Westside Briefs:
Spirit Awards deadline Oct. 1

       Nominations will be accepted through Oct. 1 for the sixth annual Spirit Awards by the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN).
       Any properties that have been upgraded (businesses or residences, new builds or renovations) are eligible.
       People can nominate themselves or any property owners that they think deserve recognition. The person to contact is Welling Clark, president of OWN. “I would welcome the nominator or the nominee's contact information and I will follow up,” he said. “The Spirit Awards are a way we can thank the people who have improved our neighborhood.”
       The categories are: Historic Preservation, New Construction, Exterior Remodel/Addition, Curb Appeal/ Landscaping and (businesses only) Signage.
       Impartial judges decide on the winners. The results will be announced, and the awards presented, at the OWN town hall meeting Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Westside Community Center.
       For more information and/or nomination forms, Clark can be reached at 471-4740 or welling80904@yahoo.com.
       Nature Center help day
       The Bear Creek Nature Center welcomes volunteers Saturday, Sept. 25 to help spruce up the property around the center, at 245 Bear Creek Road.
       Work times for the Family Stewardship Day will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include tree-planting, garden work, creek clean-up, trail renovation and invasive-species removal. Volunteers can stay as long as they like, a press release notes.
       Tools, a light lunch, and a barbecue dinner will be provided.
       Reservations are necessary at 520-6387.
       Coat the Community
       The sixth annual Coat the Community Drive has started. In conjunction with the Springs Rescue Mission, Harris Group Realty is accepting donations of new or lightly used coats, mittens, scarves, sweaters, snowsuits, hats and other winter wear through Nov. 15.
       Also accepted will be nonperishable food items.
       The Harris office is in the Kissing Camel Office Park, 2950 Professional Place, Suite 205, just east of Coronado High School.
       For more information, call 227-9900.
       Crafters staying on
       The Saturday morning crafters on the lawn around the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., will continue through the end of September.
       After announcing the weekly mini-fair would end after Sept. 11, Jo Cervone of the sponsoring Old Colorado City Historical Society said the time frame is being extended “due to popular demand.”
       Seek highway sponsors
       The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is looking for corporate sponsors for litter removal on Westside-area segments of the state highway system.
       According to CDOT spokesperson Mindy Crane, a corporate sponsor's financial contribution is recognized by a sign.
       Segments totalling six miles are available on Highway 24 from I-25 to Manitou and on four miles of I-25 from Garden of the Gods Road to the Cimarron interchange, Crane said.
       For more information, call 719-546-5426 (a long-distance Pueblo number).

Westside Pioneer/press releases