Almanac Week of July 28

Tuesday, July 28
The World’s Greatest Gold Camp Business Mixer will be held on July 28 in Cripple Creek at the Aspen Mine Center and A & J’s Colorado Café, 166 E. Bennett, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. All business people, community leaders and guests are invited. Bring a door prize to promote your business.

Wednesday, July 29
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. ButteTheater.com.

Thursday, July 30
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.

Friday, July 31
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 www.egn-solutions.net
Moonlight Hike. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will offer a Moonlight Hike on Friday, July 31, starting at 8:30 pm. This ranger-led program offers the opportunity to see the Monument after dark and under a different light. Join us for a 4-mile night hike along the Hornbek Wildlife Loop trail. See the park after dark, the way the nocturnal wildlife sees it – by moonlight! Please bring a flashlight for safety, but do not expect to need it. The hike will meet at the Visitor Center.Admission for the program is the regular park entrance fee, which is $5 per adult (16 years and older); children and federal pass holders are free. (719) 748-3253.
Gold Bar Entertainment. The historic Gold Bar Theater in Cripple Creek will feature ‘Zen Cowboy’ Chuck Pyle on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. to help celebrate Colorado’s birth into statehood. The Gold Bar Theater is located at 123 N. Third St., inside the Imperial Hotel. Tickets are $20.

Saturday, August 1
Bronc Day. The 77th annual Bronc Day festival in Green Mountain Falls is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1. The festivities include a pancake breakfast, a parade, arts and crafts booths, family games, a gunfighter show, air slide and competitions for all ages. Visit broncdayco.org.
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.
Vino and Notes. Join Habitat for Humanity of Teller County for the 8th annual Vino and Notes, an outdoor Colorado wine festival featuring wine, food and music in Woodland Park, on August 1 at noon. As one of Colorado’s top wine festivals, Vino and Notes is looking forward to showcasing 20 Colorado wineries and vineyards this year. With local artisan crafting, jazz music, and festival food inside the event, there is something for everyone. 719-687-4447.
Enjoy Family Archery Day in the outdoors near Victor on Aug. 1 from 9 am to 4 pm. Shoot at 3-D life size animal targets, aerial birds, archery golf, and more. Bows, arrows, and equipment are provided for all sizes, ages, and abilities. The event is free. BBQ burgers, hot dogs, chicken, buns, tableware are provided for lunch—please bring a potluck side dish. Call Kirk and Betty Crawford at 719-286-7166, or email 4x4home@wildblue.net, or register online www.archerySTACK.org. Map available online.
History Park Tours. A 90-minute walking tour of historic Woodland Park begins at the History Park Museum Center at 9:30 am each Saturday through September 19, followed by an hour-long tour of History Park beginning at 11 am. All activities are free and weather permitting; donations are gratefully accepted. History Park consists of five historic buildings and the Museum Center/Gift Shop. The buildings display documents and artifacts related to the development of the Ute Pass area, from the era of the Southern Ute people to modern times. History Park is located at 231 E. Henrietta Avenue, next to the Woodland Park Public Library. Call the Ute Pass Historical Society at 719-686-7512.
Mueller State Park is planning lots of summer fun for the month of August with campground programs, guided hikes and children’s programs. Many guided hikes and activities are scheduled for most weekends. Learn a new outdoor hobby like archery, fly fishing or nature photography. The best part of all is free park entrance will be offered to active-duty military and veterans throughout August! Contact the park of your choice for details. Before the kids go back to school, get out and enjoy our beautiful Colorado State Parks. For specific activities, call 719-687-2366.

Upcoming
Teller County Commissioner Norm Steen will be the guest speaker at the next Open Forum, scheduled for Wednesday August 5 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the GOP headquarters located above City Market in Woodland Park. These monthly events are open to people of all political persuasions. Come in and ask questions of your local elected officials.
The Pikes Peak Historical Society and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will be hosting a group of Tabeguache dancers for a performance of traditional Ute dances at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument amphitheater on Saturday, August 8 at 7 pm. The Society has been hosting the return of the Northern Ute Nation since 1999 and is also supported by the Catamount Institute, the Friends of Florissant Fossil Beds, White Horse Circle of World Council of Elders, and the Smokebrush Foundation. For more information please call the Monument at (719) 748 – 3253 ext. 122 or 202 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/flfo or Facebook at /FlorissantNPS
Pebble Pubs and Earth Science Scholars. Scientists from around the world journey to Colorado to study this geology, but some of those scientists are born, raised and educated right here. Your child could be inspired to become one of those scientists by getting involved with the Pikes Peak Pebble Pubs and Earth Science Scholars. This is an active youth group supported by the non-profit Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society and the Lake George Gem and Mineral Club organizations. Join us at the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company Visitor Center (371 E. Bennett Avenue) on Aug 8 from 10 am to 4 pm. You can learn about local prospecting methods and locations, how to use a digital microscope, hear stories about your neighbor, Milo the Mammoth, dig for fossils and see how you might get published. For more information, call Brad Poulson, communication specialist for CC&V at 719-689-4502.
The ninth annual Quilter’s Above the Clouds show, “Quilts in the Aspens,” will be held Saturday, August 8 from 9 am until 4:30 pm at the Woodland Park Middle School, 600 East Kelley’s Road. More than 100 quilts will be displayed including traditional bed-sized quilts, lap quilts, wall hangings, art quilts and home décor quilted items. Special exhibits and quilting demonstrations will be presented throughout the day. Fabric, patterns and quilting notions will be offered for sale by area quilt shops. Admission to the show is $2; children under 12 years are free.
A Holistic Healing Day is scheduled for Aug. 11 from 10 am to 12:30 pm at the Mountain View United Methodist Church in Woodland Park.We invite you to experience the benefits of holistic services on a first come, first served donation basis. Choose from touch and no-touch Reiki and Reiki Massage, psychic guidance, counseling, crystal and crystal bowl, essential oils, tuning fork sound healing and dowsing. Call Shari Billger at 719-748-3412.

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs
The Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., is featuring an exhibit, Microcosm Macrocosm, representing a collection of drawings, photographs and encaustic works from local artist Briget Heidmous. The center is also displaying the works of Susan Morello. Call 719-685-1861.