Mountain Mix

June 2016 Mountain Mix – The Best of All the Rest

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Memoir Writing Classes
Join a friendly, nurturing class meeting for five one-hour sessions every Thursday in June at 10 a.m. to get advice on how to construct memoirs, what details to focus on, how to anchor historical data, and how to make it speak to another generation. Elisabeth Sherwin, a former journalist, who worked as a reporter and copy editor at newspapers for more than 30 years, leads the classes. Visit or call 303-747-2906 to learn more.

June 2-August 26
Illusions Of The Passed
From the hit NBC Series America’s Got Talent, Master Magician Aiden Sinclair presents, Illusions of the Passed at the Stanley Hotel, 333 E Wonderview Ave. in Estes Park, on Thursdays-Sundays until Aug. 26. The evening uses antiques and artifacts from tragic moments in history—including the murders of Jack the Ripper, sinking of R.M.S. Titanic and world of Penny Dreadful—in this entertaining theatrical séance. The tour costs $25 or $20 for guests, seniors and military. Call 970-577-4111 to book a tour, or visit

June 3-4
High Country Auxiliary Flea Market
Support the Timberline Fire Protection District by shopping the High Country Auxiliary Flea Market, June 3-4 at the Gilpin County Fairgrounds. Come early for bargains or visit anytime from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday. Outdoor vendor space is free and open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. The Hardy Mountain Plant Sale also takes place from 9 a.m. until plants are sold. For information, call Diane at 303-570-2949.

June 4
Museum Free Day
The Gilpin County Historical Society presents its first Museum Free Day, June 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in Central City at the Gilpin History Museum, 228 E. High St., Coeur d’Alene Mine Shaft House, off Nevadaville Road, and Thomas House Museum, 209 Eureka St. Access to all properties will be granted at no charge. Come learn the history of Gilpin County on this special day. Visit or call 303-582-5283 for details.

Firewise Town Clean-up Day in Nederland
Nederland’s annual spring Firewise Town Clean-up Day takes place at the Road & Bridge Yard on Ridge Road, June 4 from 7:30 a.m.-noon, or until containers are full. Recyclables are free, and trash is $10 per pick-up or trailer load. Residents are encouraged to work on the defensible spaces around their homes before the event. The Nederland Sort Yard will accept slash for free and the town can assist in distributing unwanted firewood. Visit or call 303-258-3266 for more information.

June 4-5
Primitive Survival Course
While primitive skills have been replaced with modern luxuries, much can still be learned by acquiring the lost abilities of our ancestors. On June 4-5, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute’s class, “Technology of Your Ancestors: Primitive Survival Skills,” will teach about the primitive technologies that made life possible. Participants will have hands-on training in the creation of stone tools and cordage, while learning how they changed how humans lived. To register or get information, call 970-586-3262 or visit

June 7
CASA Volunteer Training
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties is seeking dedicated community members to become a voice for abused or neglected children in court. CASA Jeffco/Gilpin needs help and support to ensure every child in our community has a safe, permanent home. Previous experience is not necessary. Volunteer training begins June 7 and consists of about 15 hours in-person and 15 hours of independent study. All in-person sessions will be held at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 Jefferson County Pkwy. in Golden. For more information, call 303-271-6537 or e-mail

Weed & Critter Control
Learn about weed and critter control at a free program, June 7 at 1 p.m. at the Estes Park Senior Center, 220 Fourth St. The program is presented by Master Gardener and Turf Specialist with CSU Extension Larimer County Tony Koski, Ph.D. Participants will learn about the destructive critters that afflict vegetable and flower gardens. Koski will share ideas and tricks on how manage them with an emphasis on voles, gophers and squirrels. Common weeds and how to minimize their intrusion will also be covered. For more information, call 970-586-2996 or visit

Mayor’s Chat & Fun Run
Join Estes Park Mayor Todd Jirsa and the Estes Park Running Club for a Tuesday Fun Run followed by a Mayor’s Chat, June 7. Register for the run at Steamer’s Café at Stanley Hotel at 5:30 p.m. Registered runners receive dinner afterwards. The run begins at 6 p.m. Citizens are welcome to join the run, or stop by afterward at 6:30 p.m. for the Mayor’s Chat. Residents are encouraged to join him for this informal discussion of local issues. Visit or call 970-586-5331 to learn more.

June 16-19
Artist Tara Pappas Retreat
Tara Pappas, a Laramie, Wyo. mixed media artist and painter, visits Mojito Creek, 365 S. Beaver Creek Road in north Gilpin County, for a four-day art retreat, June 16-19. The one-of-a-kind weekend includes all supplies and instructions from Pappas. Drawing from her knowledge of fairy tales, folklore, and fables, Pappas strives to create visual stories, embodying the timelessness of the fantastic and its connection with the ordinary. The cost is $160 for four days. A second, optional class is also available. For information, visit or e-mail

June 18
Celebrate Summer Hike
Join volunteer naturalists from Boulder County Parks & Open Space at Mud Lake Open Space near Nederland, June 18 from 10 a.m.-noon, to celebrate the coming of summer to the high country. On the easy 1.5 mile hike, explore wildflowers, wildlife, and forest ecology. The group will also discuss summer weather and mountain safety. Visit for more information.

Creating a Weed Plan for Mountain Property 
CSU Extension Gilpin County offers a free workshop, “Creating a Weed Plan for your Mountain Property,” June 18 from 10 a.m.-noon, in the Gilpin County Fairgrounds Exhibit Barn, 230 Norton Dr. Learn to create a weed control plan including things to consider, monitoring, weed ID and timing of control. RSVP by June 16 at 303-582-9106 to participate. Visit or call 303-582-9106 to learn more.

Peek into the Mining Trunk
The James F. Bailey Assay Office Museum, 6352 Fourmile Canyon Dr. in the historic town of Wallstreet, tells the story of hard rock mining in the area. The assay office, open June 18 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., was where prospectors took ore samples to find out if they had “struck it rich.” Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Extend learning and fun with mining when volunteers share artifacts from the Mining Trunk from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Visit http://www.boulder to learn more.

State Park Demonstrations
Blacksmithin’ at Golden Gate Canyon is a demonstration of what it was like to be a blacksmith, June 18 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Amphitheater at Reverends Ridge Campground, 313 Reverends Ridge Road in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Life of a Mountain Man, 7-8 p.m., includes tall tales, mountain lore, and vintage equipment demonstrations by Possum, Man of the Mountains. The events are free with a valid park pass. Contact Lauren Stanford at 3o3-582-3707 or visit for more information.

June 25
Pineneedle Vase Gourd Class
The Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7 in Allenspark, offers four summer gourd classes by teacher Vicki Dyas. The first class, “Pineneedle Vase,” June 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. is for beginning to intermediate gourders and costs $60 plus a $15 materials fee. Students learn basic gourd preparation, dying and pine needle coiling on the top of the gourd vase. Additional classes include “Ancient Vessel,” July 9; “Beaded Gourd,” Aug. 25; and “Gourd Drum,” Sept. 10. Call 303-747-2906 or 303-747-6272 for additional information.

June 29
Author Paul Berkowitz Book Signing
Paul Berkowitz, signs his book, “The Case of the Indian Trader: Billy Malone and the National Park Service Investigation at Hubbell Trading Post,” at Macdonald Bookshop, 152 E. Elkhorn Ave. in Estes Park, June 29 from 4-6 p.m. In an intriguing account of whistle-blowing, Berkowitz tells how he bypassed his chain-of-command to deliver findings directly to the Office of the Inspector General. Visit or call 970-586-3450 for details.

July 2
Village Uncorked! Wine, Art, & Cheese Fest
The Village Uncorked! Wine, Art, and Cheese Festival returns to Winter Park Resort, 85 Parsenn Road, July 2 from noon-4 p.m. Kick off the 4th of July weekend and step up your wine game by sampling regional wines and cheeses, which will also be available for sale. Watch, listen and learn during our Cheese 101 class. Purchase one-of-a-kind photography, stained glass, jewelry and more. Admission is free with taste tickets for sale. To learn more, visit or call 800-979-0332.

Forest Service partners with visitor center
The U.S. Forest Service’s Clear Creek Ranger District is teaming up with the Idaho Springs Visitors Center to provide Arapaho National Forest information in the heart of the town’s business district. Visitor information and public restrooms are no longer provided at the Forest Service office on Hwy. 103.

Firewood permits are still available at the Clear Creek Ranger District office by appointment only on Thursdays. Call 303-567-3000 to make an appointment. Permits are $20 per cord with a one cord minimum, five cord maximum. Trees are not precut or limbed and designated areas are not available.

The Clear Creek Ranger District of the Arapaho National Forest encompasses 200,000 acres, in Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson, and Park Counties. It is home to two wilderness areas, two national recreation trails, three scenic byways, the Mount Evans Recreation Area, eight campgrounds and numerous OHV opportunities.

Start any National Forest adventure in downtown Idaho Springs where people shop, eat and fill up their gas tanks.

Stop by the Idaho Springs Visitors Center seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to learn more about places to visit on the Arapaho National Forest and check out the educational displays in the adjacent Heritage Museum describing the area’s rich history before heading out on your Colorado adventure.

The Idaho Springs Visitors Center is located at 2060 Miner St. in Idaho Springs. For information call 303-567-4382.

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