Almanac For Week Of January 29 th

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Wednesday, Jan. 29

The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45am in Denny’s Restaurant in Woodland Park.
Stretch Workout. Anti-Aging Stretch Workout for Women will be held at the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation (June Hack) center,10 to11am for only $5 on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and Friday, Jan. 31. 719- 689-3514.

Ballet. Ballet for kids 7 and up will be held at the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation (June Hack) center on Jan. 29, 4:15 to 5:45 pm, for only $5. 719-689-3514

The Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual meeting on Jan. 29 at the Mucky Duck Restaurant in Green Mountain Falls at 6:30 pm. Chamber officers will be elected and plans will be announced for the upcoming year.

Thursday, Jan 30
Mat Pilates. This class 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. The Mat Pilates class is scheduled for Jan. 30, 11:30am to 12:30pm at the Woodland Park Parks and Recreation Classroom at 204 W. South Ave. Call Judy Bindy at 719-687-5225.

Friday, Jan. 31
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. 719-687-9281×103.

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

Archery League Shooting at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation will be held on Jan. 31 from 5 to 8pm for only $5. Pot Luck Buffet table is free if you bring a dish to share.

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

Free Folk Concert. The Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs will host a free folk concert on the evening of Jan. 31, featuring Here’s To Fighting. This is a folk band brought together by their love for an older form of music designed to carry a story over generations. This story is written by six individuals with eclectic musical and personal backgrounds hoping to pass their thoughts and ideas on to others. Composed now of six members: Gabe Wyatt,lead vocals/rythmn guitar, Chris Owens-lead guitar, Stefan Doucette- up-right bass, Aaron Campbell-drums, Thomas Willmann -banjo and Brea Chadwick-vocals. Gabe, Thomas, and Chris hail from Missouri, and Brea, Stefan, and Aaron were born and raised here in Colorado. 719-476-2200.

Saturday, Feb. 1

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 every Wednesday and Saturday 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 10am. Call 719-748-3253.

Mueller Park Winter Hikes. Celebrate 2014 with Colorado Parks and 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.

 

Sunday, Feb. 2

Super Bowl Sunday. A number of local establishments are offering specials and cheering sections as the Denver Broncos try to capture their first world championship title since 1998, in a much publicized bid against the Seattle Seahawks. Game time is scheduled for around 4:30 pm, but coverage starts shortly after noon. See related stories in TMJ.

Open Gym Basketball at Cresson Elementary in Cripple Creek will be held on Feb. 2 from 2 to 4 pm. Call 689-3514.

Ongoing

Kiwanis Bingo. The Shining Mountain Golf Club will host the Kiwanis Bingo on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 6:30pm. 719-687-7587.

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 $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 2 and 3 2014, to be held outside at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. This is a juried arts’ and crafts’ festival. Applications are available at www.themountainartists.com, the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 719-686-7469.
Upcoming

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

Meet Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Gessler, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, who currently serves as the Colorado Secretary of State. He will appear at Denny’s Restaurant in Woodland Park on Feb. 4 at 6:30 pm during a question and answer forum hosted by the Teller Tea Party Patriots. For more information, visit TTPP@TellerTea Party Patriots.us.

Driver Safety. The AARP Driver’s Safety Course will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 9am 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.

 Economic Forecast Update. As talk of a full economic recovery in 2014 circulates, three of Colorado’s top economists will forecast the state’s fiscal health this year at Vectra Bank’s 21st annual Economic Forecast Update. Colorado business owners and community members across the state are invited to view the event from their desktops as it’s streamed live from 7:30 am – 9:00am, Wednesday, February 5, to study the current economic issues facing business, the state and country. For more information and to register, participants should visit www.vectrabank.com/webcast. Online participants will have the opportunity to ask questions via the webcast and can tweet about the event #VECTRAFORECAST.

 Children’s Fun Day. There will be a free Children’s Fun Day Saturday, February 8, 10am to noon at the Florissant Public Library. There will be music, Valentine making, jewelry making, tattoos, snacks and books to sell. This is our way of thanking the community for supporting our library.

Divide Dog Sled Races. The Rocky Mountain State Games, capped by the Divide Dog Sled Races, will be held on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 at the Hayden Divide Community Park from 10am to 4pm each day. The event, free for spectators, is sponsored by the Highland Center in Divide. For more information, visit www.coloradospringssports.org.

Chamber Music Concert. On Sunday, February 9 at 3pm, 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. 719-633-8888.

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. 719-689-3133.

 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 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

Ice Races. Harry’s Roamers Motorcycle Club presents the 48th Annual Ice Races at Rainbow Falls Mountain Trout Park between Deckers and Woodland Park just off Hwy 67. The remaining races in the series are scheduled for February 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 http://www.harrysroamersmc.com for details and registration.

Celtic concert. Full Set, with special guest comedian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald will perform at the Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs on Sunday, Feb. 16, 3pm with the doors opening at 2pm. Full Set are quickly becoming one of the most well-known bands in the Irish music scene today. All accomplished young musicians in their own right, Full Set creates a stunning and unique sound that is full of energy and innovation, whilst all the time remaining true to their traditional roots. In recent years this young group has received much critical acclaim. Full Set thrills audiences throughout the world with their second album “Notes After Dark” and ensuing concert tour. For ticket informaton, call 719-476-2200 or visit Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub at 21 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs. 

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 10:30am 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 www.TellerForecast.com

Get published. History and Science Writing for Teachers and Learners of All Ages! A Writing Class with local geologist and teacher Steven Veatch on Feb. 22 at The Western Museum of Mining and Industry. Learn to write about nature, history and science. Magazines, newspapers, bloggers, clubs, and schools are looking for articles to share with their audience, and Steven Veatch, geologist and educator, can teach YOU how to PUBLISH. Class size is limited. 719-488-0880 or www.wmmi.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.

QFM Quest for Mastery online classes. Learn these tools that can help you attain your highest potential and overcome issues in your life.
This program is based on the Metaphysical teachings of Archangel Michael. For more information email Jimena at Jimena.yantorno@gmail.com or call 719-306-0772. Classes offered in English and Spanish.

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.

Carnivale Parade and Gumbo Competition. A bit of New Orleans is coming to Manitou Springs! On Saturday, March, 1st in Soda Springs Park, fabulous Chefs will compete with their secret recipes for Gumbo! The Cooking begins at 8 am. Judging begins at 10:45 with public tastings following the judging until 1pm, or when the Gumbo runs out! There is no entry fee for contestants and winners will receive cash prizes & trophies. There is a Professional Division and an Amateur Division. Competition is limited to 18 total entries & pre-registration is required. Tastings are 2/$1, ticket sales end at 12:30pm. The big Carnivale Parade through downtown Manitou Springs begins at 1pm.