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    NOTE: Events listed are free unless a fee is shown.


Wednesday, July 18
    9-10:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m., Nature Explorers (“Nature's Clean-Up Crew”) - nature activities/puppet show or stories/crafts/hike for ages 4-5 with adult, at Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Rd. $3. Prepaid reservations required. 520-6387.
    6-8 p.m., Swing Connection (live music), organized by Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society for El Paso County's Concerts in the Parks, at Bear Creek Regional Park (21st Street & Argus Boulevard). 520-6977.
    6-8 p.m., open house on PlanCOS (for new Colorado Springs Compre- hensive Plan), including City Councilmember Richard Skorman, at Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St. 385-7526.
    7:30 p.m., Grassfed (live music) at Front Range Barbeque, 2330 W. Colorado Ave. 632-2596.

Thursday, July 19
    9-10:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m., Nature Explorers ("Nature's Clean-Up Crew") - nature activities/puppet show or stories/crafts/hike for ages 4-5 with adult, at Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Rd. $3. Prepaid reservations required. 520-6387.
    5:30-7 p.m., Austin Young Band (live music), in "Paint the Town Blue" summer series by Pikes Peak Blues Community in Thorndale Park (Uintah and 24th streets). 290-7190.
    7 p.m., Marc Niefo Trio (live music) at Cucuru Gallery Cafe, 2332 W. Colorado Ave. Reservations suggested. $10 minimum order. 520-9900.

Friday, July 20
    10:30-11:30 a.m., “The Singing Zoologist” – program in Old Colorado City Library Summer Fun children’s program at Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St. 634-1698.
    7 p.m., Stephen Brooks Trio (live music) at Cucuru Gallery Cafe, 2332 W. Colorado Ave. Reservations suggested. $10 minimum order. 520-9900.
    7:30 p.m., One Night Stand (live music) at Front Range Barbeque, 2330 W. Colorado Ave. 632-2596.
    8 p.m., Jake Loggins (live music) at Benny's, 517 W. Colorado Ave. 634-9309.
    8 p.m., George Duncan live music) at Mill Hill Saloon, 1668 S. 21st St. 632-6932.
    9 p.m., Dave Mensch (live music) at Mother Muff's, 2432 W. Colorado Ave. 649-5953.

Saturday, July 21
    7 p.m., Rico Jones Group (live music) at Cucuru Gallery Cafe, 2332 W. Colorado Ave. Reservations suggested. $10 minimum order. 520-9900.
    8 p.m., West Side Rhythm Kings (live music) at Benny's, 517 W. Colorado Ave. 634-9309.
    8 p.m., George Duncan live music) at Mill Hill Saloon, 1668 S. 21st St. 632-6932.
    9 p.m., The B Sides (live music) at Mother Muff's, 2432 W. Colorado Ave. 649-5953.

Sunday, July 22
    Noon-5 p.m., “Tunnel Tales” – 1½-hour guided tour includes stops at long-ago Colorado Avenue tunnel locations. Fundraiser for Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St. Reservations requested. $20. 636-1225.
    6 p.m., Bruce Hayes (live music) at Front Range Barbeque, 2330 W. Colorado Ave. 632-2596.

Monday, July 23
    10-11 a.m., "Donuts and the Westside Pioneer" - informal discussion with participation from Pioneer staff, at Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. 634-1698.

Wednesday, July 25
    7:30 p.m., Joe Johnson & Cary Hudson (live music) at Front Range Barbeque, 2330 W. Colorado Ave. 632-2596.

Friday, July 27
    7 p.m., Joseph Liberti Trio (live music) at Cucuru Gallery Cafe, 2332 W. Colorado Ave. Reservations suggested. $10 minimum order. 520-9900.
    8-10 p.m., “National Moth Week” - celebration, presentation and hike by the Mile High Bug Club at Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Rd. $4 per person. Preregistration required. All ages welcome. 520-6387.
    8 p.m., 40oz. Freedom Fighters (live music) at Benny's, 517 W. Colorado Ave. 634-9309.
    8 p.m., The Knock Blockers w/ Tinker's Damn (live music) at Mother Muff's, 2432 W. Colorado Ave. 649-5953.

Saturday, July 28
    8 p.m., Cari Dell Trio (live music) at Benny's, 517 W. Colorado Ave. 634-9309.
    9 p.m., Tribe (live music) at Mother Muff's, 2432 W. Colorado Ave. 649-5953.

Sunday, July 29
    3-8:30 p.m., 14th annual Fiddles, Vittles & Vino (live music outdoors) in bluegrass festival with food/drink sampling, at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, off Gateway Road at 30th Street. $50 adults/$20 ages 13 and under ($60/$25 after July 21). 578-6777.
    6 p.m., Blue Frog w/Spike Roberts and Max Clow (live music) at Front Range Barbeque, 2330 W. Colorado Ave. 632-2596.

Wednesday, August 1
    6-8 p.m., Academy Jazz Ensemble (live music), in Concerts in the Parks series by Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society for El Paso County's Concerts in the Parks, at Bear Creek Regional Park (21st Street and Argus Boulevard). 520-6977.
    7:30 p.m., Franklin & Friends (live music) at Front Range Barbeque, 2330 W. Colorado Ave. 632-2596.

Friday, August 3
    8 p.m., Big Sky (live music) at Benny's, 517 W. Colorado Ave. 634-9309.
    9 p.m., 40 oz Freedom Fighters (live music) at Mother Muff's, 2432 W. Colorado Ave. 649-5953.

Saturday, August 4
    8 p.m., Starburn (live music) at Benny's, 517 W. Colorado Ave. 634-9309.
    8 p.m., Blue Frog (live music) at Mother Muff's, 2432 W. Colorado Ave. 649-5953.

Thursday, August 9
    12:30-2 p.m., Westside Lively Exchange Book Club (“Gold! Madness, Murder, and Mayhem in the Colorado” by Ian Paul Neligh), at Westside Community Center. 385-7920 x100.
   
Ongoing
    Daily, Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St. - guided hikes (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.), fitness activities, presentations most days, exhibits, educational movie. Fee for movie and Gateway Adventure Series. Call for details. 634-6666 x0.
    Daily, Ghost Town Museum, 400 S. 21st St. Old West exhibits/activities. $7.50/discounts. Call for times. 634-0696.
    Through June 30, "The Secret Garden" - David Simpich marionette production in Simpich Showcase Theatre, 2413 W. Colorado Ave. Call for dates, times, prices. 465-2492.
    Through Aug. 18 (Wednesdays-Saturdays), 10 a.m.-5 p.m., normal summer-season hours for Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. $8/down. Also special events. 578-6777.
    Through Oct. 20 (Saturdays), 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Farmers’ Market in Bancroft Park. 574-1283.
    Through Oct. 20 (Saturdays), 7 a.m.-1 p.m., crafters outside Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St. 636-1225.
    Through Sept. 26 (various days), “water-wise” classes at Colorado Springs Utilities’ Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road. Call for dates, times. Reservations suggested. 668-8232.
    Through December, first Fridays (monthly), 5-8 p.m., Old Colorado City's ArtWalk - self-guided tour of participating shops/galleries, some with artist demonstrations. 520-9494.
    Mondays-Fridays (also some nights and Saturdays), programs, services, classes, sports and meetings at Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St. (access parking lot from 17th Street). Fees in some cases. 385-7920 x100.
    Mondays-Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-noon, Golden Circle meals program for ages 60 and over, at Westside Community Center. $2.25 donation. Reservations needed before 2 p.m. the day before. 385-7920 x100.
    Mondays-Saturdays, Old Colorado City Library, with activities including storytimes, presentations, instruction, meetings, exhibits, film nights, tours and programs. Call for times, details. 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. 634-1698.
    Fourth Mondays, 10-11 a.m., "Donuts and the Westside Pioneer" – informal discussion with participation from Pioneer staff, at Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. 634-1698.
    Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., "Paws to Read" (kids read to dogs) at Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. 634-1698.
    Tuesdays, 9 p.m., Jesse Cotton Stone (live music) at Alchemy, 2625 W. Colorado Ave. 471-0887.
    Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (summer hours), at Old Colorado City History Center museum/bookstore. 636-1225.
    Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Space Foundation’s Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, plus interactive youth programs. Admission includes continuing series: first Wednesdays, Homeschool Days (during school year); last Wednesdays; Family Star Party; and third Saturdays, Tesla's Toolbox. Check for special hours. Admission $10/down. 576-8000.
    Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bear Creek Nature Center. Outdoors info and displays. Programs for children and adults (typically requiring fees/reservations). 520-6387.
    Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon; Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.; & Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., pickleball, all ages, at Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St. (access on northeast side of gymnasium building by main parking lot). 385-7920 x100.
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., museum for African- American Historical and Genealogical Society of Colorado Springs, at Westside Community Center (middle building). 385-7920 x202.
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30-7 p.m., Fitness Center, at Westside Community Center, 1620 W. Bijou St. (middle building). 385-7920 x100.
    Wednesdays, 9 a.m., Wellness Walk, leaving from Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 1805 N. 30th St. Register in lobby. 219-0108
    Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Penrose-St. Francis Health Services' Neighborhood Nurses Center, at Westside Community Center (middle building). 385-7920 x100. Medical information. 385-7920 x304.
    Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Westside Outreach Clinic (by appointment only), at Westside Community Center (middle building). 385-7920 x304.
    Second Wednesdays, 9 a.m., meeting of Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) Board of Directors, in PPACG Conference Room, 15 S. 7th St. 471-7080.
    Second Wednesdays, 1 p.m., Pikes Peak RTA board meeting in PPACG Conference Room. 471-7080.
    Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-9:50 a.m. and 10:30-10:50 a.m., "Toddler Time" - activities for ages 1-2 with adult, at Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. 634-1698.
    Thursdays, 4-6 p.m., Gallop in the Garden - 5K fun run, at Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St. Register in lobby. 634-6666 x0.
    Thursdays, 7 p.m., “Music Jams!” - informal jam sessions organized by Black Rose Acoustic Society, at Westside Community Center’s Cottage A, off Bijou Street. $2 to participate. 385-7920 x100.
    First & third Thursdays, 7:15-8:45 p.m., dance classes (ballroom, swing, Latin, country, etc.) at International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave. 633-0195.
    Second Thursdays, Tween Tech Club at the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. 634-1698.
    Fourth Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Old Colorado City Book Group, at Old Colorado City Library. Call for monthly book title. 634-1698.
    Fridays, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Crafting Unlimited - creative work with other crafters (free, but must bring own supplies), at Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St. (access on northeast side of gymnasium building by main parking lot). 385-7920 x100.
    Fridays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. ( through May), "Storytime" - reading/activities for ages 3 and up with adult, at Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. 634-1698.
    Saturdays, 7:30-11 p.m., dancing (with live band playing varying musical styles, including big band, swing, country and polka) at International Dance Club. $10 non-members. Lessons available. 633-0195.
    Second Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, assisted bicycle repair opportunities at Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St. (access from alley off 17th Street). 385-7920 x100. 385-7920 x100.
    First Saturdays, 2 p.m., OCC Art and Wine Walk – 1-hour art demo at Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., then gallery visit and wine-tasting. 634-1698.
    Third Saturdays, 3-5 p.m., "OC3 Teen Advisory Board" - teen group meeting at Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. 634-1698.
   


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