Almanac For Week Of October 30th

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Treat Street Halloween Party

The Treat Street Halloween Party will be held at the Florissant Grange on Tuesday October 30th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Treats, Crafts and Games for kids of all ages. Wear your costume and come see the transformation from The Grange Hall to a Halloween House full of fun and whimsy. This is a free event brought to you by the Florissant Grange and help from the Florissant Fire Corps. Come on out to the Florissant and join in the fun. For more information call 748-0358

Wednesday, Oct. 31

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.

Exercise for Arthritis Class

Seniors are invited to attend “Exercise for Arthritis Class.” The event takes place on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Center. The program, which is sponsored by the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital and the Arthritis Foundation, is expanding its morning exercise class and will feature a Physical Therapist from the Hospital. The exercise class is held each Wednesday and Friday, 10:30-11:30, at the Center. For more information about the class contact Karen Earley at PPRH 687-5802-or Pamela Argo at the Club, 687-3877. The Senior Center is located at 312 N. Center St., Woodland Park.

Children’s Halloween Party

The Woodland Park Public Library will feature

Stories, crafts, and snacks to celebrate Halloween on Oct. 31 from 3 to 4 p.m. For more information, call Julie Wilson at 687-9281×137

Gold Hill Square Trick or Treat

The Gold Hill Square North and South Shopping Centers will host their annual Trick or Treat gathering on Oct. 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Kids can get special treats from local merchants. Little trick or treaters can actually get started at noon.

Fall Fest and Church Halloween Gatherings

The Woodland Park Community Church, 800 Valley view Drive, will host a Fall Fest, with games, prizes and food, on Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is a great family event. Call 687-9444 for more information. In other church gatherings on Halloween, the Impact Christian Church, 27400 N. Hwy. 67, will feature trick or treat goodies for kids, prizes, a BBQ, an inflatable, fun, carved pumpkin, contests and much more. The Halloween festivities will occur from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 687-3755. Also, the Peak Life Church, 201 N. Boundary Street, will have a Fearless Fun Fest for kids and families with trick or treat candy, a costume party, games, prizes and more. This will be held on Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Call 687-8888 for more information.

Dress in Your Elvis Best Costume Contest

The Bronco Billy’s Casino in Cripple Creek will host a Dress in Your Elvis Best costume contest on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. The casino is offering a $500 first place prize for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. All participants will receive dinner for two at Baja Billy’s.

Thursday, Nov. 1

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.

Computer Classes

A new slate of computer classes has begun at the Woodland Park Public Library. Sign up today for Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint. Additionally, there is a digital Photo Management class for people who don’t know what to do with the pictures on their digital cameras. Some classes have prerequisites, and you must call to pre-register. Call 687-9281.

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.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Woodland Park City Council Chamber, next to city hall.

Friday, Nov. 2

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.

Final Week for Haunting at the Old Homestead

Spirits and ghosts are ready to roam the Butte Theater as the all-new Thin Air Theatre Company production of Haunting at the Old Homestead gets underway.The new show is by playwright Chris Sorenson, author of the Butte’s best selling show, The Christmas Donkey, and features an all-new Halloween melodrama.

When a spirit starts scaring off clients of the Old Homestead, madam Pearl DeVere offers a hefty reward to anyone who can rid her house of the ghost. Steeped in mystery, history, thrills, chills and plenty of laughs, this show promises to be a Halloween treat for the whole family. The show is followed by an all-new Halloween olio. The show will star Butte favorites Mickey Burdick and Rebecca Myers, as well as musical director James Mablin. The show will be directed by Chris Armbrister. “Haunting at the Old Homestead is an idea that has been brewing in the back of my mind for a number of years,” said Sorensen. “After writing The Christmas Donkey, I wanted write a truly spooky Halloween play. A show filled with ghosts, chills and things that go bump in the night; a show that offers up laughs and screams in equal measure. The show runs Oct. 5 through Nov. 4, so, come to the Butte Theater (if you dare). The ghosts are waiting for you. For reservations, visit
Saturday, Nov. 3

A Cup of Christmas Tea

A Cup of Christmas Tea will be held at the Aspen Mine Center on Nov. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person for tickets and to host a table. Call 659-3599 for more details and ask for Kathi Pilcher, the Gold Camp Christmas Coordinator.

Pioneers in Woodland Park, Colorado Cemeteries

Join the Ute Pass Historical Society for a book signing on Saturday, Nov. 3.Laura Moncrief will be in our gift shop to sign and answer questions about her latest book “Pioneers in Woodland Park, Colorado Cemeteries.”This book is a collection of family histories for the early pioneers that followed their dreams and now rest in the Woodland Park Cemeteries. The signing will be from 11 am to 1 pm. Ute Pass Historical Society is located at 231 E. Henrietta Avenue, Woodland Park, CO. 80863 (next to the Woodland Park Public Library).Please contact us at 719.686.7512, or e mail

for further information.

Sunday, Nov. 4

Classical Concert

On November 4 at 3:00 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue is presenting their Chancel Choir, directed by Kimberley Schultz, in concert. Joined by friends from the Chorale’s Chamber Singers, the choir will perform a variety of choral selections, including Vaughan Williams’ lovely Five Mystical Songs, accompanied by Carol Wilson on the organ and piano, and a string quartet. A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call 633-8888.


Election Day

Election Day is Nov. 6 with vote centers at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Summit Elementary and the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. Early voting is also available, starting on Oct. 22. For more information, visit the Teller County government’s main website.

Book Club

Love reading? Read and discuss interesting books. Meet new people! Join us on the first Tuesday every month for the Book Club at the Woodland Park Public Library. The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call 687-9281×132 for more information.

Veterans Day

The American Legion’s Eric V Dickson Post 1980 will again be hosting a free meal, celebrating our country, veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The event begins at noon at the Crystola Bar and Grill. Commander Chuck Gardner will open the event at noon to honor our country, veterans and active duty military. We hope to have some special guests from Fort Carson’s Warrior Transition Battalion. All our veteran and active duty guests and their families eat free. For more information, call Chuck Gardner at 686-7607.

Birding in the Backcountry

Pikes Peak Backcountry abounds with amazing winged ones – bald eagles, falcons, mountain bluebirds, chickadees, and butterflies — to name just a few. Please join birding expert Charlie Campbell for a fascinating photo journey to identify the numerous species in our area on Sunday, November 11th. Charlie retired from his architectural practice in Colorado Springs in 2008. He has been interested in birds for many years as part of his numerous year-round outdoor interests. He is well known in the community for donating his time as a community servant. He served on a number of boards of non-profit organizations concerned with environmental education, including Catamount Institute. “Birding in the Backcountry” is presented as a public service by the Pikes Peak Historical Society. It will take place at the new Florissant Library on November 11th, , 2012, at 2:00 pm. Admission is free and refreshments are provided. Seating is limited, so please come early. Florissant is located 35 miles west of Colorado Springs on Highway 24, and the Florissant Library is located at 334 Circle Drive, adjacent to the Florissant Park. For more information, call 748-3562.

Veterans Celebration at Columbine

The Columbine Elementary, located on Kelley Road, will hold a Veterans Day Assembly on Monday, Nov. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the school. All veterans and military members are invited to attend (with an emphasis on those who are participating/relatives/friends of students). This ceremony is important in helping students understand and appreciate our military and veterans.

Park and Rec Classes

The Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Department will host a number of classes in November, including Women’s Self Defense, Basketball for Adults, Zumba, Aikido Martial Arts, Cub Scouts, Hip Hop Hustle, Dog Obedience, Volleyball for Adults, Archery, Photography, Youth Soccer, Roller Skating, Sewing and Soap Making. The majority of these are offered at Henry Hack recreation facility, next to the city park. For more information, call 689-3514.

Seeking Grant Award Applicants

The Cripple Creek-Victor High School Pioneers in Public Service is a nonprofit organization that allows students to review grant applications, interview nonprofit agencies in the southern Teller County region and select groups in which to distribute grant funds. Funds are provided by the city of Cripple Creek through the Community Allocation Funds. The club is now seeking applicants for the fall Cripple Creek Community Allocation Grant Awards. Any nonprofit, government equivalent, other community organization or individual that provides services to the residents of Cripple Creek can apply. The deadline for the applications is Nov. 2, 2012. Once the grant applications are received, the applications will be reviewed by the students of the club and a decision will be reached on which grant applications will be granted a hearing. Information about the grant grants and application forms can be obtained by going to the Cripple Creek-Victor school web site at For more information about this program, or if you have trouble accessing the applications, call 689-2800. We are also seeking ideas for community service projects. We will be doing a minimum of one community service project, and we would like it to be something beneficial for the residents and their needs. If you have a suggestion, contact us by mail to Cripple Creek-Victor High School Pioneers in Public Service, P.O. Box 897, Cripple Creek, CO 80813 Attn: Michael McDonald.

Summer Reading Results

Summer Reading programs, held at the Rampart Library District—Woodland Park Public Library and the Florissant Public Library—were a big success. In fact, based on statistics tabulated during the summer, 665 children and teens and 54 adults participated. Prizes were recently given in all categories and were provided by the following businesses in Teller County: The Centennial Cavaliers, Bronco Billy’s, Big Jim’s, Burger King, Florissant Subway, Costello’s Coffee Shop, Triple Crown Casinos, City Market, Safeway, How-To-Store, Century Casino Cripple Creek, Outpost Fee and Ranch Supply, Divide Feed and Wendy’s. The grand prize winner was Caroline Gallup.

Find Victor Contest

“FIND VICTOR”. No, not the man, the City. If you think you know Victor, think again. Discover or re-discover the historic mining camp through our”FIND VICTOR” PHOTO HUNT. Pick up your page(s) of photos at any Victor business. Many categories are available. Find and identify each photo,
return the completed form to any Victor business and receive a free gift. You will be entered into a drawing held after Labor Day (for the summer) and after memorial Day (for the winter) for additional free gifts. COME, STAY, DISCOVER VICTOR

Shop Southird

Southird (South Third Street Merchants Association of Victor) is excited to announce Victor’s newest event. 3rd on 3rd. The merchants on South Third Street will be open until 8:00 p.m. on the 3rd day of every month. Merchants included are Sue’s Fortune Club, The Victor / Lowell Thomas Museum, The Victor Trading Co. & Manufacturing Works and Marigold Mercantile, all located on South Third Street. Refreshments will be served at each location and many will have specials from 5 pm till 8 pm. Open late, ‘till 8, please participate, don’t hesitate, save the date! “Shop Southird


These fun filled days will be held the 2nd Saturday of each month, 11 am to 2 pm at Victor’s Gold Bowl Park. Sponsored by Gold Belt Communities Build A Generation (BAG) and Victor’s Police Department; a barbeque, games and a safety activity will be the main stay of each month’s events and a great way to get to know our community’s officers and volunteers. This Free community event welcomes one and all! The summer’s Gold Bowl Days are scheduled for July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8

Alcohol Anonymous Contact Information

A Teller County Alcoholics anonymous group is available. For more information, visit or call 719-573-5020.

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.


The Cripple Creek Elks Lodge in Cripple Creek will feature bingo sessions on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 6:30 p.m.

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.

Manitou Happenings

Victorian Christmas Celebration

Manitou’s Miramont Castle will host the annual Victorian Christmas Celebration on Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event typically kicks off the Yuletide season in Manitou. For this occasion, the castle is lavishly decorated. Plus, refreshments, drinks and a variety of festivities abound. Tours are also available. For more information, call 685-1011, or visit the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce website.

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.