Westside Briefs:
New Horizons welcomes musicians

       Musicians are welcome in the New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs.
       Informal meetings will be at the First Evangelical Free Church, 820 N. 30th St., Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
       The non-profit organization has six bands in all. No experience is necessary for the beginners group.
       Leader Ed Nuccio, former band instructor at Cheyenne Mountain High School in District 12, will be assisted this year by Joyce Hanagan, also a past District 12 music teacher.
       A suggested tuition of $3 per rehearsal hour is requested from band members. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
       For more information, go to nhbmusic.com.
       A 350-foot water-main replacement project on Fontmore Street that was to be done by the end of July is now expected to finish up this week.
       “The project is taking longer than expected due to frequent rains and the fact that the service line connections on that street were more numerous and complex than what we had expected,” explained Dave Grossman of Colorado Springs Utilities, adding that when the main was first installed (13 years ago), the design details were not thoroughly recorded.
       The work has blocked the right eastbound lane on Fontmore between 30th Street and Mesa Road since early July.
       The Space Foundation, headquartered on the Westside at 310 S. 14th St., is working with District 11 to establish a Discovery Institute at the new Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy middle school at 4220 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
       The institute will provide “space- and aerospace-themed professional development, training and support for teachers and students and will serve as the base location for Space Foundation education programs,” a foundation release states.
       The institute is to open later this school year.
       The foundation press release notes that the institute's programs and curriculum seek "to address serious gaps in U.S. science and math education and proficiency."

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