Westside Briefs:
Sewer work at 25th and Pikes Peak

       A sewer-line replacement has forced the closure of 25th Street at Pikes Peak Avenue since July 27.
       The intersection should reopen by the weekend of Aug. 1-2, according to project manager Charlie Dansby of Wildcat Civil Services, which is subcontracting on the work with Colorado Springs Utilities. The last of the work should wrap up in the week of Aug. 2, he added.
       In all, about 400 feet of sewer line, estimated at 70 to 80 years old, needs replacing, Dansby said.
       The public is invited to the fifth annual Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust BBQ Friday, Aug. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m.
       The free event will be at 2522 W. St. Vrain St., which will give people a chance to enjoy food and drink and see a recently built Land Trust home. The Westside- based non-profit organization specializes in taking on partial ownership of houses to make them affordable to lower-income buyers.
       Staffer Angela Mendiola described the BBQ as a “casual family event” that will “show our appreciation to the community and let people learn about the Land Trust.”
       Springs City Church, 1250 Vondelpark Drive, will host Holland Park's annual Neighborhood BBQ again this year - Sunday, Aug. 9 at 12:30 p.m.
       Including free food, drink and games for different ages, the event is free, although attendees are asked to donate a can of food for the church's food pantry.
       Volunteers are needed Saturday, Aug. 1 at 8 a.m. to help repair the trails at Garden of the Gods.
       The work, mainly consisting of routine maintenance, will be led by the Friends of Garden of the Gods (FOGG).
       Advance signups are requested. Volunteers will meet in the Red Rocks Room at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St.
       For more information, call Gayle Allen of FOGG at 448-0350 or e-mail kittybobmama@yahoo.com.
       The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) is holding a public comment period until Aug. 14 on a new proposal to coordinate specialized transportation services for older adults and people with disabilities or low income. “The overarching vision,” according to a PPACG press release, “is to provide mobility to individuals with special needs, allowing them to live independently and participate in community life.”
       For more information, call Lisa Thomas at 471-7080 x114 or e-mail lthomas@ppacg.org.

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