Westside Briefs:
Library series to help with family writing

       A free monthly series teaching people how to write their life stories will kick off with a “Family Legacy Workshop” Friday, Aug. 28 at the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Colorado Ave.
       Scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the workshop will feature author Linda Weaver Clarke, who tours the country “teaching people the importance of family legacy [and] encouraging others to turn their family history and autobiography into a variety of interesting stories,” according to her website.
       The monthly series, titled the “Family History Writing Series,” will start Wednesday, Sept. 2 and continue on the first Wednesday of the month through February. The times are 6:30 to 8 p.m., with the class size limited to 12 people.
       For more information, call 634-1698 or register online at ppld.org.

       The Bear Creek Nature Center will offer training classes for volunteer environmental education program leaders Thursday, Sept. 11, 18 and 25 and Oct. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon.
       Operated through El Paso County Parks, the Nature Center is at 245 Bear Creek Road.
       For more information, call Paula Megorden at the center at 520-6388 by Sept. 9.
      
       The Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC), has named a new executive director - Susan Davies, a former TV environmental reporter, to replace Dan Cleveland, who retired in May.
       In other staff changes, Bill Koerner, former Manitou Springs mayor, serves in the new position of advocacy director; and Vince Cloward, acting interim director, becomes the new program director.
       TOSC, a Westside-based non-profit organization, works for land preservation and trails advocacy in the Pikes Peak region.
       For more information, call 633-6884.
      
       The Victorian Society of Colorado Springs will present “The Magic of The Nile - A Grand Victorian Ball” Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St.
       Featuring music by the Shadow Mountain String Band, the event will be from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
       Tickets are $30 until Aug. 28 and $35 at the door. The cost is $12 for ages 12 and under.
       All dances will be taught. Victorian or contemporary formal attire is requested.
       For more information, call 360-6429 or 265-5559, or go to victoriansocietycs.org.

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