Gallery of Trees and Lights at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
  • Gallery of Trees and Lights at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

30 Thursday

Bundle up the kids and trek up to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, where the staff has twisted, shaped and bent nearly half a million lights into an magical electric zoo where the monkeys don't smell and the elephants are always outside. Santa and his elves will be on hand at the Electric Safari, which is open from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the last ticket being sold at 8:30. Admission is $2.50-$4; kids under 3 are free. Call 633-9925 to find out more. The Safari runs through Jan. 2.

If you prefer the elegance of a Christmas tree to an illuminated lion, try the Gallery of Trees and Lights at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Exhibits feature nativity scenes, Kwanzaa displays, Hanukkah displays presented by the Colorado Springs Chapter of Hadassah and the Mitzel Museum of Judaica, as well as a Judiac art exhibition. The holiday tradition of creative and beautifully decorated holiday trees runs through Sunday, and is open during regular FAC hours. Call 634-5581.

31 Friday

Tonight is a night that obviously comes only once every thousand years, and a lot has changed since the last time, when we were dancing naked around bonfires in the moonlight. Have fun, but be careful, responsible, and sane.

December not only brings about the end of the year, but also the 100th anniversary of Duke Ellington's birth. The First Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir and Big Band featuring soloists Lydia Countess and Mark Epperson will present Duke's Sacred Concert tonight at 6. Tap dancer Michael Allen will also perform. The celebration will be held at the First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 219 E. Bijou St. Tickets are $4.50. Call the music office at 471-3763, ext. 130 for details.

01 Saturday

You've made it through another year, or rather, another millennium. Congratulations. Let's all try to make this next century just as full of breathtaking progress -- minus the wars, hate, poverty, pollution and other bad nastiness of the last. Happy New Year.

Ring in the first day of the new millennium at First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St. The church will be host to a series of peaceful activities for people of all ages and faiths, the culmination of the Justice and Peace Commission's "1,000 Days of Preparing for 1,000 Years of Peace." The First Day Celebration begins at noon with a World Peace meditation. Events will also include a labyrinth walk, cultural dances, and a 7 p.m. concert with Native American artists, Lynn Boudreau, Korientje, and improvisational dance by Deb Schubert. Admission to all events is free. Call 632-6189 to learn more.

02 Sunday

They bounce, they spin, they dribble, they have a theme song that gets stuck in your head for weeks. The Harlem Globetrotters will perform their basketball wizardry at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., this afternoon at 3. Tickets are $11-$76. Call 576-2626 to get the skinny.

03 Monday

Aromatherapy is an ancient art using natural scents to revive, enliven and heal the body. Essential oils form the base for many aromatherapy concoctions. Nanna Bolling will teach an introduction to Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being tonight from 7 to 8:30. The class is free, and no reservations are required. Class will convene at 1945 Carlton Drive. Call Nanna at 475-0952 or Julie Gephart at 475-1141 to find out more.

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04 Tuesday

A modern mechanic transported back in time must convince a mythical king that he's a magician using his industrial-age trickery. The film version of Mark Twain's classic A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court starring Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming will be shown tonight in the Fine Arts Center theater, 30 W. Dale St. This latest installment of the Classic Film Series begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $2.75. Call 634-5583 for more information.

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05 Wednesday

Bone up on your gardening studies before spring rolls around by checking out the latest series of classes offered by ForestEdge Gardens, 12285 Lindsey Lane. The series opens with Annuals and Biennials: The Best of the Best, to be be held tonight at Shields Real Estate, 7222 Commerce Center Drive, at 6:30. Admission is $18. Call 495-9175 to register.

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