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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. 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.
  • 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. 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.

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. 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.

Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Canon Rd., 578-6146. Searching for Stardom, star and constellation learning program, Sat., Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. Get Lost ... Not!, a map and compass course, Sat., Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m. Guided Hikes run Sunday afternoons through October. Babes in the Woods, outdoor exploration for kids up to age 2, Sat., Oct. 15 and 29, 10:30 a.m. Reservations required for all programs.

dance parties & workshops Pikes Peak Traditional Dance, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St. $7 for adults, free for children under 13. Dance easy to learn steps to live music, no partner needed. Sat., Sept. 17, potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m.; free lesson at 7 p.m.; open dance from 7:30-10 p.m. Call 578-8979 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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