Solstice hike at Garden benefits 4 nonprofits

       You can celebrate the winter solstice, get some exercise, feel the cold kick of a December night or enjoy the Garden of the Gods.
       Beneficiaries of four local nonprofit entities are good with all those reasons, or most any others you may have for participating in the Full Moon Winter Solstice Hike Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. But they would especially appreciate it if those joining the one-hour stroll capped it off with a donation afterward at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center (where there will also be ornament-making and refreshments).
       Picking up financial support is a key purpose of the hike because all the entities rely on public support for their survival. According to a press release, opportunities will be provided afterward for participants to make donations to the Trails and Open Space Coalition, the Friends of Garden of the Gods (FOGG), Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and/or Kids on Bikes.
       All are located on the Westside. FOGG is the friends group for the Garden of the Gods. Rock Ledge is a city-owned, 1880s-style working ranch, operated largely by volunteers with its Living History Association (LHA). The Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) advocates the kinds of causes it is named for. Kids on Bikes was founded as a way of getting more kids riding bikes.
       For more information or reservations, call TOSC at 633-6884.

Westside Pioneer/press release