Westside Briefs:
3 ArtSports gymnasts at Worlds

       Sam Chiacchia, Kristen Bowman and Lauren Harclerode will leave Colorado Springs Nov. 20, according to their ArtSports coach, Tex Womack, who will accompany them.
       The three will represent the United States in the World Age Group competiton in London Nov. 24-27. Womack is an assistant coach with the U.S. squad.
       Chiacchia, 15, will compete in age 15-16 trampoline and as one of a pair (his partner is from Illinois) in 17-18 synchronized trampoline. Bowman and Harclerode will each compete in 17-18 double-mini trampoline.
       Chiacchia and Bowman both have international experience, with the former having taken a bronze medal in synchronized at last year's WAG event in France and Bowman just missing out with a fourth place in double mini.
       The three ArtSports athletes qualified as a result of performances in national competitions this year.
       ArtSports is a privately owned gymastics facility in Holland Park.
       Grants for literacy effort
       Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD), headquartered on the Westside, received two grants totaling $8,850 for its literacy initiative “All CPCD Reads.” The program, announced last month, was established in partnership with United Way's “Success by 6” early learning program to increase low- income families' access to books and encourage parents to get involved early in their child's education, a press release states.
       Books are collected through grants, donations, community drives and low-cost purchases through book banks. For more information, contact cnal@cpcd.org or 884-1452.
       Free HIV testing
       Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains' Westside health center, 3480 Centennial Blvd., will offer the public free HIV testing on Dec. 1 (also World AIDS Day), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       Appointments are requested, but not required at 475-7162.

Westside Pioneer/press releases