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The Concrete Couch, a nonprofit creative organization, worked with volunteers in 2013 to paint a mural along a low retaining wall next to the Midland Trail in Vermijo Park. In August of this year, the artists were back, adding three-dimensional figures to augment the scenes in the original. Steve Wood, head of Concrete Couch, said he hopes to come back annually to freshen up the painting and/or to add new touches. (Photo posted 8/22/14.)
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Upcoming Meetings
CSPD citizen-training schedule - next class Oct. 16 (posted 1/26/14; updated 9/17/14)


Ongoing Issues
Rain is in the forecast (in case you hadn't noticed!) (posted 7/16/14)

Electricity bills drop a little with Drake partially back on line (posted 7/14/14)

Meetings this month to 'fine-tune' regional stormwater ballot proposal (posted 7/7/14)

Forum June 18 to discuss community water use, Springs Utilities and HOAs (posted 6/16/14)

Now 86, Westside leader, two-war veteran surprised he's lasted so long (posted 5/20/14)

Utilities to seek 7.4% rate hike to cover interim cost of replacing Drake power (posted 5/15/14)

Fairview Cemetery down to its last 100 casket spaces (posted 5/10/14)


Public Safety
'Loophole' means more illegal campers could be sex offenders (posted 8/29/14)

City repairing last year's Douglas Creek Open Space washouts (posted 7/10/14)

Public meeting on Fountain Creek flood issues, restoration ideas (posted 7/10/14)

New commander of CSPD's Gold Hill Division to start July 7 (posted 6/20/14)

No power shortage for Utilities, despite fire closing Drake plant indefinitely
(posted 5/7/14)





Westside Community Center
Free BBQ picnic, then puppet show at Westside Community Center July 29 (posted 7/28/14)

Free basketball camp for middle-schoolers returns July 21-23 (posted 7/3/14)

MAT's Jim Jackson performs at Community Center; says Ivywild move has been 'really wonderful' (posted 6/24/14)

Silver Sneakers exercise program now offered (posted 5/14/14)


Old Colorado City History Center
Fairview Cemetery Crawl Sept. 13 - photos (posted 9/4/14)

Presentation on Midland railroad yards Sept. 12 (posted 9/4/14)

Annual Fairview Cemetery Crawl (OCCHS fundraiser) Sept. 13 (posted 9/4/14)

Vagrant-proofing renovation efforts to start at History Center (posted 8/12/14)

Cake, band in 'low-key' Colorado City Founders Day celebration Aug. 9 (posted 8/3/14)

Vagrants fouling entrance area; funds needed for preventive work (posted 8/1/14)

History Center screening 3 Colorado-filmed movies in July (posted 6/27/14)

Local children's book writers to meet public June 14 at History Center (posted 6/8/14)

1930s-'60s photos on display in fundraiser for History Center (posted 5/28/14)

History Center talk May 9 on Rio Grande weaving in Southwest and Colorado (posted 5/4/14; updated 5/5/14)


Old Colorado City Library
Bee activity, free ice cream morning of Sept. 27 (posted 9/18/14)

Library seeks quotes for community-geared tile project around concrete ramp (posted 9/8/14)

Old Colorado City Library Friends' book sale May 3 (posted 4/29/14)

Bird, bunny entertainment in library program at Community Center (posted 4/6/14)


Arts
Old Colorado City ArtWalk scheduled Sept. 5 (posted 8/31/14)

A different genre each show in weekly Gold Hill Mesa concerts (posted 8/18/14)

Old Colorado City shops/galleries hold monthly ArtWalk Aug. 1 (posted 7/31/14)

Tile project with volunteers lightens up lamp posts in Bancroft Park (posted 7/17/14)

Old Colorado City ArtWalk on second Friday this month (posted 7/8/14)

Local children's book writers to meet public June 14 at History Center (posted 6/8/14)


Groups/Clubs
Local musical organization recruiting experienced players, especially on strings (posted 8/26/14)

Old Colorado City Good Times Car Show, Aug. 17 - photos (posted 8/17/14)

23rd annual Good Times Car Show rolls into Old Colorado City Aug. 17 (posted 8/12/14)


Neighborhoods
Westside to lose CDBG strategy-area status, OWN forced to cancel newsletter (posted 9/16/14)

OWN's 14th annual Westside picnic deemed a success (posted 7/24/14)

Food, music, awards, NSA options at annual Westside Neighbors Picnic (posted 7/11/14)

Mesa Springs residents get answers with help of 'City Footprint' system (posted 4/1/14)

OWN meeting in restaurant/bar proves popular (posted 1/26/14)


Space Foundation
Space Foundation celebrates 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 (posted 7/11/14)

New themes every two weeks in Space Foundation's 'Summer of Discovery' (posted 6/3/14)

Intro to summer Discovery Center offerings in Space Foundation's Star Days May 1&3 (posted 4/24/14)


Charitable
2 out of 3 local swimmers succeed in tri-sibling English Channel attempt (posted 7/28/14)

With summer heat, Silver Key seeks donations of electric fans (posted 7/27/14)

Volunteer tutors sought 2 days a week for Children's Literacy Center (posted 7/22/14)

Family Alzheimer's experiences inspire tri-sibling English Channel crossing attempt (posted 7/7/14)

Blood drive at Old Colorado City Farmers Market June 21 (posted 6/15/14)

Happy Cats 'adoption fair' June 11; shelter to reopen July 10 (posted 6/10/14)

Garden of the Gods Rotary welcomes Osborne Trust grant applications (posted 6/3/14)


In Memoriam
Joyce Johns, Westside historian (posted 9/9/14)

Dr. Richard Beidleman, prominent area naturalist (posted 8/18/14)

Fred Bishop, long-time Westside resident from pioneer family (posted 6/22/14)

Charles Kenneth "Ken" Emery, 33-year art gallery owner (posted 6/10/14)

Jan Simpich, co-founder of Simpich Character Dolls (posted 5/23/14)

Ginny Wesley, founder of Mountain Moppets (posted 4/13/14)



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