THRILLS

Sunday January 1 Call of the wild: Feel the urge to spend the first day of 1995 communing with nature? Leave the driving to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service--the agency offers a special holiday version of its free Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Bus Tours, beginning today at 2 p.m. During the two-hour trip, you may spot anything from a mule deer to a coyote to a regal bald eagle; in addition, the refuge features an Eagle Watch, also free and open daily from 3 p.m. until dusk, where visitors can ogle the national bird through spotting scopes and on closed-circuit TV screens. To reserve a spot on the bus, call 289-0232; no reservations are needed at the viewing area. Tours leave from the West Gate, 72nd and Quebec; access the Eagle Watch by taking I-70 to Chambers Rd., north to 56th Ave., east to Buckley Rd., and north 12 mi. to the entrance.

Monday January 2 Kaddish in the woods: Since before the turn of the century, the Santa Fe-Taos area of New Mexico has been a mecca for artists, who escaped to the dry, crisp air, rustic atmosphere and subtle coloration of the region. The New Mexico Art Colony: Jewish Artists and Patrons, 1875-1960, opening today at the Mizel Museum of Judaica, 560 S. Monaco Pkwy., explores the work of an integral group within the burgeoning Southwestern arts community that included Leon Kroll, Paul Strand, Ira Moskowitz (an illustrator who saw similarities between members of Hasidic communities and the New Mexican Native Americans he drew), Louis Ribak, Dora Kaminsky, Alfred Rogoway and many others. Featuring around fifty works ranging from traditional landscapes to modern abstractions, the exhibition can be seen through March 26. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. on January 9; call 333-4156 for information.

Tuesday January 3 They win, you win: If your list of New Year's resolutions included a vow to do your part by using public transportation more often, are you ever in luck. Sunday marked the beginning of RTD's Ride-n-Win Contest, a series of monthly drawings to thank the mass-transit network's faithful--and even not-so-faithful--riders. Fun prizes include shopping sprees at King Soopers, Las Vegas vacations, Winter Park lift tickets, Colorado Lottery tickets and round-trip fares on Continental Airlines, as well as a slew of free RTD passes, ticket books and ride coupons--100 prizes in all will be given out in every drawing. You may enter only once each month; entry forms can be picked up on any RTD bus. For additional information call 299-6000.

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