Westside Briefs:
Alzheimer’s support group forming

       The Alzheimer's Association is forming a new support group for caregivers of people with memory loss.
       The first meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., in the Community Room.
       For more information, call Barb Caudle, regional director of the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, at 266-8773.
      
       Tree recycling available
       El Paso County will offer a post-Christmas tree-recycling service at seven drop-off locations, including the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site off Gateway Road at 30th Street.
       “Treecycle” will be open to the public on consecutive weekends: Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 1-2 and 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       “A suggested donation of $5 per tree will be applied to Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc. and the El Pomar Youth Sports Park to support youth sports programs throughout El Paso County,” a press release states. Discarded trees “will be ground into mulch and given away to other county residents for use in gardens, landscaping and other home/property projects.”
       For more information on Treecycle, call El Paso County's Environmental Services Division at 520-7878, or go online to elpasoco.com or treecyclecos.org.
      
       Facebook for ages 55+
       Is anyone too old to use Facebook? The Old Colorado City Library doesn't think so, as shown by a new, free class titled “55+ Facebook.”
       Taught by a library staffer, the class dates will be Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 10 a.m. in the library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
       Facebook is a type of social networking website that has become popular in recent years.
       According to library branch assistant David Rasmussen, laptops will be provided, if available, but people are encouraged to bring their own.
       “Attendees should also have a pre-existing Facebook account and intermediate computer skills,” he said.
       The topics will be: Jan. 4 - “Profile, Privacy and Account Settings”; Jan. 11 - “Friend Searching, Viewing, Managing”; Jan. 18 - “Wall Posts, Messages and More”; and Jan. 25: “Photo Viewing, Sharing, Saving.”

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