Tuesday, August 2
National Night Out. The communities of Woodland Park and Cripple Creek will host National Night Out programs and festivities on Aug. 2. The national campaign is aimed at promoting community partnerships, neighborhood comradery and better relations between citizens and law enforcement agencies. It is designed to make local neighborhoods safer and a better place to live. In Woodland Park, the event will be held between 5:30 and 8 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, and it will feature a special ceremony honoring the men and women who serve with the Woodland Park Police Department. A variety of other activities will occur. In Cripple Creek, festivities and activities will occur at city park between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the corner of 1st and Bennett. The festivities will include a barbecue, music, games, activities, prizes and more. Food will be provided by the Wildwood casino.
The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.
Wednesday, August 3
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 August 3 in the CC Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 4
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 Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers.
Friday, August 5
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.
Outpost Farm and Art Market. This summer the Outpost Feed & Ranch Supply in Florissant is hosting its second annual Friday Farm & Art Market. The Outpost is located just off Hwy 24 on Teller CR 1 across from the post office. Our local Teller County growers are just now beginning to be able to harvest and bring their produce to market. Last week, the best bargain was fresh kale, grown right here in Florissant without the use of pesticides and it was just $2 a bunch. Food vendors include Gold Camp Bakery and Philly Joe’s Cheesesteaks. Local artisans participating this year include High Altitude Ponies, Beads by Catherine, and stoneware pottery by Fn’A Studios. The Thymekeeper, a well-known local herbalist, is also on hand every Friday. The Outpost Feed & Ranch Supply Friday Farm & Art Market is open from 10 am to 4 pm, weather permitting. Find them on Facebook or call 719-748-5039 if you have any questions.
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.
Fancy Feast. Come join the 7th annual “A Fancy Feast” fundraiser benefitting Wild Blue Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, a local nonprofit, no-kill rescue and the cats and kittens they work to save. The evening full of activities is being held on Friday, Aug 5th at The Mining Exchange Hotel’s Gold Room annex in downtown Colorado Springs. Festivities beginning at 6pm with a social hour and a silent auction while enjoying the bluegrass music of award-winning local family band ‘The Wielands of Mass Destruction’ For more information, call 719-651-5943.
Saturday, August 6
Mountain Arts Festival. The 31st annual Mountain Arts Festival will be 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.
Fossil Beds programs. Florissant The Fossil Beds National Monument announces a host of activities for August in honor of the Centennial Celebration of the National Park Service. On August 6, the Fossil Beds will host the Tabequache Ute Indians for a storytelling presentation at 1 p.m. Then on August 12, the park will host a Night Sky Program from 8 to 10 p.m. Join park staff and members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society as we gather to explore the night skies. For more information regarding these activities and other Fossil Beds events, call 719-748-3253.
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.
Mueller’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. Mueller State Park Has lots to offer in guided hikes, educational programs and guest speakers. This August, we have a special event – Mueller’s 25th Anniversary! The celebration will be August 13th; a day full of fun and interesting activities for the whole family. Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it. Special programs include the Air Force Academy Falconry Program, Native American dancers from Seven Falls, storyteller John Stansfield, old-fashioned games, cake, s’mores and more! The public is invited to come to the Visitor Center to see the new History of Mueller video, playing daily in the auditorium.Another unique program will be meteor watching party on August 12th at 3 AM! The Perseid Meteor shower is supposed to be outstanding at 180 meteors per hour! Call 719-687-2366.
Paws in the Park. Join us for the 5th Annual Paws in the Park 5K Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, August 27 in Divide. Will feature a Chip-timed race, awards, great prizes and team challenges. All proceeds benefit the animals of TCRAS. The 5K Trail/Run will take you through the Hayden Divide Park Loop. Experience gorgeous views of Pikes Peak, the mountains, green meadows, and fresh air. Well-behaved leashed pets are welcome. The even will occur at 308 Weaverville Road, Divide. Register at www.tcrascolorado.org or call 719-686-7707
Shady Side of History. The shady side of history will be the focus of a presentation at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum on Saturday, Sept. 3. The event is free but seating is limited. Victor author Jan MacKell Collins in 2015 published her latest book on the subject of red light districts in the West. Her research and writings have put a human face on the hidden histories of prostitutes and the shady side of mining camps. Wild Women of Prescott, Arizona tells the stories of shady ladies in the uncivilized territory of Arizona. Collins writes about prostitution history and other interesting aspects of the West. She is formerly the director of the Cripple Creek District Museum and the Old Homestead Parlor House Museum in Cripple Creek. She has also had the pleasure of working for Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, AZ and is a former board member of the High Desert Heritage Museum in Cordes Junction, AZ. In addition, Collins has written over 2,000 western history articles for magazines in Colorado, Montana and Arizona, including True West magazine. For more information, call 719-689-5509. For more information on Collins, visit http://janmackellcollins.wix.com/janmackellcollins.
Garage Sale Mark your calendars for Sept. 10 and 11, and plan to attend Victor’s first Ghost Town Garage Sale Weekend. The town will be making space available in some of the currently unoccupied turn-of-the century buildings for vendors to set up with their wares. The aspen leaves will be golden in color and the rusty gold will abound. In addition, Victor has several great antique stores and eateries that will be offering specials/discounts. Call 574-524-0833 for more information or to reserve a space.Sign up for vendors will be open thru Sept. 5 at Claim Jumper or by emailing at Tuscanyllc@gmail.com. Maps of the sales will be available at claim jumper Sept. 6 through the weekend of the event. Sales will be located throughout town from 8 am-4 pm each day. Call 574-524-0833 for more information or to reserve a space.More information will be available at cityofvictor.com/ghosttown.html
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.
Founding of Colorado City Celebration. Celebration of the founding of Colorado City in 1859, with music by the Colorado Frontier Army Band, will be held on Aug. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Old Colorado City History Center (1 South 23th Street, Colorado Springs). Don’t miss the band in their colorful costumes playing historic instruments. Presentation will be made by Dave Hughes legendary historian on Anthony Bott, founding father of Colorado City. Cake and punch to follow. Free family fun. Call 719-687-1225.