Almanac week of 12.22.15

Wednesday Dec. 23

Final week for 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 from now 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. See and for information.

TSC (Teller Senior Coalition) Transit is excited to announce our bus service on Wednesdays in Woodland Park. This is a joint venture with Cripple Creek Transit to provide much needed transportation service between Cripple Creek and 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. Call 719-687-0256 for more details or visit the TSC website at for a full schedule of pick up and drop off times. Cripple Creek Transit will bring Cripple Creek residents down to the Woodland Park Senior Center where they can board TSC Transit for shopping, doctor’s appointments, and other errands. Woodland Park residents can board Cripple Creek transit to enjoy breakfast and sight-seeing in Cripple Creek. Bus fare for Cripple Creek Transit is $5 for a round trip.

Thursday, December 24
Christmas Eve Services. A number of churches in the area are featuring special Christmas Services. Check with local churches in the area for more information.

No meeting. Due to the holiday schedule, the Teller County Commissioners won’t meet on Dec. 24 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. The commissioners normally meet the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, except for holidays or for meeting conflicts.

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.

Friday, December 25
Merry Christmas from The Mountain Jackpot staff. No meetings or special events are scheduled in the area.

Saturday, Dec. 26

Final Performances for 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 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

Full MoonTour. Meet and greet Keyni – our ambassador wolf pup a half hour after check-in time the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center at 4729 Twin Rocks Road in Divide on Dec. 26. The tour starts immediately after and lasts approximately one hour. Check our website for tour times. Please wear warm clothes and good boots and bring a camera and flashlight.

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) has announced its ongoing workshop schedule. All workshops are held at the PPWFC main office at the Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs, unless otherwise noted. There is no charge to attend any of the workshops listed below. These workshops deal with such subjects as finding helpful Internet resources, going from job loss to job search, using LinkedIn, applying for federal jobs, developing a good resume and more. For more information, call 667-3730.

New Year’s Eve Dance at Cripple Creek Elks Lodge. This lively event is open to the public. Ring in the New Year with your Elks family and friends! Live music will be performed by CCRB Band and festivities will also include a live auction, basket auction, 40” TV door prize, and more. There will be a Food and Cash bar and a champagne toast at midnight. Buy tickets in advance at CC BPOE 316 or at the door. $15/person. Must be 21 or over.

Woodland Park Writers Group. Are you interested in writing/publishing commercial fiction and nonfiction? We are starting a Woodland Park writers group. All published and non-published authors are welcome. We will discuss relevant topics such as plot, POV, hooks, character development, and the general business of writing/publishing. We will play with improv writing. Polish your craft to get published. Meetings are at the WP Library, 218 E. Midland Avenue, in the Small Meeting Room the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 6pm-8pm. For more info, call 719-377-1546 or email

Open Forum Presentation. Woodland Park City Manager David Buttery will be the featured speaker during an Open Forum Presentation, scheduled for January 6 at Denny’s restaurant in Woodland Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The city manager will update citizens on the latest information regarding the aquatic center project, Downtown Development Authority activities, the comprehensive traffic study and even a slew of ballot issues that may appear on the April, 2016 ballot. 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 encouraged.

Movie House Music Supervalue Package Held the 2nd Sunday every month through May at Gold Hill Theatres, 615 W. Midland Avenue, Woodland Park. Features a a concert from 2:30-4:00 pm, a movie ticket good anytime and one beer, wine or soft drink all for only $12. Or you buy a concert and drink for only $7.. Season ticket discounts are available. For more information, call 719-687-2210, These events are co-sponsored by Woodland Music Series and Gold Hill Theatres.

The Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Department will host a special trip to see the Breckenridge Snow Sculptures on Saturday, Feb 6 from 9 am to 6 pm. The cost of the trip is only $10 per person. Please call to register at 689-3514.

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.

An Inside Look at Historic Preservation. The Old Colorado History Center in Old Colorado City will feature a special presentation with John Haney and William Boddington of Historic Preservation Alliance and Gordon Anderson, photographer of “Historic Homes of Colorado Springs and Vicinity.” The presentation, scheduled for January 8 at 6 pm at the OCCHC at 1 South 24th Street in Colorado Springs, includes an overview of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs-their mission, goals, education, projects and events. The book photographed by Anderson will also be highlighted with stories of his work with his mother, author of the book, including the content and background. Book signing will follow. Light refreshments will be served. At 5:30 pm, the historical society will vote on a new board of directories. For information call OCCHC at 636-1225.

Family Exploration Day. Have you ever picked up a rock while hiking and wondered what it was? On Saturday January 2 from 10 a.m., bring that geologic discovery, or just plain curiosity, down to the Western Museum of Mining and Industry for a day of geologic exploration! Learn about Colorado’s mineral and mining heritage, identify common or your own minerals-in-hand specimens, understand processes important to the formation mineral deposits, and identify modern methods of mineral exploration and mine development. Among the activities, dig for fossils, try your hand with ‘Keep What you Find Gold Panning’, take part in some hands-on mineral identification, spend some time with the Florissant Fossil Beds experts, learn about assaying, and spend some time in the company of our two burro mascots Nugget and Chism! Join WMMI, the Florissant Fossil Beds, Pilot Mining, the Gold Prospectors of Colorado, and more as we enjoy a fun and educational day for the whole family! WMMI invites you to its Family Exploration Day on GEOLOGY. For more information, call 719-488-0880.