Westside Briefs:
Historic enactor at OCCHS dinner

       Mary Jane Bradbury, an historic enactor for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will portray Augusta Tabor at the annual dinner of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
       The location will be the Mason Jar, 5905 Corporate Drive.
       The cost is the price of food and drinks only. Attendees can order from a special menu with prices from $7.50 to $13.50, with alcoholic drinks also available. Bradbury's appearance is courtesy of Colorado Humanities Inc., explained Jo Cervone of OCCHS.
       According to an OCCHS press release, Bradbury has been an actress, speaker, educator, and author in Colorado for over 20 years, including a Chautauqua speaker and Young Chautauqua coach for Colorado Humanities.
       Augusta Tabor was the first wife of Leadville “silver king” Horace Tabor. He left her for Baby Doe Tabor when he became rich, but he died in poverty after the silver crash of 1893.
       Space is limited. Reser-vations can be made by calling 636-1225.
      
       Cares Chili at Center
       Westside Cares will host a Chili Cook-off and Celebration Sunday, Sept. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
       The public is invited. There is no charge, but participants are asked to provide a side dish and/or a “free will offering,” the event flyer states.
       Chili categories are “Spicy Yet Flavorful,” “Vegetarian,” “Kid Friendly,” “Green Chili” and “Best Overall.”
       The event started last year in recognizing the non-profit charity's 25th anniversary. “This year we celebrate our new partnership with the Westside Community Center,” the release states.
       For more information, call 389-0759.
      
       Crime prevention classes
       Free classes in crime prevention will be offered in September at the Police Department's Gold Hill Substation.
       The first will provide Training about home safety home invasion prevention Wednesday, Sept. 15; the second will present an overview of the Civilian Model C2 TASER Tuesday, Sept. 21.
       Both classes will go from 7 to 8 p.m. The substation is at 955 West Moreno Ave.
       No reservations are necessary. For more information, call Crime Prevention Officer Bob Harris at 385-2117.
      
       2 churches aiding charity
       Two Westside churches are again helping with Operation Christmas Child - a nationwide effort to send shoebox gifts to needy children in more than 100 countries.
       The churches are First Evangelical Free Church, 820 N. 30th St., and Calvary Worship Center, 501 Castle Road, both of which have helped the effort for several years.
       The National Collection Week is Nov. 15-22, but donations are taken year-round.
       For information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 532-9566 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org.

Westside Pioneer/press releases