Wednesday, August 31
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 nd 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.
Thursday, August Sept. 1
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 Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. in the WP City Council Chambers, next to city hall, at 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 2
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.
The Florissant-Lake George Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #11411 and its Auxiliary will be staffing their traditional annual Coffee Stop at the Visitors Center on top of Wilkerson Pass for travelers the entire Labor Day weekend beginning Friday (September 2, 2016) at 1 p.m. until 5p.m. and Saturday (September 3, 2016) through Monday (September 5, 2016) from 8 am to 5 pm each day, providing free coffee, punch, water, cookies, and lots of lively conversation. Visitors will also have the opportunity to place their “dot” on the map showing where they come from, where they are going, or where they wish they were. The Forest Service generously allows the Post the use of their covered porch for the refreshment table. To learn more about membership in the Florissant-Lake George VFW Post #11411 or it Auxiliary, contact Post Commander Randy Ford at 748-5344 or Auxiliary President JaNiece Tyler at 748-1335.
Saturday, Sept. 3
Final Week for Mining Tours. Modern mine tours, which start from Victor’s Lowell Thomas museum, are coming to a conclusion for this year. 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.
The Outpost Feed & Ranch Supply Farm & Art Market in Florissant just off Hwy 24 on Teller County Road 1, will be open all of Labor Day Weekend, weather permitting. Fresh very locally grown produce from Park and Teller Counties is now available. Food Vendors include Gold Camp Bakery from Victor and April’s Fudge. Artisans include F n’ A Studios, Beads by Catherine who is premiering her new creations for men, Gentlemen’s Jewels… plus a host of other local vendors including ranch related art and signs and very reasonably priced used books. Well known and very knowledgeable Herbalist, The Thymekeeper is also on hand. New Vendors always welcome, no booth rental fee! Find them on Facebook or call 719-748-5039 Ask for Ginger, Chuck, Bruce, Sindy, April or Laura
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.
Victor Celebrates the Arts. This annual festival that highlights paintings and art work done on site, showcasing the panoramic scenery of the mining district, will be held in Victor from Sept. 3-5. The event features an art sale and display and a variety of festivities and entertainment. See VisitVictorColorado.com. for details.
Eleven Mile Park Programs. Eleven Mile State Park at Lake George will feature a variety of programs during the Labor Day Weekend, Sept 2 – 4. Some of the highlights include a chance to investigate Colorado’s amazing aerial acrobats—hummingbirds—with a park interpreter on Sept. 3 at the North Shor Amphitheater at 10 a.m. Also, Kids – Bring a parent to this short hike and scavenger hunt at the Coyote Ridge trailhead on Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. Use the clues to help the Park Interpreter find evidence of animals that live, hunt and hide near Coyote Ridge and Corral Cove! This two-hour program will have you on your way to becoming an Eleven Mile State Park Jr. Ranger! Also, join Sue Cranston and Carol Scarborough, operators of the Indigo Mountain Nature Center, for a tell-all discussion that focuses on the canines of Colorado at the North Shore Amphitheater at 8 p.m. Learn about the habits and habitats of the coyote, red & swift foxes. Don’t bring any pets. On Sept. 4, some of the featured programs include a Hike Through Time and a Crawfishin’ Expedition. For more information about Eleven Mile programs, call 719-748-3401.
Sunday, Sept. 4
Pancake Breakfast. The Divide Fire Protection District will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Sept. 4 from 7 a.m. to noon at the Divide Fire Station #1 (Shoemaker Station), 103 Cedar Mountain Rd, in Divide. The breakfast, which serves as a great fund-raiser, offers a variety of food.
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 divideplanning.org website for information.
Scootin’ Boots & Country A FREE concert will be held “on the green,” outside the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Saturday, September 10. The event is sponsored by the Woodland Music Series. The musical entertainment includes Sandy Wells at 11 a.m., with high energy outlaw country rockers Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts at 12:30 p.m. The free performances will be held at the Midland Pavilion at 210 E. Midland Avenue, in Woodland Park. All ages are welcome. Food, beer, and wine are available. Visit woodlandmusicseries.org. or call 719-689-5785 for more 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 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
A Day of Tall Tales & Mining History. Victor’s historic Strong Mine will be the center of attention on Saturday, Oct. 1. Stories at the Strong: A Day of Tall Tales & Mining History will be held at the 1899 mine site. The event is sponsored by the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. This is the second year for the event. The day will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a tour of the compressor house, surface plant, and hoist house of the Strong Mine. The tour guide will be Two Mile High Mining Co. owner Jim Watson. The one-hour tour will be followed by storytelling with some of the mining district’s well-seasoned miners conjuring up memories and weaving tales about their experiences and the old days underground. The Victor Elks will cook and sell hotdogs and brats on the grill and, weather allowing, marshmallows can be roasted as fixings for smores. The cost of the event, benefiting the museum, is $10 per person with children under 5 free. The entrance fee includes the tour and storytelling session. Lunch and smores are available at an additional cost. Tickets can be reserved on line at VictorColorado.com or purchased at the museum or at the gate the day of the event by cash only. For more information, visit VictorColorado.com or call 719-689-5509.
Freemasonry. Learn about Freemasonry in our community, offering friendship, growth, leadership and providing charity. Learn more details about the Cripple Creek Lodge No. 96 at 75 Buffalo Ct. in Divide. Meetings are held the first Friday of the month at 7 p.m. Call Roger at 719-310-0766 for more details.
Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs
Labor Day Arts and Craft Festival. This annual festival, featuring arts, crafts, food and entertainment, will be held at Memorial Park in Historic Manitou Springs, from Sept. 3-5. For more information, call 719-685-1008 or visit www.commonwheel.com.
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.”