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3 new Westside summer events, plus ArtWalk shuttle

Competitors in the 2017 Garden of the Gods 10 Mile/10K run past the sheep pen at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. It was the first time the course had been laid out that way, and it will be again for this year's race Sunday, June 10. Note that the sheep are coatless; that will also be the case this year, with the 10 Mile closely following the ranch's annual Opening Day/Sheep Shearing Saturday, June 2.
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       Below are capsules about Westside events in May-June. Anything new is at the top. Otherwise, events are presented chronologically. Details can be found in separate stories (in a few cases) or the Westside Happenings on Page 9.
  • NEW: Westside Neighbors Fun Day, May 6 at Blunt Park. Live music, games. Free.
  • NEW: Senior Health & Fitness Day, May 30 at Westside Community Center. Free.
  • NEW: West Fest, June 17. Live music, art demonstrations, other festivities in Bancroft Park. Free entry.
  • Old Colorado City ArtWalk. first Friday evenings at participating galleries/shops. NEW: Shuttle to downtown and/or Manitou. Free entry.
  • Old Colorado City History Center. Presentation May 11 - “Battle Hymns of the Civil War.” Admission fee.
  • Woodcarving and Woodworking Show - May 19-20. Admission fee.
  • Territory Days - annual Memorial Day weekend street festival May 26-28 in Old Colorado City/Bancroft Park. Colorado Avenue closed off between 23rd and 27th streets for vendors, rides and live entertainment (including the Northern Wind Dancers and nationally known musicians Morgan Evans and Jacob Christopher). Miniature train at Old Colorado City History Center. Free entry.
  • “Summer Fun” - children's programs first four Fridays in June, organized by Old Colorado City Library at Westside Community Center. Free.

    During the 2017 Territory Days, railroad enthusiast Chris Fox and a youthful spectator watch one of his old-time model trains roll along the track he set up for the three-day event inside the Old Colorado City History Center. He plans to bring it back for this year's festival.
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  • Old Colorado City Library summer reading program - June 1 kickoff. Free.
  • Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site - season starts June 2 with sheep-shearing and working-dog exhibition. Admission fee.
  • Pikes Peak Farmers Market - starting June 9 (summer Saturdays) in Bancroft Park. Local/regional vendors. Free entry.
  • Old Colorado City Historical Society craft fair (same schedule as market) outside Old Colorado City History Center.
  • Garden of the Gods 10 Mile - footraces in Garden June 10 (with its streets closed to traffic). Free to watch.
  • Paint the Town Blue - live band Thursday evenings, starting June 14 in Thorndale Park. Free.
  • Starlight Spectacular nighttime cycling event June 16. Start/finish at Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. Admission fee.
  • Mavic Haute Route Rockies - bicycle event June 29, using Garden of the Gods streets and 30th Street for latter part of Stage 7. No road closures. Free for spectators.

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