Almanac: January 11, 2011

Tuesday, Jan. 11

Pikes Peak Guy’s Photographic Journey
Don’t miss the special photographic exhibit in the Eichman Gallery inside the Park State Bank and Trust building during regular banking hours. The Pikes Peak Guy features breath-taking daily photos taken of America’s most famous mountain. It offers a 365-day journey into Pikes Peak by the Pikes Peak Guy.

Economic Sustainability Project Kick-Off Meeting
The town of Green Mountain Falls is embarking on a strategic planning process to assess short and long-term economic sustainability. Town officials are seeking assistance at this visioning and strategic planning meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall (7035 Oak Street). The meeting is designed to identify sustainable funding options for the town, including land use and economic development strategies in order to ensure the service needs of the town’s residents can be met. This process is being funded through grants provided by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG).

Teller Republicans
The Teller Republicans will meet on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Club in Divide.

Wednesday, Jan. 12

The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45 a.m. at the Circle H Smokehouse. Call 719-687-5534 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 719-689-2759.

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 719-686-0705 for more information.

Story Time
Join us for songs, stories and crafts during a story time session at the Woodland Park Public Library, scheduled for Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. This is designed for a variety of age groups.

Thursday, Jan. 13

Teller Networking Team
Looking for new business? If so, come to a meeting of the Teller Networking Team on Thursday mornings at 7:45 a.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park.

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 719-689-2486.

Meeting Change
The Teller County Commissioners, who would normally have met on Thursday, Jan. 13, won’t have their regular session due to a schedule change with the swearing-in of new elected leaders. The next regularly scheduled meeting is Jan. 27 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

Children’s Story Time
A Children’s Story Time, featuring interactive fun and special craft projects, will be held at the Florissant Public Library on Jan. 13 at 10:30 a.m.

Beginning Middle Eastern Dance Class
These classes, which offer great abdominal toning exercises, are held in the WP Park And Recreation classroom on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. Learn the basic moves for belly dancing. They will be held on Jan. 13, 20 and 27.

The Woodland Retail Alliance Board will meet on Thursday, January 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the People’s National Bank. Presentations will be featured from various businesses. For more information, call 719-687-7381.

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 719-748-0358 for more information.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers next to city hall.

Friday, Jan. 14

The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Library. Call 719-686-7855.

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 719-748-3939.

Computer Basics
The Woodland Park Public Library will host a computer basics class on Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. The class will cover the basics of computers, including basic computer technology and simple tasks. Call 719-687-9281 for more information.

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 719-689-3514 for more information.

Saturday, Jan 15

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 Country 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.

Pancake Breakfast
The Woodland Park Senior Center near city hall will feature a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For $5, you can get all the food you can eat. This even is being co-sponsored by the Circle H Smokehouse. 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 719-687-3877.

Horse Soccer
A new horse soccer program is underway, with fun rides held every Saturday at the Woodland Park Saddle Club Arena, starting at 10:30 a.m. English and western riders are welcome and free training is offered for you and your horse. For more information, call Grace Harris at 661-8497 or Susan Gustafson at 719-687-9422.

The Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale will hold auditions for kids in grades 1-12 who love to dance, sing and act. Call 719-633-3562 to set up a time to audition

Florissant Fossil Beds Winter Hike
January is a perfect time to visit the Florissant Fossil Beds with friends and family and partake in winter hikes. The Monument offers two, self-guided trails as well as 14 miles of easy to moderate hiking trails. The visitor center has an exhibit of delicate insect and leaf fossils and a theater where one can view the orientation film. For further information and weather updates, call 719-748-3253.


Cripple Creek Ice Festival
The fourth annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival is scheduled for the weekends of Feb. 12-13 and Feb. 19-21. The festival will feature the theme of “Story Time,” during which ice carvers incorporate their interpretations of any piece of classic literature into their art. Spectators are invited to join us as ice sculptors wield chain saws and carving tools to recreate their masterpieces. This family-friendly event, regarded as Cripple Creek’s premiere winter festival, will have several interactive activities for children, an ice maze, ice carnival games, a martini bar, retail food vendors on the street and in the host tent. Visitors are encouraged to partake in the festival for both weekends. Additional ice sculptures will be carved for both weekends. The event is being sponsored by the city of Cripple Creek and a number of casinos, including Bronco Billy’s, Triple Crown, Colorado Grande, Wildwood, Century, along with Pepsi, Lamar, RMC Distributing Company and Ace Hardware.

Manitou Springs Happenings

Heritage Speaker Series
The Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Avenue, will continue its heritage speaker series with another scheduled event on Sunday, Jan. 23, starting at 3 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing and informative Sunday afternoon. For more information, call 685-1454 or visit

Monarch Ski Promotions
A number of participating businesses in Manitou Springs are doing a special promotion with the Monarch Ski Resort, enabling shoppers to receive special ski discounts. Check the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce website for more details. This promotion, which originally started after Thanksgiving, has been extended until Feb. 28.

Special Programs

Family Dog Training Class
Sponsored by WP Parks and Recreation and held on Jan. 8, 22, 29 and Feb. 5 and Feb. 12. This class is designed to teach your dog good manners and basic skills. It is taught by Ragan Shaw, an expert in animal training. Call 719-687-5225 for more information.

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 719-748-5010 or 719-748-3861

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 719-748-3678 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 719-689-3514 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 719-689-3514.