Westside Briefs:
Packing day for Operation Christmas Child

       A Westside “packing party” for the annual Operation Christmas Child, an international charity drive, will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Calvary Worship Center, 501 Castle Road.
       The time range is 1 to 3:30 p.m. Anyone can participate. People are asked to bring gift or functional items to help fill the shoeboxes that will be sent to needy children in other countries.
       The Calvary boxes will join others from Colorado Springs. The goal is to have 26,000 boxes from the Springs, according to local event spokesperson Melissa Klute.
       Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has hand-delivered 94 million gifts to kids worldwide, Klute said.
       People can pack their own shoeboxes or donate online. For more information on Calvary's packing party, call 532-9566.
       The Operation Christmas Child website is samaritanspurse.org/occ.
       'Oink' at Rock Ledge
       The annual “Everything But the Oink” event will be at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
       Visitors can watch hog processing, sausage- and soap-making and other activities related to the ways early settlers prepared for winter.
       Admission cost is $8 for adults, with discounts for others.
       Rock Ledge is located off Gateway Road at 30th Street, near the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.
       For more information, call 578-6777 or visit rockledgeranch.com.
       History Center helps Haven
       Happy Cats Haven, a non-profit, Westside-located adoption center for stray cats, will celebrate its first year of operation with a public event Sunday, Nov. 4 from 2 to 5 p.m.
       The location will be the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
       Admission will be free, with donations requested.
       Activities will include appetizers and a silent auction fundraiser.
       “During our first year of operation, we have rescued more than 175 cats and kittens and found homes for more than 150 of those animals who have been surrendered to or rescued by our team of volunteers,” said Sara Ferguson, board president of Happy Cats Haven.
       A press release also noted that Happy Cats is a “no-kill” center, providing “cage-free, humane housing, health and behavior care to maximize the adoptability of each cat we rescue.” Its business address is 1412 S. 21st St.
       An RSVP is requested for the History Center event. For more information, call 635-5000 or go to happycatshaven.org.
       Crime spree reports asked
       Police are asking anyone whose property or vehicle was vandalized or burglarized on the older Westside the night of Oct. 28 to call their main number at 444-7000 to report the incident.
       The information will be part of an ongoing investigation in which a man and woman were arrested early Oct. 29.
       The twosome are accused of several such crimes already, including thefts from cars, tire and seat slashings, breaking into a garage and setting cars on fire.

Westside Pioneer/press releases