Almanac For Week Of August 29th

Wednesday, August 29

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, Aug. 30

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, Aug. 31

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 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 Bergstrom Park. Call 232-4449.

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.

Labor Day Weekend Traveling Assistance Veterans of Foreign Wars Florissant-Lake George Post #11411 will be providing cookies, coffee, punch, water, and lively conversation to travelers stopping at the rest stop at the top of Wilkerson Pass during the Labor Day weekend beginning on Friday, August 31 and continuing on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (September 1, 2, and 3, respectively).

The Forest Service generously allows the Post the use of their covered porch for the refreshment table, which is greatly appreciated by the VFW. To learn more about membership in VFW Florissant-Lake George Post #11411, contact Post Commander, Randy Ford at 748-5344 or via email at .

Final 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, will 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, Sept. 1

13th Annual Victor Celebrates the Arts Come to historic Victor on the sunny side of Pikes Peak as ‘plein air’ artists from around the country gather to paint on location in our town and the many legendary 1890’s gold mining sites nearby. Victor is the site of the greatest gold strike in the United States history. The paintings done during our annual event capture the essence of 1890’s architecture, the old mining buildings along our hiking trails and the panoramic views of Pikes Peak and the Sangre de Cristo mountains. The Victor Celebrates the Arts festival will be held from Sept. 1 to Sept. 3. The event also features a daily art show and sale. For more information, call 689-6373 or visit

Native American Indian Day The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park will host a Native American Indian Day on Sept 1. The festivities will feature the Seven Falls Indian Dancers, with performances at 1 and 2:30 p.m., along with Native American Flute Playing, Ancestral Arts and much more. Also, meet Mark Johnson and The Wolves. For more information, call 686-1820.

Free Town Party Come join the party as our town celebrates all that is still here after the Waldo Canyon Fire. The courage of our first responders, the strength of our community and the beauty that still surrounds us are being celebrated with a FREE, LIVE CONCERT by the FLYING W WRANGLERS! The festivities are scheduled for Sept. 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Midland Pavilion, located just outside the Ute Pass Cultural Center. For more information, call 687-7373

Final 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 run daily except Thursdays through Labor Day. Tours are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. 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 call 689-5509.

Sunday, Sept. 2

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


Golfing for a Cause The Habit for Humanity of Teller County golf tournament is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7. The popular 13th annual tourney features a four-person scramble, with a noon tee-off time. The tournament entry fee includes golf and cart, dinner, a goody bag, two drinks, courtesy of Park State Bank & Trust and much satisfaction in supporting your local Habitat for Humanity. For more information, call 687-4447 or Don Butzlaff at 687-1535 or Robbi Ripley at 963-0116.

Cruise Above the Clouds Join us for the 21st annual Cruise Above the Clouds Car Show presented by Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company on September 8 & 9. On Saturday the 8th beginning at 9 am, Woodland Park will host up to 300 beautiful cars, hotrods and motorcycles. Enjoy great music from Nick Donovan from Oldies 108 KDZA in Pueblo and his trusty sidekick, Wallace Cotton. There will be food vendors and free popcorn as well. Make sure to sign up for the kid’s bike give-away (ages 4-15)! Following the trophy presentation at 3 pm, there will be a poker run to Cripple Creek and the fun continues. The vehicles will be parked on Bennett Ave until 8 pm. During that time, there will be live entertainment and a beer garden. On Sunday the 9th, the show continues on Bennett Ave from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The shows are free to spectators. Come and enjoy the fun and beauty of Woodland Park and Cripple Creek! For additional information or to register for the show, visit our website-

Ute Pass Historical Society Tours The Ute Pass Historical Society invites you to explore our local history. History Park will be open on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come enjoy our cabins and museum displays. A guided walking tour will begin at the museum center building at 10:30 a.m. behind the library. For more information, call 686-7512.

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

Fall Flatlander Fun Run Lake George Charter School will sponsor the Fall Flatlander 5K and Fun Run on September 15. This is the fourth 5K Run that LGCS has hosted, but it will be held in the fall from now on. The 5K is a beautiful run around the lake in Lake George. Child care will be available for children age 5 and under. Following the 5K will be the Fun Run, which will be run from the Lake George Fire Department to our new school. Highway 24 will be closed for a short time while everyone makes their way from the old school to the new school. A Post Party and Medal Celebration will be held at the new school with refreshments provided. If you would like to download the registration form, please go to or you may register at 9:00 a.m. on the day of the race at Lake George Bible Church. For more information, please contact 748-3911.

Gold Camp Picnic The Gold Camp Community Organization will host its second annual picnic on Sept. 15 in Victor, behind the visitors center from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 439-6759.

Community Blood Drive The September Community Blood Drive will be on Monday, September 17th from 2-7 p.m. in the lower level of the Catholic Church. No appointment needed, just come when it’s convenient. Any questions, call Anne at 686-1040. Please donate.

Summer Reading Results Summer Reading programs, held at the Rampart Library District—Woodland Park Public Library and the Florissant Public Library—were a big success. In fact, based on statistics tabulated during the summer, 665 children and teens and 54 adults participated. Prizes were recently given in all categories and were provided by the following businesses in Teller County:

The Centennial Cavaliers, Bronco Billy’s, Big Jim’s, Burger King, Florissant Subway, Costello’s Coffee Shop, Triple Crown Casinos, City Market, Safeway, How-To-Store, Century Casino Cripple Creek, Outpost Fee and Ranch Supply, Divide Feed and Wendy’s. The grand prize winner was Caroline Gallup.

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.

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 History and Science of 3D Don’t miss a Free Kid’s Workshop sponsored by the Manitou Heritage Center at 517 Manitou Avenue, scheduled for Sept. 1 from noon to 4 p.m. The theme of the workshop is the “History and Science of 3D.” Participants will learn to do their own 3D images. For more information, call 685-1454.

Growth of a Garden Features a special presentation by Brook Cruz at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 South 24th Street, Colorado Springs, on Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. How did our fabulous Garden of the Gods Park become city property? Did you know that houses were almost built in the Park as a subdivision? How did people purchase or acquire the land? How did they use the land? Join us as park interpreter Brook Cruz leads us on an exploration of Garden of the Gods history. Brook has been an interpreter at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center for seven years. She has a B.S. in environmental science from UCCS, is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and is an after school science teacher. Brook has done extensive research on the Pikes Peak Region. Doors open at 10:30 am. Members free, nonmembers $5, children under 13 free.

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.