Almanac Week of 2-2-16

Feb. 2
The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, Feb. 3
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.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers at city hall.

Thursday, Feb. 4
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.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Feb. 5
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club will meet at 7 a.m. at he Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.

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

Saturday, Feb. 6

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.

Indoor Golf Showdown. The Shining Mounain Golf Club will host a “closest to the pin” contest on Feb. 6. The contest, held every Saturday during the winter, will feature one of the world’s renowned golf holes, with sign-ups scheduled for around 10:15 a.m. Test out your skills with the club’s state-of-the-art stimulator. This is a weekly contest organized by members of SM Men’s Club. Last year more than 30 players or duffers participated on a weekly basis. Warning: Normal golf etiquette is not adhered to for these boisterous events, and booing is heavily encouraged. For more information, call 719-687-7587.

Sunday, Feb. 7

Super Bowl Sunday. Watch the Denver Broncos trample the Carolina Panthers at a variety of local bars/restaurants and casinos and at area-wide parties during Super Bowl 50, with the pre-game activity starting in the afternoon. See related stories in this week’s issue of TMJ.

On Sunday, February 7 at 3 p.m., First Christian Church at16 E. Platte Avenue is presenting their annual chamber music program, played by members of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and friends. Come and enjoy an afternoon of delightful music for small ensembles of strings and woodwinds with piano, harpsichord, or organ. A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call 719-633-8888.


Final Day of Colorado Ice Racing. The running of Harry Roamer’s Motorcycle Club’s 50th annual Colorado State Championship Ice Racing Series, which kicked off recently at the Rainbow Falls Mountain Trout Park on Hwy. 67, north of Woodland Park, will continue this weekend.The remaining race action, which includes pro and amateur motorcycles, quads and speedway bikes on the lake, will occur on Feb. 14. For more information, call 719-687-8690 or check out the club’s website or Facebook page

Cripple Creek Ice Festival. The Cripple Creek Ice Festival is a spectacular event and is scheduled for the weekends of Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 20-21. Come watch ice sculptors carve ice into beautiful works of art that will amaze you. Going on its 9th annual, the artistic theme of the Ice Festival changes every year. Themes have included a Mythological Wonderland, Story Time, Under the Sea, a Military Salute Carved in Ice, a Rocky Mountain Wonderland, and a Medieval recreations. The 2016 Ice Festival will feature an Old West theme. Besides the sculptures, the festival features many fun events to enjoy throughout the two weekends. Several sculptures are made just for kids, with a fun ice slide, an ice maze, and carnival-type games that are all made of ice. Street vendors have just the perfect thing to bring home as a momento of your visit here, and an ice bar with a liquor luge ensures you always have a refreshing beverage to enjoy.There will be additional FREE parking at the Heritage Center northeast of town on Highway 67, and the shuttle service to the event will be FREE on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information, see

Gold Refining. The Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine Visitor Center in Cripple Creek, 371 E. Bennett Avenue, will host gold refining presentations during the Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Feb. 13-14 and Feb. 20-21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how we make gold out of rocks. For more information, call 719-689-3941.

Free Movie. In support of Cripple Creek’s Ice Festival weekends, the Butte Theater will be screening Disney’s award winning animated movie “Frozen.” Show times are Saturday and Sunday , February 13 & 14 / 20 and 21 at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. There is no admission but donations are graciously accepted. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.The Butte Theater is located 139 E Bennett Ave Cripple Creek. For more information call 719-689-6402.

Star Gazing. On Saturday, February 13 join us for a Valentine’s celebration beneath the starry skies of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument! This evening astronomy program will feature an indoor ranger presentation followed by outdoor laser-guided constellation tour and telescope observations. Members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society will be on hand to share their love of the night sky and provide telescope viewing of the moon, star clusters, nebulae, and other celestial wonders. The program will be held at the Florissant Fossil Beds Visitor Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 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

Victor Museum Welcomes Teddy Roosevelt. Want a new perspective on the 2016 election? Teddy Roosevelt, portrayed by Don Moon of Colorado Springs, will appear at the Gold Coin Club Saturday, Feb. 20 as a fundraiser for Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. He will provide a perspective on the political parties from the 1912 Bull Moose Party viewpoint. The event includes a bully reception and a silent auction that will feature a Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company 5 millionth ounce silver coin and a 2.5-hour guided tour of the mining district for up to 14 people.The Progressive Party of 1912 was a political party formed by former Roosevelt, after a split in the Republican Party between him and President William Howard Taft. The party also became known as the Bull Moose Party after journalists quoted Roosevelt saying “I feel like a bull moose” shortly after the new party was formed. The event in honor of 2016 Presidents’ Day is being sponsored by the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. Advance reservations are required and a maximum of 50 tickets will be sold. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the Gold Coin Club on Diamond Avenue west of North 4th Street. For more information and to make reservations visit or call 719-689-5509.

CASA offers a volunteer opportunity like no other. As appointed representatives of the court, CASA Volunteers are empowered to make a lifelong difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. Find out how you can become a CASA and lift up a child’s life. Join us Wednesday, February 17, from noon to 1:00 pm, for our 4-1-1 hour at the CASA office, 701 S. Cascade Ave., CSC 80903. Please RSVP to Kelly, (719)447-9898, ext. 1033 or visit our website,

Wildlife of the Pikes Peak region. Why are some of the deer wearing collars? Are they trying to make a fashion statement? Do Bighorn Sheep kick the kids out of the herd when they grow up? Or do they hang around eating their parents out of house and home? Was that a Moose I just saw? I thought moose only lived in Alaska! * What do you mean that’s a mountain
lion? Just looks like a big kitty-cat to me! Do Bears really steal picnic baskets? The Pikes Peak Historical Society invites you to learn more about the Wildlife of the Pikes Peak region on Sunday, February 21st, at their monthly Chautauqua (free program), at 2 p.m. 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. No reservations are required but arrive early, seating is limited. For more information call 719-748-8259 or 719-748-3861.

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.

Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off and Carnivale Parade. This popular annual event is scheduled for Feb. 6 in Manitou Springs, with the Gumbo Cook-Off occurring from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Soda Springs Park in downtown historic Manitou Springs. The amateur and professional divisions will compete for their own 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies as well as for cash prizes. There will also be an award for Best Showmanship and People’s Choice. The colorful Carnivale parade then follows in downtown Manitou Springs. For more information on the Gumbo Cook-Off contact the Man Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at 719-685-5089. For more information on the parade, contact Renee Young at 719-510-9052.

NORAD Update Join the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs and officials from NORAD on Thursday February 11 for a new exhibit opening and lecture series about the construction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command center in Cheyenne Mountain. Lecture details will be announced soon. Heritage Lectures at WMMI are always free!The exhibit opens at 6pm and the lecture begins at 7pm. RSVP is required at or 719-488-0880.