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Time to build community Summer festivals offer more than just fun Jennifer Smith Every community has its special spirit, and summertime is the time to let it shine. Hundreds of thousands of people are drawn to festivals that occur throughout the south metro area each summer. While they share some common attributes, each is made unique by the character of its host community. From the tiny town of Kiowa to the vastness of Highlands Ranch, from the Littleton tradition of Western Welcome Week to the first-ever Centennial Under the Stars, every event is an experience unto itself. Douglas, Elbert and Arapahoe county fairs all feature rodeos and 4-H contests, while Highlands Ranch is famous for its Scottish Festival. Lone Tree and Castle Rock spotlight art, while Englewood is all about family fun. Littleton and Parker both have days-long events with a little bit of everything, from roller skating to carnivals, rubber-duck races to parades. The International Festivals and Events Association says festivals are a community’s calling card, giving the outside world an idea


what’s important to those who live there. “As evidenced around the world, festivals and events are among the most successful tools available to communities, states, regions, and even countries to increase tourism, create powerful and memorable branding and imaging opportunities, bond people together, encourage positive media coverage, enhance economic impact, and add to the quality of lives for those who live there,” said IFEA president and CEO Steven Wood Schmader. Summer festivals are an opportunity to enjoy the company of neighbors and friends, but also an opportunity to take a minivacation and enjoy festivals in communities less familiar and find out what they’re all about. “We are an industry of memory makers,” said Schmader. “We are also community builders, storytellers, vision painters, bridge builders and the purveyors of possibility. We bring families, friends, communities, countries and peoples together. We help them celebrate the special things in their lives, inspire them to see more, and provide

Castle Rock Downtown Merchants Association Events E Rock Twilight Criterium Bike Race – Downtown Castle Rock - Sat., June 2, 8am -8 pm Come spectate, come participate (Free Kids Race, $4 Locals Race)

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Classic Rock Cruise In Car Show and Street Fest – Downtown Castle Rock - Sat., June 16, 10am – 3pm Cool cars and art – Flash Mob

Fido Fest - Festival Park - Sat., July 14, 3-8 p.m. Colorado Disc Dogs, all things dog for dogs and dog lovers

Rawhide at the Rock and Starlight Summer Movie #2 Apple Dumpling Gang - Festival Park - Sat., August 4, 5-11pm – A taste of Western kicks off the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo week. Bouncy House, Face Painting, Family Fun

Starlight Summer Movie #3 Zookeeper – Festival Park. Sat., Sept. 15, 5-11 p.m Bouncy House, Face Painting, Family Fun

Oktoberfest – Festival Park, Sat., Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Beer, Brats and live German Bands / Kid’s Area Bouncy House, Face Painting, Family Fun

Trick or Treat Street – Downtown Castle Rock, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2-5 p.m. Safe fun store to store trick or treating coordinated by the Town of Castle Rock and The Merchant’s Association.

Ashley Bache walks Showtime, a 15-year-old llama, around the ring during a past Douglas County Fair. File photo


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the spark that allows them to light the world around them.” Arapahoe County: The Arapahoe County Fair is July 25-29. Event includes concerts, tractor pulls, children’s games, carnival rides, demolition derby, rodeo, 4-H exhibits and more. This year’s theme is Prairie Palooza Games. The fair permanently moved to 25690 E. Quincy Ave. in Aurora in 2006. www. or 303-795-4955. Castle Rock: The 23rd annual Colorado Art Fest at Castle Rock is Sept. 8-9 at Castle Rock Town Hall P.S. Miller Library. Event features more than 180 artists from

across the country, live music, strolling entertainers, the Artfest Store, silent auction and an Imagination Zone for children. www. or 303-688-4597. Centennial: Celebrate Centennial Under the Stars officially opens Centennial Center Park, 13050 E. Peakview Drive, on Aug. 11, noon to 10 p.m. Family fun includes a visit from Radio Disney, food, activities for all ages, live music and other more. Stay for the movie “We Bought a Zoo,” and end the night with a spectacular fireworks show. www. or 303-325-8000. Douglas County: The Douglas County Fair

and Rodeo is Aug. 9-12 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Road in Castle Rock. This year’s theme is “Where Country Comes to Town.” Events include a carnival, stickhorse rodeo, mutton bustin’, concerts and more. www.douglascountyfairandrodeo. com or 720-733-6900. Elbert County: The 77th annual Elbert County Fair is July 30 through Aug. 7 at the Elbert County Fairgrounds. Dozens of events include 4-H exhibits, a grand parade, rodeo, ice cream eating contest, carriage rides, fiddle contest and much more. www. or 303-621-3162. Englewood: The Englewood Funfest is Aug. 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s theme is all about the arts. Join your neighbors at Belleview Park for a chalk art exhibit, giant bubbles, hair punking, dunk tank, tractor pull, duck race and much more. www. or 303-762-2680. Highlands Ranch: The 49th annual Colorado Scottish Festival and Rocky Mountain Highland Games is at Highlands Heritage Park, 9651 S. Quebec St., Aug. 4-5. Events include bagpipes, step dancing, British car show, Celtic rock concert, Kickin’ of the Tartan, Parade of Clans and much more. or 303-238-1027. Littleton: The Western Welcome Week cel­ e­bra­tion begins Aug. 8 and con­tinues with

more than 50 events through Aug. 19. This year’s theme is Fun and Fit! Festival Day on Main Street, which includes the Littleton Firefighter’s Children’s Parade, the 84th Grand Parade, the 53rd annual Arts & Crafts Fair, and con­ces­sions by local civic groups, is August 18. or 303-794-4870 Lone Tree: The Lone Tree Chamber of Commerce’s the fifth annual A Taste of Lone Tree Food & Art Festival is Aug. 11-12 at Lincoln Commons at RidgeGate and the Lone Tree Arts Center. Events include an evening concert and a variety of “tastes” from Lone Tree restaurants, an assortment of wine and microbrews, art displays and a variety of special events. or 303-792-3282. Parker: The 35th annual Parker Days is June 8-10 at O’Brien Park, Main Street and Parker Road. Event features carnival rides, attractions, live bands, arts and crafts exhibitors, grand parade and much more. or 303-8414288. ■ Above left: Past Douglas County Fair Queen Jessica Brown carries the American Flag into the rodeo arena in this file photo from the Douglas County Fair. Above right: Carnival rides at the Douglas County Fair offer fun for all ages. File photo

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Music a staple of Colorado summers Range of acts will satisfy all tastes Chris Michlewicz Imagine yourself plopping down in a lawn chair, a cold drink in hand and the cloudless sky above. Then, the first guitar chord reverberates from the stage and is met by a raucous cheer. Music is a staple of summer for many Coloradans and there is no shortage of events to satisfy the most diverse musical tastes. From casual concerts in the park to lavish, intimate affairs involving classically trained ensembles, the Denver area has much to offer. The Colorado Symphony, for example, invites audiences to Boettcher Concert Hall to experience the wonders of musicians like renowned pianist Lang Lang. The 2012


schedule also includes tributes to Vincent Van Gogh and Barbra Streisand and dives into esoteric collections, like a three-day run called Shakespeare in Music. If a more relaxed atmosphere is desired, there is always the popular Hudson Gardens and Event Center concert series, which this year features a who’s who of iconic classic rock acts, from The Guess Who and Three Dog Night to America and Heart. It’s perhaps the perfect venue for a family outing: Mom and dad can sit back and enjoy the sounds of their youth, while the little ones run around and live out their youth. This year’s Rocky Mountain Music Festival – the second annual installment – is at Clement Park’s amphitheater and


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Previous page: Black Water performs during a past Englewood Sound of Summer free concert at the CityCenter Amphitheather. File photo Right: Lone Tree residents Sidney Cullinan and Janette Cullinan dance near the stage during a past Lone Tree Summer Concert. File photo

will bring to the stage Eric Burdon and the Animals and the Charlie Daniels Band. On a smaller scale, local festivals such as Parker Days bring in the well-known acts from around Colorado. The headliners for the final day of the festival, on June 10, include Denver favorites Hazel Miller and Chris Daniels and the Kings. Similarly, the Highlands Ranch Community Association regularly draws thousands of residents to its summer concert series on Thursday nights. Opie Gone Bad, a Denver band that specializes in rock, reggae and funk, will kick off

the summer season June 7 at Highland Heritage Regional Park. Then, of course, there are the unrivaled national artists who descend each summer on Red Rocks Amphitheater, a venue with a view that attracts the top-grossing tours and die-hard fans. Whether it’s the open air, incredible natural acoustics or the thousands of people singing along to the same song, it’s something everyone needs to experience at least once. No matter what floats your musical boat, there is little doubt you can find a show in Denver this summer to satisfy your palate. ■

America member Gerry Beckley performs during a past Hudson Gardens concert. File photo


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Colorado’s trail systems offer endless possibilities Ryan Boldrey


here is an adage that goes something like, “in order to get anywhere in life, you first need to put one foot in front of the other.” Whether you are into hiking Colorado’s 14ers, just out for a short day hike, or want to spend an hour in the sun, when it comes to putting one foot in front of the other in Colorado’s great outdoors there is something for everyone. Most local bookstores carry a variety of specialized hiking books that offer everything from dog-friendly hikes to shorter hikes for those who are physically challenged to those for the extreme adventure seeker. Two of the more popular Colorado hikes summit America’s most visited mountain, Pikes Peak. The more secluded, and shorter, of the hikes departs from the Crags Trailhead off Colorado 67 in Teller County. The busier, longer route is Manitou Springs’ Barr Trail. Heading just due north, a can’t-miss is Colorado Springs’ other main attraction, the Garden of the Gods, where one can easily kill a good half day, or simply spend an hour soaking in the sights at a leisurely pace. In the Tri-Lakes area, the Santa Fe Trail and Fox Run Regional Park both offer sights and seclusion, along with a good level grade for those not into an excruciating workout. Continuing north into Douglas County, a few more hidden gems include Spruce Mountain, Devils Head and Castlewood Canyon. “There’s opportunity throughout Douglas County, both with the extensive open space and state parks and obviously the Highlands Ranch trail system, if you live in the south metro area and don’t want to drive very far,” said Mark Giebel, Highlands Ranch Backcountry Wilderness Area supervisor.

“It’s always good to explore new areas and find new trails along the Front Range.” The south metro area is full of hiking opportunities for the active nature lover. And whether you are looking for a view of the city or just want to get lost in the great outdoors, there is a trail that suits you. For more information on metro trails, go to ■ Above: Mueller State Park in Teller County offers an abundance of views for visitors and locals alike. File photo Right: Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs gives visitors a unique taste of Colorado. Photo by Ryan Boldrey

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In and about for summer Outings don’t always mean outdoors Jane Reuter When Colorado’s famous sun gets too intense, south metro area businesses offer plenty of ways to beat the heat. If your aim is exercise, you can choose from among rock climbing, indoor sky diving, laser tag and an ocean of swimming pools, water slides and lazy rivers. Looking to just chill? The area’s libraries offer programs that include zoo animals, puppets, insects and, of course, books. The two south suburban arts centers host indoor theater and concerts, and the Wildlife Experience boasts a full calendar of movies, workshops and educational presentations. Indoor rock climbing offers a safe way to try the sport and avoid the hassle and time of an outdoor experience. Centennial’s Rock’n and Jam’n indoor climbing facility offers subscriptions, classes and drop-in rates. “The majority of our customers have regular subscriptions,” manager Tricia Carver said, adding that a special area is set aside for those who are new to climbing or have never tried it before. “On a really hot summer day, those do tend to get busy.”

Climbing combines both physical and mental challenges, requiring controlled movement and the challenge of solving a mental puzzle. It’s also an opportunity for people to challenge and conquer a fear, Carver said. For details, visit: Climbing walls also can be scaled inside Park Meadows Retail Resort, at REI, the Trails Recreation Center in Centennial and the South Suburban Parks and Recreation district’s Family Sports Center in Centennial. The sports center also offers indoor ice skating, bumper cars, laser tag and games. For more information, visit On the opposite end of the summer fun spectrum, both the Arapahoe and Douglas County libraries offer their annual summer reading programs among other airconditioned events. In Douglas County, three local performers will tell stories, sing songs and perform magic, rotating among the branches as part of the “Dream Big, Read!” summer reading program. The highlight is the Denver Zoo’s presentation, which will include live nocturnal animals. The programs are designed to appeal to young and old.

Kids scale a wall at the Rock’n and Jam’n indoor rock climbing facility. The Centennial business offers both drop-in and package climbing opportunities. – Courtesy photo

For more information, visit www. Arapahoe County offers a similar rotating lineup of performers among its branches. Rabbits, monsters, puppets and creepy crawlies will hop and crawl to the district’s Centennial, Sheridan and Denver branches. To find dates and times for specific branches,

visit Fing more information on programs offered at the Wildlife Experience at www. For calendars of events at Parker’s and Lone Tree’s arts centers, visit: or www. ■

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Drag racing big part of summer sports season Tom Munds The roar of engines and the squeal of tires as cars burn rubber announce the drag racing season at Bandimere Speedway. Nice weather in the spring and summer invites spectators to the motorsports tracks as well as to a wide variety of other sports venues around the metro area. Each year, hundreds of drivers from firsttime high school students seeing how fast his or her car will go to the veterans who have been racing for year travel to the Morrison track. But all drivers face the same challenge as they pull up to the starting line, sit and, when the light goes green, push the vehicle so it is going as fast as possible when it crosses the finish line a quarter-mile away. Racing goes on from April until early fall, but all drag racing fans await the big one when the National Hot Rod Association Mile High Nationals comes to town. There are hundreds of local and regional entries, but the focus is on the professional classes, pro stock motorcycle, pro stock cars, top fuel funny cars and top fuel dragsters. The top fuel cars roar off the starting line and cross the finish line in under four seconds and at speeds of 300 miles an hour or more.

But, if drag racing doesn’t tickle your fancy, there is oval track racing at Colorado National Speedway and a variety of racing at IMI Motorsports Complex. In addition, there are plenty of other sports in full swing.


• Bandimere Speedway, Morrison; • Colorado National Speedway, Erie; • IMI Motorsports Complex, Dacono;







Driver Tony Schumacher smokes the tires in the Army-sponsored top fuel dragster as he prepares to make a run. He is expected to join the other drivers in the four professional classes when the Mile High National Drag Races come to Bandimere Speedway in July. Courtesy photo

There are youth sports teams in action as well as a number of local professional teams including the Colorado Rockies baseball team, the Colorado Rapids soccer team and the Denver Outlaws lacrosse team. ■

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Southeastern Colorado attractions Plenty to do from the plains to the mountains Norma Engelberg When planning summer fun in southeastern Colorado, it’s sensible to keep an eye on the weather. Use sunny days for mountain excursions and save the area’s few cloudy days for trips to the plains. Any visit to the area should include a stop at Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain. This most visited of America’s mountains is the easternmost of Colorado’s 14ers, mountains that reach higher than 14,000 feet. At 14,115 feet, it certainly drew the attention of Zebulon Pike (who saw the peak f0r the first time in 1806), prospectors who came to the area for the 1859 “Pikes Peak or Bust” gold rush and those who came for the gold rush of the 1890s that culminated in the formation of the “World’s Greatest Gold Camp” at Cripple Creek and Victor. More than half a million people visit the Pikes Peak summit every year by car on the fully paved Pikes Peak Highway, by rail on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway or on foot by way of the historic Barr Trail or the Crags Trail. The summit is open year-round, but Pikes Peak is


one place where weather really counts. For more information, call 719-385-PEAK or visit Another draw to the Pikes Peak region, besides the peak, itself is Garden of the Gods Park and its world-class visitors center in Colorado Springs. With a backdrop of Pikes Peak, this 1,323-acre registered National Natural Landmark offers both scenic splendor and recreational opportunities. The visitors center is located at 1805 N. 30th St. The main park entrance is across the street. For information, call 719-634-6666, email or visit www. One of the area’s attractions is comfortable in any weather. The caves that give Cave of the Winds its name are constantly cool in more ways than one. Open daily year-round, it offers the Discovery Tour that takes visitors along well-lighted pathways where they can learn how caves are formed and see beautiful cave formations such as stalagmites, stalactites, and so much more. The more adventurous can take the Lantern Tour and carry a candle-lit

lantern through the darkest areas of the cave while guides share cave history and folklore of the Manitou Grand Caverns. The brave at heart can try the Wind Walker Challenge course balanced on the rim of Williams Canyon hundreds of feet below. Cave of the Winds is located six miles west of I-25 on U.S. 24, Manitou Springs, 719685-5444,, www. . Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is America’s only mountain zoo. See the wonders of the natural world up close. Take a guided safari trail tour, touch an Australian wallaby, feed the birds in Budgie Buddies, travel to Wolf Woods and hear the howls of endangered Mexican gray wolves and take little ones on a guided pony ride or a spin on a carousel horse. As part of its ongoing conservation efforts and with help from the public, the zoo participates in more than 30 species survival programs. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is located at 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, 719-633-9925, The Cripple Creek Heritage Center is the

place to learn more about the 1890s Gold Rush and the World’s Greatest Gold Camp, home to the historic cities of Cripple Creek and Victor. The heritage center is a clearinghouse of information that will lead visitors deeper into local history: mining, transportation, local flora and fauna, the area’s American Indian and paleontological heritage and to its many museums, historical sites and trail systems. The Cripple Creek Heritage Center is located on Colo. 67, call 719-689-3315, 877858-4653 or visit On the Eastern Plains but still in the Pikes Peak region is Paint Mines Interpretive Park in Calhan. For more than 9,000 years, American Indian tribes have used the brightly colored clay deposits that give this El Paso County park its name, layers of snowy white, golden yellow, rose pink and purplish mauve, to create the paints they used in ceremonies and decoration. While the formations look like stone, they are actually quite fragile and climbing on them is discouraged. Also, the park doesn’t allow dogs, horses or bicycles on or off the marked trails. This is one park visitors should save for one of Colorado’s cooler summer days.

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The park is located a five-minute drive from Calhan and about 30 miles east of Colorado Springs. Take U.S. 24 east from Colorado Springs to Calhan, turn right on Yoder Road and follow the signs. More information is available at Pages/default.aspx. The John May Museum Center off Colorado 115 south of Colorado Springs is two museums in one. The Museum of Natural History has spent more than 80 years traveling and exploring the world to accumulate what is now considered one of the world’s outstanding collections of giant insects, related creatures and rare artifacts. The Museum of Space Exploration has a wealth of information and photos of the history of man in space, including photos from Voyager II’s trip through the solar system in 1980s, the International Space Station, future plans for the spacecraft that will replace the shuttle and much more. The museum is located at 710 Rock Creek Canyon Road, Colorado Springs. For information, call 719-576-0450 or 800-6663841, email or visit The Royal Gorge Bridge is listed as one of the top five scariest bridges by the World TripAdvisor, but that shouldn’t keep visitors from seeing all that the gorge has to offer in scenic wonder and fun. One of the world’s highest suspension bridges, the Royal Gorge Bridge sits more than 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River. The more than 1,200-foot-

long wood-planked walkway provides a uniquely gorgeous view of the canyon. Since 1929 when it was built, more than 23 million visitors have walked over the Royal Gorge Bridge. The bridge and park are located at 4218 County Road 3A, Canon City, CO 81215. For information call 719-275-7507, 888-333-5597, email or visit The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park offers worldclass specimens and information about Cretaceous Period dinosaurs and flying and marine retiles. Owned by Triebold Paleontology Inc., the center is the showroom for the original fossils its crews have brought back from digs in Montana, the Dakotas and Kansas and for the molds they create to make exact casts of these ancient animals available to museums and other venues all over the world. The center offers hands-on activities for children and the Prehistoric Paradise Gift Shop is a wonder in itself. It is also at the center of many other activities in Woodland Park throughout the year. The center is located at 201 South Fairview St., Woodland Park. For more information, call 719-686-1820 or visit For information about other Pikes Peak region attractions, visit While many visitors and Coloradans head for the Pikes Peak region, the more southerly

parts of eastern Colorado also have plenty to offer. This is where early settlers came into the state on the Santa Fe Trail on their way to New Mexico. This part of Colorado also used to be part of Mexico. In fact, the boundary between Mexico and the United States was the Arkansas River and southeastern Colorado is noted for the influence of its earliest Spanish settlers. The area is also home to one of the world’s longest dinosaur track ways at Picket Wire Canyon. Picket Wire Canyon is part of Comanche National Grasslands. The U.S. Forest Service offers guided four-wheeler tours into the canyon, but there are also hiking and cycling trails available. Camping is also allowed. The best time to see the canyon is mid-spring to early summer or late summer to early fall. For maps and information about the canyon and other wonders of the national grasslands, visit Other attractions in southeastern Colorado include Bent’s Old Fort Historic Site, one of the forts along the Santa Fe Trail; the Sk8way Skate Park, designed by famous skateboarder Tony Hawk and located in La Junta City Park; Koshare Indian Museum & Kiva Trading Post, also in La Junta; and several other museums and heritage centers from Pueblo to Trinidad and east to the Kansas border. For more information about southeastern Colorado attractions and events, visit www. ■

Opposite page: Students take a tour of Bent’s Old Fort Historical Site. The site shows what life was like along the original Santa Fe Trail in southern Colorado. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service Above: Museums and historic sites across Colorado make history fun for all. Here a docent at Hornbek Homestead on the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument teaches a visitor how children of an earlier century played. File photo by Norma Engelberg

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Summertime in Teller County High-elevation entertainment all summer long Norma Engelberg Summertime is fun time in Teller County. Most of the towns and cities in and near Teller County are on U.S. 24 west of Colorado Springs. Green Mountain Falls The town of Green Mountain Falls is actually in El Paso County, but its position on the highway makes it an integral part of the local entertainment scene. The town is well known for its many hiking trails, including a branch on the 6,800-mile long American Discovery Trail. Of course, the town’s historic gazebo and lake are also ready and waiting for picnickers who like their entertainment less strenuous. Green Mountain Falls’ big summer event is the 74th annual Bronc Day Aug. 4. “We’ve never missed a Bronc Day,” said Dick Bratton, Bronc Day chair and former Green Mountain Falls mayor, adding that the town has strived to keep the event from becoming too crowded to enjoy. For more information about Bronc Day, visit Woodland Park Woodland Park has events every couple of weeks through the summer, starting with the Mountain Acoustic Music Association concerts and jams on the third Friday of each month throughout the year at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The eighth annual Woodland Music Series starts June 9, also at the center, with the Colorado College annual Festival Orchestra Concert. The series continues on the second Saturday of each month through September. Two of Woodland Park’s biggest summer events are at the beginning of July. The Old Fashioned Fourth of July at Memorial Park features everything one might expect from a July 4 celebration, including politics, games, music and, at the end of the day, fireworks.

Florissant Heritage Day celebrates the founding of Florissant, one of Teller County’s oldest towns. File photo by Norma Engelberg

New this year from 1-3 p.m. on July 4 is the first-ever Woodland Park Cemetery Crawl. Some of the city’s founders will come to life through re-enactments by local citizens and a few visiting descendents. On July 5 there’s the 32nd annual Symphony Above the Clouds at Woodland Park Middle School. This event draws thousands to hear the Colorado Springs Philharmonic under the stars. August is a busy month in Woodland Park, with the 27th annual Mountain Arts Festival Aug. 4-5 on the Green at Ute Pass Cultural Center. Also on the Green is the 23rd annual Woodland Park Mayor’s Cup Race on Aug. 11

and the third annual Newhoma Music Festival Aug. 25. Woodland Park ends the summer with the 21st Cruise Above the Clouds Car Show, starting on Sept. 8 at Memorial Park and finishing the next day on Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek, and the 15th annual Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest Plus Sept. 22-23 at the cultural center and the Green. For more information about Woodland Park events, watch for the calendar in the Pikes Peak Courier View, www. or check out the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce website:

Florissant Summertime in Florissant means events at the Florissant Grange. The first major event of the summer is the third in a series of Country Dance Fundraising events from 6-10 p.m. on June 15, followed by the grange’s first-ever Karaoke Dinner Theater Night, 6-9 p.m. June 30. The big event for the summer in Florissant is Heritage Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 28. Before the big party starts, participants can fuel up with a pancake breakfast at the Florissant Fire Department. Then it’s off to the grange for vendors, crafters, children’s activities, shootouts, live music and an ice cream social,

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among other things. The Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum, Florissant Historic Cemetery, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and Hornbek Homestead will also be open for visitors that day.  Finally, there’s the End of Summer Bash and Dance Fundraising Event from 7-10 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Florissant Grange. Proceeds will help the grange restore and preserve Florissant’s Old School House. For more information about these and other grange events, call 748-0358, visit  or search for florissantgrange on Facebook. Lake George Lake George is the home of the Lake George Gem & Mineral Club and the annual Lake George Gem & Mineral Show Aug. 17-19. This annual show is a great place to learn about local geology and buy gems, jewelry, mineral specimens and lapidary equipment. For more information about the club and its annual show, check out Leaving U.S. 24 in Divide, Colorado 67 south takes visitors to “The World’s Greatest Gold Camp” in Cripple Creek and Victor. Cripple Creek Cripple Creek’s main attraction is, of course, the casinos, but performance entertainment is also a big part of the local scene. There are two main venues for comedy, music and melodrama in historic Cripple Creek, the Gold Bar Room Theater in the newly restored Imperial Hotel and Restaurant

and the historic Butte Opera House. Performances at the Gold Bar include both Colorado entertainers and National names. For the full summer schedule, check out www. At the Butte Opera House, Thin Air Theatre Company starts its summer season with Lerner & Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” on June 29 at the Butte Opera House. A week later, on July 6, the company will offer the classic melodrama “Desperado, The Ballad of Big, Bold Dan” and olio. Both shows will run through Sept. 1. For the Thin Air Theatre Company’s schedule at the Butte, visit Cripple Creek also offers the 81st annual Donkey Derby Days June 23-24, the Cripple Creek Rough Stock Rodeo June 29-30, the Teller County Fair Aug. 1-5 and the 20th annual Salute to American Veterans Rally Aug. 17-19. The Cripple Creek District Museum offers hours of history and entertainment in its threestory Midland-Terminal Railroad Depot, twostory Colorado Trade and Transfer Company building, 19th-century assayer’s shop, two restored cabins and Hardrock Park with its many mining displays. The museum’s summer hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The Old Homestead Parlour House Museum is also open seven days a week through the summer. This bordello museum shows the steamier side of Cripple Creek’s history but it is toned down when children are present. For the law-and-order angle, the

Outlaws & Law Men Jail Museum is also open for the summer. Information about other Cripple Creek venues and events is available at www. Victor Cripple Creek’s nearest neighbor is Victor, City of Mines. The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and its brand-new gift shop is a place to learn about Victor and its favorite son, editor and radio and TV newscaster Lowell Thomas. The museum is also where the modern mine tours begin. Visitors can drive around and see the remnants of historic mines, hike the Trails of Gold that 19th-century miners used and then tour the modern Cresson Mine. Proceeds

from the modern mine tour help the museum. Reservations for the tours are not required but are recommended, tour seats fill up fast. Victor’s newest museum, Victor Ag & Mining Museum on 2nd Street, is also open for free tours in the summer. Of course, no one should miss Victor Gold Rush Days, July 20-22. Since 1895, Victor has been celebrating its mining heritage with parades, mine tours and the annual mining games. Rounding out the summer is Victor Celebrates the Arts Sept. 1-3. For more information about Victor events, visit www. To make a mine tour reservation, click on “visitor information” and the mine tour icon. ■

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Make a SPLASH this summer! We look at some places to stay cool in the pool, and in other ways aquatic Deborah Grigsby



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Centennial Center Park is an 11-acre park located on the north side of Arapahoe Road, between South Revere Parkway and South Vaughn Way, adjacent to the Centennial Civic Center. It’s a brand new open space project owned by the city and is a great place to beat the summer heat. Kids can plash away in the park’s colorful water play area. Admission to the park is free to the public. Rental fees for picnic areas and pavilions may apply. Call for details. PIRATES COVE FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER 1225 W. Belleview Ave., Englewood, CO 80120 (303) 762-2683, Admission $8 Child/senior (ages 2-17/55+) $6.25 Englewood resident child/senior (ages 2-17/55+) $9.25 Adult (ages 18-54) $7.25 Englewood resident adult (ages 18-54)

Season passes and family passes can be purchased at the Englewood Recreation center, 1155 W. Oxford, Englewood. Pirates Cove is Englewood’s family outdoor aquatic facility and it’s packed with a treasure chest of summer fun for kids and adults. Beat the summer sun in the leisure pool which features a large play structure, a giant spill tank, 35-foot tower with three water slides, and winding lazy river perfect for passing the hours away.


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To receive resident rates for admission or registration, a South Suburban photo ID card must be presented. Cook Creek Pool is one of four outdoor pool facilities in the  South Suburban Parks and Recreation District.  New and improved, this facility opened June 2009 and offers a variety of amenities and programs for both district and non-district residents. There’s a 4,600-square-foot zero depth entry leisure pool and a lap pool with eight 25-yard lanes. The leisure pool features a 23-foot tower slide, interactive water features, a maximum depth of 4 feet, and a basketball and swim lesson area. FRANKLIN POOL 1600 East Panama Drive, Centennial, CO 80121 (303) 798-5922, Admission $5.50 Youth (ages 2-17) $3 Youth resident (ages 2-17) $6.50 Adult (ages 18-64) $3.50 Adult resident (ages 18-64)

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A South Suburban Parks and Recreation facility, this location has a 25-meter leisure pool with diving board and diving well, and a 15foot water slide, staffed by certified lifeguards. To receive resident rates for admission or registration, a South Suburban photo ID card must be presented. HARLOW POOL 5151 S. Lowell Blvd., Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 798-6269, Admission $5.50 Youth (ages 2-17) $3 Youth resident (ages 2-17) $6.50 Adult (ages 18-64) $3.50 Adult resident (ages 18-64) $5.75 Senior (ages 65+) $3 Senior resident (ages 65+) $23.50 Household $10 Household resident

Make a splash this summer at the Harlow Pool in Littleton, one of the outdoor pool facilities belonging to South Suburban Parks and Recreation. The main pool is a generous 25 meters in length with a diving board and 12-foot diving well and an exhilarating 15-foot water slide. To receive resident rates for admission or registration, a South Suburban photo ID card must be presented.

HOLLY POOL 6651 South Krameria Way, Centennial, CO 80111 (303) 770-0333, Admission $5.50 Youth (ages 2-17) $3 Youth resident (ages 2-17) $6.50 Adult (ages 18-64) $3.50 Adult resident (ages 18-64) $5.75 Senior (ages 65+) $3 Senior resident (ages 65+) $23.50 Household $10 Household resident

Home of the largest outdoor swim lesson program within the South Suburban Parks and Recreation, this location has plenty of warm weather fun for everyone. To receive resident rates for admission or registration, a South Suburban photo ID card must be presented. This traditional outdoor pool has six lanes, a diving board, drop slide and is 12 feet at its deepest point. There’s a separate children’s wading pool and several grassy areas near the pool with shaded pavilions.■ Above left: Lone Tree’s Cook Creek Pool offers a variety of ways for youngsters to beat the summer heat. Above right: Franklin Pool Sprayground, located in Centennial


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In the introduction to Front Range Theatre Company’s listing of summer programs is a wonderful list: “Ten Things the Arts Teach Children.” Included: “The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.” From Eisner: “The Arts and Creation of the Mind” (2002 Yale University Press). The group’s summer classes, held in Castle Rock, include a two-week training from ages 5 and up from June 4 to 15; four intensive two-day sessions on June 18/19; 20/21/; 25/27;

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• Stage Combat, ages 13-18, July 30-Aug. 3. Tuition varies. Visit for details. Seth Maisel is education director, 303794-2787, ext. 217, or email smaisel@ Theatre in the Park, a South Suburban acting program is already in rehearsal with young actors, but the free performances June 19 to 22 in neighborhood parks are worth a visit for families. Locations TBA. South Suburban also offers the Missoula Children’s Theater, which arrives Monday to July 9 to audition, supplies costumes, props, sound system. Makeup, etc. It then holds several days of intense rehearsal and gives performances Friday and Saturday July 13, 14. Information: 303-730-4612. Location TBA. Summer Film School for Teens, sponsored by Bemis Library teen program, starts June 9 for 8 weeks of classes at the Binning Foundation on Littleton Boulevard. $100 per student. Scholarships available. Space limited. Call teen librarian Mark Decker, 303-7953961. The Hannah Kahn Dance Company will perform a free show at 10 a.m. June 15 at Hudson Gardens and Event Center, which will demonstrate the structure, discipline and sources of choreography. There will be five dancers performing five different fully staged and costumed dances to shoe contrasting styles, music, costumes and moods. Music will include Cuban rumba, Fats Waller, music

from Mali and Finland and classical music by Gabriel Faure. The program lasts 45 minutes. Parker A Girls Rock ’n’ Roll Day Camp will be offered in Parker by Colorado native Liz Clark, now based in Ireland, for girls ages 8 to 16. It will cover performance, singing, songwriting, guitar, piano and recording with a performance at the end of each one-week session. They will be July 23-28; July 30-Aug. 3; Aug. 6 to 10; Aug. 13-18 and 20-25. $200 for a week session, noon to 4 p.m.. Call Clark, 917-549-1549, email lizclark@lizclarkmusic. com or visit The PACE Center in Parker will offer a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in conjunction with the Parker Theatre Academy and Parker United Methodist Church, which will feature young actors. Auditions are June 4 and 5. Call 303-805-3364 to schedule an audition appointment. Performances will be July 27-28 and August 3-4. Englewood The Englewood Summer Musical will include young performers who auditioned in May for a production of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” on July 27, 28, 29 at Englewood High School. Families may want to attend with an eye to involvement next year. Tickets available at the Malley Center, 3380 S. Lincoln St. ■

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hen tourists come to Colorado they hit the ski slopes, hike the trails and take in all that the Rocky Mountains have to offer. One of the most popular places to visit in Colorado isn’t the mountains but a military base. The United States Air Force Academy attracts an estimated 500,000 people every year. Tourists and locals can visit the academy year-round, and while most of the base is offlimits to the general public, there are several areas to visit where people can get a glimpse of what takes place on a daily basis at the academy. “It’s the most open military instillation,” said Melissa Porter, director of community outreach at the academy. “It’s a treasure and we

want taxpayers to come and see what it is our cadets do.” The first stop at the academy is usually the Barry Goldwater Air Force Academy Visitors Center. Named after the Arizona senator, it is there that visitors can learn about the history of the academy and cadet life. The 31,600-square-foot building opened in June 1986. The visitors center contains exhibits, a gift shop and even a Subway where visitors can grab a quick lunch while visiting the academy. Special exhibits explain the academy’s four pillars of excellence: character development, academics, athletic training and military training. Porter said there are many exhibits to see in the visitor’s center and there will soon be an exhibit of a mock dorm to show people what cadet life is like. Visitors can watch a short film in the

250-seat theater about the academy that is shown every half-hour. Self-guided tours are encouraged with maps available at the information desk. One of the must-sees on the tour is the Cadet Chapel. Built in 1962, the chapel is the top man-made tourist attraction in Colorado. Located east of the visitors center, visitors can walk a one-third mile paved nature trail to the chapel. Another place on the self-guided tour is Arnold Hall. It is there that visitors can see military exhibits. Porter said there is also a Subway and Godfather’s Pizza available to get something to eat. The Honor Court is another popular spot where statues and replicas of World War II aircraft can been seen. Visitors to the academy can also visit the Cadet Field House where they might get lucky enough to see some of the intercollegiate

athletes practicing basketball or ice hockey. In the Falcon Athletic Center they can view the Athletic Hall of Excellence, which portrays distinguished and notable graduates. Another popular place to visit is the Stanley Canyon and Falcon hiking trails. “We are up here in this beautiful area with a lot of trails. A lot of local people take advantage of them,” Porter said. Other unexpected things to see People touring the visitors center and other academy landmarks are pleasantly surprised when they get to see the cadets in action. This

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can include military drills or the cadet wing marching to lunch out on the terrazzo. The meal formation can be seen at noon midAugust to mid-May from the chapel wall. In-processing for cadets generally takes place June 28, and if visitors happen to be at the academy the Friday after, they can witness the fourth degrees (or freshman) taking the oath. “It’s one of the more interesting things to see. It’s a huge commitment that the cadets are taking. It’s the launching point for the next decade of their life,” Porter said. Porter said as part of the driving tour of the academy, visitors can go to Association of

Graduates Doolittle Hall. Adjacent to Doolittle Hall is Heritage Trail where the Challenge Bridge and war memorial are located. “It’s the place that’s often missed,” Porter added. “It’s a different view of the academy grounds.” There is also a variety of wildlife to see including deer, wild turkeys, geese, foxes and the occasional bear. The Air Force Academy is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The visitor’s center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors must enter through the north gate of the academy, which is located at exit 156 B off of Interstate 25. ■

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The 16th annual Biergarten Festival will be back this year for a two-day run in Morrison. In addition to beer, the family-friendly cultural event will offer traditional German food, entertainment, music, dance groups, kids’ games and activities and, on the second day of the festival, a bratwurst-eating contest. The event is open to the public and provides an atmosphere of German summer family time together, reminiscent of the times families

spent in the Biergarten throughout Germany. The Biergarten Festival will be held from 4-10 p.m. July 13 and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. July 14 at 17832 Highway 8. Admission prices are $5 July 13, $10 July 14, or $12 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. More information is available at, where pre-registration is recommended. The site lists directions, registration for the bratwurst-eating contest and an entertainment schedule. Free entry is available for those who sign up as volunteers. ■

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