Westside Briefs:
OCCHS plans fundraiser, author event

       Two events are coming up at the Old Colorado City History Center in early April.
       Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - used book sale. According to Jo Cer-vone of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), the sale will be a fundraiser for the volunteer OCCHS, which owns and operates the History Center. She described the books as “new and gently used - fiction, non-fiction, children's, science, fantasy, mystery, history, cookbooks and more.”
       Friday, April 12, 11 a.m. - “The Research Factor in Historical Fiction.” Presenters Bert Entwistle and John Dwaine McKenna “will talk about how to research in preparation for writing historical fiction and the use of historical characters as inspiration for historical fiction characters,” Cervone explained.
       The program will be free for society members and children, with a $5 charge for others.
       Martial arts competition
       A “Super Cup” in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is scheduled Saturday, March 30, starting at 9 a.m. at Coronado High School, 1590 W. Fillmore St.
       The event is open to weight categories from age 7 to adults “at all levels from beginning to master,” a press release states.
       The organizer is Carlos Santos, a three-time heavyweight world champion in the sport, according to Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia.
       Participants pay to compete. Hundreds are expected, the release states.
       For more information, the phone is 999-2098 and the website is supercupbjj.com.
       Astronaut at Space Fdn.
       The public is invited to meet former NASA astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao at the Space Foundation Visitors Center, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, Saturday, April 6.
       Chiao, who spent over half a year on the International Space Station and flew three Space Shuttle missions, will give three presentations and be available for autographs from 11 a.m. to noon, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
       The presentations will be part of the price of admission to the Visitors Center that day. Admission is $5 per adult, with discounts for seniors, students and children. Admission to the Visitors Center is free to military personnel with photo I.D., and to people affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire who present a Colorado Springs Together card.
       Chiao's Space Shuttle missions were STS-92 Discovery, Oct. 11-24, 2000; STS-72 Endeavour, Jan. 11-20, 1996; and STS-65 Columbia, July 8-23, 1994.
       He was a flight engineer aboard Soyuz TMA-5 to the International Space Station in 2004-05, where he served as commander and NASA science officer.

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