Westside Briefs:
Garden has plots available

       The Bear Creek Garden Association has full and half plots available at its organic community garden in Bear Creek Regional Park.
       An annual fee covers spring tilling and watering for the season.
       Aside from caring for their own plots, gardeners agree to volunteer four hours a season, including work on plots for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Care and Share and Marian House.
       For more information, call the Bear Creek Garden Association at 634-4433 or 576-2664.
       Coyote presentations
       Responding to “multiple encounters” with coyotes in the area, the Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, has scheduled two free presentations about the wild animal.
  • Saturday, March 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Steve Cooley will discuss Colorado's regulations and policies regarding coyotes, their behavior and habitat and how to avoid coyote conflicts. A community question-answer session will follow.
  • Wednesday, March 13, 6 to 7 p.m. - Ashley DeLaup, a wildlife ecologist with Project Coyote, will present a program highlighting how residents can coexist with coyotes.
           According to Todd Marts, director of the Bear Creek/Fountain Creek na-ture centers, the programs were “partly in response to a few encounters with coyotes in Bear Creek Regional Park. We have also heard about multiple encounters across Colorado Springs and Colorado. So, we thought it would be good to bring in some experts to discuss coyotes in general and give ideas for what we can all do when we encounter them.”
           For more information, call 520-6387.
           Troop has openings
           Boys from age 11 (or who've finished fifth grade) and up to age 17 are welcome to join the Boy Scouts.
           Troop 3 meets Sundays at Trinity United Methodist Church 701 N. 20th St., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
           Originally chartered in 1932, Troop 3 is one of the oldest in Colorado, a press release states.
           For more information, call parent coordinator Brian Kellione at 761-0077, or just show up.

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