Almanac Week of 6.27.17

Wednesday, June 28


TSC (Teller Senior Coalition) Transit is excited to announce our bus service on Wednesdays and Fridays in Woodland Park and the lower Ute Pass area. TSC also offers a joint venture with Cripple Creek Transit on Wednesdays 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. In addition, new ride services are available on a limited basis to Green Mountain Falls, Cascade and Manitou Springs. 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, June 29

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 to make positive changes in the role food plays in their lives. The local chapter meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. in Green Mountain Falls at the Church in the Wildwood. Call Evelyn at 719-748-8383 for more information.


Friday, June 30
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club will meet at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.

Golfing for a good cause. Shining Mountain Golf Course will host the 6th annual Teller County Sheriff’s Office Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association golf tourney on Friday, June 30. The format is a scramble, best ball, and the entry fee includes golf, cart and a Chuck Wagon lunch. All proceeds benefit the Teller County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Group. For more information, call Deputy Bunting at 719-687-9652 or Lieutenant Jerry Sloan at 719-687-5775.



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.

The Bella Vista Restaurant at Shining Mountain, Woodland Park’s only upscale Italian eatery, is now open six nights a week. Don’t miss their great entrees for lunch and dinner and regular events throughout the week. In addition, the course is open for play and is in good condition.  For more information, regarding activities at the Shining Mountain Golf Course and Event Center, visit

Live Theater. The Thin Air Theatre Company in Cripple Creek has kicked off its summer season with regular performances of Ragtime Revue from June 2 to July 28 at the Butte Theater. For more information, or call 719-689-3247.


Saturday, July 1


Cripple Creek Independence Day Celebration. The city of Cripple Creek will celebrate Independence Day on July 1 with a block party and spectacular fireworks show, considered one of the best in southern Colorado, and a spree of festivities throughout the day.  For more information, see  


Get the latest details on celebrating our country’s birthday locally. Many Independence Day activities occur throughout the entire week. For complete information on July 4thand related festivities, see related article in this week’s TMJ


Bird Hike. Join local birder, Debbie Barnes, for a birding adventure at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on July 1 from 7 a.m. to noon.  Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles.  Meet at the visitor center.  Bring binoculars, layered clothing, and water. Be prepared to hike on and off trail. For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook at /FlorissantNPS


Eleven Mile State Park Programs.  Kids are invited to participate in a puppet show at the park’s North Shore Amphitheater on July 1, starting at 10 a.m. Enjoy some jokes and songs with Park Interpreter Charlene. The show will be based on the wide variety of defenses of the many species of park wildlife. A Life Zones of the Rockies presentation will be held at 2 p.m. at the North Shore Amphitheater. Also, on July 1, the park’s Amphitheater will feature a Colorado Mountain Man presentation at 7 p.m. Join Mountain Man “Possum” for an exciting look into the world of the Mountain Man.  Possum will discuss what the lives of the mountain men of old were like and the effects that these individuals had on this part of the country.  This is always a lively program so be sure not to miss it. Other highlights during the weekend include a Wild Cats of the Rockies Junior Ranger Program on July 2 at 2 p.m. Throughout the summer, the park, located near Lake George, will host a variety of educational programs and hikes/outdoor outings every weekend. For more information, call 719-748-3401.


Pioneers of History Relived in Victor. Step back in time and learn about Victor’s 1890’s cemetery, its resident politicians, and the history that brought them to the gold mining camp. These walking tours of the Sunnyside Cemetery are sponsored by the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and will be held two Saturdays of each month from June 24 through Labor Day as weather permits. Tour dates are June 24, July 8, 15, Aug, 12, 26, Sept. 9, 23.Local historian Veldean Myers and Alicia Petri will provide insights into the cemetery, its history and some of those who served in public offices. The event will be held at the Sunnyside Cemetery which is south of town on Seventh Street. Meet just outside the gate in Pauper’s Field by 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or at the museum at 298 Victor Ave.All tickets are $10 per person. Proceeds benefit the museum’s building and restoration fund. Tickets can be purchased with cash at the tour gate or by cash or credit card at the museum, 298 Victor Ave.Be sure to dress appropriately for mountain weather (which can include wind, cold temperatures, snow, and rain), wear good hiking shoes or boots, and bring water and sunscreen. There are no restroom facilities at the cemetery.For more information, visit, email or call 719-689-5509.

Mueller State Programs. Summer in the mountains is the best! Blue skies, warm sun, aspen leaves trembling in the breeze, birds singing and trails to explore are just a few reasons to spend some quality time at Mueller State Park!  Mueller makes the most of this beautiful season with an abundance of programs to get you outside to play!  Guided hikes go all over the park to see the sights, smell the flowers and breathe in the fresh air!  The parade of wildflowers reach their peak in July.  Children’s programs are designed to capture the curiosity of your youngster, guide them in discoveries and entertain them through learning.  The evening programs offer a wide variety of experiences from seeing live birds of prey or wolves, to star gazing and moonlight hikes, to amphitheater shows about local wildlife and history. On July 1, enjoy a hike at School Pond/Stoner at 8 a.m. Watch for wildlife, flowers and scenic views on this combined 3.5 mile trail with Naturalist Nancy. Other programs during the weekend include a Cahill Loop hike on July 2 at 10 a.m. and an archery for beginners class  from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Livery. For more information, call 719-687-2366.




Become a Star in the Bar at the Country Lodge in Woodland Park.  Featuring a special night of Karaoke on Saturday evenings.  Plus, every time you sing, we put your name in the hat for a Lodge Pub Gift Certificate. A drawing is held every Saturday! Come join friends from 7-11 p.m. at the Country Lodge. Don’t give up the chance to become a Star in the Bar.


Sunday, July 2

The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers a variety of ranger guided programs that run throughout the summer.  These programs and include the following highlights. Daily, 11 a.m.Ranger-Guided Hike: Are you ready to meet the “Big Stump” Join a ranger for a 1 mile, 1.5 hour hike on the Petrified Forest Loop Trail. Meet behind the visitor center for an interpretive hike on the Petrified Forest Loop. Daily, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Fossil Learning Lab (Yurt): Get “up-close and personal” with fossils! Join us for ranger-led demonstrations, and hands-on searches for fossils. Meet in the yurt located in the picnic area near the visitor center. Every Wednesday, 10 am to noon, Demonstration Excavation Site: Meet geologist, Dr. Bob Carnein at the demonstration excavation site and see the fossil beds in situ and learn about how excavations are conducted. This site is located off the Petrified Forest Loop approximately 1 mile round trip from the visitor center.Saturday/Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hornbek Homestead Tours: Travel back in time to the late 1870s and take a tour of Adeline Hornbek’s house.  A ranger will be on site to provide a peak into the life of a homesteader.



Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Bingo. Join the fun at Shining Mountain during the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Twenty dollars buys a packet for 10 games, 6 cards for each game It’s a great opportunity to have fun and socialize with your friends and neighbors. Come early and have dinner! Food and drinks will be available for purchase during the games! The next Kiwanis Bingo is scheduled forJuly 6. This event is sponsored by the Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis club. The proceeds benefit the children of Teller County.  For more information, call Rita Randolph at 719-502-5085

Cemetery Crawl. Take a walk around the Woodland Park Cemetery on Tuesday, July 4 and meet some of the old pioneers who are resting there during the 6th annual Cemetery Crawl. This tour benefits the Ute Pass Historical Society and the Pikes Peak Museum. Hear their stories of the old days, and imagine what it was like! Tours run every 15 minutes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $5, and tickets are available at the gate. Guided parking is at 540 Manor Court , behind the Casa Grande Restaurant.

Please call UPHS at 719.686.7512 or check our


Purely Bluegrass FREE concert on the green Saturday. Scheduled for July 8 at the Midland Pavilion next to the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The concert features two of Colorado’s finest bluegrass bands — Acme Bluegrass at 11 a.m; Ragged Union at 12:30 p.m. Midland Pavilion. All ages are welcome. Food, beer, wine available. This concert is sponsored by the Woodland Park Music Series. For more information, visit


Garter Club. To help with operating costs the Old Homestead House Museum is excited to announce the Garter Club.  For two weekends this summer museum visitors will have the chance to donate $2 or more to receive a free Old Homestead House Garter and their name on a paper Garter to be displayed on the fundraising wall in the museum dining room for the remaining of the summer season.  The two weekends these Garters will be available are Donkey Derby Days Weekend June 23rd thru June 25th.  And Gold Rush Days weekend July 14th thru July 16th.  Supplies are limited so hurry down the Meyers Ave. in historic Cripple Creek Colorado for your chance to be a founding member of the Garter club!


Free tours of the Ute Pass Historical Society History Park. Have you ever wondered what is behind the walls of the historic buildings at History Park? Regular tours begin on June 3rd, and run every Saturday through September 2, excluding August 5. The Walking Tour of historic downtown Woodland Park meets at the Museum Center, 231 E. Henrietta Avenue, W.P., next to the Public Library, and begins at 10:30 a.m. Don’t forget your water and a light sweater. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.The guided tours of the five buildings are at 11 a.m. and noon. The exhibits are constantly changing, so check them out again for the first time! While at History Park, visit the Olde Curiosity Gift Shop, which offers an extensive selection of books and unique gift items.The shop is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., year round. For more information, call 719.686.7512 or check our website:

All tours are weather permitting. For more info, call 719.686-7512 or check our website:


Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Music on the Labyrinth Series. On Saturday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs is presenting the next program in their summer Music on the Labyrinth series, featuring Voices Three.  Singers Laura Hatler, Nancy Lingbloom and Kim Schultz, accompanied by Mike Hatler, guitar and Carol Wilson, keyboard, will present folk, spiritual, and “popular” tunes from the choral realm past and present.  The program will be held outdoors on the labyrinth on the south side of the church, but will move indoors for inclement weather. Bring a blanket or chair, or just sit on the labyrinth wall.  A free will offering will be taken. Call 719-633-8888 for more information.