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Defending Faith webinar
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is hosting an interactive Webinar “The ABC’s of Defending Your Faith” at 9 a.m. March 22 at 275 W. John Powell Blvd.
The speaker will be Brad Alles who teaches religion at Milwaukee Lutheran High School in Wisconsin.
Registration not required.
Iron Ladies Golf League
The first meeting of the Iron Ladies 9 hole Golf League is at 8:30 a.m. March 18 at Desert Hawk Golf Course in Pueblo West.
The league is looking for new members to join the 26-member league.
The purpose is recreation, socializing and assisting in the development of skills and knowledge of the golf game.
The league plays from April through October on Tuesday mornings.
For more information, call Molly, 372-6847 or Denise, 547-0424.
The Ladies and Men’s Auxiliary Post 5812 are hosting several Fish Fries.
The first is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the VFW dining hall, 127 E. Spaulding Ave., in Pueblo West.
Fish and chips, coleslaw and dessert.
Cost is $8 per person.
For more information, call 547-2770.
HyMark Motorsports is hosting its annual open house from March 31 to April 5 at 175 E. Spaulding Ave., in Pueblo West.
There will be specials and activities all week in the store, culminating on April 5.
There also will be a bounce house, vendors, food, beer, soda and life music from 9 a.m. to close.
For more information, call 547-3478.
Library birthday celebration
The Pueblo West Library celebrates its fifth birthday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5.
The library is looking for businesses and food vendors to be part of the celebration. Also looking for prize giveaways and donations.
There will be a paper rocket-launching contest, car show in the lot, art in the gallery, refreshments.
For more information, call Cindy at 562-5662.
‘Ikebanas Bring May Flowers’
The Cup & Bowl Ceramic Art Studio and Gallery, 116 Midway Ave., Pueblo, will feature Lori Gregory in “Ikebanas Bring May Flowers” First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. April 4.
Also, “Glaze, Fire and Go” enables visitors to glaze a pottery piece, have it Raku fired that night, and take it home.
Cup & Bowl is on the VanGO Art Shuttle drop-off for First Friday.
Visit puebloarts.org for a VanGO route map.
For more information on any Cup & Bowl events or classes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit cupandbowl.org, call 719-404-3469 or follow on Facebook. Cup & Bowl Gallery is always open free to the public, Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Yard and garden class
The Colorado State University Extension-Pueblo is offering a yard and garden class growing vegetables from 6 to 9 p.m. March 25 at the CSU-Extension, 701 Court Street, second floor, in Pueblo.
Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple sharing materials.
Learn how easy it is to grow something delicious and nutritious.
Many tips and techniques for successful gardening in the varied climate of Pueblo County will be covered including: straw bale gardening, gardening in containers, soil preparation and amendments, plant nutrition, irrigation and effective mulches for vegetable gardens.
For more information, call 583-6566.
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.
Travel is anyway you can get there, whether it’s by car, bike, walk or horseback.
For more information, call Lew at 547-0235.
Art show at Blue Spruce
From Southwestern vistas to wild turkeys: yes, those big, strange birds, Coleen Bobinac creates watercolor paintings that are sure to command your attention, and often your acquisition.
A reception for Bobinac’s work is from 5 to 7 p.m. March 28 at the Blue Spruce Gallery, 205 W. Main Street, in Florence.
Bobinac, a local artist and resident of Fremont County for the past 35 years, has make a name for herself in the art world.
On the state and national level, she has exhibited in galleries from New Jersey to California with her work in permanent collections such as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
For more information, call 784-1339
Mango fan Django
The Florence Arts Council presents an evening concert by Mango Fan Django, a Colorado Springs Band, at 7 p.m. April 2 at the Bell Tower Cultural Center, 201 E. 2nd Street, in Florence.
Mango fan Django has been playing Gypsy jazz in Colorado since 1998 and is known for a style of acoustic guitar swing that has delighted audiences of all ages. It is the oldest Gypsy jazz band in Colorado.
Inspired by a Gypsy jazz style invented in the 1930’s by guitarist Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, Mango fan Django’s sound also sends a wink and a nod to jump swing hepcats of the 40’s, the sassy Caribbean and Latin bands of the 50’s, 60’s and beyond, and contemporary musicians from today’s Gypsy jazz scene.
The Florence Arts Council is restoring the 1898 building, donated to the Council in August of last year.
The building is currently used as a gallery and performance hall, with artist studios, offices and classroom space.
Cost is $10 ($8 for arts council members).
Tickets are available at the Florence Arts Council office, 201 E. 2nd Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Tickets are also available at the Fox Den, 123 W. Main Street, in Florence, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Tickets will also be available at the door, but seating is limited and interested concert-goers are encouraged to purchase in advance.
For more information, call 719-671-3581.
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.
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.
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.
Knights of Columbus 12020 will hold a lenten fish fry each Friday March 21 and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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 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.