Almanac For Week Of December 24th


Wednesday, Dec. 24

The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets on Wednesday 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 719-689-351

Christmas Eve Celebrations. The Impact Christian Church, located on Hwy. 67, just past the Shining Mountain Golf Course, is sponsoring a Christmas Eve Celebration to remember with services planned for 3, 5 and 7 pm on Dec. 24. Call 719-687-3755. The High Bible Christian Service will feature a Christmas Eve service at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 6 to 8 pm. Call 687-9459. In addition, special Christmas Eve services are planned for the Prayer Mountain Church, the High View Baptist Church, the Church in the Wildwood and many more. Check with the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce events website and individual churches for more details.

Thursday, Dec. 25

Merry Christmas from The Mountain Jackpot.  Most local government offices will be closed on both Dec. 25 and Dec. 26.

Friday, Dec. 26

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

Final Shows for Winter Wonderland 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. 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 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 Ban has hosted 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.  This will be the final week for the showing. For more information, call 303-647-1085.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Final Week for 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.


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 Monday thru 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.


Kids Free Day. Two children, ages 12 and under, will receive FREE admission with one paid regular priced adult admission at the Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park on Dec. 29.  Cool Science will be here from 11 am-4 pm. See the “Super Cold Science Show” where you can make your own cup of ice cream…see what happens when ordinary objects are exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Shows will be at noon and 2 pm with activities in between, before and after presentations. Come be engaged, inspired and excited at the wonders of science with “Cool Science.” Call 719-686-1820 for more information.

Meeting Cancellation.  The next Woodland Park City Council meeting, regularly scheduled for January 1, 2015 has been cancelled due to the holidays. The next meeting won’t occur until Jan. 15.

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) has announced its January workshop schedule.  All workshops are held at the PPWFC main office at the Citizens Service Center in Colorado Springs, unless otherwise noted, and there is no charge to attend any workshop. They deal with such subjects as PPWFC Orientation, Helpful Internet Resources, From Job Loss to Job Search, Linkedln and Your Job Search, Federal Jobs, 50-plus Network Group, Build a Basic Resume, Preparing for the Interview, Personality and Careers and Basic Computer Skills and more. Job seekers should register at, 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 www.ppwfc.

New Year’s Eve Celebration in the High County.  A number of local restaurants/bars, casinos and various establishments are planning celebrations and special offerings during New Year’s Eve.  See the Dec. 23 and Dec. 30 issues of The Mountain Jackpot for details.

First Day Hike at Eleven Mile. Join park naturalist Beth Dodd on New Year’s Day for a First Day hike that focuses on the cold season survival challenges faced by the plants and animals of Eleven Mile State Park. We’ll explore the woods and frozen lake shores, hiking a mile along the Ponderosa Loop. Bring warm boots, gloves or mittens, head gear as desired and water or a thermos of warm liquid. The hike will be an hour to an hour and a half in length. Registration requested, but not required. Meet us at Eleven Mile State Park, Coyote Ridge Parking Lot, 4229 County Road 92, Lake George at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Admission fee: $7 park entrance fee (or annual pass).

For more information, contact Donna Wahl or Mark Young, 719-748-3401,

A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 2 pm to 5 pm on the FIRST FRIDAY of each month at the Woodland Park Public Library and the Florissant Public Library.    By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues, and civil protection orders.   Please pre-register by calling (719) 687-9281 ext.103 for Woodland Park or 719-748-3939 for Florissant. The upcoming dates for this program, which kicks off in 2015 are:  January 2,  February 6,  March 6,  April 3,  May 1 and  June 5   (No clinic in July due to holiday)  August 7,  September 4,  October 2 November 6, and  December 4.

Ice Fishing Contest. The annual Antero Ice Fishing Contest will be held Saturday, Jan. 17 from 7 am to 2 pm at Antero Reservoir in South Park, Colo. Participants of all ages are invited to participate in this fun, family-friendly contest. Anglers will compete for first-, second-, third- and fourth-place cash prizes of $500, $250, $100 and $50, and a free event registration for 2016. All participants will be entered into a drawing for door prizes (must be present during the drawing to be eligible). Event proceeds will go to recreational improvements and enhancements at Antero Reservoir. The event is hosted by Denver Water, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP). For more information and to register online, go to or contact the Coalition for the Upper South Platte at 719-748-0033 or

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Commonwheel Artists Co-up Holiday Market Final Weeks. Browse through fragrant rooms full of hand-crafted items unique enough for those impossible to shop for friends and family members. All art and fine crafts are made by local Colorado artists, with price and quality in mind. For gifts beyond the ordinary, the Commonwheel Holiday Market at 102 Cannon Avenue, is the place to be. Call 719-685-1008 for more information.Like us at: Look for us on

Peaceful and creative holidays to all from the Commonwheel artists

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