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  AARP driver class

   An AARP Smart Driver class will be held at the High Prairie Library April 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. The cost for the class is $15 for AARP members or $20 for non-members. All who complete this class will receive a three-year insurance discount. Bring a pen and learn about the changes in driving that affect your safety. Call 719-685-2242 for reservations.   
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  4H Plainsman Club

   The 4H Plainsmen club helps kids learn leadership, kindness and teamwork. The next meeting is Tuesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. The meetings take place at Patriot Learning Center, 11990 Swingline Road in Peyton. To join the club, come to the monthly meetings, where there is always food. Some of the club projects include animals, baking, clothing, vet science, shooting sports and gardening — and community service projects. For more information, contact Kelly Sangwin at alkel3@hotmail.com.   
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  Patriot open house

   Future students and parents are invited to Patriot High School’s open house Thursday, April 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. Join the celebration as the school showcases its Career & Technical Education programs; students will also be demonstrating programs like culinary arts and construction. Patriot High School is located at 11990 Swingline Road in Peyton.    
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  High Prairie Library — over 50

   All Adults over 50! Never any charge or fee at PPLD High Prairie Library Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at 7035 Old Meridian Road in Falcon. Many varied activities and new suggestions welcome; refreshments and friendly people guaranteed. Email “ActiveAdults” at activeadults50plusnorthcosp@gmail.com  for directions and/or more information. See you there!   
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  Western Museum of Mining and Industry

   April 13: Exhibit lecture: Mindy S. Vogel, geologist with the U.S. Forest Service, “Rock, Paper, Forest Service: A Summary of Mining and Permitting on Forest Service Lands.” For more information, visit http://wmmi.org.   
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  Cavalier Trail Riding Club scholarship

   The Cavalier Trail Riding Club is offering a $750 scholarship to any student who is currently in any program of equestrian study in a college or other course of equestrian study that provides certification (farrier, veterinary tech, etc.) or to a student who is a senior in high school enrolling in such a program. The scholarship will be awarded in June.
   
   Any student interested in applying for the scholarship can go to the Cavalier Trail Riding Club website at http://cavaliertrc.wixsite.com and visit the scholarship page on the drop-down About Us box.
   
   Interested students can also call Judi Tobias at 719-593-7310 for more information or to obtain an application. Applications must be received by May 31.
  
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  Elbert Day Festival

   Apply now to be a vendor at the Elbert Day Festival, which will be held July 8, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Elbert Town Square offers 10 ft. by 10 ft. spaces (bring your own table and chairs. For more information, contact Wanda Randall at 303-877-3802 (cell) or 303-648-3372; or Debra Sherman at 303-648-0182 (cell) or 303-648-3611. Email elberttowncommittee@gmail.com; website is elbert-town-committee.com.   
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  Woodmen Hills events

   All events and updates (dates are subject to change) are listed at http://woodmenhills.org. Events are open to the public; some are fee-based, with higher fees for non-residents.
   
   Facility hours
   Recreation Center East (9205 Meridian Ranch Blvd.)
   Monday — Friday: 6:30 a.m. to noon; 4 — 8 p.m.
   Saturday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
   Sunday: noon to 6 p.m.
   
   Community Center West (11720 Woodmen Hills Dr.)
   Open 24/7 with a key card
   
   April events
   April 14 — Parents’ Night Out: 5-9:30 p.m. RCE
   April !5 — Easter Egg Hunt By Land at the Falcon Fire Station No. 1, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
   April 15 — Easter Egg Hunt By Sea at RCE, 6-8 p.m.
   April 21 — Bingo, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at CCW
   April 22 — Community Clean Up: contact RCE for more information
   April 27 — Board of Directors meeting, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at CCW
  
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  Meridian Ranch Center events

   All of the following events are held at the Meridian Ranch Recreation Center: 10301 Angeles Drive in Falcon. You need not be a MRRC Association or HOA member to attend any of the events.
  • Lunch Out! Each month on the first Friday at 1 p.m. is lunch out, and anyone is welcome. "Drop Ins" are wonderful, but to ensure seating, call ahead of time so we can add you to our reservation list. Also, you can call us for the place and time.
  • Intro to Stretch: Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m.
  • SilverSneaker Classic: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. (While this is not a formal Intro class, it is a good way to get started in muscle strength and flexibility. It is not an aerobic class. SilverSneaker insurance is not required.

   New: AARP will be offering a Safety Driving class Thursday, April 6, from noon to 4 p.m. The cost is $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members — payable to the teacher the day of the class: check or cash only. To register, call Meridian Ranch Center at 719-495-7119. The address is 10301 Angeles Road in Falcon.
  
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  Community Outreach Coalition

   The Community Outreach Coalition in Calhan hosts monthly networking meeting on the third Wednesday of each month, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., at Swink Hall on the El Paso County fairgrounds in Calhan. Meetings include a guest speaker. Attend the meetings to learn about free events and services the
   coalition provides through a variety of agencies. You will not leave without learning something new — something you can put to use for either yourself or someone you know.  
   
   Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Calvin or Patty Jolly, 719-347-7638, or Deb Drew, 719-347-3122, or visit the website at http://coccenter.org.
   
   Free income tax preparation
   This is the fourth year the Community Outreach Center is offering free income tax preparation, and it is the second year partnering with the AARP Foundation. No membership is required. There are also no income or age limitations. We will use the community room at the Calhan Housing Authority (Paulson Senior Center), 406 Cheyenne Street in Calhan, on Wednesday, April 5, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and the following Mondays between 9:15 a.m. at 12:15 p.m. at the High Prairie Library in Falcon: April 3 and April 10.   
   
   Email pattyjolly@coccenter.org or call 719-347-7638 to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be limited at these locations. Colorado Springs locations are also available.
  
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  Falcon Book Club

   The Falcon Book Club will meet April 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the large conference room at the High Prairie Library at 7035 Meridian Road in Falcon. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. The book for April is “Mutti’s War” by Colorado author M.J. Brett. As a bonus, Brett will be a guest at the meeting.   
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  Falcon Garden Club

   The Falcon Garden Club will meet April 15 at the High Prairie Library at 10 a.m. The club will host a special presentation by Kim Gravestock of the Pikes Peak Bee Association. As a master gardener, she will talk about “What to plant to attract bees.” Visitors are always welcome. Check out the website at http://falcongardenclub.org.   
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  Eastern Plains Chamber

   The Eastern Plains Chamber of Commerce meets the first Wednesday of each month at Grace Community Church, 9475 Grace Church View in Falcon, at 7:30 a.m. (breakfast and coffee at 7 a.m.).
   
   For more information on the chamber, visit http://easternplainschamber.com.
  
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  Calhan quilting group

   The Calhan quilting/sewing group meets at Calhan Country Church every third Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and juice will be provided. Come with projects, UFOs, new ideas and friends. All levels invited at no cost. Call Sue at 719-684-5238 for additional information.   
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  Black Rose Acoustic Society

   The Black Rose Acoustic Society presents concerts the second and fourth Fridays of every month at the Black Forest Community Center.
   
   Tickets for the Friday shows are $10 general admission ($5 for BRAS members and students). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.. Music starts at 7 p.m. at the Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road (corner of Shoup and Black Forest roads).
   
   The Black Rose Acoustic Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education, performance, enjoyment and preservation of all types of traditional acoustic music in the Black Forest and Colorado Springs area.
   
   In addition to community concerts, BRAS offers classes, workshops and jam sessions for local musicians in the greater Pikes Peak area. More information is available at http://blackroseacustic.org.
  
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  AARP Smart Driver Course

   Take the AARP Smart Driver Course and learn research-based safety strategies to help keep you safe while on the road. After taking the course, you will be eligible for a three-year discount on your car insurance. An AARP Smart Driver Course will take place at High Prairie Library on Oct. 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. Space is limited, so register now by calling 719-685-2242   
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  Free tutoring in reading

   Children’s Literacy Center offers free one-to-one tutoring for children reading below grade level. Children are matched with trained volunteer tutors from the community, and meet twice a week for an hour each session. Call Sierra at 719-471-8672 today for more information, and to find out if your child is eligible.   
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  Give the gift of reading

   Help a child gain confidence and increase literacy skills by volunteering to tutor them in reading. Tutoring sites are located throughout the Colorado Springs area. The fall session begins Aug 30 and ends Dec. 10. No formal teaching experience is required. Training in the Peak Reader® program is provided online or in person. The program, aimed at helping children who are reading below grade level one through six has a 95 percent success rate. The minimum age requirement to volunteer is 14. To sign up, call Children’s Literacy Center at 719-471-8672 or send an email to pamela@childrensliteracycenter.org.   
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  High Plains “A’s”

   The High Plains "A's" Model A Ford Club of America meets the first Thursday of each month at the Falcon Fire Station at 7030 Meridian Rd at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Bob Manley at 719-683-3704 or Tom Elliott at 719-332-7354   
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  Equine education class

   On the third Sunday of every month, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30, the Iron Horse Christian Youth Ranch will host an equine class on a variety of topics, with guest speakers. Bring questions on horse care, training and other horse-related topics.  Please park in the back by the barn. Free to the community. For question, email ihcyranch@yahoo.com or visit ihranch.org.  Iron Horse Christian Youth Ranch is located at 5840 Meridian Road. ihranch.org. Please park in the back by the barn.   
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  Daughters of the British Empire

   Membership is extended by invitation to women residing in the U.S. who are of British or British Commonwealth heritage by birth, naturalization or proven ancestry; and to women who are wives or partners of persons of British or Commonwealth heritage by birth, naturalization or proven ancestry. For membership or meeting information, contact the Little London of the Rockies Chapter at dbe.llotr@gmail.com or call 719-574-3080.   
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  Al-Anon in Falcon

   Are you troubled by someone’s drinking or addiction? Find strength and hope by attending an Al-Anon meeting for friends and family. Falcon Al-Anon Family Group meetings are Saturdays at 9 a.m. at 12150 Falcon Highway (the St. Benedict Catholic Church parish house). For more information, call Michelle at 719-499-3427 or Mike at 719-229-6304.   
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  English Country Dance

   English Country Dance meets the second and fourth Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Avenue, Colorado Springs. The group also meets on the first and third Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at a Woodmen Road location. A partner is not required. Family and couple rates are available. An additional class takes place every Monday at Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N Hancock Avenue, Colorado Springs, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 719-599-4344.   
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  Reining Horse Association

   The Eastern Plains Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit affiliate of the National Reining Horse Association. Its goal is to promote public interest in the sport of reining through shows, clinics, scholarships and events, including fundraising projects. The EPRHA meets the second Monday of each month at the Latigo Trails Equestrian Centre meeting room at 7 p.m.  Contact Mary Jo at 347-2441 or log onto http://eprha.org for more information and updated meeting information.   
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  American Legion membership meeting

   The American Legion Post 2008 in Falcon meets at the Patriot Learning Center, 11990 Swingline NE Road, in the commons area (cafeteria). The group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. New members from the Falcon, Black Forest and Peyton areas are welcome. The American Legion is the oldest military affiliated organization in the U.S. Retired, active and past members of the U.S. military are eligible for membership. The American Legion wants support in membership, camaraderie and public service to the community. Dues are $40 per year. Please contact Don Glucksman at 719-495-4832 for further details.   
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  VFW hosts dinner and dancing

   Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4051 at 430 E. Pikes Peak Ave. in Colorado Springs hosts dinner every Friday, followed by dancing to live bands, for members and guests. For dinner reservations and more information, call 719-632-9874 or visit http://vfw4051.us. The Post offers bingo on Tuesdays and Fridays at noon at Carefree Bingo at 3440 N. Carefree Circle in Colorado Springs. Bingo is open to the public, and $1,500 is given out at every session.   
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  FALCON SENIOR SERVICES NEWS

   All Falcon Senior Services activities are free of charge and provided by volunteers. The services are available to persons 55 years of age and over living in the Falcon area. For more information, call 495-7740.
   
   POTLUCK LUNCHEON
   The next luncheon is Wednesday, April 12, at 11 a.m. at Meridian Point Church, 5450 Meridian Road in Falcon. Ham is the main course this month. Bring a salad, side dish or dessert. Beverages and table service are provided. The entertainment for this luncheon is C.J. Whitney, from the Falcon senior group. He and another person will be playing “Saw: The Musical.” All are welcome!
   
   TRANSPORTATION
   Falcon Senior Services is transporting seniors age 60 and over and legally handicapped persons regardless of age to medical appointments on Tuesdays and Fridays. To arrange transportation, call 683-2769. On the second Wednesday of each month, the bus will go to the FSS luncheons at Meridian Point Church. Call 683-2769 for a ride. We are in need of volunteer drivers. No special license is needed. Call Don at 683-2769 for information and applications. Anyone needing food in Falcon can call the Fountain Valley Senior Center, 520-6471.
   
   SENIOR EXERCISE PROGRAM
   Strength and flexibility exercises are offered free of charge Mondays and Fridays, from 11 a.m. to noon, at Grace Community Church, 9475 Grace Church View. For more information, contact Nancy Bishop at 886-4334 or Ozzie Oswald at 495-8903.
  
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  High Prairie Library

   For all programs and hours of operation at the High Prairie Library in Falcon and all libraries in the Pikes Peak region, visit http://ppld.org.   
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  Black Forest AARP regular meeting

   The Black Forest AARP chapter meets at noon the second Wednesday of each month in the Fellowship Hall at the Black Forest Lutheran Church, 12455 Black Forest Road. All ages are welcome. For more information, contact Charles Karlstrum at 749-9227.   
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  Exchange Club

   Come see your local Exchange Club of Falcon in action at the IHOP restaurant at 5749 Stetson Hills Blvd. in Colorado Springs. The meetings take place the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. A speaker is usually featured at the second Tuesday meeting. Come early and enjoy your favorite IHOP meal!
   
   Dues are $12 a month. Contact Bob Miller at 719-641-0752 for more information.
  
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  Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society

   The Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society presents acoustic music concert performances September through June (except December). Headline acts include top local and traveling artists performing traditional folk, bluegrass, western and other types of Americana roots music and poetry. The concerts take place the third Friday of each month at the Cowboy Church of Peyton at 15504 Bradshaw Road (1 mile north of Murphy Road). Families are encouraged to attend. For those who play instruments, a free open acoustic jam begins at 5:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Concerts include two open-stage performers, followed by a featured act. Refreshments are available. The cost is $7 for general admission; $4 for members; kids 16 and under get in free. Call 719-495-0733 or go to http://buffalograssacoustic.org/ for more information.   
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