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Please note our policy: Our community calendar carries listings on a space-available basis for Tri-Lakes events that are sponsored by local governmental entities and not-for-profit organizations. We include events that are open to the general public and are not religious or self-promotional in nature. If space is available, complimentary calendar listings are included, when requested, for events advertised in the current issue.

To have your event included in Our Community Calendar: Contact John Heiser at 488-3455, P.O. Box 1742, Monument, Colorado 80132-1742, or calendar@ocn.me. The information we need is the day (such as 3rd Wednesday each month, every Tuesday, or whatever), the time, location (with directions if it isn't a place most people are likely to know), and a point of contact with phone number and/or e-mail address for those wanting more information. There is no charge for listings in Our Community Calendar.

Upcoming Events  - Our Community Calendar is subdivided into

Governmental Bodies
Local Library Events
Weekly and Monthly Events
Special Events

Although we strive for accuracy in these listings, you are strongly urged to double-check the time and place of any event you wish to attend by calling the info number for that event.

Items, if any, differ from what was printed in the latest issue of OCN. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Governmental Bodies

  • Forest Lakes & Pinon Pines Metropolitan Districts Board Meeting, Mon., Aug. 6, 10:30 a.m., 6385 Corporate Dr., Suite 200, Colo. Springs. Meets 1st Mon. each month. Info: 327-5810.
  • Monument Board of Trustees Meeting, Mon., Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall Board Room, 645 Beacon Lite Rd., Monument. Meets 1st and 3rd Mon. each month. Info: 884-8017, www.townofmonument.org.
  • El Paso Board of County Commissioners Meeting, Tue., Aug. 7, 9 a.m. Centennial Hall, 200 South Cascade Ave., Suite 150, Colo. Springs. Meets every Tue. through August and every Tue. and Thu. from September. Info: 520 6430, https://clerkandrecorder.elpasoco.com/clerk-to-the-board/board-of-county-commissioners-meeting-agendas/
  • El Paso County Planning Commission Meeting, Tue., Aug. 7, 9 a.m., 2880 International Circle (off Union Blvd & Printers Pkwy). Meets 1st & 3rd Tue. (if required) each month. Find agendas at https://planningdevelopment.elpasoco.com/el-paso-county-planning-commission/planning-commission-2018-meetings/. Info: 520-6300.
  • Palmer Lake Sanitation District Board Meeting, Wed., Aug. 8, 9 a.m., 120 Middle Glenway. Meets 2nd Wed. each month. Info: 481-2732. www.plsd.org.
  • Monument Academy School Board Meeting, Thu., Aug. 9, 6 p.m., school library, 1150 Village Ridge Point, Monument. Meets 2nd Thu. each month. Info: 481-1950, www.monumentacademy.net/school-board.
  • Palmer Lake Town Council Meeting, Thu., Aug. 9, 7 p.m., Palmer Lake Town Hall, 28 Valley Crescent. Meets 2nd Thu. each month. Info: 481-2953, www.townofpalmerlake.com.
  • Woodmoor Water & Sanitation District Board Meeting, Mon., Aug. 13, 2 p.m., 1845 Woodmoor Dr., Monument. Now meets 2nd Mon. each month. Info: 488-2525, www.woodmoorwater.com.
  • Tri-Lakes Wastewater Facility Joint Use Committee Meeting, Tue., Aug. 14, 10 a.m., 16510 Mitchell Ave. Meets 2nd Tue. each month. Info: Bill Burks, 481-4053.
  • Triview Metropolitan District Board Meeting, Tue., Aug. 14, 5 p.m., Fairfield Inn (Mt. Herman Conference Room), 15275 Struthers Rd., Monument. Meets 2nd Tue. each month. Info: 488-6868, https://triviewmetro.com.
  • Monument Sanitation District Board Meeting, Wed., Aug. 15, 9 a.m., 130 2nd St. Meets 3rd Wed. each month. Info: 481-4886.
  • Donala Water & Sanitation District Board Meeting, Thu., Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m., 15850 Holbein Dr. Meets 3rd Thu. each month. Info: 488-3603, www.donalawater.org.
  • Lewis-Palmer School District 38 Board Meeting, Mon., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Learning Center, 146 Jefferson St., Monument. Meets 3rd Mon. during the summer. Info: 488-4700, www.lewispalmer.org.
  • Monument Board of Trustees Meeting, Mon., Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall Board Room, 645 Beacon Lite Rd., Monument. Meets 1st and 3rd Mon. each month. Info: 884-8017, www.townofmonument.org.
  • Wescott Fire Protection District Board Meeting, Tue., Aug. 21, 7 p.m., Station 1, 15415 Gleneagle Dr. Normally meets 3rd Tue. each month. Info: 488-8680.
  • Academy Water and Sanitation District Board Meeting, Wed., Aug. 22, 6 p.m., Wescott Fire Station 1, 15415 Gleneagle Dr. Meets 3rd Wed. each month. Info: 481-0711.
  • Forest View Acres Water District Board Meeting, Wed., Aug. 22, 6 p.m., Monument Sanitation District board room, 130 Second St. Meets 4th Wed. each month, Info: 488-2110, www.fvawd.com.
  • Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District Board Meeting, Wed., Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m., TLMFPD Station 1, 18650 Hwy 105. Meets 4th Wed. each month. Info: Jennifer Martin, 484-0911, www.tlmfire.org.
  • Woodmoor Improvement Association Board Meeting, Wed., Aug. 22, 7 p.m., Woodmoor Barn, 1691 Woodmoor Dr. Meets 4th Wed. each month. Info: 488-2693, www.woodmoor.org.

Local Library Events

For information on library events, see the library events column and visit www.ppld.org.

  • The Palmer Lake Library hours are Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 66 Lower Glenway. Info: 481-2587, www.ppld.org.
  • The Monument Branch Library hours are Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., 1-5 p.m. 1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr. Info: 488-2370, www.ppld.org.

Weekly and Monthly Events

  • Monument Hill Farmers Market, every Sat., 8 a.m.-2 p.m., In front of the D-38 Administration Building at 2nd and Jefferson St., Downtown Monument. Park behind the administration building or in the Catholic Church parking lot. Playground for the kids. Many new vendors plus all your old favorites! Info: 592-9420.
  • Monument Hill Kiwanis Club Breakfast Meeting, every Sat., 8 a.m., D-38 Administration Building, 146 Jefferson St., Monument. Guests are welcome to the weekly meetings that feature speakers on a variety of topics and a free buffet breakfast. Join the 140+ men and women of the Tri-Lakes area who work together on projects to support our community. Info: Bob Hayes, 481-9693, www.monumenthillkiwanis.org. See ad on page 11.
  • The Wine Seller Free Wine Tastings, every Sat., 1-4 p.m., 2805 Roberts Dr., Monument. Info: 488-3019, www.thewineseller.net. See ad on page 3.
  • Bingo by the American Legion, every Sat., game sales start at 6 p.m., games start at 7 p.m., the Depot Restaurant, in Palmer Lake. Proceeds go to scholarships and other community support activities. Info: 481-8668, www.americanlegiontrilakespost911.com/bingo.htm.
  • Watercolor Painting Demo, with art class afterward, every Sat.-Sun., 3-5 p.m. For watercolor art for fun and good health, join Janet Sellers and get free local scene coloring pages while she demos at local cultural, coffee, and food spots. RSVP & Info: janetsellers10@gmail.com, 357-7454.
  • Fuel Church Sunday Service, every Sun., 9:30 a.m. fellowship with free donuts and coffee, 10 a.m. main service; 14960 Woodcarver Rd. (just west of I-25 off Baptist Road). Non-denominational, spirit-led. Info: info@fuel.org, www.fuelchurch.org. See ads on pages 5 and 17.
  • Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church Worship Hours, every Sun., traditional services 8 & 11 a.m., contemporary service 9:30 a.m., Sunday school, all ages, 9:30 a.m., 20256 Hunting Downs Way, Monument. Info: 488-1365, www.tlumc.org. See ad on page 3. 
  • Cathedral Rock Church Sunday Service, every Sun., 10 a.m., Tri-Lakes YMCA, 17250 Jackson Creek Pkwy, Monument. Info: www.cathedralrockchurch.org. See ad on page 11.
  • Tai-Chi Class, every Mon., 10 a.m., Palmer Lake Town Hall, 28 Valley Crescent. Cost: $5. Drop-ins welcome. Info: 481-2953, www.townofpalmerlake.com.
  • Seniors: Tai Chi Classes, every Mon., 11–noon, Silver Alliance Senior Center at Lewis-Palmer High School (across from the YMCA). This soft, slow, and gentle form of exercise has many benefits. Registration required. $3 suggested donation. RSVP & Info: 464-6873.
  • Seniors Monday Movie Matinee, every Mon., 1-4 p.m., Silver Alliance Senior Center located on Lewis-Palmer High School campus. Free movies and snacks. See the schedule of films in Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance Senior Beat.
  • Artfully Speaking Toastmasters, every Mon., 5:45 p.m., DeVry University, 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd., room 13. Info: Jon Walsh, 640-9428; www.artfullyspeaking.toastmastersclubs.org.
  • Women’s A.A. Step Study, every Mon., 6 p.m. Family of Christ Lutheran Church, 675 W. Baptist Rd. Info: 481-0431.
  • Yin Yoga Classes, every Mon., 6:30-7:45 p.m., Yoga Pathways Studio, 755 Hwy 105, West End Center, Suite A (3⁄4 mile west of Safeway). A slow yoga practice; all levels welcome. First class always free. Info: Deb Harano, 338-8467; DimensionsYoga@gmail.com.
  • Monument Hill Kiwanis Bingo, every Mon., 7:30 pm, Carefree Bingo, 3440 N. Carefree Circle, Colo. Springs. All proceeds benefit those in need in the Tri-Lakes Community. Info: mark.zeiger@gmail.com.
  • Farmers’ Market at Western Museum of Mining & Industry (WMMI), every Mon. & Wed., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 225 North Gate Blvd. (I-25 Exit 156 A). Info: 488-0880, info@wmmi.org, www.wmmi.org.
  • Adult Literacy Class, every Mon. & Wed., 6-7:30 p.m., D-38 Admin. Building, 146 Jefferson St., Monument. Open to the public. Info: 488-4700.
  • Senior Citizen Luncheons, every Mon.-Fri., 12-12:30 p.m., Mountain Community Mennonite Church, 643 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake. See the menu for the month in the Senior Beat newsletter. A $2.25 donation is requested. Stay for bingo the 2nd Thu. each month. Reservations are requested, phone 884-2304.
  • Western Museum of Mining & Industry (WMMI), open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 225 North Gate Blvd. (I-25 Exit 156 A). Daily guided tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost: $10 adults, $9 military/AAA, $8 seniors & students, $6 children 3-12, free to children under 3 & museum members. Info: 488-0880, info@wmmi.org, www.wmmi.org.
  • Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance Thrift Store, open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 755 Hwy 105, Suite N, in the West End Center. Seniors 62+ get a 20% discount on Wednesdays. Military & Teacher Appreciation Day, 20% off regular priced items on Saturdays. All proceeds support Tri-Lakes Senior Programs. To donate furniture, call 488-3495 for a pickup. Info: www.TriLakesSeniors.org.
  • Tri-Lakes YMCA Senior Coffee, every Tue., 9:30-11:30 a.m., 17250 Jackson Creek Pkwy, Monument. Members and non-members are welcome. Socialize, have coffee and snacks in the front lobby. Free. Info: 630-2604, hbrandon@ppymca.org, www.ppymca.org.
  • Al-anon Meeting: Monument Serenity, every Tue., 7:30-8:30 p.m., Ascent Church (formerly the Tri-Lakes Chapel), 1750 Deer Creek Rd., Monument. Info: Kay, 481-9258.
  • Act II Thrift Shop, open Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Proceeds benefit Tri-Lakes area non-profits. Info: 487-3268, cara@mynothlandchurch.org, www.mynorthlandchurch.org/act-ii.
  • Tri-Lakes Church of Christ Wednesday Night Fellowship Meal (Free) & Classes, every Wed., 6-7:30 p.m., 20450 Beacon Lite Road, Monument (Corner of Beacon Lite & County Line Roads). Info: 488-9613, gregsmith@trilakeschurch.org, www.trilakeschurch.org.
  • Al-anon Meeting: Letting Go, every Thu., 9-10:10 a.m., Tri-Lakes Chapel, room 209, 1750 Deer Creek Rd., Monument. Info: Kay, 481-9258.
  • A.A. Big Book Study, every Thu., 7 p.m., Family of Christ Lutheran Church, 675 W. Baptist Rd. Info: 481-0431.
  • Live music at the Speedtrap, every Thu. open mic 7-9:30 p.m., musicians every Fri. & Sat., 8-11 p.m., 84 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake. Info: 488-2007, www.speedtrapbistro.com. See ad on page 5.
  • Group of Artists (GOA) Meetings at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Sat., Aug. 4, 10 a.m.-noon, 304 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake. Lively discussions about art topics, general studies on creativity. Meets 1st Sat. each month. Info: 481-0475, info@trilakesarts.org, www.trilakesarts.org.
  • Foot Care Clinic, Wed., Aug. 8, Silver Alliance Senior Center located across the street from the Tri-Lakes YMCA, on the Lewis-Palmer High School campus. A registered nurse examines your feet and provides foot care advice, toenail trimming. Cost: $30 for a 30-min. visit. Meets 2nd Wed. and last Fri. each month, by appointment only. Info & appointments: call the Visiting Nurse Association, 577-4448.
  • Senior Bingo, Thu., Aug. 9, Mountain Community Mennonite Church, 643 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake, after the senior lunch. Come for lunch at noon, then stay and play. Free! Prizes! Meets 2nd Thu. each month. Info: Maggie Nealon, 488-3037.
  • Bridge, Thu., Aug. 9, 1-4 p.m., Silver Alliance Senior Center located on Lewis-Palmer High School campus. Walk-ins are welcome. Meets 2nd Thu. each month. Reservation suggested: call Judy, 626-399-2733.
  • Legacy Sertoma Dinner Meeting, Thu., Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m., Monument Hill Country Club, 18945 Pebble Beach Way, Monument. New members and visitors welcome. Meets 2nd & 4th Thu. each month. Info: Ed Kinney, 481-2750.
  • Ben Lomond Gun Club, Tri-Lakes Chapter, Thu., Aug. 9, 7 p.m., Tri-Lakes Fire Station 1, 18650 Hwy 105 west of Monument near the bowling alley. Meets 2nd Thu. each month. Info: 481-3364.
  • La Leche League Meeting, Fri., Aug. 10, noon-1 p.m., Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr. Mothers, babies, and mothers-to-be are all invited. Meets 2nd Fri. each month. Info: Kelley, 440-2477, kdghorashi@gmail.com.
  • El Paso County Hazardous Materials & Recycling Collection Facility, Sat., Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 3255 Akers Dr., Colorado Springs. Open the 2nd Sat. each month as well as Mon.-Thu., 7 a.m.-5 p.m., accepts porcelain fixtures, common recyclable items, household hazardous waste, various electronics, and TVs up to 19-inch diagonal. Accepts documents from private households for shredding, up to two legal paper-sized boxes. Bring a nonperishable food item for Care and Share. Info: 520-7878, http://adm.elpasoco.com/Environmental_Services/Solid_Waste_Management.
  • Palmer Lake Art Group, Sat., Aug. 11, 9 a.m., Mountain Community Mennonite Church, 643 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake. A variety of art programs are offered after the social gathering and business meeting. Guests welcome. Meets 2nd Sat. each month. Info: 487-1329, www.palmerlakeartgroup.com.
  • Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, Sat., Aug. 11, 9:45-11:30 a.m., The First National Bank of Monument, 581 Hwy 105. Meets 2nd Sat. each month. Info: Gail, 481-3711.
  • Random Acts of Kindness, Sat., Aug. 11, 1-4 p.m., location and activity varies each month. Join other community members to collect food or toy donations, rake leaves, shovel snow, or whatever the need is. Meets 2nd Sat. each month. Info: Melinda Reichal, 719-313-0688, mreichal@aol.com.
  • Palmer Divide Photographers Group, Mon., Aug. 13, 7 p.m., Mountain Community Mennonite Church, 643 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake. Award-winning photographer Greg Griffin presents "The Art of Street Photography." All are welcome. Meets 2nd Mon. each month. Info: www.pdphotographers.com.
  • Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association Meeting, Tue., Aug. 14, 9 a.m., Graner Music, 4460 Barnes Rd., Colo. Springs. Music teachers and students, meet for coffee, a meeting, and program presentation. Meets 2nd Tue. each month. Info: Susan Marten, 231-9272, www.ppmta.org.
  • Chess Nuts, Tue., Aug. 14, 5-9 p.m., Silver Alliance Senior Center. Any age, any skill. Learners welcome. Drop in and leave when you want. Bring your own board and pieces if you have them. Meets 2nd & 4th Tue. each month. Info: www.TriLakesSeniors.org/chess.
  • Western Museum of Mining & Industry (WMMI) Speakers’ Bureau Lecture, Tue., Aug. 14, doors open 6 p.m., lecture 7-8 p.m.; 225 North Gate Blvd. (I-25 Exit 156 A). Nick Iwanicki, Special Collections Librarian in Residence at the Colorado School of Mines. Cost: $5, members free. RSVP & Info: 488-0880, rsvp@wmmi.org, www.wmmi.org.
  • Black Forest AARP Potluck Lunch & Meeting, No meeting in August, Black Forest Lutheran Church, 12455 Black Forest Rd. All ages welcome. Meets 2nd Wed. each month, noon. Info: Stan, 596-6787, or www.aarpchapter1100blackforest.weebly.com.
  • Gleneagle Sertoma Luncheon Meeting, Wed., Aug. 15, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Liberty Heights, 12105 Ambassador Dr., (off Voyager Blvd in Colorado Springs). Interesting speakers and programs; all are welcome. Meets 1st & 3rd Wed. each month. Info: Garrett Barton, 433-5396; Duane Gritzmaker, 481-2424; www.gleneaglesertoma.org.
  • Senior Bingo, Wed., Aug. 15, 1-2 p.m., Silver Alliance Senior Center, Lewis-Palmer High School campus. Meets 3rd Wed. each month. Info: Sue Walker, 464-6873.
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7829, Wed., Aug. 15, 7 p.m., The Country Club at Woodmoor, 18945 Pebble Beach Way, Monument. New members welcome. Meets 3rd Wed. each month. Info: Post Commander Joe Carlson, 405-326-2588, jcarlson@vfw7829.org, www.vfw7829.org.
  • VFW Auxiliary to Post 7829, Wed., Aug. 15, 7 p.m., The Country Club at Woodmoor, 18945 Pebble Beach Way, Monument. New members welcome. If you are a male or female relative of a veteran who served on foreign soil during war or other military action, you may be eligible. Meets 3rd Wed. each month. Info: Kathy Carlson, 488-1902, carlsonmkc@aol.com.
  • Senior Tea, Thu., Aug. 16, 12-1:30 p.m., Silver Alliance Senior Center at Lewis-Palmer High School (across from the YMCA). Come early to socialize. Volunteers needed. Meets 3rd Thu. each month. Reservations required: contact Sue, 464-6873, sue@monumentalfitness.com.
  • Bethesda Gardens Educational Session: All Things Senior, Thu., Aug. 16, 2-4 p.m., 55 Beacon Lite Rd., Monument. Info: 866-958-8771, http://bethesdagardensmonument.com.
  • Art Hop, Thu., Aug. 16, 5-8 p.m., Downtown Monument west of I-25.The 3rd Thu. each month, May-Sept., the galleries, restaurants, and boutiques of historic downtown Monument stay open until 8 p.m. for a celebration featuring art openings, book signings, great food, live music, and more. Info: 481-3282, www.monumentarthop.org.
  • Art Hop at Covered Treasures Bookstore, Thu., Aug. 16, 5-8 p.m., Tri-Lakes Chamber Building, 166 Second St., Monument. Guest authors are Mike Torrreano and David P. Wagner, Diane and Jim Sawatzki, Anna Blake, and Todd Caudle. Refreshments served. Free, open to all. Info: 481-2665, www.coveredtreasures.com.
  • Palmer Lake Historical Society, No meeting in August. Normally meets 3rd Thu. each month at Palmer Lake Town Hall, 28 Valley Crescent. Info: 559-0837, www.palmerdividehistory.org.
  • Foot Care Clinic, Fri., Aug. 17, Silver Alliance Senior Center located across the street from the Tri-Lakes YMCA, on the Lewis-Palmer High School campus. A registered nurse examines feet and provides foot care advice, toenail trimming. Cost: $35 for a 30-min. visit. Meets 2nd Wed., 3rd and last Fri. each month, by appointment only. Info & appointments: call the Visiting Nurse Association, 577-4448.
  • The Breakfast Club, Sat., Aug. 18, 8:30 a.m., The Ridge at Castle Pines North (Ridge Grill and Bar), 1414 Castle Pines Pkwy. Single people 50+ meet new friends and have fun. This active social group enjoys activities ranging from card games to white water rafting, international/domestic travel to bowling and golf. Meets 3rd Sat. each month. Info: 303-815-8428, www.TBC50plus.org.
  • Tri-Lakes Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, Sat., Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-noon, Monument Community Presbyterian Church, 238 Third St, Monument. Come for socializing, discussions on Parkinson’s-related issues including available support, and occasional speakers. Meets 3rd Sat. each month. Info: John Farley, 481-2364, robun2good@gmail.com; or Syble Krafft, 488-2669.
  • Monument Essential Tremor Support Group, Sat., Aug. 18, 1-3 p.m. Movement disorder support group. Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr. Info: Jean: walk2kreddog@gmail.com, or Margaret: lumargaret@aol.com.
  • Amateur Radio WØTLM (Tri-Lakes Monument Radio Association), Mon., Aug. 20. This month the group will have a cookout at the home of a member. Call, email, or visit the website for details. All amateur radio operators or those interested in becoming amateur radio operators are welcome. Meets 3rd Mon. Info: Joyce Witte, 661-9824, Joycewitte@gmail.com; www.W0TLM.com.
  • Drummers! Mon., Aug. 20, 6:30-8 p.m., Limbach Park (next to the band shell on the grass). Free and open to all ages. Bring any kind of drum or other hand percussion instrument. Beginners welcome! Meets 3rd Mon. each month. Info: Nan, 466-1257, nananddon@hotmail.com.
  • Outpouring: TLUMC Supporting our Community, Tue., Aug. 21, 7 p.m., back Barrel Room at Pikes Peak Brewing Company, 1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr., Monument. Everyone is welcome. Meets 3rd Tue. each month. Info: LWeber1971@aol.com; for current speaker info go to http://tlumc.org/outreach/outpouring.
  • Senior Social, Wed., Aug. 22, 1-4 p.m., Fellowship Hall of the Black Forest Lutheran Church, 12455 Black Forest Rd. Meets 4th Wed. each month. Info: http://aarpchapter1100blackforest.weebly.com.
  • Foot Care Clinic, Fri., Aug. 25, Silver Alliance Senior Center located across the street from the Tri-Lakes YMCA, on the Lewis-Palmer High School campus. A registered nurse examines feet and provides foot care advice, toenail trimming. Cost: $35 for a 30-min. visit. Meets 2nd Wed., 3rd and last Fri. each month, by appointment only. Info & appointments: call the Visiting Nurse Association, 577-4448.
  • Tri-Lakes Chamber Monthly Education Series: Basics of Bookkeeping, Thu., Aug. 28, 9 a.m.-noon, 166 Second St., Monument. Great for people writing business plans, strategic plans, or documenting/describing existing business models. Free. Register online, www.trilakeschamber.com/events-calendar.htm. Info: 481-3282.
  • Chess Nuts, Tue., Aug. 28, 5-9 p.m., Silver Alliance Senior Center, across the street from the YMCA. Any age, any skill. Learners welcome. Drop in and leave when you want. Bring your own board and pieces if you have them. Meets 2nd & 4th Tue. each month. Info: www.TriLakesSeniors.org/chess.
  • Group of Artists (GOA) Meetings at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (TLCA), Sat., Sep. 1, 10 a.m.-noon, 304 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake. Lively discussions about art topics, general studies on creativity. Meets 1st Sat. each month. Info: 481-0475, info@trilakesarts.org, www.trilakesarts.org.
  • Lupus Support Group. If you suffer with an autoimmune disease and want to connect with others, you are welcome to join this group. Info: dmbandle@hotmail.com.
  • Myasthenia Gravis Association of Colorado Support Group. Location varies. Info: Carolyn, 488-3620, www.4-mga.org, 303-360-7080, 4mga@4-mga.org.

Special Events

  • Sundance Studio Annual Open House, Sat. Aug. 4, 1-3 p.m., 1450 Cipriani Loop, Monument. Free and open to all. Ninja course and activities for kids. Tumbling & trampoline exhibition 4 p.m., dance performance 4:30 p.m. Info: 481-8208, info@thesundancestudio.com, www.thesundancestudio.com.
  • Tri-Lakes Cruisers 16th Annual Benefit Car Show, Sun., Aug. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Historic Downtown Monument, 2nd and Front Streets. Public invited free of charge to look around. Food vendors, door prizes, music by a DJ, USAFA Falcons, and much more. Proceeds benefit Tri-Lakes Cares. Info: Lois Button-Gonzalez 481-1643; www.tl-cruisers.weebly.com.
  • 35th Annual National Night Out, Tue., Aug. 7. Turn on your porch light and go outside to join your neighbors to make a show of solidarity and strength. Plan a block party, barbecue, neighborhood walk or other activity and let Brent Ambuehl know about it. Contact Brent at 719-208-5924, brentambuehl@elpasoco.com. Find tips at www.natw.org.
  • D-38 Home School Enrichment Academy Open House, Tue., Aug. 7, 5-7 p.m., Grace Best Education Center, 66 Jefferson St., Monument. Use east entrance on Adams Street. Staff will be present to answer questions, tour. Repeats Aug. 13, 10 a.m.; Aug. 16 & 22, 6 p.m. Info: 640-6392, RDunphey@lewispalmer.org, www.lewispalmer.org/hsea.
  • Friends of Monument Preserve (FOMP) Trail Work Night, Tue., Aug. 7, 6-8:30 p.m. Help maintain our area trails. Bring leather gloves, water, and bug repellent. Park at the main parking lot at the trailhead on Mt. Herman Road. Meets 2nd Tue., Apr.-Oct. Info: Bill Normile, 303-619-2156, info@fomp.org, www.fomp.org.
  • Neighborhood Meeting: Ramada Inn Change of Use, Wed., Aug. 8, 6-8 p.m., 166 Second St. Find out about the plan for the change of use from a hotel to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility that has been submitted on behalf of Sunshine Behavioral Health. This is not a methadone clinic nor an outpatient clinic. It is high end, voluntary inpatient only. It does not require rezoning; it meets the current zone. Info: Katie Whitford, 471-0073, kwhitford@nescolorado.com.
  • Northern El Paso County Non-Profit Council, Thu., Aug. 9, 8 a.m., Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce, 166 Second St., Monument. Non-profits, schools, churches, government entities, businesses, other organizations, and anyone else interested in serving the community are invited. RSVP & Info: Rich Strom, 719-963-4464.
  • Lang 20th Annual Pig Roast & Client Appreciation Event, Fri., Aug. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 236 Washington St., Monument. Free, all ages are welcome for fresh roast pig, sides, drinks, and a bounce house for the kids. Info: 481-0887. See ad on page 7.
  • Summer Concert Series at Forest Lakes, Fri., Aug. 10, 6-9 p.m., Pavilion at Waterfront Park on Forest Lake Drive., Monument. Free concerts 2nd and 4th Fri., Jun.-Aug. Three food trucks scheduled. Bring chairs, blankets. No pets. Info: www.forestlakescolorado.com/events.html.
  • King’s Deer Community Garage Sale, Fri.-Sun., Aug. 10-12, Highway 105 and Roller Coaster Road. For details and map visit www.KingsDeer.org and click Garage Sale. See ad on page 5.
  • Black Forest Festival, Sat., Aug. 11, 6:30 a.m-9 p.m., 12530 Black Forest Rd. Pancake breakfast by R&R Café 6:30-9:30 a.m., festival activities 8 a.m.–3 p.m. include booths, farm-themed children’s activities/games/crafts and demos, music, expanded food venues, and more. Parade at 10:30 a.m.; outhouse races around 11:40 a.m. To volunteer, call 495-2718. Info: www.bfcommunityclub.org.
  • Return of the Rocky Mountain Chautauqua, Sat., Aug. 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Palmer Lake Town Hall, 28 Valley Crescent, and on the Village Green. A full day of vintage arts, crafts, portrayals of historic men and women, wildlife displays, walking tours of the area, live music, screenings of Summer Sojourn--a movie on the history of Colorado Chautauqua, gold panning and other activities for kids. The Friends of the Tri-Lakes Library will hold their annual ice cream social after lunch. Free and open to all. Info: www.palmerdividehistory.org.
  • Native American Traditional Powwow, Sat., Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., doors open 9:30 a.m., Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd., Colo. Springs. Native drums and dancers, Native art and artisans, birds of prey and live wolf exhibits, Aztec Dancers, Native vendors, Native food and kid’s activities. Cost: $5, free for Native Americans in full regalia and children 12 and under. Please bring donations of non-perishable food. No drugs, alcohol or pets (except service animals). Cash prizes for dancers. Drums by invitation only. All proceeds support One Nation Walking Together. Info: www.coloradospringspowwow.org.
  • Gleneagle Sertoma 17th Annual Patriot Golf Benefit, Mon., Aug. 13, noon check-in, 1:30 p.m. tee-off, USAFA Eisenhower Golf Course, Blue Course. This tournament honors local patriots representing the military and first responders. Proceeds go to El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Foundation and other local charities. Register at www.gleneaglepatriotgolf.com or use the form attached to the ad. Info: John Coyle, 494-4284; Joe Gray, 203-4526, www.gleneaglepatriotgolf.com. See ad on page 14.
  • Park Party at Pikes Peak Brewing Company, Thu., Aug. 16, 6-8 p.m., 1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument. Come for free food, drinks, and fun. Mingle with the different Friends Groups that support El Paso County Parks and find out what’s new in your local parks. Light refreshments provided. Info: 520-6983, dananordstrom@elpasoco.com.
  • Bethesda Gardens: Pancakes for Purpose, Sat., Aug. 18, 8:30-10:30 a.m., 55 Beacon Lite Rd., Monument. This event is a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Walk. Cost: $15 for all you can eat pancakes. Info: 866-958-8771, http://bethesdagardensmonument.com.
  • Pickin’ on the Divide, Sat., Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Limbach Park, 151 Front St., Monument. Colorado bluegrass bands perform all day. Beer garden, food trucks, and more, rain or shine. Please, no smoking or pets except service animals. Info: www.pickinonthedivide.com. See ad on page 13.
  • Monument Library: AARP Drive Smart, Sat., Aug. 18, noon-5:45 p.m. Any aged person may attend, but the insurance discount only applies to those age 55 and older. Court-directed persons are welcomed; instructors are authorized to sign off related court documents. Cost: $15 AARP members, $20 for non-members. Pre-class reservations are requested; a few walk-ins might be accepted. Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr. RSVP & Info: 685-2242.
  • Free Chipper/Slash Day for Palmer Lake residents, Sun., Aug. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Glen Park. Please, no root balls, trash, pine needles, slash with rocks or glass, nor lumber. Please do not drop your slash to be chipped early. Please orient your slash so that the cut end is toward the back of your truck or trailer. If you have a large amount of slash you can contact CUSP at adrian@cusp.ws to arrange for them to do the chipping at your property. Info: 719-208-5826.
  • Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Tue.-Wed., Aug. 21-22, 7 p.m., doors open 6:15 p.m., 304 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake. The Boxmasters’ only Colorado shows! Tickets & Info: 481-0475, www.trilakesarts.org.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Free Mental Health First Aid Training, Fri., Aug. 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Citizens Service Center, Third Floor Nautilus Room, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Colo. Springs. This eight-hour course helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. Class size is limited and registration is required. Register online at www.mhfaco.org/find-a-class. Info: 473-8477 or info@namicos.org.
  • Summer Concert Series at Forest Lakes, Fri., Aug. 24, 6-9 p.m., Pavilion at Waterfront Park on Forest Lake Drive., Monument. Free concerts 2nd and 4th Fri., Jun.-Aug. Three food trucks scheduled. Bring chairs, blankets. No pets. Info: www.forestlakescolorado.com/events.html.
  • Black Rose Acoustic Society: By the Lee, Fri., Aug. 24, 7 p.m., doors open at 6:15. Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Rd. at Shoup Road. Cost: $10 general, $5 BRAS members, $5 non-member students with ID. Info: Joe Maio, 528-6119, jrmtn@comcast.net, www.blackroseacoustic.org.
  • Monument’s Free Movie Night: Remember the Titans, Fri., Aug. 24, 7 p.m. activities begin, movie begins at dark, Tri-Lakes YMCA, 17250 Jackson Creek Pkwy, Monument. Bring chairs & blankets, no pets please. Info: 884-8013, www.TownofMonument.org.
  • Benet Hill Monastery: 12 Step Spirituality-Spiritual Awakening for Everyone, Fri.-Sun., Aug. 24-26, 3190 Benet Lane, Colo. Springs. RSVP & Info: www.benethillmonastery.org. See ad on page 12.
  • Spruce Mountain Estates Neighborhood Garage Sale, Sat.-Sun., Aug. 25-26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Access the neighborhood via Yarnell Drive in Larkspur, two miles north of Palmer Lake off Hwy 105. Info: Vicki Ray, 719-232-8940.
  • Rocky Mountain Music Alliance Concert, Sat., Sep. 1, 7 p.m., The Church at Woodmoor, 18125 Furrow Road, Monument. Music of Mozart, Mahler and Mendelssohn with Dr. Zahari Metchkov, piano; Geoffrey Herd, violin; Ekaterina Dobrotvorskaia, viola; and Max Geissler, cello. Tickets: $12+ online; $15 at door; Students FREE. Info: www.RMMAConcerts.org. See ad on page 10.
  • Bill Nance Memorial Blood Drive, Tue., Sep. 4, 1-5 p.m., Antelope Trails School, 13280 Jessie Dr. Walk-ins welcome, driver’s license required. Sponsored by Gleneagle Sertoma Club and Penrose-St. Francis Hospital. RSVP & Info: 481-5702.
  • The Barefoot Mile–Fight Child Trafficking, Sat., Sep. 8, 9:30 a.m. check-in, walk at 10 a.m., BBQ afterwards; Lewis-Palmer Don Breese Stadium, 1300 Higby Rd., Monument. Join Benet Hill Monastery and other organizations to raise awareness and funds to fight child sex trafficking. Register online, www.thebarefootmile.org. Info: Gina, 720-209-6860, or text BarefootMile8 to 71777.
  • Front Range Open Studios, Sat.-Sun., Sep. 8-9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A self-guided tour of 18 full time professional artist and craftsmen studios. Free and for all ages. Find maps at www.frontrangeopenstudios.com or call 488-0629.

Our community calendar carries listings on a space-available basis for Tri-Lakes events that are sponsored by local governmental entities and not-for-profit organizations. We include events that are open to the general public and are not religious or self-promotional in nature. If space is available, complimentary calendar listings are included, when requested, for events advertised in the current issue. To have your event listed at no charge in Our Community Calendar, please call (719) 339-7831 or send the information to calendar@ocn.me or P.O. Box 1742, Monument, Colorado 80132.

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