Westside Briefs:
Car show helps Children’s Hospital

       A show with 37 cars in the Walgreens parking lot at the Red Rock shopping center on West Colorado Avenue caught the attention of passing motorists over a four-hour span and earned $750 for the Children's Hospital June 8.

Cars line the Walgreens parking lot next to the Colorado Avenue sidewalk during the car show June 8. The event raised $750 for the Children's Hospital, according to the event organizer.
Westside Pioneer photo

       “Walgreens did very good business (more than expected for a Saturday) and lots of locals came,” said Chris Baum, the event organizer on behalf of the sponsors, the First Evangelical Free Church and Walgreens.
       The church had put on similar events in other locations as recently as 2011, Baum said. The next one is tentatively scheduled for June 7 of next year.
      
       Vondelpark resurfacing
       Resurfacing work on Vondelpark Drive was scheduled to start this week between Chestnut Street and Centennial Boulevard.
       The project could reduce traffic to one lane, according to the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA), which is funding the work.
      
       A look at invasive weeds
       The Friends of Red Rock Canyon has scheduled an “Invasive Weed Walk and Talk.”
       The 30-minute presentation will be at the Red Rock Canyon Open Space pavilion Wednesday, June 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The speaker will be Deb McDonald of Colorado Springs Parks.
       She will discuss “the invasive plants of the region, how their presence affects local ecology, and how to identify them,” a Friends press release states. A 1 ½-hour “discovery walk” will follow, the release adds.
       People wanting to attend are asked to RSVP at either friends@redrockcanyonopenspace.org or by calling 685-4792.
      
       Trail volunteers needed
       Volunteers are needed for the first project in the effort to complete the Paul Intemann Memorial Nature Trail, which extends through the hills above the Westside and Manitou Springs.
       The date is Sunday, June 16. The meeting place is Manitou City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., at 8:30 a.m. Signups will begin at 8.
       Work will involve construction of about 800 feet of trail connecting the Manitou Mesa Open Space with Manitou's recently purchased Iron Mountain Open Space.
       The project is being organized by the Intemann Trail Committee (ITC) with the City of Manitou Springs, Medicine Wheel, Friends of Red Rock Canyon, the Colorado Addicted Trail-builders Society (CATS).
       Tools will be provided, along with a post-workday meal. Advance sign-ups are requested at 473-4143 or itc@intemanntrail.com.

Westside Pioneer/press releases