Almanac Week of 7.5.16

Tuesday, July 5
Symphony Above the Clouds. The 36th annual Symphony Above the Clouds will occur on July 5 at the Woodland Park Middle School. The concert features the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and other performers, such as the Ceol Ceili band. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the music begins at 5:30 p.m. The concert is free and is sponsored by the Ute Pass Symphony Guild.

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on July 5 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, July 6
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

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.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on July 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall.

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

Friday, July 8
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.

Pippin and Darling of the Donkey shows. The Thin Air Theatre Company will do continual performances of the Tony-award winning musical, Pippin at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek throughout the summer. 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 and to make reservations visit, or call 719-689-3247.

Saturday, July 9
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:
Purely Bluegrass. The Woodland Music Series will host a free concert on July 9 at the Midland Pavilion, outside the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The concert will feature several top bluegrass acts, with the music beginning at 11 a.m. Visit for more details.

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.

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.

Free Concert. The Woodland Music Series presents The 101st Army Dixieland Band performing outstanding renditions of America’s original musical form plus stirring military selections on July 17. This show is guaranteed to produce happy faces and toe-tapping fun for everyone. This fine ensemble has thrilled audiences in Colorado schools, concert halls, military installations and jazz jubilee appearances throughout the nation. Showtime is 1 p.m. on the green at Midland Pavilion, 210 E Midland Ave, Woodland Park.Visit for more details.

Chamber Golf Classic. The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will host its annual golf tournament on July 15 at the Shining Mountain Golf Club in Woodland Park. This is one of the most popular golf tournaments of the year. The tourney features a four-person scramble and plenty of prizes, followed by a lunch. Tee-off time is slated for 8 a.m. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

Victor Gold Rush Days. This annual festival, scheduled from July 15-17, celebrates the City of Mines and age-old traditions. It features a wild assortment of games, a street dance, parade, historic home tours and more. Visit the city of Victor’s website for more details and for specific times.

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:

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

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.