Happenings

Aug. 1-6: Peachy Party!  Support the Colorado Springs Philharmonic by purchasing sweet, juicy Palisade peaches. 10# for $28; 18# for $36. Pick up Aug. 17th 10:30a.m. at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. To order: (719) 210-0678

Aug. 1-11: Our Shorts Are Showing! Seven short original plays written and performed by local artists, at Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 E. Cache La Poudre, Thurs-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2. You can buy tickets (seniors $10) at the door with cash or local check.

Aug. 3: Veteran’s Benefit Fundraiser features the American Patriots Big Band with music of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Honor our veterans 7 p.m. at Ent Arts Center, 5225 N. Nevada Ave. For tickets: 719-255-3232

Aug. 3: “Comedy of Errors” – A Mobile Shakespeare presentation by UCCS Theatreworks, 1:30 p.m. at East  Library, 5550 N Union Blvd. Free to the public.

Aug. 3: World Dance Festival. Vibrant dances from around the world performed by incredible artists at Lon Chaney Theatre, 221 E. Kiowa St. 7 p.m. For tickets ($15+): (719) 425-7596. Wine & spirits cash bar.

Aug. 3: Vino & Notes is one of the top wine festivals that will benefit Habitat for Humanity, from 12-6 p.m. in Memorial Park, 200 N. Park, Woodland Park. $25 for Military & First Responders, $40 Public.

Aug. 5&12: Little London Winds Free Concerts, 7 p.m. at Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs.

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Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, also known as the Indigo Girls, have not slowed down with age. Selling over 14 million records they’re still going strong. Lucky for us they’ll be here Aug. 6 at the Ent Center, 5225 N. Nevada Ave. The 7 p.m. show is a benefit for the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute. For tickets ($43.50+) call (719) 255-3232 or go to tickets@uccspresents.org.

Aug. 6: Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Celebration. Come to 101 ProRodeo Dr. and see the Rangerettes, trick ropers, win door prizes, enjoy a free concert by Narrow GAug.e, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Throwback (to 1979) admission of only $2.50 at the door.

Aug. 7: Final Tour of Tough Plants – From 5-6 p.m. you’ll see what low-water plants look like in mature form and in bloom at CS Utilities Garden Center, 2855 Mesa Rd. (No registration required.) 719-668-8232

Aug. 7+14: Summer Concerts in the Glen. Wirewood Station (high energy bluegrass) will play on the 7th and Underground Clarinet Quartet (light classical) on the 14th, free to the public, at Broadmoor Community Church grounds, 315 Lake Ave. By donation pay for burgers, hotdogs, desserts and drinks.

Aug. 7, 14, 21+28: Weds: Hillside Gardens Summer Concerts, 1006 S. Institute St. Seniors pay $8 for 6-8:30 p.m. concert, (includes beverage). Bill Emery Band (swing) on 7th, Rick Blessing & Trip Ziegler Quartet (Frank Sinatra tribute) on 14th, Skean Dubh (Celtic) on 21st, Playing with Smoke (classic rock) on 28th.  

Aug. 7-29: Celebrate Spoil Your Dog Day (and National Cat Day) by making treats for your pet, at following libraries: Old Colo City 8/7 at 4 p.m., Library 21C 8/8 at 4 p.m., Black Forest Stop 8/12 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Sand Creek 8/20 at 4 p.m., Monument 8/28 4 p.m. and East Library 8/29 at 4:30 p.m.

Aug. 8: Big, Loud & Live 16. Get a front-row seat to the Drum Corps International Championship prelims LIVE from Indianapolis! At Regal Interquest, Cinemark Carefree or Tinseltown theater at 4:30 p.m.

Aug. 8-10: “One Bad Apple.. or As the Worm Turns.” Don’t miss the final weekend of this fun melodrama at Iron Springs Chateau, 444 Ruxton Ave in Manitou Springs. Seniors (62+) pay $17 for show only or $32.50 for dinner & show. For reservations, call 719-685-5104.

Aug. 9-12 & 16-17: Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. Come join Funky Little Theater and Monty Python in their undertaking of this musical comedy complete with dancing girls, flatulent Frenchmen, knights, and killer rabbits, 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat and 4 p.m. on Sun. 1367 Pecan St. Tickets are $24 at the door or: funkylittletheater.org

Aug. 10: Westside Community Center’s Picnic-Fest. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. free hotdog lunches and refreshments will be served. There will be lots of senior-related booths, too. Learn what the Westside Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., can offer you as a person age 50+ !

Aug. 10: “Blue Steel” Music on the Mesa, Davina & The Vagabonds will play blues and jazz 4-7 p.m. at Gold Hill Mesa, 142 S. Raven Mine Dr. Bison Brothers food truck will be on the scene, admission is free.

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One Nation Walking is hosting a one-day powwow to celebrate Native history and culture on Aug. 10th, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd. You can enjoy Native drums and dancers, Native art, birds of prey, live wolf exhibits, Aztec dancers, and delicious Native foods. Admission is $5 and please bring donations of non-perishable foods. Native Americans in full regalia admitted free.

Aug. 10: Music on the Labyrinth – Academy Jazz Ensemble. Downtown 6:30 p.m. First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave will have a free-will offering concert. Outdoors in good weather (bring chair or blanket) or held inside if it rains. Ice cream truck on site!

Aug. 11: Queen Nitocris Tells Her Story. Joy Kramer will portray the queen, wife of Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar. She tells of witnessing the prophet Daniel interpret the “writing on the wall” at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s 9:30 a.m. service, 36 Edlowe Road in Woodland Park.

Aug. 11&14: “Hello, Dolly!” 50th Anniversary. It’s a terrific musical comedy, with Walter Matthau and Barbra Streisand,, 1 p.m. at Regal Interquest, Cinemark Carefree or Tinseltown theaters.

Aug. 11: Flute Daddy Quartet performs ‘sweet and spicy jazz’ at Olympian Events Center, 975 S. Union Blvd. From 1-4pm there’s a lavish buffet while enjoying the music! $10-$15 at the door.

Aug. 14: Tips & Tricks to Hone Genealogy Skills. Research tips, finding obits, DNA vendors, navigating databases and more at the 7 p.m. at Penrose Library Columbine Room, 20 N. Cascade. Guests are welcome.

Aug. 15-18: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall. Visit the Wall at 410 N. ‘B’ St. at Cripple Creek High School. It is presented as part of the 27th Annual Salute to American Veterans Rally.

Aug. 15-18: Woodland Park Rock, Gem & Jewelry Show, 9am-5pm, 19250 E. US Hwy 24 (east of Burger King). Gem and Mineral Auction Fri & Sat nights at 6. Free and open to the public.

Aug. 15+28: Free Concerts in Bear Creek Park. El Paso County Parks will host concerts at S. 21st St & W Rio Grande St. On the 15th at 6 p.m. the 101st Army National Guard Dixieland Band will perform and the 28th features USAF Academy Band Falconaires and The Alumni Band starting 5 p.m.. Bring your picnic, lawn chairs or blanket.

Aug. 16: Who Wants a Piece of Me? Well then, come ‘get some’ 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the 21st Community Pig Roast , 236 N. Washington St. in Monument. All are welcome!

Aug. 16: “Comedy of Errors” – A Mobile Shakespeare presentation by UCCS Theatreworks, 2 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. Free to the public.

Aug. 16: Celebrating Woodstock with Starburn brings music of our era to Stargazers Theatre, 8 p.m., 10 S. Parkside Dr. Honoring some of the greatest bands ever and even better, it’s a free concert!

Aug. 16-18: The Salute to American Veterans Rally & Festival. Experience the pride, camaraderie and patriotism – Attend the Veterans Remembrance Ceremony (Sat. Noon at City Park, 1st & Bennett Ave), visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall, see aircraft flyovers, free concerts, a veterans parade (Sat. 10 a.m. along Bennett Ave) , veterans poker run, and beer garden, all in Cripple Creek. For a list of event times, go to theveteransrally.org.

Aug. 17:  The Senior Scoop will provide information on senior services, health care, housing, recreation, entertainment, lifestyle, transportation and much more. It’s happening 9am-2pm Aug. 17 at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Josh & John’s Ice Cream Scoop Bus will be on site 10am-Noon. No registration is required; free and open to all!

Aug. 16-18: Summerfest German Bier Festival, celebrating German biers, foods, culture and live music at Edelweiss Restaurant, 34 E. Ramona Ave. Free admission Fri 3-10, Sat noon-10 and Sun 12-8.

Aug. 17: Colorado Birds of Prey. The Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo will let you get up close to these beautiful birds at Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Aug. 17: POW-MIA Recognition Ride. Join thousands of Vets and patriots riding from Woodland Park H.S. to Cripple Creek for the Salute to American Veterans Rally, starting 8 a.m. Entry fee is $10 per bike. For details call (719) 487-8005.

Aug. 17: Mount St. Francis Walk starts 8 a.m. with Falcon Wanderers Walking Club. Have some fun, fitness and friendship at a free, non-competitive 6K & 10K walking event. Walk at your own pace, but plan to finish by 3 p.m. Marian Hall, Mount St. Francis, 7780 Deer Trail Grove. (719) 591-8193.

Aug. 17: Pickin on the Divide Bluegrass Festival. It’s a full day (11am-6:30pm) of live bluegrass music, delicious food, and beer garden at Limbach Park, 151 Front St., Monument. Pay $20 at the gate.

Aug. 17: ‘Steers and Beers’ Whiskey & Beer Festival – will feature live music, mechanical bull and fun porch games, 4-8 p.m. at the Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. downtown. Admission is $10+.

Aug. 18: Old Colorado City Car Show –don’t miss this street festival car show near Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave., displaying all vehicles, foreign or domestic, all years, makes and models. Free to attend; $35 to show your car (719) 329-4736.

Aug. 18: Poker Alice Tubbs: The Straight Story. Its author, Liz Morton Duckworth, will play Alice in costume, as the true gambler she was in the late 1800’s. The 2 p.m. show is free at Lake George Charter School. Refreshments will be served.

Aug. 18: Big Band 3rd Sunday Dance. Dance to waltzes, polkas, swing, slow and Latin music performed by Front Range Big Band, 3-5 p.m., 1414 Kelly Johnson Blvd. Tickets $8 ($2 less if you bring non-perishable food item).

Aug. 21: Gift of History Breakfast. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum will serve a free breakfast 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade. Learn about the museum and its programs. Your support is requested but there’s no obligation. RSVP: 719.385-5633.

Aug. 22: Gaby Moreno with Jarabe Mexicano, will perform Latin rock and Mexican folk music 7 p.m. at Ent Center, 5225 N. Nevada Ave. For tickets ($28.50) call 719.255-3232 or tickets@uccspresents.org

Aug. 22: Tap-in Miniature Golf Tournament, presented by North Colorado Springs Rotary Club, 5:30-9 p.m. at Adventure Golf, 6550 Corporate Dr. Cost is $45 and includes BBQ dinner served 7:15 at nearby ProRodeo Hall of Fame. (719) 440-5022.

Aug. 23-25: 21st Annual Greek Festival. Be Greek for a day! Enjoy delicious Greek foods and drinks, shop for souvenirs, clothing, jewelry and watch Hellenic dancers. Opa! Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11-10, and Sun 11-4 at Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, 2215 Paseo Rd.

Aug. 23-25: Into Thin Air Auto Fest, features a large car show, time attack course, drag racing, great food, camping, kart racing and more at Pikes Peak International Raceway, 16650 Midway Ranch Rd., Fountain. Call (719) 382-7223 or go to ppir.com for details.

Aug. 25: Marathon Block Party. It’s all happening on Manitou Ave in Manitou Springs from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Here goes: Street breakfast 7:30-10; beer garden 10-5; Woodshed Red plays at 1:15; vendors and sidewalk sale 10-5, Pikes Peak Marathon awards at 1 & 3:30.

Aug. 25: Americana: Roots of American Music, will feature the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs at Glen Eyrie Castle, 3820 N. 30th St. The 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. program will be classical music with a mix of folk, country, fiddling and ragtime. For tickets ($29+) call 719.265-7050.

Aug. 29: “Murder in Buffalo Chip” is a murder mystery dinner and show at Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside. The mystery features lawmen, train robbers, holy rollers and a house of ill-repute while BBQ dinner has beef brisket, grilled chicken and pulled pork. Doors open at 6; dinner at 6:45. For reservations ($49) call (719) 476-2200.

Aug. 31-Sept 2: Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off. Start your morning with a magnificent air balloon mass ascension of over 70 balloons, accompanied by breakfast and drinks. Sat-Mon starting 6 a.m. at Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave.