Almanac For Week Of July 9th



Tuesday, July 10

The Teller County Republican Central Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Community Center in Divide.

Wednesday, July 11

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.

Thursday, July 12

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on July 12 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.

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.

Friday, July 13

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

Woodland Chamber Golf Tournament The 26th annual Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament will be held at the Shining Mountain Golf Course on July 13, starting at 8 a.m. Check the chamber website for more information.

Woodland Park Artist and Author Festivals/Ass in the Grass 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 old Bergstrom Park. area). For more information about these weekly festivals, call Pam Sirko at 232-4449.

Annual Giant Book Sale The Woodland Park Public Library will host its annual Giant Book Sale on Friday July 13 and Saturday, July 14. Get bags of books for amazing bargains. Videos, CDs and audios also available. Times for the sale include Friday from 12 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 687-9281×102 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. Thin Air Theatre Shows at the Butte The two newest shows from the Thin Air Theatre Company have just started and will continue through Sept. 1 at the Butte Theater Stage. The shows, performed through a rotating schedule, will include a popular golden era musical and a brand new melodrama. On June 29, the Butte kicked off the popular musical My Fair Lady. And on July 6, the Butte debuts its melodrama and olio with Desperado: The Ballad of Big, Bold Dan. Audiences will see some familiar faces on the stage this summer, including veteran actors Mel Moser and Rebecca Myers. The shows feature the talents of two other actors returning to the stage, Kevin Pearce and Chris Onken. Also returning this year is director and playwright Steve Hornibrook, author of the summer melodrama, Desperado: The Ballad of Big, Bold Dan. About eight shows will be performed during the week, with performances scheduled for every day except for Monday and Tuesday. To make reservations, visit

Saturday, July 14

The Marigreen Pines Tours. Many times have already sold out! The much anticipated tours of the historic estate will be held on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15. The tours of the estate, currently the home of the Holy Cross Novitiate, are hosted by the Ute Pass Historical Society. Tickets for this year’s tour are available at the UPHS Museum Center at 231 E. Henrietta Ave. in Woodland Park behind the library. You may also call or e mail UPHS at 719.686.7512 to have the form e mailed to you. Tickets are $18 each, and Patrons or groups of 12 or more are $16 per person. Tickets sell out quickly, so be sure to act NOW! Teller County Sheriff’s Office Open House Scheduled for July 14 at the Teller County Sheriff’s Office, 11400 W. Hwy. 24 in Divide, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free food and fun for everyone and games for the kids. Tour the jail and offices. Festivities include music, Vince and Larry the crash dummies and Keith McKim the comedian. Dunk the deputies and so much more! Call 687-9652 for more information.

Woodland Music Series – Purely Bluegrass A great concert on the green outdoors at the Midland Pavilion, next to the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park. Bring folding chairs. The show is always free and always the second Saturday of the summer months. The Purely Bluegrass show is scheduled for July 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 687-5284. Music on the Labyrinth On Saturday, July 14, the First Christian Church at Cascade & Platte will present another program in its “Hot Summer Nights – Music on the Labyrinth” Series. The featured performers are the Swallowtail Celtic Trio – Randy Zombola, Hammered dulcimer, Sandy Craddock, ,flute and Irish flute, and Dan Dameron, guitar. Their music moves from soulful tunes to rollicking dances. The program will be held outdoors on the labyrinth on the south side of the church, so bring a blanket or chairs. A free offering will be taken following the concert. For more information, call 633-8888.

Upcoming Community Blood Drive The next Community Blood Drive is scheduled for MONDAY July 16, from 2-7 pm in the lower level at the Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church at the corner of West Street and Hwy. 24. Blood is always in short supply and the needs increase during the summer months–please donate! Questions call Anne at 686-1040.

Wildfire Protection In the aftermath of recent wildfires, many homeowners are looking for reliable information to protect their homes and families. On Wednesday, July 18, the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) and Colorado State Forest Service are hosting a Wildfire and home Safety Meeting for the public. This meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The discussion will include current forest conditions and wildfire risk, homeowner actions that can be taken to reduce the personal property risk, and what to do when another emergency occurs. All local residents are encouraged to attend. For more details, contact CUSP at 719-748-0033 or Colorado State Forest Service at 687-2921.

Gymkhanas 2012 Gymkhanas will be held at Lloyd Larsen’s arena at 711 CR 51 (Cedar Mountain Road) in Divide on July 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.

Victor Downhill Gravity Race Coming on July 21 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.

Gold Rush Days Victor’s annual summer festival will be held on July 20, 21 and 22. It is one of the longest running festivals in the Pikes Peak region, and was first held 117 years ago. Gold Rush Days features a spree of games, competitions, dances, tours, parades and much more. For more information, visit or call 329-8918. 2012

Pikes Peak Fire Season Relief and Recovery Benefit Concert This all-day concert, featuring some of the best musical acts of the region and state, is scheduled for July 22 at Aspen Valley Ranch in Woodland Park from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The show was originally slated as the 10th year anniversary of the Hayman fire. Now, the purpose of the concert has been expanded, with all proceeds going to the Waldo Canyon Fire Fighters Fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. A number of local organizations, such as the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) and Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company, are behind the event. For ticket information, visit or call 748-0033. 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. Summer Reading Summer Reading programs will be held at the Rampart Library District—Woodland Park Public Library and the Florissant Public Library—during June and July. Special programs for children and teens as well as adults. Read and sign up for prizes! Come in, register, and enjoy a summer of reading! Call 687-9281 x132 if you have questions.

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 Shop Southird Southird (South Third Street Merchants Association of Victor) is excited to announce Victor’s newest event. 3rd on 3rd. The merchants on South Third Street will be open until 8:00 p.m. 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 “GOLD BOWL DAYS”! These fun filled days will be held the 2nd Saturday of each month, 11 am to 2 pm at Victor’s Gold Bowl Park. Sponsored by Gold Belt Communities Build A Generation (BAG) and Victor’s Police Department; a barbeque, games and a safety activity will be the main stay of each month’s events and a great way to get to know our community’s officers and volunteers. This Free community event welcomes one and all! The summer’s Gold Bowl Days are scheduled for July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8 “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.

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 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.

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.

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

Historic Manitou Springs Walking Tours Scheduled every Wednesday and Saturday, weather permitting, starting at 5:30 p.m. Highlights the people and places that made downtown Manitou Springs unique. Guided tours take about 90 minutes. Tickets are $10 per person. The tours include the Mineral Springs and a free copy of the Manitou Springs Walking Tour booklet. The tours start at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center office, at 517 Manitou Avenue. For reservations, call 685-1454.

Rainbow Falls Historic Walk Scheduled for July 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. Join the local historic buffs and see what the falls, located in the lower Ute Pass, looked like in the 1860s and why the falls became a prime Ute Pass tourist attraction. Sponsored by the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Call 520-6387 for more information.