Almanac For Week Of June 10


Tuesday, June 10 

Flood Mitigation Rescue Work. Volunteers are needed to complete urgent post-fire flood mitigation projects in Cascade.  Work will include installing erosion control matting and reseeding drainages prone to flash flooding.  Up to 15 volunteers per site are needed.  Parking is limited at project sites, so volunteers should plan to carpool and are requested to bring large vehicles if available.  The mitigation work is being orchestrated by the Coalition for the Upper South Platte. A full day?s commitment is needed due to these parking constraints. The work begins at 8:30am.  Small groups and individuals are encouraged to register for projects on June 10, June 12, and June 24 at  

Wednesday, June 11 
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.

Thursday, June 12
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on June 12 at 9:15am in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. 

Joint Replacement. Pikes Peak Regional Hospital & Surgery Center will offer free summer classes on total joint replacement every 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month.  The classes help candidates 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. Anyone can learn about it. The classes are held at PPRH, 16420 W. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, in the Cafe Meeting room.  Classes will be repeated for new attendees every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month and they run from 2 to 3:30pm.  For more information,  please contact the Program Coordinator, Wendy Westall, at 719-686-5779.   To register for a class you may contact the hospital at 719- 686-5769.

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.   

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on June 12 at 7pm in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, June 13  

The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Library. 719-687-0418.
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 7:30pm 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. On June 13, partake in Wild Cats of Colorado program at the North Shore Amphitheater at 8 pm. Led by Park Naturalist Beth Dodd, discover how stealthy North American wild cats like mountain lions, bobcats and lynx survive in the wilderness, and learn what you do to recreate safely in big cat country. On June 14, don?t miss the Wolf Communications for Kids program at the North Amphitheater at 10 am, followed by a Pole Cats and Prickly Pigs Kids Program at 2:30 pm.  A Hunters in the Sky program will occur at 7 pm.

Saturday, June 14 

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. 

Music Festival in the Cascade Pines. This festival is scheduled for June 14 at the Cascade Park and Pavilion (Emporia Ave., Cascade-turn south at the light on U.S. Hwy 24 and take a quick left on Emporia).  It is a benefit to help Troop 18 Scoutmaster Jensen and will include live music and food by donation.  Featuring performances by Cari Dell, the Nomads, the Dr. and Uncle Johnson, Steve and Taylor Weimer, Members of Reckless, Mark and Vance Gardener and several of the Troop 18s talented scouts.

Sunday, June 15

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 learn the story of the Divide Midland Depot when they host Dave Martinek for their monthly Chautauqua at 2pm at the Florissant Library. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.  Seating is limited.  For more information, call 719-748-3562

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. 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. 

The Wholistic Networking Community invites you to meet area practitioners and learn about wholistic wellness on June 17 from 11-12:30 at the Rampart Public Library, Woodland Park.”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 discussion in answer to questions will give you opportunity to learn a few simple techniques to assist your own health. Call 719-687-6823.

Band Concert by the Lake.  Sponsored by the Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce, the band concert series will kick off June 17 at the Gazebo Lake Park in Green Mountain Falls  with a performance by the Colorado Springs Bass Concert Band. For more information, call Kevin Henry at 719-684-8234.

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 Gem & Mineral Show sponsored by the Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) in Victor will be held June 21-22. 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. For more information on STCFG or this event, visit, email, or call 719-689-2675.

Hot Summer Nights. On Saturday, June 21 at 6:30pm, First Christian Church at 16 East Platte Avenue is presenting another program in their ?Hot Summer Nights: Music on the Labyrinth? series, featuring the Colorado Brass Arts Group – brass quintet and percussion.  This exciting show will feature Dixieland, big band and classical favorites, and provide the audience with a dynamic tribute to the “Big Band Era” and the veterans across our great country.  The program will be held outdoors on the south side of the church, so bring a blanket or chair (will move indoors for inclement weather ? no cancellation).  A free will offering will be taken. Call 719-633-8888. 
Register Now for the Kids Archery Camp.  The 10th annual archery camp for kids ages 8-12, east of Victor is scheduled for July 12-13.  Shoot at 3-D life size targets, aerial birds, “running deer”, archery golf, and long-distance shooting.  Bows, arrows, and equipment are provided for all sizes and abilities. Meals are provided.  ALL FREE, thanks to Elks, CC&V Gold Mine, and many other donors.  Just bring your own tent for overnight.  Recipient of Teller County Cares for Youth award and other recognitions.  Parents are welcome.  Limited to 50 kids. Call Kirk or Betty Crawford at 689-3300, email, or register online  

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs
Summer Concert Series.  The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau and Office of Economic Development has kicked off the Summer Concert Series. All concerts are held in Soda Springs Pavilion, 1016 Manitou Avenue at the west end of the downtown district, and unless specially noted, they all begin at 7pm.  The concerts are free.  The next few concerts include the Fountain Creek Brass Band on June 12, the Little London Winds on June 16, the Sustaff Besungu on June 21, the Little London Winds on June 23 and Fountain Creek Brass  Band on June 26. For more information, call 719-685-5089. 
Pikes Peak Celtic Festival.  The region?s annual Celtic Festival, featuring Highland Games, Celtic concerts and traditional music, a Bagpipe competition, opening Bagpipe Ceremonies and plenty of food and drinks, will be held June 20-22 in Memorial Park in Colorado Springs.  Call Joe Poch at 719-635-8803.