News August 10, 2016

Blue Star anniversary supports TOSC.
In Memory of William “Bill” Joos.
Vote for the Garden of the Gods!
ROLL Bike Art Aug 12-13, Pikes Peak Hill Climb Aug 13, Wheel to Reel Aug 20.
Upcoming trail closures in Bear Creek Watershed.
American Discovery Trail Marathon, Half and Team Relay Aug 20.
Volunteer projects, news and events.
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Blue Star gives back to TOSC for anniversary, Aug 7-13.

The Blue Star 
1645 S Tejon
Sun, August 7 –  Sat, August 13

The Blue Star is celebrating its 21-year anniversary starting on August 7th, which is the date in 1994 that the well-known fine dining restaurant opened. During their anniversary month they want to say thank you by supporting local non-profits.

Throughout the week of August 7 – 13, a portion of all sales will go to support the Trails and Open Space Coalition.

In Memory of William “Bill” Joos.
William “Bill” Joos

Bill Joos passed away suddenly August 1, and his family has chosen the Trails and Open Space Coalition to receive donations in his honor, in lieu of flowers. Bill loved running, and he loved trails, which is why his family decided to honor him by helping TOSC.
We are grateful to Bill’s family for choosing to benefit the Trails and Open Space Coalition, and to those who are donating in his honor.

Vote for Garden of the Gods in USA Today contest!

Garden of the Gods Park has been nominated in USA TODAY’s Ten Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest as a contender for Best Free Attraction!
The contest gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice. There is no sign up or login required to vote.
A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Voting ends Mon, Aug 29th.

Please click here–no login required to vote!

Rainbow Falls Public Meeting Thurs, Aug 11.

Thursday, August 11, 6 pm
Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue.

Please come to a community meeting, hosted by El Paso County, to discuss facility improvements and future operation plans for the Rainbow Falls Recreation Area located west of Manitou Springs.

The meeting agenda includes an update from the Manitou Environmental Citizen Action (MECA) group, a review of the Rainbow Falls restoration process, proposed improvements, and a proposal to change the classification of Rainbow Falls to an historic site. For more information on the meeting contact El Paso County Parks at 520-7529.

More about Rainbow Falls.

12th Annual Roll Bike Art Festival Aug 12-13
at the new Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort.

Fri, Aug 12, 5-9 pm
Sat, Aug 13, 8:30 am – 1 pm.

The 12th Annual ROLL Bike Art Festival will be a two-day event! ROLL hosts the Grand Opening of the new Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort on August 12th, 5-9 PM, featuring world-class bicycle art and a free family bike ride through Garden of Gods Park. ROLL continues at 8:30 AM on Saturday morning with a celebration of the Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb and a post-race party from 10 AM to 1 PM.
More details and festival schedule here.

Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb Sat, Aug 13.

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!

Bike with Whole Foods Market Aug 13.

Saturday, Aug 13 at 10:00 am
Saturday, Sept 24 at 10:00 am
Saturday, Oct 20 at 10 am
Biking with Whole Foods Market is a social group bike ride which leaves from the Whole Foods Market at 7635 N Academy Blvd. Find out where local biking routes and paths are, learn how to bike with groceries, and experience the bike commute to your local organic grocer with a group. BONUS: You can donate 48 cents per mile that you ride to a local nonprofit!

More information and sign up here.

KRCC Meet & Greet in Pueblo, Aug 17

Wednesday, August 17th 9am-12pm
Solar Roast Coffee, 

226 N Main St, Pueblo

Please join our friends at KRCC for a meet and greet in Pueblo, at Solar Roast Coffee! Come down and meet the folks who bring you awesome public radio, record a testimonial, enjoy a complimentary treat, and talk to staff about your favorite KRCC programs.
Sign up here.

Wheel To Reel: Ride, Picnic and Film Festival Aug 20.

Saturday, August 20
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Ride registration 4:30, Ride 5 pm
Picnic 6 pm, Film 8 pm
The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute hosts the third annual Wheel to Reel August 20th. Ride 2, 6, 11, or 12 miles along the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail, stop at fun activity stations where you will play games to win prize drawing tickets, and finish off the night under the stars with food, friends and a film in the courtyard of the Fine Arts Center.

More info and tickets at the link.

Sign up now for the ADT Races–Relay, Marathon, and Half!

The 2016 American Discovery Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay and new 10K are coming up Labor Day: Monday, September 5! Have you signed up yet?
Did you know that by racing, you help protect the trails we all use and love? The ADT races support the Trails and Open Space Coalition and Pikes Peak Road Runners. All proceeds directly benefit local trails and local non-profits dedicated to trail stewardship and community running events in Colorado Springs.
With new courses for 2016, the scenic route along paved and dirt trails is about as fast and flat as you can find, with the outstanding volunteers and course support you’ve come to expect from Pikes Peak Road Runners. Register online and early for the best deal.

Upcoming Trail Closures in Bear Creek Watershed.

The Pikes Peak Ranger District of the Pike-San Isabel National Forest will temporarily close several trails in the Bear Creek Watershed over the next few weeks to ensure public safety. 
A Forest Service trail building team began constructing the new 667 Trail in August, and will be working through the fall constructing a new multi-use trail as part of the Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Project.

Due to the steep slopes and potential for large rocks rolling downhill, several trails below the new trail construction will be temporarily closed to all public entry.

FS Trail 720 (Foresters Cutoff) and FS Trail 668 (Pipeline) mid to late August.
FS Trail 622 (Seven Bridges Trail) September 5 through September 16
More information on the Forest Service website.

Upcoming Volunteer Projects
work crew

Have some time? Get out and help make a difference!
This Week:
Wednesday, August 10
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Saturday, August 13
Barr Trail (see below)
Fox Run Regional Park (all ages)
Sunday, August 14
Red Rock Canyon Open Space (see below)

Barr Trail Work Days
Visit Friends of the Peak or our Volunteer website for more.
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Visit ManitouCATS or our Volunteer website for more.

Friends and Partner News.

Blue Moon Trail Run Series
August 26, 6 pm
Race starts and ends in Pinon Valley Park and goes through Ute Valley Park.
Choose long or short series.
More info and registration.
Cheyenne Mountain Run 9 M & 5K
Sat, Oct 22, 10 am
Run on the challenging and beautiful Dixon Trail, still in progress to the top of Cheyenne Mountain, and closed to the public. The 2016 race distance will be at least 9 miles and will increase each year as the trail is completed.

Take the Bike Master Plan Survey!
The update to the Bike Master Plan will outline a plan for bicycle infrastructure to support the growing needs of our bicycle friendly community. We want your input –please take the survey!
Pikes Peak Outdoors Survey
The Colorado College Innovation Institute, Springs Insight Exchange, and El Pomar Foundation have created the Pikes Peak Outdoors Leisure & Recreation Survey in order to start a conversation about our region’s rich opportunities.

“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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