Westside Briefs:
Free outdoor music series at Gold Hill

       The Gold Hill Mesa development group will present a free, outdoor concert series on Saturday evenings in September.
       Starting Sept. 3 with the 12-piece big band, Thin Air Jazz, “Sizzling Saturdays in September” will be performed in Gold Hill Mesa's grassy Central Park Ampitheatre outside the development's community center at 142 S. Raven Mine Drive.
       Other concerts in the series will be Sept. 10, Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen Blues Duo; Sept. 17, U.S. Air Force Academy Band's Blue Steel (popular music ensemble); and Sept. 24, the Cari Dell Band (pop-rock and R&B).
       Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic dinners. Food vendors will also be available, a press release states.
       For more information, call 633-2202.
       OCCHS presentation
       Air Force Academy graduate Jack Anthony will give a presentation Friday, Sept. 9 at the Old Colorado City History Center about the history of the property that became the Academy in the late 1950s.
       The talk, free and open to the public, will start at 11 a.m., with doors opening at 10:30 The center is at 1 S. 24th St.
       Anthony, a retired colonel who served 26 years in the Air Force, is now a mentor and teacher in the Academy's Astronautics Department.
       According to Jo Cervone, a board member of the Old Colorado City Historical Society, the illustrated program will discuss the “rich history... north of Woodmen Road.”
       Projects, volunteers sought
       Long-time volunteer leader Frank Shoptaugh is looking for Westside projects - as well as volunteers to work on them - during a planned three-hour period Oct. 8.
       “I would like to have 300 volunteers,” said Shoptaugh, a real-estate agent, whose family “adopted” the Camp Creek ditch through Pleasant Valley two years ago. “We want to try to help the community look better.”
       The October work will be in conjunction with the United Way (for its annual Make a Difference Month) and the Westside Community Center. He envisions that volunteers would mainly do yard work on various properties.
       For more information, call 667-4317 or 641-9332.
       GoG winter hours
       The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., will scale back its daily hours of operation starting this Tuesday, Sept. 6.
       Called the “winter schedule,” the times will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a press release states.

Westside Pioneer/press releases