Westside Briefs:
Councilman Knight town hall July 15

       Councilmember Don Knight will hold three town hall meetings in July.
       One of these will be on the Westside, Monday, July 15, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Mesa Conservation & Environmental Center, Conference Room 1045, at 2855 Mesa Road.
       The purpose of all the meetings is “to solicit residents' input on the top issues facing our city as well as other topics of concern,” states a press release.
       One expected issue will be this year's watering controls. A representative of Colorado Springs Utilities' Water Division will be on hand, the release adds.
       Milito to lead walk/talk
       A “Geology Walk and Talk” will take people back more than 300 million years at the Red Rock Canyon Open Space Pavilion Wednesday, July 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
       The speaker will be paleontology researcher Sharon Milito, who co-authored the 2010 “Geologic Folio” book on Red Rock Canyon.
       The free event is sponsored by the Friends of Red Rock Canyon.
       Reservations are requested by calling David Valier of the Friends group at 685-4792 or e-mailing friends@redrockcanyonopenspace.org.
       Luehring service reset
       Postponed by a family emergency last month, the memorial service for Neil I. Luehring has been rescheduled for Friday, July 12 at 2 p.m. at the Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd.
       A reception will follow at Old Fire Station #4, 29 S. Institute St.
       Mr. Luehring, a retired Colorado Springs Fire captain who grew up on the Westside, passed away June 17.
       Fire-mitigation volunteers
       Dave Dombach of the Colorado Addicted Trail-builders Society (CATS) is seeking volunteers to help with flood mitigation Saturday, July 13 at Glen Eyrie.
       Lasting from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the work will involve placing wattles (flood diversions) on the east end of the Waldo Canyon burn area.
       Advance registration is necessary. For more information, call 306-4698.
       FOGG expands giving
       The Friends of Garden of the Gods (FOGG) group has expanded its contributions to the city park after which it's named.
       A report from President John Demmon in the Summer 2013 edition of the quarterly newsletter, the FOGGhorn, thanks its volunteer members for their support and states that “your additional donations, combined with the income from the new state-by-state and animal donations boxes” at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, plus grants from local businesses and events, “have improved FOGG's cash flow substantially.”
       The result, Demmon states, is that FOGG has been able to make a “substantial grant to RMFI [Rocky Mountain Field Institute, which organizes Garden erosion-control workdays in the spring and fall] to contribute $20,000 to the Camp Creek flood-mitigation effort, to pay 25 percent of the program coordinator's full time salary, to continue to support Visitor Center city staff salaries, and to continue to fund youth field trips to the Garden of the Gods under the program formerly known as Parks Plus.”
       For more information about FOGG, go to the Visitor Center, 1805 N. 30th St., or call the center at 634-6666 x0.
       CHS 40th reunion nears
       Reservations for Corona-do High's Class of 1973's 40th Reunion are requested by Thursday, July 18.
       Costs are $40 for a meet-and-greet Friday, July 26 and $25 for a barbecue picnic July 27.
       A $5 surcharge will be applied for anyone signing up after the 18th.
       For more information, e-mail Neil C. Luehring at ncluehring@gmail.com or Tom Gosch at tgosch85@gmail.com.

Westside Pioneer/press releases