Almanac For Week Of January 13th


Tuesday, Jan. 13

Inauguration Ceremony.  An official ceremony for the swearing-in of a number of elected officials in Teller County will be held on Tuesday, 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


The Teller County Republicans will hold their monthly January meeting at the Pikes Peak Club in Divide on Jan 13 at 7 pm.


Wednesday, Jan. 14

The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets on Wednesday at 6:45 amin Denny’s Restaurant in Woodland Park. 


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 runs everyWednesday and Saturday 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.


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 


Thursday, Jan. 15

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Jan. 15 in the WP City Council Chambers, next to city hall, starting at 7 pm. This will represent the council’s inaugural meeting of 2015.



Friday, Jan. 16The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library everyFriday


Saturday, Jan. 17

 Astronomy Program. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will host a “Jupiter Rising” Astronomy Program on Jan. 17 from 6 to 8 pm. This is the final series of 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. For more information, call 719-748-3253.  


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 held Saturday, Jan. 17, from 8 am to noonat 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.



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.




Free Park fees. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument along with America’s 401 other national park units, will waive entrance fees on Monday, January 19, 2015 in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Start your visit in the Monument’s new, state-of-the-art visitor center where you can view the park film “Shadows of the Past”, explore hand’s on exhibits, and visit the recently remodeled bookstore.  Children can earn their Junior Ranger Badge or Patch through the free, Junior Ranger program.  If hiking is more your style, enjoy one of the many secluded trails at the park. There are 14 miles of trails that wind through park..  The Monument also has two picnic areas where you can enjoy an outdoor lunch. Besides a free fee day, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will offer visitors the opportunity to participate in a ranger-guided hike and a paleontology demonstration, entitled “Stories in Stone,” which be held from 10 am to 11:30 pm. Meet at the Visitors Center. Another educational presentation will occur from 1 to 3 pm. For more information, call 719-748-3253.


Chamber Breakfast. The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will host its ninth annual membership breakfast on Jan. 20 from 7:30 to 9 am at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The special guest speaker is Erin Connelly, forest and grassland supervisor of the Pike and San Isabel National Forest. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $30 for non-members. Please RSVP by Jan. 16 by calling 719-687-9885 or by visiting the chamber website.  



Business Mixer in Cripple Creek.  The World’s Greatest Gold Camp will feature a business mixer onJan. 27 at Ralf’s Break Room (411 Bennett Avenue) from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Join us for food, beverages and comradery. This is open to all local business people, community leaders, residents and guests. For more information, call 719-689-3584×124.


Living with the Sacred Flames.  This introduction class in learning how to utilize Sacred Flames, taught by the author of the book “Living With the Sacred Flames,” will be held on Feb. 7 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Thunder Butte Mountain Lodge at 943 Painted Rocks Road in Woodland Park. Learn how to release old patterns and behaviors that are holding you back from your desired goals. Cost for the day is $150. which includes her book and 7 holograms that contain sacred geometry and the sacred flames that we will be using in class..RSVP as soon as possible – limited space… For more information about event – please or call Deb at303-647-2352




Low-Cost Tree Purchases. The deadline to order low-cost seedlings and shrubs from the Colorado State Forest Service Woodland Park District, which serves Teller, El Paso and Park counties, is April 8. The CSFS Trees for Conservation program allows landowners to obtain seedling trees and shrubs at a nominal cost to be used for conservation and land rehabilitation purposes. Seedlings can be used for reforestation, to establish windbreaks or snow fences, for use in erosion control, to enhance wildlife habitat and for other applications. Seedling orders made by April 8 will be available for pickup at the Woodland Park District office on May 2-3. For more information or to obtain an order form, go, click on “Your Local District” and select the Woodland Park District, or call (719) 687-2921.




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 between November 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.