Almanac Week of 7.14.15

Tuesday, July 14
The Teller County Republicans will meet on July 14 at 7 pm at the Pikes Peak Community Club building in Divide.

Wednesday, July 15
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.
Into the Woods and Foul Play. An all-new 2015 season of professional theater has unfolded this summer at Cripple Creek’s Butte Theater. The new season brings 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 also has opened the amazing musical Into the Woods that was made into a popular 2014 film starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. 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
Party Time Arrives. The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on July 15 in the CC Council Chambers at city hall at 5:30 p.m. The council will address a variety of applications for the new common consumption areas permitting 24/7 bar service inside designated businesses. The council also will continue discussions for the new Wildwood convenience store.

Thursday, July 16
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 Woodland Park City Council will meet on July 16 at 7 p.m. in the Woodland Park City Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, July 17
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.
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
Gold Rush Days. In what many locals regard as the best festival in southern Teller, the annual Gold Rush Days in Victor are scheduled from July 17-19. The festivities include live music, tractor pulls, hay rides, destination shops and restaurants, vendors, vintage baseball, blacksmith demos, model engineering, working steam engines, Victorian Olio, street dance, CC&V Mine tours, gold panning, museums, beer garden, a parade and the infamous traditional mining games. For a complete schedule, please visit:

Saturday, July 18
Senior Center Pancake Breakfast. The monthly Pancake Breakfast at the Woodland Park Senior Center is set for Saturday, July 18 from 8 am to 11 am. Plan to start Saturday off right with all you can eat fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and the best biscuits and gravy around. Cooked by your home town seniors, we serve it 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 the 3rd Saturday each month of the year.
Classic Car Show. The 36th annual Thin Air Nationals Car Show will be held in Green Mountain Falls on July 18 throughout the morning and early afternoon. The show will features about 200 hot rods, custom cars and classic autos. Most of the vehicles will be displayed on Ute Pass Avenue and Lake Street and around the lake area. For more information, call 719-266-0597.
Singer/songwriter Sally Barris will perform at the historic Gold Bar Theater in Cripple Creek on Sat., Jul 18 at 7 pm. Barris is an A-list Nashville songwriter who has had songs covered by such top-level artists as Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack. Barris’ song “Let The Wind Chase You”, recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy nomination for vocal collaboration in 2009.The Minnesota native is currently touring with her latest CD project “Wilder Girl”. Tickets are $20 and are available online and at the door. For ticket information and availability go to or call 719-748-1399 or 719-838-0116.

Sunday, July 19
Bronc Day Fund-raiser. The Mucky Duck restaurant in Green Mountain Falls will host a wine tasting and silent auction as a benefit for the 77th annual Bronc Day on July 19 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A full wine selection will be complimented by hors d’oeuvres including Cowboy Caviar & Tortilla chips, Lil’ Doggies and Beans, Pulled Pork Mini-sliders, Corn on the Cob, Petite Smores and much more. Call 719-684-2008 for more information. For info on Bronc Day, scheduled for Aug. 1, visit

Treasures from Below. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will host an informational sidewalk display in Cripple Creek on Saturday, July 25, outside the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company’s Visitor Center, located at 371 Bennett Avenue, (Elks Building), from 10 am to 4:00 pm. The display and information, called “Treasures from Below”, is sponsored by the Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds and the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company. Join the Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds at the CC&V Visitor Center to learn more about how Cripple Creek’s gold and Florissant’s fossils both originated from volcanic activity in this area. Learn how fossils are now providing a wealth of information about the climate 34 million years ago. Hear how paleontologists have discovered similarities and differences between the past and modern ecosystems at Florissant and how this relates to changes in climate. Step into the CC&V Visitors Center and learn more about the volcanic origins of the gold deposits discovered by Bob Womack and mined by some of Colorado’s most famous pioneers. And also learn about CC&V’s current, modern mining operations. For more information, call 719-689-2341.
Hornbek Homestead Tours. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will be participating in Florissant Heritage Day by hosting a family friendly day at the Hornbek Homestead on July 25 from 10 am until 4 pm. Park staff will be conducting tours of the homestead and leading 19th century period crafts and activities for kids and families. Participating children can earn their Junior Ranger Badge. The Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds will be providing light refreshments. There is no charge for this event beyond the normal park entrance fee of $5 per person over the age of 16. The Hornbek Homestead is located on Teller County Road 1 a mile south of Florissant. 748-3253.
Hot Summer Music Nights. On Saturday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church is presenting the next program in their “Hot Summer Nights: Music on the Labyrinth” series, featuring All Those Who Wander, a folk alternative group which creates an eclectic mix of American, Scottish, and Irish folk styles. Nicholas and Danielle Booker and Forrest Alvarez play a variety of instruments and sing in tight harmonies. 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. 719-633-8888.
Mountain Arts Festival.The 30th annual Mountain Arts Festival is scheduled for August 1 and 2 in Woodland Park. Thousands of creations from metal, wood, glass, wax, cloth, vinyl records, gems, antlers, stones, clay, food sources and lots more will be tucked under the more than 80 booths at this year’s Festival. The Festival opens for business at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday, outdoors at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. It runs until 5 p.m. on Saturday and closes at 4pm on Sunday. There is no charge for admission.

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs
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.