Trails and Open Space Coalition 2005 Hike Schedule: 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: 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 Colorados Backcountry on Sat., Oct. 29, 10 a.m. Snowboarding 101 on Sat., Nov. 5, 10-11 a.m. Wild Turkeys on Thurs., Nov. 17, 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. Gone to the Dogs Hike on Sat., Nov. 19, 10-11 a.m. Paint Mines Hike on Sat., Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to noon. 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. Jack-O-Lantern Trail Oct. 29-30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Pumpkin Carving Contest on Sat., Oct. 29, 9 a.m. Footprints at Fountain Creek on Sat., Nov. 5, 10-11:30 a.m. Heavy Hibernators on Wed., Nov. 9, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Homestead Ranch Hike on Sat., Nov. 12, 9 a.m. Twos and Threes Outdoors: Gobblers on Thurs., Nov. 17, 9 a.m. Papermaking 101 on Sat., Nov. 19, 10 a.m. What Good is a Tail? on Wed., Nov. 23, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Wetland Wildlife Hike on Sat., Nov. 26, 9:30 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 Road, 578-6146. Guided Hikes run Sunday afternoons through October. 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 Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. $4. Halloween dance party for Christian singles between 30 and 50 years. Bring munchies to share. No smoking or alcohol. Sat., Oct. 29, 7:30-11 p.m. Call 598-8624 for more.
Argentine Tango, Derby Dance Arts, 1759 S. 8th St. New beginners classes begin Oct. 28 and Nov. 7. Call 475-0625 or visit derbydance.com 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.