InformationAll Library facilities will be closed on Saturday, July 4. Happy Independence Day!

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U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Lifetime Arts

Learn how to paint with acrylics to create your own artwork with artist Robert Schmitz. Upon completion of the eight-week class, students will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Sand Creek Library.

This class series, presented by Creative Aging in America’s Libraries, is free and all supplies will be furnished. Registration is required. Participants must be 55 or older. To register, call (719) 389-8968 or drop by any PPLD library.

  • When: Thursdays, August 6 to September 24 from 1 - 3 pm.
  • Where: Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.

Creative Aging in America’s Libraries is supported by a National Leadership Grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services in collaboration with Lifetime Arts, Inc., AARP Foundation, American Library Association and Westchester Library System.

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Shedding Light by Clarence Shivers

View the work of Clarence Shivers from July 7 until the end of the month in the Gallery @ Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

There will be a special opening reception on Sunday, July 12 at 2 p.m. The reception will feature “Celebrating an Extraordinary Woman,” a tribute to Peggy Shivers and an unveiling of a sculpture by artist Alice Ann Ochs.

There will also be music and refreshments.

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Colorado Springs Diversity Forum

Colorado Springs Diversity Forum’s 9th annual “Everybody Welcome™” is a free multi-cultural festival highlighting our rich diversity. It began in 2007 and now will be held indoors for the first time. Shirley Murdock, Sherryl Renee, the Zapp Band, MC Shed Garrett, and the Wounded Warrior Band headline a family-friendly evening of fun, food, and funk!

Together with The Funk Center, Colorado Springs Conservatory, Peak Education, and local school districts, CSDV has included a musical instrument drive enabling more schools to provide instruments for students who can’t afford them and collectively impact the musical diversity in our community.

Admittance is free, but tickets are required. Parking is $5. Tickets are available in advance at Pikes Peak Center and Broadmoor World Arena box offices.

  • When: Sat., July 11 from 7 - 11 p.m.
  • Where: Broadmoor World Arena, 1 Lake Ave.

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Stars

Curious about the summer night sky? Join Astronomer and former NASA Consultant Kevin Manning for an exciting and educational adventure through our universe. The program begins with and indoor presentation lasting about 1½ hours and finishes with a trip outside to view celestial objects through a telescope (weather permitting).

No registration is required for this free program designed for ages 8 and up.

  • When: Sat., July 25 from 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Teen plays guitar

This talent contest is for teens entering grades 6 - 12. Perform a song vocally or with an instrument. Recite a poem or perform a scene from your favorite script. Whatever your talent is, share it! Grand prize includes gifts from businesses such as The Bookman, The Climb Books, Patsy's Candies, Garden of the Gods Trading Post, and Savelli’s Pizza, Pasta, and Subs!

Registration is required. Click here to register.

  • When: Sat., July 18 from 4 - 5:45 p.m.
  • Where: Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Rd., Cascade

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Steve Gosling

Steve Gosling is a world-renowned, award-winning photographer from northern England. He is visiting Colorado in July 2015 for lectures and workshops hosted by the Colorado Photography Learning Group. Steve was recently named one of the top inspirational photographers by Ready Steady Pro and is featured in the June 2015 edition of Practical Photography Magazine.

He will be presenting two lectures as part of this program:

  • Exploding the Myths of Landscape Photography: 10 a.m. - noon
  • Lunch Break: noon - 1 p.m.
  • Shot through the Heart (Landscape Photography): 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • When: Sat., July 11 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
  • Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at door
  • For more information and to purchase tickets, visit meetup.com/cplg_cos or call (719) 260-6637.

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Wind chime

In each of these hands-on workshops, learn how to use items around your house to make decorative outdoor yard art.

Each program takes place at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Supplies will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Must be 16 years of age.

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Institute of Museum and Library Services and Lifetime Arts, Inc.

Learn the art and science of photography in this series of eight weekly classes taught by Charlie Mussi. Participants will learn the technical fundamentals of using their own cameras or phones, share tips and techniques, and explore their artist vision through discussions, projects and homework assignments.

This class series, presented by Creative Aging in America’s Libraries, is free and all supplies will be furnished. Registration is required. Participants must be 55 or older. To register, call (719) 389-8968 or drop by any PPLD library.

Creative Aging in America’s Libraries is supported by a National Leadership Grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services in collaboration with Lifetime Arts, Inc., AARP Foundation, American Library Association and Westchester Library System.

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Through The Golden Lotus Foundation's Asian Tales & Enrichment Program, participants will gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Asian heritage and traditions. Each class will consist of an Asian theme tale or activity conducted by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (APISU) members, followed by an activity of arts, crafts, or game. Each class is 1 1/2 hours.

Age 4 - 8
Session 1a: July 7, 8, 9, and 10
Session 2a: July 21, 22, 23, and 24
Session 3a: August 4, 5, 6, and 7
Age 9 - 13 Session 1b: July 14, 15, 16, and 17
Session 2b: July 28, 29, 30, and 31
Session 3b: August 11, 12, 13, and 14

1. Participants ages 4 - 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult 21 years and older; 9 - 13 years old need signed waiver.

2. Location: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

3. Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

4. Children can bring their favorite stuff animal to class. Quilted mats are provided for children to sit or lie down during story time. Parents can join their children on the mats or sit in chairs.

5. Registration Fees:

  • $70.00 per student, per session for (4) classes (to help offset the cost of supplies), prepaid; no refunds for unattended sessions. Full refund on cancellation requested before first session.
  • $20.00 per student drop-in.
  • Cash or check payable to Golden Lotus Foundation.

6. No charge for parents accompanying participants. An adult 21 years or older needs to sign Liability and Photo Release form for each student.

7. Limited number of scholarships available by submitting a paragraph explaining need. Please submit your request through email at info@GoldenLotusFoundation.org, or mail to Golden Lotus Foundation, 4645 Star Ranch Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. Please allow 2 weeks for reply, state the Session(s) desired to attend.

Offering this enrichment program relies on a minimum number of (5) students participating.

Please contact Jennifer Huang, Director with any questions, jhuang@uccs.edu or (719) 231-0911.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Have your own art show at one of the 12 PPLD art galleries.

The Pikes Peak Library District Art Evaluation Committee will be jurying art for future 1 - 2 month individual shows. Interested artists should bring five representative pieces of their body of work in show-ready format (matted, framed, and wired for photos, drawings, prints, etc.; wired for other 2D or 3D art). All submissions must include a completed Art Exhibit Application.

Submissions will be accepted on Wed., July 22 from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla Street. Pick up your submissions the same day from 3:30 - 5 p.m.

For more information, call Carol Brunk Harnish at (719) 531-6333, x2332 or email charnish@ppld.org.

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