Westside Briefs:
Charity welcomes new volunteers

       Operation Christmas Child, a worldwide charity effort with a Westside presence at Calvary Worship Center, is looking for volunteers to help process “shoe box gifts” for needy children.
       Calvary, a relay station for the gifts, will be receiving them at different times during the project's National Collection Week Monday, Nov. 16 to Monday, Nov. 23. The church is at 505 Castle Road.
       The boxes are filled with with toys, necessity items, school supplies, candy and a letter of encouragement.
       Operation Christmas Child, a project of international relief through the Samaritan's Purse evangelism organization, has collected and hand-delivered more than 68 million shoe box gifts to “hurting kids” in some 130 countries since 1993, a press release states.
       Calvary's contact person is Westsider Sue McGinty, who has been helping with the effort for about eight years. “I love the enthusiasm, giving to children at this time of year, at Christmas,” she said. “For me personally it is the message of Jesus.”
       Anyone wishing to help can call McGinty at 502-5277.
       An illustrated program at the Old Colorado City History Center will discuss the city of Fountain's 150-year history Friday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m.
       The speaker will be Dorothy Boyd, a historian and member of the Fountain Historical Society.
       The talk will include “little known facts of early El Paso County history, including early Indians, forts, railroads and cattle ranches to stories of the residents as well as water issues,” a press release states.
       There is no charge, but donations are accepted.
       The History Center, 1 S. 24th St., is owned and operated by the The Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS).
       For more information, call 636-1225.
       “Early Women Photographers of the Pikes Peak Region” is the title of a presentation at the Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners dinner meeting Monday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m.
       The location will be the Colorado Springs Masonic Hall, 1130 Panorama Drive.
       Pikes Peak Posse members Brenda Hawley and Nancy Bathke will present a program “highlighting the history of early women photographers who helped document the rich history of the Pikes Peak Region,” a press release states.
       The program is free with purchase of a $15 catered dinner.
       Reservations are necessary from Bob DeWitt at 473-0330 (daytime number) or by e-mail at posse@dewittenterprises.com.
       The West Center will host a church bazaar in the center's gymnasium Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       With 25 to 30 tables selling arts and crafts, the event will raise money for the Rocky Mountain Center For Spiritual Living, which holds its services at the Hillside Community Center southeast of downtown.
       There is no admission charge. Some church musicians will perform live music, said church member Lee Louzon.
       The West Center is at 1628 W. Bijou St. The phone is 385-7920.

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