Alamanac Week of 5.31.16

Wednesday, June 1
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.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Wednesday, June 1 in the Cripple Creek Council Chambers at city hall at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 2
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 City Council will meet on June 2 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers next to city hall.

Friday, June 3
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.

Farmer’s Market Summer Kick-off. 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.

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, June 4

Mining Tours and Museum Opening. 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.

Hot Summer Nights. On Saturday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue is presenting the first program in their Hot Summer Nights: Music on the Labyrinth series, featuring local favorite Joe Uveges, singer and acoustic guitarist. The program will be held outdoors on the labyrinth on the south side of the church, but will move indoors for inclement weather. A free will offering will be taken. Call 633-8888 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.

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.

New Trail Opening. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument announces a host of activities for June in honor of the Centennial Celebration of the National Park Service. These activities will kick off on Saturday June 4 during National Trails Day with a ribbon cutting and hike on the new Geology Trail. Join community members, park staff and paleontologists, as we cut the ribbon and lead a hike on the new trail. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. with the hikes on the new trail occurring between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Leading the hikes will be park paleontology staff. Meet behind the visitor center. The hike will consist of a one-mile round trip. Call 719-748-3253.

Flag Day. The annual Elks Flag Day Ceremony will be celebrated at the CC Elks Lodge at on June 12 at 1 pm, jointly with Victor Lodge. This ceremony is open to the public and we especially would like to invite anyone who has never seen this very moving tribute to the American flag. 371 E Bennett Ave (use side entrance on 4th St) 719-689-2625. Patriotism has characterized the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America since the early days of the organization. Allegiance to the flag of our country is a requirement of every member. In 1907, the Grand Lodge of the BPO Elks designated June 14 as Flag Day. In 1911, the Grand Lodge of the Order adopted mandatory observance of the occasion by every Lodge, and that requirement continues. The Elks prompted President Woodrow Wilson to recognize the Order’s observance of Flag Day for its patriotic expression in 1916.

Geocaching presentation. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Geocaches can be found all over the world. It is common for Geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill to the cache owner. Currently there are 2.7 million caches listed in over 200 countries, including 26,000 in Colorado. Rudy and Kathy Perry, Florissant residents and active members of the Pikes Peak Historical Society, will speak about what geocaching is and how to get started in this fun, family oriented activity during the monthly Chautauqua, scheduled for Sunday, June 19 at 2 p.m. at the Florissant library. This program is presented as a public service of the Pikes Peak Historical Society. Admission is free and refreshments are served. No reservations are required but arrive early, seating is limited. For more information call 719-748-8259 or 719-748-3861.

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

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,