March 2017 Events and happenings

A wintry picture of our area in anticipation of spring events.

It may not look like spring to the rest of the world but we know it’s on the way.

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day Community Style 

Come join the fun
Friday March 17  at 5:00 PM

Twin Lakes Inn

Please bring a dish to share (potluck)

Andy will have a cash bar open

Come celebrate–blarney welcome!


Collegiate Peaks Forum Series event this coming Thursday, March 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Buena Vista Community Center, 715 E. Main St., Buena Vista.
  The topic is:  Revealing Jupiter’s Interior NASA’s Juno Mission: What’s Inside the Giant Planet by Dr. Fran Bagenal.  Dr. Bagenal has participated in many of NASA’s planetary exploration missions, including Voyager 1 and 2, Galileo, Deep Space 1, New Horizons and Juno.  The Juno Mission began orbiting over Jupiter’s poles on July 14, 2016, Dr. Bagenal will share NASA’s findings and more. Juno’s principal goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation. As our primary example of a giant planet, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge for understanding the planetary systems being discovered around other stars.

(The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series™ mission is to facilitate the intellectual enrichment of the Upper Arkansas Valley residents and their visitors by sponsoring FREE events featuring nationally recognized persons schooled in philosophy, spirituality or science and hosting other community discussion activities. (Check them out on their website

REMINDER ON NEED FOR WILDLIFE PHOTOS:  the Forest Service has removed their photo display in the Red Rooster Visitor Center and we would like to replace it with local wildlife photos contributed by area residents.  If you provide an 8×10 or 11, we will put it in a frame to display!  Please reply if you have a photo to share.


House Numbering for EmergenciesWe contacted the Fire Chief and he strongly encourages anyone in the county without a green and white number sign identifying your home to get a reflective sign.  Their program costs $10 per sign.  The sign program coordinator is Lawrence Lovelace FF on C shift.  If anyone wants to have a sign, please call the station number (719)486-2990, and one will be made for you.  You can set up a time to pick it up.  Chief Dailey reminds that “It is very important for us as first responders to know where to go during an emergency.”


May 13th will be our clean up day at the Historic Park!  Help us spiff up our Visitor Center and grounds to make the area inviting to our visitors and guests.

June 10th opportunity to show our gratitude to Emergency Services of Lake County by participating in their full scale emergency exercise!   Details to come.

We invite you to attend or participate in all events of interest.

Please email with ideas, questions and comments.

The Friends of Twin Lakes Board

What’s happening January style.

January Doings and Events:

Local Events in the Twin Lakes area finds January pretty quite. February begins to heat up with two great events the same weekend.  Our 3rd Annual “Everyone is a Sweetheart in Twin Lakes” celebration is scheduled to take place at the Twin Lakes Inn on February 11th.   As always, you don’t have to be a couple to attend .

The Leadville Rod and Gun Club’s Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Tournament is also scheduled for the weekend of Feb 11th at, you guessed it, the Twin Lakes. You haven’t fished until you’ve experienced the excitement of our Twin Lakes Ice tournament complete with cash prizes for the heaviest hookers. The article link will give you more information about joining in on the fun.  Thanks to all the great volunteers that make this event possible.

Other News:

In other news about our special little town, The Herald Democrat ran a story  “The Leaming Legacy lives on at the Twin Lakes Schoolhouse.”  The article talks about a wonderful New Year’s Eve tradition we have in town.  Follow the link to enjoy a little slice of our small town.

Snow at Mount Elbert Lodge

Stay and play in the Twin Lakes area.


Snow Play:

Snow is the word of the day and conditions are great for coming up and enjoying all our white bounty. Today the snow is falling hard and heavy, adding to the great base we put down in November and December.  Snowshoeing and back-country skiing are great ways to enjoy our winter wonderland. Please check with the Leadville Ranger District office for avalanche condition updates.   Mount Elbert Lodge and a couple other lodging folks are open through the winter so you can stay cozy warm while enjoying your snow days.  See you soon!


Weekly “What’s Happening News” 8-15-16

What’s happening news for this week

August 15, 2016

Here’s some of what’s happening in our village as we head into the second half of August.

Our Lake County sheriff announced the Fire Ban is Lifted for Lake County — please continue to exercise good judgment and follow appropriate protocols with any outdoor fires and encourage others to do so as well.

Tuesday Yoga Classes begin happening this Tuesday at 10:30 AM in the Schoolhouse. Flexible clothing is recommended, please bring a mat or blanket, a bath towel to fold and sit on and water.  The class will feature Gentle Yoga Flow with Warm Up Sequence and Sun Salutation followed by a series of Asanas focusing on strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. This pleasant routine culminates with an introduction to seated meditation. Everyone of all ages and levels welcome!  Our suggested donation for students is $8 to $10 per class in either money or some “in kind” contribution (like food) for our certified instructors, Matt Hakala (Saturdays) and Claudia Juhrs (Tuesdays).

CHANGE FOR THIS SATURDAY YOGA CLASS TO SUNDAY DUE TO RACE ACTIVITIES—Class will be held on Sunday (8/21) at 10:30 AM in the Schoolhouse for this week only!!!


Sunset over Twin Lakes.

Our wish is for clear skies for this year’s Leadville 100 racers.


The race starts at 4:00 AM in Leadville. Twin Lakes will have racers go through at both 39.5 miles and 60.5 miles. The cutoff going through Twin Lakes is 2:00 PM  on the outward trek and 9:45 PM on the return. In years past, some leaders have gone through before 8:00 AM and return runners can be seen from around 2:00 PM through the cutoff — a real highlight is watching the headlamps of the runners come down from Hope pass after dark.


Sheriff Fenske will provide Friends of Twin Lakes with further information regarding parking for employees of local businesses and permits drive to your homes in and above the Village. We will share that information and help distribute permits as the Sheriff allows later this week.

Race shuttles will be running on Highway 82. Pick-up locations are near the Moache and Red Rooster fisherman access entrances as well as further east by the Twin Lakes power station. Look for the coned off waiting areas.

Crew Vehicles are allowed to park along HWY 82 (EAST OF TWIN LAKES ONLY). Per State Hwy Patrol instructions, vehicles must be parked COMPLETELY OFF the paved shoulder OR YOU WILL BE TOWED. NO DOUBLE PARKING.


Willis Trail project:

August 27th we’d like to invite as many volunteers as possible to help install culverts and open drains/stream crossings on the Willis Gulch trail (Twin Lakes area, on Leadville Ranger District). Tools provided, but it may get muddy! Please rsvp to if you can help on a full-day project, possibly extended to Sunday the 28th as well. Friends of Twin Lakes only has four volunteers so far….


AUGUST 25 FROM 6:30 TO 8:30 PM AT THE SCHOOLHOUSE, CORNELIA PATTI WILL OFFER A PARTICIPATORY SEMINAR ON ENERGY MEDICINE–HEALING TOUCH. A video will been shown followed by an experiential demonstration. Materials will be provided. In addition to being a Massage Therapist and healing touch practitioner, Cornelia is a licensed nurse and certified holistic nurse. (Limited to 15 participants as participants will engage in practicing some techniques covered. Suggested donation of $20 that will be donated directly to Friends of Twin Lakes—this class is usually charged out at $35.) Please email to register in advance—plenty of space available.


Friends of Twin Lakes Member Meeting on August 27 at 9:00 AM.

AUGUST 30 FROM 6:30 TO 8:30 PM AT THE SCHOOLHOUSE, BOB GAAS WILL PRESENT NEURO KINETICS: INTRO TO SELF-CARE OF YOUR SPINE. Materials will be provided, the strategies are a unique experience for first timers. Bob will break up the anatomy, physiology, and the science behind this approach into short bites throughout the two hours. Everyone will feel the difference in this session. Bob is a Massage Therapist. (Limited to 15 participants as participants will engage in practicing some techniques covered. Suggested donation of $20 that will be donated directly to Friends of Twin Lakes—this class is usually charged at $35.) Please email to register in advance—plenty of space available.



Meat will be provided by Friends of Twin Lakes, please bring lawn chairs, a side dish, salad or desert to share at the Schoolhouse–bring an instrument if you would like to provide or share in the entertainment!




And that’s the news this week, Please join in with the Willis Gulch project and come on out for the other events.  We love how active our “big” community spirit is.  Thanks,

News for the week

There is a lot going on in Twin Lakes this week in addition to the Bike Races and it is possible to enjoy all of these events! 

  • Please note that the Native Nations Seminars are each stand alone seminars and it is not necessary to attend others to appreciate the information shared at another.
  • This is the start of our YOGA classes and we encourage your support of this new endeavor.
  • Information related to the bike race is at the end.

NATIVE NATIONS SEMINAR–CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN INDIAN COUNTRY AT SCHOOLHOUSE SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 AT 9:00 AM presented by Judy Leaming, Esq., an attorney and educator who has worked with Indian Tribes for 30 years. Looking at the federal policy of self-determination in Indian Country and how it has been effectively utilized by many native Nations.  The seminar will review the contemporary world of Indian Country with 566 federally recognized tribes and 66 state-recognized tribes.  Materials for this seminar are available on the website at; copies will also be available at the seminar.

YOGA CLASSES STARTING AUGUST 13 ON SATURDAYS AND TUESDAYS AT 10:30 AM IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE. Gentle Yoga Flow with Warm Up Sequence and Sun Salutation followed by a series of Asanas focusing on strength, endurance, flexibility and balance.  This pleasant routine culminates with an introduction to seated meditation.  All ages and levels welcome please bring a mat or blanket and flexible clothing.   Our suggested donation for students is $8 to $10 per class in either money or some “in kind” contribution (like food) for our certified instructors Matt Hakala and Claudia Juhrs.

August 13 Bike Race Information—awareness to enhance your positive viewing and driving experiences

There will be 1600 starting riders for the race start at 6:30 AM—a few blocks of Highway 24 (around 6th and Harrison) in downtown Leadville will be closed for about 45 minutes starting at 6:00.

  • As you plan your day, you may want to avoid 4 wheeling on Hagerman Pass Road and around Sugarloaf Pass due to racers and narrow roads.
  • As riders pass over the Twin Lakes Dam, there will be traffic stopped periodically on County Road 10 and Highway 82 (morning times from 8 to 11—cutoff at the Dam is 10:30; afternoon from 12 to 3—cutoff is 2:15, expect delays).
  • If you are interested in viewing the end of the race in Leadville, riders will arrive anytime from noon until around 4 PM (the awards ceremony will be from 7:30 AM to 9 AM on Sunday).

Interested in viewing the race near Twin Lakes?   The bikers will come down off of County Road 10 to go across Highway 82 to the Dam (and then return on the same route).The professional riders will probably pass around 8 AM and the remainder will be between then and 11:00 AM with the return trip for the majority of riders from noon to 2:30 PM. There will be additional parking available off of County Road 30 and then you can walk to County Road 25 to go up toward the dam (no one gets to be on the dam) where the bikers will cross.  If you decide to be in a day use area, like Mountain View, day use fees will apply.  For the best information, visit


Friends of Twin Lakes Board

Local News update

Local News and Save the dates:


Saturday, June 18

Class on the Pass

Please bring your family friends and neighbors down to Twin Lakes Village around noon on the 18th.  Enjoy the Independence Pass Foundation’s first annual “Class on the Pass” as they tour from Aspen to Twin Lakes.  Estimated arrival in the Village is around noon for at least an hour to enjoy lunch.

FridaySaturday, June 24-25,

Leadville BBQ & Brew Festival

Sponsored by the Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce and located between the Silver Dollar Bar and Tabor Opera House.  Come join the fun in music, dancing and tasty BBQ from 10:00 to 9:00 Friday and 10:00 to 5:00 on Saturday.  Visit for more information.

Friday, July 8th,

Bike and Build Pot Luck

The Friends of Twin Lakes will host Bike and Build riders (traveling across county on bicycles and working on affordable housing projects) offering showers in homes followed by a pot luck spaghetti dinner at the Schoolhouse.  We need volunteers for food (salads, drinks, breads and desserts), showers and transporting the youth from the campground to the Schoolhouse.  Please contact us to offer support.  Details on the group’s valuable work and journeys can be found at

Saturday, July 9th

Native Nations Seminars

Friends of Twin Lakes is sponsoring the free Native Nations Seminars series at the Schoolhouse 231 Lang St. in Twin Lakes from 9:00 to 10:00.  Seminars will be presented by Judy Leaming, Esq., an attorney and educator who has worked with Indian Tribes for 30 years. Links to the materials will be posted online at and available at the seminar.  Each seminar is a stand-alone presentation, so you don’t have to attend all seminars.  The topic on the 9th is how European and American policies impacted Indian Country, from first contact to contemporary times.

Saturday, July 9th

Johnny Canoe Paddle Fest at Red Rooster Boat Ramp.

See, for details.

Saturday, July 23rd, Member Meeting Friends of Twin Lakes at 9:00 in the Schoolhouse.  Short business meeting followed by Anita Mason speaking on Emergency Services experiences/pertinent training and observations related to illegal drugs, hash oil fires, etc. BRING YOUR CALENDARS AS WE WANT TO PLAN A MEMBER PICNIC FOR AUGUST!


Stay Tuned for date of Community Meeting with Fire Chief Dan Dailey and Sheriff Rod Fenske


COMMUNITY CONTACT LINKSif you would like to contact a Lake County official or office, please visit, click on the name of the person and you will be able to send them an email.  All of their phone numbers are there, too.

We have posted the Lake County Wildland Fire Risk Assessment presentation by Caroline Schaefer,  Wildland Fire Mitigation Coalition and Collaboratives, Inc. on May 14, 2016.  Please visit


Native Nations Seminar Series Offered at Twin Lakes Schoolhouse

Native Nations Seminar Series Offered at Twin Lakes Schoolhouse
The Friends of Twin Lakes, a 501(c)(3) organization, is sponsoring a series of free seminars open to the public on Native Nations this summer at the Twin Lakes Schoolhouse, 231 Lang Street, Twin Lakes, on the second Saturday of each month, from June 11 to October 8, 2016 from 9:00 to 10:00 AMThe seminars provide anopportunity to understand history from the perspective of Native Nations. This perspective is not frequently taught in our public schools nor is it often accurately portrayed in movies or on television. This is a unique opportunity to move beyond stereotypes and listen to the voices of Native people.
The seminar leader is Judy Leaming, Esq. (Catawba/Cherokee), an educator and attorney who served as legal counsel for Native Nations in Indian Country for 30 years. She brings a diverse and solid background to lead the seminars following her career as a legal advisor for a variety of Tribal Nations and entities: the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, DC, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towoac, CO, the Catawba Nation in Rock Hill, SC, the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, AZ and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Nespelem, WA.  In addition, Judy taught Indian law at Northwest Indian College located on the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham, WA, at Wenatchee Valley Community College in Omak, WA, and at Colorado Mountain College campuses in both Buena Vista and Leadville, CO.
Please feel free to attend one or all seminars of interest.  More details on each of the seminars is found on the Friends of Twin Lakes website at:  Friends of Twin Lakes requests that you try to print or review the materials for each session in advance to defray copy costs.  (The first material outline can be viewed at: ) The seminar topics are as follows:
Native Nations prior to and at the time of European contact.  A tale of three sovereigns: the federal government, individual states and Native Nations,
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 9-10:00 a.m.

Federal policy in Indian Country
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Contemporary issues in Indian country
Saturday, August 13, 2016, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

U.S. assimilation policies:  removal, allotment, relocation, termination, boarding schools and the forced removal of Native children
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Jurisdiction in Indian Country:  which court has the power to decide?
Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

“Class on the Pass” tour in Twin Lakes.

“Class on the Pass Motoring Tour” –Independence Pass Foundation announces its 1st annual classic sports car tour June 18, 2016

Poster announces "Class on the Pass" tour.

They’re Coming To Town!  Class on the Pass – A fleet of pre-1973 sports and special interest cars and exotic cars of any age will be stopping in Twin Lakes about noon on June 18 as they “do the pass.”     Come “hang” in town on the 18th, poke in the shops, enjoy the visitors center  and ogle the cares as we all  share the fun.

Class on the Pass” sponsor, The Independence Pass Foundation, is a nonprofit organization that develops and implements projects that maintain and enhance the ecology and beauty of the pass.  Visit their website for more information about joining in on the tour and other projects they are working on.

Other events coming to Twin Lakes this summer include” Johnny Canoe’s Paddle Fest” July 9, 2016. This will be the 3rd annual Twin Lakes paddle fest where for a small fee you can participate in a whole day of wet wild fun.

Shooting Star Gallery will be showing new work in May.

“Autumn in Twin Lakes” by Brigitte

Autumn color in Twin Lakes is the focus of one of the new works to be shown when the Shooting Star Gallery opens in late May.
An original painting by Brigitte will be at the Shooting Star Gallery this May.

When Brigitte paints a new image you’ll see it in many forms in the Shooting Star Gallery, as cards, as art prints and who knows. Brigitte has announced she’ll add this new image to the art work that she shows and offers at the Gallery. Watch for the season Grand Opening in late May for the Gallery and be sure to stop by and enjoy all works by our local artists.

Valentine’s Day Special offer.

This Special is available now through Valentines Day 2016 from Healing Through Touch and Care..  Give her a call today.

Healing through Care and Touch. Twin Lakes CO

Come on up to our neighborhood and enjoy some winter snow and after you’ve played relax and rejuvenate with a treatment from Healing through care and Touch.

Have you thought what to give someone you love for Valentine’s Day? I am offering a &10.00 discount for a massage and/or energy session. You can book one by calling or texting me at 719.221.2322

Boom Days in Leadville

Leadville Boom Days  is a Colorado Mountain Festival and historical celebration of the Old West, with gunslingers, burro races, contests of mining skill, and a street fair with over 100 food and craft booths. The dates for the 2015 festival are August 7th through the 9th.  Come join in for three days of fun, food, arts and crafts, and activities for the whole family!

Some of the great fun family activities you can enjoy include face painting, train rides,  pie eating contest, a parade with colorful floats, funny cars and great bands, an egg toss, a sack race and so much more.


In addition Leadville will again host the Leadville Old West Re-enactors –all weekend long.
Bad guys to bankers, marshalls to morticians, ladies of means to mean ladies, gunfights, skits, shenanigans and historical re-enactments. Fun for all, ages 3 to 102.

In addition first annual Reunion of Reunions” will kick off over the Boom Days weekend on August 7-9, 2015.  The reunion is for anyone who has ever attended Lake County schools and is being organized entirely by co-chairs Kelly  and Tabitha and the small committee.   “We have come together not only to unite the Class of 1985 for their 30th reunion, but to invite all classes to come and share in the reunion spirit,” said Kelly Bain Tiffany.