Almanac For Week Of January 6th

almanacTuesday, Jan. 6

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 at 719-687-9281×117.

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet at 7 pm on Jan. 6 in the GMF Town Hall.


Wednesday, Jan. 7

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 


Power Point.  The Woodland Park Public Library will host a class on PowerPoint, designed for those who need to make a presentation.  If you are familiar with computers and Microsoft Word, then this class is for you.  Learn how to add pictures, graphs, and information to make your presentation. The class is scheduled for Jan. 7 from 10 am to noon. Call 719-687-9281×103 for more information.


The Cripple Creek City Council will meet at 5:30 pm on Jan. 7 in the CC Council Chambers. The council will also hold a work session at 4:30 pmdealing with Teller One improvements and sidewalk and trail enhancements.  


Thursday, Jan. 8

Marketing Trends for 2015. The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon and learn session on Jan. 8 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 11:30 am to 1 pm.  The featured presentation, Marketing Trends for 2015, will be led by Mike Perini, owner of Perini & Associates. He will discuss seven key marketing trends for 2015 and will provide a number of exercises for the participants.  To register, call 719-687-9885 or visit the chamber’s website.

Friday, Jan. 9The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library everyFriday 

Saturday, Jan. 10

 Astronomy Program. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will host a “Winter Sky” Astronomy Program on Jan. 10 from 6 to 8 pm. This is the first of two astronomy programs scheduled this month. These programs will begin with a 20-30 minute interpretive talk in the Visitor Center. Then, participants will step outside for 90 minutes of stargazing with telescopes, binoculars, and laser-guided tours of the stars and constellations. Also, please note that the outdoor viewing is weather-dependent, and takes place only if the sky is clear. Indoor presentations take place no matter the weather. Another “Jupiter Rising” Astronomy Program is scheduled for Jan. 17. For more information, call719-748-3253.  


Woodland Park Winter Market. This winter market, featuring such items as fresh vegetables from a greenhouse, bread, pies & pastries, jams, honey & pickles, salsa & pasta, natural meats, eggs  and cheese, pet treats, seasonal specials and much more, will be held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Jan. 10 from 9 am to 1 pm. The market is held the secondSaturday of the winter and spring months. For more information, call 719-689-3133 or 719-648-7286.


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 amat 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 at719-689-4052 for more information.


The Fitness Center of the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation is open every Day Monday thru Saturday7:30 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 Membershipsare FREE for qualifying seniors.



Swearing-in Ceremony.  An official ceremony for the swearing-in of a number of elected officials in Teller County will be held onTuesday, Jan. 13 in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek during the Teller County Commissioners annual organizational meeting. The meeting begins at 9:15 am, with the oath of office for many elected leaders scheduled for 9:50 am


Hikes for Your Health. Starting in January, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant will offer a “Hikes for Your Health” program. The Hikes for Your Health program is offered in partnership with Florissant Fossil Beds, the Teller County Community Partnership Family Resource Center and the Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds. The Hikes for Your Health Program will begin on Jan. 14 and run every Wednesday andSaturday through March 21. These ranger-led hikes will vary in length from 2 – 5 miles. Depending on conditions, the hikes may either be on foot or by snowshoe. The Monument offers free loaner snowshoes if needed. Participants must provide all other equipment and safety gear such as layered clothing, appropriate footwear, water, and snacks.  Trekking or ski poles are recommended.  Participants must be 10 years or older. Week one of the program will take participants across the Sawmill Trail starting at 10 am.  Meet at the Visitor Center.


Ice Fishing Contest. The annual Antero Ice Fishing Contest will be heldSaturday, 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 or contact the Coalition for the Upper South Platte at 719-748-0033


Ice Fishing Clinic. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to ice fish but didn’t know where to start, this clinic is for you. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a free ice fishing clinic geared towards first-timers and those just getting started. Instructors will cover equipment, techniques and safety.The clinic will be heldSaturday, Jan. 17, from 8 am to noon at the Eleven Mile State Park Marina (4224 County Rd. 92, Lake George). All fishing equipment will be provided. The class is open to the first 25 participants who sign up. Those interested can register at No state parks pass will be needed for this event, but  a valid Colorado fishing license is required for any participants 16 years or older. Licenses may be purchased in advance at CPW’s southeast region office, or other local sporting goods stores. A daily license for Colorado residents is $9 and an annual license can be purchased for $26. For more information contact Cody Wigner at 719-227-5287.

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Mardi Gras Celebration. Preparations are beginning for the annual Mardi Gras celebration in Manitou Springs.  The festival, which features hundreds of spectators and participants, will occur on Feb. 14 and will feature the Carnivale Parade downtown and the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off and more. The main festivities begin around 10:45 am and continue through the afternoon. For more information, and for details about participating in the festivities, call the Manitou Chamber of Commerce at 719-685-5089.


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 betweenNovember 15March 15th. Black out dates do apply and are as follows: valid until closing day, not valid January 14, 2015, February 14 & 15. Call 719-685-5089 for details.