‘Service’ day targets 12 Westside sites

       Twelve places on the Westside will get a helping hand Saturday, Oct. 8.
       Up to 300 volunteers are being sought to do clean-up, painting, weeding, trail work or other chores for what's being called A Day of Service.
       With about 100 signed up early this week, volunteers are still welcome, organizer Frank Shoptaugh said.
       The effort is being coordinated through the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., with volunteers asked to meet there at 8 a.m. before deploying to the different locations.
       Shoptaugh is working with ACTS (A Call to Serve), the action arm of Woodmen Valley Chapel, which also operates the center. He said ACTS does 7 to 10 service projects a year with about 80 volunteers a time, but “this one is a bit larger.”
       The locations are:
       Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Garden of the Gods, Silver Key, Midland Elementary, Community Partnership for Child Development, A-1 Mobile Home Park, Buena Vista Elementary, Greccio Housing, Bristol Elemen-tary, Bijou School, Westside Elementary and the Westside Center.
       The plan at all the places is “to help perform various jobs that are needed to enhance their beauty and condition,” according to advance project information. In all cases except Silver Key, representatives of the different sites will also be on hand, the information shows.
       Asked how he decided on the sites, Shoptaugh said, “We did a lot of work and talked to people.”
       Volunteers can contact representatives from the individual locations in advance, or they can call Shoptaugh at 641-9332 or e-mail franks@weichert.com.

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