Alamanac Week of 5.17.16

Tuesday, May 17

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on May 17 at 7 pm in the Green Mountain Falls Town Hall.

Wednesday, May 18
Johnny Jump Up Plant Sale Delivery. The Prospect Home Care and Hospice is conducting 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.” Deliveries scheduled for May 17. For more information, call Janet at 719-687-0549.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on May 18 in the CC Council Chambers at 5:30 pm.

Thursday, May 19
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 City Council will meet on May 19 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers next to city hall.

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.

Friday, May 20
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.

Music performance. Cassandra Davis will perform at Shining Mountain Golf Club from 5 to 8 pm on Fridays on a regular basis. She also will play at the Crystola Roadhouse from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Saturday, May 21

Senior Center Pancake Breakfast The monthly Pancake Breakfast will be held a the Woodland Park Senior Center, 312 N. Center Street on Saturday, May 21 from 8 am to 11 am. Start off your weekend with a hot, home cooked breakfast! Join us for a fresh, all you can eat, breakfast of fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, the best biscuits and gravy around, and a seasonal treat. Your home town seniors will be flipping the pancakes and serving them up with juice and coffee or hot tea for only $8. Kids 6 and under eat for $2. Everyone is welcomed to enjoy great food and friendly conversation. This open to the public fundraising event helps to support the programs and activities of the Woodland Park Senior Center. We appreciated the support of each one of you! Mark your calendars and plan to join us on the 3rd Saturday each month this year.

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.


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,
on 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.

School/Police Exercise. Woodland Park School District, in partnership with the Woodland Park Police Department, will be conducting a full-scale exercise at the Woodland Park Middle School on June 1.Law Enforcement and other first responder agencies from the area will be participating in the event as well as WPSD staff and volunteer studentsNeighbors who live near or around the middle school are being notified of this day-long exercise.For more information, contact WPPD Commander Jim Halloran at 719-687-9262 or WPSD Safety and Security Coordinator Sean Goings at 719-686-2005.

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.

Jazz in June featuring renowned jazz trombonist Bill Watrous with Swing Factory, is scheduled for June 3 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Woodland Park. Tickets are $20 per person with a 6:30 cocktail hour featuring Bill Watrous and Swing Factory rhythm section. The Jazz concert with Swing Factory and Bill Watrous will occur at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call Craig Harms at 719-687-2210, by on-line at or purchase at the door. Music students can get $10 tickets with confirmation from teacher. The event is sponsored by the Woodland Park Wind Symphony, Conn Selmer, Woodland Music Series, Grander Music and Meeker Music.

The Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association (HDSA) will host its fifth annual Charity Tournament benefiting the Teller County’s Sheriff 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

Prospector’s TV celebrity visits Manitou business. Dwayne Hall, of Prospector’s TV show fame, will be signing autographs and featuring Aquamarine personally mined from the Blue Rose Mine on Mount White in Colorado. The event will take place from 1 – 5pm at Lane Mitchell Jewelers in Manitou, at 737 Manitou Avenue. Dwayne Hall is one of the featured miners on The Weather Channel’s TV series “Prospectors”. He has been mining the mountains of Colorado for over a decade, and loves telling stories and educating people about Colorado gems and minerals. He will be signing Prospector’s posters and posing for photographs with rock hounds, fans and customers. Lane Mitchell Jewelers Manitou store, known for its eclectic collection of vintage and custom jewelry is located in the heart of historic Manitou Springs. For more information, visit

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.

CASA offers a volunteer opportunity like no other. As appointed representatives of the court, CASA Volunteers are empowered to make a lifelong difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. Find out how you can become a CASA and lift up a child’s life. Join us Wednesday, June 15, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, for our 4-1-1 hour at the CASA office, 701 S. Cascade Ave., CSC 80903. Please RSVP to Kelly, (719)447-9898, ext. 1033 or visit our website,