Mountain Almanac Week of August 10

Wednesday, Aug. 11



Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Aug. 11 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. 11 and featuring Archtop Eddy 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 the Swing Connection Big Band is scheduled for Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Bear Creek Park Terrace, 21st Street at Argulis Blvd. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Thursday, Aug 12

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Aug. 12 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.



Tyke Hike. Scheduled for Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Join a park educator on a 1 to 2 mile guided nature walk designed specifically for young explorers and focused on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics approach to the natural world along the trail. A parent must accompany children and masks are required.



Manitou Springs Summer Concert Series. Featuring Front Rang Big Band on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at Bud Ford Pavilion in Soda Springs Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free and open to the public.




Gallop in the Garden. This is a 5K Fun Run/Jog/Walk in Garden of the Gods Park on Aug. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Free admission.


Live music. Key West Drew will perform Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. Armadillo Ranch at 962 Manitou Ave in Manitou Springs.



The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, next to city hall. The meeting is available for in-person attendance and on Zoom.


Friday, Aug. 13

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 Wednesday through Sunday, with special dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings. Call 719-687-7587 for more information.



Final Shows for Under the Colorado Moon and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Live performances are occurring at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek, with their summer melodrama show, Under the Colorado Moon and the Golden Age Musical, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Enjoy these performances as they wind to a conclusion. Both shows extend through the summer until mid-August. For reservations, call 719-689-6402 or visit

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 visitor center. Call 719-748-3253 for more information.

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

The Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and awards is scheduled for Aug. 13 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Rd Colorado Springs, CO 80906. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

Saturday, Aug. 14

Donkey Derby Days. Don’t miss the 90th year of Donkey Derby Days celebration, set for Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 in Cripple Creek. This tops the list of favorite Cripple Creek events. Get out and enjoy the games, live entertainment, heritage competitions and other fun activities. For details, view


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


Sunday, Aug. 15


Meet the Artists and Live Painting Demonstration. Scheduled for Aug. 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center Red Rocks Room. Free event. Come meet Deb Bartos, Lupita Carrasco and Shannon Mello, all famous for their paintings of the Garden of the Gods and its unique features. A portion of the proceeds from their works support programs at the Garden.



Veterans Remembrance Ceremony. Organizers invite all Teller County residents to experience the patriotic and heartfelt “Veterans Remembrance Ceremony” which will begin at 12:30, Saturday, August 21 at Woodland Park’s Memorial Park. Area residents are encouraged to attend this free event. The centerpiece of the annual Salute to American Veterans Rally has always been the “Remembrance Ceremony”. This year, the 34th annual ceremony will be held in Woodland Park, in the center of memorial park adjacent to the Eric the Dixon memorial. The Salute to American Veterans Rally will occur on Aug. 20 and 21, with a full lineup of events. The majority of the festivities will occur in Woodland Park. For more information go to


Memorial Wall Dedication The Pikes Peak Region’s Memorial Wall offers a place to reflect on the sacrifices made for our freedom. Any members of our Armed Forces who were lost in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001 and were stationed at one of our five area installations, had a home of record in El Paso or Teller County or graduated from the Air Force Academy are listed on the wall in remembrance of their sacrifice and service.

The Memorial Wall Dedication is a beautiful, solemn remembrance ceremony. Please join us for the Reading of the Names, guest speakers, a Salute Battery, a Wreath Laying Ceremony, and a stunning performance by the Pikes Peak Highlanders Pipe & Drum Corps and more. The ceremony occurs on Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, is free of charge and open to the public.

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