Almanac For Week Of April 16th


Tuesday, April 16

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet at the temporary GMF town hall at the Joyland Church facility on April 16 at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17

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 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers at city hall.

Thursday, April 18

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

Spirit Trees. The Woodland Park Public Library will feature the Spirit Trees presentation on Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. This will showcase Florissant historian and author Celinda Kaelin, who will present a slide show and talk about “Spirit Trees” in the Pikes Peak Region. 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 and received rave reviews! For more information call 687-9281, x132.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on April 18 at 7 p.m. in the WP City Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, April 19

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.

Academy Award Winning film. The Woodland Park Public Library on Friday, April 19 at 1 p.m. will host a great Academy Award Winning film presentation. Bring a lunch or snack and join us for this PG rated film based on a best-selling novel, about a boy in the aftermath of a cataclysmic shipwreck. Call 687-9281 x132 for more information.

Fish Fry and Karaoke. On most 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.

African’s Children’s Choir. On Friday evening, April 19th at 7:00 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue is presenting the African Children’s Choir, performing well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals, and rhythmic gospel favorites. These children, whose lives have been marred by tragedy, are radiant with hope, showing the beauty, dignity and potential of all African children. A free will offering will be taken to benefit the Music for Life Institute, which has relief and development programs in seven African countries. For more information, please visit

Saturday, April 20

National Park Week Kick-Off Celebration. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, the National Park Service, and the National Park Foundation invite everyone to get to know their national parks during National Park Week. This year’s dates are April 20 – 28, with free admission to all national parks, including Florissant Fossil Beds from April 22 – 26. Florissant Fossil Beds will kick off this year’s celebration with a free, children’s music concert at the Woodland Park Library on Saturday April 20th at 1p.m. Come dance, sing, and learn about our parks. Participating children will receive a Junior Ranger Badge. Monday through Friday of National Park Week will be free admission to Florissant Fossil Beds where you will be able to see the park’s new visitor center and research facility, hike some of the park’s 14 miles of trails, visit the grounds of a historic homestead, and see the park film. On Saturday, April 27th, the park will host the opening of a new, travelling photography exhibit that was created by teens from the youth center at Fort Carson. The opening of the exhibit will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. On Sunday, April 28th, volunteer interpretive ranger Allan Studer will lead an interpretive talk and hike at Florissant Fossil Beds from 11a.m until 1 p.m. For more information about Florissant Fossil Beds’ activities, please call (719) 748 – 3253 or visit the website at

Hiking for Fun and Fitness. Enjoy the spring; with or without snow! Volunteer naturalist Nancy Remmler of Mueller State Park will guide you on a series of hikes throughout the winter, every first and third Saturday of the month. 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. The next hike is scheduled for April 20. Meet at the Visitor Center Parking lot of Mueller State Park.

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

Sunday, April 21

Earth Day Celebration. The staff and volunteers at Mueller State Park in Divide will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 21 with guided hikes, children’s activities and chances to learn about volcanoes. A variety of activities will be featured throughout the day. Earth Day programs at Mueller State Park are free, but you must have a $7 daily parks pass or a $70 annual pass on your vehicle to enter the park. Mueller State Park is located 4-miles south of Divide on Highway 67. For weather updates or for more information, call 719-687-2366.


Golf Course is Open

The Shining Mountain Golf Course in Woodland Park is now open for play, weather permitting. Tee times are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Ute Pass Chamber Mixer. The Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Member Mixer on Monday, April 22 from 6-8pm at Marcroft Hall in Chipita Park. The theme will be ‘Earth Day’ and there will be a door prize for the first person to arrive in tie-dyed attire. Finger-food and beverages will be provided. This is a great way to get to know other chamber members and make business connections within the Ute Pass Area.

Surviving and Thriving After the Waldo Canyon Fire. A Business Disaster Preparedness forum, entitled Surviving and Thriving After the Waldo Canyon Fire will be held on April 23 at Gold Hill Theatre (615 Midland Avenue, Woodland Park), at 8 a.m. The doors open at 7:30 a.m. The forum is sponsored by Park State Bank & Trust, the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center, City of Colorado Springs, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and other entities. A panel of experts will discuss such business disaster mitigation topics as insurance, finance, loans, marketing, recovery and resiliency. The event is free, but registration is required by visiting

Common and Not So Common Birds of Colorado. Woodland Park Public Library will feature a “Common and Not So Common Birds of Colorado” presentation on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. This presentation will be lead by Charlie Campbell. Call 687-9281 x132 for more information.

Johnny Jump Up Plant Sale. The annual Johnny Jump Up Plant Sale, sponsored by the Prospect Home Care and Hospice, will soon kick off. Make your orders starting April 29. The plant pick-up date is slated for May 21 at the purchase location. For more information, call Janet at 687-0549.

Senior Citizen Brunch. The annual Senior Citizen Brunch, sponsored by the Woodland Park School District RE-2 District, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the high school commons. The event features food and great entertainment, provided by the district’s talented students. Transportation to the high school commons will be provided from the Woodland Park senior citizens center (in the back of city hall) and back. The bus will leave the senior citizens center at 8:50 a.m. Please RSVP at 687-3877 by April 19.

Victor Bingo. A bingo session will be held at the Victor Elks Club (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. The next session is scheduled for April 2

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.

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. 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

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.

Spring Bazaar. The Help U Club is planning their first Spring Bazaar fundraiser to help those in need in our community. The Bazaar is scheduled for Sat. May 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at

the Lake George Community Center, 391141 West Hwy. 24 in Lake George. The featured artist is Charlotte Lee. The event will feature crafters, a bake sale, yard Sale and Lunch will be served.

Please come help us to help our community. For more information, call Judy Hummer, treasurer of the Help U. Club at 686-1534.

Cemetery Tour. The Victor Lowell Museum will sponsor a tour of the 1890s Sunnyside Cemetery on Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person. This benefits the Lowell Thomas Museum. Reservations and on-line tickets by credit card are available at Tickets are available by cash only at the cemetery gate. The tour begins at the Sunnyside Cemetery, south of town on Seventh Street. For more information, call 689-2675.

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.

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

Gem and Mineral Show. The Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) will be hosting the first Gem and Mineral Show in Victor, Colorado June 22-23. Vendors are welcome to sell their gems and minerals at this show which will be held in downtown Victor. Vendor spaces are available for $20-30 for the entire weekend until April 15. Spaces may still be available after that time at increased prices.

For more information on the STCFG or this event, visit, email, or call 719-689-2675

Manitou Springs Happenings

Health Fair. The Southern Colorado 9Health Fair is coming again to Manitou Springs. The purpose of the 9Health Fair is to promote health awareness and to encourage individuals to assume responsibility for their own health by offering free and low cost screenings.9Health Fair will be on Saturday April 20 at the City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue. Hours of the 9Health Fair are from 7 noon. Some of the free services and basic screenings which will be offered include blood pressure & pulse screening, height & weight, body mass index, vision, hearing, oral screening, “Ask The Pharmacist”, “Ask a Medical Question” to a medical professional, pulse oximeter, spinal screening and CPR & AED orientations. A wide variety of services will be offered during the 9 Health Fair. For additional information or directions please contact the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development at 719 685-5089.

Flood Awareness Meeting. A community meeting will be held on April 24 in the Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. to advise residents on how to make preparations and protect their properties from potential floods that may occur this summer and fall, as a result of the Waldo Canyon burn scar. The meeting is being hosted by the El Paso County government and will feature representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, National Weather Service, Coalition of Upper South Platte, Rocky Mountain Insurance Agency, El Paso County Office of Emergency Management, El Paso County Department of Transportation and many more agencies, along with key elected leaders in the area.