Local Holiday Events

Tuesday, Nov. 22

Holiday Family Movies

The Woodland Park Public Library will host holiday movies on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 at noon. On Nov. 22, viewers can see the new animated film about a bear with an affinity for honey! Bring a lunch and snack, we’ll provide coffee and lemonade. Then on Nov. 23, see the new animated film about automobiles with an attitude! For more information about these films, call 687-9281, 137.

Wednesday, Nov. 23

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 am every Wednesday of each month, upstairs at the Aspen Mine Senior Center in Cripple Creek. Everyone with an interest in art is welcome. Bring your favorite craft or art medium (or not) and join a dedicated group.

Meeting Change

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Teller County Commissioners will meet on Nov. 23 at 9:15 a.m. at the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. This marks a slight change from the board’s normal meeting times, which usually occur the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

Yoga Strength and Balance

The Woodland Park Parks and Recreation will sponsor Yoga Strength and Balance sessions on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Classroom. For more information, call 687-5225.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Gold Camp Community organization will host the second annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner for Victor and Cripple Creek at the Victor Hotel on Nov. 23 from noon to 4 p.m. or until the turkey and fixings are gone. Bring your family and friends and neighbors. Everyone is welcome. Call 439-6735 for further information.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner

A free Thanksgiving dinner will be held at the Florissant Grange Hall (the Old Schoolhouse in Florissant) on Nov. 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All are welcome. Music will be provided by the Florissant Jammers. For more information, call 748-0358.

Thursday, Nov. 24

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a great Turkey Day, and if you don’t have plans, check out some of the great Thanksgiving feasts at local restaurants and casinos. The Mountain Jackpot staff highly recommends the Mucky Duck restaurant in Green Mountain Falls for enticing Thanksgiving meals. In addition, most government offices in Teller County and the lower Ute Pass will be closed for Nov. 24 and Nov. 25. Call ahead of time before visiting any government offices or attending city or county-sponsored programs.

Friday, Nov. 25

The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Library. Call 687-0418.

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

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

Holiday Décor and Festivities in the Mining District

The giant headframes that remain as ghosts of 1890’s gold mining days will again light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek again this holiday season. These unique mining artifacts, also called gallus frames by local miners, are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era.Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, will be lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek starting Friday, Nov. 25. A self-guided driving tour map will be available at the Victor Hotel at 4th & Victor Avenue as well as the Cripple Creek Welcome Center and online at victorcolorado.com. The lights will be best viewed after dark and will be in place Nov. 25 and all Friday-Sunday nights in December through New Year’s Day, weather/safety and volunteers permitting. On Dec. 9, the City of Cripple Creek and Aspen Mine Center sponsor a guided van tour of the lights, starting in Cripple Creek at 5:30 p.m. at the Aspen Mine Center. The tour is free and is part of the 2011 Gold Camp Christmas events held that weekend. See visitcripplecreek.com for more information.The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum will be open for special winter hours Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11 from 11-4 each day. The museum, normally closed this time of year due to a lack of a heating system, will offer hot chocolate and cookies, Free Admission, and the gift shop will be open for Christmas shopping. Crafts and holiday fun will be on deck for the Elf Emporium Dec. 10 and 11 at the Victor Community Center. The Victor Elks will also host a breakfast with Santa.

Wynot Radio Theater Final Weekend Shows

The Gold Bar Room Theater at the Imperial Hotel in Cripple Creek will feature the Wynot Radio Theater Show, a spoof on the Golden Age of Radio, from Nov. 18 through Nov. 26. Tickets are available at ImperialHotelRestaurant.com.

Saturday, Nov. 26

Winter Show and Sale

Winter Show and Sale sponsored by the nonprofit Mountain Artists will be held Saturday, November 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Woodland Park. Free admission, refreshments will be served, along with hourly drawings for $10 gift certificates. Buy direct from artists – jewelry, watercolor, wood scroll art, photography, pine needle art, wood turning, fiber art, metal photography, oil painting, holiday ornaments, and more. Contact MelissaShandley at shandleym@q.com.

Sunday, November 27

On Sunday, November 27 at 7p.m., First Christian Church at Cascade & Platte in Colorado Springs is presenting a Messiah sing-along led by the Chamber Singers from the Colorado Springs Chorale, directed by Kim Schulz and accompanied by strings, trumpet and Carol Wilson at the organ. The program will include numbers from all three sections of the Messiah, including solos, recitatives and major choruses. There will be a limited number of scores available, so bring your score if you have one. Come and begin the Advent season by singing this glorious music by Georg Frederic Händel, or just enjoy being surrounded by those singing. A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call 633-8888.


Mike Parish Tribute Celebration

A special Mike Parish Tribute Celebration will be held at the historic Ute Inn in Woodland Park on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bring plenty of stories. For more information, call the Mountain Jackpot newspaper at 687-0803 or e-mail us at editor@mountainjackpot.com.

Lights of Love

The Prospect Home Care and Hospice will feature the 23rd annual Lights of Love at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Dec. 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a celebration of life and will include performances by community members. For more information, call Janet at 687-0549.

Cripple Creek Community Christmas Tree Lighting

The first annual community tree lighting in Cripple Creek is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Dec. 3 at city park, next to the Henry Hack Community Center. The event is sponsored by the Gold Camp Victorian Society and Creations Everlasting. The brainchild behind the lighting is resident Karen Zoellner, who got the idea after watching a tree lighting episode from a classic movie, “The Christmas Gift,” starring John Denver. A freshly cut tree, donated by the CC&V Gold Mine, will be placed in city park. Local residents will put lights on the tree and decorate it with donated ornaments. Flyers will be circulated in Cripple Creek and the surrounding areas. Karen Zoellner has approached local schools encouraging their students to make handmade ornaments to adorn the tree the evening of the event. At 5 p.m. on Dec. 3, the ceremony will begin with the singing of Christmas Carols. A short reading of the “Legend of Cripple Creek” will also be read. This will be followed by the official lighting of the tree. The tree will remain on display throughout the holiday season. Cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider will be provided free of charge. For more information, call Karen Zoellner at 689-3984.

Holiday Museum Hours in Victor

The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum in Victor will feature special holiday hours and festivities on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 and Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Dress warmly as the museum has no heat, but we will have plenty of hot cocoa and cookies. Finish you Christmas shopping at the museum gift shop, which features unique jewelry, local history books, cook books, silver coins, T-shirts, stuffed animals, real gold and gifts for kids. The museum is located at Third and Victor Avenue. For more information, call 689-5509.

Hornbek Homestead Open House

Start your holiday season with a visit to an 1880’s homestead. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument celebrates the holiday season with an open house at the Hornbek Homestead on Saturday, December 3 from 10 am until 3 pm. Staff and volunteers dressed in period costumes will serve refreshments and conduct tours of the historic 1878 Hornbek Homestead. Come and stand around a warm woodstove and transport yourself to a simpler time. Local artisans will be demonstrating quilting, weaving, and other period crafts. There will also be crafts and activities for kids reminiscent of life in the 1800’s.The Rocky Mountain Nature Association will be selling books at the homestead and at the visitor center.

There is a wide selection of natural and local history, children’s nature books, as well as maps, nature videos, audiocassettes, CD’s and games. Items purchased from the non-profit Rocky Mountain Nature Association Bookshop support the interpretive and education programs of the Fossil Beds. There is no charge for this event beyond the normal park entrance fee of $3 per person over the age of 16. The Hornbek Homestead is located in Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on Teller County #1 a

mile south of the town of Florissant. The Monument visitor center is about a mile south of the Homestead. For more information call 719-748-3253.

Victorian Christmas at the Museum

The Cripple Creek District Museum will feature a special Christmas celebration and free admission on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The festivities also will include a visit with Santa. For more information, call 689-2634.

Lighter Side of Christmas Parade

The Lighter Side of Christmas Parade in Woodland Park is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “Happy Trails to Christmas.” For more information, call 686-1820.

The Sounds of Christmas

The Ute Pass Cultural Center will host The Sounds of Christmas with the Woodland Park Wind Symphony and Swing Factory for a special performance scheduled for Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. The performance is free to the public, but donations are welcome. For more information, call 687-2210.

Outdoor Living Nativity

Come celebrate Christmas at High View’s Living Nativity on Friday, Dec. 16. The first presentation will be at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. refreshments will be provided indoors with musical entertainment by Reflection. A repeat presentation will follow at 7:15 p.m. This is a free, family event. No reservations are required. The location is 1151 Rampart Range Road, Woodland Park. Everyone is encouraged to dress warmly. For information, call Barb Kyzer at 687-8585.

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.

Manitou Springs Happenings

Holiday Open House

The Heritage Center in Manitou Springs has invited select artists and crafters to sell their wares during this year’s Holiday Open House. Join us for live music, decorations, holiday cheer, and one-stop gift shopping on Sunday, December 4th from noon to 6 p.m. Exclusive to the Heritage Center – we will have the “Big Letter Postcard” poster for sale. This is a great, unique gift for the Manitou-lover and is only available at the Heritage Center!

Please remember to bring a nonperishable food item to the Heritage Center anytime through the 4th for the Manitou Springs Fire Department’s Holiday Care Baskets. For more information, visit manitouheritage@gmail.com.

2011 Emma Crawford Coffin Race Aftermath

T-shirts are still available for the 2011 Emma Crawford Coffin Race, held last Saturday, at the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce. The shirts are $15 a piece and require a cash payment or check. The chamber thanks everyone who participated in the event, which attracted another great crowd.

Special Programs

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.