Almanac For Week Of August 12th


Tuesday, August 12

Woodland Park Mayoral Appointment.  The Woodland Park City Council will hold a special meeting on August 12 to pick a new mayor, starting at 7 pm in the council chambers next to city hall. Five candidates have applied for the position.


The Teller County Republican Central Committee will hold their monthly meeting on Aug. 12 in Pikes Peak Community Center, starting at 7 pm.


Wednesday, August 13

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



Thursday, Aug. 14  

A Rock Gypsies Rock, Gem and Mineral Show will be held at the Woodland Park Saddle Club grounds off U.S. Hwy. 24 (near Wal-Mart) from Aug. 14-17. The Rock and Jewelry show is expected to have 45 vendors.  The show will be open to the public from about 9 am to 6 pm on all three days. For more information, call 719-687-9975.


The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Aug. 14 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.


Diabetes Workshop. Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, Pikes Peak Regional Medical Center Foundation, the Teller Senior Coalition, and the Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club are pleased to bring you “The Diabetes Workshop,” Thursday, August 14, from 11:30 am to 1pm, at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park. The speaker will be Andrea Houk, RN, Co-founder and Executive Director of Diabetes Community Center of Colorado Springs. The Diabetes Community Center was founded because of the complexities associated with diabetes. Our Nurse Educators not only have the professional background necessary to help liberate anyone touched by diabetes, but also personally experience the daily struggles of living with diabetes themselves. A free light luncheon will be served at the workshop. Please rsvp to Karen Earley, 719-686-5802 or go You may also check us out on Facebook!


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 Aug. 14 at 7 pm in the council chambers, next to city hall.


Friday, August 15

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

USA Pro Challenge Kick-Off. To help gear up for the USA Pro Challenge, Stage 5 start on Aug. 22 in Woodland Park, a variety of events will be planned starting this week. On Aug15, a kick-off party will be held during the downtown art walk from 5 to 8 pm. The Woodland Park Roots Project will also feature an outdoor movie at the Midland Pavilion on Aug. 15 at 8 pm.  Other events include a Saddle Club Street Dance on Aug. 17at the Midland Pavilion at 6 pm.  To learn more about upcoming events in celebration of the Stage 5 start, visit the city of Woodland Park’s website.


Melodrama and Musical Performances. The Butte Theatre is continuing 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 16

The Salute to American Veterans Rally, featuring a variety of tributes to veterans and active military members, along with a huge motorcycle procession between Woodland Park and Cripple Creek, will be heldAug. 15-17.  The bulk of the activities are scheduled for Saturday. Some of the events include a Veteran’s Parade, Veteran’s Poker Run, Wild West Gun Fighters, a Remembrance Ceremony, Pikes Peak Memorial Wall dedication, aircraft flyovers concerts and more. This is one of the biggest festivals in southern Teller. for details.


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.


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.


Sunday, August 17

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 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.
Victor Celebrates the Arts will kick off on Aug. 22, when artists begin work on their outdoor paintings and various works, and will continue through Labor Day weekend.


The Winery at Pikes Peak in Cascade will host a wine tasting fundraiser on Aug 25 from 5 to 7 pm.  The event is sponsored by Friends of the Ute Pass Library. For more information, call Beth Jones at 719-684-9096.


BMX race. The 13th annual BMX race will be held on Saturday, August 30 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Mountain View BMX track on County Road 89, past the Cripple Creek Public Works.  The city is teaming up with Team Telecycle to bring the event to Cripple Creek. There are five age categories for competitions and plenty of prizes.  So grab your bike and come out for a day of fun and monstrous jumps.  For more information, call Sherry Rowe of the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation at 719-689-3514.

An evening with Teddy Roosevelt. Vice-presidential nominee Teddy Roosevelt visited Victor in September of 1900.  The Rough Rider was run out of town by an angry mob but returned later to accept apologies and to speak at Victor’s Gold Coin Club. That event will be recalled as Roosevelt, portrayed by Don Moon of Colorado Springs, will appear at the Gold Coin Club Saturday, Sept. 6 as a fundraiser for Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. The event includes a bully reception, silent Teddy Bear auction and the presentation. Teddy bears were named after Teddy Roosevelt who refused to shoot an old, defenseless bear as part of a hunting trip. The festivities will occur from 5 to 8 pm. For more information, visit

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Three madcap men in tights will weave their wicked way through all 37 of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in a wild ride that will leave you breathless with laughter. Directed by Mickey Burdick and starring three of your favorite Butte actors, Kevin Pierce (Nathan Detroit in TATC’s Guys and Dolls,) Matthew Krob (Sky Masterson inGuys and Dolls,) and Levi Penly (Roy Glenister in The Spoilers). Prior knowledge of the Bard? Unnecessary. This ain’t the dull Shakespeare you learned in high school.The show is staged by Thin Air Theatre Company and will open at the Butte Theater on Sept. 5.Due to some content, this show is rated PG-13.The show runs Sept. 5-27. To make reservations visit


Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

The Manitou Springs Heritage Center will open its newest exhibit titled Red Mountain – Manitou’s Other Incline on FridayAugust 15th from 5 to 8 pm during the Third Friday ArtWalk.The exhibit features rare photos and information on this little-known incline railway that operated intermittently from 1912-1922 and is associated with the famed story of Emma Crawford. The same evening anyone looking for something to do after the Third Friday ArtWalk ends can find out “What Goes Bump in the Night” during a Paranormal Investigation hosted by the Heritage Center. Participants will go ghost hunting with the experienced, Manitou-based Haunted Dimensions team of investigators using their equipment. Tickets are $10 and participants meet at the Center at 10 pm. No reservations are necessary. To find out more about the Manitou Springs Heritage Center visit the website,, or contact the Center at and 719-685-1454.