Almanac Week of 8.9.16

Tuesday, August 9
The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, August 10
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, August 11
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Aug. 11 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 Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers

Friday, August 12
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, or call 719-689-3247.

Fossil Beds programs.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 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.

Saturday, Aug. 13

Mayor’s Cup.
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.

Eleven Mile Park Programs. Experience the wonders of trees with Park Interpreter Charlene on Aug. 13 at the North Shore Amphitheater at 10 a.m. We will play some tree-themed games and investigate the different kinds of trees growing near the amphitheater. An Orienteering Junior Range Program will be held at the Coyote Ridge Parking area (on Aug. 13) at 2 p.m. Bring a parent for an adventurous trek through the National Forest with the Park Interpreter. Learn to use a map and compass the way the pioneer trappers did. This is a two-hour program. Learn how to become an Eleven Mile State Park Junior Ranger! And don’t miss a Perseid Meteor Shower at the North Shore Amphitheater from 8 to 10 p.m. Have you ever explored the heavens through a telescope? Join Jim Konowitz of the Arkansas Valley Astronomy Society, as well as a few friends of his from the Colorado Springs Astronomy Society for a quick peek at what lies above us. For more information about Eleven Mile programs, call 719-748-3401.

One day only! Vaccination clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Saturday, August 13th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parks and Rec Center in Cripple Creek at 128 E. Bennett Ave. This clinic is for pet owners in financial need and we will be able to help the first 400 Pets ONLY. Please note: Cats must be transported in carriers; dogs must be leashed.
* $5 Suggested Minimum Donation Per Pet * $10 Microchip Fee * CASH ONLY Vaccinations offered are Rabies, DA2PP (Dogs), FVRCP (Cats). One-year rabies vaccinations unless current rabies certificate provided. For questions, contact TCRAS at (719) 686-7707
*Made possible by a generous donation from Boehringer Ingelheim*
For More information, visit

Mayor’s Cup. The27th annual Mayor’s Cup will be held on Aug. 13 in Woodland Park, with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. Bring the family and enjoy a day of recreation. We will begin the morning with the Free Kids Fun Run, then start the 5K/10K Race and wrap up with the Woodland Music Series, Jazz-Big Band Concert on the Green. The race begins just outside the Ute Pass Cultural Center.

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, August 13 at 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue is presenting the final program in their Hot Summer Nights: Music on the Labyrinth series, featuring Dean Phelps, folk singer and guitarist. He combines Travis-style guitar picking with a soulful vocal style to perform heart-friendly songs with a toe-tapping beat. The program will be held outdoors on the south side of the church (but will move indoors for inclement weather), so bring a blanket or chair. A free will offering will be taken.

Rock, Gem and Jewelry Show. Come out to the 7th annual Woodland Park Rock, Gem and Jeweler Show. Thursday thru Sunday, August 18th-21st. 9am to 5pm. We have over 40 great dealers with minerals, fossils, petrified wood, crystals, gem stones and much, much more! You will meet custom jewelers with beautiful jewelery not found in stores. We have a great mineral auction open to the public both Friday and Saturday nights starting at 6pm. FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY AND IT’S FREE! Located in Woodland Park on Highway 24 between Walmart and Burger King.

Free Concert. A Free “Picnic Lunch on the Green” concert will be held Sunday, August 21 at 1 p.m. The Woodland Park Wind Symphony, one of the most innovative concert bands of the Pikes Peak area, invites you to join us with picnic baskets in hand to enjoy the exciting sounds created by “a family of people performing music for the people”. All ages welcome. Midland Pavilion in Woodland Park, next to Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Avenue. Sponsored by Woodland Music Series. For more information, call 719-689-5785.

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 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

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 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
Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs
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

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.