Almanac Week of 8.16.16

Tuesday, August 16
The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, August 17
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 Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers. The council will hold a workshop at 4 p.m. on lighting of buildings in the downtown district.

Thursday, August 18
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. 18 at 7 p.m. in the WP City Council Chambers, next to city hall, at 7 p.m.

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.

Friday, August 19
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.

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, Aug. 20
Salute to American Veterans Rally. One of the most popular events of the summer rolls through Teller County and Cripple Creek with the largest motorcycle procession in the state, extending from Woodland Park to Cripple Creek the morning of Aug. 20. Then, Cripple Creek will host a variety of veteran tributes, a parade and various festivities throughout the day. The event culminates on Aug. 21 with a Pikes Peak Memorial Wall Dedication at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, honoring veteran who have died during the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. For event details, visit

Come to “The Great Outdoors” Fundraiser Yard Sale, to support the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP). Fishing, camping, climbing, hiking, skiing, exercise gear and nature arts & crafts. Donations encouraged. Saturday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CUSP office, 38000 Cherokee Ave., Lake George. For information and donation drop off contact Helen at: or 719-748-0033.

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. 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

Great Divide Kite Flight. Scheduled for Sat. Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hayden Divide Park. FREE FAMILY FUN! DRAWING FOR A FREE KID’S BIKE! Festivities include Healthy Snacks, Activities, Give-Aways and Free Kites provided to children under 12 who come to fly a kite! Sponored by the Divide Chamber of Commerce and Edward Jones Investments (Lee Taylor). For more information, contact Lisa Lee at Shipping Plus, 686-7587.

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
The annual meeting of the Divide Planning Committee will be held September 7, starting at 7 p.m. at the Little Chapel of the Hills in Divide (located at 69 County Road 5, Divide, CO). All residents/businesses of the Divide Region are welcome and encouraged to attend to receive an update of activities for the past 12 months. Elections will be held for members whose terms expire. Visit the website for information.

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 Ascent and Marathon. The popular Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon up and down the Barr Trail will be held on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21. These world-famous events feature a run to the top of Pikes Peak. And for those daring enough, the Marathon involves both a run and up down the mountain. For more information, call 719-473-2625.
Learn the History and Live the Fun. Start the haunting season off with a historic guided tour of Fairview Cemetery by moonlight. At the Fairview Cemetery on Sept. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Hear the tale of the two madams who met violent deaths; the Reverent who took an unwanted winter shower; a founding father who was murdered; the railroad worker who met a gruesome death on the Midland; and much more!! Learn the history of Colorado City with murder and mayhem.This event benefits the Old Colorado Historical Society. Reserve your tour by calling 719-636-1225. Tickets are $20 per person with group rates available. Don’t miss this fun family event. “LEARN THE HISTORY AND LIVE THE FUN.”