Almanac Week of 8.18.15

Tuesday, Aug. 18
The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Aug. 18 at 7 pm in the GMF town hall.

The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will feature its monthly Business After Hours on Aug. 18, starting at 5:30 pm at the Coldwell Banker Building, 18401 E. Hwy. 24. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and catch up with your friends, clients and customers in an informal setting. Call 719-687-9885 for more information.

Wednesday, Aug. 19
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 continues this summer at Cripple Creek’s Butte Theater. The summer 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 is featuring 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

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Aug. 19 at 5:30 pm in the council chambers at city hall.

Thursday, Aug. 20
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.

Woodland Park Writers Group. Are you interested in writing/publishing commercial fiction and nonfiction? We are starting a Woodland Park writers group. All published and non-published authors are welcome. We will discuss relevant topics such as plot, POV, hooks, character development, and the general business of writing/publishing. We will play with improv writing. Polish your craft to
get published. Meetings are at the WP Library, 218 E. Midland Avenue, in the Small Meeting Room the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 6pm-8pm. For more info, call 719-377-1546 or email

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Aug. 20 at 7 pm in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Aug. 21
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.

TSC (Teller Senior Coalition) Transit is excited to announce its new “Out ‘n About” bus service has been expanded to include Fridays in Woodland Park. TSC Transit will be picking up from the Senior Center and will be making stops at Pikes Peak Family Medicine, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, City Market, Safeway, Walgreens, Walmart, and the Department of Social Services upon request. The bus will also be providing drop off/pick up service behind Vectra Bank for the Farmer’s Market. Call Janet Brown at (719) 687-3330 for more details or visit the TSC website at for a full schedule of pick up and drop off times.

Gold Mine tours. The CC&V mine conducts regular guided tours of their operations from now through Labor Day. These popular tours, which occur almost on a daily basis, originate at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, in Victor. All proceeds from the tours are donated to the museum. Call 719-689-4211 for more information and to make reservations or visit Reservations are highly recommended for these tours.

Saturday, August 22

The Gold Bar Theater inside the historic Imperial Hotel located at 123 Third St. in Cripple Creek is presenting a Colorado Songwriter Showcase with the Front Range Songwriters Association and a songwriting workshop on Saturday, August 22. The Songwriting workshop is at 2 pm and the Colorado Songwriter Showcase is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the workshop and $5 for the showcase or $8 for both. Tickets can be purchased at the door.The Front Range Songwriter’s Assn. is a group of songwriters based in Colorado Springs, that has conducted a monthly songwriting workshop for over 20 years. For more information call 719-838-0116

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 for further information.

Sunday, Aug. 23
Woodland Music Series. Enjoy the Pikes Peak Brass Band for a free concert on the green from 1:30-2:30 pm on Sunday Aug 23 at the Midland Pavilion in Woodland Park, next to Ute Pass Cultural Center. For more information, visit

Greatest Gold Camp on Earth. Have you ever wanted to meet historical people from the ol’ mining days? Join us on August 28 as we visit with interesting Cripple Creek residents who lived in those exciting times. The Cripple Creek District Museum, the Homestead Museum, and the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company are proud to present “The Greatest Gold Camp on Earth,” a program featuring various characters who made the Cripple Creek area famous. The festivities will begin Friday, Aug. 28, with entertainment in the Gold Bar Room in the famous Imperial Hotel. It will feature such personalities as Pearl DeVere, Doc Susie, A. E. Carlton, Bob Womack, Adeline Hornbeck, Maurice Finn, and others. Music will be provided, as well as the beautiful voice of Shelby Evanoika. The Gold Bar Room will be open at 6 pm for an hour of socializing with a cash bar and music. The program will begin at 7pm. Tickets are $10 per person with all proceeds going to the two museums. The festivities continue on Aug. 29 at the Cripple Creek District Museum from 10 am to 5 pm where our celebrities again recreate their lives in the “Greatest Gold Camp on Earth.” Call 719-689-9540 for more information.

Catch Big Air. The 14th annual BMX Race, sponsored by Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation, will be held on Aug. 29 from 10 am to 2 pm. Racers of all ages will compete for cash prizes and more. The races will occur at the Mountain View BMX track, located on County Road 89, right past Cripple Creek Public Works. For more information, call 719-689-3514.

Live theater. The Thin Air Theatre Company (TATC) will wrap up their summer season of all new shows at Cripple Creek’s Butte Theater with a laugh and a mystery.The 39 Steps is a madcap stage adaptation of the famed 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film. The 39 Steps pays homage to Hitchcock & the classic film mysteries with an unapologetic, tongue-in-cheek flare that has won over audiences on Broadway, London’s West End & around the world. The show runs Sep. 4-Sept. 26. For more information, visit For phone reservations, call 719-689-3247.

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) has announced its September workshop schedule. All workshops are held at the PPWFC main office at the Citizens Service Center, unless otherwise noted. They deal with a variety of job search and networking techniques. To help job seekers prepare for the Fall Job Fair (September 30), PPWFC will offer its popular workshop, How to Make the Job Fair Work for You! at its main office throughout September. A time also has been set for Sept. 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 am in the Woodland Park Public Library. For more information, call 719-667-3730. 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

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.

The Golden Days of Ice. The Old Colorado City History Center (1 South 24th Street in Colorado Springs) is hosting a program on Tri Lakes and Midland Ice Production on Sept. 11 at 11 am. It will also provide information regarding Ice distribution in the Ute Pass and Monument Creek areas. The presentation covers the locations of natural ice production, the history of the sites, and the evolving techniques of producing, collecting, storing and distributing the product. It covers the period from the 1880’s into the 1940’s. The commercial customers of Front Range ice ranged from New Mexico to Missouri. In an agrarian society, ice production provided farmers a year-round income. The introduction of natural ice in the late 1800’s allowed a broadening diversity to the American Diet. Who knew there was so much to learn about ice? For more information, call 719-660-4381.