Westside Briefs:
9th annual Colorado Day Picnic Aug. 1

       Westside resident Victor Shephard says he will organize his ninth annual Colorado Day Picnic Saturday, Aug. 1 at Thorndale Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       Anyone is welcome to drop by for barbecued hot dogs and sodas. There is no charge, but attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert.
       Set on the date Colorado joined the union in 1876, the picnic reflects Shephard's love of the state. “It's a beautiful place where neighbors care about each other, still smile and wave unashamedly, and can be relied on to help when they are really needed,” he said.
       Thorndale is at 24th and Uintah streets.
      
       Colorado Springs Forestry officials are asking owners of elm trees to be on the lookout for signs of Dutch elm disease. The fungus causes a tree's immune system to stop circulating water, causing excessive wilting or dropping of leaves at the crown of the tree. The browning of leaves usually starts at the tips of branches and works its way down the tree, ultimately killing it.
       The disease, first identified in Colorado Springs in the 1970s, is spread by the elm bark beetle, which feeds on elm wood. City staff members are available to inspect and test elms on public property and can provide limited visual inspections of trees on private property; however it is the property owner's responsibility to remove the tree if it tests positive for Dutch elm disease.
       For more information, call the City's Forestry Division at 385-5942 or e-mail cityparks@springsgov.com.
      
       The Victorian Society of Colorado Springs will continue to offer lower early rates through Aug. 1 on tickets to “The Magic of the Nile - A Grand Victorian Ball,” which is scheduled the night of Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St.
       Music will be provided by the Shadow Mountain String Band. Victorian or contemporary formal attire is requested. Tickets are $25 until Aug. 1, $30 from then to Aug. 28 and $35 at the door. Tickets for ages 12 and under are $12.
       For more information, call 360-6429 or 265-5559, or go to the website: victoriansocietycs.org.
      
       Children of Promise, a Colorado Springs non-profit, is seeking donations of school supplies for homeless and disadvantaged teens. Westside drop-off sites are the Gold Hill Police Division, 955 West Moreno Ave.; Eve's Revolution, 1312 W. Colorado Ave.; and State Farm offices.
       Needed school supplies include backpacks, scientific calculators, 1-inch binders, red/black pens, notebooks, and college-ruled paper. Financial donations are also requested to buy clothing, shoes and school supplies.
       For more information, call 266-0106.

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