Almanac For Week Of July 2nd


Wednesday, July 3

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.

Green Box Arts Festival. The Green Box Arts Festival, featuring a wide variety of activities, exhibits, performances and classes, 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. Although the Green Box festivities end this week, the Cloud City exhibit will be available to tour through July 13. For more information, visit

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 July 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cripple Creek City Council Chambers at city hall.

July 4

Independence Day celebrations. Several local communities, including Cripple Creek and Woodland Park, will be holding July 4th festivities, with music, games, kids and adult competitions and a variety of events. Woodland Park’s Old Fashioned Fourth will occur in Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cripple Creek’s celebration, with entertainment, a beer garden, food and activities, will be held at city park from noon to 10 p.m. The city of Cripple Creek has announced plans to postpone its annual fireworks show, one of the best in southern Colorado, to another date. Woodland Park most likely will not have a fireworks show either. For more information, see and

The Woodland Park Cemetery Crawl. This popular second annual 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.

Fourth of July Activities at Florissant Fossil Beds. Our national parks have been called, “America’s Best Idea.” What better place to spend the Fourth of July than at a national park area and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is the region’s closest National Park Service unit. Here is a list of activities occurring at the park on Thursday, July 4:

• 30 minute interpretive talks in the park’s outdoor amphitheater at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM

• Ranger guided walk on the 1 mile, Ponderosa Loop trail at 11:00AM

• Ranger guided walk on the ½ Ponderosa Loop Trail at 12:30 PM

• Learn about fossil excavation at the demonstration excavation site from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon

• See a ranger and/or scientists discover fossils in the fossil demonstration lab from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

• Visit the historic 1878, Hornbek Homestead from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

• JUST FOR KIDS: Earn a Junior Ranger badge or patch, ask for a free Junior Ranger activity book at the front desk.

For more informationplease call the Monument at (719) 748 – 3253.

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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

No Council meeting. The Woodland Park City Council will not meet on July 4 due to the holiday. The next regular scheduled meeting will be on July 18.

Friday, July 5

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.

Swim Time in GMF. The public swimming pool in Green Mountain Falls is open 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.

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

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.

Creek Melodrama and Singin’ in the Rain. The Thin Air Theatre Company has kicked off its summer melodrama show, Girl of the Golden West. The show, based on an original 1906 script, will be performed at the Butte Theatre through Aug. 31. And starting on July 5, musical-goers will get a chance to see the famous Singin’ in the Rain. You remember the plot. You love the characters. You know “the song.” It’s no less than the stage adaptation of one of the most celebrated and beloved films of all time.. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin’ in the Rain the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals. The MGM classic has been faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to “talkies.” Set in Hollywood in the waning days of the silent screen era, it focuses on romantic lead Don Lockwood, his sidekick Cosmo Brown, aspiring actress Kathy Selden, and Lockwood’s leading lady Lina Lamont, whose less-than-dulcet vocal tones make her an unlikely candidate for stardom in talking pictures. Several familiar TATC actors will perform in this show including Mel Moser, Rebecca Myers, and Kevin Pierce.The show runs July 5-Aug. 31 rotating with Girl of the Golden West. To make reservations for these shows, visit

Saturday, July 6

Mueller State Park Day Hikes and Programs. Partake in a variety of fun-filled walks, talks and sing-alongs at Mueller State Park as we honor America’s outdoor recreation heritage. Mueller State Park is located 4-miles south of Divide on Highway 67. For more information, call 227-5211.

Free Concert. For the perfect way to end your July 4th weekend celebration, don’t miss the Woodland Music Series free concert on July 6 at 6 PM, outdoors on the green at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park, 210 E. Midland Avenue.The 101st Army Dixieland Band will offer outstanding stylings of America’s original musical form as well as stirring military selections, all performed with a crowd-pleasing showmanship delighting young and old alike. This fine ensemble has thrilled audiences in Colorado schools, concert halls, military installations and jazz jubilee appearances throughout the nation. Details available at It’s a red-hot good time for all, guaranteed to produce happy faces and toe-tapping fun for everyone.

Eleven Mile Interpretive Programs

The Eleven Mile State Park will host a variety of interpretative programs throughout the summer during the weekend. These feature a number of hikes and educational programs, led by naturalist Beth Dodd. In addition, a full lineup of informative 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.


Florissant Fossil Beds Upcoming Seminars. Ever wonder what prehistoric people meant when creating petroglyphs and pictographs? Connect with those ancient artists by creating your own symbols-based autograph. Join instructor Toni Ratzlaff on July 9 for an archaeology and art seminar and design your own petroglyphs. Join instructor Doug Coleman on July 11-12 for a very concentrated class representing an overview of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses of the Central Rockies region. Participants will be amazed at the beauty, diversity and cultural uses of native grasses and how simple identification is with the proper tools.The Florissant Valley is world-renowned for the extraordinary fossils of insects, spiders, and related arthropods that continue to be found there. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument also protects a diversity of living species today. Participants in this class on July 13 will view actual fossils under the microscope and take to the field to find their present day counterparts. Why do some of the fossils represent insects found today only in Africa? This and other mysteries will be solved in the class. For more information about these seminars, call Jeff Wolin at 748-3253.

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..

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.

Hot Summer Nights. On Saturday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church in Colorado Springs is presenting another program on their “Hot Summer Nights Music on the Labyrinth series, featuring the Beatidudes, a men’s trio. They’ll perform Christian songs, gospel, folk, rock and beats on guitars, percussion and vocals. 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 for more information.

QFM Quest for Mastery online class on July 13. Learn these tools that can help you manifest your highest potential, and also can help you to overcome issues in your life. For more information email Jimena at or call 719-306-0772

Bronc Day Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Fundraiser. This kick-off gala for the 75th annual Bronc Day Festival will be held at the Mucky Duck restaurant in Green Mountain Falls on July 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. It features a great selection of wines, appetizers and some unique auction prizes. For more information, call 648-2008.

Gold Rush Days. This annual festival, scheduled in Victor from July 19-21, features mining games, a parade, a downhill gravity race, a vintage baseball game, historic home tours, a Victorian olio, live music, a street dance and more. See for more details.

SWAT Demonstration and Public Training. The third annual SWAT Emergency Response Team Tactical Demonstration & Public Training is being held on July 20-21 at M-Lazy-C Ranch in Lake George to raise resources for the Teller County Emergency Response Team to purchase equipment and attend training classes.The HDSA is planning this two day event in collaboration with the Teller County Sheriff’s Office. Business sponsorships are still available. Since 1980 the M-Lazy-C Ranch has hosted various organizations with team building, corporate events, rodeos and action shooting programs. Find more at: TCHDSA: The Teller County Sheriff’s Office – Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association was started in January 2011 and consists of local business people who want to make a difference in the community by supporting those who serve through the Sheriff’s Office with augmentation, public education and fund raising responsibilities.
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The New Christy Minstrels. Don’t miss the world-famous group, The New Christy Minstrels, during a performance at the Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs on July 20 at 8 p.m. The group is still under the direction of Randy Sparks, and the group is now even BETTER than they were in their hey-day. They won a Grammy for their very first album and numerous Gold Records through the years. The group, now officially eight members strong, is a mix of old and new and is now the best collection of performers ever to have been billed as The New Christy Minstrels. Each performer adds a diverse and unique talent to the pool. For more information about the show and to get tickets, call 476-2200.

Florissant Fire Rescue Pancake Breakfast. Kick off Florissant Heritage Days with the Florissant Fire Rescue Pancake Breakfast on July 27, 2013 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Station 1, located at 2606 Hwy 24 in Florissant. Breakfast is open to the community and donations are appreciated. Make sure to bid on one (or more!) of the many donated items on the silent auction! After breakfast, check out the other activities planned throughout the day at the Florissant Grange, Schoolhouse Museum, Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum, Florissant Pioneer Cemetery and Adeline Hornbeck Homestead.” Call 294-7126 for more information.

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.

Free Tours of History Park. The Ute Pass Historical Society offers free tours (donations gratefully accepted) of History Park every second Saturday of the month from June through September. History Park is open from 10 to 1. Come tour our old buildings, and learn some of the history of Ute Pass. We also offer a walking tour of Woodland Park which meets at the Museum Center at 10:30. The Museum Center at History Park is located at 231 E. Henrietta Avenue in Woodland Park, next to the library.

For more information, please contact UPHS at 719.686.7512 or check out our website: Also, like us on Facebook.

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

Good Old Summertime Ice Cream Social and Pie Making Contest. This fun event and competition is scheduled for July 8 at Soda Springs Park, starting at 4 p.m. The judging will start at 5 p.m. for a variety of competitions. For more information and to enter any of the competitions, check out the Manitou Springs