Westside Briefs:
Fundraising includes Bancroft blues shows

       The Pikes Peak Blues Community needs help again to put on the summer Paint the Town Blue concerts in Bancroft Park.
       Laura Hibbits, its president, issued a request this week for $10,000 that would cover the cost of several blues programs in the city during the coming months, including the eight weekly Bancroft concerts between July 1 and Aug. 12.
       “There are no hidden costs, no hidden agendas,” she said. “All money goes for permits, the bands, and sound technicians.”
       Last year, when the economy was getting tighter, the Blues Society was able to raise $5,000 just to keep the Bancroft concerts going. “It happened last year because the people of Colorado Springs wanted it to happen,” she said. “I have faith in them.”
       Despite a second straight year of wet weather, Earth Day was a pleasant day for the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.
       About 1,000 people attended activities at the center, with 170 braving the rain and cold for the event's traditional trash pick-up around the Garden, according to center director Bonnie Frum.
       “They got so much trash, and they were so cheerful. It was great,” Frum said. “It's that good community spirit that you love.”
       Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, which partners with the Visitor Center for Earth Day, also suffered from the weather, but had a solid volunteer turnout for the annual tree-planting, which added 10 apple trees, 2 cherry trees and 2 toba hawthornes, ranch manager Andy Morris said.
       The Pikes Peak Philharmonic will present works by four composers in a performance titled “A Final Treat” Sunday, April 25 in the Coronado High School auditorium, 1590 W. Fillmore St.
       The show will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door ($9 adults, $6 children, $6 seniors and $18 for a family).
       The program will consist of “Mazurka” (by Liadov), Somerset Rhapsody (by Holst), “Symphonie espagnole (by Lalo), and “Symphony No. 2” (by Brahms).
       For more information, call 685-6468.
       The Catamount Institute will offer training in alternative energies Wednesday, April 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Beidleman Center, 740 W. Caramillo St. The training is for those who would like to assist Catamount programs as volunteers.
       Reservations are necessary. For more information, contact Jan Eitel by Friday, April 23 at eitel@catamountinstitute.org or 471-0910 x107.
       A class will be offered Saturday, April 24 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.. for people who want to volunteer at the Bear Creek Nature Center.
       Advance sign-ups are necessary. Contact Paula Megorden of the Nature Center at 520-6388.
       The Old Colorado City Library is looking for teen art to display in May.
       The deadline for submissions is April 28.
       For more information, contact Tiffany Paisley at the library at 634-1698 or tpaisley@ppld.org.

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