Biz Buzz:
Therapeutic Riding fundraiser Oct. 20

       Clarks Metal & Speed will host a fundraising event for the Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
       According to a press release, “six of the best old-school pinstripers in the area” will apply their craft to vehicles that are brought in, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the Therapeutic Riding Center.
       The center uses horseback riding as a way to help children and adults with a range of physical and/or mental issues. It's the “ultimate horsepower,” states the website for Clarks, a hotrod shop that opened this year at 106 S. Chestnut St. The phone is 360-1131.
       6 restaurants in wine tour
       Six Old Colorado City restaurants have combined for a promotion with the slogan “around the world in wine and food in two blocks.”
       Starting this month, the Old Colorado City Wine Bar Tour is being offered Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. For a set price, customers will be able to sample the food and wine from six wine-making regions at La Baguette (France), Motif (California), 2South (Washington/Oregon), Jake & Telly's (Greece), Pizzeria Rustica (Italy) and Tapateria (Spain).
       Dave Brackett, who owns the latter two establishments, said he had the idea because people seem to like “multi-venue events” and “we have a lot of different places within two blocks for folks to enjoy wine and food. It will also hopefully increase traffic to the avenue in general.”
       'Aesosp' show begins
       David Simpich is presenting his original production of “Aesop” through Nov. 4.
       The location is the Simpich Showcase Marionette Theatre, 2413 W. Colorado Ave., with shows Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.
       Base admission costs are $12 for adults, with lower prices for others.
       Performances are recommended for adults and school-age children.
       The cast consists of Simpich as Aesop (a slave in ancient Greece whose fables are still told), as well as marionettes and hand puppets Simpich built.
       For more information, or to buy tickets, call 465-2492 or go to

Westside Pioneer/press release