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OWN picnic in Bancroft July 15

       The Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN), a long-time neighborhood advocacy group, will hold its annual picnic in Bancroft Park Sunday, July 15 from noon to 2 p.m.
       Also including live music, face painting and a raffle, the barbecue will be a fundraiser “to benefit OWN and neighborhood events,” a press release states.
       Diners will be asked to pay $2 a person or $5 a family. Until the past two years, OWN had offered the picnic free. However, without its former city funding (taken away in 2014), the volunteer group has had to seek different ways to address its financial needs.
       Helping the picnic costs are “local restaurants,” by providing meat, beverages and side dishes, the press release points out.
       Attendees can also bring side dishes, but that's optional, the release adds.
       Based on a city designation dating back to the late 1970s, OWN's coverage area is mainly the older Westside north and south of Highway 24.
      
       Community Center picnic Aug. 18
       The second annual Community Picnic will be Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
       The time range will be noon to 3 p.m.
       Center marketing coordinator Aundrea Fuller, who helped start the picnic last year, said it helps promote the city-owned, privately run facility.
       Picnic attendees can get free hot food and beverages; participate in various activities; take tours of the facility; and learn about the classes, programs, educational opportunities and events that are held at the center on a regular basis.
       Earlier this year, in May, the center held a new event that may become annual, according to Fuller. It was the three-hour Senior Health and Fitness Day, with various activities and vendors focused on the vibrancy of older individuals.
      
       'PlanCos' open house July 18
       A draft for Colorado Springs' next comprehensive plan will have its highlights on display at an open house at the Westside Community Center Wednesday, July 18.
       The drop-in event for what's dubbed “PlanCOS” will last from 6 to 8 p.m.
       The open house will be one of seven for the PlanCOS draft in July in different parts of the city. Councilmember Richard Skorman is scheduled to be present.
       The final version, which council hopes to adopt this December, will replace the current comprehensive plan from 2001. The draft is broken out into eight chapters, including focuses on neighborhoods, the economy, transportation, culture and natural environment.
       The intent is to form a community “vision.”
       The draft, along with other background information, is posted online at coloradosprings.gov/plancos.
       The PlanCOS phone is 385-7526.
      
       140th Bishop family reunion Aug. 5
       The 140th annual Bishop Family Reunion will be in Bear Creek Regional Park Sunday, Aug. 5.
       The tradition started Aug. 19, 1878, when family members gathered to honor the birth of twins Oliver Fredrick “Fred” & John Edward “Edd” Bishop, who were born on a ranch that's now on Air Force Academy grounds.
       Fred Bishop, the son of the twin by that name and a long-time Westside resident, passed away in 2014.
       His cousin, Tina Bishop, who helps organize the event, said the number of family attendees averages 100 to 200 each year.

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