Westside Briefs:
Last ‘Roots’ at Community Center June 21

       The finale of a three-part series of live music nights will feature guitarist Joe Uveges and poetry reader Phil Ginsburg Thursday, June 21 at the Westside Community Center.

The Squeaky Toys, from the Colorado Springs Conservatory, was one of two groups (the other was the Mitguards) that played in the May "Roots in the Hood" event at the Westside Community Center. Joe Uveges will be featured at the June 21 show.
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       The entertainment will continue from about 6 to 8:30 p.m., with doors opening at 5 and catered food for attendees, according to Brenda Knight, president of the Pikes Peak Blues Community, the event sponsor.
       Admission is $5. The center is at 1628 W. Bijou St.
       Called “Roots in the Hood,” the monthly, third-Thursday series began in April.
       Knight said the June 21 event will be like an ice-cream social, including a cobbler made at a well-known diner in Cripple Creek.
       “Roots” is a lead-in to the Blues Community's annual summertime “Paint the Town Blue” series in Old Colorado City's Bancroft Park, consisting of seven early-Thursday-evening performances by different bands, starting July 12.
       Silver Key Run June 23
       Led by the Pikes Peak Harley Owners Group (PPHOG), area motorcyclists will ride for Silver Key Senior Services Saturday, June 23.
       The 26th annual Silver Key Run welcomes riders and/or donations. Supported by supply vehicles to carry their purchases, they will stop at different stores to buy food to stock the Silver Key pantry during a roughly five-hour ride through the region that winds up that afternoon at the nonprofit facility, 2250 Bott Ave.
       For more information on the Run, call 393-2312.
       Mayor at Bear Creek Park
       Mayor Bach will assist a Spirit of the Springs cleanup event with El Paso County Parks Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at Bear Creek Regional Park.
       Volunteers are welcome. The meeting place is Bear Creek Terrace, at 21st Street & Argus Boulevard, at 8:45 a.m.
       Range Riders coming
       The 64th annual Range Ride, a colorful reminder of the area's Western heritage, will begin by passing through the Near Westside Wednesday, June 20 between about 8 and 9 a.m.
       Following a route that's been used six of the past seven years, close to 150 men and women will mount horses after the annual Street Breakfast downtown and come up West Colorado Avenue, accompanied by a rolling police barricade.
       Last year, trying something new, the Range Riders stayed on the avenue through Old Colorado City.
       However, this year the Riders will return to their “usual” route, turning left from the avenue at Limit Street, then taking Eighth Street to Lower Gold Camp Road to the Norris-Penrose Event Center.
       Asked why the former route was being used again, Range Ride spokesperson Katherine Toman said that the location of this year's camp [Tarryall} did not make that long pre-ride possible.
       Dating back to days of less immediate communication, the five-day Range Ride initially spread the word that the Pikes Peak or Bust event (July 11-14 this year) was coming. Over the years, area horseback riders/ rodeo enthusiasts have continued the tradition.

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