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Edifice Gallery, 325 N. Tejon St., 434-4866, - Featuring The Munny Show, works - by Ray Beckner, Lauren Potereiko, Josh Harvey, Holly - Conlon and others, through April 30.
  • Edifice Gallery, 325 N. Tejon St., 434-4866, Featuring The Munny Show, works by Ray Beckner, Lauren Potereiko, Josh Harvey, Holly Conlon and others, through April 30.

Art Shows & Galleries
Academy Frame Company, 7620 N. Academy Blvd., 265-6694. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Spring Fling, works by Kim Costello, Earl Blois, Cindy Jolly, Jose Zamora, Timothy Jackson and Judy Horton, through April 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 The Medal is the Message through May.

ARTSpace Gallery, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 385-7900. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring Faces of India, photos by Robert E. Bixler capturing the diverse expressions of Indian culture, through May 23.

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 Just Paintings, works by Debra Brewster, through April 28.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring Wunderkind 2008, through April 12.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, Open Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7 p.m. Featuring 1440 Minutes, a 24-hour art installation and exhibition on "Social Spaces." Fri., April 11, installation, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; reception, 5-8 p.m.

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. Free museum day, Sat., April 12. Featuring A Bold New Era, works from the FAC's permanent collection. Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe, May 3 to July 5.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Meditation Therapy, works by Roger Tolzman and Gary King, through April 14. Imagination Celebration Children's Art Show, April 17 to 28. Open house, Sun., April 20, 1-4 p.m.

Duryea Fine Art, 1003 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9050, Open Wed.-Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Painted Gardens, a series of plein air garden paintings by Bill Duryea, through June 30.

Edifice Gallery, 325 N. Tejon St., 434-4866, Featuring The Munny Show, works by Ray Beckner, Lauren Potereiko, Josh Harvey, Holly Conlon and others, through April 30.

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 Mixed Media, works by Mary Adoretti of Wildheart Studios and Lupita Carrasco, through April 25. Artists' reception, Fri., April 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

El Tesoro Restaurant & Gallery, 10 N. Sierra Madre St., 471-0106. Open Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring Three Man Art Show, works by George Sanchez, Bernard Sandoval and Marc Shereck, through June 30.

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. Free museum day, Sat., April 12. Featuring Altered Space: 21st Century Installation Art, through April 27.

Gallery Two-Ten, 210 E. Cimarron St., 632-2132. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring works by local and regional artists including John Baker, Laura Bigger, Chris Conklin, Susan Hinton, Deb Komitor and others.

Gertrude's Restaurant, 2625 W. Colorado Ave., 471-0887. Exhibiting Hunter-Wolff Gallery presents Janelle Cox, landscapes and travel-inspired paintings, through Dec. 31.

Heebee JeebeeS, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring Feast, photographic works by Rebecca Tillett, through May 31.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2501 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 The Joy of Art, works by Katherine McNeill, Terrie Lombardi, John Sherman, Janelle Cox, Kenneth Shanika and others, through April 30.

Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471-1360, Open Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Night and Day, cityscapes, night scenes and winter landscapes by impressionist painter Laura Reilly.

My Daughter's Deli and Espresso Bar, 2514 W. Colorado Ave., 266-1333. Open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring West of Eden, works by Gail Anne, and petite pastels by Lynn Chapman, through April 27.

OpticalReverb Gallery at The Creative Flow, 4 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-2430, Presenting A Ruxton Statement, featuring Justin Eagles, D.K. McDonald, Brett Wilson, Brenda Wheatbrook and others, through April 20.

OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 387-7212, Presenting Penman, works by Gary Blehm; The Divine Life, works by Spika; and Bridging the Gap, works by William K. Polley, Ken Nord, Halo and Jason Herzog, through April 20.

OpticalReverb at Stones, Bones and Wood, 6970 E. Lake St., Green Mountain Falls, Featuring Lakeside Paint Storm, works by Ken Nord, Lance Butcher and Will K. Polley, though April 20.

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 New Works Times Four, art by Sparky LeBold, Ramon Kelley, Desmond O'Hagan and Herman Raymond, through April 15.

Paragon Art Gallery, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presenting Frost and Fire, works by Julianza Shavin, through April 29.

PPCC Downtown Studio Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4020, Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Presenting Icons & Whispers: Domestic Dioramas, works by Rian Kerrane and Daisy McConnell, through April 15.

Raven's Nest Coffee, 330 N. Institute St., 632-3433. Featuring Arabic Calligraphy, paintings by Christopher Rieger, through April 30.

Rubbish Gallery, 17B Bijou St., 440-5638. Open Fridays, 5-10 p.m. Featuring O' the Webs We Weave, new paintings by Carlita Trujillo, April 11 to May 3. Opening reception, Fri., April 11, 5-10 p.m.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Preschool Fridays, 9-11 a.m. $3-$4, members free. Featuring Christo and Jeanne-Claude through April 19. Richard Hansen: Some Rocks, Some Water through May 3. SK Cothren: Captured Earth, Kate Leonard: Shallow Water and SW Pisciotta: Nature on the Grid through May 10. Shelter: Beauty, Sustainability, Function through May 17. Everyday is Earth Day, in the Buell Children's Museum, through May 31.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, Open Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Featuring The BobandKatasutra Show, two-handed drawings, paintings and more by Kat and Bob Tudor, through April 25. Salon, infrared photos by David Twede, through April 25.

Squash Blossom Gallery, 2531 W. Colorado Ave., 632-1899, Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring fine art and jewelry by local and regional artists including Donna Dellacroce, Mariya Zvonkovich, Tom Owen, Rick Young, Sherry Sander, Robert Deurloo and others.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, Featuring Metro Denver Artist's Invitational, a multimedia exhibit with works by 16 Denver area artists, through April 19. Girls Gone Wild in Hawaii!, works by Claudette Bedingfield, Suzanne Jenne and Bonnie Wendelburg, through April 20. Opening reception, Fri., April 11, 5-8 p.m.

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 1440 Minutes, a 24-hour art installation and exhibition on "Social Spaces." Fri., April 11, installation, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; reception, 5-8 p.m.

Pueblo West Vectra Bank, 154 McCulloch Blvd., Pueblo, 719/544-3753. Featuring works by Crystal Carkhuff, April 17 to June 8. Opening reception, Thurs., April 17, 4-6 p.m.

The Warehouse Restaurant, 35 W. Cimarron St., 471-1363. Featuring Pandora's Box Collections, an exhibit from the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society and Holmes Middle School art students, through April 30.

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 Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Starving Artists' Show & Sale, ceramics, paintings, jewelry and more, through April 24.

art events
"1440 Minutes," CC's Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., and UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 227-8263, Free. Presenting an evening of installation and performance art centering around the theme of "Social Spaces." A shuttle between the sites will be available. Fri., April 11, installation, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; reception, 5-8 p.m.

"Leave Your Footprint on Pueblo" Party, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, $75 membership. Party at the Arts Center with Studio 210. Wear green or recycled clothes and enjoy dance music, interactive eco-art, green food and more. Fri., April 11, 7:30-10 p.m.

Young People's Art Exhibition, Celebration Place, Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive East, 520-2027, Free. Enjoy artworks created by local students in grades K-12. Elementary School Exhibit, through April 12. High School Exhibit, April 18-26; opening reception, Tues., April 22, 5-7 p.m. Middle School Exhibit, May 2-10; opening reception, Tues., May 6, 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Red Mango Art Classes, Red Mango Gallery & Gifts, 1823 N. Corona St., 633-7060, Registration required. "Hanging in There," Sat., April 12, 1-3 p.m. "H20+ Paint = Unbridled Joy," Sat., April 19, 1-3 p.m. "Spray, Throw, Squeeze," Sat., April 26, 1-3 p.m.

Donor Mural Unveiling and Open House, Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5206, Free. The Friends of Manitou Springs Public Library will host the unveiling of a mural by David Gonzales to begin fundraising for the library's expansion. Wed., April 16, 7 p.m.

"Quality and Craftsmanship in Art and Culture: Creating a Legacy," Fine Arts Center Music Room, 30 W. Dale St., 477-4350, Free. The annual Krupinski Lecture will feature Josh Kempf speaking about his grandfather, Starr Kempf and the legacy of his life and work. Thurs., April 17, 10 a.m.

"Finding Our Voices," Gill Foundation, 315 E. Costilla St., 785-6809, This public exhibition and artists' reception recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month will include painting, poetry, drawing photography, sculpture, music and more. Fri., April 18, 4-8 p.m.

"Wine & Roses" Hunter-Wolff Gallery Grand Re-opening, 2510 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494. Free. Visit the gallery in its new Old Colorado City location, meet artist Mollie Plummer, enjoy live music and refreshments. Sat., April 19, 5-8 p.m.

Open Mosaic Classes, Full Spectrum Art Glass, 828-A E. Fillmore St., 389-1337. $13. Students at all skill levels will learn to make one-of-a-kind creations using mosaic techniques. Thursdays in April, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Additional session at Royalty Stained Glass, 5331 Montebello Lane, on Sat., April 26, 2-4 p.m.

Auditions & Entries
The Manitou Art Theater is seeking acrobats, circus performers, magicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, unicyclists and clowns of all ages for the Incredible Circus MAT 2008, May 2-11. Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave. Call 685-4729 or visit for more.

Smokebrush Gallery is seeking entries for "Shelter," an exploration of homelessness and dereliction through imagery and art. Artists are asked to consider the causes, results and perceptions of homelessness in the world today. The exhibit will open in June. Entries are due April 25. Call 444-1012 or visit for more.

NORAD is seeking entries for both an essay contest and a model airplane contest in celebration of NORAD's 50th anniversary. Entries are due April 25. For contest requirements and entry information visit or call 554-6889.

The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is seeking street performers for at least 66 performances scheduled for this summer. Auditions are Sat.-Sun., April 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Historic Spa Building at 934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Call 685-5089 for more.


Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts is seeking one-act and 10-minute plays for the New Rocky Mountain Voices 2008 competition to be performed in September. Plays must be submitted by May 1. Visit for rules and more.

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center is seeking entries in its "Savage Ancient Seas" Dino Art 2008 contest. Prizes will be awarded in categories from pre-school through adults. Entries are due May 23. Visit for entry forms and rules.

The Colorado Department of Education is accepting nominations for the Colorado Teacher of the Year. Applications are due Aug. 15. Visit or call 303/866-6932 for more.

Art on South Main Cooperative Art Gallery is conducting an open artists' call for new members to exhibit at its gallery in Pueblo. Call 719/542-6838 or visit

Civic Opportunities
"To Genocide We Speak: Understanding Mass Violence and Ethnic Conflict," CSU-Pueblo's Occhiato University Center Ballroom, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2156. Presenting a panel discussion with CSU Political science professors, an Air Force Academy professor and a survivor of the Khmer Rouge "education camps" in Cambodia. Thurs., April 10, 7 p.m.

"One Voice For Change" Barack Obama Rally, Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave., 527-4922. News Watchdog Service will host rallies across 38 states. Event includes food, entertainment, music and speakers. Sat., April 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Conversation on Key Issues with El Paso County Leaders," Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute, 303/866-2932. State Rep. Merrifield, State Sen. John Morse and House Speaker Andrew Romanoff invite the community to discuss state legislative progress and pitfalls. Sat., April 12, 10 a.m. to noon.

"The Colorado Party Conventions: Protecting Free Speech and Public Safety," CC's Slocum Hall, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St., 651-3001. Free. Join the Colorado Springs Chapter of the ACLU at their annual meeting and spring forum. Tues., April 15, 7-9 p.m.

"Moving Toward Peace and Prosperity," Giuseppe's Old Depot Restaurant, 10 S. Sierra Madre St., 481-1519. $22. The Pikes Peak Chapter of the United Nations Association-USA presents a dinner with Ellen Marshall speaking on international girls' and women's rights. Wed., April 16, 6-9 p.m.

Baggage Donation Program, Colorado Baggage Co., Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive E., #2296, 574-7404, Bring in your used luggage to donate to children in the Colorado foster care system. Each piece will receive a $20 discount toward new luggage, through April 30.

ONE " The Campaign to Make Poverty History, Panera Bread Community Room, 7344 N. Academy Blvd., Free. Meet like-minded people and learn what you can do to help end extreme poverty. Meets the first Sunday of the month, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Clubs & Organizations
Better Business Bureau: "Buzz with the Bs," Caddie Shack Restaurant at Valley Hi Gold Course, 610 S. Chelton Road, RSVP: $12-$15/includes breakfast. Cheri Enterline will discuss "SS Clutternot!" Fri., April 11, 7:15-9 a.m.

Colorado Springs Republican Women, Colorado Springs City Hall, 212 Kiowa St., 520-5088. Free. Featuring speaker John Newsome, District Attorney for the Fourth Judicial District, El Paso and Teller Counties. Tues., April 15, social time, 5:30-6 p.m.; meeting 6-7 p.m.

Ikebana Chapter 95, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 599-5552, $10, members free. Midori Allmeyer will demonstrate the principles of the Sogetsu School. Wed., April 16, 12:30 p.m.

National Organization of the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Annual Brunch, The Clarion Hotel, 314 W. Bijou St., 473-8477, RSVP by April 12. Michael George will talk about "The Recovery Model." Sat., April 19, 10 a.m. to noon.

Emotions Anonymous Support Group Meeting, Another Life Foundation, 801 N. Weber St., First Floor Conference Room, 216-7238, Free. A support group for individuals battling with mental illness and suicidal behaviors. Thursdays through June 26, 10-11 a.m.

Senior Community Employment Program, 1510 N. Hancock Ave., 635-3579. Offering free work search assistance and possible training and referrals for persons 50 and older through AARP. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pikes Peak Radio Amateurs Association, 282-8554, This club encourages interest in HAM radio, plans special events, participates in search and rescue efforts and more. Meets the second Wednesday, 7-9 p.m.

WINGS, 800/373-8671, Offering therapist-facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in which survivors are believed and accepted. Women's groups on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Men's group, Monday nights.

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.

Pikes Peak Flotilla 1 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, CSPD Sand Creek Division Command Station, 4125 Center Park, 391-2181. The public is invited to a monthly business meeting on the fourth Thursday, 6:30 p.m., excluding November and December.

The Breakfast Club, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive, 260-0651. Meet singles ages 50+ for a monthly breakfast and other activities such as hikes, dances, board games and more. First Saturday of the month, 9-11 a.m.

"Guys That Believe: Bible and God Stuff," Starbucks Coffee, 4465 Centennial Blvd., 963-5530. Free. Join other men in this Bible and life discussion. Saturdays, 8 a.m.

Air Force 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.

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.

Colorado Springs Chess Club, Acacia Apartments Building, 104 E. Platte, 685-1984, Free. The club is open for anyone who plays chess. Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m., arrive by 8 p.m. for access to the building.

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.

Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder Support Group, Disability Services of Colorado, 225 S. Academy Blvd., #104, 574-9002. Free. Offering weekly support meetings for individuals affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders and their families. Third Tuesday of the month, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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 bus ski trips, golf, hikes, social events and dinner meetings for mature adults. Meets Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.

Stroke Club, Disability Services of Colorado, 225 S. Academy Blvd., #104, 574-9002. Free. This group, for survivors of stroke and their families, has guest speakers as well as social gatherings. Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 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.

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.

Film & Video
De Colores: Lesbian and Gay Latinos, Max Kade Theatre, Room 300 Armstrong Hall, Colorado College, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6038, Free. Latino/Hispanic student group SOMOS presents this film highlighting the GLBTQ community within the greater Latino community. Thurs., April 10, 7 p.m.

Journey to Community Film Series, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717, Free. Presenting Schindler's List in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Month. Sat., April 12, 6:30-10 p.m.

"Movies without All the Hype," Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., 685-1861, By donation. Join the Business of Art Center on the first Thursday of every month to watch "the best movies you've never seen" followed by discussion. Thursdays, through July 3, 6-9 p.m.

Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Pride Center, 2508 E. Bijou St., 355-4078, $6. Full audience participation is encouraged for showings of this cult-movie classic. Saturdays, midnight to 2 a.m.

Food & Drink
Wild Oats Events, 3180 New Center Point, 622-1099, "Springs Organic Food Enthusiasts Meeting," April 11, 6:30 p.m. "Tour of Thailand Cooking Class," April 12, 2 p.m. "birthNETWORK Meeting," April 16, 6:30-8 p.m.

Colorado Springs Fork & Bottle, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 E. Colorado Ave., 636-3084. Featuring more than 30 wines, hors d'oeuvres and live jazz. Proceeds benefit Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School. Sat., April 12, 6:30-9 p.m.

Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, multiple locations, 846-6108. Local law enforcement officers will volunteer as servers in Red Robin restaurants and collect tips to benefit Special Olympics Colorado. Sat., April 12, noon to 8 p.m.

"A Friendly Introduction to Wine," Mimi's Caf, 7133 N. Academy Blvd., 282-8688, $40/ind., $75/couple. This course by Experience Wine includes food, four wines, course handouts, textbook and more. Sun., April 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Wine Tastings, The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. $20. "Wines of Winemaker Peter Fraser," Wed., April 16, 6:30 p.m. "Spain: It's More than Tempranillo," Wed., April 23, 6:30 p.m. "Tequila!" Wed., April 30, 6:30 p.m.

Green Drinks, The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 964-3935, If you are interested or involved in "green" issues join this social networking and collaboration group of environmentally-minded people. Second and fourth Thursdays, 5-7 p.m.

Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz, Jack Quinn's, 21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766, Mondays, 8 p.m.; McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St., 633-3300, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

Health & Healing
"Caregiving Disentangled," PILLAR Center for Lifelong Learning, 30 E. Rio Grande St., 633-4991, Free, pre-registration encouraged. A workshop addressing issues of stress in caregiving for seniors, as well as Social Security, Medicare and other related topics. Fri., April 11, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

"The Art of Silence," Celebration Store Community Room, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 330-8892. Featuring Chris Douglas, former apprentice to Carlos Castaneda. Fri., April 11, 7 p.m.

Sacred Hoop Ministry Events, Yurt at 1515 County Road 21, Woodland Park, 687-4335, Offering "Flower of Life," April 11-13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Union of Polarities Seminar," Sat., April 19, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arthritis Education Day, Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main St., Pueblo, 303/756-8622, Free. A seminar on arthritis treatments, exercise plans and general information. Features keynote speaker Patrick Timms on "Mind and Body Connection." Sat., April 12, 8 a.m.

6th Annual Manitou Springs 9Health Fair, Memorial Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5089, Free to $30. Health education and basic health screenings for those 18 and up. Price varies depending on screening choice. Sat., April 12, 7 a.m. to noon.

Mountain of Authors, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333, - Free. Pikes Peak Library District will present 12 - authors (including Donita Paul, above) offering tips and - ideas on writing and publishing followed by a ceremony - introducing our areas first poet laureate. Sat., April 12, - 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Poet laureate ceremony, 4-6 pm.
  • Mountain of Authors, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333, Free. Pikes Peak Library District will present 12 authors (including Donita Paul, above) offering tips and ideas on writing and publishing followed by a ceremony introducing our areas first poet laureate. Sat., April 12, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Poet laureate ceremony, 4-6 pm.

Woman's Story Spiritual Group, Mount St. Francis, St. Francis of Assisi Church Ministry Center, 2650 Parish View, Room C, 598-5486. Consider how the ocean and nature relate to your own spiritual journey. Sun., April 13, 2-3:30 p.m.

Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, Offering "Healing Tools of Light Training Class," April 13. "Creative Discovery Open House: Clarifying Your Life Purpose," April 14. "Transmission Meditation," April 15. "Animal Wisdom: How to Escape from the Zoom of Life," April 16. "Magick of Archangels," April 17. "Applied Energetics Wisdom Workshop," April 19. "Personal Healing Sessions," April 20-21.

Metaphysical Support Group, Bodywork University of the Rockies, 2760 N. Academy Blvd. #206, 444-0708, Free. Share your experiences of the inexplicable and meet members of the metaphysical community. Tues., April 15, 6-7:30 p.m.

MS/Lupus Wellness Group, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Rockrimmon Community Center, #100, 290 E. Woodmen Road, 638-1700, Free. Optometrist Jerry Hendricks will present "The Better To See You With." Tues., April 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Candlelight Yoga, Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., 520-1201, Experience yourself at a deeper level and restore your body, mind and spirit all by candlelight. Thursdays, 7:15-8:15 p.m.

Buddhist Meditation Classes, High Plains Church (education building in back), 1825 Dominion Way, 303/813-9551, $10/class. Offering guided meditation and teachings with Buddhist nun, Gen Kelsang Losel. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

The Moving Word, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., 291-3120, Free. Deepen your relationship with God through dance, scripture and prayer. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. (No meeting May 3.)

"All About Alzheimer's: An Introduction to the Disease," Alzheimer's Association, 2135 Bolt Ave., 266-8773. Learn about the differences between Alzheimer's and other dementias, and normal memory loss due to aging. Third Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 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.

Buddhist Vipassana Meditation, Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite B, 473-7609, Meditation on Sundays, 9-10 a.m., and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., with 6:15 p.m. orientation (required if new). Loving-Kindness Guided Meditation, Fridays, noon to 1 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, 7-9 p.m.

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 through Dec. 22, 7-8 p.m.

Yoga for Special Needs, Yoga Journeys Studio, #201, 709 N. Nevada Ave., Pat: 375-1922. Yoga class 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.

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.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., #220, 444-2273, Classes from baby basics and parenting, to yoga, massage and more. Registering now for April classes.

Lectures & Learning
Gardening in the Pikes Peak Region, CSU Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd., 636-8923. $8/class. Presenting "Ornamental Grasses and Hardy Shrubs," Thurs., April 10, 6:30 p.m. "Planting for Beneficial Birds, Bugs and Bees," Tues., April 15, 2 p.m., or Thurs., April 17, 6:30 p.m.

"Creating a Successful Nonprofit Organization," Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 ext. 2335, Free. Learn about paperwork and filing requirements for nonprofits as well as how to incorporate and file with the IRS. Thurs., April 10, 8-10 a.m.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3730, Presenting "Rsum Writing: Rsum & Portfolio Design," April 10, 17 or 24. "Job Shop: Guided Job Search," April 15 or 29. "Self Employment: The Driver's Seat," April 22.

UCCS Graduate School Open House, UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3072, Free. Opportunity to explore the graduate programs offered at UCCS. Thurs., April 10, 5:30-7 p.m.

"Colorado Merchant Tokens: A Unique View of History," Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., 636-1225. Donations welcome. Local bookseller Bob DeWitt presents on the role of merchant tokens in understanding local history. Fri., April 11, 11 a.m.

"From Conflict to Cooperation: The European Union Today," UCCS University Center, # 116A, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 427-8036. Free. Curiosity Unlimited presents Patricia Keilbach on the EU's development and present position. Fri., April 11, 9:30-11 a.m.

"Mining & Minerals: The Foundation of Society," Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880 $50, includes lunch. The Colorado School of Mines accredits this informational seminar on modern mining methods, environmental impact, and Colorado's mining heritage. Sat., April 12, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Henderson History Day, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, Featuring student history day projects. Sat., April 12, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"Travels into the Heart of Humankind," UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3068, Free. Helene Tremblay shares her experiences of living with families in 116 countries. Mon., April 14, reception at 5 p.m.; presentation at 5:30 p.m.

"Traveling in China," City Hall, Pikes Peak Room, Second Floor, 107 N. Nevada Ave., 287-7624, Free, reservations required. Colorado Springs Chinese Cultural Institute will give tips on visa requirements, food, language, transportation and culture. Mon., April 14, 6-8 p.m.

"Basics of Communication" Workshop, UA Local 58 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Hall, 229 E. Moreno Ave., 499-8425. Free, RSVP by April 11. Colorado Springs Labor Community Services will offer this lifestyle workshop. Mon., April 14, 5-6:30 p.m.

"Colorado Sparrows," Colorado Division of Wildlife, 4255 Sinton Road, 531-7076, Free. Dave Leatherman will speak on the taxonomic relationships, ID strategies and biology of often-dismissed sparrows. Wed., April 16, 7 p.m.

"Introduction to the Sales & Use Tax," City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., #102, RSVP: 385-5903. Free. The City's Sales Tax Division will give a two-hour class on the Sales & Use Tax system. Wed., April 16, 9-11 a.m.

Small Business Development Center Classes, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, "Understanding Financial Statements to Manage Your Business," April 17. "Human Resources 101," April 22. "QuickBooks Pro Intro," April 29.

PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations, 633-4991, $16-$44. Offering "Frugal Fashion," April 14. "Improving Sport Performance," April 15. "American Opera Made Easy," April 16. "The Wolves of Yellowstone," April 17. "The Prairie Rattlesnake," April 18. "A Guide to Confident Travel in Today's World," April 18 and May 6.

"Find Your Purpose and Create Your Future" Workshop, Manitou Springs High School SILC Building, 405 El Monte Place, Manitou Springs, 338-9407, $25 includes books. Learn a step-by-step process to find your passion and direct your future. Sat., April 19, 9 a.m. to noon.

"Life on the Campaign Trail and Reflections on Campaigns," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6038, Mary and Elizabeth Cheney, daughters of Vice President Dick Cheney, speak about their experiences with the presidential campaigns of 2000 and 2004. Wed., April 23, 7:30 p.m.

Uranium Mining Exhibit, Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880, $4-$8, members free. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Back to the Future: Uranium, an exhibit on the history of uranium mining in Colorado, through April 26.

Torah-based Bible and Kabbalah Classes, Manitou Springs, 685-0999, Join on-going evening and Internet classes for Jews and non-Jews. Visit Web site for times and details.

Voices of America Lecture Series, CSU-Pueblo, Hoag Recital Hall, Pueblo, 719/549-2810. Free. Professor James Loewen, May 12, 2008.

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

District 11 Community Education Classes, various locations, 520-2384, Offering classes in foreign languages, dance, art, business, crafts, singing, movies, 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
W.C. Jameson Reading, CC's Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Hear the award-winning author of 50 books, and hundreds of articles, essays, songs and poems. Thurs., April 10, 7 p.m.

Great Books Discussion, Penrose Library, Second Floor Conference Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 ext. 1206, Free. Discussing books from The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler. Second Thursdays. Thurs., April 10, 6:45-9 p.m.

Barnes and Noble Bookstore Events, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9945, Free. Presenting Clifford the Big Red Dog story time and costume character, Fri.-Sat., April 11-12, 10:30 a.m.

Mountain of Authors, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333, Free. Pikes Peak Library District will present 12 authors from the Pikes Peak region offering tips and ideas on writing and publishing followed by a ceremony announcing our area's first poet laureate. Sat., April 12, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Poet laureate ceremony, 4-6 pm.

Golden Quill Award Presentation, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 634-2367. Free. Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District will present David Mason with the 2008 Golden Quill Award for his new book Ludlow. Sat., April 12, 4-6 p.m.

"Movin' to the Beat: Poems About Music," Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade, 531-6333, Free. Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest awards ceremony will honor six fourth- and fifth-grade students for their poetry. Sat., April 12, 10-11 a.m.

Heebee JeebeeS, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. - Open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring Feast, - photographic works by Rebecca Tillett, through May 31.
  • Heebee JeebeeS, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring Feast, photographic works by Rebecca Tillett, through May 31.

"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 or share. This week's discussion: Ethnic slurs and other derogatory terms. Second and fourth Saturdays. Sat., April 12, 9-11 p.m.

Activist Poet David Smith-Ferri, CSU-Pueblo's Occhiato University Center, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2089, Free. Hear David Smith-Ferri read his work and share slides of his encounters with the Iraqi people. Proceeds from his book will go to Iraqi war victims. Mon., April 14, 11:15 a.m.

Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012, Free. Laurie Wagner Buyer will sign her book Spring's Edge: A Ranch Wife's Chronicles, Tues., April 15, 6:30-8 p.m. "Caf Scientifique" with professor Rebecca Laroche on her work with the Institute for Medical Humanities, Tues., April 15, 6:30 p.m. Kari Grady Grossman signing and discussing Bones that Float: A Story of Adopting Cambodia, Mon. April 21, 6 p.m.

National Association of Pen Women Luncheon, Crescent Lily Inn, 6 Boulder Crescent St., 495-2702. RSVP by April 16. Marcia Hendrick, executive director of the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, will discuss how singing inspires more creative lives. Sat., April 19, 11:15 a.m.

Borders-Chapel Hills Events, 1710 Briargate Blvd., #209, 266-1600. Free. Russell Scott will sign Metagalaxy: The Beginnings, Sat., April 19, 1 p.m.

Amy Goodman Talk and Book Signing, KRCC, 912 N. Weber St., Journalist Amy Goodman, host of radio news hour Democracy Now!, will launch her third book with journalist David Goodman, Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Madness In Extraordinary Times. Sun., April 20, 3 p.m.

Black Cat Books Events, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Presenting "National Poetry Month Open Mic," Mon., April 21, 7-9 p.m. Knitting Group, Sundays, 4-6 p.m. Occult Science classes, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Business Group, Wednesdays, 8:45-10:15 a.m.

New Horizons Band Concert, Cheyenne Mountain High School. Lloyd Shaw Auditorium, 1200 Cresta Road, 634-2463. Hear two bands (symphonic and concert bands) whose members must be at least 40-years-old to play. Directed by retired music department chair Ed Nuccio. Thurs., April 10, 7:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Fri., April 11, 7 p.m. Wilco, Thurs., May 8, 8 p.m. America, Thurs., July 3, 7 p.m.

Friends House Concerts, P.O. Box 38943, 329-1644, Chris Smither, Fri., April 11, 7 p.m., $25. Girlyman, Fri., June 29, 7:30 p.m.

The Brass Roots Trio, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., 471-4361, $15-25. The Sacred Concert Series presents The Brass Roots Trio (horn, piano and trumpet) in concert. Free childcare. Fri., April 11, 7 p.m.

Rissman, Uveges and Braithwaite CD Release Party, First Congregational Church, 30 E. St. Vrain St., 209-4697, $12 admission, $16 with CD. Featuring Susan Rissman, Joe Uveges and KJ Braithewaite in concert with special guests Ken Janzen and Marty Sarlette. Fri., April 11, 7-9 p.m.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $15-$52. Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1, April 12-13.

The Prodigals, CC's Bemis Great Hall, 920 N. Cascade, 389-6607. $10, free with CC ID. Enjoy Celtic and Irish rock. Concert sponsored by Great Performers and Ideas. Sun., April 13, 8 p.m.

Lost in the Woods, Sunrise United Methodist Church, 2655 Briargate Blvd., 685-6468, $6-$9/ind., $18/family. Presenting the Pikes Peak Philharmonic playing works by Humperdinck, Tchaikovsky, Faure and Smetana. Sun., April 13, 3 p.m.

April Jazz Event, Olympian Plaza Event Center, 975 S. Union Blvd., 685-9451, $5-$10. Showcasing the music of the Brad Bietry Jazz Group plus dancing, cash bar and buffet. Sun., April 13, 2-5 p.m.

Abe Minzer Classical Piano Recital, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1128 E. Boulder St., 634-2478, Free. Works by Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Ravel and Dallapiccola. Donations accepted for Interfaith Hospitality Network. Sun., April 13, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Rick Derringer in Concert, Thirsty Parrot, 32 S. Tejon St., $30-$60. Since his beginnings with The McCoys in 1965, Derringer has penned hits like "Hang on Sloopy" and performed with Johnny and Edgar Winter, Alice Cooper, Todd Rungren and Steely Dan. Thurs., April 17, 8 p.m.

World Arena Concerts, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, Deirks Bentley with Bucky Covington and Lee Brice, Fri., April 25, 7:30 p.m. Carrie Underwood, Tues., May 13, 7:30 p.m. Volunteer Jam: The Charlie Daniels Band, .38 Special and Shooter Jennings, Wed., May 28, 7:30 p.m.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Performing Arts Series, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, Presenting Chanticleer, Sun., May 4, 4 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, Comedy Pet Theatre, Thurs., April 10, 7 p.m. Rent, Tues.-Wed., May 6-7, 7:30 p.m. Comedian Josh Blue, Fri., May 9, 8 p.m.

On the Verge, Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada Ave. $4-$5. Palmer High Masque and Sandal presents a kaleidoscopic adventure following three Victorian women as they travel through time. Thurs.-Fri., April 10-11, 7 p.m., and Sat., April 12, 2 and 7 p.m.

Good Lessons from Bad Women, Pikes Peak Community College Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., 520-SHOW (7469). $5-$10. Broadway actress Dorothy Leeds will present a bawdy one-woman romp through history featuring eight infamous female characters. Thurs., April 10, 7-8:30 p.m.

You Can't Take It with You, Lewis Palmer High School Auditorium, 1300 Higby Road, Monument, 488-4720. $4-$5. Lewis Palmer High School students will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy. Thurs.-Sat., April 10-12, 7 p.m.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Butte Theater, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-6402, $9.75-$14.75. Thin Air Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's popular romantic comedy, April 11 to May 10. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m.

Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, $8-$25/$36 with dinner. Presenting A Tuna Christmas, the sequel to last year's Greater Tuna, April 11-13. Always ... Patsy Cline, May 2-4 and 9-11. Dinner option, 6 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Sunday matinee, 2 p.m.

Comedy Show, Jake and Telly's Greek Cuisine, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #24, $10. Jim Wiggins, "The Last Hippie," will present his comedy gig, preceded by live music from Laura Rupejko. Mon.-Tues., April 14-15, 8 p.m. to midnight.

I Love a Piano, Arnold Hall Theater, U.S. Air Force Academy, 2302 Cadet Drive, 333-4497, $20-$35. Presenting a musical journey of American history through the eyes of composer Irving Berlin. April 16, 7:30 p.m.

World Arena Events, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, Disney on Ice: Finding Nemo, Thurs.-Sun., April 17-20. The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, Sat., May 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Murder Mystery Dinner and Show, Giuseppe's Depot, 10 S. Sierra Madre St., 264-9195, $35. Murder mystery set during a 1950s movie production. RSVP by April 12. Thurs., April 17; registration 5:30-6:30 p.m., program 6:30-9 p.m.

Women's Theatre Festival, BAC's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, $10-$16. Presenting Six Women Playwriting Festival, April 17-20. Hannah Rockey's Comedy Cabaret, April 18-26. Cups, by Joni Sheram, April 19-27.

Theatreworks, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, $12-$22. Featuring Playboy of the Western World, April 24 to May 3. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m., and Sun., 4 p.m.

Murder Mystery Fundraising Dinner, Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 630-7328, RSVP by April 11. $40/ind., $70/couple. Enjoy an evening of intrigue, elegance, romance and maybe even murder. Proceeds benefit the Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society. Sat., April 26, 6-8 p.m.

FAC Theatre, SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, $26-$31. Presenting 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.

dance parties & workshops
Intro to Tap Dance Workshop, Colorado Academy of Music and Dance, 975 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite F, 635-1004, Free, pre-registration recommended. Dancers, age 15 and older, are invited to a beginner's workshop and performance by instructor Amber Dunworth. Sat., April 12, 2-3 p.m.

Saturday Night Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195, $9. Featuring live big band, country, Latin and polka music. Sat., April 12, 7:30-11 p.m.

Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 Robinson St., 598-8624. $1-$5. Learn a variety of dances with licensed instructors. Singles and families welcome. No smoking or alcohol. Sat., April 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Instruction for new dancers, 7 p.m.

Colorado Ballroom Dance, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 598-8624, $5. Basic instruction of a dance rhythm and steps, then dance time. Waltz, fox trot, rumba, tango, salsa and cha-cha. Singles welcome, casual dress. No smoking or alcohol. Sat., April 19, instruction, 7 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Waltz Lessons, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 632-8091. Free, registration required. Members of the Broadmoor Waltz Club will lead traditional waltz practice sessions. Thursdays, 5-7 p.m.

"Ladies' Night Out" Burlesque, Rock your Yoga, 127 E. Bijou St., 661-4483, $10. Join other women and try a little shake and shimmy to burlesque tunes. Fridays, 8-9:30 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.

Springs Salsa and Dance Fitness Events, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., 520-1201, $10/first week. "Salsa 101" begins Tues., April 22, 7:15 p.m. Other classes include Zumba, Yoga Booty Ballet, Masala Bhangra, Cardio Combat, Tease 101and Candlelight Yoga.

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.

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

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

Ballroom Dance Classes, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., Arthur: 634-3029, Learn swing, salsa, tango, cha-cha, foxtrot, waltz and more. Open to members and non-members with all levels of dance experience. Registration on-going. Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Yoga Booty Ballet, Motion Studies, 4460 N. Chestnut St., $10. Try this new-school hybrid combining meditation, cardiovascular dance, ballet and yoga. Wednesdays, 7-8:15 p.m.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, Reservations: 520-6387. Offering "Kids' Night Out: Earth Day is Every Day," April 11. "Cool Science," April 12. "Nature Explorers: Dino Dig," April 17.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, Reservations: 520-6745. Offering "Art in Nature: Spring," April 12. "Birding for Beginners 101 Course," April 17, May 1 and 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., with birding field trips, April 19, May 3 and 17, 8 a.m. to noon.

Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 385-6086, Open Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Offering "Habitat, Habitat," 11 a.m., "Signs of Spring Discovery Walk," noon, and The Journey of Starsmore movie, 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in April. "Geology Rocks," April 12, 2 p.m. "Water Babies," April 19, 2 p.m.

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. Family Free Day, - April 12, noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Space Invaders - through June 8. 7 Minutos @ the MUSEO, the curator - picks her top seven artists who each have seven minutes - to share their work, $5, Fri., April 11, 7-9 p.m.
  • 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. Family Free Day, April 12, noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Space Invaders through June 8. 7 Minutos @ the MUSEO, the curator picks her top seven artists who each have seven minutes to share their work, $5, Fri., April 11, 7-9 p.m.

Tortoise & Hare Handicap 5, South Monument Valley Park, near the Bijou Street Bridge, Tim: 963-4432, $3, PPRR members free. Handicap is based on age, weight, height and gender. Sat., April 12, registration at 8 a.m.; race at 9 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park Guided Hikes and Programs, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights,, 576-2016. Offering guided hikes, kids' programs and naturalist-led talks. "Pursuing the Pasque Flower," April 13, 1 p.m.

Women's Fitness Solutions, various locations, Trish: 217-0987, Join other women for outdoor activities. First and third Sundays.

"America's Boating Class," Dorene: 632-8129, Pre-registration required. Pikes Peak Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will present an 8-hour class for novice and experienced boaters. Sat., April 19.

Special Events
24th National Space Symposium, The Broadmoor Hotel, 1 Lake Ave., 800/691-4000, Celebrate 50 years of space exploration with forums and speakers from civil, commercial and national security sectors. Thurs., April 10.

2008 Auto Show, Phil Long Expo Center, 1515 Auto Mall Loop, 596-5520. $5, kids 12 and under and military free. Colorado Springs Automobile Association will present a car show. Proceeds benefit Operation School Bell. Fri.-Sat., April 11-12, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., April 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebration Metaphysical Fair, Historic City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., 634-1810, $5 admission, $20 readings. Enjoy speakers, seminars, healers and readers, vendors and more. Fri., April 11, 1-9 p.m., Sat., April 12, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun., April 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Make-A-Wish Garage Sale Fundraiser, American Mini Storage, 74 N. Amherst St., 390-0800, $1 admission. Find some "hidden treasures" and help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado. Sat., April 12, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Blades for the Cure, Sertich Ice Center at Memorial Park, 1705 E. Pikes Peak Ave., $10-$20, kids 2 and under free. See an ice show hosted by world-renowned Olympic gold medalist and cancer survivor Peggy Fleming. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society in Colorado Springs. Sat., April 12, silent auction, 5 p.m.; show, 7:30 p.m.

Pokemon Mid-West Regional Tournament, Radisson Hotel, 1645 Newport Road, 597-7000. Free. Pokemon has announced the next round of organized play tournaments with the start of Pokemon Regional Championships. Sat., April 12.

Colorado IRS Offices' Last-Minute Tax Help, 2864 S. Circle Drive, 800/906-9887. IRS personnel will answer your tax-related questions. Sat., April 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Rocket Building and Launching, Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, 31001 Magnuson Ave., Pueblo, 719/671-2407. $9. Build your own rocket at the museum, and then launch it at the Hudson Ranch. Rocket building April 12; Launch April 19, 9 a.m.

Scout Free Day, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, 210 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, 686-1820, Scouts in uniform will be admitted free with paid adult admission. Over 30 dinosaur exhibits, marine reptiles and informational presentations. Sat., April 12, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Free Tax Help, Senior Resource Development Agency, 230 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8900, Get answers to your questions about income tax filing, through Mon., April 14.

Meet the Sky Sox, Penrose House Garden Pavilion, 1661 Mesa Ave., 634-7333 ext. 1000, $25-30. Meet players from the Sky Sox at this baseball luncheon sponsored by Sports Corp. Tues., April 15, noon.

Earth Day Unleashed!, Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., 502-3318. Free. Enjoy live animal exhibits, educational displays, guest speakers, earth-friendly information, music, food and more. Wed., April 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Puppy Love Fashion Show and Lecture, CSU-Pueblo's Occhiato University Center, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2810. $5. Enjoy a fashion show fundraiser and earn about PARVO and the importance of vaccinations for your dog. Proceeds benefit Animal Welfare & Protection Society. Wed., April 16, 7-9 p.m.

Autism Conference, The Lodge at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., registration: The Autism Society of the Pikes Peak Region will present renowned autism expert Dr. Temple Grandin and Jeff Newman, a student with autism, who will speak about their personal experiences living with the disorder. Wed., April 23, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Spring Dog Wash, Wag 'N' Wash, 1625 W. Uintah St., 264-6460, Suggested donation $10-$20. Enjoy a bake-sale treat while volunteers wash and dry your dog. Appointments recommended. Nail clipping also available. Proceeds benefit All Breed Rescue & Training. Fri., April 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pikes Peak Earth Day, Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada Ave., Free. This eco-friendly festival will feature "green" exhibits, entertainment, recycled art, games, crafts, a science fair and presentations to help you do your part to protect the planet. Sat., April 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Youth & Family
"The Gift," Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, 638-4000, $10-$15, students free. Author Jonathan Mooney didn't learn to read until he was 12, yet graduated from Brown University with an honors degree in English. He'll speak to parents, teachers and students about learning differences. Sat., April 12, presentation, 1-2:30 p.m.; student-only session, 2:45-3:30; booksigning, 3:45-4:15 p.m.

Box City, Steele Elementary School, 1720 N. Weber St., 303/446-2266, Register with Free. Kids in grades K-5 are invited to help build a box city combining art, architecture, city planning, creative thinking, design, construction and fun. Sat., April 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Kids Speak Out," Garden Pavilion at Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave., RSVP by April 9: Featuring a panel discussion with "twice-exceptional" high school students, young people who are identified as gifted and talented and also receive special education services. Tues., April 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

Imagination Celebration Family Theater Season, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, $8-$15. Presenting If You Give a Pig a Party, Mon., April 21, 7 p.m.

Parent Lecture Series: Title I Students, Bristol Elementary School, 890 N. Walnut St., RSVP: 328-4038. Dinner will be served. April 24 and May 12.

Children's Playhouse Series, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, Presenting If You Give a Pig a Party, Sat., April 26, 11 a.m. and 2 pm.

Tutoring in Reading, Children's Literacy Center, 2928 Straus Lane, 471-8672, Offering free one-on-one tutoring twice a week to children reading below grade level. Contact the center to learn if your child is eligible.

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.

Junior Jazzercise, Apex Tae Kwon Do, 5563 Powers Center Point, 649-0500, Ashley Lawless will lead kids ages 6-12 in high-energy, non-competitive dance and fitness routines set to music. Saturdays, 1:30-3 p.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 multicultural sing-along for families with children 0-3 years old. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

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

Pikes Peak Earth Day Orientation, Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Rd., RSVP: 520-5381, Join this orientation if you're interested in volunteering for Pikes Peak Earth Day. Dinner provided. Thurs., April 17, 6 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Field Institute is looking for volunteer crew leaders to correct erosion and trail damage in the Garden of the Gods. Training will be provided. Workdays are scheduled for April and May. Call 471-7736 or visit for more.

World Heritage is seeking families, couples or single parents who are adventurous, fun-loving and responsible to host a foreign exchange high-school student for the 2008-2009 school year. Call Jose at 800/888-9040 or visit for more.

Safe Place is seeking volunteers for their pet placement assistance program for terminally ill people. Responsibilities include poster distribution, mailing and placement of pets. Call 359-0201 for more.

Suicide Prevention Partnership is looking for volunteers to answer its telephone hotline. Applications must be 18 years or older and complete 32 hours of training. The organization asks for a 12-hour commitment each month. Call Mary at 573-7447 for more.

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens is seeking businesses, organizations and neighborhood groups that want to grow community gardens. A bi-weekly consultation and free seeds will get you started. Call 651-3416 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.

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 488-0880 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 Collette at 201-1497 or visit 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.

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.

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.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, - 720/865-5000, Featuring - Inspiring Impressionism, masterpieces by Manet, Degas, - Monet, Renoir and others, through May 25.
  • Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/865-5000, Featuring Inspiring Impressionism, masterpieces by Manet, Degas, Monet, Renoir and others, through May 25.

Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is seeking tax-deductible contributions to help feed and provide medical care for wildlife in rehabilitation. Call 683-8152 or visit for more.

Memorial Health System needs volunteers who want to make a difference as 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 its 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.

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.

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.

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

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., #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.

REACT (Radio Emergency Associated Communication Teams) is seeking new volunteers to assist in emergencies by furnishing radio communication in cooperation with authorities and other organizations. Call 440-1933 or visit for more.

Pacific Intercultural Exchange is seeking host families in El Paso County for English-speaking exchange students ages 15-18. PIE works to match students with families who have similar interests and lifestyles. To learn more, call 866/546-1402.

Care and Share Food Bank is seeking organizations to lead food drives, host a speaker at their workplace or civic group and visit Care and Share for a tour. Call 296-8032 or visit for more.

Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange is looking for people to work as community representatives as well as host families for foreign exchange students. All students are ages 15-18 and speak English. Call Anne Ring at 866/462-3423 for more.

Stitches from the Heart needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, sweaters and hats for babies in need. Items are donated to hospitals across the country. Patterns available. Yarn donations are also welcome. Call 866/472-6903 or visit for details.

Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is looking for volunteers to become advocates for children in court as well as volunteers for the Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time Program. No legal experience is needed. Call 447-9898 ext. 1008 or visit for more.

Black Forest Animal Sanctuary is seeking homes for 20 hounds from puppies to senior dogs to assist their terminally ill owner. For information on adoption or to make a donation, call 494-0158 or visit

PEAK Parent Center is recruiting volunteers to help with general office support and answering telephones. Call 531-9400 or e-mail for more.

Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care has an immediate need for administrative volunteers to work in its office at 5450 Tech Center Drive, #120, on a regular basis. Caring volunteers also are needed to visit patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Call 265-1109 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 800/287-9252 or visit for more.

Silver Key Senior Services urgently needs food donations. The Silver Key food pantry is almost empty and many seniors on fixed incomes rely on it when needs like rent and medication limit their ability to afford groceries. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at Silver Key, 2250 Bott Ave. Call 884-2300 for more.

Out of Town

art galleries & events
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, Free. Featuring Candyland, works by Heather Billings, through May 4.

Byers-Evans House Museum, 1310 Bannock St., Denver, 303/620-4933. Free. Open Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring Myron Wood: Photographs of the West, works by the renowned Colorado Springs photographer, through May 1.

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council Gallery, 772 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-0440, Presenting Imagination Celebration, a CHAC birthday show, through April 26.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/865-5000, Featuring Inspiring Impressionism, masterpieces by Manet, Degas, Monet, Renoir and others, through May 25.

Museo de Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, 303/571-4401, Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Family Free Day, April 12, noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Space Invaders through June 8. 7 Minutos @ the MUSEO, the curator picks her top seven artists who each have seven minutes to share their work, $5, Fri., April 11, 7-9 p.m.

Radius Gallery, Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood, 303/987-7850, Featuring Parallel Pathways, a retrospective of the lifetime work of ceramists Rodger Land and Mark Zamantakis, through May 30.

Sandra Phillips Gallery, 744 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/573-5969, Featuring Critical Encounters, Todd Walker's groundbreaking experimentation in digital photographic manipulation, through April 12.

SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, 719/742-3074, Open Tues. and Thurs., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Great Things in Small Packages, miniature art in a wide array of media, through April 19.

Translations Gallery, 773 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/629-0713, Featuring Blue, contemporary works by 15 artists through May 3.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, $4.95-$7.95, kids 2 and under free. Featuring Visions of the Boreal Forest, a fine art exhibit, through May 18. The Art of Robert Bateman, works by the internationally renowned wildlife artist, through June 1.

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, through June 12.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, Showing the film Whales on the Extreme Screen through April, and Australia: Land Beyond Time through August.

Boulder Bookstore Events, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, Presenting "Poetry Month Series: Writing the West," April 10. Sydney Solis (Storytime Yoga), April 14. Ashley Nebelsieck and Za Choeje Rinpoche (The Backdoor to Enlightenment), April 15.

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, Presenting Tony Jones (The Sacred Way) and Isabel Allende (The Sum of Our Days), April 10. Linda Alston (Why We Teach) and Charlotte Waisman and Jill Tietjen (Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America), April 11. Carol Sue Tombari (Power of the People: America's New Electricity Choices), April 12. Poetry Reading: Julie Carr and Noah Eli Gordon, April 14. Jane Smiley (Ten Days in the Hills), April 14. Robyn Scott (Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: The Story of An African Childhood) and Michael Connery (Youth to Power), April 15.

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Workshop, Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada, Free. Mark Stevens, author of Antler Dust, will discuss writing what you know vs. what you don't know. Sat., April 12, 1-3 p.m.

Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 303/294-9258, $8. Presenting jazz music and dance The Queen City Jazz Band, April 13. The David Booker Swingtet, April 20. Atomic Pablo, April 27.

recreation & learning
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303/322-7009. $10-$20. Featuring Gold, an exhibit of over 600 geologic and cultural specimens, through June 8.

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 303/376-6720, Celebrating "First Frog Fridays" with special activities and information about the extinction crisis as part of the Year of the Frog. Fri., May 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also June 6, July 4, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.

Mountain Park Environmental Center Events, 9167 Mountain Park Road, Beulah, 719/485-4444, $5, members free. "Evening Nature Talk: Great Old Brads for Wilderness," Thurs., April 10, 7 p.m. "Ecological Literacy," Fri., April 11, 7 p.m. "Early Spring Hike," Sat., April 12, 2 p.m. "Early Wildflower Hike," Sun., April 27, 11 a.m. "Nature Toddlers," Fri., April 25, 10 a.m.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, $4.95-$7.95, kids 2 and under free. Featuring Survivor: Jamestown, an exhibit that puts visitors in the shoes of the original Jamestown colonists, through May 11.

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, Featuring A Year with Frog and Toad, through May 2. House of Blue Leaves, through May 11. Altar Boyz, April 22 to June 15. Buddy...The Buddy Holly Story, July 5 to Aug. 10.

Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303/321-5925, $18-$22. Featuring Oleanna, a two-character play by David Mamet, through April 19.

The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver, 303/780-7836, $15-$20. Presenting Bee-luther-hatchee, the story of an elusive author and a shocking discovery, through May 4.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, 720/946-1388, Presenting Starship Troy, featuring a new episode every week, through April 23. Rocky Horror Picture Show, a live version of the film classic, through to April 23.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, Presenting Bill Bellamy, April 11-12. Bobcat Goldthwait, April 18-19. DL Hughley, May 2-3. Jake Johannsen, May 8-10.

The Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303/444-7328, $12-$15. Presenting Wrong Turn at Lungfish, a comedy about a hospitalized professor and the young woman who volunteers to read to him, through April 20.

Denver Center for Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4000, Presenting The Laramie Project, a story inspired by the murder of Matthew Shepard, April 10-26. Harvey through April 26. 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 Crimes of the Heart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about three sisters in Mississippi, April 18 to May 24.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/468-2030, $20. Presenting Avenue Q, Sept. 9-21.

The Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/422-4090, $12-$14. Featuring Luau for King Lear, the classic tale presented in a tropical environment, through April 12. Fridays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Heritage Square Music Hall Children's Theatre, 18301 W. Colfax D-103, Golden, 303/279-7800, $5-$6. Presenting The Little Mermaid through April 26. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, May 3 to Aug. 9. Hansel and Gretel, Aug. 16 to Nov. 15. Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845, $18-$24. Presenting Thoroughly Modern Millie, the Tony Award-winning musical, April 18 to May 4.

Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, 303/316-6360, Denver Children's Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty, $7-8, Sundays through May 4, 1 p.m. (No performances April 20 or 27.) In the Belly of the Whale, a performance on the perplexities of being Jewish today, $10-$13, through April 13.

Theater Off Broadway, 1124 Santa Fe, Denver, 303/777-3292, $22-$30. Presenting The Last Session, a musical by Steve Schalchlin and Jim Brochu, through April 19.

Vintage Theatre, 2119 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303/839-1361, $17-$22. Presenting Dinner with Friends, through 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.

special events
Denver Veg Fest & Health Expo, The Ritz-Carlton, 1881 Curtis St., Denver, $10. Enjoy speakers and find information on the benefits of vegetarianism, the environment, animal welfare and health. Sat., April 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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