Tuesday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Celebration. A Christmas Eve service will be held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Dec.24 at 6 pm. This has become an annual event. A number of churches in the area are also hosting special Christmas Eve services. Check with local churches in the area.
Wednesday, Dec. 25
Merry Christmas from the staff of The Mountain Jackpot. Most local businesses and government offices will be closed on Dec. 25. All local casinos, though, will remain open. Check with local government offices prior to visiting them this week.
Thursday, Dec. 26
Final Days for “The Christmas Blaze.” The Thin Air Theatre Company is featuring its final week for the annual Christmas show, “The Christmas Blaze,” at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek, with shows running Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 29. Most performances will be held at 7 pm., 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. 719- 689-3247 or visit ButteTheater.com.
Friday, Dec. 27
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Library. 719-687-0418.
Crafts for all kids! Ms. Julie is opening her cupboards and clearing out the craft supplies at the Woodland Park Public Library on Dec. 27 from 10 am to noon. Come with the ideas and we have the supplies to make it happen. For more information, call 687-9281.
Final weekend for 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 www.victorcolorado.com.
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.
Monday, Dec 30
Kids Free Day. This annual event, scheduled at the Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park on Dec. 30 from 9 am to 4 pm, presents an opportunity to bring the whole family out for a day of fun. Two kids age 12 and under will be admitted FREE with each regular paid adult admission. Marc Straub of “Cool Science” will be there with his experiments. See our website for further details.
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 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.
Tribute to the King of Rock N Roll. Come out and ring in the New Year 2014 with one of the most sought after Elvis tribute artists, our own local “Elvis” for more than 12 years now – Dennis Thornberry. This two hour show full of the best Elvis music will leave you wanting more. The Elvis tribute will be held at the Gold Bar Theatre of the Imperial Hotel on Dec. 31 from 7 to 9 pm. Call 800-224-6037 for more information.
New Year’s Day Hikes. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will sponsor guided hikes in 18 state parks on New Year’s Day, including Mueller State Park and the Eleven Mile Reservoir area, with a special trek led by TMJ’s own Beth Dodd. The First Day Hikes initiative offers individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on Jan. 1, 2014. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. The hikes themselves are free but park visitors must have either a daily parks pass or a valid annual pass. As for hikes in our area, meet Park Naturalist Beth Dodd at the Coyote Ridge Parking Lot Trailhead at the Eleven Mile State Park for a one to two hour hike that will feature information about the survival challenges faced by the plants and animals of Eleven Mile during the cold season. Explore the winter woods and the shores of the frozen lake. Weather and snow conditions permitting, we will hike a mile along the Ponderosa Loop. Bring warm boots, gloves or mittens, and head gear as desired. Water or a thermos of warm liquid would also be beneficial. Three hikes are also scheduled at Mueller State Park from 10 am to noon. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado’s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. http://cpw.state.co.us
Reader’s Choice month. Join in the discussion by bringing a book title that you enjoyed reading over the Holidays for the next meeting of the Woodland Park Book Club, scheduled for Jan. 7 at 10:30 am at the Woodland Park Library. No registration is necessary. For more information call 687-9281×103. In addition, check out all of the new computer class offerings at our website http://rampart.colibraries.org.
Get Active Series. Get started on your New Year’s Resolution with the Get Active Series at the Woodland Park Library! Start off on January 10 at 2 pm with an informative and interactive workshop on the practice of Zumba! No registration necessary. 719-687-9281×103.
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.
BookWorms Gathering. Join in the discussion of the book The Guernsey Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer during a meeting of the BookWorms Book Club at the Florissant Public Library on Jan. 15 at 10:30 a.m. No registration necessary. 719-748-3939
Hikes for Your Health. Join a ranger on a hike for your health on one of Florissant Fossil Bed’s trails during the months of January, February and March. With weather permitting snowshoes are available for use, or bring your own. The hikes will be 2-5 miles at an altitude of 8400 ft. Winter weather can change quickly in the mountains. Dress accordingly and bring plenty of water. Hikes can be moderate to strenuous. Hikes are not recommended for children 10 and younger. The first Hike for Your Health is scheduled for Jan. 15 and Jan. 18 at the Sawmill Trail. Meet at the Visitor Center of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument at 10:00 am. 719-748-3253.
Eagle Days Photo Contest. The Colorado Park and Wildlife is hosting its 3rd annual photo contest in conjunction with the annual Eagle Days Festival at Pueblo State Park. Professional and amateur photographers are encouraged to enter. Photos must be of landscape or native wildlife taken in the southeast Colorado area. Prizes will be awarded in both categories and each category will have two age groups: youth and adult. Photos can be dropped off at Lake Pueblo State Park, the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo or the Pueblo Zoo. The deadline for all entries is 4 pm. Jan. 24, 2014. Please go to www.eagleday.org for more information on the photo contest and Eagle Days. The festival is Jan. 31- Feb. 2.
In The Mood. To the delight of Hepcats, Lindy Hoppers and lovers of Swing Jazz, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s musical revue, In The Mood is coming to Colorado Springs in celebration of its 20th season for two shows at Pikes Peak Center on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 2 pm. and 7:30 pm. For more information, call Nathan at 719-477-2116 or visit www.pikespeakcenter.com.
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 to 7pm on Dec. 24. Call 685-1444.