Westside Briefs:
Mesa Springs takes on street dump sites

       The neighbors of Mesa Springs (west of I-25 from Fillmore to Uintah and east of Mesa Road) will be cleaning up street dump sites Saturday, April 30.
       Volunteers are needed that day “for hauling old sofas, etc.,” according to a Mesa Springs Community Association press release.
       Other association events for neighbors will be Easter egg coloring and a hunt Saturday, April 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Catamount Institute 740 W Caramillo St.; and an association meeting Tuesday, May 10 at the Mercy Center, 1440 Cooper St.
       For more information, call 442-0028 or e-mail mesasprings@gmail.com.

April 16 at the Old Colorado City Library featured a Friends book sale and Snapshot Day. Above, teen volunteer Olympia Vida snaps shots of patrons while Renee Brabant and Patrick Uhr browse through the Friends' CDs.
Westside Pioneer photo

       Comics at the library
       The Old Colorado City Library will participate in Free Comic Book Day Saturday, May 7.
       According to Library Manager Jocelyne Sansing, the Pikes Peak Library District is partners with a local comic book store for the annual event on the first Saturday in May. At the Old Colorado City branch, she said she expects to have “a few boxes” available May 7 for kids 12 to 18 years old.
      
       GHM neighbors clean creek
       Homeowners and staff at the Gold Hill Mesa development will participate in a cleanup of Fountain Creek Saturday, April 23, including the installation of six bird feeders.
       The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
       The 210-acre property borders Fountain Creek (parallel to Highway 24) between about 14th Street and just east of 21st Street.
       The feeders are being made by a local Boy Scout troop, Edwards said.
       Conceptually approved for about 1,000 homes, Gold Hill Mesa now has about 100 households, according to lead developer Bob Willard.
       The neighborhood adopted the Gold Hill part of the creek in conjunction with a 2009-10 creek upgrade along the Gold Hill boundary. The $3.2 million project partnered Gold Hill Mesa, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Colora-do Springs Stormwater.
      
       Nature Center volunteers

       The Bear Creek Nature Center will offer a volunteer orientation class Saturday, April 30 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
       The center has volunteer positions on weekdays and weekends for anyone 18 and older. Volunteers provide information to nature center visitors, give programs for schoolchildren, help with special events and projects, and assist with public programs and hikes.
       The Nature Center is at 245 Bear Creek Road.
       Signups for the session are requested by April 28. For more information, call call Paula Megorden of the Bear Creek Nature Center at 520-6388.

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