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Wireworks Coffee Shop and Gallery, 103 S. Union Ave., - Pueblo, 719/671-8775. Featuring A New York State of - Mind, expressionist paintings by Joel Carpenter, through - Jan. 15.
  • Wireworks Coffee Shop and Gallery, 103 S. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/671-8775. Featuring A New York State of Mind, expressionist paintings by Joel Carpenter, through Jan. 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 The Medal is the Message through May.

Art on South Main Cooperative Art Gallery, 205 S. Main St., Pueblo, 719/542-6838, Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Black and White Art Show through Jan. 31.

The Beacham Gallery, 2002 Monteagle St., 390-6685. Open Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Inside/Out Youth Services Benefit Art Show, works by Barb McAdams, DeLane Bredvik, Kay Kahn, Frederick Lyle Morris and Sam Michellas, through March 31.

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 The Damn Big Art Show, a group exhibit of sculpture, paintings, collages, mixed media, drawings and photos, through Jan. 27.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring Fun at Art, mixed-media paintings by Angie Wisdom, Jeanne Boswell and Martha Marple, through Jan. 15. Young and Old: A Look at the Future, paintings by Sonja Carr, Jan. 15 to Feb. 26. Album Amicorum: Gems of Friendship in a Frightened World, an exhibit of marbled papers from artists around the planet, Jan. 18 to March 1. Opening reception, Fri., Jan. 18, 5-8 p.m. Unified, paintings by Brett Wilson, Jan. 18 to Feb. 26. Artist's reception, Fri., Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, Open Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7 p.m. Featuring Performing Identities, photos and videos exploring the ideas of self-representation and the construction on personal identity, Jan. 11 to Feb. 16. Reception and curator's talk, Fri., Jan. 25, 4:30 p.m.

The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277. Fallen Apples Productions presents Life Through the Lens, a new look at nature by photographer Bruce Rieger, through Jan. 31. Ten percent of proceeds donated to a participating nonprofit of the buyer's choice.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Impressionist and Modern Masters, works from the New Orleans Museum of Art, through March 9. "Art Lovers Night" with free docent tour, Jan. 12, 5-8 p.m. Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe, May 3 to July 5.

Duryea Fine Art, 1003 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9050, Open Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Dream Trees, a series of imaginary trees by Bill Duryea, through March 31.

Eichman Gallery, Park State Bank and Trust, 710 W. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 687-9234. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat., 9 a.m. to noon. Featuring oil and watercolor landscapes by Kristine Stewart through Jan. 25. Opening reception, Fri., Jan. 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

El Pomar Carriage Museum, 11 Lake Circle, 577-7065, Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., 1-5 p.m. Featuring Masterpieces of Colorado Landscape, through Feb. 3.

FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, 634-5583, Open Tues.-Sat., 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. "Museum Discovery Day," with guided family-friendly tours, Jan. 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Heebee JeebeeS, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring Zenon, comic book and fine art works by Gary Grossman and Kollin Strand, through Jan. 26.

Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471-1360, Featuring oil paintings by Laura Reilly through Jan. 31.

Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr., 531-6333 ext. 2258. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun., 1-5 p.m. Featuring Bob McIntyre Photo Exhibit, photographs of Broadmoor Hotel visitors including past presidents, sports personalities and celebrities, through Jan. 31.

Novis Gallery, 206 N. Tejon St., 633-6903. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring works by Julie Sprinkle, Hal Gimpelson, Russ Lewis, Hank Miller, Chris Coleman, Lorraine Danzo, Larry Wilkinson and Diane Vallejo.

Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., 636-1225. Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring On the Mountain with AdAmAn, photographs and artifacts from the AdAmAn's 85-year tradition of scaling Pikes Peak on New Year's Eve, through Jan. 15.

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, through Jan. 30.

OpticalReverb at Stones, Bones and Wood, 6970 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.

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 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 Painting for Entertainment, works by Joe Harris, through Feb. 2.

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 An Inspirational Journey, through Jan. 18.

Rubbish Gallery, 17B Bijou St., 440-5638. Open Fridays, 5-10 p.m. Featuring Psychic Menagerie, works by Holly Conlon, Jan. 11 to Feb. 1. Opening reception, Fri., Jan. 11, 5-10 p.m.

Ruth Holley Branch Library, 685 N. Murrary Blvd., 597-5377. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presenting new works by Juanita Canzoneri utilizing collage and mixed-media beneath glass mosaic through Jan. 31.

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 Jan. 31.

The Secret Totem Gallery, 316 N. 25th St., 633-3134. Featuring Beyond the Mind's Eye: UFO and Alien Art through Jan. 31.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, Open Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Featuring Love Letters Home, works by Sarah Milteer, through Jan. 17. Seventh annual FutureSelf Celebration, through Jan. 17.

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, through Feb. 9.

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.

Wireworks Coffee Shop and Gallery, 103 S. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/671-8775. Featuring A New York State of Mind, expressionist paintings by Joel Carpenter, through Jan. 15.

art events
"Art Now: Open Studio 101," Studio 101, 2609 W. Colorado Ave., 291-5198, $10. Kids can enjoy a 90-minute fine art lesson celebrating action art, the creative process and artists like Jackson Pollock. Sat., Jan. 12, 9 or 10:30 a.m., and 1 or 4 p.m.

"Chance Operations and Fine Printing: The Artist's Books of Robin Price," CC's Worner Campus Center, WES Room, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Fine printer Robin Price will present a slide-illustrated lecture on her work and its place in the contemporary book arts scene. Mon., Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m.

"Pots by the Pound," Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, An annual pottery and art sale, with items priced by the pound. Runs through Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Auditions & Entries
Colorado Springs Children's Chorale will hold treble auditions for singers ages 7 to 12 on Sat., Jan. 12. Call 633-3562 for more information.

Soli Deo Gloria, a 130-voice, adult, non-auditioned community choir conducted by Brad Peterson, will hold its spring semester registration at 6:30 p.m., prior to the first rehearsal on Mon., Jan. 14, at Benet Hill Monastery, 2555 N. Chelton Road. Rehearsals are Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. Call 593-1438 for information.

Smokebrush Gallery and Foundation for the Arts and the Business of Art Center's Big Picture Discussion Group are seeking 2D and 3D art for the State of the Union art exhibit in February. Submissions are due Jan. 14. They may be e-mailed, mailed or delivered to Smokebrush Gallery. Visit or for details.

Manitou Springs Carnivale Parade is seeking parade participants including individuals and groups. Family-friendly giant puppets, many-people snakes and dragons, creative costumes, musicians, human- or animal-powered floats and more are encouraged. The theme is "Faces in the Crowd." Meet at Memorial Park on Feb. 2 at 12:30 p.m. for the 1 p.m. parade. Call 685-9127 for more.

Pikes Peak Philharmonic will hold concerto competition auditions for students through the high school level on Sat., Feb. 9. Win a cash prize and an opportunity to perform with the philharmonic. Call 471-7605 for more.

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company announces auditions for Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Feb. 11-12, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Strong actor/singers are needed. Prepare 16-32 bars of song, and bring a headshot and rsum. Call 477-4387 for an appointment.

The Pride Center's OutWord Writing Group is seeking entries from local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons for inclusion in its LGBT anthology. Guidelines are available at or call 352-2007. Entries accepted until March 21.

Civic Opportunities
Fountain Creek Restoration Public Forum and Open House, Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 633-6620, Learn about the effects of urbanization along the creek and how local conservation efforts can benefit the community. Thurs., Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m.

Military Sustainability: Search for Common Ground, Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, 214 E. Vermijo St., RSVP to Steve at: Free. PPJPC will host a roundtable discussion. Thurs., Jan. 10, 7-9 p.m.

Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council Outreach Meeting, Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333. Free. Learn how restorative justice can help bring together offenders, harmed parties, supporters and affected community members for positive resolutions. Thurs., Jan. 10, 1:30 p.m.

Benefit Rummage Sale & Bake Sale, Ashley Photography Studio Building, 15 S. Wahsatch St. Mary Lynne Ashley: 205-7236, Baked goods and rummage sale items can be dropped off Jan. 10, noon to 8 p.m. All proceeds will go toward the immediate need to make the Tobin-Freeman family's home wheelchair accessible. The sale runs Jan. 11-12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fort Carson Town Hall Meeting, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 439-7544, Free. Learn how our community is responding to the influx of 40,000 new soldiers and family members. Mon., Jan. 14. Workshops, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Panel discussion, 5-7 p.m. Social hour, 7 p.m.

Voices for Change: A Debate and Community Forum on Presidential Grassroot Campaigns, Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 473-8713. $10 suggested donation. Hear from representatives for the Democratic presidential candidates and sign up for volunteer opportunities. Wed., Jan. 23, 6 p.m.

Winter Clothing Drive, The Leechpit, 708 N. Weber St., 634-DORK. Bring donations to The Leechpit between noon and 6 p.m. daily, and they will be distributed throughout the winter at Shove Chapel's Sunday soup kitchen. The store will offer a 15 percent discount with a donation.

ONE " The Campaign to Make Poverty History, Panera Bread Community Room, 7344 N. Academy Blvd., Free. Learn what you can do to help make poverty history and meet like-minded people. Meets the first Sunday of the month, 1:30 p.m.

Clubs & Organizations
Colorado Springs Young Professionals Networking Night, McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St., 232-6765, Free. Come network in a relaxed environment with like-minded, career-driven, young professionals. Thurs., Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m.

The Apartment Association of Southern Colorado will host an open house at its new location in the Offices at the Park, 2790 N. Academy Blvd. #227, RSVP to: 264-9195. Thurs., Jan. 10, 5-8 p.m.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Networking Groups, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3730. Open to any individual seeking new employment. 50+ Group, Thurs., Jan. 10 and 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Executive Group, Fri., Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to noon. Professional Group, Wed., Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Veterans' Group, Wed., Jan. 23.

Friday Night Singles, First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., 884-6229. Join area singles ages 30+ for contemporary worship music, testimonies and activities including volleyball, movies, board games and meeting new friends. Fri., Jan 11, 7-10:30 p.m.

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

Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission annual meeting, Gill Foundation, 315 E. Costilla St., 632-6189, Free. Members and supporters are invited to hear updates on programs and plans for the coming year with an opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions about the PPJPC. Sat., Jan. 19, 2-4 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, 5:30-7 p.m.

Academy Toastmasters, DeVry University, 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd., 494-2777. Free. Learn to be a better speaker. Visitors welcome. Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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

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.

National Organization of the Mentally Ill (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.

Pueblo Veterans for Peace, Barkman Branch Library, 1300 Jerry Murphy Road, Pueblo, 719/544-3753. Screening The News Dissector, a video examining today's media, with Danny Schechter. Meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

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.

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.

Blazer Ski Club, Valley Hi Golf Course Clubhouse, 610 S. Chelton Road, 577-7755. Offering weekend ski trips, golf, hikes, social events and dinner meetings for mature adults. Meets Wednesdays.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Film & Video
Journey to Community Film Series, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717, Free. Screening the 1956 Academy Award winner Around the World in 80 Days, Sat., Jan. 12, 6:30-10 p.m. Screening 1962 Academy Award winner Lawrence of Arabia. Sat., Jan. 19, 6:30-10 p.m.

Food & Drink
Blue Star Events, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. "Seghisio Wine Dinner," $60, Mon. Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Wine Tastings, $20, "Sonoma Wines," Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m. "Italian Reds," Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m. "Lorie Valley Wines," Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m. "Wines with Chocolate," Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.

"Cooking for Weight Management," Whole Foods Market, 7635 N. Academy Blvd., 531-9999. Free, reservations recommended. Registered dietitian Martha Rosenau will demonstrate how to prepare delicious dishes ideally suited for managing your weight. Wed., Jan. 16, 6 p.m.

Health & Healing
Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, "Inner Silence with Christopher Douglas," Jan. 10-11. "Open Forum: The Miracle of Love Seminar," Jan. 14. "The Elements of Magic," Jan. 16. "Breakthrough Breathworkshop," Jan. 21. "Recharge and Rejuvenate," Jan. 25. "Open Forum: Welcoming Dr. James Maguire," Jan. 28.

Gentle Strength Wellness & Herb Shop Events, 4831 Barnes Road, 533-0707. "Stress Buster Open House," Jan. 12, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. "Herb Specialist Course," Jan. 14, 15 and 17, 6-10 p.m. "Free Journey Drumming Circle," second and third Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

"Metaphysical Support Night," Bodywork University of the Rockies, 2760 N Academy Blvd., #206, 444-0708, Free. Come share with like-minded individuals and perhaps gain new insights. Tues., Jan. 15, 6-7:30 p.m.

"New You for the New Year," Woodmen Valley Chapel, Rockrimmon Community Center, Room 118, 290 E. Woodmen Road, 388-5002, Free. The MS/Lupus Wellness Group presents guest speaker Paula Kelly with tips on proper nutrition, hydration and healthy living. Tues., Jan. 15, 10-11:30 a.m.

"TLC for Breast Cancer Survivors," Memorial Administrative Center, Room A, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 365-2535. Free, registration required. Learn tools or lifestyle change with discussion of science, nutrition, physical activity and complementary medicine. Wednesdays, Jan. 16 to Feb. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

"Pathways to Peaceful Living," Memorial Administrative Center, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 365-2535. Free. Learn stress-management strategies and more. Sat., Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Family-to-Family Mental Health Classes, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) of Colorado Springs, 473-8477. Family members of those with mental illnesses can learn about coping during crisis and relapse, medications, communication techniques and more in this 12-week course. Woodland Park begins Mon., Jan. 14.

"Freedom from Codependency Workshop," Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, 388-4972, $30/$20 for additional family members. Identify unhealthy, codependent behaviors and learn to find personal wholeness and build healthier relationships. Tuesdays, Jan. 22 to March 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery: Hurts, Habits and Hangups, Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Road, 597-4402. Free. Christ-centered, 12-step ministry. Fridays through Dec. 26, 7-9 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 times.

12-Step Celebrate Recovery Meeting, Springs Rescue Mission, 5 W. Las Vegas St., 622-6879. Free. Christ-centered, 12-step study. Celebrate Recovery workbook provided. Mondays, Jan. 21 to Dec. 22, 7-8pm.

"Reclaiming Your Life after a Cancer Diagnosis," Memorial Administrative Center, Room A, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 365-2535. Free. Learn how to focus on "heart-centered" living and redefine your priorities. Sat, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 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., Suite B, 473-7609. Silent sit on Sundays, 9 a.m., (orientation 8:15 a.m. on first Sundays) and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. (orientation, 6:15 p.m.). Guided loving-kindness meditation, Fridays, noon. Mindful Movement and Meditation, first and third Saturdays, 9 a.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.

Faerie Moone Events, 1518 N. Academy Blvd., 591-2419, "Essential Oils Class," Wednesdays through May 7, 6-8 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 #216, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 303/813-9551, $8 suggested donation. Offering guided meditation and Buddhist teachings. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., #220, 444-2273, Classes from baby basics and parenting, to yoga, tai chi and more.

Lectures & Learning
"Is It Easy To Be Green?" Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut St., #250, 598-0200. The Institute for Advanced Studies at CTU presents Hilary Bradbury-Huang, an organizational-development expert, as she considers the changes required by the sustainability movement. Thurs., Jan. 10, 4-5 p.m.

"Manitou Soda Spring: A Font of Prosperity," Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., 636-1225. Donations welcome. Deborah Harrison, a local historian and author, will present a program on the spring and the Manitou Spa Building that houses it. Fri., Jan. 11, 11 a.m.

"Educating Children of Color" Summit, Colorado College, 447-9898 ext. 1030, Professionals $20, parents free. Hear national speakers discuss how to help children succeed. Sat., Jan. 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Strength in Service," La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Rd., 888/334-VETS, Free. Learn about the brain and body and how they are changed under the prolonged stress of deployment and military life. Sat., Jan. 12 or Sun., Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Relationship Workshops for Couples, Castle Rock Community Center @ The Grange, 3692 Meadows Blvd. Castle Rock, 303/814-2358, "Relationship Makeover in Only Three Hours," Sat., Jan. 12, 9 a.m. to noon. "Successful Couples Communication, " Sat., Jan. 12, 1:30-4 p.m.

"Recognizing Spiritual Messages in Your Daily Life," East Library Community Room, 5550 E. Union Blvd., 548-0874, Free. Presentation by members of ECKANKAR. Sat., Jan. 12, 2 p.m.

"Greg Mortenson: Education as the Cornerstone of Global Security," CC's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6038, Free. Greg Mortenson, author of the New York Times' best-selling book, Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Support Peace ... One School at a Time, will be discussing his experiences in Pakistan and Afghanistan. All proceeds benefit Pennies for Peace in Colorado Springs. Tues., Jan. 15, 7 p.m.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Presenting "Rsum Writing: Rsum & Portfolio Design," Jan. 10, 17, 24 or 31. "Self Employment: The Driver's Seat," Jan. 15 or 29.

"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.

Senior Resource Development Agency, 230 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8900, Offering classes including computers, aerobics, games, arts and crafts and more. "New Year Social," $3, Fri., Jan. 18, 2-4 p.m.

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

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.

El Pomar Carriage Museum, 11 Lake Circle, 577-7065, - Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., - 1-5 p.m. Featuring Masterpieces of Colorado Landscape, - through Feb. 3.
  • El Pomar Carriage Museum, 11 Lake Circle, 577-7065, Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., 1-5 p.m. Featuring Masterpieces of Colorado Landscape, through Feb. 3.

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., 632-7721, Featuring Kathryn Porter signing Too Much Stuff, Thurs., Jan. 10, 6 p.m.

Poetry Workshop, CC's Worner Campus Center #213, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 634-2367. $5, free to members of Poetry West. Denver Poet Laureate Chris Ransick will present a poetry workshop entitled "Hidden Things." Sat., Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to noon.

"luvsaverb" (It's Not Just Poetry) Open Mic and Discussion, Village Inn Restaurant, 5790 S. Carefree Circle, 233-1698, Free. All are welcome to listen and perform. This week's topic is "Holidays." Second and fourth Saturdays. Sat., Jan. 12, 9-11 p.m.

Borders Events, Borders Southgate, 2120 Southgate Road, 632-6611. Denver Broncos place kicker Jason Elam and co-author Steve Yohn will sign, Monday Night Jihad. Sun., Jan. 13, 2 p.m.

Mock Coroner's Inquest for Writers, Falcon Police Station Community Room, 7850 Goddard Street, 591-1511, RSVP by Jan. 11 to: $5, free to Sisters in Crime members. El Paso County Deputy Coroner Christina Herndon will present an interactive mock inquest. Sun., Jan. 13, 2-4 p.m.

GLBT Writer's Group, Pride Center, 2508 E. Bijou St., 352-2007. Free. Creative writing support and critique group open to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons. Tues., Jan. 14, 6:30-8 p.m.

Justice & Peace Book Group, Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, 214 E. Vermijo St., Book/$17. Reading Al Gore's latest, The Assault on Reason. Tuesdays, Jan. 15 to 29, 7-8:30 p.m.

Black Cat Books Events, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Scott Olson signing and discussing The Messages from the Dolphins, Wed., Jan. 16, 6-7:30 p.m. David Chorpenning signing and discussing Everyday Visionary, Thurs., Jan. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Poetry Night, Mon., Jan. 21, 7-9 p.m. Book Club (reading The Bookseller of Kabul), Thurs., Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m. Knitting Group, Sundays, 4-6 p.m. Occult Sciences Class, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Business Group with C.K. Reyes and Michelle Vandepas, Wednesdays, 8:45-10:15 a.m.

Colorado Springs Fiction Writer's Groups, 574-5571, Free. Discuss writing and publishing, critique works and socialize with other writers. Groups meet Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.

Thursday Night Recital Series, The Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 475-9747 ext. 510, $10-$15. Presenting chamber music by Margaret Miller and Friends. Thurs., Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, Winter Bash with Sawyer Brown, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Chris Young, Phil Stacey and Rissi Palmer, Thurs., Jan. 10, 7 p.m. Etta James, Fri., March 28, 7 p.m. Art Garfunkel, Sat., March 29, 7:30 p.m. B.B. King, Wed., April 9, 8 p.m. The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Fri., April 11, 7 p.m. America, Thurs., July 3, 7 p.m.

Festival Fridays, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center's Jackson Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7222. $4-$5. Food, fun and live music with Dotsero. Fri., Jan. 11, 5:30-9:30 p.m. The Martini Shot, Jan. 18. Bad Habitz, Jan. 25.

CD Release Party, Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, Free. Naked Jaybird Music presents a celebration of John-Alex Mason's new release, Town and Country, and music photography by Pamela Martinez and Rod Tanaka, through Jan. 13. Photographers' reception and CD release party, Fri., Jan. 11, 7 p.m.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $15-$52. Presenting Fire & Water, sounds of Stravinsky, Copland, Smetana and Mozart, 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.

January Jazz Event, The Olympian Plaza Event Center, 975 S. Union Blvd., 685-9451, $7-$10. Featuring The Swing Connection Dance Orchestra with Laura Davis. Sun., Jan. 13, 2-5 p.m.

Cowboy's Triple Play, Cowboys Nightclub, 3910 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-1212. $15-$19. Presenting country artists Luke Bryan, James Otto and Crossin' Dixon. Sat., Jan. 19.

Unity Concert, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 388-6895, $15-$20. Enjoy an evening of modern fusion jazz by some of the best musicians of the region, cultural cuisine and an art exhibition to promote social unity. Sat., Jan. 26, 6:00 p.m.

World Arena Concerts, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, Casting Crowns: The Altar and the Door Tour, Tues., Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Matchbox 20 with Alanis Morissette, Tues., March 4, 8 p.m.

Friends House Concerts, P.O. Box 38943, 329-1644, Presenting 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 Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, Etta James, Fri., March 28, 7 p.m. Art Garfunkel, Sat., March 29, 7:30 p.m. B.B. King, Wed., April 9, 8 p.m. The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Fri., April 11, 7 p.m. America, Thurs., July 3, 7 p.m.

Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, Presenting Jay Wendell Walker, Jan. 10-13.

Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, Featuring Broadway Broads and Gents: A Musical Review, $8-$36 (with dinner option), Jan. 11-12 and 19-20. The King And I, $8-$25, Feb. 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24.

The Men of Playgirl, Silver Moon, 117 E. Las Vegas St., 633-8463. $15. Catch this male revue on its national tour. Sat., Jan. 12.

Imagination Celebration Family Theater Season, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, $8-$15. Presenting Aesop's Fables with pre-show, kid-friendly art activities. Animal costumes encouraged. Tues., Jan. 15, art activities, 6 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, Fri., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. The Velveteen Rabbit, Sun., March 30, 2 and 4 p.m. If You Give a Pig a Party, Mon., April 21, 7 p.m.

Manitou Art Theater, BAC's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, $16. Presenting Burden of Poof starring Courtney Cunningham, an evening of clown comedy for adults. Thurs.-Sat., Jan. 17-19, 8 p.m., and Sun., Jan. 20, 2 p.m.

World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, Walking with Dinosaurs, Jan. 23-27. My Little Pony Live!, Feb. 1-3. Harlem Globetrotters, Sun., April 6, 2 p.m.

FAC Theatre, SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, $26-$29. Presenting 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.

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

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, Gypsy, Tues.-Wed., Feb. 5-6, 7:30 p.m. Opera Theatre of the Rockies presents Carmen, March 1-2.

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 Events, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, $20-$52/4-5 weeks. "Swing Dance Club," Jan. 10, 7 p.m. "Salsa Dance Club," Jan. 11, 7 p.m. "Teen Dance Club," Jan. 12, 11:30 a.m. "Tango Dance Club," Jan. 12, 12:15 p.m. "Foxtrot Dance Club," Jan. 14, 7 p.m. "Ballroom Basics," Jan. 15, 7 p.m. "Swing Dance Club," Jan. 17, 7 p.m.

Saturday Night Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195. $7-$9. Dance to live bands with a great mix of music. Sat., Jan. 12, 7:30-11 p.m.

Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 598-8624, $1-$5. Dance easy lines, Cotton-eyed Joe, Texas two-step, mixers, country waltz, cowboy cha-cha, easy squares and more. Family environment. Singles welcome. Sat., Jan. 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Instruction, 7 p.m.

English Country Dance, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 494-0563. For those 55+. Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m., beginning Jan. 14.

Open House for First Time Students, Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., Suite C, 520-1201, Free. Meet instructors and try Zumba, Yoga Booty Ballet, Masala Bhangra, Club-Style Salsa and more. Wed., Jan. 16, 6-8 p.m.

Polka Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195. $7-$9. Dance to the music of the Rick Borger Band. Sat., Jan. 19, 7:30-11 p.m.

Winter Ball, 2 Left Feet Dance Studio, 525 E Fountain Blvd #150, 471-FEET (3338), $15-$20. Beat the winter blues at this all-ages evening with dancing, food, beverages and dance performances. Sat., Jan. 19, 7-10 p.m.

English Country Dance, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 494-0563. $3. No partner required. Dancers ages 10 and over welcome. First and third Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.

Swing Lessons, Southside Johnny's, 528 S. Tejon St., 444-8487. Free. Learn to swing dance. Mondays, 8 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.

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 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. Fridays, 7-8 p.m.

Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition Meetings, Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo St., 303/660-5849, Get involved to enjoy and protect the wilderness. Thurs., Jan. 10, optional potluck, 6 p.m.; meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wilderness hikes on Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and March 15.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "Winter Twilight Walk," Jan. 11, 3 p.m. "Fountain Creek Winter Bird Count," Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m. "Twos and Threes Outdoors: A Winter Scavenger Hunt," Jan. 17, 10 a.m. "Hands-on Science," Jan. 19, 10 a.m.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights, 576-2251, "Cookie Burner Hikes," Jan. 12, 19 and 26, 10 a.m. "The Scoop on Animal Poop," Jan. 19 and 26, 1 p.m. "Watchable Wildlife Slideshow," Jan. 20 and 27, 1 p.m. "A Trek to Observe Tracks," Jan. 20 and 27, 2 p.m.

Beginner Cross-Country Ski Class, Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo St., 385-0045. $20 ($10 for additional family members). Learn the basics of cross-country skiing with an indoor session followed by outdoor practice. Mon., Jan. 14, 6-9 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 19.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Offering "Nature Explorers: Tricky Tracks," Jan. 17, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. "Princeton Scientific Expedition," Jan. 19, 10 a.m. "Animal Mask Making," Jan. 25-26, 10 a.m. "Little Wonders: Owling Around," Jan. 29, 2 p.m.

NABA Adult Baseball League Sign-Ups, 2645 Sunbird Dr., 964-7790, $85. The National Adult Baseball League is now forming for the 2008 season. Please e-mail to register. Informational meeting, Sun., Jan. 30.

Special Events
AIDS Orphans Benefit, Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, 499-3283, Innovative AIDS educator Amy Gillespie will present art produced by the children as well as a talk and slide show on AIDS Orphans Skills Center programs in Africa. A concert featuring Fairlight Moriah with Joe King and Canaan Vallejos will follow. Sat., Jan. 19, 6 p.m.

34th Silver Bell Award Celebration, Broadmoor West Ballroom, 1 Lake Ave., 570-7139. $01. Help honor the nominees and recipient of the award for outstanding volunteer of the year. Thurs., Jan. 24, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

"Silent Night" Coffee & Conversation, Starbucks Coffee, The Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Parkway, 265-6264. Inviting the deaf community, interpreters and those who love stories for coffee, conversation, activities and children's story time. Sundays, 4-10 p.m. Story time (ASL interpreted), 4-5 p.m.

Youth & Family
"Dancing Dogs," Pikes Peak Library District, 531-6333, Free. Watch these amazing dogs as they "dance" to music, then create your own dancing dog and doggie bookmark. Monument Branch, Sat., Jan. 12, 1:30 p.m. East Library, Sun., Jan. 13, 2 p.m. Old Colorado City Branch, Tues., Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m. Rockrimmon Branch, Sat., Jan. 19, 1:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 26, 10:30 p.m.

Rubbish Gallery, 17B Bijou St., 440-5638. Open Fridays, - 5-10 p.m. Featuring Psychic Menagerie, works by Holly - Conlon, Jan. 11 to Feb. 1. Opening reception, Fri., Jan. - 11, 5-10 p.m.
  • Rubbish Gallery, 17B Bijou St., 440-5638. Open Fridays, 5-10 p.m. Featuring Psychic Menagerie, works by Holly Conlon, Jan. 11 to Feb. 1. Opening reception, Fri., Jan. 11, 5-10 p.m.

Family Exploration Day, Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-9261, $4-$8. Explore machines and Lego steam engines while learning about the Industrial Revolution. Sat., Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Youth Work Zone Workshops, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3736, Free. Open to youth ages 14-21. "Making Bright Choices: Choosing the Career That's Right for You," Wed., Jan. 16, 4-5:30 p.m. "Career Preparation: Building Your Professional Self," Wed. Jan. 30, 4-5:30 p.m.

"GateCrashers Series: De-Stressing the College Application Process," The Colorado Springs School, Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 475-9747, Free. Colorado Springs area families are invited to attend this reception and lecture to learn more about the college admissions process. Wed., Jan. 16, 6-8 p.m.

Pueblo City School D-60 Science Fair, Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, 31001 Magnuson Ave., Pueblo, 719/948-9219. Sat., Jan. 19, 8 a.m.

Children's Story Times, Manitou Springs Public Library, 606 Manitou Ave., 685-5206, Enjoy weekly stories, fingerplays and songs for children birth through 5 years. Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m.

Free Thoughts-Free Kids Group, 210-9332, Join science, ethics and nature-related activities with the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs' new group for parents and kids. Promotes humanist principles and critical thinking. Events and meetings, first Sunday of the month.

"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.

Volunteer Opportunities
Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is looking for volunteers for the Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time Program, which protects children from witnessing parental disputes. Deadline for registration is Jan. 11, with training beginning Feb. 2. Call 447-9898 or visit for more.

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center needs volunteers to assist riders with disabilities during riding lessons. Training is provided and experience with horses is not required, but helpful. The age limit is 14 and older. Volunteer orientation is Sat., Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 495-3908 or e-mail for more.

The Children's Literacy Center needs volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring to children in reading. Attend one of the orientation and training sessions on Jan. 22, 23 or 24, 5:30-8 p.m., at 2928 Straus Lane, #100. Call 471-8672 or visit for more.

Explorer Elementary School in Academy School District 20 is looking for volunteers to work in the Peach Patrol, its literacy program. Mentors work one-on-one with first- and second-grade students following easy-to-use individualized lesson plans developed by the teacher. Contact Donna at 234-4429 for more.

American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers for its Cancer Resource Center and Road to Recovery programs. Responsibilities include helping people with information, comfort items and wigs and driving patients to and from treatments. Training provided. Call 636-5101 for more.

Project Angel Heart needs volunteers to deliver nutritious, medically appropriate meals to people with life-threatening illnesses as part of its "Cruise for a Cause" program. Call 800/381-5612 to volunteer for a 90-minute shift.

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.

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 children in need 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 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.

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.

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 & events
Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-4401, Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Free to members, $4 guests. Featuring Muiz: Remastered, photographs from the West Collection, through Jan. 20. Target Family Free Day, Sat., Jan. 12, noon to 4 p.m.

film & video
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303/322-7009. Presenting The Alps and The Living Sea on the IMAX screen, $4-$8, Jan. 11 to June 12. John Harlin III will discuss The Alps and his book The Eiger Obsession: Facing the Mountain That Killed My Father, $15-$18, Fri., Jan. 11, 7 p.m.

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, Presenting Amy Reeder Hadley, Jan. 11. S. David Freeman and Joanne Harris, Jan. 12. Active Minds Lecture: Iran & Global Nuclear Proliferation, Jan. 15. Alan Gottlieb, Jan. 15. Kim Sune, Cynthia James and Douglas Preston, Jan. 16. Steve Berry, Jennifer Kaufman, Karen Mack and Michael Shermer, Jan. 17.

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, $27-$30. Featuring Russia: Rebels on the Red Carpet from Jeffrey Siegel Keyboards Conversations, Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m. 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 Hugo Wolf Quartet, Jan. 24.

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, Blossoms of Light through Jan. 20, 6-9 p.m. Chapungu: Custom and Legend, A Culture in Stone, through Feb. 29.

Mountain Park Environmental Center Events, 9167 Mountain Park Road, Beulah, 719/485-4444, $5, members free. "Intro to Nature Sketching," Sat., Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Winter Afternoon Saunter," Sun., Jan. 27, 2 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 19th annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Jan. 10-13. 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.

Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/739-1970, $18-$24. Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League, Inc. (PHAMALY) presents One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Jan. 12 to Feb. 3.

Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303/321-5925, $20. Featuring Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women, a play about the milestones in women's lives, along with the Diary Museum, an exhibit of pages from real-women's diaries, Jan. 18 to Feb. 24.

The Bindery, 2180 Stout St., Denver, 877/862-6752, $10-$15. Presenting Closer, a story about love, lust and life, Jan. 18 to Feb. 18.

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

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, Presenting John Heffron, Jan. 10-12. Ralph Harris, Jan. 18-20.

Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303/444-7826, the $10-$13. Presenting, In The Belly of the Whale, a show investigating what it means to be Jewish in America today, Jan. 10-13.

Denver Center for Performing Arts, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4100, Presenting 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.

The Denver Victorian Playhouse, 4201 Hooker St., Denver. 303/433-4343, $20-$22. Presenting The Lion in Winter through Feb. 9.

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

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, Presenting Beauty and the Beast, 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.

Playwright Theatre, 2119 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303/839-1361, $17-$22. Vintage Theatre Productions presents Brilliant Traces, the story of two lost souls in the wilds of Alaska, Jan. 11 to Feb. 3. Shot in the Dark, Feb. 15 to March 16. Dinner with Friends, March 28 to April 20. The Boys Next Door, May 2 to June 1. Crazy Bag, June 6-20. A Streetcar Named Desire, Aug. 22 to Sept. 21. Murderers, Oct. 3 to Nov. 2. The Little Foxes, Nov. 14 to Dec. 14.

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