Almanac: Local Events

Tuesday, Jan. 18

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.

Wednesday, Jan. 19

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.

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.

Meeting Cancellation
The regular meeting of the Cripple City Council, scheduled for Jan. 19 has been canceled due to a lack of agenda items. The council won’t meet again until Feb. 2.

Thursday, Jan. 20

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 689-2486.

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. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Blood Drive
The first community blood drive of the year will be held on Jan. 20 at the lower level of Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church in Woodland Park from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. No appointments are necessary. Donate one pint of blood and indulge in delicious homemade cookies. Call Anne Kozleski at 686-1040 for more information.

Poetry Night
Bring your original poetry or poetry from another favorite poet and share it with other poetry lovers during a special Poetry Night gathering, held at the Woodland Park Library on Jan. 20, starting at 6 p.m. Come to read or come to listen. Readings will be limited to three minutes per round to give everyone equal time. For more information, call Rita at 687-9281×132.

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.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers next to city hall.

Friday, Jan. 21

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.

Facebook 101
Wonder what the buzz is about regarding Facebook and other social media sites. Partake in this informative class at the Woodland Park Public Library on Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn to add photos, profile pictures and find friends. Call 687-9281 for more information.

Woodland Park Art Walk
Enjoy a walk through Woodland Park’s downtown core of galleries on Jan. 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. These walks feature special art showings and wine tastings. They are held the third Friday of every month.

Acoustic Concert
The Mountain Acoustic Music Association will sponsor a concert at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Jan. 21, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $5

Saturday, Jan. 22

Mueller State Park Interpretive Programs.
Mueller State Park, located off Hwy. 67 just south of Divide, is featuring a number of interpretative programs. To participate visitors merely have to purchase a daily or annual park pass. On Jan. 22, the park staff will coordinate an Elk Meadow Hike, starting at 10 a.m. Savor the immense variety of trees and wildlife as you hike Elk Meadow with volunteer naturalist Nancy. Enjoy the treasures you will find on this unique two mile loop trail, rated as a moderate route. Dress in layers and wear sturdy hiking boots, snowshoes (if there is snow). Yak tracks and hiking poles are very useful on this hike. Bring water, sunscreen, energy snack and your camera. This will start at the Elk Meadow Trailhead. On Jan. 30, the park will feature a Stoner Mill Hike. Relish the changes of ecosystem on this two mile trail. This trek will depart from the Visitor Center Parking Lot. Also, during the winter, videos are shown on Saturdays and Sundays.

Full Moon Event
The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center invites you to the January Full Moon event on Jan. 22 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Meet your wolf, coyote and fox families…followed by warming up next to a bonfire while meeting one of our ambassador wolves. Have fun meeting people, sharing wolf stories and eating grilled hamburgers near hungry wolves eating their own dinner. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for kids, 12 and under. RSVP by January 20 by calling 687-9742 or at The January full moon is referred to as the wolf Moon. Its name comes from hungry wolf packs that would howl outside the villages of Native Americans.

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 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 633-3562 to set up a time to audition

Florissant Fossil Beds Post-Holiday 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 748-3253.

Sunday, Jan. 23

The History of the Cripple Creek District
Jan Collins, a local author and the director of the Cripple Creek District Museum, will be the featured speaker during a program, sponsored by the Ute Pass Historical Society. Her presentation, “The History of the Cripple Creek District,” will be held on Jan. 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the UPHS center at 210 E. Midland Avenue.


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.

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.

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. 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.

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

Commonwheel Theme Show
The Commonwheel Artists Co-up will feature its opening reception on Jan. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m., to kick off a new themed show, Altared. Meet the artists in person and talk about shared experiences of “alteration.” The Commonwheel Artists Co-up invites you to bring your artwork and join the show. Intake for participating artists is scheduled for Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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 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 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.

Guitar Lessons

Learn guitar from Cari Dell, a phenomenal guitar player, singer and entertainer at the Florissant Grange. Call 748-0358 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.

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.