Tuesday, July 19
The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on July 19 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The board is expected to make a decision on putting a proposed lodging tax increase on the ballot this November.

Wednesday, July 20
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 July 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers at city hall.

Thursday, July 21
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 21 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, July 22
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 ButteTheater.com., or call 719-689-3247.

Saturday, July 23
Rocky Mountain Games. The Rocky Mountain State Games (Mountain Biking competitions) will occur on July 23 at Aspen Valley Ranch, 1150 South West Road, Woodland Park. The event will start at 8 .m. and run through 3 p.m. This event is open to the public. Mountain Top Cycling Club will commission the event. Racers from Ages 2- 5 to Pro Adults will all be racing for Gold, Bronze and Platinum medals. Face painting will start at 8 a.m. and the Strider Adventure zone will open. Then at 1 p.m., there will be a Strider race! Trophies will be awarded. We will have kids races from 6 and up, High School students will have timing chips, and USA Cycling will be on hand to officiate the adult categories, Single Speed, Clydesdale, Cat. 1, 2 and 3. Serrano’s will be on hand to offer lunch specials. All participants are invited to share in the Olympic Downtown Colorado Springs Celebration. Aug. 5. For more information, call Deborah Maresca at 719-689-3435.

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:https://www.cmc.org/Calendar/EventDetails.aspx?ID=33597 Saturday, July 30th: https://www.cmc.org/Calendar/EventDetails.aspx?ID=33598

Eleven Mile Park programs. Enjoy the “Meet-A-Tree, Leaf an Impression Kid’s Program” at the Eleven Mile State Park on Saturday, July 23. Kids- Bring a parent and meet a tree with an interpreter. Make a good impression on an Eleven Mile tree on this easy short hike. Learn how to make a plant diary. This program is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Coyote Ridge Trailhead. At 2 p.m. (July 23) the park’s North Shore Amphitheater will host a Fossil Mysteries Junior Ranger program. Join the Park Interpreter to learn more about the process of fossilization. Make your own fossils out of plaster. This is a two-hour craft program. Then learn about The Trees of Eleven Mile the same day during a program at the North Shore Amphitheater at 8 p.m. For more information about these programs and other opportunities at the park, 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 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.

Upcoming

Ute Trail Stampede. The 60th Ute Trail Stampede Rodeo in Woodland Park will kick off July 27 and continue through July 30. It will feature a wide range of events at a variety of locations including a Cowboy Classic Golf Tournament and Calcutta, a VIP party, a variety of NSPRA rodeo events, pancake breakfast feasts, a street dance, an open jackpot barrel race, a Gymkhana and more. For more information, call 719-687-9688.

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 www.broncdayco.org for more details.

Hot Summer Nights. On Saturday, July 30 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 All Those Who Wander, a folk alternative group. Nick and Danielle Booker and Forrest Alvarez will perform original and traditional music, an eclectic mix of American, Scottish, and Irish folk styles, with mandolin, penny whistle, guitar, flute, bodhran, bouzouki, trombone, and vocals. 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
Yard Sale and Christmas Bazaar and Craft Fair. Scheduled for Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 at the historic Manitou Community Congregational Church at 103 Pawnee Avenue. Call 719-685-5255 for more information or visit www.manitouchurch.org.

Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb. A cycling event for all comers, presented by the Broadmoor and the Anschutz Foundation. This event, scheduled for Aug. 13, includes a USA Cycling sanctioned bicycle race and an open Fun Ride that ascends to the Summit of Pikes Peak. Delayed opening on the highway until 9 a.m. Visit www.usacycling.org.