Westside Briefs:
Dog Park clean-up Oct. 27

       Ghouls & Stools, an annual Halloween-time cleanup of the Bear Creek Dog Park, is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 to 11 a.m.
       Volunteers are welcome. The 20-acre facility, which is free and open to the public, is off South 21st Street at Rio Grande.
       The event is co-sponsored by El Paso County Parks and the Friends of Bear Creek Dog Park.
       Bags and plastic gloves will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a shovel, rake or other devices for picking up after dogs.
       For more information, call 520-6983.
       Streetlights turning on
       The City of Colorado Springs is nearly halfway through the process of turning back on all its arterial streetlights, according to a city press release.
       The process began Oct. 1. At the time, 3,500 streetlights were still deactivated. The last of these lights will be turned back on by mid-November, the release states.
       “Streetlights are an important function in any urban environment to help provide better visibility and increase safety for drivers and pedestrians traveling at night,” Transportation Manager Kathleen Krager was quoted in the release.
       City Council turned off approximately 8,000 streetlights in 2009 - on arterial streets as well as in residential areas - as a $1.3 million cost-cutting move.
       All residential streetlights were turned back on in 2010.
       Budget savings this year, helped fund the $150,000 needed to turn the lights back on, the release adds. The electric cost to keep the remaining 3,500 lights on will be approximately $100,000 annually.
       Garden 'Look' continues
       The free, weekly “Look at the Garden” series, by local historians or outdoor specialists is continuing at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.
       Reservations are necessary at 219-0108.
       Upcoming speakers, their subjects and dates will be:
       Bret Tennis, “The Amazing World of Honey Ants,” Nov. 13; and “Big Horn Sheep,” Dec. 11.
       Susan Fletcher, “Palmer's Daughters - A Look at Life at the Glen,” Oct. 23, Nov. 27 and Dec. 18.
       Jeanne McElderry, “Bats at the Garden,” Oct. 30.
       Dave Wallace, “Palmer's Civil War Story,” Nov. 6 and Dec. 4.

Westside Pioneer/press releases