This week: What's happening Jan. 27-Feb. 2 around Colorado Springs

By: The Gazette
January 26, 2014 Updated: January 27, 2014 at 5:12 am

The Colorado Springs City Council will hold a study session on the City for Champions tourism proposal at 9 a.m. Monday in council chambers, on the third floor of City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. Council members are hoping to hear more information about the proposal from Mayor Steve Bach's office. The public is welcome to attend, although no public comment will be taken at the meeting.

The El Paso Board of County Commissioners will vote on two contracts Tuesday for hazard tree removal on county land in the Black Forest fire burn area. One of the contracts is for a company that will oversee the removal project and the other will be to hire a contractor to do the labor. The commissioners regular meeting begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Centennial Hall, 200 St. Cascade Ave., in downtown Colorado Springs.

Mountain Metro Transit will hold three public meetings this week, two on Tuesday and another Friday. According to Mountain Metro officials, the meetings will inform people about proposed service changes and allow people to share their input before final decisions are made. Among the changes will be new routes, tweaks to existing routes and changes to fare structures for the Metro Rides vanpool. Tuesday's meetings will be from noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. at the Colorado Springs City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. The Friday meeting will be held at Discover Goodwill of Southern & Western Colorado, 1460 Garden of the Gods Road, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Falcon School District 49 will host a Customized Education Expo 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at Vista Ridge High School, 6888 Black Forest Road. Special-needs students and their parents, and other families seeking specific educational resources and support, are invited. More than a dozen informational booths will address many topics, including early childhood development, dyslexia and autism. Organizations represented include The Resource Exchange, Peak Parent and Assistive Technology.

D-49's Chief Education Officer Peter Hilts will discuss his vision for individualized learning.

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A discussion on "Lessons Learned" from the Black Forest fire will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Charles Brown Transportation & Environmental Complex, 3255 Akers Drive. El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, chairman of the Black Forest Fire Long Range Recovery Planning Committee, will lead the town hall-style discussion.

The Southern Colorado chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management will hold its 23rd annual economic forecast breakfast Thursday at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.. Registration begins at 7 a.m., breakfast takes place at 7:30 a.m., and the program runs from 8 to 10 a.m.

This year's forecast will feature five speakers: Economist Fred Crowley of UCCS will discuss the state of the economy; Bob Cope of the city's Economic Vitality Division will review city projects and initiatives; Bruce Betts, broker/owner of Re/Max Advantage, will look at the housing market; Brian Wagner, a broker with Sierra Commercial Real Estate, will discuss the commercial market; and Doug Carter of national real estate firm Sperry Van Ness, will explore the apartment market.

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