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  NAMI course for caregivers

   Family-to-Family: The National Alliance on Mental Illness is sponsoring a free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with mental illness. The classes are led by NAMI-trained family members, and meet once a week.
   
   Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 6-8:30 p.m. in Peyton, Colorado, (exact location information is provided upon registration)
   
   Registration is required: namicoloradosprings.org. For more information, contact NAMI Colorado Springs 719-473-8477 or info@namicos.org)
  
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  Latigo Trails horse show

   The Arabian and All Breed One-Day Horse Show, sponsored by the Southern Division of the Colorado Arabian Horse Club at Latigo Trails Equestrian Center, is Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. The event will be held at the center, located at 13710 Halleluiah Trail in Black Forest. A variety of Arabian/Half-Arabian classes, all breed classes and youth classes in English, Western, Hunter, Reining, sport horse and outdoor trail will be offered. Dressage, western dressage and western riding will be offered again this year. Stalls and trailer tie parking is available. For fee schedule, class list and entry forms, go to http://cahc.info “Latigo One Day Show.” For questions, contact lizw37@aol.com or 303-907-4194; Mary Jo at 719-495-3648 or Jo-Anne at 303-648-3261.   
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  Youth mental health & wellness

   Join an inspiring presentation and resource fair for parents, teachers and school employees on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs. El Paso County Colorado School District 49 is a sponsor of the event. Free registration and more details at http://healingouryouth.org.   
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  Black Forest Women’s Club

   The Black Forest Women’s Club will meet Sept. 13 at the Black Forest Lutheran Church. (See Black Forest News for more information).   
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  Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging

   Check out the PPACG Facebook page for information on free events happening this summer.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
   
   Flag football
   Boys and girls ages 5 to 12 are welcome to participate in flag football, which starts in October — the season starts Oct. 2 and runs through Nov. 17.
   
   Register by Sept. 24 at this website: http://woodmenhills.maxgalaxy.net/BrowseLeagues.aspx
  
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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
  • Line Dancing 101 will start again on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 1:15 p.m. Participants will learn basic terminology and steps used in line dancing. Then they will learn some elementary patterns. Everyone from ages 10 and up is welcome. Your first class is free! Classes will continue every Tuesday and Thursday for six weeks.
  • Line Dance 201 is where students will have fun and build confidence while learning actual dances. This class is just starting now, but it is not too late to come on over and join in. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:15.

   The first class for each group is free. For more details, contact the Meridian Ranch Recreation Center at : 719-495-7119.
   
   The next potluck is Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 11:30 a.m. The theme is “Fiesta,” featuring a taco bar. Everyone is welcome to bring other food items that will complement the theme.
   
   Lunch Out! Friday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m.
   Please call the Recreation Center, 719-495-7119, to learn the location and to reserve your seat. This event is open to all.
   
   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.
   
   Free to SilverSneaker participants. Small fee per class for all others. Need not be a Meridian Ranch resident to participate.
   
   No previous experience needed. We will start with the basics and build from there.
   
   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 Sept. 25, 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. There is a theme this month: “Living off the Grid.” Read one or two of the books listed. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah (PPLD has many formats, but put this on hold, as a one-week check out might be the only available option. The book is about a family that moves off the grid to Alaska, and a girl becomes a rugged Alaskan outdoors woman forced to make agonizing decisions.
                      
   “Educated (A Memoir)” by Tara Westover: No formats available, so please put on hold. She was one of seven without schooling in Idaho and leaves home to become educated. The book is comparable to “The Glass Castle.”
  
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  Falcon Garden Club

   The next Falcon Garden Club meeting is Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at the High Prairie Library at 7035 Old Meridian Road. After a quick meeting, the group will work on the garden club’s garden in front of the library. Bring gloves and clippers to help with the fall cleanup of the garden, and at the same time get some training in 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.). (See business briefs)
   
   For more information on the chamber, visit http://easternplainschamber.com.
  
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  Sew Bee's Quilting Group

   NEW LOCATION beginning August 2018: The Calhan quilting/sewing group will meet in Swink Hall at the El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan. The group meets the third Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. STAMPIN' WITH GRANDMA T (scrapbooking and cards) will be joining the group. Other crafters and Mahjong players are welcome. Bring a sack lunch; no adult beverages. Call Sue at 719-684-5238 for more information. The use of the facility is through voluntary donations.   
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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
   The senior potluck luncheon will take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 12 in the gymnasium at Patriot Learning Center, 11990 Swingline Road. The main dish is hot dogs; bring a salad, side dish or dessert. Beverages and table service are provided. Mark Philips from Falcon Physical Therapy will offer tips on how to avoid falls.
   
   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.
   
   Grief Support Group — Sept. 24 — Nov. 12
  
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