Almanac For Week Of May 14th


Tuesday, May 14

Chamber Mixer. We hope you can join us for the Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce Member Mixer on Tuesday on May 14th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Marcroft Hall in Chipita Park. The theme will be ‘Earth Day’ and there will be a door prize for the first person to arrive in tye-dyed attire. Finger-food and beverages will be provided. This is a great way to make business connections within the Ute Pass Area.

The Teller County Republican Central Committee will hold their monthly meeting on May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Community Club in Divide.

Wednesday, May 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.
Mountain Artists Student Art Show. See this great art show at the Woodland Park Public Library. Check out the Galleria on the first floor for 83 outstanding pieces of art submitted by Teller County high school students. The show continues from now through May 17. Call 687-9281 x132 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.
Exercise for Arthritis Class. Seniors are invited to attend “Exercise for Arthritis Class.” The exercise class is held each Wednesday and Friday, 10:30-11:30, at the Senior Center. Call 687-5802 or 687-3877. The Senior Center is located at 312 N. Center St. in Woodland Park.

An Evening of Codes, Symbols and Secrets. Dan Brown, internationally known author of Da Vinci code, will be streaming live from the Lincoln Center in New York, “An Evening of Codes, Symbols, and Secrets” at Woodland Park and Florissant public libraries on May 15 at 5:30 p.m. Brown will discuss his new novel to be released the day before, “Inferno,” along with such topics as science, religion, codes, book publishing, movie making. This will be his only public appearance. Come to either library in the district and be entered into a drawing for a copy of “Inferno!” For more information call 687-9281 x132.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on May 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers.

Thursday, May 16
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 and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday. 687-3877

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

Friday, May 17
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. 748-3939.

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

Gift Shop Gala. The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum will host a gift shop gala Friday, May 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. You are invited to come sip a little wine or punch (or if it is cold outside hot cocoa), tour the museum, and see the new and unique items we have on sale this year in the gift shop. New treasures are arriving and this is your chance to get first pick of the shop before the summer tourists arrive! The Museum will open May 18 and 19 for the Buckskin Ball weekend. The museum will then open seven days a week starting May 25, from 9:30-5:30 through Labor Day. Mine Tours start May 26. If you want to become a museum member – we could use your support! We are seeking grants to install heat in the museum building. Visit and follow the museum membership links.

Fish Fry and Karaoke. On most Fridays, the Shining Mountain Golf Club features karaoke as we are hosting Loretta and Friends Karaoke (who formerly performed at Bucks) at the golf club. Come out and have a drink and sing a song. . .Friday night karaoke starts at 8 p.m. and goes until midnight!! We will have our fish fry from 4 to 9:30 p.m. with the regular menu items available also. This should be fun, fun, fun so come out and join us for a dinner, a drink (or two), and a song! For more information, call 687-7587. Also, the golf course has now opened for the season.

Saturday, May 18
Fossil Beds Photography Exhibit. The Florrisant Fossil Beds National Monument has opened a new photography exhibit at their new visitors center. The photos were taken by the military teens and are part of an outreach program to help connect military youth with our national parks. It is part of a program coordinated by the Florissant Fossil Beds staff, Fort Carson teenagers and their families. Please contact 748-3253 for more detail.

First Annual Little Chapel Food Pantry “Spring” Break-out Golf Tournament. This golf tourney is slated for Saturday, May 18 at the Shining Mountain Golf Course, with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. It is a four-person scramble format, and all proceeds benefit the Little Chapel Food Pantry. By participating, you will be part of helping hundreds of families get the food that they need, while having a good time. For more information, call tournament coordinator Marc Dettenrieder at 322-7610, or e-mail, or call Shining Mountain at 687-7587

Cripple Creek Elks Dance. Cripple Creek Elks Lodge is holding its annual spring dance on
Saturday, May 18 from 7pm to 11pm. Music, food, cash bar, live auction
of Spring Baskets. $10 per person, Elks and guests.

Cemetery Tour. The Victor Lowell Museum will sponsor a tour of the 1890s Sunnyside Cemetery on Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person. This benefits the Lowell Thomas Museum. Reservations and on-line tickets by credit card are available at Tickets are available by cash only at the cemetery gate. The tour begins at the Sunnyside Cemetery, south of town on Seventh Street. For more information, call 689-2675

High Altitude Gardening Class. The CSU Extension Office and Teller County Master Gardeners will feature a high altitude gardening class on May 18 at the Woodland Park Public Library from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and $20 per couple. Call 687-1290 for more information.

Fossil Beds Photography Exhibit. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument has opened a new photography exhibit at their new visitors center. The photos were taken by the military teens and are part of an outreach program to help connect military youth with our national parks. It is part of a program coordinated by the Florissant Fossil Beds staff, Fort Carson teenagers and their families. Please contact 748-3253 for more detail.

Spring Craft Show and Sale. This will be held at the Florissant Grange (the Old School House). May 18th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. (This was originally scheduled for May 25th, but has been changed to May 16th… don’t miss it). This is a great place to find those one of a kind, handmade items on your gift list, or to shop for those people who are very hard to shop for. Many Crafters and Vendors are on hand with wonderful gifts for house and home. See you there. For more information or to reserve a table, call 748-0358.


Community Blood Drive. A community blood drive will be held on Monday, May 20, from 2 to 7 p.m. in the lower level of Our Lady of the Woods Church at 116 South West Street in Woodland Park. No appointment is needed. Come and donate 1 pint of blood and save up to 3 lives! For more information, call Anne at 686-1040.

Johnny Jump Up Plant Sale. The annual Johnny Jump Up Plant Sale, sponsored by the Prospect Home Care and Hospice, will soon kick off. Make your orders starting April 29. The plant pick-up date is slated for May 21 at the purchase location. For more information, call Janet at 687-0549.

Divide Business After Hours. The Community Partnership Family Resource Center and Divide Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting A Business After Hours on Wednesday, May 22, starting at 6 p.m. at the Family Resources Center (in the back parking lot at Highlands Shopping Center). Refreshments and snacks will be provided for this event, which is open to the public. Learn about the latest and upcoming happenings in Divide. For more information, call 213-9335.

Deadly Dose. The Woodland Park Public Library will host a potential life saving free program regarding the leading cause of accidental death in the country::Prescription Drug Overdose! It will be held on May 23 at 6:30 p.m. This program is being sponsored by the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, Teller County Public Health, Teller County Sheriff’s Department and the Woodland Park Police Department. Join in discussing the changing face of victims of overdose. Colorado has the second-worst rate of pain pill abuse and misuse according to a federal report boosting the urgency of various state efforts to curb rampant overuse of the pills. Call 687-9281 x132 for more information.

Fashion Show. The Aspen Mine Center and Community of Caring will celebrate spring and summer with a fashion show fundraising event on May 31 at 5:30 p.m. You will have the opportunity to vote on the best hors d’oeuvres and desserts, enjoy exciting wines presented by a local sommelier and have an opportunity to win fabulous, exciting items in our drawing, including tickets to see Josh Groban on July 7. Have the time of your life, while giving back to the community. Tickets for this gala are $25 per person and $35 per couple. The Aspen Mine Center is run by the 501(c) (3) nonprofit Community of Caring Foundation and is a one-stop resource shop for southern Teller County and the surrounding area. For more information, call 689-3584.

Pet Shot Clinic and Bake Sale. The first annual Four Mile Emergency Services pet shot clinic and bake sale will be held on June 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Four Mile Fire Station 1. Both large and small animals. Most shots $15. Exams also are available for $15. Cash, checks and Visa accepted. First come first served. All animals must be on a leash, in a kennel or trailer. Delicious baked goods and coffee available for purchase. For additional information call Jane at 719-689-2503 or Lynne at 719-294-7108 or visit our website at

Fossil Beds grand opening. The grand opening weekend for the new Visitor Center and Research Center at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument kicks off with small ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m. The major activities continue during a park open house celebration Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16, with free park admission to all. The schedule will include behind-the-scenes tours of the paleontology center and the new building’s energy-saving technology features, a concert of songs from the Park Service’s new “Songs for Junior Rangers” album, special guests and other fun activities. The new visitor center is expected to boost monument visitation, which accounts for more than $3.2 million in visitor spending in the local tourism economy, according to the most recent National Park Service economic benefits study in 2011.The Monument is now open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Summer hours, which begin June 1 and run through Labor Day, will be 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

Charity Golf Tournament. The Teller County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with PPIHC, Assoc, will be hosing the second annual Charity Golf Tournament at Shining Mountain Golf Club on June 25, with a 7:30 a.m. start-time. The tournament, which features a scramble format, includes a Chuck Wagon lunch and great prizes. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the sheriff’s office auxiliary groups, including the Reserves, Posse and Emergency Response Team. Sponsorship opportunities, which include the price of a full team, are still available. For more information, call Lt. Jason Mikesell at 687-9652.

Transportation’s Local Coordinating Council of Teller County meets the 3rd Monday of every month at the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek. This 9 am meeting is open to the public.

History Park tours. The Ute Pass Historical Society offers free public tours (donations gratefully accepted!) of History Park the second Saturday of the month from June through September. The tours are from 10 am to 1 pm, starting at the Museum Center, 231 E. Henrietta Avenue in Woodland Park. The Museum Center building is located next to the Woodland Park Public Library. A historic walking tour of Woodland Park meets at 10:30 am Please contact UPHS at 719.686.7512 or e mail for more information. All tours are weather permitting.

Victor Bingo. A bingo session will be held at the Victor Elks Club (every other Saturday) starting at 7 p.m. Reusable cards are $1. The 50/50 game is $1 per card or $6 for $5. The bingo session includes a raffle and door prizes.

Geology of Teller County. Teller County is gifted with some of the most varied geology on the planet. CPFRC (a CO non-profit) offers a 6-Saturday adult course on The Geology of Teller County, in Divide, APR 14 – MAY 19. Choose a.m. (9 – noon) or p.m. (1 – 4) for your convenience. Learn about gold, gems, fossils, NEWLY DISCOVERED giant meteorite craters, volcanoes, glaciers, and more, with computer imagery, specimens, and hands-on activities. Field trip included! Great for teachers, rock hounds, general interest, or hikers. NO TESTS Cost: $80 Call 686-0705 for registration and info.

Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine Tours. These popular tours begin Memorial Day and extend through Labor Day. Visit a working gold mine and experience large-scale modern surface mining in action. The cost of the tour is $7.50 per person. Must be 5 or older to take the tour. Details and reservations at

Woodland Park Fine Arts and Crafts Fair
Applications are now being accepted from artists, book authors, craft people and musicians for the 2013 Woodland Park Fine Arts and Crafts Fair, held in downtown Woodland Park throughout the summer and early fall. For more information and to apply, visit www.WoodlandParkfineartsandcraftsfair or Ass in the Grass Music Series on Facebook or e-mail

Gem and Mineral Show. The Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) will be hosting the first Gem and Mineral Show in Victor, Colorado June 22-23. Vendors are welcome to sell their gems and minerals at this show which will be held in downtown Victor. Vendor spaces are available for $20-30 for the entire weekend until April 15. Spaces may still be available after that time at increased prices.

For more information on the STCFG or this event, visit, email, or call 719-689-2675

Manitou Springs Happenings
Verne Witham Annual Pancake Breakfast. Kick off the summer season with a pancake breakfast and shopping incentives at the 900 Block of Manitou on May 25. Contact the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development 719-685-5089

Colorado Wine Festival. Don’ t miss this popular annual gala, featuring great wines from the finest vintages in the state and music and food, slated for June 1 from 11am – 6pm, at Memorial Park in Historic Manitou Springs. Contact Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development 719-685-5089