Mayor's Cup Challenge, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive. $20. Featuring a 5K and 10K race as part of the Grand Prix of Running. All proceeds will support Suicide Prevention in the Pikes Peak Region. Sat., Oct. 15, 9-11 a.m. Call 573-7447 for more.
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. Enjoy Boo at the Zoo Halloween Events on Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 28-30, 5:30-8 p.m. Fall camps include Zoo Detectives Oct. 14-15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Art for Animals on Oct. 28-29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, at the east entrance to Garden of the Gods on 30th Street, 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com. Featuring First Nation's Day, Sat., Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Trails and Open Space Coalition 2005 Hike Schedule: 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 moreDiscover the Paint Mines hike on Sat., Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to noon. Grossology on Sat., Oct. 22, 1 p.m. Nature Explorers: Super Bats on Thurs., Oct. 27, 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. Star Party on Fri., Oct. 28, 6 p.m. Hut Trips in Colorado's Backcountry on Sat., Oct. 29, 10 a.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. Connecting with Beavers Night Hikes on Fri., Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m. Nature Adventurers: Nature Scratch and Sniff on Wed., Oct. 19, 1:30 p.m. Pajamas in the Park Overnight: Going Batty! On Fri., Oct. 21, 4 p.m. to Sat., Oct. 22, 9 a.m. Jack-O-Lantern Trail Oct. 29-30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Pumpkin Carving Contest on Sat., Oct. 29, 9 a.m.
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. 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. 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. Maps, Compass & GPS: Putting it All Together on Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
dance parties & workshops Dance Under the Stars, Paragon Ballroom, 3125 Sinton Rd. $22.50-$45. Featuring live music, dancing, dance instructors and fun with the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre. Sat., Oct. 22, 7:30-11 p.m. Visit csdance.org or call 630-7434 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.