Almanac For Week Of April 3rd


Wednesday, April 3

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 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.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on April 3 in the CC Council Chambers at city hall, starting at 5:30 p.m. The council will also hold a work session at 4:30 p.m. regarding fire department operations.

Thursday, April 4

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 City Council will meet on April 5 at 7 p.m. in the WP City Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, April 5

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.

The History of the Ute Pass. On Friday, April 5, Larry Black from the Ute Pass Historical Society and a renowned local history expert, will be the luncheon speaker at the April Senior Circle event. Larry will discuss “The History of the Ute Pass.” Each month a program is sponsored by PPRH for Senior Circle members to provide them with fun ways to meet new friends, stay active and receive helpful healthcare information. The luncheon will take place from Noon to 1:30 pm at the Woodland Park Public Library, 218 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park. The lunch and program are free to Senior Circle members and reservations are required. Please contact Karen Earley at 686-5802 to sign up or make a reservation at Want to join the Senior Circle? Go to our website at us on PPRH Facebook, too, you might win a prize!

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

Fish Fry and Karaoke. On Fridays, the Shining Mountain Golf Club features karaoke as we are hosting Loretta and Friends Karaoke (who formerly performed at Bucks) 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 4 to 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, April 6

Animal Medical Center Open House and Grand Opening. The Animal Medical Center, located at 15226 W. Hwy. 24 in Woodland Park, is pleased to host an Open House and Grand Opening of our new expansion on April 6 from noon to 5 p.m. We now offer the area’s only equine hospital, self-serve dog wash station and AAHA accredited facility. The open house will feature FREE food, educational demonstrations, FREE raffles, FREE doggie wash, and adoptable pets. For more information, call 687-9201.

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.

Musicians Swap Meet. The Florissant Grange will host a Musicians Swap Meet on April 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring the equipment you wish to sell, or come shopping for equipment you may need. See you there. For more information call 748-035

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. 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.

Spring Concert. The Woodland Park Community Singers explore the theme of love through a variety of songs during a Shades of Love Spring Concert on April 7 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 3 to 4 p.m. They will be joined by special guest Corner Street Dance of Woodland Park. For more information, contact Irwin at 719 748 8523.

Sunday, April 7

Nourish. The Woodland Park Public Library will host another Environmental Film Series, with the showing of “Nourish” on April 7 at 1:30 p.m. This film is described by environmental film critics as “beautiful and thought-provoking.” By providing a big-picture view, “Nourish” reveals the many ways that food connects to our environment, our health, and our communities. Most importantly, Nourish offers specific steps that individuals and groups can take to create a sustainable food future. Co-sponsored by the Harvest Center. Call 687-9281 x132 for more info.


Joint Replacement Classes. Pikes Peak Regional Hospital’s “Joint Replacement Center” offers free classes twice a month to help educate candidates for joint replacement of what to expect, how to prepare and learn about the surgery. Dr. Michael Messner is the Medical Director for the Center and the class is taught by Registered Nurses.This class is designed to go over all aspects of a total joint replacement. The attendees (along with their spouses or caregivers) can ask questions, watch animated videos and discuss the process with instructors.

Classes are held the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 2-4pm at the hospital. Registration is required. Attendees only need to attend one class, which is repeated for the convenience of the public. For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Wendy Westall, RN, at 719-686-5779. To register for an upcoming class you may contact the hospital at the main number, 719-687-9999, x5769.

Angel of the Hills Exhibit. The Ute Pass Historical Society, in conjunction with the Pikes Peak Regional Medical Center Foundation, presents “Alverta Burns: Angel of the Hills,” an exhibit featuring vintage photographs, medical artifacts and clothing from the lifetime of one of our area’s most respected residents of the last century. Even as late as the 1950s, many remote areas in Colorado did not have resident or even visiting physicians, including Teller County. Fortunately, Teller County had Alverta Burns, a kind ranch wife and registered nurse with a tireless compassion for healing. Alverta’s selfless service was a blessing to area families, friends and neighbors. Her remarkable commitment to the ill and infirm was the subject of a 1956 Saturday Evening Post magazine article. Alverta’s story and many of the everyday objects from her nursing profession are featured in the display, including her medicine bag and nurse’s uniform (courtesy of the Burns family of Woodland Park). The exhibit runs through May in the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital lobby. For more information, contact Karla Schweitzer at 719-686-7512 or via email at

Academy Award Winning Movie, The Woodland Park Public Library will host an Academy Award Winning Movie on April 12 at 1 p.m. This film, an epic love story by Tolstoy, stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law and is rated R. For more information call 687-9281 x132.

Victor Bingo. A bingo session will be held at the Victor Elks Club on April 13 (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.

Crabby Tax Night. Shining Mountain Golf Club will host this annual feast, scheduled for Friday, April 12. Two seatings will occur from 5:30-6:30, and 7-8. Cash Bar. Tickets available at the Shining Mountain Golf Club, Gold Hills Liquor, Mangia Mangia, City Market, Paradise Spirits – $25/ea. Crab, fries, cole slaw, and a beverage. Door Prizes at each seating. Ute Pass Kiwanis sponsors this annual event and proceeds go to scholarships for high school seniors at both Woodland Park and Cripple Creek – Victor high schools. Questions? Call 323-8782.

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

The Fight to Establish Florissant Fossil Beds Relived. On Sunday, April 14, 2013, you are invited to join Dr. Herb Meyer as he talks about his new book “Saved in Time: The Fight to Establish Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument” during a presentation at the Florissant Public Library at 2 p.m. The newly released book by Estella Leopold and Herbert Meyer, detailing the story of these unsung heroes of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. It also exposes the villains as the story unfolds with all of its many twists, turns and insults. Herb Meyer also recounts the exciting fossil discoveries by early paleontologists, homesteaders, and landowners, along with some of the stories behind the national monument. This program is presented as a public service by the Pikes Peak Historical Society together with the Friends of Florissant Fossil Beds. Admission is free but seating is limited. Refreshments will be served, and a book signing will follow. For more information, call 719-748-3562.

Wine Tastings and Special Meals. The Mucky Duck Restaurant and Catering in Green Mountain Falls will offer a five-course South American Dinner and Wine Pairing feast on April 18. For more information, call 684-2008 or visit

Annual Chili Cook-Off and Entertainment. The Florissant Grange will host this popular event on April 20 from noon to 3 p.m. Enter your Chili into our Chili Cook off for only $10. These funds go toward the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes. OR… bake a pie ( or several pies) and donate it/them to our pie auction. This silent auction is the fundraising part of the day. All funds go the “Old School House” renovation project. Enjoy your favorite bowl of Chili and the fixins for a suggested donation of $5 and listen to some of THE BEST entertainment in the area. We have a great line up this year, so DON’T MISS THIS EVENT!!! 748.0358

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.

Job Fair. In January 2013, the Teller County Unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, up three-tenths of a percent from December and two-tenths of a percent from January 2012. This means that over 1000 people in Teller County were officially listed as unemployed. This number does not include those discouraged workers who have stopped actively looking for a job. To connect hiring businesses with work-ready Teller County job seekers, the Pikes Peak Workforce Center will host a job fair on Tuesday, April 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Aspen Mine Community Center.Employers interested in booth space should contact Hank Nelson at or 719.689-3584.Job fair attendees should dress appropriately, bring multiple copies of their résumés and application information to help them fill out applications.

Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine Tours. These popular tours begin Memorial Day and extend through Labor Day. Visit a working gold mine and experience large-scale modern surface mining in action. The cost of the tour is $7.50 per person. Must be 5 or older to take the tour. Details and reservations at

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
Used Book Sale and History Research. The Old Colorado City History Center on 24th Street in Old Colorado City will feature its 1st Annual Used Book Sale. Over 2,000 titles, gently used and new, fiction, nonfiction, children’s, science, fantasy, mystery, history, cookbooks and more will be available on April 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. And on April 12, the History Center will feature The Research Factor in Historical Fiction. Presenters Bert Entwistle and John Dwaine McKenna will talk about how to research in preparation for writing historical fiction and the use of historical characters as inspiration for historical fiction characters. This will be an insightful presentation with a window into the authorial thought process. The program is free for society members, nonmembers $5, children free. Doors open at 10:30 – seating is limited. Call 636-1225 for more information about these events.