Westside Briefs:
Defending Challenge champ to return

       The USA Pro Challenge cycling race Aug. 20-26 will have 16 teams, including one with defending champion Levi Leipheimer.
       Another team is the one with 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, who also raced in last year's Challenge, according to information released this week by event promoters.
       The race will include a Stage 5 course Aug. 24 from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs, in which the final miles will include the Garden of the Gods and West Colorado Avenue before a finish with three loops of the downtown.
       Other “name” riders whose teams will be competing include 2011 Tour de France third-place finisher Frank Schleck; Evans' teammate (and fifth-place finisher in last year's Challenge) George Hincapie, Coloradan Tim Duggan, Jens Voigt of Germany and Janez Brajkovic of Slovenia.
       “Full team rosters will be announced closer to the race,” a Pro Challenge press release states.
       CareMobile at center
       The Ronald McDonald CareMobile will be at the Westside Community Center July 25 (medical services) and July 26-27 (dental). Through funding from the center, these services will be provided free to each child who is uninsured and has an appointment.
       Appointments can be made at the CareMobile number, 866-6789.
       CARES fundraiser July 21
       A craft/vendor fair titled “Christmas in July” will be a fundraiser for Westside CARES Saturday, July 21 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
       The event will be in the Parish Hall of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2021 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
       “We always need more funding than we have,” event spokesperson Ann Smith said of the long-planned event, which she hopes will become annual.
       Westside CARES is a long-time nonprofit agency organized and supported by more than 20 churches on the Westside and neighboring areas.
       Smith explained that while the agency is known for providing emergency assistance and offering a food pantry, it also assists people in need with rent, medical and utility payments.
       BAM for city parks
       A new city promotion called BAM (Be Active Movement) is intended to encourage people to get into city parks and enjoy them.
       The promotion gives people a chance to win prizes through drawings, with the grand prize being “the replacement of any existing streetlights adjacent to the grand-prize winning park (up to 20) with LED bulbs,” according to city spokesperson Mary Scott.
       To participate, people need to go to one of the city's 140 parks take a photo of activity there and send it to the city by Aug. 2.
       Signs advertising BAM have been placed in all the parks, Scott said.
       For more information, call 385-7275 or e-mail bam@springsgov.com.

Westside Pioneer/press releases