Westside Briefs:
400-Corvette caravan on avenue

       Corvettes by the score will be on view Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 11 when the National Council of Corvette Clubs (NCCC) plans a caravan of the classic Chevrolet sports car west along Colorado and Manitou avenues en route to an event in Woodland Park.
       Up to 400 'Vettes are expected to join the run, which is part of the festivities for the NCCC's 50th annual convention in Colorado Springs. The cars are scheduled to leave convention headquarters at Crown Plaza (Circle and I-25) at 4:15 p.m. A police escort will keep the cars together as they proceed, according to Patty Strauch, a long-time Westsider and club member who will be participating with her husband, Dick Strauch.
       The Strauchs have been part of the local Corvette scene since 1974, when they joined the local Colorado Springs Corvette Club (CSCC). “As the years passed, we made lifetime friends,” she said. “Many of those friends are our best and most cherished friends today!
       We've watched each other's kids grow up, have kids of their own, and another generation of 'family' is cementing.”
       National Mill Dog Rescue, a local non-profit that rescues dogs from puppy mills, is hosting a wine-tasting event to help that effort Friday, Aug. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Norris-Penrose Event Center.
       Tickets are $40 in advance, or $45 at the door. Tickets are available at www.milldogrescue.org.
       (Note: This event is unrelated to the Romp in the Park dog event the next day at Norris-Penrose.)
       The public is invited to Romp in the Park, a festival supporting homeless dogs, Saturday, Aug. 15 at Norris-Penrose Events Center Indoor Arena, 1045 W. Rio Grande St.
       Organized by All Breed Rescue & Training, the 11th annual event will be from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, although donations are welcomed. People can bring dogs, as long as they're on leashes.
       According to an All Breed press release, all proceeds will help fund the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless dogs in our community as well as educational programs geared toward responsible pet guardianship.
       Activities will include games and contests for dogs and their owners, exhibitions by working dogs and information from local rescue groups about pet overpopulation, and responsible pet ownership and awareness. Event sponsors are also being sought.
       For more information, call 264-6460.
       Here are late announcements for Old Colorado City's First Friday Art Walk Aug. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.:
  • Pastel painter Kathy Beekman and glass jeweler Fide will be featured artists at the Squash Blossom gallery, 2531 W. Colorado Ave.
  • Nirvana: the Art of Healing, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 16, will feature the art of Will K. Polley. The Colorado Springs abstract artist starts with acrylic paint, but adds found objects and recycled items.
  • Liz Kochis will play piano at the Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Ave.
           The Mesa Springs Community Association will hold its annual picnic Saturday, Aug. 15 at 4 p.m. at the home of its president, George Gravenstein, 2024 Cooper Ave.
           New dues-paying members are welcome. The association is the city-recognized advocacy group for the Mesa Springs neighborhood.
           For more information, call 635-8486 or 260-6687.

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