Trails and Open Space Coalition 2005 Hike Schedule: 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. Featuring a Teddy Bear Drive to benefit the local needy. Bring a new teddy bear in through Dec. 17. Reservations required for all programs. Explore the Paint Mines Hike on Sat., Dec. 3, 10 a.m. Holiday Papermaking, Sat., Dec. 3, 10 a.m. Winter Celebration, Sat., Dec. 10, 10 a.m. Rudolph's Relatives, Thurs., Dec. 15, noon and 2 p.m. A Canine Christmas Party and Hike, Sat., Dec. 17, 10 a.m.
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. Reservations required for all programs. Beeswax Candle Making, Sat., Dec. 3, 1:30 p.m. Dino Dig, Wed., Dec. 7, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Parent's Day Out, Sat., Dec. 10 and 17, 9 a.m. Wild Cats, Thurs., Dec. 15, 10 a.m. Hike with Santa, Sat., Dec. 17, 1:30 p.m. Animals on Parade, Wed., Dec. 21, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. New Year's Eve Hike, Sat., Dec. 31, 2:30 p.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.
Rock Ledge Ranch, at the entrance to Garden of the Gods off of 30th St., 578-6777. Featuring Holiday Tours of Historic Homes on Dec. 9-10, 14, 20-21, 1:30 and 4 p.m. Cost is $7.50 and reservations are required. Holiday Evenings on Dec. 16-17, 4-8 p.m.
dance parties & workshops Colorado Ballroom, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. $5. Learn waltz, fox trot, rumba, samba, tango, swing, salsa, disco and more. Partners preferred, no smoking or alcohol. Sat., Dec. 3, 7-9:30 p.m. Call 598-8624 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.