Almanac For Week Of January 21st


Tuesday, Jan. 21

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 Remember to look us up on Facebook (Pikes Peak Regional Hospital & Surgery Center Facebook), our pictures are a hoot

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet at the GMF council chambers (Joyland Church facility) on Jan. 21 at 7 pm.  

Wednesday, Jan. 22

The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45am in Denny’s Restaurant in Woodland Park. 

The Teller County Commissioners will meet Jan. 22 at 9:15 amin the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

Thursday, Jan 23

Kiwanis Bingo.  The Shining Mountain Golf Club will host the Kiwanis Bingo Games Jan. 23, 6:30pm. 719-687-7587.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet Jan. 23 at 7pm in the WP council chambers, next to city hall.   

Friday, Jan. 24

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

Get Active with Tai Chi. Get started on your New Year’s Resolution with the Get Active Series at the Woodland Park Library!  Finish the series on January 24th at 2 pm with an informative and interactive workshop on the practice of Tai Chi!  No registration necessary.  For information call 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.

Archery Shooting. Archery League Shooting at Cripple CreekParks and Recreation will be held from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, Jan. 17.  The cost is only $5.  The Pot Luck Buffet table is free if you bring a dish to share.

Voo Doo  Hawks and 6035 Classic Rock Dance Party.The StargazersTheatre  in Colorado Springs will host two performances on the evening of Jan. 24 free of charge. The Voo Doo Hawks are a popular local cover band, playing southern rock favorites and some great originals as well!6035 plays a tight mix of rock classics from Led Zeppelin to Billy Joel and Journey to the Foo Fighters — songs everyone knows the words to, from groovy hippies to alternative hipsters. The band’s energy is irresistible, and it doesn’t take long to get the whole party dancing. 719-476-2200.

Saturday, Jan. 25 

Hikes for Your Health. Join a ranger on the  new  Hikes for Your Health program, featuring hikes on Florissant Fossil Bed’s trails during the months of January, February and March (through the middle of March). The hikes will be held everySaturday and Wednesday at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.  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. Meet at the Florissant Fossil Beds Visitor Center at 10 am. Call 719-748-3253.

Mueller Park Winter Hikes.  Celebrate 2014 with Colorado Parksand Wildlife by enjoying the crisp mountain air, spectacular views and blue skies at Mueller State Park. The park has a variety of events planned for this winter that will exercise both mind and body. Most activities are scheduled during the weekends. When enjoying the outdoors always have a map and be prepared with water and sun protection. Dress in layers and be sure to have proper footwear. All programs are free but a park pass is required for vehicles to enter the park. A $7 daily park pass or a $70 annual pass is available. For weather updates or for more information on the hikes, call Mueller State Park at 719-687-2366

Active Life Chiropractic and Acupuncture Fundraisers..This winter and spring Active Life Chiropractic and Acupuncture is hosting a series of fundraisers for local charities on the last Saturday of each month. Dr. Cheryl Steen will give a chiropractic adjustment or an acu-stim meridian balancing in exchange for a donation to a local charity. On January 25,the funds raised will go to Help The Needy. On February 22, the funds will go to Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS). On March 29, the funds will go to the American Cancer Society. On April 26, the funds raised will go to Community Cupboard. On May 31, the funds will benefit The Little Chapel of the Hills Food Pantry. Active Life Chiropractic and Acupuncture will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on those dates. They are located at 808 W. Browning Ave in Woodland Park in the little blue building to the north of Foxworth Galbraith. Look for Bony Tony, the wooden skeleton, in front. You can learn more or by calling (719)687-7600.

Safety-4-U. Improve your personal safety strategies with NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim® Program. This Personal Safety and Crime Prevention Seminar will be held at the Shining Mountain Golf Club on Jan. 25 from 1 to 5 pm. The seminar teaches easy to understand methods you can use to increase awareness and prevent criminal confrontation. In just four hours, you will get the tools you need to develop your own personal safety strategy, including information about: The Psychology of the Criminal Mind, Home & Phone Security, Automobile & Travel Security, Personal & Technological Security and Self Defense Devices and Training Options And More! THIS IS NOT A CONCEALED CARRY CLASS. For more information, visit

Sunday, Jan. 26

Ice Races. Harry’s Roamers Motorcycle Club presents the 48thAnnual Ice Races at Rainbow Falls Mountain Trout Parkbetween Deckers and Woodland Park just off Hwy 67. The remaining races in the series are scheduled for Jan. 26, andFebruary 9. The races begin at 9am. There is a $10 gate fee for riders and spectators. Children under 12 free with an adult. No alcohol. Visit for details and registration.

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

Open Gym Basketball at Cresson Elementary in Cripple Creek will be held on  Jan. 26 from 2 to 4 pm.


Winter in Ute Pass Display. The Ute Pass Historical Society, in conjunction with the Woodland Park Public Library, presentsWinter in Ute Pass. In the past, surviving the winters hererequired 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. 719-689-3514.

Call for Entries:  The Mountain Artists is accepting entries for the 29th annual Mountain Arts Festival, scheduled for  August 2nd and 3rd, 2014, to be held outside at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. This is a juried arts’ and crafts’ festival.  Applications are available, the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 719-686-7469.


WP Book Club. The Woodland Park Book Club will meet at the WP Library on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 10:30 am. Join in the discussion of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.  No registration necessary.  For more information call 687-9281 x103.

Driver Safety. The AARP Driver’s Safety Course will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 9 am at the Woodland Park Public Library. The Driver’s Safety course will be taught by a licensed instructor.  The cost is $15 for AARP member and $20 for non-AARP member.  To register, call 687-9281.

Chamber Music Concert. On Sunday, February 9 at 3 pm, First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs is presenting their annual chamber music program, played by members of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and friends.  The program will include a trio for flute, oboe and piano by Alec Templeton; an octet for wind instruments by Franz Krommer; a tango for trumpet, cello and piano by Astor Piazzolla; two songs for mezzo soprano, cello and piano by Johannes Brahms; church sonatas for organ and strings by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; and other works. A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call 633-8888.

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. Call 689-3133 for more information.

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 southeastColorado 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 for more information on the photo contest and Eagle Days. The festival is Jan. 31- Feb. 2.

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 contests at the Park. The remaining competitions in the series include The South Park Ice Masters trout-only contest, which will be held February 8, followed by the Marina March Madness tournament on March 8 for trout, northern pike and kokanee salmon.  All 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 or call 719-748-0317.  For ElevenMile State Park information, please call the office at 719-748-3401 or visit

2nd Annual Teller County Economic Forecast Breakfast. The Teller County Assessor presents the 2nd Annual Teller County Economic Forecast Breakfast, featuring local experts from the public and private sectors brought together to discuss the Teller County economy. The breakfast and forecast forum will be held on Feb. 19 from 8 to 10:30 am at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park. The Forecast features perspectives on recent trends in the real estate, financial, and construction industries, how they impact our local economy, and what the experts predict for the future. For more information and to register, see

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

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

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.

Marijuana guidelines-The Manitou Springs City Council will meet Jan. 21, 7pm in the council chambers.  The council is scheduled to vote on the final guidelines governing future recreational marijuana establishments in Manitou Springs