Picture city founder Gen. William Palmer and his wife, Queen, in formal attire, welcoming guests into their castle, Glen Eyrie, for a heavenly meal and an evening of chamber music in the Great Hall. Top "A Midwinter Song" off with chocolate-covered strawberries and petit fours. The collaboration between Glen Eyrie Castle, 3820 N. 30th St., and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs begins at 6:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $59-$69, $99-$119 per couple; 265-7050, gleneyrie.org.
When indie music darlings Elephant Revival, from Nederland, bring their socially conscious folk music to venues, sold-out concerts are no rarity. It happened last year when they headlined at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, where they'll kick off their New Years Eve weekend tour at 8 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This quintet wears its heart on its humanitarian sleeve, singing and playing for the Earth and its animals. In fact, the group's name comes from the heartbreaking story of two zoo elephants, forced to separate after 16 years, who died the same day. Tickets are $25 with a processing fee, $30 the day of the show; 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com.
A romantic evening with "The Magic of Christmas" comes to the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., as Jim Brickman arrives with his tour of soothing piano hits. The award-winning (and handsome) soloist will sing "Sending You a Little Christmas," his original song sung by Johnny Mathis. It's from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, $36; 520-SHOW, ticketswest.com.
Kids, dinosaurs and science. No surprise here. The annual Kids Free Day at Dinosaur Resource Center, 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, is a holiday treat from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Marc Staub of "Cool Science" has a variety of science experiments and hands-on activities, including atom smashers, ping-pong ball accelerators and pop-can lightning bolts. It's free for two kids, ages 12 and under, with an adult paying regular admission, $11.50 or $10.50 for seniors. Details: 686-1820, rmdrc.com.
Family fun to bid bye-bye to the old year. Say hello to 2014 wearing your favorite costume as you ice skate on the rink in Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave. "Noon Year's Eve Costume Ice Skate" starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 2:30 p.m.Tuesday. It costs $5, kids 4 and under free with a paying adult. Skate rental is $3. Details: 385-6521, downtowncs.com.
Cinemaholics can laugh their way into the new year with a tradition, the Tuesday night cinema at Shuga's, 702 S. Cascade Ave. New Year's Eve, from 9-11:30 p.m. it's the Paul Rudd-Janeane Garofalo oh-woe-is-me twentysomethings "200 Cigarettes" from 1999. Free and free popcorn. Details: 328-1412, shugas.com.
Compiled by Linda Navarro, email@example.com