Westside Briefs:
Medicine Wheel free-ride workday Aug. 7

       A workday is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 7 to repair parts of the bicycling free-ride area at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
       Volunteers are welcome. They are asked to preregister at jim@medwheel.org.
       Sponsored by the Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates (MWTA) volunteer group, the project will begin at 8:30 a.m. The area is just east of the Greenlee Trail and was designated in the city's Red Rock master plan.
       “The skills park is looking a little neglected and we want to show it some MWTA love to bring it back up to standard,” said spokesman Jim Schwerin. “Mainly, the teeters are broken and need to be repaired. Some other minor maintenance is needed on the wooden structures. The dirt jumps just need some fine tuning.”
       The skills park, consisting of bicycle stunts made of wooden structures inside a “corral,” was built by volunteers in 2006 and funded with donations. It was the first part of the free-ride area to go in. In 2009, Phase 2 was built - a series of dirt jumps and features made from natural materials going up the hill from the corral, according to Schwerin.
       Literacy tutors needed
       Volunteers aged 14 and up are being sought to provide one-to-one tutoring through the Children's Literacy Center for children reading below grade level.
       Free training will be provided at the center's offices, 2928 Straus Lane, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.
       Tutoring will begin Sept. 13. Each tutor will help one child for two hours a week..
       For more information, call Literacy Center Program Director Pamela Polke at 471-8672 or e-mail pamela@peakreader.org.

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