Westside Briefs:
50-cent lunch at center is a fundraiser

       People are invited to buy lunch for a suggested donation of 50 cents each Saturday, May 21 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
       Even at that price, the lunch will be a fundraiser, according to center director Dick Siever.
       The food will be prepared by volunteers in Woodmen Valley Chapel's mobile kitchen, with all proceeds going to Westside CARES, he said.
       Operated by an action arm of Woodmen Valley Chapel, the Community Center has a cooperative relationship with Westside CARES, an agency that provides emergency assistance to needy people. The Westside CARES food pantry relocated to the center a year ago.
       For more information, call the center at 385-7920.
       Vacancy on OWN board
       The Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) has an opening for a board member to replace Kristine Van Wert, who has had to step down for health reasons.
       A replacement will be appointed by the remaining eight members on the board. The person will serve until January 2012, when OWN has its annual board-member elections.
       Board members need to live within the city-defined Neighborhood Strategy Area (NSA) that OWN serves and be interested in community activities. OWN is the city-recognized advocacy group for the older Westside.
       For more information, call 471-4023 or e-mail info@westsideneighbors.org.
       Farewell to RLR secretary
       Arlene Keenan, who has been the part-time secretary at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site for 17 years, is retiring. People who know her are invited to attend a party in her honor at Rock Ledge's Carriage House Wednesday, May 25 at 3 p.m.
       “She takes care of everything inside the office,” said Ron Wright, president of the volunteer Living History Association that helps paid staff take care of the facility. “It will be difficult replacing her. We've depended on her forever.”
       Bible College offered
       Biblical scholar Norm “Swede” Carlson is welcoming students to his recently started Colorado Free Bible College.
       Thanks to a sponsor, there is no charge for tuition or for books, he said. Classes are offered in his house at 511 N. Walnut St.
       Now an ordained minister, Carlson is a former aerospace engineer and math and science instructor.
       The college's teachings are based on a “belief in a literal interpretation of the Bible,” he said. Classes include the study of Greek and Hebrew languages, as well as hermeneutics (principles of Biblical interpretation) and different parts of the Bible itself.
       Carlson, 74, studied at the Western Seminary in Portland, Oreg., and previously helped start the Rustic Hills Church.
       For more information, call 591-6042.

       Teen volunteer honored
       Juliet Hays, a Coronado High School senior, has received a Youth Volunteer award from the Center for Non-profit Excellence and the United Way.
       Hays is a teen volunteer at the Old Colorado City Library, working with the library's Teen Advisory Council (OC3).

Westside Pioneer/press releases