Almanac For Week Of December 31st

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Tuesday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve celebrations. A number of local business and all local casinos are doing major celebrations to usher in the New Year. Visit www.mountainjackpot.com for details. 

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 Room Theatre of the Imperial Hotel on Dec. 31 from 7 to 9 pm. Call 800-224-6037 for more information. 
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Happy New Year from the staff of The Mountain Jackpot. Most local businesses and government offices will be closed Jan. 1.  All local casinos, though, will remain open. Check with local government offices prior to visiting them this week. 

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

Ice Skating Instruction. Ice skating is fun for all ages! Beginners will learn the basics of how to go forward, backward and stop. Intermediate skaters who are already comfortable on the ice can learn more advanced techniques. Participants will need their own skates. Classes, sponsored by the Woodland Park Parks and Recreation, begin on Jan. 1 at the Meadow Wood Sports Complex. For more information, call Judy Bundy at 719-687-5225. 
Thursday, Jan 2
Kiwanis Bingo.  The Shining Mountain Golf Club will host the Kiwanis bingo games, starting at 6:30pm. For more information, call 719-687-7587.

Meeting Cancellation. The Woodland Park City Council meeting, originally scheduled for Jan. 2 at 7pm, has been cancelled.   
Friday, Jan. 3
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Library. 719-687-0418.

Mat Pilates. This class, scheduled for Jan. 2 from 11:30am to 12:30pm at the WP Parks and Recreation classroom at 204 W. South Ave., works to improve core strength and flexibility. Learn to move efficiently, reducing risk of injuries, while participating in other sports and activities. Learn the Pilates Principles and how to apply them to your daily routines. All levels welcome! Call Judy Bundy at 719-687-5225.

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, Jan. 4 

Memphis Bound! Night of Blues. On the evening of Saturday, Jan. 4, the Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs will host a big blues gala, featuring the award-winning Boogie Shoes comprised of Austin Johnson and Jake Loggins, and Jeremy Vasquez and the 11mile Band. Special guests, the Jake Loggins Band, will also perform -what an awesome night of blues!  Call 719-476-2200.
Ongoing
Winter in Ute Pass Display. The Ute Pass Historical Society, in conjunction with the Woodland Park Public Library, presents Winter in Ute Pass. In the past, surviving the winters here required a certain amount of self-reliance. Snowy roads could disrupt communication and transportation, and schools and businesses might close. Wintry conditions could hamper normal routine for days. Despite the hardships, residents found opportunities to make their own entertainment. Neighbors gathered together for food, games and fellowship at their homes, churches and community centers. Winter in Ute Pass highlights items that a young family might enjoy: a toy train, a Raggedy Ann doll, and classic games like Bingo. Artifacts, photographs, and stories related to outdoor activities such as ice skating, sledding, and skiing are also featured. The exhibit is on the third floor of the library, next to the Colorado Room, and runs through February. For more information, contact UPHS at719-686-7512.

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.
Ice Skating and Hockey action. The Meadow Wood Sports Complex Ice Skating Rink is now open daily for open skating and open hockey and for various league competitions. Check the Woodland Park city website for specific times. 
Upcoming
Meeting Change. The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 9:15am in the Centennial Building for their initial organization meeting and to discuss a plan for a dog sled race. This marks a change from the normal meeting times for the commissioners. 
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 2pm 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.

Woodland Park Wind Symphony. The Woodland Park Wind Symphony will perform a free winter concert on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, starting at 7pm. Donations are welcome.  The Woodland Park Wind Symphony is a non-profit organization, and is under the direction of Craig Hars. For more information, call 719-687-2210. 
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 am.  No registration necessary.  719-748-3939
Hikes for Your Health. Weather permitting, join a ranger guided Hike for your Health on one of the Florissant Fossil Beds trails during the months of January, February and March.  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 again on Jan. 18 at the Sawmill Trail. Meet at the Visitor Center of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument at 10:00am. 719-748-3253.

A “must see” history program. David Martinek, of the Ute Pass Historical Society (also Coldwell Banker) will give a slideshow about “The History & Renovation Plans of the Midland Depot” at the WP Senior Citizens Club, 312 N. Center St., 719-687-3877. The program and luncheon is scheduled for Jan. 21 from 11:45am to 1pm.  The luncheon will be provided by Pikes Peak Regional Hospital. The meal is free, however, donations to the Senior Center are most welcome. Please rsvp to Karen Earley at 719-686-5802 or karenearley@pprh.net. Remember to look us up on Facebook (Pikes Peak Regional Hospital & Surgery Center Facebook), our pictures are a hoot!

Eagle Days Photo Contest.  Colorado Parks 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 4pm. 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.

Colorado Midland: A Train Ride. The Ute Pass Historical Society & Pikes Peak Museum will hold their Annual Patron Luncheon on Sunday, January 26 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. A program will follow the Luncheon, and is open to the public. The presentation entitled Colorado Midland: A Train Ride, by popular local historian and author Mel McFarland, begins 
at 1:45pm. Select items from the UPHS Gift Shop will be available for purchase at the function; cash or check only, please. For more information, please call UPHS: 719-686-7512 or check our website at www.utepasshistoricalsociety.org. 

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 2pm. and 7:30pm. For more information, call Nathan at 719-477-2116 or visit www.pikespeakcenter.com. 

Manitou Springs Happenings
Free ski time at Monarch. For every $75 you spend at a Manitou Springs business (save your receipts), you will receive a buy one, get one free voucher for Monarch Mountain from now until the end of March. To receive this offer, bring your receipts to the chamber of commerce office at 354 Manitou Avenue from 8:30am to 5pm. For more information, visit the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce website or call 719-685-5089.