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What's New!

Dragon Theatre Productions

For over eight years, Dragon Theatre Productions, a program of Imagination Celebration, has brought hundreds of members from our community together to create an annual summer theatre show for the Pikes Peak region. Anyone who can make the rehearsal commitment gets a part, and roles are customized to best showcase each actor’s ability. This unique community-inclusive theatre model provides opportunities for many actors who would typically be excluded from other performance opportunities.

Dragon Theatre Productions will be performing two family-friendly plays this summer at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.:

  • Peter Pan, a new adaptation by Angie Kinnett based on the book by J.M. Barrie
  • What Color Is That Dress?, an original play by Cyndi Parr based on the 2015 dress meme

The two shows feature 50 actors who auditioned this year, as well as the creative talents of an additional 60 volunteers who contribute offstage. Each performance runs just over an hour, so audiences can come to see one or both in the same day, and participate in fun activities between the shows.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door, online at dragontheatreproductions.org, or by calling (719) 597-3344, x4.

Schedule:

  • Sat., Aug. 8: Peter Pan at 11 a.m.; What Color Is That Dress? at 2 p.m.
  • Sun., Aug. 9: What Color Is That Dress? at 1 p.m.; Peter Pan at 4 p.m.
  • Fri., Aug. 14: What Color Is That Dress? at 7 p.m.
  • Sat., Aug. 15: Peter Pan at 7 p.m.
  • Sun., Aug. 16: Peter Pan at 1 p.m.; What Color Is That Dress? at 4 p.m.

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Dr. Wayne Buessing

Dr. Wayne Buessing of Dominion Chiropractic will give a free finger x-ray bone density scan to people over 40 years of age. The finger x-ray is considered more accurate than the boot bone scan. Results will be given immediately and you may ask the doctor questions. Your business will not be solicited. This is a walk-in clinic, reservations are not necessary.

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Interact one-on-one with renowned local storyteller and Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Emeritus Price Strobridge from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 22, and 29 in the bay area of Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

  • Bring a word and get a poem or a story
  • Get help with poetry writing
  • Be entertained and amazed!

In the PPLD TV video below, Strobridge recites his poem "Dreamhead" and briefly discusses the common "shape" his poems have.

To learn more about Strobridge's life and work, click here.

"I got my degree / In poetry / From PPLD."

~Price Strobridge

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Food by the Book

Open to ages 12 and up. Only 30 spots available, so register soon! Call (719) 531-6333, x2665 to make a reservation. For those with food allergies, please be aware that samples may contain allergens.

The Health Benefits of Chocolate presented by Julie Pech
Julie Pech, owner of The Chocolate Therapist chocolate and tea shop in Littleton, CO, presents a delicious program about the health benefits of chocolate! Julie will provide tips on incorporating chocolate into your daily diet, along with delicious samples from her store.

  • Sat., Aug. 8 at 1:30 p.m. – East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

High Altitude Baking presented by Randi Levin, The Muffin Lady
Join Randi Levin, aka The Muffin Lady, for tips and tricks that are sure to help Coloradans with high altitude baking! An expert in High Altitude baking and cooking, Randi will share her secrets and advice, along with samples of her recipes.

  • Sat., Aug. 15 at 1:30 p.m. – East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Southwestern Cooking Demo with Sonterra Grill
Love Southwest cuisine? Join us for a fun and informative cooking demo presented by Sonterra Grill’s Chef Josh! Delicious samples will be provided.

  • Sat., Aug. 22 at 1:30 p.m. – East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Vegan Basics: A Plant Based Diet presented by Katherine Keck
Natural Food Chef Katherine Keck, owner of the Loonie Veggie Cooking Company, LLC, presents a fun and inspiring cooking demo that will get you excited about cooking with vegetables! Learn the health benefits of a plant-based diet, and enjoy samples.

  • Sat., Aug. 29 at 1:30 p.m. – East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

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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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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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Sarah Withee

PPLD's Maker in Residence for June and July is Sarah Withee. She began folding paper as a child, and was introduced to modular origami by Makoto Yamaguchi’s book Kusudama (Origami Ornaments). Thus began a lifelong interest in Japanese paper arts. Sarah has lived in Japan and taken classes in advanced paperfolding and doll making at Tokyo’s Origami Kaikan, and has an extensive library of origami books.

Sarah is an experienced origami instructor who has worked with students from children to senior citizens. She has taught origami at the Japan America Society of Southern Colorado’s Children’s Day for over 10 years, as well as classes for Pikes Peak Library District and private classes. If you have tried learning origami from a book and failed, Sarah knows just how to help you get unstuck!

WORKSHOPS

Origami Cards
In this class, we will learn to fold several models that can serve as decorations for cards. This is a great introduction to origami, and will feature origami butterflies, stars, hearts, and other flat models suitable for cards. All models will be suitable for beginning paperfolders. Registration is required and space is limited. Patron must be 16 years of age to attend.

Origami Ornament
In this class, we will learn to fold the traditional Japanese kusudama, or ornament, from six sheets of paper. This class provides a great introduction to some basic origami folding techniques and gives you a beautiful finished ornament to take home. Registration is required and space is limited.

IN STUDIO HOURS
Sarah will be hosting open studio hours at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), when you can talk to her about her origami and watch her work.

  • Tue., June 23 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Fri., June 26 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Mon., June 29 from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Thu., July 2 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wed., July 8 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Sun., July 12 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Fri., July 17 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Sat., July 18 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Mon., July 20 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Wed., July 22 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Tue., July 28 from 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Wed., July 29 from 1 - 3 p.m.

PREVIOUS MAKERS/ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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PPLD's Local Music Project

The Pikes Peak Region has a vibrant and diverse music scene which contributes and enhances the unique cultural identity of the area. Pikes Peak Library District’s Local Music Project (LMP) aims to connect our community’s talented musicians with listeners, by providing a platform from which artists may be discovered and their music heard.

PPLD's Local Music Project features music, reviews, and information about musicians and music ensembles whose original work has a definitive local connection, being composed, performed, and/or produced or recorded in the Pikes Peak Region. Visitors can gain access to performance calendars, venues, community music partners, as well as to artist’s websites and social media sites.

We look forward to introducing PPLD's Local Music Project to you in late 2015 or early 2016. Stayed tuned for more information and a Call for Submissions!

FAQs

What is LMP?

The Local Music Project, aka LMP, features music, reviews, and information about musicians and music ensembles whose original work has a definitive local connection, being composed, performed, and/or produced or recorded in the Pikes Peak Region. Visitors to this online library can gain access to performance calendars, venues, community music partners, as well as to artist’s websites and music or social media sites.

Why are we doing this?

The Pikes Peak Region has a vibrant and diverse music scene which contributes and enhances the unique cultural identity of the area. PPLD has always been about our community, and we want to reinforce that. LMP is Pikes Peak Library District’s online local music library and aims to connect our community’s talented musicians with listeners, by providing a platform from which artists may be discovered and their music heard by either streaming or by download. We want to offer unique content that is not available in big box stores and support the local music scene.

Who supports this project?

The Pikes Peak Library District is committed to bringing a music database of local musicians and their original music to our patrons. The district has been working with community partners to be named soon.

How much music will be on the site?

Time and resources will determine the answer to this question. As much as we possibly can, of course!

How do you get your music included?

LMP will put out a Call for Submissions. Criteria is yet to be determined. Musicians will be required to sign our contract that allows for permissions for the Library to provide access to their works and archive those works. Musicians will retain their copyrights to their creations.

Disclaimer

Inclusion in any PPLD database does not mean nor imply that the Library evaluates, endorses, or sanctions any group or individual service. The responsibility of choice rests with the users. Although Library staff strive to keep information current, it is possible that specific information within the listing may change at any time or may not represent a full spectrum of the community. Because the database is available to the general public as well as various government and nonprofit institutions, the Library cannot be responsible for any modification or use of the information.

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Out of Nowhere

Join us for this series of free concerts on the lawn of Manitou Springs Library (701 Manitou Ave.) on Tuesday evenings from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic supper, blanket, and lawn chairs! In case of bad weather, concerts will be held in the pavilion at Soda Springs Park on the west side of downtown Manitou Springs.

  • July 28: Out of Nowhere (Bluegrass)
  • Aug 4: Skean Dubh (Neo-traditional Celtic)
  • Aug 11: Charity Shatwell (Power Folk)

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Junk to Joy

Learn how to take common day recyclable items and make them into wonderful and useful art! All programs in this series will be held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Space is limited and registration is required. Patron must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Must have a Makerspace use agreement on file.

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