Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain. $50. Featuring "Birding 202" course, Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 24 and Sept. 7. Saturday field trips, Aug. 26 and Sept. 9, 8 a.m. to noon. Insect Safari, Sept. 9. Native Agroforestry, Sept. 15. "Traditional Technologies: Practical Plants," Sept. 23. Leaf Print Bandanas, Sept. 30. Call 520-6745 for more.
Catamount Institute Events, various venues. Featuring Garden of the Gods Photo Shoot, Aug. 19. Fourth Annual Repeat Boutique, Sept. 22-23. Fall Foliage Photography Workshop and Outing, Oct. 5, 7 and 12. Red Rock Canyon Full Moon Hike, Oct. 7. Halloween Costume and Compass Scavenger Hunt, Oct. 28. Visit catamountinstitute.org or call 471-0910, ext. 105 for more.
Starsmore Discovery Center Events, 2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Road. Free climbing wall available Tues.-Sun., 3-4:30 p.m. Children's programs also available. Call 385-6086 or visit cheyennecanon.org for more.
Summer Programs at Garden of the Gods Park, Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 1805 N. 30th St. Free. Daily Nature walks, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pike's backpack program, daily, 11 a.m. Bat Walks, Tues., 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Colorful Characters of the Pikes Peak Region, 4:45 p.m. Call 634-6666 or visit gardenofgods.com for more.
Geology Hike with the Nature Conservancy, Aiken Canyon Preserve, 3350 Turkey Canyon Ranch Road. Sun., Aug. 20, 1-4 p.m. Call 576-3446 for more.
dance parties & workshops The Carriage Stop Events, 2700 W. Robinson St. $5. Colorado Ballroom, Sat., Aug. 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Country-Western Dance Party, Sat., Aug. 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Partners not mandatory, but preferred for classes. Call 598-8624 for more.
Dance of Identity: Uncovering Our True Self, First Congregational Church, 20 E. Saint Vrain St. $25. Uncover the jewel that lies beneath our early conditioning. Fri, Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m. Call 494-7758 for more.
The Fund-Raisin' Freak-Out at the 515: A Psychedelic Sock-Hop, Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. $12-$15. Aug. 25-26. Benefits KRCC and the Business of Art Center. Call 685-1861 or visit krcc.org/sockhop for more.
Pikes Peak USA National Ballroom Dance Week Workshop, Manitou City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. $10-$12. Featuring an all-day workshop and an evening dance. Sat., Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call 634-0827 or visit ppusadance.org for more.
Pikes Peak USA Masquerade Ball, Manitou City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. $10-$12. Featuring a costume contest and dance. Sat., Oct. 28, 7 p.m. Call 634-0827 or visit ppusadance.org 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.
Broadmoor Waltz Club Basic Ballroom Dance Lessons, Austin Bluffs Community Church, 5090 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free. Must have a partner. Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Also presenting classes on Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. at the Hancock Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock St. Call 598-2885 to register or visit broadmoorwaltzclub.com.
Ballroom Dance Classes, YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave. Learn swing, salsa, tango and more. Ongoing classes. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Call 634-3029 for more.