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  Harvest Festival at the library

   The High Prairie Library in Falcon is hosting a Harvest Festival on Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Daylong activities include an inflatable obstacle course, arts and crafts for all ages, door prizes, food and music, a photo spot, henna and more.
   
   Scheduled events:
   10 a.m. — Falcon High School band
   10:30 a.m. — Spells and Potions magician
   11 a.m. — Giant pumpkin growing contest
   11:30 a.m. — Youth costume contest (meet in community room at 11:15 a.m.)
   noon — Cookie contest
   noon-2 p.m. — Wishing Star Farms Petting Zoo
   1 p.m. — Live music: Bettman and Halpin https://bettmanandhalpin.com/
  
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  Smith’s Farms fall festival

   At 11 a.m. on Oct 19, Smith’s Farms will feature a giant pumpkin weigh-off. Bristol Brewing Co. will release a Venetucci Pumpkin Ale at 1 p.m. All beer proceeds will go to the Springs Rescue Mission. The festival will also feature food vendors, farm animals, hay rides, jump pillow, corn pool and lots more. The address is 8310 Blue Gill Drive   
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  Family of Faith Fall Festival

   On Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Family of Faith Lutheran Church is hosting a fall festival (free). The event includes free hot dogs and brats, carnival style games, prizes and a bounce house. The church festival is at 6355 E. Blaney Road. The community is invited!   
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  Military Appreciation Golf Tournament

   Meridian Ranch is hosting a golf tournament Oct. 13 at Antler Creek Golf Course — a four-person scramble with an 8 a.m. start. The tournament is for Meridian Ranch residents who are active duty or retired military and their spouses: free entry fee, cart usage, coffee; lunch and beverages also will be available. The golf tournament is open to the first 120 people to sign up. The tournament will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Sponsorships are available as well. Contact 719-494-1900, ext. 1, for more   
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  Calhan festival

   St. Mary's Slavic Festival will be held Oct. 12 and Oct. 13. For details, see the "Pierogis on the Plans" story under "Feature Stories."   
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  Food bank at St. Benedict’s

   St. Vincent de Paul’s community outreach ministry is now open every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. The food bank is located at St. Benedict Catholic Church at 12152 Falcon Highway (the church entry is next to Falcon Elementary School). Just show up during the hours of operation to pick up the items your family needs.   
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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. The next meeting is Oct. 10. See the Black Forest News page for details. For information, call Sharon at 719-495-3164.   
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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 Ray Rozak at 719-495-6767.   
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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
   
   October events
   10/1-31: Fitness classes at various times — RCE
   10/1-31: SilverSneakers Flex Fitness Classes/various times/RCE and CCW
   10/11: Parents’ Night Out — 5 to 9:30 p.m. / RCE
   10/15: Funky Float Night — 6 to 8 p.m./RCE
   10/18: Family Bingo / 7 – 8:30 pm / CCW
   10/19: Fall festival and chili cook-off — 12 to 2 p.m./RCE
   10/24: Funky Float — 1-2:30 p.m./RCE
   10/24: Board meeting — 5:30 to 7:30 p.m./CCW
   10/26: Pumpkin Patch for 4-7 year olds — 11 a.m. to noon/RCE
   10/26: Night Waves Pool Party for 7-12 year olds — 6 to 8 p.m./RCE
  
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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.
   
   Zumba: Tuesday at 5 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m.
   
   Pickle ball every Thursday, from 4 to 6 p.m., for advanced players;
   6 to 8 p.m. for new/beginner players
   
   October events
   10/26: Trunk or Treat, 1-4 p.m; free event: If a business or a family wants to
   participate and decorate their car and hand out candy, they need to sign up at the recreation center. During the trunk or treat, kids can go to different cars and get candy. There will also be a pie bakeoff so sign up at the recreation center or bring a pie on Oct. 26. The pie with the most votes will be awarded with a prize.
   
   10/11: Fly Swatter volleyball, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
   
   10/18: Parents Night Out — 5 to 10 p.m.
   
   10/19: Flick N float; 6 to 8 p.m. — “Nightmare before Christmas”
   
   AOA events
   Pinochle: First and second Thursday of each month: 12:30 p.m.
   Dominoes/Mexican Train: second and fourth Thursday of each month at 12:30 p.m.
  
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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 Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at the High Prairie Library. The book for October is “The Trouble with Goats and Sheep” by Joanna   
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  Falcon Garden Club

   The Falcon Garden Club will meet Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. in front of the High Prairie Library. It’s the fall cleanup of the Falcon Garden Club garden. Bring your gloves and garden tools; learn how to prepare your garden; and collect seeds from a master gardener. Ask the master-gardener questions during the cleanup. All our welcome! Check out the website at https://www.falcongardenclub.org for more information.   
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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 Sandi at 719-323-0874 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 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. See golf tournament post above.   
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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, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. at Patriot Learning Center, 11990 Swingline Road. The main course is beef stew. Bring a salad, side dish or dessert. Beverages and table service are provided. Members pay a $3 lunch fee. There will be a White Elephant Sale, with a real live auctioneer! Bring a wrapped gift and plenty of change and bills to buy your new white elephant.
   
   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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  Black Forest Art and Craft Show

   Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 at the Black Forest Community Center (Black Forest Road just north of Shoup Road).
   
   Fine art, handcrafted & decorative crafts, and culinary delights in a boutique setting!
   
   For more information on show details or member specialties, visit us at bfacg.or or facebook.com/BFACG.
   
   Admission is free.
  
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