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UFO Watch, UFO Watch Tower on Route 17, Hooper (22 miles north of Alamosa). Colorado's largest UFO convention. Lectures by top researchers, light pollution-free viewing of Perseids Meteor Showers of Mars. 9 a.m., Sat., Aug. 9 5 p.m., Sun., Aug. 10. For information and tickets, http://SeekUFOs.com or call 719/378-2271.

General Palmer Day, Monument Valley Park, pavilion south of the swimming pool. Free. Thurs., July 31, 6 8 p.m., with tour of park at 5 p.m. Bring picnic dinner. Enjoy entertainment, lemonade, sing-along. For more, call Jan at 635-6615.

Call for entries, Look What's Cookin', chili cook-off and competition; July 26. Benefit for Workout, Ltd. Entries $25 per person or $35 per team; due July 18. For information, call 471-4200.

Summer Fests and Such Farmers Markets, Mon.: Acacia Park, Nevada and Bijou Sts. Thurs.: Memorial Park, Pikes Peak Ave. and Union Blvd. Fri: Woodland Park, on Hwy. 24, Farmer's State Bank, Meridian Road and Hwy. 24, Sat.: Old Colorado City at 24th St., Lewis Palmer District 38 headquarters, 2nd Street.

Springs Music Sessions, Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., $3 - $5. Mini Music fest featuring Colorado musicians. Sun., July 27, 3 9 p.m. For more, call 685-1861.

Colorado College Summer Festival of the Arts, New Music Symposium, Packard Hall, July 17 19, 7:30 p.m. ; Young Composers Final Concert, Packard Hall, July 20, 3 p.m. Festival of Myth and Psyche lecture, Armstrong Theater, Fri., July 25, 7 p.m.; Vocal Arts Symposium -- VAS Follies, Packard Hall, Fri., July 25, 7 p.m. For information, call 389-6607. Tickets at the Worner Center, 390-6098.

free concerts Brown Bag Lunch series, Acacia Park Bandshell, 115 East Platte Ave. Free. Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m.

Sack Lunch Serenade, City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. Thurs., noon to 1 p.m. Free. Silent movies accompanied by organ music. July 17 Doc Fergie, Kevin and His Dog.

Paint the Town Blue series, Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave. Free. Thurs., 5:30 -7:30 p.m. July 17, Metro Blues.

Palmer Village Series, Pioneer Park, 200 S. Tejon. Wed., 6 8 p.m. July 23, Changing Times Big Band with Laura Davis.

Manitou's Soda Springs Park Summer Concerts, Thurs., July 17 and Mon., July 21, Little London Winds. Go to www.manitousprings.org or call 685-5089 for more.

july Victor Gold Rush Days, various locations, Victor. Kids activities, pancake breakfasts, vendors, dancing, mining contests, prizes. Fri., July 18, 5 p.m. 10 p.m., Sat., July 19, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun., July 20, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For mining contest entry forms, call Jane at 719/689-4044. For general information, call 719/ 689-4022.

Slater Creek Community Fest, Slater Creek Healing Center, 2924 Slater Creek Road, Florissant. Arts, crafts, holistic health, gardening, drum workshop, food. July 19 20, Sat. 10 a.m. 5 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m. 4 p.m.

Pikes Peak Jazz Festival, Ute Pass Cultural Center, Woodland Park, $15 - $55. July 18-20. Featuring Red Holloway, Plas Johnson, Bill Cunliffe Trio, Tony Monaco, Lewis Nash and others. For more information, call 687-5489.

august Black Forest Festival, Black Forest Community Center, address. Free. Sat., Aug. 16. 6:30 a.m. pancake breakfast; 10 a.m. parade; flea market, booths, food, entertainment all day to 4 p.m. For more, call 495-8675.

Pikes Peak Bar-B-Q Festival, Chapel Hills Mall, Northeast parking lots, 1710 Briargate Blvd., Free. Sat., Aug. 9 - Sun., Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Supports Operation Back To School, providing school supplies to local children. For more, call 597-1831 or visit www.pikespeakbbqfestival.org.

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