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Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain. "Birding for beginners" class and fieldtrips through May 20, $50. Explore the Paint Mines, May 20, 10 a.m. to noon. Dream Catchers, June 3. Twilight Wildlife Hike, June 9. Butterflies are Free, June 17. Firefly Celebration and Night Hike, June 23. Paint Mines Photographic Safari, June 24. Call 520-6745 for more.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. Birds of Prey Protection Program, May 20, 10-11 a.m. Wildflower hike, May 27, 10-11:30 a.m. National Trails Day Hike, June 3. Strawberry Moon Hike, June 9. Basic Bike Maintenance, June 10. "Wildfires Where We Live," June 17. Bird banding, June 24. Call 520-6387 for more.

The Rock Climbing Center Events, 16240 Old Denver Hwy., Monument. Offering introductory classes from $30, outdoor day-trips for $50 and climbing camps from $100. Call 719/481-9099 or visit for more.

Colorado Climbing School is offering four different weeklong summer camps on various topics. Call 322-5970 for more information.

Mountain Park Environmental Park Events, 9161 Mountain Park Road. $5. Wildflower hike, Sun., May 21, 10 a.m. Mason Gulch burn site hike, June 3, 1 p.m. Full Moon Music Hike, June 10, 7 p.m. Beginning Bird Hike, June 17, 7:30 a.m. Call 719/485-4444 or visit for more.

A Dressage Event for Riders With Disabilities, Norris Penrose Events Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande Ave. Featuring a clinic with Paralympics coach Jerry Schwartz. May 18-21. Call 598-4496 for more.

An Evening Under the Lights, Norris Penrose Events Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande Ave. $5-$10. Featuring a dancing horse performance. Sat., May 20, 6 p.m. Visit for more.

Trails and Open Space Coalition Hikes, Spruce Mountain on May 20, 9:30 a.m. Mount Rosa on June 3. Bear Creek to Buckhorn Trails on June 17, 8 a.m. Call 633-6884 for meeting locations and more information.

"Birding and Breakfast," Sondermann Park, 740 W. Caramillo St. $20-$25. Eat and learn about birds in the Beidleman Environmental Center habitat. Sat., May 20, 7:30 a.m. to noon. Call 471-0910, ext. 105 to register.

Birding in the Backcountry, Catamount Institute Mountain Campus, 3168 Country Road 28, Woodland Park. Be the first to spot a red-naped sapsucker, hairy woodpecker or dark-eyed junco. Optional campout available; $25-$50. June 9, 7-10 p.m. and June 10, 7 a.m. to noon. Call 471-0910, ext. 105 for more or visit

Wildflowers and the Woods, Catamount Institute Mountain Campus, 3168 Country Road 28, Woodland Park. Enjoy workshops, hiking and more. Sat., June 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 471-0910, ext. 105 for more or visit

dance parties & workshops Pikes Peak Traditional Dance, 925 S. Institute St. $3-$7. Monthly community dance, Sat. May 20, 7:30-10 p.m. No partner needed; free lessons at 7 p.m. Call 473-6935 for more.

The Carriage Stop Events, 2700 W. Robinson St. $5. Country-Western Dance Party, Sat. May 27, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Partners not mandatory, but preferred for classes. Call 598-8624 for more.

PPUSADance Tea Dance, Manitou City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. $10-$12. Enjoy tea and dancing. Sun., May 28, 1-5 p.m. Call 337-8249 for more.

Colorado Springs Victorian Dance Group, Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Free. Learn Victorian dance and meet friends. Partners not mandatory. Sat., June 22, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 592-1648 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 p.m., start anytime. Call Arthur at 634-3029 for more.

Scottish Country Dancing, 315 E. Costilla St. Featuring basic, intermediate and advanced instruction on social dance of Scotland. Meetings on the first three Wednesdays of each month. Call 473-0714 for more.

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