Almanac Week of 5.5.15

Tuesday, May 5
The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on May 5 at 7 pm in the new town hall.
Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) has announced its workshop schedule, starting this week and extending through the month. All workshops are held at the PPWFC main office at the Citizens Service Center, unless otherwise noted and there is no charge to attend any workshop. The workshop offers classes in such subjects as Helpful Internet Resources on Employment, From Job Loss to Job Search, Linkedlin and Your Job Search, Federal Jobs, Network Group, Build a Basic Resume, Computer Skills and more. Job seekers and young adults should register at, click on workshops under the red tab for adult workshops or the yellow tab for youth workshops.The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services. More information about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center can be found online at

Wednesday, May 6
Teller County Commission Chairman Marc Dettenreider is the featured speaker at an open forum, question-and-answer session hosted by the Teller County Republicans from 7-9 pm on Wed., May 6 at its local headquarters located above City Market in Woodland Park. This forum, the first of a series of similar events being planned, is open to people of all ages and political persuasions. Future forums will be scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month from 7-9 pm.
Prospect Home Care & Hospice will be continuing their fundraiser for Johnny Jump Ups plants, scheduled from now through May 15 with the delivery of plants to sign up locations on May 19. Johnny Jump Ups are delightful perennials that brighten the landscape at altitude with their bright, colorful faces. For fundraiser details, contact Janet at 719-687-0549 or
The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets on Wednesday at 6:45 am in Denny’s in Woodland Park.
A Hip Hop Jazz Class, sponsored by the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation, will be held every Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 for only $2. Call 719-689-3514.
The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on May 6 at 5:30 pm in the CC Council Chambers at city hall

Thursday, May 7
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 in the Wildwood. Call Evelyn at 719-748-8383 for more information.
The CSU Extension Office in partnership with the Master Gardeners will host a class on May 7, entitled Season Extending Techniques and Greenhouses. The class will be presented by Mark Platten and Cori Hopingarder and will discuss the benefits of raised beds and season extending techniques you may want to consider. Unlike the other classes in the series, this one will be held at the Aspen Valley Ranch (1150 South West Road in Woodland Park), starting at 530 pm.
The Woodland Park City Council will meet on March 7 at 7 pm in the City Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, May 8
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday
The Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation will host Archery Classes on Fridays from 5 to 6 pm and Saturdays from 8 to 10 am at the Henry Hack center. You must call John at 719-689-3514 to register! In addition, an archery open indoor shooting range is open Fri. & Sat., 6 to 8 pm.

Saturday, May 9
Fun at the Park. Mueller State Park is prepared for the busy summer season kick-off with a full list of naturalist programs, guided hikes, children’s programs, the Third Annual Hiking Challenge, a big Outdoor Skills Day event, and much more! Jump into summer at Mueller where you can view the beautiful scenery while enjoying your favorite outdoor activity. Call 719-687-2366

Sunday, May 10
Happy Mother’s Day from the staff of TMJ. A number of local restaurants, businesses and casinos are offering special Mother’s Day meals and specials.

Monday, May 11
On Monday, May 11, the Colorado Springs chapter of the American Guild of Organists is presenting their annual Progressive Organ Recital, consisting of three 30-minutes organ recitals at downtown-area churches. The first program will begin at 6:30 pm at First Lutheran Church, 1515 North Cascade Avenue, followed by a program at 7:15 pm at Mesa Hills Bible Church, 615 West Uintah Street. The final program at First United Methodist Church, 420 North Nevada Avenue, will begin at 8 pm and all are invited to a dessert reception after the program. Call 632-8836.

Mueller State Park and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument has teamed up to offer a weekend packed full of activities for the National Kids to Parks Weekend May 15th-17th. It’s a national effort help kids discover the parks near them and enjoy those wonderful resources. It kicks off with an amphitheater program in the campground Friday night, Saturday includes a scavenger hunt, archery, a Junior Ranger Concert, Stargazing Saturday night, guided hikes at both parks, a hike and nature games on Sunday, and more! For information, call 719-687-2366 and 719-748-3253.
Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation are sponsoring a number of special events this month including an Outdoor Archery 2-D Shoot ((for only $10) on May 16 from 1 to 5 pm; Tracking Dinosaurs at Dinosaur Ridge on May 16 from 6:30 am to 6:45 pm; a Spring Garage Yard Sale on May 30 from 9 am to 3 pm and an Archery Clinic on May 30. Call 719-689-3514 for more information.
Cope and Marsh Bone Wars. Sabotage! Scandals! Mischief & mayhem! While this sounds like current politics, these words instead describe the ruthless yet fruitful paleontological excavations carried out in 19th century Colorado by acclaimed professors Othniel Charles Marsh & Edward Drinker Cope. Fueled by both intellectual curiosity & intense rivalry, their expeditions, called the “Bone Wars,” yielded prolific & immeasurably valuable discoveries & placed paleontology among respected sciences.. The Pikes Peak Historical Society invites you to join Thomas Price as he re-enacts some of the drama and intrigue of this era during their monthly program, scheduled for May 17 at 2 pm at the Florissant Public Library. Admission is free. Call 719-748-8259 or 719-748-3861.
Ranger Guided Yoga Hikes. Scheduled for May 16, 23 and 30 at 9 am at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, these hikes will be at a moderate pace for 1 to 1.5 miles with intermittent stops for stretching and standing yoga poses for all levels. Please wear comfortable clothes that allow for a wide range of movement, comfortable flexible soled shoes and bring a water bottle. A mat will not be necessary for these hikes. Call 719-748-3253.
The Wholistic Networking Community invites you to meet area practitioners and learn about holistic wellness on May 19 from 11 am to 12:30 at the Rampart Public Library in Woodland Park at 218 E. Midland Ave. The featured presentation for our May 19th meeting will be “The Sacred Healing Art of Thai Yoga Massage” by Leah Wilson.
Classical Concert. The Alleluia Ringers, which has appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, will do a free concert at the First Lutheran Church at 1515 North Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs on May 22 at 7:30 pm. Besides performing throughout the United States, The Alleluia Ringers has made 3 tours of Germany, 3 tours of Norway, once to Latvia, and performed twice at national events of The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR). They are also heard on the New Music CDs for AGEHR Publishing – Handbell Musicians of America.
Spring Clean-up. Join us on the morning of Saturday, May 30 for the 13th annual Keep Woodland Park Beautiful Spring Cleanup Celebration! Take note – Since Memorial Park will be under reconstruction, this year, we’re meeting at the Ute Pass Cultural Center pavilion green (between the cultural center and the library).

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs
The Old Colorado City Historical Society will host a book signing of “Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region” on May 30 from 11 am to 3 pm at the History Center at 1 South 24th Street, Colorado Springs. Meet the author, John Anderson, and hear these fascinating trees culturally modified by the Ute Indians over 100 years ago. Refreshments will be served. This is a free program. Call 719-630-8384.