Updated: May 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm
Here are some of the top events happening in the Colorado Springs area over the next few days:
- Why have only one church organ concert when you can have three - in one night? The Colorado Springs Chapter of the American Guild of Organists takes to the keyboards for its special Progressive Organ Recital starting at 6:30 p.m. The 30-minute concerts begin at Grace & St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St., move to Shove Chapel on the Colorado College campus, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., at 7:15 p.m., and conclude with an 8 p.m. concert and dessert reception at First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St. Details: Free, 598-9362, agohq.org/chapters/coloradosprings
- Year 11 for the Sunny Vista Living Center Art Show and Silent Auction is the biggest one ever. More than 100 pieces from the juried art show will be on display and for sale and the proceeds go into a fund benefiting residents of Sunny Vista, 2445 E. Cache La Poudre St. The show and sale, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., also includes hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer. Juror for the local and regional art was Thomas J. Owens, who will announce the top awards during the show. Details: Free, 471-8700, sunnyvista.org
- It's unarmed combat at its toughest when Annihilation 51 MMA Cage Fights kick, spin and smash into City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the pro and amateur mixed martial arts competition. Details: $25-45, 660-3234, coloradomma.com
- Harley Hogs will be revving up in every state for Ride 4 The Fallen, a charity fundraiser for the Military Veteran Project honoring fallen members of the military. Join the local ride at Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson, 5867 N. Nevada Ave., with registration at 8 a.m. and a ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Each participant represents a fallen hero and carries that person's photo on the ride through Garden of the Gods, west to Cripple Creek, then back to the Springs. Details: $15, 278-2300, militaryveteranproject.org
- It's a hummingbird festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 N. Cheyenne Canon Road, free; 385-6086, cheyennecanon.org. Free shuttle service from Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School, starting at 9:45 a.m., leaves every 30 minutes, 1200 W. Cheyenne Road. The male broad-tailed hummingbirds arrived around Tax Day, just in time to scout out territory for their summer homes in North Cheyenne Canon. Read more here.
- And how many birdies can you recognize? Get ready for this: As many as 250 species of birds can be spotted during the height of spring migration along Fountain Creek. Improve your bird-identifying skills with an informative lesson from the experts at the Fountain Creek Bird Count, 7-11 a.m. at the Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Peppergrass Lane in Fountain. Reservations required. Details: $5,520-6745, elpasoco.com
- Learn about "The Art of Song" and the power of speech and music at the Abendmusik spring concert, which covers everything from madrigals to the work of Judy Collins to poetry. The music education class by the auditioned choir begins at 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St. Details: Free, 362-7900, abendmusikchorus.org
- The Cave Singers play at 7 p.m. Sunday, Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., $15; ticketfly.com, ivywildschool.com. More details here.
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- Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages, it's circus time. Three rings of big top action will feature a human cannonball, clowns, jugglers and exotic animals. Riders will tempt fate in the Globe of Death. The Al Kaly Shrine Circus presented by Jody Jordan has shows at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road. Details: $7-40, 635-1101, thejordanworldcircus.com
- Spend Wednesday nights through September in a lush garden, surrounded by flowers and trees and live music, courtesy of the Groove in the Garden concert series. Kicking off the 2014 summer concert season at Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute St., is bluesman Jake Loggins. Buy a Hawaiian-style barbecue supper to team with your Bristol brew, then sit back and groove to the music, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., rain or shine. Details: Admission $5, 520-9463, hillside gardens.net.
Compiled by Linda Navarro, firstname.lastname@example.org, 636-0374