This week: What's happening around Colorado Springs

By: The Gazette
February 3, 2014 Updated: February 3, 2014 at 7:12 am

The Colorado Springs City Council will meet at 2 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., to discuss a proposed resolution detailing the council's involvement in the City for Champions projects. The council also will discuss whether it wants to set up town hall meetings for citizen input on the four planned tourism projects: a downtown Olympic museum; a downtown sports and events center with a 10,000-seat stadium and 3,000-seat arena; an Air Force Academy visitors center; and a sports medicine and performance center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

A 1,500-space parking garage and pedestrian bridge, among other downtown improvements, also are part of the estimated $250 million proposal.

A memorial for a Sand Creek High School alumna who was killed in the Maryland mall shooting Jan. 25 is scheduled to be held at the school at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Brianna Benlolo graduated from Sand Creek High School in 2010 and worked at a Zumiez store near Baltimore. Benlolo, the mother of a 2-year-old son, was one of two employees who died during the shooting. The gunman killed himself.

A panel discussion will take place Tuesday regarding community resources to help support those dealing with mental illness.

"Don't Go It Alone" will feature advocates and officials from several nonprofits across Colorado Springs. It will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in rooms 133 and 134 of First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave.

For information, call the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 473-8477.

Elected city and county officials will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' Heller Center for Arts and Humanities, 1250 N. Campus Heights Drive, to discuss the creation of an advisory board that will oversee the City for Champions projects. In December, the Colorado Economic Development Commission awarded the city an estimated $120.5 million in state sales tax revenue over 30 years to help finance four tourism projects dubbed the City for Champions. One of the first requirements by the state is for the city to set up an advisory board that oversees the projects.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will be the featured speaker at the Celebrate Technology awards at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St. Wozniak and the late Steve Jobs started Apple in 1976 and designed the company's first two computers.

Celebrate Technology includes eight awards given by the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator, the Regional Entrepreneurial Alliance, the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, the Middle Market Entrepreneurs group, Peak Venture Group, Startup Colorado Springs and others. Registration for the event is $35. Go to celebrate to register.

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