Westside Briefs:
Open house at Fire Station 3

       Fire Station 5 met the public Oct. 10, and Fire Station 3 will have its turn Sunday, Oct. 18 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Andrew Cahill of Fire Station 5, 2830 W. Colorado Ave., shows a group of young citizens how firefighters dress for work during the station's open house Oct. 10 as part of Fire Prevention Month. Fire Station 3, at 922 W. Colorado Ave., will have its open house Sunday, Oct. 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. People can drop in any time.
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       The drop-in open houses are part of Fire Prevention Month. “It's just a chance for people to get to know the station and what services we provide the community and the neighborhood,” said Station 3 firefighter Keith Vetter. “It also gives us an opportunity to teach fire safety.”
       The 4,500-square-foot Station 3 is located on a 15,300 square-foot lot at 922 W. Colorado Ave. It serves an area west to 21st Street, north to about Uintah Street, south to Motor City and east to about the interstate. The station is manned around the clock, with a total of 15 firefighters working 4-at-a-time shifts.
       At Fire Station 5, 2830 W. Colorado Ave., a dozen or more people stopped by despite low temperatures and freezing rain Oct. 10. Tours of the station (from basement to second floor) were provided, along with a PowerPoint presentation about the Fire Department and the station's special training in high angle rescues.
       Local railroad enthusiast Art Crawford will discuss “Railroads of the Pikes Peak Region” in the A Look at the Garden lecture series Tuesday, Oct. 20 at noon at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. The free program will last about 30 minutes.
       The center is at 1805 N. 30th St. 219-0108.
       The Pikes Peak Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) #143 will host more than 150 Eagle members from across the state for the Colorado State Fall Conference Friday and Saturday, October 16-17 at the Pikes Peak Aerie, 1050 S. 21st St. in Colorado Springs.
       During the conference, the Eagles will learn about ways to improve their aeries and auxiliaries and help their local communities while meeting new Eagle members, a press release states. Past Grand Worthy President Robert Wahls is scheduled to attend.
       Founded in 1898, the FOE, an international service organization, donates more than $100 million annually to charities and individuals and is currently fundraising $25 million for the FOE Diabetes Research Center.
       The Pikes Peak Eagles chapter started in 1901.
       For more information, call 632-1934.
       An orientation class for people who want to be volunteer information receptionists at the Bear Creek Nature Center will be Saturday, Oct. 24 at the center, 245 Bear Creek Road.
       The class time is 9 to 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required at 520-6387.
       The Bear Creek Nature Center, an element of El Paso County Parks, provides programs, guided hikes, exhibits and other activities.

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