Alamanac Week of 11.24.15

Wednesday, Nov. 25
Aspen Mine Center Thanksgiving Feast. The Aspen Mine Center will host a big community-wide Thanksgiving meal and gathering, starting at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 25 and extending until 3 p.m. It will be held on the second floor of the Aspen Mine Center. The free meal is sponsored by the Aspen Mine Center and a number of community organizations. It is one of the more popular Thanksgiving galas in the area. This special meal features great Thanksgiving digs and is a good way to hang out with your friends and family and local community leaders from southern Teller. For more information, call 719-689-3584.

A Free Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at the Florissant Grange in Florissant (The Old School House) on Nov. 25 from 6 to 9 pm. All are welcome. Come join the fun with the Jammers and get to know your neighbors and community.

Thursday, Nov. 26
Holiday Closures. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, a number of events and meetings normally scheduled for this day, will not occur. In addition, all local and county government offices are closed on both Nov. 26 and Nov 27. Make sure you call any government office if you are planning on doing business on these days.

Thanksgiving meals. The Mucky Duck restaurant in Green Mountain Falls will host a prime Thanksgiving meal from noon to 5 pm, featuring such entrees as Roasted Turkey, Black Forest Ham, Filet Mignon, Baby Rack Lamb and more. For reservations, call 719-684-2008. A number of restaurants and casinos in the high country are offering great Thanksgiving digs. In addition, the Ute Inn in Woodland Park will offer a free Thanksgiving meal and great time for people to get together on this special day.

Friday, Nov. 27
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.

TSC (Teller Senior Coalition) Transit is continuing its new “Out ‘n About” bus service to include Fridays in Woodland Park. TSC Transit will be picking up from the Senior Center and will be making stops at Pikes Peak Family Medicine, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, City Market, Safeway, Walgreens, Walmart, and the Department of Social Services upon request. The bus will also be providing drop off/pick up service behind Vectra Bank for the Farmer’s Market. Call Janet Brown at (719) 687-3330 for more details or visit the TSC website at for a full schedule of pick up and drop off times.

The Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Center will host roller skating and blading activities on every Friday from 1 to 4 pm. Call 719-689-3514 for more information.

The Christmas Donkey and New Christmas Olio Kick-Off. “The Christmas Donkey,” a holiday favorite returns to the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek. To the people of Cripple Creek, Bill Otis is just a crazy, old coot. But to a magical, talking donkey from the North Pole, Old Bill is the next Santa Claus. This heartwarming show runs Nov. 27 through Dec. 27 and will be followed by our World Famous Christmas Olio filled with holiday music, dance & family holiday fun. For more information, visit Butte

Holiday Headframe Lighting. Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, will be lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek starting Friday, Nov. 27 and continuing through Jan. 1. A self-guided driving tour map will be available at area businesses, as well as the Cripple Creek Heritage Center and online at The lights will be best viewed after dark and will be in place Friday through Sunday nights through New Year’s Day, weather/safety and volunteers permitting. This year the lights on the Cresson Headframe in Victor have been refurbished and do not miss the Silver Bells on the Strong Mine in Victor.the annual event is sponsored by the Teller County Focus Group and the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company. As for other forthcoming festivities, the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and gift shop will be open for special holiday shopping hours and free admission Nov. 27, 28 and 29 from 11-4, weekends through Dec. 20 from 11-4 weather allowing.Crafts and holiday fun will be on deck for the Gold Camp Christmas events in Cripple Creek and Victor Dec. 11-13. See and for information.

Saturday, Nov. 28
Mountain Artists Holiday Show & Sale. Scheduled for Nov. 28 from 10 am to 4 pm in the Ute Pass Cultural Center, this popular holiday art show by the members of the Mountain Artists features a wide variety of art, including paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, aspen wood art, photography, scroll wood art, jewelry, pine needle art, fiber art, and more! Free admission and refreshments! Drawing every hour for a $10 coupon to spend with one of the artists in the show. For more information, call 719-687-3149.

Sunday, Nov. 29
Colorado Springs Chorale. On Sunday, November 29 at 7 pm, First Christian Church at Cascade & Platte is presenting a Messiah sing-along led by the Chamber Singers from the Colorado Springs Chorale, directed by Kim Schulz, and accompanied by strings, trumpet, harpsichord and organ. The program will include numbers from all three sections of the Messiah, including recitatives, solos, and major choruses. There will be a limited number of scores available, so bring your score if you have one. Come and begin the Advent season by singing this glorious music by Georg Frederic Händel, or just enjoy being surrounded by those singing. A free will offering will be taken Call 719-633-8888 for more information.


Public Meetings on Broadband Internet and Cellular Phone Service. A series of meetings, hosted by Teller County, will be held to obtain public input regarding a new technology study being conducted by NEO Fiber of Glenwood Springs. The study is aimed at identifying gaps and problems in service for Broadband Internet, cellular phone service and emergency radios for residents in Teller County and the lower Ute Pass. The meetings will be held on Monday, Nov. 30 at the Cripple Creek/Victor High School Cafeteria from 5:30 to 7 pm; Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 7 to 8:30 pm; and Wednesday, Dec 2 at the Florissant Public Library from 2 to 3:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided.
Ribbon Cutting. An official ribbon cutting for the new re-location re-opening of the UPS Store is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 4 pm. The ceremony will occur at their new store site at 1067 E. US Hwy. 24 (in the Safeway Shopping Center). For more information, call 719-651-5943.

Lights of Love. Prospect’s Annual Lights of Love remembrance began over two decades years ago to honor loved ones we have lost and to take a few minutes to reflect on their memory. What you see and feel is the celebration of life, realization of how precious life is and how fortunate we each are to have loved and be loved. Over 300 people are remembered each year. Join us Thursday December 3, at 6 pm at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Light a Light for someone you love. Join us for bell ringing, symphony sounds, singing and camaraderie. No better way to begin the season of peace and love then with Prospect Home Care & Hospice’s Lights of Love. For more information, call 719-687-0549.

The Teller County Assessor & the Victor Elks are partnering to collect toys through December 11 for the Victor Elks Christmas Basket Project serving 70 families in Teller County. Please drop off a new unwrapped toy at the Courthouse, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Fidelity Title, Park State Bank, SYS Auction, Tweeds, or Ute Pass Chamber of Commerce. New or used bicycles needed. Call for pick-up 689-2941.
Gold Camp Christmas Preparation. Craft and ornament making workshop volunteers are needed on Nov. 30 to prepare for the Gold Camp Christmas festival in Cripple Creek. Call Kathi Pilcher 659-3599 to help, set up different times, or more ideas.

Free legal advice. A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 2 to 5 pm on the FIRST FRIDAY of each month at ther Woodland Park Public Library in Woodland Park, and also at your Florissant Public Library in Florissant. By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues, and civil protection orders. Please SIGN UP by calling (719) 687-9281 ext.103 for Woodland Park or 719-748-3939 for Florissant. The final date for 2015 is scheduled for December 4

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Gold Assay Seminar! Gold does not come out of the ground ready to wear. Join us to discover how ore is processed to extract gold during a Gold Assay Class on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Monument.. Hands-on learners of all ages will crush and classify ore as they learn the basics of gold ore assaying–determining the value of gold in the rock. This fast moving, interactive assay demonstration will overview the math, mechanics, and chemistry of this exciting process; in addition this event has become a detailed educational program with the support of experts from the museum and Pilot Mining. Explore Colorado’s rich mining heritage from the gold rush days to the 21st century. Find out what’s happening in mining today! Call 719-488-0880 for more information.

The Nutcracker. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is proud to announce the production of The Nutcracker with the Oklahoma City Ballet and including beautiful sets and costumes, as part of the Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Holiday Performances. The cherished holiday favorite will be performed at the Pikes Peak Center for four performances, Nov. 27-29. Tchaikovsky’s timeless score will be conducted by Associate Conductor Thomas Wilson and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Mills.