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  Black Forest Section 16 spring road & trail cleanup

   Your help is needed at Black Forest’s most popular county trail to keep it litter-free. You may have seen the signs in and around Black Forest Section 16 saying that BFTA has adopted the 4-mile trail and 2 miles of adjacent roadways. Please join us on Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m. We will meet at the parking lot on Burgess Road, just west of Vollmer Road, and plan to finish by 11 a.m. BFTA members: bring your friends. Students are welcome and can earn community service credits, too. Trash bags, orange safety vests and drinking water will be supplied. Bring hat, gloves and sunscreen. Rain (or snow) date is April 27. Call Cheryl at 719-495-9295 with any questions.   
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  Tri-Lakes home decor, crafts, antiques, etc. show

   The Tri-Lakes Womens Club will host 100-plus vendors at the Spring Into Vintage show April 27 and April 28 at Lewis Palmer High School, 1300 Higby Road in Monument.
   
   The 43rd annual show touted to romance your home and garden will feature vintage items, home décor, jewelry, antiques and food trucks. One of the shows most popular feature is a homemade bakery sale.
   
   Vendors from throughout the Rocky Mountain region will bring a variety of fun, creative and unusual items for your home. In addition, the show will provide entertainment.
   
   The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. Tickets are $6 at the door. There will be a food drive to benefit Tri-Lakes Cares, so please bring one can of food as a donation.
   
   All proceeds from the show benefit nonprofits and public schools in the Tri-Lakes area. The Tri-Lakes Womens Club has given almost $1 million to aid local schools and charities.
   
   For more information on the Tri-Lakes Womens Club, visit http://www.tlwc.net
  
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  AARP offers free income tax preparation in Calhan

   Free Income Tax Preparation in 2019, hosted by The Community Outreach Center in Calhan is in its sixth year offering free tax preparation and its fourth year with AARP Tax Aide. There are no income or age limitations, making it easy to assist a large number of residents. Qualifications are based on the complexity of the return.
   
   The free tax assistance is offered on Wednesdays in Calhan during the 2019 tax season.
   
   The program is looking for compassionate and friendly individuals to join a team of local volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Volunteers receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. Participants will not only learn new skills but also feel rewarded by helping others.
   
   Tom Crago is the AARP contact and can be reached at 719-641-1948.  
  
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  Colorado Springs AARP free tax preparation

   AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation assistance and electronic filing now through April 15 at nine locations in Colorado Springs. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS certified each year to ensure they know and understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code. In 2018, the program’s volunteers helped 2.5 million people navigate complicated tax codes, ensure proper credits and deductions, and file their federal and state tax returns. You don’t have to be an AARP member and there is no age requirement to get tax help from IRS-certified volunteers.
   
   Check the Tax Aide site locator (https://www.aarp.org/FindTaxHelp) for locations or call 888-227-7669 toll free.
  
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  Black Forest Women’s Club

   The Black Forest Women’s Club meets every second Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Black Forest Lutheran Church, 12455 Black Forest Road. For information, call Carol at 719-495-3846. See the Black Forest News page for details.   
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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
   
   March events
   Jan. 1 – 31: Fitness classes at various times — RCE
   Jan. 1: Bingo — 7 to 8:30 p.m. — CCW
   March 8: Parents’ Night Out — 5 to 9:30 p.m. — RCE
   March 8: Adult bingo — 7 to 8:30 p.m. — CCW
   March15: Family bingo — 7 to 8:30 p.m. — CCW
   March 15: Dive-In Movie — 6 to 9 p.m. — RCE
   March 18: Last day to register for spring soccer/online
   March 19-21: Mini-camp — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — CCW
   March 22: Funky Float Night — 6 to 8 p.m. — RCE
   March 26-28: Mini camp — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — CCW
  
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  Meridian Ranch Center events

   Active Older Adults:
   AOA level one: Introduction to strength and endurance; this is not a cardio class:Tuesdays/Thursdays — 11 a.m.
   
   AOA level two: Introduction to low-impact cardio; strength exercises included. Must be able to stand for at least 25 minutes unassisted: Wednesdays — 11 a.m.
   
   AOA splash: Introduction to pool aerobics: Mondays — 9 a.m.
   
   Wild Wednesdays: Each week, a “surprise” water aerobics classes.
   
   New classes:
   Water yoga on paddleboards, water HIIT on paddleboards — Tuesday/ Thursday 9 a.m.
   Dance XT —  Monday/Wednesday 6 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday 9 a.m.
   Spin class starting in March — Tuesday/Thursday 5:30 a.m.
   Yoga class — Tuesday/Thursday 4-5 p.m.
   
   March 23: Flick n Float — Watch a family friendly movie while floating in the pool. Free for residents and non-residents.
   
   Lifeguard certification class: March 25-26/March 28-29; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Must be at least 16 years old; $215 for residents and non-residents
   
   For more classes and information, contact the Meridian Ranch Recreation Center at 719-495-7119.
  
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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 next meeting of the Falcon Book Club is March 26 at the High Prairie Library. The book this month is “Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman. Gail writes about the importance of friendship and human connection. Eleanor is an eccentric loner whose life unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger.   
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  Falcon Garden Club

   The Falcon Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m., March 16, at the High Prairie Library, 7035 Old Meridian Road. The meeting will feature a special presentation by Jackie Hillaire on information presented at the Native Plant Symposium. Come learn about native plants. Visitors are always welcome. Check out the club’s 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.). (See business briefs)
   
   For more information on the chamber, visit http://easternplainschamber.com.
  
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  Australian/New Zealand Social Club

   The Australian/New Zealand Social Club meets monthly for a potluck meal and drinks  plus chit-chat about any subject of interest. Open to expats from either country or on a working visa or folks who have lived in either country for six months or more. You will find excellent companionship from both countries.  For further information, email Marion at AussieKiwiInColorado@gmail.com.   
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  Sew Bee's Quilting Group 

   The Calhan quilting/sewing group meets 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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  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 meets at the Falcon Legacy Campus (11990 Swingline Road) in the gymnasium. The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., with social time starting at 6 p.m. The American Legion is the oldest military affiliated organization in the U.S. Active duty, retired and former U.S. military from the Falcon/Peyton and Black Forest areas are welcome to attend. The Post supports veterans and their families, locally and nationally, as well as the community. Look us up at http://www.alpost2008.org or email us — legionpost2008@gmail.com.   
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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 50 years of age and over. For more information, a contact list and a list of services, check out the website at http://PikesPeakSeniors.org. Please note: If someone you know is ill or in the hospital and would like a visitor, call Carol or John at 719-683-9797.
   
   POTLUCK LUNCHEON
   The senior potluck luncheon will take place at 11 a.m., March 13, in the gymnasium at Patriot Learning Center, 11990 Swingline Road. The main course is shepherd’s pie. Bring a salad, side dish or dessert. Beverages and table service are provided. Come and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Harmonizers from the Fountain Valley Senior Center. A $3 donation for lunch is appreciated.
   
   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

   The High Prairie Library is located at 7035 Old Meridian Road in Falcon. Hours the library is open: Monday and Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed on Sunday. Visit https://ppld.org/high-prairie-library for programs and events, or call 719-260-3650.   
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  Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society

   Americana music: The Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society located in Peyton has been the gathering place for local musicians, songwriters and lovers of Americana music for more than 16 years.
   
   Concerts and jams are open to the public and held on the third Friday of every month, except December. Jams begin at 5:30 p.m. and are free. Concerts are at 7 p.m. and feature top local and traveling artists performing traditional folk, bluegrass, western and other types of Americana roots music.
   
   Concert tickets are $10, young folks 16 and under are admitted free. Memberships are available and provide discounted tickets.
   
   Seating is comfortable on plush, upholstered seats. Handicap accessible.
   
   Held at the Cowboy Church of Peyton, 15504 Bradshaw Road, BGAS is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization.
   
   For more information and a concert schedule, visit https//www.BuffaloGrassAcoustic.org or phone 719-338-5771.
  
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