Almanac For Week Of November 13th

Wednesday, Nov. 14

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.

Thursday, Nov. 15th
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.

Dining with the Doc
Enjoy a free lunch with Dr. Richard Malyszek, Chief of Surgery, on Thursday, November 15, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital (PPRH). This Senior Circle member event takes place in the PPRH Cafeteria Meeting Room and reservations are required (limited seating).

To make a reservation or to learn more about the “Senior Circle Program” at PPRH, please call Karen Earley at 719-686-5802 or e-mail to seniorcircle@pprh.net. You may also follow PPRH & Surgery Center on Facebook!

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.

Annual Fall Concert
New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs, under the direction of Ed Nuccio, will perform their annual fall concert at Cheyenne Mountain High School Auditorium, 1200 Cresta Road in Colorado Springs on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $2. For more information, call 634-2463 or enuccio@aol.com

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Nov. 15 in the WP Council Chambers next to city hall at 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16

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.

Matinee Movie at the Library
Woodland Park Public Library will host Matinee Movie at the Library on Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. Join us for a film about a hotel in India marketed as a luxury retirement home, and the people who sign-up, only to find that the marketing was a bit exaggerated! Call 687-9281, ext. 132.

Friday Art Walk
A number of Woodland Park businesses downtown will partake in the monthly art walk, on Nov. 16, starting around 4 p.m. The event features wine tastings, refreshments and samples of great art.

Saturday, Nov. 17

Holiday Craft Fair
Our Lady of the Woods 3rd “HOLIDAY” CRAFT FAIR, with lots of craft vendors and photos with Father Christmas (A.K.A. St. Nickolas),silent auction and food fun is scheduled for Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held at the Our Lady of the Woods Church off Hwy. 24 in Woodland Park. For more information, call 687-2631.

Upcoming

Holiday Headframe Lighting
The Holiday Headframe Lighting, self guided tours of 1890s mining structures in the Cripple Creek/Victor district that are lighted for the holidays during the weekends, will kick off on Nov. 23 and extend until Jan. 1. The tour map will be available at the Victor Hotel, the Cripple Creek Welcome Center and online at VictorColorado.com. The lights will be best viewed after dark and will be in place Nov. 23 and all Friday-Sunday nights in December through New Year’s Day, weather/safety and volunteers permitting. The 15th annual event is sponsored by the Southern Teller County Focus Group and the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company. For more information, call 689-2675.

Mountain Artists Holiday Show and Sale
“Art . . . for the Pleasure of It” is this year’s theme for the Mountain Artists Holiday Show and Sale, presented at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and features a variety of artwork by regional artists: photography, paintings, Christmas gifts, pine needle work, jewelry, woodcraft pieces, and ornaments. This is your chance to find unique gifts for the holidays! Call 689-2407 for more information.

Extended museum hours
The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and Gift Shop in Victor will be open Nov. 23-25 from 10-4 and weekends until Christmas (Dec. 23 10-2) weather allowing for the holiday season. Nov. 24 is also Small Business Saturday, with many local shops in the area participating in this annual tradition.

Meet “The Bug Guy” & Fly Fisherman Robert Younghanz.

Woodland Park Public Library will host Robert Younghanz on Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Learn from an expert aquatic entomologist and professional Fly Fisherman about trout foods and the fly patterns that imitate them, and become a more successful Fly Fisher! Robert’s scientific, yet light-hearted approach to the subject will help you to become the “amateur entomologist you’ve always wanted to become! Within no time, you’ll be able to walk up to a river and read it like a book, and know what flies will mimic the food that trout love! For more info: 687-9281 x132.

A Cripple Creek Christmas Carol

For those who love Cripple Creek history and the classic Dickens’ Christmas Carol, this holiday season will be a perfect past, present and future holiday experience. A Cripple Creek Christmas Carol returns to the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek, and is a holiday favorite with a combination of professional and community actors teaming up to present this timeless work.This popular show first took the stage in 2002 and was a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Thin Air Theatre Company (TATC) brings this show back to life and, as is the tradition with this Christmas show, offers a gift to the community of reduced ticket prices. All tickets for the show are discounted off the regular Butte season prices.

The show is followed by a traditional Olio/Music Revue filled with holiday cheer and caroling. This production makes a perfect outing for the entire family.The show runs from Nov. 30-Dec. 30. To make reservations visit ButteTheater.com.

14th Annual Holiday Home Tour

The 14th Annual Tweeds “Sounds of the Season” Holiday Home Tour and Virtual Marketplace will take place in Woodland Park on Saturday, December 1, 2012, 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.The 2012 Tour features a unique array of five beautifully decorated homes and one business located in the Woodland Park area, all with live musical entertainment. For your shopping pleasure, a “virtual” online marketplace (visit http://www.wphht.org) will also offer many items you will not be able to live without! In addition each location will share a collectible recipe card for a delicious holiday snack.Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit three Teller County programs. The Teller Senior Coalition (TSC) assists Teller County senior citizens in living full and active lives with dignity and independence. The TSC is raising funds for a new Senior Citizens’ Center. The Woodland Aquatic Project (WAP) seeks to build a state-of-the-art community-centric Aquatic Center within the city limits of Woodland Park that will provide a variety of recreational and wellness activities, as well as aquatic, competitive and safety programs. And the Woodland Park Hockey Association (WPHA) dedicated to the promotion and encouragement of amateur hockey for Woodland Park and the greater Teller County area. Tickets may be purchased at retailers throughout Woodland Park, starting on November 6th, or online via PayPal at www.wphht.org. Ticket prices are $15 each or two for $25 if purchased in advance, $17 each the day of the event and children/students (K-12) are $5 each. Tickets purchased through PayPal will be available for pickup at the Holiday Home Tour Hospitality House (841 Majestic Parkway, Woodland Park) on the day of the event.

Further details about the event including maps, ticket outlets, marketplace vendors and more may be found at www.wphht.org or by calling 719-291-0951.

Free Music and Chili

Join Indigo Mountain Center and the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) for a fun afternoon of free music and chili at the Thunderbird Inn on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Thunderbird Inn, located at the intersection of Hwy. 24 and Teller One. Bring your friends and family to support these two local nonprofits while enjoying red or green chili and great music from the Charlie Milo Trio.

Holiday Concert

The Woodland Winds Christmas Concert is scheduled for December 9 at 7 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park. This holiday concert is free to the public. It will feature appearances of the 50-piece Woodland Wind Symphony, Swing Factory Big Band, and Woodland Winds Woodwind Quartet. For more information, call 687-2210.

Gold Camp Christmas Celebration

The Cripple Creek and Victor district will be hosting its annual Gold Camp Christmas Celebration from Dec. 6 to Dec. 9, featuring a wide range of festivities, including a parade, bazaar, tree-decorating contests, games, concerts, visits by St. Nick, historic tours and much more. Events will occur in both Cripple Creek and Victor. This is the final celebration in the district for 2013. For more information, call Kathi Pilcher, the Gold Camp Christmas Coordinator at 659-3599.

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.

“GOLD BOWL DAYS”!

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.

Alcohol Anonymous Contact Information

A Teller County Alcoholics anonymous group is available. For more information, visit www.coloradospringsaa.org 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.

Bingo

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

Holiday Festivities

The Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Avenue, will feature its annual holiday art market on Nov. 16 (from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and on Nov. 17 (from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). We have invited select artists and crafters into the Heritage Center to sell their wares. Music, decorations, holiday cheer and one-stop gift shopping will be available.

Holiday Market

Mark your calendar for November 16 from 5 – 8 pm and join us at Commonwheel Artists Co-op in Manitou Springs for our Holiday Market opening celebration. Enjoy live music, hot apple cider, home baked cookies and the best holiday shopping in the Pikes Peak Region. We’ve invited more than 35 fabulous Colorado artists to supply The Market with affordable, quality hand-crafted items unique enough for those “impossible to shop for” friends and family members. Our theme this year is “Gifts Beyond the Ordinary” and you won’t be disappointed! If you’re thinking, “been there, done that”, think again because we have some fun new artists and local products this year. This event is part of Third Friday Art Walk in Manitou Springs which includes special gallery openings and exhibits by a dozen Manitou businesses. We hope to see you on November 16th at our amazing gallery: 102 Cañon Avenue, Manitou Springs. May your Holidays be filled with Peace, Joy and Art!!!

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.