Almanac Week of 6.14.16

Tuesday, June 14
The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on June 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, June 15
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 65.0447 for more information and reservations.

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.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on June 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers at city hall.

Thursday, June 16
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 June 16 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers next to city hall.

Friday, June 17
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. 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. 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’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 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 mike@periniassociates.com.

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 18
Cemetery Tours. The Ute Pass Historical Society & Pikes Peak Museum offers free tours every Saturday from now through September 17. The walking tour of historic downtown Woodland Park begins at 10 a.m. and takes about 90 minutes. The walking tour meets at the Museum Center in History Park, 231 E. Henrietta Avenue. This year the tour will include local flora and fauna.Tour the historic buildings of History Park from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. All tours are weather permitting. For more information, please call 719.686.7512, or check the website: UtePassHistoricalSociety.org

Big Tent Gathering. The Teller County Republicans will host a “Big Tent” event and fund-raiser on June 18 from 2 to 6 pm at the Sourdough Ranch, 584 Sourdough Road. The event will feature an outdoor barbecue and an open bar. The event will be attended by all five Republican candidates for Colorado’s, U.S. Senate seat, and the two contenders for the District Five Congressional seat, Doug Lamborn and Calandra Vargas. For more information and to obtain tickets, visit the Teller County Republicans website or visit their office at the Gold Hill Square South Shopping Center.

Hike into History with the Utes. Join favorite South Park author Celinda Kaelin for an exciting walk along one of the favorite trails of Eleven Mile State Park on June 18 and listen to her tales of life among the people of the Ute Nation that called these mountains home prior to the 1800’s. Celinda will focus on the Ute tribes that inhabited the area, their life style & history. Along the way, Celinda will plan to stop by several of the trees that the Utes used in this area for messages, healing or prayers. Meet at the Coyote Ridge Trailhead at 10 a.m. A Hunters in The Sky Junior Ranger Program will also occur on June 18 at 2 p.m. at the North Shore Amphitheater. And enjoy an Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk Saturday at the Coyote Ridge Trailhead at 6 p.m. For more information, call Charlette Barnes, Park Interpretive Guide at Eleven Mile State Park, at 719-748-3401.

Mining Tours. Modern mine tours, which start from Victor’s Lowell Thomas museum, are now occurring throughout the week. 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 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 19
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.

Upcoming
Donkey Derby Days. The city of Cripple Creek is hosting the 85th annual Donkey Derby Days on June 25-26, in downtown Cripple Creek. The whole family is invited to this fun-filled weekend, even the family pooch. Admission is free for both days. The preliminary festivities kick off during the donkey-filled weekend with the melodrama “Darling of the Donkey Derby” at the Butte Theater at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 24. At the races, the media will go crazy in the “Big Ass Challenge” on Saturday at 10 a.m. And the Donkey Derby Races on Saturday and Sunday are open to anyone ready to try his or her luck at winning with a donkey by their side. Even dogs can join the frivolity, when they compete in a canine contest. Or humans can enter the Best Beard contest. And with numerous food vendors, there will be plenty of casual dining options. While the racing donkeys may steal the show, families can also enjoy other activities, including a parade, live music, donkey rides, games for the kids and heritage competitions. The mining town’s history lives on as the city celebrates this wacky event. According to legend, the donkeys roaming the town today are descendants of those from the old mining days. Local businessman Charley Lehew launched this derby tradition back in the 1930s with a donkey race. Since then, locals and tourists alike have herded to this historic event to watch tradition live on. The American Bus Association named Cripple Creek’s Donkey Derby Days one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2016. For more information, visit the website at VisitCrippleCreek.com.

Green Box Arts Festival. This annual festival will be held in the town of Green Mountain Falls from June 26 to July 4. It plays host to extraordinary contemporary art and artists. Among the highlights this year are the outdoor whimsical craftsmanship of world-renowned installation artist Patrick Dougherty, as well as performances by the Oklahoma City Ballet and New York’s Keigwin and Company. Visit greenboxarts.org.

5th Annual Cemetery Crawl. Take a walk around the Woodland Park Cemetery on Monday, July 4th and meet some of the old pioneers who are resting there. Tours run every 15 minutes from 1 to 3. Cost is $5, and tickets are available at the gate. The cemetery is located at 650 Short Street in Woodland Park. Please call UPHS at 719-686-7512 or e mail uphs@peakinter.net for more information.

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

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, www.casappr.org.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The 100th anniversary run of the second oldest race in the United States is scheduled for June 26 from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Pikes Peak Highway five miles west of Manitou Springs. The Pikes Peak Highway will be closed to non-race visitors. Call 719-685-4400 for more information, or visit www.ppihc.com.