Almanac For Week Of February 18th

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Tuesday, Feb. 18

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Feb. 18 at 7 pm in the GMF town hall at Joyland Church. The trustees are expected to discuss new policies concerning how citizen input is handled during local meetings.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

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

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. To register: www.TellerForecast.com

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. Call 719-689-3514.

Meeting Cancellation. The regular meeting of the Cripple Creek City Council, scheduled for Feb. 19, has been cancelled due to no agenda items.

Thursday, Feb. 20

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Feb. 20 at 7 pm in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Feb. 21

The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Library. 719-687-0418.
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Roller Skating. Enjoy roller skating at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation from 1 to 4pm 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. 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.

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.
Saturday, Feb. 22

Chili Cook-Off. The Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club third annual Chili Cook-off” will be held Saturday, February 22 from 11am to 1:30pm at the Woodland Park Senior Center (312 N Center right behind City Hall). Alternative day in case of insurmountable snow is Saturday, March 1. The event will include traditional Chili tastings, judging for 1st and 2nd prizes plus a People’s Choice award. Then lunch will be served featuring, you guessed it, Chili! We’ll throw in cornbread/crackers drinks and dessert. Local singer/songwriter, Bill Lareau will provide musical entertainment. The fee for admission is $6. Better yet, sign up to enter for $10 and have even more fun. All proceeds support activities at the Senior Center. This event is being sponsored by: Ent Federal Credit Union, Serrano Sponsor, and Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, Bell Sponsor. If you are interested in entering your chili ($10), contact Pamela Argo at 687-3877 or 339-0954 or pjargo2010@yahoo.com for an entry form

Cripple Creek Ice Festival. The seventh annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, the town’s premiere winter festival, will be held for the final weekend on Feb. 22-23. Come watch ice sculptors carve ice into beautiful works of art. The theme for 2014 is Cartoons in Ice, and our sculptors have creative masterpieces that are sure to amaze! Interactive sculptures are available for the Ice Festival event attendees to climb on and to have a Kodak moment. The festivities also include an ice maze, carnival-type games and an ice bar. For more information, visit the city of Cripple Creek’s main website

Ice Festival Shows. The Butte Theater celebrates the Cripple Creek Ice Festival by hosting performances throughout the event. This weekend’s entertainment includes Mickey Burdick’s Magik Ecksplosion on Sat. Feb. 22 with shows at 1 and 4pm. On Feb. 23 the Butte will feature a Comedy Ventriloquist, with shows at 1 and 4pm. No reservations are required for these performances. Tickets are only $5.

U.S. Senate Debate. The Teller Tea Party Patriots will sponsor a candidate’s forum, featuring many of the Republican contenders for Colorado’s heavily contested U.S. Senate race (this seat is currently held by Democrat Mark Udall) at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park from 2 to 4pm.

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
Sunday, Feb. 23

Open Gym Volleyball will be held February 23 at Cresson Elementary in Cripple Creek from 4 to 6pm. Call 719-689-3514.

Ongoing

Library Lovers Month. Throughout the month of February, 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.

Early Drugstores of the Ute Pass. The Ute Pass Historical Society, in conjunction with the Pikes Peak Regional Medical Foundation, presents “Early Drugstores of the Ute Pass.” The drugstore is a unique American invention. Not only was it a source of drugs and health-related items, the American drugstore was also a meeting spot, a lunch place, and a community social center. Many stories, vintage photographs and medical artifacts will be on exhibit through May in the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital lobby. For more information, contact the Ute Pass Historical Society at 719-686-7512 or email at uphs@peakinter.net.

Aikido for Adults (Martial Arts) class will be held at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation on Feb. 19, Feb. 24 and Feb. 26 from 6 to 7pm for only $5. A class for kids will be held on Feb. 18 and Feb. 25. Call 719-689-3514.

Upcoming

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 8 pm. Kansas City based Samantha Fish has been on a major roll ever since she teamed up with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde. The trio’s Blues Caravan tour of Europe and the U.S. created an international buzz in the blues world. Later that same year she recorded RunawayTickets may be purchased on line at www.amusiccompanyinc or in person at the Crystola Roadhouse.

The Teller County Democratic Party’s county-wide Caucus will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7pm at the Woodland Park Library, lower level, 218 E. Midland Ave, Woodland Park. All Teller County precincts (1 – 13) will meet at the same location at the same time. Attendees may arrive as early as 6:30pm to sign in to participate. By State rules, the Caucus must begin promptly at 7:00pm. Please enter using the ground level/Midland Avenue entrance doors. For FAQ’s on the State of Colorado’s Caucus every two year process, visit http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Candidates/FAQs/caucuses.html
For questions about Teller County Democratic Party, please contact Mrs. Ellen Haase 719-687-1813.

Vaccination Clinic. The Cascade Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its Annual Vaccination Clinic for pets on March 8, 10am to 1pm at the Cascade Fire House, 8015 Severy Avenue in Cascade. Vaccinations include Rabies, Distemper, Bordetella, Influenza and Feline leukemia virus (FeLV). Rabies continues to threaten our community and proof of rabies vaccination is required in all surrounding counties. 719-641-3691.
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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 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.