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OCCA’s Welcome Center to be open Friday-Sunday May 23 to Labor Day

       Now people know what's happening with the building at 2324 W. Colorado Ave. A sign installed this spring announces that it's the Old Colorado City Welcome Center.

Taking a break from the "Mad Hatter Saturday" event in March, its "Alice in Wonderland" namesake (aka William Kirby) offers a cup of tea to visitors beside the recently installed sign for the Old Colorado City Welcome Center. Kirby, who recently moved to the Westside, made the outfit himself and portrays other characters as well.
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       The name is displayed on a painted board attached to two posts in front of the two-story, converted Victorian-era house.
       Bought last May and remodeled over the following months by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group, most of the building's first floor is set up as a resource for tourists, particularly in the summer months.
       The building has been in use since last fall, but was incognito before the sign.
       Starting with the weekend of Territory Days (May 23-25), the center will be open Fridays through Sundays until Labor Day, according to OCCA Executive Director Dave Van Ness. Normal hours those days will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., he said.
       Otherwise, the center is open only during special events, Van Ness said.
       Offerings to visitors include brochures provided by area businesses and attractions, as well as the availability of handicapped-accessible bathrooms. Volunteers with the City Police Department's Ambas-sadors program staff the center when it's open, Van Ness elaborated.
       On a daily basis, the 1,638-square-foot building provides space for OCCA headquarters and an upstairs office for Van Ness, along with two other offices that are leased. The OCCA board's meeting room is also rentable to the public.
       OCCA is a promotional entity for businesses in the historic shopping district and along the avenue.

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