Tuesday, Dec. 10
Victor Elks Christmas Basket Drive Deadline. The Teller County Assessor is collecting toys for the annual Victor Elks Christmas Basket project which typically helps over 200 Teller County residents each year. Toy boxes are located at the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek, Tweeds, Teller County Courthouse and the Manor Court Teller County Building or stop by the Double Eagle Casino and Hotel Toy collection deadline is Dec 10. On Dec.11, the toy elves will be picking up donation boxes, so let us know if we need to stop by your place as well. We are accepting non-perishable food items until Dec. 15. And we are accepting cash, as this is a tax deductible organization and we have elves who love to shop. If you have a bicycle that you no longer use, we would love to pass it along to a child who doesn’t have one. Call Betty Clark-Wine at 719-689-2941.
Mock Caucus. The Teller County Republican Central Committee will hold a mock caucus session on Dec. 10 at 7pm. at the Pikes Peak Community Center in Divide. This will provide a good opportunity to learn first-hand about the political caucus process, which will be held next year. Bring an ID for admission. 719-291-7182 for details.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45am at Denny’s restaurant in Woodland Park. 719-687-5534.
Thursday, Dec. 12
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Dec. 12 in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek at 9:15am.
The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet at 7pm in the council chambers next to city hall.
Christmas Magic. The Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs will host Colorado’s own Dave Villano and a variety of musicians for “A Holiday Concert” the evening of Dec. 12. The concert will be a magical evening of traditional Celtic and contemporary holiday music. For more information, call 476-2200.
Friday, Dec. 13
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Library. 719-687-0418.
Fish Fry and Karaoke. On most Fridays, Shining Mountain Golf Club features karaoke. We are hosting Loretta and Friends Karaoke who previously performed at Bucks. Friday night karaoke starts at 8pm and goes until midnight! We will have our fish fry from 4 to 9:30pm with regular menu items available as well. This should be fun, fun, fun so come out and join us for dinner, a drink and a song! In addition, check out the great dinner specials during the weekend. 719-687-7587.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Gold Camp Christmas. Cripple Creek and Victor will host their annual Gold Camp Christmas celebration, with events in both communities from Dec. 12-15. The majority of events are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. 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.” See related story in this week’s TMJ or at www.mountainjackpot.com.
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 story at www.mountainjackpot.com.
Cascade’s 2nd Annual Tree Lighting. Scheduled for Saturday, December 14, from 5-8pm at Midland Cascade Center, 8025 W. Highway 24
Festivities include Christmas Caroling, Santa, Mrs. Claus & their elves, Hot Chocolate, Cider, Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Marshmallow Roasting, Raffle and Silent Auction. All proceeds and donations bring Christmas Cheer to families w/children in the Cascade, Chipita Park & Green Mountain Falls area. If you would like to make a donation, please make checks out to Manitou Springs School District 14/PHC.
Outdoor Living Nativity. Come celebrate Christmas at High View’s Living Nativity on Saturday, December 14. The first presentation will be at 6 pm. At 6:30 refreshments will be provided indoors with Christmas music by “Reflection”. A repeat presentation will follow at 7pm. This is a free, family event. No reservations are required. The location of High View Baptist Church is 1151 Rampart Range Road. Everyone is encouraged to dress warmly. Call 687-8585.
Sunday, Dec. 15
Second Annual Winter Festival. This popular Yuletide event is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1to4 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! Lynda 719-684-7795
Free Tai Chi sessions are offered at the Woodland Park Library every Friday morning. Beginning Class meets at 9am and the Intermediate Class meets at 10am. Use the Midland entrance on the lower level. Classes are co-sponsored by Teller County Health. 719-687-9281. The Florissant Public Library offers free Tai Chi classes on Mondays at the same times. 719-748-3939.
The Christmas Blaze. The Thin Air Theatre Company is featuring 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 7 p.m., along with a Saturday and Sunday matinee. This show features a variety of community stars and well-known performers at the Butte. Reservations are recommended as this holiday performance is one of the more popular Thin Air shows. Call719- 689-3247 or visit ButteTheater.com.
Historic Headframe Holiday Lighting. Marvel at the 20-foot tall holiday ornaments lighting up the historic mine headframes around the gold camp. The lights are visible from the public roads after dark every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through New Year’s Day. Maps are available at the Victor Hotel, the Cripple Creek Welcome Center, or at www.victorcolorado.com.
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.
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 Winery at Pikes Peak in Cascade., across from Wines of Colorado. This is a chance to relax and mingle while enjoying free food, wine and other treats.
Eleven Mile State Park and the 11 Mile Marina are proud to announce that Cabela’s will be the new presenting sponsor for the 2014 Colorado Classic Ice Fishing Tournament, a series of three contests at the Park. The winter ice fishing season will kick off with the Grand Slam tournament on January 11, awarding cash and prizes for trout, northern pike and kokanee salmon. The South Park Ice Masters trout-only contest will be held February 8, followed by the Marina March Madness tournament on March 8 for trout, northern pike and kokanee salmon. All three contests are team events, with a team consisting of two anglers, one of which must be at least 18-years old. Participants may enter one, two or all three events. Those entering all three are eligible to win the Cabela’s Colorado Classic Trophy and bonus cash. The Tournament is known region-wide for its huge cash awards and great prizes. With additional participating sponsors including Berkley, Shakespeare, Eagle Claw and many more, the prizes just keep getting better each year. For more information on the tournament and entry forms, please visit www.11milemarina.com or call 719-748-0317. For Eleven Mile State Park information, please call the office at 719-748-3401 or visit www.parks.state.co.us.
Manitou Springs Happenings
Santa arrives at the Town Clock. The Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Department will bring Santa to the Manitou Town Clock on Christmas Eve inside an antique fire truck to hear those last minute-requests from kids and adults. Santa will listen to gift requests from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 24. Call 685-1444.