Westside Briefs:
Earth Day draws close to 4,000

       An estimated crowd of nearly 4,000 people attended the 16th annual Earth Day celebration at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and Rock Ledge Ranch April 20.
       Activities included walks, interactive presentations, educational tables, live animals and different speakers.
       “It was a great event, with lots of positive feedback,” reported Bret Tennis, the center's program coordinator. “All our presentations in the theater were maxed out for public attendance.”
       Tennis also praised the 215 volunteers who joined a pre-event cleanup of the city park and along 30th Street. They were all given lunch and a drink, he said.
      
       Recognizing hairballs
       In recognition of “National Hairball Aware-ness Day,” the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPRR), 610 Abbott Lane, is offering free cat adoptions Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.
       Times are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
       The event will “help spread the word about proper cat care and ownership,” a press release states. “Cat adopters will also receive a hairball flyer with useful facts and tips and a 'hairball' that will make an excellent cat toy.”
       The HSPRR website adds that a $15 licensing fee may apply, as well as a $50 refundable sterilization deposit.
       “Hairballs are a cat's natural way of ridding his body of any excess hair built up in his digestive system,” the release adds. “However, you can help your furry feline avoid hairballs with regular brushing and coat maintenance.”
       For more information, call 302-8738.
      
       Troop 3 openings
       The Westside's Boy Scout Troop 3 has openings.
       Boys need to be 11 years old, or have completed fifth grade, but can't be older than 18.
       Meeings are Sundays at Trinity United Methodist Church, 701 N. 20th St., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
       Originally chartered in 1932, Troop 3 is one of the oldest in Colorado, according to its parent coordinator, Brian Kellione.
       For more information, call Kellione at 761-0077 or just come to a meeting.

Westside Pioneer/press releases