Almanac for week of Feb. 21

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Candidates Forum

The Teller County Republicans and the Teller Tea Party Patriots are hosting a county commissioner candidates’ forum on Feb. 21 in the Woodland Park City Council Chambers, starting at 7 p.m.  The forum will feature the three District One candidates from 7 to 7:50 p.m. and then the three District Three candidates from 8 to 8:50 p.m.  For more information, visit the Teller County Republicans website.


The Green Mountain Falls Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Green Mountain Falls town hall behind the post office.


Wednesday, Feb. 22

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. Bring your favorite craft or art medium (or not) and join a dedicated group.


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.

Thursday, Feb. 23

VLT threat

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Feb. 23 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. The commissioners are scheduled to adopt a resolution opposing a state House bill that would legalize video lottery terminals at certain licensed horse race tracks, including one in Pueblo (see related story).


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.


Free Bingo

The Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club in Woodland Park, located across from city hall, will host a free Bingo Session from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on every Thursday in January. For more information, call 687-3877.


Bridge Class

The Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club will host a bridge class on Thursdays at their facility in Woodland Park, across from city hall, from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 687-3877.


Viewing the world’s largest published book

See the world’s largest published book—the Bhutan Book at the Woodland Park Public Library. Special showing times: Thursdays, 6 p.m., Saturdays at 10:15 or Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. or by appointment with one week notice. The book is 133 lbs, and is 5 ft. x 7 ft. open! Call 687-9281, x102 for more information or to schedule a showing




“The Fractured File Band”

The Crystola Roadhouse in Crystola will host a performance of the “The Fractured File Band,” with performers from a variety of highly revered rock and roll acts on February 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.  The band consists of drummer and founding member of The Radio London Band, Joe McGarry; our guitarist extraordinaire, Scott Harrison; up and coming Young Prodigy guitarist, sax player, piano player, Brendon Hannigan (who performed with Radio London at the Mountain of The Sun Festival last September); our own bass player, Justin Fischer and a new and talented lead singer, Jared Thomas.  There will also be vocals and guitar provided by Cary Carpenter of The John Cary Band and Juke Joint Vinnie from The Bullfrog Blues Band.  For more information, call 687-7879.


The Victor City Council will meet on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall.


Affordable Housing Grand Finale

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers next to city hall. Highlighting the commission’s agenda is a proposed ordinance, dealing with how the city should allocate 400 high priority water taps to facilitate more affordable housing projects.


Friday, Feb. 24

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 session on Fridays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Call 687-3877 for more information.


Saturday, Feb. 25

Winter BierFest

The second annual Winter BierFest will be held Feb 25 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park. The BierFest features beers from 12 Colorado breweries  The Fest will be held in conjunction with the Woodland Park Arts Alliance Wine Tasting, which will take place simultaneously at the Cultural Center.   Tickets are online or $30 at the door and include entry and a souvenir beer mug. For more information, call Arden Weatherford at 243-4433 or visit

 Museum happenings

Looking for something to do this weekend? Come visit the Cripple Creek District Museum in beautiful downtown Cripple Creek. The Museum offers a self-guided tour of five of the area’s most historic buildings. Lifelike exhibits show how pioneers and miners lived a century ago. Come and peek through our windows to the past and see everything from a wealthy Victorian apartment to a middle class home to a typical miner’s shack to the home of our poorest “resident”, French Blanche LaCroix. Thousands of historic photographs and maps adorn the walls amongst displays filled with mineral collections, pioneer artifacts and other items telling the history of “The World’s Greatest Gold Camp.” Plus, our Gift Shop features the best western history book selection in the county along with fun and unique items. Our experienced staff can also help you research your family or favorite history topic about the District.

The Museum’s winter hours are Saturdays and Sundays form 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is just $5 for adults, $4 for Colorado residents and $3 for seniors, children, groups of six or more and military (active or not). Kids under seven are free, and we welcome polite pets. Special open dates will include Monday, February 20 for President’s Day and March 24 through April 1 for Spring Break. Special tours are available during the week with reservations. For more information, call us at 719-689-9540 or email


Yes You Can Grow Without a Greenhouse

A three part series on high altitude gardening in Teller County will kick off on Feb. 25 at the Florissant Grange. After extensive research, experimentation and a fair amount of mistakes, these classes will teach you how to extend your food budget with a modest family garden. We will cover budget friendly soil preparation, critter protection, season extension, winter gardening and more. Classes will be held on Feb. 25, March 10 and April 7 at 10 a.m.  Sign up today by calling 748-0358.



Library Lovers Month

February is Library Lovers’ Month at the Rampart Library District for children, teens and adults. Read books, enter the drawing for prizes at the end of the month. The adult grand prize is a Kindle! For more info, call 687-9281, x103.

Mayor of Divide Showdown

TCRAS (Teller County Regional Animal Shelter) is now hosting one of the most competitive elections in the area, involving the infamous Mayor of Divide, who will serve as the head ambassador for TCRAS. Voting has begun on-line and at several locations.  More importantly, the critical voting action will continue through April 3rd. We have nine candidates running that promise “to do nothing”. Their bios and campaign promises will be on our website soon. Votes are $1 each; vote early and vote often! For more information about the above events, animals at the shelter, etc., visit our website,

Computer Classes

The Woodland Park Public Library will feature a number of computer classes from January through March regarding such topics as beginner and Internet basics, Microsoft  Word and Excel, Digital Photo Management, Kindle eBook techniques and more.

Wild Whiskers Live Auction and Barbeque

The annual Wild Whiskers Live Auction & Barbeque will be held on March 3, 2012 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is the largest fundraiser of TCRAS (Teller County Regional Animal Shelter) and we need your help. Please check your attics, storage areas and garages for quality items for our auction. This will give you more space and a 2012 charitable tax deduction. Contact the shelter for more information or

A Breath of Spring

Under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor Donald P. Jenkins, the 120-voice Colorado Springs Chorale will welcome Spring with a concert of enchanting and lively choral music especially fitting for a mood of hope and renewal. The concert will be held at the Dickson Auditorium at the Woodland Park High School on March 25 at 3 p.m. as a benefit for the Woodland Park Arts Alliance.  The award-winning, premier symphonic chorus, accompanied by Assistant Conductor, Daniel S. Brink, at the piano, will present choral works of multiple composers, evoking scenes from the garden, the forest, the groves and the mountains. From wedding music from Handel’s Solomon, to the sweet, melodic airs of Purcell and Cui, to the passion and delight of Haydn’s The Storm,the Chorale will fire up your senses!  Mendelssohn’s “May Laughs” from The First Walpurgis Night along with songs and dances of other well-known composers will follow, and the program concludes with four American songs by Aaron Copland and the always stirring William Dawson arrangement of Ezekiel Saw de Wheel.

Admission to the Benefit Concert in Woodland Park is $15 or $5 for students. This performance, sponsored by the Woodland Park Arts Alliance, will benefit the Midland Pavilion Project of the Ute Pass Cultural Center Campus. Tickets may be purchased by calling 719-761-1676 (WPAA).


Call for Artistic Entries

The Mountain Artists is accepting entries for the 27th annual Mountain Arts Festival to be held August 4th and 5th, 2012, outside at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Woodland Park, CO. This is a juried arts’ and crafts’ festival. Applications are available at the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce or by calling (719) 686-7469. The deadline for entries is May 1, 2012.


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

Something for Everyone

The St. Andrews Recital Series presents “Something for Everyone’ with original music by the Southern Colorado Composers, on Feb. 29 at 7 p.m.  The performance will be held at the St. Andrews Church, located at 808 Manitou Avenue.  The evening performance is free. Donations for food for West Side Cares are accepted.  For more information, visit www.standrewsmanitourecitalsorg or

Happy Hour at Jake’s Saloon

A “Happy Hour at Jake’s Saloon” fundraiser will be held on March 3 from 4 to 6 p.m., with all proceeds benefitting the Old Colorado City Historic Center. The festivities will include local micro beer tastings, homemade root beer and munchies. In addition, the event will include a silent auction, with many great items, and will allow participants to meet Jacob Schmidt, the original owner of the Colorado City Beer Hall.  The cost is $10 per person.  The next monthly program of the Old Colorado Historic Center is scheduled for March 9 at 11 a.m. and is entitled, “Historic Forts of the U.S. Southwest.” For more information, call 636-1225.

Final month for free skiing at Monarch

For every $75 spent shopping, dining, lodging and fueling your vehicle, or most anything in the 80829 zip code, you will receive a free companion lift ticket voucher for the Monarch Ski Resort.  Bring your receipts to the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce through February, 2012.

 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.