Almanac For Week Of March 12th


Tuesday, March 12

The Teller County Republican Central Committee will meet at the Pikes Peak Community Club in Divide on March 12 at 7 p.m.

Recreation Blues. The Teller County Planning Commission will meet on March 12 at 7 p.m. in the WP City Council Chambers, next to city hall.  The commission will handle a conditional use permit request for a recreational, aqua center-related business, in a residential area near the Shining Mountain Golf Course.  The proposed project has raised the ire of neighbors in the area.

Wednesday, March 13

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.

Dine with a Doc. Pikes Peak Regional Hospital & Surgery Center will host “Dine with a Doc!” on Wednesday, March 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the hospital café meeting room.  Dr. Michael Messner, Medical Director for the Joint Replacement Program, will answer any questions attendee’s may have regarding joint replacement.  This comes on the heels of the rollout of the Joint Replacement classes that are offered twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays.  As with the classes, lunching with the Doc will help educate candidates for joint replacement; what to expect, how to prepare and learn about the surgery. The luncheon is free and seating is limited so you must call to make a reservation at 686-5802 or  Learn about our Senior Circle Program at and also on Facebook. For more information on the Joint Replacement Program and classes, please contact the Program Coordinator, Wendy Westall, at 719-686-5779

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.

Thursday, March 14

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on March 14 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

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

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on March 14 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers next to city hall.

Friday, March 15

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

Wine Tastings and Special Meals. 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 a Five Course Tour of Europe Dinner with Wine Pairings on March 15, starting at 5 p.m.; a special Easter Sunday feast on March 31 and a five-course South American Dinner and Wine Pairing feast on April 18. For more information, call 684-2008 or

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.

Fish Fry and Karaoke. On Fridays, the Shining Mountain Golf Club features karaoke as Buck’s has a new owner and is closed for remodeling so we are hosting Loretta and Friends Karaoke at the golf club.  Come out and have a drink and sing a song. . .Friday night karaoke starts at 8 p.m. and goes until midnight!! We will have our fish fry from 4to 9:30 p.m. with the regular menu items available also.  This should be fun, fun, fun so come out and join us for a dinner, a drink (or two), and a song! For more information, call 687-7587.

 Saturday, March 16

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festivities.  McGinty’s Wood Oven Pub in Divide will host a St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16 at noon and a performance by Ceol Ceili at 8 p.m.  On March 17, the festivities at McGinty’s continue with traditional Irish music sessions from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Irish Dancers and Corned  Beef and Cabbage.  The  McGinty festivities get underway earlier in the week with a kick-off party on March 14 at 7 p.m.  For more information, call 686-7703. For St. Patty-goers who want to venture outside of Teller County,  a big St. Patty’s Parade will occur downtown Colorado Springs on March 16 around noon.  Also, Denver hosts probably one of the longest St. Patty parades in the nation, which travels down Blake Street and nearby areas, from the late morning of March 16 until about 2 p.m.

Mueller State Park Hike. Enjoy the spring; with or without snow for a series of fun hikes. Volunteer naturalist Nancy Remmler will guide you on a series of hikes throughout the winter, every first and third Saturday of the month. The first hikes are scheduled for March 16 and March 30. Meet in the Visitor Center Parking Lot at 10 a.m. Each hike will be determined by YOU! Bring your favorite hiking suggestions, sturdy, insulated and waterproof shoes/boots, winter shoe spikes/cleats, and/or snowshoes, layered winter clothing, sun protection, water, and snacks. Please come prepared for all types of snow conditions, hikes will take place regardless of amount of snow or ice.

Victor Bingo.  A bingo session will be held at the Victor Elks Club on March 16 (and every other Saturday) starting at 7 p.m. Reusable cards are $1. The 50/50 game is $1  per card or $6 for $5. The bingo session includes a raffle and door prizes.

Spirit Trees. Florissant historian and author, Celinda Kaelin will present a slide show and talk about “Spirit Trees” in the Pikes Peak Region on Saturday, March 16 at the Florissant Public Library, starting at 10:30 a.m. Kaelin initiated a study of the trees (marked by the Ute People over several hundred years) which is ongoing. This fascinating talk was previewed by the District’s volunteers in the Fall, to rave reviews!  For more information on this program or any others call 687-9281, x132.

Is it Magic? No, Electricity. Explore the marvels of electricity through games, presentations (Tesla Coils!) and the actual operation of power plants (Lego steam engines and generators!) during a special presentation at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry on Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about early inventors who experimented with electricity and then do your own experiments with batteries and circuits. You’ll get a charge out of it! Customary admission applies.  Discounts are available at  Admission rates:  Adults $8, Military/AAA $7, Seniors/Students $6, Children 3-12 $4, FREE to Children under 3 and museum members.  For further information, call (719) 488-0880. The Museum is located just east of I-25 at the North Gate Exit 156A.

Gold Bar Room Entertainment. On March 16, the Gold Bar Room Theater in Cripple Creek will host the “Cowpoke Cousins” in ‘A Rootin’-Tootin’ Western Variety Show!” with WMA (Western Music Association) 2012 CD of the year Susie Knight with special guests Ranchers Donna and Tom Hatton, who are from Woodland Park.  This is a 7 p.m. show.  The Gold Bar is featuring “Show only” and “Dinner/Show.” But make your reservations fast, as this is a “One night only” show.   Advanced tickets are still $15, either over the phone or online.  But at the door” tickets are now $18.  We’ve raised the bar with the caliber of entertainment  at the Gold Bar Room Theater.  And every show through December of this year features award winning, nationally touring artists.  For more information, visit our website at

Southern Gospel Music.  A special multi-media presentation, featuring unforgettable southern gospel music  will occur on the evening of March 16 at Rocky Mountain Chapel outside Cripple Creek, starting at 6  p.m.  Friends Singers will be presenting a great selection.  For more information, call 689-6177.


Historic Walking Tour. Tour of Sunnyside Cemetery in Victor is scheduled for March 18 at $10 per  person.  The event, which begins at 10 a.m., features a guided walking tour of an 1890s mountain cemetery. Learn about the cemetery’s residents and the history that brought them here. Paid reservations can be made in advance at or at Victor Lowell Thomas Museum at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event. The tour meets at the cemetery on 7th Street south and west of town.

First Annual Teller County Economic Forum Breakfast. The Teller County Assessor presents the First Annual Teller County Economic Forum Breakfast on March 20 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. You’ve heard about the national economy and you’ve heard about the southern Colorado economy. Now it’s time to hear about Teller County’s economic forecast featuring Park State Bank economist Brad Spivey and experts from the real estate, construction, and banking communities, as well as governmental and business representatives.  For more information and to register, see

Honoring Lincoln. The Teller County Republican Party will feature an Honoring Lincoln Dinner at the Shining Mountain Golf Club on Saturday, March 23, starting at 6 p.m. Mark Baisley, the chairman of the  Douglas County Republican Party, will serve as the key speaker.  For more information, call Pete LaBarre at 687-3129.

Bach Celebration. On Sunday, March 24th at 3:00 p.m., First Christian Church at Cascade & Platte is presenting their annual Bach Celebration Concert.  This year’s program will include Brandenburg Concerto No. 3; a concerto for oboe and violin; a movement from a concerto for three violins, featuring talented young violinists; Cantata No. 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden with Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble directed by Deborah Teske; a solo organ work; and chorales for audience singing.  A free will offering will be taken, and all are invited to a reception following the program hosted by the American Guild of Organists.

Victor City Wide Garage Sale.  Scheduled from May 25-26.

Easter Bunny Coming to Victor. The Easter Bunny will visit Victor, behind the Visitors Center on Victor Avenue on March 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Easter festivities will include an Easter egg hunt, games and more.  For more information, call 439-6759.

Midland Days Symposium. The 2013 “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.

Spaghetti Dinner. Florissant Fire Rescue is holding a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, April 6th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Station 1, located at 2606 Highway 24 in Florissant. Come and enjoy dinner and support the Florissant Fire Rescue. Dinner is open to the community and donations are appreciated. For more information, call Sue Davis at 294-7126.

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

Geology of Teller County. Teller County is gifted with some of the most varied geology on the planet.  CPFRC (a CO non-profit) offers a 6-Saturday adult course on The Geology of Teller County, in Divide, APR 14 – MAY 19.  Choose a.m. (9 – noon) or p.m. (1 – 4) for your convenience.  Learn about gold, gems, fossils, NEWLY DISCOVERED giant meteorite craters, volcanoes, glaciers, and more, with computer imagery, specimens, and hands-on activities.  Field trip included!  Great for teachers, rock hounds, general interest, or hikers.  NO TESTS  Cost: $80  Call 686-0705 for registration and info.

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

St. Pat’s Dinner. Manitou Springs Kiwanis’ will host a St. Pat’s Dinner Celebration on March 16 from 5-6:30pm at BAC’s Venue 515. The meal features Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner, Dessert, Music & Cash Bar. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the BAC & Manitou Visitor Center or call 481-6200.

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.)