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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Activities, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925. Featuring Dinosaurs at the Zoo exhibit. What are dinosaurs doing at the zoo? They are extinct! Go see their exhibit and find out. Also, now featuring white lions, Matunde and Zakera, through Labor Day.

BMX Race, Henry Hack Community Center, 128 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek. $3-$5 registration. Competition categories for ages 5-7; 8-10; 11-13; 14-16; 17-20. Sat., Aug. 27, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 689-3514 for more.

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, at the east entrance to Garden of the Gods on 30th Street, 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com. Featuring Fiddles, Vittles and Vino: A Bluegrass and Culinary Arts Festival, Sat., Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. An Old-Fashioned Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annual Folk Art Festival, Sept. 16-18. Blacksmith Demonstration, Sat., Sept. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Harvest Festival, Sat., Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trails and Open Space Coalition 2005 Hike Schedule: Pancake Rocks, Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m.; Skelton Ranch, Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m.; Monument Fire Center, Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m.; Crews Gulch and Fountain Creek Regional Park, Dec. 10, 9:30 a.m. Call 633-6884 for more.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Open Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission, programs vary in cost. Offers interactive exhibits, nature trails, guided and self-guided programs, Junior Ranger program, special events and more. Visit elpasoco.com/parks for more. Bug Mania, Sat., Aug. 27, 10-11:30 a.m. Homemade with Herbs, Sat., Sept. 10, 10-11:30 a.m. Discover the Paint Mines Hike, Sat., Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to noon. Nature Explorers: Busy Bees, Thurs., Sept. 15, 1:30-2:45; 3:15-4:30. Fall Colors Hike, Sat., Sept. 17, 10-11:30 a.m. Honey Harvest, Sat., Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to noon. Nature Explorers: Animals Underground, Thurs., Sept. 29, 1:30-2:45 p.m.; 3:15-4:30 p.m. Bear Creek Art Show Public Reception, Fri., Sept. 30, 7-9 p.m. Reservations required for all programs.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Free admission, programs vary in cost. Offers interactive exhibits, nature trails, guided and self-guided programs, Junior Ranger program, special events and more. New youth volunteer programs for ages 12 and up available. Visit elpasoco.com/parks for more. Stewardship Saturdays, volunteer workdays on Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Cool Clouds, Wed., Aug. 31. Birding for Beginners runs through Sept. and starts Sept. 1. Nature Adventures: What Neat Feet!, Wed., Sept. 7, 1:30-3 p.m. Moose & Wolves of Isle Royale National Park, Fri., Sept. 16, 7:30-8:30 p.m. The Fall Color Palette, Sat., Sept. 17, 10-11:30 a.m. Nature Adventures: Learn About Leaves, Wed., Sept. 21, 1:30-3 p.m. Two & Threes Outdoors: The Hungry Caterpillar, Thurs., Sept. 22, 9-10 a.m. What's in the Water?, Sat., Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to noon. Reservations required for all programs.

Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 578-6146. Tipi Building and Ute Heritage Workshops, Sat., Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations required. Call 633-5701 for more.

Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., 219-0108. Free; some programs $1-$2. Nature Walks, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily; Nature Presentations and Multi-media Movie, various times daily; Become a Junior Ranger, available daily. Bat Walk, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Prairie Falcon Walk, Wed., 5 p.m. Colorful Characters of the Pikes Peak Region, Thurs., 4:45 p.m.

dance parties and workshops Ballroom Dance Classes, YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave. Fees include 6 hours of classes and Y membership is not required. Learn swing, salsa, tango, cha-cha, fox trot, waltz and more. Wednesdays, 7:30, start anytime. Call Arthur at 634-3029 for more.

Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. $4. Learn as you dance easy lines, cotton-eyed Joes, mixers, country waltz and more. Sat., Aug. 27, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call 598-8624 for more.

Summer Swings Dinner-Dance, The Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St. $25/person. Bill Emery and the New Century Big Band play featuring Michelle and Randy Rodriguez. Sun., Aug. 28, cocktails from 5-6 p.m., dinner from the Melting Pot from 6-8 p.m., dancing from 6-10 p.m. Call 536-3240 for more.

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