Westside Briefs:
Endurance hiker at GoG Visitor Center

       The woman who set the unofficial record as the fastest person ever to hike the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail will come to the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center Saturday, Sept. 21.
       Jennifer Pharr Davis of Asheville, North Carolina, will join hikers at 12:15 p.m. at the center, 1805 N. 30th St., for a 1˝-mile hike through the Garden. At 2:30 p.m., she will give a presentation in the center's theater.
       A $20 donation is requested to the Garden of the Gods Foundation, which is sponsoring the visit.
       “In 2011, with the support of her husband Brew and the dedicated group of volunteers dubbed the 'Pit Crew,' she hiked, stumbled, and sometimes crawled the 2,181 mile Appalachian Trail in 46 days (an average of 47 miles per day), becoming the fastest person to hike the trail and the first woman to ever set the mark,” a press release states.
       The long-distance hiker will also be signing copies of her new book.
       The Garden of the Gods Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 to preserve and maintain Garden of the Gods Park.
       Eagles cancer fundraiser
       The Fraternal Order of Eagles will hold a “Fall Carnival to Fight Cancer” Saturday, Sept. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m.
       The location will be the Eagles hall at 2150 S. 21st St.
       “We'll have a midway full of fun games with great prizes created and hosted by our Junior Eagles,” a press release states, adding that “carnival-style food,” will also be available, including smoked turkey legs, corndogs, watermelon, roasted corn on the cob and fried Twinkies.
       The public is invited. Admission is free, but there is a charge for the food and games.
       Proceeds will go to the Art Ehrmann Cancer Fund, founded in 1959.
       For more information, call 217-9391.
       Invasive plants discussed
       A presentation will be given Wednesday, Sept. 18 on the invasive plants of the region, how their presence affects local ecology and how to identify them.
       The free, 30-minute talk will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the pavilion in Red Rock Canyon Open Space, with a hike to follow.
       For more information, contact David Valier at 685-4792 or friends@redrockcanyonopenspace.org.

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