Almanac Week of 08.20.2019

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Summer Concert Series. The Pikes Peak Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Summer Concert Series, featuring a variety of music on Tuesday evenings throughout August at the Gazebo Lake Park in Green Mountain Falls. The concerts will last for an hour from 6 to 7 p.m.  The lineup for shows includes gypsy jazz, bluegrass, classical and a musical jam. For more information, check the chamber’s website

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, Aug. 21

The Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Club will meet on Wednesdays at 6:45 a.m. in the Crystola Roadhouse in Crystola.

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 time   .  .

Meeting Cancellation. The Cripple Creek City Council meeting, originally scheduled for Aug. 21, has been cancelled.


Thursday, Aug. 22

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.


Apollo 11 Encore. Meet Marlowe Cassetti, George English, and Lou Ramon who all worked on Apollo 11 at NASA in Houston. They will be discussing how Apollo 11 happened (that it wasn’t a Hoax) and what it meant to them at the time. They will also share memories about Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, other astronauts, and mission controllers. The event is scheduled for Aug. 22 at the Woodland Park Library from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-9281, ext. 103.



The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Aug. 23  at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Aug. 24


Woodland Park Farmer’s Market. Woodland Park’s Award Winning Outdoor Summer Market for 2019 season will be held on Henrietta Ave located one block North of Highway 24 in Woodland Park every Friday during the summer and early fall Our Market features vegetables, breads, pies, pastries, jams, honey & pickles, salsas, pastas, birdseeds, birdhouses & toys, pet treats & miscellaneous items, natural meats, eggs, cheeses,  flowers and plants, a variety of hot foods & drinks and seasonal specials. It will be held Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 719-648-7286 for more information.




Links Fever. The Shining Mountain Golf Course and Bella Vista Bar and Grill is now open for the 2019 season, and for special events. Happy hours at the bar will usually occur from 3 to 6 p.m. with drink specials. Live music occurs on most Friday evenings. The course is open for play and is in great condition for this time of year. For more information, call 719-687-7587.


Saturday, Aug.  24

Western Heritage Day. Mueller State Park will host a Western Heritage Day on Aug. 24 at the park’s Visitor Center and Livery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Mueller family raised horses and cattle on this land, and homesteaders survived here.Celebrate the ranching history of Mueller and the old west with family-fun things to do and see from our Western Heritage! Pioneer crafts, cooking, leather work, live animals and more! Watch Facebook for more details! For more information, call 719-687-2366.

Fossil Beds Activities.  The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant is open year-round. The Monument is now open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There also are a number of special programs, guided hikes and special events for the month of August. Her are a few remaining highlights for the month.   *Friday, August 23, Night Sky Program, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join park staff and members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society to gaze at the dark skies above Florissant Fossil Beds in search of planets, galaxies, nebulas, and more. Meet at the visitor center.*Fee Free Day, Sunday, August 25. Celebrate the 103rd Birthday of the NPS and the 50th Birthday of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Fees are waived all day at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and all other NPS areas that charge fees.  Special guest, Teddy Roosevelt, will give a talk on national parks at 11:00 AM in the amphitheater.  Kids can have an opportunity to paint casts of fossils. In addition, the Fossil Beds will have many daily programs, including *Ranger Guided Walk at 11 a.m. along a 1 mile guided hike on the Petrified Forest Trail. *Fossil Learning Lab, Every Day 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.Learn how scientists discover and research fossils in the Yurt *Hornbek Homestead, Saturdays and Sundays,  11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Take a tour of an 1878 homestead. *Interpretive Talk, Saturdays and Sundays,  10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thirty minute interpretive presentation in the amphitheater. For more information, call 748-3253.

Pikes Peak Ascent. Run to the summit of Pikes Peak during this famous race on Aug. 24 that begins in downtown Manitou Springs and follows the Barr Trail. The first wave of runners will begin at 7 a.m., with other waves to follow. For more information, call 719-473-2625 or visit


Silent Disco and Food Truck Rally. Dance the night away to three different DJ’s under the laser light show in the Soda Springs Park Pavilion in Manitou Springs from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Cash bar and multitude of food trucks will be available. For more information, contact the Manitou Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development at 719-685-5089.


Ute Pass Historical Society offers FREE guided tours of History Park and the Walking Tour of downtown Woodland Park every Saturday this summer, continuing through August 31. The 90-minute Walking Tour of Downtown Woodland Park begins at 9:30 a.m., so please arrive at the UPHS Museum Center by 9:20 a.m. The Museum Center is located at 231 E. Henrietta Avenue, next to the Woodland Park Public Library. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and a light sweater. After the downtown walking tour, walk through the bygone days with Ute Pass Historical Society. The tour of the five buildings comprising History Park is at 11 a.m. Exhibits and contents have recently been refashioned. While at History Park, visit the Old Curiosity Gift Shop, which offers an extensive selection of books and unique gift items. The Gift Shop is located in the Museum Center and is open year-round, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call UPHS at 719.686.7512 or check out the Website at




Sunday, Aug. 25


Mueller Hikes and Activities. The smell of a campfire and the echoing song of a hermit thrush await visitors at Mueller State Park in summer. Naturalists and volunteers at Mueller love to share the wonder and science of all the living things at the park.  Programs highlight local wildlife, favorite flowers, unique features and local history at the park. Choose from the many types of programs offered including guided hikes, children’s programs, evening amphitheater programs, bird watching, fly-fishing, archery and much more!  Of special interest is our Thursday night series of history of the Pikes Peak region with Paul Thies.  Each Thursday, will be a new program on a different time and people including Native Americans, early explorers, military, fur traders, mining and railroads – all in the Pikes Peak region! We are very grateful to all our partners who help provide a great, fun and safe family event. We also have regular guided hikes, mostly on the weekends. Check our website or call ahead for conditions (719) 687-2366.


Pikes Peak Marathon. Beginning at 7 a.m. on Aug. .25, runners from all over the world race to the top of Pikes Peak and back down again. The race begins at historic Manitou Springs. For more information, contact 719-473-2625 or email



Assessor Office Update. The Teller County Assessor’s website has been updated to assist citizens and property owners with ease of access.  Please go to  The website consists of updated links, videos, and appeal process information.  If you have questions / comments, please call 719-689-2941 or visit the office at 101 W. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, CO 80813.


Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Bingo. Join the fun at the Crystola Roadhouse during the 1st & 3rd Wednesday 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.


Victor Celebrates the Arts. This 20th annual family friendly event, “Victor Celebrates The Arts,” is a special treat for history buffs, art lovers, tourists and gamblers, providing a perfect chance to enjoy one of Colorado’s authentic, historic gold mining towns on the sunny side of Pikes Peak. It is scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. Prior to the event, watch artists painting on Victor streets.  The En Plein Air Paintings are on display in the Elks Lodge in Victor. These works feature Victor’s 1890s architecture and the region’s natural mountain beauty. The event also features other festivities, such as a Quick Draw in Wallace Park and a Brush Rush.  For more information, call 719-689-5836


The Andrew Brothers. The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek will hostThe Andrew Brothers. This is a musical featuring the music of the Andrews Sisters and Brothers. This show, written and created by Roger Bean, is part of the series of 2019 performances done by the Mountain Rep Theatre. It will play at the Butte from Aug 30 to Sept. 15. For more information, visit


Commonwheel Co-op’s Labor Day Art and Craft Festival. Scheduled from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Manitou Springs. Enjoy arts, crafts, food and entertainment. Featuring local artists Located at Memorial Park in historic Manitou Springs. For more information, contact 719-685-1008.


Victor Pack Burro Race. Experience a day of fast, furious, and furry racing that must be seen to be believed. Load up the kids of all ages and come to historic Victor Saturday, Sept. 7 for a day of four-footed races packed with old-time fun. The annual Victor Pack Burro Race will kick off at noon in downtown with racers from across the region competing for cash prizes. The furry four-footeds are historically dubbed the Rocky Mountain Canary for their role in underground mining; the burros were used above ground during the gold rush era for hauling heavy loads, but also underground in the mines for the same tasks.Today the burros are beloved symbols of days gone by and are, along with their trainers and human counterparts, the centerpiece of this event.The race kicks off at noon in downtown. But there is much more to do before and after.Starting at 9 a.m. downtown merchants and others will host sidewalk sales.From 12:30 to 1:30 Victor’s Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum will host Susie Knight, cowgirl poet and musician, live in the Pinnacle Park Plaza and tractor-churned ice cream made by the museum will be on sale. For more information, call 719-689-5509



Cruise Above the Clouds. This is the 28th annual Cruise Above the Clouds presented by Phil Long Family of Dealerships on Sept. 7-8. Hundreds of custom and classic vehicles descend on Memorial Park in Woodland Park for a fun filled day of automotive excellence, great food and old time rock and roll on Sept. 7. Then, in the afternoon, the Cruise heads to Cripple Creek for more fun. For 27 years, this event has provided financial support to Teller County Non-Profits. For more information visit, or call 719-394-3678.
Make a Joyful Noise. On Sunday, September 8 at  p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs, is presenting “Make a Joyful Noise!”, featuring Steve Kindermann, trumpet and Andrew Friedrichs, trombone, with Carol Wilson, organ and piano. They will perform music by Gottfried Stölzel, Johann Neruda, Alexandre Guilmant, Hector Berlioz, Astor Piazzola, and arrangements by Andrew Friedrichs.  A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call 719-633-8888.


9-11 Ceremony.  The annual 9-11 ceremony will occur again at Lions Park in Woodland Park. Although the planning of the event is not quite complete, the ceremony will feature first responders, veterans, elected officials and the WP School and members of the public. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Sept. 11 and will last about 45 minutes.