Almanac Week of 7.12.16

Tuesday, July 12
The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on July 12 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, July 13
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, July 14
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on July 14 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 July 14 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, July 15
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club will meet at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.

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.

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 16

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. Most of the festivities are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Visit the city of Victor’s website for more details and for specific times.

Senior Center Pancake Breakfast. The monthly Pancake Breakfast at the Woodland Park Senior Center, Pine & Lake Streets in Woodland Park, will be held on Saturday, July 16, 8 am to 11 am. Join us for a fresh, all you can eat breakfast of fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, the best biscuits and gravy around, topped off with a seasonal treat. Your home town seniors will be scrambling the eggs, flipping the pancakes, slicing the melon and serving them all up with juice and coffee or hot tea for only $8. Kids 6 and under eat for $2. Everyone is invited to enjoy great food and friendly conversation. This open to the public fundraising event helps to support the programs and activities of the Woodland Park Senior Center. We appreciated the support of each one of you! Mark your calendars and plan to join us on the 3rd Saturday each month throughout the year.

Thin Air Nationals. The Colorado Springs Rod and Custom Car Club will roll into Green Mountain Falls for their annual Thin Air Nationals show on July 16. More than 200 classic vehicles and hot rods will be displayed around the Gazebo and lake area. The proceeds from the event benefit Silver Key Senior Services.

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.

Something Fishy. Kids- Anyone can catch a fish, but how would you like to make a fish? Bring a parent and join an interpreter for a fun morning of fishy crafts; including the ancient Japanese art of Goyataku during a program scheduled at the North Shore Amphitheater of the Eleven Mile State Park on July 16 at 10 a.m. Other park programs for July 16 include a presentation on the geology of the Pikes Peak region at the Amphitheater at 2 p.m. and an intriguing journey into the fossils of Florissant at 7:30 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.

Sunday, July 17

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.

Wine Tasting and Silent Auction. A fund-raiser and benefit for the 78th annual Bronc Day will be held at the Mucky Duck restaurant in Green Mountain Falls on July 17, starting at 4:30 p.m. This popular gala features great wine from a variety of selections, food appetizers and a chance to bid on great prizes and getaways. All the funds go towards the annual Bronc Day festival, scheduled for July 30. For more information, call 719-684-2008.


Junior Ranger Book Unveiling. Celebrate the unveiling of the new Junior Ranger Book and come earn a badge during a program hosted by the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on July 23. Bring your family for fun crafts, hands on science activities, a children’s music concert, and 19th century games at the Hornbek Homestead. The festivities will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 719-748-3253 for more information.

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:

Bronc Day Festival. The 78th annual Bronc Day Festival in Green Mountain Falls is scheduled for July 30 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your family and friends to a free pancake breakfast at the fire station and then on to the “Gem of the Rockies” parade at10 a.m. The Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard will start the parade off, along with fire engines, floats, horses, antique cars, cowboys, Indians, gunfighters, and kids and critters all decked out in costumes. The rest of the day features fun for the whole family including a rubber duckie race, kid’s games, a 26 foot high air slide and Disney bounce house, and a model boat race on the Gazebo Lake. Entertainment includes Tim Newman renowned country & western singer, Indians performing tribal dances with drums and the Gold Canyon Gunfighters Show. There will also be over 35 arts and crafts booths around the lake shore. Visit for more details.

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
Barr Trail Mountain Race. The Barr Trail Mountain Race is scheduled for July 17. It will feature a race up the Pikes Peak trail (Barr Trail) up to Barr Camp and back down. The race kicks off at 7 a.m. Call 719-635-3833 for more details or visit