Almanac for the week of March 7th

Wednesday, March 7

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.  

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on March 7 in the city council chambers at 5:30 p.m.  The council will finalize the contract for the city attorney and appoint members to the historic preservation commission.

Thursday, March 8

 The Teller County Commissioners will meet on March 8 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. 

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

French Food and Wine Pairing

The Mucky Duck Restaurant and Catering in Green Mountain Falls will host a French Food and Wine Pairing evening on March 8 at 6 p.m.  This features a five course dinner with wine pairings. The wine selections and pairings are provided by the Swirl Wine Emporium of Manitou Springs. This offers a great way to get acquainted with food and wines from another country. The cost is $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Reserve your table today by calling 684-2008.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on March 8 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers next to city hall.  

Friday, March 9
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.

Kindle eBook Class

Woodland Park Public Library will host a Kindle eBook Class on Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. This class will show you how to download free library eBooks to your Kindle! Bring your up-to-date resident library card and your Amazon user ID and password. You should already be familiar with your device to take this class. You must pre-register by calling 687-9281, x106.

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, March 10

Teller County Assembly

The Teller County Republican Assembly will be held at the Summit Elementary School in Divide on March 10, starting at 9 a.m.  During the assembly, delegates will make their top picks for the two county commissioner seats, District One and District Three, currently occupied by Bill Buckhanan and Jim Ignatius, who can’t run again due to term limits.   Altogether, six candidates are running for these seats (see related story in Mountain Jackpot)  In addition, other party business will be handled.   

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

March 12

Community Blood Drive

Please note NEW DAY for the Community Blood Drive: The next one is scheduled for MONDAY March 12, from 2-7 pm in the lower level at Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church, located at the corner of West and Hwy. 24. Blood is always in short supply--please donate! Come and donate much needed blood. It only takes a short time and your 1 pint of blood can be used to save up to three lives! Come and Donate! Questions call Anne at 686-1040.


Pine Needle Basket Making Class

A Pine Needle Basket Making Class at the Florissant Grange (the old school house in Florissant) will be held on March 17, starting at 10 a.m. Join our class and learn to make beautiful baskets from the pine needles in your yard. Gather some needles and bring them to class on March 17th.  Call 748-0358 for more information.

Grange Easter Party

Here comes Peter Cotton Tail at the Florissant Grange Easter Party. Join us March 24th from 1:00 to 3:00 and have your Free Pictures with the Easter Bunny and enjoy games, crafts and goodies galore. Bring the kids and enjoy a fun family afternoon.

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.

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).

Bach Celebration

On Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m., First Christian Church at Cascade & Platte is presenting their annual Bach Celebration Concert.  The program will feature concertos for: oboe d’amore; harpsichord and two flutes; and two harpsichords; arias for solo soprano and oboe; as well as solo works for organ and unaccompanied cello; and chorales for audience singing.  A free will offering will be taken.

Victor Lowell Thomas Celebration

The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum will host a celebration for the 120th birthday of Lowell Thomas. The event is planned for Friday, April 6, which is the birth date of the noted journalist and author who grew up in Victor.

The event will be held at the Lowell Thomas House at 225 S. 6th St., in Victor. The home, privately owned by the Wallace family and rented as a vacation home, is where the Thomas family lived shortly after their arrival in Victor in 1900. The home was at one time a museum but has not been open to the public for at least 30 years.

The event will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. and include fine wine and cheese tasting, an exclusive tour of the home and the opportunity to support the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. The cost is $25 per person non-refundable donation (see for details). and attendance is limited to the first 50 reservations. All proceeds benefit the Victor Lowell Thomas Museu­m. Reservations may be made on line at – click on the Lowell Thomas Birthday link; or by mail with advance payment to the VLT Museum, POB 238, Victor, CO 80860.

The Lowell Thomas House was once a local museum but has not been open to the public for at least 30 years. The home is privately owned by the Wallace family and they are graciously donating the use of the home for this fundraiser. This is an exclusive opportunity to visit and spend time in this very historic Victor home.

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.
Gold Camp Community Organization

The Gold Camp Community Organization meets the first Thursday of the month at The Potters Inn, located on Victor Avenue. These meetings are open to all members of the community, Victor and Cripple  Creek. For more information, call 439-6759.

Manitou Springs Happenings

The History of William Blackmore

The Historic Speaker series continues with a presentation by Brook Cruz and refreshments.  This month’s series presentation, dealing with The History of William Blackmore, is scheduled for March 11 at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center from 3 to 4 p.m.

Dreamscapes Opening

The Commonwheel Artists Gallery will kick off the beginning of its Dreamscapes showing with a reception on March 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Dreamscapes show, which will continue through April 16, offers the viewer a window into surreal, imaginary worlds, fantasies and dreams.  

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.