Almanac Week of 5.10.16

Tuesday, May 10
A joint meeting will occur between the Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees and GMF Planning Commission on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, May 11
Johnny Jump Up Plant Sale. The Prospect Home Care and Hospice has kicked off its 3rd Annual Johnny Jump Up Plant Sale. “Nothing is as charming as a patch of Johnny Jump Ups today, all summer and again next year.” The sale goes from now until May 13, with deliveries scheduled for May 17. For more information, call Janet at 719-687-0549.

Thursday, May 12
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on May 12 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

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 Planning Commission will meet on May 12 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers next to city hall.

Friday, May 13
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 14
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 “,” 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).

Photography workshop. Join volunteer interpretive ranger Steve Veatch for a hands on photography workshop amid the spectacular scenery of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. The workshop is scheduled for May 14 from 1 to 3 pm. While walking a trail you will learn on-location compositional strategies that will turn your photo into something more than a snapshot! The workshop will teach you how to tell stories with your photos. Meet at the visitor center. Be prepared for outdoor conditions by dressing in layers, wearing a hat and sunscreen, etc. Bring water and snacks. Call 719-748-3253.

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.

Sunday, May 15
Pikes Peak Ringers. On Sunday, May 15 at 3 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue is presenting the Pikes Peak Ringers, an auditioned community handbell choir, directed by Kevin McChesney. The program, “That’s Got Style,” will feature music of the 20th and 21st centuries – pop, original, jazz, rock, Broadway, Disney and much more – played with PPR’s versatility and artistry. Also featured is the Forte Handbell Quartet, an elite ensemble established in 2007. A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call Joan Kuehn, 719.634.8836, or visit Pikes Peak Ringers on Facebook or YouTube.

Butte Theater Show. The Community Spring Production of Steel Magnolias will be held on the Butte Theater stage May 19-22.Show times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.Tickets are $7 per person. All tickets will be sold at the door – no reservations in advance.For more information about the show or the Butte Theater, call 719-689-6402
The Butte Theater is located at 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek.

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 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.

Book-signing. Join the authors of the long-anticipated Discovering Ute Pass: Volume I for a book signing. The event is noon to 3 pm, Saturday, May 28th at Crystola Roadhouse, 20918 East U.S. Highway 24. (That is, if the planets align properly, if the dominoes fall correctly, and if we don’t get two feet of snow.) Volume I chronicles the development of Lower Ute Pass, beginning with Cascade and traveling westward up the Pass through Chipita Park, Green Mountain Falls and Crystola. The history comes alive through the use of stories, anecdotes and first-hand accounts of the health-seekers and pioneers who first came to the area in the mid-1800s. Hundreds of photos punctuate and personalize the tales of the early days. Discovering Ute Pass: Volume I retails for $22 and UPHS members receive a 10% discount. Contact UPHS at 719.686.7512 for more information.
Bereavement Support Group. Kathy Sparnins will be leading Prospect’s Bereavement Support Group for 6 weeks, starting Wednesday, June 1st. Meetings are 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm at Prospect Home Care & Hospice. Contact Janet at 687.0549 or Kathy at 659.0447 for more information and reservations.

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.

The Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association (HDSA) will host its fifth annual Charity Tournament benefiting the Teller County Sheriff’s Office. The golf tournament will be held on Friday, June 17, and in partnership with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC). The event takes place at Shining Mountain Golf Club in Woodland Park. There will be a continental breakfast at the course with registration at 7: 00 a.m. MT, followed by a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. MT. Participants will be able to enter various competitions held in conjunction with the tournament for prizes, including hole-in-one, lowest team net score, longest drive and closest to the pin contests. A silent auction will be held. Following the tournament, there will be an awards ceremony and recognition Chuck Wagon lunch. A PPIHC car, a 2008 Hyundai Tiburon, and it’s owner Jonathan Newcombe will be on hand, as well as the touring museum trailer for the historic race event. HDSA has a strong passion for helping those who protect our lives and property. Since 2012, the event has become the HDSA’s largest yearly-fundraiser and has generated more than $25,000 for the sheriff’s office. For more information, visit

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

Picnic-N-Planes. Do you like watching the Thunderbirds flyover for the Air force Academy’s Graduation? Have trouble finding a place to watch them that has a great view and is safe and comfortable? Look no more! The Western Museum of Mining is honored to be the Academy’s neighbor…and lucky too! Here is why: The Mining Museum is the perfect place to watch the amazing aerial acrobatics of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as they fly for the Air Force Academy’s graduation. Bring and enjoy a picnic lunch by our spring fed ponds and flowering meadow as you experience the mighty Thunderbirds soar over you! The Thunderbird’s demonstration will take place between 12:30 am and 1:30 pm on June 2. Come early, set up your family picnic, and enjoy the show! Grounds are open for picnicking and flyover watching from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm! Admission to the grounds only for this event will be $5 per vehicle. Regular museum admission applies for those interested in seeing the museum afterwards. Visit or call 719-488-0880 for more information.