Biz Buzz:
Rodeo breaks attendance mark again

       “Record attendance packed the Norris-Penrose Event Center with nearly 29,000 tickets sold to eager rodeo fans,” reads a press release about the July 11-14 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.

Kory Koontz (left) and Erich Rogers earned second-place money in the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo team roping event July 11-14.
Westside Pioneer photo

       It was the second year in a row that the event, sponsored by the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation, announced its highest attendance ever.
       The 72nd annual rodeo was a sanctioned event on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association tour. Proceeds from the event go to military charities.
      
       3 openings at ArtWalk
       Three openings have been announced for Old Colorado City's First Friday ArtWalk Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.
       They are:
  • Hunter-Wolff Galleries, 2510 W. Colorado Ave. for watercolor painter Penny Stewart.
  • Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., for watercolor painter Jan Oyler; and fused glass artist Diana Zombola.
  • Telise Rodelv Studios, 2423 W. Colorado Ave., for a collection of paintings done in Paris, France by Rodelv. Also present will be scarf weaver Maryse Levenson. All of her sales will go directly to Maryse, who lost her house in the Waldo Canyon Fire. Fifteen percent of the sales of any of the show paintings will also be donated to Maryse.
           Note: Rodelv recently moved into 2423 W. Colorado Ave., sharing space with Colorado Copper, which is an ArtWalk member this year.
          
           Shakespeare at the ranch
           “Love's Labor Lost” will be presented by UCCS' TheatreWorks Aug. 2-26 in the troupe's third year of performing a summer Shakespeare show at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.
           Tickets will range in price from $5 to $30. They can be bought in advance or at the door. There will be 19 shows in all, each at 7:30 p.m. For dates and other information, call 255-3232, e-mail tickets@uccs.edu, or go to the website: theatreworkscs.org.
           Rock Ledge is off Gateway Road at 30th Street. The performances will be in a 60 by 40-foot tent set up by the pond and large meadow near the Rock Ledge House.
          
           RMFI goes 'old school'
           The Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) has relocated into part of the 110-year-old, former Midland School building at 815 S. 25th St.
           The nonprofit organization, whose annual project schedule includes erosion repair in the Garden of the Gods, had been in a cottage at 3310 W. Colorado Ave. since 2007.
           At the Midland site, RMFI has Suite 101, which includes a one-time classroom and the principal's office. With 1,800 square feet, it has almost twice as much space as the cottage, a quieter neighborhood and “lots more parking,” according to Liz Nichol of RMFI.
           Also, she said, “just being part of this building is fun.”
           An open house is planned Sept. 7-8.
          
           Fabrizio heads OCCA
           Julie Fabrizio, owner of the Holly Leaf retail shop, has become the new president of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group. She had been the board secretary. She replaces Nelson Roseland, who stepped down because of the demands of his business, according to an e-mail from OCCA Executive Director Dave Van Ness.
           Taking her place as secretary will be Barb Hodges of the Michael Garman Museum, he said
           Also stepping down at the July meeting was Carole Jourdan, who had been vice president. That leaves two at-large vacancies, Van Ness explained. “If any member has an interest in joining the board, please contact any board member.”
           The OCCA board meets the second Wednesday of the month from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Old Town GuestHouse. “All OCC merchants and restaurateurs are welcome to attend,” he said.
          
           Snakes featured pets
           Insane Exotics is a new pet store that focuses especially on snakes and reptiles.
           The store at 1232 W. Colorado Ave. also sells amphibians and aquatic animals, as well as bedding, food, lights and enclosures.
           According to owners Les and Staci Fuller, exotic animals started as a hobby and turned into a business. At the “unique” store location they found on the Westside, “we'll do whatever we can to provide the community with amazing and affordable critters,” Staci said.
           The business is open Monday through Saturday. The phone is 634-7043, the website is insaneexotics.com, and the e-mail is insaneexotics@yahoo.com.

    Editor's note: If you know any Westside locations not listed here, or you find that any of this information has changed, please let us know at 471-6776.

    Westside Pioneer/press release