News Sept 7, 2016

Mountains and Millennials Sept 8.
N Nevada Workshop Sept 13.
Okto-Pair-Fest Sept 17 pairs local brews and dishes from Whole Foods.
Creek Week Sept 24 – Oct 2.
Envision Shooks Run Sept 27.
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.

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Outdoor series session to focus on Millennials Sept 8.
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, including roundtable discussions with industry leaders about the results of the Pikes Peak Outdoors Leisure and Recreation Survey, and how this can be a better region for young people to work, play, and stay.
Keynote speaker: Luis Benitez, Dir. of CO Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry.

More info and RSVP.

N Nevada Ave Community Workshop Sept 13
Tues, Sept 13, 6 – 9 pm
Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center, 3650 North Nevada Avenue.
Be a part of the planning process for the North Nevada Avenue Corridor! Help the City create a plan to renew North Nevada Avenue between Austin Bluffs Parkway to the railroad bridge south of Fillmore Street. Everyone is encouraged to attend a series of community workshops that will be the central point for plan development. Those who participate in the Workshops will guide plan decisions.

More information and maps.

Okto-Pair-Fest Sept 17 pairs local beer and food.

Saturday, Sept 17
3 pm – 6 pm
Whole Foods Market Pikes Peak
7635 N Academy Blvd
Savor five of our best local brews from Local Relic, Bristol Brewing Company, Pikes Peak Brewing, Cerberus and Nano 108. Each will be paired with their own special dish from the chefs at Whole Foods Market.
Representatives will be on hand to share recipes and tasting notes. Guests will also receive a commemorative beer glass.
Proceeds benefit Waldo Waldo Fund, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, and the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
This is a 21+ event. Please bring photo ID.

Creek Week Sept 24 – Oct 2.
We’re inviting individuals and groups (families, clubs, schools, neighborhoods, etc.) to form a Creek Crew for the 3rd Annual Creek Week Cleanup!
Trash and debris ends up in our waterways – clogging drainage systems, hurting wildlife, affecting water quality and ruining the view of our natural landscapes.
Roll up your sleeves to take action during Creek Week by volunteering for cleanup duty and litter patrol along a creek, trail, park or open space throughout the watershed. Get outdoors, get active, and create some good for your community and those living downstream.

More info and signups.

Envision Shooks Run Public Workshop
Tuesday, September 275:30 – 7:30 p.m.: (Doors open at 5 p.m.)
First Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 219 E. Bijou St. (Enter on the Weber St side of the building.)
Parking: Free parking is to the east of the building, SE corner Bijou and Weber.
Following extensive community input, the planning study known as Envision Shooks Run reached a milestone with a recommended corridor theme in June 2016. The next milestone is a draft Facilities Master Plan. Your input to the draft plan will guide how infrastructure improvements and enhancements are put into place along and near the Shooks Run corridor over the next 50 years. 

Register now for the Waldo Waldo 5K Oct 22.

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
Sept 10, 8 am – 4 pm
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Volunteers will use hand tools to help construct a large section of new sustainable trail on the north side of the park. This new portion of the trail will expand recreational access and take hikers to high points in the park that provide fantastic views of Garden of the Gods and the north end of the city. As an added bonus, volunteers on this project will receive a free T-shirt donated by REI.

More info and signups.

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:

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).
work crew

Have some time? Get out and help make a difference!
This Week:
Wednesday, Sept 7
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Palmer Park
Ute Valley Park
Saturday, September 10
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Barr Trail
Red Rock Canyon Open Space (VOC)
Black Forest Burn Restoration
Sunday, September 11
Red Rock Canyon Open Space (ManitouCATS)
Black Forest Burn Restoration

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!
Comments needed on draft Stormwater Program Improvement Plan
The City’s Public Works Dept is looking for public comments and suggestions on the draft Stormwater Plan released in July.

Clean Sweep Event  of Household Hazardous Waste
Sat, Sept 17, 9 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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