Westside Briefs:
Humane Society to hold Pawtoberfest

       Various dog-related activities are planned at the annual Pawtoberfest by the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPRR) Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bear Creek Regional Park.
       All proceeds will help fund programs for homeless or abused animals in the Pikes Peak Region, a press release states.
       Included is a 5K/3K run, with participants needing to pick up race packets Sept. 19 or 20. Registration is on the 21st at 8:30 a.m., with the 5K at 10 a.m. and the 3K starting near the Community Garden at 10:30 a.m.
       Among the other activities are opportunities to “polka with your pooch,” sign up for a dog-kissing contest or try out an agility course.
       People can attend the event as registered or non-registered, which affects admission and other event fees.
       For costs and other information, call 302-8738 or e-mail gpressley@hsppr.org.
      
       Meet the principal
       The community is invited to join Coronado High Principal Marcia Landwehr for coffee at the school Thursday, Sept. 26 from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m.
       According to staff member Karen Petersilie, such gatherings are informal, with no advance agenda, and people can ask any questions they want.
       Attendees need to check in first at the Coronado office.
       For more information, call 328-3600.
      
       10th GoG backdrop buy
       A 10th parcel in the Garden of the Gods “backdrop” will not be built on.
       According to the nonprofit Palmer Land Trust, a “generous citizen” donated the vacant, 2.2-acre property to the city in August “to be used as part of the Garden of the Gods Park.”
       The lot had been platted in the 1970s as part of a 26-lot hillside subdivision above the west end of the Garden, off Rampart Range Road. So far, no houses have been built on any of the lots.
       The Trust has been working with the city for years to buy or obtain donations of all 26 parcels (1 to 5 acres each) so as “to protect the world-class views Pikes Peak-area residents are blessed to enjoy every day,” a Land Trust press release states, then adds, “10 down, 16 to go!”

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