Almanac For Week Of June 24th


Tuesday, June 24

Swing Time. Sponsored by the Green Box Arts group, this signature attraction, allowing participants to create their own synchronized music by taking a swing on traditional chairs, will be exhibited at the Gazebo Lake Park in Green Mountain Falls.  The installation, the brainchild of a French Canadian designer, kicks off this week and will be on display through mid-July. The interactive attraction, which helps build a sense of community, is a smaller version of a “21 swings” installation done in downtown Montreal. Call 405-767-3702


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 8:30 am.  Small groups and individuals are encouraged to register for projects on June 24th at


Wednesday, June 25

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 26

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.  


Joint Replacement. Pikes Peak Regional Hospital & Surgery Center will offer free summer classes on total joint replacement every 2nd & 4thThursday 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 Café 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.


Meet Mark Manriquez. A Meet Mark Manriquez community gathering is scheduled forJune 26 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 6:30 to 8 pm. This is a meet and greet format for Mark Manriquez, who is running for Teller County sheriff as an unaffiliated candidate. Local Republicans, Democrats, Tea Party members, conservatives, liberals, moderates and others are invited to attend. For more information, call 719-332-1284 or visit


 Friday, June 27 

Golfing for the Teller County Sheriff’s Office. The TCSO Annual Golf Tournament is slated for June 27 at Shining Mountain Golf Club, starting at 7:30 am. Help raise funding for uniforms and equipment for sheriff department volunteers. Don’t miss this great opportunity to spend a day in the mountains. Get out and golf with the Sheriff. The scramble-format 18-hole tournament features a light breakfast, a shotgun start, lunch at the clubhouse and drinks on the course. Price includes green fees and cart. Call Renee Bunting at 719-687-9652



The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Library.719-687-0418.

A Used Book Sale will be held at the Woodland Park Public Library on June 27  from noon to 4 pm. Come and enjoy the book sale and find lots of good treasures. For more information, call Mary Ann Pisaruk at 719-687-9281×105.


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. Most programs occur at the North Shore Amphitheater and are led by park naturalist Beth Dodd.   



Melodrama Kick-Off. The Butte Theatre will kick off its summer melodrama, The Spoilers, on the evening of June 27. The show will continue with regular performances throughout the week through Aug. 28. The Spoilers is bound to be an entertaining performance. When miner Roy Glenister and his partner Dextry have their claim jumped, they set out for justice and vengeance against the men who stole their mine. This is a thrilling tale of corruption and greed during the early days of the great Alaskan gold rush, this classic American melodrama is filled with action, romance and intrigue. This melodrama will be followed by a hilarious summer olio. Ticket prices range from $12 to $18 per person. To make reservations visit or call 719-689-3247.




Saturday, June 28

The 83rd Donkey Derby Days Festival. Cripple Creek’s premiere event, featuring donkey races, games and bizarre contests, a parade, live music and an overall celebration of the district’s heritage, is scheduled for June 28-29.  Donkey Derby Days also will feature the debut of the Butte Theatre’s summer melodrama show, The Spoilers.  For more information, see


Sunday, June 29

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.  The annual auto race to the top of America’s most famous mountain is slated for June 29, featuring a variety of categories. This is one of the most long-lasting auto races in the country and often features a number of well-known local and national racers. The qualifying runs occur on June 28. For more information, call 685-4400 or visit  



CC&V Mining Tours. Modern mine tours are scheduled from now throughSept. 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 719-689-4211or 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 at10:30am. For more information call UPHS at 719-686-7512 or visit our website tours are weather permitting.


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.



Free Picnic Concert. Woodland Park Wind Symphony will be the featured performers of a Picnic Concert “On the Green,” outside the Ute Pass Cultural Center at the Midland Pavilion on Tuesday, July 1 at 6:30 pm. The concert is free, but make sure to bring your own picnic, blankets and chairs and enjoy patriotic and contemporary music while enjoying the view of Pikes Peak. Woodland Park Wind Symphony is directed by Craig Harms. For more information, call 719-687-2210 or



Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration. Community Partnership Family Resource Center and the city of Woodland Park will present the annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration at Memorial Park in Woodland Park on Friday, July 4 from 8 am to 3 pm. This family-friendly event features live music on three stages, free activities for kids, the Fire Cracker 5k fun run, a kids fishing pole casting contest, bounce house, basketball and volleyball tournaments, fire engine rides, horse and buggy rides, food and craft vendors, a Bierwerks beer garden and much more. Admission is free, butsome activities have a small fee. Call 719-686-0705.



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  


 The Wholistic Networking Community invites you to meet area practitioners and learn about wholistic wellness from 11-12:30 at our regular monthly gathering. The venue forJuly 15 is Mountain View United Methodist Church, Youth Room, 1101 Rampart Range Road, Woodland Park, CO 80863. Come to the rear entrance.”Wholistic” in our name includes all who pursue conscious living, a healthy lifestyle and desire a peaceful, natural world. ​ For more information about the Wholistic Networking Community or to RSVP, contact Barbara Royal at 719-687-6823 or


Ute Trail Muzzle Loaders will host its Bayou Salado Rendezous and Trade Fair on July 19-20 in Victor, next to the old cemetery. For more information,  call 719-684-7780 or 719-433-5981.


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 7 pm. The concerts are free.  The new next few concerts include the Fountain Creek Brass  Band on June 26, Little London Winds on June 30 and an Ice Cream Social/Little London Winds combination on July 7 (starting at 5:30 pm). For more information, call 719-685-5089.