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Volksmarch, Homestead Ranch Regional Park, 16444 Gollihar Road, Peyton. Free. Includes 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) and 10 kilometer (6.2 miles) walks. Anyone under12 must be accompanied by adult. Leashed pets only. Large wheeled strollers OK; wheelchairs cannot complete this event. Sat., Oct. 18, start any time between 8 a.m. and noon. For more information call Ray or Gretchen Malaski (719) 487-8275.

Kids Cross Country runs, various locations. Free. Includes Toddler Trot, Preschool Prance, School-Age Sprint and I'm almost an adult run. Sun., Oct 5, 1 p.m.North Monument Valley Park; Sun., Oct. 19, Bear Creek Park; Sun., Nov. 2, Ute Valley Park; Sun., Nov. 16, Palmer Park. For more, call 590-7086.

Sky watching session by the Colo. Spgs. Astronomical Society, east Bear Creek Park (21st Street and W. Rio Grande St.), east end of fenced-in garden. Free. Telescopes available, along with club members to answer questions. May be canceled if bad weather. Fri., Oct. 3, dark to 1 a.m. For info, call 473-6375 or e-mail

blitten@adelphia.net .

Catamount Institute Hikes, Catamount Field Campus, Woodland Park. $3 adults, $1 kids 12 and under. Every second Saturday through October. Next hike Sat., Oct. 11,10 a.m. to noon.

Cheyenne Cañon Guided Hikes, Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Blvd. Free. Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. Bring water, rain gear, flashlight, and hiking boots. For information or reservations, call 578-6146. Oct. 5: Gold Camp Path; Oct. 12: Lower Columbine and Meadow; Oct. 19, Upper Columbine.

Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 125 Gleneagle Dr., Gleneagle, 488-0880. $3 - $7 museum admission. Super Saturday, Oct. 11: Bats 'n' Rats (1 p.m.). Come discover the wild side of mining and learn how creepy critters and mining are related!

dance parties and workshops Pikes Peak Traditional Dance; Contra Dance, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute. $3-$6. Easy to learn dance steps in a friendly smoke free environment. No partner needed. Sat., Oct. 4, 7:30 -10 p.m. For more, call 578-8979.

Bill Emery and The New Century Big Band (featuring Mary Chapman), Sons of Norway lodge. 1045 Ford Road (east of Powers, north of Murray). $10-$20. Sat., Oct. 4, 7 p.m. Call 576-2626.

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