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Ladies night

Ladies, leave the boys behind and come to Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Ladies Night Out(doors) on March 27 at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Building, 4255 Sinton Rd., Colorado Springs.

Ladies Night Out(doors) is a series of seminars designed to introduce women to various outdoor recreation opportunities available in Colorado, including hunting, fishing and shooting sports.

The first seminar: “Waitin on Tom” is an introduction to wild turkey hunting and runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Class size is limited to 25 women.

Ladies Night Out(doors) seminars are women only and offered in a relaxed format with time for questions and social networking.

There’s never a cover charge and snacks and beverages will be provided.

Sign up, bring a friend, kick off your boots and enjoy a night out.

For more information, call 719-227-5200.

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Pancake breakfast

The Pueblo West Firefighters’ Association will be holding its monthly pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Fire Station 1, on the corner of Hahns Peak and Joe Martinez.

Donation of $5 per plate.

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ARC donations

Pueblo West Girls Swim Team will be hosting an ARC collection trailer starting the afternoon of March 28 through April 6.

Weekday drop off times are from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and weekend times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 368 S McCulloch Dr., in Pueblo West.

All donations can receive an ARC donation receipt.

Televisions, computers and mattresses are not accepted.

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German American Club

The German American club is hosting “Whispered Secrets; Whispered Prayers” by Donna Mack at 7 p.m. March 20 at 1317 N. Main Street in banquet room upstairs.

Cost is free.

Non-members and guests welcome.

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Amateur Radio Club to meet

The Pueblo West Amateur Radio Club will be holding a testing session for all levels of amateur radio at noon on March 15 in the Pueblo West Library, 298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd. in Pueblo West.

Following the testing session, a regular business meeting will be held at 2 p.m. If you are interested in amateur radio, please join us. Testing sessions are held throughout the year and members are always willing to help newcomers.

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KofC 12020

fish fry

Knights of Columbus 12020 will hold a lenten fish fry each Friday Mar. 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 4:30-7 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 1132 W. Oro Grande Dr. in Pueblo West. Cost is $8 at the door or $7 pre-sold. Children under 12, $6.00.

Fare: Breaded catfish or Poor Man’s Lobster, curly fries, whole kernel corn or Normandy veggie blend, cole slaw, roll, dessert and beverage. All proceeds go to charitable causes.

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Pueblo Light Connection

Join Pueblo Light Connection on Sunday when Ramona Lombard will offer a presentation on “Living in the Vibrations of Joy.” Learn how to feel what you are vibrating and how to bring yourself to the positive Vibrations of Joy at will. Also learn how thoughts, emotions and physical sensations can bring us to and keep us connected with Joy.

ueblo Light Connection will meet in the 4th floor Ryals Room of the Rawlings Library at 100 Abriendo Avenue in Pueblo from 2-4 p.m., with social time until 4:30 p.m. There are no fees, and everyone is welcome. For more information: www.PuebloLightConnection.com

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Liberty Action Group

Economist Kirk Elliott will be the featured speaker when the Liberty Action Group meets March 13 at the Pueblo West Library.

The event begins at 6 p.m.

Elliott will speak about the current state of the economy, danger signs and how we can protect ourselves. He is an associate with McAlvany Fincnail Group and producer of the well-received documentary “300 Million Slaves.”

For additional information go to www.libertyactiongroup.com

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PW Women’s League

The Pueblo West Women’s League will host its monthly luncheon meeting on March 11.

Please arrive at 11:15 a.m. for sign-in; lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. at Gabby’s Diner and Catering, 412 S. McCulloch. Lunch is $10 for members and guests.

The PWWL is a nonprofit organization that raises and disperses funds to groups in Pueblo West that have included the library, schools, parks and recreation, Cattail Crossing demonstration garden, fire services, and more.

If you are interested in getting involved in the community and making new friends, please come for lunch as a guest and get acquainted. For more information, please email PWWLinfo@gmail.com or follow on Facebook.

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Women’s

Connection

The Pueblo Women’s Connection invites all women and guests to its Irish Blessings Dinner to be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Park East Restaurant, 720 Goodnight Ave.

Tickets are $23.

The dinner will feature Irish singer Tomas Little. Guest speaker will be Dr. Steven Valcalvi. RSVP by March 8 to Susan at 994-7468 or email Kris at kedavid3@earthlink.net.

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Flavor of Pueblo

The 9th annual Flavor of Pueblo is from 5 to 7 p.m. March 13 at the Pueblo Convention Center.

Proceeds benefit United Way of Pueblo County.

For more information, call Bianca Hicks at 583-4455 or click on the website at www.pueblounitedway.org/flavorofpueblo/

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Advanced Facebook

Targeted advertising, gGroups and targeted content presentation on advanced Facebook will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 18 at the Pueblo Rawlings Library, Ryals Room, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., in Pueblo.

Facebook has changed the way businesses communicate with people.

Marketing is no longer one-way communication.

It is now two-way communication and that is a good thing for businesses who want to interact with customers.

Facebook provides business-to-consumer businesses advantages by encouraging fresh, relevant content; providing a “meeting place” for customers where pictures and other information can be provided and it offers deeper engagement tools and insight analytics that traditional media does not provide.

If you already have a Facebook brand page, come to this session to learn some tips on how to maximize your Facebook efforts.

The course will be presented by Cory Arcarese.

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Lunch and Learn

Come and attend a “students for a day” and file through the cafeteria to enjoy a typical student lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21 at Liberty Point Elementary School.

You will pay the usual student price -- $2.05!

Liberty Point Elementary School Principal Brian Dilka and other staff have volunteered to be on hand to answer questions and make us all more familiar with their school and the current educational issues in Pueblo West and the state of Colorado.

What is an International School? A Charter School? A Magnet School? What is federally mandated core curriculum and why is it a controversial issue? How can we become involved in the education of the future leaders of our community (who are also our future employees, and future Chamber members)?

The new six-classroom addition to Liberty Point will be complete and ready for touring, so you can see some tangible evidence of what your tax dollars have built.

For more information, call the Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce at 647-9086.

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Spring Break Day

The Aircraft Museum Spring Break Day is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28 at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum at the Pueblo Memorial Airport, 31001 Magnuson Ave., in Pueblo.

Admission is free.

There will be aviation and space related contests with prizes for kids and teens, museum and open cockpit tours.

Fireweed Band plays at noon.

There also will be STEM lab activities and experiments, AFA Canteen and garage sale.

Donations accepted.

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Game Night

The Pueblo West Women’s League is playing host to a game night from 6 to 9 p.m. April 10 at SonRise Methodist Church, 421 E. Spaulding Ave., in Pueblo West.

Cost is $10 per person.

Games include Bunko, Mahjongg, Dominos, Bridge, Uno and many more

Groups are welcome but individuals are encouraged to attend to meet new people.

Join in a fun night of games and challenges. There will be a raffle for gifts donated by local merchants and artisans, a 50/50 drawing, and a silent auction for some very special gifts.

A light dinner of sandwiches, chips, cookies and beverages will be served.

For tickets and information, call Barbara at 647-9236 or Sharon at 582-1058

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Girls Night Out

The Junior League of Pueblo is hosting its 10th anniversary of Girl’s Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. April 11 at the Pueblo Convention Center.

Join us for a night of beauty, fashion, shopping, music and fun.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

For more information, call Summer at 542-0491.

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John C. Fremont Library

Here is a list of youth activities scheduled in March at the John C. Fremont Library, 130 Church St., in Florence.

Story Time (very Tuesday except during school holidays) January thru April) — 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

March 11: Alphabet.

March 18: Butterflies & Bugs.

March 25: Spring.

We read stories, sing songs, do crafts and have a snack. Any questions, please contact Robin at 719-84-4649 ext. 2.

Wednesday After School Teen Group:

Each Wednesday after school, teens in grades 6th thru 9th grade are invited to the John C. Fremont Library for crafts, games, science and just all around fun times. Snacks will be provided. Activities run 2:10 PM to 3:10 PM. Any questions, please contact Robin at (719) 784-4649 ext. 2

March 5: Astrology & Astronomy presented by Toni Haydon.

March 12: Origami presented by Jennifer Gerring.

March 19: Trivia Day.

March 26: Why are the performing arts important? Presented by Christina Anderson.

March Family Movies

March 29, 2:30 p.m.: Despicable Me 2.

Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world. Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, Gru, along with the wildly unpredictable Minions, must figure out how to keep his cover while also keeping up with his duties as a father.

Free Popcorn. Bring your own drink. Rated PG.

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Turkey hunting classes set

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering free Turkey Hunting 101 clinics to novice turkey hunters who wish to learn more about the sport and ways to improve their hunting success.

“This class is great for those just getting started,” said Steve Lucero, an education specialist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “But, even those who have been turkey hunting for years could still learn something new.”

The clinic is made up of both lecture and hands on activities. Participants will have a chance to practice their turkey calls and hear from field experts. This class is family friendly and all ages and skill levels are welcome.

The clinics provide turkey hunters with an opportunity to learn about hunting regulations, hunting tactics and the fundamentals of turkey biology.

The class times, dates and locations are as follows:

March 14: Canon City, 69 p.m., Canon City Hunter Safety Building, 51016 Highway 50. No limit to class size. For more information contact stevek.lucero@state.co.us.

March 21: Pueblo, 6-9 p.m., Lake Pueblo State Park Auditorium, 640 Pueblo Reservoir Rd. Class is limited to 50. Please call 719-561-5300 to register or for more information.

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Hosting State Dept. scholar

American Councils exchange students are merit-based scholarship recipients sponsored by the U.S. State Department. They serve as ambassadors for their countries while learning about life in the United States. They were chosen based on leadership potential, fluency in English, teacher recommendations, and evidence that they are mature and adaptable enough to be successful during an academic year in the U.S. They are required to do community service hours, give presentations about their countries, and maintain good grades in school.

Becoming a Host Family for an Exchange Student is your chance to…

Help create a broad global perspective for tomorrow’s world leaders.

Experience different cultures and gain new perspectives.

Create lasting bonds with a new family member.

Make a difference! Host an ambassador. Be an ambassador.

Who can host? All types of families are welcome, those with children at home of any age, retirees, “empty nesters”, and single parents. Host families provide a bed to sleep in, three meals a day, and a supportive environment. Exchange students don’t expect a tour guide or to be entertained constantly. They just want to experience everyday life with an American family.

An American Councils Local Coordinator is available to provide support and plan monthly activities for the students, including leadership, government, business and diversity activities. Though not required, host families are always welcome to join us. It is a chance to meet students from many countries and learn about cultures from around the world.

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Water-wise

gardening

The Gardeners at Cattail Crossing are hosting a class on water-wise gardening at the Pueblo West library March 22.

The “Gardening Class for the Water-Wise” is part class and part hands-on workshop, with presentations on efficient irrigation, landscape design, soils, turf and ground covers, garden maintenance, wildlife, and appropriate plants for Pueblo West.

The second half of the class will provide attendees the opportunity to visit various demonstration tables where they can learn more about subjects that are of particular interest to them. The tables will be manned by gardeners who can provide hand-outs and answer guests’ specific questions in more detail.

The class is being held from 9 a.m. to noon at 298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd.. While there is no cost to attend, The Gardeners are asking people to register for the class by calling 547-1557 or 251-0890.

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TIU Concert at The Peak

The Peak cordially invites our community to a free concert featuring Trinity International University’s Concert Choir and Symphonic Band.

The Concert Choir is Trinity’s premier choral organization. This co-ed group has a repertoire that includes chant, 16th Century masterpieces, late 20th Century music, spirituals and contemporary gospel music. Trinity College has a 41-year history of band music. The band’s core repertoire consists of the classics of concert band music, including original pieces for the band. The choir and band are traveling from the Chicago area to sing up and down the Front Range of Colorado. The concert will be held on March 9 at 7 p.m. at 694 E. Spaulding in Pueblo West.

For more information please call 647-2248.

Will power

seminar

SonRise is hosting a Wills seminar on Sunday, March 16 from 1-3 p.m. The topics to be discussed will include wills, estate planning, end of life issues like Power of Attorney. No sales will be done at the seminar. SonRise is located at 421 E. Spaulding.

Please RSVP at 545-0557.

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Oasis Christian Church

Oasis Christian Church holds its worship service at 10 a.m. each Sunday. The church is located at 347 S. Del Norte Ave. in Pueblo West. For additional information call 719-647-0800 or log onto www.theoasiscc.com.

A new opportunity for young adults, age 18-24ish, to fellowship with others their age while doing various activities from a movie night to games.

Overflow-Teen Ministry, grades 6-12, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the church.

The church is located at 347 S. Del Norte Ave. in Pueblo West. For additional information on the church or its programs, call 719-647-0800 or log onto www.theoasiscc.com.

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Miss Pueblo

Pageant

The 2014 Miss Pueblo County Scholarship Pageant to be held May 3, 2014, is now accepting applications.

Scholarships are awarded for top finishers in each of the age divisions, as well as for talent, and Princess winners. Participants will compete in personal interview, sportswear or onstage question, personal introduction and evening gown.

There will be crowns and scholarships awarded in the following age categories: Miss Pueblo, women ages 18-25; Miss Pueblo West ages 17-25; Miss Pueblo West Teen, 13-16; Miss Teen Pueblo, 16-18; Miss Junior Teen Pueblo, 13-15; Miss Pre-Teen Pueblo, 10-12; Little Miss Pueblo, 8- 9; Little Miss Sweetheart, 5-7 and Li’l Miss Jr. Sweetheart, 5 & younger.

To request an application packet, contact executive director C.C. Wood at 719-543-5472 or visit the Web site at misspueblopageant.com.

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Tax prep help

offered by VITA

Taxpayers with a total household income of $51,000 or less will be able to have their federal and state income taxes prepared and e-filed free of charge at free tax sites in Pueblo.

IRS/VITA (Internal Revenue Service/Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) mobile income tax sites opened Feb. 3 in Pueblo to serve taxpayers with free tax preparation and filing.

The IRS has set the annual income level at $51,000 per household for those eligible for the free service. All sites provide free preparation, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Volunteers also are still being recruited to become IRS-certified tax preparers to serve in the sites during the tax season.

For more information, call 296-8768.

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Fancy tea

fundraiser

The Gardenin’ Angels of Paradise Memorial Garden have announced the date of their annual fundraiser tea.

With a Downton Abbey theme, the Tea will be Sept. 13 at the Ecumenical Church of Pueblo West, 434 W. Conquistador Ave.

Call the church for more information at 547-3088 or www.paradisememorialgarden.webs.com.

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Volunteer

programs

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for three of our volunteer programs.

If your New Year’s Resolution was to get more involved in the Pueblo Community, to give back, or to make a real difference in the lives of others, volunteering may be just what you are looking for: 

Courier Details and Requirements. For more than 14 years, the Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Couriers have provided daily delivery service to the Sheriff’s Office and related criminal justice agencies. 

Aside from the background and driving record checks, the applicants must have the ability to comfortably walk one mile. 

Applications are available at the Sheriff’s Pueblo West Substation, 320 E. Joe Martinez Blvd., and Emergency Services Bureau, 320 10th St. B-1 (Judicial Building basement) in Pueblo. 

For more information, call Sherri Herrera 583-6204 or John Parmenter 647-0547.

ACOVA Details and Requirements. Since 1991, ACOVA has been committed to ensuring the rights of victims.

They work to offer support to victims of crime by directing them to the appropriate resources and being there for Pueblo County citizens and guests in times of crisis. 

Volunteers are required to participate in an extensive training program and are expected to be available as on-call support a minimum of two 24-hour periods each month.

For more information, call Jan Curtis 553-2490 or Jennifer Olmstead 553-2460.

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Washington DC Trip

There is still time to register for a trip to Washington D.C. that will take place June 12-15.

The trip is arranged by School Tours of America and is a great experience for students, siblings and parents.

For more information, call Skyview Middle School at 547-1175.

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Retired RVers monthly meeting

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.

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