Westside Briefs:
PD HOT Team to give presentation Oct. 10

       A presentation by the Homeless Outreach (HOT) Team of the Colorado Springs Police Department's Gold Hill Division is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the division, 955 W. Moreno Ave.
       The talk is free and open to the public.
       For more information, call the Gold Hill station at 385-2100.
       Outdoorsman at OCCHC
       In 2010 and 2011, “Ranger Dave” Van Manen backpacked the Colorado Trail to raise funds for the nature education programs at his Mountain Park Environmental Center in Beulah.
       He will speak Friday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
       According to a press release, his program will include the history of the Colorado Trail, a scenic slide show, hiking stories from the trail's 486 miles and a performance of “some of the songs he kept himself company with on the many solo miles of the trek.”
       Admission is free for members of the Old Colorado City Historical Society and $5 for non-members.
       Van Manen has written a field guide on plants of southern Colorado; he is also founder and director of the Mountain Park center (hikeandlearn.org).
       Comedian at fundraiser
       Josh Blue, a nationally known comedian, will be featured at a fundraising event for Special Kids Special Families (SKSF) Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd.
       “A Night of Comedy: Boots, Buckles & Chuckles” is scheduled from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $85 in advance at SKSFfundraisers.org or 447-8983 x20.
       Proceeds will go to Zach's Place, a respite care center for kids with disabilities.
       According to a press release, Blue won NBC's “Last Comic Standing” competition. “Blue has cerebral palsy & many of his jokes are centered on living with his disability,” the release adds.

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