Events and Meetings around Colorado Springs This Week

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Events and Meetings around Colorado Springs This Week


-, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO)


The Roshek Group in Woodland Park is holding its annual coat drive this week to benefit local children and adults. The drive runs 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday at the office, 18401 E. Highway 24. Clean, gently used coats, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens and blankets will be accepted. For information, call 687-1531.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park officials plan to begin temporarily closing some trails Monday for fuel mitigation work. Park officials plan to mitigate 100 acres by the end of the year near Zook Loop, Boulder Run, Talon, Medicine Wheel, Blackmer and South Talon trails, according to a news release by park. The mitigation will not involve controlled burns, but rather it will include cutting down dead trees, said Abbie Walls, a parks spokeswoman.

Call 576-2016 for the latest trail closure information.

The Colorado Springs City Council will host day-long budget meetings Monday and Tuesday to go over Mayor Steve Bach's proposed 2015 general fund budget, which is $259 million. Both meetings begin at 9 a.m. in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. Highlights of Bach's proposed budget include adding 20 more police officers; increasing the city's Information Technology department budget by $2.8 million; and spending $11 million on roads, bridges and other capital improvement projects.

The council will host a budget town hall meeting from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in City Hall to take public comment on the proposed budget.

Stargazing at Challenger Learning Center's Portal e-Planetarium, Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 10215 Lexington Drive. If weather is good, will use telescopes outside. Cost is $10.

City for Champions organizers will host the next public meeting from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Mining Exchange Grand Ballroom, 8 S. Nevada Ave. Organizers plan to discuss how other cities planned and developed downtown event centers and give project updates.

A candidate meet and greet will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at Edison High School, 14550 Edison Road in Yoder. This is a chance to meet elected officials from eastern El Paso and western Lincoln counties. Attendees include El Paso County commissioners Amy Lathen and Dennis Hisey, state Sen. Kevin Grantham, District Attorney Dan may and many more.

City Hall staff will share "interesting facts, ghostly tales and local folklore" at the "History and Haunts," tour on Friday from 6- 7:30 p.m. Local author Stephanie Waters, executive director of the Spirits of Colorado Paranormal Convention, will host a book signing in City Hall's Academy Room from 6-7 p.m.

Tours begin on the southeast entrance at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras. For information, call 385-5482.

Senior Safety Day is Friday from 1-3 p.m. in the community room at Colorado Police Department's operations center, 705 S. Nevada St. Financial Crimes detectives will cover identity theft, fraud and scams used in our area at the free event. Crimes Against Elders Unit officers will cover personal safety and other related topics.

The fourth annual El Paso County 4-H Fall Carnival is from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. The festival will feature a bounce house, costume contest and other activities at the Skyview Middle School gymnasium at 6350 Windom Peak Blvd. in Colorado Springs. The cost is 25 cents per ticket, with booths charging between one and eight tickets for their food and games. …

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