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.
Great Fruitcake Toss, Memorial Park, 500 block Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Cakes must contain nuts, glaceed fruit and flour, no inedibles. Registration at 10:15 a.m., media toss at 11 a.m., glamour competition at 11:00 a.m., toss, launch etc., spatula competitions at 11:15 a.m. Sat., Jan. 8. Call 685-5089 for more info.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Film Festival and Community Fair, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain. Includes film, food, exhibits, remembrance, community and inspiration. A celebration of this nonviolent civil rights activist. Sat., Jan. 15, 6-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Call 632-6189 for more.
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 interested in participating.
Women's Tea and Dessert Social, sponsored by the Women's Bar Association, Society of Women Engineers and Association of University Women. CC's Gaylord Hall in the Worner Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. $3. Sat., Jan. 22, 1 p.m. Call Connie at 633-4421 before Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. for a reservation.
Mardi Gras in the Mountains, Masonic Temple, 1150 Panorama Dr. $10-$25. Costumes encouraged, semi-formal attire required. Big band music with the Bill Emery New Century Big Band, ballroom dancing, family entertainment and more. Fri., Feb. 4, 7:30-11 p.m. Call Jennifer at 761-6002 for more.
Black History Month Drum Gathering, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute. Hundreds of drummers and dancers in Colorado gather for this event. Free, open to the public and for all levels of experience. Sat., Feb. 5, noon to 6 p.m. Call 303/450-1245 for more.