Almanac Week of 12.29.15

Wednesday, Dec. 30

Final days 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 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 31
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.

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.

New Year’s Eve Dance. Come out and help us bring in the New Year on December 31 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center right in the heart of Woodland Park. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the band starts at 9 p.m. There will be a cash bar. The cost is $10 per couple and $7 per single. For more information, contact Lori Frost at the Ute Pass Saddle Club at 661-675-5346.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to toast the New Year in style or have a few final memories for the end of 2015. A spree of restaurants, bars and casinos in the area are hosting special New Year’s Eve celebrations,, meals and parties. See related story in this week’s issue of TMJ for more details.

Friday, Jan. 1
Happy New Year from The Mountain Jackpot staff. No meetings or special events are scheduled in the area.

Saturday, Jan. 2
Enjoy a Dinner Sleigh/Wagon ride at the M Lazy C Ranch in Lake George on Jan. 2 and on various times throughout the month. The festivities include a dinner sleigh ride and entertainment. Call 719-748-3398 for more information and for reservations.
Sunday, Jan. 3
Colorado Ice Racing. The opening of the Harry Roamer’s Motorcycle Club’s 50th annual Colorado State Championship Ice Racing Series, will kick off on Jan. 3 at the Rainbow Falls Mountain Trout Park on Hwy. 67, north of Woodland Park. The race action, which includes pro and amateur motorcycles, quads and speedway bikes on the lake, will occur on Jan. 3, 10, 24, 31 and Feb. 14. For more information, call 719-687-8690 or check out the club’s website or Facebook page

The Woodland Park Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors will hold an open meeting on Jan. 5 at 7:30 a.m. in the Woodland Park Council Chambers. The meeting, open to the public, will deal with such subjects as a reimbursement agreement with the owners of the Trail Ridge Apartments and a discussion on a DDA district expansion. The public is invited to attend, but some issues will be held in executive session.

Beginner and Intermediate Ice Skating Lessons. Learning to ice skate is not just for kids. This program is offered to anyone 5 years and older. Just learning to skate or have some skating skills? Come join us for a fun learning experience in an all-natural outdoor rink at Meadow Wood Sports Skating Rink in Woodland Park. Participants will need their own skates. The classes will be held on Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27. The beginner class will be held from 4:30 TO 5:15 p.m., while the intermediate class is scheduled from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Call Judy Bundy for more information at 719-687-5225.
Learn about Windows 10. This class teaches some of the new features of Windows 10 for users that are already familiar with Windows. You will learn how to use new navigation features, searching, using new apps, and the new Edge browser. The class will be held at the Florissant Public Library on Jan 7 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Polly Roberts at 719-748-3939.

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) has announced its January 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. The center will be closed on New Year’s Day and on Martin Luther King’s Day on Jan. 18.

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

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.

A 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.