Almanac: Local Events

Wednesday, July 13

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.

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.

Thursday, July 14

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.

Meeting Time Change

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on July 14 at 8:15 a.m in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. This marks an earlier meeting time from their normal bi-monthly session.

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.

Construction Job Fair

A job fair for prospective sub-contractors for the new Lake George school construction project will be conducted by Nunn Construction on July 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lake George Charter School. Those who are unable to attend this meeting are welcome to obtain information at the July 21 community meeting at the charter school, starting at 6 p.m.

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.

The Woodland Park Planning commission will meet on July 14 in the WP Council Chambers next to city hall at 7 p.m. The commission will discuss results of a new updated housing study.

Friday, July 15

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 and Hazel Kirke

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 16

Falls Car Show

The annual Thin Air Classic Car show will be held in Green Mountain Falls on July 16. The classic cars are displayed around the Gazebo lake area and along parts of Ute Pass Avenue. The show will begin in the morning and continue until early afternoon.

Managing Career Change and Job Searching

Dana Rodenbaugh, a workforce manager and career advisor for the last 30 years, will present an excellent interactive session at the Woodland Park Library on July 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This session addresses career planning, job search strategies, self employment and plans fro education and training. No registration is required. For more information, call 687-9281×106.

Pancake Breakfast

The Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club will sponsor a Community Pancake Breakfast on July 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Enjoy fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, Smokehouse sausages, OJ and Coffee. All you can eat for $5. Do you know the Senior Citizens Club holds the pancake breakfast as its major fundraiser. By attending this traditional event, you help to fund the center. The Senior Citizens Club is located behind the WP city hall. Each month, volunteers from the ARK put on this breakfast feast. All of this is made possible by some very generous donations from the Circle H Smokehouse. For more information, call 687-3877.

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. The majority of events will occur on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 689-3601.

Home and Building Tour

The Victor Heritage Society hosts their 15th annual Home and Building Tour on July 16 during the Gold Rush celebration. The structures from the late 1800s gold mining era invite the public to view restored interiors. The 120-year-old hard rock gold mining community is virtually untouched by urban renewal. History buffs, families and tourists will be amazed at the authentic Victor ambiance. Cooler temperatures and Rocky Mountain vistas are calling as well. Tour hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Five Dollar tickets may be purchased at the Victor Hotel, Nana’s attic, Kinnikinick Antiques, all on Victor Avenue. Children 10 and under are admitted for free.

Free Shuttle Service

On Saturday, July 16, during Gold Rush Days, take a free shuttle from the corner of 2nd and Bennett, in front of the Palace, to the District reunion and Dance at the Victor Elks. The shuttle service will be offered at 8 p.m. 10 p.m. and midnight. Two casinos, Bronco Billy’s and Double Eagle have donated their shuttles to allow Cripple Creek residents and visitors to attend the reunion and dance. The ever popular dance band, The Geezers, will be playing from 8 p.m. until midnight. All proceeds from the event benefit the Victor Elks Lodge #367.

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.

Sunday, July 17

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.


Giant Book Sale

The Woodland Park Public Library will host this popular event July 22 and July 23 (12 to 4 on Friday and 10-3 on Saturday). Thousands of books—nonfiction, fiction, children’s, along with videos and audios, will be for sale. Come early and come often. Prices will be the best you’ve ever seen.

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.

Bronc Day Wine Tasting

A wine tasting and silent auction, with all proceeds going to support the Aug. 6 Bronc Day festival in Green Mountain Falls, will be held at the Mucky Duck restaurant on July 24, starting at 4 p.m. The event features great wines, food and some unique auction items, purchases and getaways.

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.

Telsa at the Stratton Amphitheater

Richard Marold will perform as Nikola Tesla, Master of Lightning and Things Electric, during a special show at the Stratton Outdoor Amphitheater, scheduled for Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. The amphitheater is located at the Independence Mill site in Victor. Park at the Victor Heliport.

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

Reflections of Nature

The Third Friday in Manitou and the Commonwheel Artists Co-up will showcase the new Reflections of Nature show during a special art appreciation gathering on July 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Commonwheel, 102 Cannon Avenue.

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.

Event Change

The annual ManitouAu – Luau festival has been rescheduled to Sept. 24 to avoid any conflicts with the Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Colorado Springs, part of the 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy.

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.