Westside Briefs:
Five bands at 3-day Mardi Gras

       Five bands are scheduled to play during the International Dance Club's annual three-day Mardi Gras celebration.
       The event will be Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13 at the club, 2422 Busch Ave. Times are 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. March 11, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. March 12, and noon to 4 p.m. March 13 (preceded by Protestant and Catholic church services at 10 a.m.)
       The club has food and a cash bar.
       A cover fee is charged. Reservations are required.
       The scheduled bands are the Top Notchmen, Rhinelanders, Pete Dunda, Dick Zavodny and Chuck Spurlock.
       For more information, call 633-0195.
       Pioneer family in talk
       A talk about an early Westside family will be given at the Old Colorado City History Center Friday, March 11 at 11 a.m.
       Free and open to the public, the presentation by Elaine Radney is titled “A Westside Story: Trolley Cars, Manitou Water and Lemonade.”
       The center is at 1 S. 24th St.
       “With her interest in genealogy and Westside history, Elaine will share old family photos and stories of how her two maternal great-grandfathers moved from Kansas and Missouri to early El Paso County,” reads a press release from Jo Cervone of the Old Colorado City Historical Society. “The families became neighbors, traditions began and Elaine tells her sons, that 'without Manitou water, none of them would be here.'”
       For more information, call 636-1225.
       Teen art deadline
       Teen artists around the city are invited to submit their artwork for the Pikes Peak Library District's fourth annual Teen Art Exhibit.
       The theme this year is “I Am the Future.”
       Accepted artists will have their pieces displayed in April at the Old Colorado City Library, as well as others in the district. Additionally, awards will be presented for Best of Show and for first, second and Coordinator's Choice in both the middle and high school categories.
       The deadline for submittals is March 8. Works will be juried on March 10, and artists will be notified within three weeks, a Library District press release states.
       The Old Colorado City Library is at 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
       Guidelines include the following:
  • All entrants must be in grades 6-12.
  • A maximum of three pieces can be submitted.
  • All two-dimensional media are welcome (paintings, photography, drawings, etc.). Hanging artwork must have a picture wire attached.
  • Jurors reserve the right to decline inappropriate entries.
  • All pieces must have the artist's name, the title of the work, and an entry form (visit ppld.org/teens) attached to the back.
  • A brief paragraph must be displayed with each piece, describing how it fits the “I Am the Future” theme.
           Submittals can be dropped off March 7 or 8 between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the Carnegie Reading Room in Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.), the East Teen Center at East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd.), Ruth Holley Library (685 N. Murray Blvd.), or Monument Library (1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr.)
           For more information, contact Teen Services Librarian Kaitlin Hoke at 531-6333, x1319 or email khoke@ppld.org.
           Silver Key donations
           Silver Key Senior Services has reported a low inventory of food, personal care and cleaning supplies. The EATCLEANLOVE Drive, named for Valentine's Day, started in February in an effort to “raise these items critical to the wellbeing of senior clients,” a press release states.
           Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Silver Key office, 2250 Bott Ave.
           The assistance will help Silver Key's Supportive Services and Home Care programs aimed at allowing to clients maintain independence “despite financial or physical challenges,” the release states.
           For more information, contact Anne Temple at 884-2318 and/or go to silverkey.org.

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