Sierra Club Singles Hike, Palmer Park. A five-mile, moderately difficult hike, followed by lunch. Sun., Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m. Call Dave at 597-3996 to register by the night before.
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. 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. Parents 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 Years 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 30th Street, 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 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.