Westside Briefs:
Concert Sept. 1 counterpoint to violence

       Seeking a counterpoint to the recent shootings in Aurora and other negative occurrences locally and nationwide, two area residents are organizing a “Concert for Peace” Saturday, Sept. 1 in Bancroft Park.
       Featuring several bands and soloists, the free event will present a “continuous stream of music” from 11 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., according to musician Jerry Roskin, who had the idea and is working with author/businesswoman Ginny Wesley to make the concert happen.
       “There seems to be a lot of widespread violence going on,” Roskin said, adding that in Colorado Springs there's also been “a lot of focus on the fire.” What he'd like to see is an “emphasis on peace that brings us all together for one common cause, without getting political and all that.”
       The concert should help in that regard by presenting “a lot of different bands with different genres,” he said.
       Part of the event will include passing the hat for the shooting victims in Aurora, added Wesley, a former Old Colorado City shop owner (founder of Mountain Moppets) who two years ago wrote a book about her surprise recoveries from multiple sclerosis and Stage 4 cancer: “To Begin Again: A Life of Tragedies and Miracles.”
       She suggested that people “bring chairs or blankets and lay in the grass and think about peace instead of contention. It's kind of an awareness type of thing.”
       Here is the concert schedule:
       11-noon, Well Strung.
       12-12:30, Audible.
       12:30-1:30, Lost Junction Band.
       1:30-2, Ian Gott Music (soloist).
       2-3:30, Jerry Roskin Band.
       3:30-4:30, Acouelectric Jazz/ Soul Trio.
       4:30-5, Julie Salisbury (solo).
       5-6, A Love Divided (band).
       6-6:30, VC & Guitar.
       6:30-7:30, Billy Babb Band.

       Dog Park meeting
       The El Paso County Parks Department will host an open house Thursday, Aug. 30 to get opinions about future projects at the Bear Creek Dog Park.
       Scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., the gathering will be in the Creekside Room at the El Paso County Parks Department, 2002 Creek Crossing (off Rio Grande Street just east of 21st Street).
       Possible projects are the installation of a dog agility course and a dog art memorial.
       The off-leash facility is on about 25 acres just west of 21st Street at Rio Grande.
       Upgrades in the past year - aided by a state grant, county development fees and local donations -included restroom facilities, water connections, a paved parking lot, temporary holding kennels, fencing and Bear Creek bank stabilization work.
       For more information contact Jerry Westling of El Paso County Parks at 520-7647 or jerrywestling@elpasoco.com.
       Pikes Peak lecture, book
       Shaun Daggett, who goes by “the Pikes Peak Guy,” will present a lecture and book-signing event in the Red Rocks Room at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 North 30th Street, Saturday, Aug. 25 at 3 p.m.
       A nature photographer, Daggett completed a photography project May 31, 2011, to “capture a unique photo of America's Mountain every day for an entire year,” a press release states. His book is titled “365 Days of Pikes Peak... The Journey.”
       Reservations are required, as seating is limited. The phone is 219-0108.
       New neighbor group
       A new neighborhood organization has formed in response to the recent announcement of The Pinery at the Hill Development.
       Called the Bijou Hill Organization (BHO), it covers an area of about 150 homes in the area of the planned wedding event center on top of the Bijou Hill near Seventh Street.
       According to Ron Eby, founder and chair of BHO, the mission is to “preserve and promote the residential character of the historic Near Westside.”
       For more information, the website is bijouhill.org. The e-mail is admin@bijouhill.org.

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