Almanac For Week Of March 21







Wednesday, March 21

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 hold a workshop on March 21 at 4:45 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall regarding its unified development code. It will then hold a regular council meeting at 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, March 22

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. For more information, call 687-3877.

Tai Chi for Seniors

The Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club will host Tai Chi sessions for those with Arthritis ailments from 9:30 to 10:30 every Thursday and then an advanced class the same day from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 687-3877 for more information.

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 Files Band

Come to the Crystola Roadhouse every Thursday and enjoy the music of The Fractured Files Band from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Fractured Files consists of members from the Radio London Band, Joey, Scott and Justin, the Bullfrog Blues Band; Juke Joint Vinnie, The John Cary Band; Cary Carpenter and some exceptional new players, as well; Jared Thomas and Brendon Hannigan. We’re looking for players to come and join in the fun. A good time will be had by all. Bring a friend.  Bring your family.  For more information, call 687-7879.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on March 22 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers next to city hall.

Friday, March 23

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 Making

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


Saturday, March 24


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.

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

Sunday, March 25

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 Nightalong 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.


Retirement Reception for Jim Schultz

After 24 years with the city of Woodland Park, Utilities Director Jim Schultz is retiring. Please stop by and join us in thanking Jim for his many years of dedication and service to our community during an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 30 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.  The festivities will include refreshments, a cash bar and brief presentation at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Barb Larsen at 687-5208.

Mayor of Divide Showdown

TCRAS (Teller County Regional Animal Shelter) is reaching the final stretch for 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.

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.

Midland Days Symposium

The 2012 Midland Days Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 7, at the historic John Wesley Ranch south of Divide, beginning at 9:00 am. This year’s theme is celebrating the last days of both the Colorado Midland and Midland Terminal railroads. Presenters this year include:  author and railroad historian Mel McFarland, historians Art Crawford and Tom VanWormer and Cripple Creek District Museum Director Jan CollinsDave Martinek will host and be presenting also. During the day, a few surprises are in store – one of which is an interview with Paul Bowman who worked as a teenager on the crew that removed the Midland Terminal tracks in 1949. Advanced reservations are $50 per person ($60 at the door for those who do not register in advance).  Lunch will be served.  Advance registration attendees will received a complimentary ink drawing on parchment by Mel McFarland, especially drawn to commemorate the Midland Days Symposium.  R.S.V.P. to reserve your seat by March 30, 2012 by calling Dave Martinek at719.687.1516 or by emailing him at  The 2012 Midland Days Symposium is co-sponsored by the Teller Historic and Environmental Coalition and the Divide Chamber of Commerce.  All proceeds support the restoration of the Midland Depot in Divide.

Geology Class

The CPFRC (a state-wide nonprofit) has announced a six-part course on “The Geology of Teller County,” from April 14 to May 19, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday mornings. Former University of MD Earth Sciences instructor Paul Combs will explain our gold, gems, fossils, volcanoes, glaciers, and more with computer imagery, specimens and hands-on activities. The final meeting on May 19 is a field trip. This is great for adult education, teachers or college-bound students. No tests, just info and fun. Total cost: $60. Call 686-0705 for registration or info.

Spring Concert

The Woodland Park Wind Symphony (“The Swing Factory”) will perform a spring concert at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on April 15 at 2 p.m. The Wind Symphony, directed by Craig Harms, has been in existence for 20 years. Formerly known as the Woodland Park Community Band, The Swing Factory provides not only entertainment for Woodland Park and Teller County, but it also serves as a source of musical enrichment for both performers and patrons of the Pikes Peak area.

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.

Victor Downhill Gravity Race Coming on July 7

Looking for a homegrown adventure?  Enter the Victor Gravity Race! Your vehicle must be gravity powered and include steering, braking and driver safety measures. Racers will be judged on showmanship, creativity and speed.  Contact Doug Schroer of Fortune Club Liquors in or 689-5701 to enter.

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.

Legal Assistance for Seniors

The Woodland Park Senior Center will host Free Legal Assistance for Seniors the second Thursdays of the month from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. You must call for an appointment at 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.

Rocky Mountain Inventors Association

The Pikes Peak Area Rocky Mountain Inventors Association will meet at 10605 Green Mountain Falls Road in Green Mountain Falls the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Go to the far back of the building in the room next to the indoor basketball court. The group held its kick-off meeting on March 15, with Bonnie Kaake and Roger Jackson serving as guest speakers.  For  more information about the group, call Doug Estrada at 648-7122.


Manitou Happenings

Dreamscapes Show

The Commonwheel Artists Gallery will continue to feature The Dreamscapes Show through April 16.  This show offers the viewer a window into surreal, imaginary worlds, fantasies and dreams. Viewers will find themselves drawing connections to contemporary issues and ideas. The show explores the intriguing path of a dream: conception, life, death and rebirth.

Manitou Card

The Manitou Card is now available at the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce office. The individual cost is $10 and there are 30 local businesses offering discounts. The card can be used at all participating businesses once per day for an entire year. If you are involved in an organization that would like to purchase them in bulk to be used as a fund raiser, you may do that as well. This is a great opportunity to raise money for your organization. For more information, call Floyd O’Neil, the chamber’s Media and Special Events Director at 685-5089.

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