Westside Briefs:
‘Scouting for Food’ starts in April

       The Pikes Peak Council of the Boy Scouts of America, with headquarters on the Westside, is seeking community support for its annual Scouting for Food drive.
       Scouts will be visiting neighborhoods in April, distributing flyers and asking people to consider making a donation of non-perishable food items, according to Bob Simmons, volunteer coordinator for the Pikes Peak Council.
       The drive is pointing toward Saturday, April 21, when Scouts will pick up food from the addresses of people who have pledged donations. They will then deliver the food to collection sites in support of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, Simmons said.
       On that day, area residents can also make direct donations of food or money at designated collection sites. One of these is the Pikes Peak Council building at 985 W. Fillmore St.
       Based on research by Simmons, the area covered by the Westside Pioneer (west of I-25, north of Cheyenne/Broadmoor, east of Manitou Springs and south of Garden of the Gods Road) includes Cub Scout Packs 2, 6, 209, 323 and 851 and Boy Scout troops 23, 18, 53 and 187.
       In all, the Pikes Peak Council represents an eight-county geographical area roughly bounded by Monument, the Kansas border, Pueblo and Hartsel.
       For more information, call 634-1584.
       Lambert, Gardner meeting
       State Senator Kent Lambert (R-District 9) and State Representative Bob Gardner (R-District 21), will host a town hall meeting Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. at Colorado Springs Early Colleges, 4435 N. Chestnut St.
       The event is open to the public.
       Run/walk for CARES
       Westside CARES, a Westside-based nonprofit providing emergency help to the needy, will be the beneficiary of a 5K run/walk Saturday, April 14 at America the Beautiful Park.
       Entry fees are $25 before April 4 and $30 after.
       Registrations are available at the CARES office, 1930 W. Colorado Ave., any of its member churches or at westsidecares.com.
       Rotary leadership awards
       The Rotary Club of Garden of the Gods, which meets on the Westside, is recruiting for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, which gives up to 100 southern Colorado youth the opportunity to attend a leadership camp at Glenwood Springs' Colorado Mountain College June 15-18.
       High school students who will be sophomores and juniors next year can find out more by visiting ryla5470.org or contacting Club President Jim Vauthrin at vislander36@yahoo.com or 650-6165.
       Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders focusing on humanitarian service.
       Pothole campaign starts
       The City Street Division has started its annual pothole campaign, with additional crews allocated to respond to citizen information, a city press release states.
       To identify a pothole to the city, call the Pothole Hotline - 385-ROAD (7623).
       The City of Colorado Springs Streets Division maintains approximately 1,500 miles of streets in all.

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