Westside Briefs:
Posse to hear McFarland railroad talk

       Local historian Mel McFarland will give a railroad talk to the Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners Monday, Jan. 11.
       Titled “Fred Who? A Look at Food Service on the Colorado Midland Railway, 1887-1918,” the presentation will be preceded by dinner at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 1130 Panorama Drive.
       The public is invited. The catered dinner preceding the presentation costs $15. Advance reservations are necessary at 473-0330.
       McFarland has written several books on railroading in the Pikes Peak region. He is also a columnist for three area weekly newspapers, including the Westside Pioneer.
       Formed in 1976, the Pikes Peak Posse is an “outfit” (chapter) in an international nonprofit organization whose purpose is “fun and scholarship related to the American frontier West,” according to a Posse brochure.
       The Children's Literacy Center is seeking volunteers, age 14 or older, to provide one-to-one tutoring to students needing help in reading.
       Training sessions, lasting 3 ½ hours each, will be offered Jan. 19-21. Prospective tutors only need to attend class one of those days. The location for the training is the Children's Literacy Center, 2928 Straus Lane, Suite 100.
       Using the Literacy Center's established Peak Reader curriculum, tutors work with students on a two-hour-a-week basis. New tutors need to be trained by Feb. 1.
       For more information or to sign up for training, call 471-8672 or go to peakreader.org.
       Volunteer drivers are needed at Silver Key Senior Services to help support its individualized ridership program.
       With additional volunteer help, the agency will be “gearing up to provide additional rides to people aged 60 and older,” said Paul Koch, the Westside-based non- profit agency's resource development director.
       Volunteer drivers must be age 25 to 70, with a current license and a good driving record. A minimum of four hours a day is requested.
       Silver Key provides rides for seniors across much of western El Paso County on a donation-only basis.
       “The program is designed to help prevent older people from becoming socially isolated; and to maintain access to medical care, grocery shopping and congregate meal programs,” Koch said. He added that, “as city-wide transportation changes and cutbacks occur, Silver Key is determined to help minimize the effects on Colorado Springs seniors, thus the necessity for additional volunteer drivers.”
       For more information, prospective volunteers can call Lorri Orwig at 884-2313, and seniors needing rides can call Silver Key Transportation at 884-2380.
       Karen Cullen will announce her candidacy as a Republican for House District 18 Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Gold Hill Mesa Clubhouse, 142 South Raven Mine Drive.
       The reception will begin at 10 a.m. Attendees are asked to RSVP at 440-3539 or at citizensforkarencullen@yahoo.com.
       Cullen is a small-business owner (a software consulting firm and a bed and breakfast in Manitou Springs).
       A Democrat, Pete Lee, announced his candidacy last fall. The current state representative, Michael Merrifield, also a Democrat, is term-limited after this year. The election is in November.
       The Gospel Music Workshop of America (Colorado Springs Chapter) will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Day Celebration Sunday, Jan. 17 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1 S. Walnut St.
       The event, free and open to the public, will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the theme of “Unity in the Community.”
       For more information, call Rev. Dennis Mose at 217-6152.

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