Westside Briefs:
TOSC helps with Rock Ledge fundraiser

       People can have “A Sweet Time at the Ranch” Sunday, Oct. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.
       The event will be a fundraiser for the facility off Gateway Road at 30th Street. The hosts are the ranch, along with the Westside-based Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC).
       Featured activities will include old-time music, a barn dance, a pie contest, wagon rides, house tours, kids games and a dessert auction.
       According to Susan Davies, TOSC director, “The joint fundraiser is designed to help raise money for their [the ranch's] immediate needs (to keep the doors open through next year) and provide support for our Sustainable Parks Initiative - which we hope will be a long-term solution to treasures like Rock Ledge.”
       The cost of admission is $12 ($6 for children 16 and under). For advance tickets, call 633-6884.
       OCCHS program Oct. 8
       In a program Friday, Oct. 8 titled “Looking Back: Interwoven Histories of Native Americans and the Europeans,” Johnie Jackson will discuss “the early interaction of these cultures which influenced the politics and events of the American West.”
       The location will be the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., with the starting time 11 a.m.
       Jackson is a board member of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), a volunteer nonprofit organization that owns and operates the center.
       For more information, call 636-1225.
       Crystal mining talk
       “Crystal Mining in the Crystal Peak Area” will be the subject of a talk by Joseph Dorris at a dinner meeting of the Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners Monday, Oct. 11.
       The event will start at 6 p.m. in the Colorado Springs Masonic Hall,
       1130 Panorama Drive. The cost with dinner is $15.
       Dorris is a miner, mineral collector and dealer, as well as owner of Glacier Peak Mining and will provide “insight into the depths of mining and producing Colorado mineral specimens,” according to a press release.
       In its 25th year, the Glacier Peak Mining company works amazonite claims in the Crystal Peak Mining District north of Florissant and topaz crystals from a mine in the Tarryall Mountains, north of Lake George.
       For more information, call Bob DeWitt at 473-0330 or e-mail posse@dewittenterprises.com.

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