- Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, at the east entrance to Garden of the Gods on 30th Street, 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com. Featuring 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. First Nations Day, Sat., Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Trails and Open Space Coalition 2005 Hike Schedule: Pancake Rocks, Sept. 24, 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. 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. "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 Suavamente Salsa Dance Class, VFW Hall, 430 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Learn to salsa during five Monday night sessions. Sept. 23-Oct. 24, 7-9 p.m. Call 575-0220 for more.
Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. $4. Learn to dance easy lines, no experience or partner necessary, a smoke- and alcohol-free environment. Sat., Sept. 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call 598-8624 for more.