Your calendar: What's happening this week around the Pikes Peak region

By: The Gazette
May 19, 2014 Updated: May 19, 2014 at 6:30 am

Monday is the first day of Colorado Literacy Week, and McDonald's restaurants throughout the state will give away breakfast and a free book to all 4-year-olds accompanied by a parent Monday morning through 10:30 a.m. The promotion is being done in partnership with One Book 4 Colorado.

McDonald's is providing a free egg sandwich or hotcakes and milk or juice.

Parents also will receive a free beverage of their choice. Children will receive one of three books.

Restaurants at Wal-Mart stores and fueling stations will not be participating.

Colorado Springs City Council staff will host two Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax workshops for 2015 applicants Tuesday and May 30.

In addition to the city's sales tax on lodging services, there is a tax on the sale of lodging, campground space and car rentals.

LART money must be used for tourism or economic development purposes, including events, projects and services that attract visitors or enhance the local economy. The workshops will cover application deadlines and specific guidelines for filling out the application.

The workshops are 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. and noon-2 p.m. May 30 in City Hall.

A meeting will be held Tuesday to formulate an action plan to address the Pikes Peak region's mental health woes.

The final installment of the "Mental Health Begins with Me" series will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mining Exchange, 8 S. Nevada Ave.

Limited seating is available, and people are asked to reserve a spot by calling 473-8477 or by emailing requests to

City Council will meet as the Colorado Springs Utilities Board at 1 p.m. Wednesday, in the Blue River Board Room on the fifth floor of the South Tower in the Plaza of the Rockies, 121 S. Tejon St. The board is expected to discuss how much weight it should place on environmental and social costs when considering the decommissioning of Martin Drake Power Plant.

The Black Forest Fire/Rescue District will seat new board members at its meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at 11445 Teachout Road. After three incumbents were voted out May 6, three new board members will be sworn in at the meeting - Rick Nearhoof, Jayme McConnellogue and P.J. Langmaid.

On Wednesday, in observation of National Emergency Medical Services Week, American Medical Response will be teaching hands-only CPR from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 8th Street Wal-Mart, and at the Southeast, Downtown, Briargate, and Monument YMCAs from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

City for Champions organizers will hold a meeting to brief the public about the status of the tourism initiative. The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Pikes Peak Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle.

The Gazette

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