July 23, 2014

August 21 Mango fan Django in the park!

Prairie Dog O’Byrne Park (600 block East Bijou Street), 6:30pm. Enjoy an ice cream social along with great gypsy jazz by this well-known group in our neighborhood park. Don’t miss it! Bring your kids, your neighbors and friends.

Don’t miss Mango fan Django August 21!

Prairie Dog O’Byrne Park (600 E. Bijou St), 6:30 pm

Mango fan Django has been playing Gypsy Jazz in Colorado since 1998 and is known for a unique style of acoustic guitar swing that has delighted audiences of all ages.

These guys are G-O-O-O-D!

Acoustic guitars, violin, and upright bass of Mango fan Django recreate the mood of 30’s European swing in Paris and contemporary Gypsy Jazz is represented with boleros, bossa and other Latin influences as well as American swing and jazz standards.

Locally, MfD have played before packed-crowds for the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society, the Black Rose Acoustic Society, and as lobby entertainment during Colorado Springs Philharmonic performances at the Pikes Peak Center.

Learn more about Mango fan Django at www.angelfire.com/ma2/mango/

July 2, 2014

Music on the Run July 17 “Cool for Cats”

Thursday evening at 6:30 — Music on the Run event in North Shooks Run Park (one block north of Willamette on El Paso/Franklin Street. The “Cool for Cats” duo of Nick Davey and Jeremy Facknitz played their versions of R&B, British pop and rock, Country, and Blues music.

Folks brought their blanket or lawn chairs, their dogs and kids, and enjoyed the smooth sounds of “Cool for Cats.” Powered by the Mobile Music Project (people generating power via bicycle pedaling). Free, thanks to the MSRNA, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, City Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services, and Trails and Open Space Coalition.

June 14, 2014

June 19th Music on the Run

Gather up your lawn chair or blanket, your kids and neighbors for the first of this summer’s Music on the Run on Thursday, June 19. Enjoy the bluegrass and original acoustic music of neighborhood artists “Out of Nowhere” http://www.reverbnation.com/outofnowherebluegrass. Take a turn at generating the electricity for the music with a session of pedaling with the Mobile Music Project. Enjoy the music and meet some Middle Shooks Run neighbors!

Where? A block north of Willamette on El Paso Street, in North Shooks Run Park next to the Concrete Couch. The event is free to you thanks to the Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, Trails and Open Space Coalition, Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Services. Alcohol is prohibited in city parks.

May 29, 2014

Meeting to Discuss Creek’s Retaining Wall

Following the collapse of a retaining wall on Shooks Run (creek) between Bijou and Kiowa streets last September, City engineers have been studying a possible replacement.

A public meeting will be held Wednesday JUNE 4, 2014 AT 6:00PM, CENTENNIAL PLAZA , 516 E. KIOWA ST (Building Adjacent to the Park). The meeting will include a presentation by The City of Colorado Springs, Stormwater Engineering and their consultants for this project. The neighborhood and the adjacent neighbors can voice their opinions on wall replacement design alternatives in regard to safety, creek impacts, and visual appropriateness to this park setting. Being a publicly funded project, the budget is limited.

Included in the initial scope of work are some necessary changes to accommodate a new wall that will alter John “Prairie Dog” O’Byrne Park. This project is expected to begin construction this summer and it is important that the City gets your feedback about these repairs.

May 6, 2014

Save these dates for Music on the Run

The Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association announces the following dates for live music in the Shooks Run area parks. Enjoy a summer evening with family and neighbors at these free events brought to you by the neighborhood association!

June 19 in the North Shooks Run Park:  “Out of Nowhere” with bluegrass and original acoustic music

July 17 in North Shooks Run Park: “Cool for Cats” with  rock, folk, pop, soul, etc.

August 21 in John “Prairie Dog” O’Byrne Park:  “Mango fan Django” with gypsy jazz

May 2, 2014

Neighborhood Meeting: Proposed Little Market restaurant

Tuesday, May 6, 6:30pm

Community Prep School gym, Willamette at Wahsatch

Sponsored by Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association

This will be a facilitated discussion among neighbors. We will hear from Michael Carsten about the concept as well as neighbors’ concerns about the proposed restaurant use including hours of operation, serving alcohol, and parking. Let’s discuss the concerns and see if we can reach some solutions. Please invite your neighbors to attend.

April 27, 2014

Shooks Run Cleanup a Great Success!

A big “Thank you!” goes out to all of the folks who came out for the Great Shooks Run Cleanup. Over 60 people helped out and we were able to clean the creek of debris from Uintah to the Pikes Peak bridge and the creek looks great! After the Cleanup, volunteers enjoyed refreshments and live music.

Thanks to Harriet Landrum, Nancy Strong, Shari Peahl, and to Daniel and Alicia Klausmeier for organizing the event.

Thanks to Harriet, Chauncey Crandall, and Mz. May for the entertainment.

Thanks to Phantom Canyon, Thunder and Buttons, McCabe’s, and Einstein Bagels for the delicious food.

Stay posted for announcement of our next cleanup sometime this fall.

March 30, 2014

Help keep Shooks Run Clean and Beautiful!

We are so fortunate to have a largely natural stream, Shooks Run, flowing through our neighborhood. It provides habitat for birds and wildlife, shady banks for walks and play, a beautiful corridor for travel north and south. Compare that to the concrete-lined ditches that most neighborhoods contend with.

Shooks Run is a treasure and one of our goals at MSRNA is to help care for it. One task is periodic cleanups of trash that accumulates in the creek corridor. You can help us by taking part in:

The Great Shooks Run Cleanup

Saturday April 19 – 10AM to 2PM

Music and refreshments afterwards featuring performances by:

Kopesetik Soul, Mz. May, the Hopeful Heroines, and Chauncey Crandall

Volunteers meet at two locations: Prairie Dog O’Byrne picnic area at 500 East Bijou -OR- North Shooks Run picnic area at 700 N. Franklin

Bring boots, gloves, water and sunscreen. Rain Date is April 26.

March 17, 2014

Everyone Welcome at Neighborhood Meeting

Thursday, April 3

Potluck Dinner at 6:00 followed by MSRNA Meeting at 6:30

Community Prep School gym (at corner of Willamette and Wahsatch)

Potluck dinner: bring a dish to share; bring your own plate, utensils, and coffee mug to help us minimize waste. Coffee and water provided.

Meeting presentations: Tim Mitros, City Engineer, on upcoming Shooks Run stormwater projects plus Curtis Olson on the Blight to Bright program for renovating dilapidated properties. Election of association board members (nominations accepted from floor) and you can pay your MSRNA dues!

Need Math Tutoring or Decadent (but Healthy) Treats?

Thank you to Nicki Rosa for her new business sponsorships of MSRNA. Nicki has two businesses serving the neighborhood:
Total Math Tutoring
Math help to all ages, including upper level and college math.”Bring a Friend Discount” – no extra charge to bring a classmate for joint tutoring. Don’t fall behind! Contact Nicki at 227-1358
LPOD Trail Bars “LIttle Packet of Decadence”
Healthy and hearty trail bars baked right in Middle Shooks Run. Previously sold at The LIttle Market – now available for home purchase. Call Nicki at 227-1358
or email her at nicki@totalmath.net
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