Westside Briefs:
Whittlers back for 30th annual show

       The Pikes Peak Whittlers will sponsor their 30th annual “Woodcarving and Woodworking Show and Competition” the weekend of May 18-19.

A sample whittled piece is "Terry," by Jack Portice.
Courtesy of Pikes Peak Whittlers

       The event will be at the Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
       Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and military, and free for children under 12 with an adult or any Scouts in uniform.
       According to a press release, there will be “100 tables of display and sales of wood, roughouts, tools and carvings… We share a love of wood and the creative processes that transform it into useful, beautiful, and entertaining works of art.”
       The event will also include carving demonstrations. The competition will have more than 40 categories “of the carving, woodcraft, and scroll-sawing arts, including realistic flora and fauna, realistic and caricatured human figures and decorative pieces,” the release states.
       For more information, call 481-8776.
      
       New Horizons summer
       The New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs, in its 11th season directed by Ed Nuccio, has announced its summer sesson.
       Open to musicians of no less than 40 years old, rehearsals at First Evangelical Free Church, 820 N. 30th St., will begin Monday, May 20 at 8:45 a.m. (Concert Band) and 7 p.m. (Kicks and Jazz bands)
       Rehearsals for other New Horizons bands will be held in the Cheyenne area at the Canon School, with summer performances there as well.
       For information about joining one of the bands, call Ed or Mary Nuccio 634-2463 or e-mail enuccio@aol.com.
      
       Library Friends book sale
       The Friends of the Old Colorado City Library will hold its spring book sale, called the “Better Book Sale,” at the library Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
       The library is at 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
       For anyone interested in joining the Friends, the group will welcome help in the sale set-up Friday, May 10 from 3 to 6 p.m.
      
       Sandbag givewaway
       Filled sandbags as a precaution against flooding will again be given away at the Verizon Building, 2424 Garden of the Gods Road.
       Offered by the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management, the date will be Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
       The access is off Flying W Ranch Road.
      
       CPCD 'Fill a Seat' drive
       The Community Partner-ship for Child Development (CPCD), the El Paso County grantee for Head Start, has launched the “Fill a Seat” project to counteract reduced federal allocations.
       “At CPCD, sequestration forced the closure of five Head Start classrooms and slashed 142 slots for children under age 5 and living in poverty in El Paso County,” according to Becca Bishop, spokesperson for the Westside-headquartered nonprofit. “The Fill a Seat project centers on preschool chairs that have been hand-painted by Head Start children and are available for $500 apiece. The project goal is to raise $135,000 to save 30 of the 142 lost slots. To date, 45 project chairs have been sold, totaling $22,500 in donations and five reinstated Head Start slots.”
       To donate or buy a chair, call 884-1409 or visit www.cpcdheadstart.org/fillaseat.

Westside Pioneer/press releases