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

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