Almanac For Week Of May 16th





Wednesday, May 16
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.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on May 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall.  The council will discuss a new agreement between the city and the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company.

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


Thursday, May 17

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.


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.


“Armed Services Day” Special Recognition Lunch Program at Senior Club

In honor of “Armed Services Day” the Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club will be recognizing Club and local Veterans who served after WWII, during the Korean War era, up until 1960.  The event will be held at 11:30 on Thursday, May 17, 2012. Veterans and their spouses will receive a free lunch. Club members (non-veterans) are asked to contribute the regular $2 for lunch.(Ham, beans, salad, dessert) Last year at this time, the Club honored eleven WWII Veterans. To be included in this event, you must contact the local VFW, American Legion or the Senior Club by May 16.  We need to know your name, branch of service, years of services, e.g., 1946-1955 and phone #.  For more information on the event or the lunch call 687-3877.


The Woodland Park City Council will meet on May 17 in the council chambers next to city hall at 7 p.m.


Friday, May 18


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


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 22Call Janet 687-0549 for more information


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.


Reception and Art Exhibit

Featuring the work of Colorado artist Nadine Kent Drummond in the Eichman Gallery at Park State Bank and Trust in Woodland Park on Friday, May 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. The exhibit is free to the public and wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. This exhibit will feature paintings from the Drummond family’s private collections. All proceeds from the sale of the prints will support the Teller Historic and Environmental Coalition’s Midland Depot at Divide Preservation Project.


Saturday, May 19

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.Cripple Creek Community Clean-Up Days

Pancake Breakfast

On Saturday, May 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., the Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club (WPSCC) will hold its “All-U-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast!” for only $6.  Kids 6 years and under eat for free!  Fluffy pancakes, Smokehouse sausages, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice.  While you’re there, shop for the popular stuffed animals with quilt blankets. For more information about the Breakfast contact Karen Earley at 687-3877. We are located at 312 N. Center St., Woodland Park.

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.

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.


  Sunday, May 20

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.


Monday, May 21



Rose Dupree and Mike Denver will perform on Monday, May 21 at the Crystola Roadhouse in Crystola starting at 6 p.m.




Driver Refresher Course

An AARP Driver Refresher Course for +50 drivers will be scheduled at the Woodland Park Public Library on May 22 from 9-1 p.m. For drivers who want to improve their driving skills and avoid traffic violations, refine existing skills and develop safe, defensive driving techniques. Participants may even save $$ on their driver’s insurance. AARP members cost $12 (must show card)  Non-AARP members  $14.  Must pre-register, space limited. Call 687-9281, ext. 113.

Catered Meal and Program at the Senior Center

Non-members are welcome to attend the May catered meal and program on Tuesday, May 22 at 11:45am. The program is “The History of the Pony Express” with Ken Valles and the meal is “Papa Murphy’s Pizza, salad & dessert”. Cost for the event/lunch is $6 per person. Our thanks to Papa Murphy’s of Woodland Park for their generous donation! Please call Karen Earley to reserve a space at 687-3877 by May 21

Circus Coming to Town

The Carson and Barnes Circus, the world’s acclaimed Big Top Show, will be coming to Woodland Park on May 24 with two performances scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  The circus shows, featuring a huge tent, will be located off Hwy. 24, across from the Swiss Chalet, at the current Woodland Park Saddle Club property.  The circus, which has been a big hit in previous years, is being sponsored by the Pikes Peak Rotary Club. Tickets are available at Peoples National Bank, City Market and other local outlets. For more information, visit

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

Gymkhanas 2012

Gymkhanas will be held at Lloyd Larsen’s arena at 711 CR 51 (Cedar Mountain Road) in Divide, starting May 26, and continuing on June, 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18. All competitions begin at 10 a.m. Take Hwy. 24 to Divide and turn north at Divide Venture Foods onto CR5. Take a slight left at Cedar Mountain Rd. and go approximately three-quarters of a mile and the ranch is on the left. For more information, call 719-359-1952.

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 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 Victor’s Lowell Thomas 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.  A reception and Lowell Thomas Book Sale will occur at the museum following the presentation.   For more information about upcoming events in Victor, visit


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.

Pig Roast and American Legion Fundraiser

American Legion Post 1980 in Woodland Park will hold its Annual Pig Roast and Annual Auction Fundraiser at the Crystola Roadhouse in Crystola (just east of Woodland Park on US-24) on Saturday, June 2nd — the public is invited to participate in this community event. The Pig Roast will run noon to 3 p.m., a silent auction will run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost for the Pig Roast is $10 Age 6-12 $5 and 5 & Under Free. All proceeds will go to support Post 1980’s various community projects such as Boys State, American Legion Baseball, 4-H, Oratorical, our local veterans, and various other programs. Post 1980 also routinely provides an Honor Guard for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, and other events in the local community. Additional information on the Pig Roast and Auction, including a map to the Roadhouse, can be obtained at Items to be auctioned include various gift certificates, lodging at local establishments, artwork, and other items.

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

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  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, 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 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.


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.


Manitou Happenings


3rd Friday Art Walk in Manitou Springs

Friday, May 18, 5-8 pm

Looking for a new way to spend a Friday night? Come to Manitou Springs for 3rd Friday Art Walk. Twelve Art Galleries and other businesses are participating in this fun, free event. Perfect for a date, a night out with the girls, or a much-needed gallery hop. From 5 – 8 pm each third Friday of the month, these 12 participants will welcome you with open arms and special events such as Art Openings, Book Signings, Music, Food, and Lots of Socializing. Even a chance to make new friends. Read more on


Charles Christopher Parry: King of Colorado Botany

The Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Avenue, will feature a new exhibit: Charles Christopher Parry: King of Colorado Botany.   This is a contemporary exhibit celebrating Parry’s 1862 Pikes Peak expedition and collection of botanical watercolors and engravings by female artists.  Free wildflower packets and refreshments will be available at the exhibit opening, scheduled for March 24 at 5:17 p.m.


Plant Sale

The 10th annual Manitou Springs Garden Club Plant Sale and Home Show, scheduled fro May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 515 Manitou Avenue.  All proceeds go to our local scholarship fund and community programs.  A large selection will be featured.