Westside Briefs:
Fire Department at OWN meeting

       Representatives of the Colorado Springs Fire Department will give a presentation at a town hall meeting of the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
       “All residents are encouraged to attend,” states OWN President Welling Clark in an article in this issue of the quarterly OWN newsletter, the Westside Story. “The CSFD will give a little history of the department and the growth of its force as well as the increased responsibilities it has assumed.”
       OWN is the city-recognized advocacy group for the older Westside. For more information, call 471-4023 or e-mail info@westsideneighbors.org.
      
       As part of the Historic District Merchants (HDM) of Old Colorado City's “Easter Stroll on the Avenue” promotion, shoppers are being encouraged to make and wear Easter bonnets Saturday, March 27. Participating merchants will decide on their favorites and give prizes in different categories, according to HDM merchant Nancy Stovall.
       The announced time frame is 11:07 a.m. to 4:37 p.m.
      
       The Pikes Peak Whittlers of Colorado Springs will hold their 28th annual Woodcarving and Wood-working Show Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28 at the Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St.
       The times will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. On display will be works from club members and “professional carvers from across the nation,” according to a press release.
       Admission costs are $2 for adults and free for children under 12 with an adult.
       The Whittlers group members use funds from the show to make wooden toys for charity, including hospitals and other non-profits at Christmas time and their new Toys for Soldiers program in which toys are mailed to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to give to the children.
      
       The Catamount Institute has begun offering free, monthly training for volunteers.
       The next will be Wednesday, March 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the facility inside the Beidleman Center at 740 W. Caramillo St., with the topic titled “Native American History.” The session will consist of indoor as well as outdoor studies (making use of adjacent Sondermann Park). Also, detailed informationwill be provided about the Ute Indians who used to live in this region, according to Tracy Jackson, Catamount education coordinator.
       Trained volunteers will be eligible to assist with future Catamount programs, including regular field trips from local schools, she said.
       Reservations are necessary at 471-0910 x107, or eitel@catamountinstitute.org.

Westside Pioneer/press releases