Wednesday, August 7
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 Aug. 7 in the Cripple Creek Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m. The council also will have a workshop at 5 p.m. regarding the subject of transportation.
Shining Mountain Scrambles. The Shining Mountain Golf Course is bringing back its ever popular Wednesday night 9-hole scrambles and parties for players of all abilities. Sign-up to play by 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. The actual golf, with a shotgun start, gets started around 5:30 p.m. Great appetizers and drinks follow the round. Based on past experiences by TMJ staffers and hackers, these are great, fun events. (Fret not, Jodi, the infamous king of Shining Mountain, has barred anyone from TMJ from touching a scorecard so a fair playing field will prevail.)
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Aug. 8 in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek at 9:15 a.m.
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.
The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet at the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall, on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 9
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 is featuring great conditions.
Creek Melodrama and Singin’ in the Rain. The Thin Air Theatre Company is now featuring 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. Also, 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 ThinAirTheatre.com.
Saturday, Aug. 10
Mayor’s Cup. The 24th annual Mayor’s Cup running race, featuring both 5 and 10K competitions and a variety of fun contests and relays, will occur on Aug. 10 in Woodland Park with the starting line near the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The race attracts both serious and not-so-serious racers. Registration will occur at 7:30 a.m., with the foot races slated for 8:30 a.m. Mayor Dave Turley will be on hand to head up the ceremonies. For more information, visit the city of Woodland Park’s website.
Update on CC&V Mine Extension Project .In 2012, Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company (CC&V) completed the important and necessary pubic permitting process to extend gold mining operations in the Cripple Creek/Victor Mining District through at least 2025. Mine extension projects include: A new valley leach facility and recovery plant located in Squaw Gulch; relocation of Highway 67; new mill facility; new mining operations; and historic mining structure relocations. The company will be providing an update on the various Cresson projects this Saturday and its future in the district. The presentation will overview the progress of these projects and include a discussion regarding any questions the community has about the work CC&V is doing in the “World’s Greatest Gold Camp.” This presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at CC&V’s Visitors Center, 371 East Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, 10 a.m., on August 10, and given by Community Affairs Manger, Jane Mannon. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 719-689-2341.
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 www.woodlandmusicseries.com for full details.
Western Literature Festival. Historical romance writer Mona Hodgson, author of the “Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek” series, will be celebrating the launch of a new series at the Cripple Creek District Museum’s Western Literature Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at the museum. Hodgson, who lives in Cottonwood, Arizona, will join several local Colorado authors whose books also will be featured at the festival. Most of the writers will be present to autograph copies of their works, which include a range of fiction and nonfiction books set in the historic Cripple Creek district and drawing on its rough-and-tumble Gold Rush history.
The four books in the Sinclair Sisters series, Two Brides Too Many, Too Rich for a Bride, The Bride Wore Blue and Twice a Bride, each include a true historical female character in addition to the romantic adventures that the fictional sisters have in the 1890s mining town. Hodgson’s new book, Prairie Song is the first of her new series, “The Quilted Heart.” Colorado authors of mystery and suspense will also be featured. Historian Bert Entwistle’s The Drift weaves timelines from the present and past into a thriller that races through the mines below the Cripple Creek district’s surface. John Sharpe, president of the nonprofit museum’s board of directors, has crafted a witty, action-packed mystery, No More Bull, around the character of a western veterinarian who is having a hard time giving a damn until a series of tough circumstances force him to take action to save his reputation and his life.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 VictorColorado.com and follow the museum membership links.
Sunday, August 11
Aspen Mine Fund Raiser. The Country Lodge Patio Bar will be hosting a benefit concert; Music In The Key Of “A Miner” for the Aspen Mine Center of Cripple Creek, CO. on Sunday, August 11 at the Country Lodge, 723 West US Hwy 24, Woodland Park, CO from 2 P.M. to 6 P.M. .
You will have an opportunity hear great music from The Key of Joy, Spider Murphy, Kenny Johnston, and Hope Smith, enjoy spectacular views, great food (root beer floats will top off the fare),and have an opportunity to win fabulous, exciting items in our drawings. Have the time of your life, while giving back to the community. Tickets are $10.00 each in advance or at the door. All proceeds benefit the Aspen Mine Center
The Aspen Mine Center is run by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Community of Caring Foundation, and is a “one-stop resource shop” for Teller County and the surrounding area. The Aspen Mine Center began in 2002 when the former Aspen Mine Casino building was donated to the Community of Caring Foundation to become a resource center. Please also see our website, www.aspenminecenter.org, for more information or to donate now. Follow us on Facebook, (Aspen Mine Center / Community of Caring).
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 VictorColorado.com 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.
Salute to American Veterans Rally. Cripple Creek will bustle with the sounds of thunder as tens of thousands of patriots and United States Veterans come together in an awesome display of patriotism and camaraderie. The popular festival is scheduled from Aug. 16-18. Veterans Rally attendees can expect all of the usual traditions including the Veterans Parade, awesome vendor show, live music, guest speakers, beer gardens, and casino gaming. Our BIG news this year is the dedication of the POW-MIA MEMORIAL HIGHWAY. Senate Joint Resolution #13-033 passed in June, and officially designated Highway 67 from Divide to Cripple Creek as Colorado’s first and only “POW-MIA Memorial Highway”. There will be a special Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Dedication on Aug. 17 at noon in the Park at 1st Street & Bennett Ave. In attendance will be State Senator Kevin Grantham, Teller County Commissioner Norm Steen, and American Legion State Commander, Carol Kennedy. The Saturday POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony is the centerpiece of the event and is not to be missed. This year’s honored guest speakers include LTC Aaron Termain, United States Army and COL Mike Kasalas, United States Army and CSM Doug Maddi, United States Army. This ceremony will immediately follow the Highway Dedication in the Park. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will be on display from August 15 through August 18 at the Cripple Creek High School Athletic Field. The Re-dedication of the Memorial Wall just west of town at the base of Mt. Pisgah will take place Sunday(Aug. 18) at 1:30 p.m. Each year Cripple Creek’s town fathers add the names of our military heroes from the local area lost in the previous year to the Memorial. Other highlights include a free concert series, the Saturday Night Street Dance and a chance to win a 2013 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob Motorcycle, courtesy of Century Casino. For more information about the rally, see visitcripplecreek.com
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 www.blackroseacoustic.org. 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: www.utepasshistoricalsociety.org. Also, like us on Facebook.
Manitou Springs Happenings
The Famous run to the top of America’s Mountain. 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.