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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 Unearthed, - paintings and drawings by Jay Mason, through Dec. 15.
  • 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 Unearthed, paintings and drawings by Jay Mason, through Dec. 15.

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 Coins, Crown and Conflict through Nov. 30.

Artists Lair, 2766 Janitell Road, 576-5247. Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Presenting Holiday Artists Review, works by artists featured throughout the year. Opening reception, Sat., Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m.

Art on South Main Cooperative Art Gallery, 205 S. Main St., Pueblo, 542-6838, Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Presenting 10 x 10 Art Show and Sale and featured artist Lynn Chapman, through Nov. 29.

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 Unearthed, paintings and drawings by Jay Mason, through Dec. 15.

The Beacham Gallery, 2002 Monteagle St., 390-6685. Featuring Inside/Out Youth Services Benefit Art Show, works by Jo LoCurto, Barb McAdams, DeLane Bredvik and Frederick Lyle Morris with live music, wine and hors d'oeuvres, through Dec. 30.

The Bridge Gallery, Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 232-9368. Open Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 3 p.m. Featuring 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 Convergence: Ways of Seeing, works depicting different points of view, through Dec. 29. Fun at Art, mixed media paintings by Angie Wisdom, Jeanne Boswell and Martha Marple, through Jan. 15.

Cheyenne Mountain High School Art Gallery, 1200 Cresta Road, 475-6110. Featuring the Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, works by elementary through high school teachers across the district, Nov. 30 to Dec. 14. Opening reception, Thurs., Nov. 29, 5:30-7 p.m.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, Open Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7 p.m. Featuring Cyberskins, garments inspired by American Indian powwow regalia and high-tech culture by Bently Spang, through Dec. 12.

The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277. Featuring Art as Community, works by Dora Haslinger through Dec. 5. Ten percent of proceeds donated to a participating non-profit of the buyers' choice.

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 A Bold New Era, ongoing exhibit. Impressionist and Modern Masters, works from the New Orleans Museum of Art, Dec. 8 to March 9. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m. Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe, May 3 to July 5.

The Commons Gallery, Depot Arts Building, 210 W. Colorado Ave., Featuring A Kind of WAKE, a multimedia show and sale, through Dec. 1.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Annual Holiday Market, works by over 50 artists, through Dec. 31. Open house, Sat., Dec. 8, noon to 4 p.m.

Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899, Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring 10 Year Anniversary and Annual Instructors Show, featuring works by over 40 artists, through Nov. 30.

Cucuru Gallery Caf, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900, Featuring Color Touches the Heart, paintings by Marie Baehr, and 20 works of new pottery by Roger Fenton, through Nov. 30.

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 Translucence, a series of oil glaze paintings by Bill Duryea, through Dec. 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 works by Kristine Stewart, oil and watercolor landscape artist, Jan. 7-25.

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 Faces in the Crowd, portraiture from the permanent collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, through Jan. 20.

Fine Art Gallery at CSU-Pueblo, Capps Capozzolo Academic Center for the Arts, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2404. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featuring Scaling Routine, an exhibit highlighting the transcendent qualities of accumulated labor and daily routine, through Dec. 5.

Heebee Jeebees, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring Odditorium: Works by John Orr, an exhibition of contemporary art, through Nov. 30. Zenon, comic book and fine art works by Gary Grossman and Kollin Strand, Dec. 7 to Jan. 26. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494, Open Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Abstract Multiplied, works by painters Carol Ettenger and J. Price Garner, Dec. 1-15. Opening reception, Sat., Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 2, noon to 7 p.m.

Lasko Fine Art, 113 N. Tejon St., 577-4750, Featuring 20 Years of Herman Raymond, works by the 2007 Pikes Peak Arts Council Artist of the Year, through Dec. 31.

Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave. #4, 471-1360, Featuring a Holiday Art Walk Open House with new paintings, hot cider and refreshments. Fri., Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m.

L.I.W. Cargo Fine Art Gallery, 713 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0452, Featuring Colorado Treasures Holiday Show: The Big and the Small of It, with over 20 artists displaying one large and one small painting, through Dec. 31.

Monument Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 488-2370. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun., 1-5 p.m. Featuring Wonderful Wandering West and Botanical Beauty, photography by Laura Gangi Pond, through Nov. 30.

Nemo's Coffee Shop, 2230 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-2745. Open Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sat., 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring an exhibit of photographs and other media by members of the Colorado Springs Photography Meet-up Group through Jan. 4.

Novis Gallery, 206 1/2 N. Tejon St., 633-6903. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring original works by local artists, antique maps and prints.

OpticalReverb Gallery at The Creative Flow, 4 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-2430, Featuring A Ruxton Tag, works by 15 local artists, through Jan. 30.

OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 387-7212, Featuring The Divine Life, new works by Spika, Nov. 30 to Jan. 30.

OpticalReverb at Stones Bones and Wood6970 E. Lake St., Green Mountain Falls, 684-2291, Open Thurs.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Lakeside Paint Storm, works by Warwen Arcila and Lance Butcher, through Jan. 30.

OpticalReverb at The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St., 387-7212, $20-$25. Magnum Opus, a benefit for the COPPeR Foundation, through Nov. 30.

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 The Passion of the Figure, works by Herman Raymond, Sparky LeBold, Desmond O'Hagan and Thomas J. Owen.

Paragon Art Gallery, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744. Open Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Presenting Once Upon a Playground, photography by Brenda Biondo in the Paragon Ballroom, and photos by Russell Wood, through Jan. 5. Featuring the works of Teresa Pacheco, through Dec. 1.

PPCC Art Gallery, Pikes Peak Community College, Downtown Studio Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4040. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Featuring A Reality of the Same Intensity, works by Will K. Polley, Maxine Green and Don Green, through Dec 14.

Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333, Featuring Victory at All Costs: Money of World War II through Nov. 30.

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. $20-$25. Featuring An Inspirational Journey, through Jan. 18.

Rubbish Gallery, 17B Bijou St., 440-5638. Open Fridays, 5-10 p.m. Featuring The Object Isn't the Thing, photography by Tim Davis, through Dec. 7.

Sangre de Cristo Arts 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 Pikes Peak Pastel Society Members Exhibit, through Jan. 18. The American West, paintings by Joellyn Duesberry, through Jan. 26. Works by Liz Johnson, Robert Hench, Jan Oliver, Louis Recchia and Zoa Ace, through Feb. 2.

Second Street Art Market, 366 Second St., Monument, 488-2506, Featuring Art to Feed Your Soul through Nov. 30.

The Secret Totem Gallery, 316 N. 25th St., 633-3134. Featuring People of the Edge: Changing Culture, an exhibit of paintings and sculpture, through Nov. 30.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, Open Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Featuring The Nature of Design, the C-Springs Thirteen explore printmaking, through Dec. 1. Extraordinary Manitou Holiday Bazaar, works by Charles H. Rockey, Ken & Tina Riesterer, Jermaine Rogers and more, through Dec. 15. Nature's First Green is Gold, paintings by Taffy Mulliken, through Dec. 21. Love Letters Home, works by Sarah Milteer, Dec. 7 to Jan. 17. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m.

The Squash Blossom Gallery, 2531 W. Colorado Ave., 632-1899, Featuring Fall Exhibit, paintings and bronzes by local and regional artists.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, Featuring the Annual Artist Member Show & Silent Auction, through Jan. 19.

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 Young Moderns: Sarah Braman, Todd Chilton & John McEnroe, Dec. 14 to Feb. 9. Pre-show appetizer with gallery director Christopher Lynn, $1-$4, Thurs., Nov. 29, 7 p.m. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 14, 7-9 p.m.

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.

WeUsOur Artist's Market, 10 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9702. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Things That Go Bump in the Night, the weird, wild and sometimes dark vision of Jeff DeMers, Chris Bullock and Rex Pillager, through Dec. 6. Black & Red Local Color, photography by Terry Wolfe and stoneware by Mark Wong. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m.

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.

Winter Helmich Fine Art and Jewelry Gallery, 47 Third St., Monument, 487-8998. Featuring works by Gary Arthur, Claudette Bedingfeild, Ruth Burink, Michael Gault, Robert Gray, Lance Green, Wayne Nickle, Stephen Weaver and Susan Helmich. Grand opening reception, Thurs., Nov. 29, 5-8 p.m.

art events
Colorado College Arts and Crafts Sale, CC's Worner Campus Center, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6607. More than 40 professional artists along with CC students will offer works in various media including fiber, clay, metal, glass, wood, photography, painting and printmaking. Fri. Nov. 30, 4-8 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., Dec. 1-2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shears Art Bazaar, 334 N. Nevada Ave., 633-9076. Offering creative and artistic gifts including leather goods, fabric art, beaded jewelry, pottery, herbal soaps and sculptural forms. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Holiday ArtWalk in Old Colorado City, West Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 27th Streets, 520-9494, Free. Meet artists, view demos, enjoy live music and original artworks at 12 art galleries along the avenue. Fri., Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m.

Holiday Market, Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive, 640-6154. Featuring vendors from the Colorado Farm & Art Market and artworks from Cottonwood Artists' School. Sat., Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Auditions & Entries
Colorado Balloon Classic is seeking entries in its 2008 logo design contest. Winner will receive a flight for two people in the 2008 Colorado Balloon Classic. Entries are due Nov. 30. Visit for more.

The League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region is seeking nominations for its "Making Democracy Work Award." Nominations are open to women who have worked and contributed to the community in a meaningful way. Applications due Dec. 1. Call 576-7432 or visit for more.

AlleyCat Theatrics will hold auditions for The Secret Garden on Dec. 3 and 5 from 4-9 p.m. at AlleyCat Theatrics Studio, 111 S. 7th St. Open to those ages 10 to 17. Call 209-1484 for an appointment.

CSU-Pueblo is seeking entries in a contest to choose a new fight song reflecting the university's name change. Entries will be accepted through Dec. 14. The winner will receive a choice of a $250 prize or a $1000 scholarship. Call 719/549-2576 for rules and more.

The Manitou Art Theater will hold auditions for 10 Minutes Max, a variety show, on Dec. 15-16 at Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave. Call 685-4729 or visit for details and an appointment.

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company announces auditions for David Lindsay-Abaire's dark comedy Fuddy Meers on Dec. 17-18 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Seeking male and female actors ages 17 to 60. Call 477-4387 for an appointment.

OpticalReverb has opened a new gallery at 4 Ruxton Ave. in Manitou Springs and is seeking new works to display. Visit the gallery or go to to submit your portfolio.

Civic Opportunities
World AIDS Day Gala, CC's Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., 290-6089. Donations welcome. Featuring guest speakers and photographers. Thurs., Nov. 29, 7:30-9 p.m.

World AIDS Day: Take Charge, Stop AIDS, UCCS University Center #302, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 574-5435, Reception, short film and discussion with Dr. Watson, Thurs., Nov. 29, 5:30 p.m. Peoples United Methodist Church, 5110 Tamlin Road, Musical program with candlelight ceremony, Fri., Nov. 30, 6 p.m.

HIV/AIDS Forum, CSU-Pueblo, Life Sciences #105, 2200 Bonforte Ave., Pueblo, 719/549-2100. Four panelists will speak followed by a Q&A session. Area agencies will offer service opportunities and information. Mon., Dec. 3, noon.

Clubs & Organizations
MS/Lupus Wellness Group, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Rockrimmon Community Center #118, 290 E. Woodmen Road, 638-1700. Free. Larry Stein, a former conservative Jew, will present "Oy to the World, Messiah's Come." Tues., Dec. 4, 10-11:30 a.m.

Aficionados Luncheon and Lecture, CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6649: RSVP by Dec. 3. $12.50. Presenting "The Allure of Squash Blossom Necklaces," with Chris Jones and Claire R. Farrer. Wed., Dec. 5, noon.

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

American Association of University Women, The Academy Hotel, 8110 N. Academy Blvd., 590-7237: RSVP by Dec. 3. $14. Enjoy breakfast followed by "A Holiday Serenade" by Vocal Fusion. Sat., Dec. 8, 9:30-11:30 a.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 p.m.

Professionals Network, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Steve: 667-3836. Open to any individual seeking new employment. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Singles Social Group of El Paso/Douglas Counties, e-mail: Meet other mid-life singles, ages 40-55, for dinner, plays, wine tastings, hikes, music events and companionship.

Women's Sexual Abuse Survivor Support Group, Hillsboro at Springs Ranch, 3864 Riviera Grove, 237-4316, $12. Meeting Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m.

Pueblo Veterans for Peace, Barkman Branch Library, 1300 Jerry Murphy Road, Pueblo, 719/544-3753. Screening the film Terrorstorm by Alex Jones. Meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month (except December).

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 866/768-2232, Free. Colorado Springs support group meets the second Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m.

Blazer Ski Club, Valley Hi Golf Course Clubhouse, 610 S. Chelton Road, 577-7755. Learn about the club's upcoming events. Wednesdays, 6-9 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. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.

WINGS, 800/373-8671, Offering therapist-facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Women's groups on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Men's group, Thursdays, 7 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Film & Video
Indymedia Newsreal Brown Bag, Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, 214 E. Vermijo Ave., 471-3405, Clips of today's people power activism. Fri., Nov. 30, noon to 1 p.m.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival: Where Love and Peace Abide, Tinseltown, 1545 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., $20. This live simulcast will feature five choirs made up of 600 students presenting a service of hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections. Sun., Dec. 2, 2 p.m.

Independent Film Series, InfoZone News Museum, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, 562-5604. Free. Featuring Madeinusa, a drama from Spain and Peru with English subtitles. Sat., Dec. 15, 7-10 p.m.

Food & Drink
Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free. Offering "California Wine Tasting," Fri., Nov. 30. "Wines of Chile and Argentina Tasting," Sat., Dec. 1. "Colorado Microbrew Tasting," Thurs., Dec. 6. "California Wine Tasting," Fri., Dec. 7. Pre-registration is required.

Health & Healing
"Natural Healing for the Cold and Flu Season," Sage Woman Herbs, 308-A S. Eighth St., 473-9702, $25. Learn how to treat yourself with herbs for the fastest recovery. Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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 Coins, Crown and Conflict through - Nov. 30.
  • 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 Coins, Crown and Conflict through Nov. 30.

Strength after Service, La Foret Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Road, 888/334-VETS, Free. This program, presented by combat veterans and civilian leaders in human performance, teaches vital information about brain and body changes due to prolonged stress. Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Express Childbirth Class Session, Alliance Breastfeeding Center, 5664 N. Academy Blvd., 331-1292, $90-$100. Desirre Andrews will lead this thorough, yet fast-paced class for busy expectant families. Sat., Dec. 1 and 15, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, Offering "Introduction to Shamanic Journeying," Dec. 1. "Teachings from the Kaballah: The Mystery of the Aleph," Dec. 2. "Open Forum: Preserving the Integrity of Native American Spiritual Ways," Dec. 3. "Breathrough Breathwork," Dec. 5. "Monthly Shamanic Journeying Group," Dec. 7.

"Movement for Survivors: Reawakening the Body after Trauma," The Studio, 3020 W. Colorado Ave., 494-7758. $45/class. Offering "Healing the Broken Heart: Trust & Intimacy," Sun., Dec. 9, 6-8:30 p.m.

Penrose Flu Shot Clinic, Penrose Community Hospital, 3205 N. Academy Blvd., 776-5050. $26-$40. Sun., Dec. 9.

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

Memory Screening, CU Aging Center, UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 471-4884 ext. 161. $5-$50. This low-cost screening can help determine if your memory changes are normal. Call for appointment.

"Sacred Sexuality" Group, Monument, e-mail: Free. Discuss the writing of Charles and Carolyn Muir, Margot Anand and David Dieda as well as ancient texts on "enlightenment" through sexuality. Meets third Monday of the month, 7-9 p.m.

TaKeTiNa, Ecospiritual Center, 2502 W. Colorado Ave. #307, 685-1480. Experience the health benefits of simultaneous perception through the polyrhythm journeys of TaKeTiNa. Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.

CommuniDance, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., 291-3120, Building community through movement and dance. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

Buddhist Meditation, Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave. #B, 473-7609. Silent sit on Sundays, 9-10 a.m., and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. with orientation, 6:15 p.m. Guided loving kindness meditation, Fridays, noon to 1 p.m.

Yoga for Special Needs, Downtown, Pat: 375-1922. Offering a gentle class designed for those with physical challenges. Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m.

"Yoga that You Can Do" Classes, WellPath Resources, 720 N. Main St. #335, Pueblo, 719/821-9200, $10/each, $30/four. Mondays, 5:30-6:45 p.m. or Sundays, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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.

"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.

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.

Lectures & Learning
"Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Presenting "Resume Writing: Resume & Portfolio Design," Thurs., Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 13, 20 or 27. "Self Employment; the Driver's Seat," Tues., Dec. 4 or 18. "Job Shop: Guided Job Search," Tues., Dec. 11.

"Discover Your Decorating Style," DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Showroom, 3205 N. Hancock Ave., 636-2444. $12/materials and decorating planner. Learn to identify your personal style in decorating your home. Thurs., Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m.

Faerie Moone Events, 1518 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0236, $25-$95. "Reiki Level One Class and Certification," Sun., Dec. 2, noon to 7 p.m. "Wicca Intensive Workshop," Fri., Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. "Essential Oils Class," Wednesdays through May 7, 6-8 p.m.

PILLAR Institute of Lifelong Learning Events, 30 E. Rio Grande St., 633-4991, $10-$44. "Modern Cosmology and Astronomy: What Have Scientists Discovered about Out Universe," Dec. 3 and 5, 9:30 a.m. "Shakespeare Set to Music," Dec. 4, 9:30 a.m. "Religious Responses to the Challenge of Suffering," Dec. 4-5, 1:30 p.m. "Law of Attraction," Dec. 6, 1 p.m. "Super Size Me," Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m.

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

"Election 2008: The Economic and Trade Issues," CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Presenting senior Wall Street Journal editor and CNBC-TV commentator Alan Murray. Wed., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.

"Saving Nature in Time," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Presenting University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Bill Cronon as part of the State of the Rockies Wilderness/Wildlands Speaker Series. Thurs., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

"Israel, the U.S. and the Middle East," CSU-Pueblo, Hasan School of Business Auditorium, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2100. Presenting author and military historian Dr. Dennis Showalter. Thurs., Dec. 6, 4 p.m.

"Election 2008: What Are the Big Issues?" Penrose House Garden Pavilion, 1661 Mesa Ave., 577-7044. Presenting senior Wall Street Journal editor and CNBC-TV commentator Alan Murray and Washington Post Rocky Mountain bureau chief T.R. Reid. Thurs., Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m.

"Walk the Talk: A Community Trustee Series," Patty Jewett Clubhouse, 900 E. Espanola St., 632-2618, $20. Featuring breakfast with Ret. Col. Lennie Coleman, "Military Support Operations in New Orleans," Jan. 15, 7:30-9 a.m. Brenda Smith, "Leaving Your Footprint in Your Community," March 18, 7:30-9 a.m.

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

Senior Resource Development Agency Classes, 230 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8900. Registering now for December classes including computers, aerobics, games, arts and crafts and more.

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.

Literary Events
Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012, Presenting Mike Tkack will discuss and sign IM with God: Journey to the Center of the God in You, Thurs., Nov. 29, 6 p.m.

Black Cat Books Events, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Free. Poetry reading by Dale Kent Peiffer, author of Staccato, Fri., Nov. 30, 6 p.m.

Book Signing Party, Pikes Peak MCC, 1102 S. 21st St., 634-3771, Free. Joyce and Amanda Cascio will read from Dragonfly Stories: Stories Celebrating the LGBTQ Community with live music by Gwendy Joysen & Band. The publisher welcomes the public to share coming out/overcoming obstacle stories for volume two. Sat., Dec. 1, 7-9 p.m.

Borders Events, Presenting John Fielder and author Claudia Cangilla McAdams signing their children's book, Maria's Mysterious Mission at Borders-Chapel Hills Mall, Sat., Dec. 1, 12:30 p.m., and at Borders-Southgate, 2120 Southgate Road, 2 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers Events, Free. 1565 Briargate Blvd.,Photographer John Fielder and author Claudia Cangilla McAdams signing their children's book, Maria's Mysterious Mission. Sat., Dec. 1, 11 a.m.

Second Skins Series: Mary Black Bonnet and Trevino L. Brings Plenty, CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Native American contemporary poets Mark Black Bonnet and Trevino L. Brings Plenty will share their work and address the ways in which Native American identity is constructed and experienced. Tues., Dec. 4, 4:30 p.m.

Great Books Discussion Group, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 ext. 1206, Free. Planning meeting for 2008. Thurs., Dec. 6.

Book an Adventure: Adult Reading Program, Pikes Peak Library District, 531-6333, Free. Read eight books in eight weeks to win prizes, food, coffee mugs and gas cards, through Dec. 17.

"luvsaverb" Open Mic, Village Inn Restaurant, 5790 S. Carefree Circle, 233-1698, Free. Open to all who want to share or listen. Audience discussion on "Fate/Destiny." Second and fourth Saturdays, 17, 9-11 p.m.

Rock Your Socks Benefit Concert, UCCS Upper Lodge, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 338-3914. $10 suggested donation. The Matthew Taylor Project, Leftmore, In Elements and Edifice join together for a show benefiting the Empty Stocking Fund. Thurs., Nov. 29, 7-11 p.m.

Back Row Winter Concert, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. $3. CC's all-male a cappella group will sing its renditions of top 40 songs. Thurs., Nov. 29, 8 p.m., and Fri., Nov. 30, 10 p.m.

Colorado Springs Conservatory, 1430 N. Hancock Ave., 577-4556, Presenting Jazz Night, $5, Fri., Nov. 30, 7 p.m.

Colorado College Choir and Chamber Chorus Concert, Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., free. The choir and chamber chorus will present their winter concert under the direction of Deborah Jenkins Teske. Fri., Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.

A Visit from Saint Nicholas, Sand Creek High School, 7005 N. Carefree Circle, 272-4390, $12-$17, kids 8 and under free. Presented by the America the Beautiful Chorus with special guests the Velvet Hills Holiday Chorus. Sat., Dec. 1, 2:30 and 7 p.m.

An Evening with Mozart, Forestgate Presbyterian Church, 970 Northgate Road, 484-0192, $10-$15. The Rocky Mountain Music Alliance presenting pianist Michael Baron and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs directed by Thomas Wilson. Sat., Dec. 1, 7-8:30 p.m.

Merry TubaChristmas 2007, Acacia Park Band Shell, 115 E. Platte Ave., 532-0021, Free. Featuring traditional carols played by over 70 tubas and euphoniums. Sat., Dec. 1, 4 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, Presenting Holiday Pops Concert with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, $14-$16, Sat., Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, Sun., Dec. 2, 3 p.m. The Chorale: Deck the Halls, Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. Christmas Joy!, Sat, Dec. 8, 7 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 9, 2:30 p.m. Brule, Sat., Dec 15, 7:30 p.m. Etta James, Fri., March 28, 7 p.m. B.B. King, Wed., April 9, 8 p.m.

Venetucci Farm Barn Raising Benefit Concert, Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, 391-8102. $20 suggested donation. Husband-and-wife folk duo Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart blend folk, country and gospel to create their own version of Americana. Sat., Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

Lessons and Carols, First Lutheran Church, 151 N. Casacde Ave., 632-8836 ext. 123. Free will offering. Presenting an 80-voice choir presenting lessons and carols for the advent and Christmas season followed by a "pie fest" reception. Sun., Dec. 2, 3:30 p.m.

Tunjung Sari Gamelan Band, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. Presenting Balinese music and dance. Sun., Dec. 2, 3 p.m.

CC Concert Band, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. The Colorado College music department presents a performance by the CC concert band. Sun., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.

World Arena Concerts, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Wed., Dec. 5, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Matchbox 20, Tues., March 4, 8 p.m.

Chris Cagle in Concert, Cowboys, 3910 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-1212. $22-$26. Presenting national country recording artist Chris Cagle live. Fri., Dec. 7, 9 p.m.

Soli Deo Gloria Choir Concert, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., 262-0614. Free. Presenting Gloria!, music of Douglas Helvering, Bach, Holst and Stroope, with a sing-along of Christmas carols. Sat., Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Friends House Concerts, P.O. Box 38943, 329-1644, Presenting 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.

Pikes Peak Philharmonic, various venues, 685-6468, $6-$18. Presenting Living Christmas Tree, Dec. 14-16, 7 p.m. Romantic Europe, Feb. 10, 3 p.m. Lost in the Woods, April 13, 3 p.m. Spring Fantasy, May 18, 3 p.m.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Presenting Christmas Classics & Carols, Sat., Dec. 22, 8 pm. and Sun., Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m. Pops: New Year's Eve, Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Smetana: The Moldau, Jan. 12-13. Pops: People's Choice, Sat., Jan. 26, 8 p.m. Thrilling Tchaikovsky, Feb. 9-10. Pops: Off to the Oscars, Sat., Feb. 23, 8 p.m. The Many Colors of Dr. Seuss, Sun., March 9, 2:30 p.m. Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, March 15-16. How's the Weather? Sun., April 6, 2:30 p.m. Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1, April 12-13.

The Matchmaker, Palmer High School Auditorium, 301 N. Nevada Ave., $5-$6. The school's theater club, Masque and Sandal, will present Thornton Wilder's comedic farce The Matchmaker. Thurs., Nov. 29 to Sat., Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Saturday matinee, 2 p.m.

Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, Troy Baxley, Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. Chris "Crazy Legs" Fonseca, Dec. 5-9. Claude Stuart, Dec. 12-16. Steve Hirst, Dec. 19-23.

Cripple Creek Theatre, Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-6402, $7-$11. Thin Air Theatre Company presents Angel of the Christmas Mine, Nov. 29 to Dec. 31. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m. and Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m.

World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco, Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. Walking with Dinosaurs, Jan. 23-27. Harlem Globetrotters, Sun., April 6, 2 p.m.

Destination: Imagination, Fort Carson Freedom Performing Arts Center, 526-1867. Free. Local comedy hypnotist Bruce Black will perform a tribute show for the troops along with a free dinner. Fri., Nov. 30, 6-8:30 p.m.

FAC Theatre, SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, $26-$29. Presenting A Christmas Carol, Nov. 30 to Dec. 23. Sunday in the Park with George, Jan. 25 to Feb. 17. Fuddy Meers, March 21 to April 6. Beauty and the Beast, May 9 to June 1. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Iron Springs Chateau Dinner Theater, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5104. $9.50-$15.50 show only, $15-$28.50 with dinner. Presenting the 2007 Holiday Extravaganza Review, Fridays through Sundays, Nov. 30 to Dec. 23.

Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, Featuring A Year with Frog and Toad, $8-$36 (with dinner option), Nov. 30 and Dec. 1-2 and 8-9. The Clock Strikes Dead: A New Year's Eve Mystery, $8-$36 (with dinner option), Jan. 11-12 and 19-20.

Prelude, Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, $5-$10. An evening of improvised and interactive music and dance, serving as a "prelude" to the multimedia extravaganza The Sixth Room. Sat., Dec. 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Manitou Art Theater, BAC's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, $8. Presenting Magical Menagerie, creatures brought to life with puppetry, dance, storytelling, magic and juggling. Sat., Dec. 1, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 2, 2 p.m.

Theatreworks, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, $12-$22. Featuring 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.

The 6th Room, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567, Amsterdam-based improvisation artists and UCCS music faculty will present dance, light and music streamed through the Internet and projected on the gallery walls. Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, Presenting Hairspray, Sat., Jan. 5, 8 p.m., and Sun., Jan. 6, 2 p.m.

Arnold Hall Theater, U.S. Air Force Academy, 333-4497, Presenting 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.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Performing Arts Series, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, Presenting The Count Basie Orchestra, Tues., March 11, 7:30 p.m. I Love a Piano: The Music of Irving Berlin, Wed. April 2, 7:30 p.m. Chanticleer, Sun., May 4, 4 p.m.

"Whose Line Is It?" with Felonius Monks Improv Comedy Troupe, McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St., 633-3300. Free. Presenting a weekly comedy night. Tuesdays, 8 p.m.

dance parties & workshops
Dance Fitness Classes, Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., Suite C, 520-1201, New students/$10 one-week unlimited classes. Learn zumba, salsa, yoga booty ballet, burlesque, bellydance and more. Beginning Thurs., Nov. 29.

Saturday Night Dances, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195. $7-$9. Dance to a mix of music from big band to country, Latin to polka. Sat., Dec 1, 7:30-11 p.m.

Dance Colorado Events, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, $15-39/three weeks. "Argentine Tango Dance Club," Sat., Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m. "Teen Dance Club," Sat., Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m. "Country Western Dance Club," Mon., Dec. 3, 7 p.m. "Ballroom Basics Group Class," Tues., Dec. 4, 7 p.m. "Salsa Dance Club," Fri., Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

Hip Hop Workshop and Jam, Ormao Center for Contemporary Dance, 611 N. Royer St., 471-9759, Join our positive hip hop community and practice Bboying/Bgirling. First Saturday of the month. Workshop, 11 a.m. to noon. Jam, noon to 1 p.m.

Social Dance Party, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, $8. Enjoy dancing, great music and refreshments. Open to all skill levels. No partner required. Fri., Dec. 7, 8-10 p.m.

Ballroom Dance Classes, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., Arthur: 634-3029. Learn swing, salsa, waltz, cha-cha, tango, foxtrot and more. Open to members and non-members. Registration on-going. Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m.

Ballroom, Latin and Swing Lessons, Social Elegance, 2109 Templeton Gap Road, 632-4055, $7/drop-in. Beginner Dance Classes, Tuesdays through Dec. 22, 7-8 and 8-9 p.m. Intermediate, Wednesdays. Advanced, Thursdays.

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.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "Rudolph's Relatives," Dec. 1. "Traditional Games, Toys & Stories of Fountain Valley," Dec. 8. "Nature Adventures: A Holiday for Wildlife," Dec. 12.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Offering "Holiday Card Making," Dec. 1. "Little Wonder: Snow Stories," Dec. 4. "Nature Explorers: Worms and Rolypolies," Dec. 6. "Bear Creek by Candlelight," Dec. 7.

Mountain Chalet Events, 226 N. Tejon St., 633-0732, Free. Featuring Bill Houghton on "Climbing the Dolomites," Wed., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.

Rule Gallery, 227 Broadway, Denver, 303/777-9473, - Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. - Featuring Fifty Ways to Fall in Love, works by Colorado - Springs resident and native Pard Morrison, through Jan. - 5.
  • Rule Gallery, 227 Broadway, Denver, 303/777-9473, Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Fifty Ways to Fall in Love, works by Colorado Springs resident and native Pard Morrison, through Jan. 5.

Skate Park Public Input Meeting, City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., Jeff: 385-6523. Help design a new skate park to accommodate inline skaters, bicyclists and skateboarders in Memorial Park. Wed. Dec. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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 "National Audubon Society Bird Count," Dec. 15.

Special Events
One World 2 U CASA Fundraiser, 1120 Elkton Drive, Unit E, 649-6244. A portion of the proceeds from this furniture and decorative arts sale will benefit CASA. Meet actress Olivia Hussey at the event. Wine and cheese reception, Thurs., Nov. 29, 5-8 p.m. Warehouse sale, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Festival of Lights Parade, Tejon Street between St. Vrain and Cascade Avenues, 649-9111. Featuring local marching bands, lighted holiday floats and Santa. Sat., Dec. 1, 5:50 p.m.

Holiday Teas and Tours, Rock Ledge Ranch, 30th Street and Gateway Road, $12-$15, reservations required. Tour the ranch decorated for a family celebration in the 1880s with treats and recipes from the cooks. Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 16, and 18-22, 2 p.m.

Lighter Side of Christmas Parade: I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas, Highway 24, Woodland Park, 686-1820 ext. 112. This year's parade theme will celebrate Christmas and honor those whose lives have been touched by cancer. Sat., Dec. 1, 6 p.m.

Holiday Crafter and Home Business Open House, Ascension Lutheran Church, 2505 N. Circle Drive, 634-1694. Free admission. Offering holiday gifts, food, crafts and more. Sat., Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Antiques at the Aud, Historic City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., 596-8839. $3. Vendors offering antiques, collectibles, unique items, fabulous finds, primitives and more. Sat, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Holiday Tree Cutting Permits, Pikes Peak Ranger District, 601 S. Weber St., 477-4221, $10. Get a permit to cut your own Christmas tree in the Rampart Range Road area outside Woodland Park. Dec. 1-16.

Santa Paws, Humane Society of the Pike Peak Region, 610 Abbott Lane, 473-1741 ext. 125., $10. Bring your pets (and kids) for holiday photos with "Santa Paws." Proceeds benefit the Humane Society. Dec. 1, 8-9 and 15-16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holiday Bed & Breakfast Tour, Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., 636-1225, $10-$15. Tour seven area B&Bs, enjoy entertainment, prize drawings and refreshments. Sun., Dec. 2, 2-6 p.m.

An Evening of Chinese Culture, China Restaurant, 6523 N. Academy Blvd., 287-7624, $20-$25/RSVP by Nov. 30. Colorado Springs Chinese Cultural Institute will present a Chinese dinner with Herman Tiemens II speaking on "Asia's Ascent." Tues., Dec. 4, 6:30-9 p.m.

Christmas Open House and Toy Drive, Tara Patty Photography, 2616 W. Colorado Ave. #20, 475-0160, Bring an unwrapped toy for The Salvation Army toy drive and receive $25 off a portrait session. Fri., Dec. 7, 2-8 p.m.

Centennial of Flight Plus 4, Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, 31001 Magnuson Ave, Pueblo, 719/948-9219. Enjoy flight simulators, make-and-take rocket building, tours and more. Sat., Dec. 8, 10 a.m.

Holiday Headframe Lighting, Victor and Cripple Creek, Giant holiday ornaments will be lit against the night skies of the City of Mines. Self-guided maps at Victor Hotel, Cripple Creek Welcome Center, Carr Manor and Gold King Mountain Inn. Friday to Sunday through Dec. 24 and nightly Dec. 25 to Jan. 1.

Youth & Family
Children's Holiday Magic Celebration, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, Free. Simpich marionettes, ornament making, sing-a-longs, model trains and magic will fill the museum. Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa, Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive East, 591-2900. $3-$5, kids 2 and under free. Full catered breakfast, roaming Santa, Colorado Springs Children's Chorale and magician Bruce Black. Sat., Dec. 1, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

A Dinosauric Holiday, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, 686-1820 ext. 111, $6.50-$8.50, members free. Enjoy a day of crafts, holiday-themed photos and music at an outdoor palm tree-lighting ceremony. Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Old Town Christmas, Old Colorado City, West Colorado Avenue, 302-2962, Meet Santa in Bancroft Park every Sat.-Sun. through Christmas, 1-5 p.m., plus Christmas Eve, noon to 4 p.m. "Harmony in Motion" Performance, Sat., Dec. 1, 1 p.m. at 26th Street and West Colorado Ave. "Fun with Santa," Sat., Dec. 8, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Renaissance Multicultural Festival, Renaissance Academy, 2760 Fieldstone Road, 475-2510, Parents can enjoy a market of fair trade products and food from around the world while students rotate through African drumming, dancing and world art classes. Call to RSVP. Tues., Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m.

"Mothersong," Unity Church, 1945 Mesa Road, 471-0520. $5-$10, kids free. Offering a multi-cultural sing-along for families with children 0-3 years old. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

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.

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
Community Partnership for Child Development is seeking help in spreading holiday cheer through its Adopt-A-Family Program. Donors may "adopt" a family and purchase gifts for them or make a contribution for them at through Dec. 7. Visit the website or call 635-1536 for details.

Home Instead Senior Care is looking for people to "Be a Santa to a Senior" as part of their campaign to brighten the lives of area seniors. Look for giving trees in area stores and businesses then buy and return a gift through Dec. 8. A community gift-wrapping event will be held at First United Methodist Church at 4420 N. Nevada Ave. on Dec. 8 at 9 a.m.

Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs Family Immigration Services is seeking volunteers interested in helping adult immigrants in our community learn language skills. Orientation session, Mon., Dec. 10, 7-8 p.m.

Silver Key is looking for help with its Holiday Project. Volunteers are needed to deliver Christmas baskets and gifts Dec. 10-21 to older adults. Help is also needed with companionship visits, receiving donations, gift wrapping and more. Call 884-2311 for information.

Art as Community is collecting warm clothing and monetary gifts toward food for Navajo Elders this winter. Donations can be dropped at The Coffee Exchange at 526 S. Tejon St. through Dec. 19. Help support these elders who keep the stories and ways of our planet and people alive. Call 540-3592 for more.

The Salvation Army is seeking volunteer bell ringers for the holiday season at 70 red kettle locations around the county. Shifts are flexible and continue through Dec. 24. Groups such as businesses, civic organizations and churches are encouraged to volunteer. Call 360-0715 or visit for more.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is recruiting volunteers to become a child's "voice in court" and make a difference for an abused or neglected child. No legal background needed. Call Lori at 447-9898 ext. 1008 or visit for more.

Girls Scouts of Southeastern Colorado is seeking volunteers who want to make a difference in a girl's life. Share your skills whether you have an hour, a day, a weekend or more. Looking for women and men of all ages and backgrounds to help. Call 543-4690 ext. 102 for more.

Memorial Health System needs volunteers who want to make a difference a patient/family escorts, pediatric playroom helpers, weekend or evening information desk attendants, public event volunteers and more. Call 365-5298 for more.

Catamount Institute is looking for volunteers to further their mission of "inspiring ecological stewardship" through educational programs. Positions include working with youth, marketing and communications, fundraising, online research, office work and events. Call 471-0910 ext. 107 for more.

The Western Museum of Mining & Industry is seeking volunteers to lead tours, help with special events, maintain the grounds and staff the front desk. Call 488-0080 for more.

Storms Clinical Research Institute is looking for volunteers in a research study to determine whether an investigational medication works for allergic rhinitis (allergies) in children ages 3 to 9 years. Call 955-6000 for more information.

Explorer Elementary School in School District 20 is seeking volunteers for "The Peach Patrol," its literacy program. To learn how you can mentor first and second grade students in reading, call Donna at 234-4429.

Rocky Mountain Siamese Rescue needs temporary foster placements for cats or kittens rescued from shelters. Food, litter and all vet visits provided. Have fun and save lives. Call 651-2180 or visit for more.

The Southern Colorado Pajama Program is seeking donations of new pajamas and books to deliver to abandoned and abused children living in group homes and foster care. Call 201-1497 or visit for more.

Chins Up is looking for foster parents to provide safe and loving homes to neglected or abused children. Training, support and financial reimbursement is provided. Call Jennifer at 327-2013 or visit for more.

Operation Christmas Child is seeking donations for its Christmas gift project that reaches kids in over 100 countries. Call 260-9356 or see for instructions on packing a shoe-box gift with toys, necessities, school supplies, candy and a letter of support.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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
Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, 772 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-0440, Featuring Luminarias De La Guadalupe & Christmas Mercado Group Show, Dec. 5-22. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7, 6-10 p.m.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/865-5000, Featuring Artisans & Kings: Selected Treasures from the Louvre through Jan. 6.

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, through Jan. 20.

Rule Gallery, 227 Broadway, Denver, 303/777-9473, Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Fifty Ways to Fall in Love, works by Colorado Springs resident and native Pard Morrison, through Jan. 5

SPACe Gallery in the Park, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, 719/742-3074, Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presenting the 11th annual Gift of Art Show through Jan. 5.

film & video
Holiday Classic Movie and Dinner Event, Silver City Cinema, 115 W. Sixth St., Leadville, 719/966-3005. $8-$39/ with dinner. The Independence Film Fest of Colorado presents a screening of White Christmas with introduction by Victoria Paige Meyerlink, dinner and live music. Sun., Dec. 2, 4 p.m.

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, Presenting Jenna Bush and Patricia Schultz, Nov. 29. Guillermo Vincente Vidal, Nov. 30. Frank McCourt, Dec. 3. Caroline Kennedy, Dec. 4. Rich King, Flint Whitlock and Carolyn Jessop, Dec. 5. Rod Hanna and Robert Liparulo, Dec. 6. Lara Santoro and Mike Strunk, Dec. 7.

National Grinch Tour, Tattered Cover Bookstore, 1628 16th St., Denver, 303/436-9210 ext. 2737. Free. Meet the Grinch in celebration of his 50th birthday and Dr. Charles D. Cohen, author of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! A 50th Anniversary Retrospective. Fri., Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m.

University of Denver Writers Series, Newman Center, Gates Concert Hall, 2344 E. Illif Ave., Denver, $38-$49. Presenting 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 Plaid Tidings, featuring the Forever Plaid quartet, through Dec. 23. Alex Komodore, Thurs.-Fri., Jan. 24-25, 7 p.m. The Mercury Ensemble String Quartet, Thurs., Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Windy Peak, Thurs., March 6, 7 p.m.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, Presenting Bluegrass Christmas with Timothy P and the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers, Thurs.-Sat., Dec. 6-8, 7:30 p.m.

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 Contested Lands: Photographs around the Picket Wire through June 1.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500, Chapungu: Custom and Legend, A Culture in Stone, through Feb. 29. Blossoms of Light, Dec. 1 to Jan. 20.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303/322-7009. $10-$20. Featuring TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition through Jan. 6.

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 303/376-6720, $5-$9. Presenting Zoo Lights, 35 acres of lights and animated sculptures, Dec. 7 to Jan. 6, 5-9 p.m.

Mountain Park Environmental Center Events, 9167 Mountain Park Road, Beulah, 719/485-4444, $5, members free. "Almost Winter Hike," Sun., Dec. 9, 10 a.m. "MPEC Winter Open House," Sun., Dec. 9, 12:30-3:30 p.m. "Winter Solstice Drum Circle," Fri., Dec. 21, 6:30-8 p.m.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, $4.95-$7.95, kids 2 and under free. Featuring Wild & Woolly: Ice Age Mammals, through Jan. 27. Showing the film Whales on the Extreme Screen through April 2008.

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, Featuring La Cage aux Folles through Dec. 23. 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, $15-$20. Featuring The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) through Dec. 31.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, 720/946-1388, Presenting Starship Troy, featuring a motley space crew, $5-$7, through April 23. tRUNks: A Live Comic Book through April 19.

Byers-Evans House Museum, 1310 Bannock St., Denver, 303/620-4933. $10. Featuring Christmas Teas for the Holidays, enjoy museum tours followed by a tea, $14-$18, Dec. 8-19.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, Presenting Tom Papa, Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. Billy D Washington, Dec. 5-9. Greg Warren, Dec. 12-16. BT, Dec. 21-22. Adam Ferrara, Dec. 28-31.

Denver Center for Performing Arts, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4100, Presenting Pride and Prejudice in the Buell Theatre and The Diary of Anne Frank in the Space Theatre through Dec. 15. My Fair Lady, March 26 to April 6. A Chorus Line, May 4-17. 3 Mo' Divas, May 9 to June 29. Sweeney Todd, June 17-29.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/468-2030, Presenting Don Pasquale, $28-$157, Feb. 8-17. Avenue Q, Sept. 9-21.

Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/422-4090, $11-$13.50. Presenting The Man Who Rented Christmas, a holiday comedy for all ages, through Dec. 15.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, Presenting Beauty and the Beat, Feb. 8-24. Thoroughly Modern Millie, April 18 to May 4.

Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 303/294-9258, $10. Presenting Marx in SOHO, a play on history by Howard Zinn, through Jan. 25.

Miner's Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden, 303/935-3044, $18-$20. Presenting A Tuna Christmas, a holiday comedy set in Tuna, Texas, through Dec. 23.

Theater Off Broadway, 1124 Santa Fe, Denver, 303/777-3292, $12-$22. Presenting Tiny Tim Is Dead, a Christmas journey into the world of a group of urban street people, through Jan. 5.

special events
Nightlife: The Andy Warhol Soap Factory Costume Party, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303/443-2122. $10-$15. BMoCA's end-of-the-year bash with art, music, fashion and Andy Warhol costume contest. Fri., Nov. 30, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

West Custer County Library Arts & Crafts Show, Cliff Lanes, 25 Main St., Westcliffe, 719/783-2716. Vendors will offer handcrafted jewelry, greeting cards, stationery, hand-knit and quilted items and more. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 2, 9:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Concerts for a Cure, Swallow Hill Music Hall, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, 303/232-2462, Bob Haworth, a former member of The Kingston Trio and The Brothers Four, will present a Christmas concert benefiting Parkinson's research and treatment. Sun., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.

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