CSU Extension offering small acreage seminars

The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension office in El Paso County is hosting seminars designed to help people manage small acreages, from 1 to 80 acres.

The seminars are scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 29 and April 5.

Programs will include pasture management for small acreages; weed management strategies for small acreages; water, well and septic systems; manure management on small acreages; pest management; and landowner liability and fence law issues.

The cost for pre-registration (up to Tuesday before the session) is $25 per seminar. Registration at the door is $35 per session.

To register, or for more information, call 636-8920.

PPWC hosting networking groups, workshops

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center has announced its March schedule for networking groups and workshops.

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All events will take place at the PPWC main office, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

There is no charge to attend but registration is required. Register at www.ppwfc.org by clicking on the job seeker icon and then workshops.

Self Employment: The Driver’s Seat: 10 to 11 a.m. March 27 — Tips for those thinking about working for themselves.

Executive Group: 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays

Professional Group: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays

Over-55 Job Seekers: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesdays

Veterans: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., first, second and fourth Wednesdays

SCORE hosting workshops for entrepreneurs

The Service Corps of Retired Executives is hosting free workshops entitled “Should you start your own business” on the following dates:

  • March 29, East Library Community Room
  • April 17, Penrose Library Adult Meeting Room
  • May 8, Penrose Library Adult Meeting Room
  • May 29, East Library Community Room
  • June 19, Penrose Library Adult Meeting Room

The Penrose Library is at 20 N. Cascade Ave. The East Library is at 5550 N. Union Blvd.

The workshops are from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will include information about the rewards of starting a small business, the attributes of a successful entrepreneur, business planning (including how to determine your cash requirements) and the legal form of your business entity.

Registration is not necessary. For more information, call 636-3074 or visit www.coloradospringsscore.org.

CDOT office hosting community blood drive

The Bonfils Blood Center is hosting the following community blood drive this month:

  • Colorado Department of Transportation, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 28, 1480 Quail Lake Loop.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (800) 365-0006, opt. 2.

BBB hosting series of communication seminars

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado is hosting a year-long series to help businesses improve their communication skills. Called “Sweet Talk,” the series will feature communication experts who will share techniques and information about enhancing the communication process.

The seminars are from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Adult Reading Room of the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. The cost is $15 for BBB members and $20 for non-members if paid in advance, and $25 for members and $30 for non-members if paid at the door. Members can attend all the seminars for $100; $150 for non-members.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Debbie Montoya at 636-5076, ext. 115, or debbiem@bbbsc.org.

Dates and topics include:

  • April 5 — The Write Thing: Writing what you mean.
  • May 3 — Consider it Sold: Perfecting your public speaking skills
  • June 7 — Branding Iron: Branding your company
  • Aug. 2 — Customer Love: Keys to great customer service
  • Sept. 6 — Perfect PR: How to make media relations work for you
  • Oct. 4 — Sensei Skills: Mastering your presentation, how to research and develop your content, and Internet tech wonders
  • Nov. 1 — Take the Lead: Leadership, motivating, managing, role modeling
  • Dec. 6 — Corporation Connections: Networking, partnering, contact spheres, power teams, interfacing

Parks hosting Bear Creek trail expansion discussion

The El Paso County Parks and Leisure Services Department is hosting a community open house from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 4 at the Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, to discuss the expansion of the Bear Creek Regional Park trail system to include a two-mile mountain biking trail.

The proposed trail will include back-country features and will provide novice mountain bikers with a local area for training.

Ag Department hosting workshop

The Colorado Department of Agriculture and the Aurora Business Development Center are hosting a workshop designed to help food manufacturers market locally made products from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at the Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center, 14980 E. Alameda Parkway in Aurora.

Information will be available about brand building, promotions, marketing plan development, retail, food safety and labeling.

Registration is $35 per person if postmarked by March 30 and $45 after.

For more information or to register, call Wendy White at (303) 239-4119 or visit www.coloradoagriculture.com.