Almanac For Week Of September 24th


Tuesday , Sept. 24

Cripple Creek/Victor Christmas Celebration Planning. The Cripple Creek/Victor Christmas Planning Committee’s next three meetings will be Sept. 24, Oct.8 and 22. 9 a.m. in the conference room at the Aspen Mine Center. This group does the planning for the annual Cripple Creek and Victor Christmas celebration and several day Yuletide festival. Attend or call Kathi 659-3599.

Wednesday, September 25

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.

Thursday, September 26

The Teller County Commissioners will meet at 9:15 a.m. on Sept. 26 in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

Joint Replacement Classes. Pikes Peak Regional Hospital & Surgery Center offers free classes on total joint replacement. Classes are free and offered every 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month. The next class will be Thursday, September 26. Learn about the benefits of Joint Replacement, what to expect and how to prepare. You don’t have to be scheduled for a joint replacement to attend a class. The classes are held at Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, 16420 W. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, in the Café Meeting room. They run from 2pm to 4pm. Classes will be repeated for new attendees every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Wendy Westall, at 719-686-5779. To register for an upcoming class you may contact the hospital at 719- 686-5769.

Shining Mountain Scrambles. The Shining Mountain Golf Course is doing its ever popular, weekly night 9-hole scrambles and parties for players of all abilities. Sign-up to play by 4 p.m. on Thursdays. The actual golf, with a shotgun start, gets started around 5:30 p.m. Great appetizers and drinks follow the round. Based on past experiences by TMJ staffers and hackers and a few amazing players, these are great, fun events. For more information, call 687-7587.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Woodland Park Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Sept. 27

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.

Ass in the Grass. The popular Ass in the Grass Music Series, featuring diverse performances in the summer and fall, will occur on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon outdoors in Woodland Park at the corner of Henrietta and Park.. For more information, call Pam Sirko, Coordinator of the Woodland Park Fine Arts, Crafts, Authors and Musicians, at 687-3731 or 232-4449.

Spike Camp Banquet. Please join the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation at our 3rd annual Spike Camp Banquet at the Shining Mountain Golf Course in Woodland Park. The Banquet is scheduled for 5:00 PM on September 27th, 2013. We will have some outstanding items in our live and silent auctions as well as games and raffles. Since 1984 the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has protected or enhanced 6.5 million acres across the United States including 225,00 acres in Colorado. For information and tickets please contact Sue Davis at 719 294-7126 or

Fish Fry and Karaoke. On Friday evenings, 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! In addition, check out the great dinner specials during the weekend. For more information, call 687-7587.

Final Showings for Star Spangled Girl. The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek is hosting the popular Star Spangled Girl classic of Neil Simon, set in San Francisco. The show, performed by the Thin Air Theatre Company, will feature regular performances through Sept. 28. Visit the Butte Theater website for ticket information or for more information about show times, or call 689-6402 or 689-3247.

Bugling of the Bull Elk. Take part in a Rocky Mountain tradition: listening for the bugling of the bull Elk (Wapiti) on an autumn evening. Join a ranger at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to learn about, listen for and look for wild Wapiti. Programs run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for September 27 – 29 (5:00 PM to 7:30 PM); and October 4 – 6 (4:45 PM to 7:15 PM). These programs will include a brief presentation about these magnificent animals, followed by an off trail hike of up to 2 miles during which we will look and listen for the elk in the wild. Normal entrance fees to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will apply ($3 per adult, 16 and older). Annual passes to the Fossil Beds are available for $15 (good for the cardholder and 3 other adults). For more information or reservations call 719-748-3253 and ask for Jeff (ext. 161).

Saturday, Sept. 28

Cripple Creek Aspen Tours. The 2 Mile High Club in Cripple Creek will conduct its final weekend of aspen jeep tours, featuring ideal views of the autumn foliage on Sept. 28-29. The free tours, with donations accepted, last about 45 minutes. The tours depart from the Cripple Creek District Museum. See for more details.

Gold Coin Raffle. Win a one-quarter ounce collector coin with a gold value of $300 (as of July 2013). All tickets are $10 each. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Proceeds support the Southern Teller County Focus Group’s trails projects. You can find information about purchasing tickets at Drawing will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. at the CC&V Mine Building at 100 N. 3rd Street in Victor

Free Medicare. The Woodland Park Senior Club will sponsor a FREE Medicare presentation on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center: Understanding Your Medicare Options. Presenter is Lisa Hietala from the Senior Insurance Assistance program at the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging. Bring your questions about Medicare.

Free Parks Day. Celebrate National Public Lands Day with a Free Free Day at Florissant Fossil Beds on Saturday, September 28. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument as well as the 400 national park areas across United States will be waiving entrance fees on Saturday, September 28 in honor of National Public Lands Day. During the fee-free day, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will offer special ranger-led programs throughout the day. In addition to National Public Lands Day (September 28) the park will offer a free weekend in November Veterans Day Weekend (November 9-11). To learn more about fee-free days in all 400 national park units around the country, go to Please call (719) 748-3253 for further information and weather updates. Follow us on Twitter at @FlorissantNPS and on Facebook/FlorissantNPS or visit the park’s website at

Lowell Thomas Museum Hours. The popular museum in Victor is open on weekends in September and October, plus additional weekends during the holidays as weather permits. The museum is from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with gold panning from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 per adult, $5 per senior (62 and older) and $4 per child (12 and under), which includes one hour of gold panning.

Mueller State Park Day Hikes and Programs. The crisp air of September is replacing the monsoons of August. Come join us and enjoy the bright gold of the aspens, the call of the elk and the blue, blue skies of the high country, and partake in a variety of nature programs. All of our offered programs are free, but you must have a $7 daily parks pass or a $70 annual pass on your vehicle to enter the park. When enjoying the outdoors, always have a map and be prepared with water, sun and rain protection and be dressed in layers. For weather updates or for more information, call Mueller State Park at 719-687-2366.Mueller State Park is located 4-miles south of Divide on Highway 67.
Munchkin Market. The Ute Pass MOPS Munchkin Market will be scheduled from Oct. 3-5 at the Woodland Park Community Church, 800 Valley View Drive. This is a HUGE children’s consignment sale in Woodland Park featuring gently used clothing, shoes and accessories (infant to junior). Toys, media, play equipment, strollers, high chairs, sporting goods, baby maternity, bedding and more! The specific times are Thursday October 3rd 5-8PM; Friday October 4th 9AM-1PM AND 5-8PM; and Saturday October 5th 9AM-1PM (Everything half price!)Call 719-208-7558 for more information or visit

Fall Bazaar. The Annual Fall Bazaar at Woodland Park Senior Center is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bazaar will feature senior crafters, holiday items and our usual mish mash of recycled goods. Bake Sale. And Quilters Above the Clouds will be selling fabric.

Dance the Night Away. Dance the Night Away at Ute Pass Cultural Center on Oct. 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. during an event sponsored by the Pikes Peak Regional Medical Center. Music will be featured by the Cari Dell Trio. Disco, Classic Rock & Requests. $15 at the door.

Fall Activity Festival. The Ute Pass Social Club of Teller County will host a Fall Activity Festival to demonstrate many club activities such as hiking, luncheons, needle crafts, card games, and others on Oct. 8, 2013 from 1 to 4 PM. It will be held at Cathedral Ridge Conference Center , Highway 67, north of Woodland Park. Members, both current and new, as well as interested ladies in the area are welcome. Demonstrations, activities, conversation, door prizes and pie will be featured. The event is free. Reservations for the event can be made to Mary Ann Schroeder (687 1773) or Danna Weber by Sept 30. Come meet new friends and join great activities in the Teller area.

Central City Creepy Crawl. Explore Central City’s most infamous haunts with free walking tours of the town’s ghostly hot spots. The fifth annual Creepy Crawl includes creepier stories and new, eerie destinations with a host of supernatural sightings. The 60 minute walking tours are hosted by The Gilpin Historical Society. It is scheduled for four Saturdays in Oct – Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. The tours leave at 7 p.m. and then every 20 minutes until 9:40 p.m. The tours leave from the side entrance of Century Casino on Gregory Street. Central City has quite a few haunted buildings, and guests will get a chance to tour them at the Creepy Crawl. During the tours, Gilpen County Historical Society volunteers tell the true stories that go with the hauntings still active today. Those stories will make your hair stand on end. Tickets to the creepiest tour yet are just $10 each and can be purchased at any King Soopers or City Market locations, online at or by phone at 1-866-464-2626. For more information visit

Museum Benefit Auction. Tava (Ute for Pikes Peak) commands the eastern horizon of Teller County, and is a constant reminder of the First Nation of people in this region. Pikes Peak Historical Society, headquartered in Florissant, honors this heritage each year by helping the Ute to return to their homelands. In August, 2005, the Pikes Peak Historical Society opened their new 2600 square foot Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum in downtown Florissant . In order to pay the mortgage on their museum, the Pikes Peak Historical Society is holding a benefit auction at 2:00 pm at the Florissant Library on Saturday, October 12. Merchants and residents throughout Teller County have donated everything from dinners for two, weekend getaways, gems and minerals of the region, crafts and artwork. These, and more, will be auctioned in a fun-filled afternoon at the Florissant Library, located at 334 Circle Drive next to the Community Park in Florissant . Hot, spiced cider, coffee, juice and popcorn will be provided free. There is no admission to the auction. Items will be available for viewing at 12 p.m. prior to the auction. For more information, please call 719-748-3562.

A Tribute to Our Veterans. The Ute Pass Historical Society, in conjunction with the Woodland Park Public Library, presents A Tribute to our Local World War II Veterans, an exhibit featuring vintage artifacts, photographs, and vignettes of two soldiers from the Pikes Peak region who served our country during the war years.The exhibit is on display on the Library’s second floor, near the Colorado Room, and runs through November. For more information, call UPHS at 719.686.7512 or via e mail at

Food Pantry Fundraiser. A fundraiser to help support the Church in the Wildwood Food Pantry in Green Mountain Falls will be held on Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church. There will be lots of great items for sale, and they are locally made. In addition, the event will feature a silent auction. Come and support the Wildwood Food Pantry. Call 684-9427 for more details.

A Cup of Christmas Tea. On Saturday, November 2, a “A Cup Of Christmas Tea” will be held in the Aspen Mine Cener in Cripple Creek. Hosts/Hostesses are needed. Tickets are $15, limited seating. Contact Kathi at 659-3599 or

Transportation’s Local Coordinating Council of Teller County meets the 3rd Monday of every month at the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek. This 9 am meeting is open to the public.

QFM Quest for Mastery online classes. Learn these tools that can help you to manifest your highest potential, and overcome issues in your life.

This program is based on the Wisdom teachings of Archangel Michael. For more information email Jimena at or

call 719-306-0772. Classes offered in English and Spanish.

Manitou Springs Happenings

Manitou Emergency Recovery Fund. In the wake of recent flooding generated by runoff from the Waldo Canyon burn scar, the Manitou Springs community has established the Manitou Emergency and Recovery Fund through the Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF) to support emergency relief as well as short-term and long-term recovery efforts. Funds raised will be used to benefit non-profits and other agencies providing support to residents and businesses impacted by flooding, as well as benefit business recovery activities and infrastructure improvements. PPCF is underwriting all of the administrative costs associated with the Fund. Donations made to the fund are tax-deductible and can be made by check payable to PPCF – Manitou Emergency and Recovery Fund (ME&RF) and mailed or hand-delivered to:Pikes Peak Community Foundation, 730 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829 iManitou,354 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829On-line giving will be available soon. For more information contact Marcy Morrison at 719-685-5089 or via email at