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January 6, 2022 – El Paso county Recreation Services announces events for January and February, 2022. Please register online: For more information, contact Theresa Odello, El Paso County Recreation and Cultural Services Manager: 719.520.6981 |

First Aid, CPR, AED Classes

Tuesday, January 25, 6:00 to 7:45 p.m., Fountain Creek Nature Center

This American Red Cross Certification course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children, and infants. The blended learning course includes an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skill session. Participants must be 16 years or older: $80, prepaid registration required.

El Paso County’s 4th Annual Hobby Wine Competition *Event has been canceled*

Do you make your own wine? Are you interested entering your wine in a competition to get valuable feedback on your wines from an experienced judging panel? Enter your best homemade wines in the El Paso County Winter Hobby Wine Competition. All entries must be submitted to Fermentations by February 5, 2022; cost is $10 per entry. Entries can also be dropped off at The Brew Hut in Aurora by February 5 at 12 noon. All proceeds from the competition and the awards reception will go to the Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers, a 501(c)3 organization, and will support environmental education programs in El Paso County. For more information, call 719-520-6981 or email, or

Wine Tasting Event and Awards Reception *Event has been canceled*

Saturday, February 19, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs

This special event is open to everyone (over 21), whether you make your own wine or just appreciate wine. Come to Bear Creek Nature Center to sample various commercial wines, enjoy light appetizers and live music by Melange Duo, explore nature center exhibits, and mingle with others who appreciate wine. The Hobby Wine Competition Awards will be presented at this special event. $20 per person, or $15 for members of El Paso County Nature Centers: pre-registration required.