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  Day of prayer

   The American Legion Post of Falcon, the Dane R. Balcon Post 2008, will be hosting the National Day of Prayer at 1 p.m., May 6, at Dane R. Balcon Park in Falcon.   
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  Prayer group in Black Forest

   The Centering Prayer Group at Black Forest Community Church meets the first Saturday of every month from 8:30-10 a.m. at the log church. The group will begin a six-month study of The Soul's Slow Ripening. Centering prayer opens and closes the meetings with discussion and fellowship in between; open to all. Contact Rev. Roger Butts at 719-433-3135 for information.   
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  Black Forest Arts and Craft show (this weekend)

   The Black Forest Arts and Craft Guild’s spring show and sale is Thursday, April 29 through Sunday, May 2. On Thursday through Saturday, the hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come see why this Black Forest tradition is a favorite, where guild members sell fine art, decorative arts and crafts and many culinary delights. Also included are unique Mother’s Day gifts and lots of new things to brighten up your home for spring. There is no charge for the event. For more information, visit us at https://bfacg.org or https://www.facebook.com/BFACG.   
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  Family friendly music festival in Black Forest!

   This year marks the 12th Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival, which takes place Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30, in Black Forest. Rocky Mountain Highway Music Collaborative will showcase 22 bands over three days, present the third Annual MeadowGrass Beer Festival and offer yoga classes, kids activities, an outdoor adventure for teens; and feature a diverse selection of food and retail vendors. The MeadowGrass Music Festival is the premier event to kick off summer in the Pikes Peak region. This Americana music festival is family friendly, collaborative and rejuvenating. Although we had to cancel last year's festival, we were able to host four smaller concerts throughout last summer with COVID precautions in place. These precautionary measures were approved by the El Paso County Public Health and will be in place for this year's MeadowGrass Festival. We are delighted to partner with Black Forest businesses, vendors and clubs. We offer discount tickets for active duty and retired military, teachers and first responders (including health care workers). Children 12 and under get in free with a paid adult. On-site camping is available as well as sponsorship, vendor and volunteer opportunities. For all things MeadowGrass and Rocky Mountain Highway, visit https://www.rockymountainhighway.org, scan the QR code with your smartphone camera, or call Nicole at 719-426-1483. See you in the Meadow!   
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  Senior scholarship applications

   The Black Forest Arts and Craft Guild will be awarding at least one scholarship of $1,000 to a high school senior. Visit http://www.bfacg.org for an application and submission information. Please note that you must reside within our boundaries listed in the instructions.   
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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.
   
   May events
   5/1 to 5/31: Fitness Classes — Various Times / RCE
   5/1: Mommy and Me painting — 9 a.m. to 11/CCW
   5/7: Bingo — 7 to 8:30 p.m./CCW
   5/9: Story and Craft — 10 to 11 a.m./CCW
   5/12: Bunco — 1 to 3 p.m./CCW
   5/14: Parents Night out — 5 to 9:30 p.m./RCE
   5/15: Military Appreciation Day — 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m./Balcon Park
   5/17: T-Ball League Practices Start — various times/Balcon Park
   5/23: Story and Craft — 10 to 11 a.m./CCW
   5/28: Board meeting — 5:30 to 8 p.m./Zoom
   
   
  
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  Meridian Ranch Center events

   May Events
   Meridian Ranch group exercise classes run Monday through Saturday, from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 5:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Fridays; on Saturdays, classes are at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Group exercise schedule can be found at the MRRC, or on the MRRC Facebook page.
   
   Classes include various types of yoga, pilates, Zumba, spin cycling, water aerobics, high fitness, paddle board yoga and more!
    
   New Fitness equipment has been delivered and installed! Stop by the recreation center to see what’s new!
    
   Group swim lessons are available. Contact Aquatics@Meridianservice.org for more information.
   
   Youth Soccer League registration is open for the summer session. Price is $50 for Meridian Ranch residents and $70 for non-residents. Email the sports coordinator at Sports@meridianservice.org for more information on all upcoming youth sports.
   
   The outdoor pool will be opening Memorial Day weekend.
   
   Summer Luau is May 29 — come join for games, food trucks, a photo booth and more!
   
   Visit https://meridianranch.com/event/ and press events for more information.
  
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  Community Outreach Coalition: update

   The Department of Human Services has a presence at the Calhan United Methodist Church in Calhan.
   
   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 Tuesday, May 25, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Check your email for instructions on a Zoom virtual meeting. The book for May is “The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop” by Fannie Flagg (author of “Fried Green Tomatoes”).   
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  Falcon Garden Club

   The Falcon Garden Club will not be meeting in May. Tentatively, they are planning on resuming meetings again in June at the High Prairie Library. More information will be provided on the website, https://falcongardenclub.org, as it gets closer to June.   
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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

   The Exchange Club is a national organization with a focus are Americanism, child abuse prevention, community service and youth. The meetings take place the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Andy Conders at 719-495-1466.   
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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.
   
   SENIOR EXERCISE PROGRAM IS BACK
   The strength and flexibility exercises were revived March 1, after a long hiatus because of COVID-19. The free exercise program is every Monday and Friday, from 11 a.m. to noon, at Grace Community Church, 9475 Grace Church View. For more information, contact Ozzie Oswald at 495-8903.
   
   The senior luncheon is still canceled, but hoping to return soon.
   
   TRANSPORTATION — None for now
  
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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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