Tuesday, May 28
Anti-gun control rally. The Denver-based Independence Institute is hosting an event on May 28 to support a federal lawsuit against new gun restrictions, endorsed by 54 county sheriffs in Colorado. It will be held at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center (3650 N. Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs), starting at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 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.
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.
Thursday, May 30
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
Partner with Welcome Home Warriors. Come to Peoples Bank, 651 Scott Avenue in Woodland Park on Thursday, May 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. to help make yellow ribbons to go on that big tree in Lions Park (next to the movie theater).This is a fund-raiser for Welcome Home Warriors. The goal is to make 8,465 ribbons (the altitude of Woodland Park) by the end of June. If you want to donate to this project, you can at Peoples Bank. Just tell them it is for Welcome Home Warriors. The ribbons cost $1 apiece. Peoples Bank is helping to sponsor the project and is providing cookies and coffee on May 30. For more information, call Carol Soderstrom at 291-7182.
Friday, May 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. 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
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
Eleven Mile Interpretive Programs. The Eleven Mile State Park will host a variety of interpretative programs throughout the summer. On May 31, Park Naturalist Beth Dodd will conduct a program, Bear Aware, at the North Shore Amphitheater at 8 p.m. Discover how bears live from season to season, how they interact with people and how to live and play safely in bear country. On June 1, the park is hosting Colorado Free Fishing Day, a children’s program at the North Shore Amphitheater. Children are invited to go fishing with Park Naturalist Beth Dodd, starting at 8 a.m. You may borrow one of the park’s fishing poles or bring your own. Other programs for June 1 include Wonderful Wetlands at 2 p.m. and Fly Fishing the Dream Station at 7:30 p.m. And on June 2, don’t miss the Junior Ranger Awards Ceremony at the North Shore Amphitheater at 10 a.m.
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 25
Lowell Thomas Museum Opening. The museum is now open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Labor Day. 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 VictorColorado.com and follow the museum membership links.
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 www.fourmilees.com
Hot Summer Nights. On Saturday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs is presenting the first program of their “Hot Summer Nights: Music on the Labyrinth” series, featuring Joe Uveges, singer and acoustic guitarist. His music includes everything from driving rock to country ballads, percussive funk and adult contemporary with a spiritual twist. The program will be held outdoors on the south side of the church (but will move indoors for inclement weather), so bring a blanket or chair. A free will offering will be taken. Call 633-8888.
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.
Sunday, June 2
Jazz in June. Sponsored by the Woodland Park Wind Symphony, a free jazz concert will be held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park on June 2 at 2 p.m. Four great Jazz Ensembles will perform a variety of jazz music. Guests arriving between 1:30 and 2 p.m. will be treated to a “pre-concert” performance by the Dixieland Band, known as Dixie Q. At 2 p.m., the official concert will kick off with a musical set provided by Woodland Park’s own Big Band, known as Swing Factory. This 19-piece ensemble under the leadership of Craig Harms, has established a respected reputation as one of the Ute Pass premiere big bands. Following Swing Factory will be performances by the Mark Bovee Quartet and the Colorado Springs Community Big Band under the direction of Floyd Frame.
Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine Tours. These popular tours, which kicked off Memorial Day, 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 www.victorcolorado.com/mining.htm.
Great American Clean-up. Keep Woodland Park Beautiful will host its 11th annual Great American Clean-up on Saturday, June 8 in Memorial Park. This community-wide event will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude with a free barbeque lunch that starts at noon. The Committee welcomes residents and visitors, new-comers and old-timers, families and individuals, business owners and retirees. This is your chance to show your pride in our city while making a new friend or catching up with an old one. Last year volunteers collected over 20 cubic yards of litter along roadways and ditches in Woodland Park. The Great American Clean-up is also the perfect opportunity to join the City’s Adopt-a-Spot program by pledging to maintain your own neighborhood street. Trash bags, rubber gloves and safety vests will be provided. Participants should bring water, work gloves, and sunscreen. Please call Lisa Parnell at 687-5209 for more information.
Save Our Brothel Party. Get ready for a Parade, Car Show and “Save Our Brothel” extravaganza as a group of Retro Ford Thunderbird car enthusiasts take over Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek during their Pikes Peak adventure on June 13, 2013. Members of the Internet group, ThunderbirdNest.com, are driving 48 of the Retro T-Birds based on the original design from the 50’s to tour the Pikes Peak region. Collectively they will drive almost 136,000 miles and are excited to make a stop in Cripple Creek to show off their beautiful vehicles and support the ladies of the Old Homestead House Parlour House Museum in their cause to save the historical brothel of Pearl DeVere. While in town, the group will lead a parade through the streets of Cripple Creek and will park on historic Bennett Avenue to display their cars for all to see. The Thunderbird group has adopted the old homestead house as their Sweet Charity and will participate in a festive Parlour House Charity Adoption Ceremony and “Save Our Brothel” party to help publicize the Homesteads House’s fundraising efforts. Join the fun and participate in the Parlor House Charity Adoption Ceremony and a Save Our Brothel Parade on June 13th in Cripple Creek.
Ass in the Grass.The popular Ass in the Grass Music Series, featuring diverse performances in the summer and fall on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon outdoors in Woodland Park at the corner of Henrietta and Park, will kick off on June 14 with a performance by Ben Knighten, renowned for “Acoustic goodness.” Other upcoming June performances include June 21 with Tim Brown, (Fingerstyle Guitar) and June 28 with Rich Owen (Country Fusion). For more information, call Pam Zirko, the festival coordinator, at 687-3731
Tickets are now available for the 2nd Annual Woodland Park Cemetery Crawl. This popular event is scheduled for Thursday, July 4th. It is sponsored by the Ute Pass Historical Society and tickets go fast. Take a walk around the Cemetery on July 4th and meet some of the old pioneers who are resting in the Woodland Park Cemetery, located at 650 Short Street. Tours start every 15 minutes from 1 to 3 pm. Tickets cost $5, and are available at the Ute Pass Historical Society Gift Shop, 231 E. Henrietta Avenue , WP, or at the gate. Please call UPHS at 719.686.7512 or e mail email@example.com for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Adult Education. Teller County enjoys some of the most amazing geology on the planet. Several features are found nowhere else. Community Partnership Family Resource Center, a Colorado non-profit devoted to education, is offering a 6-Saturday course (JUL 20 – AUG 24) in Divide from 9 a.m. to noon. Learn about our gold & silver, gems, fossils, faults, volcanoes, glaciers, and more, with computer imagery, specimens, and a field trip. Great for teachers, rock hounds or students. Fee: $80 Call 686-0705 for information & registration.
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 VictorColorado.com, email email@example.com, or call 719-689-2675
Manitou Springs Happenings
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 Saturday, June 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Memorial Park in Historic Manitou Springs. Tickets are $30 a person and include a commemorative glass and tastings from all of the wineries. A free wine tot will be given to the first paid 1,500 attendees. Live entertainment will be provided by The Woodies, Westside Rhythm Kings and Hammerstadt. In addition, a free shuttle service will be provided throughout town and parking is available in the back lot of Tajine Alami, the Zipline lot on the west side of Manitou, Manitou Springs High School, The Rodeway Inn, Briarhurst Manor and Fields Park. Contact Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development 719-685-5089