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Bell Ringers, Clowns and Santa, Oh My!, Washington Elementary School, 924 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Bring new, unwrapped art supplies for children aged 3-11 for admission. Benefit for children of the school. Michael Merrifield and Mike Miles appearances. Sat., Dec. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 380-7064 for more.

The Warehouse Restaurant Wine Tastings, 25 W. Cimarron St. $25/person. Tasting of six wines per person plus appetizers. Jan. 4, Italy. Call 475-8880 to RSVP.

Monster Truck Nationals, World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 866/464-2626. $6.50-$19.50. Jan. 7, 1 p.m.; Jan. 8, 8 p.m.

Counter-Inaugural 2005, the Justice and Peace Commission is planning an event to say "Bush isn't going away and neither are we" on inauguration day. Thurs., Jan. 20. Call Dennis at 632-6189 if you are interesting in participating.

Holiday/ Winter Celebrations Christmas Carols to Benefit S-CAP, Hide n Seek, 512 W. Colorado Ave., 634-9303. Bruce and Rickey sing carols to raise money for the Southern Colorado AIDS Project. Every Wednesday in December, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call 634-9303 for more.

Holiday Cabaret, CastAways, 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-3700. $33 dinner/show, $22 show only. A comedic look at life, love and the sordid truth a about holiday bliss. Runs Nov. 20-Dec. 31, buffet 5:30-7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.

ElectriCritters Holiday Light Extravaganza, Pueblo Zoo, 3455 Nuckolls Ave., Pueblo, 719/561-1452. $2-$4. Features specially designed sculptures, thousands of lights, live animals and displays and holiday music. Runs Dec. 17-23, 26-30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Gates close at 8 p.m.

2004 Holiday Extravaganza Revue, Iron Springs Chateau, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5104. $24 dinner and show, $13 show only. Runs Nov. 27-Dec. 29, Fridays, Saturdays and some Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays by reservation.

Traditions: A Holiday Musical, Impossible Playhouse, 1201 N. Main St., Pueblo. $5-$10. Runs Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 26, 7:30-9:45 p.m. Call 542-6969 for more.

Joyrides Santa Town, 5150 Edison Ave., 573-5500. $10 admission. A view into Santa's life with snowmen, reindeer, Christmas trees, candy and toys galore. Runs Dec. 17-24, call for times and info on discounts.

Rocky Mtn. Christmas in Old Colorado City, Candlelight Christmas Caroling on Dec. 17-18, 6-7 p.m. Call 475-0955 for more.

Brule, A Holiday Concert, World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 866/464-2626. $27-$30. Featuring contemporary Native American music and dance. Fri., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble Concert, Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. Free. The ensemble performs Wintersong: A Celebration of the Season, including carols and traditional favorites. Fri., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. Call 577-4192 for more.

Creative Endeavors Holiday Events, Hobby Lobby, 3989 Palmer Park Blvd. Santa's Little Elves Holiday Party for kids aged 1-12, includes crafts, coloring and prizes, Sat., Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holiday Ornaments & Keepsake Box, a mommy and me class, Dec. 13 and 20. Call 640-8244 to register.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW. A Classical Christmas, Sat., Dec. 18, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m. A Century of Celebration: The Great American Musical Tradition, Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa, Olive Branch Restaurant, 23 S. Tejon St., 475-1199. Free balloon animals from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Dec. 18. Call for reservations.

Handel's Messiah, Mountain View Methodist Church, 1101 Rampart Range Rd., Woodland Park. The Woodland Park Community Singers perform, audience participation encouraged. Sun., Dec. 19, 3-5 p.m. Call 686-8860 for more.

Drumming Up the Sun on Winter Solstice Morning, Unity Church parking lot, 1945 Mesa Rd. Free. Bring drums, bells and warm clothes. Songs and sparklers provided. Tues., Dec. 21, 6:45-7:45 a.m. Call 575-0152 for more.

Home for the Holidays: Erik Bryan & Michael Stone, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $10-$12. In association with the Youth Rep Alumni. Tues., Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Men's Shopping Evening, Dinosaur Resource Center, 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park. Free. Free refreshments and gift wrapping, shop the gift shop from 6-8 p.m. Tues., Dec. 21. Call 686-1820 ext. 112 for more.

New Year's Eve Music Festival, City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. $15. Featuring eight bands including Dirt Map, Machine Gun Symphony, Step. Fri., Dec. 31. For more, call the Belle Starr Restaurant at 385-6598.

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