Westside Briefs:
White Acres barbed-wire removal May 8

       Volunteers are needed for a workday at the White Acres Open Space Saturday, May 8.
       The project, sponsored by the Friends of Red Rock Canyon, will start at 7:45 a.m. The meeting place will be the large brick house above the switchbacks. Reservations are requested on the Friends website: redrockcanyonopenspace.org
       The work will involve removal of about a quarter-mile of barbed-wire fence that had been installed years ago along the property's boundary by former Red Rock Canyon owner John Bock, according to Friends member Don Ellis.
       Thick gloves are recommended.
       White Acres is a roughly 45-acre property that became a city open space last year.
      

Volunteers plant ash trees around Pavilion #7 at El Paso County's Bear Creek Regional Park April 22.
Westside Pioneer photo

       Volunteers from the El Paso Corporation celebrated Earth Day April 22 by planting six ash trees around park Pavilion #7 at El Paso County's Bear Creek Regional Park. Previously, it had been the only pavilion with no shade trees in the park off 21st Street and Argus Boulevard.
       “In addition to providing shade for picnickers, the trees will provide a buffer between pavilion activities and the nearby neighborhood,” adds an El Paso County press release.
       The El Paso Corporation, corporate sponsor of Bear Creek Regional Park, provided matching funds for a $500 grant from the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association Foundation to purchase the new trees, according to the release.
      
       Auditions for the seven ensemble groups in the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association (CSYSA) will be held from Wednesday, May 5 until Saturday, May 8.
       The location will be at the CSYSA offices and rehearsal facility inside the former Pike Elementary building, 2510 N. Chestnut St.
       Appointments are requested by calling 633-3901, e-mailing office@csysa.com or visiting the CSYSA office.
      
       The next Old Colorado City Art Walk of the season will by Friday, May 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.
       The event involves a dozen galleries, located in and near Colorado Avenue between 24th and 27th streets, which invite the public to visit them on the first Friday of the month.
       Reporting special Art Walk events at press time were:
  • Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Ave. - opening reception for Fran Dodd and her new collection series, titled “Color Me Beautiful.”
  • Pine Creek Art Gallery, 2419 W. Colorado Ave. - featured artist is JoAnn Larratt.
  • Arati Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave. - featured artists are Frank & Dee DiNino and Kang Lee Sheppard.
          
           Scott McInnis, a Republican seeking his party's nomination in the governor's race, is scheduled to be at the Gold Hill Mesa Community Center, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive, Saturday, May 1 from noon to 1 p.m.
           It is one of four informal appearances slated for McInnis in the Pikes Peak region that day, with a “special invitation for state delegates and alternates in El Paso and Teller counties,” a flyer states.
           The Republican state assembly will be May 22 in Loveland.
          
           People are asked to put non-perishable food items in plastic bags by their mail boxes Saturday, May 8 for pickup by letter carriers in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
           All the food collected goes to local community food banks and pantries for distribution to emergency food pantries.
           Items most needed are canned meats, soups, fruits and vegetables, as well as dry/non-perishable packaged items with protein/carbohydrates and dried packaged vegetables, according to food bank officials.

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