Almanac Week of 6.28.16

Tuesday, June 28
Election Deadline: Tuesday, June 28 is the deadline for returning ballots or casting tallies for the primary election. Ballots for registered Democrats and Republicans 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 for details).

Wednesday, June 29
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 for a full schedule of pick up and drop off times.

Thursday, June 30
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.

Friday, July 1
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club will meet at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.

Green Box Arts Festival. This annual festival will be held in the town of Green Mountain Falls from now through July 4. This week’s highlights include a conversation on political leadership on July 1 at 11 a.m., a performance by the Oklahoma City Ballet at 7 p.m. on July 1, a performance by New York’s Keigwin and Company on July 2 and an Art Desk Conversation with Melanie Anderson on July 3, along with a block party on July 4.. Visit for details.

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.

Pippin Debut. The Thin Air Theatre Company will kick-off performances of the Tony-award winning musical, Pippin, on the evening of July 1 at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek. This performance, which continues through Aug. 27, features sizzling choreography and an award-winning score. In addition, the Butte this summer will also do regular performances of one of its favorite melodramas, Darling of the Donkey Derby. For more information, visit, or call 719-689-3247.

Saturday, July 2
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:

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 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, 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.

Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration. Don’t miss Woodland Park’s traditional Old Fashioned July 4th celebration on Independence Day. The festivities this year, capped by a variety of games, will be held in a new location due to the renovation work occurring at Memorial Park (see related advertisement in this week’s TMJ). It will be held on Midland Avenue between Fairview and Laurel. A fireworks show will then occur around 9:30 p.m. Also, Cripple Creek will celebrate July 4th in style with one of the more remarkable fireworks shows in southern Colorado.

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 for more information.

Birds of Florissant Fossil Beds and Surrounding Areas. We all know about Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument being a great place to look into our past. Come out on Wednesday July 6th from 4 to to 6 p.m. to learn about a new book that will allow visitors to enjoy the natural resources of the Monument. Debbie Barnes-Shankster will give a peak into the book “Birds of Florissant Fossil Beds and Surrounding Areas” and then take a short stroll to enjoy the birds at the monument. For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook at /FlorissantNPS.

Animal survival. Animals do some yucky things for survival. Nature develops wonderful ways to handle different situations. Who cleans up road kill? How do birds keep cool? Join Park Interpreters and our puppets to learn the unique and yucky ways animals adapt for a presentation on July 9 at the North Shore Amphitheater of the Eleven Mile State Park at 10 a.m. Then at 8 p.m. on July 9, join Sue Cranston and Carol Scarborough, operators of the Indigo Mountain Nature Center, for a tell-all discussion that focuses on the felines of Colorado. Learn about the habits and habitats of the mountain lion, lynx and bobcat. On July 8, an edible and medicinal plant walk will occur at the Coyote Ridge Trailhead at 6 p.m. For more information, call 719-748-3401.

Hot Summer Nights. On Saturday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue is presenting the next program in their Hot Summer Nights: Music on the Labyrinth series, featuring the Liberty Belles, a trio of classically-trained, stage-savvy, fun-loving singers. Jennifer De Dominici, Amber Marek and Amalia Dobbins will bring to life the songs of the great musical era of the 1940s with a light-hearted joy that is contagious. 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.

Badger Flats Restoration. Come join the Colorado Mountain Club’s Stewardship Team as we partner with South Park Ranger District for the third year in a row. We will be working on the Badger Flats Habitat Restoration Project near Lake George on Saturday, July 23rd from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and again on Saturday, July 30th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. This beautiful area has been growing in popularity. Volunteer crews will help address wildlife habitat degradation by installing signs, constructing natural barriers & fences, re-seeding, inventorying and closing non-system roads and trails. A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided for whole day volunteers. Anyone wanting to volunteer should bring his or her own water, snacks, sunscreen, close-toed boots, long pants, sunglasses, hat, and anything else they will need to be comfortable for the day. Please visit the links below for more information and volunteer registration: Saturday, July 23rd: Saturday, July 30th:

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

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 or call Opera Theatre’s ticket line, 719-646-3127.