Almanac For Week Of July 1st


Tuesday, July 1

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on July 1 in the temporary GMF town hall (Joyland Church facility) at 7 pm. The trustees will discuss plans for developing an access route to Dewey Mountain.  


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


Wednesday, July 2

The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45am in Denny’s Restaurant in Woodland Park. 

 Yoga Hikes. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is offering a variety of new ranger guided programs for the public for the summer of 2014.  Join Ranger Denise Ackart for 1.5 hour long yoga hikes every Wednesday and Saturday morning through August at 9 am. Meet at the visitor center.  Bring water, comfortable clothes, and shoes with flexible soles.  For more information:


The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on July 2 at 5:30 pm in the CC Council Chambers at city hall. 


Thursday, July 3


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.   


Independence Day Celebration with the VFW. Come celebrate our country’s Independence Day with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #11411 from Florissant and Lake George and its Ladies Auxiliary!  They will be staffing their traditional annual Coffee Stop at the Visitors Center on top of Wilkerson Pass for travelers the entire Independence Day weekend beginning Thursday, July 3from about 1 to 5 pm and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 7 am to approximately 5 pm. They provide free coffee, punch, water, homemade cookies, and lots of lively discussion. Visitors will also have the opportunity to place their “dot” on the map showing where they come from, where they are going, or where they wish they were. For more information, contact Post Commander Randy Ford at 748-5344 or  748-1335.


The Woodland Park City Council will meet on July 3 at 7 pm in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall. 


Friday, July 4

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 atMemorial 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, but some activities have a small fee. Call 719-686-0705.  See related story in this week’s TMJ for a complete list of Independence Day and weekend festivities. 

Historic Cemetery Tours. Take a walk around the Woodland Park Cemetery on Friday, July 4th and meet some of the old pioneers who are resting there. Tours, conducted by the Ute Pass Historical Society, run every 15 minutes from 1 to 3. Cost is $5, and tickets are available at the gate. The cemetery is located at 650 Short Street in Woodland Park. 
Please call UPHS at 719-686-7512 or e mail for more information.   

Melodrama Performances. The Butte Theatre has kicked off its summer melodrama, The Spoilers. 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, July 5

New Century Big Band. On Saturday, July 5 at 6:30 pm, First Christian Church at 16 East Platte Avenue is presenting another program in their “Hot Summer Nights: Music on the Labyrinth” series, featuring the New Century Big Band. Put on your dancing shoes and come dance or just tap your toes to the sound of Big Band music played by saxophones, trumpets, trombones, guitar and percussion.  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. For more information, call 719.633.8888 or


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. Most programs will occur at the North Shore Amphitheater. 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. Some highlights of this weekend include Nature Games – Children’s Program at the North Shore Amphitheater on July 5. Children of all ages and kids at heart will enjoy these active, fun ecology games with park naturalist Beth Dodd. At 2 pm. join Glenn Carson, a volunteer of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Auxiliary, for a fun look at the many unique Life Zones that can be found within the Rocky Mountains.  Find out what makes each zone so special and what animals live in those zones.  This program has lots of hands-on for the kids. Then join Mountain Man “Possum” for an exciting look into the world of the Mountain Man at 7 pm. Possum will discuss what the lives of the mountain men of old were like and the effects that these individuals had on this part of the country. 


Sunday, July 6

Wildflower Walks. Join Ranger Shawn and learn about the colorful world of wildflowers. Programs take place every Sunday through August 31 at the Florissant Fossil Beds.  Meet at the visitor center at 9:00AM.  Bring water, snacks, and layered clothing. Call719-748-3253.



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.


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, 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


Library exhibit. The new Lamps, Lanterns and Life before Electricity exhibit, features portable lighting devices that were used in Ute Pass from the 1910’s to the 1940’s. Coal oil lamps, kerosene lamps, and battery powered lanterns are on display, along with carbide lamps used by Colorado miners. Learn more about the history and use of coal, kerosene, and battery power. The exhibit also features local memories of lantern use and early electricity, and the early days of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA). Lamps, Lanterns and Life before Electricity will be on display through July at the Woodland Park Public Library on the second floor, just outside the Colorado Room.



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.


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.



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


The Pikes Peak Regional Hospital will host the 3rd Annual Senior Circle  BBQ on Thursday, July 17, from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park.  The festivities will include live music, door prizes, great BBQ and spirits. The Senior Circle program was first launched with the renowned BBQ and 70 seniors joined. Since then, and after over 35 free healthcare seminars, workshops, roundtables, “Lunches with a Doc”, medication checks, Ice cream socials, Christmas parties and field trips, we now have 330 members. If you would like to attend the BBQ, please rsvp by July 15 or call Karen at 719-686-5802.If you would like to learn more about the Senior Circle program, for people 55+, check us out at  


 Hot Summer Nights. On Saturday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 East Platte Avenue is presenting another program in their “Hot Summer Nights: Music on the Labyrinth” series, featuring Hawaiian music and hula dancers from the Halau Ilima, a school that teaches Polynesian dance.  Come and enjoy music and dance from another culture. 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. For more information, check call 719-633-8888.


 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 an Ice Cream Social/Little London Winds combination on July 7 (starting at 5:30 pm) and the Fountain Creek Brass Band on July 10. For more information, call 719-685-5089.