Almanac For Week Of July 15th


Tuesday, July 15

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 Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, June 15 at 7 pm in the temporary town hall (Joyland Church).

Wednesday, July 16


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 16 in the CC Council Chambers at 5:30 pm.  

Thursday, July 17

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


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  


The Woodland Park City Council will meet on July 17 at 7 pm in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall. 


Friday, July 18

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.



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,   



Saturday, July 19 

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.


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. On July 19, enjoy the 11 Mile Puppet Theater Kid’s Program at the North Shore Amphitheater at10 am.  Kids are invited to participate in a puppet show with the support of park naturalist Beth Dodd. And at 2 pm, the North Shore Amphitheater will host the Colorado’s Reptiles and Amphibians program with park naturalist Beth Dodd. A Fossils of Florissant program is scheduled for 7:30 pm. For more information, call 719-748-3401.   


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 or719-433-5981.

The Thin Air Nationals Car Show will be held at the Gazebo Lake Park in Green Mountain Falls on July 19, starting at 9 am. Over 200 rod, custom and classic cars will be displayed. For more information, call J.R. Nandin at 719-266-0597.


Sunday, July 20


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.


Wine Tasting and Silent Auction will be hosted by the Mucky Duck Restaurant in Green Mountain Falls on July 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. This will serve as a benefit for the 76th annual Bronc Day, scheduled forAug. 2. A full wine selection will be complimented by great hors d’ouevres.  For more information, call 719-684-2008.



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 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 Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum is located in Florissant at 18033 Teller County Road across from the Post Office.  The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  For more information, call 719-748-8259.



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. 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.


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.


Register now for 7th annual Teen Archery Day, scheduled for July 26 from 9 am – 4 pmand for  ages 13-18. Parents are welcome.  The event includes life-size targets, aerial birds, “running deer”, archery golf, tic tac toe game and much more.  Bows, arrows, and lunch will be provided.  This is all FREE, thanks to Elks, CC&V Gold Mine and many donors.  Recipient of Teller County Cares for Youth award.  Call Kirk and Betty Crawford 689-3300, email, or register




The 29th annual Mountain Arts Festival will be held August 2 & 3 in Woodland Park at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, starting at 10 am both days. There will be 82 vendors including potters, photographers, jewelry of all varieties, painters, woodworking, and metal work, and food vendors.  There will be Colorado artists as well as artists from many other states.  The festival will feature an hourly drawing for a $10 coupon which the winner can spend with any vendor.  Admission is free. For more information, call 719-686-8575.


.The Manitou Chamber Music Festival and String Quartet will perform at the High View Baptist Church in Woodland Park (1151 Rampart Range Road) on Aug. 2 at 7:30 pm. For ticket information, call 719-761-1676.




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 Little London Winds on  July 21, the Reggae Jackson Productions on July 23 and the FBC Orchestra on July 24. For more information, call 719-685-5089.