AARP Driver Safety Course, Scheduled at the Woodland Park Public Library on Feb. 5 from 9-1 p.m. This is. a Driving Refresher Course for drivers 50+ who want to improve their driving skills and avoid traffic violations. Refine existing skills and develop safe, defensive driving techniques and you may even save $$ on your driver’s insurance. AARP members cost $12 (must show card) Non-AARP members $14. Must pre-register, space limited. Call 687-9281, ext. 113.
The Green Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the temporary city council chambers at the Joyland Church facility.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
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.
The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers at city hall.
Thursday, Feb. 7
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 and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday. 687-3877
Kiwanis Bingo. Kiwanis Bingo is held at Shining Mountain Golf Club (100 Lucky Lady Dr., Woodland Park) on Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Food and drinks will be available Proceeds used to benefit the local children. Call 687-5534.
The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers next to city hall.
Friday, Feb. 8
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. 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
Saturday, Feb. 9
Tribute to Cripple Creek Elks Lodge
Special festivities in honor of the Gold Mining Stock Exchange Building in Cripple (the Elks Lodge) getting placed on the National Historic Register will be held on Feb. 9, starting at noon.The ceremonies include free tours of the building. At 2 p.m., join Exalted Ruler Bill Stankiewicz and Cripple Creek Mayor Bruce Brown as they unveil the plaque officially declaring the Gold Mining Stock Exchange Building as a national treasure. The building has been home to the Cripple Creek Elks since 1910. A champagne reception will immediately follow in the Club Room. Tours of the building will continue until 5 p.m..This event is free and open to the public, so come on up to Cripple Creek and take advantage of this rare opportunity to see inside and learn the history of one of Cripple Creek’s most beautiful and well preserved historic buildings.
Cripple Creek Ice Festival. Cripple Creek’s premiere winter festival will kick off this weekend (Feb. 9 and Feb. 10) and will continue on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17. The theme of the 6th annual Ice Festival is a “Mythological Wonderland.” Come tour the amazing ice masterpieces carved by world-renowned ice sculptors. The festival also includes a beer garden, live entertainment, carnival games, an ice slide, an ice maze and more. The live entertainment, which includes such bands as Southern Bell, Trademark Infringement, The Inman Brothers and The Justin Lane Band, gets underway at 11 a.m. during the festival days. For more information, visit the city of Cripple Creek’s website.
Sweetheart Ball. The Sweetheart Ball, one of the big charity events of the year, sponsored by Help The Needy is scheduled for the evening of February 9 at the Shining Mountain Golf Club. Ticket prices are $50 per person and $500 for a corporate table. For ticket info, please contact Help The Needy at 687-7273
Children’s Winter Fun Day. The Friends of the Florissant Library will hold its Children’s Winter Fun Day on Saturday, February 9th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Florissant Public Library. There will be music, valentine making, dinosaurs, Legos, Checkers, jewelry making, book sales, tattoos, pretzel decorating, bake sale and snacks. The Fun Day is being held to thank the community for supporting the library. It is free to the public. For more information, call Friends of the Florissant Library at 748-0188.
Ice Fishing Tournament
The 2013 Colorado Classic Ice Fishing Tournament will be held at Eleven Mile Reservoir on February 9 and March 9. Fabulous prizes are available. A Portion of proceeds will benefit the Lake George Charter School. For more details, visit www.11MileSports.com.
Scenic Views from the Colorado Midland Railway. The Ute Pass Historical Society in conjunction with Woodland Park Public Library presents Scenic Views from the Colorado Midland Railway, an exhibit of noteworthy items from the Ute Pass Historical Society (UPHS) collection. The exhibit highlights the sometimes wild and always interesting first-hand experiences of passengers on the Colorado Midland Railway. Scenic Views from the Colorado Midland Railway is located on the second floor of the Woodland Park Public Library adjacent to the Colorado Room. The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours (closed on Monday, 10 am – 7 pm Tuesday – Thursday, 10 am – 6 pm Friday, 10 am – 4 pm Saturday, 1 – 4 pm Sunday).For additional information, contact Karla Schweitzer, UPHS Registrar, at 719.686.7512 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Library Lovers Month. February is Library Lovers Month at the Rampart Library District. For our patrons 18 and over! Read (or listen) to library books and enter for prizes at the end of the month. Grand prize is a Kindle eReader! Enter at the Woodland Park or Florissant branches! Call 687-9281 x132 for more information.
Victor Elks Bingo. Victor Elks Club Bingo will be held at the Elks Club in Victor (3rd and Diamond) every other Saturday during the winter at 7 p.m. The bingo sessions are open to the public and children are welcome. Reusable cards can be purchases for $1. The 50/50 game is $1 per card or 6 for $5. Raffle and door prizes are available
Second Amendment and Fiscal Cliff. The Teller County Central Republican Committee will meet on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Pikes Peak Community Club in Divide. The meeting will include discussions on the Second Amendment, the ongoing gun control debate and the pending fiscal cliff situation. In addition, the Republicans will vote on their annual officers.
Exploring the Paranormal in Florissant. An amazing geologic anomaly lies along the backside of Pikes Peak – the Florissant Lineament. However, it seems that this Lineament is also home to some very interesting paranormal manifestations. Please join paranormal investigator Lane Graves for unique insights on this unseen world. “Exploring the Paranormal Along the Florissant Lineament” is presented as a public service by the Pikes Peak Historical Society. It will take place at the Florissant Library on Sunday, February 17th at 2 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments are provided. Seating is limited, so please come early. For more information, call 748-3562.
Little London Winds. On Sunday, February 17 at 3:00 p.m., First Christian Church at Cascade & Platte is presenting the Little London Winds, directed by Paul Jacobson. The program will include everything from toe-tapping marches to music from Les Miserables, Wagner, and a Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland. A free will offering will be taken. Call 633-8888.
Gold Coin Club and Mine Tour. As part of the forthcoming SteamPunk Festival, the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and the Southern Teller County Focus Group will sponsor a tour of the Gold Coin Mine surface plant and of the historic Gold Coin Building, plus Nikola Tesla – The power of lightning and the influence of gold come together in one afternoon at Victor’s most unique historic gold mine. Richard Marold will perform as the eccentric 1890’s scientist who pioneered electricity and radio signals. Gary Horton explores the history of the famed Gold Coin Mine. These events are slated for Feb. 16, starting at 1 p.m. at the Gold Coin Mine and Gold Coin Club at Diamond Avenue, west of Fourth Street. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, visit VictorColorado.com and click on the event graphic.
History and Science Writing for Teachers and Learners of All Ages. Writing about history and science offers exciting opportunities to learn, teach and be published. Magazines, newspapers, bloggers, clubs, associations, schools and organizations are looking for articles to share with their audience. Steven Veatch, a local geologist and educator, can teach you how. This informative workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Western Museum of Mining and industry. For more information, call 488-0880 or email at email@example.com.
Free Computer Classes. Free Computer Classes will be at the Woodland Park and Florissant Public Libraries from January through March. Check the website or stop in and pick up a flyer. Classes offered are Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Microsoft Word I, Word II, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher. Some have pre-requisites—register by calling 687-9281, x106 in Woodland Park, and 748-3939 in Florissant.
Midland Days Symposium.The2013 “Midland Days” Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the John Wesley Ranch south of Divide. Once again, the Divide Chamber of Commerce and the Teller Historic and Environmental Coalition are proud to co-sponsor “Midland Days” for the fourth year. Presentations and conversations about “Midland” railroad history will occur between author and historian Mel McFarland and historians Tom VanWormer and Art Crawford. David Martinek, Chair of the Teller Historic and Environmental Coalition, will moderate and present, as well. Other “guests” presenters are also planned. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. A special railroad print on parchment drawn especially for the event will be available to each reservation and for sale, as well as other premium items. This is a fund-raiser for both sponsors. For reservations and for more information, call 687-1516 or 213-9335.
Woodland Park Panther Recycling will host an electronics recycling drive on April 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodland Park Middle School. Bring your unwanted televisions, computer monitors, cell phones, smart phones, tablets, computer towers, laptops, microwaves, copiers, gaming consoles, DVD and MP3 players, and stereos. No air conditioners or refrigerators please. Normally it costs $ .30 per pound to recycle, but discounted prices will be offered on that day. Computer towers and laptops are free. Computer hard drives destroyed for $5. For more info, visit www.wpsdk12.org/wppr.
Manitou Springs Happenings
Mardi Gras Celebration
Manitou Springs will celebrate its infamous Mardi Gras Celebration on Feb. 9. The festivities are highlighted by a Mumbo Jumbo Cook-Off, starting at 8 a.m. in the Soda Springs Park, with judging scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Then the big Carnival Parade will occur downtown at 1 p.m. For more information, call 685-5089.
The Espinosa Brothers: Colorado’s First Known Serial Killers. In the spring of 1863, residents and travelers through the young Colorado Territory feared for their lives as account after account of vicious murders were reported. The murders were a mystery until a wagon driver, attacked and lucky enough to get away, identified the brothers and their gang of cousins. The gruesome story of revenge, violence and thievery begins with the brothers’ arrival in Colorado, movement from the Fort Garland area to El Paso County, their killing spree in South Park, the demise of one of the brothers by miners in the mountains, followed by the remaining brother, Felipe, recruiting a nephew to continue the reign of terror.This illustrated program will be given by Colorado Springs native and history expert Dwight Haverkorn. Dwight is currently President of the El Paso County Pioneers Association. It is scheduled for Friday, February 8, at 11:00 am at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th Street, Colorado Springs. Doors open at 10:30, come early to browse the museum, bookstore and enjoy refreshments. Seating is limited. Society members free, nonmembers $5. Info 636-1225 or www.occhs.org