Here's a look at some of the best events happening around the Pikes Peak region during the next week:
- What a weekend: gems and minerals, mastadons and mammoths, and gold panning. The Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 Northgate Blvd., teams with the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society for its 51st annual Gem and Mineral Show. Gold Prospectors of Colorado will teach you how to gold pan. And what about those mastodons and mammoths? There are bones, fossils and remains from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's Snow Mastodon Project excavation and an Ice Age giant sloth. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $5, children under 13 free, wmmi.org, 488-0880
-There are a variety of concerts happening this weekend around town. Including:
- From 5 to 8 p.m. Friday stroll out to ArtWalk in Old Colorado City. Tour over a dozen art galleries & studios throughout Old Colorado City. Get behind-the-scenes glimpses of artists at work.
- Summer Concert Series Kickoff, 3-8:30 p.m., with Jake Loggins Band, rock, at 5 p.m., That 80s Band, rock, at 7 p.m.
- 7 p.m. Fridays 601 N. Tejon St., 328-1125, graceststephensepiscopal.org, Mango fan Django
- 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, 476-2200, TBA
- It's a living history lesson Saturday when the Shades of Brown Festival celebrates the African Diaspora, the splitting up of the African continent's tribes and groups around the globe who nevertheless maintained their music and heritage. Headliner is The Hazel Miller Band and musicians will be featured from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Mission Trace Shopping Center, 3119 S. Academy Blvd., 591-0810. Also featured: African drumming and dancing, food and children's activities. Free.
- Super Why and Clifford the Big Red Dog are ready to flip the switch to summer. The popular PBS Kids cartoon characters will help host the Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest on Saturday in Acacia Park. About 5,500 people showed up last summer, says Barb Van Hoy, events coordinator for Rocky Mountain PBS. The fourth year of the free downtown family event offers more than 50 booths, two bounce houses and live entertainment aimed at the pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade crowd. The opening ceremony for the Uncle Wilber Fountain starts at 10:45 a.m. and the fountain officially starts flowing at 11 a.m. More details here.
- If the sounds of Wilco's "Sky Blue Sky" fill the air at First & Main Town Center on Saturday, glance at the parking lot where the First Saturday Car Show hosts the Pikes Peak Volkswagen Club. The music group's song was popularized in the VW "Sweet Air" commercials. Show time is 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday in the Dick's Sporting Goods west parking lot, Powers Boulevard and South Carefree Circle. Sip a cuppa Joe and try some breakfast goodies from Whole Foods. The show is free. firstandmaintowncenter.com
- Roughly a year ago, on June 11, a forest fire began ravaging Black Forest, burning down 488 homes and killing two people. In the wake of Colorado's most destructive fire, Black Forest resident Amanda Davis founded Crosses for Losses as a way to help rebuild her community. A music benefit, put together by local musician Bill Elliott on Saturday and Sunday at The Spirit Keeper, a bar owned by Shari Warren in Black Forest, will raise money for the nonprofit. With music by Hubbub, West Bound Headed East, The Brontide Effect, The Wandered, Back Road Horizons, Alyssa Lodge, Chauncy Crandall, Jason Miller, The Hopeful Heroines and Eric Madrid, noon-midnight Saturday and 2-7 p.m. Sunday, The Spirit Keeper, 11627 Black Forest Road, Black Forest, $5, $3 with nonperishable food item. More details here.
- They'll be revving up the motorcycles Sunday for the Pikes Peak Fallen Officers Memorial Ride in honor of peace officers killed in the line of duty and to fundraise for a memorial to be built in Memorial Park. Registration at 8 a.m. Sunday at Cowboys, 25 N. Tejon St., and riders will stop at the Falcon Wal-Mart, Rockyard Grill in Castle Rock and O'Malley's in Palmer Lake, ending up back at Cowboys. $20 for riders, $5 for passengers, ppfomr.com
- Put on your silliness - and your red nose - and help Millibo Art Theatre celebrate its first year in the Ivywild neighborhood at 1626 S. Tejon St. Don't be bashful. Join the Red Nose Sunday fun from noon to 5 p.m.: a Big Bubble play area, circus games, ice cream sundaes, roving entertainers and stilt walkers, music and, at 2 p.m. sharp, be part of the goofy keepsake Red Nose Group Portrait. Free. themat.org, 465-6321
- Watch kids ages 7 through 17 go barrelling down Costilla Hill in race cars they built during the annual Pikes Peak Soap Box Derby. Action goes from 8 a.m. to finish; the hay bale-lined hill is east of downtown on Costilla Street between Wahsatch Avenue and El Paso Street. The winners qualify to go to Akron, Ohio, to the international event. ppsbd.com
- If you cannot get enough live music this weekend, check out Jazz in June. Various musical acts include Dixie Q, Swing Factory Big Band, Colorado Springs Community Big Band and A Pick, A Stick and A Chick + 1, 2 p.m, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, woodlandmusicseries.org
THURSDAY, JUNE 12
- Remember that giant question mark outside a bank? Or the 17-foot, slightly ajar door standing alone on a hill? It's time for 12 new Art on the Streets selections that will be in place downtown for the next year. The launch party is open to everyone, 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. There will be Bristol beer, wine and snacks, music and performances to go along with the art and an honor for the late Judy Noyes of Chinook Bookshop. Free, downtowncs.com, 886-0088. See story on Sunday in Life.
Compiled by Linda Navarro, firstname.lastname@example.org, 636-0374