Almanac Week of 10.20.15

Tuesday, Oct. 20
The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Oct. 20 at 7 pm.

The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly After Hours gathering in the first floor of the Vectra Bank building on Oct. 20, starting at 5:30 pm. This is one of the largest local networking and social get-togethers held on a regular basis.

Wednesday, Oct. 21
The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets on Wednesday at 6:45 am in Denny’s in Woodland Park.

A Hip Hop Jazz Class, sponsored by the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation, will be held every Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 for only $2. Call 719-689-3514.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Oct. 21 in the CC Council Chambers in city hall, starting at 5:30 pm.

Thursday, Oct. 22
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Oct. 22 at 9:15 am in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Oct. 22 at the city council chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Oct. 23
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.

The Thin Air Theatre Company is presenting “Little Shop of Horrors” (A Musical by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman) throughout October. This is a campy, comedy, horror, rock-musical about a hapless florist shop worker, who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy Roger Corman film by the same title. The music is in the style of early 1960s rock & roll, doo-wop (early Motown), & includes several well-known tunes, including Skid Row (Downtown), Somewhere That’s Green, & Suddenly, Seymour. The musical was made into a 1986 film starring Rick Moranis & Steve Martin. The show will play from Oct 2 to Oct. 31. For more information, call 719-689-3247 or visit

Saturday, Oct. 24
New Library exhibit. “Spirit Rappings,” a temporary exhibit presented by the Ute Pass Historical Society and Pikes Peak Museum, will be on display through the middle of November outside the Colorado Room on the third floor of the Woodland Park Public Library at 218 E. Midland Ave. in Woodland Park. The title of the exhibit is based on the origins of the Spiritualist movement in the 1840s, when a family living in upstate New York heard strange rapping noises in their house. Eventually, they were able to summon the noises, giving rise to the conviction that they were communicating with the spirit of someone who was murdered in the house. That belief—that people could communicate with the dead—subsequently became a foundation of Spiritualism. “Spirit Rappings,” which features vintage artifacts and photographs, highlights the impact the Spiritualism movement had on the temporary growth—and reputation—of Crystola and its surroundings. For more information, please contact UPHS at 719-686-7512.

Let’s Dance the Night Away. Enjoy an evening of music, dance and fun at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Oct. 24 from 7 to 10 pm. Join us for Listening and Dancing Fun and featuring R&B, Motown and top 40 hits. Music will be performed by Suga Bear and the Showtime Bank. Munchies, Cash bar, Best Halloween costume. Tickets will be available at the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital Foundation Gift shop and at the door at the night of the event. Proceeds will benefit the Pikes Peak Regional Medical Center Foundation Current and Future projects. For more information, call 719-244-3969.

Sunday, Oct. 25
A Voice Inside. On October 25th at 3 pm, the Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Choral Society are presenting “A Voice Inside,” an afternoon of music that rings of life’s arc. Directed by Kimberley Schultz, they’ll be singing an eclectic mix of music that echoes one’s journey, both spiritual and physical, through this world, by Byrd, Tavener, Haydn, Schumann, Rautavaara, Shaw, Clausen et al. The concert will be held at First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue. For tickets, which are $10/person and $25/family, call (719) 634-3737, visit, or just get your tickets at the door.

Slightly Spooky Star Stories. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will host a night sky program entitled “Slightly Spooky Star Stories” on Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 pm to enjoy the Halloween season by investigating some of the mysterious stories of the fall constellations. Night Sky Programs begin with a short presentation in the Visitor Center, followed by stargazing with telescopes, binoculars, and laser-guided tours of the stars and constellations. Please note that the telescope viewing is weather-dependent, and takes place only if clear. Presentations take place no matter the weather. Dress warmly; nights can be cool even in summer. Bring binoculars or a flashlight if you wish (red-filtered lights only please).These programs are generously assisted by the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. For more information on this partnership, please visit their website: .Admission for the program is the regular park entrance fee, which is $5 per adult (16 years and older); children and federal pass holders are free. For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook at /FlorissantNPS. Following the pre-Halloween gathering, future night sky programs are scheduled for Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.

Spooky Victor. The Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) will be hosting Haunted Mill Site tours Thursday, Oct. 29. The guided tours will take kids of all ages on a walk through the Independence Mill Site, which will be decorated and set up especially for a fright night experience. Guides will walk small groups along the Mill Site trail, through spooky foundations with eerie lighting and scary scenes. Participants will meet at the Victor Heliport parking area for check in. There will be two tours for children age 17 and under which are free at 5 and 5:30 p.m.; ages 18 and older are $3 each and tours for those ages start at 6 p.m. and start every 30 minutes until 9 pm..Several Victor volunteers are putting the event together in conjunction with a Trunk or Treat event in the Third Street Plaza in Victor. That same day starting at 4:30 pm participants are invited to park their vehicles and decorate the backs of SUVs, beds of pickups, or trunks of cars in Halloween decorations. Kids will trick or treat from the trunks, and prizes will be given for the best decorated vehicle and for costumes.

Doc Susie relived. The Pikes Peak Historical Society invites you to learn more about the amazing life of the pioneer woman, Doc Susie, one of the first female doctors in the American West, as told by Hedy Boyce on Sunday, November 8, at their monthly Chautauqua (free program), at 2 pm at the Florissant Library. The Library is located adjacent to the Florissant Community Park on 334 Circle Drive in Florissant. This program is presented as a public service of the Pikes Peak Historical Society. Admission is free, and refreshments are served. Seating is limited. For more information call 719-748-8259 or 719-748-3861

Veterans Day Assembly. The Woodland Park High School District will host a Veterans Day Assembly on Wednesday,, Nov. 11 from 9:30 to 10:45 in the gymnasium, followed by a reception. This is an ideal opportunity to hear real life stories from many of our local veterans.

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Parish House Baroque. Travel back to the golden age of music with Parish House Baroque, Colorado Springs’ early music ensemble, and enjoy a feast of musical treasures by Purcell, Gibbons, Boyce, Bertali, Handel, and Pergolesi. Featuring Elisa Wicks and Terri Moon, baroque violin; Pam Chaddon, baroque cello; Nancy Andrew, baroque flute; and Eric Wicks, harpsichord. The event will be held at the First Lutheran Church Parish House at 1515 N. Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs. Performances are scheduled for Oct. 23 at 7:30 pm and Oct. 25 at 4:30 pm. Tickets are available from the First Lutheran Church office for a suggested donation of $10; all proceeds will benefit local charities.

Join the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Monument on Nov. 5 as we welcome Stuart Sanderson from the Colorado Mining Association for an evening of learning about environmental mining law in Colorado. Mining is an important part of Colorado’s history, but remains an important industry today. Colorado is a leading producer of molybdenum, gold, coal, sodium bicarbonate and other minerals. Overall, mining contributes more than $8 billion to Colorado’s economy and produces thousands of jobs. But mining faces its share of challenges, as focus has intensified in the aftermath of the spill caused by the Environmental Protection Agency at the Gold King Mine into the Animas River. The speaker, who has served as the President of the Colorado Mining Association for more than 21 years, will discuss the standards and practices of modern mining operations today, how they differ from historic mining, and what legislative solutions lawmakers will discuss and debate in the aftermath of Animas.
Doors at 6pm and lecture at 7pm. FREE with RSVP to or 719-488-0880.