Almanac For Week Of December 4th




Tuesday, Dec. 4

Book Club

Love reading? Read and discuss interesting books. Meet new people! Join us on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. We are reading “Pope Joan” this month. For more information, call 687-9281.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

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.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the city council chambers at city hall. The council will deal with a variety of issues, including the finalization of its new trolley proposal, approving a mill levy and budget for 2013 and handling some real estate transactions.

Chicken Law and Cannabis Moratorium

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Woodland Park City Council Chambers, next to city hall. The council will conduct a final hearing regarding a new chicken and domestic fowl ordinance. In addition, the council will discuss a possible plan to enact a marijuana-related moratorium (see related story).

Thursday, Dec. 6

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.

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Dec. 6 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. The commissioners will handle a number of abatement issues and will address several proposals by the Meadow Wood Land Company in Divide.

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.

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 2012. The preliminary schedule includes the following: Dec.6 activities feature a Reception at Aspen Mine Center at 6 p.m.; Dec.7 events feature an Elf Emporium in Victor from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Children’s Activities from 10-2 at the Ag Museum and then A Parade Of Lights and Bonfire in Victor at 6 p.m. The “Soup For The Soul” will occur also on Dec. 7 from 11:30-1:30 at the Aspen Mine Center; Dec.8 events are capped by the Cripple Creek Parade at noon. Plus, the Bell Ringers are scheduled for 11a.m. at the Butte, the Chorale Concert is slated for 3p.m. at the Cripple Creek Baptist Church and the Park and Rec. Bazaar will occur from 9-5. Also, a Tree auction, fundraiser lunch and gift shop will occur in the Aspen Mine Center; Dec. 9 will be highlighted by Breakfast with Santa at the Victor Elks at 8 a.m., Skating at Brian’s Park at 2 p.m., along with an Emporium and Children’s activities.

The full schedule is on line or call 659-3599

24th Annual Lights of Love

The Lights of Love is scheduled for Thursday, December 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. This 24th annual event is sponsored by the Prospect Home Care & Hospice. The “Lights of Love” is a Celebration of Life featuring special performances by talented community members. Please join us to “Light a Light” and remember or honor someone you love. For more information, call 687-0549.

Friday, Dec. 7
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

Winter Day in the Park

Join us at Memorial Park for a brisk winter afternoon of skating and sledding (weather permitting) on Dec. 7 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. This family event is for all ages. Dress warmly and bring your ice skates, sleds and any other winter games that you may have. Games, snacks and hot chocolate will be provided. Better yet, the cost is free. See you at the park!!

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, which started on Friday, Nov. 30, runs through Dec. 30. To make reservations visit

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, 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 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.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Hornbek Christmas

Start your holiday season with a visit to an 1880’s homestead. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument celebrates the holiday season with an open house at the Hornbek Homestead on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 10 am until 3 pm. Staff and volunteers dressed in period costumes will serve refreshments and conduct tours of the historic 1878 Hornbek Homestead. Come and stand around a warm woodstove and transport yourself to a simpler time. Local artisans will be demonstrating quilting, weaving, and other period crafts. There will also be crafts and activities for kids reminiscent of life in the 1800’s. The Rocky Mountain Nature Association will be selling books at the homestead and at the visitor center. There is a wide selection of natural and local history, children’s nature books, as well as maps, nature videos, audiocassettes, CD’s and games. Items purchased from the non-profit Rocky Mountain Nature Association Bookshop support the interpretive and education programs of the Fossil Beds. There is no charge for this event beyond the normal park entrance fee of $3 per person over the age of 16. The Hornbek Homestead is located in Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on Teller County #1 a mile south of the town of Florissant. For more information call 719-748-3253.

CC District Museum Christmas Celebration

Join the Cripple Creek District Museum at 5th & Bennett Avenue for a unique holiday celebration on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9. The museum grounds will be open with seasonal decorations, music and a visit from Santa and special guests. Follow the “Santa and Elf” Longhorns from the Christmas parade Saturday back to the Cripple Creek District Museum site for a festive evening with seasonal decorations, music, refreshments and good old fashioned Western fun. Santa will visit from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The celebration continues at our Christmas village Sunday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with refreshments and gift shop specials. Bring the family to this signature event, free to the public, and see why we’ve been “havin’ fun since 1891.” Phone (719) 689-9540 for details.

Christmas with Santa in Florissant

Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to the Florissant Grange. Join us, Saturday, December 8th from 1 to 3 p.m. Each year Santa and Mrs. Claus join us for our Annual Christmas Party and Open House. We invite you to come and have your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, play games, make crafts and much more. Following the Party is a wonderful Christmas Play. We have something for everyone. For more information call 748-0358.

John Denver Christmas Concert

The John Adams band, considered one of the finest John Denver tribute groups in the county, will perform a special Christmas Together concert at the Ute Pass Cultural Center the evening of Dec. 8. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased at Peoples Bank in Woodland Park. For more information, call Vera Egbert at 686-7381.

Sunday, Dec. 9

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. It features the 50-piece Wind Symphony, Swing Factory and the Woodland Winds. This concert is free to the public. This non-profit music organization is made up of volunteer members from the Pikes Peak area. Under the direction of Craig Harms, you will be treated to a wonderful evening of traditional Christmas and holiday music. Craig Harms creates a visual enhancement to the beautiful music which delights all concert goers. Refreshments will be provided, donations are welcome. Come and enjoy with your family and friends. For more information, call Craig Harms, 687-2210.


Winter Festival

The Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce (representing Green Mountain Falls, Cascade and Chipita Park) will host a winter festival on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The festivities will feature a variety of games, caroling, refreshments and entertainment at the Gazebo lake area in GMF. Santa will arrive at 2 p.m. to read “The Night Before Christmas.” Also, the festivities will include the infamous Yule log hunt.

Extended museum hours

The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and Gift Shop in Victor will be open weekends until Christmas (Dec. 23 10-2) weather allowing for the holiday season.

Park and Rec Classes

The Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Department will host a number of classes in December, 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.

Logo contest

Are you artistic? Imaginative? Creative? The Teller Historic and Environmental Coalition (T.H.E. Coalition) invites you to design a logo that embodies the best of Teller County’s cultural and natural heritage. The winning logo will become the official symbol of the Heritage Tourism initiative under the auspices of T.H.E. Coalition. Any medium may be used, so let your imagination flow! Entries are due by January 31, 2013. Any size up to 11” x 14” can be accepted Designs will be judged by a panel that represents the major areas of the county – geographically and thematically. There will be prizes for the winning logo, and all submissions will be exhibited at locations around the county, with a chance to compete for “People’s Choice.” Artists may also display other items for sale at these exhibits. Thirty percent of the sale price will go toward promotion of Heritage Tourism in Teller County . T.H.E. Coalition encourages anyone with an interest in history and an eye for graphics to participate! Flyers (see attached) are available throughout the community and on T.H.E. Coalition website (

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.

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 Springs Happenings

Holiday Market

Join us at the Commonwheel Artists Co-op in Manitou Springs for our Holiday Market, which continues daily until Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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. We are located at 102 Cañon Avenue, Manitou Springs. May your Holidays be filled with Peace, Joy and Art!!! For more information, call 685-1008.

Holiday Celebration and Live Painting Displays

The Adams Mountain Café will celebrate the fifth annual Holiday Artisan Gift Market on Dec. 10 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. More than 40 artisans will be represented. It also features live paintings from resident artist Liese Chavez.

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.