Almanac Week of 9.1.15

Wednesday, Sept. 2
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.

Final week for 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.

Meeting Cancellation. The Cripple Creek City Council meeting, scheduled for Sept. 2, has been cancelled. The next regular meeting will be held on Sept. 16.

Thursday, Sept. 3
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 asplot, 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 Sept. 3 at 7 pm in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.
Friday, Sept. 4
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.

Victor Celebrates the Arts! The spectacular 16th annual en Plein Air show/sale of
original paintings created in the authentic 1890’s gold mining mecca of Victor, Colorado will be held from Sept. 4-6. The times will be 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday and 9 am to 1 pm on Labor Day.Enjoy live music on Monday at Walllace Park while artists paint. Show and sale location is Victor Elks Hall,3rd Street at Diamond Avenue. The event is free. Additional events/information at,

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 ther 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: September 4; October 2; November 6; and December 4.

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.

Saturday, Sept. 5

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. 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.

Victor author Jan MacKell Collins, who has written several books on red light districts and soiled doves, will do a book signing on Saturday Sept. 5 from 3 to 6 pm at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum at 3rd and Victor Ave. For more information, call 719-689-5509.

The Night Sky Program. What’s that soft, milky glow stretching across the night sky? It’s the collective light of hundreds of billions of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy, most of which are too far away to see individually with the unaided eye. But don’t take our word for it: check out the Milky Way in our telescopes and see for yourself! Join us at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on Sept. 5 from 8 pm to 10 pm as we explore the many star clusters and nebulae that hide amongst countless distant stars in this amazing swath of sky. Call 719-748-3253 for more information.

Senior Center Car Show Pancake Breakfast. A Car Show Pancake Breakfast is scheduled at the Woodland Park Senior Center, 312 N. Center Street on September 12 from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. For a breakfast guaranteed to keep you going throughout the Car Show day, fill up with all you can eat fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, watermelon and the best biscuits and gravy around! Your home town seniors will be flipping pancakes and scrambling eggs, to be served up with juice and coffee or hot tea for only $8. Kids 6 and under eat for $2. Our open to the public event helps to support the programs and activities of the Woodland Park Senior Center.

Classical concert. On Sunday, September 13 at 3 pm, First Christian Church at 16 East Platte Avenue is presenting Gerald Miller, cellist, with Carol Wilson, pianist. They will be performing J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 5 for Unaccompanied Cello, Johannes Brahms’ Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano, Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata in C for Cello and Piano, and Two Caprices, op. 25 by Alfredo Piatti. A free will offering will be taken.

Stories of the Strong. Victor’s historic Strong Mine will be the center of attention on Saturday, Oct. 3. Stories at the Strong: A Day of Tall Tales & Mining History will be held at the 1899 mine site. The event is sponsored by the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. The day will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a tour of the compressor house, surface plant, and hoist house of the Strong Mine. The tour guide will be Two Mile High Mining Co. owner Jim Watson. The one-hour tour will be followed by storytelling with some of the mining district’s well-seasoned miners conjuring up memories and weaving tales about their experiences and the old days underground. The Strong Mine is located just off Diamond Avenue on Victor’s north side. Event attendees are encouraged to park in downtown Victor. A free shuttle sponsored by the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company will provide transportation from the trailheads and from the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum to the event and back throughout the day. For more information, call 719-689-5509.

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

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. Who knew there was so much to learn about ice? For more information, call 719-660-4381.

The Haunted Histories of Old Colorado City will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26 with tours starting at 6 pm and extending to 8 pm at the Fairview Cemetery. The cost is $20 per person. Some of the stories with deal with The Ghosts of Two Grieving Mother, The Ghosts of Gambling, Guns and Drugs and The Ghosts of the Reverend and the Madam and the Ghost of Colorado City Business. The tours are sponsored by the Old Colorado City Historical Society. For more information, call 719-636-1225.