Westside Briefs:
Bijou to benefit from butterfly sculptures

       Thirty large butterfly sculptures were being installed this week around the city, including six on the Westside, to start the Colorado Springs Rotary's third annual "Butterflies and Friends" project.
       Made and decorated by regional artists, the works will remain on display into September, then sold at a Sept. 19 auction. The money raised will be donated to the Rotary Service Fund and two District 11 schools, including the Westside's Bijou School (alternative high school), "to support programs for the arts, including music, dance, and visual art," a press release states.
       The six Westside butterfly locations are Bancroft Park, the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, Hunter-Wolf Gallery, Squash Blossom, Pine Creek Art Gallery and the Garden of the Gods Club.
       West Elementary was a beneficiary from last year's butterfly project.
      
       Chance for France
       The Rotary Club of Garden of the Gods is seeking young professional applicants to visit Alsace, France from March 26 to April 23 of 2011. The trip is sponsored by Rotary District 5470 and the Group Study Exchange program of The Rotary International Foundation.
       "The program strives to improve international understanding by enabling people from different countries to learn from each other," a press release states. "The concept involves exchanging teams of business and professional persons for a month-long tour."
       The local deadline for completed applications is Aug 20 of this year. Applicants must be between the ages of 25 and 40 at the time of departure and cannot be members of the Rotary. Applications can be downloaded from www.rotary.org or www.rotary5470.org .
       Coordinating the search for team members from the Westside are local Rotari-ans Carla Vauthrin, and J Brian Miller. They can be respectively contacted at carla.vauthrin@gmail.com and sipka@pcisys.net.
      
       Multiple garage sales
       Holland Park will have its fourth annual Community Garage Sale Saturday and Sunday, July 31-Aug. 1.
       Organized by the Holland Park Community Association, the event will consist of simultaneous sales outside individual homes within the neighborhood, which is bounded by Chestnut Street, Garden of the Gods Road, Centennial Boulevard and Vondelpark Drive.
       According to association officer Cynthia McGrath, the event has more than doubled since its first-year total of 35. The association organizes the sale to help residents sell old items as well as to help Holland Park people get to know each other.
      
       Teen fund drive
       The Westside's Gold Hill police station, 955 Moreno Ave., and State Farm Insurance offices (including those on the Westside) are dropoffs for a drive to raise $15,000 as well as donated materials in the citywide School Supply Drive for Teens.
       The goal is to fill 1,000 backpacks with purchased or donated items such as calculators, binders, pens, notebooks, and college ruled paper and buy new clothing, shoes and other items to help teens from money-short families get ready for school, according to a police press release.
       The drive is sponsored by Teens with Promise, a local nonprofit. "Last year the organization assisted 1,400 youth, and the hope is to double that amount in 2010," the release states. "With so many families losing jobs because of the recession, more teens are being impacted in their ability to have the basics to attend school."
       For more information, call the Teens with Promise offices at 266-0106. The website is teenswithpromise.com.
      
       Library computer classes
       Free weekly computer classes for ages 55 and over will start at the Old Colorado City Library Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. with instruction on word processing basics.
       The classes will continue on the same day and starting time, according to branch assistant David Rasmussen.
       Seniors should have beginning computer skills. No preregistration is required.
       For more information, call 634-1698.
      
       Blues night activities
       While the Lethal Lisa McCall Band plays Thursday, Aug. 5 in Bancroft Park as part of the "Paint the Town Blue" concert series, other creative activities are scheduled in the park.
       According to a press release from the Pikes Peak Blues Community (which sponsors the series), "also on hand will be the Concrete Couch/ Future-self/ Cool Science crew, who will have 'make your own artsy tee shirt,' science, and music activities." There is no charge, but children under 11 "should have an adult helper," the release states.
       For more information, the release provides an e-mail address: Naomi@concretecouch.org.
      
       25-year celebration
       Members of the public are invited to a celebration of "25 years of Christian service" at Calvary Church, 917 S. 25th St., Sunday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m., with guest speaker/ missionary Rev. Raymond Shreve and host pastor William Kennedy.
       There will also be a lunch at noon and outdoor musical concert by the Brothers Five on the church lawn at 6 p.m.

Westside Pioneer/press releases