Westside Briefs:
‘Bicycles of Yesteryear’ at History Center

       A presentation titled “Bicycles of Yesteryear” will feature three speakers with different vantage points on the subject matter at the Old Colorado City History Center Friday, March 12, at 11 a.m.
       John Crandall, owner of the downtown (formerly Westside) Old Town Bike Shop, will share the stage with Paul Rust,who designs and builds high-wheelers at his Westside machine shop; and Chris Mike, who collects old bicycles.
       The History Center is at 1 S. 24th St.
       There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome.
       For more information, call 636-1225.
      
       Four presentations in March will resume the “A Look at the Garden” series at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.
       Reservations are necessary for the free talks, which will be offered Tuesdays at noon in the Red Rocks Room.
       The speakers and their subject matter are described below.
  • March 9: Bette Lamore (“Jewels in Flight”) describes the habits and characteristics of the hummingbirds that are often found in the Garden of the Gods.
  • March 16: Photog-rapher Paul deBerjeois (“Hiding in Plain Sight, The Best Photo Locales You Have Never Seen!”) reveals little-known Garden camera angles.
  • March 23: Glen Eyrie historian Susan Fletcher (“Two Twenty-Something Girls Talking About Glen Eyrie”) discusses aspects of General Palmer's family life with excerpts from the diary of Dorothy Comyns Carr.
  • March 30: Park program coordinator Bret Tennis discusses the Garden's wildlife diversity.
           To make a reservation, call 219-0108.
          
           The Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association (CSYSA) will hold an open house Saturday, March 13 as part of its ongoing 30-year anniversary celebration.
           The free event will be at its offices/practice facilities in the former Pike school building, 2510 N. Chestnut St. from 2 to 3 p.m.
           Student groups will perform, and refreshments will be offered, according to CSYSA Executive Director Debi Krause-Reinsch.
          
           Following a series of freeze-thaw cycles in recent weeks, the City Street Division announced March 3 that it “is making pothole patching an even higher priority” through Thursday, March 11.
           “Nine full-time crews will be solely dedicated to repairing potholes from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday,” a press release states.
           Crews will start by responding to 188 open requests for pothole repair and will also concentrate their efforts on main arterials.
           Citizens may report potholes by calling 385-6808 or e-mailing streetdivision@springsgov.com.

    Westside Pioneer/press releases