Almanac For Week Of May 27th


Tuesday, May 27

CC Park and Rec Kids Summer Camp (licensed day care ages 5 to 17) starts full days on Tuesday May 27.  The camp operates Monday thru Friday from 7:15am to 6:30pm. Every Tuesday and Friday are field trips.719-689-3514

Wednesday, May 28 
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 for only $7.
The Teller County Republican Party will sponsor a county assessor debate on May 28 at 6pm in the Woodland Park City Council Chambers. The debate will feature the two GOP candidates, incumbent Betty Clark-Wine and challenger Violet Watt. For more information, or to submit questions for the forum, e-mail 

Thursday, May 29
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 am in Green Mountain Falls at the Church of the Wildwood.  719-748-8383. 
Free 5K Run/Walk. Scheduled every Thursday, anytime after 4:30 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.  

Friday, May 30
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. 719-689-3514
Archery Open Shooting will be held Fridays from 6 to 7:30pm and Saturdays from 10am to noon at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation, only $2.  Call ahead for availability.
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.
Eleven Mile State Park Programs. Please join the Eleven Mile State Park for a number of interpretive programs this summer during the weekend. On May 30, the park will do a Bear Aware Program at the North Shore Amphitheater at 8pm.  Discover how bears live from season to season, how they interact with people, and how to live and play safely in bear country at this program with park naturalist, Beth Dodd. On May 31, a Family Fun Hike will take place at the Coyote Ridge Trailhead at 10am. And at 2:30pm, learn the basics of Colorado weather at a children?s program at the North Shore Amphitheater with naturalist Beth Dodd. We will discuss lightning safety and complete an art project to take home.

Saturday, May 31
A Concealed Carry Handgun Class  is scheduled for Saturday May 31 at the Cripple Creek Park and Recreation facility from 8:30am to 4pm. 719-689-3514.
Hot Summer Nights. On Saturday, May 31 at 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.  The program will be held outdoors on the south side of the church so bring a blanket or chair.

CC&V Mining Tours. Modern mine tours are scheduled from now through Sept. 1 daily (except Thursdays) at 10am and 1 pm.  They begin at the Lowell Thomas Museum. These  tours feature the modern mining operations of Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company. The tour offers the chance to see giant haul trucks, shovels and drill rigs in action in the large surface mine between Victor and Cripple Creek.The cost is $7.50 per person. Reservations may be made online at or by leaving a message at 719-689-4211 or at 719-689-5509. 
The Ute Pass Historical Society offers free public tours 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. A historic walking tour of Woodland Park meets at 10:30am.  719-686-7512.
Free Fishing Weekend. Colorado?s Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8. Anglers of all ages can fish without a license anywhere in the state that weekend. 
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! Come join National Park Service staff to perform some much needed trail work.  All skill levels are welcome. Children over 10 years old can participate with a parent or guardian. 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 on June 7 from 9 to 10:30am in the downtown area.  The city will then host a picnic for the volunteers at 11 am in Memorial Park. 
The Teller County GOP Lincoln Day Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, June 7, 11am to 4pm at the Crystola Roadhouse. Meet your elected representatives and 2014 candidates. The festivities include food, entertainment, a silent auction and various contests. 719-290-9831.  
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 (PPHS) 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 in the Florissant Library. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. 719-748-3562.
Golfing for music and culture.  The annual Woodland Music Series Benefit Golf Tournament will be held at Shining Mountain Golf Club on Monday, June 9 with an 8:30am shotgun start. This tournament is the biggest source of revenue for the Woodland Music Series, now in its 10th anniversary year. The Series provides free concerts to the Ute Pass community throughout the summer months 687-2237 
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.  The pig roast begins at noon. Delicious smoked pork, and side dishes will be served until 3pm. 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. 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.? Sponsored by the Cripple Creek District Museum, the June 14 afternoon show, at 2pm, will kick of the festivities for the District Museum?s grand birthday. Additional events at the museum begin at 4:30pm. Shows are slated for June 14 at 2 and 7pm and for June 15 at 2 pm. 
Gem and Mineral Show.The second annual Gem & Mineral Show sponsored by the Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) in Victor will be held June 21-22. The event is free. The show will include vendors from across the state selling Colorado minerals and gems, hand-crafted jewelry, mining antiques, rough slabs, specimens, cabochons and hand-crafted furniture with mineral inlays. Hours are from 9am to 5pm on June 21 and 10am to 4pm on June 22. The vendors will be set up on North Third Street between the Post Office Building and the Victor Elks Lodge. For more information on STCFG or this event, visit, email, or call 719-689-2675.

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs
Manitou Springs Wine Festival.  Slated for May 31 from 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 and booths will be selling wine-related wares.  The event features plenty of food and entertainment.  Visit the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce website for more details.