Westside Briefs:
Nature Center to lighten up Dec. 6

       The annual Bear Creek by Candlelight will be Friday, Dec. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road.
       The event will feature live music, craft opportunities, Santa Claus, food and drink and luminaria-lit trails near the center.
       A $4 donation is asked ($12 per family of four).
       For more information, call 520-6387.
       Rock Ledge Holiday Teas
       The Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will host its annual Holiday Teas & Tours starting Dec. 6.
       The city-owned ranch's two historic buildings (the Rock Ledge House and Orchard House) will be decorated for the occasion. For a $20 admission fee, visitors will receive “intimate” tours of both houses followed by tea and treats, according to a Rock Ledge flyer.
       Reservations are necessary. The available dates/times are Dec. 6, 7, 8, 18, and 19 at 11 a.m.; and Dec. 7 and 8 at 2 p.m.
       For more information, call 578-6777.
       Space center event
       The Space Foundation will offer a day of space history and winter-weather presentations at its Discovery Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
       Included will be hands-on demonstrations with Cool Science from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a talk from 1 to 1:45 p.m. by Brendan Curry, a Space Foundation executive, on how national government policy decisions “drive, or sometimes hurt, U.S. space efforts,” a press release states.
       The Discovery Cener is at 4425 Arrowswest Drive, just off of Garden of the Gods Road.
       Admission fees are $9 for adults, with discounts for others.
       Volksmarch for needy
       The Falcon Wanderers Volksmarch Club invites participants to a holiday walk Saturday, Dec. 7 in Old Colorado City which will be a fundraiser for the needy.
       The meeting place will be Central Christian Church, 2002 W. Pikes Peak Ave., with registration from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
       Including a portion of the Midland Trail and city streets and sidewalks, routes of three or six miles are offered.
       Registrants are asked to bring non-perishable food items or cash for the Pikes Peak Community Action Agency, which provides food baskets for low-income people.
       For more information, call 632-9320 or email walking@falconwanderers.org.
       Transportation open house
       The public is invited to an open house Dec. 5 on the proposed goals and performance measures for the region's 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
       The drop-in session will be from 4 to 7 p.m. in the lower floor of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Govern-ments (PPACG) building, 15 S. Seventh St.
       The goals/measures consist of 13 concepts intended to develop/keep a quality road system for the region, including points about mobility as well as about social, political and pollution issues in keeping with federal funding mandates.
       Comments must be submitted in person, by e-mail (yroberts@ppacg.org), and/or mail before Dec. 16.
       To view the proposed goals and performance measures, visit the PPACG website at ppacg.org/programs/transportation and select “Goals and Performance Measures.”
       Over the coming months, the 2040 RTP planning process will move on to “policies and priorities,” a press release states.
       Police gift drive starts
       Colorado Springs Police have started their 25th annual Christmas Gift Drive (the 14th in partnership with Christmas Unlimited and 5th with Teens with Promise).
       New, unwrapped presents can be dropped off in the lobbies of each city police station, including Westside's Gold Hill, 955 W. Moreno Ave. For more information, call 444-7410.

Westside Pioneer/press releases