Biz Buzz:
Volunteer plantings in Mountain Shadows

       Nine trees will be planted in the fire-ravaged Mountain Shadows neighborhood Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3 as part of the Cultivating Hope Project.
       The volunteer project, which offers free plant materials to the victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire, was started last July by the Westside's Personal Touch Gardening & Landscape business.
       Mountain Shadows, located north of Garden of the Gods Road and west of 30th Street, had nearly 400 homes destroyed or damaged in the Waldo Canyon Fire June 26.
       For more information or to help out, call 632-7742.
       Restaurant stays green
       Pizzeria Rustica, 2527 W. Colorado Ave., has been recertified for three more years by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA).
       The rating was based on assessments in the categories of energy, food, water, waste, disposables, chemical/pollution reduction and furnishings/building materials.
       The GRA is a national non-profit organization, started in 1990, that “provides a convenient and cost-effective way for restaurants, manufacturers, distributors, and consumers to become more environmentally responsible,” its website states.
       Soldiers' homecoming
       Genesis MedSpa will host a homecoming event Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a squadron returning from Afghanistan. Located in the Gold Hill Mesa Community Center at 142 S. Raven Mine Drive, the business will offer spa services for the soldiers and their spouses.
       Nov. 2 ArtWalk events
       A reception for watercolor artists Larry Haught and Lorraine Watry will be offered at the Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave. for the November ArtWalk Friday, Nov. 2.
       Other ArtWalk announcements have come from Velez Galleries, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., (exhibiting new “Day of the Dead” pieces) and the Cucuru Gallery Cafe, 2332 W. Colorado Ave. (works from four new artists.)
       In all, 16 galleries/shops in Old Colorado City participate in the free, monthly First Friday ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m.
       Studio Tour Nov. 10-11
       The Pikes Peak Studio Tour will feature 3 Westside artists among 17 in all Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11.
       The 10th annual event opens local artists' studios and/or homes to the public, with opportunities to see/buy their works and even learn how the creative process occurs.
       The times will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 10th and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 11th. Signs will help direct people to the different sites. There is no charge.
       The three Westside studios will be those of painter Deb Komitor, 815 S. 25th St. (the old Midland school, now an office building); fiber/metal/gourd artist Gail Necker, 1224 W. Pikes Peak Ave.; and painter Laura Reilly, 2522-A W. Colorado Ave.
       For more information, call 440-7403 or go to

Westside Pioneer/press release