Wednesday, May 9:
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 a.m. 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.
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, May 10
Munchkin Market A huge children’s consignment sale in Woodland Park will be held at the Woodland Park Community Church, 800 Valley View Drive. The sale features gently used clothing, shoes and accessories (infant to junior) toys, media, outdoor play equipment, strollers, swings, high chairs, sporting goods, all sorts of baby gear, maternity, bedding and more. The dates are Thursday May 10th 5 to 8 p.m.; Friday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Everything half price). There is free admission to the sale, but please use cash and checks. Proceeds benefit Ute Pass MOPS(Mothers of Preschoolers) Call 719-337-5311 for more information or visit www.utepassmops.org
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on May 10 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek TOPS (Take Off Pounds Seriously), 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 686-2486.
Free Bingo The Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club in Woodland Park, located across from city hall, will host a free Bingo Session from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on every Thursday. For more information, call 687-3877.
Tai Chi for Seniors The Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club will host Tai Chi sessions for those with Arthritis ailments from 9:30 to 10:30 every Thursday and then an advanced class the same day from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 687-3877 for more information.
Update on the Saddle Club Move to Divide The Community Partnership of Teller County and Divide Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a Business After Hours gathering on May 10, which is open to the public. The event will be held at the Community Partnership of Teller County facility in Divide at 6 p.m. Information will be provided regarding the Woodland Park Saddle Club’s move to Divide and the new signs for Divide. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Lisa at 686-7587.
The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on May 10 in the council chambers next to city hall at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11 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.
Woodland Wind Quintet Rehearsals The Woodland Wind Quintet, part of the Woodland Park Wind Symphony, will be available for rehearsals inside local businesses in Woodland Park on Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This program kicked off recently at Tweeds. There is no cost, except for the 10×10 foot space. For more information, call Symphony Director Craig Harms at 687-2210.
Craft and Jewelry Making The Woodland Park Senior Center, 312 N. Center Street, will feature a craft and jewelry-making session on Fridays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Call 687-3877 for more information. . Saturday, May 12 Flatland Run Races The Flatlander Run, featuring a 5K and 1Mile competition, will be held on Saturday, May 12. Registration forms are available online at www.lakegeorgecharterschool.org or in the school office. The registration fee is $8 for ages 12 and under and $20 after May 1st for ages 13 and up. Participants will get a goodie bag, a T shirt and a water bottle. Please get your registration forms turned in! There are more available in the school office. You may also register the day of the race at Lake George Charter School just west of Lake George from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. The 5K will start at 10:00 a.m.
Native American History Talk and Art Show Join us at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek for an afternoon of Native American History and Art. On Saturday, May 12, Roland McCook (great-great grandson of Chief Ouray) takes the stage to discuss the history of the Ute and take audience questions. We will be joined by Jon Zimmer of the “Once Upon a Time in the West” art show, whose artwork will be for sale and on display from 11 a.m. until directly following the history talk, scheduled for 1 p.m. Admission is by donation and benefits history programs in the Cripple Creek & Victor School District. For more information, please call 719-689-6402.
New Museum exhibit and upcoming events The Cripple Creek District Museum has opened a new permanent exhibit showing how children lived during the Victorian era, featuring dolls, toys, clothing and our newly renovated dollhouse. Then on May 19, the museum will host the Hardrock Man’s Gallas Galla at the museum gift shop at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the premiere of author Sylece Andromeda’s updated book, “Hardrock Man: Whispers from Underground.” For more information about these events, call 689-2634 or 689-9540.
Upcoming New Ute Pass Chamber Group A meeting will be held on May 16 at the Cascade Fire Department, next to the post office, for reforming the Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce for the Green Mountain Falls, Cascade and Chipita Park area. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with sign-ups of new members scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The group will pick a board of directors and discuss the future of the chamber organization (see related story in this week’s Mountain Jackpot). Johnny Jump Up Plant Sale The annual Johnny Jump Up Plant Sale, sponsored by the Prospect Home Care & Hospice, kicked off on April 23 and will continue through May 18. You can make your orders at Prospect Home Care and various locations throughout Teller County. Deliveries at purchase locations will occur on May 22, Call Janet 687-0549 for more information.
Flatland Run Races The Flatlander Run, featuring a 5K and 1Mile competition, will be held on Saturday, May 12. Registration forms are available online at www.lakegeorgecharterschool.org or in the school office. The registration fee is $8 for ages 12 and under and $20 after May 1st for ages 13 and up. Participants will get a goodie bag, a T shirt and a water bottle. Please get your registration forms turned in! There are more available in the school office. You may also register the day of the race at Lake George Charter School just west of Lake George from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. The 5K will start at 10:00 a.m. Pine Needle Basket Making Class The Florissant Grange will host a Pine Needle Basket Making Class on May 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. Come join us and learn how to make these beautiful baskets. Call 748-0348 for more information.
Cripple Creek Community Clean-Up Days The city of Cripple Creek will sponsor Community Clean-Up Days on May 19 and May 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Cripple Creek residents. Dumpsters will be located at the Public Works Department, located at 207 County Road 89. The cost is free. To take advantage of this service, residents must provide proof of their residence. Public Works will pick up appliances and furniture only. To arrange for a pick-up, please call 689-2125. The following items will not be accepted: Batteries, tires, paint or chemicals. Spring Dance The Cripple Creek Elks will host a big spring dance on May 19 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $5 per person. The festivities also will include a live basket auction.
Have You Seen The Stars Tonight? Explore the great night sky along Victor for free star gazing events at the Stratton Outdoor Amphitheater, located at the historic Independence Mill site, just outside Victor. These star gazing evenings are scheduled for May 20, June 4 and Aug. 19 at 9 p.m. Park at the Victor Helipad. Bring a telescope and binoculars (if you have these items) flashlight and warm clothes.
THEY ARE BACK Rose Dupree and Mike Denver will perform on Monday, May 21 at the Crystola Roadhouse in Crystola starting at 6 p.m. Victor Museum Opening and Mine Tour Kick-Off The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, which has operated in its current location for over 50 years, will open for a busy season on Saturday, May 26 at 9:30 a.m. The museum will kick off the season May 25 with a special preview of the gift shop. The gift shop will be open from 5-7 p.m. that evening and allows early bird shoppers the first chance to see and purchase one-of-a-kind items. From fine Victorian jewelry to a new shipment of fine rhodochrosite jewelry to hand-carved pine beetle boxes to rare and used books, the expanded gift shop will provide an unique shopping experience. Some items are one-of-a-kind and cannot be restocked. Saturday morning, May 26, the museum will host the annual Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) Historic Mine Tour. This year’s tour is of the Anchoria Leland Mine. The cost is $10 pp and supports the STCFG historic preservation projects. Gold and gem panning will be available during regular museum hours beginning May 26 Horse Racing Coming to Woodland Park Come join us for a Day at the Races, a community event taking place at Shining Mountain Golf Club on May 27. The event centers on a horse race in which six wooden horses compete. Each horse is owned by a local charity. The race will take place on the lawn behind the clubhouse, with viewing from the clubhouse balcony. Dices are rolled to advance the horses in the race. Spectators will be able to bet (sort of) on horses via a raffle. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 or five tickets for $20. Admission is free. The event opens to the public and raffle ticket sales begin at 3 p.m., with the horse race scheduled for 4:30. Kentucky Derby-inspired food and drinks will be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by the Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Club. Besides the Kiwanis, other organizations participating are Casa of the Pikes Peak region, Community Partnership, Help the Needy, Habitat for Humanity and Prospect Home Care and Hospice. Mining Tours Kick-Off The Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company (“CC&V”) operates the current-day Cresson operations, the largest gold mine in Colorado, just outside of Victor. You can take a guided tour of this mine during the summer months, starting at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. Modern mine tours start Sunday, May 27 and will run daily except Thursdays through Labor Day. Tours are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. June is the best time to reserve a tour before the busy season – tours in July and August often book up in advance.The cost is $7.50 per person for the 2.5-hour tour of the surface operations. Guided van tours include a trip through the open pit and to the crusher where you can see large-scale surface mine equipment in operation – giant haul trucks and shovels and watch boulders being crushed into gravel size rock. All proceeds are donated to the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. Children age 5 and up are welcome on the tours, which begin at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum at Third St. and Victor Ave. in historic Victor, Colorado.See VictorColorado.com to make a reservation; or before may 26 call 719-689-4211 to leave a message, and a staff member will call to confirm the reservation. Starting May 26 reservations can also be made by calling the museum at 719-689-5509.
Lowell Thomas Celebration June 30 the museum will celebrate the 120th birthday year of Lowell Thomas with a presentation by Richard Marold and a reception and Lowell Thomas book sale. Marold will present a program on Thomas at 4 p.m. at the Stratton Outdoor Amphitheater at the historic Independence Mill Site. For more information about upcoming events in Victor, visit VictorColorado.com.
Spring Craft Show and Sale A Spring Craft Show and Sale will be held at the Florissant Grange on May 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reserve your spot, and call 748-0358, or just come shopping for those fantastic one-of-a kind hand-crafts. Shop Southird Southird (South Third Street Merchants Association of Victor) is excited to announce Victor’s newest event. 3rd on 3rd. Starting June 3rd, the merchants on South Third Street will be open until 8:00 pm on the 3rd day of every month. Merchants included are Sue’s Fortune Club, The Victor / Lowell Thomas Museum, The Victor Trading Co. & Manufacturing Works and Marigold Mercantile, all located on South Third Street. Refreshments will be served at each location and many will have specials from 5 pm till 8 pm. Open late, ‘till 8, please participate, don’t hesitate, save the date! “Shop Southird”. Stars and Stripes Festival The Teller County Republican Central Committee will sponsor the first annual Stars and Stripes Festival and Picnic Saturday, June 16 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Victor Junk Fest Mark your calendars for the first annual Junk Mother Lode to be held June 23-24 in historic Victor at 106 N. 4th St, just under The Olympia Hotel. Vendors from across the country are invited to this juried show featuring vintage wares, one of a kind repurposed items and salvaged treasures. Twenty spaces are available on a first come, first served basis, with hotel accommodations included for the first five registering vendors. 2 primo spaces $125 each, 18 spaces $75 each. If you like rusty metal, weathered wood, chippy paint and reclaimed treasures, this is the place to be. Be the first in line to snag the best one of a kinds! Admission is free to the public with free parking, no pets allowed. For more information, call Judy Akins at 574-524-0833 or e-mail email@example.com.
Teen Art Workshop Ages 13 – 19. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Woodland Park. All levels of ability. Twelve student limit. July 1st deadline. Professional artist Ken Shanika is the workshop instructor. This is a wonderful opportunity to study art. Sponsored by the Mountain Artists, in collaboration with the Susan K. Black Foundation. N/P Download the application at www.themountainartists.com or call 719-330-2714.
“Exercise for Arthritis” Class The Pikes Peak Regional Hospital (PPRH) is partnering with the Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club by sponsoring the “Exercise for Arthritis Program”. The sponsorship is for 2012 and will enable the club to purchase supplies, increase outreach and have PPHR Physical Therapists attend classes and provide their expertise. Dolores Horvath, CEO, hopes to “have the Hospital provide more services to seniors creating a symbiotic relationship.” For more information on the Exercise for Arthritis classes at the Senior Center please contact Karen Earley at 687-3877.
Alcohol Anonymous Contact Information A Teller County Alcoholics anonymous group is available. For more information, visit www.coloradospringsaa.org or call 719-573-5020.
Call for Artistic Entries The Mountain Artists is accepting entries for the 27th annual Mountain Arts Festival to be held August 4th and 5th, 2012, outside at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Woodland Park, CO. This is a juried arts’ and crafts’ festival. Applications are available at the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce or by calling (719) 686-7469. The deadline for entries is May 1, 2012.
Victor Downhill Gravity Race Coming on July 7 Looking for a homegrown adventure? Enter the Victor Gravity Race! Your vehicle must be gravity powered and include steering, braking and driver safety measures. Racers will be judged on showmanship, creativity and speed. Contact Doug Schroer of Fortune Club Liquors in Victor firstname.lastname@example.org or 689-5701 to enter.
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. Bingo The Cripple Creek Elks Lodge in Cripple Creek will feature bingo sessions on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. 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.
Legal Assistance for Seniors The Woodland Park Senior Center will host Free Legal Assistance for Seniors the second Thursdays of the month from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. You must call for an appointment at 687-3877.
Save the Date! The Third Annual High Tea Save the date! Thursday, June 21, 2012 marks the date of the WPSCC Third Annual High Tea. This Victorian style event also features a piano and clarinet serenade. Gold Camp Community Organization The Gold Camp Community Organization meets the first Thursday of the month at The Potters Inn, located on Victor Avenue. These meetings are open to all members of the community, Victor and Cripple Creek. For more information, call 439-6759.
Rocky Mountain Inventors Association The Pikes Peak Area Rocky Mountain Inventors Association will meet at 10605 Green Mountain Falls Road in Green Mountain Falls the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Go to the far back of the building in the room next to the indoor basketball court. The group held its kick-off meeting on March 15, with Bonnie Kaake and Roger Jackson serving as guest speakers. For more information about the group, call Doug Estrada at 648-7122.