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  Black Forest Women’s Club

   Please check for changes to the meetings because of COVID-19.
   
   The Black Forest Women’s Club meets every second Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Black Forest Lutheran Church, 12455 Black Forest Road. Parking is in the back; use the ramp and go in the first door on the right. Visitors and guests are always welcome. For more information, contact Carol at 719-640-2893.
  
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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.
   
   The group is currently not meeting because of the coronavirus.
   
   The No Fee Senior Social is also not meeting because of the coronavirus.
  
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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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  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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  Woodmen Hills events

   Recreation Center East and Community Center West are open for swimming, exercise, and fitness classes! Visit https://woodmenhills.org for updates.
   
   Some events require RSVPs; RSVP for events at https://www.woodmenhills.org.
   
   November events
   
   11/1 to 11/30: Fitness Classes: Various Times / RCE
   11/4: Bunco — 1-3 p.m./CCW
   11/6: Painting with a pro — 7-9 p.m./CCW
   11/7: Mommy and me painting — 10 a.m. - noon/CCW
   11/13: Flyswatter volleyball — 11 a.m. to noon/CCW
   11/13: Bingo — 7:30-8:30 p.m./CCW
   11/13: Parents’ Night Out — 5-9:30 p.m./RCE
   11/14: Mommy and me baking class — 9-11 a.m./CCW
   11/20: Bunco — 1-3 p.m./CCW
   
   Please note that all events follow El Paso County and state guidelines related to COVID 19.
  
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  Meridian Ranch Center events

   Fly swatter volleyball, every Friday from 10 a.m. — noon
   
   Pickleball — beginners 4-6 p.m.; advanced — 6-8 p.m.
   
   Drop-in volleyball — 6-8 p.m. every Thursday
   
   November events
   11/7: Thanksgiving Bingo Saturday — 7-5 p.m.; $5 for residents and non-residents
   11/20: MRCC Book Club; book of the month is “Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelidas
   11/21 to 28: Festival of Trees; free admission for residents and non-residents; stop in anytime to look at trees that are up for auction
   11/21: Movie night featuring the Elf Saturday — 6-8 p.m.
  
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  Community Outreach Coalition: update

   The Department of Human Services is the only agency that has started holding office hours in person on Wednesdays.
   
   The monthly COC Coalition Networking meetings, where any agency and all rural community members are encouraged to attend, will be starting up again on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The first meeting took place in 2011 at the Calhan United Methodist Church. Everyone who attended wanted to help get the word out about all the agencies that provide assistance to rural residents. They also wanted to establish networking opportunities. The meetings have been consistent, until March when COVID shut everything down. 
   
   Fran Dorrance from The Independence Center (719-659-3635, fdorrance@the-ic.org) and Cindy Stutz from TESSA (719-243-4833, cstutz@tessacs.org) will be facilitating the networking meetings beginning Oct. 21 via Zoom. Contact either of them if you would like to be on the distribution list.
    
   For more information on the coalition, 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 the annual holiday meeting, which takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Check your email for instructions on a Zoom virtual meeting. The book for Dec. 8 is “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett. The story is about a family drama that involves an inheritance, love and forgiveness.   
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  Falcon Garden Club

   The meetings are canceled until further notice. Check out the club website at https://falcongardenclub.org for meeting updates or program changes.    
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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 Sandi at 719-323-0874 for more information. The use of the facility is through voluntary donations.   
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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.   
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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 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 senior luncheon is canceled indefinitely.
   
   TRANSPORTATION — Canceled
   
   SENIOR EXERCISE PROGRAM
    All activities are canceled until further notice.
   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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  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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