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Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak Annual Dinner, DoubleTree World Arena Hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. $50. Featuring a silent auction, dinner and program featuring John Fielder and his book Colorado Then and Now, Part II. Thurs., Dec. 1, 5 p.m. Call 635-7506 ext. 121 for more.

Native American Women's Association 25th Anniversary Banquet, entitled "Join Our Dream ... For the Next 25 Years", Elkhorn Lodge, 7300 Woodfill Road, Fort Carson. $15 includes roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Deanna Waters, Kiowa/Otoe/Missouria, speaks. Fri., Dec. 2, 6-9 p.m. Call Kateri at 630-7382 for more.

25th Anniversary of Martyr Commemoration, St. Mary's Cathedral, 22 W. Kiowa St. A commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the four American women martyred in El Salvador on Dec. 2, 1980, followed by a reception. Fri., Dec. 2, 7 p.m. Call Sister Therese at 473-8764 for more.

65th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Memorial Park, Union and Pikes Peak avenues. Rear Admiral Steven W. Maas speaks at this event planned by the U.S. Submarine Vets on Sat., Dec. 3, 11 a.m. Call 209-1249 for more.

Holiday events Historic Holiday Homes Tour, presented by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary. $15. View three distinguished homes decorated for the season. Nov. 18-19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 594-9561 or 522-1813 for more.

The Puppet Maker: A Story of Christmas, Mount Saint Francis Auditorium, 7665 Assisi Heights. $11-$13.50. Marionette artist David Simpich presents his original play, recommended for adults and school-age children. Runs Nov. 25 through Dec. 28. Call 636-3272 or visit simpich.com for ticket info.

Cripple Creek Christmas Carol, Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/235-8944. A Christmas play set in Cripple Creek with characters from local history. Runs Nov. 25 through Dec. 30. Visit cripplecreek christmascarol.com for tickets and more.

Love Lights a Tree Kickoff Event, Broadmoor Hotel, 1 Lake Ave. The American Cancer Society will place a light, in the name of a loved one, on a special tree at the Broadmoor West Terrace for $10. Runs Nov. 26 through Dec. 31. Kickoff on Sat., Nov. 26, 5:30-6 p.m. includes Santa and Mrs. Claus and Christmas carols. Call 636-5101 for more.

The Nutcracker, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $20-$40. Featuring the San Diego Ballet, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and 100 local child performers. Fri., Nov. 25, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 26, 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 27, 2:30 p.m. Call 520-SHOW for tickets or visit ticketswest.com

The Lighter Side of Christmas Parade, downtown Woodland Park on Henrietta Street. Free. Featuring a tree lighting ceremony, Woodland Park Wind Symphony, Santa and more. Fri., Dec. 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call 686-1820 for more.

Gingerbread House Decorating, Michael's stores, call 800/MICHAELS for locations. Decorate a Wilton gingerbread house with your family on Sat., Dec. 3, 1-3 p.m. Call to reserve a space, as quantities are limited.

TubaChristmas, Acacia Park, corner of Platte and Nevada avenues. Free. Enjoy Christmas carols played by a choir of Tubas. Sat., Dec. 3, 4 p.m. Call Verne at 532-0021 for more.

Parker Christmas Carriage Parade, featuring dozens of horse-drawn carriages, wagons and stagecoaches, live music, a petting zoo, horse rides, pictures with Santa and more. Sat., Dec. 3, 2 p.m. Call 303/841-0353 or visit parkeronline.org for more.

Sounds of the Season Holiday Home Tour, Woodland Park. $7-$15. Featuring six festively decorated homes with live music, refreshments and more. Dec. 3-4. Visit dicksoncenter.org or call 686-2464 for more.

Holiday Bed & Breakfast Tour, tickets available at Old Colorado City Historical Society, 1 S. 24th St. for $10-$15. Enjoy a variety of historic homes that have been converted into bed-and-breakfast destinations. Sun., Dec. 4, 2-6 p.m. Visit historytour.info or call Pat at 473-8684 for more.

The Elves and the Shoemaker, Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. $10. Presented by Alleycat Theatrics. Runs Dec. 6-8, 7-8 p.m. Call 964-2906 for more.

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