Almanac For Week Of February 12th

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Wednesday, Feb. 12

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

A Yoga Class will be held at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation on Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30pm at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation throughout the month for only $7.

Thursday, Feb. 13
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Feb. 13 at 9:15am in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

Kiwanis Bingo.  The Shining Mountain Golf Club will host the Kiwanis Bingo on Feb. 13 at 6:30pm. 719-687-7587

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Feb. 13 at 7pm in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Feb. 14
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Library. 719-687-0418.
Upcoming

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 www.TellerForecast.com

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.
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

Archery League Shooting will be held at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation from 5 to 8 pm on Feb. 14, 21 and 28.  The cost is $5. Pot Luck Buffet table is free if you bring a dish to share.

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

Happy Valentine’s Day.  A number of local restaurants and businesses are doing Valentine specials. Check this week’s issue of TMJ or visit www.mountainjackpot.com.  

Saturday, Feb. 15 
Great Backyard Bird Count. The Friends of Florissant Fossil Beds along with Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will host the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9am to noon.  Everyone will meet at the visitor center at 9am to receive instructions for the count and refreshments. For more information or to register call Sally McCracken at 719-687-9204. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument along with America’s 400 other national park units will waive entrance fees from Feb. 15-17 in honor of President’s Day Weekend.  Besides the Great Backyard Bird Count, a number of other programs will be held throughout the weekend. 719-748-3253.

A Dog Obedience Class will be held at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation on Feb. 15 from 10 to 11:30 a Must Pre- Register by calling 689-3514. The fee is $20.  

A Century of Sanctuary. The Free Mine Shots series, sponsored by the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company, will feature “A Century of Sanctuary,” with Mark Turk, the executive director of The Myron Stratton Home, on Feb. 15 at the CC&V Visitors Center (371 Bennett Avenue, Cripple Creek). The presentation begins at 10 am. RSVP at 719-689-2341.

Ice Festival Entertainment. The Butte Theater celebrates the Cripple Creek Ice Festival by hosing performances throughout the weekend, including a RIP Improv Group on Sat. Feb. 15 with shows at 1 and 4 pm. On Feb. 16, the Butte will feature a Comedy Hypnotist, with shows at 1 and 4 pm. No reservations are required for these performances.  Tickets are only $5.  

Sunday, Feb. 16
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 is 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 information, call 719-476-2200 or visit Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub at 21 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs.

Ongoing
Library Lovers Month. All February long celebrate Library Lovers Month at the Rampart Library District! Stop in your local library to decorate a heart and display on our tree telling us why you love your library.

Anti-Aging Stretch Workout for Women will be held at the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation facility from 10:30 to noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the month. The cost is only $5. Call 689-3514.  

Upcoming
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 get published. 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. 

Samantha Fish Show. The Crystola Roadhouse in Crystola will host music star Samantha Fish for a return engagement on Saturday, March 1.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and show time is 8p.m. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.amusiccompanyinc or in person at the Crystola Roadhouse.

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.