Bemis School of Art Summer Registration, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 475-2444. Classes for children and adults in art, drama and more. Walk-in registration begins May 23. Classes begin June 6.
Monument's First Annual Art Hop, simultaneous art openings on the third Thursday of the month through October. Five downtown galleries and merchants feature presentations in visual, literary and performing arts. Thurs., May 19, 5-8 p.m. Call 481-3108 for more.
OpticalReverb Gallery, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744. Open Wed.-Sun., 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Featuring a gallery showing of Noah Ingerling's multi-media works. BluE will perform rock, blues and jazz. Fri., May 20, 6 p.m., free.
The Squash Blossom, 2531 W. Colorado Ave., 632-1899. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Free. Featuring oil painter Paula Fasken and bronze sculpture by Melissa Cooper. Runs through May 31. Reception on Sat., May 21, 4-8 p.m.
Uncle Wilber & Friends Annual Picnic, Acacia Park, corner of Platte and Nevada Avenues. Free. Picnic with 331 six-foot bears decorated by Colorado Springs artists, experience the opening of the foundation for 2005. Sat., May 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 262-3567. Call for hours. Featuring A Looking Glass of One's Own: Contemporary Women Photographers, Two Mexican Views: Photographs by Paul Strand and Manuel Bravo, Books, Maps and Multiples: Contemporary Graphic Art and Minimalism: Presence -- Absence runs from May 27 to Aug. 5. Opening Fri., May 27, 5-7 p.m.
Plantera Group, 731 N. Weber St., 886-0456. Open Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featuring a charity art show to benefit TESSA. Runs through July 29. Opening on Fri., June 3, 5-8 p.m., $15.
Hillside Gardens and Nursery, 1006 S. Institute. Featuring Spring Art Show by Garden Artists, a group of 12 locals who paint throughout the summer in various garden and park settings. Thurs., June 9, 4-8 p.m. Call Susan at 531-5837 for more.