Westside Briefs:
‘Dressing Mr. Lincoln’ at OCCHC

       A talk on President Abraham Lincoln's final days and how he was dressed will be given at the Old Colorado City History Center Friday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m.
       The presenters of “Dressing Mr. Lincoln” will be historical clothier Denise Winter and Lincoln enactor and historian John Voehl.
       The center is at 1 S. 24th St. Admission is free, although donations are welcome.
       For more information, call 636-1225.
       GoG makes top-10 list
       The city's Garden of the Gods Park has been designated one of 10 Great Public Spaces for 2011 by the American Planning Association (APA).
       According to APA Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, if it were not for certain ownership issues in the 1870s, the Garden “would have been America's second national park, a status it undoubtedly merited.” He added that the Garden's “most recent master plan… has reduced the potential for degradation and deterioration, ensuring that this magnificent landscape will be enjoyed by future generations.”
       In addition to the master plan direction, park upkeep has been aided by a percentage of annual retail proceeds from the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.
       APA is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization with members working in communities around the country.
       New dance phone number
       The contact phone number has changed from the original press release (as reported in the Sept. 29 Westside Pioneer) for the Shrine Club's Pre-Halloween Dinner and Dance Oct. 22. The new number is 217-5121.
       Craft fair to aid charities
       The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary 13981 will hold its annual Craft Fair & More Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       The location is the Sacred Heart Parish Center, located at the northeast corner of 21st Street and Colorado Avenue.
       Admission is free. The Knights of Columbus' proceeds will go to local charities, a press release states.
       VA requests donations
       The Veterans Affairs Homeless Program, located in the VA clinic building at 25 N. Spruce St., is asking for help in furnishing apartments for veterans who receive HUD housing vouchers through the VA. Donations of furniture, household items and food are requested.
       Also needed is a large space (400 square feet or more) to store and sort donations. For more information, call 471-8527.

Westside Pioneer/press releases