Wednesday, Nov. 27
The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45am at the Mangia Mangia restaurant in Woodland Park. 719-687-5534.
Meeting Change. The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 9:15am in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. This is a change from their normal meeting schedule due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Timberline Artists meet at 10am every Wednesday upstairs at the Aspen Mine Senior Center in Cripple Creek. Everyone with an interest in art is welcome.
Thursday, Nov. 28
Happy Thanksgiving from the staff of The Mountain Jackpot newspaper. Most government offices will be closed on both Nov 28 and Nov. 29.
Free Thanksgiving bashes. Come on in to Ralf’s in Cripple Creek on Thursday, Nov. 28 from 2 pm to 6 pm for our annual Free Thanksgiving Feast. Bring a dish to share if you like, Everyone is welcome! 719-689-9195. Also in Woodland Park, the Ute Inn Bar and Grill will be offering their annual free Thanksgiving feast, starting around 1 pm. 719-687-1465.
Friday, Nov. 29
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am. at the Woodland Park Library. 719-687-0418.
Saturday, Nov. 30
Mountain Artists Holiday Show and Sale. This annual event is scheduled to take place at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Saturday, Nov. 30 during daytime hours. In addition, the Shop Small Business Saturday promotion will occur throughout Woodland Park.
Cripple Creek Community Christmas Tree Lighting. The third annual tree lighting ceremony will be held at City Park on Nov. 30 at 5:30pm. Sponsored by the Gold Camp Victorian Society and Creations Everlasting, the tree lighting will feature Christmas caroling and a rendition of the Cripple Creek Legend story. Make sure to bring some ornaments to decorate the tree.
Last Chance for 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. The exhibit runs through November in the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital lobby. 719-686-7512, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or utepasshistoricalsociety.org.
The Christmas Gift Shop at the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek is in great need of craft items and other goods. Money will be used for Christmas assistance. Mary 719-689-3584, ext. 3.
Food for Overdue Book Fines. The Woodland Park and Florissant public libraries want 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 donated item is worth up to $1 in library fines. No cash value. Woodland Park Library 719-687-9281 and Florissant Library 748-3939.
Need a Last Minute Holiday gift? Check out a special presentation at the Woodland Park Public Library on Dec. 5 from 3pm to 5 p.m. Make a ‘green’ gift out of recycled book pages! Three simple projects will be demonstrated including an ornament, a wreath, and a pair of earrings. Crafts are suitable for ages 12 years and up. Registration suggested, but not required. Call 687-9281×103.
Lights of Love. The 25th annual Lights of Love Celebration of Love ceremony will be held Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6pm. in the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Sponsored by Prospect Home Care and Hospice, this allows the community to honor and respect our loved ones. The event also features refreshments, music and reading of names of those we honor and remember, and the lighting of our tree. 719-687-0549.
Library Holiday Open House. Stop by the Florissant Public Library for an afternoon of holiday cheer at the Florissant Public Library on Dec. 6 from 11:45am to 3pm. The festivities also include a Cookie Exchange, instruction on the new library catalog, Two different performances of holiday music, and a recycled book gifts craft program. For times and a full schedule of events visit rampart.colibraries.org or call 748-3939.
Senior Circle Christmas Party. On Friday, December 6, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital will be hosting the 2nd annual Senior Circle Christmas party at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, from noon to 1:30pm. The luncheon will feature Chef Paddy’s “Cherry Glazed Ham” with all the fixins plus live music with renowned Piano man and entertainer, “Skip Moore,” a visit from Santa, fun door prizes and much more! 719-686-5802.
Hornbek Homestead Holiday Open House. Start your holiday season with a visit to an 1880’s homestead. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument celebrates the holiday season with an open house at the Hornbek Homestead on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10am to 3pm. Staff and volunteers dressed in period costumes will serve refreshments and conduct tours of the historic 1878 Hornbek Homestead. Come and stand around a warm woodstove and transport yourself to a simpler time. Local artisans will be demonstrating quilting, weaving, and other period crafts.
Lighter Side of Christmas Parade Festivities. The 25th anniversary of the Lighter Side of Christmas Parade, with a “That’s All Folks” theme will take place in downtown Woodland Park on Dec. 7, starting at 6pm. Earlier in the day, the Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa will take place at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, from 8:30am to 11am. The Tweeds store “Sounds of the Seasons Holiday Home Tour” and Virtual Marketplace is also scheduled for Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. Visit www.LighterSideOfChristmas.com.
A Craft Fair will be held at The Sewing Room, 8815 W. Hwy. 24 in Cascade, on Dec. 7 from 10am to 4pm. The event will benefit local families at Christmas by providing food, gifts and a handmade lap quilt made by the quilters at the sewing room. Rachel 303-553-6625.
Bluegrass Music Concert. On Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7:30pm, First Christian Church at 16 East Platte Ave. Jake Schepps and the Expedition Quartet will be performing traditional bluegrass music including a couple of Christmas themed numbers. 719-633-8888.
Second Annual Winter Festival. This popular Yuletide event is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1 to 4 pm at the Gazebo Lake in Green Mountain Falls. The winter festival will feature fun, food, ice skating and caroling! This year’s theme is ‘Deck the Halls, Charlie Brown!’ honoring Charles Schultz and his lovable Peanut’s Gang. The event will start at 1pm with the hunt for the Yule Log, followed by the lighting of the bonfire. Smokey the Bear will be appearing with goodies for the kids. Santa arrives at 1:30pm for all the little ones to share their Christmas wish lists. The Woodland Park Youth Hockey Association will be giving a skills demonstration from 2pm to 3pm and they will be bringing extra skates for anyone who would like a brief ice-skating lesson. Pony rides will be provided by Wishing Star Farms. There will be lots of goodies and activities for young and old! Call Lynda 719- 684-7795.
The Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce will hold a holiday get together on Monday, Dec. 16 from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm at the Rocky Mountain Lodge in Cascade. This is a chance to relax and mingle while enjoying free food, wine and Irish Coffee Eggnog. Rocky Mountain Lodge is located just east of Green Mountain Falls off Hwy 24. Turn North at the traffic light in Cascade (NOTtowards Pikes Peak); make an immediate left onto the frontage road that parallels the highway. Take the next right onto Topeka Ave. Make a left on Hagerman Ave. Rocky Mountain Lodge will be on the left.
Manitou Springs Happenings
HolidayTour. On Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1pm – 5pm. five local Bed & Breakfast Inns and four historic churches will open their doors for the 19th Annual Holiday Tour. Sponsored by the Old Colorado City Historical Society, the event will benefit this non-profit organization and its 1890 History Center. The self-guided tour will take you through beautiful properties lovingly converted to Inns and located in the Old Colorado City historic district in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. They range in style from Queen Anne Victorian to Arts and Crafts to Upscale Contemporary with varied decorating styles. Tickets available in person at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th Street, Colorado Springs or by phone 719-636-1225 or visit www.occhs.org.