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“Bella Prima Musica, the community children’s choirs of Pueblo West and the region will be holding auditions for new singers the week of Aug. 19. There are two choirs, Bel Canto for boys and girls in grades 3 - 6, and Lyrica, a girl’s choir from grades 7 through 12.
For more information, click on the website at www.bellaprimamusica.org, or call Christine Reed at 547-7635 to set an audition time.
Introduction to Word 2010
An Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010 will be held at the Pueblo West Library at 10 a.m. July 30.
Dr. Gerald Burgess, Ed.D. will teach this class.
Preregistration is required.
Students may register at the public desk at the Pueblo West Library or by calling 562-5664.
Students may bring their own laptop computer if desired; otherwise, laptop computers will be provided for the class.
Did you receive an e-reader as a gift and want to learn how to download free e-books from the library?
Come to the Pueblo West Library’s Overdrive session at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of the month.
Bring your device(s) and questions.
Family nature camp
A family nature camp Saturday and Sunday is an ideal opportunity for families to enjoy the wonders of Nature led by our professional naturalists at Mountain Park Environmental Center in Beulah.
Mountain Park officials do all the cooking, provide the linens in very comfy dorms (or choose the private room option), and your family has a great time.
Includes lunch and dinner on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday.
Register and details at www.hikeandlearn.org.
A butterfly count excursion is less of a hike and more of a saunter that stays pretty much to the park’s roads, in search of butterflies at 9 a.m. Saturday.
This is the Seventh Annual Butterfly Count in Pueblo Mountain Park, guided by Mark Yaeger of the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society.
No experience is necessary.
Bring close-focus binoculars and/or a digital camera if you have them (although they are not necessary).
Family Day Challenge
Experience Mountain Park Environmental Center’s newly completed low challenge course with your family and friends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 in Beulah.
You will have exciting, team building adventures as you work through the different elements on our course.
See first hand how our challenge course and enjoy its beautiful forested location.
Facilitated by Ranger Greg and Ranger Audra, includes a delicious home-cooked lunch.
Register and details at www.hikeandlearn.org
Nature for toddlers
The Nature for Toddlers is an outdoor-based program is designed to give preschool–age children an opportunity to spend some time enjoying and learning about Nature.
The program is at 10 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Mountain Park Environmental Center in Beulah.
Nature songs, a small hike, lots of fun for all.
Register/details at www.hikeandlearn.org
Zuke’s August walk your dog hike
The monthly popular Mountain Park Environmental Center’s walk your dog program is at 9 a.m. Aug. 18.
Zuke’s August walk your dog hike offers guided hikes for folks and their dogs.
Your dog friends will also be treated with healthy snacks provided by Zuke’s Dog Treats.
Dogs must be leashed.
Register/details at www.hikeandlearn.org
Full moon music hike
A full moon music hike, a perfect way to spend a summer Sunday evening, sauntering under August’s “Green Corn” Moon, and celebrated with the Mountain Park Environmental Center at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in Beulah.
Register/details at www.hikeandlearn.org
Air-conditioned annual picnic
The Pueblo West Seniors/Retirees will play host to its annual program and picnic Aug. 8 at a lovely, air-conditioned Pueblo West Memorial Recreation Center.
Plan a covered dish or dessert to share.
Bring table service, as well.
Coffee and tea will be provided.
For more information, call 696-9447.
Free school supplies and backpacks
A back-to-school blast is set from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 3 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 275 W. John Powell Blvd.
There will be various activities, such as bean bag toss, fish pond and ring tos.
The first 100 children to participate will receive prizes of free school supplies, such as backpacks, crayons and tablets. Free refreshments will be offered.
In September, a new Sunday school year begins.
For more information, contact Phyllis at 547-2841 or Adella at 547-8504.
Liberty Action Group meeting
Liberty Action Group will play host to Chaplain Gordon Hame Klingenschmitt, PhD, at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Pueblo West Library.
Klingenschmitt was a Lieutenant from 2002-2007 with the U.S. Navy, honorably discharged.
As a Naval Chaplain he served aboard the USS Anzio, providing counseling to the ship’s sailors, teaching bible classes, and leading worship services.
For more information, visit the website at www.libertyactiongroup.com.
Swedish weavers Monday meeting
Join the Pueblo West Swedish Weavers from 10 to noon Mondays at the Pueblo West Library.
All Swedish Weavers welcome, as well as those interested in learning this wonderful type of needle work.
For more information, call Cathy at 925-817-8297.
Blood pressure checks
The Parkview Mobile Nurses will be at Legacy Bank from 9 to 11 a.m. July 1 for blood pressure checks.
After your check, grab a cup of coffee.
For more information, call Terry Zupan at 647-1313.
July business luncheon
The Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce July business luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 31 at San Isabel Electric Association, 781 E. Industrial Blvd., in Pueblo West.
Therapy riding center in Penrose
Footprints Equestrian Center, a nonprofit organization in Penrose, is looking for volunteers for their growing center.
Volunteer openings for lessons, horse care, office and facility work.
A meet and greet is planned for 10 a.m. June 8 for those interested to meet the horses and learn about therapeutic riding.
The center also is accepting applications for participants.
Footprints Equestrian Center, a nonprofit organization in Penrose, is a therapeutic riding center that provides a safe environment for interactions between children, youth, adults, and horses.
The goals of these interactions are healing, growth, and individual empowerment.
Click on the website for information: footprintsequestriancenter.org.
For more information, call Linda at 719-784-7722 or 719-338-6846.
Mystery book club meetings
The Pueblo West Mystery Book Club meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Pueblo West Library.
The following books are as follows:
• The Black Cat by Martha Grimes on Aug. 15.
For more information, call Judi at 225-3039.
Pueblo West book club meets
The Pueblo West Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Pueblo West Library, 298 Joe Martinez Blvd.
In August “The Immortal Life of Henieretta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot will be discussed.
All interested adults are welcome.
Call 547-4247 for more information.
Youth art classes
Hawk’s Landing Studio in Pueblo West is offering art classes for youth ages 9 and up through the summer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
Cost is $12.
Explore famous artists, various art techniques and more.
No supplies needed.
A one hour weekday Peewee class is forming for youth ages 8-6.
Also all original art on sale at clearance prices.
For more information, call Darlene Sowles at 545-1316.
The Pueblo German Club plays host to a meeting and program at 7 p.m. May 16, Sept. 19, Oct. 17 and Nov. 21 upstairs Banquet Room of Montgomery & Stewart, 1317 N. Main Street.
The meetings are free.
For more information, call 545-4365.
Psychic Sundays through summer
Psychic Sundays begins on the first Sunday of each month through the summer.
Psychic Sundays offer massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, energy healing, shopping, aura photos and psychic readings from experienced providers.
Psychic readings are offered by several readers including Linda Weiner, an intuitive counselor and life coach with more than 25 years of experience assisting others to live their dream.
Participants also can receive an intuitive interpretation of an aura photo with Temara Speaks.
Admission is free.
Visit Psychic Sundays at the Clarion Inn, 4001 N. Elizabeth Ave., in Pueblo.
For more information, click on the website at www.PuebloHolisticFair.com.
Kayak or stand up paddleboard
Kayak or stand up paddleboard the Riverwalk was just approved.
More details coming from HARP on joining the club, liability waivers and such.
Paddling will be allowed when tour boats not running but usually daily sunrise to 10:30 a.m., Monday sunrise to sunset and Sunday nights 6:30 p.m. to sunset.
The Edge plans to have rentals Monday at 6:30 p.m. ready and available at the launch area behind the old police building off Richmond Ave.
Kayak or stand up paddleboard the Riverwalk starts May 19 with a free demonstration day provided by The Edge.
Rentals other days also available but might require people transporting to launch site.
Downtown social shuffle
Downtown Social Shuffle at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays meets near the Shamrock Brewing Co. and Restaurant on 3rd Street and Sante Fe Avenue in Pueblo.
Free 5km run or 2-mile walk with socializing.
Kids and dogs also welcome.
Started last summer and still going.
Toastmasters meeting slated
The Pueblo Toastmaster Club No. 795 meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:15 p.m. at the Security Service Federal Credit Union, 310 E. Abriendo Ave., in Pueblo.
All interested parties are welcome to attend.
The Toastmasters Club offers an educational program to enhance your public speaking and communications skills.
Women’s League cookbook sale
The Pueblo West Women’s League’s fundraiser cookbook, “Savor the Flavor of Pueblo West” has been reprinted due to sellouts of the first edition.
These cookbooks now can be purchased at the following businesses: Freedom Consignment and Antiques, Jalyn Styles, PostNet, Pueblo West Metro District and Tiffany’s Hair Salon.
The cookbook is also available by emailing PWWLcookbook@gmail.com.
The cookbook sells for $10.
Cruisin Pueblo casual bike rides
Cruisin Pueblo casual bicycle rides at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays starts at Bingo Burger in Pueblo.
Fun and free for the whole family.
The third Thursday each month will have special “Team Challenge” for groups of two.
Participants will ride to the challenge at some local park or recreation area to discover fun stuff in Pueblo’s backyard.
Singles welcome, can pair up there or cheer on others.
Examples are a “Flag Snag” in City Park, Frisbee golf, boogie boarding the kayak park, Ropes Course at CSU-Pueblo.
These rides and events are run by Sundance Cycles and CSU-P Outdoor Pursuits.
The event starts May 2 through Halloween.
Up to three bicycles will be prizes at the end of the Cruiser season for best participation.
Bike from work happy hour
Bike from Work Happy House at Bingo Burger alongwith kick off Cruisin’ Pueblo casual Thursday night rides is from 6 to 9 p.m. (every Thursday May 2 through Halloween) will start at Bingo Burger.
Group will start gathering at 6 p.m.
Earn extra points for Commuter Cup team by signing in at the Bike from Work Happy Hour.
Second Al-Anon group starts
A second Al-Anon family group has started in Pueblo West.
The group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. every Sunday at SonRise Church, 421 E. Spaulding Ave, Room 115.
For more information, call 547-9589.
Ladies Auxiliary Third Thursday
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5812 will be hosting third Thursday dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the VFW, 127 E. Spaulding Ave., in Pueblo West.
The menus vary each month, as well as price.
The public is welcome.
All meals go toward projects supported by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for veterans.
The newly formed Veterans of ForeignWars Men’s Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at the VFW, 127 E. Spaulding Ave.
Membership in the men’s auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars shall be limited to husbands, widowers, fathers, grandfathers, sons, grandsons, brothers, half-brothers who attaines that status prior to age 16 or persons who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
Westcliffe’s Jones Theater events
Shakespeare in the Sangres. This is presented in rotating play at the outdoor amphitheater behind the Jones Theater. Click on the website for more information: www.jonestheater.com.
• The Glass Menagerie. A romantic drama by Tennessee Williams. July 26-27 at 7:30 p.m. and July 28 at 2 p.m.
• The Secret Garden. Youth Theater Musical. Based on the book by Francis Hodgson Burnett. Aug. 15-17 at 7 p.m.; Aug. 18 at 2 p.m.
• New Rocky Mountain Voices. Award-winning one act and 10-minute plays. Sept. 6-7 at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call 719-783-3004 or click on www.jonestheater.com.
Civil Air Patrol meets
The Civil Air Patrol — Pueblo Eagles Composite Squadron, meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Colorado National Guard Armory, 1215 Acero St., in Pueblo.
The meetings are for youth ages 12 to 18 and adults.
For more information, call Captain Shad Brown at 250-0887 or click on the website at www.puebloeagles.us.
Retired RVers who may be interested in an RV club are invited to attend a monthly luncheon meeting about the club by calling 547-7537.
From April through October, the RV club holds a monthly weekend camp-out and during the winter, a monthly luncheon.
For more information, call 547-7537.
We R Singles meeting slated
Pueblo West residents ages 55 and older are invited to become part of the We R Singles group of Pueblo West.
The club meets for breakfast on Monday mornings, lunch every other Thursday and dinner the second Wednesday of the month.
The locations vary throughout restaurants in the area.
Travel is anyway you can get there, whether it’s by car, bike, walk or horseback.
For more information, call Linda at 647-2427.
Learn how to speak English
Family Literacy Nights are Thursdays at 5 p.m. in the Technology Lab at Liberty Point Elementary School.
All family members welcome.
Learn how to speak English is provided by the 21st Century Community Learning Center’s Grant.
Stay at Beulah’s Horseshoe Lodge
The Horseshoe Lodge at Mountain Park Environmental Center in Beulah might be a perfect place for a winter weekend getaway.
A short drive from Pueblo, the Horseshoe Lodge is an ideal place to experience the quiet and tranquility of nature.
And the newly renovated lodge offers beautiful and comfortable accommodations for a night’s sleep.
People interested in spending some time in the great outdoors just a short jaunt up the road can book a room online by clicking on the website at www.hikeandlearn.org.
Polka Club dances set
The Southern Colorado Family Polka Club has live band dances the first and third Sunday of each month from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Pueblo Elks Club ballroom, 426 N. Santa Fe Ave.
Bands provide a variety of music and dances.
Participants are asked to use the Fifth Street entrance.
The public is welcome.
Costs is $5 members and $7 for non-members.
ACOVA (A Community Organization for Victim Assistance) is accepting applications for volunteer victim advocates. ACOVA is the victim assistance unit of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office and works with the Pueblo Police Department as well as emergency first responders to provide assistance to victims of crime and circumstance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Advocates assist victims and their families, friends and witnesses following a crime or circumstance with on scene crisis intervention, provide information on the criminal justice process, community resources and offer emotional support.
For more information on how to volunteer with please contact Jan at 553-2460, Ruth at 553-2490 or go to www.acova
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Pueblo Youth Naturally
Pueblo Youth naturally offers activities for sixth-seventh and eighth-grade students in Pueblo County.
Most Pueblo Youth Naturally activities are held on Saturdays.
The $15 fee covers all school year activities.