Almanac For Week Of July 30th


Wednesday, July 30

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 31  

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


Friday, August 1

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



Melodrama and Musical Performances. The Butte Theatre is showcasing 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, August 2

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.


Teller County Fair Kick-off.  The Teller County Fair, featuring a wide range of competitions, shows, kid events and horse and rodeo challenges, 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.  For more information, call 719-748-3401.


Traditional Ute Dances.The Pikes Peak Historical Society will host the Tabeguache dancers for a performance of traditional Ute Nation ceremonies at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 7 pm. The annual performance will be held at the outdoor amphitheater near the Visitor Center. The Historical Society has hosted the return of the Northern Ute Nation every year since 1999.  Their “Partners” in this undertaking include Catamount Institute, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Friends of Florissant Fossil Beds, and White Horse Circle of World Council of Elders.   The entrance fee for the park is $3 per adult (16 years or older) or free with one of the many federal land passes.  For more information please call the Monument at  719-748 – 3253 ext. 122 or 202 or visit our website at



Sunday, August 3

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.




The Mayor’s Cup.  The 25th annual Mayor’s Cup Footrace in Woodland Park will be held on August 9, with race registration at 7:30 am at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.  The popular race features a 5K and 10K course and a kids run and a variety of competitions for serious runners, not so serious runners and casual walkers.  For more information, visit


Quilt show. The eighth annual “Quilts in the Aspens” show in Woodland Park is scheduled for 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. For additional information about the Quilt Show or Quilter’s Above the Clouds, contact Marilyn at 979-587-1665 or Nancy at


A Human Trafficking Symposium will be held at the Mountain View United Methodist Church in Woodland Park on August 9 from 9 am to 2 pm. The event is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Task Force at Mountain View. For more information, call Sam Gould at 719-687-1056. Register at


On Saturday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church in Colorado Springs (16 E. Platte Avenue) is presenting the final program on their “Hot Summer Nights: Music on the Labyrinth” series, featuring Dean Phelps, folk singer and guitarist from Oklahoma.  He combines Travis-style guitar with a soulful vocal style to perform heart-friendly songs played to a toe-tapping beat.  The program will be held outdoors on the south side of the church (but will move indoors for inclement weather), so bring a blanket or chair.  A free will offering will be taken. Call 719-633-8888 for more information.




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 28 and Aug. 4. For more information, call 719-685-5089.