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Off the Beaten Path in South Central CO. Westcliffe, CO Fracking: it’ come to South Central Colorado and what does it mean for our communities? O n M o n day, Au gust 6 t h in Westcliffe, Bill Dvorak & others will explore the impact of fracking in and information and educational forum. For those of us who would like to know more about the subject this may be a good place to start.

Fun for Kids & Their Families Pueblo, CO Every body loves a fair and the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo at the end of August is the biggest summer event in the state and offers families a fun, educational vacation. Colorado became a state in 1876 and before the Colorado flag flew high, the State Fair was already earning its place in history. In 1869, approximately 2,000 people converged on what is now Pueblo for a horse exhibition, and from that meager beginning was born the Colorado State Fair. It continues to call Pueblo home. The Fair runs from August 24 through September 3rd and boasts a Rodeo, Carnival, Parades galore, Bluegrass Festival, Monster Trucks, Demolition Derby, Tractor pull, Livestock, and more than 60 concerts or shows on 5 stages - including ‘Merle Haggard’, ‘ Steve Miller Band’, ‘Thompson Square & PRCA Ram Rodeo’, ‘The Temptations & The Four Tops’, ‘Kenny Loggins’ & more. There are free attractions and competitive events and lets not forget the food and beer and drink! And, just for fine, there is a fine art exhibition of both Emerging Artists/Students and Professional Artists. So go out to the Fair in Pueblo and have fun. Antonito, CO The Cinder Bear Express: ride for kids. This 3-hour train ride departs from the Antonito Depot, about 30 miles south of Alamosa and is a 3-hour long funfest with a picnic lunch designed for kids included at Cumbres Station at the top of the pass. There is storytelling tailored to attract and keep the attention of the youngster. The Master of Ceremonies, Cinder Bear, will be on hand to greet all passengers and take them on adventures including storytelling, games, songs and more.

This special train runs on August 2, 9 and 26. See the calendar under Alamosa for details. Star Gazing: Explore the Night Sky Above Victor, CO Meteor showers grace the skies each August and the Stratton Outdoor Amphitheater in Victor near Cripple Creek has a special free event to catch the best viewing. Bring binoculars, a flashlight & warm clothes to the site of the historic Independence Mill; park for free at the Victor Heli Pad and, weather permitting, with your telescope or one shared show the kids the night skies high above city lights. You won’t need a telescope to see the meteor shower but do bring a sense of adventure.

Waddie Mitchell, Sons and Brothers, Flying W Wranglers Headline Western Fest Aaron Wolking Westcliffe, CO. Experience the finest in western, Cowboy and Americana music at the 3rd Annual Wet Mountain Western Jubilee in beautiful Westcliffe, CO on August 18 and 19, 2012. If you enjoy western flavored entertainment, then there will be no better place to be. Renowned buckaroo poet, and 2011 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame inductee, Waddie Mitchell returns to bring his famed poems, stories and unmatched charisma to the festival. Newcomers to WMWJ include one of California’s hottest western swing and bebop bands, CowBop, as well as CMT’s new hit duo and acclaimed songwriters Joey + Rory. As always, the festival will be hosted by Sons and Brothers and will feature a return performance from Wet Mountain Valley favorites, Sugarfoot. The Flying W Wranglers will join the festival for a special performance. In recognition of the contribution to western music and the state of Colorado made by the Flying W Ranch, and in anticipation of the rebuilding of this cher ished Colorado institution, we are pleased to welcome the Flying W Wranglers to Westcliffe on Sunday, August 19th. Also on Sunday join the free Cowboy Church with music from

t h e W M WJ A l l - Vo l u n t e e r G o s p e l Band and guest s, and a mes sage from author and Pastor Dick Jones. As always, free camping is available on the festival grounds and the show will go on rain or shine under the Big Top at the Westcliffe Event Center at the far West end of Main Street in Westcliffe. Tickets are available for advance purchase at Candy’s Coffee and the Hair Exper ts in Westclif fe, at Cross Music in Canon City, or by calling Sons and Brothers Events, LLC at 719-783-0770. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the festival gate.

It happens once in a blue moon – so let’s go out and enjoy it! MPEC in Beulah will have a ‘Blue Moon’ hike on Friday, August 31st. It seems there are two definitions for term ‘blue moon.’ The one I’ve usually heard is that the second full moon in any month is called the ‘blue’ moon. There is another, older definition which states that the blue moon is the 3rd full moon in a season that has 4 full moons – for example, the 3rd of 4 full moons between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. So, some years have an extra full moon – 13 instead of 12. Since there were names for only 12 moons by calling the 13th ‘blue moon,’ calendars which used moons – like the Paschal Moon to identify Easter – could stay on track. There was no 13th moon in 2011. In the next 20 years there will be about 15 blue moons. And, the rare phenomenon of 2 blue moons in one year happens about every 19 years. So, we don’t have one every year and that’s why ‘blue moon’ has become the stuff of song and legend. Blue moon or no, may you have a song in your heart and a love of your own! Full of Surprises: The Rio Costilla Studio Tour Kathy Woolbert Jaroso , CO The 14th Annual Rio Costilla Studio Tour is coming up on September 8 and 9. Set in the stunning borderlands of the San Luis Valley, the Tour celebrates the work of some twenty-five visionary artists, crafts people and businesses. (continued on page 2)





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Music, fun and serious. Crestone, CO CrestFest Music Festival A super cool festival in a pristine location with groovy folks! The 14th Crestone Music Festival will take place August 3-5, 2012. CrestFest is a three-day, twostage, multi-genre, multi-cultural event featuring international, national, regional and local performers as well as global cuisine, wine, micro-brews and mojitos. The Friday night headliner will be the Transcendental Folk Grass Band Elephant Revival. They are serious fun and named for the bond elephants share. They also travel the country in an old church bus that runs on biofuel!

at the Ancient Mariner bar in Manitou Springs Shakedown Street quickly grew in popularity, and garnered a legion of loyal fans who refer to themselves as “Shakeheads”. The Sunday Headliner is twice Grammy nominated Maura O’Connell. From her first appearance as a lead vocalist with the celebrated traditional Celtic group DeDanaan, to her long time collaborations with Nashville artists Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Nancy Griffith and others, Maura O’Connell has mesmerized audiences with an unmistakable deep, rich, flexible voice. Her voice is captivating and her stage presence entrancing. On-site camping, delicious food and libations and generally speaking, a good ‘ole time for all is offered.

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It offers everything from hand-crafted furniture, ceramics, sculpture, paintings, photography, jewelry, and artisan bread to solar farms and wildflower fields in full bloom. September is a per fect time to celebrate our region’s art and fine crafts and explore the countryside when the air turns cool, the golden aspens quake and the asters purple the prairie. The Tour runs from 10am to 5pm each day, starting in the historic plaza of Costilla, NM where artists, crafts people and vendors will be displaying

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Fun for Kids & Families is emerging as one of the most notable young chamber music ensembles in America. The Quartet features violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi. Hailing from across North America the quartet combines its diverse musical backgrounds to bring a fiery brilliance to the concert stage.


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THE WRITERS BEAT Jaroso, CO - a short story


August Calendar

San Luis Valley Spanish Peaks Region Upper Arkansas River Valley Wet Mountain Valley Pikes Peak Country

August brings the final two Salida / Aspen Concerts of the season, to Salida, CO. The Calidore Quartet won Grand prize at the 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the 2012 Coleman and Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competitions. The Calidore Quartet

Activities include men’s and women’s wood chopping contests, limbo and pie-eating contests and even a chicken clucking contest! For kids the fest includes the Salida Circus, Singing Circles, frisbee dog demonstrations, puppet making, hulahoops and beach balls and EuroBungy jump machine. One of the longest running Grateful Dead tribute bands in the world, Shakedown Street, makes its home in the Rocky Mountains and will play Saturday evening. Spawned from jam sessions

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Free Guide to the Arts and Entertainment in Alamosa, Beulah, Buena Vista, Cañon City, Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek, Fairplay, Florence, Gardner, Guffey, LaVeta, Manitou Springs, Penrose, Pueblo, Salida, Victor, Villa Grove, Westcliffe, Woodland Park and Surrounding Area. Renee Isely Tobin, Editor/Publisher Bob Tobin, Co-Editor Annie Dawid, Editor-At-Large

John O’Conor closes this year’s Salida/Aspen Concert series on August 14th. The Irish pianist has earned a worldwide reputation as a masterful interpreter of the Classic and earlyRomantic repertoires. For his services to music he has been decorated with “L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Government and many other awards. Check the calendar for details.

their handmade creations and offering delicious food. Pick up a map at the information booth to follow a well-marked route heading up r iver and dow n. The Rio Costilla Studio Tour is one of the smaller tours in the Southwest so it’s possible to experience the entire Tour in one day. Take two at a more leisurely pace, without being overwhelmed. The Tour is, by all accounts, one of the most authentic, intimate, friendly and surprising tours. Surprising in that way out here, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, in a dramatic landscape bordered by the Sangre de Cristo mountains, dotted with ancient volcanoes, and gouged by swift rivers,

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there is an oasis of creative spirit and spark. Surprising, like the artists who excel not just in one medium, but several, proving that their talents are wide ranging and multi-dimensional. These are just a few of the unique aspects of the Rio Costilla Studio Tour on September 8 and 9 from 10am to 5pm each day. It’s a great time to enjoy the beautiful San Luis Valley, savor the colors and crisp air of late summer, celebrate the remarkable and original work created in our backyard, and enjoy a friendly visit with the artists, crafts people and businesses on the Tour. Visit or call 719-672-4009 for more information.

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“Jaroso, CO” short story by R. Isely She was inside the office when I came up front. I’d been in the hangar out back making coffee and trying to clean the old sandman out of my eyes. She stood at the window next to the door looking out at the airfield, bundled into a flight suit that didn’t hug anywhere. She was all at attention. Even her feet were pointed straight ahead. She had small feet. I figured she was early for a lesson. She didn’t turn to look at me. Well, two can play that game. The crop dusting crew came in and she stepped back to let them pass, smiled and said: “Good morning.” She spoke like a school teacher, all consonants clear. There was a note in her voice that showed she meant it nicely, but that didn’t stop one of the guys from turning back to stare, smiling and puzzled all at once. The red of her nails caught my eyes as she leaned hard with both hands against the window ledge in the door. Women around these parts didn’t paint their nails. I saw then she was older than I first took her to be. A good ten years. Of course, there weren’t a lot of them, women that is, around anyway, so I tried to strike up a conversation. “Good day for a jump,” I said. She turned at me and stared. It wasn’t’ like I surprised her. She must have known I was there but it seemed like she had to think it over a bit. Then her big hazel eyes focused. She smiled a great smile and held it. I smiled back. “You’re new here. Aren’t you?” She said, and the smile faded and an eyebrow went up. “That’s right. Name’s Abijah Gilbert.” I said, walking over to put out a hand to shake. “Been here a coupl’a weeks.” “Oh,” she said. Her hand was cold and held mine hard by the fingertips. “You can call me Gil.” She didn’t volunteer her name. She looked down and dropped my hand fast, like I’d stepped over some boundary. So I ended up just standing there, looking down at the top of her head. “Took Jimmy McRae’s job, flying and teaching,” I said. “He went back out east, I heard. Said he’d die if he didn’t see a skyscraper again.” She turned back to staring out the window. I stepped over to the door. Her hair was braided tight down her back and the end was tucked in under her flight suit, ready for a helmet. Some strands stood out soft all over her head and earth brown in the sun. She blinked and looked around for whatever it was she was looking for out the window. Her eyes teared as the sun cleared free of Ute mountain in its morning rise and came shining straight in. The wind kicked up the sock and bent the brush at the side of the field. Nothing else moved. “Must be 7:30 on the nose, “ I said. She opened her mouth and yawned hard. I caught a whiff of the strong stuff. It was sweet, you understand, like a good shot, not the sour smell of a long night. She looked at me again and smiled fast. “Call me Babe,” she said. It turned out she had learned to jump from Jimmy, years ago. Other guys took her up now, she said, nobody regular. She had been away for a couple of months. “Business in Salt Lake city,” she said. That’s why we hadn’t met when I came on board. I got her a cup of coffee because

her flight man was late. She didn’t look like much to squeeze, but like the morning she sure was something to draw out. I rambled on and told her about my travels. I’d been picking up jobs at airfields from the Carolinas to Colorado, heading west, California bound. Turned out we knew some of the same folks in the business. Don’t know what I said but she stopped breathing so hard. She changed right in front of me and calmed way down. She let go of the window ledge and when she pulled her hands back I could see pieces of paint, dirt and hard putty stuck right in the flesh. She didn’t notice. She turned away from the window and smiled up at me in a long slow way she had. She was the prettiest gal I’d met in months. She was special. “I’ve got a sort of go-see-go attitude toward life myself,” I said. “Once I got my walking papers from the Air Force, landing a job with an air show like this seemed the best thing to do. Hell, I tried other things first. Like this better. No big bosses. No starched shirts. No step’n fetch it bullshit. No flying around those corporate biggies. You know, they are out of it. Done in half by scotch and half by fear. It’s all they can do to strap on their belts and talk big when the boss comes ‘round. Not for me, no siree.” “Fear will do that,” she said. “It’s enough to make strong men freeze dead in their tracks, women too.” “ Y e s ma’am,” I said. “The skiing around here is almost as good as the diving,” she said. “I like indoor sports myself,” I said, “ ‘specially in the winter. If you know what I mean.” Her look told me she did. It wasn’t an invitation. I rambled on. “I take it you’re a skier, yourself.” “A sport for every season, my father would say. Of course, he meant it for my older brothers. Girls are sissies.” “Why you don’t look like you been afraid a day in your life,” I said. Her smile faded and her eyes grew small into a squint. Her mouth just shrivelled right up into a line so determined any fundamentalist preacher would have been proud to own it, a real defense perimeter against the failings of the flesh. She turned to the window, grabbed at the ledge, held on tight and looked out. I was called away just then and when I got back she was walking across the field to the plane with Steve. As she walked I noticed that she had a kind of roll over gait. She pulled her right leg up and just rolled over it, all the while talking and smiling up at Steve. Didn’t see much of her for the next couple of days, though I was on the lookout. You never know when a lady is gonna change her mind and I was looking for one to be kind to a traveling man. Was a lady down at Garcia, over toward Taos, giving me the eye and a twitch of her hip when I cruised by, but her old man was on the lookout for trouble, and that was one thing I surely didn’t need. We were ready for the state show.

Fly boys were falling in from all over the southwest. They revved up the heavens with rolling maneuvers and the stock in trade that looks real fancy. It gets folks hyped, ready to shell out money to see old planes fly and people drop out of them under parasails into the summer sky. The second day of the fair was the ladies’ drop. We’re talking individual competition and group formations with flares and water spits and fireworks and plane loads of women sailing down. It’s the prettiest sight ever when those gals come out and chutes bank against the blue. A time to sit back, drink a beer and admire. It was a slow morning. I had done my heavy work for the men’s on the first day. I was hanging out waiting for the afternoon show to begin, dealing stud in a light poker game. “How’s the Babe?” Said a fly boy I’d never seen before. “Saw her limpin’ around yesterday. She judging or jumping?” Curiosity’s always been one of my failings. The cards were landing right for the fly boy and after a couple of prods I found out all I needed to know. Seems the Babe was a stunt parachutist and organized some of the wildest flights folks in these parts had seen. “She was a daredevil,” he said. “Didn’t know her place.” That and she’d never fly without Jimmy McRae. They’d had a falling out before the competition a year ago. Jimmy’d taken to the bars in Taos and sat out the show. Babe flew the competition with someone new. Her emergency chute opened late. She lay in a coma for three weeks in some critical care hospital unit in Salt Lake specializing in head injuries and for a long time after she woke, they thought she’d never walk again. There was a sneer in the guy’s voice when he talked about Babe that rubbed me wrong. I let him know I thought the lady kind of special. He said the lady’d made a good man turn to drink. I dealt the cards some more and watched him grow quiet as his luck turned. I was feeling thoughtful and rounding up some winnings from the game when Babe came it. “Steve is sick” She looked me in the face. “His appendix burst and the ambulance just took him away.” No good afternoon. No howdy do. No smile. Just announced it straight out. She had a determined look on her pale face. Her lips were shut down hard. I didn’t see it at the time, but when I think on it I can see she was keeping them from trembling. “Fly me,” she said. “Please.” Well, much as I don’t like to see a lady in trouble, the thought did occur that it was time to have a little fun. I wanted to go out, tease some local gals and maybe get something going. She hadn’t been the friendliest person around. She stood there, all dressed in costume with flares on her boots, parasail packed and then she smiled that slow, sure smile. “Please,” she said again. “You’re the only man I can turn to.” Hell, it was a great day for flying.

The sky was so clear you’d swear it had been painted and the sock at the edge of the field puffed up at odd moments to fill out soft with the smallest breeze. Call me a sucker if you want, but this was sweet time for me. The plan was simple: a circle higher than the others. She was to free fall with smoke flares blowing right down through the formation linking up below, then open up and float down to the ground. The Cessna purred along and we banked out over the Rio Grande. I circled ground zero. We climbed. Then I set her into a gentle left-hand pattern, put on the auto pilot and went to check on my flying lady. We had a turn or two to go before the formation was in position below and I thought I’d chat her up a little. I figured she owed me one so maybe she’d go to the shindig with me that night. She carried a hip flask I wouldn’t mind sharing that, or a beer or two. I have a thing for women packing their own. Well, darned if she wasn’t in position and ready to go. Don’t know any flyers like to hang out like that. “Check the position and go,” I say. “You don’t’ wanna think too much.” She had her right foot on the wheel, her left on the landing gear. The wind was flapping at her suit and hissing through the open door. She gripped the strut hard with both hands and tension radiated through her body in a long arc out toward the blue. Believe you me it is impossible to chat up a woman hanging from the side of a plane in flight. This is for sure. As we banked into the last turn, I lit the flares at her heels and gave her the old thumbs up right on the dime. Maybe she didn’t see my hand because she missed the mark. As the Cessna came around again I gave her a little tap on the shoulder, just to give her the ready. Her whole body did some kind of spasm and she looked at me. Tears were streaming from her eyes inside the goggles. I could tell we’d be up there all day waiting for her to go. There was only one thing to do. I steadied myself right inside the door against the frame and I swear that just before I gave her soft butt a good shove she screamed into the wind: “Push!” I watched her from the door and then, from the pilot’s seat as I took a long road back to the strip. She made a pretty pattern against arid land below and from my angle it looked like the whole formation was sailing out and back, over the Rio Grande, floating on air. She was waiting for me when I got in. She took a drink from her flask and passed it to me. She said she always shared the trophy, if she got it, with her flier. Would I do her the honors this time? I was feeling real sober. I like a little fun, but when things get involved I know the time has come for me to move on. Somewhere over the Rio Grande as she was heading for the ground, I decided that I was California bound. It may be hard to understand, but I’d had my moment there in the semi-arid Colorado plains. I was proud. Babe had re-conquered her skies. There aren’t too many times in life a man can push a woman from a plane in mid-flight and feel like it’s the honorable thing to do. I gave her a great big hug. She wasn’t much to squeeze, but she sure was something special. I told her I wouldn’t be hanging around for the closing ceremonies.








Saturdays in August

• Farmers’ Market: fresh, local produce, baked goods, crafts, cooking demos, sampling, live music; parking lots near State & Main; 8am– 2pm;

S a n L u i s V a ll e y Alamosa

Thurs Aug 2 & 9 & Sun August 26

• Cinder Bear Express: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR ride for kids; 3-hours w/ picnic lunch, storytelling & MC Cinder Bear; Antonito Depot, 5234 B US Hwy 285, 28 miles south of Alamosa; 11am – 2pm; $30 $57; reservations 1-888-286-2737 or www.

Thursdays August 2, 9 & 16

• Valley Steam flyer: Rio Grande Scenic RR: RT Alamosa to Monte Vista w/ short layover to explore Monte Vista; Alamosa Depot; depart 10am; $29–$69; tkts online www. or 877-726-7245

Weekends in August

• Concert Trains: Rio Grande Scenic RR: Depart Alamosa (9:30am) or LaVeta (10am) & travel to Fir Summit by train; $19–$59; tkts online www. Coloradotrain. com or 877-726-7245 Aug. 3 - 5: “Don Edwards”– cowboy poet w/ “Syd Masters” Aug 10 -12: “Michael Martin Murphey” w/ ‘Dana & Susan Robinson” Aug. 17-19: “South by Southwest” w/ “Bovee & Heil” Aug. 24-26: “John McEuen” w/ “Bovee & Heil”

Sundays August 12 & 19

• Live concert: Cole Park; 6pm; free Aug 12: “Sweet Radish” Aug 19: “Girlyman”

Thursday, August 16

• Concert: ‘George Winston’; benefit Boys & Girls club of SLV; ASU, Leon Memorial Concert Hall, ; 7:30pm; $20; 719-589-5252

2 Saturday, August 25

• Art Opening Reception: “The Way from Here to There” featuring Katherine Warren, collage artist; SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus; 5pm – 7pm719-742-3074

Walsenberg Friday, August 17

• Ice Cream Social: live music; Huerfano County Historical Society at RR Depot, Main St; 4pm – 8pm

Crestone Friday, August 3 – Sun., Aug. 5

• Crestone Music Festival: “Elephant Revival’ , ‘Sister Carol”, “Shakedown Street – Grateful Dead Tribute Band”, “Maura O’Connell” & more; 2 stages, multi-genre, multi-cultural festival w/ global cuisine, wine, micro-brews & mojitos; arts, crafts & kids’ activities including the Salida Circus, singing circles, & EuroBungy jump machine; wood chopping contests, limbo & pieeating contests; on-site camping & more; Challenger Golf Club, Creston; Fri. 1pm – 10pm; Sat. 10am – 10pm; Sun. 8am – 8pm; passes $ 25 - $65, kids under 12 free; day passes $10 - $22;

Arkansas River P ueblo to Fairplay Beulah

The following events take place at the Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9112 Mountain Park Road, Beulah. Payment & registration are online at For information and registration, call 719-485-4444

Horseshoe Lodge & Mountain Park Retreat Center atEnvironmental Center

Mondays August 13, 20 & 27

• Dance: Senior Resource Development Agency, 230 N. Union Ave.; 6:30pm; free & open to public; 719-553-3445

Wednesdays in August

• Street Beat: musicians, entertainers & visual artists – free performances; Union Ave.; 6pm – 8pm;

• First Friday Art Walk: art galleries open for extended hours; PPAG performers at ‘C’ Street & Union Ave.; 5-8pm • Steel City Art Works reception for Nancy Goodenough, pastels, Jill Moring, watercolors & Bill La Morris, photography • Friday Night Drags: Pueblo Motorsports; 3733 N. Pueblo Blvd; 6pm -10pm; weekly until 9/30; $5 adults kids and military $3; 719-248-8213 • Festival Fridays w/ Sugar Bear and Showtime Band – r ‘n b, funk, Motown; Sangre De Cristo Art Center, Jackson Sculpture Garden, 210 N. Santa Fe; 7pm – 11pm; $5 in advance, $6 at the gate; 719-295-7200

Saturday, August 4

• Full Moon Music Hike: ‘Green Corn Moon’; folk music; 7pm; $5 nonmembers; registration required

• YMCA Race against Racism 5K Walk/ Run; benefit UWCA Racial Justice Program & Centennial Cross Country Team; Dutch Clark Stadium, 1000 W. Abriendo Blvd.; registration 6:15am; walk/run 7:30am; first 100 registrants guaranteed t-shirt & goodie bag; $20 $25; info Dennis @ 719-542-6904 • Celebration: 140th Anniversary of Pueblo’s steel mill; 215 Canal St.; 10am – 8pm; tours $5; family activities; 719564-9086 • B-29 Super fortress Cockpit Day; Weisbrod Aircraft Museum; 10am - 4:30pm; $7; 719-948-9219

Friday, August 17

Sat., Aug. 4 – Sun., Aug. 5

•Music show: “Red Bandana” - original music & covers; middle schoolers; Ute Theater, 410 4th St.; 7:30pm.

Villa Grove

$20-35/ hour; for reservations 719-3061564

Friday, August 3

Friday, August 10

• Art Festival: new creations by local artists & artisans; kids’ activities; local musicians; 4th St. & surrounding blocks; 10am – 5pm


• Farmers’ Market on the Riverwalk: fresh produce, street performers & more; Riverwalk Flood Wall by Welcome Center; 4pm – 8pm


Saturday, August 25


Thursdays in August

Friday, August 31 – Sept. 2

• Car Show: 32nd Annual Early Iron Festival – vintage cars, food & entertainment along banks of Rio Grande; Cole Park;



Wednesday, August 1

• 6th Annual Butterfly Count: saunter & search for butterflies w/ mark Yaeger of Arkansas Valley Audubon Society; bring binoculars & camera if you like; 9am – 10am

•Chautauqua: 3rd Annual Voices of the Valley Festival; meet Alexander Hamilton, Sat. 5pm; James Madison Sat. 6pm; Walt Disney Sun. 5pm; Amelia Earhart Sun. 6pm; bring picnic dinner; Tent, west lawn of CSU-Pueblo Campus, 2200 Bonforte Blvd.; free & open to public; information on workshops, movies, documentaries, etc. www.

Saturday, August 4

Saturday, August 25

Sundays in August

Saturday, Aug 4 – Sun. Aug. 5

Friday, August 31

Saturday, August 11

Sunday, August 26

• Live Music & Dinner Special: “Gumbo Jets”; Villa Grove Trade, 34094 US Hwy 285; 6pm – 8pm; 719-655-2203

Spanish Peaks Region LaVeta

• Concert: Erik E. Knudson – acoustic/folk, blues; Francisco Center, 127 W. Francisco St.; 7pm; $12 at door; 719-742-5767

•Workshop: Digital Photograph w/ Paul BIron; bring camera, lenses, tripd, etc.; LaVeta School of the Arts; $150; 719746-2252

Wednesday, Aug 8 – Sun., Aug. 12 • 4-H Fair & Rodeo; La Veta 4H Barn

Saturday, August 11

• 10th Annual Stonewall Century Bicycle Ride along Legends; call for information & to register 719-742-5702

• Nature for Toddlers: outdoor-based program for pre-schoolers; 10am – 11am

Saturday, August 18

• ‘Zuke’s” Walk Your Dog Hike: w/ healthy treats; dogs must be leashed; 9am; $5 non-members

• Full Moon Music Hike: ‘Blue Moon’ – second full moon of August; 6:30pm; $5 non-members; registration required

Pueblo Mondays & Wednesdays ‘til 8/17

• River Play Days: Whitewater Park Downtown, Hole # 7, Union and Corona; 11am – 5pm; $5; 719=549-2085 • Kayak Lessons: Whitewater Park Downtown, Hole # 7, Union and Corona;

• Summer Sundays; Union Ave @ Main Street; 1pm – 3pm; free; Family activities, 719-242-6652

• Motocross; ET Points Series; Pueblo Motorsports Park; 3733 N Pueblo Blvd. 7am - 7pm; adults $10, kids and active military $5; 719-248-8213 • Nature Hike: Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant Hike w/ Dave Martin; plant identification, collecting, drying & storing & more; pack sack lunch & water & be prepared for sun, weather & insects; Raptor Center, 5200 Nature Center Rd.; 9am – 2pm; $12 members, $15 nonmembers; register at 719-549-2424


C a le n dar

• Zoo Dress-up; Princesses, Pirates & Primates; day of activities w/ crafts, keeper talks & animal encounters; costumes encouraged; Pueblo Zoo, 3455 Nuckolls Ave; 10am - 4pm; $8 adults, $7 for youth, $6 children; 719-561-1452 ext 106

Monday, August 13

• Pueblo Choral Society: Summer Sing; First United Methodist Church, 310 W. 11th St.; 7pm; free & open to all singers; for info call Linda at 719-544-4455

Friday, August 17

• Roller Coaster Rides; City Park; 3425 Nuckolls Ave; 5pm – 9pm; free: 719553-2790 • Street Dance; Noche de Fiesta at the Fairgrounds; 5:30pm - 11:59pm; $15/ couple; $10/pp; Ag Pavilion; 719-7784350 • Presentation; Women of Pueblo, Ladies of Many Hats; Library 100 E Abriendo Ave – 4th floor; 7pm – 8pm; $15: 719295-1517

Saturday, August 18

• 9th Annual Swing for Charity Golf Classic Scramble: benefit YWCA Family Crisis Shelter; Walking Stick Golf Course, 4301 Walking Stick Drive; registration 7am, shotgun start 8am; $100 includes cart, lunch, good bag; 719-542-6904 • L a k e P u e b l o A n n i ve r s a r y ; 5 0 t h Anniversary of the Frying Pan - Arkansas Project Act; speakers, video, balloon release, free refreshments, free pontoon boat tours of reservoir, free tours of fishery; Lake Pueblo State Park; 9am – 2pm; free admission to park; 719-9482400 • Oratorio: ‘Song of Pueblo’ – History of Pueblo in song; El Pueblo Museum; 210 N. Union; 7pm – 9pm; $15; 719-5830453

Sunday, August 19

• Parade; Pueblo Pride; Mineral Palace Park; 10am – 4pm; free; 719-564-4000

Thursday, August 23

• Movie; ‘Iron Jawed Angels’ w/ Hilary Swank & Angelica Huston – celebrating passage of the 19th amendment & voter registration event; Main Library, at Info Zone, 100 E. Abriendo Ave.; 6:30pm 8:30pm; 719-542-6904

Friday, Aug. 24 – Fri., Aug. 31

• 140th Colorado State Fair: Colorado became a state in 1876 and before the Colorado flag flew high, the State Fair was already earning its place in history. In 1869, approximately 2,000 people converged on what is now Pueblo for a horse exhibition; and from that meager beginning was born the Colorado State Fair. The Fair continues to call Pueblo home. The Colorado State Fair has developed into the largest summer event in the State and offers families a fun, educational summer vacation; CO State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave.; 1-800876-4567 or www.coloradostatefair. com • Ice Cream Social: Senior Resource Development Agency, 230 N. Union Ave.; 1:30pm; free & open to public; 719-553-3445

Penrose Saturdays in August:

• On the Patio w/ stars, music , campfires,



eve n t s

BBQ & more; Coyote’s Coffee Den, Hwy 115 & 6th St.; 5:30-8pm Aug 4: Andy Clifton Aug 11: Tom Simms Aug 18: Barry Ward Aug 25: The String Dudes

McCoy Dancers & more; FCA, 515 Macon Ave.; 4pm; $15 adults, $5 kids; 719-275-2790

Saturday, August 25

• 2nd Annual Steak ‘n Barbeque Benefit; Boys & Girls Club of Fremont; 5pm – 7pm; 719-345-4038;



Friday, August 3 – Sun., Aug. 5

• Music Festival: Americana - Grass Roots Music; 2 stages, over 25 bands, beer garden, artists, vendors & kids’ Korner; Pioneer Park; Fri. & Sat. 10am – 10pm; Sun. 10am – 3pm; $7 - $20; details at

Wednesday, Aug 1 – Sun., Aug. 5

• Chaffee County Fair & Rodeo: www.

Saturday, August 4

• Concert: Salida / Aspen presents: The Calidore String Quartet & Friends; United Methodist Church, 4th & ‘D’ St.; 6:45pm artists talk; 7:30pm concert; $15; 719-539-6467

Saturday, August 4

•Fit ‘n Fun 5k/10k Run: Pioneer Park; information & registration 719-7843544

Friday, August 10

• Art Opening Reception: ‘Horses’ w/ Kathy Dorn Walker & Pat Wiles; refreshments; Blue Spruce Gallery, Main St.; 5pm – 7pm;

Saturday, Aug. 4 – Sun. Aug. 5

Saturday, August 11

• Recital: Jenny Zein in a program of Spanish & America opera pieces; Steam Plant Theater, 220 W. Sackett; 3pm; $15, $5 students;

• Car Show: 21st Annual Angel of Shavano: Riverside Park; 8am - 3pm;

Sunday, August 5

•Second Saturday Art Walk: shops, music, artists at work, refreshments 3pm – 5pm; Main St. •Chainsaw artist Louise Lepley Art Reception at JC Fremont Library, 130 church Ave.; 2pm – 4:30pm

Thursday, August 9

• Creative Mixer: party w/ other artists, writers, performers; music & soapbox; Steam Plant, 220 W. Sackett; 5:30pm; free w/ cash bar

Wednesday, August 15

• Presentation: “Ladies of the Evening” w/ Sherry Johns – madams & prostitutes in Fremont County area during 1800’s & early 1900’s; JC Fremont Library, 130 Church Ave.; 7pm; free & open to public; 719-784-4649

Friday, August 10

• Live music: ‘Meagan Tubb & Shady People’ – rock; Victoria Tavern, 143 N. ‘F’ St.; 8pm.

Saturday, August 18 – Sun. Aug 19

•CPRA Rodeo: Fremont County Rodeo; info 719-252-3707

Tuesday, August 28

•Program: ‘An Evening with Nancy Atherton’ author of Aunt Dimity Mystery Series; Florence HS Auditorium, 20206 State Hwy 67; 7pm; 719-784-4649

Canon City Wednesdays, Aug 1 – Sun., Aug. 5

• Fair: Fremont County Fair; Fair Ground; 8am; free & open to public; 719-2767390

Friday, August 3

Sat. Aug. 11 – Sun. Aug. 12

8pm Fri Aug 17: Patrick Kratzer Live! 8pm Sat Aug 18: Highside Command 8pm Fri Aug 24: Bruce Hayes Live! 5pm Sat Aug 25: Southern Belle 8pm Fri Aug 31: Cooper Sonics Live! 8pm

Saturday, August 4

• Concert: Kort McCumber w/ Beth Wilberger & special guest Travis Bush; free lemonade & ice cream; bring chair & picnic; Cara Fisher Square, 516 Macon; free & open to public; 719269-9020

• First Friday Art Walk: refreshments; The Artists’ Gallery features 6 artists from the Douthit family each with their own style of creating, 416 Main St.; 5pm – 8pm; free and open to public; 719-345-4070 • Art Opening Reception: ‘What Living Inside of Time Means to You’ – mixed media w/ Birkenfeld, Petterson & Marie; refreshments; FCA, 515 Macon Ave.; 5pm – 8pm; free & open to public

Tuesdays in August

Fridays: August 3, 10, 18 & 25

Saturday, August 11

• Murder Mystery Train Ride w/ delicious food, scenery & classic ‘who dunnit”; Royal Gorge RR, Santa Fe Depot, 401 Water St.; 6:30pm; $110; 1-888-724-5748

Fridays & Saturdays in August

• Live entertainment: Whitewater Bar & Grill, 45045 US Hwy 50; 719-269-1009 Fri Aug. 3: Martini Shot 8pm Sat Aug 4: James & the Devil 8pm Sat Aug 11: Rock Creek Road Band

• Farmers’ Market Downtown: 6th & Macon Sts; 8am-1pm; www. • Entertainment in the Park: Free concerts in Veterans’ Park, 2nd St. & Hwy 50; 7pm – 9pm; free & open to public Aug 7: Wild Blue Aug 21: Russ Chapman Aug 28: Flash Cadillac

• Dance Benefit: Firemen’s Dinner & Dance; music w/ ‘Rock Creek Band’; live & silent auctions, door prizes & more; Whitewater Bar & Grill, Hwy 50; 4pm – 12midnight; $15 dinner, $5 band; 719-275-8666

Saturday, August 18

• Hawaiian Luau: Benefit Fremont Center for the Arts; roast pig feast w/ tiki bar, hula contest, island dances by Anita

• 4th Annual Salida Riverside Fine Arts Fest; juried fine artists from 15 states, live music; Riverside Park; Sat. 9:30am – 7pm; Sun. 9:30am – 3pm; www.

Tuesday, August 14

• Concert: Salida / Aspen presents: John O’Conor – Poet of the Piano; Steam Plant Theater, 220 W. Sackett; 6:45pm artists talk; 7:30pm concert; $15; www. 719-539-6467

Friday, August 17

• Concert: Alpine Community Orchestra at Salida Steamplant Theater, 220 V. Sackett; 7:30pm; donations appreciated;

Sunday, August 18

• Fundraiser for Elks Lodge – live auction; Elks Lodge, 148 E. 2nd St.; 6:30pm; 719539-6976

Saturday, August 25 – Sun. Aug 26

• 14th Annual Monarch Crest Crank: fundraiser for Chaffee County Alliance Against Domestic Abuse; mountain bike ride; Salida Cruise Ride & Kids’ Tenderfoot Hill Climb also available; Sun. depart Subculture Cyclery, 129 N. ‘G’ St. 7:30am; $; details www.

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Saturday, August 11

Theater & Studio 2: “George Winston” benefit guitar concert; Jones Theater, 119 Main St.; 7:30pm; details 719-783-3004

• Theatrical Presentation: “The Madams of Central Colorado” – life & times of six racy madams; humorous & educational; not for children under 13; BV Heritage Museum, 511 E. Main; info & reservations 719-395-8458

Thursday, Aug. 16 – Sun Aug 19

• Youth Musical Theater: “A Little Princess”; Jones Theater, 119 Main St.; Thurs, Fri & Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm; $10, kids 12 & under $5; details 719-783-3004

Saturday, August 18

• Fundraiser & Donor Appreciation Event for Boys & Girls Clubs: tasty appetizers, wine & beer, door prizes, live music & more; BV Community Center, East Main St.; 6pm – 9pm; donations needed & appreciated; • Historical Re-enactment: “Incidentally! By Gilbert Gregg” – stories of Buena Vista’s past w/ Tom Tomson, history enthusiast; Heritage Museum, 511 E. Main ; 7pm; $6 - $10;

Saturday, Aug 18 – Sun. Aug. 19

• We t Mou n t a i n We st e r n J u b i l e e : featuring ‘Waddie Mitchell’ , ‘Flying W Wranglers’ , ‘ CowBop’, ‘ Sons & Brothers’, ‘ Sugarfoot’ & more; Big Tent at Westcliffe Event Center, West End of Main St.; $10 - $20; details www.

Friday August 24 – Sat. Aug 25

• Movie: “The Amazing Spiderman” – action adventure; PG-13; Jones Theater, 119 Main St.; 7:30pm; $; 719-783-3004

Saturday, Aug 18 – Sun. Aug. 19

• King Boletus Mushroom Festival: 2-day seminar w/ classroom & field instruction; American Legion hall, 338 N. RR St.; 8;30am check-in; pre-registration required; $80 includes lunch & wine & cheese reception on Saturday, lunch Sunday; details, registration etc www.

Thursday, Aug 30 – Mon. Sept. 2

•14th Annual Labor Day Weekend Quilt Show & Boutique: Olde Schoolhouse Quilters at Old Westcliff Schoolhouse & Museum, 320 4th St.; 10am – 5pm; free admission; 719-783-2119

Sunday, August 19

Friday, August 31 – Sat. Sept 1

• Concert: Alpine Community Orchestra at Mountain Heights Church, 28390 CR 317; 7:30pm; donations appreciated;

• Live Theater: “New Rocky Mountain Voices” – award winning one-act & 10-minute plays; reception following; Jones Theater, 119 Main St.; 7:30pm; $10; details 719-783-3004

Fairplay / Alma Fairplay

Silver Cliff

Friday, August 24

• Free concert at Fairplay Beach: concessions & beer/wine tent; benefit Friends of the Fairplay Library; Jeri 719-836-2622 x 101

Saturday, August 11 August 12: ‘Anne Weiss’ August 26: ‘Crestones’

Tuesdays in August

Wet Mountain Valley Westcliffe

Thursday, August 2

• Public Reading & Concert w/ Abigail Thomas & Bar Scott; book signing; Coyote Moon Lodge, 11 Granada Court; 7:30pm; $;

Friday, Aug 3 – Sat. Aug. 4

•Movie: ‘Brave’ – animated adventure; PG; Jones Theater, 119 Main St.; 7:30pm

Saturday, August 4

• Art Opening Reception: Jim Havey, Darryl Halbrooks & Annie Dawid; 3rd Street Gallery, 59000 N. Hwy 69; 4pm – 7pm; 719-783-0886

Monday, August 6

• Presentation: ‘Oil & Gas Exploration & Fracking: Potential Impact in Custer County’ – informational & educational forum w/ Bill Dvorak & others; Westcliffe Library Community Room, main St.; 7pm – 8pm; free & open to public

Sundays August 5, 12, & 26

• Concerts: Feed Store Amphitheater Park, 116 N. 2nd St; 2-5pm; www. August 4: ‘All the Pretty Horses’


• M o v i e s i n t h e Pa r k : F e e d S t o r e Amphitheater Park, 116 N. 2nd St.; at dusk; Aug. 7: “Jaws” August 14: “Top Gun” August 21: “Casablanca” August 28: “Rocky”

Friday, Aug 10 – Sat. Aug. 11

•Movie: ‘People Like Us’ – romantic drama; PG-13; Jones Theater, 119 Main St.; 7:30pm; 719-783-3004

Saturday, August 11

• Rosita Duathlon: Run – 1 mile; Bike – 15 miles; Run – 1mile Club America at Rosita Ave turn off; registration 8am; race 9am; individual $25; team $40; details Rod Wright 719-783-0750 • 2nd Annual Sangre de Cristo Chuck Wagon Cook-Off & Show w/ ‘Cowboy Celtic’; A Painted View Ranch, 3115 CR 160; dinner 5pm, concert 7pm; $; information & reservations 719-7839100

Sunday, August 12

• Fund raiser for the ‘Greening” of the Theater & Studio 2: Anne Kimbell in “Feudin’ Fools” w/ ‘the Bowery Boys’ & Sally Fraser in “Ghost Ranch” w/ ‘Gene Autry & Champion, the Wonder Horse’; Jones Theater, 119 Main St.; 4pm – 8pm; details 719-783-3004

Tuesday, August 14

• Fund raiser for the ‘Greening” of the

• Mining & Heritage Days: mine tours, hot air balloons, crafts fair, kids’ games & more; Silver Cliff Town Park, 4th & French St.; 10am – end ; free & open to public; info





219 W. Colorado; 5:30pm – 9pm; free; 719-444-1012 • Wine Tasting; National Mill Dog Rescue Ruff; Penrose Event Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande St; 6pm – 9pm; $50 in advance, $55 at door

Saturday, August 4

• Concert, Haunted Windchimes; Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave; 6pm – 8pm; free; 719-886-0088 • Art Auction; The Cannabis Canvas Community Art Auction; Marmalade @ Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave.; 7pm; $10 or $15 day of show; 719-4441012 • Everybody Welcome Mountain Festival; America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Dr.; 8pm; free; 719-331-7588 • Mud Races; BIG DOG B RAG; Ram offRoad Park, 12750 State HWY 94; 9am – 4pm; kids $20 to $35, adults $45 to $65; 719-210-6820 • Museum opening; Colorado Day: Celebrate What Makes Colorado Great!; Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon Street; 10am – 2pm; free; 719-385-5990

Sunday, August 5

• Drum Concert; Japanese Taiko (Drum) Concert; CC Armstrong Theater, 14 E. Cache La Poudre; 2pm; free; 719-3896607 • Food & Art Stroll; Old Colorado City; Colorado Ave & 25th; 1pm – 4pm; $20; 719-362-0693

Wednesday, August 8

• Rock Concert; Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys; Stargazers Theater, 10 S. Parkside Dr.; 6pm; $12, day of $15; 719476-2200

Thursday August 9

• Recitals; CC Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache LaPoudre; 2pm – 9pm; $; 719-389-6607

Friday, August 10

Pikes Peak Country Colorado Springs

Wednesday, August 1

• Rock Concert; Wolf Ranch Summer Concert Series; Sofa Killers; Gateway Park; 5719 Paladin Place, 6pm – 8pm; free

Thursday, August 2

• Country; Joe Pug concert; Chico Basin Ranch; 22500 Peyton Hwy S; 7pm; $21.50; 719-378-2356 • Zoo Event; Moonlight on the Mountain adults only; 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd.; 6pm - 10pm; before 7/31-$40.25, after and at gate $50.25; 719-633-9925

Friday, August 3

• Stories; Soaring Above; Cornerstone Arts Center; Imagination Celebration, 825 N. Cascade; 7:30pm; $10 adults, $5 kids; 719-527-4800, dragon stories • Concert; The Black Rose Acoustic Society presents BRAS – Out of Nowhere, 14 S. Tejon; 7:30pm; $7, BRAS members $5; 719-528-5119 • Art Festival; 8th Annual Roll Bike Art Festival Marmalade at Smokebrush,

• Hawaiian Music; HAPA; Stargazers Theater; 10 Parkside Drive; 6:30pm; $20, $25 day of; 719-476-2200 • Road Race; Pike Peak International Climb Fan Fest, 1 N Tejon St; 5pm – 10pm; free; 719-634-7333 • Country: ‘The Sister Brother’; Black Rose Acoustic Society; Black Forest Chapel, 14190 Black Forest Road; 7pm; $7; members $5; 719-528-6119 • World Music Series; Aurello Martinez; CC Armstrong Quad; 7pm; free; 7193889-6607 • Piano Recitals; CC Packard Hall, 5 W Cache La Poudre; 7pm $; 719 592-0472

Saturday, August 11

• Springs Beer Fest; Antlers Park, 31 W. Pikes Peak Ave.; Noon; $20 in advance, $25 at gate ($5 military discount). • Mayan Cosmic Vision; Marmalade at Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave suite 210; 4pm - 8pm; $10; 719-444-1012 • Concert: Folk; Acacia Park Summer Concert Series, 115 E Platte Ave; 6 & 7pm; free; 719-886-0088 • Concert; ‘Wayne & Cynthia’ – guitar & violin; Music on the Labyrinth; First Christian Church, 16 E Platte; 6:30pm; free donations accepted; 719-633-8888 • Live Music: ‘Adam & Stilwagen’; Olive Branch, 23 S. Tejon St.; 7:30pm – 10pm; 719-475-1199

Sunday, August 12

• Live Music: ‘Adam & Stilwagen’ – blues; Front Range Barbeque, 2330 W. Colorado



C a l e n d a r ,

Ave.; 6:30pm – 9:30pm; 719-632-2596

Wednesday, August 15

• Art and Wine; Art & Wine Bright Young Things; GOCA , 121 S. Tejon; 6:30pm; $30, $25 GOCA members; 719-255-3504

Thursday, August 16

• Live Music: ‘Adam & Stilwagen’ – blues; motif, 2432 W. Cucharras St.; 7:15pm – 10:15pm; 719-635-5365

Friday, August 17

• Benefit: “Whiskey for My Men, Beer for My Horses” – wear a big-ass belt & get a $5 discount; whiskey & beer tasting from CO craft distilleries & breweries; barbeque; music of J. Miller Band; visit the galleries; FAC Courtyard; 6pm – 9pm; $20 - $25; 719-634-5583 • Rock Concert; Jefferson Starship with Paul Kantner; Stargazers Theatre; 10 S. Parkside Dr.; 6:30pm; $30 in advance, $35 at door; 719-476-2200 • Comic: Brian Regan@ Pikes Peak Center, 190 Cascade Ave.; 8 PM; $41-$51.25; 719576-2626

Saturday August 18

• Jazz: ‘Burn the Maps’; Acacia Park, 115 E Platte Ave; 6 & 7pm; free; 719-886-0088 • Concert: ‘Cassie Taylor & the Soul Cavalry’ – blues; Yukon Rock & Roll Bar & Grill, 525 S. Circle Dr.; 8pm; $12 - $17; 719-576-5945 • Comedy: Stand Up and Rock Comedy; Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Dr.; $10; 7pm; $10; 719-476-2200 • Fun Ride: US Pro Challenge- USA Cycling, 210 USA Cycling Point, Suite 100; 8:30am; $20 ride only, $30 Ride and Lunch; $30 day of, $40 ride and lunch; 719-343-4200

Wednesday, August 22

• Country Rock: ‘Redraw the Farm’; Wolf Ranch Summer Concert Series, Gateway Park; 5719 Paladin Place; 6pm – 8pm; free

Friday, August 24

• Country Music: The Sister Brothers at the Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage, Black Forest Chapel, 14190 Black Forest Rd; 7pm; $7, $4 for members $5 for students; 719-528-6119

Saturday, August 25

• Luau Na Kamall’I O’ Hawaii; Disabled American Veterans Hall, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd; $18 Adults, $10 children; 5pm – 10pm; 719-598-2308 • Circus Festival; Bancroft Park old Colorado City, 2408 W. Colorado Ave; 10am – 8pm; free; 719-465-2001; repeats

Sunday • Dance Band: Tripping Griswolds; Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Dr.; 7pm; $10; 719-476-2200 • A Capella; Sotto Voce @ Music on the Labyrinth; First Christian Church, 16 E Platte Ave; 6:30pm; free: 719-633-8888

Sunday, August 26

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8:30am– 10am; meet at east end of main parking lot; register 719-685-5089

Saturday, August 4

• Benefit: Dress Smart! Support Art; ‘nearly new’ clothing & accessories sale to benefit arts programs; Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave.; 11am – 6pm; $5; 719-685-1861

• Concert: Thin Air Jazz Concert; Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Drive; 5pm; $8, $4 for students; 719-476-2200 • Concert: ‘Jane’s Addiction’ – rock; Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.; 8pm; $37.50 -$51.45; 719-576-2626 • Kids Bike Duathlon & Festival; America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Dr.; 11am – 4pm; Family $75; individual $25; 719-355-3573

Mondays in August

Wednesday, August 29

Friday, August 17 – Sun. Aug. 19

• Band Concert: USAF Falconaries; Wolf Ranch Concert Series; Gateway Park, 5719 Paladin Place; 6pm – 8pm; Free

Thursday, August 30

•Concert: ‘Steepwater Band’; Yukon Rock ‘n Roll Bar & Grill, 525 S. Circle Dr.; $10 - $15; 719-475-0050

Cripple Creek Wednesday, Aug 1 – Sat. Aug 31

• Live Theater: “Desperado: Ballad of Big Bad Dan” - melodrama & olio & “My Fair Lady” in repertory; Butte Theater, 139 E. Bennett Ave.; eves 7pm, matinees 1pm; $; various dates call re info & tks 719-689-3247

Fridays & Saturdays in July

• Dinner Theater: Imperial Hotel & Gold Bar Room Theater; Dinner 6pm; show 7pm; $15 - $25; 719-344-9274 Aug 3 & 4: O’Burlesque a Cabaret Extravaganza Aug 10 & 11: “A Tribute to Martina McBride” w/ Laurie Gabriel Aug 24: “Beat Train” – world’s smallest party band Aug 31 & Sept 1: Improv

Friday, August 17 – Sat. Aug 18

•20th Annual Salute to Veterans Rally & 25th Annual POW/MIA Recognition Ride: Colorado’s largest motorcycle procession; veterans’ parade; guest speakers; aircraft flyovers; wild west gunfighters; street vendors; www.

Manitou Springs Wednesdays in August

• Hike: Red Rock Canyon, High St.;

• Soda Springs Concert Series: Little London Winds; 1000 block of Manitou Ave.; 7pm - 8:30pm

Tuesdays August 7 & 14

• Lawn Concert Series: Public Library; 6pm – 7:30pm Aug. 7: The Mitguards Aug. 14: Big Valley String Band

• Pikes Peak Marathon & Ascent weekend: pre-race activities, spaghetti dinner, ascent & marathon; details 719-473-2625; or

Saturday, August 25

• Benefit Buddy Walk; 8am -1pm; for the benefit of Downs Syndrome; 719-6331133; or •Concert: “Yarn” – roots music; Ancient Mariner, 962 Manitou Ave.; 9pm; $12 $17;

Victor Saturday, August 11

• Gold Bowl Day: parachute games & drive smart; games & prizes, burgers & dogs & fun; Gold Bowl, Victor Ave.; 11am – 2pm; free & open to public

Sunday, August 12

• Star Gazing: meteor shower viewing; bring telescope or share; bring binoculars, flashlight & warm clothes; Stratton Outdoor Amphitheater, historic Independence Mill Site, park at the Victor helipad; 9pm; free

Woodland Park Saturday, August 4

•5th Annual Vino & Notes, Wine-FoodJazz Festival; over 20 Colorado wineries, vendors, entertainment & more; benefits Help The Needy; Memorial Park; N. Park & W Lake Ave; 10am -6pm; $20 - $25; 719-686-1409

Saturday, August 4 – Sun. Aug. 5

•28th Mountain Arts Festival: over 80 vendors; Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 Midland Ave.; 10am – 5pm; free & open to public; www.themountainartists.


Friday, August 10

•Concert: ‘George Whitesell’ – acoustic, country, blues; Arts & Crafts Fair, Henrietta St.; 10am – Noon.

Saturday, August 11

• Concert: “Shades of Blue” – blues & jazz; Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland; 11am; free & open to public

Friday, August 24

•Concert: Key of Joy; Aspen Valley Ranch House Concert, 1150 W. West Rd.; 6pm – 9pm; $5; 719-389-1251

Saturday, August 25

•Concert: ‘Adam & Stilwagen’ – blues; Crystola Roadhouse, 20981 Hwy 24; 719-687-7879

Sunday, August 26

•Benefit for the Teller Senior Coalition: Tweeds Musical Tapestry; High View Baptist Church; 1151 Rampart Range Rd and Tweeds 240 E Highway 24; 4pm; $30 - $35; 719-687-3330


Friday, August 3

• Street banner unveiling; “Welcome to Fence Post, We’re Spooky Survivalist Proud!”; Corner of Main St. & First Ave.; 7pm

Saturday, August 11

•Art Opening: ‘Visions of Things’ - found objects placed randomly outdoors; behind Shamrock Station; free & open to public; 5pm; special note: objects in neighboring areas are not part of the exhibit and should not be viewed or appreciated.

Saturday Aug. 18 – Sun. Aug. 19

•Founder’s Day : Historical reenactments Zebulon Stoop’s 1874 proclamation:“Ah, the heck with it. Might as well stay here” when his wagon broke area now known as Fence Post; mulberry eating & funnyshaped rock contests & Cyril’s dramatic reading of “The Rustler’s Laundry.”

Wednesday, August 25

• Fence Post Merchant’s Association Meeting: “How to Get Fence Post on the Map?”; open forum to figure out why Fence Post doesn’t appear on any maps; Fence Post Community Center & Gift Shoppe; 7pm; free & open to public.

August 2012

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