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  Korean War Armistice Day

   The Dutch Nelsen Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association will commemorate the Korean War Armistice Day July 22 at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park in Colorado Springs. The ceremony will be held in front of the chapter’s monument in the park’s “Ring of Honor” at 300 South Union Boulevard. The Dutch Nelson Chapter in cooperation with the Korean American Society of Southern Colorado will host the event.
   
   James McGibney, Honorary Consul Emeritus to the Republic of Korea in Denver and a leading regional business leader, is the guest speaker. The Brass Quintet from the Fourth Infantry Division Band will provide music for the ceremony. The Junior ROTC detachment from Widefield High School will present the national colors. The Dutch Nelsen Chapter and the Korean American Society of Southern Colorado will place wreaths in front of the Korean monument, remembering those who served in the Korean War; those who were killed in action and those who remain missing. Among the honored guests will be representatives from the Colorado Springs City Council, El Paso County commissioners and the Korean community of Southern Colorado.
  
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  American Legion peach sale

   American Legion Post 2008 is sponsoring a peach sale to benefit local veterans’ programs. Order Colorado Palisades Freestone large peaches (no preservatives) — hand picked and delivered in two days. Contact Sonny Sonnichsen at 719-749-1140 for more information and to place an order. Orders can be picked up July 29, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Falcon Fire Protection District Station No. 3 (Meridian and Highway 24). Orders must be prepaid and completed by July 19. The cost is $35 per 18-pound box.   
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  American Legion golf tournament

   The annual SPC Dane R. Balcon Memorial Golf Tournament will take place July 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Antler Creek Golf Course in Falcon. Check in is at 8 a.m.; a shotgun start is at 9 a.m.The tournament is a best ball scramble. Register by June 30; $100 per person includes fees, range balls, golf cart and awards luncheon. Contact Ed Gavagan at 719-421-9763 or Sonny Sonnichsen at 719-460-6658.    
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  Annual 4th pancake breakfast

   The Boy Scouts of Falcon Troop 149, in conjunction with the Woodmen Hills Recreation Center East, will host their 14th annual community pancake breakfast on July 4, from 7 to 11 a.m., at the Woodman Hills Recreation Center East at 9205 Meridian Ranch Blvd. The cost is $6 for all-you-can-eat pancakes and $4 for kids under age 10. There will be bacon, sausage, eggs, watermelon, juice and coffee as well. Come out and help support your local Scout troop. Door prizes and face painting are also part of the festivities.   
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  County fair coming soon

   The El Paso County Fair will take place in Calhan at the fairgrounds, from July 15 through July 22. A demolition derby, a carnival, a butterfly exhibit, a rodeo; music by Jake Worthington, a runner up in Season 6 of “The Voice.” Lots of food, animals and fun.   
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  Relay for life golf tournament

   The fifth annual “Golfing for a Cancer Cure” tournament will take place July 29 at the Antler Creek Golf Club at 9650 Antler Creek Dr. in Falcon. The tournament is a four-person scramble with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The price is $100 per player and includes a cart, lunch range balls and prizes. Hole sponsorships are available for $150 — contact Diane Saign at 719-494-1455 if interested in a sponsorship. Single players will be paired with others. The tournament benefits the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event. To register, contact Tyler at Antler Creek — 719-494-1900, ext. 1 or email Diane at dsaigns3@aol.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 the first and third 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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  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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  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

   The Elbert Day Festival will be held July 8, from 8 to 7 p.m. at the Elbert Town Square, 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.   
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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
   
   July Events
   7/1 to 7/31: Fitness classes, various times — RCE
   7/4: Pancake breakfast — Falcon Boy Scout Troop 149; 7 to 11 a.m., RCE ($6)
   7/4: All-American splash — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., RCE
   7/5 to 7/27: Swim lessons — various times, RCE
   7/7: Bingo 7 to 8:30 p.m. — CCW
   7/11 to 7/13: mini-camp, 9 to 11 a.m., CCW
   7/14: Parents night out — 5 to 9:30 p.m., RCE
   7/15: Funky Float Night — 4 to 6 p.m., RCE
   7/18 to 7/20: mini-camp — 9 to 11 a.m., CCW
   7/21: Bingo — 7 to 8:30 p.m., CCW
   7/21: Karaoke Picnic in the Park — 5 to 9 p.m., RCE
   7/22: Pick-up water polo — noon to 2 p.m., RCE
   7/26: Coffee chat (increasing bone density) — 9:30 to 11 a.m., CCW
   7/29: Float and float — 3 to 6 p.m., RCE
  
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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. The next luncheon is July 7 at the Fox and Hound Restaurant at 1 p.m.
  • 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.

   Join Meridian Ranch for Pinochle or the domino game called Mexican Train! You do not need to be a resident of Meridian Ranch to participate, and there is no charge. All levels of players are welcome. Pinochle: first and third Thursday of each month — 12:30 - 4 p.m. Mexican Train: second and fourth Thursdays of each month — 12:30 - 4 p.m.
   
   If you have Silver Sneakers with your insurance policy, you can come to the Meridian Recreation Center and take any exercise class that is offered at no charge: water and land classes!
   
   For more details on any of these events, call the Meridian Ranch Recreation Center at 719-495-7119; or contact Mary Ritchie at mritchie@ppymca.org.
  
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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 July 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 July is “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards.   
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  Falcon Garden Club

   Again this year, the Falcon Garden Club will offer three views of local gardens for the public on Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Since this area of Colorado presents unusual challenges to gardening such as low rainfall, common hail, poor soil, high altitude enhanced by occasional density altitude of 10,000 feet and large rabbit  and vole populations, these displays demonstrate how we have adapted our gardens for the ecosystem. This tour offers ideas so that immigrants from other states can learn proven techniques and ways to improve the landscape and value of their homes.
   
   Volunteers will have “Falcon Garden Club” signs posted in their front yards or driveway on the day of the tours.
   
   Garden sites include the following:
  1. 8480 Saddleman (next to Woodman Hills Drive)
  2. 7992 Buschborn Road (parallel and south of Eastonville and Bohleen)
  3. 12697 Corral Bluffs  View (proceed 4 miles south of Highway 24 and Meridian Road intersection to Corral Bluffs. Follow gravel road east for 1 mile)

   For more information, visit 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.).
   
   The chamber will not meet in July.
   
   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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  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, July 12, at 11 a.m. at Meridian Point Church, 5450 Meridian Road in Falcon. The main course this month is barbecue — and ice cream. Bring a salad, side dish or dessert. Beverages and table service are provided. The Harmonizers will entertain with patriotic songs! 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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  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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