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. Discover 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.
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 Cañon Road, 578-6146. Guided Hikes run Sunday afternoons through October. "Maps, Compass & GPS: Putting it All Together" on Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Babes in the Woods," outdoor exploration for kids up to age 2, Sat., Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m. Reservations required for all programs.
dance parties & workshops Dances of Universal Peace, Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Ave. Free. Participate in a circle of easy devotional chanting and movement from diverse religions and cultures. Fri., Oct. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Call 633-8109 for more.
Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. $4. Learn to dance easy lines, country waltz, cowboy cha-cha, mixers, easy squares and more. Sat., Oct. 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call 598-8624 for more.
Dance Under the Stars, Paragon Ballroom, 3125 Sinton Road. $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 six 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.