Almanac Week of 07.10.18

Tuesday, July 10
The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on July 10 at the GMF Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.  
Wednesday, July 11
 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 atwww.tellerseniorcoalition.orgfor a full schedule of pick up and drop off times.
Thursday, July 12
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 9 a.m. in Green Mountain Falls at the Church in the Wildwood. Call Evelyn at 719-748-8383 for more information.
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on July 12 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.  
Art in the Park.  Scheduled for Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.  Everyone is an artist! Drop in and join volunteer artists and other visitors to sketch and/or water color paint scenes of Florissant Fossil Beds.  Stay as long or as short as you would like between 10 a.m. and noon.  Ask at the visitor center desk for location. Limited art supplies and seating available.  Interested artists may also bring their own supplies and portable chairs.  

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on July 12 at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, July 13
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club will meet at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday
The Bella Vista Restaurant at Shining Mountain, one of the town’s favorite restaurants, has great weekend specials and events. Don’t miss their great entrees for lunch and dinner and special entertainment during the weekend. Live music occurs every Friday night. Plus, the course is open for play for the season. For more information, regarding activities at the Shining Mountain Golf Course and Event Center,
Ute Trail Stampede Rodeo. This popular rodeo is returning to Woodland Park, and will feature events and festivities from July 13-15. The bulk of the events will occur on July 14 and July 15 at the Saddle Club arena, located at 19250 E. Hwy. 24. See related story in this week’s TMJ News or visit
Gold Rush Days. This is Victor’s annual three-day celebration, scheduled from July 14-16, featuring a spree of events, games and contests, including a street dance, a parade, gold panning, mining competitions, historic tours and much more. For more information, visit
Melodrama  and musical celebration. The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek is featuring its summer melodrama, “Hot Night In The Old Town.” This classic melodrama runs until August 25. This classic melodrama and olio brings in the exciting history of Cripple Creek’s wild west days of the past. In addition, the Butte is also hosting the popular musical Forevera Plaid. For ticket information, and to  make reservations, call 719-689-6402 or visit
Saturday, July 14
Purely Bluegrass FREE concert on the green. Scheduled for Saturday July 14, featuring two of Colorado’s finest bluegrass bands — Flatt Five at 11 amand Blue Canyon Boys at 12:30 p.m. Shows will occur at the Midland Pavilion, next to Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Avenue, Woodland Park. All ages welcome. Food, beer, wine available. The concerts are part of Woodland Music Series. Visit for more information.
Ute Pass Mansion Tours. The much anticipated tours of the historic Marigreen Pines Estate in Cascade will be held on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15. Ticket sales for the popular event are ongoing. The tours of the estate are hosted by the Ute Pass Historical Society. Marigreen Pines was the home of the Thomas Cusack family from 1895 until 1978. The tour includes their original home, Ellinor Cottage, as well as the elaborate Marigreen Pines mansion built in 1923. In 1978, Mrs. Anne Cusack Johnson stipulated that the mansion and grounds should be open for tours every three years for the benefit of the Ute Pass Historical Society. The tour is the biggest fundraiser for the non-profit group. Adult tickets are $25, and UPHS Patrons and groups of 10 or more are $20 per person. Tickets do sell out quickly, so get your order in soon!

For more information, call UPHS at 719.686.7512. Ticket order forms are also available at our website:
Gold Camp Trolley Tours, which started in early June, continue every Saturday through September 1.  Sites, stories, and reenactors will cover both history and happenings of Cripple Creek, Victor, and The CC&V Gold Mine.The trolley will leave from the Cripple Creek Train Welcome Center next to the District Museum at both 11am and 2pm.  (No morning tour on June 23rd during Donkey Derby Days.) Tours are $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Sponsored by the City of Cripple Creek and The Gold Camp Victorian Society. For more information, call 719-439-0462 or 719-423-9481.
Fossil Beds Activities and Hours. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year round. The Monument is now open from  8 am to 6 p.m. during July. Be prepared for outdoor conditions by taking a sweater/coat, wearing a hat and sunscreen, etc. There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $7.00 per adult (15 and younger are free). Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers 15 miles of beautiful, yet lesser known, hiking trails to explore, a free Junior Ranger Program, three short self-guided trails, a park video and museum exhibits, and bookstore. Some our key programs including: Yoga Hikes, Mondays, 9 am – 10:30 pm. Join a certified yoga instructor and a Park Ranger for a 1 hour and 15 minutes, 1 mile yoga hike. This will be a hike interspersed with standing yoga poses. This program is geared for beginner to intermediate yoga enthusiasts.  Meet at the visitor center.Fossil Demonstration Excavation Site, Wednesdays from 10 am to noon 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. Art in the Parks, Thursdays, 10 am to noon  Everyone is an artist! Drop in and join volunteer artists and other visitors to sketch and/or water color paint scenes of Florissant Fossil Beds.   We also have Wildflower Walks,  and Bear and Mountain Lion Talks.  These occur on Saturday. For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNPS

Sunday, July 15
Love Your Libraries Fiesta. Join us at the 4th Annual Love Your Libraries Fiesta on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Support your local Libraries as we raise money for our All Decked Out fundraiser. Hosted on the beautiful patio of Woodland Country Lodge, located at 723 W. US Hwy. 24, and featuring live music by Teller County’s own F-150 band.Cash bar and Fiesta Brunch menu available. So come out and support your Libraries where there is Something for Everyone.Tickets only $10 Available at Woodland Park and Florissant Libraries, Woodland Country Lodge and Gold Hill Wine and Liquor For information:  719-687-9281
Bronc Day Fund-raiser. Support the annual Bronc Day Festival in Green Mountain Falls with a special wine tasting and silent auction, held onJuly 15 at the Mucky Duck restaurant from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wines from Trefethen Winery will be provided, along with gourmet hors d’oeuvres and assorted desserts. There will also be a silent auction with items donated by local businesses and wine pull featuring wines from local merchants. This annual fund-raiser has been quite popular.  For more information, call 684-2008. For more  information about Bronc Day, scheduled for July 28, visit
Senior Center Pancake Breakfast Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast at the Woodland Park Senior Center, SE corner of Pine Street and Lake Avenue, Saturday, July 21, 8 am to 11 am. Join us for a fresh, all you can eat breakfast of fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, the best biscuits and gravy around, topped off with a seasonal treat. Your home town seniors will be scrambling the eggs, flipping the pancakes, slicing the melon and serving them all up with juice and coffee or hot tea for only $8. Kids 6 and under eat for $2. Everyone is invited to enjoy great food and friendly conversation. This open to the public fundraising event helps to support the programs and activities of the Woodland Park Senior Center. We appreciated the support of each one of you! Mark your calendars and plan to join us on the 3rd Saturdayeach month throughout the year.
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!  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.
Mining tours. Experience mining old and new this summer and explore gold rush history past and present at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. Tour experiences, sponsored by the Newmont Mning Corporation, 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. 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 May 26 through Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., daily except no tours will be held on Thursdays. In addition, tours are offered Sept. 8 and 9, 15 and 16 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Check for additional tour times and dates during the summer weekends. The cost is $8.50 per person plus a small online booking fee – 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 (June is the slowest and the best time to make a reservation) as they are very popular and fill up quickly. Reservations may be made online at or by leaving a message at 719-689-5509. The maximum on each tour is 13. The best way to reserve a mine tour is online at – online reservations receive first priority.
CemeteryTours. Step back in time and learn about Victor’s 1890’s cemetery, its residents, 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 9 through the end of September as weather permits. Remaining tour dates are July 14, 28, Aug, 11, 25, Sept. 8, 22.Local historians Veldean Myers and Alicia Petri will provide insights into the cemetery and its history. 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. For more information, visit, email or call 719-689-5509.
For more information, call UPHS at 719.686.7512. Ticket order forms are also available at our website:
Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs
Music on the Labyrinth Series. On Saturday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue is presenting the next program in their summer Music on the Labyrinth series, featuring the Academy Jazz Ensemble, a full-sized big band with a love for jazz.  The program will be held outdoors on the labyrinth on the south side of the church, but will move indoors for inclement weather. You may bring a blanket or chair, or just sit on the labyrinth wall.  A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call 719-633-8888.
Barr Trail Mountain Race. Scheduled for July 15 and featuring a race up the Pikes Peak Trail (Barr Trail) up to Barr Camp and back down. The distance of the race is 12 miles.  For more information,