Almanac For Week Of July 23rd


Wednesday, July 23

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 24

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on July 24 at 9:15 am in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

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

Teller County will host a public request budget meeting on July 24 at 7 pm in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.  This represents the kick-off for the 2015 budget season and gives citizens and nonprofit groups a chance to make formal requests for financial assistance.  For more information, visit the county government’s website.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on July 24 at 7 pm in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall. 

Friday, July 25

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 26 

Teller County Fair Kick-off.  The Teller County Fair, featuring a wide range of competitions, shows, kid events and horse and rodeo challenges, will begin July 26 at the fairgrounds outside Cripple Creek and will continue through Aug. 4. For more information,  

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 26 at 10 am, join park naturalist Beth Dodd for a hike along the Ponderosa Loop Trail at Coyote Ridge to explore the edible and medicinal uses of the plants in the park. Sturdy shoes and a water bottle are suggested.  Other special events for Saturday include a Native American Stories Kid’s Program at the North Shore Amphitheater and a program at 8 pm on Colorado’s Wild Felines. For more information, call 719-748-3401.   

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

Sunday, July 27

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 and for reservations. Or call 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 at10:30am. For more information call UPHS at 719-686-7512 or visit our website tours are weather permitting.


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.


Bronc Day.  The 76th running of Bronc Day in Green Mountain Falls, a local tradition since 1939, will be held on August 2.  It will feature a pancake breakfast, a parade, entertainment and games and arts.  The festival, sponsored by the Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce, has experienced a complete revival, with improvements every year.  For more information, visit    

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.

Quilt show. The eighth annual “Quilts in the Aspens” show in Woodland Park on Saturday, August 9. More than 100 quilts and quilted items, including exquisite fabric bowls, table runners and other vibrant home décor items are currently under construction by members of Quilters above the Clouds (QAC) Quilt Guild.  “Quilts in the Aspens” Quilt Show will be open from 9 am until 4:30 pm at the Woodland Park Middle School on Aug. 9. For additional information about the Quilt Show or Quilter’s Above the Clouds, contact Marilyn at 979-587-1665 or Nancy at  


The Wholistic Networking Community invites you to meet area practitioners and learn about wholistic wellness on Aug. 19 from 11-12:30 at the Woodland Park Public Library. “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. For more information about the Wholistic Networking Community or to RSVP, telephone 719-963-4405.

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Summer Concert Series.  The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau and Office of Economic Development is sponsoring a 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 Reggae Jackson Productions on July 23 (with a 6 pm start) and the FBC Orchestra and Fountain Creek Band on July 24 ( a 5 pm start) and the Little London Winds on July 28 and Aug. 4. For more information, call 719-685-5089.