News August 31, 2016

Bike Jam Sept 1!
ADT Marathon, Half marathon and team relay–volunteers needed.
Waldo Waldo registration now open.
Members-only Fall Color hike Sept 24.
Help build a playground in Cheyenne Meadows Park.
Volunteer projects, news and events.
NEWS AUGUST 31, 2016

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Join us for Bike Jam at UCCS Sept 1

Thursday, September 1, 2016, 7:30 am to 1:00 pm
El Pomar Plaza, UCCS,1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Come out September 1 as we celebrate bikes with UCCS and the community! Put on by the Sustainability Department at UCCS, Bike Jam is an annual event for all of Colorado Springs that encourages bicycling for the purpose of living healthier and more sustainable lives!
Join one of 10 community rides starting at points throughout the city, and ending at UCCS. TOSC will be leading the ride from Goose Gossage Park, starting at 7:20 am! It’s a 2.6-mile ride on trails and low-volume streets.

Enjoy breakfast, two campus rides, stunt shows, and short talks on the Mountain Metro bus, learn to put your bike on the bus bike rack, or how to fix a flat tire. It’s all FREE! You must RSVP.
More information and RSVP.

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.

Volunteers needed–can you help with the ADT Races?
We need volunteer help handing out water to runners on Monday, September 5th. Email if you have a few early morning hours to spare, and thanks!

Register now for the Waldo Waldo 5K!

Join thousands of Waldos and Wendas in downtown Colorado Springs this October 22 for the Waldo Waldo 5K, a family-friendly walk and fun run fundraiser. Registration comes with a “Where’s Waldo” costume kit and the money raised supports the Trails and Open Space Coalition and RMFI.
Register at this link.

Members-only fall color hike with photography tips!

Sat, Sept 24, 9 am
Join us for a very special Members-only fall color hike at the peak of aspen season!
Local hiking expert and trails blogger Hiking Bob will take us on some of his favorite fall color trails, and give us tips on how to capture the best images, with phones, point-and-shoot cameras and full photography equipment. Bring your photo gear of choice and your questions!

More info and signups.

Upcoming Volunteer Projects

Help build the new playground at Cheyenne Meadows Park!
Prep Day: Mon, Sept 26
Build Day: Wed, Sept 28

Join the community effort to build a new playground in Cheyenne Meadows Park. Volunteers 16 and over are needed to assemble the playground equipment for the park. No skills required, tools supplied, breakfast and lunch provided. Onsite childcare upon request.
More info and signups.

(To find the event, choose “Show calendar,” and click on date).

Manitou CATS (Collection of Addictive Trailbuilders)
Sunday, Sept 11 8 am – 1 pm

Help the CATS close a social trail, put up fencing to protect a sensitive wildlife area, and scatter seed to re-vegetage in Red Rock Canyon Open Space.Then head to Manitou Springs for an after party at a local tavern.

Please sign up ahead of time:
work crew

Have some time? Get out and help make a difference!
This Week:
Wednesday, August 31
Palmer Park
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Thursday, Sept 1
Seven Bridges Trail
Saturday, September 3
Garden of the Gods
Sunday, September 4
Garden of the Gods

Friends and Partner News.

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!
Mountains Matter to Millennials
Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave
Thurs, Sept 8, 4:30 pm

This session will focus on millennials’ engagement with the outdoors and celebrate the role “mountains” play at personal, group, and regional levels.
Keynote speaker: Luis Benitez, Dir. of CO Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry.

Clean Sweep Event  of Household Hazardous Waste
Sat, Sept 179 am – 2 pm.
1675 W Garden of the Gods
Free acceptance of household waste (no business waste) including automotive, batteries, household chemicals, paint, electronics (limit 3 TVs/monitor)
To prevent long wait times and traffic congestion, EVENT PARTICIPATION IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
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.

Coffee & Civics,

Weekly onTuesdays
Sept 6- Nov 15,

CONO Office, 309 S. Cascade
Joint City/ County Presentations. Learn how the community works together and learn more about how YOU, as a citizen, are at the core of local government.

More info.

Be Prepared… Don’t Be A Zombie 2016 Zombie 3K Run
Saturday, Sept. 24, Bear Creek Park
Sign up to be a runner or a Zombie. First run begins at 10 a.m. At the end of this adventure is the “I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse Party” including emergency preparedness booths, music and food. This is a fun event aimed at creating awareness for community and individual emergency preparedness.

2017 Discover Colorado Springs Calendar Photo Contest.
Submission deadline Tues, Sept 27

This coming year’s calendar will focus on TOPS properties, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Trails, Open Space and Parks Program, funded by a 1/10% sales tax. Some of the landmark open spaces purchased with TOPS funds include Red Rock Canyon, Stratton Open Space, Bluestem Prairie Open Space, Ute Valley Park, and more.

Wilderness First Aid Course, Sept 23 & 24.

Choose from:

  • Wilderness First Aid Only.
  • Wilderness First Aid w Adult CPR and AED.
  • Adult CPR and AED only.
Wilderness First Aid Course,
Fri, Sept 23, 6-10 pm 
 Sat, Sept 24, 8am-7pm
Manitou Springs Middle School
415 El Monte Place
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.

“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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