Almanac For Week Of July 24th


Wednesday, July 24

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 24 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.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.

July 25

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on July 25 at the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek at 9:15 a.m.

Senior Circle Barbecue. On Thursday, July 25, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital will host the 2nd Annual Senior Circle Barbeque at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. This marks the 1st Anniversary of our Senior Circle program and we have grown from 80 to 235 members!The event is free to members and runs from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. There will be live music featuring Bill LaReau, a BBQ feast by our chef “Paddy Egan” and fun for all. You’ll even meet a few of our doctors. Please call Karen Earley at 719-686-5802 or email her at to make a reservation. The Ute Pass Cultural Center is located at 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park. To learn more about the Senior Circle program go to

Budget Season Kick-Off. The county’s 2014 budget season will kick off with a public hearing scheduled for July 25 in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. The county commissioners will hear from the public and representatives of various groups regarding budget requests. Visit the county’s website for more details.

Future Baseball Stars. The American Legion youth baseball tournament, featuring some of the finest baseball players in the state, will be held in Woodland Park from July 25-July28. The games will occur at the Meadow Wood sports complex. For more information, call Woodland Park Mayor David Turley at 661-2199.

Friday, July 26

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.

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.

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

Free Concert Series. The Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs (10 South Parkside Drive) will feature its Free Friday concert series with a performance by Starburn Classic Rock on July 26, starting at 8 p.m. The band will play songs from the 60s and 70s from such acclaimed groups as the Doors, Cream, Santana and more. For more information, call 476-2201.

Saturday, July 27
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.

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.

A Day To Make A Difference – A Memorial Golf Tournament at Shining Mountain will be held on July 27 with a shotgun start at 8a.m. plus a Character Building Camp for Kids 9 a.m. to noon at Woodland Park Middle School followed by a Community-Wide Spaghetti Dinner from noon to 2p.m. also at the Woodland Park Middle School Commons. All proceeds to benefit the Coach D Making A Difference Scholarship Program. For more information, call Paula Levy at 331-3640.

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.

Town Hall Meetings with the Sheriff. Teller County Sheriff Mike Ensminger will continue his town hall meetings, with a special discussion on the new gun control laws and the lawsuit filed by 55 county sheriffs, with forums scheduled for July 29 at the WP Council Chambers, July 30 at the Victor City Hall and July 31 at the Pikes Peak Heritage Center. All the meetings begin at 5 p.m.

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.

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.

Community Picnic. The Gold Camp Community Picnic will be held in the park in Victor (behind the visitors center) on Aug. 3 from noon to 3 p.m., weather permitting. There will lots of food, games and prized for children. For more information, all 439-6759 or visit Gold

Black Forest Fire Benefit. The Black Rose Acoustic Society, in partnership with Tri-Lakes Cares and Wonderland Ranch, will host a daylong music festival on Saturday, Aug. 24 to benefit Black Forest residents affected by the recent Black Forest fire.

The event, featuring 11 bands on two stages as well as food, beverages, and outdoor activities for all ages, will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Wonderland Ranch, 8798 Hodgen Road, on the northwest corner of Vollmer and Hodgen Roads in Black Forest.Gates open at 10 a.m. and the music starts at 11 a.m. Admission is $20 in advance, or $25 the day of the event. Children younger than 12, firefighters, and Black Forest residents who lost their homes will be admitted free. Tickets are available on the Black Rose Acoustic Society website at Parking is free. Smith encourages people to purchase advance tickets to streamline the entry process at the gate.“This is an event for the Black Forest, in the Black Forest,” said Chad McKellar of Wonderland Ranch. “All of the money collected goes right back to the community

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.

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.

Manitou Springs Happenings
Free Concert. The Fountain Creek Bass Band will play a free concert at Soda Springs Park on July 25, starting at 7 p.m. For more information, call 685-5089.