Westside Briefs:
‘Go Green’/St. Pat’s event at Gold Hill Mesa

       Gold Hill Mesa's second annual “Go Green for the Springs” will be at the subdivision's Exchange Building community center, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive, Sunday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
       According to Gold Hill spokesperson Stephanie Edwards, residents outside the Gold Hill community are welcome to bring their recyclables and “enjoy some green treats in the information center.”
       Waste Management will provide single-stream dumpsters, which will be located in the parking lot outside the Exchange Building.
       “Go Green is a great opportunity to bring the community together and celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in the true spirit of going green - by recycling,” Edwards said. “Gold Hill Mesa represents recycling by its very nature of being an infill project and restoring the land.”
       The 210-acre Gold Hill Mesa is on the former Golden Cycle gold processing mill site, east of 21st Street, with access off Lower Gold Camp Road from Mill Stream Terrace.
       Recyclable items include glass, plastic bottles, aluminum, tin, cardboard boxes, various types of office paper, newspapers, books and magazines.
       For more information, call the Gold Hill information center at 633-2202.
       Ferrins set 'Hymn Sing'
       Paul and Marjorie Ferrin on organ will present “An Old Fashioned Hymn Sing” Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Living Hope Church, 640 Manitou Blvd.
       The Ferrins, who have performed their Hymn Sings at churches around the country for more than 10 years, will be accompanied by Grace Merrill on piano. Also performing will be the Radiant Church Choir, directed by Bev Hargrave.
       The public is invited. There is no charge.
       For more information, call 473-9436.
       Some Saturday buses
       As of March 12, Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) will restore hourly Saturday bus service to some of its fixed routes, including two on the Westside - Route 3 (Colorado Avenue) and Route 14 (Chestnut Street/Garden of the Gods Road).
       The outlying Saturday service start time will be approximately 6:30 a.m. and the end time at approximately 7 p.m. Detailed route information can be found on Mountain Metropolitan's website.
       Paratransit service will also be offered now on Saturdays, Mountain Metro press release states. MMT's Metro Mobility vans, which give rides to disabled people certified as eligible by the Americans with Disabilities Act, operate within a ¾-mile radius of any fixed routes.
       Saturday service was eliminated in 2010 because of insufficient tax revenues to the city and Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA). A slight increase in the past year made the partial Saturday-service return possible. “We hope to be able to restore Saturday service to the remaining routes when additional funding becomes available said Craig Blewitt, director of MMT.
       The two Westside routes that are not getting Saturday service at this time are Route 4 (Eighth Street) and Route 16 (Brookside/ Uintah Gardens).
       Scouts start food drive
       The Pikes Peak Council of the Boy Scouts of America, with headquarters on the Westside, is seeking community support for its annual Scouting for Food Drive.
       Scouts are starting to go out into neighborhoods now, distributing flyers and asking people to consider making a donation of non-perishable food items, according to Bob Simmons, volunteer coordinator for the Pikes Peak Council.
       The drive is pointing toward Saturday, April 9, when Scouts will pick up food from the addresses of people who have pledged donations. They will then deliver the food to collection sites in support of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, Simmons said.
       On that day, area residents can also make direct donations of food or money at designated collection sites. One of these is the Pikes Peak Council building at 985 W. Fillmore St.
       Last April, the council collected and donated to Care and Share Food Bank a total of 6,160 pounds of food and $138. This year, Simmons said, “We think we can do a lot better than that. One area that we need to improve on is getting the word out.”
       The Pikes Peak Council represents more than 14,000 Scouts and 4,000 adult members in an eight-county geographical area roughly bounded by Monument, the Kansas border, Pueblo and Hartsel.
       For more information, call 554-2113.
       Plumbers to 'Fix a Leak'
       Demonstrations from master plumbers will be featured at two free “Fix a Leak Week” events at Colorado Springs Utilities' Environmental and Conservation Center, 2855 Mesa Road.
       The scheduled dates are Wednesday, March 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
       The plumbers will show how to check and fix toilet, faucet and shower leaks, according to a press release from Colorado Springs Utilities.
       Other offerings will include “information about our water rebates and other Fix-A-Leak Week educational materials from the EPA,” as well as a free water kit which can be used to “save up to 10 percent on your water bill,” the Utilities press release states.
       For more information, call Utilities customer service at 448-4800.

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