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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.

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, at the east entrance to Garden of the Gods on 30th Street, 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com. Featuring 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. 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. 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.

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 & workshops Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. $4. Dance easy lies, cotton-eyed Joe, country waltz, Texas two-step, cowboy cha-cha and more. Learn as you go from licensed instructors in a non-smoking, alcohol-free environment. Sat., Sept. 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call 598-8624 for more.

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.

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