Almanac Week of 7.26.16

Tuesday, July 26
The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on July 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, July 27
Ute Trail Stampede. The 60th Ute Trail Stampede Rodeo will kick off July 27 and continue through July 30. It will feature a wide range of events at a variety of locations including a Cowboy Classic Golf Tournament and Calcutta, a VIP party, a variety of NSPRA rodeo events, pancake breakfast feasts, a street dance, an open jackpot barrel race, a Gymkhana and more. See related schedule in this week’s TMJ. For more information, call 719-687-9688.

TSC (Teller Senior Coalition) Transit is excited to announce our bus service on Wednesdays in Woodland Park. This is a joint venture with Cripple Creek Transit to provide much needed transportation service between Cripple Creek and Woodland Park. TSC Transit will be picking up from the Senior Center and will be making stops at Pikes Peak Family Medicine, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, City Market, Safeway, Walgreens, Walmart, and the Department of Social Services upon request. Call 719-687-0256 for more details or visit the TSC website at www.tellerseniorcoalition.com for a full schedule of pick up and drop off times.

Thursday, July 28
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on July 28 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly. The original nonprofit weight-loss group is an educational support group providing weekly weigh-ins and programs to help members make positive changes in the role food plays in their lives. Local chapter meets every Thursday at 10 am in Green Mountain Falls at the Church in the Wildwood. Call Evelyn at 719-748-8383 for more information.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on July 28 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, July 29
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club will meet at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.

The Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation will host roller skating and blading activities on every Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 719-689-3514 for more information.

Farmer’s Market. Woodland Park’s Award Winning Outdoor Summer Market is held every Friday from June-September near Vectra Bank off Hwy. 24 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Over 80 vendors will be providing Colorado grown vegetables, fruits, plants, and a variety of other products. In addition, you can purchase a wide assortment of baked goods, cheese, pastas, olive oils and personal care products. Don’t forget to swing by the food trucks and tents for breakfast, lunch, musical entertainments and so much more. For more information, call Judy Crummett at 719-689-3133.

Pippin and Darling of the Donkey shows. The Thin Air Theatre Company will do continual performances of the Tony-award winning musical, Pippin at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek throughout the summer. This performance, which continues through Aug. 27, features sizzling choreography and an award-winning score. In addition, the Butte this summer will also do regular performances of one of its favorite melodramas, Darling of the Donkey Derby. For more information and to make reservations visit ButteTheater.com., or call 719-689-3247.

Night Sky Program Join park staff and members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society for a look at the dark skies above Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on July 28 from 8 to 10 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center. Call 719-748-3253.

Saturday, July 30
Bronc Day Festival. The 78th annual Bronc Day Festival in Green Mountain Falls is scheduled for July 30 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your family and friends to a free pancake breakfast at the fire station and then on to the “Gem of the Rockies” parade at10 a.m. The Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard will start the parade off, along with fire engines, floats, horses, antique cars, cowboys, Indians, gunfighters, and kids and critters all decked out in costumes. The rest of the day features fun for the whole family including a rubber duckie race, kid’s games, a 26 foot high air slide and Disney bounce house, and a model boat race on the Gazebo Lake. Entertainment includes Tim Newman renowned country & western singer, Indians performing tribal dances with drums and the Gold Canyon Gunfighters Show. There will also be over 35 arts and crafts booths around the lake shore. Visit www.broncdayco.org for more details.

Heritage Days. A wide variety of games and festivities, celebrating the heritage of Florissant, will be held on July 30 in Florissant throughout the day. The majority of events will occur at the Florissant Grange. In addition, festival-goers can tour the homestead grounds of the Florissant Fossil Beds, off Teller One, featuring 19th century crafts and games. For more information about the event, call 719-510-2325 or 719-748-3253.

Eleven Mile Park programs. Investigate the lives of nature’s masters of defense, the skunks and the porcupines, at this program at Eleven Mile State Park with Park Interpreter Charlene on July 30 at the North Shore Amphitheater at 10 a.m. You will learn the best ways to deal with de-skunking or de-prickling after a close encounter. Enjoy the Hunters in the Sky program at 2 p.m. at the Amphitheater. Discover the amazing adaptations that allow Colorado’s birds of prey like eagles, hawks, and owls to be successful as airborne hunters in this program with the Eleven Mile Park Interpreter. Then learn about the Fly Fishing the South Platte at 7:30 p.m. by joining local Fly Fishing Guide and owner of the Peak Fly Shop, Brad Tomlinson, for a look at a few of his own successful techniques that will make your fly fishing experience more productive on the Dream Stream. If time permits he may even give some hints about tying flies. For more information about Eleven Mile programs, call 719-748-3401.

Mining Tours. Modern mine tours, which start from Victor’s Lowell Thomas museum, are now occurring throughout the week. These popular gold mine tours feature the modern mining operations of Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company, which is operated by Newmont Mining Company. Tour experiences will offer the chance to see giant haul trucks, shovels and drill rigs in action in the large surface mine between Victor and Cripple Creek, Colorado. Watch boulders being crushed into gravel and learn about the modern refining methods while helping to preserve the district’s 1890’s history – all tour proceeds go to the Museum to help offset operations and building renovation costs. This summer the mine tours will be available through Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., daily except no tours will be held on Thursdays. In addition, tours are offered Sept. 11 and 12 at 10 and 1 p.m. Check VictorColorado.com for additional tour times and dates. The cost is $7.50 per person – an affordable way for the entire family to see a real working gold mine. Only children 5 years of age and older are allowed on the tours. Please be sure to reserve your tour dates.

Hot Summer Nights. On Saturday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue is presenting the next program in their Hot Summer Nights: Music on the Labyrinth series, featuring All Those Who Wander, a folk alternative group. Nick and Danielle Booker and Forrest Alvarez will perform original and traditional music, an eclectic mix of American, Scottish, and Irish folk styles, with mandolin, penny whistle, guitar, flute, bodhran, bouzouki, trombone, and vocals. The program will be held outdoors on the labyrinth on the south side of the church, but will move indoors for inclement weather. A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call 719-633-8888.

Upcoming

Mountain Arts Festival. Mark your calendar to attend the 31st Annual Mountain Arts Festival held August 6 and 7 in Woodland Park, Saturday10am to 5pm and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, on the Ute Pass Cultural Center green. There will be 75 vendors including potters, photographers, jewelry of all varieties, painters, woodworking, metal work, and food vendors. There will be Colorado artists as well as artists from many other states. Members of the Mountain Artists, who put on the festival every year, will share a booth at this year’s festival. Also featured this year, will be the winner of our scholarship program, Shanae Roberts, who will have a display of her work. The Mountain Artists give a scholarship or two to students who plan to major or minor in the visual arts. With the goal of promoting the arts, the Mountain Artists also sponsors a student art show every year in the spring with approximately $1500 in prizes awarded. There will be an hourly drawing for a $20 coupon which the winner can spend with any vendor. Admission is free. For more information, call Rita Randolph at 719-502-5085.

Mueller’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. Mueller State Park Has lots to offer in guided hikes, educational programs and guest speakers. This August, we have a special event – Mueller’s 25th Anniversary! The celebration will be August 13th; a day full of fun and interesting activities for the whole family. Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it. Special programs include the Air Force Academy Falconry Program, Native American dancers from Seven Falls, storyteller John Stansfield, old-fashioned games, cake, s’mores and more! The public is invited to come to the Visitor Center to see the new History of Mueller video, playing daily in the auditorium.Another unique program will be meteor watching party on August 12th at 3 AM! The Perseid Meteor shower is supposed to be outstanding at 180 meteors per hour! Call 719-687-2366.

Paws in the Park. Join us for the 5th Annual Paws in the Park 5K Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, August 27 in Divide. Will feature a Chip-timed race, awards, great prizes and team challenges. All proceeds benefit the animals of TCRAS. The 5K Trail/Run will take you through the Hayden Divide Park Loop. Experience gorgeous views of Pikes Peak, the mountains, green meadows, and fresh air. Well-behaved leashed pets are welcome. The even will occur at 308 Weaverville Road, Divide. Register at www.tcrascolorado.org or call 719-686-7707

.Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs
Yard Sale and Christmas Bazaar and Craft Fair. Scheduled for Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 at the historic Manitou Community Congregational Church at 103 Pawnee Avenue. Call 719-685-5255 for more information or visit www.manitouchurch.org.

Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb. A cycling event for all comers, presented by the Broadmoor and the Anschutz Foundation. This event, scheduled for Aug. 13, includes a USA Cycling sanctioned bicycle race and an open Fun Ride that ascends to the Summit of Pikes Peak. Delayed opening on the highway until 9 a.m. Visit www.usacycling.org.

Founding of Colorado City Celebration. Celebration of the founding of Colorado City in 1859, with music by the Colorado Frontier Army Band, will be held on Aug. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Old Colorado City History Center (1 South 23th Street, Colorado Springs). Don’t miss the band in their colorful costumes playing historic instruments. Presentation will be made by Dave Hughes legendary historian on Anthony Bott, founding father of Colorado City. Cake and punch to follow. Free family fun. Call 719-687-1225.