Almanac: Local Events

Wednesday, July 6

The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45 a.m. at the Mangia Mangia restaurant in Woodland Park. Call 687-5534 for more information.

Wolves at the Library

The Rocky Mountain Wildlife Association will introduce you to some friends of theirs—Wolves. This free event will be held at the Woodland Park Library on July 6 at 10:15 a.m. and at the Florissant Library at 1 p.m. It is designed for all ages. For more information, call 687-9281×137.

The Timberline Artists meet at 10 am every Wednesday of each month, upstairs at the Aspen Mine Senior Center in Cripple Creek. Everyone with an interest in art is welcome. Bring your favorite craft or art medium (or not) and join a dedicated group.

Infant/Toddler Playgroups

Scheduled every Monday and Wednesday from 9-10:30 a.m. and sponsored by Community Partnership Family Resource Center. Designed to promote child education and class readiness and includes snacks and field trips. Call 686-0705 for more information.

Yoga Strength and Balance

The Woodland Park Parks and Recreation will sponsor Yoga Strength and Balance sessions on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Classroom. For more information, call 687-5225.

New Police Chief and Council Appointment

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet in July 6 in the CC Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m. The council is scheduled to officially swear-in April Peterson as the city’s new police chief. It also may select a new Ward Five council person to replace Gary Ledford.

Thursday, July 7

Teller Networking Team

Looking for new business? If so, come to a meeting of the Teller Networking Team on Thursday mornings at 7:45 a.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

A nonprofit weight loss support group, meets at 10 a.m. at the Church in the Wildwood in Green Mountain Falls. The group does weigh-ins, group feedback and helps members achieve their goals. Call 689-2486.

Middle Eastern Dance

A Middle Eastern Dance class will be held at the WP Parks and Recreation Classroom on Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. It will be taught by Denise Ackart. For more information, call 687-5225.

Writers Gathering

Former Woodland Park residents W.C. Jameson and Laurie Wagner Buyer will be discussing W.C.’s new book, An Elevated View, along with contributing writers Mara Purl, Mario Acevedo and Susan Tweit during a program hosted by the Woodland Park Public Library on July 7 at 6:30 p.m. The book is a compilation of Colorado published writers about their experiences writing, how Colorado influences their writing, and how they overcome the inevitable obstacles t hey run into as writers. Books for sale and autographs. Call 687-9281×132 for more information.

Yoga in the Yurt

Blended-style Yoga, sponsored by the Sacred Hoop Ministries in Woodland Park, will offer sessions every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. All skill levels welcome. Class is taught by Debbie Winking. Cost is $10. Call for directions or more information at 719-748-3678.

Jammers Music and Pot Luck

The Florissant Grange invites everyone to a jam session and potluck dinner every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. Bring your instrument and play along or just bring a dish and enjoy the music, dancing, socialization and great food. This is a happening place to be on Thursday evenings. Sometimes we have more musicians than people and sometimes we have more people than the hall can hold–but no matter what, we have fun, great music and fabulous food. Join us at the Old School House in Florissant. Call 748-0358 for more information.

Woodland Park City Council

Meets on July 7 in the WP Council Chambers next to city hall at 7 p.m.

Friday, July 8

The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Library. Call 687-0418.

Free Tai Chi

Participate in free Tai Chi sessions at the Woodland Park Library every Friday at 9 a.m. Come in the Midland entrance on the lower level. These classes are co-sponsored by Teller County Health. Beginning and intermediate classes are offered. The intermediate classes occur at 10 a.m. Call 687-9281 for details. The Florissant Public Library offers free Tai Chi classes on Mondays at the same times as listed above. Call 748-3939.

Farmer’s Market

A street-type Farmer’s Market in downtown Woodland Park at Henrietta (near Memorial Park) will occur every Friday morning from now until Sept. 30. The Farmer’s Market will feature plenty of fresh Colorado grown fruits, vegetables, along with high altitude flowers, shrubs and trees and much more.

Calamity Jane

The Thin Air Theatre summer season has kicked off, with the debut of the western musical, Calamity Jane at the Butte Opera House. Calamity Jane will run at the Butte through Sept. 4. Then, on July 1, the Butte will also host Hazel Kirke, a four-act melodrama, written in the late 1800s. Both shows will alternate Wednesday through Sunday (no shows on Monday) for the duration of the summer. For ticket information, call 689-3247.

Saturday, July 9

Mountain Festival

Enjoy the festivities, held every Saturday through Aug. 27, in downtown Woodland Park at the Historic Railroad Station, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Features arts and crafts, live music, an art and antique auction and Musso Farm Produce. Food provided by Kickin’ Ass Kitchen. For more information, call 232-4449.

Woodland Park Historic Walking Tours

Free tours will be held at History Park in Woodland Park, 231 E. Henrietta Avenue, on July 9. Meet at 2 p.m. at the Museum Center. Call 686-7512 for more information.

Colorado Irish Festival

The 17th annual Colorado Irish Festival, featuring some of the best Celtic bands in the state and world, will be held at Clement Park in Littleton, Colorado from July 8-10. The festival also showcases many games and contests. For more information, visit Tickets are available at King Soopers.


Victor Gold Rush Days
This annual celebration of Victor’s mining and gold rush era heritage is scheduled from July 15-17, and will feature a wide assortment of events, competitions and games. Some of the highlights include historic home tours, gold panning, kids games and a Watermelon fest, Pancake breakfast feasts, Indian dancers, a downhill gravity race, a foot race, the annual Cripple Creek and Victor reunion dance, and of course, the annual Gold Rush Days parade. For more information, call 689-3601.

Organ Recital

The First Christian Church in Colorado Springs (at Cascade and Platte) will present an organ recital, performed by their organist Carol Wilson, on July 17 at 4 p.m. The program, presented as part of the national convention of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, will feature works based on chorales and hymns from the Baroque to the present, a suite by French-Canadian composer Denis Bedard, and movements from Louis Vierne’s First Symphony. A free will offering will be taken to benefit Ecumenical Social Ministries.

Florissant Heritage Day

The Florissant Heritage Day is scheduled for July 23 in downtown Florissant. It will feature music, crafts, great entertainment, including cowboy poets, historic re-enactments and more. For more information, call 748-0358.

Star Gazing

Enjoy the night sky above Victor during a special free event, hosted by the Stratton Outdoor Amphitheater on Thursday, July 28 at 8:30 p.m. The amphitheater is located at the historic Independence mill site. For more information, visit

Wyatt Earp Performance

The Imperial’s Gold Bar Room Theatre, which hosted melodrama shows for several decades in Cripple Creek, will come to life again with a special Wyatt Earp performance on Aug. 6. The doors open at 4 p.m. and the performance will start at 5 p.m. The show, entitled Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier, has featured more than 600 performances across United States and Europe. It is written by Terry Earp and directed by Nannette Taylor. Advance tickets are $15. Call 689-9540 or 689-2634 for more information.

Free Computer Classes

New slate of classes from July-September. Call to register for a computer class before they get filled up. You can sign up for Microsoft Programs, such as Word 1 and 2, Excel 1 and 2, Publisher and PowerPoint. Other classes include: Internet Basics, Computer Basics, Digital Camera Basic and Facebook. Some require pre-requisites, call 687-9281×106 to register.

Mining Tours

Daily tours of the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company (CC&V) operations have kicked off. These popular tours, which begin at the Lowell Thomas Museum, feature modern mining activities of CC&V. 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. This summer the tours will be available from now through Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, except no tours will held on Thursdays. For more information, visit

Quilters Above the Clouds

Meet with other quilters of all levels at the monthly meetings of Quilters of Above the Clouds on the last Friday of every month. The group meets from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the lower level of the Woodland Park Public Library for programs, show-and-tell, refreshments and door prizes. There are also work sessions at other times for participants to join in learning skills and crating quilts used for the guild’s community outreach programs.

Senior Club Gatherings

The Woodland Park Senior Center near city hall will feature a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the third Saturday of the month. For $5, you can get all the food you can eat. The Senior Center is also offering a number of regular scheduled activities, such as quilting, Tai Chi and exercise classes throughout the week. For more information, call 687-3877.

Touch of Victor

A Touch of Victor is a series of special business open houses which are held monthly on the second Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. This free monthly event features a Victor business and invites locals to meet the business owners, get acquainted with what they have to offer. Due to the Victor Gold Rush Days, there will be no Touch of Victor scheduled for July. The August get-together is scheduled for Aug. 10.

Manitou Springs Happenings

Atmospheric Exhibit

The new Atmospheric show, exhibited at the Commonwheel Artist Gallery, 102 Cannon Avenue, runs through July 11. Atmospheric explores in clay and fire the delicacy of landscape and the human form through vessels of clay, demonstrating fluid movement and voluptuous volumes.

Ice Cream Social and Pie Baking Contest

Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce will host its annual “Good Old Summertime Ice Cream Social and Pie Baking Contest” on July 11 at Soda Springs Park from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Entertainment will also be provided by Little London Winds.

First Battle of Manassas Relived

The Old Colorado City History Center and Museum, 1 S. 24th Street, Colorado Springs (in Old Colorado City), will host a special illustrated program on July 19 at 7 p.m. It will cover the build up and the five days of the first real battle of what turned out to be the beginning of a war that cost over 600,000 dead Americans and many more than that were severely wounded. The program will be lead by Johnie Jackson, a historical society member, whose great-great grandfather fought on the side of the South in this historic battle.

Heritage for Hope Classic Golf Tournament

The annual tournament, scheduled for Aug. 8, supports the Manitou Springs Heritage Center. Contact the Heritage Center at 685-1454, or for more information. Preliminary sponsors include Royal Gorge Bridge, Bronco Billy’s Casino, Granby Ranch Golf Course, Monarch Ski Area, Jack in the Box, the Royal Gorge Railroad, the Iron Springs Chateau, City Rock and Realtor Ernie Downey.

Special Programs

Classical Hatha Yoga

A classical Hatha Yoga class, sponsored by the WP Parks and Recreation, will be held on Tuesdays in April and May, starting at 8:30 a.m. It will be held at the WP Parks and Recreation classroom. For more information, call the WP Parks and Recreation at 687-5225.

Gem and Mineral Club

Lake George Gem and Mineral Club teaches kids about rocks, minerals, fossils and related topics. The sessions are held at the Lake George Community Center from 6-6:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. The program is free to students 8-18. Each session discusses. For more information, call 748-5010 or 748-3861

Yoga Classes in Florissant

The Florissant Grange will feature Yoga classes on Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings. Call 748-3678 for more information.

Free Tai Chi

Join instructor Jim Lyon for free Tai Chi sessions at the CC Parks and Recreation Center (Henry C. Hack Arena). Drop in and see how Tai Chi can work to calm the mind and improve flexibility and balance. Jim teaches the 37 movements of Yang Style Tai Chi, which is one of the most popular and widely-practiced forms of Tai Chi in the world. Classes are scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m.

Open Skating

Get some friends together and skate or roller blade for only $2, including skates, at the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation facility every Friday through Sunday from 1-4:30 p.m. Pool, air hockey, football and other fun activities are available in addition to skating, along with popcorn and cotton candy.

Fitness Membership

Get in shape with a Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation fitness membership. Our facility offers Paramount equipment, free weights and fabulous Nautilus equipment. You can schedule a personalized fitness orientation and/or have an individual workout program designed especially for your fitness needs. The monthly membership fee is only $10 per person. Non-members can drop-in and use the fitness facility for only $3 per workout session. Purchase a ten-visit fitness punch card for only $15. Individuals ages 16+ are welcome to become fitness members. Corporate memberships are also available. Please call Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation at 689-3514 for more information.

Nutritional Education Wellness

Workshops of about an hour in length will be held the first and third Thursdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Henry C. Hack Community Center. They will deal with a variety of topics, with the goal of promoting health and Welles. For more information, call 689-3514.