Almanac For Week Of July 17th


Wednesday, July 17

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.

Memorial Park Master Plan. The city of Woodland Park will host a public meeting on July 17 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. to discuss the Memorial Park Redevelopment Master Plan.

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 July 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers at city hall. The council also will have a workshop at 4:30 p.m. to discuss its annual audit.


Thursday, July 18

Meet Author/Songwriter/Treasure Hunter WC Jameson at the Woodland Park Public Library on July 18 at 6:30 p.m. His new book is “Butch Cassidy, Beyond the Grave.” But a visit from WC would not be complete without a few songs. He’s been a local favorite for many years, but now we have to share him with Texas, so don’t miss his visit! Call 687-9281, x132 for more info.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on July 18 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers next to city hall.


Friday, July 19

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, will occur on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon outdoors in Woodland Park at the corner of Henrietta and Park.

AARP Driver Safety Course. This popular class will be held at the Florissant Public Library on July 19 from 1-5 p.m. For driver’s 50+ who want to improve their safe driving skills and maybe save money on their car insurance! AARP members with card pay only $12, all others pay $14. Must pre-register by calling 748-3939.

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.

Woodland Park Art Walk. Live entertainment, wine tastings and samplings of great art work will be held July 19 at a number of downtown businesses in Woodland Park from 5 to 8 p.m. during the monthly art walk (held the third Friday of the month). For this art walk, the Stiletto Sisterz will do a special show at Vintage Vines and The Staircase Gallery.

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.

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.

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 20

Pancake Breakfast and Sale. The monthly Pancake Breakfast will be held on July 20 at the Woodland Park Senior Center from 7:30 – 10:30 PLUS a SALE for crafts and other items will occur from 7:30 – 1 p.m. Outdoor 10×10 spaces are available for $15. For an additional $5, the Club will provide an 8′ table. If you do crafts, sell a product or just want to get rid of some stuff, this is an opportunity. Sign up at the Senior Center front desk, or reserve your space by calling the front desk at 687-3877.Questions? Call Activities Director, Pamela Argo at 339-0954.

Thin Air Nationals Car Show. Over 200 special rod, custom and classic cars will assemble in Green Mountain Falls around the Gazebo lake area on Saturday, July 20. The car show will be held from 9 a.m. until the mid-afternoon. For more information, call 719-266-0597.

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:

Trails Benefit. The STCFG is selling raffle tickets during Gold Rush Days this weekend to benefit the trails projects in southern Teller County. The prize is a CC&V 1/4 ounce gold collector coin. The gold value of the coin as of July 8 is just over $300 in gold; collector value is additional. There is also a collector value given the coins are produced in limited editions by the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company. Funds raised from the raffle will be used to construct, interpret and maintain a new addition to the Trails of Gold – the Sunnyside Trail and Chapman Ranch trails. The trails will connect Victor to the Shelf Road which has been designated as the America the Beautiful Trail and will connect hikers and bicyclists to Canon City and Cripple Creek. Tickets are $10 each and a maximum of 200 tickets will be sold. Tickets will be sold starting July 19 at the Victor Gold Rush Days – look for the STCFG table. The drawing for the raffle will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 at the CC&V Mine offices, at the corner of 3rd & Victor Ave. (100 N. 3rd St., Victor). Winners need not be present to win.STCFG board members are selling raffle tickets at the annual Victor Gold Rush Days July 19-21. Look for our table during the event and other events such as Victor Celebrates the Arts over Labor Day weekend. Board members will also sell tickets individually between events – you can contact them via the information below, after July 19. The gold coin has been donated by the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company. For more information, call 689-4058..
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.

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.

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.




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.

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.

Bronc Day Festival. The 75th annual Bronc Day Festival will occur in Green Mountain Falls on Aug. 3 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival, sponsored by the Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce, features a pancake breakfast, a parade, fun and games for all ages and arts and crafts. For more information, visit or call Vicki McKnight at 684-9418.

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

Manitou Springs Food Tour. Experience the unique culinary flavors of Manitou Springs during this deliciously fun walking dinner tour, scheduled for July 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.,that will take you to six diverse dining locations where you will be served a generous tasting of food and drink. Along the way, gain historical and cultural insights into this eclectic and magical town at the base of Pikes Peak and have an opportunity to drink from its world-famous mineral springs. This tour also includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Manitou’s only winery. Alcohol is served to guests over 21 years old. For more information, call 377-1771 or visit the website of the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce.