Wednesday, August 14
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.
Shining Mountain Scrambles. The Shining Mountain Golf Course is bringing back its ever popular, weekly night 9-hole scrambles and parties for players of all abilities. Sign-up to play by 4 p.m. on Thursdays. (The scrambles, originally held on Wednesdays, are now being changed to Thursdays). 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 and a few amazing players, 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.) For more information, call 687-7587.
The Woodland Park City Council will meet at the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall, on Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 16
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.
Physical Therapy Do’s and Don’ts for Seniors. On Friday, August 16, Shelly Boutte and Melissa Brummond, Physical Therapists from PPRH will present the program, “Physical Therapy Do’s & Don’ts for Seniors.” The event takes place from 11:45 am to 1:00pm at the Woodland Park Senior Center, 312 N. Center St. and is open to the public. As an alternative to the regular Golden Circle Meal provided that day (which requires registration into the Program), PPRH will be providing sub sandwiches, drinks and dessert for free to Seniors who call in a registration. You may contact Karen Earley, PPRH Senior Circle program coordinator, at 719-686-5802 or the Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club at 719-687-3387 to sign up.
Final weekend for 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.
Art Walk and Movie Above the Clouds. Enjoy the monthly art walk in downtown Woodland Park, including great food, wine, art and shopping on Aug. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m., along with live music at several local businesses. Then come and enjoy a movie on the lawn with your family right next to the library on the Green at the Midland Pavilion. The films are family friendly movies of all ages. Bring your kids to play on the beautiful lawn and bring blankets, chairs and picnic goodies. The Movie Above the Clouds features a two-hour total program time. Movie Above the Clouds is hosted by the Woodland Park Roots Project, a Charitable Work For Healthy Families and a Happy City.
Cowgirl Cookie and the Case of the Missing Chocolate Chips. This play by the Youth Summer Drama Club of the Florissant Public Library will be held on Friday, Aug. 16 at 6pm at the Florissant Grange. This is an old-fashioned Western melodrama with free admission. Donations are accepted, and cookies are for sale before and after the show. For more information, call 748-3939.
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. 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. 17
Senior Center Pancake Breakfast. The ever popular monthly Pancake Breakfast will be held on Aug. 17 at the Senior Center in Woodland Park, next to Memorial Park and behind city hall. No one goes away hungry at these monthly feasts, which begin at 7 a.m. For $6, you can eat plenty of great food. Kids six and under can eat for free. For more information, call 687-3877.
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, with most of events scheduled for Aug. 17. 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
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 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.
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.
Teller GOP Lincoln Day Picnic. This annual event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24 from noon to 4 p.m at Sourdough Valley Park. Meet and talk to the elected officials running for office in 2014. Enjoy great food and the BierWerks Beer Tent and a complimentary wine bar, courtesy of Dave Paul, Farm Bureau Insurance, and Joe Burke of Blue Dawg Firearms. For more information, visit the Teller Republicans’ main website
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
Tours of History Park. The Ute Pass Historical Society offers free public tours (donations gratefully accepted!) of History Park on the second Saturday of the month from June through September. Our final 2013 tour is on September 14th. The tours are from 10 am to 1 pm, starting at the Museum Center , 231 E. Henrietta Avenue in Woodland Park . The Museum Center building is located next to the Woodland Park Public Library. A historic walking tour of Woodland Park meets at 10:30 am. Please contact UPHS at 719.686.7512 or e mail email@example.com for more information. All tours are weather permitting.
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.
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.