Westside Briefs:
Red Rock Canyon day June 30

       The Friends of Red Rock Canyon will put a multi-faceted focus on the city open space Saturday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       In addition to a trail-maintenance workday until noon - for which volunteers are needed - the day will include tours of the 800-acre property and chances to “learn about the various organizations and groups supporting Red Rock Canyon and ways to personally get involved,” a press release states.
       The meeting place will be Red Rock's main parking lot off Highway 24 at Ridge Road/High Street.
       Lunch will be provided to workday volunteers.
       For more information, use either of these contacts: friends@redrockcanyonopenspace.org or 685-4792.
       Fresh produce for needy
       Westside CARES, an emergency aid provider sponsored by 21 local churches, has put out a call to area gardeners, seeking fresh produce for its six food pantries.
       “If every vegetable gardener on the Westside was able to dedicate the produce from one row or even one plant, we could make a huge impact on the amount of fresh produce available in our pantries,” reads an article in the May/June edition of the nonprofit agency's newsletter, the Connection. “This would greatly affect the level of nutrition available to our neighbors struggling to keep food on the table and, in turn, affect the overall health of our community.”
       Westside pantry locations (with drop-off times) are:
  • Sacred Heart Center at Pikes Peak Avenue and 21st Street (Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon).
  • Trinity United Methodist Church, 701 N. 20th St. (Tuesday, 9 a.m.-noon).
  • Westside Community Center Pantry, 1628 W. Bijou St. (Wednesday, 10 a.m.-noon).
           For more information, call 389-0759.
           6th arrest in homicide
           Colorado Springs Police have arrested a sixth man in connection with a fatal shooting March 3 outside a motorcycle club in the 600 block of West Vermijo Street.
           Carlos Ford, 30, has been charged with first-degree murder.
           The victim was Virgil Means, who was a passenger in a vehicle driving away from the club. Police have said that several shots were fired at the vehicle.
           Band releases first album
           Nineveh Shore, a Westside-based Christian band, has released its first album, “From the Depths.”
           The six-member rock/blues group was founded in 2009, originally as a praise and worship band for the Westside's Living Faith Church.
           For more information, go to ninevehshore.webs.com.
           Climbing record broken
           Longtime Colorado Springs resident Jessica Meiris, who currently lives on the Westside, joined climbing partner Quinn Brett of Estes Park June 10 in breaking the women's speed climbing record on the nose of El Capitan in California's Yosemite National Park.
           Meiris, 30, graduated from Fountain Valley High School and works as a climbing instructor, guide and climbing-team coach.

    Westside Pioneer/press releases