Westside Briefs:
‘Happy Trails’ for TOSC and Nature Center

       A “Happy Trails” fundraiser with food, beverages and live music is scheduled at the Bear Creek Nature Center Friday, Aug. 23 as a benefit for the Trails and Open Space Coalition and for children's education programs offered by the El Paso County nature centers.
       Also included will be a silent auction and a talk by Jerri Marr of the U.S. Forest Service. The cost is $50. The Nature Center is at 245 Bear Creek Road.
       For times and other information, call 633-6884 or go to the website: happytrails2013.eventbrite.com.
      
       Fillmore night work
       Nighttime restriping and realignment of part of Fillmore Street west of I-25 is scheduled to start Thursday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m., weather permitting, and continue until 2 a.m.
       “There will be variable lane closures on Fillmore Street as this work takes place,” a press release states. “The public is asked to take an alternate route during this time due to potential delays.”
       Part of a $7 million Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) project, the work will be between Strauss Lane and the former Parker Street (soon to become the “new” Chestnut Street crossing).
       For more information on construction impacts, call Blue Ridge Construction at 578-5225 x10.
      
       Mesa Springs picnic
       The Mesa Springs Community Association will hold its annual Neighborhood Picnic Saturday, Aug. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo St.
       Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share.
       The association is the city-recognized advocacy group for Mesa Springs, a neighborhood of about 500 homes west of I-25 between Uintah and Fillmore streets.
       For more information, e-mail mesasprings@gmail.com.

Westside Pioneer/press releases