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Weekend things to do: Full Moon Hike, bear fun run, African American spirituals, Veterans Day Parade and more

November 1, 2017 Updated: November 3, 2017 at 9:43 pm
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photo - The Bear Creek Nature Center hosted a 3K Bear Run along its nature trails in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Dozens of participants dressed in bear costumes ran the trails to raise funding for the Bear Creek Nature Center. Photo by Daniel Owen.
The Bear Creek Nature Center hosted a 3K Bear Run along its nature trails in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Dozens of participants dressed in bear costumes ran the trails to raise funding for the Bear Creek Nature Center. Photo by Daniel Owen. 

Here's a look at some of our favorite events happening around Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and the rest of Colorado the next few days.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

- The big tent in the Citadel mall parking lot is filled with a "water circus" and contortionists. Cirque Italia, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., tickets $30-40, cirqueitalia.comRead our preview.

FRIDAY

- Lyric baritone Robert Sims, acclaimed for interpretations of African American spirituals, has performed in concert at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He sings with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Brink and the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale as part of the Shivers Concert Series, 6:30 p.m. at Hotel Elegante. Pre-concert social hour and artist reception follows the concert. $55, ppld.org/shivers-concert. Free workshop for students, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

- An evening of laughs with comedian Tom Papa, 7:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets: $36, csfineartscenter.orgRead our preview.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

- A sure sign of ski season: Warren Miller's 68th ski and snowboard film, "Line of Descent." A who's who of winter athletes travel the world for their sports. 8 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $24.75. axs.com/events/342198/warren-miller-tickets.

SATURDAY

- The bears are out. Big, sort-of-bad bears. Silly bears. Bear families in their running gear. Have no fear. Wear your favorite bear suits for the 3K Bear Fun Run/Walk starting with some pre-run bear actitivities at 10 a.m., at Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. It's a goofy charity fun run/walk to benefit the nature center. First-time runners will get a bear suit to keep. Returning runners can register at a discount. $10-60. elpasocountynaturecenters.com.

- An opportunity to thank local vets at the annual Veterans Day Parade, Boulder Street to Vermijo Avenue down Tejon Street, 9:30 a.m. cosvetsparade.org. Read our preview.

- Come visit Garden of the Gods when the full Beaver Moon lights up the sky just as it reaches the closest distance to Earth. Join the Full Moon Hike at 6:30 p.m. from the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center,1805 N. 30th St.

- A quiet time in this noisy world, a Forest Meditation of "mindful walking and meditation" hosted by Catamount Institute and Rocky Mountain Insight, 11 a.m. to noon, 740 W. Caramillo St. All experience levels, children 11 and older. $10 donations support Catamount Institute's nature programs.

- See the creative work of the young new filmmakers of the Youth Documentary Academy when they premiere their productions, seating before 6:30 p.m. at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Donations $10, $4 for students. Reserve seats: csfineartscenter.org.

- The timeless beauty of Puccini's "La Boheme" opens Opera Colorado's season with performances through Nov. 15 at Denver's Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Ticket availability: operacolorado.org.

- They're going for the laughs at the Hunger Games Improv Laffoff with competitors Improvasaurus, Improv Colorado and Stick Horses in Pants. The fun benefits Care & Share Food Bank. Show time 7:30 p.m. at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive. Tickets $10 plus ticketing fee, stargazerstheatre.com.

- Army at Air Force football at Falcon Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS-SN/740 AM. Air Force has beaten Army 18 times in 20 games. Watch for the flyovers before the game. Game preview here.

SUNDAY

- Sometimes when memory is lost, the past comes alive in the creative expressions shown in art. Opening reception for the month-long Alzheimer's Association Memories in the Making Art Exhibit is 2-4 p.m. at East Branch Library Gallery, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Music by the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale. Proceeds from art sold will go to the association for the search for a cure for dementia.

- The late Jerry Teske was a beloved member of the area music community, and his "Joy of Living" will be celebrated by one of the groups he helped found, Abendmusik, at 3 p.m. with music written or arranged by him. Free. Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. abendmusikchorus.org.

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