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  Meet Cary Kennedy in Black Forest

   Cary Kennedy, candidate for Colorado governor, will be talking with voters at the Black Forest Community Center April 22 at 2 p.m. The community center is located at 12530 Black Forest Road. For more information, send an email to info@carykennedyforgovernor.com or visit http://carykennedyforgovernor.com.   
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  Calhan Baseball bazaar APRIL 8

   On Sunday, April 8, Calhan High School at 800 Bulldog Drive will host the Calhan Baseball Spring Bazaar, in support of the kids’ baseball program. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features 30-plus vendors, and Kona Ice and the Roasted Jalapeno Food Truck. Come enjoy a day of shopping and fun, and enter the raffle to win baskets filled with community and vendor items.   
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  FREE income tax preparation in Calhan

   The Community Outreach Center, located on the El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan, will offer free income tax preparation. This is their fifth year offering this service and the third year partnering with the AARP Foundation. No membership is required. There are no income or age limitations. There are some preparation stipulations. Visit Swink Hall on the fairgrounds every Wednesday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. through April 11.
   
   Email pattyjolly@coccenter.org or call 719-347-7638 to schedule an appointment. Schedule early for best time selections.  
  
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  Black Forest activities

   See details for the Black Forest Women’s Club and Black Forest Arts & Crafts Guild Scholarship program under Black Forest News.   
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  Boy Scout Troop 149

   Scouting for Food is a nationwide food drive by the Boy Scouts to earn service hours while supporting their local communities. Last year, the Falcon Boy Scouts collected 15,237 pounds of food and $123 in donations for the Helping Hands Food Pantry. Here are the details:
   
   
  
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  CSU greenhouse workshop

   Colorado State University Extension is presenting the High Tunnel and Greenhouse Workshop, which will teach participants how to grow vegetables in a greenhouse-like environment. Attendees will learn the options for structures, design, cost and management of greenhouse-like structures. How to manage diseases and pests, as well as beneficial insects in a greenhouse will be covered. Participants will also get to hear a farmer’s perspective on growing in a high tunnel year round. 
   The date is Friday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 17 N. Spruce Street in Colorado Springs. Registration is $40. Register at http://EPCExtension.eventbrite.com.
  
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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; the last weekend is April 7 and April 8.
   
   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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  County fairground activities

   April 14: Demolition Derby Workshop — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $5 a person
   Register at the Fair Office 719-520-7880 or events@elpasoco.com
   
   April 21: Snow & Go Gymkhana —  9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;
   $5 members/$10 non-members per class, per entry
   Classes  include keyhole, barrels, flags and figure 8. All ages and ability levels welcome. Age categories: Under 8, 8-13, 14 to 17, 18-29, 30 and over. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and event starts at 10 a.m.
   
   April 21: Brent Winston Clinic — 1 to 4 p.m.
   Come ride with an expert horseman! Brent was featured in the December 2017 issue of Western Horseman magazine! Bring your horse or you can audit the clinic. Participate with a horse: $50; audit fee — $25. Call or email the fair office at 719-520-7882 or events@elpasoco.com for further information.
   
   April 22: Fun & Fuzzy Horse Show
   Hosted by the Colorado Horse Rescue Network in Partnership with the El Paso County Fairgrounds: English~ Western~ speed classes. For more information, visit http://www.elpasocountyfair.com
  
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  Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging

   Check out the PPACG Facebook page for information on free events happening this spring.The PPACG is located at 14 S. Chestnut St. in Colorado Springs. Visit https://www.facebook.com/ppacg.   
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  Club for Italians

   The American Italian Club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Mercy Center, 1440 N. Cooper St. in Colorado Springs. Dessert and coffee is provided.
   
   For more information, contact N.E.D. 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
   
   April events
   April 2-30: Fitness classes at various times — RCE
   April 6: Bingo — 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — CCW
   April 13: Parents’ Night Out — 5 to 9:30 p.m. — RCE
   April 20: Bingo — 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — CCW
   April 20: Dive-In Movie — 6 to 8 p.m. — RCE
   April 26: Board of directors meeting — 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — CCW
   April 27: Funky Float Night — 6 to 8 p.m. — RCE
  
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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.

   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 do not have to be a resident to participate, and you are not limited to SilverSneaker classes. You would also be entitled to a free Y membership. 
   
   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 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 April 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the High Prairie   
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  Falcon Garden Club

   The next meeting of the Falcon Garden Club is Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the High Prairie Library at 7035 Old Meridian Road. Visitors are always welcome. There will be a special presentation by Sharron Clark, who has a master’s degree in tomatoes; she will talk about “all things tomatoes.” Come learn what varieties grow best out in Falcon and how to grow them to get your best crop.
   
   The meetings are normally held the third Saturday of the month. For more information, visit http://falcongardenclub.org.
   
   "Visitors are always welcome and we will be having a special presentation by Sharron Clark; who has a masters degree in tomatoes, will talk about all things Tomatoes.  Come learn what varieties grow best out in Falcon and how to grow them to get your best crop.  We will be meeting at 10 am on Saturday April 21st  at the High Prairie Library”
  
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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.). (See business briefs)
   
   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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  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 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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  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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  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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  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
   Please note: The next luncheon is a week ahead of the regularly scheduled luncheon. The next luncheon is Wednesday, April 4, at 11 a.m. at Patriot High School at 11990 Swingline Road in Falcon. The change is due to student exam schedules. The main dish is fettuccini. Bring a salad, side dish or dessert. Beverages and table service are provided. This luncheon includes a program on emergency airlift services available to seniors in the Falcon area. For more information on the program, contact Jahna Badger at 719-494-0353.
   
   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 11990 Swingline Road in Falcon. 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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