Almanac For Week Of December 3rd

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Tuesday, Dec. 3

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Dec.3 at 7pm. in the temporary town hall at the Joyland Church facility.  The trustees will have a public hearing on an ordinance, establishing a town manager style government.  It also may designate Robert McArthur, the current GMF Public Works Director, as the new town manager.

Wednesday, Dec. 4
The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45am at Denny’s restaurant in Woodland. 719-687-5534.
The Cripple Creek City Council will hold a budget meeting on Dec. 4 at 4:45pm in the council chambers at city hall.  It then will host a regular meeting at 5:30pm.  The council is expected to finalize its 2014 budget.  

Thursday, Dec. 5
The Woodland Park City Council will meet at 7pm in the council chambers.  The council is expected to finalize building permit fees and a budget for 2014.
Lights of Love. The 25th annual Lights of Love Celebration of Love ceremony will be held 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. 
Need a last minute Holiday gift?  Check out a special presentation at the Woodland Park Library from 3pm to 5pm. 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.  719- 687-9281×103 

Friday, Dec. 6
Senior Circle Christmas Party. On Friday, December 6, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital will be hosting the 2nd annual Senior Circle Christmas party.  It is being held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 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.
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Library. 719-687-0418.
Florissant Public Library Open House. Stop by for an afternoon of Holiday cheer from 11:45am to 3pm.  The festivities 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 719-748-3939.

Saturday, Dec. 7
Hornbek Homestead Holiday Open House. Start your holiday season with a visit to an 1880s 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. Local artisans will be demonstrating quilting, weaving, and other period crafts.  For children, there will be crafts and activities reminiscent of life in the 1800s. 719-748-3253. 
Lighter Side of Christmas Parade.  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. Visit www.LighterSideOfChristmas.com.
Tweeds “Sounds of the Season” Holiday Home Tour and Virtual Marketplace.  The 15th annual holiday home tour, which features a unique array of beautifully decorated homes, will be held on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 from 10am to 5pm.  The homes on display this year include a historic manor, a retreat center and a chapel. Besides the tours, the festivities showcase entertainment featuring choirs, a harpist, soloist and large ensembles.  www.wphht.org.  
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

Sunday, Dec. 8
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. The group will also be presenting the Colorado Springs premiere of a newly commissioned work by New York City-based composer Matt McBane for banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin, and bass. A free will offering will be taken.  719-633-8888

Ongoing
The Thin Air Theatre Company will feature its annual Christmas show, “The Christmas Blaze,” at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek, with shows running Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from now through Dec. 29. Most performances will be held at 7pm along with a Saturday and Sunday matinee. This show features a variety of community actors and well-known performers at the Butte. Reservations are recommended as this holiday
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.
Upcoming 
Gold Camp Christmas.  Cripple Creek and Victor will host their annual Gold Camp Christmas celebration, with events in both communities from Dec. 13-15.  The festivities include such events as a Parade of Lights, Soup for The Soul, Tour of Lighted Headframes, Silent Auction Bids on Trees, Church in the Wildwood Bell Choir, Treasures of Christmas Scavenger Hunt, Rudolph Dash, Christmas Parade, Colorado Springs Chorale Christmas Concert, Ribbon Cutting for Brian’s park Hockey Rink, Cripple Creek District Museum Activities and much more.  The theme of this year’s celebration deals with “The Gift.” For more information, visit www.Cripple-creek.co.us/events.  
Brian’s Ice Park Opening. December 14, 2pm at the rink located at 4th St. and Spicer Ave. in Victor with a dedication honoring those who have contributed to the project, followed by a visit from Santa including refreshments and fun door prizes. See related article in this issue of TMJ.
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! 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; 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 are available in person at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St. in Colorado Springs or by phone 719-636-1225 or visit www.occhs.org.