Westside Briefs:
‘Space Gardening’ at Discovery Center

       “Space Gardening” is the theme for the 2017 Summer of Discovery series at the Space Foundation's Dis-covery Center Saturdays through Aug. 12.
       Each will present a different sub-theme involving “special events, guests and activities,” a press release states.
       Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Discovery Center is at 4425 Arrowswest Drive, off Garden of the Gods Road.
       'Gardening' programs are included in the center's normal admission price - $10 for adults and $5 for children, with discounts for students, seniors and military.
       Also new at the Discovery Center is a “special interactive traveling exhibit, Roll, Drop, Bounce,” a press release states. “This totally kinetic and hands-on experience appeals to the wheel-spinning, ball-tossing and continuously-bouncing kids of all ages.”
       Here is the list of Space Gardening days from July on:
       Space Food - Saturday, July 8.
  • Hydro Fair - Saturday, July 15.
  • Martian Miner Adventure - Saturday, July 22.
  • Filtration and Conservation - Saturday, July 29.
  • Harvest Festival - Saturday, Aug. 12.
           For more information, call 576-8000 or go to the Discovery Center's web page: discoverspace.org.
           GoG Center's 'Gateway'
           Here are Gateway Adventure Series at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center through July.
  • Saturday, July 8, from 10 to 11 a.m., “Native American Cultural Stories and Art,” by Native American Women's Association - traditional stories and art. $5.
  • Wednesday, July 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., “Essential Climbing Skills,” by Front Range Climbing Company - introduction to rock climbing (ages 12 and up). $5.
  • Wednesday, July 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., “How to Climb,” by Front Range Climbing Company - rock climbing in greater detail. $5.
  • Monday, July 24, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., “Understanding the Solar Eclipse,” by Bruce Bookout and the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society - a look at the science and cultural perspectives. $5.
           Programs in the series require a fee and reservations.
           The Visitor Center, 1850 N. 30th St., also offers a variety of free, weekly programs, presentations and activities.
           Note: The weekly, summer Bat Walk programs through August are entirely booked up, according to Dolores Davis, the center's community relations director.
           The center is owned and operated by the Garden of the Gods Foundation. To make reservations for the Gateway Adventure Series or to obtain other program information, call 219-0104 or go to gardenofgods.com.

    Waving to various onlookers, the Range Riders amble along West Colorado Avenue through Old Colorado City after their annual Street Breakfast downtown June 21. They were promoting the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, scheduled July 12-15 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center.
    Westside Pioneer photo

           Annual rodeo July 12-15
           The 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is slated Wednesday to Saturday, July 12-15 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road.
           Competition times each night are at 7 p.m., plus a Saturday matinee performance at 12:30 p.m. The Saturday night finale will decide the champion(s) in each event.
           The listed events are steer wrestling, bareback riding, tie-down roping, saddle-bronc riding, team roping, bull riding and women's barrel racing.
           Activities outside the stadium will start about three hours beforehand, including mutton bustin' (a sheep ride for kids), mechanical bull riding, pony rides and western-style dinner (extra cost).
           Rodeo ticket prices (with some discounts) range from $18 to $50, depending on dates and seat locations. Parking is free.
           For more information, go to pikespeakorbust.org.
           CTU Volunteer Fair July 20
           Colorado Technical University will present its annual CTU Volunteer Fair Thursday, July 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
           Free and open to the public, the event will be a chance for 20-some local non-profits to “showcase their volunteer, internship, or even job openings,” a press release states.
           An RSVP is requested.
           For more information, call 590-6835 or e-mail jbrown@coloradotech.edu.

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