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  Little League registration

   Registration for High Plains Little League spring 2018 opened Dec. 1. Register at http://HighPlainsLL.com for T-Ball, rookies, minors, majors, intermediate and junior division. In-person registration will be held in January and February. (Boys ages 3 1/2 to 14; girls ages 3 1/2 to 16)   
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  Holiday tea party

   Tea & Biscuits: a holiday tea party featuring tea and scones, savories and sweets; live holiday music; a visit from Santa; a silent auction and gifts for sale. All proceeds benefit Harley's Hope Foundation, which helps pets and their people stay together.  (harleys-hopefoundation.org)    
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  Chaos Calhan Christmas Bazaar

   On Sunday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Calhan High School will host 30-plus vendors offering a variety of items. Visitors can do their Christmas shopping while supporting the Chaos Wrestling Club. The fundraiser vendor lineup includes housewares, clothing, jewelry, crafts, gifts, herbals, essential oils, hair and skincare products, Usborne books, local honey, Cole’s popcorn, baked goods and much more. The Roasted Jalapeno food truck and Maui Wowi smoothies, along with photos with Santa and a gift wrapping table, will be available as well.
   
   Calhan High School is located at 800 Bulldog Drive in Calhan. Bring your holiday shopping list, get your presents wrapped and go home all ready for the holidays! For more information and a list of vendors, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Chaos-Youth-Wrestling-101424753585203/.
  
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  Banning Lewis Santa Sprint

   Banning Lewis Ranch is hosting a Santa Sprint 5K to benefit the Banning Lewis Ranch Academy Foundation Dec. 9, activities/and race day registration start at 8 a.m.— the race at 10 a.m. The run/walk will kick off in the open field to the south of the BLRA facility at 7094 Cottonwood Tree Drive. For more information, visit http://www.blrafoundation.com/2017-banning-lewis-ranch-santa-sprint. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.   
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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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  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
   
   December events
   Dec. 1-31: fitness classes at various times — RCE
   Dec. 8: Parents’ Night Out — 5 to 9:30 p.m. — RCE
   Dec. 9: Winter Wonderland — 4 to 6 p.m.
   Dec. 15: Bingo — 7 to 8:30 p.m. - CCW
  
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  Meridian Ranch Center events

   Please note that all of these events are free and open to the public.  One does not need to be a Meridian Ranch resident to participate.  Unless specifically stated, all events are held at the Meridian Ranch Recreation Center at 10301 Angeles Road. To sign up for any of these events, stop by the recreation center, call us at 719-495-7119 or email Mary, event coordinator, at mritchie@ppymca.org
  • 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.
  • Open Enrollment: For friends 65-plus — if your insurance policy or Medicare supplement includes SilverSneakers, you are welcome to come to the Meridian Ranch Recreation Center and take any of our land/water classes for free. You would also be entitled to a free Y membership. Contact your provider if you have any questions on your coverage.
December events
   Sunday, Dec. 3:
   2 p.m.:  Forte Handbell Quartet Christmas Concert @ Library 21c; no registration required.
   4:30 p.m.: Dinner out @ Mimi's Cafe on Academy; anyone who wants to join the group must pre-register.
   
   Wednesday, Dec. 6  
   12:30 p.m.: Presentation by the Alzheimer's Society; no registration required
   
   Thursday, Dec. 14
   12:15 p.m.:  Community Christmas Pot Luck with optional Wrapped White Elephant Gift Exchange; maximum value limited to $10, please. We will provide the main dish and the drinks. Please bring either a salad, a side dish or a dessert to share. We recognize that individuals might have dietary needs/restrictions. Please fee free to bring something appropriate for you, and come join us! Pre-register by Monday, Dec. 11
   
   To register for these events or for more information, contact the Meridian Ranch Recreation Center at 719-495-7119 or email Mary 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   
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  Falcon Book Club

   The Falcon Book Club will meet Jan. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the High Prairie Library at 7035 Meridian Road in Falcon. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. For the discussion, choose one or both of the following books: “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles; or “Modoc” by Ralph Helfer.   
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  Falcon Garden Club

   The next meeting of the club is Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the High Prairie Library at 7035 Old Meridian Road. The group discussion will focus on high desert gardening.
   
   Visitors are always welcome. 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.). There will not be a meeting in January.
   
   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). As of Aug. 23, the meeting has changed from the blue house to the tan stucco house on the property. 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
   Potluck Luncheon: The next luncheon is Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. at Patriot High School at 11990 Swingline Road in Falcon. Ham is on the menu for the Christmas luncheon. Bring a salad, side dish or dessert. Beverages and table service are provided. If you want to participate in a gift exchange, bring a gift for a woman if you are a woman; and the same for men; $10 is the limit. The program will feature holiday carols, accompanied by ukuleles.
   
   Fundraiser
   Falcon Senior Services is also sponsoring a fundraiser at Meridian Point Church on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. The Song Spinner will entertain, and they will also benefit from the fundraiser. The cost is $10 for entertainment and dessert.
   
   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 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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  Winter Buckle Series

   Latigo Trails Equestrian Center’s Winter Buckle Series, which includes English and Western riding on
   Saturdays and Gymkhana on Sundays, and runs through April 7 and April 8. The December show is Dec.
   2 and Dec. 3. Stay tuned to the calendar for the remaining dates. The January meeting is Jan. 6 and Jan. 7.
   
   End of series awards, daily high-point awards, ribbons and end of series buckles are included.
   Latigo Trails is at 13710 Halleluiah Trail in Elbert. Visit http://atlatigo.com 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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  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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