Westside Briefs:
Woodcarving Show at Shriners May 19-20

       Hundreds of original works in wood will be on display Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20 at the Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 South 33rd St., during the 29th Annual Woodcarving and Woodworking Show, Sale, and Competition.
       Times will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event is hosted by the Pikes Peak Whittlers.
       Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and military, and free for Boy and Girl Scouts in uniform or for children under 12 accompanied by a paying adult.
       According to a Whittlers press release, items on display will include “intricate objects created by scroll sawyers, wood-turners, whittlers, and chip carvers” from Colorado and surrounding states.
       Also offered will be demonstrations and presentations. A representative of the Caricature Carvers of America will judge carvers' pieces for the competition.
       For more information contact Steve Gurnett, chair of the show, at 481-8776.
      
       Fontanero Street work
       Repairs to the Fontanero Railroad bridges - just east of the Fontanero/I-25 interchange - are getting started and are scheduled to continue through September 10.
       Fontanero Street motorists will encounter traffic restrictions and even a complete closure of the street in that area at times, a city press release states.
       “The project improvements will include construction of temporary shoring, which includes eight new columns and four pier caps to strengthen the mainline and siding bridges,” the release explains.
       The project is funded by the City Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority.
      
       Clark-Magistrelli forum
       A forum between District 3 incumbent El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark and challenger Karen Magistrelli is scheduled at the Manitou Springs District Auditorium, 701 Duclo Ave., Monday, May 21.
       It will be part of an event, from 7 to 9 p.m., that will also include chances to ask questions of District 5 U.S. Congress hopeful Robert Blaha (who is challenging incumbent Doug Lamborn) and other Republican candidates who do not have opponents in the June 26 primary.
       County Commissioner District 3 includes the Westside and Manitou Springs, as does District 5 for Congress.
       For more information, e-mail pikespeak.meals@hotmail.com.
      
       Shriners' medical clinic
       A screening clinic for children needing medical care is scheduled the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at
       the Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St. No appointment is necessary. The nonprofit organization offers free treatment at its hospitals, particularly for young burn victims.
       Also, the Shrine Circus will be at the Norris Penrose Event Center, Friday, May 18 (4:30 and 7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, May 19 (3 and 7 p.m.).
      
       Nature Center's hours
       The Bear Creek Nature Center will not be changing its hours for the summer.
       The County Parks facility, which has no admission charge, is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, according to a center spokesperson.
       Located at 245 Bear Creek Road, the center offers nature-themed exhibits and a schedule of fee-charged programs and classes on outdoors topics.
       For more information, call the Nature Center at 520-6387.

Westside Pioneer/press releases