Happenings

April 2: Election Day. Ballots must be cast or received no later than 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. If you are unsure where to vote or drop off your ballot, go to Colorado’s website govotecolorado.com and enter your address for location of your polling place or where to drop off your ballot. If questions, call El Paso County Clerk, 575-VOTE (8683) or Teller County Clerk 719-689-2951 ext 2.

April 2: “You Can’t Take It With You” (1938) starring James Stewart will be shown at Senior Classic Movies, 10 a.m. at Gold Hills Theatre, 615 W. Midland Ave in Woodland Park. $5.75 for movie, popcorn, soda.

April 3: “What Makes Dogs Special?”  Learn why dogs adapt to the people they live with and more about man’s best friend, 7 p.m. at CC’s Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre. Free to the Public.

April 3-4 & 10-11: The Cross of Christ – A Lenten Experience. A multi-sensory art exhibit relating the experience of the last week of Jesus’ life, at First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou, 5 p.m. Weds and 3 p.m. Thursdays. Free.

April 3-14: Hands on a Hardbody, a rock vibe musical where just one winner can drive away with the American dream, performed at CS Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale, Wed 7pm, Thurs-Sat 7:30 and Sundays at 2. For tickets ($20+) call 634-5583.

April 4: How to Make Food For Your Feathered Friends. Learn how to make blueberry sunflower suet cakes, hanging grapevine ornament feeders and your own bird seed mix at Gather Food Studio, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2015 W. Colorado Ave. Register ($45) by calling 308-2992.

April 4-6: Colorado Springs RV & Travel Expo – check out the latest motorhomes, travel trailers, 5th wheels, campers along with info on campground and travel destinations. Colorado Springs Events Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd, Thurs + Fri 12-7; Sat 10-6. Adults pay $8.

April 5: First Friday Shuttle Bus runs free all summer long and will deliver you to Art Walk events in Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs and runs 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. 634-2206. Hop on, hop off at any shuttle bus stop.

April 5: Affordable Senior Housing Fair, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock, free admission, for more information call 955-3400.

April 5: Jazz & Art. See Art by Betz and hear great jazz by CS Conservatory, 4-9 p.m. at Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery, 122 E. Kiowa St. Tickets $15 at the door.

April 5: Manitou Springs Lantern Parade happens along Manitou Ave from Memorial Park to Soda Springs Park, 7:30-9 p.m. Join in for music, dance, and to celebrate creativity and community!

April 6: Art and Wine at Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave, 2 p.m., with artist Laurel Bahe of Squash Blossom Gallery and a trip to The Sweet Elephant for complimentary wine tasting. Free – no registration required.

April 5-6: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience. The tribute band Zoso will bring them to life again at Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside, at 8 p.m. For tickets ($18+) call 476-2200.

April 6, 10, 13, 17 & 20: Shows at Front Range BBQ, 2330 W. Colorado Ave., 7 p.m. There’s no cover charge to hear CC Bluegrass Ensemble on the 6th, local bluegrass troupe County Wide on 10th, local reggae band Be Positive (B+) on 13th, bluegrass from The River Valley Rangers on 17th, and the jam-grass band from Manitou, Ruxton Railsplitters on the 20th.

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First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade Ave, will stage, with a cast of 80, a Gallery of Living Art portraying Christ’s Passion and Resurrection on Fri. April 5 at 7:30, Saturday 6th at 2 and 5 p.m. and on Sunday 7th at 3 p.m. The live art includes The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, shown above. Admission is free.

April 6: Pikes Peak USA Dance will host a free day of ballroom dance classes beginning at 9 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran School gym, 828 E. Pikes Peak. All classes are taught by local instructors. Bring a lunch or buy lunch for $5 cash. A regular dance will follow on Aprilil 13 at 6 p.m.. This will be a sock hop, with lindy lesson, full buffet and dance.

April 6: Masked Till Midnight. It’s a fundraiser ball for local Alzheimer patients, their families and research to find a cure, to be held at The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St., 8 p.m. To purchase tickets ($75+) call 339-9017.

April 6: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be danced by Colorado Ballet Society to the music of Mendelssohn at the Ent Center, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., at 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. Senior tickets ($20): 255-3232.

April 7: Solar Oven Cooking Demonstration. Learn to cook without fuel or electricity, 1-4 p.m. in the pavilion outside Woodmoor Barn, 1691 Woodmoor Dr., Monument. For complete details, text or call Lisa at 719-339-7831.

April 7: Close Encounters with Giant Trout on the Fly will be a presentation at Anglers Covey Fly Shop, 295 S. 21st St., followed by a fly tying demo. It’s free, at 3 p.m.

April 7: Ellafest. Join us for our annual musical, 3-6 p.m., to raise awareness and funds to support local families affected by sickle cell disease, at Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside. For tickets ($30+) call 205-9716.

April 7: Bolshoi Ballet dances “The Golden Age” on the big screen at Tinseltown, Cinemark Carefree Circle IMAX, and Regal Interquest theaters at 12:55 p.m.

April 7: New Horizon Band’s Spring Dance, featuring the Concert and Symphonic Bands, will include selections from John Williams, 60’s Pop Music, and Gershwin, 4 p.m. at the Ent Center, 5225 N. Nevada. For tickets ($10) call 255-3232.

April 10: Coffee with a Cop. Meet with friendly officers of El Paso County Sheriff’s office and talk about community matters or your safety concerns, 7 to 9 a.m. at Meadows Park Community Center, 1943 S. El Paso Ave. 444-7000.

April 10: “Trump and the Press: It’s Worse Than We Think”. Political strategist Stuart Stevens and Gazette editor Vince Bzdek discuss the challenges faced by subjects of stories and the journalists covering them, while a president wages an assault on the media. 6 p.m. at Cornerstone 131, 825 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado College. Free to the public.

April 11: Lip Sync Contest and Silent Auction. It’s to raise money for the Nat’l Multiple Sclerosis Society, 6-9 p.m. at Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave. $20 at the door includes door prize drawings.

April 11-13: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. Pine Creek HS will present this energetic, hilarious musical at 7 p.m. each night and a 2 p.m. matinee Sat., at Pine Creek HS Auditorium, 10750 Thunder Mountain Ave. Seniors pay $8.

Aprilil 11-13 & 18-20: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It’s a comedy filled with shenanigans and mistaken identities, performed 7 p.m. at Pikes Peak Community College (5675 S. Academy) with a 4 p.m. matinee on Sat 20th. It’s free and please bring 1-2 non-perishable food or toiletry items.

April 11-18: “You, Me, Us and Them” WTF-2. It is the Women’s Theatre Festival with short plays, monologues and poems by Colorado women writers, at the MAT, 1626 S. Tejon St., Thurs-Sat 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2. For tickets ($18-$25) call 465-6321.

April 12: Pint & A Half, will spin out vibrant songs with heart, soul and stories at the Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Rd., 7-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 and tickets are $10 general admission.

April 12-13: Rhapsody in Blue Audience Mixtape. Colorado Springs Philharmonic musicians arrive with an armload of music, and you in the audience choose the music to be performed, with a finale of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, at Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade, 7:30 p.m. For tickets call 575-9632.

April 13: Trails, Tails and Ales. Grab your dog and join us for an easy hike through Bear Creek Park East, 2002 Creek Crossing, then to Cerberus Brewing Co for a well-deserved beer. Pre-register ($4) by calling 520-6977.

April 13: Zebulon Montgomery Pike. Discover the history of his 1806 expedition. Learn what happened during and after his trek, 10 a.m. at Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain. Prepaid reservations ($4) required: 520-6745.

April 13-14: Model Train Show, will be on display at Chapel Hills Mall 10-5 Sat and 10-4 Sun, 1710 Briargate Blvd. Seniors pay only $5 admission.

April 13: Shorts Night – 7-9:30 p.m. will be filled with award winning film shorts. Admission ($40+) will benefit the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute. These films have won awards from Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and the Academy Awards! Doors open 6 p.m. at Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside, rmwfilmfest.org or 226-0450.

April 13: Mad Hatter Saturday! From 10 to 4 Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City will be transformed into Alice’s Wonderland – full of tea parties, sidewalk sales, a Mad book sale, an ice sculpture demo and characters galore! The event is free but Red Queen’s Tea is $8. RSVP to (303) 929-2434.

April 13: Hennessey 6 Live at the Sidedoor. Grab some drinks and enjoy some original jazz by the finest jazz players around, 7-9 p.m. at the Sidedoor, 1645 S. Tejon St. $15 at the door.

April 13: Ahorita Salsa Bachata Social. Come dance the night away, at Third Space Coffee, 5670 N. Academy Blvd. Beginner lesson at 9 p.m. and dancing from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. $10 Cover at the door.

April 13: Gabriel Iglesias, one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians, will be at the World Arena for one night only, 8 p.m., 3185 Venetucci Blvd. Call 520-7469 for tickets ($47.75+)

April 14: “Movie House Music.” The Woodland Park Wind Symphony Ensemble Showcase will play 2:30-4 p.m. at Gold Hill Theater, 615 Midland Ave, Woodland Park. $16 for Movie, music and beverage.

April 12-14: Military Basketball Finals Tournament.  10 Men’s and 8 Women’s teams comprised of Active Duty, Guard and Reserve Military from across the U.S. will compete at Clune Arena at the Air Force Academy, 2168 Field House Dr., Fri 6-8 p.m., Sat 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. General admission is free.

April 14: Frokost – An Authentic Norwegian Breakfast will be held at Viking Hall, 1045 Ford St from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The menu features meats, cheeses, Scandinavian breads, pastries and side dishes. RSVP ($22) by the 10th: 229-9289.

April 14: Cripple Creek Rock Collection: Foundation of Fortunes. Learn about the Penrose brothers, the geology of Gold Camp, and what contributed to the fortunes of its mine owners, 2 p.m. at Lake George Charter School, call 748-8259 for directions. Admission is free and refreshments are served.

April 14: “The Passion of Christ” Concert. Village Seven Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra will perform a concert of Passion Week anthems and congregational singing, 6 p.m., 4040 Nonchalant Cir S. There will be a free will offering.

April 14: Steve Green in Concert. He is one of the great gospel singers of our time and will perform at Sunnyside Christian Church, 2025 N. Murray Blvd at 6 p.m. For tickets ($20) call 719-591-7481.

April 14 + 17: “Ben-Hur” on the big screen once again, shown 1 or 7 p.m. at Tinseltown, Cinemark or Regal  Theaters.

April 15: Crabby Tax Night. All-you-can-eat crab legs, seatings at 5:30 or 7 p.m. at Crystola Road House, 20918 E US Hwy 24, Woodland Park. Buy tickets ($35) at City Market or the Road House. It’s the annual fundraiser for Ute Pass Woodland Park Kiwanis Club.

April 16: PPCC Jazz & Percussion Concert is at 7 p.m., Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. Bring 1-2 non-perishable food items for the Student Food Pantry.

April 20: Women of Victory Conference  A time of worship and to learn how to live victoriously with divorce, marriage or singleness, 9:30 to 5:30 at Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave, Woodland Park. Register: 367-7528. The conference is free, lunch is provided.

April 20: Earth Day. There’s free admission 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3105 Gateway Rd., in honor of Earth Day. Bring a picnic, tour the ranch, visit the blacksmith shop and general store.

April 20: Anne Hillerman Honored. Best-selling mystery writer (daughter of Tony Hillerman) will receive an award from Pikes Peak Library District, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. luncheon meeting at Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. RSVP by 13th for tickets ($40): 231-7202.

April 20: Pikes Peak Herb Fest. Discover local businesses that are geared toward herbal education, gardening and holistic health, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave. Admission is free.

April 20: Parks Free Entrance Day. In honor of Earth Day these Colorado Parks will let you in for free: Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, Florissant Fossil Beds, Great Sand Dunes Nat’l Park,  Mesa Verde National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

April 22: Monty Python’s Spamalot. Tony Award-winner Best Musical brings King Arthur and his quest for the Holy Grail. One night only, 7:30 at Pueblo Memorial Hall, 1 City Hall Place. For tickets ($52+) call (866) 722-8844.

April 23: Aging in America: Coping with Loss, Dying and Death. Hosted by Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care, 3:15-6 p.m. at Space Foundation, 445 Arrowswest Dr. Free workshops, open to the public and anyone struggling with grief and loss. RSVP to 719.884.6536 by the 16th.

April 25: How Can We Limit Global Warming, Reduce Climate Risks and Achieve Global Goals? IPCC findings presented free to the public 6 p.m. at CC’s Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.

April 26: The New Christy Minstrels bring their fantastic folk music to Tri-Lakes Center, 304 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake, for a 7 p.m. concert. For tickets ($27+) trilakesarts.org or 481-0475.

April 26: Jim Gaffigan, is absolutely the best comedian and for one night 8-10 p.m. he’ll be at the Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. For tickets ($43+) call 520-7469.

April 26: 2019 Culinary Passport. Gourmet foods and pastries from around the world, wine vendors, and international coffee from Veteran Coffee Roasters will serve you at St Paul’s Church, Julie Penrose Hall, 9 El Pomar Rd., 6:30-9:00 p.m. The event benefits Silver Key Senior Services. Tickets are $50.

April 27: Assistance League’s Wacky Tea is filled with 25 tables of goodies, the wine bar, artwork, a silent auction and gift baskets. Enjoy your tea and nibble on finger foods with background harp music 1-3 p.m. at the Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St. RSVP ($20) by the 20th: 598-4652.

April 27-28: Barry Douglas Plays All Beethoven. Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” and Symphony No. 2 will be performed Sat 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30, at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. For tickets call 575-9632.

April 27: Saloon Night & Charity Event. Cowboys and cowgirls are invited for an evening of whiskey and wine tasting, silent auctions and raffles to benefit the Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 6-11 p.m., 225 North Gate Blvd. RSVP ($30) rsvp@wmmi.org or 488-0880.

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Saturday, April 27: Soli Deo Gloria Community Choir presents “Hear My Prayer”. Please join us as we celebrate our 45th Anniversary with the 85 voice choir, soloists and instrumentalists, 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. http://www.SoliDeoGloriaCS.org A free will offering will be made and non-perishable food items collected on behalf of Silver Key Senior Services.

April 27-28: Spring Into Vintage hosted by Tri-Lakes Women’s Club, 10-5 Sat and 11-3 Sun, at Lewis Palmer HS, 1300 Higby Rd. Shop for antiques, artwork, vintage furniture, dishes, coins and delicious bakery. $6 at door and bring 1 can food for Tri-Lakes Cares.

April 28: Suits for Troops 1-4 p.m. See their ad on page 21 for details.

April 28: Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. When prepared by the Sons and Daughters of Italy you know it’s the best! The dinner is noon to 5 p.m. at Elks Lodge 309, 3400 N. Nevada Ave. Adults pay $10.

April 28: Taste of Pikes Peak. Sample the best from over 80 restaurants, food, wine and beer vendors at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd, 12-3:30 p.m., $38-$59.

April 30: An Unsteady Hand – Bleating Heart Fundraiser. Your beer purchases will help support local artists with Parkinson’s Disease, 5-9 p.m. at Goat Patch Brewing Co., 2727 N. Cascade Ave.

May 2: Black Forest Guild Arts and Crafts Spring Show and Sale is being held at Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Rd., Thurs-Sat 9-8, Sun 10-2. Free admission. Shop for fine art, decorative arts and crafts and culinary delights.

May 4: Southern Colorado Walk to Defeat ALS. Sign up today to walk 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Dr. alsa.org or call (303) 832-2322.

May 4: American Patriots Big Band Concert combines Gospel and Christian music with a 17-piece professional jazz orchestra. It’s the only known show of its kind! They consist of former and active members of the US Armed Forces, under the American Patriots name. They will perform many types of Gospel music, pay tribute to our Service men and women, and conclude with a tribute to our Country. The finales will be God Bless America and the Ray Charles rendition of America the Beautiful. The concert starts 7 p.m. at the Ent Center, 5225 N. Nevada Ave. For program details, see their ad on page 21 and to buy tickets ($23+) call 255-3232.