Season taking shape on Westside

       Christmas-season activities on the Westside were kicking into gear this weekend with events including the Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour and the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group's window-decorating contest.
       Meanwhile, the OCCA's Santa began greeting kids in the decorated Garvin Cabin in Bancroft Park last weekend and will continue to do so between now and Christmas from noon to 5 on weekends. He hasn't been the only Santa in Old Colorado City this year; there has also been a store Santa sometimes at My Daughter's Deli.
       The 12th annual B&B tour, from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, will take in nine local establishments, including the Holden House and Our Hearts Inn on the Westside. Tickets are $10, with proceeds benefiting the Old Colorado City History Center. For more information, call 471-3980.
       Another activity this weekend will be a flashy arrival by the Colorado Association of 4-Wheel Drive Clubs in delivering gifts to 280 needy children at the Department of Human Services (DHS) for the Christmas for Kids project Saturday morning, Dec. 2. After starting near an east-side police substation, more than 100 decorated vehicles will parade across town, under police escort, arriving in the DHS front parking lot, 105 N. Spruce St., around 11 a.m. Participants shop for children who've been identified by their social workers.
       The Historic Homes Tours - a new holiday event at Rock Ledge Ranch last year - is back. Vacancies exist for Dec. 9, 10 and 14. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 578-6777.
       Judging in the OCCA's window contest will occur Dec. 4-5, with the winning stores to be announced Dec. 5, according to Nancy Stovall, the OCCA's executive director.
       Breakfast with Santa, featuring the OCCA Santa, will be part of a big day for the Man in the Red Suit in Old Colorado City Saturday, Dec. 9. The breakfast will be at Meadow Muffins from 8 to 11 a.m. (cost $3 for kids, $5 for adults), followed by Santa's Workshop in Bancroft Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (cost $4 a child). For more information, call 633-6767.

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