Almanac For Week Of March 27


Wednesday, March 28

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. Special Storytime Bring the little ones for a special time with our master puppeteer and storyteller, Cathy Kelsay, with crafts to follow. The special storytime is scheduled for March 28 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library. Call 687-9281 for more information.

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, March 29

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.

Final Viewing for the World’s Largest Published Book Don’t miss the Bhutan Book Showing at the Woodland Park Public Library. See the world’s largest published book about one of the world’s smallest countries. This full color gorgeous book will be shown Thursday night, March 29 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 at 10:15 a.m. and then it will stored until a later date. Call 687-9281, x102 for more information.

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.

Friday, March 30

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.

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.

Saturday, March 31

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

Upcoming 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,

Woodland Park and Green Mountain Falls Elections The deadline is April 3 for turning in ballots for heading to the poll for the municipal elections in Woodland Park and Green Mountain Falls (see related story). All ballots must be turned in at city hall in Woodland Park by April 3 at 7 p.m. And in Green Mountain Falls, most residents will be partaking in a polling place vote at the temporary city hall, the Rocky Mountain Christian Center on April 3.

SPRING FLING This is a community dinner at the Victor Hotel, 4th and Victor Ave Victor Co. from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. featuring spring chicken and trimming. The Gold Camp Community Organization is inviting the community of Victor, Goldfield, and Cripple Creek to come join us for The Spring Fling Dinner. Call 439-6759 for more information.

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 Collins. Dave 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 at 719.687.1516 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.

Easter Egg Hunt in Cripple Creek Saturday, April 7th, children will race around city park in Cripple Creek on a search for colored and golden eggs. The hunt is for ages 0 – 12 and the hunt begins at 1 p.m. with the line up beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the circle parking lot above the City Park. This event provides a safe place for children to have fun, win prizes and candy, and have a hoppin’ good time! Children will fill their Easter baskets with colored eggs, sunshine and joy! The Easter Bunny will make his appearance hiding eggs and visiting the kids! In case of inclement weather, we will move the hunt inside. So rain, snow, or shine….the Hunt is on! After the hunt is completed and children find their eggs, everyone will fill the Henry C. “June” Hack Community Center, 128 E. Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek , to celebrate Easter and claim their prizes. Last Year, over 300 happy kids enjoyed the festivities! Children are invited to attend the Easter Egg Hunt for FREE! The Children are broken into age groups to hunt for the eggs and given a certain number of eggs to find. The age groups are: 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 years old. A special glow-in-the-dark hunt for the 10-12 year olds will take place within the building. In addition to the colored eggs, there will be two golden eggs hidden for each age group. Each golden egg will receive a cash prize of $5.

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 Victor 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. Geology of the Pikes Peak Region This illustrated program, Geology of the Pikes Peak Region, will capture the fabulous geologic features of the Pikes Peak region. You will learn about dinosaurs that once lived in Colorado, why the Cripple Creek Mining District, on the western flank of Pikes Peak, produced half of all the gold mined in Colorado, and where gemstones can be found in the Pikes Peak back county. Be prepared for lively discussions and lots of fun as we explore the rocks, gems, minerals, and fossils of our area. It is being taught by Steven Veatch. Veatch is a geoscientist and an adjunct professor of Earth Science at Emporia State University, in Kansas, where he received his MS in Earth Science. He is well known to Colorado geologists and nature enthusiasts for his articles, papers, workshops, and classes on Earth Science and is an award-winning writer on science, nature, and history. The program is at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th Street, Colorado Springs. It is scheduled for April 13 at 11 a.m. The doors open at 10:30. Cost $2 nonmembers, Historical Society members free. Come early to browse the bookstore and museum exhibits. Seating is limited. Info 636-1225.

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.