Almanac For Week Of February 19th


Tuesday, Feb. 19

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the temporary town hall chambers at the Joyland Church facility.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

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.

Dinosaur Discoveries, The Woodland Park Public Library will host a Dinosaur Discoveries presentation on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Anthony Maltese, curator with the Dinosaur Resource Center has spent 7 years working on long–necked sourwoods dinosaurs, and since has focused on anything that walked, swam or flew in the last 20 million years of the Cretaceous Period! Join us as he shares slides and stories about the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. Call 687-9281 x132 for more information.

Exercise for Arthritis Class. Seniors are invited to attend “Exercise for Arthritis Class.” The exercise class is held each Wednesday and Friday, 10:30-11:30, at the Senior Center. Call 687-5802 or 687-3877. The Senior Center is located at 312 N. Center St. in Woodland Park.

Meeting Cancelled. The Cripple Creek City Council has cancelled their regular scheduled meeting for Feb. 20.

Thursday, Feb. 21

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

Waldo Canyon Fire After-Action Report. The Woodland Park City Council will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 21 in the WP City Council Chambers to discuss the Waldo Canyon Fire After-Action Report. This detailed report, compiled by city officials, provides an overall report card of the local response actions that occurred following the most devastating fire in the history of Colorado. More notably, it outlines areas of needed improvement. Following this one-hour long meeting, the Woodland Park City Council will meet at the same location at 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 22

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

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Nope, we are not referring to the Woodland Park City Council or any local governmental entity for that matter. Although some of our elected officials could definitely compete for a part in the show. For great live theater, check out the superb Theatre ‘d Art, (which recently joined up with the Star Bar Players), production of the popular Ken Kesey classic (much better than the movie). This nearly three-hour performance can be seen inside a quaint setting at 128 N. Nevada in Colorado Springs. The performance is highly recommended by the TMJ. The Cuckoo’s Nest show extends through 24, with show times at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and a 4 p.m. show on Sunday. For more information, call 357-8321, or visit

Saturday, Feb. 23

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

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

Break out the Led. Take a trip back to the 1970s and enjoy the likes of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and the Led Zeppelin gang with a special performance by ZoSo, one of the more infamous Led Zeppelin tribute bands, during a show at the Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive in Colorado Springs) on the evening of Feb. 23. For more information, call 476-2200 or visit


February is Library Lover’s Month

Check out books from the Rampart Library District (the Woodland Park Public Library and the Florissant Public Library), read, fill out a form for a drawing at the end of the month for a prize. The Grand Prize is a Kindle eReader! You can “read” audio books, Playaways, and you can also check out books on your eReader to be included in the drawing! Call 687-9281, ext. 132. if you have questions.

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

Heart Health Presentation. On Tuesday, February 26, Dr. David Greenberg from Pikes Peak Cardiology will be the luncheon speaker at the February Senior Circle event. To increase cardiac awareness during American Heart Month, Dr. Greenberg will be focusing on “Heart Health,” (or, using more technical terminology, “Don’t break your heart!”) The luncheon will take place from 11:45am to 1:00 pm at the Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club, 312 N. Center St., Woodland Park. The fee is only $5, benefits the Senior Club, and reservations are required. Please contact the Senior Center at 687-3887 or Karen Earley at 686-5802 with the Senior Circle program to sign up. View us on PPRH Facebook, too, you might win a prize!

Wine Tastings, Special Meals and Jazz. The Mucky Duck Restaurant and Catering in Green Mountain Falls will host a variety of wine pairings and special dinners and special events. These include the following: a Five Course Colorado Inspired Dinner with Colorado Wine Pairings on Feb. 28; a- Jazz Brunch featuring live jazz by Mango fan Django on March 3; a Five Course Tour of Europe Dinner with Wine Pairings on March 15; and a special Easter Sunday feast on March 31st. For more information, call 684-2008 or visit

Pearl’s Follies. Beyond the lights and the bells of the casinos, local residents are ready to show off their talents make some noise in celebration of the 15th Annual Pearl’s Follies. Mark your calendars for Saturday March 2nd and come join us for Cripple Creek’s biggest party of the year. This annual brouhaha is a fundraiser for The Old Homestead House where everyone is welcome to come and join in the fun at the Double Eagle’s Hotel and Casino’s Conference Center. The action gets underway at 6 p.m. with a cocktail party.

This year our house band who will provide back up for the show and dancing after is our own local guys the CCBD band (Better known as Mark Snare and a couple of Lanning brothers) The very popular Doug Shane has agreed to MC the evening. The show will also highlight local talents like Perry Reeves, Missy Trenary, Jason Lanning, Stilleto Sisterz, Tim Braun, Rusty Ellis, Tyler Campbell and Alan & Renae Caldwell who donate their time each year to put on a fantastic show, sure to entertain your whole family. You never know what other performers or surprises might pop up. Pearl’s Follies. Pearl’s Follies is the yearly fundraiser to for the Old Homestead House Museum. The museum group is close to their goal of funds necessary to purchase the house to protect its future. Your joining us for the show at Pearl’s Follies could be what is needed to make this happen. For more information, call 689-2485.

Classical Brass of Denver. On Sunday, March 3rd at 3 p.m. the First Christian Church at Cascade & Platte in Colorado Springs is presenting the dynamic Classical Brass of Denver with Frank Perko, organist. They’ll be performing numbers for brass quintet, solo organ, and brass and organ from the Baroque to the present, from Bach to Brubeck. A free will offering will be taken. See for more information.

Murder on the Midland Terminal. Join us March 15-17 for a unique performance of Murder on Midland Terminal. in Victor. This western murder mystery, performed by Red Herring Productions of Colorado Springs, will be held at the Victor Hotel, with clues and investigations in Victor businesses. Proceeds benefit the victor Lowell Thomas Museum. The mystery is set in the 1890s and requires participants to solve the mystery of who murdered an engineer on the Midland Terminal railroad by visiting local businesses and establishments. The cost is $45 per ticket. Tickets are limited to the first 50 sold. Advance reservations by March1 at 5 p .m. are required. For more information, call 689-3553 or visit the city of Victor’s website and access Murder Mystery Reservation link.

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

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

Woodland Park Fine Arts and Crafts Fair

Applications are now being accepted from artists, book authors, craft people and musicians for the 2013 Woodland Park Fine Arts and Crafts Fair, held in downtown Woodland Park throughout the summer and early fall. For more information and to apply, visit www.WoodlandParkfineartsandcraftsfair or Ass in the Grass Music Series on Facebook or e-mail

Manitou Springs Happenings

Monarch Mountain Lift Tickets. The Manitou Springs’ popular Monarch Mountain ski promotion is still up and running, but time is running out. And with stellar ski conditions at Monarch, now is the time to loosen up your wallet in Manitou. When you spend $75 anywhere in Manitou Springs, simply bring your receipts into iManitou (354 Manitou Ave.) to receive a Buy One Get One Free voucher for lift tickets at Monarch Mountain. Receipts can be redeemed from any business in Manitou – shops, restaurants and gas stations, for every $75 you spend, you will receive one voucher. The voucher is valid until Monarch’s closing day in April. (Restrictions, though, apply for certain weekends.)