Almanac For Week Of November 11th


Tuesday, Nov. 11

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


Free Fossil Beds Day and Programs. In celebration of Veterans Day, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will offer free admission to the public on Tuesday, November 11. This fee free day is offered to all visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. This fee free day has been observed since 2006. Waiving entrance fees to all National Park Service sites on Veterans Day is one way to show appreciation for the millions of men and women who fight to keep America’s public lands accessible to all Americans. In addition, the Fossil Beds will be offering special ranger guided programs on Veterans Day, beginning at 10 am and continuing through 11:30 am. For more information please call the Monument at (719) 748 – 3253 ext. 202 or email  Follow us Facebook/FlorissantNPS. In addition, free park admission is available to all military men and women at Colorado state parks, including Mueller State Park in Divide. Just show some type of military or related identification at the gate. For more information, visit


 Wednesday, Nov. 12

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.


Thursday, Nov. 13


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


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



 Friday, Nov. 14

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


 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. 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


A FREE SOUP LUNCH will be held every Friday at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation from 11:30 to 12:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.







Saturday, Nov. 15

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.


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.





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.




Lunch and Lab at PPRH. Pikes Peak Regional Hospital presents “The Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) and how it Works,” Monday, November 17, 11:30am to 12:30pm, at the hospital. Lead respiratory therapist, Ben Jonker, will educate attendees on the Pulmonary Function Test, how it can help assess lung function and how it can detect an obstruction or a restriction. The lunch & tour are free.  Seating is limited. Please rsvp by November 14to Karen Earley, 719-686-5802 or go to You can also see a photo of the PFT lab/cylinder on our Facebook page, peak regional hospital.


Rock ‘n’ Roll Mine Shots. To be able to continue safe operations of a modern, large scale surface mine today, CC&V has to apply the state of the art, high-tech geologic science and engineering to mitigate the potential dangers of many historic mines.On Saturday, November 22, at 10:00 a.m., with spectacular photos, interesting graphics, stunning three dimensional animations, and fascinating stories: CC&V Geologist, Erik Munroe, will explain the science, engineering and art of mining safely in the geology of Cripple Creek. Whether you’re interested in modern high-tech mining, the area’s geology, or unique insights to the district’s history, Erik’s presentation will “Rock ‘n’ Roll!” These “Mine Shots Presentations” are held at CC&V’s Visitor Center, 371 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, Colorado 80813 (on the ground floor of the B.P.O.E – Elks Building). Seating is limited, so if you would like to join us for this fascinating presentation, RSVP to719-689-2341, today!


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.


Winter Wonderland at the Butte. Christmas favorites and the Great American Songbookcome alive at Cripple Creek’s Butte Theater in an all-new stunning musical that harkens back to those great old holiday movies you watched as a kid. When a group of actors become stranded in the quaint town of Wonderland, NH, during Christmas of 1944, their focus shifts from the bright lights of Broadway to the importance of friends and family.Winter Wonderland is a fun and heartwarming tale of homecoming, romance and redemption filled with lots of age old, classic Christmas music that will have you leaving The Butte Theater with the Christmas Spirit in your heart and humming those wonderful old tunes. The show kicks off on Nov. 28 and continues through Dec. 28. To make reservations visit or call 719-689-3247.


Eichman Gallery Showing. For the entire month of December 2014, the Eichman Gallery in Park State Bank will host a special showing of original paintings by nationally recognized artist Kenneth Shanika.Shanika has been creating an ongoing series of paintings recording the ‘Vanishing Vistas’ of the Rocky Mountains. “As people move to the West, they are developing and changing the landscape. Pristine views are disappearing. In the spirit of Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt, I’ve been recording views before they are altered by development.” A portion of all sales will be used to support youth art education. The Pre-Opening Reception isFriday, December 5th from 3 to 6:30 PM in Park State Bank.For more information, call 303-647-1085.

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs


Monarch Ski Deal. Come to Manitou Springs for all your gift needs and save your receipts! For every $75 (in total receipts) you spend in Manitou Springs, receive a Buy One Get One full price adult All-Day Lift Ticket at the Monarch ski resort. Bring your receipts into the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development located at, 354 Manitou Avenue. Receipts must be dated between November 15 -March 15th. Black out dates do apply and are as follows: valid until closing day, not valid December 26, 2014 – January 14, 2015,February 14 & 15.