Almanac For Week Of June 18th


Tuesday, June 18

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet in the temporary town hall chambers (at the Joyland Church facility) on June 18 at 7 p.m. The trustees will hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to ban retail outlets for marijuana.

Wednesday, June 19

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.
The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on June 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council chambers at city hall.

Thursday, June 20

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
High Tea and Serenade. This popular event is scheduled at the Woodland Park Senior Center (next to city hall) on June 20. The cost is $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Volunteers are still needed to help host and serve. Call Senior Center at 687-3877 to RSVP. Call Pamela at 339-0954 with questions or to volunteer.

Wildfire Protection. A wildfire and disaster protection forum for southern Teller residents is scheduled for June 20 at the Gold Bar Room Theater inside the Imperial Hotel, starting at 4:30 p.m. The forum is being organized by the Southern Teller County Economic Development Coalition. It will deal with emergency plans, in the wake of the Waldo Canyon fire of last summer and provide other important emergency updates. For more information, call John Posusta, executive director of the Economic Development Coalition at 287-7590.

No WP Council meeting. The Woodland Park City Council, which normally meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month, will not meet this Thursday. The next scheduled meeting will occur on Thursday, June 27.


Friday, June 21

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.


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. The shows are free of charge. On June 21, Ass in the Grass welcomes Tim Brown, who has a special southern style finger technique on his guitar. Then on June 28, the entertainment showcases Rich Owen (Country Fusion). For more information, call Pam Zirko, the festival coordinator, at 687-373
Giant Used Book Sale. The Woodland Park Public Library will host this three day annual event (sometimes semi-annual) with tons of amazing bargain books, videos, cds, and audios! It is scheduled from June 21-23.Don’t miss this and you have three chances to make it! Friday-Noon to 4, Satuday-10-3 and Sunday, 1-3 (Clearance). Call 687-9281 x132 for more information.


Swim Time in GMF. The public swimming pool in Green Mountain Falls has opened for the summer season. The pool will remain open until Sunday, Aug. 18 and on most days, will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pool admission is $5 for anyone from 2 to 59, with senior rates at $2 for those 60 and over. Punch cards are also available for 10 and 20 time swims throughout the season. For more information, call the GMF town hall at 684-9514.
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, June 22
Gem and Mineral Show. The Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) will be hosting the first Gem and Mineral Show in Victor from June 22-23. The show will include vendors from across Colorado selling minerals, gems, hand-crafted jewelry, mining antiques, mineral specimens, cabochons and more. Vendors will be setting up in the vacant lot on North 3rd Street between the post office and the Victor Elks Lodge.
Mountain Top Cycling Challenge. On Saturday, June 22, the Mountain Top Cycling Club (MTCC) will be hosting the second annual Mountain Top Experience Ride. This non-profit organization is raising funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the MTCC, and will be making a donation to the Teller County Search and Rescue Unit. This event is a bicycle ride challenge (not a race).This challenge is scheduled to have three phases of riders. The start of the event will be in Florissant , Colorado , with various routes for riders to select. This event is anticipated to have a minimal impact on traffic in Cripple Creek, as riders will be coming through Cripple Creek at various times, and are expected to follow all traffic laws. Cyclists will be departing the Grange Hall in Florissant from 6 to 8 a.m. For additional information regarding this event, please contact Deborah Maresca, the Event Director for the MTCC, at (719) 687-2489. Additional information can also be found at:

Eleven Mile Interpretive Programs
The Eleven Mile State Park will host a variety of interpretative programs throughout the summer. These feature a number of hikes and educational programs, led by naturalist Beth Dodd. In addition, a full lineup of programs is scheduled at the North Shore Amphitheater every weekend.

Lowell Thomas Museum Opening. The museum is now open seven days a week from 9:30-5:30 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 and follow the museum membership links.

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 23

Green Box Arts Festival. The Green Box Arts Festival, featuring a wide variety of activities, exhibits, performances and classes, kicks off on June 23 and extends through July 3. The pinnacle of this year’s festival is the “Cloud City” sculpture (which was displayed on the rooftop of New York City’s Metropolitan Art Museum for six months) in Green Mountain Falls, with tours through this interactive display occurring daily from 1 to 7 p.m. Other highlights include a concert from the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, the folk band Haunted Wind Chimes and fiddle sensation Kyle Dillingham, a dance showcase by New York City dance company Keigwin and Company and a roundtable with American author and Pultzer Prize nominee Blake Bailey. Many of the events will be held in various locations in Green Mountain Falls and the lower Ute Pass. For more information, visit



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.


Donkey Derby Days. The 82nd annual Donkey Derby Days festival in Cripple Creek will be held from June 29-30. This popular event, one of the town’s signature summer festivals, features donkey races, games, a great parade and a wide assortment of zany competitions. It is sponsored by the Two Mile High Club. For more information, see


The Gold Rush Gold Rush. The fifth annual foot race in scenic and historic Victor will occur on June 29 and it will feature a 9-mile mountain race, starting in downtown Victor and climbing to the American Eagle overlook. The event this year also will include a 5K competition.


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. Modern mine tours 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.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. See to make a reservation; or call 719-689-5509 to make a reservation. The museum also offers gold panning and is open daily through Sept. 2 and weekends in September and October weekend, plus additional weekends during the holidays as weather permits. The museum is from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with gold panning from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 per adult, $5 per senior (62 and older) and $4 per child (12 and under), which includes one hour of gold panning..


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 for more information.


Symphony Above the Clouds. The 33rd annual “Symphony Above The Clouds” presented by the Ute Pass Symphony Guild takes place on July 5th at the Woodland Park Middle School, 600 E Kelly Rd, in Woodland Park, CO. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic presents a patriotic celebration with music that will please and enthrall the entire family.
This is a FREE event thanks to our sponsors, donors and volunteers and promises to be a delightful celebration of country and community. Gates open at 5:00 pm with pre-show music at 5:30 with Ceol Ceili. For more information call 719-661-7377 or visit

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.

Total Joint Replacement. Pikes Peak Regional Hospital & Surgery Center offers free classes on total joint replacement. Classes are free and offered every 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month. Learn about the benefits of Joint Replacement, what to expect and how to prepare. You don’t have to be scheduled for a joint replacement to attend a class. The classes are held at Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, 16420 W. Hwy. 24 Woodland Park in the Café Meeting room. They run from 2pm to 4pm. Classes will be repeated for new attendees every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Wendy Westall, at 719-686-5779. To register for an upcoming class you may contact the hospital at 719- 686-5769.

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.
Christmas in July. Christmas In July will be held Saturday July 27 in the Aspen Mine Center, 166 E. Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek from 9am to 2 pm. The is hosted by the Committee’s Christmas Planning Committee. Variety of venders, baked sales, and free Christmas cookies with punch and coffee. Contact July’s chairman Shawn Kuhns for $10 vender booths,and questions at 629-8063 or CCPC coordinator Kathi Pilcher at 659-3599.

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.

Mountain Arts Festival. Plan to attend the 28th Annual Mountain Arts Festival to be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Woodland Park, CO. The Festival features 80 booths with many returning artists as well as new artists covering all venues including food booths. The artists come from CO and several other states. Admission is FREE. Visit our website or contact Carolyn, 719-686-7436.


Manitou Springs Happenings
Flooding and Fire Mitigation. The Coalition for the Upper South Platte together with Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center hosted by UCCS, presents a hands-on workshop, helping businesses in the region to be prepared for fire and flooding. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the Business of Arts Center in Manitou Springs. The workshop will span 2 hours, starting with a short presentation & Q&A by CUSP/SBDC on business preparedness, followed by a table-top exercise, where participants practice with a scenario of how flooding of the Waldo Canyon burn scar would affect the region. This workshop is free of charge. To reserve your seat, please register at: