Feast of St Arnold beer festival ticket giveaway–drawing Friday afternoon.
Starlight Spectacular Early bird deadline coming up
National Trails Day June 2
Mayor’s Community Bike Ride June 2
Monument Valley Park Wildflower Walk June 2
Volunteer for PikeRide Bike Share
Camp Creek Drainage Open House June 5.
Volunteer events. meeting and workshops.
Community cleanup in June–Help out!
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Feast of St Arnold giveaway–beer festival tickets!

Tag a friend on Facebook to enter
Tag a friend in the post on our Facebook page (look for the photos above) to enter the drawing for two tickets to the Feast of St. Arnold from our 2018 Starlight Spectacular sponsors,  Krueger Brothers Construction! Value over $75. Extra points for creativity 🙂 We’ll announce the winner on Friday, June 1 in the afternoon, so hurry over to the Facebook page to play!

Starlight Spectacular Early Bird Deadline approaching
24th Annual Starlight Spectacular
June 16th, 2018, 9 pm
New this year–earlier start time for families with young children! Start at 10:15 pmahead of the crowd.
Join the Trails and Open Space Coalition for the 24th Annual Starlight Spectacular on June 16th, 2018. This fun and family-friendly night-time bicycle ride is suitable for most ages and abilities. We’ve had kids as young as 8 and adults in their 80s ride with us! Get out your western wear and celebrate the Wild, Wild West!
Info and sign ups here. Sign up early and save! Early Bird deadline June 3.


Be a part of the fun, and volunteer for the Starlight Spectacular! Read the ticket descriptions carefully–they will detail the job expectations and the benefits. Volunteers receive free event tee shirts and/or ride entry–details on the ticket site.
More info and signups here.

Mayor’s Community Bike Ride Sat, June 2
Mayor John and Janet Suthers will host a community bike ride Saturday to officially kick off June as Bike Month.
START: Bon Shopping Center, 2300 Wahsatch Ave. Due to limited parking at the Bon Shopping Center, riders are asked to park along Bonforte Park or on Weber Street north of Jackson. Riders are also encouraged to carpool or ride to the Bon Shopping Center. Visit ColoradoSprings.gov/mayorsride for more info and details.
END: Pikes Peak Market, 315 East Pikes Peak Ave.
RIDE DEPARTS: 8:30 a.m., riders should arrive by 8:15 a.m.
CELEBRATION: Post Ride Celebration with refreshments, music and fun!


Sat, June 2 National Trails Day Events with El Paso County

Trail Ride June 2 with El Paso County Commissioner Stan VanderWerf through Bear Creek Regional Park.  9:00-11:00 am.  Bring your horse and appropriate riding gear.  Meet at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd.  Enter the main entrance and follow signs to the Equestrian Skills Course parking..
Day Hike June 2 at the Paint Mines Interpretive Park. 7 to 11 am.  Explore the hoodoos and learn about the natural and cultural history of the area, Meet at the Paint Mines main parking lot (the one with the restroom).  Limit 15 participants. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required at 520-6387.
Bear Creek Nature Center June 2 Trails Vegetation Management Project. 9:00-11:00 am.  Volunteer to maintain trails at Bear Creek Nature Center and help clear vegetation and remove debris along the Song Bird Nature Trail and the Bear Creek Trail.  Meet at the Nature Center; 245 Bear Creek Rd.  Bring water, snacks, and wear closed toed shoes. For more information, call Steven Rodbourn 235-3540..

Get Outdoors Day
Sat, June 2, 9 am – 3 pm
Third annual Free Get Outdoors Day – Colorado Springs!  Prospect Lake will be lined with families fishing using free poles from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The water will be filled with rafts, canoes and paddleboards. Kids can shoot air rifles and .22s, throw hatchets, learn archery, try the climbing walls, crawl all over our “Touch a Truck” display and much more.

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS–Get outside and make a difference!
More opportunities at OpenSpaceVolunteers.org
Upcoming Volunteer Events:
8:30 am Palmer Park–Rocky Mountain Field Institute 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.
·Minimum age 16, or 13 with a parent/guardian volunteer. To sign up, go to this link.

9 am Bear Creek Nature Center–El Paso County Parks is celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2 with the Bear Creek Nature Center Trails Vegetation Management Project. Volunteer to maintain trails at Bear Creek Nature Center and help clear vegetation and remove debris along the Song Bird Nature Trail and the Bear Creek Trail. Bring water, snacks, and wear closed toed shoes. For more information, call Steven Rodbourn 235-3540.

Wed, June 6
5:30 pm Ute Valley Park
Thurs, June 7
8 am Woodmen Valley Open Space
Sat, June 9
8 am Stratton Open Space myrtle spurge removal
Sign up at this link.
9 am Equestrian Skills Course Work Day
9 am Monument Valley Park Clean Up
Sun, June 10
Red Rock Canyon Work Day with Manitou CATS

Help make Bike Share a reality!

PikeRIDE, a program of Downtown Ventures, the charitable nonprofit arm of Downtown Partnership, needs your help! They have 208 bikes that need to be unpackaged, assembled, decals placed,
smartkit installed, and tested!
*No specific skill set required.
Volunteer Schedule
Wed 23 5:45-8:30pm
Sat 26 9am-1pm and 12:30-4pm
Wed 30 5:45-8:30pm
Sat 2 9am-1pm and 12:30-4pm
Tue 5 5:45-8:30pm
Wed 6 5:45-8:30pm
Sat 9 9am-1pm and 12:30-4pm
Wed 13 5:45-8:30pm
Sat 16 9am-1pm and 12:30-4pm
Meet at the old Gazette building on 30 S. Prospect Street, on the south side of the building at the loading dock.

Save the Date! Help clean up our streams June 23

Saturday, June 23
10 am – 2 pm

Join volunteers with the Adopt-a-Waterway program to clean up our creeks from American the Beautiful Park to Manitou Springs!

More information to follow. SAVE THE DATE!

For more info:
  • Midland Trail/ Fountain Creek
  • America the Beautiful Park to Ridge Rd. near Manitou Springs
  • Adopt-A-Waterway Groups: Bal Seal Engineering and Pedals-N-Pints.

Please consider being a volunteer for one of the Pikes Peak races. The Pikes Peak Racing organization is a supporter of the Trails and Open Space Coalition.Volunteers are critical to their success.
The Pikes Peak races include:
  • Garden of the Gods Race – 10 Mile and 10K – June 10
  • Summer Roundup Trail Run – Cheyenne Mountain State Park – 10K/Half Marathon July 8
  • Barr Trail Mtn Race – July 15
  • Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon – August 18 and 19.
For more information visit PPMarathon.givepulse.com.


Support TOSC by Recycling Gear!

TOSC is the featured Non-Profit during the month of June at Mountain Equipment Recyclers (MER)!
Cleaning out your garage or attic? Consider donating those gently used hiking shoes, clothes, back packs, sleeping bags, tents – you get the idea.
When you drop them off at Mountain Equipment Recycling on our behalf, we get 50% of the proceeds when they are sold. MER is located at 1024 S. Tejon..

Camp Creek Drainage Open House June 5
Community Open House –Camp Creek Drainage Improvement Project.   
Tuesday, June 5, 5:30 – 7 pm
Holmes Middle School, 2455 Mesa Road
In the fall of 2013, the City of Colorado Springs launched the Camp Creek Drainage Improvement Project to plan short-term and long-term solutions to protect the Camp Creek corridor from flooding and erosion to improve public safety. Much of the work of the plan has been completed.
The community is invited to hear about and give feedback on next steps. The event will be in the cafeteria located in Building B on the east side of the front entrance facing Mesa Road.  There will be a brief presentation at 6 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer period. Participants will also be encouraged to submit comment cards.

Barry Ward Concert June 22 benefits FESC
Equestrian Skills Course Fundraising Concert Featuring Barry Ward
Friday, June 22, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM 
ProRodeo Hall of Fame, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive
Join the Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course for an evening of great entertainment while raising money for expanding the Equestrian Skills Course in Colorado Springs! The Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame’s outdoor garden area provides a great atmosphere for an evening of western-themed entertainment. The accompanying silent auction features a variety of items to fit your shopping tastes.
More info and tickets.
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