Almanac For Week Of August 15th

Wednesday, August 15

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.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 15 in the CC Council Chambers at city hall. Thursday,

Aug. 16

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.

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Aug. 16 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

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.

Cowboy Music and Poetry The Woodland Park Public Library will host Duke Davis, a renowned singer, songwriter, cowboy poet, actor, horseman and more, for one night only in Woodland Park. Scheduled for Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss this free entertaining evening with one of Colorado and Texas’ favorites. Call 687-9281×132 for more information.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. in the WP City Council Chambers, next to city hall. Friday,

Aug. 17

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.

The Salute to American Veterans Rally and Festival The 20th annual running of this event is scheduled from Aug. 17 to Aug. 20. This rally, which attracts thousands of people to Cripple Creek, will be highlighted by such festivities as the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall, the POW/MIA recognition ride, a veteran’s parade, veterans’ celebrations, free concerts, a street dance, Wild West gun fighters and more. For more information, visit The Veterans or call 487-8005.

Summer Shows at the Butte The summer 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, include a popular golden era musical and a brand new melodrama. These include the popular musical My Fair Lady and the 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. 18

Final Summer Gymkhanas 2012 The final Gymkhanas will be held at Lloyd Larsen’s arena at 711 CR 51 (Cedar Mountain Road) in Divide on August 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.

Roadkill Chili Cook Off The fifth annual Roadkill Chili Cook Off will be held on Saturday morning, Aug. 18 in Bergstrom Park in the Midland Railroad Station on Hwy. 24 in downtown Woodland Park. Vendors cook bean delight to amaze the public’s taste buds. Come and taste. A $100 first prize will be awarded. In addition, the Denver branch of the National League of American Pen Women will be attending the festival. Several authors from the organization will be on hand to discuss their books. For more information, call Pam Sirko at 687-3731 or 232-4449.

Pine Needle Basket Making Class Join us at the Florissant Grange Hall on Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon and learn to make baskets out of pine needles if this is your first time. Or show us what you have made and give us new ideas. If attended this class before, come learn something new.

Upcoming Bike Above the Clouds Week A week of fun events, including joy rides, bike cruises, watch/block parties, costume contests, music, a parade and much more from Aug. 20-26. The festivities are being organized as part of the Stage Five Sprint of the USA Pro Challenge through Woodland Park and Teller County. This race, Colorado’s version of the Tour de France, will attract the top cyclists from around the country and world. The trek through Woodland Park will feature probably the fastest times of the race. The overall Stage Five Sprint starts in Breckenridge and ends in Colorado Springs, with a fast sprint and time trial through Woodland Park. A number of businesses are scheduling various events to celebrate the event. For more information, visit Twitter @stage5sprintwp. Or call 651-5943 or 641-0791.

AARP Driver Safety Course This class is hosted by the Woodland Park Public Library on Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is a driver refresher course for drivers 50-plus who want to improve their driving skills and avoid traffic violations. This is a chance to refine existing skills and develop safe, defensive driving techniques and you may even save $$$ on your driver’s insurance. For AARP members, the cost is $12 (must show card). For non-AARP members, the cost is $14. Participants must pre-register as space is limited. Call 687-9281, ext. 113.

The Gentleman Doc Holiday The Cripple Creek District Museum, Gold Bar Room Theatre at the Imperial Hotel, the Double Eagle Casino and Hotel and On the Spot Productions are sponsoring a one-night showing of The Gentleman Doc Holiday. Written by Terry Earp and directed by Nannette Taylor, the show will be featured at the Gold Bar Room Theatre on Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. The doors open at 5 p.m. The performance highlights the story of the most popular dentist of the American West and his journey from one who heals to one who kills. It takes place in a Denver, Colorado jail. Tickets for the performance are $15 in advance. All proceeds go to support the Cripple Creek District Museum.

Glass Painting A glass painting class is scheduled at the Florissant Grange Hall on Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. This one stroke painting technique opens the door to everyone’s artistic abilities. It is a fun and entertaining class. If you missed this first class, this your chance to join us and have fun.

Lowell Thomas Remembered In Special Victor Program Sunday, Sept. 2 the Victor 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, a noted historic, speaker and author, will present a program on Thomas at 4 p.m. at the Stratton Outdoor Amphitheater at the historic Independence Mill Site. Marold’s presentation will highlight the history of the famous news broadcaster, author and traveler who grew up in Victor. Sponsored by the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, the cost is $15 per person; seating is limited and reservations are suggested at The event will raise funds for the museum’s building renovation fund. 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.

Thin Air Theatre Brings Popular Comedy to Stage Greater Tuna is the hilarious comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, Mickey Burdick and Chris Onken, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna – men, women, children and animals.The show began as a simple party skit based on a political cartoon more than 25 years ago in Austin, Texas. Talented creators Joe Sears, Jaston Williams and Ed Howard were the imaginative authors that parlayed the sketch into a critically acclaimed production which has entertained audiences across the country ever since. The newest show at the Butte will be directed by veteran Butte and Imperial actor Mel Moser. Shows are Sept. 7-29 on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. For more information, visit Gold Bar Room Theater Shows The Gold Bar Room Theater in the Imperial Hotel will feature a “True Locals,” we are planning show, tentatively scheduled 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” 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. 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 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.

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.

Manitou Happenings Women Who Play with Dolls Art Show Commonwheel Artists Gallery Feature Show at 102 Cannon Avenue, Manitou Springs. Featuring the art of Caron O’Neil, Belinda Chambers and Kathy Brega. Dolls serve many purposes: they teach, befriend, comfort, and share. Dolls have been a part of society forever. They are a way to bond with other people, act out real life situations, and just to have fun! Dolls come in many different forms and media, breaking the language barrier and bringing people to the same level. Sometimes playing with dolls as an adult creates more joy now than ever as a child. For more information, call 685-1008.

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.