Westside Briefs:
Literacy Center needs volunteer tutors

       The Children's Literacy Center is seeking volunteers, ages 14 and older, to tutor children in reading.
       Those interested can sign up for a training session Jan. 18, 19 or 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. There is no charge.
       Tutoring for each child will be on a one-to-one basis, two hours a week, according to Pamela Polke, director of the Westside-based nonprofit agency.
       Tutors are trained in the Peak Reader curriculum, which helps children in grades 1 through 6 who have fallen below their class level in reading.
       For more information, call 471-8672.
       Simpich's 'Andersen'
       The Simpich Showcase Marionette Theatre, 2413 W. Colorado Ave., will present its original play, The Hans Christian Andersen Storybook, for the 2011 winter season.
       The run will be Jan. 21 to March 20. With occasional exceptions, performances are 7 p.m. Fridays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.
       Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $10 for children, except Wednesdays ($9 for all seats). Reservations are recommended, either by phoning the box office at 465-2492 or at simpich.com.
       Featuring puppets hand-made by writer/solo performer David Simpich, “Storybook” interweaves seven of Andersen's classic fairy tales.
       Meals on Wheels open
       The Silver Key Meals on Wheels program is accepting new clients in 2011.
       According to a press release, “the program serves Colorado Springs-area seniors ages 60 and older and offers hot, nutritious meal delivery on five- and seven-day meal plans. Seniors are also visited by community volunteers who deliver the meals and offer companionship.”
       There is a fee, but individual income situations are considered. For more information, call 884-2330.
       Silver Key is a nonprofit, Westside-based agency.

Westside Pioneer/press releases