Almanac Week of 4.26.16

Tuesday, April 28

Narcotics Anonymous Meetings. Meetings hosted by the Red Cloud Serenity Club, 10400 Ute Pass Avenue, Green Mountain Falls, will be held every Tuesday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Also, additional Narcotics Anonymous meetings will be held every Friday at 7 p.m. at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 101 Rampart Range Road in Woodland Park. For more information, call Sue Santoro at 561-503-0723.

Wednesday, April 29
TSC (Teller Senior Coalition) Transit is excited to announce our bus service on Wednesdays in Woodland Park. This is a joint venture with Cripple Creek Transit to provide much needed transportation service between Cripple Creek and 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. Call 719-687-0256 for more details or visit the TSC website at www.tellerseniorcoalition.com for a full schedule of pick up and drop off times.

Thursday, April 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. Call Evelyn at 719-748-8383 for more information.

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

Consignment Sale. A HUGE children’s consignment sale will be held in Woodland Park, featuring gently used clothing, shoes and accessories (infant to junior). The sale will also include toys, media, play equipment, strollers, high chairs, sporting goods, baby gear, maternity, bedding and more. It will be held at the Woodland Park Community Church, 800 Valley View Drive, with free admission. The scheduled dates and times are Thursday, April 28 from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (with everything at half price). Proceeds from the event benefit the Ute Pass MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). Call 719-433-3215 for more information.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on April 30 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers next to city hall.

Reliving the Ice Age. Join Steve Veatch to get a glimpse into the exotic Ice Age realm and at the fantastic creatures that ruled the land like the mammoths, mastodons, giant bison, sloths and camels. This seminar, held at the Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park on April 30, will lead you to a better understanding of the Ice Age and climate change. Everyone gets a certificate of completion, and a resource CD to take home. Class is from 9:30am-12:30pm. Pre-registration is required. Call Deb at 719-686-1820 x104.

Friday, May 1
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club will meet at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.
The Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation will host roller skating and blading activities on every Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 719-689-3514 for more information.

Saturday, May 2
Time to hit the links. The Shining Mountain Golf Club in Woodland Park has officially opened for the 2016 season. Both the golf course and the Mountain Grill restaurant that features a new menu and head chef are open for business. For more information, call 719-687-7587.

Upcoming
Open Forum. Norm Steen, the chairman of the Teller County Commissioners, will be the speaker for the May 3 Open Forum. Steen will address the planning for expanding broadband high speed internet in Teller County. He then will open up any topic people want to talk about. The Open Forum will occur at Denny’s in Woodland Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. These forums were started by a group of leaders of the Teller County Republican Party, but they are open to citizens of all political persuasion. They are aimed at providing a dialogue between key local and state leaders and the citizens of Teller County.

The Norad Incident, a Southern Colorado Event. This presentation has been rescheduled from March 23rd when a blizzard closed the library. Presentation and Discussion with Steve Alexander. Steve is a well-respected retired Army Colonel and published author. Steve has had a passion for UFO hunting and discoveries for many years and is extremely interesting. The presentation is scheduled for May 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 719-687-9281×103 for more information.

Family Fun Carnival. This is a free event for kids and parents of all ages. There will be games, bounce houses, rock wall, and free pizza to make this a great night to get out and enjoy some community entertainment. The festivities will be on May 5th from 5-7 pm at Colorado Springs Christian School in Woodland Park located at 1003 Tamarac Parkway, just past the post office. For more information, call 719-331-3842.

The Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation is hosting some summer fun, with baseball and adult softball. The deadline for adult softball is slated for May 8. For more information, contact the CC Parks and Recreation at 719-689-3514.

Midland Days Symposium. The 2016 Midland Days Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, May 14th, at the John Wesley Ranch south of Divide. This will be the seventh year commemorating the legacy of the Colorado Midland Railway and the Midland Terminal Railroad, and raising funds to support the Midland Depot at the Divide Preservation Project. Our co-sponsors again are the Teller Historic and Environmental Coalition and the Divide Chamber of Commerce. This year’s theme is “Over The Great Divide” – a focus on the operation of the Colorado Midland from Leadville to Grand Junction. Overviews of both the Colorado Midland and Midland Terminal will be presented, and we’ve planned some interesting talks related to both. Advanced registration is $55 per person and seating is limited so reserve your place today (fee includes refreshments and lunch). You may email your RSVP to “Midlanddays@yahoo.com,” or call 719-213-9335. You may pay your registration fee at the door the day of the event or mail your check in advance to “Midland Days, C/O David Martinek, P.O. Box 1088, Divide, CO 80814 (make check payable to Midland Days).

Mining Tours. Experience mining old and new this summer and explore gold rush history past and present at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. The Museum, which has operated in its current location for over 50 years, will open Saturday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. and again be hosting tours of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company operations near Victor. Modern mine tours will start May 29 at 10 a.m. from the museum. These popular gold mine tours feature the modern mining operations of Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company, which is operated by Newmont Mining Company. Tour experiences will offer the chance to see giant haul trucks, shovels and drill rigs in action in the large surface mine between Victor and Cripple Creek, Colorado. Watch boulders being crushed into gravel and learn about the modern refining methods while helping to preserve the district’s 1890’s history – all tour proceeds go to the Museum to help offset operations and building renovation costs.This summer the mine tours will be available May 29 through Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., daily except no tours will be held on Thursdays. In addition, tours are offered Sept. 11 and 12 at 10 and 1 p.m. Check VictorColorado.com for additional tour times and dates. The cost is $7.50 per person – an affordable way for the entire family to see a real working gold mine. Only children 5 years of age and older are allowed on the tours. Please be sure to reserve your tour dates (June is the slowest and the best time to make a reservation) as they are very popular and fill up quickly. June is the slowest and the best time to make a reservation.Reservations may be made online at VictorColorado.com or by leaving a message at 719-689-4211 or starting May 28 at 719-689-5509. The maximum on each tour is 13. The best way to reserve a mine tour is online at VictorColorado.com – online reservations receive first priority.

Farmer’s Market. Woodland Park’s Award Winning Outdoor Summer Market is held every Friday from June-September near Vectra Bank off Hwy. 24 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Over 80 vendors will be providing Colorado grown vegetables, fruits, plants, and a variety of other products. In addition, you can purchase a wide assortment of baked goods, cheese, pastas, olive oils and personal care products. Don’t forget to swing by the food trucks and tents for breakfast, lunch, musical entertainments and so much more. Vendors accept cash, Market Bucks & SNAP dollars (use your Debit or SNAP card for these at the Market Managers Booth), and some accept credit/debit cards. Visit our Market Shop in the green shed for Farmers Market shirts, bags, caps and mugs. Stop by the Market Shop for a free vinyl cling for your car window and show your pride in supporting this 26 year old community event. For more information, call Judy Crummett at 719-689-3133.

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival. This annual event, which features wine tasting from the top wineries in the state and great live music and food, is scheduled for June 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Memorial Park in historic Manitou Springs. This is one of the town’s more popular early summer festivals. For more information, contact the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau and Office of Economic Development at 719-685-5089 or www.manitousprings.org..

Pikes Peak Ringers. Pikes Peak Ringers, an auditioned community handbell choir in Colorado Springs, will present two identical concerts, ”That’s Got Style” on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 2111 Carlton Ave. and again on Sunday, May 15 at 3 pm at First Christian Church, on the corner of Platte and Cascade Ave. The concert will explore musical styles of the 20th and 21st century – Pop, Original, Jazz, Rock, Broadway, Disney and much more, played with Pikes Peak Ringers’ versatility and artistry. Pikes Peak Ringers was formed in 1991 under the direction of Kevin McChesney. The group has been recognized as one of the premier handbell ensembles in North America. For more information, call 719-632-8836.