Almanac For Week Of November 5th


Wednesday, Nov. 5

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


Yoga Class.  The Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation will feature a Yoga class on Wednesdays and Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 for only $7 per session or $20 for 5 sessions. Call 719-689-3514.


The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Nov. 5 at 5:30 pm in the CC Council Chambers at city hall. The council is expected to name a new city administrator (see related story). A budget meeting also will be held in the council chambers at 4:30 pm.


Thursday, Nov. 6


5K Run/Walk FREE. Scheduled every Thursday, anytime after 4:30 at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation.  When finished stop back at Park & Rec for a 50 percent-OFF coupon for the Thursday night buffet at Wildwood

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

Friday, Nov. 7


The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library.


Rocky Mountain Christmas Boutique. The Holidays are quickly approaching! The Rocky Mountain Christmas Boutique is your one stop shop for local, beautifully handcrafted gifts and decorations sure to impress anyone. Get in the holiday spirit at this annual event! All proceeds benefit CHOICES.This event will be held at the Shining Mountain Event Center, November 7th and 8th from 9 am to 6 pm. For more information, call 719-310-4043.


A FREE SOUP LUNCH will be held every Friday at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation from11:30 to 12:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.



Swing Factory Jazz Concert.  The Swing Factory jazz concert, a fund-raiser for the Woodland Park Wind Symphony, and capped by a performance of jazz great Bill Watrous (see related story in the TMJ or online on Nov. 7 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Friday, Nov. 7. The concert will kick off with a cocktail party at 6:30 pm, with the concert slated for 7:30 pm. Tickets ($15 per person) can be purchased or at the door. For more information, call Craig Harms at719-687-2210.




Saturday, Nov. 8

The Spirit of Giving Christmas Tea. “The Spirit of Giving Christmas Tea” will be held on November 8th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek.  This is the 4th year for the event and is a fund-raiser for the Gold Camp Christmas festival.  Tickets are $15 per person and reservations are required.  Lunch, entertainment, and door prizes will be provided.  Please call Kathi Pilcher at 719-659-3599 for all inquiries and reservations.


TCRAS Mountain Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival. Avoid the mall crowds!  Come get your Holiday shopping done at the TCRAS craft show, scheduled for Nov. 8 (9 am to 5 pm) andNov. 9 (10 am to 3 pm) at the Woodland Park High School.  There will be something for everyone, including baked goods for your sweet tooth!  Admission is a non-perishable food item for either people or pets.  All proceeds will benefit the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter. For more information, call 719-686-7707.


Roller Skating will occur every Saturday and Friday at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation from 1 to 4 pm for only $2, skates included. Call 719-689-3514.



Sunday, Nov. 9

The TellerDems will have a November public meeting for the Teller County Democratic Party on Sunday, Nov. 9 in the first floor meeting room of the Woodland Park Public Library, starting at 1:20 pm. The agenda of the meeting is to discuss the impact of the 2014 election results on our local community and state and to plan for winter 2014 social gatherings.  The meeting is open to all local progressives, liberals and ‘open-minded folks’ and friends. Admission is free, but a donation of a non-perishable food item to be given to the Woodland Park Community Cupboard is requested. A collection box will be at the sign-in table at the meeting entrance. For more information, call Ellen Haase at 719-687-1813.




CC&V Coffee Club. Chat with friends over a cup of coffee, or network with businesspeople at the CC&V Coffee Club every Monday, starting at 10 am at the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company Visitor Center, 371 E. Bennett Avenue, in Cripple Creek.  Not just coffee, but also refreshments and free Wi-Fi will be provided as you sit and visit with others and get the latest community news, or mining information.  Refreshment donations will be given to the Aspen Mine Center.  Contact the CC&V Visitor Center at 719-689-2341, or Brad Poulson at 719-689-4052 for more information.


Come play BINGO on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Shining Mountain Golf Club. Come early and have dinner at the bar and grill. Sponsored by the Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Club. Proceeds used to benefit the children of Teller County.



Veterans Day Tributes. Florissant-Lake George Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #11411 will conduct its Honor Guard Ceremony for Veterans at the Florissant Cemetery on Tuesday, November 11 at 11 am.  The public is invited to attend the ceremony.  In addition, Veterans of Teller County are invited to attend the annual Chili Lunch at the Woodland Park Senior Center, located at 312 N. Center Street in Woodland Park after the ceremony.  Chili and side dishes will be served beginning at 11:11 am.  Please come to the ceremony to pay tribute to our local Veterans.
Christmas in Divide. The Divide Chamber of Commerce & Summit Elementary School PTSO present the 23rd annual Christmas in Divide on Saturday, November 15 from 9 am to 2 pm in the Summit Elementary School. The festivities include a craft fair, live music, a bake sale, a silent auction and pictures with Santa (from 10 am to 1 pm). The proceeds of the event help the Divide Chamber of Commerce support such organizations as Teller Historic and Environmental Coalition and Summit Elementary School. For more information, visit or call 686-7587. For Vendor Space Availability, call Joe at 687-2278.


Sale of historic mine logs. The Mary McKinney Mine was founded in May of 1891 and produced almost $6 million in gold at 1932 pricing. The large cribbing wall was built to prevent the mine’s dump rock from falling onto the railroad bed. As part of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company’s permitted operations extension and ongoing effort to save historic structures in the mining district, logs from the decaying Mary McKinney crib wall were utilized by CC&V’s in the realignment of Highway 67. Over 1,000 of these historic logs remain and will be made available for sale to the community at only $10 per log with all proceeds being given to the non-profit Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. These logs will be sold on Friday, November 14, and Saturday, November 15, from 10 am to 2 pm at a site near CC&V’s Ironclad Operations Center Site northeast of Cripple Creek. From Highway 67 take Teller County Road 82 to the Intersection with the Ironclad Access Road (from Teller County Road 81, take Teller County Road 82 to the same intersection). This intersection is near the historic Hoosier Mine Complex above Cripple Creek. Signs will be posted at the intersection – follow the gravel road for less than one mile to the site located on the right hand side of the road. Please note that if this sales event is canceled due to weather, or if the log inventory sells out, a voice message will be left on the following number. For more information, call Brad Poulson at 719-689-4052 or email




Workforce Training. The Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) announces the November workshop schedule.  All workshops are held at the PPWFC main office at the Citizens Service Center in Colorado Springs, unless otherwise noted. The first workshops are an introduction to PPWFC and will be held on Nov. 17 from 10 am to noon and on Nov. 25 from 2 to 4 pm. Other November workshops deal with such topics as: From Job Loss to Job Search, Social Media, Resume Writing, Computer Skills, Preparing for an Interview and Federal Jobs. For more information, call Jeanne Cotter at719-667-3730 or 719-499-0642


Holiday Headframe Lighting. The giant headframes that are the remains of 1890’s gold mining days will again light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek again this holiday season. These unique mining structures are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era.Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, will be lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek district starting Friday, Nov. 28 and continuing on weekend nights (weather permitting) throughJan. 1. A self-guided driving tour map will be available at, area businesses, as well as the Cripple Creek Welcome Center and online at  The lights will be best viewed after dark.  In addition,the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and gift shop will be open for special holiday shopping hours Nov. 28-Dec. 1 from 10-4, Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 from 11-4 weather allowing.