Almanac For Week Of January 27th

almanacTuesday, Jan. 27

Business Mixer in Cripple Creek.  The World’s Greatest Gold Camp will feature a business mixer on Jan. 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.


Wednesday, Jan. 28

The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets on Wednesday at 6:45 am in 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 runs every Wednesday 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. 29

The Victor City Council will meet on Jan. 29 at 6 pm in the council chambers at city hall.



Friday, Jan. 30The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday


Saturday, Jan. 31

Babysitter’s Boot Camp. This session, scheduled at the WP Parks and Recreation Classroom at 204 W. South Avenue on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, prepares youth with the training every parent wants in a babysitter. Designed for youth between the ages 11-15, Babysitter’s Boot Camp gives babysitters the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Through hands-on activities, interactive video, and lively discussions, the course teaches young people how to care for children and infants, be good leaders and role models, make good decisions and solve problems, keep children and themselves safe, handle emergencies, and much more! Each student will receive a Babysitter’s Training participants set which includes the Babysitter’s Training Handbook, Emergency Referance Guide, and the Babysitter’s Training CD-ROM. This course includes Infant and Child CPR certification. Participants should bring a snack, lunch and drink. Call Judy Bundy at 719-687-5225 to enroll or get more information.



Sunday, Feb. 1

Super Bowl Sunday. Enjoy the festivities for Super Bowl XLIX, Deflategate and more craziness, capped by a showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. If anything else, the occasion marks a great party. A number of local bars/restaurants are offering prime opportunities for Super Bowl mania. The game is slated for a 4:30 pm kick-off.  




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 Membershipsare FREE for qualifying seniors.

The Shining Mountain Golf Club in Woodland Park will host Bingo games on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, starting at 6:30 pm.  Call 719-687-7587.



Theater auditions. The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek Colorado will be holding auditions for its 2015 Community Show on Monday Feb 2 at 6pm in the Butte Theater. We are looking for actors from the ages of 16+, both female and male. For further information contact Mel Moser at719-689-6402: If you are unavailable for the audition but are interested in participating please call to set up a time when you are available to audition.

Slash Burning at the Fossil Beds. Fire crews plan to take advantage of favorable winter weather conditions to burn piles of slash from several hazardous fuel mitigation projects that have taken place in Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in the last few years. Slash pile burning operations are tentatively planned to take place February through April and will only begin when weather conditions allow. The piles are located west of the visitor center and on the north side of Lower Twin Rock Road. The Ponderosa Loop Trail will be temporarily closed during burning operations near the visitor center.   No other trail or road closures are anticipated at this time.  Signs will be posted along County Teller Road 1 and Lower Twin Rock Road.  For safety purposes, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument visitors are urged not to stop along the roadway or enter areas while burning operations are being conducted.  For additional information visit the park’s website, follow us on Facebook/FlorissantNPS or call at (719) 748 – 3253, ext. 102.

Lunch and Learn. The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will feature a Lunch and Learn gathering on Feb. 5 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 11:30 am to 1 pm.  This session will deal with “Peddling in the Cloud: Why E-Commerce makes sense in Woodland Park.” To participate, RSVP by Feb. 3. For more information, visit the chamber’s website or call 719-687-9885.

Children’s Fun Day. There will be a free Children’s Winter Fun Day Saturday, February 7th from 10 am to noon at the Florissant Library. There will be music, Valentine making, jewelry making, tatoos, Legos, pretzel decorating, games, snacks and books to sell.  This is our way of thanking the community for supporting our library. For more information, call Maureen Hatch at 719-748-0188.



Cripple Creek Ice Festival. Scheduled for the weekends of Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 21-22. The Cripple Creek Ice Festival is a spectacular event.  Come watch ice sculptors carve ice into beautiful works of art that will amaze you.  Going on its 8th annual, the artistic theme of the Ice Festival changes every year.  Themes have included a Mythological Wonderland, Story Time, Under the Sea, a Military Salute Carved in Ice, a Rocky Mountain Wonderland, and a Medieval theme.  The possibilities are endless in 2015, where all sculptors are free to form the ice into any form they choose. There are numerous events planned for the entire family, including kids, such as a fun ice slide, ice maze and carnival-type games. In addition, adults can enjoy a refreshing beverage at the ice bar. For more information,


3rd Annual Teller County Economic Forecast Breakfast. The Teller County Assessor’s 3rd annual Economic Forecast Breakfast, featuring local experts from the public and private sectors to discuss the local, regional and national economy, is scheduled for Feb. 18 from 8 am to 10 am at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park.The Forecast features perspectives on recent trends in the real estate, financial, and construction industries, how they impact our local economy, and what the experts predict for the future. For more information and to register,


CASA offers a volunteer opportunity like no other. As appointed representatives of the court, CASA Volunteers are empowered to make a lifelong difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. Find out how you can become a CASA. Join us Thursday, February 19, from 12 to 1 pm for our 4-1-1 hour at the CASA office, 701 S. Cascade Ave., CSC 80903. Please RSVP to Kelly, (719)447-9898, ext. 1033 or visit our website,




Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Mardi Gras Celebration. Preparations are continuing 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.


The Old Colorado City History Center (1South 24th Street, Colorado Springs) will host “An Evening with the Father of our Country, George Washington,” featuring Dave Wallace, a historian and first person re-enactor on February 13 at 6 pm. We all know the story of Washington and the cherry tree as well as the crossing of the Delaware and more.  Are these true or myth?  Step back into the 1700s for a visit with President Washington during his birthday month. Dave Wallace portrays Washington in an authentic setting.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own flashlights since Washington did not have electricity. The program is free to Old Colorado City Historical Society members and $5 for non-members.  Seating is limited.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  Samples of cherry pie are on the menu. Call 719-636-1225 for more information.