Almanac For Week Of July 9th


Wednesday, July 9

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:

Thursday, July 10

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on July 10 in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek at 9:15 am.

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.

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.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.

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

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on July 10 at 7 pm in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, July 11

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

Melodrama and Musical Performances. The Butte Theatre has kicked off its summer melodrama, The Spoilers, and the popular musical, Guys & Dolls. The shows will continue with regular performances throughout the week and weekend through Aug. 30. The Spoilers is a thrilling tale of corruption and greed during the early days of the great Alaskan gold rush. This melodrama will be followed by a hilarious summer olio. Guys & Dolls is a musical that has received rave reviews.Ticket prices range from $12 to $18 per person. To make reservations visit or call 719-689-3247.

Saturday, July 12

Purely Bluegrass. The second major summer concert of the Woodland Music Series, entitled “Purely Bluegrass,” will occur on July 12 at the Midland Pavilion, outside the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park, beginning at 11 am.The featured bands include Acme Bluegrass, The Stanleytones Bluegrass Band and the Jody Adams Band. For more information, call 687-5284.

Sheriff Open House. An an all-day Open House will be held at the Teller County Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Divide next to the jail on July 12 from 10 am to 4 pm. The open house will feature a variety of displays, games and festivities. Visitors can tour sheriff facilities and get a better understanding of the day-to-day operations of the department. For more information, call 687-9652.

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. For more information for programs this weekend, call 748-3401.

Sunday, July 13

Summer Cookout. A Summer Cookout will be held on July 13 at Marcroft Hall in Chipita Park. The event is sponsored by the Chipita Park Association. For more information, call Martha Henry at 684-8234.

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. Call 719-748-3253.


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 and for reservations. Or call 719-689-4211 or 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 at 10:30am. For more information call UPHS at 719-686-7512 or visit our website tours are weather permitting.

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 for July 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. If you would like to attend the BBQ, please rsvp by July 15 to 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

Victor Gold Rush Days. Victor’s annual festival, capped by a parade, a street dance, mining games, a vintage baseball games, a tractor pullers competition, historic home tours, live entertainment and more will be held from July 18-20. According to some accounts, this is the premiere festival in southern Teller. For more information, visit

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 or 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 the Fountain Creek Brass Band on July 10 , the Little London Winds on July 14 and July 21. For more information, call 719-685-5089.