Wednesday, July 1
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.
Open Forum. Polly Lawrence, the state House representative for Teller County, will be the featured speaker at an open forum, question and answer session, hosted by the Teller County Republicans from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday July 1 at the local headquarters, located above City Market in Woodland Park. Feel free to come and ask questions of our state representative. This forum is part of a series of events open to people of all political persuasions.
The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on July 1 in the CC Council Chambers at city hall. The council is expected to continue their discussions on the new conditional use permit for a new gas station and convenience store, next to the Wildwod casino.
Thursday, July 2
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.
Meeting Cancellation. The Woodland Park City Council has cancelled its regular meeting, scheduled for July 2.
Friday, July 3
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.
Farmer’s Market. Join us for our 25th year in Woodland Park as Teller County’s Farmers Market will be held every Friday during the summer from 7 am to 1 pm. The new location is behind Vectra Bank, at the corner of Highway 24 & West Street. Enjoy fresh vegetables and fruits from Colorado farms, as well as home-made concoctions for your cooking pleasure, fresh Colorado natural meats, eggs, cheeses, breads and desserts.
Free computer classes. EGN Solutions, located at 400 West Hwy. 24, suite 200, in downtown Woodland Pak, will offer free computer classes on every Friday during the summer from 1 to 3 pm. For more information, call 303-219-1630 or visit www.egn-solutions.net
Into the Woods Kick-off. An all-new 2015 season of professional theater will unfold this summer at Cripple Creek’s Butte Theater. The new season will bring to the Butte stage a fairy tale musical and classic melodrama and comedic action. Thin Air Theatre, Company (TATC) now in its ninth year in Cripple Creek, currently features the classic melodrama Foul Play: or the Scuttling of the Sapphire. TATC will open the musical Into the Woods on July 3. Both shows alternate days and times Wednesday through Sunday at 1 and 7 p.m. A full schedule of show dates and time is online at ButteTheater.com.
Saturday, July 4
Old Fashioned July 4th. Woodland Park will feature The Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. This annual celebration is packed with fun in a small town tradition! Join us in our new location this year at the Ute Pass Cultural Center Midland Avenue between Fairview and Laurel with events between 9 am and 3 pm. Some of the highlights include a casting contest on the lawn, a kids fun zone, flag raising, vendor booth and various performances throughout the day, including the Mountain Eire Irish Dancers, Pick, Stick and Chick, Woodland Park Wind Symphony and Community Singers. Then a fireworks show will start at 9:30 pm. Call 719-687-5218.
The city of Cripple Creek will also host an Independence Day celebration with a variety of events and live music at the city park, and then a big fireworks show, regarded as one of the premiere fireworks displays in southern Colorado. For more information, see VisitCrippleCreek.com.
Pancake Breakfast. The Woodland Park Senior Center will host a special pancake breakfast on July 4 from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. Start off your July 4th celebration with a bang! All you can eat fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and the best biscuits and gravy around is the best bang for your dollar! Your home town seniors will be decked out in red, white and blue as they are flip pancakes and scramble eggs, to be served up with juice and coffee or hot tea for only $6. Kids 6 and under eat for free. Our open to the public event helps to support the programs and activities of the Woodland Park Senior Center. We appreciated the support of each one of you! Mark your calendars and plan to join us on this special celebration Saturday and every third Saturday of each month.
Woodland Park Cemetery Crawl. The Ute Pass Historical Society will celebrate July 4th with its annual Cemetery Crawl from 1 to 3 pm at the Woodland Park Cemetery, 650 Short Street, Woodland Park. The event will feature guided tours every 15 minutes, with local volunteers depicting some of the old pioneers who are resting in the cemetery. Admission is $5; children under 12 are free. The society will also conduct its weekly one-hour tour of Ute Pass History Park at 11 a.m. on July 4, starting at the Museum Center/Gift Shop, 231 E. Henrietta Avenue, next to the Woodland Park Public Library.
Green Box Arts Festival. The annual Green Box Arts Festival, featuring a wide range of cultural events, dance and music performances and classes, is scheduled for July 4-12 in Green Mountain Falls and the Ute Pass area. Some of the highlights include Keigwin and Company Dance Mantinee, a bluegrass concert, a celebration of opening of the new Dewey Mountain trail, and a dedication of new art installations. For more information and for specific times and locations, visit www.greenboxarts.org.
Sunday, July 5
Symphony Above the Clouds. The 35th annual Symphony Above the Clouds, featuring the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and presented by the Ute Pass Symphony Guild, will be held at the Woodland Park Middle School on July 5. The gates open at 5 pm and the music starts at 5:30 pm. For more information, see www.symphonyabovetheclouds.org/
“The Roaring Twenties and a Young Girl’s Diary,” a temporary exhibit presented by the Ute Pass Historical Society (UPHS), will be on display through July outside the Colorado Room on the third floor of the Woodland Park Public Library. The exhibit is based on entries in the diary of a girl who lived in a Green Mountain Falls cabin in the early 1920s. This exhibit reveals the girl’s name and features vintage clothing and other artifacts from the Roaring Twenties, including a flapper-style dress worn by a University of Colorado alumnus and a middy blouse made popular by the British Royal Family in the mid-19th century. Contact UPHS at 686-7512.
Free legal advice. A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 2 to 5 pm on the first Friday of each month at the your Woodland Park Public Library in Woodland Park, and also at your 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. Please SIGN UP by calling (719) 687-9281 ext.103 for Woodland Park or 719-748-3939 for Florissant. Upcoming dates in 2015 are: (No clinic in July due to July 4th holiday); August 7; September 4; October 2; November 6; and December 4, 2015
Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs
Faces that Made Manitou. “History is about people and people make our history” is the theme behind the newest exhibit Faces of Manitou is now open at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center.The volunteers who operate the Heritage Center conceived this exhibit when the museum opened, but it has taken until now to gather biographical information and find an opening in the exhibit schedule to present it.The concept is to provide biographies and photos or images of people in Manitou Springs’ history that contributed to the community – large and small. As a special treat to celebrate the exhibit opening, local guitarist Michael Galvin is scheduled to give a concert at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center on Wednesday, June 24 from 8-9pm. Concert admission is $5 recommended donation.The Manitou Springs Heritage Center is located at 517 Manitou Avenue.
Tunnel Tales of Old Colorado City. Scheduled for July 19 from 1 to 3 pm. and features a self-guided walking tour around Old Colorado City. It includes two to five stops with characters giving stories and histories of the various sites, a booklet with maps and historic information, special offers from merchants and an end tour at Mother Muffs with special entertainment and refreshment offers. Call 719-636-1225 for more information. The event is being coordinated by the Old Colorado City Historic Society, located at 1S 24th Street, Colorado Springs.