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This Week in Colorado Springs (7/10 - 7/16)

Rainy Days Ahead!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - July 9, 2017

 Hello again Colorado Springs! We here at Front Range Shuttle hope you all had an amazing 4th of July, and took advantage of all the fun events around town! We’re coming off a week of gorgeous, hot weather, and the high temperatures should continue all the way through next Sunday! Unfortunately, along with those high temperatures we’re also looking at rain and scattered thunderstorms every day, so it’ll be a hot, humid week here in the Springs!
 
Kicking off our week with Monday (7/10), we’ll be heading out to Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs once again to take advantage of the one day of sunny weather before the rain clouds roll in. The Little London Winds will be continuing their 2017 Summer Concert Series: Metamorphosis, and the theme for the day will be Rodeo Days! This series of family-friendly, free concerts features a variety of music. This concert series is played outside in the pavilion at Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs. The Little London Winds encourages audience members to bring a picnic dinner as well as folding chairs. No tickets are necessary and the concert is free and open to the public!
 
On to Tuesday (7/11), and our first day with heavy rain forecast for the afternoon. With that in mind, we’ll be heading over to The Modbo Gallery for their showing of “Arcade Addicts” by Colorado Springs resident Doug Mansfield. “Arcade Addicts” is a nostalgic tour through artist Doug Mansfield’s childhood. Before Atari 2600, which allowed you to play video games at home, you had to go to the arcade game room. Says Mansfield, “I used to get $2.00 allowance each week, and I would spend it all at the Red baron game room that was right behind my house in the Circle East Mall.” Mansfield wanted to capture the fun and excitement that he felt when he played those games– they took him to another world. This show features 14 new original paintings, along with a host of merchandise ranging from 2.25″ buttons to greeting cards, all bearing the images designed by the artist. There will also be swag bags for the early arrivers!
 
After an afternoon of nostalgia on Tuesday, we’ll be heading to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center on Wednesday (7/12) for The Curious Palate: Wine Tasting Classes! The Curious Palate is a tasting class series that is designed to explore the world of wine and spirits and learn your palate in an intimate and friendly atmosphere. The Curious Palate is for the taster who wants to take their personal wine or spirits experience to a new level by building knowledge while having fun! What is the difference between drinking and tasting and does it matter? How does what’s in your glass pair with food? How can you elevate any event with a little more flavor? While we take our studies and classes seriously, we strive to make each tasting class delightful and dynamic!
 
For those of you brave enough to venture out into the rainy weather on Thursday (7/13), they’re be a very fun event happening at Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs once again. Starting this Thursday, and running every Thursday until October 5th, the Manitou Community Market will be at the park from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.! Fun activities, animals, music, a mini adventure playground, and best of all, it’s a locally sourced Farmer’s Market! It’ll definitely be worth checking out if you don’t mind getting a little wet!
 
This Friday (7/14) we’ll be heading out to the Stargazers Theatre for their presentation of The Hazel Miller Band, led by a singer that the city of Denver singled out as 1 of 150 people who make Denver a better place to live! Hazel Miller is not just a great singer, "she is a force of nature!" quotes the Rocky Mountain News. Her voice has been called "stunning, moving and powerful." Hazel has been a sought-after performer in Colorado for the past 24 years. Whether she is singing blues, jazz, pop, or Gospel, her voice charges the songs with a primal dose of genuine soul. Hazel began her 38-year career in Louisville, Kentucky, where she rose to the top of the music scene. She opened for popular artists such as Mel Torme, James Brown, Temptations, Earl Klugh, Bob James and many others. This is a show you won’t want to miss!
 
Saturday (7/15) we’ll be trekking out of the Colorado Springs area a bit to Cripple Creek, but it’ll be more than worth the drive! The city of Cripple Creek will be hosting the Cripple Creek Music Fest, a full day of FREE music, food, beer, and fun! See country great Joe Nichols as he is joined by the Christopher Shayne Band and the legendary Molly Hatchet. The music kicks off at noon with plenty of local and regional favorites for a huge street party on Bennett Ave. And don’t miss Gold Rush Days in Victor for some wild mining mayhem while you’re there!
 
Bringing our week to a close with Sunday (7/16), we’ll be heading up to Manitou Springs once again for the annual Barr Trail Mountain Race! With a slight chance of rain in the afternoon, this should be a perfect event to kick start your morning. The Barr Trail Mountain Race This is a competitive mountain trail running event held annually in July. The race starts at 7:00am on Ruxton Ave directly in front of the Cog Railway Station and proceeds 6.3 miles up Barr Trail, before turning around at Barr Camp. Runners who do not make the cut-off times will not receive an official finish time and are not guaranteed course support. Please note: You should expect a 20 degree temperature difference between the trail head and Barr Camp. 

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