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Inspiration and Imagination Springing Up Around Pueblo

Spring is in the air. You can tell because the days are getting longer, and crocuses and tulips are peeking out, looking for sun. And Puebloans are coming out of hibernation, looking for something to do.
All this nice weather gets the creative juices flowing, too – sometimes abundantly. As luck would have it, there are plenty of uniquely imaginative activities on tap in April around Pueblo.

First, venture down to Fun Yogurt at 223 S. Union Avenue on Friday, April 6 to watch history being made creatively. Beginning at 1pm, Stephen Smith, a newcomer to Pueblo, will attempt to break a world record by standing atop a “walking globe” for at least 24 hours. What is a walking globe, you ask? Apparently, it’s a big inflatable ball – much bigger than a beach ball – printed to look like Planet Earth.

Smith won’t just be standing around on this giant orb, he’ll be juggling a variety of objects and cajoling passers-by into joining the fun. There will be games, door prizes, hourly specials and, of course, lots of yummy frozen yogurt. Fun Yogurt will stay open for the first 24 hours Smith stays on top of the world, so if you get a midnight craving for tutti-frutti-flavored yogurt, you’ll know where to go. The event will benefit the Pueblo Children’s Chorale.

The next morning, you can check in on Smith’s world record progress then head out to the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo. On Saturday, April 7 from 10am until noon you can join in on a guided bird walk at the center and then participate in a hands-on demonstration by Rebecca Vigil on how to make ceramic birds. There will be lots of clay available for you to create your own unique bird. The program is open to all ages and there is a $5 fee to cover materials. Reserve your space now by calling the Nature and Raptor Center at 549-2414.

Is all that number crunching for the IRS taxing your right brain? Take a break from your accounting chores on Friday, April 13 and attend the Tax Relief Comedy & Magic Show at The Party People at 130 S. Union Avenue at 7pm. Relax with your fellow taxpayers and enjoy an adult-oriented show that combines comedy and magic for a wacky good time. For more information, call The Party People at 544-5607.

The Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center has fun and creative activities for the whole family scheduled throughout the month of April. On Saturday, April 21, Susan Finzel-Aldred, Environmental Coordinator at the Pueblo City-County Health Department, will present Wonderful Water at noon in the Buell Children’s Museum about southern Colorado’s life-giving waterways. Learn how Fountain Creek and the Arkansas River support not only the region’s human inhabitants but a diverse wildlife population as well, and discover ways you can help protect our water supply so that all can continue to benefit. Encore presentations will be held at 12:45 and 1:30pm. Participants will receive a free coloring book and other cool swag. For more information, call 295-7200.

Dance educator Stephen Wynne has joined the Arts Center as the new Artistic Director. Wynne has hit the ground running and has been working with the Sangre de Cristo Ballet, a pre-professional company of dancers, to stage contact…ttyl, a cutting-edge performance that includes the audience in an up-close and personal conversation with the Director afterward.

You can nurture your spiritual and creative side by helping to support Catholic Charities and attending their spring fund-raising event, Espiritu! Reflections of the Soul. Espiritu! is an invitational art show and sale with more than 40 regional artists offering 150 pieces of art for purchase.

Pueblo’s own Bishop Emeritus Arthur Tafoya is heralded as the 2012 featured artist. A reception is planned for Saturday, April 28 at the Olde Towne Carriage House. Call 586-8601 to reserve your seat at the reception and for information on how you could win Bishop Tafoya’s featured painting.

By Patti Freeman-Schreiber

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