Westside Briefs:
Square-dancing begins at center

       “Old Tyme Barn Dancing,” a square-dancing night led by long-time area caller Merell Folsom, will begin being offered at the Westside Community Center , 1628 W. Bijou St., on the first Friday of every month.
       The first will be Friday, March 5, from 7 to 9 p.m.
       The cost is $2.50 a person, with all proceeds going to city community centers, according to Brian Kates, who directs the Westside and Meadows Park centers.
       For more information, call him at 385-7942.
       The Westside's Cub Scout Pack 24 will hold its annual Blue and Gold Celebration Thursday, Feb. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at West Elementary, 25 N. 20th St.
       There will be a potluck dinner, awards and entertainment by the Matoska Dancers.
       For more information, call 659-1671.
       City crews will give Fairview Cemetery on South 26th Street its post-holiday season clean-up March 1-15. In advance, people are encouraged to remove items from gravesites and headstones they wish to save, according to William DeBoer, cemeteries manager.
       Beginning March 9, Colorado Springs Utilities customers can call a toll-free telephone number - 1-888-CSU-OTIS (One Touch Information Service) - to receive updated information on power outages in their area, or to report one.
       Information will include confirmation that Colorado Springs Utilities is aware of the outage, the estimated duration of the outage, the number of customers affected and information on the cause of the outage (if known), and an option to request a return call when an outage has been restored.
       According to Utilities, “The effectiveness and accuracy of the system relies heavily on current customer account information, especially phone numbers. Therefore, Utilities asks customers to ensure their account information is up-to-date by visiting the online account management section at www.csu.org, or by calling 448-4800.”
       A free mobile H1N1 flu vaccination clinic, offered through an El Paso County partnership with Peak Vista Community Health Centers and the Ronald McDonald Caremobile, will be offered the next two Mondays (March 1 and 8) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Department of Human Services, 105 N. Spruce St.

Westside Pioneer/press releases