Tuesday, June 21
The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly After-Hours gathering on June 21 at the Foxworth Galbraith Lumber Company, starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on June 21 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.
Wednesday, June 22
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 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.
Thursday, June 23
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on June 23 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 June 23 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers next to city hall.
Friday, June 24
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.
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 25
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.
Teller County Town Hall. Assistant Minority Leader Polly Lawrence and Senator Kevin Grantham will conduct a town hall meeting on June 25 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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
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.
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. See related story in this week’s TMJ. Call 719-685-4400 for more information, or visit www.ppihc.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. See related story in this week’s TMJ. Visit greenboxarts.org.
Election Deadline: Tuesday, June 28 is the deadline for returning ballots or casting tallies for the primary election. Ballots for registered Democrats and Republicans in Teller County must be returned to the Woodland Park Library, or the clerk offices in Woodland Park and Cripple Creek by 7 p.m. June 28 (See related story in TMJ for details).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Hot Summer Nights. On Saturday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue is presenting another program in their Hot Summer Nights: Music on the Labyrinth series, featuring Summer Creek Acoustic Band. Members Jorrin Powell, Jory, Kooper and Kerry Lane – mandolin, guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo, vocals – will perform bluegrass, gospel, and country music. 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. For more information, call 719-633-8888.
Mountain Arts Festival. Mark your calendar to attend the 31st Annual Mountain Arts Festival held August 6 and 7 in Woodland Park, Saturday10am to 5pm and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, on the Ute Pass Cultural Center green. There will be 75 vendors including potters, photographers, jewelry of all varieties, painters, woodworking, metal work, and food vendors. There will be Colorado artists as well as artists from many other states. Members of the Mountain Artists, who put on the festival every year, will share a booth at this year’s festival. Also featured this year, will be the winner of our scholarship program, Shanae Roberts, who will have a display of her work. The Mountain Artists give a scholarship or two to students who plan to major or minor in the visual arts. With the goal of promoting the arts, the Mountain Artists also sponsors a student art show every year in the spring with approximately $1500 in prizes awarded. There will be an hourly drawing for a $20 coupon which the winner can spend with any vendor. Admission is free. For more information, call Rita Randolph at 719-502-5085.
Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs
July 4th Fireworks Show. Don’t miss a spectacular fireworks show in downtown Manitou Springs on Independence Day by the Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Department, starting at 9:30 p.m.
Summer Round Up 12K. .This popular race is scheduled for July 10 at 7 a.m. in Bear Creek Park. For more information, visit www.pprrun.org.
Buckaroo BBQ. The Pikes Peak Opera League announces a special fundraising event for the whole family, “Buckaroo BBQ” to help support Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ fifteenth summer Vocal Arts Festival and Young Artists Intensive Training Program. The League is most excited to be hosting a family-fun event this year to kick off the renowned Festival. And it is sure to please people of all ages. The “Buckaroo BBQ” is set for Friday evening, July 8 starting at 5 pm at Gold Hill Mesa, on south Raven Mine Drive off Lower Gold Camp Road. At 5 pm there will be an Old West dress-up photo booth. Games for kids and adults will be ongoing throughout the evening. They include a rattle snake toss (no worries, they’re not real), “balls in the bucket” and “ducks in the water” for the young ‘uns and some craft projects as well. There’s a “most unusual cowboy hat contest” for both children and adults. Prepare your hat at home or decorate it at the crafts table. Adults can take a chance at the “wine pull.” Visit www.operatheatreoftherockies.org or call Opera Theatre’s ticket line, 719-646-3127.