‘Masquerade’ fund-raiser for OCC Library Oct. 29

       A “Masquerade” Satur-day, Oct. 29 will make no effort to disguise its goal of raising money for the Old Colorado City Branch Library's restoration campaign.
       “Help preserve a Westside treasure with a festive Masquerade featuring wine, music, entertainment, a silent auction, and food from 11 Westside restaurants,” reads a press release from the Pikes Peak Library District.
       The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St. Ticket prices are $35 each and will include a wine bar, food, and live entertainment.
       Proceeds will help pay for construction projects inside and outside the Carnegie building - one of only 17 still operating as libraries in Colorado.
       Entertainment will in-clude performances by the Classical Academy, a jazz trio, and a Shakespeare group. Costumes are optional.
       The event will be hosted by the Old Colorado City Carnegie Library Preserva-tion Campaign to raise money for building repairs at the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. The History Center, a half-block from the library, will be the site of the Masquerade because it has more space.
       The total cost to preserve the Old Colorado City Branch is estimated at $1.7 million. Some of the building's problems include walls pulling away from the foundation, poor drainage, plaster cracks and rotting window frames. The preservation will be done in three phases and is expected to take several years to complete.
       Donations to the project are still being sought. For more information, call the library at 634-1698.

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