Almanac for Week of February 10th

Tuesday, Feb. 10

The Teller County Republicans will meet on Feb. 10 at 7 pm in the Pikes Peak Club center in Divide.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

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. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant will feature “Hikes for Your Health” program. 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. The hikes begin at 10 am at the Fossil Beds Visitor Center.

Great Backyard Bird Count. Join Guide Dee DeJong, from Guides-To-Go, to view a short presentation about the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) on Feb. 11 from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Woodland Professional Building (400 Hwy.. 24, Suite 200). This is an annual, free event sponsored by Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We will go over how to participate in the count and learn some bird identification tips. Call Dee DeJong at (720) 838-3277 or dee@guides-to-go.com.

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. 12

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly. The original nonprofit weight-loss group is an educational support group providing weekly weigh-ins and programs to help members make positive changes in the role food plays in their lives. Local chapter meets every Thursday at 10 am in Green Mountain Falls at the Church in the Wildwood. Call Evelyn at 719-748-8383 for more information.

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. The next bingo session is scheduled for Feb. 12. Call 719-687-7587.
Friday, Feb. 13

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

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, 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 CC District museum and Jail Museum are 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, see www.visitcripplecreek.com.

Saturday, Feb. 14

Happy Valentine’s Day. A number of local restaurants, bars and casinos are offering special Valentine’s Day meals and deals. In addition, a number of special events will highlight the festivities. (See related story in this week’s TMJ).

Valentine Day Breakfast. Enjoy Breakfast at the Florissant Grange (the Old School House) with oven baked bacon, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy with homemade sausage and hash browns, or create your own breakfast burritos with “the best you’ve ever had” salsa. Breakfast is served from 7 to 11 am. Call 719-748-5004 for more information.

Bird Hike. Join Guide Dee DeJong, from Guides-To-Go, at Manitou Lake on Hwy 67 north of Woodland Park on Feb. 14 from 8 to 10 am. We will take an easy, 1.5 mile walk to count the birds. Dress for the weather and bring your own binoculars and water. Cost: The guided hike is free but a day-use fee of $6 per car is required to park at Manitou Lake. Ages: 6 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult). Please RSVP to save a spot! Call Dee DeJong at(720) 838-3277 or dee@guides-to-go.com.?

Free park fees. 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 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 at www.nps.gov/flfo 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 21-22 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. Call 719-689-9090

Ongoing

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.

Upcoming

A Diabetes Support Group will meet on Monday February 16 at 10 am at the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, just outside Woodland Park. This support group is open to all persons with diabetes and their family members. Call 719-686-5802 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 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, see www.TellerForecast.com

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, www.casappr.org.

Making the Case for Mobile. The Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce and SCORE are partnering together to bring you training about the Mobile device revolution during a presentation on Feb. 26 from 1 to 3 pm at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Small businesses and nonprofits who start embracing mobile now will be the ones best able to compete. Let us help you understand this mobile transition so you are not left behind. For more information, call 866-240-7713.

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.