Westside Briefs:
2 upcoming History Center programs

       The Old Colorado City History Center will host two programs, six days apart, at the start of March.

This is another view of the model that Richard and John Bock once used to illustrate their plans to develop Red Rock Canyon. The multi-storied buildings at left were to go on the hill where the dog area is now in Red Rock's open space. In the upper middle, what looks like a house off a road by two lakes represents what was then the Bock family home (since gutted and turned into an open-air pavilion). The two lakes, also created by the Bocks, still exist, but with diminishing water. Fundraising is under way to refill them.
Courtesy of Don Ellis

       Coming up Friday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to noon, will be “The Colorful Tale of Buckskin Joe,” presented by Sherry Johns. The program is free to members of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), $5 to nonmembers.
       On Saturday, March 2 will be a free open house displaying Bock Family mementoes. The time frame will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bocks were the last private owners of what is now Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
       Buckskin Joe was a tourist attraction near the Royal Gorge that was originally built in 1957 as a set for Western movies such as Cat Ballou (1965) and The Cowboys (1972), an OCCHS press release states. Eventually 30 authentic buildings were moved to the property from ghost towns around the region. It was closed and sold in 2011.
       For more information, call 636-1225.
       Waldo fire photo exhibit
       “Faces of the Fire” is a photo exhibit opening in Gold Hill Mesa's community center Friday, March 1 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Waldo Canyon Fire.
       The exhibit will be in place through the end of August, free and open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., according to Gold Hill spokesperson Stephanie Edwards.
       The center is at 142 S. Raven Mine Drive
       The gallery-style show was created by photographer Wendy Pearce Nelson and journalist Liz Cobb “to tell the tales of the historic Waldo Canyon Fire and its victims, in word and image,” a press release states.
       'Look' back at Garden
       The “Lunch & Look at the Garden” weekly series will return to the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center starting Tuesday, March 5, with a talk on mountain men of the West by Dave Wallace.
       Each “Look” presentation will be Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in the center's Red Rocks Room.
       The concept is for people to attend, then have lunch (at their own expense) in the center's café, according to a press release from center spokesperson Lisa Powers.
       The address is 1805 N. 30th St. Reservations are requested at 219-0108.
       Registration deadline
       Monday, March 4 is the last day that Colorado Springs residents can register to vote for the city election.
       The election will be by mail-in ballots, which will be sent to registered voters between March 8 and 18, according to the City Clerk's website.
       The deadline for ballots to be turned in is April 2.
       The election will decide six district City Council seats and two ballot issues.
       For more information, call the City Clerk's Office at 385-5901 or connect to it from the city website: springsgov.com.
       Successful cleanup
       A cleanup of trash and dog waste brought 27 volunteers to Red Rock Canyon Open Space Feb. 16.
       According to project leader Dave Dombach of the Colorado Addicted Trail-builders Society (CATS), the group filled about 15 bags along the trails and dog loop areas, starting from the main parking area off Highway 24.
       “We are planning on having a cleanup day every two months to keep up with the trash and dog waste,” he said afterward. “We will be at the 31st Street parking area for the one in April.”
       For more information, call 306-4698 or e-mail coloradodombach@gmail.com.

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