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  Fight Fraud — Shred Instead

   The AARP FREE community shredding event will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 15 at the Black Forest Lutheran Church, 12455 Black Forest Road. Three boxes or paper bags of unneeded personal and financial documents will be shredded by a professional document shredding company. Reservations not required. Fight Fraud – Shred Instead!   
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  BSA Troop pancake breakfast

   Along with Woodmen Hills, Boy Scout Troop 149 is sponsoring its 16th annual pancake breakfast Thursday, July 4, from 7 a.m. to 11, at Woodmen Hills Recreation Center East — 9025 Meridian Ranch Blvd.
   
   All you can eat pancakes, with scrambled eggs and bacon or sausage; juice and coffee: Children age 4 and under eat free; kids age 5-10 will pay $4; age 11 and older — $6.
   
   Entertainment includes a flag retirement ceremony at noon; a bike parade (start decorating (decorations provided) at 9 a.m. and leave at 10); jump house; basket raffle; monkey bridge, music and door prizes.
   
   The event is open to the public, and proceeds benefit Troop 149.
  
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  HORSES and HEROES annual round up

   The fifth annual Ranch Horse Round Up – Healing Our Military and their Families event will take place July 27 and July 28 at the Kit Carson Riding Club, 6775 Cowpoke Road, off Black Forest Road. See Black Forest news for more information.   
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  Peyton Country Fair and Market

   A country fair and market will take place June 8 in Peyton, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. One-hundred vendors, entertainment (like a tractor pull) and food will highlight the event. The fire department will offer a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, contact Facebook at the Country Market at Peyton Junction.   
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  New monthly food bank at St. Benedict’s

   St. Vincent de Paul’s outreach ministry has announced that a monthly food bank for the Falcon community started in May. The food bank is open the second Wednesday of each month, from 9 to 11 a.m., and is held at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church at 12152 Falcon Highway (the church entry is next to Falcon Elementary School). Just show up during the hours of operation and pick up a box of food.   
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  Code Wizards has launched

   Code Wizards, a new business in Colorado Springs that teaches coding and programming to children, opened in May. Summer camps are one week each, beginning June 3, and run throughout the summer. Camp topics include Minecraft, Intro to Robotics, Circuits and Drone Camp, where each student will get their own drone to keep after the camp is finished.
   
   Code Wizards is also offering The Academy, with ongoing, year-round programs.
   
   Before starting the classes, children can go online and get into one of three Code Wizards Houses — Caragore, Dragonfang or Fishorne. They will work on projects and collaborate with other members of their house, plus they will learn at their own pace and advance through 10 stages, from Novice to Code Wizard.
   
   For more information, visit https://CodeWizardsAcademy.com.
  
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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 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
   
   June events
   June 1–30: Fitness classes at various times — RCE
   June1-30: SilverSneakers Flex Fitness Classes/various times/RCE and CCW 
   June 7: Parents’ Night Out — 5 – 9:30 pm / RCE
   June 14: Family bingo — 7 to 8:30 p.m. — CCW
   June 15-16: Community Yard Sale — 8 a.m. — 2 p.m./ addresses listed at https:
   June 18-20: Mini-Camp — 9 a.m. — 1. p.m./CCW
   June 21: Dive-In Movie — 6 - 9 p.m./RCE
   June 25-27: Mini-Camp — 9 a.m. — 1 p.m./CCW
   June 28: Funky Float Night — 6 — 8 p.m.
  
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   Meridian Ranch Center events

   Ongoing Active Older Adult classes
   Wednesday:
   AOA — 11 a.m.: Use of a chair for sitting and standing support. The class will lift hand-held weights and utilize the stretch band and small exercise balls for strength.
   
   Hatha (gentle) Yoga: 1 p.m.: A gentle stretching/deep breathing class standing on the floor with a mat
   
   Thursday:
   AOA 2: —10 a.m.: Increasing the heart rate plus strength training with the workout equipment. Some floor exercises are available if attendees are interested.
   
   Seated/standing yoga —11 a.m.: Seated and standing yoga poses with assistance from a chair
   
   Strength and balance — 1 p.m.: Core and lower body strength for better balance; a chair is also provided for assistance. Exercises for better balance include moves and poses such as standing on one leg, walking one foot in front of the other, lunges, etc.
   
   June events
   June 6: T-ball begins / last day of registration
   June 8: Flick n- float 6 to 8 p.m., the Sand Lot
   June 15 and June 16: Community garage sale
   June 21: Parent’s Night Out
   June 29: Falcon Freedom Days — As part of Falcon Freedom Days, MRRC is hosting a 5k run at the recreation center at 8:30 am on June 29.
  
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   Community Outreach Coalition

   The Community Outreach Coalition in Calhan hosts monthly networking meetings 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.
   
   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 June 25 at 6 p.m. at the High Prairie Library. The book this month is “Dancing at the Rascal Fair” by Ivan Doig. The book is an authentic saga of the American experience at the turn of the century and a passionate portrayal of the immigrants who dared to try new lives in the imposing Rocky Mountains.   
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  Falcon Garden Club

   The Falcon Garden club puts their meetings on hold during the summer so everyone can focus on their gardens. The next meeting will be Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. at the High Prairie Library, and visitors are always welcome. Check out the website at https://www.falcongardenclub.org/ to see previous presentations or to contact the club, if you are in need of advice or would like to be matched up with a mentor in your neighborhood.   
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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.).
   
   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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  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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   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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  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.
   
   POTLUCK LUNCHEON
   The next senior luncheon is Wednesday, June 12, at 11 a.m. This month, C.J. Whitney will host the luncheon at his home at 7845 Mustang Road; the phone number is 719-494-2328. Just bring yourself; a complete lunch box will be provided by Jersey Mike’s. There is no charge for members, but guests pay $5.
   Please note: There is no lunch in July; the potluck will resume in September. Remember the car show is in August — details next month.
   
   
   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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