Westside Briefs:
OCCHS dinner at Carriage Stop

       Reservations are being taken until Oct. 8 for the Annual Membership Dinner of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 12.
       The get-together will occur for the first time at the Carriage Stop, a 4,000-square-foot hall south of Highway 24 at 2700 Robinson St.
       Starting at 6 p.m., the evening will include dinner and dessert (catered by Thunder & Buttons) and entertainment by Gold Fever Chronicles (featuring Old West reenactors).
       The cost is $18 for OCCHS members and $20 for non-members.
       For more information, call the OCCHS' History Center (open Tuesday to Saturday) at 636-1225.

The Eichingers - Teri and Steve and youngsters Emilio and Elena - enjoy the new bench on the patio by the west (parking lot) entrance to the Old Colorado City Library Sept. 24. Their desserts came from the Ice Cream Social and Book Sale, organized by the library's Friends group as part of the annual commemoration of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, whose 1904 donation of $10,000 allowed the library to be built in what was then the separate town of Colorado City.
Westside Pioneer photo

       'Pre-Halloween' dance
       Early, discounted reservations are being taken through Oct. 12 for a “Pre-Halloween Dinner and Dance” featuring Phat Daddy & the Phat Horn Doctors at the Colorado Springs Shrine Club Saturday, Oct. 22.
       The buffet-style dinner will be catered by Bambino's.
       The club is at 6 S. 33rd St., with the dining and dancing in its large hall. Overall, the event will be from 5:30 to 11 p.m.
       Ticket prices are $35 for dinner (including a coupon for a beer or well drink) and the show. After Oct. 12, prices will go up to $40. Those just wanting to come for the music can pay a $5 cover charge after 7:30 p.m.
       According to Shrine Club event coordinator Pamela Boone, the Shriners will donate proceeds to their charity hospitals.
       For more information, call 208-9810 or e-mail CSSCEvents@yahoo.com.
       'Look' back at Garden
       Garden of the Gods-related presentations by local specialists will be free and open to the public on Tuesdays from Oct. 4 to Dec. 20.
       Each of the talks will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Red Rocks Room at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St. An optional (not free) lunch in the center's cafeteria will follow in what the center calls its “Lunch & A Look at the Garden” series.
       The speakers, their topics and scheduled dates are as follow:
  • Susan Fletcher (Glen Eyrie historian), “A Reading Circle Circa 1909” - Oct. 4, Nov. 29 and Dec. 13.
  • Cliff and Jane Eisenach (GoG volunteer naturalists), “Wild Cats in the Garden” - Oct. 11.
  • Bret Tennis (GoG Park lead naturalist), “Wildlife in the Park” - Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20.
  • Ken and Jan Hardison, GoG volunteers and Palmer historians, “General Palmer's $: How He Got It and How He Spent It” - Oct. 25 and Nov. 22.
  • Pat Williams (Pikes Peak Chapter of the Colo-rado Archaeological Soci-ety), “Rock Art” - Nov. 1.
  • Paul deBergeois (professional GoG photographer), “Places You've Always Seen…and Never Noticed” - Nov. 8 and Dec. 6.
           Reservations are suggested at 219-0108.
           Oct. 3 voting reg cutoff
           Monday, Oct. 3 is the last day citizens can register to vote for the Nov. 1 all-mail election.
           Choices on the ballot will include nine candidates for four seats on the District 11 Board of Education. One of the candidates is community volunteer Nora Brown, who started the PTA at Coronado High School.
           There is also a ballot question in which Colorado Springs voters can repeal an ordinance requiring the city to levy a tax on citizens if there's an operating deficit at Memorial Hospital.
           People can register to vote online at www.GoVoteColorado.com or at an El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Office location Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The nearest to the Westside are the offices at the Citizen Service Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road; and Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave.
           Typically elections are the first Tuesday after the first Monday, but the Colorado Constitution states that ballot issue elections in odd-numbered years are to be held on the first Tuesday in November, according to the county.
           For more information, call 520-6222 or go to elpasoco.com.
           Rotary honors exchange
           Five international exchange students from Coronado High School joined 115 of their counterparts at the annual Foreign Exchange Student Luncheon sponsored by the Garden of the Gods Rotary Club.
           The event, which has continued for more than 20 years, recognizes the visiting students and gives them a chance to meet other exchange students in the area, according to Carla Vauthrin of the Rotary. In all, the students at the luncheon represented 22 high schools and 32 countries.
           The five from Coronado are Bermiet Dzhumadilova, Kyrgyzstan; Siti Sholikha, Indonesia; Astrid Nielsen, Denmark; Helene Faeraas, Norway; and Julia Fritzsch, Germany.
           'Life Chain' Oct. 2
           Colorado Springs supporters of the National Life Chain plan to line up along Centennial Boulevard between Fillmore Street and Garden of the Gods Road Sunday, Oct. 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
           The annual event, taking place at the same time in different locations across the country, is intended for prayer and the display of pro-life signs, according to the National Life Chain website. Anyone is welcome to join.
           “It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death,” states a press release from Michael and Amanda Bourda, spokespersons for the Colorado Springs event.
           They also are asking participants to bring donations of formula for local pregnancy crisis centers “in an effort to offer women experiencing crisis pregnancies a real choice,” the Bourdas' press release states.
           Harvest Fest at ranch
           Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will hold its annual Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 1.
           There is no admission charge. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
           Commemorating the traditional fall harvest, activities will include wagon rides, pumpkin-picking, historic-house tours and a silent auction for folk art. Fees apply in some cases.
           The ranch is off Gateway Road at 30th Street.

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