Almanac For Week Of May 28th

Wednesday, May 30

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 31

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.

Aquatic Center Meeting Plans for a new aquatic center in downtown Woodland Park will be unveiled during a public meeting on May 31 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit

Friday, June 1

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, June 2

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, Jun 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.

Sunday, June 3

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”

Monday, June 4

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 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.


Woodland Park Artist and Author Festivals Featuring Colorado crafts and cuisine, book signings and live music. Kicks off June 8 and extends through Sept. 28. Held Fridays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Park Street and Henrietta and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. downtown on Hwy. 24 at The Midland Railroad Depot. Call 719-232-4449 for more information.

Woodland Music Series Kick-Off The first major concert of the Woodland Music Series is scheduled for June 9 at 7 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The show will feature the Festival Orchestra Concert, showcasing performers from Colorado College. This is one of four major concerts, featuring a wide genre of musical shows, sponsored by the Woodland Music Series this summer. For more information, call Debbie at 687-5284.

Mining Tours 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, which kicked off on Sunday, May 27, 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. Find Victor Contest “FIND VICTOR”. No, not the man, the City. If you think you know Victor, think again. Discover or re-discover the historic mining camp through our”FIND VICTOR” PHOTO HUNT. Pick up your page(s) of photos at any Victor business. Many categories are available. Find and identify each photo, return the completed form to any Victor business and receive a free gift. You will be entered into a drawing held after Labor Day (for the summer) and after memorial Day (for the winter) for additional free gifts.

COME, STAY, DISCOVER VICTOR Gymkhanas 2012 Gymkhanas will be held at Lloyd Larsen’s arena at 711 CR 51 (Cedar Mountain Road) in Divide, 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 in on the left. For more information, call 719-359-1952.

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 Melodrama in the Meadow Come out for a fun family afternoon with an old fashioned melodrama show, Alias Smedley Pewtree, or The Villain of Glitter Gulch. You can boo the villain, cheer on the good guy and sigh with heartfelt fondness for the lovely heroine. Scheduled for Saturday June 9 from noon to 2 p.m. at the John Wesley Ranch Retreat Center in Divide (Turn south in Divide on Hwy. 67 South. Go 3.5 miles and turn right at the John Wesley Ranch Sign) You can also enjoy live music from the WMD bluegrass band. Call 687-2148 for more information.

Friends of the Florissant Library Book and Plant Sale The 16th annual Friends of the Florissant Library Book, Plant and Bake Sale will be held on Friday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the sale will feature many plants, including herbs, plus paperback and hard-bound children’s books as well as adult fiction and nonfiction books, videos and audio books as well as a variety of baked items. Proceeds from the event will be used to buy Playaways, which are self-contained audio books, and other books for our patrons to enjoy. Free Museum Admission The Coalition of Pikes Peak Historical Museum, with 19 participating members including local museums in Cripple Creek, Victor, Florissant, Woodland Park and Manitou Springs, will be celebrating their 10th-year anniversary. In honor of this occasion, the Coalition is offering free admission on June 9 and June 10 similar to Smithsonian Day. Participating museums in the area include the Cripple Creek District Museum, the Jail Museum, the old Homestead House Museum, the Victor Gold Camp Ag and Mining Museum, the Lowell Thomas Museum, the Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum in Florissant, Ute Pass Historical Society Museum in Woodland Park, the Manitou Springs Heritage Center and Miramont Castle. Coupons are available at participating museums and at 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 at 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 or call 719-573-5020.

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. 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.

Manitou Happenings 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 will showcase contemporary herbarium specimens from America’s famous mountain celebrating Parry’s 1862 Pikes Peak expedition. It will feature a collection of botanical watercolors and engravings by female artists. In addition to this exhibit, the Heritage Center will host a special guest speaker, Deborah Q. Lewis, on June 6 at 6:30 p.m. Lewis is the curator of the Ada Hayden Herbarium of the Iowa State University. Iowa State purchased Parry’s herbarium and many of his personal papers and books. 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.