Happenings

Through all of March: Free Tax Preparation Help by IRS certified AARP volunteers at 9 locations in Colorado Springs. For the Tax Aide Site nearest you call (888) 227-7669 or check aarp.org/FindTaxHelp.

March 2: Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off. It’s the best way to experience Marchdi-Gras and Cajun cuisine in Manitou Springs. You can enjoy gumbo samples (2 for $1) over lunchtime 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Soda Springs Park, 42 Park Ave.

March 2: Manitou Springs Carnivale Parade. Arrive early and find your spot along Manitou Ave because the parade starts at 1. Come in flamboyant costume and ‘Laissez les bon temps rouler’ !

March 2&6: Donizetti’s “La Fille Du Regiment”. The comic opera, set in a French libretto, will be performed at the Met and you can see it live in HD 10:55 a.m. on the 2nd with encore the 6th  on big screens at Tinseltown (1545 E Cheyenne Mtn Rd.), CineMarchk (3305 Cinema Pt) or Regal (1120 Interquest Pkwy). Tickets are $27+.

March 2: Art and Wine at the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave, 2 p.m., will be  a presentation by silversmith artist Jon Tschannen followed by a trip to The Sweet Elephant for a complimentary wine tasting. It’s free and no registration is required.

March 2: Shalom-Salaam: A Celebration of Jewish and Arabic Music. Klezmer Concert – Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe will perform traditional Jewish melodies and rhythms of the Middle East, 7 p.m. at Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada. Tickets are $10.

March 2-3: Rachmaninoff Third Symphony. There will be performances of this symphony as well as Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 on Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets ($35+) call 719- 520-7469.

March 3&15: Water-Wise Gardening, 5 p.m. on 3rd, 10 a.m. on 15th.  Make sMarcht, classy garden designs and native plant selections. Classes are free at Tri-Lakes Chamber, 166-2nd St., Monument, but you must pre-register at signupgenius.com or 481-3282.

March 3: Extreme Risk Law Updates. State Senator Pete Lee, Rep. Marchc Snyder and Rep. Tony Exum will instruct re: the details of this new Law for upcoming Advocacy Day at State Capitol in Denver (March 8). Learn from them how to talk to lawmakers. 3 p.m. at Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.

March 5, 12 & 19: MAH2 Military Artistic Healing for Veterans and Active Duty Military. Learn to use your artist talents and creative energies, through therapeutic processes, to develop self-expression and healing. Classes, 3-5 p.m., are offered at no charge, all supplies are provided and registration is required by calling 719- 475-2444 Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl. on the CC campus.

March 5: “The Big Country” (1958) starring Gregory Peck will be shown at Senior Classic Movies, 10 a.m. at Gold Hills Theatre, 615 W. Midland Ave in Woodland Park. $5.75 includes movie, popcorn and soda.

March 5: Fat Tuesday at Springs Orleans will boast jambalaya, gumbo and king cake while the Fat Tuesday Fat Cats serenade you, starting 7 p.m. at 123 E. Pikes Peak.

March 5: PPCC Faculty Recital brings an evening of saxophone music, 7:30 p.m. at their Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. The cost is 1-2 non-perishable food items for the PPCC Student Food Pantry.

March 6: Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Political Order. UCCS professor James Piereson will address the subject of a possible reshaping of our country’s politics for years to come, 5 p.m. at UCCS Roaring Fork Dining Hall, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. 719- 255-8227

March 6, 13 & 20: Shows at Front Range BBQ, 2330 W. Colorado Ave., Wednesdays at 7 p.m. There’s no cover charge to hear Appalachian tinged dual guitars of Fletcher’s Grove on the 6th, fun and funky Blue Frog on the 13th and the guitars, banjo and mandolin music of Arkansauce on the 20th.

March 7, 14, 21, 28: Teller County VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). Free confidential tax service, 12:30-5 p.m. at Woodland Park Library on Thursdays, or Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek on Saturdays. To see if you qualify go to: ColoradoVITA.org or call 229-9868. Appointments are required, ask for details.

March 7-9: Colorado Springs Wine Festival will allows you to sample port, madeira and other wines plus culinary delights from local restaurants at The Broadmoor Hotel, 1 Lake Ave. For tickets ($40+) or events schedule, call 577-4556.

March 7: Nopales Superfood Cooking Class. Ideal for vegans, vegetarians or omnivores who wish to create dishes with nopales or cactus. Class is taught 1-5 p.m. at Cocina’s Corazon’s Kitchen. To register, ($65) call 661-3030.

March 7: Growing BIG in Small Spaces. Downsizing may be a fact of life but you can grow lots of veggies by container gardening, vertical gardening and bucket gardening. Learn from those at Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 704 E. Boulder St. Admission is $20. thu@ppugardens.org

March 7: “The Providers” free community screening event at Tim Gill Center, 315 E. Costilla, at 7 p.m. The film follows ‘country doctors’ in New Mexico at clinics offering care to call, regardless of ability to pay. It’s free but donations are gratefully accepted.

March 8-9: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is a live screening of Spielberg’s movie with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic performing alongside, 7:30 p.m. at Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. For tickets call 520-7469.

March 9: St. Patrick’s Day Walk. The Falcon Wanderers VolksMarch Club invites to join them for a 5 or 10 km route for fun and fitness, starting between 8:30-noon at 2924 N. .Beacon St.  Walk at your own pace but plan to finish up no later than 3 p.m. It’s free. 591-8193. Restrooms at start and finish.

March 9: Colorado College Hockey versus their rivals University of Denver starts 7 p.m. at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. Tickets start at $9 and can be purchased at Arena box office or go to cctigers.com/tickets

March 9: Colcannon Concert. Authentic, joyous Irish music for free at 7:30 p.m. in Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre on the CC campus.

March 9: Traditional Irish Dance by the Mountain Eire Irish Dance School. Free performances: 10:30 a.m. at the Florissant Public Library and again at 3 p.m. at the Woodland Park Library, 218 E. Midland Ave. 687-9281 x103

March 9: Wayne Wilkinson Trio, will be performing a free show of straight ahead and traditional jazz at Wild Goose Meeting House, 401 N. Tejon St., 9-11 p.m.

March 9: Dotsero. It’ll be a no-nonsense sax and guitar-driven contemporary jazz show, 8 p.m. at Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Dr. For tickets ($15+) call 476-2200.

March 10: Brewery Bootcamp. Who says beer and exercise don’t go together? A 1-hour total body workout for people of all fitness levels will be followed with well-earned discounted beers, at Goat Patch Brewing, 2727 N. Cascade Ave., 10-11 a.m. Admission: $10.

March 10: “Movie House Music.” Howie House play 2:30-4 p.m. at Gold Hill Theater, 615 Midland Ave, Woodland Park. $16 for Movie, music & beverage. 687-2210.

March 12-Apr 30: Citizenship Preparation Classes.  Learn all about the citizen application process, civics and history, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Atlas Preparatory High School, 1450 Academy Park Loop. $30 Per Person. Register on 3/12 at 6 p.m.

March 13: Pikes Peak Blues Community Jam. The Community provides drums, keyboard and sound system and musicians should bring their own instruments to Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Dr. at 6:30 p.m.

March 14: Aging Gracefully, Aging Gratefully. People of all faiths are invited, using prayer, music, easy movement, and shared experiences. Register ($45) with Benet Hill Monastery, 633-0655 x132. It’s 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 3190 Benet Ln. Lunch is included.

March 14-17: “Velvet Determination” will premiere at Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St. Direct from New York, Cynthia Shaw creates over 10 characters and plays classical piano music Thurs-Sat 7:30 and Sundays 2 p.m. For tickets ($18+) call 465-6321.

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Dress in lucky green and make your way downtown to the St Patty’s Day Parade! It starts at Tejon & St Vrain Streets, then Marchches south on Tejon as far as Vermijo. The parade steps off Saturday the 16th at noon. Be sure to arrive early to find a good parking spot. There will be food and drinks sold along the parade route, but no alcohol allowed outside. See you there!

March 14: St Patrick’s Day at the Marchriott. There’s live music by McDeviants, dancing by Irish Steps, and Irish cuisine, and green beer available for purchase. Entertainment is free at Marchriott, 5-8 p.m., 5580 Tech Center Dr.

March 14: The Roadshow. An award-winning music show and worship by Compassion Live, begins 7 p.m. at Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. For tickets ($23+) call 520- 7469.

March 14-17 & 21-24: “The Art of Dining”, UCCS Student production. See this comedy full of surprises at Ent Center, 5225 N. Nevada Ave. Thurs-Sat at 7:30, Sundays at 4. For tickets ($20+) call 255-3232.

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The African Children’s Choir, an internationally-acclaimed choir will perform 7 p.m. March 15 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 4925 Farmingdale Dr. Arrive early, doors open at 6 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken to support the choir’s Music for Life programs such as education, care and relief.

March 16: St Patrick’s Day Party with music by Colorado Springs premiere classic rock band, 8 p.m. at Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside Dr. It’s free! Food and drinks available for purchase.

March 16: World Dance Festival includes Brazilian Samba, Tribal belly dance, Indian, Chinese Fan Dance and Polynesian. Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa, tickets ($12+) 425-7596.

March 16-17: Sing and Shout. The Chamber Orchestra begins with a shout then sings its way through works of Bach, Strauss and Haydn. Sat. 7 p.m. at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. Sunday 2:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. Senior tickets ($23): 633-3649

March 16-17: Colorado Springs Chorale presents “Crossings.” The Chorale and Ormao Dance Co. will perform Sat 7:30 p.m. & Sun 3 p.m., at Ent Center, 5225 N. Nevada. Senior tickets ($20) 634-3737.

March 16: YMCA at First & Main Grand Opening. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. enjoy giveaways, take a tour, join the dance party and more! Free admission, 3035 New Center Pt.

March 16: Woodland Park Saint Patrick’s Day Parade starting at Henrietta & Center Streets, 12 Noon. With purchase of Pub Crawl stamp card, get specials on food and drink.

March 16: “Lamb of God” a multi-denominational, musical portrayal of Jesus Christ’s final days. Performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade, tickets are $11.25. 477-2100.

March 17: St Patrick’s Day and there’s no better place to celebrate than in an Irish Pub. Here are a few to choose from: Jack Quinn’s, 21 S. Tejon St. CS, McGills Pint & Platter, 256 E. Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, O’Malley’s in Palmer Lake, and McGinty’s, 11115 Hwy 24 in Divide.

March 19: “The Apartment” (1960) starring Jack Lemmon will be shown at Senior Classic Movies, 10 a.m. at Gold Hills Theatre, 615 W. Midland Ave in Woodland Park. $5.75 includes the movie, popcorn and soda.

March 19: AARP Smart Driver Program teaches current rules of the road, defense driving and new safe driving tips, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Library, 218 E. Midland Ave. Register ($15-$20) 687-9821 x103 (No tests!)

March 21-24: “Cinderella” with music by Rogers & Hammerstein, will be performed by Sunrise Players and a full orchestra at 7 p.m. Thurs&Fri, 3 p.m. Sat&Sun, at Sunrise United Methodist Church, 2655 Briargate Blvd. Seniors ($12) 322-4039.

March 22: Silent Film Soiree: “Miss Lulu Bett” & Roaring 20s Costume Party, 6:45 p.m. at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St. For tickets ($30+) 385-5990. Ticket price includes 2 beer/wine and fruit, cheese & desserts!

March 22: Three Dog Night. Yes, here in the Springs, for one night only! 7:30 p.m. at Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade. For tickets ($48.25+) call 520-7469.

March 22-24: Disney on Ice. Never too old for Worlds of Enchantment? Fri 7 p.m., Sat 3  & 7 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. at Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. For Tickets ($23-$73) call 477-2100.

March 22-24: “The Thorn” is a dynamic theatrical portrayal of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Performances Friday 7 p.m., Sat 3 & 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. at Springs First Church, 4120 E. Fountain Blvd. Buy tickets ($14-$49) at the church office M-Th 9-4, Fri 9-12 or call 596-5119.

March 23: Chili Cook-Off, a fundraiser for Woodland Park Senior Center, 321 N. Pine St., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tasting fee is $5 and then cast your vote for the best Chili!

March 24+27: “To Kill A Mockingbird” starring Gregory Peck, on the big screen once again, shown 1 or 7 p.m. at Tinseltown (1545 E Cheyenne Mtn Rd.), CineMarchk (3305 Cinema Pt) or Regal (1120 Interquest Pkwy) Theaters.

March 24: All Gospel Show 2-4 p.m., will feature guest quartet 4GIVEN, Immanuel’s Jubilate Choir, and a Gospel sing-along, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 846 E. Pikes Peak. Free admission.

March 26: USAFA Band’s “A Brass Affair” will feature Bernstein’s Westside Story, a free concert open to the public at 7:30 p.m. at CC Packard Performance Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre.

March 26-27: The Illusionists are full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, 7:30 p.m. at Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade. Tickets (888) 929-7849.

March 27: Sensi Night at Briarhurst Manor. It’s a free community event to foster conversation and showcase products offered by some of the finest brands in Southern Colorado, 7-10 p.m., 404 Manitou Ave.

March 30: Coffee with a Cop is an informal gathering with friendly officers of El Paso County Sheriff’s office, to have relaxed conversations about community matters or your safety concerns, 7 to 9 a.m. in the Food Court area of Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive E. 719-444-7000.