Mountain Almanac for the week of August 17

Thursday, Aug 19

Woodland Park Rock, Gem and Jewelry Show. Scheduled for Aug. 19-22 at the Ute Pass Saddle Club grounds 19520 Hwy. 24 (between the Safeway and Walmart). Featuring over 40 vendors with mineral specimens from all over the world. Many of the specimens are self-collected.   We have a kids’ area and lots of free rock for kids and a variety of events. Many of our vendors are artists, creating beautiful custom jewelry that you can’t find anywhere else. You can also talk to them and have them create something just for you. For more information, call 719-360-9665.

Manitou Springs Summer Concert Series.  Featuring Academy Jazz Ensemble on Aug. 19 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. 19 at 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Free admission.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on  Aug. 19 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. 20

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.

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

Saturday, Aug. 21

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

Peak View Fest.  The first annual Peak View Fest, sponsored by Peak View BBQ and Tap Room in Woodland Park, is scheduled for Aug. 21. The Fest will feature a day of live music outdoors and festivities in the parking lot, right outside Peak View. Come for the great food and drinks and stay for a hefty lineup of live music. Special featured bands include Off the Wagon, Electric Blues Trio, 6 String Dave & Todd and CO2. Bring your own chair and call to reservice a table. For more information, call 719-686-6998.

Sunday, Aug. 22

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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Manitou Springs Wine Festival. Scheduled for Aug. 27-28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days at Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Avenue. Enjoy tastings from more than 30 Colorado Wineries with live music, food & gift vendors while you stroll through Memorial Park. The ticket price includes admission to wine tastings and a free Colorado Wine Festival tote bag. For more information, call the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce at 719-685-5089.

Pancake Breakfast. The Mountain Communities Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual Pancake Breakfast on Labor Day Monday, September 6, from 7 to 11:30 AM at the Mountain Communities Fire Department Station 2, 15000 Westcreek Drive.  (Exit Highway 67 at Abbey Ave (mile 91) then turn left onto Westcreek Drive. We are approximately 15 miles North of Woodland Park). The festivities include best breakfast in town, Silent auction featuring items from local vendors and artisans; Meet & greet with MCVFD members and Smokey Bear and Tour of the trucks. For more information, call 303-647-2361.

Woodland Park Senior Center Car Show Pancake Breakfast – Car Show Pancake Breakfast at the Woodland Park Senior Center, SE corner of Pine Street and Lake Avenue on Saturday, September 11 from 7 to 11 a.m. For a breakfast guaranteed to keep you going throughout the Car Show day, fill up with all you can eat fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit and the best biscuits and gravy around! Your home town seniors will be flipping pancakes and scrambling eggs, to be served up with juice and coffee or hot tea for only $8. Kids 6 and under eat for $2. Our open to the public event helps to support the programs and activities of the Woodland Park Senior Center.