Almanac For Week Of December 29th

almanacTuesday, Dec. 29

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.


Eichman Gallery Showing. For the entire month of December 2014, the Eichman Gallery in Park State Bank & Trust 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 few days for the showing. For more information, call 303-647-1085


Wednesday, Dec. 30

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 719-689-3514 


New Year’s Eve Celebrations.  A number of local bars/restaurants and casinos will offer special end of the year festivities.  For more information, visit  Special New Year’s Eve happenings have been showcased in the Dec. 23 and Dec. 30 issues of TMJ.


Rock N’ Roll All Ages Show. Come out and celebrate the New Year with our fabulous Tribute to the King of Rock N Roll All Ages show at the Gold Bar Room Theater inside the Imperial Hotel in Cripple Creek.  The show is from 7 to 9 on Dec. 31. For more information, call Dennis Thornberry at 800-224-6037 or visit  


Reliving a Legend. Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer will perform a benefit concert for “The Home Front Cares” on Dec 31 at City Auditorium 221 E. Kiowa in Colorado Springs.  The opening act is Big Jim Adam.  For more information regarding tickets, or call 719-576-5945.  Also, for a detailed chat with Edgar Winter.


Thursday, Jan. 1

Happy New Year from The Mountain Jackpot.  All local government offices will be closed and any scheduled meetings will be canceled, including a regular meeting of the Woodland Park City Council, which normally meets the first and third Thursdays of the month.  The next WP Council meeting won’t occur until Jan. 15.


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 am 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,


Mueller Park First Day Hikes. Mueller State Park in Divide will feature three First Day hikes on Jan. 1, beginning with the Elk Meadow Trail at 10 am and followed by Outlook Ridge Trail at 11 am and Preacher’s Hollow Trail at 1 pm. The program is part of a way to encourage year-round recreation at state parks. Call 719-687-2366.


Final Day 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. 




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.



 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.


Unbroken. The Woodland Park Book Club will host a discussion on the best-selling book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, on Jan. 6.  The discussion will occur at the Woodland Park Public Library on Jan. 6 from 10:30 am to noon.  For more information, call Debbie Barnes at719-687-9281×117.



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


Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Commonwheel Artists Co-up Holiday Market Final Weekend. 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. The Market’s final day isJan. 4. Call 719-685-1008 for more information.Like us Look for us on
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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 15March 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