Westside Briefs:
Earth Day at GoG, Rock Ledge April 21

       In keeping with tradition, Earth Day activities will be offered at both the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       The event is free.
       The center and ranch are on either side of North 30th Street at Gateway Road.
       The day will start off with a cleanup of the Garden (a free lunch is promised to volunteers). Registration will be at the center, 1805 N. 30 St., with signups from 8:30 to 9 a.m.
       Earth Day activities at the center will include environmentally related information booths, demonstrations, and crafts (inside and outside).
       At the ranch, the site will be open, including the historic houses and the blacksmith shop.
       Because of the likelihood of large attendance (up to 4,000 is typical), people are asked to park in the larger lot outside Rock Ledge Ranch, with a shuttle running back and forth between it and the center.

       TV series features Humane Society's adventures
       Starting in March, a weekly TV series will feature the Westside-based Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR).
       Titled “Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue,” the shows are scheduled Saturday nights at 8 p.m. on the Nat Geo WILD network. The premiere will be March 3.
       Also spotlighted will be Pueblo Animal Services (PAS), a division of HSPPR, which has provided services in Pueblo since 2002.
       The series will cover “thrilling animal rescues to medical emergencies, from interesting animals to heart-warming adoption stories,” a press release states.
       For more information, call 473-1741 or go to hsppr.org.
       Contracting for local animal services with Colorado Springs and El Paso County, HSPPR's shelter and offices are at 610 Abbot Lane.

       First Friday ArtWalks restart for season in April
       Old Colorado City's First Friday ArtWalk will return April 6.
       In its 13th year, the free activity is held from April to December, on the first Friday of each month, from 5 to 8 p.m.
       People can visit as many locations as they like in a free, self-guided tour of participating galleries. Most offer refreshments, live entertainment and/or art demonstrations.
       A “prelude” was the new “Art March” March 3.

       Party caucuses March 6; new Westside precinct
       Political caucuses throughout Colorado will be held the evening of Tuesday, March 6.
       The starting time in all cases is 7 p.m.
       El Paso County has made one Westside precinct change since the 2016 general election. That was to carve out a new Precinct 133 (part of the Pioneer Park neighborhood, north of King Street) out of Precinct 111.
       For more information for Democrats, phone 473-8713 or go to peakdems.org; for Republicans, phone 578-0022 or go to gopelpaso.com.
       Various candidates have announced for state offices. Their numbers will be narrowed down at the county assembly for each party in April, at which a candidate needs to receive 30 percent of the delegate vote to make the primary ballot in June.

Westside Pioneer/press releases