Westside Briefs:
Miramont Castle talk at History Center

       A presentation on Manitou Springs' Miramont Castle is scheduled at the Old Colorado City History Center Friday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m..
       Built in the 1890s, the castle was originally the home of a wealthy Catholic priest and is now owned by the Manitou Springs Historical Society.
       Castle staff and volunteers will give the presentation.
       There is no charge, although donations are welcome.
       The History Center is at 1 S. 24th St. For more information, call 636-1225.
       Centennial extension talk
       City transportation planner Kathleen Krager will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Mesa Springs Community Association Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Mercy Center, 1440 Cooper St.
       Krager will talk about the Centennial Boulevard extension, which is masterplanned to pass just west of the existing Mesa Springs neighborhood and through it from Fontanero Street to the I-25 interchange.
       “If you're interested in such issues as noise, traffic flow, the ability to get from one end of the neighborhood to another and the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, you need to attend this meeting,” states the current newsletter for the association.
       Mesa Springs is the older neighborhood west of I-25 between Fillmore and Uintah streets.
       Section 16 hike Jan. 8
       The Palmer Land Trust is inviting people to join a “celebratory hike” of Section 16 Saturday, Jan. 8.
       Palmer staff will gather at the Gold Camp Road trailhead at 10 a.m. The hike will be preceded by a “quick welcome and thank you to the community,” according to a press release.
       The 640-acre mountainside parcel, which borders the Red Rock Canyon and White Acres open space properties was purchased by the City of Colorado Springs in December after years of leasing it from the state. The Palmer Land Trust assisted the effort by successfully fundraising $40,000 for a conservation easement on the property to ensure it will always remain open space.
       The trailhead is about a half-mile southwest of Gold Camp Road's intersection with 26th Street.
       For more information, call 632-3236.
       Sertomans give food
       The Prospectors Sertoma Club boxed and delivered more than 2,000 pounds of food for 28 needy Westside families Dec. 16.
       According to a press release, the Prospectors Sertoma has had an annual Christmas food program since being chartered in 1997.
       Club members raise money through gun shows six times a year.
       Included in the food boxes were canned goods, meats, vegetables, breads, cereals
       For more information about Prospectors Sertoma, contact Karen Nance at 651-0015 or Sylvia Leasure at 630-3976.

Westside Pioneer/press releases