Almanac For Week Of June 3rd

almanacTuesday, June 3

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet June 3 at 7pm at the temporary town hall (Joyland Church).

Wednesday, June 4 
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 on June 4 at 5:30 pm in the Cripple Creek Council Chambers at city hall. 

Thursday, June 5
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.  Call Evelyn,719-748-8383 for more information.  
5K Run/Walk FREE. 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.  You will receive a FREE T-Shirt after your seventh run/walk.   
Main Street Facelift Celebration. The city of Cripple Creek will hold a ground-breaking for the new $4.5 million makeover of Bennett Avenue on June 5 at 1 pm. The celebration will occur at 200 block of East Bennett Avenue and will include comments by local, county and state officials, as well as the project designers and contractors. 

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on June 5 at 7pm in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, June 6  
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 11:30 to 12:30pm. Everyone welcome. 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.

Eleven Mile State Park Programs. Please join the Eleven Mile State Park for a number of interpretive programs this summer during the weekend. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The amphitheater is sunny, so we suggest that you bring water and a hat to morning and afternoon programs. The program may be cancelled if there is lightning or rain. Join park naturalist, Beth Dodd, for a look at the fascinating history of Eleven Mile State Park and the surrounding area on June 6 at 8pm at the North Shore Amphitheater. Discover the people behind the names of local landmarks and learn what the Eleven Mile area was like before the reservoir was built. On June 7, investigate Colorado?s amazing aerial acrobats, hummingbirds, at the Hurray for Hummingbirds program at 2:30pm with park naturalist, Beth Dodd at the North Shore Amphitheater. And that evening, join local Fishing Guide Mike Keith for a fly fishing tour down the waters of the South Platte River during a presentation at 7pm.  

Saturday, June 7
Free Fishing Weekend. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding the public that 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. Many states allow free fishing during one or two weekends each year in an effort to encourage more people to discover and enjoy one of the most popular of all outdoor activities. To purchase a license or for more information about fishing, including the Stocking Report, Fishing Atlas and access to the online version of the Fishing Brochure, go to

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 for 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.  For more information, visit the city’s website.

A Large Hodgepodge Sale will occur on June 7 from 7am until 1pm at Woodland Park Senior Center, 312 North Center St, right behind City Hall.  Crafts to clothing, fabric to furniture, to knick-knacks, come forage through.  We’ll have the coffee on.  All proceeds support Senior Center activities.  Call 687-3877 or 339-0954 for more information.

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

Sunday, June 8
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 10am to 1pm. This workshop will help you develop tools to improve or create your dream life. We will unleash your greater potential in a trusting environment, thru 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 for 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 (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. Fretterd’s program is presented as a public service by PPHS.  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 ceremony 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.

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 popular gold mine 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. Watch boulders being crushed into gravel and learn about modern refining methods while helping to preserve the 1890s history. All tour proceeds go to the museum. Check for additional tour times and fall dates. The cost is $7.50 per person; an affordable way for the entire family to see a real working gold mine. Only children 5 years of age and older are 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 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. A historic walking tour of Woodland Park meets at 10:30am. For more information call UPHS at 719-686-7512 or visit our website tours are weather permitting.
Butte Theater Shows. An all-new season of entertainment continues at Cripple Creek’s Butte Theater. The second annual Cripple Creek Cabaret has opened 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.

Trails 4 Teens. The National Park Service, the Coalition of the Upper South Platte, and The Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds are challenging teens to hike all trails at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument this summer and early fall through a new initiative. The purpose of the Trails 4 Teens program is to help connect youth to Florissant Fossil Beds through fun, engaging experiences on the park’s 14 miles of trails. Participants must be 13-19 years old and be able to come to the Monument during work hours between June 7 and September 28. Prizes and a recognition ceremony are planned at the end of the program. All participants that complete the challenge will receive a t-shirt and be entered to win prizes and participate in a ceremony on National Public Lands Day which is September 28. Call 719-748-3253. 


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. The four-person scramble tourney includes 18 holes of golf, with cart, lunch, prize money for the first five places, special events and super raffle. 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 as well as selected events during the rest of the year. The Series kicks off again this summer on June 14 with the Colorado College Summer Festival and continues in July, August, and September with programming at the Midland Pavilion. For more information about the golf tournament, call Ralph Rothstein at 719-687-2237 or Shining Mountain at 719-687-7587.

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 with an official opening ceremony. Delicious smoked pork, and side dishes cooked by our volunteers, will be served until 3:00pm, 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.  Items for auction include services and goods from many local business in Woodland Park and surrounding areas.  The fundraiser is open to 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.” 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 at the Gold Bar Room Theater are slated for June 14 at 2 and 7pm and for June 15 at 2 pm. 

The Midland Depot story. Who hasn’t driven up Ute Pass and imagined hearing a train whistle and seeing a colorful Colorado Midland RR locomotive racing along beside, belching smoke, on the old rail grade  Sadly, the tracks were torn up in 1949, and only the ghost of the old train remains and the Midland Depot in Divide.  On Sunday, June 15, the Pikes Peak Historical Society invites you to join host Dave Martinek as he tells the story of the Midland and its Divide Depot. This monthly Chautauqua starts at 2pm at the Florissant Library. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.  Seating is limited. 719-748-3562.

June 17, 2014

The Wholistic Networking Community invites you to meet area practitioners and learn about wholistic wellness on June 17 from 11am -12:30pm at the Woodland Park Library. “Wholistic” in our name includes all who pursue conscious living, a healthy lifestyle and desire a peaceful, natural world. Be sure to mark your calendars for our regular meetings on the third Tuesday of every month. Shenna Lee-Belmore, owner of Sunflowers Garden in Woodland Park, will be offering a presentation on reflexology, originally known as “Reflex Zone Therapy.”  Come join us to learn what reflexology is and how it can benefit you. Handouts and a discussion to answer questions will give you the opportunity to learn a few simple techniques to benefit your health 719-687-6823.

Afternoon Tea and Serenade. The Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club will host their 5th Annual Afternoon Tea & Serenade on Thursday, June 19 at 2 pm.  PG Tips Teas will be served with an assortment of delicious refreshments. Chamber music will be performed by Ute Pass Chamber Players featuring guest musician, Greg Brazill. Victorian dress is encouraged but not required and hats if you choose, fit for the Queen or the Kentucky Derby.Reservations are $12.  Make yours by June 17. 719-687-3877 or 719-339-0954.  All proceeds support Senior Center activities and programs.

Gem and Mineral Show. The second annual Victor Gem & Mineral Show will be held June 21-22. Sponsored by the Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG), the event will be held in downtown historic Victor and is free to the public. The show will include vendors from across the state selling Colorado minerals and gems, hand-crafted jewelry, mining antiques, rough slabs, specimens, cabochons, hand-crafted furniture with mineral inlays, Cripple Creek & Victor Mining District gold ore specimens.  Gold and gem panning for the kids will be available outside the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum.  Show 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

“Think You Know History?” Join us on June 5 at 6 pm at the Historic Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 S. Hancock Expressway, Colorado Springs. The Evergreen Benevolent Society in conjunction with Red Herring Productions and Bully Moose Pulpit will be hosting a free kick off to the “Think You Know History?” speaker and tour series taking place June through September at the Historic Chapel and Evergreen Cemetery. These events, in addition to being a fund raiser for the Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society, will give attendees the chance to hear history from those who made it. Enjoy the chance to speak to Theodore Roosevelt, Helen (Hunt) Jackson, General William and Queen Palmer and so many more, asking them the questions you always wanted to know. In addition in this series you get the chance to tour the final resting place of the movers, shakers and special people who created and lived in the Pikes Peak Region. The Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society will be conducting these guided lantern walking tours throughout the summer. 719-630-7328.

Stained Glass Journeys. Join us for a gala evening including an exhibition of watercolor, pastel, and ink paintings of churches visited during the extensive travels of local artist Howard Dutzi, while you enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres. Then, journey around the world in a program by Parish House Baroque featuring works of Cazzati, Gibbons, Vitali, Telemann’s playful Gulliver Suite with narrator, and Bach’s stunning Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, featuring Eric Wicks on harpsichord. This event is scheduled for June 6 and June 7 at 6:30pm and June 8 at 3pm. The art will be on display inside First Lutheran Church and the concert will be held in the Parish House at 1515 N. Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs. Call 719-632-8836. All proceeds will be donated to local charities, including Medical Mission Clinic, MOSAIC, and Interfaith Hospitality Network