Almanac For Week Of January 7th

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Tuesday, Jan. 7

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, 10:30am at the Woodland Park Library.  No registration is necessary. 687-9281×103. In addition, check out all of the new computer class offerings at our website http://rampart.colibraries.org.
The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet Jan. 7 at 7pm in the GMF council chambers at the Joyland Church facility.  The trustees will finalize a new ordinance establishing a town manager position and a new contract for Public Works Director Rob McArthur, who is expected to assume the town manager job. 

Wednesday, Jan. 8
The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45am in Denny’s Restaurant in Woodland Park. 
The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Jan. 8 at 5:30pm in the council chambers at city hall. 

Thursday, Jan 9
Kiwanis Bingo.  The Shining Mountain Golf Club will host the Kiwanis Bingo Games on Jan. 9, starting at 6:30 p.m. 687-7587.
The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet Jan. 9 at 7pm in the WP council chambers, next to city hall.   

Friday, Jan. 10
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Library. 719-687-0418.
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.

Partake in FREE SOUP Fridays at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation from 11:30 to 12:30 throughout the remainder of the month. Everyone is welcome. 719-689-3514.

The Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs will host Pauline Reese for a performance on Jan. 10, with the doors opening at 6:30pm. Pauline has twice been named Entertainer of the Year by the Texas Music Association and won Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2012 Texas Music Awards. Reese, who is known for her magnetic stage presence and quick wit, has successfully carved her name in the male dominated music business. Special guest for the evening is local singer/songwriter Sandy Wells.  719-476-2200.

Saturday, Jan. 11 
Ice Fishing Tournament. 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

Winter Farmers Market. Come join us at the Woodland Park Winter Farmers Market on the second Saturday of each month from now through May, 9am to 1pm, inside at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Shop for Winter harvest items, including fruits and vegetables, jams, eggs, organic meats, breads and pastries, dried beans and homemade salsas. Alpaca knits, holiday wreaths, wood products and skin care items and more, as well as hot food and drinks will be available. The next Farmers Market is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 11. Call 689-3133 for more information.

Sunday, Jan. 12
Ice Races. Harry’s Roamers Motorcycle Club presents the 48th Annual Ice Races at Rainbow Falls Mountain Trout Park between Deckers and Woodland Park on Hwy 67. The races start at 9am on January Jan.12,19, 26, and February 9. There is a $10 gate fee for riders and spectators. Children under 12 free with an adult. No alcohol. Visit http://www.harrysroamersmc.com for details and registration. 

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 Harms. For more information, call 719-687-2210. 
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. 719-686-7512.
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. 
Ice Skating Instruction. Ice skating is fun for all ages! Beginners will learn the basic of how to go forward, backward and stop. Intermediate skaters are already comfortable on the ice and are ready to learn more advanced techniques. Participants will need their own skates. Classes, sponsored by the Woodland Park Parks and Recreation, begin in early January at the Meadow Wood Sports Complex. 719-687-5225.

Fitness Workouts in Cripple Creek. Workout in the Fitness Center at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation facility (next to city park), open every day Monday through Saturday from 7:30 am to 7:30  pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm. Membership is only a $14 per month.  Silver Sneaker Memberships are FREE for qualifying seniors. Call 719-689-3514.

Roller Skating. Enjoy roller skating at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation from 1 to 4 pm for only $2, skates included, on Fridays throughout January and on Saturday, Jan. 18. 719-689-3514.

Upcoming

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.

Colorado’s Golden Dome: Restoring the People’s House. An informative “Mine Shots” program, featuring Larry Friedberg, a leading state architect, who will tell fascinating stories and show some amazing photos, will be held at the CC&V Visitors Center in Cripple Creek (371 East Bennett Avenue) on Jan. 18 at 11 am. RSVPs are a must. Call 719-689-2341.

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 11:45 am to 1 pm.  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. 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 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, Jan. 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. 719-686-7512 or check our website: utepasshistoricalsociety.org

Second Annual Victor Steam Punk Festival. Step back, or maybe forward in time, for this fun and funky retro-futuristic celebration in Victor Feb. 21-23. Don’t miss the Steam Punk Emporium, the Steam Punk Art Show, Steam Punk Ice Broomball Tournament, the Steam Punk Art Show and more.  Check for details at www.victorcolorado.com. 

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. 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 8:30 to 5 pm. For more information, visit the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce website or call 719-685-5089.