Almanac For Week Of January 2nd

Wednesday, Jan. 2

The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45 a.m. at the Mangia Mangia restaurant in Woodland Park. Call 687-5534 for more information.

The Timberline Artists meet at 10 a.m. every Wednesday of each month, upstairs at the Aspen Mine Senior Center in Cripple Creek. Everyone with an interest in art is welcome. Exercise for Arthritis Class Seniors are invited to attend “Exercise for Arthritis Class.” The event takes place on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Center. The program, which is sponsored by the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital and the Arthritis Foundation, is expanding its morning exercise class and will feature a Physical Therapist from the Hospital. The exercise class is held each Wednesday and Friday, 10:30-11:30, at the Center. For more information about the class contact Karen Earley at PPRH 687-5802-or Pamela Argo at the Club, 687-3877.

The Senior Center is located at 312 N. Center St., Woodland Park. Water Rate Study, Transportation and Pot The Cripple Creek City Council will hold a public workshop on Jan. 2, starting at 4:30 p.m., dealing with a water rate study. The council will then have a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m., with its new transportation plans and a new marijuana-related amendment, topping the agenda. Both meetings will be held in the CC Council Chambers at Cripple Creek City Hall. Thursday, Jan. 3 TOPS (Take Off Pounds Seriously), a nonprofit weight loss support group, meets at 10 a.m. at the Church in the Wildwood in Green Mountain Falls. The group does weigh-ins, group feedback and helps members achieve their goals. Call 686-2486.

Tai Chi for Seniors The Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club will host Tai Chi sessions for those with Arthritis ailments from 9:30 to 10:30 every Thursday and then an advanced class the same day from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 687-3877 for more information.

Winter Break Movie The Woodland Park Library will host a Winter Break Movie on Jan. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. Bring the kids for a fun family movie. Bring a lunch or snack and we’ll provide lemonade for them and coffee for you. Call 687-9281 for more information.

Kiwanis Bingo Kiwanis Bingo will be held at Shining Mountain Golf Club (100 Lucky Lady Dr Woodland Park) on Jan. 3 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Twenty dollars buys a packet for 10 games, 6 cards for each game. Food and drinks will be available for purchase (limited ala carte food menu). Proceeds used to benefit the children of Woodland Park. For more information, call 687-5534.

Kick-Off Council Session The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Jan. 3 in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall, at 7 p.m. This will mark the first meeting of 2013. Friday, Jan. 4 The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Library. Call 687-0418.

Indoor Soccer Clinic Help get your child ready and take this opportunity to continue to work on your soccer skills and enjoy this experience in the warm indoor. Come, be a part of this unique soccer program designed and developed as a fun and challenging way to learn new skills and improve your soccer abilities. Everyone will play all the time while receiving professional coaching. Topics that will be covered include; dribbling, passing, ball control, shooting, skill contests and futsal games (Brazilian Indoor Soccer). What to bring to the clinic: a learning attitude, soccer ball, shorts/shirt, full water bottle, indoor gym shoes and shin guards under soccer socks. The indoor soccer clinic, sponsored by WP Parks and Recreation, is scheduled for Jan. 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Columbine Elementary Gym (175 E. Kelley’s Road) Woodland Park. Call 687-5225 for more information.

Free Tai Chi Participate in free Tai Chi sessions at the Woodland Park Library every Friday at 9 a.m. Come in the Midland entrance on the lower level. These classes are co-sponsored by Teller County Health. Beginning and intermediate classes are offered. The intermediate classes occur at 10 a.m. Call 687-9281 for details.

The Florissant Public Library offers free Tai Chi classes on Mondays at the same times as listed above. Call 748-3939.

Craft and Jewelry Making The Woodland Park Senior Center, 312 N. Center Street, will feature a craft and jewelry-making session on Fridays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Call 687-3877 for more information.

John Gorka Concert The Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs (10 S. Parkside Drive) will host John Gorka, a world renowned singer-songwriter for a special performance on Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. The doors open at 7 p.m. From New Jersey, Gorka got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Soon he started traveling to New York City, where Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for many a major singer-songwriter) became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as overseas. Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His new song “Where No Monuments Stand” is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993). John still tours the world and continues his love of songwriting. For ticket information, visit www.stargazerstheatre.com or call 476-2200. Saturday, Jan. 5 Handmade Nativity Scene Display Enjoy the Handmade Nativity Scene by local artist Bernice LaDow, which can be viewed in the Fourth Street windows of the Victor Hotel. The nativity is lit at night and will be on display through early 2013, so stop by when you come to Victor to see the mine head frame lights around the gold camp. Victor Elks Club Bingo Victor Elks Club Bingo will be held at the Elks Club in Victor (3rd and Diamond) on Jan. 5 and Jan. 19 and every other Saturday during the winter at 7 p.m. The bingo sessions are open to the public and children are welcome. Reusable cards can be purchases for $1. The 50/50 game is $1 per card or 6 for $5. Raffle and door prizes are available. Upcoming Free Computer Classes at the Rampart Library District A whole new quarter of classes begin in January. Make this the year you get computer savvy! Classes offered are Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Microsoft Word I, Word II, Publisher, PowerPoint and Excel, at the Woodland Park Library. Also beginning in Florissant in February on a limited basis, you can take Computer Basics, Word I, Word II, Excel, and PowerPoint. To register for a class call 687-9281 x106 at Woodland Park, and 748-3939 at Florissant.

Changing of the Guard A changing of the guard ceremony and meeting with outgoing county commissioners Jim Ignatius and Bill Buckhanan will be held in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek on the morning of January 8, starting at 9:15 a.m. Following comments by the departing board members, the swearing-in proceedings will occur for newly-elected commissioners Norm Steen and Marc Dettenrieder. The new board will then conducts its initial organizational meeting for 2013 and appoint a chairman and vice-chairman and set new goals and finalize a few contracts. Farewell Reception and Open House A farewell reception and open house, honoring veteran county commissioners Jim Ignatius and Bill Buckhanan, who collectively served for nearly 20 years, will be held on Jan. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. For more information, call 689-2988.

Starburn Concert The Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs (10 S. Parkside Drive) will host a performance by the Starburn band, featuring nostalgic music from the 60s and 70s, on Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. Starburn plays covers of music from such rock greats as The Doors, Cream, Santana, and Vanilla Fudge and more. Starburn’s members are music scene veterans Dale Creel and Jack Baker (formerly of the Channel Cats), along with LeRoi Hammond and Russ Kleiner (of The Nostalgics). For more information, visit www.stargazerstheatre.com. Antero Ice Fishing Contest An annual ice fishing contest will be held at Antero Reservoir, just west of Hartsel, on Jan. 19. This is a fundraiser to benefit recreational opportunities at Antero Reservoir. Cash prizes are available for this family friendly event, sponsored by the Coalition for the Upper South Platte. For more information, call 748-0033.

Martin Luther King Unity Festival Every year, the Baha’i’s of Woodland Park & Teller County put on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Festival at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. This year we will have a fun, inspirational and entertaining evening program on Jan. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. All ages are welcome. Call 761-8566 for more information.

Ute Pass Pet Vaccination Clinic A pet vaccination clinic will be held at the Green Mountain Falls/Chipita Park Fire Station (10380 Ute Pass Avenue) in Green Mountain Falls on Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Dr. David Volz will serve as the head pet doctor. Shots will be provided at a reduced cost. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the volunteer fire department. Gold Coin Club and Mine Tour As part of the forthcoming SteamPunk Festival, the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and the Southern Teller County Focus Group will sponsor a tour of the Gold Coin Mine surface plant and of the historic Gold Coin Building, plus Nikola Tesla – The power of lightning and the influence of gold come together in one afternoon at Victor’s most unique historic gold mine. Richard Marold will perform as the eccentric 1890’s scientist who pioneered electricity and radio signals. Gary Horton explores the history of the famed Gold Coin Mine. These events are slated for Feb. 16, starting at 1 p.m. at the Gold Coin Mine and Gold Coin Club at Diamond Avenue, west of Fourth Street. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, visit VictorColorado.com and click on the event graphic. All proceeds go to the Lowell Thomas Museum for building restoration.

Joint Replacement Program Pikes Peak Regional Hospital & Surgery Center will launch a new “Joint Replacement Program” this January to help educate candidates for joint replacement about what to expect, how to prepare and to learn about the surgery. In fact, if you’ve been suffering from disabling joint pain that no longer responds to conservative treatments (and your doctor has begun dropping hints about joint replacement), you may be relieved to participate in the program just to see what total joint replacement is all about. Linda Johnson, RN in Same Day Surgery at PPRH, will roll-out the program in January of 2013. Classes will be held each second and fourth Thursday of the month from 2-4pm. Your Pre-admission testing can also be completed at that time. For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Wendy Westall, at 719-686-5779. To register for an upcoming class you may contact the hospital at the main number, 719-687-9999 or Surgery Scheduling at 719- 686-5775. You can also check it out on our PPRH Facebook page.

Park and Rec Classes The Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Department will host a number of classes and activities for adults and kids including Basketball, Zumba, Aikido Martial Arts, Beginner Jazz Dance, Kids Rock University, Christmas Break Day Camp, Cub Scouts, Hip Hop Hustle, Bible Study, Archery, Roller Skating, Sewing and many events. For more information, call 689-3514.

Logo contest Are you artistic? Imaginative? Creative? The Teller Historic and Environmental Coalition (T.H.E. Coalition) invites you to design a logo that embodies the best of Teller County’s cultural and natural heritage. The winning logo will become the official symbol of the Heritage Tourism initiative under the auspices of T.H.E. Coalition. Any medium may be used, so let your imagination flow! Entries are due by January 31, 2013. Any size up to 11” x 14” can be accepted Designs will be judged by a panel that represents the major areas of the county – geographically and thematically. There will be prizes for the winning logo, and all submissions will be exhibited at locations around the county, with a chance to compete for “People’s Choice.” Artists may also display other items for sale at these exhibits. Thirty percent of the sale price will go toward promotion of Heritage Tourism in Teller County. T.H.E. Coalition encourages anyone with an interest in history and an eye for graphics to participate! Flyers (see attached) are available throughout the community and on T.H.E. Coalition website (www.coalitionco.org).

Alcohol Anonymous Contact Information A Teller County Alcoholics anonymous group is available. For more information, visit www.coloradospringsaa.org or call 719-573-5020.

Quilters Above the Clouds Meet with other quilters of all levels at the monthly meetings of Quilters of Above the Clouds on the last Friday of every month. The group meets from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the lower level of the Woodland Park Public Library for programs, show-and-tell, refreshments and door prizes. There are also work sessions at other times for participants to join in learning skills and crating quilts used for the guild’s community outreach programs. Senior Club Gatherings The Woodland Park Senior Center near city hall will feature a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the third Saturday of the month. For $5, you can get all the food you can eat. The Senior Center is also offering a number of regular scheduled activities, such as quilting, Tai Chi and exercise classes throughout the week. For more information, call 687-3877.

Legal Assistance for Seniors The Woodland Park Senior Center will host Free Legal Assistance for Seniors the second Thursdays of the month from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. You must call for an appointment at 687-3877.

Manitou Springs Happenings

Unique Life of a Mountain Man Chronologically the inhabitants of the Colorado region were Native Americans, Spanish and French explorers and then mountain men who hunted and trapped primarily for furs that were popular in Europe and eastern U.S. cities. The presenter, Dave Wallace, will appear in costume at the Old Colorado History Center and explain what the life of the mountain man was like. He will also introduce some key/famous men of Colorado and the Pikes Peak region. True to the primitive period, he will use no tech equipment for this presentation. Dave is a Colorado native, taught history in local high schools for 40 years and since retirement has been giving historical presentations for churches, schools and civic organizations. The program is scheduled for Friday, January 11th, at 11:00 at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th Street, Colorado Springs. Doors open at 10:30. For more Info, call 636-1225 or visit www.occhs.org

Great Fruitcake Toss The 18th annual Great Fruitcake Toss is scheduled for Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Manitou Springs High School Track. The competition includes the Kid toss, the Fruitcake Toss and The 60-plus Fruitcake Toss. The toss methods can include the Fruitcake Launch, the Pneumatic Gun or Canon. The entry free for this competition is one canned or one non-perishable food item or cash donations to be given to Westside Cares. For more information, visit the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce website.

Monarch Mountain Lift Tickets The Manitou Springs’ popular Monarch Mountain ski promotion is up and running. When you spend $75 anywhere in Manitou Springs, simply bring your receipts into iManitou (354 Manitou Ave.) to receive a Buy One Get One Free voucher for lift tickets at Monarch Mountain. Receipts can be redeemed from any business in Manitou – shops, restaurants and gas stations – for every $75 you spend, you will receive one voucher. The voucher is valid until Monarch’s closing day in April 2013. Not valid Dec. 26-Jan. 4, Jan. 19-20, Feb. 16-17 or March 9-23.

Other Activities

Classical Hatha Yoga A classical Hatha Yoga class, sponsored by the WP Parks and Recreation, will be held on Tuesdays in April and May, starting at 8:30 a.m. It will be held at the WP Parks and Recreation classroom. For more information, call the WP Parks and Recreation at 687-5225.

Gem and Mineral Club Lake George Gem and Mineral Club teaches kids about rocks, minerals, fossils and related topics. The sessions are held at the Lake George Community Center from 6-6:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. The program is free to students 8-18. Each session discusses. For more information, call 748-5010 or 748-3861

Yoga Classes in Florissant The Florissant Grange will feature Yoga classes on Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings. Call 748-3678 for more information.

Free Tai Chi Join instructor Jim Lyon for free Tai Chi sessions at the CC Parks and Recreation Center (Henry C. Hack Arena). Drop in and see how Tai Chi can work to calm the mind and improve flexibility and balance. Jim teaches the 37 movements of Yang Style Tai Chi, which is one of the most popular and widely-practiced forms of Tai Chi in the world. Classes are scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m.

Open Skating Get some friends together and skate or roller blade for only $2, including skates, at the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation facility every Friday through Sunday from 1-4:30 p.m. Pool, air hockey, football and other fun activities are available in addition to skating, along with popcorn and cotton candy. Fitness Membership Get in shape with a Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation fitness membership. Our facility offers Paramount equipment, free weights and fabulous Nautilus equipment. You can schedule a personalized fitness orientation and/or have an individual workout program designed especially for your fitness needs. The monthly membership fee is only $10 per person. Non-members can drop-in and use the fitness facility for only $3 per workout session. Purchase a ten-visit fitness punch card for only $15. Individuals ages 16+ are welcome to become fitness members. Corporate memberships are also available. Please call Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation at 689-3514 for more information.

Nutritional Education Wellness Workshops of about an hour in length will be held the first and third Thursdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Henry C. Hack Community Center. They will deal with a variety of topics, with the goal of promoting health and Welles. For more information, call 689-3514.