Westside Briefs:
Councilmember town hall Nov. 5

       City Councilmember Don Knight will hold two District 1 town hall meetings in November, one of them on the Westside.
       The latter session will be Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Conservation & Environ-mental Center, 2855 Mesa Road, Conference Room 1045.
       The purpose of the meetings is to “solicit residents' input on the top issues facing our city as well as other topics of concern,” a press release states, and lists the following: 2014 budget, downtown development (“City for Champions”), North Nevada Task Force and utility rates.
      
       Christmas shoeboxes
       A Westside “packing party” for the annual Operation Christmas Child, an international charity drive, will be held Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Calvary Worship Center, 501 Castle Road,
       The time range is 1 to 3:30 p.m. Anyone can participate.
       People are asked to bring gifts or functional items to help fill shoeboxes that will join others from around the world to be sent to millions of needy children. Calvary's goal is to have 1,200 shoebox gifts - twice the number from last year, according to local event spokesperson Melissa Klute.
      
       Western Slope story
       “Fruit Production of the Grand River Valley, 1885-1918” is the title of a presentation scheduled at the Old Colorado City History Center Friday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m.
       The speaker will be Tom VanWormer, who will discuss how the extension of rail lines helped popularize the fruit crops of the rural area around the Colorado River that came to include the towns of Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade.
       VamWormer is a retired aerospace engineer with an interest in the Colorado Midland Railway and model railroading.
       Owned and operated by the volunteer Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), the History Center is at 1 S. 24th St.
       Admission is free to OCCHS members, $5 for nonmembers.
      
       Board members needed
       The City of Colorado Springs is taking applications for citizen volunteers to serve on the Old Colorado City Security and Maintenance District Advisory Committee.
       Composed of seven members, the committee advises the City Council on security and maintenance needs in a geographically defined district that consists mainly of the Old Colorado City shopping area.
       To be eligible, prospective members must own property within the district or represent an entity that does.
       Committee members serve three-year terms and meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. New members would take office in January.
       According to current member Judy Kasten, one definite vacancy exists and there could also be a second.
       Letters of interest and resumes must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 15 to sgunther@springs.gov or mail to City Council; Attention Samantha Gunther; P.O. Box 1575; Colorado Springs, CO 80901.
       For more information, call 385-5453.
      
       Veterans Day dance
       The International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., will host a USO Dance in honor of Veterans Day Saturday, Nov. 9 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Live music will be provided by the Bakersfield Band.
       The cost per person is $10. Uniforms, period attire or red, white and blue colors are welcome.
       The club also holds regular dances most Saturday nights.
       For more information, call Judy Nelson at 633-0195 or go to internationaldanceclub.org.

Westside Pioneer/press releases