Almanac For Week Of December 10th


Wednesday, Dec. 10

The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets on Wednesday at 6:45 amin 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.


Retirement Party Celebration.  A retirement celebration will be held for long-time Woodland Park City Clerk and Assistant City Manager Cindy Morse onDec. 10 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  


Thursday, Dec. 11

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Dec. 11 at 9:15 am in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

Senior Circle Christmas Party. On Thursday, December 11, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital will host the 3rd annual Senior Circle Christmas party. This year’s theme is: “It’s a Madrigal kind of Christmas!” The party will be held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, from noon to 1:30 pm.  The luncheon will feature Chef Paddy’s “Cherry Glazed Ham” with all the fixin’s, live music with the renowned “Madrigals” from Woodland Park High School, a visit from Santa, fun door prizes and much more! The luncheon is free to Senior Circle members. To make a reservation, please contact Karen Earley at 719-686-5802 or email her


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 Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Dec. 11 at 7 pm in the council chambers next to city hall.


Friday, Dec. 12

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


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. For more information, call303-647-1085




Saturday, Dec. 13


  Meteor Shower Night. Join us at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument for a special Geminid Meteor Shower Night Sky Program Saturday, December 13 for 6  to 8 pm.  Do you like shooting stars? We do! Saturday will be the peak of the Geminid Meteor Shower, famous for having a modest number of shooting stars but a high percentage of extra-bright “fireball” meteors. We’ll have plenty of targets for our telescopes, too – star clusters, galaxies, and more – but you might be too busy watching the whole sky for meteors! Meet at the Visitor Center.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 for winter weather in Colorado. Bring binoculars or a flashlight if you wish (red-filtered lights only please).  For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website at 


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 on weekend nights (weather permitting) through Jan. 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. 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, which recently kicked off, continues through Dec. 28. To make reservations visit or call 719-689-3247


Sunday, Dec. 14 

Winter Festival.  The third annual Winter Festival in Green Mountain Falls will be held on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 12-3 pm at the Gazebo Lake Park. The event, sponsored by the Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce, is highlighted by a Polar Express Theme  It features a Yule Log hunt, caroling, ice skating, Santa, kids’ games, refreshments and more. More information, call Amily Biedelman-Almy at 719-684-2008.



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.


The Fitness Center of the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation is open every Day Mondaythru Saturday 7:30 to 7:30, and Sunday noon to 5 pm. You can work out in the Fitness Center for only a $14 per month membership.  Silver Sneaker Memberships are FREE for qualifying seniors.




Firewood Permits. Permits will be available by lottery to collect firewood generated from hazard fuel reduction projects within the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.  The firewood has been stacked and cut into 6 – 8 foot lengths.  The firewood collection will begin Monday, December 15 and lasts through Tuesday, December 30.  A $10 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged for the permit to collect one cord of firewood from the Visitor Center overflow parking lot.  Up to 13 permits for one cord of firewood will be issued. Only one permit per physical address will be issued. To sign up for the lottery for a firewood permit (one entry per physical address), please email the required information  to or drop off requested information at the park’s Visitor Center by Thursday, December 11, at 5 pm.  The park’s Visitor Center is located at 15807 Teller County Road 1. The requested information on the e-mail includes your Last Name, then your First Name. Example: Firewood: Smith, John. Also, your email should include a Physical Address and Phone Number. Names selected for the lottery will be contacted by park staff by Sunday, December 14.


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. The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services. More information about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center can be found online at


The Gold Camp Community is having their second annual  Community Dinner with Santa at the Victor Hotel, 321 Victor Avenue on  Saturday  December 20, starting at noon. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.  For more information, visit Gold


Meeting Cancellations.  The next two Woodland Park City Council meetings, regularly scheduled for Dec. 18 and January 1, 2015 have been cancelled due to the holidays. The next meeting won’t occur until Jan. 15.



Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Holiday Open House. Celebrate the holiday season with Colorado Parks and Wildlife at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Join park staff for the annual Holiday Open House onSaturday, Dec. 13 from 10 am to 2 pm. Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of fun that will include crafts, snacks, stories by the fire and a visit from Santa. There will also be a sale on park merchandise so you can check off the nature lover on your shopping list. For weather updates or for more information call Cheyenne Mountain State Park at 719-576-2016 or visit

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