New/old Car Show brightens up OCC
More than 400 cars of various ages adorned the streets on a mostly sunny day in Old Colorado City Aug. 20. To many of the several thousand who strolled past the shiny vehicles during the six-hour display, it looked much the same as the Good Times Car Show in past years.
And in fact, it was organized by many of the same individuals, working through car clubs that have helped put together the annual charity event over the years.
But for the record, it was the first-time Old Colorado City Customs & Classics Car Show. “Overall, it went very well,” said lead organizer Ace Cosley afterward. “There was a sea of people out there. We got a lot of positive feedback.”
In keeping with past tradition, cars were angle-parked along the avenue - and a block up its sidestreets - from 23rd to 27th Streets, along Colorado Avenue, which was closed off for the mid-day event.
The Good Times Car Show, which had run for 25 years, was discontinued after last year's event because of increasing city-required costs to close the street and rent Bancroft Park. Cosley said he managed to round up 16 sponsors, which helped overcome those cost issues, and is looking forward to bringing back the Car Show in August 2018.
Road tax project status
The following list provides the status - as of late August - of the 2C (“road tax”) projects scheduled on the Westside for 2017. The information was provided by Colorado Springs Communications.
- 21st Street between Broadway and Highway 24 - complete.
- 26th Street from Colorado Avenue to Lower Gold Camp Road - concrete work (mostly pedestrian ramps) through September; paving in late September/early October.
- Bear Creek Road from Lower Gold Camp Road to Gold Camp Road - complete.
- King Street from 30th Street to 19th Street - complete.
- Lower Gold Camp Road from 21st Street to 26th Street - complete.
- Naegele Road from 21st Street to 25th Street bridge - complete.
- Uintah Street from Mesa Road to 30th Street - concrete in progress, paving planned “late season.”
2C was the name of the city-sponsored ballot measure that voters approved in the November 2015 election. It established a .62 percent sales tax over a five-year span (2016-2020), dedicated to road improvements, consisting of milling and paving and (where applicable) curbs, gutters and sidewalks.
New AA director named
Jody Barker is pleased at recently being named the Central Colorado director of the Alzheimer's Association, but he asked that any news article emphasize the national nonprofit agency's helpline.
That 24/7 phone number is 800-272-3900, and is “manned by clinicians,” Barker said.
The idea is for people dealing with the brain-attacking disease - either as victims or caregivers - to “get the resources they need,” he elaborated.
Founded in 1980 and relying heavily on donations, the Al-zheimer's Asso-ciation has its headquarters in Chicago, Ill. The Colorado chapter's website is alz.org/co.
The Central Colorado regional office operates within a small one-story building at 2315 Bott Ave.
The office is manned by Barker and his two staff members, with help from volunteers. At no charge, people can ask questions, receive referrals, attend classes, browse through a research library and learn about support groups or training for Alzheimer's caregivers. The phone is 266-8773.
The new director has a background in communications and journalism and served the past three years as director of the Senior Center in Colorado Springs. He succeeds Barbara Caudle, who retired this year after 20 years with the association.
Westside CARES change
Westside CARES recently hired Kristy Milligan as its new chief executive officer (CEO).
She succeeded long-time CEO Steve Brown, who retired after 15 years. He had led the nonprofit agency's relocation in 2013 from a donated church basement to the purchase of its two-story building at 2808 W. Colorado Ave.
Overseen by 22 churches, Westside CARES organizes multiple food pantries and offers emergency assistance to needy people in an area of western El Paso County that includes the Westside.
Most recently, Milligan was a vice president for Rocky Mountain PBS. She was previously the executive director of Citizens Project.
In a prepared statement, the new CEO said she was “thrilled about the opportunity to work with the dynamic and talented team at Westside CARES to provide care and compassion to neighbors in need.”
Household haz waste date
“Clean Sweep,” a chance to get rid of household hazardous waste, will be offered Saturday, Sept. 9, by the El Paso County Environment Division.
The location will be the parking lot behind the El Paso County Citizens Service Center at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road.
The time frame will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event is free and open to residents of El Paso and Teller counties, but - in a policy that started last year - advance appointments are required, a press release states.
Also, there are limits on quantity and what can and cannot be accepted. For more information, call El Paso County at 520-7878.
Nature Center volunteers
Four training days are offered in September for anyone interested in becoming an interpretive volunteer for El Paso County's nature centers.
The dates are Sept. 12-13 (the Bear Creek center) and 19-20 (Fountain Creek). The training is free, but preregistration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This class prepares you to be an environmental education program leader for school field trips and nature center events,” a press release states.
A part of El Paso County Parks, the Bear Creek Nature Center is at 245 Bear Creek Road.
For more information, call 520-6387.
Free classes for elderly
Free classes geared for people at or near retirement age are being offered by the Area Agency on Aging at 14 S. Chestnut St.
The location is the lower floor of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) building, which has a large parking lot in front.
Because class sizes are limited, registration is required. Here are some upcoming classes:
- Medicare 101: Sept. 18, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. 471-2096.
- Stressbusters for Caregivers: Fridays (through Oct. 13) from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 886-7526.
- Social Security 101: Aug. 29 from 5:30-7 p.m. 471-2096.
An ongoing free service at the Chestnut Street location is the Senior Information and Assistance Center, which is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Funded through the federal Older Americans Act and the State of Colorado, the Area Agency on Aging offers its programs through the PPACG, a regional facility that serves El Paso, Teller, and Park counties.
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