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This Week in Colorado Springs (8/14 - 8/20)

The Sun is Coming Back Out!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - August 14, 2017

Good Morning Colorado Springs, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! Hopefully you were able to stay dry last week, and maybe even catch a few of the meteors that were visible during the shower on Saturday and Sunday! We’re looking at mostly sunny skies for the majority of this coming week, with only thunderstorms in the evening hours on Wednesday, Thursday, and a small chance on Saturday. Hopefully that forecast holds true!
We’ll kick off our week with Monday (8/14) we’ll be heading out to Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs once again to take advantage of the first day of sunny weather before the rain clouds roll in Tuesday and Wednesday evening. The Little London Winds will be continuing their 2017 Summer Concert Series: Metamorphosis, and the theme for the day will be People’s Choice! 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!
As for Tuesday (8/15), we’ll be heading up to see the Simpich Marionette Showcase for their performance of the Tinker Yorkinee Spree’s Fantabulous Suitcase Circus! Puppeteer David Simpich is pulling some old strings and plenty of new ones as his Olde English Tinker/Clown opens his wares-for-sale suitcase at a most unusual angle— revealing a troupe of highly talented Yorkshire Terriers vying to take the center ring. For this special summer show, all ages are invited to find a seat under an amazing mini big top that celebrates the magic and hope only found in a world of spangles, sawdust, and daring…. Tinker Yorkinee Spree’s style, that is.
And that brings us to Wednesday (8/16), the first day of heavy rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for this week. That’s alright, though, as we’ll be heading over to the Gold Camp Brewing Company for their weekly Live Trivia Game: Triviality! Triviality is the most fun, exciting live trivia game around! Bring your team and get ready for some fun! Lil Howard's BBQ will be serving delicious pulled pork, hot links, and more! Gold Camp has an amazing array of locally brewed beers on tap. The top 3 finishers get prizes with 1st place being a gift certificate AND a team flag in the coveted Trivia Trophy!
This Thursday (8/17) will be our second day of heavy rain for the week, so we’ll be heading on over the Stargazers Theatre to join Colorado native folk bands, Smith House, The Heartstring Hunters, and Anthony Ruptak for one foot-stomping, heart-throbbing, knee-slapping night! Smith House is four musicians (Barrett Muth, Julie Schmidt, Zach and Brittany Brown) who live and breathe Colorado folk music. Smith House has played up and down the Colorado Front Range with an ever expanding ambition. Nominated by Denver Westword for Best Folk Band, The Heartstring Hunters are an indie-folk band based in Boulder, CO, and Anthony Ruptak, based out of Denver, Colorado, has released several albums and has repeatedly been nominated in Westword’s singer-songwriter category of their annual music awards!
We’re looking at mostly clear skies this Friday (8/18), but I would suggest taking in the sun early so you can be back to the Pikes Peak Center for their showing of The Music of Pink Floyd! For an event that was first started in the 1970's as first rate psychedelic entertainment, the laser light show set to popular music has now become older than some of the music it supports. The laser show is a great way to connect or reconnect with the music that begs for this type of treatment. Music that already pushes the listener's sensory limits is heightened with bright lights married with at times horrifying imagery that drives the meaning home. Each year the show is updated with technical and creative changes that keep the audience coming back for more. As a rock cultural phenomenon, Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic in multimedia entertainment and a must experience for a fan of the music!
Saturday (8/19) we’re looking at a decent chance of rain in the afternoon, but the morning should be mostly clear skies with a high of 80 degrees. With that in mind, we’ll be heading over to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for their Teddy Bear Day event! Who’s ready for a “beary” fun time at the Zoo? You won’t want to miss our 29th annual Teddy Bear Day! Children 3-11 years old visiting the Zoo along with a teddy bear, or their favorite stuffed animal or doll, will receive discounted admission of $9.75 (saving $10!). Children ages two and under are just 75¢ and members are FREE. All stuffed animals will receive a complete check-up and official certificate of health. Stitches, splints and other “medical” procedures will also be administered to sick and injured stuffed animals. Head on over and have a BEARiffic day at the Zoo!
And wrapping up our week with Sunday (8/20), we’ll be heading out to Camp Shady Brook in Deckers, CO for their Camp Shenanigans Colorado – Adult Summer Camp! Remember the lazy days of summer as a kid? School’s out, family vacations, and seemingly endless days of leisure with no set plans. Maybe your parents got sick of you hanging around the house and shipped you off to summer camp where you had the time of your life? Maybe, maybe not. Whether you want to revisit childhood memories or experience summer camp for the first time, they’ve got the answer for you! Camp Shenanigans Colorado is a locally owned and operated summer camp for adults. Join them for a weekend full of outdoor activities, team events, new friends, and epic parties. Just like the summer camps from childhood but without the restrictions!

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