Mountain Almanac for the Week of August 3

Tuesday, Aug. 3

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The in-person meeting will also be available on Zoom.

Wednesday, Aug. 4

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Aug. 4  at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Meet at the lower level and choose a one, two or three-mile hike. Maps are available. Healthy living tips and mindfulness exercises to enhance your walk. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Free admission.

Lawn Concert Series. Scheduled for Aug. 4 and featuring Americana music with Frog and Fiddle at 6 p.m. at the Manitou Springs Library Carnegie Building, 701 Manitou Ave. Free and open to the public. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket.

El Paso County Summer Concert Series, featuring Jazz by AJE Big Band is scheduled for Aug. 4  at 6 p.m. at the  Bear Creek Park Terrace, 21st Street at Argus Blvd. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m.. in the CC Council Chambers.  The meeting is available for in-person attendance and on Zoom.  Call 719-689-2502 for more information.

Thursday, Aug 5

Manitou Springs Summer Concert Series.  Featuring Silver Moon on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at Bud Ford Pavilion in Soda Springs Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free and open to the public.

Teen and Tween Laser Tag. Scheduled for  noon on Aug. 5 at the Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Road in Cascade. Come and play laser tag! We’ll provide the equipment. We’ll have several different games for everyone to vote on, including Battle Royale and Protect the President (or just a free for all!) Games will be outside. In case of bad weather, this program will be cancelled. For teens ages 12-18.

Gallop in the Garden. This is a 5K Fun Run/Jog/Walk in Garden of the Gods Park on Aug. 5  at 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Free admission.

El Paso County Summer Concert Series, featuring rock/blues with the Hammerstadt band is scheduled for Aug. 5  at 6 p.m. at the  Bear Creek Park Terrace, 21st Street at Argus  Blvd. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on  Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.  The meeting is available  for in-person attendance and on Zoom.

  Friday, Aug. 6

Tee-off Time.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course is open for daily play for the 2021 season, and the course is in great condition. Check out some of the prime charity events and tournaments. In addition, the clubhouse bar is open, along with the driving range and chipping area. In addition, the restaurant is now open on a limited basis from Thursday through Sunday. Driving carts are now available.  Call 719-687-7587 for more information.

First Friday Art Walk, Scheduled for Aug. 6 beginning at 5 p.m. in venues throughout Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City and Downtown Colorado Springs. Enjoy refreshments at various art galleries and meet the local artists. Shuttle buses available between Manitou Springs and Downtown Colorado Springs.

Under the Colorado Moon and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Live performances will occur at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek, with their summer melodrama show, Under the Colorado Moon and the Golden Age Musical, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Both shows extend through the summer until mid-August. For reservations, call 719-689-6402 or visit

Live Music and Performances.  Held every Friday evening in the patio area of the Painted Bear gift shop in downtown Green Mountain Falls.

Saturday, Aug. 7

Mountain Arts Festival.  The 36th annual Mountain Arts Festival will be held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8, starting at 10 a.m. both days. The renowned festival will feature art work from local and national artists, jewelry, woodwork, photographs, paintings, pottery, fiberworks and more. Participants can bid on items in a silent auction. Free admission.

Sunday, Aug. 8

Music on the Labyrinth On Saturday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue is presenting the final 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; no cancellations. Bring a blanket or chair. A free will offering will be taken.


Quilters Above the Clouds Show. The 15th annual show of Woodland Park’s Quilters Above the Clouds Quilt Guild will be held Saturday, August 14 from 9am to 4pm at the Woodland Park Middle School, 600E Kelley’s Road. More than 100 quilts will be featured and ribbons awarded in several categories. Admission to the all-day show is $5 for adults and children under 12 are free. Your admission ticket gives you entry into door prizes and a ballot to vote for your favorite quilt in each category. For more information, please visit our website  See related story in this week’s TMJ.

Night Sky Program. Join park staff and members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society on Aug. 13 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to gaze at the dark skies above Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in search of planets, galaxies, nebulas, and more. Meet on the front patio of the Fossil Beds’ visitor center. Call 719-748-3253 for more information.