Westside Briefs:
‘Red Rock Canyon Day’ Oct. 20

       The public is invited to Red Rock Canyon Open Space Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       According to a Friends of Red Rock Canyon press release, it “will be a day to celebrate and become involved with Red Rock Canyon. We will offer opportunities to work on our trails and facilities, take tours of the open space, learn about the various organizations and groups supporting Red Rock Canyon and ways to personally get involved.”
       The gathering place will be the main parking lot off Highway 24 and Ridge Road/High Street.
       The trail work will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are asked to call or e-mail in advance at 685-4792 or friends@redrockcanyonopenspace.org.
       The event was originally scheduled in June, but was cancelled because of the Waldo Canyon Fire, the release states.
       Giant pumpkins return
       The annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off, free and open to the public, will return to the Old Town Plaza parking lot, 25th Street and Colorado Avenue, Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       The event, now in its eighth year, features the weighing of extremely large pumpkins grown around the state. Cash prizes will go to first, second and third.
       The weighing is officially sanctioned by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, a national organization.
       People can also bring squashes and gourds for show, said Pam Gressett, the event coordinator.
       Last year the event had a record number of entries (31), according to Dave Van Ness, executive director of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group, which sponsors the event.
       Other entertainment will include face painting, clowns, historic reenactors and a bluegrass band from the Colorado Springs Conservatory, Gressett said.
       Wanderers at Gold Hill
       The Falcon Wanderers Volksmarch Club is hosting a walk through Gold Hill Mesa Saturday, Oct. 13. Available are distances of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
       The start/finish is at the Gold Hill Mesa Community Center, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive. Walkers may start anytime between 9 a.m. and noon. There is no charge.
       The route includes city streets and dirt trails in and around the Norris-Penrose Event Center and Bear Creek Regional Park, with some short hills.
       For more information call 291-1667 or 550-9643 or e-mail walking@falconwanderers.org.

Westside Pioneer/press releases