Almanac For Week Of October 22nd


Wednesday, Oct. 23

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.
Budget hearings. The city of Cripple Creek will hold budget hearings for Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, starting at 3 p.m., in the council chambers at city hall. These will deal with the city’s proposed 2014 budget. The public is encouraged to attend.

Thursday, Oct. 24

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Oct. 24 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

Celtic Celebration. Celtic and folk music fans will receive a rare treat with the return of Solas, a Irish American band, dubbed as one of the top Celtic acts in the world, during a special performance on Oct. 24 at the Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs. Solas performs age-old Celtic tunes and some amazing originals and even unique versions of popular pop/folk songs from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead. The doors open for the Solas show at 6 p.m. Solas is highly recommended by music critics of the TMJ. Call 476-2200.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Woodland Park Council Chambers, next to city hall.
Budget Forum. The Teller County Commissioners will hold a public budget meeting on Oct 24 at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Building. During this forum, the county’s 2014 budget will be presented. This is the last main opportunity residents and community leaders will have to comment on the county’s fiscal blueprint for next year, prior to final adoption in December. For more details, see related story by visiting

Friday, Oct. 25

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.

Potato Soup Supper. The Potato Soup Supper sponsored by Ute Pass Historical Society and held at the Pikes Peak Community Club, with the dinner starting at 5:30 p.m., will be held on Oct. 25. This annual tradition and fundraising event for UPHS celebrates the agricultural, ranching and railroad heritage of the Ute Pass area.This year, Larry Black will present Pikes Peak’s Shadow, a history of Teller County from its early ranching and lumbering days through the discovery of gold in Cripple Creek and the railroad era. The program is based on a video of the same name created in 1999 to commemorate Teller County’s Centennial celebration. 686.7512.

The Frozen Man. The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek is hosting the final two weeks of its fall show, The Frozen Man and Halloween Olio, from Oct. 4 to Nov. 2, with performances scheduled Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Visit the Butte Theater website for ticket information or for more information about show times, or call 689-6402 or 689-3247 or visit

Saturday, Oct. 26

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. The final tour is scheduled for Oct. 26. The tours leave at 7 p.m. and then every 20 minutes until 9:40 p.m. The tour leaves from the side entrance of Century Casino on Gregory Street. For more information visit

Halloween Happenings. A full lineup of Halloween festivities, both for adults and kids, are planned in the high county this weekend and on Halloween Day. See related article in TMJ for details
Fall Family Fun Fest. The Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Fall Family Fun Fest on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Marcroft Hall, 9105 Chipita Park Road from 4 to 7 p.m. Activities include two 20-minute magic shows performed by local magician Inspector Magic at 4:45 and 5:30. There will also be a photo booth including dress-up props for kids of all ages. We’ll have treats, games and prizes for kids and music will be provided by the Lazy Ol’ Dogs. A spaghetti dinner is included. The cost is $2 per person, $5 families or free with a nonperishable food donation for the Church in the Wildwood Food Pantry. Costumes are encouraged. 684-7795.

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. Call 684-9427 for more details


Chasing the Cure Exhibit. The Ute Pass Historical Society, in conjunction with the Pikes Peak Regional Medical Center Foundation, presents Chasing the Cure: The TB Sanatorium in the Pikes Peak Region, featuring photographs, local history and anecdotes from Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. In the late 1800s, health-seekers flocked to Colorado with the hopes of finding a cure from the deadly disease then known as consumption. Many sought relief at local sanatoriums that offered fresh air and healthful living, such as the Bellvue, Cragmor, Glockner, and Woodmen of the World. Others were treated at less formal locations, such as the Woodland Hotel in Woodland Park . Some unfortunate sufferers succumbed to the false hopes promised by proprietary medicines that often contained deadly ingredients. The exhibit runs through November in the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital lobby. For more information, contact the Ute Pass Historical Society at 719-686-7512, via email at, or check our website at

Food for Fines. The Woodland Park and Florissant public libraries wants to help fill the Community Cupboard! Bring in one non-perishable food item and have up to $1 of your fines waived at either the Woodland Park Public Library or the Florissant Public Library. One item is equal to up to $1 in library fines. No cash value. This campaign kicks off Oct. 28. Call 687-9281 or 748-3939.

Kid Curry’s Last Ride. Imagine that your great grandfather was a notorious outlaw. That he rode with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. And that he killed almost a dozen men, nine of them lawmen. This is the legacy that was left to Pueblo West author, Ann Williams, and now she is sharing her family’s story. The program will be held at the Florissant Public Library, Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. Admission is free but seating is limited. Refreshments will be served, book signing will follow. 719-748-3562.

Cup of Christmas Tea. “A Cup Of Christmas Tea” will be held at the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek, Saturday, November 2.Tickets will be $15. per person. You may attend individually, or by hosting a table and purchasing tickets for that table. Host/Hostesses will bring food and provide table service and duties for their free ticket.

The luncheon starts at 11:30 and concludes at about 1:30. A program featuring “The Twelve Day Of Christmas” and history of Christmas Seals will tie in with the December event theme of “The Gift”. This is a fundraiser for the Gold Camp Christmas Event which is the second weekend in December with many activities planned for Dec. 12-14. 659-3599.

Manitou Springs Happenings

Manitou Springs Emma Crawford Coffin Races and Parade. This legendary event, which has commanded national media attention, is scheduled for Oct. 26 in the 800 block of Manitou Avenue. In the past, as many as 50 competitive teams have raced in this event that celebrates the legacy of Emma Crawford. The races will occur at noon. A free, complimentary shuttle is available. For more information, visit the website of the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce.