Teller County Almanac

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Ice Age Discovery
Lake George Gem and Mineral Club will hold a Dec. 14 workshop about the recent discovery of ice age fossils in the Snowmass area. The 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Road Closure
Teller Road 88, known as the Shelf Road, will be closed for road work on Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon. The closure will occur to do culvert replacement work at the Carlton Tunnel. Call 689-4044 or 686-5423, if you have any questions about the project.
The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45 a.m. at the Circle H Smokehouse. Call 687-5534 for more information.
The Timberline Artists meet at 9 a.m. at the Aspen Mine Center. All ages are welcome. Bring your favorite craft or art medium. For more information, call 689-2759.
Infant/Toddler Playgroups
 Scheduled every Monday and Wednesday from 9-10:30 a.m. and sponsored by Community Partnership Family Resource Center. Designed to promote child education and class readiness and includes snacks and field trips. Call 686-0705 for more information.
New Downtown Revitalization and Codes
The Cripple Creek City Council will hold a public workshop on Dec. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers at city hall. The city will unveil its new form-based code system that could play a big role for future development and in efforts to spruce up the downtown (see related story). The council will then hold a regular session at 5:30 p.m. The council is expected to finalize a device fee payment agreement between the former owners of the Gold Rush and the city.
Community Website Party
The Park State Bank and Trust will host a variety of festivities, celebrating the kick-off for the new comprehensive, community website, on Dec. 15, starting at 4 p.m. Enjoy refreshments (cookies, punch, coffee and hot chocolate) and wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres. The festivities will include music by “A Stick, A Pick and A Chick, Plus One,” and a $500 drawing by Mayor Steve Randolph.

Thursday, Dec. 16

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight loss support group, meets at 9:30 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 689-2486.
Meeting Change
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Dec. 16 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. This marks a slight change from their regular monthly meeting schedule due to the holidays. This will be the final meeting of the year.
Jammers Music and Pot Luck
The Florissant Grange invites everyone to a jam session and potluck dinner every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. Bring your instrument and play along or just bring a dish and enjoy the music, dancing, socialization and great food. This is a happening place to be on Thursday evenings. Sometimes we have more musicians than people and sometimes we have more people than the hall can hold–but no matter what, we have fun, great music and fabulous food. Join us at the Old School House in Florissant. Call 748-0358 for more information.
Cancellation of meeting
Due to the Christmas holiday season, the Woodland Park City Council has cancelled their regular scheduled meeting for Dec. 16. The next meeting will be held on Jan. 6, 2011.

Friday, Dec. 17

The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Library. Call 686-7855.
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.
Fun Friday
The Kids Rock University, a licensed child-care program held at Cresson Elementary for children 5 to 15 years of age, features special activities and many forthcoming field trips on Fridays and other days. KRU meets after school and offers full-day Fun Fridays. Call 689-3514 for more information.
Angel of the Christmas Mine Performances
The Thin Air Theatre Company will feature its annual Christmas show and Olio at the Butte Theater from Nov. 26 to Dec. 31, with shows scheduled Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. The Angel of the Christmas Mine, which first appeared in 2007 at the Butte, combines professional and community acting talent for a great holiday outing. The show is based on scenes surrounding Christmas Eve in the 1890s in Cripple Creek, when an underground mine caves in and three miners are trapped.
Holiday Headframe Lighting
The Southern Teller County Focus group and the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company will feature the 13th annual holiday headframe lighting–self-guided tours of 1890s mine structures lighted for the holidays. Giant ornaments light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek. The tours will kick off on Nov. 26 and continue until Dec. 23 during weekend nights and weather permitting. Then, they will occur nightly from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. The headframe lighting will occur along mountain sides and roadways around Victor and Cripple Creek. Maps of the tour routes, decorations and other information will be available online at For more information, call 689-2675.

Saturday, Dec. 18

Saturdays with a Scientist
Have you ever wondered how scientists find fossils? How do they know where to look? What do they do when they find a fossil? You can find the answers to these questions by coming to Saturdays with a Scientist, which is a program that takes place at the Florissant Fossil Beds from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on most Saturdays. Call 748-3253 for details and specific dates. Join Dr. Bob Carnein, geologist, professor and National Park Service volunteer as he looks for fossils in his lab in the visitor center at the Florissant Fossil Beds. Call 748-3253 for more information.
Central City Holiday Bash
Central City is hosting a free holiday bash on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 7 p.m. to midnight at a number of participating businesses and casinos. Check in at Central City’s Century Casino on Gregory Street. The party is free but reservations are required. The festivities will include live music and dancing, a karaoke bar, dessert buffet, psychic readings, photos with Santa, exclusive cash and prize drawings and free food at participating casinos. For more information, call 303-327-2255 or go to

Sunday, Dec. 19

Christmas Choral Festival for Kids
The Rampart Rock’n’ Jazz (RJJ) presents a fun afternoon of singing and holiday cheer on Dec. 19 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participants dress in Dickens caroling costumes and blend their cappella style with traditional holiday songs with the addition of some Rock’n’ Roll and Jazz favorites. A sing-along will bring the audience joy and sharing in this annual holiday event. For more information, visit the group’s website at
Wine and Food Pairing
Check out the best in Colorado wines and special entrees and deserts that compliment these wines during a series of holiday tastings, held every Sunday (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) from now through Christmas in downtown Woodland Park at Cowbells and Seven Arrows Gallery. The wine featured comes from the Cottonwood Cellars and Turquoise Mesa winery, while the special food is supplied by Cowbells. The cost is $7 for three wine tastings and complimentary food.


Pancake Breakfast
The Woodland Park Senior Center will feature a pancake breakfast every third Saturday of the month from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 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.
Toys 4 Teller
Toys 4 Teller, a division of Teller County Animal Rescue, a Colorado nonprofit organization, has kicked off its annual toy drive to help Teller County families in need to enjoy the spirit of Christmas and the holiday season. Every year, more and more organizations support the Toys 4 Teller mission. In 2006, the Colorado Chapter of the Geezers RB joined in to help with both toys and food. In 2007, Walgreens became a major donator of toys and Wal-Mart has supported Toys 4 Teller by hosting toy drives since 2008. For the 2010 season, Toys 4 Teller has a goal of doubling the number of families it can serve in the hope that it can extend its mission to encompass Teller County and surrounding areas. Last year, the drive served 618 families. Approximately $2,000 and baked goods were donated to the Little Chapel on the Hill in Divide. For more information, call James Klein, the Teller County Animal Rescue Communications Officer at 659-0373.
Christmas Eve Services
A variety of churches in the high country will offer special Christmas Eve services. Check with local churches in the area for more details.
Flea Market
The Florissant Grange will host a flea market the second Saturday of the month. Bring your treasures to sell or find the treasure you have been looking for. Join us from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Schoolhouse in Florissant. For more information, call 748-0358.
Bob Taylor Memorial Ice Fishing Contest
The Bob Taylor Memorial Ice Fishing Contest will be held Saturday, Jan. 15 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Antero Reservoir in South Park. Participants of all ages are invited to participate in this fun, family-friendly contest. Lucky anglers will compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes of $500, $250 and $100, as well as door prizes from event sponsors. The goal is to raise $10,000, all of which will go directly to fishery and recreational improvements and enhancements at Antero Reservoir. The Buena Vista High School Girls Cross County Team will sell fortifying breakfast and lunch items, as well as hot and cold beverages, to ice anglers to support the team’s fundraising efforts for a hut-to-hut trail running trip in the Dolomites in northern Italy in 2011.
To participate, register online at or call 719-748-0033.

Manitou Springs Happenings

Santa Claus Arrives on Christmas Eve
Please join Santa at the Town Clock in downtown Manitou Springs on Dec. 24 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Santa will be escorted by the Manitou Springs Fire Department on a 1934 antique fire truck and will be there to greet you with lots of smiles, laughter and goodies by the children.
A Feast of Friendship Community Christmas
This special Christmas dinner will be held in the Memorial Hall at City Hall, 602 Manitou Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come and join the community fun. The Christmas dinner is free and is open to the public.

Special Programs

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.
The Florissant Grange #420 now has yoga classes. Weekly classes are scheduled every Monday evening from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and on Tuesday mornings from 9-10 a.m. Senior classes are scheduled Tuesday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Come to the old School House in Florissant and get in shape the yoga way. Call 748-3678 for more information.
Children’s Theater Workshops
Offered for children from 4 years old to 5th grade on Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. The classes are sponsored by the WP Parks and Recreation and are taught by Amy Elmont. The cost is $10 per workshop.
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 wellness. For more information, call 689-3514.
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