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Special Events Whiskers & Wine, the fourth annual silent auction and wine-tasting event to benefit Dreampower Animal Rescue at The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St. Fri., Oct. 4, 5:30-9 p.m. $15-$20; dinner package, $55. Call 390-7838.

Chartreuse Tie Extravaganza fund raiser at the Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave. Featuring Maestros of Astounding Eccentricities and Mango Fan Django. $25-$30. Fri., Oct. 4, 7 p.m. to midnight. Call 685-4729.

Colorado Springs Annual Oktoberfest at the Penrose Equestrian Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande. Family fun, arts and crafts, pastries, food, domestic and German beers, lemonade, pop, music. Snacks and full dinners, $3-$8. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 4-5. Daily admission: $5 at gate. 520-6711.

Rabbi Bob Alper, the only practicing clergyman doing stand-up comedy, will deliver the sermon, "The Spirituality of Laughter," addressing the healing power of laughter, at Temple Shalom. On Friday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.; free, no reservations necessary. On Saturday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., includes hors d'oeuvre reception; $25, call 634-5311.

Air Force Academy Football, Falcons vs. Navy on Sat., Oct. 5, 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 12 vs. Brigham Young. Sat., Oct. 19 vs. Notre Dame. Thurs., Oct. 31 vs. Colorado State. Sat., Nov. 23 vs. San Diego State www.airforcesports.com, 472-1895.

Tanner 4 x4 Truck Competition & Swap Meet at the Southern Colorado Expo, 1801 N. Union Blvd. Sat., Oct. 5, 9 a.m. Sun., Oct. 6, 9 a.m. Entries $15-$60. Spectators $5, pre-registration recommended, 475-8057.

North Cheyenne Canyon Fall Clean-Up. Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Canyon Rd. For ages 14 and older. Lunch provided at 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to bring water and gloves, wear sunscreen, a hat and sturdy shoes. Pre-register: 578-6146. Sat., Oct. 5, 9 a.m.

Fore A-Breast 18-Hole Golf Tournament, to benefit Puebloans diagnosed with breast cancer, at the Hollydot Golf Course in Colorado City. Sat., Oct. 5. Call 671-1617 for fees and details.

Mental Illness Awareness Week Information Fair at Citadel Mall Food Court. Information and resources available on brain disorders such as bipolar and Schizophrenia. Sat., Oct. 5th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 572-6093.

Antique Show & Sale, Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa, Sat., Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun., Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $2. 596-8839.

Psychic Smorgasbord with acclaimed French psychic Prescience Guessedit. Location: ... you'll know. Fri., Oct. 5, intuit a.m. Call 555-5555 for more.

Taylor Memorial Choir celebrates 75th anniversary of Taylor Memorial concerts at Grace Church, 601 N. Tejon St. Sun., Oct. 6, 4 p.m. Free. Call 633-5529 for more.

Chili Supper and Bluegrass Gospel Concert with the High Atmosphere Bluegrass Band, Muddy Creek and Faithful Calling, at Faith Covenant Bible Chapel on Sun., Oct. 6, 4 p.m. 597-8211.

Focus Group to discuss Mental Health Ombuds Program of Colorado meeting at the Pikes Peak Library East, 5550 Union Blvd. Seeking consumers of public mental health to give input as part of an evaluation of the Ombuds Program. Participants receive $10. Confidentiality guaranteed. Tues., Oct. 8, 2-4 p.m. 800/280-8201.

Fifth Annual 2002 Pumpkin-thon fund raiser for Silver Key Senior Services, Bear Creek Park Pavilion. Fun and costume contests for all ages. Enter your own pumpkin or support one of the biggies. Entrance fee: donated item of food for the elderly. Sat., Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 632-1521.

A Night at the Moulin Rouge, a masquerade ball presented by Inside/Out Youth Services, at the Castaways Inn, 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Featuring dinner, dancing, speakers and more. $60. Table rates available. Call 328-1056 or e-mail

InsideOutYS@aol.com. Sat., Oct. 19, 6 p.m.

Musical Cabaret and Dinner with Silent Auction by the Velvet Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines International at Manitou City Hall, Manitou Springs. Fundraiser for international competition. $15-$20. Sat., Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. Call 632-2783 for tickets.


Halloween events

Demented Journey Haunted House at Joyrides Family Fun Center, 5150 Edison Ave. Tormented Haunted Trail, Corn Maze, $5-$18. Call 527-2089. wwwhauntedjoyrides.com. Sun.-Thurs., 7-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. & Halloween, 7 p.m. to midnight. Through Nov. 2.

Halloween Costume Party! With music by Boondoggle with Right of Ways at the Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. Thurs., Oct. 31. $4. 268-9951

Grave Undertakings, spooky tour of the Crystal Valley Cemetery. Meet at the Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., shuttle buses to graveyard. Fri., Oct. 25, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tours depart every 15 minutes. $6. Call 685-5089.

Ghost Tours through the streets of Manitou Springs. Meet at Manitou City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. Tours depart every 15 minutes, warm clothing and comfy walking shoes recommended. Sat., Oct. 26, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $9, kids $5. Call 685-5089 for more.

Historic Manitou needs volunteers to haunt Manitou Springs as part of its popular ghost tours, cemetery tour and Emma's Favorite Haunts. Ghosts, guides, behind-the-scenes help with props and special effects all needed. Fri.- Sat., Oct. 25-26. Call 685-1960 or 685-5089.

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