Westside Briefs:
Community Center plans Senior Day event

       Helping celebrate the nationwide 25th annual Senior Health and Fitness Day, the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., has scheduled a three-hour event Wednesday, May 30.
       According to Aundrea Fuller, the center's marketing coordinator, the “senior-focused” day will begin at 9 a.m. with Silver Sneakers - a one-hour exercise program in the center's gym that is often free under senior healthcare plans.

About 150 kids in all participated in egg hunts at the Westside Community Center March 31. above is the age 3-5 hunt on the Bijou Street lawn. Parents helped the younger ones.
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       Between 10 a.m. and noon, attendees can join a one-mile walk, take “mini-exercise classes” and/or participate in outdoor games (such as yoga or brain and balance), the schedule shows.
       Also on hand will be representatives of local agencies that work with seniors, as well as product vendors.
       “It doesn't matter what your activity level is, there is something here for all seniors,” the center's flyer states.
       Egg hunt… An estimated 150 people turned out for the first-time Westside Community Center Egg Hunt the day before Easter.
       “It turned out pretty well,” Fuller said. “We had lot of people come up to say thank you. You could tell they had a lot of fun.”
       With the help of neighborhood volunteers, Fuller filled about 1,300 plastic eggs with candy or coupons and put them out where youngsters could find them in three separate, age-segregated hunts up to age 18.
       Fuller said she will try to make the egg hunt an annual event at the Westside Community Center.
       West Fest new event in OCC
       A new seven-hour event, West Fest, focuses on live music, art and taste buds in Bancroft Park Sunday, June 17.
       Organized by the Old Colorado City Foundation (OCCF), the event will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
       According to OCCF President Dave Brackett, the goal is for a festive, “family-friendly” gathering to raise money for the park and Old Colorado City in general.
       Admission will be free, with various vendors, including those selling food and drink (including beer).
       The format is the opposite of the OCCF's annual Taste of OCC fundraiser (scheduled Sept. 23 this year), at which an admission fee is charged while the food and drink are free. Brackett said he thinks the latter approach attracts a “foodie” crowd that likes to sample things (and doesn't mind the fee); whereas West Fest's free admission is likely to be “more appealing to families.”
       Formed in 2013, the OCCF is a charitable nonprofit of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group.
       According to event coordinator Lauren Ripko, West Fest plans are still being finalized, but the plan is to include multiple bands, artist demonstrations and a “kids' corner” in the part of the park directly across the street from the library.
      
       Civil War songs at History Center
       Songs that soldiers sang in the American Civil War will fill the air once more as part of a presentation by area singer/storyteller Keith Franzen Friday, May 11 at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
       Titled “Battle Hymns of the Civil War,” the one-hour program will begin at 11 a.m. Admission is $5.
       Using the stage name of “Major Pikes Pete,” Franzen is a retired music teacher who has researched songs from the past. He uses his own pre-recorded accompaniments to back up his singing and stories.
      
       Blunt Park 'Fun Day'
       A “Westside Neighbors Fun Day” will bring a festive air to Blunt Park (in the 2300 block of West Vermijo Avenue) Sunday, May 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.
       Westside families are invited to the free event, sponsored by the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) and the Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO) as part of CONO's “Neighbor Up Week.”
       Activities include a live band (Jupe & the Gemini), a corn hole tournament and a visit from Rosco (the donkey/mascot for a Westside coffee shop).
       Hedy Lamarr: inventor
       A PBS documentary whose production was aided by Westside resident Dave Hughes will air on PBS Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m.
       The show is titled “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.”
       Director Alexandra Dean interviewed Hughes in 2015 after learning how he helped “rediscover” the famous actress' little-known patent in wireless technology.
       Hughes said he had learned about Lamarr's inventive efforts through his own wireless research.
      
       A blooming event
       A new event to spotlight Old Colorado City's art scene is scheduled Saturday, May 12.
       Called “Old Colorado City in Bloom,” it will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured will be art demonstrations - outside if the weather allows it - at 12 galleries/stores in OCC, many of which participate in the First Friday ArtWalks.
       The sponsoring entity is the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group.

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