Westside Briefs:
Forest station exhibit, presentation

       Following an exhibit opening Friday, Sept. 4, The Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) will host a presentation on the early-20th century Fremont Forest Experiment Station Friday, Sept. 11.
       Both are free and open to the public at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St. Started in 1908, the station on Mt. Manitou was used to study the then- new concept of reforestation aimed at offsetting tree decimation from fires and logging.
       The exhibit (opening Sept. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m.) will feature historic photographs and artifacts from the station, an OCCHS press release states.
       Including illustrations, the presentation (Sept. 11 starting at 11 a.m.) will be given by OCCHS member Eric Swab.
       For more information, call 636-1225.
       The Friends of the Old Colorado City Library will have a “special outdoor sale” of books Saturday, Sept. 12, according to branch assistant David Rasmussen.
       Timed in conjunction with the weekly Farmer's Market next to Bancroft Park, the sale will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the library at 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Included will be a “big donation of cookbooks,” Rasmussen said, with prices between $2 and $3, other than a few higher-priced items.

       An “adventure race” similar to one last September in Bear Creek Park is planned Sunday, Sept. 13, starting at the Bear Creek Nature Center parking lot at 10 a.m.
       Passersby in the park may see athletes over the next four to six hours involved in a three-section race involving bicycling, rope use and different aspects of orienteering and decision-making, according to information from the sponsoring group, the Rock Climbing Center in Monument.
       For information about watching or participating, call 481-9099 or e-mail info@climbingtherock.com.

       The Village at Skyline will host three informational presentations leading up to the Opera Theatre of the Rockies' Sept. 26 and 27 performances of Puccini's “La Bohème” at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs' downtown.
       All will be in the Village at Skyline Administration Building's Skyline Room, 2365 Patriot Heights. The presentations will be as follows:
  • Wednesday. Sept.9 at 7 p.m. - “Bohème at the Movies” - excerpts from numerous film versions of the opera
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. - “Bohème on the Record”-a survey of the opera's recordings from the last 100 years (hosted and compiled by Opera Theatre marketing consultant David Sckolnik).
           Saturday, Sept 19, at 2:30 pm - “We've got to pay the Rent” - Opera specialist Martha Hopkins Booth will discuss La Boheme with the aid of video and recordings.
           All presentations will be free, although reservations are required at 633-9373.
           Volunteers are welcome to help the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) this fall in rebuilding a section of the Strausenback Trail in the Garden of the Gods.
           Workdays are scheduled on most weekends Oct. 3 through Nov. 15. Three of the days (Oct. 3, 17 and 18) are already full. Volunteers can still sign up for Oct. 4 and 31 and Nov. 7, 8, 14 and 15. There also will be a “youth workday” Nov. 1 to plant native seed.
           For any workday, advance registration is required. For more information, contact Liz Nichol at 471-7736 or rmfi@rmfi.org.

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