Almanac for week of February 17th

Tuesday, Feb. 17
The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will feature their monthly Business After Hours gathering on Feb. 17, starting at 5:30 pm. The Feb gathering, presented by Park State Bank & Trust, will occur at the Shining Mountain Golf Club in Woodland Park.

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Feb. 17 in the new town hall building at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 18
The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets on Wednesday at 6:45 a.m. at Denny’s in Woodland Park.

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. See www.TellerForecast.com

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Feb 18 at 5:30 pm in the CC Council Chambers at 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. 19
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Feb. 19 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

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 748-8383.

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.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Feb. 19 at 7 pm in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Feb. 20
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday

Taste of the Grape. This is Ute Pass Kiwanis’ annual wine tasting event, featuring over 50 different wines, plus appetizers and desserts from area restaurants. The event will take place at Ute Pass Cultural Center on Feb. 20 from 7 to 9 pm. Call Sandy Bridgewater at 214-533-3363. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Charles Ortega Benefit. A benefit concert will be held to assist the family of Charles Ortega with medical expenses incurred as a result of a recent automobile accident. The concert will be held on Feb. 20 at the Hoag Recital Hall at the CSU campus in Pueblo, beginning at 7 pm. Ortega, a popular Woodland Park musician who played with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic group, suffered a near fatal accident in Colorado Springs. Visit Charliesfund.com

Saturday, Feb. 21
The eighth annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival will run for its final weekend on Feb. 21-22. . Come watch ice sculptors carve ice into beautiful works of art that will amaze you. 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. 22 at 11 am, 1 pm, 3pm and 5 pm. The movie is free. 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 on weekends 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. www.visitcripplecreek.com.

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 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

Moose Is Loose Final Weekend. The 15th annual Moose Is Loose campaign will 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. Contact: Mike Perini at 719-651-5943 or Melinda Truscelli at 719-641-0791.