January Brings a Variety of Adult-Oriented Free Activities in Colorado Springs

 

Wondering what to do with yourself now that the holidays are over? Here are a variety of things to do from events to classes, from the arts to computers. Most of these are aimed at adults, although there are a few mature children could find of interest as well.

Cybersecurity First Friday

Jan. 4 – Here’s a chance to connect with cybersecurity experts and pick their brains for how to keep you safe online. Whether you know little or a lot, the experts from the local cybersecurity community are here to help. From 4-6 p.m. join them at the UCCS Downtown Presence location, 102 S. Tejon St. For more information email vpersichetti@cscedc.com

Fitness Expo

Jan. 5 – Every year many of us choose health and fitness as a New Year’s Resolution. Well, here you can come learn from some of the experts! Participate in one of the live fitness classes, meet with some trainers to help you learn how to set goals and meet them, and see some of the hottest new health and fitness products available. The Colorado Springs Fitness Expo runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa.

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OCC Art & Wine

Jan. 5 – Local artist Phil Lear offers a presentation of his own work and art in general. His paintings represent the beauty in every day life. Following his presentation at 2 p.m., the group will walk to his gallery, the Squash Blossom, to view more of his work and that of others. The day ends with a visit to the Sweet Elephant for complimentary wine tasting. The presentation will be held in the Old Colorado City Library meeting room, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.

Harp with Friends

Jan. 6 – Enjoy a “friendly” concert with harpist Haley Rhodeside and her friends, Michael Sabatka on the viola, Paul Nagem on the flute, and JJ Sechan on the bassoon from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 515 S. Cascade Ave. The performance will include works by French composers including Claude Debussy and Gabriel Fauré et al.

‘Victoria’ Sneak Peek Screening

Jan. 6 – If you’ve been enjoying Victoria on PBS, or are curious but yet to watch – enjoy this screening of the first episode of the third season of Masterpiece Theatre. From 3 – 5 p.m. enjoy Victorian music, indulge in some tea, scones, and mini sandwiches and take in this first episode with others. Reservations are required. The event is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Public Media and held at The Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave. in the Louisa Performing Arts Center and Theatre.

Medicare 101

Jan. 7 – Whether you are close to the age for Medicare, or the family of someone trying to negotiate Medicare and supplemental insurance, this class is for you. Taught by AAA insurance specialists, you will learn the ins and outs of Medicare, and be able to ask questions in an open, free forum. The class is held at 5:30 p.m. at the Cheyenne Mountain Library, 1785 South 8th Street, Suite 100. This class will also be offered on Feb. 20 at the Monument Library and March 27 at the Fountain Library.

Mahjong for Beginners

Jan. 8- 29 – Have you always wanted to learn this age-old Chinese game? Now’s your chance. Classes are held weekly on Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. Staff advises you must be ready to attend all four games in order to learn how to play properly. Classes are held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Space is limited for this class so reserve early. Once filled a waiting list will be started. Students must be at least 18 years old.

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Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain-100 Paintings

Jan. 9, 10, 13 – Landscape painter Jack Denton’s work will be honored in a special art exhibition of 100 of his oil paintings. Now a resident of Colorado Springs, Denton has spent thousands of hours taking viewing and studying Pike’s Peak in order to express it just how he wants through his work. Receptions on Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 10 will be held at 5 p.m. On Sunday, Jan. 13, the reception will be held at 1 p.m. All receptions will be held at The Garden of the Gods Resort and Club, 3314 Mesa Rd.

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Learn Line Dancing

From Jan. 9 – Feb. 20 – If you’re nervous about dancing, don’t be. Learn the basic steps of line dancing at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. No pre-registration is required. Classes are Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m.

Dr. Joe Dispenza Beginner Meditation Group

Jan. 14 and the 2nd Monday of each month – Learn the methodology of beginning meditation and how it can help you with Dr. Joe Dispenza. Hosted by Dr. Max Pohl of Balance Chiropractic, this beginners opportunity is held at Balance Chiropractic, 808 Village Center Dr. Reservations are required. The workshop starts at 6:30 p.m.

Microsoft Word Basics

Jan. 16 – Computer programs still got you baffled? Learn basic word processing and the ins and outs of Microsoft Word. This class is for adults, 18 and older. Some computer experience, such as use of a keyboard and mouse, is a prerequisite. The class will be held from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the East Learning Lab in the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Preregistration is required. The Pikes Peak Library District offers other computer program classes at various library locations.

Resume Writing Workshop

Jan. 17 and every 1st & 3rd Thursdays – Learn methods to write an impressive resume and attract the attention of potential employers. Offered through the Army Community Service program, this class shares information and resources from the ACS Employment Readiness Program and Army Volunteer Corps. Preregistration is required. Workshops are held at the ACS Center, 6303 Wetzel Ave. Building 1526, Fort Carson.

Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning: How to Protect Your Assets, Your Wishes . . .

Jan. 31 – Spend an evening with attorney Paul Mason, who will explain his “proven” method to estate planning. Join Mason for this free workshop and complimentary dinner. Bring your spouse and adult children. Dinner and program start at 6 p.m. and will be held at Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, 1805 Briargate Parkway. Registration is required. This workshop is sponsored by Brad Lundberg, CFP, AAMS with Edward Jones.

The Art of Al B. Johnson

From Jan. 4 through March, see the work of Al B. Johnson at the Plaza of the Rockies. Johnson considers himself a latter-day expressionist, expressing himself through bold composition and heavy texture. The exhibit is offered free through the Cottonwood Center for the Arts and Plaza of the Rockies. Plaza of the Rockies is located at 515 S Cascade Ave.

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Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

Open year-round, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is dedicated to tracking all history of Colorado Springs and the area. Admission is always free. Take part in one of the Windows of History tours offered on a regular basis, or book your own tour. The museum is open Tuesdays – Saturdays, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., although closed on national holidays. It is located at 215 S. Tejon St.

Colorado Springs is a diverse community where there’s always something happening. We, at the Johnson Team, love Briargate and Colorado Springs, and we’re proud to live here. Whether you are looking for information regarding the area, things to do, or need help navigating the real estate market here, we’re happy to help. Contact the Johnson Team today!

Sincerely,

The Verblio Team