News May 18, 2016

Starlight Giveaway–bike jersey from CS Bike Shop.
Whole Foods 5% Day May 18.
“Tacos for Trails” features Friends Groups at La’au’s May 21.
National Trails Day June 4th.
Volunteer projects, news and events.
NEWS MAY 18, 2016

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Starlight Spectacular June 18–goodie giveaway!

More Starlight goodies this week–enter to win a bike jersey from Colorado Springs Bike Shop! 
Find the photo of Ed from Colorado Springs Bike Shop on our Facebook page, and comment to enter. Drawing Friday.
The winner gets a jersey like the one shown on our friendly neighborhood bike shop owner-model (you get to pick the size).

Comment on our Facebook page at this photo: Here’s the direct link.

So, go to the picture now, and give us a comment for your chance to WIN!
We sure appreciate our bike shop sponsors.

Here’s a thought–go buy stuff from your local bike shop!!! Do it now, before the weather gets nice and they’re all crowded…
Register now for the summer’s best family biking event, the Starlight Spectacular!
Saturday, June 18th, 9 pm
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
This year’s theme is SPACE, so start planning your costumes now. Special discounts at Zeezo’s if you mention the Starlight! Prizes for best group costume and best illuminated bike!

More info here.

Starlight Volunteers Needed!
We are looking for some fun folks who can volunteer as route directors for this year’s Starlight Spectacular June 18th. Each volunteer receives a space light saber, safety vest, space hat and flight goggles. Route volunteers help our riders at key intersections and provide a safe experience for our anticipated 1,500 riders!
Email for more information or to sign up.

Whole Foods 5% Day for TOSC May 18

Whole Foods Market Community 5% Day for TOSC, May 18.

Shop at Whole Foods Market (north), 7635 Academy Blvd North, on Wednesday, May 18th–Whole Foods is donating 5% of the day’s proceeds to the Trail and Open Space Coalition!

Get your shopping lists ready, and shop for community!

Meet your local Friends Groups at 
La’au’s “Tacos for Trails” Sat, May 21.
Join us on the patio at La’au’s and meet your Parks and Open Space Friends Groups. Find out what’s happening in our parks and sign up for volunteer workdays on the trails!
2 for $5 beer and margaritas. Relax on the new, large patio and enjoy the sunshine!

La’au’s is open for lunch or dinner, 11-9, seven days a week.
Please “Round up” a dollar for TOSC! The Blue Star Group will match your donation, for double the impact of your round up amount.

La’au’s on Facebook.

National Trails Day June 4th! Volunteer or get outdoors!
View from Dixon Trail.
Volunteer Projects for Trails Day
Green Mountain Falls
New trail construction project from 9-2 onJune 4th. Volunteers (16 and over) will get lunch. The trail will connect Belvidere Canyon Trail to Catamount Trail and by the end of this summer, provide a nice loop for hikers. To reserve a space, call Dick Bratton at 684-9811 or email Dick
Dixon Trail.
The Dixon Trail will one day summit Cheyenne Mountain and connect to the Top of the Mountain Trail. Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is leading the project and giving hearty volunteers a chance to camp out and work on the Dixon Trail both June 4th and June 5th. Camping and meals are free. More info and signups at this link.
Ute Valley Park
Colorado Springs Parks is partnering with Friends of Ute Valley Park and will celebrate National Trails Day with a morning of trail restoration and rerouting in Ute Valley Park. Meet at Eagleview Middle School at 8 a.m. Volunteers must be 16 years or older. Project concludes atnoon. Register at
Palmer Park
RMFI will be teaming up with the City of Colorado Springs and the Guardians of Palmer Park to improve trails in the centrally-located city park that is a popular destination for mountain bikers, hikers, runners, and equestrians. Led by trained RMFI staff and crew leaders, volunteers will complete trail maintenance and restoration projects. This is moderate to strenuous work and requires some heavy lifting. More info and signups at this link.

Outdoor fun for National Trails Day.

Wildflower Walk in Monument Valley Park

Sat, June 4, 10 am sharp, FREE
Meet at the West Fontanero St parking lot of the park. Wlak will take 1.5 to 2 hours. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, sunscreen and a camera. NO PETS, please. Canceled if raining.
Call 471-8422 for more info.

Volunteer Projects this Week
work crew

Have some time this week?
Get out and help make a difference!
Wed, May 18
Cheyenne Mtn State Park
Ute Valley Park
Sat, May 21
Lowell Gulch (Woodland Park)
Garden of the Gods
Palmer Park (Edna Mae Trail)
Sun, May 22
Palmer Park (Edna Mae Trail)
See our calendar for details and signups.

Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival May 20-22.

Workshops and seminars, field trips and hikes. Enjoy the Hummingbird Experience in Cheyenne Cañon, observe which bird species thrive in our regional parks or learn about the geology of two Colorado Springs’ city parks. Get a behind-the-scenes tour at the Zoo.

2016 Bike Summit Friday, June 3rd 11 am – 5 pm
Join us for the first ever Colorado Springs Bike Summit!
Friday, June 3 11 am – 7 pm 
UCCS Berger Hall
Find out more about where to cycle, how to stay safe, why bicycle infrastructure matters for cities, and what organizations and the City are doing to help create a network of trails and bikeways. Registration is required for this free event. Includes lunch and after-Summit Happy Hour and networking.

Friends and Partner News.

Mountain Equipment Recyclers
Summer Kickoff Party, Sale and 
Gear Swap May 21
TOSC is MER’s Non-Profit Partner of the Month in May. May 21 enjoy free burgers (first 100 guests) starting at 11:30. Discounts, prizes, up to 25% off! MER will be accepting gear donations on TOSC’s behalf and we’ll receive a percentage of MER’s monthly sales!
Whistle Pig Brewing
partners with TOSC
Our friends at Whistle Pig, 1840 Dominion Way, have pledged to donate a portion of the profits from their delicious cider to TOSC! They are also helping with bike advocacy efforts to connect the east side to the Greenway via trails. Stop by and see them, have dinner and a cider!

Wilderness First Aid Course,
5/20, 5:30-9:30pm & 5/21, 9am-5pm.

This hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Discount rate of $100 per person. Reserve your space:

Parks Advisory Board Opening
Apply by June 10
The City of Colorado Springs is seekingvolunteers (one seated position and two alternates) to serve on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.Meetings are 2ndThursday of every month, 7:30 a.m.
Please submit your application by Friday, June 10, 2016. The application web form can be found at this link.

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb/USA Cycling Hill Climb National Championship features USA Cycling sanctioned road races and timed non-competitive fun rides that give cyclists of all abilities a truly unique experience on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain.
This race, held on Saturday, August 13, attracts the top cyclists and recreational cyclists from across the nation and around the world who dare to challenge Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain!
Visit PIKESPEAKCYCLINGHILLCLIMB.ORG for race information and to register today!

“Table to Trails” with Salsa Brava, Over Easy, Sonterra Grill

Now through May 2017, join Salsa Brava, Over Easy and Sonterra Grill in the Table to Trails fundraiser, and $1 from every lunch special sold will go to support the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
These restaurants are locally owned, and use local ingredients when possible. Now they’re taking their local commitment one step further to support our local trails and open spaces.
Enjoy time out with lunch at Salsa Brava, and support TOSC!

Love the trails? Want to see more connections, more bike routes, more care for our parks? Support parks, trails and open spaces!
Enjoy special members-only invitations, hikes, rides and parties!
Give to the Trails and Open Space Coalition’s Annual fund campaign. Your membership supports our important work of preservation and conservation.
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