Westside Briefs:
Walking tour leaves from library July 10

       The second in a monthly series of walking tours will leave from the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Colorado Ave., Saturday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m.
       The free walk through Old Colorado City will visit sites associated with famous people from the town's early days, a press release states.
       Anyone can join the tour. There is no charge.
       The third and last tour will be Aug. 14 as part of the annual Colorado City Founders' Day celebration.
       For more information, call 634-1698.
       PPHOG helps Silver Key
       The Pikes Peak Harley Owners Group (PPHOG) has donated more than 2,200 pounds of food to the Silver Key Senior Services pantry.
       The assistance resulted from PPHOG's 23rd annual Silver Key Run & Food Drive June 26, including “dozens of riders,” according to Anne Temple of Silver Key.
       Supporting nearly 150 seniors in all, Silver Key's emergency food pantry distributes 23 to 27 pounds of food per request (which supports an individual for around 10 days), Temple explained.
       The non-profit agency “is grateful for the support of the PPHOG and fellow participants who showed compassion and generosity,” she said.
       Guided South Slope hikes
       Guided hikes to Pikes Peak's South Slope - which is not yet open to the general public - are being offered this summer, leaving from Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
       The following are the remaining hike dates (all leaving at 8 a.m.):
       Saturday, July 10
       Saturday, July 31
       Sunday, August 8
       Saturday, August 28
       Saturday, September 11
       Saturday, September 25

       Costing $10 a person, the hike opportunities are being offered by Colorado Springs Parks, the Trails and Open Space Coalition, Friends of the Peak, and Colorado Springs Utilities. Preregis-tration is requested through TOSC at 633-6884.
       The hikes are 7 miles long, reaching altitudes on the South Slope of up to 12,000 feet.
       The South Slope is a watershed area managed by Utilities. Meetings with Utilities and citizen groups in recent years worked out a plan to open it for recreational use as soon as trails, parking and other improvements are made.
       Prom is new to some
       Three local nursing homes combined for a second annual “prom night” for their residents June 25.
       Activities at the Westside's Garden of the Gods Care Center featured live music and dancing. The other two participating homes were the Mountain View Care Center and the Medalion Retirement Community.
       “For many of our guests, prom is just a mystery,” explained Myra Ard of the Garden of the Gods Care Center. “One guest stated that he did not attend his high school prom because he 'didn't have a date.' Another stated that she grew up in Germany and 'there was no prom,' and this was the same for one other guest who grew up in Indonesia.

Westside Pioneer/press releases