Almanac Week of 12.1.15

Tuesday, Dec. 1
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.

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will hold a budget workshop on Dec. 1 at 6 pm, followed by a regular trustees meeting at 7 pm.

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 remaining meetings public meetings this week will be held on 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 2
The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Dec. 2 at 5:30 pm.
Open Forum Presentation. Woodland Park RE-2 School Superintendent Jeb Bowman will be the guest speaker during an Open Forum Presentation scheduled for Dec. 2 at Denny’s restaurant in Woodland Park. These forums are organized by members of the Teller County Republican Party, but they are open to all citizens, regardless of your party affiliation or politics. They are designed to have more open dialogue between local residents and state and local elected leaders and key officials. Questions are encourage. .

Thursday, December 3
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.

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 Woodland Park City Council will meet on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

Friday, December 4
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.
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

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 Performances. “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 Theater.com.

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 VictorColorado.com. 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 from 11-4, on weekends through Dec. 20. Crafts and holiday fun will be on deck for the Gold Camp Christmas events in Cripple Creek and Victor Dec. 11-13. See VisitCrippleCreek.com and CityofVictor.com for information.

Saturday, Dec. 5

Breakfast with Santa. Santa will be at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park on Dec. 5 with some Elves. Make sure you get there early. Doors open at 8 am. There is a FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST, for the whole family. You can also get your picture with Santa for a small donation to the Ute Pass Kiwanis. For more information, call 719-687-5534.

Run and Dog Walk. The Teller County Regional Animal Shelter and Exostrategies are sponsoring a first-ever holiday 5K Run & Dog Walk on Saturday, Dec. 5, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Woodland Park Senior Center, 312 N Center St. Cost for a single entrant is $25 ($30 on race day), $80 for a 4-pak ($100) race day). Participants will receive a T-shirt, goodie bag and jingle bells — while supplies last. Parking is free. An award ceremony will follow after the event. Also, a pledge contest offers the chance to win a new iMac. Participants can register online at tcrascolorado.org or in person at TCRAS, 308 Weaverville Road, Divide. NOTE: Entrants do not have to register for the 5K to join the contest. Funds will support TCRAS with a portion going to Help the Needy. Call 719-686-7707 for more information.

Lighter Side of Christmas Parade. Join the community for an evening of holiday fun! The parade theme this year recognizes the 75th Anniversary of Fantasia and the 100th Anniversary of Kiwanis. The Parade will be right on Highway 24 through downtown Woodland Park. After the parade and fireworks, join us at the Ute Pass Cultural Center for cookies and hot chocolate while enjoying music, a visit from Santa, Tree Lighting and parade awards.

Sunday, Dec. 6

The Sights and Sounds of Christmas Concert. The Woodland Park Wind Symphony will perform their annual free holiday concert at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Dec. 6. The show will feature a 6 p.m. “Meet the Musicians Cocktail Hour” and then a 7 p.m. concert. The event is sponsored by the Woodland Park Mountain Arts Council and the Woodland Arts Alliance. For more information, call Craig Harms at 719-687-2210.

Upcoming
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.
Movie House Music Supervalue Package Held the 2nd Sunday every month through May. Concert will be held from 2:30-4:00 pm, movie ticket good any time and one beer, wine or soft drink all for only $12. Or concert and drink only $7. The November 8 concert features Mountain Brass. Season discount tickets are available. For more information, call Gold Hill Theatres, 615 W Midland Ave, Woodland Park, 719-687-2210, www.woodlandmusicseries.org. Co-sponsored by Woodland Music Series and Gold Hill Theatres.

Gold Camp Christmas Celebration. Yuletide activities will kick off with the nightly Holiday Headframe Lighting and then kick into high gear with the annual Gold Camp Christmas Celebration in the Cripple Creek/Victor district from Dec. 11-13, with a wide range of events, including a parade. Festive activities for children include gift making, crafts, a scavenger hunt, skating around the Christmas Tree, ornament decorating, and numerous opportunities to whisper Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear! And of course, no Christmas would be complete without s’mores and marshmallows roasting on an open fire, and free hot chocolate and cider to warm your hands and soul. Call 1-877-858-4653 for more information, see VisitCrippleCreek.com for a list of specific events.

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Shop in Manitou and get a free ski lift ticket. The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce and Monarch Mountain are once again sponsoring a Buy One-Get One Free Adult All-day lift ticket package at one of the more popular, nearby ski hubs. When you purchase $75 in Manitou Springs at restaurants, shops or convenience stores, you are eligible for this ski package at Monarch Mountain, which is good throughout the 2015/2016 season, with some black-out dates. Bring your receipts into the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce office at 354 Manitou Avenue.