Almanac For Week Of February 4th


Tuesday, Feb. 4 

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. 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 by Teller Tea Party Patriots.
The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet Feb. 4 at 7pm in the council chambers at the temporary town hall (Joyland Church facility).

Wednesday, Feb. 5
The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45am in Denny’s Restaurant in Woodland Park.
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, visit
The Cripple Creek City Council will meet Feb. 5 at 5:30pm in the CC Council Chambers at town hall.

Thursday, Feb. 6
The Woodland Park City Council will meet Feb. 6 at 7pm in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Feb. 7
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Library. 719-687-0418.
Partake in FREE SOUP Fridays at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation from 11:30am to 12:30pm. 689-3514.

Saturday, Feb. 8
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
South Park Ice Masters. The next two contests for the Cabela Classic Ice Fishing Tournament at Eleven Mile Reservoir are the South Park Ice Masters on February 8 and the Marina March Madness on March 8. The Ice Masters is a trout-only contest with two fish, heaviest weight taking first place. The Tournament pays cash to 20 percent of the field. or call 748-0317.
A Pet Vaccination Clinic will be offered by Dr. Jim Wright, DVM on Saturday, February 8, 9am to noon at the Victor Fire Station. Come vaccinate your dogs and cats. Equine vaccinations also available if requested in advance. Victor residents buy a Victor dog license and get a free rabies vaccination. 719-748-3253.
Hikes for Your Health. Join a ranger on the new Hikes for Your Health program, featuring hikes on Florissant Fossil Bed’s trails through the middle of March. The hikes will be held every Wednesday and Saturday at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Meet at the Florissant Fossil Beds Visitor Center at 10am. Call 719-748-3253.

Sunday, Feb. 9
Final 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.
Florissant Mammoth. The Pikes Peak Historical Society will host geologist Steven Veatch on Sunday, February 9 at 2pm at the Florissant Public Library. Veatch will talk about the discovery of the Florissant mammoth and its importance to science. The Florissant mammoth was radiocarbon dated to approximately 50,000 years ago. There are only 78 documented mammoth sites in Colorado, and only nine of these sites occur at high elevations. Admission is free. 719-748-3562.
Musical Valentine. The Ute Pass Chamber Players presents a Musical Valentine, featuring music of Telemann, Saint Saens, Schumann and Romantic Pieces for Flute and Classical Guitar, during a performance on Feb. 9 at High View Baptist Church in Woodland Park (1151 Rampart Range Road). The concert will start at 3 pm. 686-1798,

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 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. 719-687-5225.
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 the winter. 719-689-3514.

Ice Festival. The seventh annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival is scheduled for February 14-16 and Feb. 22-23. Come watch ice sculptors carve ice into beautiful works of art that will amaze you. The theme for 2014 will feature Cartoons in Ice, and the sculptors will create masterpieces that are sure to amaze! The festivities also include an ice maze, carnival-type games and an ice bar. Visit the city’s website.
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. 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

Manitou Springs Happenings
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 8am. 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.