Almanac For Week Of July 30th


Tuesday, July 30

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 remaining forums scheduled this week for July 30 at the Victor City Hall and July 31 at the Pikes Peak Heritage Center. All the meetings begin at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31

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.

Special meeting. The Cripple Creek City Council will hold a special meeting on July 31 at 11 a.m. to discuss design proposals for the Bennett Avenue makeover project.

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, August 1

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Aug. 1 at the Woodland Park City Council Chambers, next to city hall at 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 2

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

Saturday, Aug. 3

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

Vino and Notes. Join us for the 6th Annual Vino & Notes, Wine-Food-Jazz Festival in Woodland’s Memorial Park at the corner of Henrietta and Park on Aug. 3 from noon to 6 p.m. Twenty of Colorado’s best wineries will be on hand. Enjoy jazz and explore over 50 other vendors. Food is available for purchase. Call 686-1409 for more information or visit

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. This week’s highlights include Busy as a Beaver and Then Some at the North Shore Amphitheater on Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. Please join park naturalist, Beth Dodd, for a look at the unique adaptations of Colorado’s water loving master builders, beavers and muskrats. Discover how these robust aquatic rodents create wetland habitat for themselves and for other wildlife. And on Saturday, Aug. 3, enjoy the Pet Rocks Children’s Program at the North Shore Amphitheater at 10 a.m., or the Hurray for Himmingbirds’ Junior Ranger Program at the Amphitheater at 2 p.m. And at 8 p.m., join one of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument interpreters for an intriguing journey into the past. Discover what the park was like when prehistoric mammals roamed the earth.

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.

Driver Safety. The AARP Driver Safety Program for the 50+ driver is scheduled at Woodland Park Public Library for Aug. 8 from 9-1. Hone your safe driving skills, and maybe save money on your car insurance! Must pre-register by calling 687-9281, x114. $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.

Interesting Colorado Women Doctors. Learn about Doc Susie and other early Colorado women doctors during a special presentation at the Woodland Park Public Library on Aug. 8 at 6:30 pm. Doris McGraw, a historian who specializes in Colorado history will present this interesting program that illuminates the life of one of Colorado’s most interesting women.
Call 687-9281 x132 for more information.

Free Woodland Music Series. Don’t miss Shades of Blue featuring Dotsero, Gentle Rain Band, Tribe with Susan Rissman and A stick, A Pick and A Chick Plus One. This event is scheduled for Saturday, August 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the FREE Woodland Music Series concert on the green at Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park. It is Open to all ages, handicap accessible. The festivities also include food, beer, wine and a children’s bounce house on site. Visit for full details.

Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt Earp: The Sunset Years. A special performance, with proceeds benefitting the Cripple Creek District Museum, will be held on Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Imperial Hotel’s famous Gold Bar Theater. The performance features Wyatt Earp (a relative of the historic Wyatt) and Terry Earp in the roles of Wyatt and Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp. The show portrays the sunset years of the Old West gambler and famous lawman as he reflects on his sometimes turbulent times. The play was written by Terry Earp (the contemporary Mrs. Wyatt Earp), an award-winning Arizona playwright, whose works have been produced at universities and festivals throughout the U.S. For ticket information, call the museum at 719-689-9540. Proceeds from the show will benefit the non-profit museum.

Free History Park Tours. Ute Pass Historical Society offers free public tours of History Park the second Saturday of the month from June through September. The next tour is on August 10th, and starts at 10.
Come explore the museum buildings, and learn some of the history of Ute Pass.The historic walking tour of downtown Woodland Park meets at 10:30. Both tours begin at the Museum Center, 231 E. Henrietta Avenue, next to the Woodland Park Public Library.The gift shop in the Museum Center building will also be open from 10 to 3. Please contact UPHS at 719.686.7512 or e mail for more information.

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.

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.

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

The Famous Marathon. The Pikes Peak Marathon, the infamous run to the top of the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak and back down is scheduled for Aug. 18 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. This race features some of the best marathon runners in the state and nation, and features a variety of contests. Check with the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce for details.
Mountain Music Festival. Enjoy great music, food, crafts and fun at Soda Springs Park for several days. Scheduled from Aug. 23-25. Visit the Manitou Springs Chamber website for details.