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3 Wednesday

recreation

Paramahansa Yogananda would be proud: Yoga has penetrated many aspects of daily life in the West, even showing up in breweries and now, Ranger Guided Yoga Hikes at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (15807 Teller County Road 1, Florissant, 1.usa.gov/1F9ivTC). They'll run at 9 a.m. each Wednesday and Saturday, today through Aug. 22, and require only the $3-per-person park entry (15 and under free). Pacing is moderate for a 1½-mile walk with yoga stretching stops for all levels; no mat needed. Stick around on your own to see more of the petrified redwood stumps, or to hike among the park's 14 miles of trails. Tree pose for pun's sake, optional. — Matthew Schniper

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4 Thursday

stage

People have often speculated about whether "Georgia On My Mind" was written about a state or a woman, given that songwriter Hoagy Carmichael's sister was also named Georgia. But there's no question which Georgia has been on the Fine Arts Center's mind lately. As one of four museums that will be hosting the Georgia O'Keeffe Eloquent Objects tour, the FAC (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) is celebrating with several "Year of Georgia O'Keeffe" events, including its biannual Rough Writers New Play Festival. This year's readings, all of them related to O'Keeffe's life and legacy, will kick off at 8 tonight and continue through June 14. (Look for a review in next week's Indy.) Tickets are $5 per reading, or $20 for a full festival pass. — Bill Forman

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5 Friday

art

It's thanks to people like Al Brody that cyclists have more roads, trails and adventures in the Springs. Brody led the way to allowing bikes year-round access to the Pikes Peak Highway, among other efforts. In February, however, Brody was diagnosed with Stage IV tongue cancer (bit.ly/1HwU1Fz), and while he's awaiting results of treatment, you can help keep up his good work by attending the ROLL 2015 Bicycle Art Festival, happening tonight at 5:30 and running through Sept. 11 at Marmalade (219 W. Colorado Ave., on.fb.me/1GE4qTI). Enjoy a bike-themed art fest and live music — from Mike Clark, Grant Sabin, Eros and the Eschaton and Spiritwell — and take part in any number of bike- or human-powered activities, like the Mobile Music Project and the Levitator Lounge. A portion of the money raised at ROLL will be donated to the Al Brody Fundraiser, "to provide opportunities 'to get more butts on bikes, more often, safely.'" — Edie Adelstein

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6 Saturday

community

Based on city demographics that say almost five out of every six people in Colorado Springs are white, odds are that you're white, and so is pretty much everybody you know. This would be a benign fact if it didn't often lead to the marginalization of any group who isn't, so push back — and support the city's southeast side — by attending the free, fourth annual Shades of Colorado Springs festival. Held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Trends of Africa & Alterations (3119 S. Academy Blvd., trendsofafrica.com), the event features music from bands like the Phat Horn Doctors, as well as crafts, fashion, food and a car show. — Bryce Crawford

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7 Sunday

family

Maybe today will be dry, or maybe nature will smack us again for voting against stormwater management. Get the kids out of the house either way; the Millibo Art Theater (1626 S. Tejon St., themat.org) is holding its totally free Third Annual Family Day from noon to 4. In addition to kids' workshops on theater and circus skills, there will be two performances of Big Bubble Circus featuring clown Jim Jackson and one performance of Suitcase Fairytales, a solo show by Birgitta DePree. If that's not enough, the MAT will also announce its new season. For more information, call 465-6321. — Griffin Swartzell

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8 Monday

nature

It's springtime at Chatfield, Denver Botanic Gardens' working farm in Littleton (8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, bit.ly/1mFGGVC), where they're offering a rare opportunity to go nose-to-proboscis with hundreds of Colorado butterflies, moths and skippers and wander among more than 50 indigenous plant species. The one-of-a-kind butterfly house, made possible through a partnership with Westminster's Butterfly Pavilion (butterflies.org), will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily into September, and you can check out all the swallowtails and monarchs for just $2 to $4. (Kids 2 and under get in free, and member discounts apply.) — Mary Jo Meade

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9 Tuesday

art

The nervous system is enormous — in your brain alone, there are 86 billion neurons, according to nature.com. It's fast — signals have been clocked along the spinal cord at 268 mph. It also is beautiful, at least as painted by Carol A. McIntyre. In Beyond the Surface, which opened last week at Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com), McIntyre's "Windows to Wellness" series offers a colorful look at the nervous and skeletal systems. Meanwhile, fellow artist Ken McGowan honors the show's title by hiding a little something extra — a joke or riddle, for instance — in his surrealist works. To look is free, and the show's up through June 20; see the website for more. — Kirk Woundy

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