Almanac week of 5.26.15

Wednesday, May 27
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.

Thursday, May 28
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on May 28 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 in the Wildwood. 719-748-8383

The CSU Extension Office in partnership with the Master Gardeners will host a class on May 28 entitled “Pollinator Gardens, Fruit Trees and Controlling Wildlife.” It will focus on what plants do well in attracting pollinators and what fruit trees you can expect to grow. The class also will feature a discussion on wildlife issues in the area. The class, part six of an overall series, will be presented by Mark Platten. It will start at 5:30 pm in the Woodland Park Public Library. For more information, visit the Teller County government’s main website.

Friday, May 29
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.

Archery Classes. 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 will be available on Friday and Saturday from 6 to 8 pm.

What is the Cloud? Learn about cloud computing and how you use it in your personal and/or business life for a free class on May 29 from 1 to 3 pm. The class is sponsored by EGN Solutions, 400 West Highway 24, Suite 200. Snacks will be provided. For information, call 303-219-1630.

Please join us for fun and free weekend programs at Eleven Mile State Park. The park’s North Shore Amphitheater is where most educational programs occur, unless otherwise noted. On May 29, the Park will feature a program on bears and mountain lions, starting at 8 pm. On May 30, don’t miss the Tree and Me Children’s Program, at 10 am. A Wildflower Program is scheduled for May 30 at 2 pm at the Coyote Ridge Trailhead. Local Fishing Guide Larry Falk will provide an entertaining look at what he does for a successful trolling trip on Eleven Mile Reservoir during a presentation on May 30 at 7 pm.

Saturday, May 30
Plant a Food Forest. Scheduled at the Cresson Elementary School for May 30 from 10 am to 1 pm. We will be planting over 300 Perennial trees and shrubs outside the greenhouse at Cresson Elementary. Bring gloves and clothes that can get dirty. This is the first phase of plans for creating an edible forest that produces food and provides educational opportunities.

Mueller Park Changes. The Equestrian access in Mueller State park will be closed for one day only due to the Outdoor Skills Day event going on throughout the park on Saturday, May 30th. Many of the equestrian activities of the day will take place in the livery area of the park, where normally horseback riders park their trailers to ride off into the back country. Most of the trails in Mueller will still be open and equestrians can access them from Dome Rock State Wildlife Area. The public is invited to participate in the many activities offered at Outdoor Skills Day! From 9 am until 3 pm, folks can learn more about their favorite outdoor activity, including bait fishing, fly fishing, target shooting with 22’s, shotguns and pellet guns, archery, camping, camp cooking, geocaching, fossil hunting, cave climbing, and much more! 719-687-2366

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). Following the clean-up, a barbecue will be held.

Park and Rec Special Events. Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation are sponsoring a Spring Garage Yard Sale on May 30 from 9 am to 3 pm and an Archery Clinic on May 30. Call 719-6893514.

Hot Summer Nights. On Saturday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church is presenting the first program of their “Hot Summer Nights: Music on the Labyrinth” series, featuring Ray Killian, singer and acoustic guitarist. Ray will sing songs reflecting his love of nature, his passion for social justice, and the joy of performing songs by Colorado’s own John Denver. Special guests will include Manitou High School’s Mustang Chorale. 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. Call 719-633-8888.

Assessor Presentation. Teller County Assessor Betty Clark-Wine is the featured speaker at an open forum, question and answer session, hosted by the Teller County Republicans from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday, June 3 at its local headquarters, located above City Market in Woodland Park. Clark-Wine will address concerns regarding the recent valuation increases and their impact on property taxes and the overall process in filing protests. This forum is part of a series of events, open to all political persuasions.

Free Legal Advice. A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 2 to 5 pm on June 5 at the Woodland Park Public Library in Woodland Park, and also at the Florissant Public Library in Florissant. By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues, and civil protection orders. Sign up by calling (719) 687-9281 ext.103 for Woodland Park or 719-748-3939 for Florissant.

The annual Friends of the Florissant Library Book, Bake, and Plant Sale will be held Friday, June 5 from 10 – 2 and Saturday, June 6 from 10 – 1 at the Florissant Library on 334 Circle Drive. The sale will feature many plants, plus paperback and hard-bound children’s books as well as adult fiction and non-fiction books, CDs, audio books and DVD’s, and delicious baked items. The proceeds will help support the summer Drama and Video Clubs by providing a computer and other items for producing and editing their all student run production about heroes. Call 719-748-0102.

Star Gazers. It’s summertime, one of the best times of year to visit our country’s amazing national parks. The Pikes Peak region has its own national park unit right in its backyard – Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Whether you are interested in fresh air, animals, hiking, family time, stars, or health there will be something this month. On Saturday, June 6 from 8:30 to 10:30 pm, the park will host “Star Cluters and Galaxies. Join park staff and members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society and explore galaxies and star clusters. Telescopes will be provided as you gaze at thousands of stars in the dark skies above the Florissant valley. The program will start with a short interpretive talk followed by 1.5 hours of stargazing. Other programs are scheduled throughout the month on most weekends. Call 719-748-3253.

Special Holistic Healing Day. Practitioners from the Wholistic Networking Community invite you to experience the benefits of holistic services at a special event, scheduled for June 13 from noon to 3:30 pm at the United Methodist Church, 1101 Rampart Range Road, Woodland Park. Teller County Safe Harbor, a Woodland Park non-profit that serves domestic violence and sexual assault victims, will be the beneficiary of your donation. 719-748-3412.

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.