Almanac For Week Of November 18th


Tuesday, Nov. 18

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Nov. 18, starting at7pm.  This will mark the first official meeting held inside the new GMF town hall, which opened for business last weekend (see related story).


 Wednesday, Nov. 19

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. 19 at 5:30 pm in the CC Council Chambers at city hall. A council workshop also will be held at 4:30 pmto discuss signage, parking and painting for Bennett Avenue.


Thursday, Nov. 20

Meeting Change. The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Nov. 20 in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek, starting at 9:15 am. This marks a meeting change from the board’s normal meeting schedule.  


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


IREA and Woodland Park  Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon on Nov. 20 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center to meet IREA’s General Manager Patrick Mooney and local Director Gene Sperry for a discussion about legislative issues of importance to IREA members, the investment in the Comanche 3 coal plant, renewable energy, and more. The luncheon, scheduled from 11:30 am to 1 pm, is free, compliments of IREA. Please register for the event by calling 719-687-9885

Free Concert. Enjoy a performance by Westbound Headed East and Ryan Flores onNov. 20 at the Studio Bee Theater, part of the Pikes Peak Center in downtown Colorado Springs. This performance is part of a free monthly concert series, showcasing original live music by local performers.  The concerns are held the third Thursday of the month, and begin at 6:30 pm.


 Friday, Nov. 21

The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at7am at the Woodland Park Public Friday, Nov. 14 



A FREE SOUP LUNCHwill be held everyFriday at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation from 11:30 to 12:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.





Saturday, Nov. 22

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!



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.




 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.


Cripple Creek Tree Lighting.The 4th annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Cripple Creek is scheduled for Saturday November 29 at 5:30 pm  at the Gazebo in the park by the Henry Hack Community Center. Enjoy hot cider and hot chocolate and cookies. Hear the story of the “Cripple Creek Legend” and meet Santa.  Also, make sure to bring your own ornaments to place on the tree!




Fossil Beds Night Sky. Come see the night sky the way it used to look before city lights crowded out the stars at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on Nov. 29 from 6 to 8 pm. Explore the wonders and secrets of our dark sky. The program will begin with a 20-30 minute interpretive talk in the Visitor Center. Then we will step outside for 90 minutes of stargazing with telescopes, binoculars, and laser-guided tours of the stars and constellations. Please dress warmly, as evenings at the park’s high elevation can be cold even in the winter. Bring binoculars or a flashlight if you wish (red-filtered lights only please). Indoor presentations take place no matter the weather, although the roads may be hazardous and you should call ahead for more information. Admission for the program is the regular park entrance fee which is $3 per adult (16 years and older) children and federal pass holders are free. Please call (719) 748-3253  or for more information.



Colorado Springs Chorale Performance. On Sunday, November 30 at 7 pm, First Christian Church at 16 East Platte Avenue is presenting a Messiahsing-along led by the Chamber Singers from the Colorado Springs Chorale, directed by Kimberley Schultz and accompanied by strings, trumpet, organ and harpsichord.  The program will include numbers from all three sections of the Messiah, including recitatives, arias and major choruses.  A free will offering will be taken.  Check out for a list of the selections to be included on the program. Call719-633-8888 for more information.  


Lights of Love. The Prospect Home Care and Hospice in Woodland Park will sponsor the 26th annual Lights of Love event at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Dec. 4, starting at 6 pm. This is an ideal opportunity to remember or honor someone special in your life.  For more information, call Janet at 719-687-0549.



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. A portion of all sales will be used to support youth art education. ThePre-Opening Reception is Friday, December 5th from 3 to 6:30 PM in Park State Bank. For more information, call 303-647-1085.


Classical Music. Come hear world renowned pianist Sam Rotman for an evening of Christmas and classical music Rotman, a Juilliard School of Music graduate, has performed over 2,600 concerts in 60 countries. The free concerts will be held on Friday, December 5 at 7 pm and Sunday, December 7 at 5 pm at the Woodland Park Community Church, 800 Valley View Drive. There will be a reception following the concerts. No tickets are required. (no childcare will be provided; recommended for children over six years of age.) For more information and directions:


Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Holiday Art and Craft Market. The annual Holiday Art and Craft Market will be held Nov. 21 (5 to 8 pm), Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 (11 to 5 pm) at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center.  The Heritage Center is located downtown Manitou Springs at 517 Manitou Avenue. This event features many unique items, along with great purchases and gift baskets inside the Heritage Museum store. For more information, call 719-685-1454 or visit us at