Almanac For Week Of August 1st

Wednesday, August 1

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.

Teller County Fair This is the Teller County 4-H showcase where our 4-H youth present their indoor projects to the judges on Wednesday, August 1st and the livestock/animal youth are judged throughout the remainder of the week, culminating in a livestock sale on Saturday evening starting at 6 p.m. There will be numerous events including an equipment rodeo, horse show, open class event which is available to all Teller County residents, roughstock rodeo, ATV rodeo, garden tractor pull, and even a demolition derby! We look forward to seeing you there. For up to date information and participation forms, please check the Teller County Association of Fairs and Shows (TCAFAS) website www.TCAFAS.or CC&V Open House The Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company will hold an open house regarding the upcoming application hearings for its forthcoming life extension application and related expansion and a new mill project on Aug. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the company’s new information center at 371 E. Bennett, below the Elks Lodge.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cripple Creek Council Chambers at city hall. The council will discuss a special request for historic preservation funding for several houses located across from the Imperial Hotel.

Thursday, Aug. 2

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.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers next to city hall. Friday, Aug. 3 The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Library. Call 687-0418.

Woodland Park Artist and Author Festivals/Ass in the Grass Featuring Colorado crafts and cuisine, book signings and live music. 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.

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.

Relay for Life The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is about celebrating all of the cancer survivors in our life as well as remembering those we have lost to the disease. The event is slated for Aug. 3 and Aug. 4. The majority of the events will occur at Colorado Springs Christian School at 1003 Tamarac Parkway in Woodland Park. Teller County’s relay kicks off with a Survivor’s Dinner at 6 p.m. on Aug. 3 at Faith Lutheran Church. A short program begins the relay at 7 p.m. with survivors walking the first lap followed by teams walking through the night for 12 hours, as cancer never sleeps. Various teams and community volunteers raise funds for the American Cancer Society and the 12-hour relay is full of events, music, food, and fun. For more information, call Stacy Schubloom at 650-0505.

Thin Air Theatre Shows at the Butte The two newest shows from the Thin Air Theatre Company have been quite popular 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, Aug. 4 74th

Annual Bronc Day Festival Bronc Day is scheduled for Saturday, August 4 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Green Mountain Falls. The day starts at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the fire station. A big parade will be held at 10 a.m., which includes western entertainment, fire engines, floats, antique cars, clowns, stilt walkers, cowboys, gunfighters and kids on decorated bicycles. The rest of the day will feature a variety of activities, including a Rubber Duck Race, Nail Driving, the Midland Rail Run, Face Painting, Kids Games, a Radio Controlled Model Boat Race and an Air Slide, just to mention a few of the competitions. Plus, the festival will feature arts and crafts booths. For more information, visit

Vino and Notes The fifth annual Vino and Notes, sponsored by The Cellar Door, Park State Bank and Trust and other local businesses, will be held on Aug. 4 at the Woodland Park Memorial Park from noon to 6 p.m. The festival features vino from a hefty lineup of Colorado wineries, food tastings and great live music, including the likes of Max Wagner and Louis Colaiannia. Proceeds from the event benefit Help the Needy and victims of the Waldo Canyon fire. For more information, call 686-1409 or visit Tickets can be purchased on-line, at The Cellar Door in Woodland Park or at the event.

Mountain Arts Festival The 28th annual Mountain Arts Festival, featuring some of the state’s finest showcase of paintings, sculptures, crafts, photos and a variety of artistic pieces will be held on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The work of the area’s best artisans is on full display. Altogether, Colorado artists from 31 different communities from every corner of the state will be represented. In addition, artists from around the country will showcase their works. The Mountain Arts Festival is one of Woodland Park’s longest-running festival. For more information, call Jan Loehner at 310-1220.

Lake George Charter School Ribbon Cutting The Lake George Charter School on Aug 4 is inviting the community to the Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony, a flag raising (recognition of the donation of all the flags in the school) by the VFW, the laying of the cornerstone with representation of students, staff and the community and school tours. Lunch will be available.

Gold Bar Room Theater Kids Show The Gold Bar Room Theater in the Imperial Hotel will feature a special “Kids Show” on August 4th with tickets only $5 with puppet master and ventriloquist Mark Hellerstein. This show is meant to be fun for the kids. The Gold Bar Room Theater and the Imperial Hotel DO NOT make 1 cent off of the “Kids Shows.” Check out our website with specific show time details. But just to let you know, we’re shooting for a 2-3pm show. And for the “True Locals,” we are planning on doing a new show for October. A true local who made it big returns to the Gold Bar Room Theater. Please go to our website to see a video of the “Western Dinettes” (Just click on July). And while your there, click on October to see the surprise guest and what he’ll bring to the table. He will be arriving in September for newspaper and TV interviews to promote the show and come to Cripple Creek with his wife to take a trip down memory lane to show his wife where he got started in the entertainment business.

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

Ute Dances The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will host a special Chautauqua, an educational program sponsored by the Pikes Peak Historical Society, featuring authentic Tabequache Ute Indian Dances. The dances will be held on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. This is one of the more popular summer programs.

Upcoming 2nd Annual SWAT Tactical Demonstration and Public Training Event The Teller County Sheriff’s Office – Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association (HDSA) has announced the 2nd annual fund-raising event August 11-12, 2012 at M-Lazy-C Ranch in Lake George. The event is being held to raise resources for the Teller County Emergency Response Team to purchase equipment and attend training classes. Event organizers hope to raise $10,000 with the two-day event. Due to the nature of extremely violent criminals who carry assault type weapons today it’s necessary that ERT’s have the skills to protect citizens and enforce laws. Commander Les Lewis’ 15 member ERT is tasked with day-to-day situations where quick solutions to difficult problems must be created.“Even in Teller County, — let’s not forget the Texas 7 – we are in the age of extremely violent criminals who now carry assault type weapons. It is a necessity that units have specialized training in weapons and tactics,” Lewis said. Individuals who register for the event will have the opportunity to participate in the following: · Take a concealed handgun Certification Class (or a Handgun refresher course) · Compete in realistic live fire scenarios designed to test your skills · Test your skills and abilities · Watch live fire demonstrations · Meet Tactical team members · Enjoy a M-Lazy-C Ranch BBQ and Awards Participants will receive a detailed event package with event and safety guidelines upon registration. Participants are asked to bring the following equipment: a handgun, 150 rounds of ammunition for each day, an appropriate holster for the weapon you will be training with, extra magazines and or speed loaders, a light weight jacket or vest, eye and ear protection. RSVP at 791.304.5706

History Park The Ute Pass Historical Society invites you to explore our local history. History Park will be open for tours on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come enjoy our tours of period cabins and museum displays. A guided walking tour of historic downtown Woodland Park will meet at the museum center building at 10:30 a.m. The walking tour lasts about 90 minutes. Tours are free, but donations are greatly appreciated. History Park and the Museum Center are located just north of the Woodland Park Public Library at 231 E. Henrietta Avenue. For more information, call the UPHS at 686-7512.

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. The next star gazing evenings is scheduled for Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. Park at the Victor Helipad. Bring a telescope and binoculars (if you have these items) flashlight and warm clothes. This event is sponsored by the Southern Teller County Focus Group.

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 Woody Guthrie Tribute The Colorado Symphony will do a special tribute to Woody Guthrie at Boettcher Concert Hall on Sat. Sept. 22. The concert will feature David Amram, folk performers and a grand finale. For more information, visit

“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.

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.