Westside Briefs:
RTA reps to discuss 21st/24 project

       Representatives of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) are scheduled to attend the Thursday, Oct. 14 meeting of the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) board to talk about the recently completed RTA safety project at Highway 24 and 21st Street.
       Open to the public, the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
       OWN President Welling Clark said he is concerned about the new configuration for northbound 21st Street drivers that gives them two lanes across the intersection but narrows it back to one lane before the bridge over Fountain Creek. He said he has heard about two near-accidents resulting from that restriping since the project was finished in August.
       Cornstalk sales for goats
       The Bear Creek Garden Association (BCGA) will sell bundles of dry, decorative cornstalks at the gardens Saturday, Oct. 9 and 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The garden is located off Rio Grande Street in Bear Creek Park east of 21st Street.
       The goal, according to Char Nymann, head of the BCGA, is to finish a year-long fundraising effort to raise $6,000 to bring a goat herd later this month to the 20-acre buffer area around the BCGA garden to eat and trample the noxious weeds there, meanwhile adding fertilization.
       The goats were last at Bear Creek a year ago.
       A cooperative of organic gardeners, the BCGA uses the goats, when it can afford them, instead of chemical sprays to control the weeds. Otherwise, the volunteers have historically dug up the weeds themselves.
       For more information, call 473- 5827.
       Art show at library
       Paintings by Kuakini (aka Tom Gray) are on display in the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., during October. A painter for 50 years, Gray is originally from Hawaii. The exhibit is free and open to the public when the library is open.
       Westside CARES musical
       Westside CARES will present an original show for its third annual musical and silent auction musical Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m.
       The location will be the Holy Theophany Orthodox Church Fellowship Hall, 2770 N. Chestnut St.
       Titled “G.L.E.E. - Giving Love Everywhere, Everyone,” the musical is written by Colorado Springs native Jessica Gisin, with Emory John Collinson as director and Liz Kochis music director, according to the current edition of the Connection, the Westside CARES newsletter.
       The suggested donation for admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students, along with a nonperishable food donation.
       A consortium of 21 churches, Westside CARES provides emergency assistance to the poor, including a food pantry at the Westside Community Center.
       For more information, call Deb Mitguard 389-0759.
       Center's 10th anniversary
       The First Steps Spirituality Center's will celebrate its 10th anniversary Sunday, Oct. 10 at Garden of the Gods Country Club, 3320 Mesa Road.
       The public is invited from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will include live music and a silent auction.
       Located downtown, First Steps “is dedicated to providing spiritual support to hurting children and teens at no cost,” a press release states.
       For more information, call 520-9024.
       Minor GHM amendment
       The Gold Hill Mesa development group has applied for a minor amendment to its previously approved, 139-lot Phase 1 Development Plan. “The revisions involve replacement of previously approved multi-family units with townhome units,” according to the developers' application to the city, noting also that the result will mean “no modification to the street or alley layout or to the density of the project.”
       Also part of the application are final plats for the three locations that would become townhomes.
       Located off Lower Gold Camp Road, 21st Street and Highway 24, Gold Hill Mesa is masterplanned for about 1,000 homes.

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