Westside Briefs:
County Parks master plan meeting Nov. 27

       A report on citizen feedback to date, as well as new ideas, will be presented at the next public workshop on the El Paso County Parks master plan update Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road.
       The update “will guide planning and budgeting for park system improvements and programs for the next 5 to 10 years,” a press release states.
       The public is welcome to attend, with meeting participants asked to provide suggestions of their own.
       For more information contact Elaine Kleckner of the El Paso County Community Services Department at 520-6999 or elainekleckner@elpasoco.com.
       Volksmarch in Old Town
       The Falcon Wanderers Volksmarch Club invites participants to a holiday walk Saturday, Dec. 1 in Old Colorado City.
       The meeting place will be Central Christian Church, 2002 W. Pikes Peak Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Routes of three or six miles on street and sidewalks are offered.
       “Come join us for some hot cider, a cookie or two and an invigorating walk,” reads a Falcon Wanderers press release.
       There is no fee. Non-perishable food items or cash can be donated for the Billie Spielman Center to help with food baskets for the needy.
       For more information, call 632-9320 or email walking@falconwanderers.org.
       New Horizons recital
       A chamber music recital by elements of the New Horizons Band will offer a mix of musical genres Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Evangelical Free Church, 820 N. 30th St.
       Performers will include a brass quintet and clarinet and flute duets, as well as soloists on flute, classical guitar, bass clarinet, euphonium and horn.
       There is no admission charge, but a free-will offering is requested for the church. For more information, call 460-7352.
       Organized by long-time area band leader Ed Nuccio, New Horizons consists of several volunteer-musician bands that practice regularly at First Evangelical.
       CSU's 'Green Santa'
       A “green Santa” will be featured at an open house Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Colorado Springs Utilities' Conservation & Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road.
       Going from 8 a.m. to noon, the event will include free exchanges of traditional holiday lights for LEDs or CFLs, which use less energy, according to Utilities. There also will be educational activities for children and chances to talk with conservation specialists.
       Proceeds from all recycled lights will benefit Project COPE, which helps needy people pay utility bills.

Westside Pioneer/press releases