What’s Happening Around the County

Wednesday, Sept. 21

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.

Doors to the Past
The 2011 Art Exhibit and Auction, featuring one-of-a-kind works from many great local and regional artists, begins on Sept. 21 at the Cripple Creek District Museum and continues until Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. An artist reception will be held on Oct. 9. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the museum.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Sept. 21, with a 4:15 p.m. workshop on a proposal for street light enhancements. The council will then hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. The council will hear an appeal by Don and Judy Miles regarding the residency status rules for admission to the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

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.

The Economics of Happiness
Woodland Park Public Library will host this environmental film on Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. The film argues that economic localization is a strategic solution multiplier that can solve our most serious problems. Economics of Happiness also spells out the policy changes needed to enable local businesses to survive and prosper. This presentation, part of the Environmental Film Series. is co-sponsored by the Harvest Center. Call 687-9281 for more info.

Touch of Victor
Gayle McGinty, owner of Ajor Renee’ Boutique, is hosting A Touch of Victor
on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The boutique is located at 104 Spicer Avenue in Victor. The “smallest shop in Victor,” measuring 58 square feet offers a variety of soy candles, soy wax tarts, electric warmers, impressionist art painted by Gayle, natural gemstone jewelry, natural bath and body products, collectibles and more.Enjoy food, beverage and door prize drawing. Please come visit the smallest shop in Victor! Business hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon., Tues., Fri., Sat., Sun. Call.689-3015 or 359-6203 for more information. A Touch of Victor is a series of special business open houses which are held monthly 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.

Open Mic Night at the Imperial
The historic Imperial Hotel will be hosting an Open Mic night on every Wednesday during the month of September. You do not have to live in Cripple Creek to apply your talent to the Gold Bar stage, so: Can you play the piano? Do you juggle? Have a Blues Group or trio – or anything else you would like us to see? Stand-up comedy, or read poetry? Can you and your friends put on a skit? Acts must be family friendly; no obscene acts please. Every Wednesday in the month of September at 7 p.m. at the Gold Bar Room Theater will host an Open Mic Night. At the end of September the best act will be chosen and will be featured in future shows. Bring family and friends to cheer you on at the Open Mic shows, which have no cover charge. This is the chance to put your talent to the test and can lead to other chances to perform, in one of the Imperial Hotel’s bars or dinning rooms. Call George at 719-482-8931 or email us at George@goldbartheater.com for information about booking a time slot.

Thursday, Sept. 22

Tax Protest
The Teller County Commissioners will meet at 9:15 a.m. on Sept. 22 at the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. The commissioners will hear an appeal by Gary Ledford, the owner of the Imperial Hotel, regarding the values of this property, tabulated by the county assessor’s office.

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.

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.

Community Blood Drive
A community blood drive will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church in Woodland Park. One donated pint of blood can be used to save up to three lives. No appointments are necessary. For more information, call Anne Kozleski at 686-1040.

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.

Religious Showdown
The Woodland Park City Planning Commission will meet on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers next to city hall, to discuss the proposed business development and planned unit development plans of the Andrew Wommack Ministries group. Wommack Ministries wants to establish a 3,000-person bible college, an auditorium, an administrative center and other pursuits at this 147-acre site off Hwy. 24 near Westwood Lakes. Special warning: Bring your sleeping bag as this marathon session could extend for hours (see related story).

Friday, Sept. 23

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 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.

Wapiti Walks
Take part in a Rocky Mountain tradition: listening for the bugling of the bull Elk (Wapiti) on an autumn evening. Join us at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to learn about, listen for and look for wild Wapiti. Remaining programs are scheduled for Sept. 23, 24, 25 and Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. These programs will include a brief presentation about these magnificent animals, followed by an off-trail hike of up to two miles during which we will look and listen for the elk in the wild. Advanced registration to these programs is required. Call 748-3253 and ask for Jeff (ext. 161).

Saturday, Sept. 24

Free Aspen Jeep Tours
Enjoy a great way to experience the fall foliage and unique historic sites inside the World’s Greatest Gold Camp by partaking in free aspen tours, sponsored by the Two Mile High Club in Cripple Creek. The tour departures occur on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center. The last tour departs at 4 p.m. both days. These jeep and 4-wheel drive excursions into scenic areas of the district are done on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted. The tours are completely free, but donations are encouraged. Proceeds from the tours are used to pay for the care of Cripple Creek’s free roaming donkey herd. For more information, visit www.visitcripplecreek.com.


Vampire of Cripple Creek Returns
When an eerie stranger moves into the abandoned Collins Hotel in Cripple Creek, it is up to the reclusive Doc Van Helsing to unravel the mystery that surrounds him. With special effects, bats, coffins, spidery webs and thrills and chills, the stage is set for the annual Halloween melodrama at the historic Butte Theater in Cripple Creek. The Thin Air Theatre Company is bringing back the original Halloween melodrama set in 1890’s Cripple Creek, The Vampire of Cripple Creek, which was written for the Butte stage by Chris Sorensen and first produced in 2005. The show will be directed by Mickey Burdick and stars well-known Butte actors Mel Moser (Dr. Van Helsing) and Chris Armbrister (Dracula) in addition to several Butte favorites including returning Vampire actor Kevin Pierce who portrays a very convincing mad man servant. Butte Manager Morgan Gengo and returning actors Ali Schondel, Nick Madson, and Rebecca Myers will fill out the cast. This show is followed by an all-new Halloween Olio filled with spooky scenes, dastardly dances and monster music. The show will run Sept. 30-Oct. 30, with shows occurring weekly Thursday through Sunday. The Vampire of Cripple Creek makes its debut on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Visit ButteTheater.com to make reservations or for more information.

Memorial Concert
On Saturday, October 1 at 3 p.m., First Christian Church at Cascade & Platte is presenting the Bill May Memorial Concert, which will feature the FCC chancel choir, string ensemble and piano performing the Colorado premiere of Robert Convery’s Songs of Children, a cantata to remember the child victims of the Holocaust, as well as J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 150, For Thee, O Lord, I Long. A free will offering will be taken, which will benefit the Tennyson Center for Children.

The RiP
The Imperial Hotel and Gold Bar Room Theater will host for one-night only a special dinner/show, featuring The RiP. The dinner/show package tickets are $25, while the show only tickets are $15. For more information on The RiP, visit www.theriponline.com.

Father and Son Team Classic
The Shining Mountain Golf Club will host a Father and Son Team Classic on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. The tournament is open to fathers of all ages and sons ages eight and up. There will be divisions for all ages and skill format for play is a 2-man best ball using 90 percent of their handicap. There are net and gross winners per flight. Register online now at www.shiningmountaingc.com.

Ghost Tours
Join the Cripple Creek District Museum staff and volunteers for a lively walking tour honoring Cripple Creek’s dead! The tour, scheduled on Saturdays throughout October, lasts about an hour and ends with hot chocolate and cookies at the museum. Admission for the tour is free to the public, and all donations benefit the museum. Call 689-2634 or 689-9540 for specific times.

Developing a Workforce of Committed Volunteers
The South Central Homeland Security Region will be sponsoring a free workshop on Oct. 11 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park. The workshop focuses on developing a workforce of committed volunteers. This is an outstanding opportunity to reach out to our community and volunteer organizations to promote volunteerism. All attendees must register through www.co.train.org (Course ID 1029052). For more information, visit the Teller County government’s main website.

Potato Soup Supper
Ute Pass Historical Society will host its annual Potato Soup Supper on Friday, October 14 at 5 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Community Club, across from Venture Foods in Divide. Guest speaker is Beth Dodd. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3.50 for kids and are available at the UPHS Gift Shop or at the door. Call UPHS: 719.686.7512 uphs@peakinter.net

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.

Manitou Springs Happenings

Manitou Luau
The second annual Manitou Au is scheduled for Sept. 24 from noon to 6 p.m. The event features traditional Hawaiian Luau done Manitou style. Kalu Pigs, Swai, Chicken, Katsu, BBQ Chicken and all the sides, Kona Brewery beers, Surfboard Simulator, Bounce House, face paintings, balloon artists, live entertainment, Polynesian Review and more. Tickets are available online at the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce website or at 354 Manitou Avenue.

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.