Westside Briefs:
Holiday Evening at Rock Ledge Dec. 17

       The Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will present its annual “Holiday Evening” Saturday, Dec. 17 from 4 to 8 p.m.
       The event will present various old-time Christmas activities, including wagon rides, a barn dance and an 1800s-era St. Nicholas. People can also visit the blacksmith shop, follow lantern-lit paths to the cabin or take docent-led tours of the seasonally decorated Rock Ledge House and Orchard House.
       Admission is $8 for adults, with discounts for others.
       Another annual December offering at the ranch is the Holiday Tea and Tours, featuring “intimate tours” of both houses, followed by tea and other treats, according to the Rock Ledge brochure. Scheduled are tours Dec. 10 and 11 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Costs are $20 a person. Reservations are necessary at 578- 6777.
       The ranch is off Gateway Road at 30th Street.
       Indian Center Potluck
       The Colorado Springs Indian Center invites the community to its annual Christmas Potluck Dinner Saturday, Dec. 17 from noon to 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 701 N. 20th St.
       Attendees are asked to bring a side dish to share.
       For attendees, the event will include a “giveaway” of items to children as well as adults, according to center spokesperson Jim Ramirez.
       RSVP is requested by Dec. 12 at 599-8630.
       PPACG grant denial
       A $1.5 million sustainability planning grant request for the Pikes Peak region has been turned down by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
       The money would have largely funded two employees for the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) over three years to develop a plan for implementing local sustainability goals.
       “Of the 190 applicants in our category, only 29 were selected,” pointed out PPACG spokesperson Jason Wilkinson.
       The grant had been requested last September.
       RTP draft to public
       A draft of the updated regional transportation plan is available for review on the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) website: ppacg.org.
       Comments will be accepted there and at a public meeting Monday, Dec. 19 at PPACG offices, 15 S. 7th St., from 3 to 7 p.m.
       The document will update the plan through 2035. It “provides the foundation for all other aspects of transportation decision making by establishing the vision and goals for transportation within a region and identifying strategies for implementation,” a PPACG press release states.
       PPACG is the regional planning body for a three-county region including El Paso. The PPACG Board of Directors is scheduled to act on the document at its Jan. 11 meeting.
       Art show at restaurant
       A fundraising art show is scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Front Range Barbeque 2330 West Colorado Ave.
       The event, intended to help Care & Share, will be from 6 to 9 p.m.
       The works of eight artists will be featured.
       Attendees are asked to bring a can of nonperishable food.

Westside Pioneer/press releases