Westside Briefs:
Rock Ledge Ranch’s Holiday Evening Dec. 12

       A “Holiday Evening” will be at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Saturday, Dec. 12.
       Featuring a variety of old-time activities inside and outside - including wagon rides, a barn dance and an 1800s-style St. Nicholas - the annual event will be from 4 to 8 p.m.
       Admission is $6 for adults, with discounts for others.
       The ranch is off Gateway Road at 30th Street.

       The ArtSports gymnasium and training facility will sponsor a clinic for advanced athletes Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 12-13.
       The event, which is free and open to the public for viewing, will feature former world tumbling champion Chad Fox, from Gym Fit, Inc. of Marshall, Texas.
       The times are 8 a.m. to noon and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.
       Also on hand will be Jon Black, from Aspire gym in Chandler, Ariz., who was one of the coaches at the World Age Group Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia, in November. One of the athletes he worked with at Worlds is Sam Chiacchia of ArtSports, who finished fifth in double-mini trampoline.
       ArtSports is at 780 Vondelpark Drive in Holland Park.
      
       Colorado Springs Police have started their annual Christmas Toy Drive in partnership with Christmas Unlimited and - new this year - Teens with Promise.
       Through Christmas Day, collection boxes will be in the lobbies of each city police station, including the Westside's Gold Hill Division, 955 W. Moreno Ave. Citizens may drop off new, unwrapped toys in the boxes at any time. The stations are always open.
       Colorado Springs Police will be identifying families that are unable to provide Christmas gifts for their children. In the past, the children's age group had been limited to 12 and under, but teens are now included as well because of the Teens with Promise involvement, a press release states.
       Teens with Promise is a local non-profit that serves disadvantaged teens, according to the release.
       Last year the Toy Drive resulted in presents for nearly 600 needy children in the city, the release adds.
      
       “Playing in the Backyard: A Social History of the Garden of the Gods” is the title of a talk Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. in the Pioneers Museum, 217 S. Tejon St.
       The free presentation by local historians Mike and Patti Olsen “will contrast the Garden of the Gods as a tourist mecca with its use by local folks,” a press release states.
       The Olsens have a combined secondary and university teaching experience of 58 years. Their talk is part of the Pikes Peak Regional History Lecture Series.
       Reservations are encouraged. For more information, call 385-5990.

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