Westside Briefs:
Historic ‘Happy Hour’ at center

       Before Colorado City “went dry” in 1913, Jacob Schmidt was a prominent beer hall owner, whose building still stands on Colorado Avenue. His memory will be renewed in liquid style with the “Happy Hour at Jake's Saloon” event at the Old Colorado City History Center Saturday, March 3 from 4 to 6 p.m.
       The event will include a Schmidt impersonator and samples of beer, wine and homemade root beer.
       Also on hand will be an enactor of Carry Nation, a pre-Prohibition leader of the national temperance movement, according to a press release from the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), the volunteer group that owns and operates the center.
       A fundraiser for the OCCHS, the event will also have a silent auction with about 40 donated items, featuring several with historic value. Among these are items from the History Center's artifacts collection, such as pharmaceutical bottles, a brass mortar and pestle, apothecary jar and arch scale, said Barbara Barbaro of the OCCHS.
       Admission cost is $10.
       The History Center is at 1 S. 24th St. For more information, call 636-1225.
       Live chickens in program
       Several live chickens will be on display Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.,
       The program, organized by the Old Colorado City Library, is free and open to the public.
       Including interactive activities, the program will feature Laura Foye, who raises chickens in Falcon.

A fire danger sign recently went up at Fire Station 9, at 622 W. Garden of the Gods Road.
Courtesy of Colorado Springs Fire Department

       Fire danger signs up
       Wondering about the fire danger in the open lands bordering the Westside?
       Now you can find out by checking the new signs at local fire stations, which show if the threat is low, moderate, high, very high or extreme.
       The signs, which are being installed citywide at fire stations as well as various community sites, were obtained a few weeks ago through a grant from the Colorado Division of Emergency Management.
       They're already in place at the Westside's Stations 3 and 9, with one on the way for Station 5.
       “These signs will act as a visual reminder to residents that we all need to think about fire safety.” said Christina Randall, wildfire mitigation administrator for the Colorado Springs Fire Department. “Fire danger is an issue for us year-round, not just during the summer.”

Westside Pioneer/press releases