Almanac For Week Of November 26th


Wednesday, Nov. 26

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.


Free Thanksgiving Dinner.  The Aspen Mine Center will host its annual free Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 26, starting around noon and extending until the mid-afternoon. This feast is a popular gathering spot for many  Teller residents and community leaders. Several key non-profits from the area assist with the meal and the festivities.


Thursday, Nov. 27

Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday in the high country.  A number of local restaurants, businesses and casinos are offering special Thanksgiving meals and specials.


Government building closures.  Most government offices in Teller County will be closed on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28. Please call ahead prior to making any plans to visit any government offices on Thursday and Friday.



Friday, Nov. 28

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


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 hoursNov. 28-Dec. 1from 10-4, Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 from 11-4 weather allowing.


Winter Wonderland Debut at the Butte.Christmas favorites and the Great American Songbook come 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 Wonderlandis 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. 28and continues through Dec. 28. To make reservations visit or call 719-689-3247





Saturday, Nov. 29

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.


Mountain Artists Holiday Show. Members of the local Mountain Artists group will showcase and sell their art, including photography, paintings, weavings, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, and much more, on Nov. 29 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 10 am to 4 pm. Enjoy beautiful art at very reasonable prices, and drawings for $10 coupons are drawn every 45 minutes. Free refreshments! Drop by to shop for great gifts or simply to enjoy great art! For more information, call 719-502-5085.


Sunday, November 30 

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.


Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa. The Ute Pass Kiwanis Club will sponsor its annual Breakfast With Santa event on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 8 to 11 am at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.  The festivities include a free pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa, Mrs. Claus and cooking, face painting, crafts and more.


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:


Woodland Park Wind Symphony will present a “Carols of the Night” Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 7 pm at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland, Woodland Park.The concert is free and will be directed by Craig Harms. The festivities will include an evening of traditional Christmas carols and lighter music incorporating video and featuring members of Dana’s Dance interpreting one of the musical pieces.Enjoy the Christmas spirit and season with the Wind Symphony. For more information, call 687-2210 or visit:


Gold Camp Christmas.The Gold Camp Christmas celebration in the Cripple Creek/Victor district kicks off on Dec. 11 with an opening reception at the Aspen Mine Center from 4 to 7 pm with bidding on Christmas trees, refreshments and Santa.  Other upcoming Gold Camp Christmas events include “Soup For The Soul” with many soups and cookies for tasting and judging!  The Soup For the Soul, which has a small entry fee, is scheduled forDec. 12 from 11:30 to 1:30 pm on the second floor of the Aspen Mine Center. Call Lisa Noble at 719-686-7912 if you wish to enter the contest. Also on Dec. 12, don’t miss the Victor parade at 6 pm, followed by a bonfire. The big Christmas parade in Cripple Creek is slated for Dec. 13 at noon, followed by spaghetti lunch at the Aspen Mine Center and a Colorado Springs Chorale performance at 3:30 pm at the Cripple Creek Baptist Church. The Cripple Creek Park and Recreation Bazaar will be held on Dec. 13 from 9 am. to 5 pm, capped by a children’s treasure hunt.  For information on these events and more holiday festivities, call Kathi Pilcher, the Gold Camp Christmas Coordinator at 719-659-3599.


The Pikes Peak Workforce Center has announced its December workshop schedule.  All workshops are held at the PPWFC main office at the Citizens Service Center in Colorado Springs, unless otherwise noted. They deal with such subjects as PPWFC Orientation, Internet Resources on Employment and Development, Job Loss to Job Search, Social Media, Federal Jobs, A 50-plus Network Group, Build a Basic Resume and Create a Better Resume, Interview Preparation, Computer Skills and more Job seekers should register at, Click on workshops under the red tab, which will outline the workshops and times.



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