Almanac Week of 11.15.16

Tuesday, Nov. 15
The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will host their monthly After Hours gathering at Peoples Bank in Woodland Park on Nov. 15, starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 16
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 nd 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

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cripple Creek Council Chambers.
Thursday, Nov. 17

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 Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Nov 18
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club will meet at 7 a.m. at the 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, Nov. 19
Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy the monthly Pancake Breakfast at the Woodland Park Senior Center, Pine and Lake Streets, on Saturday, November 19 from 8 am to 11 am. Plan to start off your Thanksgiving celebrations with a fresh cooked, all you can eat, breakfast of fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, melon and the best biscuits and gravy around. We aim to get your “Gobbling” off to a great start! Your home town seniors will be flipping the pancakes and serving them up with juice and coffee or hot tea for only $8. Kids 6 and under eat for $2. This open to the public fundraising event helps to support the programs and activities of the Woodland Park Senior Center. We appreciated the support of each one of you! Mark your calendars and plan to join us on the 3rd Saturday each month of the year.

Wolves: Fact and Fiction. Naturalist Ellen spent some time in Yellowstone National Park earning about wolves. Hear the truth about these misunderstood animals. Learn about their lifestyle, pack behavior and role as an apex predator. This program will be held at the Visitor Center at Mueller State Park in Divide on Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. Other upcoming Mueller State Park programs include a Turkey Day for Kids on Nov. 22, with a variety of games and activities. The fun starts at 10 a.m. at the Visitor Center. For more information, call 719-687-6867

Small Business Boutique. The second annual Woodland Park Small Business Boutique will be
be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shining Mountain Golf Club. Join us for fun and shopping. The event will feature many small business vendors in the area. Call 719-687-7587 for more details.

Sunday, Nov. 20

Tipi, Tepee, Teepee. No matter how it is spelled, the Tipi is an icon of the Native American Indians. But not all Native Americans lived in Tipis. The Tipi was used by the nomadic tribes of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. It’s simple yet sturdy construction kept the occupants warm in the winter and cool in the summer, it stood strong against strong winds, and was easy to put up and take down during a move. Ed Held, a Native American and Pikes Peak Historical Society member, will be sharing his knowledge of this iconic structure at the November Chautauqua gathering of the Pikes Peak Historical Society. This will be held on Sunday, November 20th at 2 p.m. at the Florissant Library. The Library is located adjacent to the Florissant Community Park on 334 Circle Drive in Florissant. Admission is free and refreshments are served. No reservation is required but arrive early, seating is limited. For more information call 719-748-8259 or 719-748-3861.


Colorado Craft Distillery Tasting. The city of Cripple Creek will host the first annual Colorado Craft Distillery Tasting festival. This event, originally scheduled for Nov. 12, will occur on Dec. 3. It will feature many of the top distilleries in the state. This is one of the newer events that town has sponsored for the 2016 season. For more information, see

Mountain Arts Holiday Show. The annual Mountain Arts Holiday Show and Sale will be held Saturday, November 26, at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 10am to 4pm. The event features free admission and refreshments. Members of the Mountain Artists will showcase acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings, photography, wood working, jewelry, and more. In addition, there will be a drawing for a $20 coupon every one-half hour which the winner can spend with any of the Mountain Artists. For more information, call 719-502-5085.

Green Mountain Falls Tree Lighting Festival. The First Annual Green Mountain Falls Tree Lighting Festival will be held Nov 26 at 6:30 P.M.. The new event is being organized and sponsored by the Ute Pass Chamber of Commerce and is free to the public. A Town “Walk” will assemble at Sallie Bush Community Center and proceed along Ute Pass Avenue to the Gazebo Lake Park. Along the way, stops will be made at Little Beaver Lodge, Outlook Lodge, and Green Box Campus where lights will be turned decorating eight tall trees. Additional lights will be up at residences and businesses including Duckies, and Blue Moose Saloon. The walk will end at Gazebo Lake Park with the lighting of a 70 foot high blue spruce tree. A short ceremony will be followed by hot chocolate and the singing of Christmas carols. The event is made possible by support from the Historic GMF Foundation, Kramco 3D Models, Blue Spruce Landscaping, and P&Z Electric.

Holiday Headframe Lighting. The giant headframes that are the remains of 1890’s gold mining days will again light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek again this holiday season. These unique mining structures are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era.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. 25. 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 holiday lighting tradition is 19 years old and is sponsored by Newmont Mining Company, on whose property most of the headframes are located. Volunteers from the communities staff the generators and line power connections each weekend. Other sponsors include an anonymous donor, Southern Teller County Focus Group, Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation, Two Mile High Mining Co., and Cripple Creek District Museum. Support also comes from Black Hills Energy crews..The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and gift shop will be open for special holiday shopping hours, weekends through December from 10-5 weather allowing. More information is at
Cripple Creek Christmas Carol. Returning for the holiday season is the Charles Dickens classic…with a Cripple Creek twist! It is produced by the Thin Air Theatre Company in Cripple Creek, with performances at the Butte Theater, staring on Nov. 25. In this version, you are transported to historical turn-of-the-century Cripple Creek, where the ghosts of Bob Womack, Winfred Scott Stratton and Mollie Kathleen set out to change the heart of a cold and ruthless mine owner. This Cripple Creek favorite serves up a great holiday outing for the entire family, and is followed by a traditional fun-filled Christmas Olio. This production, one of the most popular shows of the season, makes a perfect outing for the entire family. For more information and to make reservations, visit To make phone reservations, call 719-689-3247.

Lights of Love. Every December, Prospect Home Care & Hospice joins with our community to remember our loved ones. More than 300 people are remembered each year. Please join us Thursday, Dec 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. to remember a loved one at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. We’ll have refreshments, music, and celebration of life. Join us for bell ringing, symphony sounds, singing and camaraderie. There is 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.
Cascade Christmas. Presented by the Cascade Women’s Club, and hosted by Backroom Pizza.
A new venue, the historic Red Cloud Inn in Cascade, will add nostalgic charm to this year’s event! Join us beginning Friday night, December 2 from 4-7 p.m. We will continue the festivities on Saturday, December 3rd from 10-3 p.m. Shop a wide variety of holiday arts and crafts. Be sure to buy a slice of pizza to enjoy during your visit, or take home a whole pizza for the family. Our popular homemade cookie trays will be for sale. Enjoy great, live holiday music with Barry LaLuna!

Breakfast with Santa. The Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce has announced a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Ute Pass Elementary School, 9320 Chipita Park Road, Chipita Park.
Ute Pass Elementary School: 9320 Chipita Park Road, Chipita Park, CO
This event is open to the community and is free (donations welcome). Full breakfast, including omelets, crafts for the kids, and of course a visit from St. Nick himself. This event is sponsored by the Ute Pass Parent Teacher Organization.

The Heart of Christmas. The holidays are a time when families seem to be pulled in many directions. Why not take an evening or an afternoon away to enjoy The Heart of Christmas? Be transported back through time as a family discovers how the simple act of giving a gift can change their lives forever. Let this beautiful story, interwoven with classic Christmas carols and songs, lead you and yours to the true heart of Christmas. On December 9-11, we will have four showings to choose from, including a Saturday matinee. You won’t want to miss this theater presentation at Charis Bible College Colorado’s campus, The Sanctuary. This scenic mountain property will be a winter wonderland offering festive food and other holiday delights. You can even have a family photo professionally taken to make this a cherished Christmas memory of your own. For reservations, call 719-635-1111, or reserve your seat online: Don’t miss this new holiday tradition and the chance to receive The Heart of Christmas—a true gift that will change your life forever!

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

The annual Victorian Christmas at Miramont Castle is back and slated for Nov. 25, starting at 10 a.m. Enjoy the wonders of a true Victorian holiday experience. The castle is lavishly decorated, homemade refreshments abound and delightful entertainment is available.