Intro to Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Renaissance Academy, 2760 Fieldstone Road. Free. A naturalist from Colorado's newest state park will present a slide show and information on the park's opening. Tues., Sept. 26, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 475-2510 for more.
Red Rock Canyon Events, 30th street and Hwy 24. Offering free, guided, two-hour hikes on Thursdays at 8 a.m. Call 685-5089 for more. Join trail building teams for National Public Lands Day, Sat., Sept. 30, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 385-6520 to register.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park Grand Opening, Hwy. 115 opposite the main gate of Fort Carson. The park will offer a visitor center with gift shop and interpretive displays, hiking and biking trails, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Sat., Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 227-5250 for more.
Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain. $50. "Traditional Technologies: Practical Plants," Sept. 23. "Leaf Print Bandanas," Sept. 30. "Leave it to Beaver," Oct. 6. "Woody Woodpecker," Oct. 11. Fall Star Gazing for Beginners, Oct. 13. Pajamas in the Park, Oct. 20. "Creepy Critters," Oct. 21. "Stellaluna the Bat," Oct. 25. Pumpkin Carving Party and Jack-O-Lantern Trail, Oct. 28. Call 520-6745 for more.
Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. Honey Harvest open house, Sept. 23. Fall Color Walk, Sept. 30. "All About Owls," Oct. 12. "Geocaching: High-Tech Treasure Hunt," Oct. 21. "Super Spiders," Oct. 26. "Bird Banding: Live Songbirds," Oct. 28. Call 520-6387 for more.
Catamount Institute Events, various venues. 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. 102 for more.
Starsmore Discovery Center Events, 2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Road. Fall hours: Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offering a free climbing wall, children's programs, guided hikes, lectures, hand-on activities and more. "Babes in the Woods," Sept. 23. "Treerific Trees," Sept. 23. "Geology Rocks," Sept. 30 and Oct. 14. "Brazil: A Place Like No Other," Sept. 30. Cañon Clean Up, Sept. 30. Call 385-6086 or visit cheyennecanon.org for a calendar of events.
dance parties & workshops The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. $5. Country-Western Dance Party, Sat. Sept. 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m. No partner or experience required. Call 598-8624 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.
Dances of Universal Peace, Unity in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road. By donation. Offering devotional chants and circle movements from many cultures and religions on the third Friday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. through May. Call 575-0152 for more.
Scottish Country Dancing, 315 E. Costilla St. $5 per month. Featuring basic, intermediate and advanced instruction on social dance of Scotland. Meets the first three Wednesdays of the month, 7-9 p.m. Partner not required. Call 494-0563 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.