In celebration of the agreement that kept the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, the USOC and the city, along with the Independent, are sponsoring Summer Movie Nights 2008 at America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive). Every Thursday in June will feature a different sports-themed movie along with family activities, including interactive sports demos with Olympians in baseball, gymnastics and golf. Activities start at 7 p.m. and this week's feature, The Sandlot, begins at dusk (around 8:30). Everything is free, but remember to bring your own chairs or blankets. Visit csindy.com or springsgov.com for more info. AL
"We draw our strength," said organizer Csar Chvez, "from the very despair in which we find we have been forced to live." From L.A. sweatshop activists to the inhabitants of Guatemala City's garbage dump, the subjects of the inaugural Cinema Latino Film Festival's half-dozen screenings demonstrate the enduring truth of Chvez' sentiments. The event kicks off tonight at 6:30 with a gala reception and film at CC's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) and resumes with a full day of screenings Saturday. For full program and ticket information, call 226-0450 or visit rmwfilmfest.org. BF
If you're into good wine, you probably know how far Colorado's wines have progressed in recent years. You can reconfirm that, or discover for yourself, from noon to 6 p.m. today during the annual Colorado Wine Tasting Festival at Soda Springs Park (Manitou and Park avenues) in Manitou Springs. Tickets are $25 each ($5 off with military ID), and will get you a wine glass and tastings from 25 of the state's wineries. The first 900 entrants will also receive free canvas wine totes. Plenty of live entertainment, food vendors and gift booths also will be available. For tickets and info, call 685-5089. RR
If the words chukkers and billets mean anything to you, then you'd probably be interested in the second annual Family Polo Classic, hosted this weekend by the Colorado Springs School. If these words remind you of something out of A Clockwork Orange, you might still enjoy the pre-match charge by Fort Carson's cavalry and the opportunity to participate in the traditional "divot stomping" at halftime. The match will begin at 1:15 p.m. on Boddington Field at CSS (21 Broadmoor Ave.), with barbecue concessions, beer and wine, and music from the Tropical Coyotes starting at noon. Admission is $50 per family, or $15 per adult. Visit css.org/familypoloclassic.aspx or call 434-3501. MA
On the heels of the 13th annual Pikes Peak Young Composers Concert in CC's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.), held this past Friday at 7:30 p.m., comes the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. Today officially kicks off season No. 24, with a festival orchestra and artist series that runs through July 1 in both Packard and the new Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.). Tickets for the main shows (some free concerts will also be presented by students) range from $20 to $25 and are available at ticketswest.com. More information is available at 389-6098 and coloradocollege.edu. MS
If you've yet to catch a concert of any sort at Hillside Gardens (1006 S. Institute St.), then you don't yet know how the spectacular nursery locale with superb views heightens the aural experience. In the instance of tonight's A Midsummer Night's Music III, a catered buffet and couple drinks won't hurt either. Presented as a garden party fundraiser for and by the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, the show, running from 6 to 9, features the orchestra under Thomas Wilson with guest soloists. Tickets are $30 (free to kids under 12) and available at the door. Call 633-3649 for more. MS
As sports showdowns go, this would compare to the Celtics-Lakers, Cowboys-Redskins or Yankees-Red Sox. In women's volleyball, any chance to see Team USA facing Brazil is a can't-miss, and local fans will have three chances as the rivals square off for exhibitions during their buildup to the Beijing Olympics. Matches will start at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday at the Olympic Training Center (1 Olympic Plaza), then at 7 p.m. Saturday at Air Force's Clune Arena (2168 Field House Drive). Adult tickets are $12 at the OTC, $12 and $18 at Clune, with children 12 and younger $8. Also, three-night tickets cost only $25. For more, call 472-1895 or go to goairforcefalcons.com. RR
contributors: Mike Alberti, Bill Forman, Amanda Lundgren, Ralph Routon and Matthew Schniper.