Almanac For Week Of Fubruary 3rd


Tuesday, Feb. 3

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Feb. 3 at 7 pm in the new town hall building, next to Joyland Church.


Wednesday, Feb. 4

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.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 10 am.


The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Feb. 4 at 5:30 pm. in the CC Council Chambers in city hall.


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, Feb. 5

Meeting Change. The Teller County Commissioners will meet at 9:15 am on Feb. 5 in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. This marks a slight change from their normal meeting times.


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.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet at 7 pm on Feb. 5 in the Woodland Park City Council Chambers next to city hall. 



Friday, Feb. 6

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


Saturday, Feb. 7

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.


Moose Is Loose. The 15thannual Moose Is Loose campaign will kick off February 7 and continue through Feb. 22 throughout Woodland Park. The campaign, started by Tweeds Fine Furnishings, tries to stimulate business for the community during the slowest month of the year, with a variety of surprise visits by the infamous Moose and special celebrations. In addition, the event features many discounts and specials at a number of participating businesses. This year, the event will be more of a community-wide celebration, according to Mike Perini, a campaign representative. The event will also features The Chocolate Moose, The Romantic Moose and The Adventuresome Moose for special holiday celebrations. For more information please contact: Mike Perini at 719-651-5943 or Melinda Truscelli at 719-641-0791.



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.



 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. The primary reason for the project is to reduce the hazardous fuel buildup around the visitor center and on the Fossil Beds boundary. . Slash pile burning operations are tentatively planned to take place at the beginning of 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.


Cripple Creek Ice Festival. Scheduled for the weekends of Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 21-22.  Come watch ice sculptors carve ice into beautiful works of art that will amaze you.  Going on its 8th annual of the event, 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. Frozen will be shown at the Butte Theater on Feb. 14, 15 and 22 at 11 am, 1 pm, 3pm and 5 pm. The movie is free and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. In addition, the local museum is offering free admission during the festival.  Parking and shuttle service to and from the Heritage Center will be available during the weekends of the event from 11 am to 6 pm. Plus, the Park and Recreation Department is offering children’s activities to children (4 and up) for only $5 per hour per child on Saturdays and Sundays during the event. For more information,


Free park fees. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument along with America’s 405 other national park units will waive entrance fees from Saturday, February 14th through Monday, February, 16th in honor of Presidents Day weekend.  The   Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open daily 9 am to 5 pm. During this fee-free weekend, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will offer visitors the opportunity to participate in a variety of ranger guided programs and other activities. For additional information visit the park’s website or call at (719) 748 – 3253.

Homestead special opening. The Old Homestead, once a grand brothel for the rich men of the Gold Rush Era in Cripple Creek will be open the weekends of February 14-15   and February 2122 during the 2015 Cripple Creek Ice Festival.  Hours of operation will be 11 am to 4 pm with the normal $5 admission. The Old Homestead began as an exclusive brothel in 1896 during Colorado’s Gold Rush and is today a museum painting a picture of Colorado’s history for tourists from around the world, thanks to a group of local ladies dedicated to protecting the historic building for future generations. Call719-689-9090



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 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,




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.