Westside Briefs:
‘Roundup’ at Westside Center May 15

       The new management of the Westside Community Center is inviting people to the center Saturday, May 15 to eat, have fun and share ideas.
       Dubbed the “Westside Roundup,” the free event will be from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
       Here is the schedule:
  • 11:30 a.m. to noon - an update on the center, which is now led by the limited liability corporation (LLC) of Woodmen Valley Chapel's Center for Strategic Ministry. The LLC took over operations from City Parks, which could no longer afford to subsidize the facility. The LLC plans to retain popular programs and classes but is open to ideas from the neighborhood, according to LLC Director Dick Siever.
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. - free meals, prepared and served by Woodmen's Mobile Kitchen.
  • Noon to 2 p.m. - registration for summer youth and adult programs/classes.
  • Ongoing - children's activities, including face painting, a bouncer and games.
  • For more information, call the center at 385-7920.
           A fire caused an estimated $25,000 in damages to a shed behind 1823 W. Vermijo St. at about 2 a.m. May 3.
           Colorado Springs firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby homes or businesses. The fire cause was determined to be an electrical problem.
           “Who Were the 'Pioneers' of the El Paso County Pioneers' Association?”
           That's the title question of a presentation Friday, May 14 at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St. Betsy Shoup, an association member and past president, will give the answer, going back to its beginnings in 1896.
           Her program, scheduled at 11:10 a.m., will follow the 10:30 annual business meeting and board elections of the Old Colorado City Historical Society, the all- volunteer non-profit group that owns and operates the center.
           There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted.
           “Starting as a group of pioneers that settled the region prior to 1864, the organization grew to include a membership of hundreds of individuals,” a press release states.
           For more information, call 636-1225.

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