Almanac For Week Of May 20th


Tuesday, May 20
The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet May 20, 7pm in the temporary town hall at Joyland Church. The trustees will hold a public hearing on a proposed access trail to the new Dewey Mountain open space area.    

Prospect?s Johnny Jump Up Plant Sale Sign up, which kicked off April 28, will conclude with delivery to locations on May 20. Call Janet 719-687-0549 for information.
Sponsored by Prospect Home Care & Hospice

Wednesday, May 21 
The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45am in Denny?s Restaurant in Woodland Park. 
A Yoga Class will be held at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30pm at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation throughout the spring for only $7.
The Cripple Creek City Council will meet May 21, 5:30pm in the CC Council Chambers at city hall.

Thursday, May 22
TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, the original nonprofit weight-loss group is an educational support group providing weekly weigh-ins and programs to help members make positive changes in the role food plays in their lives.  Local chapter meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. in Green Mountain Falls at the Church of the Wildwood. Evelyn 719-748-8383 for more information.  
The Teller County Commissioners will meet May 22, 9:15am in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.
Health Center Celebration. Peak Vista Community Health Centers developed an innovative partnership with the Cripple Creek-Victor School District to ensure that school-aged children receive excellent and convenient health care, provided in the school setting.  The Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center is celebrating 5 years of service to the children and community of Teller County for primary medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare. The event takes place, Thursday, May 22, noon to 1pm, just after Cresson Days, at the Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center located at Cresson Elementary, 412 North C Street. 
5K Run/Walk FREE. Scheduled every Thursday, at any time after 4:30pm at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation.  When finished, stop back at Park & Rec for a 50 percent-off coupon for the Thursday night buffet at Wildwood Casino.  You will receive a FREE T-Shirt after your seventh run/walk.   
The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet May 22, 7pm in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall. 

Friday, May 23  
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Library. 719-687-0418.
Roller Skating. Enjoy roller skating at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation from 1 to 4pm for only $2, skates included, on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the spring 719-689-3514
Partake in FREE SOUP Fridays at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Everyone is welcome. 719-689-3514.
Archery Open Shooting will be held Fridays from 6 to 7:30 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to noon at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation, only $2.  Call ahead for availability.

Saturday, May 24
Museum opening and mining tours. Experience mining old and new this summer and explore gold rush history past and present at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. The museum, which is has operated in its current location for over 50 years, will open Saturday, May 24 at 9:30am. and will again be hosting tours of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company operations near Victor. Modern mine tours will start May 25 at 1 pm. in Victor at the Museum. See giant haul trucks, shovels and drill rigs in action in the large surface mine. Watch boulders being crushed into gravel and learn about the modern refining methods while helping to preserve the 1890?s history – all tour proceeds go to the Museum, where the tours begin. This summer the mine tours will be available May 25 through Sept. 1 at 10 am. and 1 pm. daily, except Thursdays. The cost is $7.50 per person – an affordable way for the entire family to see a real working gold mine. Children must be at least 5 years of age to be allowed on the tours. Please be sure to reserve your tour dates early as they are very popular and fill up quickly. Reservations may be made online at or by leaving a message at 719-689-4211 or after May 24 at 719-689-5509.


The Ute Pass Historical Society offers free public tours (donations gratefully accepted!) of History Park the second Saturday of the month from June through September. The tours are from 10am to 1pm, starting at the Museum Center which is located next to the Woodland Park Public Library. An historic walking tour of Woodland Park meets at 10:30am. UPHS 719-686-7512 or visit our website at:  All tours are weather permitting.

Free tours of the Creek brothel museum. May is National Preservation Month and The Old Homestead, once a grand brothel for the rich men of the Gold Rush Era in Cripple Creek, is now open for tours on weekends and will be open seven days a week starting May 24. Regular admission is $5 for a 30 minute personalized tour of the house that was once the hottest ticket in town. 
The Teller County Democratic Party (TellerDems) invites interested persons to attend its 2014 informational and educational programs, as well as community events.  For details about the TellerDems calendar of activities, call Ellen Haase at 719-687-1813.


Butte Theater Opening. An all-new season of entertainment opens at Cripple Creek?s Butte Theater on May 30. The second annual Cripple Creek Cabaret opens that night with a variety of Colorado-grown music and fun, with My Colorado Home. TATC (Thin Air Theatre Company) presents this radio-style variety show with a mix of comedy, country, folk and bluegrass music with a distinctly Colorado flair. Woodland Park musicians Steve Park, Tom Mnich, and Rich Currier will entertain with their unique styles. The show runs May 30- June 14, Fridays through Sundays. Ticket prices range from $12 to $18 per person.  Following the close of the cabaret, the season kicks into full gear with a popular musical and melodrama.

Hot Summer Nights. On Saturday, May 31, 6:30 pm, First Christian Church is presenting the first program of their ?Hot Summer Nights: Music on the Labyrinth? series, featuring the Colorado Springs Saxophone Quartet.  Their program, ?One Size Fits All!? will feature classical, opera, jazz, ragtime, be-bop, John Lennon, a march, and something humorous.  The program will be held outdoors on the south side of the church (will move indoors for inclement weather ? no cancellation), so bring a blanket or chair.  A free will offering will be taken.  

A Concealed Carry Handgun Class  is scheduled for Saturday May 31 at the Cripple Creek Park and Recreation facility, 8:30am to 4 pm. 719-689-3514.

National Trails Day. The National Park Service, the Coalition of the Upper South Platte, and the Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds will be sponsoring a volunteer, trail maintenance workday on Saturday June 7, 9am-3pm in honor of National Trails Day. Florissant Fossil Beds trails need your help!  Show your love for the park, its 14 miles of trails, and experience a beautiful and unique landscape.  Come join National Park Service staff, volunteers and natural resource conservation professionals to perform some much needed trail work. The project will be ?hands on? with varying degrees of difficulty and distance from the Visitor Center.  All skill levels are welcome and an appropriate task will be assigned to you.  Children over 10 years old can participate with a parent or guardian.  Youth groups that are interested in participating need to contact Ranger Jeff Wolin 719-748-3253 ext. 202.
Keep Woodland Park Beautiful.  The city of Woodland Park and the Keep Woodland Park Beautiful group will host a trash pickup day June 7, 9 to 10:30am. in the downtown area.  The city will then host a picnic for the volunteers at 11am in Memorial Park.  For more information, visit the city?s website.

The Teller County GOP Lincoln Day Picnic is scheduled for Saturday June 7, 11am to 4 pm at the Crystola Roadhouse in Crystola. Meet your elected representatives and 2014 candidates. The festivities will include food, entertainment, a silent auction and various contests. For more information regarding tickets, call Violet Watt at 719-290-9831.  

Thunder Butte Mountain Sanctuary in Woodland Park will host a variety of classes on June 8. ?Manifest the life you truly desire? is scheduled from 10 am to 1pm. This workshop will help you unleash your greater potential in a trusting environment, through laughter, meditation, Sacred Space, clearing and awakening of the senses. Visit or 719-306-0772. Also, the same day, the Sanctuary will host ?Commonwealth of Dreamers? from 2 to 5pm. Do you wonder about the meaning behind your dreams? Looking for guidance about a life circumstance? Learn simple tools that will expand your consciousness, help remember your dreams and give you an opportunity to bring guidance and healing for yourself and your community. Visit or 719-761-0421  

Rock Star presentation.?Rock? star, Richard Fretterd, is a hero in the Pikes Peak region.  He has been featured on the popular TV series ?Prospectors,? and is arguably one the most successful miners in the area.  The Pikes Peak Historical Society invites you to learn more of this Rock Star?s fascinating life story when they host Rich Fretterd on Sunday, June 8, for their monthly program at 2pm at the Florissant Library. Fretterd?s program is presented as a public service of the Pikes Peak Historical Society.  Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.  Seating is limited.  For more information, call 719-748-3562. There will also be a Ribbon Cutting by the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce for the new Museum parking lot, made possible by grants from CDOT, Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine, Teller County Commissioners, Park State Bank, Teller County Public Works Dept., and other funding partners.

Pig Roast and Silent Auction Fundraiser. The American Legion Erik V. Dickson Post 1980 in Woodland Park will be holding their annual pig roast and silent auction fundraiser on Saturday, June 14 at the Crystola Roadhouse located at 20918 E Us Highway 24.  The pig roast begins at noon with an official opening ceremony. Delicious smoked pork and side dishes cooked by our volunteers will be served until 3:00 pm. or as long as the piggy lasts!  Cost is $10 per adult, $5 for ages 6 -12 and free for age 5 and under.  Silent Auction begins at 11am with final bid at 2pm. Auction items will immediately be awarded.  Items for auction include services and goods from many of our local business in Woodland Park and surrounding areas.  The fundraiser is open to the public and proceeds go to Post 1980 Community and Veterans Activities. 719-323-0119.  

The Gold Bar Room Theater in Cripple Creek?s Imperial Hotel will kick off its opening weekend June 14 and 15 with Belinda Gail?s, “America?s Western Sweetheart.” The June 14 afternoon show at 2pm will kick off the festivities as part of the District Museum?s grand birthday to be followed up with additional events at the museum at 4:30pm. Shows at the Gold Bar Room Theater are slated for June 14 at 2 and 7pm and June 15 at 2pm. 

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs
Territory Days.  This 39th annual festival in Old Colorado City, featuring gunfighters, old western traditions, Native American Indian displays, a beer garden and more, will take place May 24-26. 719-487-8005.
A Memorial Day Commemoration will take place on Monday May 26 at the Evergreen Cemetery (1005 S. Hancock in Colorado Springs) The 10th US Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers will present a dedication at the Spanish American War section at 11am. 719 630-7328

Manitou Springs Wine Festival.  Slated for May 31, 11am to 6pm, this event in downtown Manitou Springs has become one of Colorado?s premiere wine festivals.  Twenty five Colorado wineries will be pouring tastings of their wines, as well as selling bottles of wine. Many related booths will be selling wine-related wares.  The event also will feature plenty of food and entertainment.  Visit the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce website for more details.