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Saturday, May 18 events

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - There are plenty of events going on around Southern Colorado on Saturday, May 18.

Commemorative Celebration and Live Butterfly Release

Each year surviving family members, friends and Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care staff and volunteers gather to honor those who have died and remain forever in our hearts. The event provides an opportunity to remember and honor the patients PPHPC served during the past year and offer support to their families and friends.

Special tribute is paid to those who have served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces, and our community protectors:  Colorado Springs Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Springs Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Technicians.

A commemorative celebration will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at El Pomar Foundation's Penrose House Garden Pavilion.

El Pomar Foundation's Penrose House Garden Pavilion
1661 Mesa Avenue

The ceremony includes music, a time of remembrance and the reading of names, and culminates with the release of live Monarch butterflies. 

Wildland Fire Evacuation Drill

Residents in the Upper Skyway neighborhood will be put to the test in a Wildland Fire Evacuation Drill Saturday morning.

The Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Springs Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management will participate in the drill to practice evacuation procedures and help educate residents.

Residents will get educated on developing an evacuation plan, evacuation routes out of their neighborhood, making and communicating a family plan, evacuating pets and evacuation notification.

The drill will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Residents, police and fire officials will then have a discussion following the drill.

Free Sandbags

Free sandbags will be available for Colorado Springs residents impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire on Saturday, to help protect their homes from potential flooding.

Pre-filled sandbags will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis at the Verizon Wireless building from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until all sandbags have been given away). Residents picking up sandbags should enter the Verizon Wireless parking lot off of Flying W Ranch Rd.

Volunteers will help fill sandbags and help residents load the 50-pound sandbags into their vehicles. About 70 Air Force Academy cadets and professors will be among those volunteers.

Verizon Wireless
2424 Garden of the Gods Rd.

For residents wanting to fill their own sandbags, empty sandbags will also be available for free, while supplies last.

The sandbags will be available at Colorado Springs Together and several Colorado Springs Fire Stations. If you are picking up empty sandbags, you will need to sign the Sandbag Distribution Form. Only 100 bags for each address is allowed per day. The bags will include instructions on sandbag placement, the Colorado Springs Emergency Preparedness Guide and other flood information.

Colorado Springs Together
6840 Centennial Blvd., Suite A

Fire Station 5  
2830 W. Colorado Ave.

Fire Station 9  
622 Garden of the Gods Rd.

Fire Station 12  
445 Rockrimmon Blvd.

Fire Station 18  
6830 Hadler View

Spruce Up the Springs

Join Mayor Steve Bach and Suzi Bach on Saturday morning at the historic Bonforte Park for a dedication and work day. It's part of the Mayor's Spirit of the Springs initiatives.

A new playground was made a reality at the park thanks to generous donors. Last year, Freedom Honda pledged $10,000 to help improve Bonforte Park. Additional gifts from the community and City funding helped complete the renovation.

Cleanup at the park kicks off at 7:30 a.m. and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the playground starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch with the Mayor at 11:00 a.m.

Volunteers will work on several projects including: tree planting and mulching beds, removing leaves and pine needles, sweeping sidewalks and curb lines, and refinishing baseball backstop, benches and picnic tables. If you would like to volunteer, call (719) 385-6532 to register.

Volunteers are asked to bring water, wear sunscreen and dress appropriately. If possible, bring personal wheel-barrows and shovels.

Bonforte Park
2323 N. Wahsatch Ave.

Spring Clean-Up Day

Saturday is Spring Clean-Up Day in Pueblo. Pueblo City residents will be able to dispose of permitted, residential solid waste at a discounted price.

Disposal for cars and pick-ups will be free, and tow trailers will get 40% off. Only city residents with valid photo IDs that shows the resident's correct address will be able to take advantage of the special rates. Non-city residents will have to pay standard rates and fees.

Residents can dispose of their waste at the Southside Landfill from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

No tires, hazardous waste (such as paint, liquids, poisons, cleaners, oil or toxics), TVs, computers, electronics, or appliances with freon will be permitted for disposal. All loads must be covered.

Southside Landfill
Located just off Beulah Highway 78

Family Fishing Festival

The first ever Family Fishing Festival is being held at Lake Pueblo State Park on Saturday. It is being hosted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Spin cast poles and bait will be given out on a first come basis. Anglers can take a lesson, then apply what they have learned by fishing in Anticline Pond. There will also be fly fishing lessons and tours of the Pueblo Hatchery.

The event is free, but there is a $7 parking fee. 

Low-Cost Pet Vaccinations

Making sure your pet is vaccinated is one of the most important duties of a responsible pet owner. Not only do vaccinations help keep your pet safe and help prevent infectious diseases, but they can also prevent the spread of diseases that can pass from animals to humans. In the case of rabies, a vaccination is not only a good idea, it's the law. Rabies is deadly to both animals and humans, and the vaccine is mandatory for both cats and dogs in Pueblo County.

Saturday, Pueblo Animal Services is offering a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Rabies vaccinations will be $8 per animal, and supplies are limited to the first 100 dogs and cats. Other vaccinations will be offered for $10 each. Microchips will also be available for $15. Only cash will be accepted.

Pueblo Animal Services
4600 Eagleridge Place

Run to the Shrine

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is hosting its fifth annual Run to the Shrine 5K/10K race Saturday morning. The annual race fundraiser is the only day of the year foot traffic is allowed on the breathtaking road to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun.

Online registration for the run has closed, but you can still register at the event.

The 10K run starts at 7:15 a.m. near The Broadmoor Hotel. Registration will start at 6:15 a.m.

The 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Zoo's front gates. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

Race fees:
Adults: $45
Seniors (60+): $30
Children (11-17): $30
Children (10 and under): $15

Registration includes bragging rights, Zoo admission for the day, a commemorative T-shirt featuring an illustration of Jumbe, the Zoo's black rhino and a post-event party at the Zoo's Lodge at Moose Lake.

All proceeds help feed and care for more than 800 animals at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

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