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  Barbecue for veterans

   The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 2008 is sponsoring a pig roast to raise money for local veteran and youth programs May 13 at JAKs Brewing Co., 11860 Stapleton Dr. in Falcon. The event takes place from noon to 8 p.m.   
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  FREE shredding opportunity

    The Black Forest AARP Chapter, in conjunction with ElderWatch Colorado and the Black Forest Lutheran Church, will provide a FREE opportunity for citizens to safely destroy personal documents on Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of the Black Forest Lutheran Church at 12455 Black Forest Road. A professional shredding company will shred the documents on site. All paper documents and cardboard containers will be recycled. Metal ring binders and plastic bags or containers cannot be accepted because they will not recycle.
   
   Voluntary donations in the form of non-perishable food or cash would be appreciated. All donations will benefit those who utilize the Black Forest Cares food pantry in Black Forest. In the past, this community service event has diminished the chances of persons being a victim of ID theft and scams, while yielding hundreds of pounds of food, and more than $1,000 in donations to a worthwhile charity. 
  
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  Fundraiser for Falcon Senior Services

   “Doin’ the Varsity Drag” with The Song Spinners is a spaghetti dinner and class-act show to benefit Falcon Senior Services. The event is Friday, May 19 at the Meridian Point Church, 5450 Meridian Road in Falcon. Dinner is at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome; the cost is only $10. Bring family, friends and help support the seniors in Falcon. For more information and to get tickets, call Danni at 719-440-8102 or Jahna at 719-494-0353 or email Sheila at activeadults50plusnorthcosp@gmail.com.   
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  Aviation summer youth tours

   For the second year, the National Museum of World War II Aviation will offer a summer only Airmen Familiarization tour for kids ages 6 to 12. The tour provides a two-hour learning experience about the history of World War II, aviation fundamentals and how planes are restored. Tours begin at 11 a.m. every Saturday, from May 27 to Sept. 2; purchase tickets at the door or online for a discount.Simulator experience included.
   
   All participants receive a certificate of completion for the Airmen Familiarization tour, general aviation materials and an aviation nautical chart of Colorado.
   
   The National Museum of World War II Aviation is located on a 20-acre campus on the northwest side of the Colorado Springs Airport. Just 15 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, the museum is accessible from Interstate 25 and just five minutes from the intersection of Highway 24 and Powers Boulevard.
   
   Visit http://www.worldwariiaviation.org/index.php?page=Youth-Tour.
  
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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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  Club for Italians

   The American Italian Club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Mercy Center, 1440 N. Cooper St. in Colorado Springs. Dessert and coffee is provided.
   
   For more information, contact Norma Dellacroce at 719-598-2857.
  
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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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  Calhan Summerfest needs vendors

   Crafters, food vendors, artists and artisans are needed for the fourth annual Calhan Summerfest, which takes place July 14. Call the Calhan Town Hall for more information: 719-347-2586.   
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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; applications are available on the website: 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
   
   May Events:
   May 5/May 19 — bingo: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CCW
   May 9 to May 27 — swim lessons RCE (check for details)
   May 12 — Parents’ Night Out: 5 to 9:30 p.m. RCE
   May 13 — Small Business Fair: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. RCE parking lot
   May 22 — Last day to register for T-Ball
   May 23 — Mandatory T-Ball coaches meeting: 6 to 7 p.m. CCW
   May 25 — Board of Directors meeting: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. CCW
   May 30 — T-Ball practices begin: 5:30 p.m. Dane R. Balcon Park
  
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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.
  
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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.
  
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  Falcon Book Club

   The Falcon Book Club will meet May 23, 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 May is “Fool Me Once” by Harlan Coben.   
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  Falcon Garden Club

   The Falcon Garden Club will meet Saturday, May 20, at the High Prairie Library at 10 a.m. The club will host a special presentation by Jackie Hilaire, former president/current member of the Horticulture Art Society and a member of the Colorado Native Plant Society. She will present “Native Plants of Our Area.” Learn how to grow water-wise, native plants. 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, May 10, at 11 a.m. at Meridian Point Church, 5450 Meridian Road in Falcon. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Mexican fare is the main course this month. Bring a salad, side dish or dessert. Beverages and table service are provided. Phil Nuffer will provide comedic entertainment. All are welcome! Please see information on spaghetti dinner to benefit seniors at the top of the community calendar.
   
   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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  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 Joe Bauer at 719-262-9222 or Andy Conder at 719-495-1466 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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  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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  Clothes swap

   Calhan Country Church, 488 Yoder St., is hosting a clothing swap Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You are invited to bring clean clothing (no underwear or bathing suits please) to the church by 9 a.m. to be swapped. There will be some children's and men's clothing, but most donations have been women’s clothing. Come by and meet the women of Calhan Country Church and join in the fun. http://calhancountrychurch.org   
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  Bluegrass concert

   Join the Black Forest Chapel (14190 Black Forest Rd. in Colorado Springs) May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. for Bluegrass in the Trees, an evening of bluegrass music and food, featuring High Atmosphere and Jody Adams. Suggested donation is $10 per person. Taco dinner provided by Arlene’s Beans and Salsa, Palmer Lake’'s newest Mexican restaurant! Proceeds will benefit a Black Forest Chapel missions trip to the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana. http://blackforestchapel.org   
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