lane. Seeking men to sing 4-part harmony for its Christmas show on Dec. 1. Call 590-9654 or visit 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 Manifest: - Colonial Tendencies of the West, works depicting - colonization and the resulting mix of cultures, politics - and commerce, through Nov. 17.
  • 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 Manifest: Colonial Tendencies of the West, works depicting colonization and the resulting mix of cultures, politics and commerce, through Nov. 17.

BuyWell International Coffee Roasting Company is seeking entries in the "Espresso Yourself" art contest. Submit artwork to 4850 Northpark Drive on the theme "The Art of Coffee" in any medium by Fri., Oct. 5, 5 p.m. Call 598-7870 for more.

Think360 is seeking artists and ensembles to apply for the Think360 Artist Directory. These artists will be eligible to teach and perform in Think360 schools throughout Colorado. Applications for performance artists due Oct. 5.; teaching artists, Oct. 19. Call 720/904-8890 or visit for more.

Commonwheel Artists Co-op has an opening for a wall artist in their shop and gallery. Visit Commonwheel, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, or for an application. Due Mon., Oct. 8, 6 p.m. Call 685-1008 for more.

AlleyCat Theatrics will hold auditions for Disney's The Aristocats on Mon., Oct. 15, 4:30-8:30 p.m. at AlleyCat Theatrics Studio, 111 S. 7th St., for youth ages 8-14. Call 209-1484 for an appointment.

Pikes Peak Writers Contest is seeking entries in eight categories from unpublished fiction writers. A maximum of 400 entries will be accepted through Nov. 1. Entry fees and critiques are $30-$80. Call 531-5723 or visit for more.

Chipita Park Association is seeking applicants for its 6th annual Arts & Crafts Fair at Marcroft Hall, 9105 Chipita Park Road, on Nov. 3-4. Entry is $40 per table. Call 632-5231 for more.

Arte Cultural Latino, Inc. is seeking parents and sixth- through eighth-grade students interested in joining a choral group that will learn and perform Spanish songs. Call Roger at 630-8246 for more.

Ahora Dance Company is seeking dancers to become part of the dance company and perform at community and non-profit events. Auditions by appointment only. Call 440-7877 for more.

Art As Community promotes local artists who are willing to donate 10 percent of the purchase price of their art to a non-profit of the buyer's choice. Local artists and non-profits that are interested in participating are encouraged to call 540-3592.

Civic Opportunities
Now Is the Time Community Breakfast, Doubletree Hotel World Arena, 175 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 636-1536 ext. 325, Free, RSVP needed. Showcasing the need for early childhood services in El Paso County. Thurs., Sept. 27, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Preparedness Month Blood Drive, Sam's Club parking lot, 715 S. Academy Blvd. Appointments: 785-2752. The American Red Cross and Bonfils Blood Center will host a blood drive. Fri., Sept. 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Junior League Fall Fling: "Paint the Town," Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 632-3855, $20-$70. Festivities include a dinner, Sinatra-style singer Rick Rodriguez, silent auction and wine tasting. Sat., Sept. 29, 6 p.m.

El Paso County Parks and Leisure Services is seeking public input on the Bear Creek Regional Park Master Plan. Simply complete the survey at by Mon., Oct. 1.

Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Roundtable, First Presbyterian Church, 105 N. Weber St., 471-7080, Help set transportation priorities for the next 25 years including infrastructure maintenance, road expansion, new bike trails and transit. Childcare available. Tues., Oct. 2, 1-4 p.m. or 6-9 p.m.

City of Colorado Springs E-Town Hall, City Hall, City Council Chambers, 107 N. Nevada Ave. The city discuss the 2008 General Fund budget. Attend in person, watch on SpringsTV (cable channel 18), phone comments to 385-5961, fax to 385-5861, or e-mail Thurs., Oct. 4, 7-9 p.m.

Empty Bowls Nite, Sangre de Christo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/549-2737. $10. Choose a handmade bowl and fill it with soup from over 30 of the best Pueblo restaurants at this fundraiser to fight hunger. Fri., Oct. 5, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Colorado Springs Health Reform Forum, First Presbyterian Church, 105 N. Weber St., 303/837-8466 ext. 130, Share your opinions will members of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform. Fri., Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m.

Clubs & Organizations
Peak Digital Imaging Society, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., Free. Enjoy a presentation and book signing by photographer Jim Keen and a talk on ink feed systems. Thurs., Sept. 27, 6:30-9 p.m.

SnoJets Ski Club, Howard's Pit BBQ, 3350 N. Chestnut St., The club offers activities for those over 21 including skiing, bike rides, camping, dancing, rafting and more. Weekly meetings begin, Thurs., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Silicon Mountain Mac User Group, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 494-8347, Free. Thurs., Oct. 4, novices, 6 p.m.; meeting, 7 p.m.

Silicon Mountain Mac Special Interest Groups, Voelker Training Room, 5026 N. Academy Blvd., 570-7294, Free. Get answers and tips related to Mac computers. Sat., Oct. 6, Mac Users, 10 a.m. to noon; OS X Group, noon to 2 p.m.

NAMI Colorado Springs, NAMI Office, 510 E. Willamette Ave., Suite A, 473-8477, Free. A support group for families of persons with mental illness. Meets first and third Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

WINGS, 800/373-8671, Offering therapist-facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Women's groups on Mondays and Tuesdays. Men's group on Thursdays.

NSCA Weightlifting Club, National Strength and Conditioning Association, 1885 Bob Johnson Drive, 632-6722. Free. Join others who train and compete in the sport of weightlifting. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:15-5:45 p.m.

Medical Marijuana Support Group, Front Range Americans for Safe Access, 957 E. Fillmore St., 439-0817. Learn if marijuana can help you and how to become legal. Meets every third Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Women's Sexual Abuse Survivor Group, Hillsboro at Springs Ranch, 3864 Riviera Grove, 201, 237-4316. $12. Women's incest survivor group will meet once per week.

Alcohol Recovery, Red Cloud Serenity Club, 8020 Ute Pass Ave., Cascade, 720/684-1212. Donations accepted. Attend this 12-Step Recovery meeting place with a full meeting schedule. See for schedule.

Socrates Caf, Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 488-2370. This adult group discusses philosophy, religions, spirituality and humanity's common threads. Meets Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

Pikes Peak Jugglers, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., 477-9978. Free. Join this informal group of jugglers. No membership needed. Sundays, 3-5 p.m.

Intellectually Gifted/Socially Unsure is a new adult (ages 21 and over) social support group for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Make friends, attend social functions, share information and advocate for one another. Contact Linda L. Thede at 573-8660 or for more.

Friday Night Singles, First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., 884-6229. Free. Featuring worship music, testimonies and activities including volleyball, movies, book clubs, cards, board games and more for singles 30 and over. Meets Fridays, 7-10:30 p.m.

Senior Community Service Employment Program, 1510 N. Hancock Ave., 635-3579. Offering paid training for persons 55 and older through AARP. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group, Memorial Administrative Center, Classroom B, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 636-5101 opt. 3. Free. Open to all prostate cancer survivors regardless of treatment location, and their spouses or partners. Meets the first Monday of the month.

Downtown Toastmasters, City Hall, Academy Room, 107 N. Nevada Ave., 685-1861 ext. 45, Guests free. Meeting to support your personal and professional growth by improving your oral communication skills. Fridays, 12:05-1 p.m.

Colorado Springs Chess Club, Acacia Apartments, 104 E. Platte Ave., Richard Buchanan; 685-1984. All who enjoy chess are welcome. Meets Tuesdays, arrive between 6:30-8 p.m. to get into the building.

Trout Unlimited Cheyenne Mountain Chapter, Colorado Division of Wildlife, 4255 Sinton Road, Free. Featuring speakers and programs on topics including protection of cold-water fisheries, fly fishing, conservation and the environment. Meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.

Empower Colorado, First Church of the Nazarene, 4120 E. Fountain Blvd., 559-7679. A support group for families of children with a mental illness. Meets the second Saturday of the month.

Emotions Anonymous Support Group, Pikes Peak United Way, 518 N. Nevada Ave., 216-7238. Meets at 3:30-4:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month.

Adult ADD/ADHD Support Group of the Pikes Peak Region, Vanguard Church, 3950 N. Academy Blvd., 351-7951. Donations accepted. Meets Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m.

The Breakfast Club for Singles 50+, SilverWood Hotel, 505 Popes Bluff Trail, 260-0651. $14. Meets 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month, offering outdoor activities and social events.

Lunch Break, Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., 884-6234. $7.50. Offering a buffet luncheon with speakers for all women in the workplace. Meets first and third Wednesdays of the month, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

El Paso County Democratic Club, Democratic Headquarters, 25 N. Iowa St., 548-9114. Meets the second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.

Film & Video
Pikes Peak Environmental Forum, Antlers Grille, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 633-4421, $11.28-$14.98. Filmmaker Dave Gardner will share scenes from Growthbusters, his documentary series about sustainability. Fri., Sept. 28, noon to 2 p.m.

Journey to Community Film Series, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717, Free. Screening Zorro, as part of the All Pikes Peak Reads program. Sat., Sept. 29, 7-10 p.m.

Independent Film Series, InfoZone News Museum, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, 562-5604. Free. Featuring Something Like Happiness, a drama/comedy from the Czech Republic with English subtitles. Sat., Oct. 20, 7-10 p.m. Mother of Mine, a drama from Finland and Sweden with English subtitles. Sat., Nov. 17, 7-10 p.m. Madeinusa, a drama from Spain and Peru with English subtitles. Sat., Dec. 15, 7-10 p.m.

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
Experience Wine Classes, various locations, 262-8688, $40 individual, $75 couple. Featuring "Intro to French Wine," Thurs., Sept. 27, 5:30-8 p.m. "A Friendly Introduction to Wine," Oct. 14, 5:30-8 p.m. "Wines from Napa Valley," Oct. 25, 5:30-8 p.m. "A Friendly Introduction to Wine," Nov. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free. Offering "Wines of the World" Tasting, Thurs., Sept. 27. "German Wine Tasting," Sat., Sept. 29. Pre-registration is required.

Winemaker's Dinner and Harvest Fest, Shadow Hills Golf Club, 1232 County Road 143, Cañon City, 719/276-5191. The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey presents a winemaker's dinner, Fri., Sept. 28, 6 p.m. Festival with grape crush, winery tours, live entertainment, kid zone and more, Sat.-Sun., Sept. 29-30, beginning at 10 a.m.

La Belle Vie Restaurant Events, 1606 S. Eighth St., 444-8400. $95. Five courses paired with 10 wines from Southern Rhone Valley, France. Sat., Sept. 29, 7 p.m.

The Good, The Bad & The Barbeque, Pikes Peak Harley Davidson, 5867 N. Nevada Ave., 487-8005, Free. Enjoy a BBQ and chili cook-off with music, beer garden and Miller girls. Sat., Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

First Thursday Wine Tasting, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, $12-$17. Featuring "Autumn Wines," Thurs., Oct. 4, 5-8 p.m.

Health & Healing
Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, Presenting "Obstacles to Freedom," Fri., Sept. 28, 7 p.m. "Oneness Deeksha Blessing," Sun., Sept. 30, 10 a.m.

The Bodywork University of the Rockies Events, 3618 Jeannine Drive, 444-0708, $25/class. Offering "Ergonomics," 10 a.m. "The Role of EGO in Spiritual Being," 1 p.m. "How Self Worth Can Hold You Back," 2:30 p.m. "Let's Make a Pendulum," 4 p.m. Sun., Sept. 30.

"Movement for Survivors: Reawakening the Body after Trauma," The Studio, 3020 W. Colorado Ave., 494-7758. $45/class. Offering "Coming Home: Safety and Awakening," Sept. 30. "The Body Speaks Its Mind: Authentic Expression," Oct. 28. "Healing the Broken Heart: Trust & Intimacy," Dec. 9. Classes, 6-8:30 p.m.

Taize Service, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 E. St. Vrain St., 635-3549, A service of readings, chants and silence open to all faith traditions. Thurs., Sept. 27, 7-8 p.m.

Wild Oats Events, 3180 New Center Point, 622-1099, Offering "What's Your Eco-Impact?" Sept. 29, 3 p.m. "Gluten-free Store Tour," Oct. 2, 1 p.m. "Healthy Eating and Living," Oct. 5, 6 p.m. "Celiac Sprue Association," Oct. 13, 10 a.m. "Gluten-free Baking," and "Celiac Social," Oct. 13, noon. "Gluten-free Nutrition," Oct. 18, 6 p.m.

MERIC Women's Health Conference, Antlers Hilton Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 548-8850 ext. 100, $7. Sessions and speakers on common women's health concerns. Sat., Sept. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Mountain Living Studio, 714 Manitou Ave., Manitou - Springs, 685-0225. Featuring Color, Nature, Friends & - Lovers: A Contemporary View of the Rocky Mountain - Lifestyle, works by five artists, through Sept. 30.
  • Mountain Living Studio, 714 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0225. Featuring Color, Nature, Friends & Lovers: A Contemporary View of the Rocky Mountain Lifestyle, works by five artists, through Sept. 30.

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs Seminar, The Acupuncture Clinic, 2020 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1669, Free. Learn how acupuncture can improve your health. Sat., Sept. 29, Wed., Oct. 3, and Sat., Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"The Power of Intuition," Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, Free will offering. Presented by certified clinical hypnotherapist Emily B. Lustig. Sundays, through Sept. 30, 6:30-8 p.m.

Low-cost Mammograms, Memorial Hospital, 1400 E. Boulder St., 365-5240. $95. Those with no health insurance or a high deductible can schedule a low-cost screening. Call for an appointment, Oct. 1-31.

"Yoga for Stressed-Out Beginners," World Savings Building, 720 N. Main St., Suite 335, Pueblo, 719/821-9200, $10/class. Gentle yoga and natural approaches to stress management with Richard Pinneau. Mondays through Oct. 1, 5:30 p.m.

Cancer & Genetics Luncheon, Crown Plaza Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive, RSVP: 596-8955. $16. Penrose-St. Francis Volunteer Association will host guest speaker Jeff Shaw, a genetic counselor at Penrose Cancer Center. Wed., Oct. 3, noon.

Girls' Night Out: A Spirit of Women Event, The Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Pkwy., 365-8899. Free. Memorial Health Systems offers an evening of wine, desserts and shopping combined with information on breast cancer and women's health. Thurs., Oct. 4, 5:30-8:30 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 ancient Christian faith and its relevance today. Fourth Sunday of every month.

Benet Hill Center Classes, 2555 N. Chelton Road, 633-0655, $30-$134. Registering now for scripture classes, centering prayer workshops, and reiki classes that begin this month.

Health Smart Saturdays, Visiting Nurse Association, 5373 N. Union Blvd., Suite 101. 577-4448, Providing a public wellness clinic, immunizations and vaccines for nominal fees. Second Saturday of the month.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 220, 444-2273, Registering now for September classes from baby basics to yoga, smoking cessation and more.

CommuniDance, CC's labyrinth, Shove Chapel north lawn, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 291-3120. Building community through movement and dance. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

Taekwondo Classes, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 964-7397. $30. Offered by Rose of Sharon Arts Academy. Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. Classes through Oct. 25.

Buddhist Meditation, Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite B, 473-7609. Silent sit on Sundays, 9-10 a.m., and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Guided loving kindness, Fridays, noon to 1 p.m. Mindful Movement and Meditation, first and third Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

Yoga for Special Needs, Yoga Journeys Studio, 709 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 201, 510-0210. Offering a gentle class designed for those with physical challenges. Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Unity Church in the Rockies Events, 1945 Mesa Road, 471-4556, for more. Presenting Yoga class, Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., through Dec. 26.

Zen Buddhist Meditation, CC's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 684-0210. Free. Silent meditation with the Springs Mountain Sangha. Newcomers welcome. Mondays, 6:10-7:15 p.m.

World Peace Organization Meetings, 703 Arrawanna St., 635-8968, World Peace Prayer meetings, first Sunday of the month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism, second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.

Conversations with God Study Group, 475-2068. Free. Featuring "New Thought" spiritual readings and discussion. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

"Transform Your Life" Meditation Class, CC's Worner Campus Center, Room 216, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 303/813-9551, $8 suggested donation. Offering guided meditation and Buddhist teachings. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery, Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Road, 597-4402. Join this Christian-based, 12-step program for "hurts, habits and hang-ups." Fridays, 6-9 p.m.

Falun Gong Group, Monument Valley Park, directly behind the Fine Arts Center at 30 W. Dale St. Free training, e-books and e-video. Graceful exercises to meditation music. Sundays, 2-3 p.m. Call Joyce at 282-9236 for more.

Lectures & Learning
Indy Hour at Poor Richard's, Poor Richard's Bookstore, 324 N. Tejon St., 577-4545. Presenting Gazette editorial page editor Sean Paige. Moderated by Independent publisher John Weiss with KRCC's Eric Whitney. Thurs., Sept. 27, 4:45-6 p.m.

Colorado Festival of World Theater Lectures, Pikes Peak Center, Studio Bee, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 719/475-1737 ext. 17, Presenting Janet Suzman, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.

"Gardening in the Pikes Peak Region," CSU Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd., 636-8923. $8/class. Presenting "Rock Gardens," Tues., Oct. 2, 2 p.m. and Thurs., Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m. "Before I Forget: Garden Evaluation for Busy People," Tues., Oct. 9, 2 p.m. and Thurs., Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m. "Permaculture in the Urban Setting," Tues., Oct. 16, 2 p.m. and Thurs., Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m. "Great Vegetables Start with Good Preparation the Previous Fall," Tues., Oct. 23, 2 p.m. and Thurs., Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Presenting "Resume Writing: Resume & Portfolio Design," Sept. 27.

"Practices of Non-Violent Activism," Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., 201-8597, $5. Bill Durland will facilitate a three-day intensive on nonviolent activism with area leaders serving as speakers and panelists. Fri.-Sun., Sept. 28-30.

UCCS Reach Your Peak Lecture Series, UCCS Campus Recreation Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., $10-$35. Presenting National Book Award winner David McCullough, known for his biographies of American leaders. Fri., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Feng Shui and Floral Classes, School of Inner Health, 1 Lovers Lane, Manitou Springs, 964-8109. $50/class. Learn the principles of feng shui or floral design. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. or Sundays, 2-5:30 p.m.

"Explaining Religion: Naturalism With and Without Scientism," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Presenting author and literature professor Barbara Hernstein Smith. Mon., Oct. 1, 3:30 p.m.

Renaissance Academy Events, 2760 Fieldstone Road, 475-2510. Free. Clayanna Killing presents "Communication Is a Two-way Street," a talk on parent-teen communication. Tues., Oct. 2, 6:30-8 p.m.

Colorado Geology Field Trips and Classes, 687-1229. $78-$160. Offering one- and two-day field trips and a weekly class, Tuesdays, Oct. 2-30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Indy Hour at Poor Richard's: Ralph Routon Roundtable, Poor Richard's Bookstore, 324 N. Tejon St., 577-4545. Chat about news, sports and more over a beer or coffee with Independent Executive Editor Ralph Routon. Thurs., Oct. 4, 4:45-6 p.m.

"Global Warming: Changing Course," Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission Offices, 214 E. Vermijo Ave., 632-6189, $20/book. Join a four-session discussion course developed by the Northwest Earth Institute. Wednesdays, Oct. 3-24, 7-8:30 p.m. or Thursdays, Oct. 4-25, noon to 1:30 p.m.

"Solutions to America's Energy Crisis," Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6607. Free. Former CIA Director James Woolsey will speak on America's addiction to fossil fuels, the threat it places on the U.S., and what we can do about it. Thurs., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.

"Developing Culturally Diverse Winning Teams," Leon Young Service Center, Pikes Peak Room, 1521 Hancock Expressway, RSVP: $10-$15. Learn to better understand people's differences, assess the impact of stereotypes and determine unwritten rules of the environment. Thurs., Oct. 4, 10-11:30 a.m.

"Zorro: What Goes on Behind the Mask?" CC's Slocum Hall, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Sandra Curtis, author of Zorro Unmasked: The Official History, offers a look at the many manifestations of the fictional hero. Thurs., Oct. 4, 7 p.m.

"Should You Start Your Own Business?" SCORE, 636-3074, $15. Featuring workshops presented by SCORE. East Library, Oct. 4 and Dec. 4. Penrose Library, Oct. 23, Nov. 13, and Dec. 18.

"Energy, Security and the Long War of the 21st Century," The Broadmoor, International Center, 1 Lake Ave., 579-8443, $30-$35. Presenting a lunch with James Woolsey, who currently serves on the National Commission on Energy Policy. Fri., Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m. RSVP by Sept. 28.

"Welcome Home Warrior Workshop: Coming Home, Going Forward," Ute Pass Cultural Center, 220 W. South Ave., Woodland Park, Free. Presenting a workshop on understanding and coping with the effects of war. Fri., Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.

The Small Business Development Center Classes, UCCS CITTI Building, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, Offering "Understanding Financial Statements to Manage Your Business," Oct. 18.

Voices of America Lecture Series, CSU Pueblo, Hoag Recital Hall, Pueblo, 719/549-2810. Free. Presenting Professor Ronald Takaki, Nov. 13. Presidential commentator Doris Kearns Goodwin, Feb. 19, 2008. Professor James Loewen, May 12, 2008.

"Sensory Processing Disorder: Practical Strategies," The Lodge at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 265-6141, $30. Presenting information for parents, teachers and professionals on identifying and addressing sensory-driven behavior in class and at home. Fri., Oct. 12, 8 a.m. to noon.

PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations, 633-4991, Offering classes on nature, music, film, books, finances, religion, health, history and more.

District 11 Community Education Classes, various locations, 520-2384, Offering classes in foreign languages, dance, business, crafts, yoga, computers and more.

Pikes Peak Library District Events, 531-6333, Offering book clubs, story times and programs on writing, business, languages, computers, parenting, crafts, film, history, animals, theater and more for children, teens, adults and seniors.

The West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 20th St., 385-7920. Offering classes from CPR to belly dancing and photography. Also offering trips and summer camps.

Literary Events
All Pikes Peak Reads Kickoff Party, Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., 531-6333, Celebrating Zorro with food, music, theater, book discussions, games, crafts and prizes. Sun., Sept. 30, 1-3 p.m.

Goddess Poetry Night, Black Cat Books, 720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1589. All are welcome at this open mic event. Mon., Oct. 1 & 15, 6-8 p.m.

Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012. Catharine Savage Brosman will read and sign her newest collection of poetry, Range of Light. Tues., Oct. 2, 6 p.m. Christopher Bakken will read from and discuss his three collections of poetry, Tues., Oct. 9, 6 p.m.

Borders Events, Borders-Southgate, 2120 Southgate Road, will feature Debbie M. Price on The Devil's Right Hand Man: The True Story of Serial Killer Robert Charles Browne, Tues., Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Borders-Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., will feature Sherri Devers signing Stone Queen, Sat., Oct. 6, 2 p.m.

Colorado College Visiting Writers Series: Jeffrey Lent, CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, Free. Featuring readings by internationally known authors. Novelist Jeffrey Lent. Thurs., Oct. 4, 7 p.m. Poet and translator Christopher Bakken. Wed., Oct. 10, 7 p.m. Salman Rushdie, Sun., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.

"Finding the Storyteller: Uncovering Difficult Poems," CC's Worner Campus Center, Room 213, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 634-2367. Juan J. Morales will lead an interactive workshop on picking the right subject matter, point of view, tone and form for your poetry. Sat., Oct. 6, 10 a.m.

"luvsaverb" Open Mic Poetry, Village Inn Restaurant, 5790 S. Carefree Circle, 233-1698, Free. Gathering for all who want to read or listen. Second and fourth Saturdays.

Music on the Mesa, 1945 Mesa Road, 471-4556, $10-$12. Local musician Sandi Shroads will be joined by KJ Braithwaite and The Broad Band. Sat., Sept. 29, potluck at 6:15 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m.

Piano Recital and Master Class, CC's Packard Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 593-1831. $50/class (students and teachers free), recital/free. Presenting internationally renowned New Zealand pianist Georgina Zellan-Smith and others. Sat., Sept. 29, class at 10 a.m.; recital at 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic Events, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $15-$52. Presenting Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Sat., Sept. 29, 8 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m. Beloved Brahms Concerto, Oct. 20-21. Symphonie Fantastique, Nov. 17-18. Smetana: The Moldau, Jan. 12-13. Thrilling Tchaikovsky, Feb. 9-10. Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, March 15-16. Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1, April 12-13.

Brahms & Schumann Festival: Music Salon Series, Abe Minzer: 439-4630. $23/evening, $120/series. This house concert series features 15 Front Range musicians, food and drink in a casual setting. Sat., Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m., Sundays, Oct. 7, to Nov. 4, 4:30 p.m., and Sat., Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Sing the Faith: A Celebration of Music and Art, First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade Ave. Free. Presenting a hymn fest and art show showcasing paintings, sculpture, photography and ceramics by church members. Sun., Sept. 30, 3-6:30 p.m.

Coburn Gallery, CCs Worner Campus Center, 902 N. - Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Open Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7 p.m. - Featuring The Allusive Self, figure paintings and - drawings by Laura Ross-Paul, through Oct. 5.
  • Coburn Gallery, CCs Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Open Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7 p.m. Featuring The Allusive Self, figure paintings and drawings by Laura Ross-Paul, through Oct. 5.

Pittman Family Benefit, Navajo Hogan Roadhouse, 2817 N. Nevada Ave., 632-5490. Donations accepted. Michael Jeffrey Pittman local musician and owner of Pitt's Drums died last month of a brain tumor. Area bands are throwing a fundraiser to help defray medical costs. Sun., Sept. 30, 2-7 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, Presenting George Jones, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. Brule, Sat., Dec 15, 7:30 p.m.

EDITH in Concert, CC's Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Local musicians Sarah Hope and Hilary Studebaker will play their indy folk-pop power ballads. Tues., Oct. 2, 12:15 p.m.

Colcannon in Concert, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre Ave., 389-6607. Free, but tickets required. Featuring the Denver-based Celtic band. Tues., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.

The Mitguards present: Jalan Crossland, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 102, Tickets: 634-2228 or 659-3152. $10-$12. The Mitguards will open playing original, folk-based music followed by Jalan Crossland. Thurs., Oct. 4, 7 p.m.

Friends House Concerts, 329-1644, Presenting Zoe Lewis with Kate Wolf, Sat., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., $15. Pete Mulvey, Sun., Dec. 9, 7 p.m., $15. Patty Larkin, Sun., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., $20. Catie Curtis, Sun., March 16, 7 p.m., $20. Chris Smither, Fri., April 11, 7 p.m., $25.

World Arena Concerts, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, James Taylor, Fri., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. Blue Man Group, Sat., Nov. 24, 8 p.m. Evanescence, Sun., Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. Trans Siberian Orchestra, Wed., Dec. 5, 8 p.m.

Ramantic: Masquerade, Rampart High School, 8250 Lexington Drive, 234-2086. $5-$8. The Rampart High School theater department presents a variety show. Thurs.-Sat., Sept. 27-29, 7 p.m.

Shakti Dances, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 102, 444-1012, $5. Presenting classical Indian dances, flamenco dance and guitar, tribal belly dance and samba. Sat., Sept. 29, 7-9 p.m.

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 through Sept. 29, dinner at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Cripple Creek Theatre Events, Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-6402, $9-$14. Thin Air Theatre Company presents Annie Get Your Gun, through Sept. 29. Dr. Jekyll's Medicine Show, Oct. 5-31. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m. and Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m.

Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, Presenting Robert Mac, through Sept. 30. Cowboy Billy Martin, Oct. 3-7. Sam Griesbaum, Oct. 10-14. Hypnotist Jac Rene, Oct. 16-28.

Colorado Festival of World Theatre, Pikes Peak Center, CC's Armstrong Hall and various venues in Manitou Springs and Woodland Park, 475-1737, Presenting Beautiful Girls, a tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Truth in Translation and Daniel Beaty singing The Broadway Songs I Love, through Sept. 30.

Pikes Peak Center Events, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, Presenting Bill Cosby, Sun., Oct. 7, 2 & 5 p.m. Curtis Adams: Magic that Rocks, Thurs., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. Rodney Carrington, Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Go Diego Go Live!, Oct. 23-24, 4 & 7 p.m. Evita, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.

Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, $12-$22. Featuring Zorro!, through Oct. 14, Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m., and Sun., 4 p.m. Doubt: A Parable, Nov. 1-18. The Santaland Diaries, Dec. 6-23. Blithe Spirit, Jan. 31 to Feb. 17. Dal Al-Harb, March 13 to April 6. 9 Parts of Desire, March 20 to April 5. Playboy of the Western World, April 24 to May 3.

World Arena Events, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, Larry the Cable Guy, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Arnold Hall Theater Events, U.S. Air Force Academy, 333-4497, Presenting Coaster, Drifters and Platters, $20-$35, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Cirque Le Masque, $35-$40, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Peter Pan, $15-$42, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Cats, $27-$47, March 7-8, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Blast, $25-$45, April 5, 7:30 p.m. I Love a Piano, $20-$35, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

Damon Runyon Theater Events, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, Featuring Fiddler on the Roof, $8-$25 (with dinner option), Oct. 12-14, 19-21 and 26-27. Rabbit Hole, $8-$25 (with dinner option), Nov. 9-11 and 17-18.

"Whose Line Is It?" with Felonius Monks Improv Comedy Troupe, McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St., 360-3786. Free. Presenting a weekly comedy night. Tuesdays, 8 p.m.

dance parties & workshops
Grand Victorian Ball, Elks Club, 3400 N. Nevada Ave., 265-5559, $18-$38, reservations required. An Alice-in-Wonderland themed evening of live Victorian music, heavy appetizers, dessert and cash bar. All dances will be taught. Sat., Sept. 29, 5:30-11 p.m.

Harvest Moon Line Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 598-8624, $5. Learn beginner and intermediate line dances with instructor Kit Galvin. Family atmosphere, no smoking or alcohol. Sat., Sept. 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Fifties Sock Hop, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195, $10-$12. Featuring dancing to the oldies, hula hoop contest and door prizes. Call for reservations. Sat., Sept. 29, dinner 5:30-7 p.m.; dancing 7:30-11 p.m.

Zumba, Salsa, Hip Hop and Bellydance Classes, Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave.,, 520-1201. new students $10/one-week. Day and evening classes, Mondays-Saturdays.

International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195, Ballroom dances, $8-$10, every third Friday, 8-11 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 Classes, 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.

"Preparing for a Fall Marathon," Runner's Roost, 107 E. Bijou St., Free. Registered dietician Martha Rosenau proper fuel and hydration for training at long distances. Thurs., Sept. 27, 6 p.m.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Offering "Young Naturalists: Spinning Spiders," Sept. 29. "Little Wonders: Fun with Leaves," Oct. 2. "Nature Explorers: Crazy Crickets," Oct. 4. "Under the Stars," Oct. 6. "Weblos Scout Days," Oct. 6 and 13.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "15th Anniversary Art Show and Sale," Sept. 29. "Dogs Outdoors," Oct. 6. "Nature Adventures: Wormology," Oct. 10. "Fall Star Gazing for Beginners," Oct. 12.

John E. Schmidt Memorial Golf Tournament, Colorado Springs Country Club, 3333 Templeton Gap Road, 574-9002, $175. Lunch and awards ceremony follow the tournament. Proceeds benefit Easter Seals Southern Colorado. Mon., Oct. 1, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ice Hockey Face-Off Luncheon, Penrose House Garden Pavilion, 634-7333 ext. 1009, $25-$30. The Sports Corp presents coaches from Colorado College, Air Force and Colorado Avalanche. Tues., Oct. 2.

Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 385-6086, Open Wed.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offering "No Bake Tree Cookies," Oct. 6. "Upper Columbine Guided Hike," Oct. 14. "Babes in the Woods," Oct. 20. "Stratton Open Space Guided Hike," Oct. 28. "Colorado Evergreen Trees," Nov. 3. "National Audubon Society Bird Count," Dec. 15.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights, 576-2251, Open daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. $5 day pass. Offering interpretive naturalist programs, Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Special Events
Go for the Green Symposium, CC's Tutt Science Center, 1112 N. Nevada Ave., 329-5230. $30. Learn how your business could be more green or help others go green. Thurs., Sept. 27, 3-5:30 p.m.

Career Fair, DeVry University, 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd., Free. Meet over 40 area employers. Business attire and resumes recommended. Thurs., Sept. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Ghost Walk: Storytelling of Pueblo's Past," begins at El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/583-0453. $6-$7, kids 5 and under free. Tours leave every 15 minutes. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 5-6, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Mind Seizure Haunted House, indoors at the Flea Market, 5225 E. Platte Ave., 527-3787, $13. Professional local actors wait to terrify their victims. Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 4-7, 11-14, 18-21 and 25-31, 7 p.m.

National Alpaca Farm Day, farms at 19605 and 19710 Oslo Grove and 10250 and 10825 Hardy Road, 488-8045, Free. Meet alpacas and see demonstrations on weaving, needle felt, obstacle courses and more. Sat.-Sun., Sept. 29-30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

National First Responders Conference, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Avenue, Free. Presenting experts on terrorism, response teams, command centers and more. Mon., Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Homeland Defense Homeland Security Symposium, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Avenue, Featuring presentations by local and national experts on topics ranging from border security to cyberspace. Tues.-Thurs., Oct. 2-4.

A Time of Remembrance, Village at Skyline, Skyline Room, 2365 Patriot Heights, 265-1100. Free. Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care will host a memorial service in remembrance of their patients who have died in the past year. Thurs., Oct. 4, 6-7:30 p.m.

Music Under the Stars, Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. $20, members free. Enjoy live music, appetizers and hot cider by the fire while viewing stars through telescopes hosted by the Astronomical Society. Fri., Oct. 5, 6-8 p.m.

Ten Thousand Villages Fair, First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., 667-5441, Free. Discover fairly traded gifts, jewelry and home dcor items from over 30 countries. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 5-6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sun., Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Colorado Springs Women's Living Expo, Phil Long Expo Center, 1515 Auto Mall Loop, $5, military wives free. Featuring diverse exhibits, fashion shows, beauty makeovers, health screenings, cooking demos, gifts and more. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 5-6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun., Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebration Metaphysical Fair, Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., $5. Explore a full array of human potential products, holistic therapies and spiritual philosophies. Fri., Oct. 5, 1-9 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"Walk on the Wild Side," Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, The American Diabetes Association will host a breakfast and 2-mile zoo walk to raise funds to improve the lives of those with diabetes. Sat., Oct. 6, 8 a.m.

"Scrapping for Soldiers," VFW Post 4051, 430 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 291-9683, $30. This scrapbooking event includes work space, lunch, dinner, goodie bags, door prizes, vendors on site and a silent auction. Proceeds will buy phone cards for soldiers. Sat., Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

2007 Colorado Springs Autism Resource Symposium, The Lodge at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Kim: 265-6141, Free. Featuring speakers and an expo highlighting area services, organizations and support groups for those within the autism spectrum community. Sat., Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Youth & Family
Manitou Springs Public Library Storytimes, 606 Manitou Ave., 685-5206, Enjoy weekly stories, fingerplays and songs for children birth through 5 years. Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m. "Don't Bug Me," Sept. 27.

Great Venetucci Pumpkin Festival and Great Pumpkin 5K Run, Venetucci Farm, 5210 S. Hwy. 85/87. $5-$6, kids under 5 free. Featuring a pancake breakfast, 5K run, fun run, games, hayrides and more. Sat., Sept. 29, 5K registration opens 6:30 a.m.; run and festival 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Little Brickyard Race, One Good Turn Ranch, 7522 County Road 61, Divide, 686-8582, $5-$12. Former Indy car driver Joey Truscelli will host a TV show taping for kids who will race their wheelchairs decorated like Indy cars. Sun., Sept. 30, gates open 11 a.m., race starts 1 p.m.

Mothersong, Unity Church, 1945 Mesa Road, 471-0520. $5-$10. Offering a multi-cultural sing-along for families with children 0-3 years old. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. No meeting Oct. 2.

Harvest Festival, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3202 Chambers Way. 578-6777, Free. Offering pony and wagon rides, old-time music, pumpkin patch, folk art, food, tours and more. Sat., Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Family Fun Nights, Manitou Springs Public Library, 606 Manitou Ave., 685-5206, Presenting local performers, stories, arts & crafts and snacks. First Thursday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities
Rocky Mountain Field Institute is seeking volunteers for back-country trail work and environmental restoration. Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 13-14. Call 471-7736 or visit for more.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will host an open house at CASA's offices, 701 S. Cascade Ave., on Wed., Oct. 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Find our how you can become a child's "voice in court" and help an abused or neglected child. No legal background needed. Call 447-9898 ext. 1008 or visit for more.

The American Cancer Society is seeking cancer survivors and volunteers with caring hearts to visit with newly diagnosed cancer patients. Training provided. Call 635-5101 opt. 3 for an application or information.

Operation Care Package is seeking support in fulfilling its mission of sending weekly letters of support and care packages to soldiers who are serving overseas. See for more.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Caon Ave., Manitou - Springs, 685-1008, Open daily, 10 - a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Asian Influence: A Painter, A - Potter, A Printmaker, works by Cody Evers, Paul Dahlsten - and Ramona Lapsley, through Oct. 1. Intriguing Web, - showcasing works of Pikes Peak Weavers Guild - members, Oct. 5 to Nov. 12. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. - 5, 5-8 p.m.
  • Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Caon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Asian Influence: A Painter, A Potter, A Printmaker, works by Cody Evers, Paul Dahlsten and Ramona Lapsley, through Oct. 1. Intriguing Web, showcasing works of Pikes Peak Weavers Guild members, Oct. 5 to Nov. 12. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m.

ERDT/SHARE is seeking host families for high school foreign exchange students ages 16-18. Also seeking adult "Ambassadors" to assist with placing students. Ambassadors receive a stipend. Call local coordinator Elsa Myers at 303/400-5227 or visit for more.

Odyssey Healthcare/Hospice is seeking volunteers for patient visits, caregiver respite, phone contacts, office support and bereavement calls and visits. Those with massage therapy, Reiki, pet therapy and music therapy skills are needed. Call 573-4166 for more.

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center is seeking volunteers, 14 and older, to assist riders with disabilities during weekly lessons. Experience not required. Call 495-3908 for more.

Catholic Charities Life Support Center is seeking volunteers to receive and sort donations and help clients check out once they receive baby items. Call 866-6443 for more.

PEAK Parent Center is seeking volunteers to assist with general office tasks such as collating information packets, answering phones and data entry. Training is provided. Call 531-9400 or visit 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.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking volunteer medical personnel such as nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, dentists, pharmacists and mental health counselors to respond to disasters or public health emergencies. Call 888/260-6330 or visit for more.

LitSource Library Tutor Training will be held through July 30 for tutors interested in helping adults improve basic literacy skills once a week for two hours. Meeting times and locations are flexible. Call the Pikes Peak Library District at 531-6333 ext. 2223 or 2224 for more.

Ariel Clinical Services is seeking loving foster homes for developmentally challenged and medically fragile children. Competitive stipend with excellent support provided. Call 260-6110 for more.

Garden of the Gods Community Restoration Program needs adult and teen volunteers needed to help repair erosion damage. Be prepared to get dirty. Call Liz at 471-7736 to register at least one week in advance.

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. Call 265-1109 for more.

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter, a no-kill animal shelter in Divide, seeks volunteers to walk or groom dogs, play with cats, run errands, work in the office and more. Call 686-7707 or visit for more.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Southern Office is seeking friendly people willing to share quality time with people living with MS in long-term care facilities. To learn more about the Community Care Volunteer Visitation Program call 634-2820 opt. 2, ext. 101 or visit

Council for Educational Travel, USA is seeking Host Families for high school students from around the world arriving this fall. Call 388-7978 or visit for more.

Friends of Garden of the Gods is seeking volunteers to welcome visitors or help lead field trips for school children and tourists. Call Bonnie Frum at 219-0101 for more

Front Range Wildlife is seeking animal care, rescue and transport, fundraising, event planning and other volunteers for 2007. Call 964-7826 or visit to register.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to local youth as part of a new program. Go for walks, play in the park, watch movies, play board games, cook food and share other positive experiences with kids each week. Call 633-2443 or visit for more.

American Numismatic Association is seeking museum docents, administrative support and customer service volunteers. Call 482-9814 or e-mail for more.

The Salvation Army has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Call 636-5266 or visit for more information.

Care & Share Food Bank needs volunteers to help with hunger-relief projects throughout southern Colorado. Call 528-1247 or visit 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 Jennifer at 442-6336 for more.

Memorial Health System is seeking volunteers for various areas of the hospital. Call 365-5298 or visit 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 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 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

Safe Place Animal Rescue is seeking volunteers to assist with finding homes for pets of the terminally ill. Visit or call 638-1424 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 for more.

Another Life Foundation is hosting Volunteer Mentor meetings on recognizing and preventing suicidal behavior. Meets the first Wednesday of every month, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Call 216-7238 or visit for more.

Colorado Reptile Humane Society is seeking homes for adoptable lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises. Call 303/776-2070 or visit 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 for more.

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.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts & Conference Center, 30 W. Dale St. Seeking volunteers in various areas. Check for a current list of volunteer opportunities. E-mail 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.

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 or call 633-3400 ext. 603 for more.

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 for more.

Out of Town

art galleries
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, Featuring Colorado Watercolor Society's State Watermedia Exhibition through Nov. 11.

Central City Gallery, Washington Hall, 117 Eureka St., Central City, 303/582-5952, Open Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Gilpin County Arts Association Members Exhibit and Sale through Sept. 29.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/865-5000, Featuring Capturing America's Game: Photographs of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig through Sept. 30. Artisans & Kings: Selected Treasures from the Louvre, Oct. 6 to Jan. 6, 2008.

Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden, 303/279-3922, Featuring Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, through Nov. 4.

Freemont Center for the Arts, 505 Macon Ave., Cañon City, 719/2275-2790. Featuring A Conversation in Bronze, works by sculptor Robert Henderson, through Sept. 30.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, Featuring Una Casa Para el Muerto (A Home for the Dead) art celebrating Day of the Dead, through Nov. 2.

Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-4401, Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Free to members, $4 guests. Featuring Muiz: Remastered, photographs from the West Collection, Oct. 4 to Jan. 20.

SPACe Gallery in the Park, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, 719/742-3074, Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presenting Fall Celebration, works by featured artist Coni Grant and 18 regional artists, through Oct. 12.

art events
Plein Air Artists Train, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Antonito, 877/890-2737, Paint fall foliage landscapes with master artist Dinah Worman on this steam train ride. Sat., Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Zonta International Artful Women Exhibit, The Abbey Monastery Library, 2951 E. Hwy. 50, Cañon City, 719/275-7581. $5. Exhibition with cash awards of $1500. Runs through Oct. 7.

Lyons Sculpture Trail, begin at Oskars Blues, Stone Cup Caf or Barking Dog Cafe, Lyons, 303/823-6828, A 60-90 minute walk through 36 Jack-and-the-Beanstalk themed sculptures, through Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, Presenting Michael Korda and Terry Prachett, Sept. 27. Debbie Price and Dr. David Clarke, Oct. 1. Eva Hodges Watt and Marina Lewycka, Oct. 2. Kim Long and Michael Gates Gill, Oct. 3.

University of Denver Writers Series, Newman Center, Gates Concert Hall, 2344 E. Illif Ave., Denver, $38-$49. Presenting Frank McCourt, Tues., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. Claire Messud, Tues., Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m. Erik Larson, Tues., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. Anna Quindlen, Tues., March 18, 7:30 p.m.

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, Featuring Jeffrey Siegel: American the Beautiful, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. Jeffrey Siegel: Festive French Fare, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. Perry Weissman 3, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Molly O'Brien and Rich Moore, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Plaid Tidings, featuring the Forever Plaid quartet. Nov. 13 to Dec. 23.

recreation & learning
Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-3682, $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, 720/865-3500, Glass at the Gardens art show, through Oct. 5. Hosting leading garden experts in a series of lectures. Mary Irish, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Richard Hartlage, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 303/973-3705, $5-$8. Colorado Residents' Free Day, Fri., Oct. 5. Get lost in an 8.5-acre corn maze. Fridays, 4-9 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 8 p.m., through Oct. 28.

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, 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, Featuring Moonlight and Magnolias, through Oct. 7. Children's Theater: Miss Nelson is Missing! through Nov. 2. La Cage aux Folles, Nov. 16 to Dec. 23. Defiance, Oct. 2 to Nov. 4. Of Mice and Men, Jan. 29 to March 9. Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Revue, March 6-23. House of Blue Leaves, April 8 to May 11. Altar Boyz, April 22 to June 15. Buddy...The Buddy Holly Story, July 5 to Aug. 10.

The Avenue Theater, 417 17th Ave., Denver, 303/321-5925, Featuring The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged), through Oct. 27.

Buell Theatre, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4100, $30. Presenting Monty Python's Spamalot, through Oct. 7.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, 720/946-1388, Presenting Vote for Uncle Marty, a satirical look at life, through Oct. 13.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, Presenting Robert Schimmel, Sept. 27-29. Harland Williams, Oct. 12-13. Kevin Nealon, Oct. 19-20.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, $12-$22. Presenting Hello Dolly, Sept. 28 to Oct. 7. Beauty and the Beat, Feb. 8-24. Thoroughly Modern Millie, April 18 to May 4.

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