Almanac For Week Of August 21st


Wednesday, August 21

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.

Bennett Avenue Makeover. The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers at city hall. In addition, the council will hold a public workshop at 4 p.m. Representatives of a consulting company, hired by the city, will outline plans for the new Bennett Avenue makeover project expected to occur next year.

Thursday, August 22

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Aug. 22 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

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 Planning Commission will meet at the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall, on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 23

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.

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

Saturday, Aug. 24

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

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

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 and follow the museum membership links.

Sunday, Aug. 25

Free Park Fee Day Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument as well as the 400 national park areas across United States will be waiving entrance fees on Sunday August 25, in honor of the 97th birthday of the National Park Service. During the fee-free day, the Florissant Fossil Beds will offer special ranger-led programs throughout the day. At 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., Ranger Talks will occur at the outdoor amphitheater about the fossils and geology of the Monument (20 – 30 minutes). Other highlights include Ranger Guided Hikes on the Petrified Forest Walk (11AM, 1 mile, 1.5 hours) and Ponderosa Loop Trail (1 p.m., .5 mile, 1 hour) covering the natural and cultural history of the Monument. A Fossil Demonstration Lab is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Visit the Yurt in the picnic area of the Monument to watch rangers discover fossils before your very eyes and learn about the ongoing research that takes place at the Monument. In addition to the August date, other upcoming fee free dates in 2013 include National Public Lands Day (September 28) and Veterans Day Weekend (November 9-11). To learn more about fee-free days in all 400 national park units around the country, go to call (719) 748-3253 for further information and weather updates.


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.

Victor Celebrates the Arts. The 14th annual Art Show and Sale will be held in Victor during the Labor Day weekend. See great art works, which showcase the amazing scenery of the district, in the Victor Elks Lodge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday (Labor Day). Also, watch artisans paint En Plein Air in an around Victor a week before the show. For more information, call 689-6373 or 689-3529.

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 for more information. All tours are weather permitting.

Sisters on the Fly. The Sisters On The Fly are coming to Victor on Sept 12-15. This is a women’s vintage camper group with uniquely repaired and decorated old campers. This will coincide with the vintage car show in Cripple Creek. The campers will be open for touring on Sunday morning from 10:00 to 12:00 with a donation requested to benefit the Victor Ag Museum. Visit the SOTF website at 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.

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

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.

Ute Indian Prayer Trees. John Wesley Anderson will provide an introduction to the Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region (primarily located in El Paso and Teller Counties, Colorado). The presentation will be held on Sept. 13 at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th Street, Colorado Springs, starting at 11 a.m. These historically rich trees are fascinating living artifacts that serve as a link back in time to the Ute Indians who lived in our region and cultivated these amazing trees, primarily for spiritual and navigational purposes. The talk will focus on how to identify the five known types of Ute Culturally Scarred Trees and where these Prayer Trees can still be found today. OCCHS members free, nonmembers $5. And on September 21, John will lead a hike in Fox Run Park to see some of these trees. For more information, call 636-1225 or visit