Westside Briefs:
Bear Creek by Candlelight Dec. 7

       The annual Bear Creek by Candlelight will be Friday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.
       Along with the traditional, luminaria-lit trails, the event will feature live music by a group from the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society, craft opportunities, Santa Claus and a live wolf dog from the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Federa-tion.
       A $2 donation is asked, with the money going to the Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers in their capital campaign for a planned expansion of the Fountain Creek Nature Center near Fountain. According to Bear Creek Nature Center Supervisor Jamie Bequette, the goal is to build the expansion next year.
       For more information, call 520-6387.
       Police Toy Drive starts
       Colorado Springs Police have started their 24th annual Christmas Toy Drive (the 13th in partnership with Christmas Unlimited and 4th with Teens with Promise).
       Through Christmas Day, collection boxes for the two nonprofits helping needy children will be in the lobbies of each city police station, including the Westside's Gold Hill Division, 955 W. Moreno Ave. Presents need to be new and unwrapped, a City Police press release points out.
       Christmas Unlimited focuses on younger children, Teens with Promise on ages 13 and up.
       The toys will be delivered Dec. 21. Last year the Toy Drive resulted in presents for about 380 children in the city, the release adds.
       For more information about the Toy Drive, call Officer Martin Herrera at 444-7410.

Westside Pioneer/press releases