Almanac Week of 11.22.16

Tuesday, Nov. 22

Kid’s Turkey Day. Get ready for Thanksgiving by coming to Kid’s Turkey Day at Mueller State Park. Learn about wild turkeys while playing games and making turkey crafts! The festivities are scheduled for Nov. 22, starting at 10 a.m. No school today, so bring your fiends. For more information, call 719-687-6867.

Wednesday, Nov. 23

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

Thursday, Nov. 24

Happy Thanksgiving from The Mountain Jackpot staff. Several local restaurants and casinos will be offering special Thanksgiving feasts. See this weeks TMJ issue for details.

Government Office Closures. With the Thankgiving holiday, no government meetings will occur and most government offices will be closed on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25. If you have government business to conduct for these two days, call first.

Friday, Nov. 25
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.

Cripple Creek Christmas Carol Kick-off. 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.
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

Saturday, Nov. 26
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.


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

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!

Tweeds Holiday Home Tour. See six beautifully appointed venues, decorated for the Christmas holidays, while you enjoy live music. Proceeds from ticket sales support local non-profit agencies. The hospitality suite provides a cozy spot for tour guests to enjoy refreshments, purchase tickets, pick up a map, visit the restrooms and shop in the Tour Artisan Booth. The event dates are Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are 2 for $25 in advance or $15 per person at the door.To purchase tickets online or learn more about The Tour, please visit our website: Or call 719-291-0951.

Lighter Side of Christmas Parade. The 28th annual parade will be held this year on Saturday, December 3 at 6pm in downtown Woodland Park. The Parade theme this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 125th anniversary of Woodland Park by “Rockin’ Around Your Favorite Park.” The Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds have been selected to be the recipient for this year’s parade. Other festivities include The Holiday Crazy Hat Contest, sponsored by Williams Furniture, which will take place the night of the parade. Get your crazy on and wear a crazy hat to the parade and tree lighting ceremony this year. For more information, call 719-687-7375.

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. 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!

TCRAS Holly Paws Appreciation Day. A celebration for Friends, Supporters and Alumni of TCRAS will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 12 pm – 3 pm. We hope you will join us for our end-of-the-year party and open house! We want to thank all of our supporters for how much they’ve given us all year! Come to the shelter behind the sheriff’s office and enjoy food and drinks and great gifts. Enjoy our photo booth. There will be animals available for adoption, find out more about the shelter and the services we provide and learn about all of the ways YOU can continue to support the lost, abandoned and homeless animals in our area. Can’t wait to see you there. For more information, call 719-687-7707 or visit us at

Museum Heating Celebration. The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum in Victor has a heating system for the first time in over 50 years. The new heating system has been installed and has been keeping the museum warm and allowing the museum to be open more hours later in the season. To celebrate the completion of this $170,000 project, the museum board is inviting everyone to visit, shop and tour the museum in comfort Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission is free and there will be hot cocoa, cookies and other goodies as well as plenty of unique gift ideas for the holiday. For more information about the museum or to become a member, visit or call 719-689-5509; the museum is open every weekend from 10-5 until Christmas.

Colorado Gives Day. The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum (VLTM) invites you to support our efforts to restore the 1899 building that houses the VLTM by donating to us on Colorado Gives Day, December 6. Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. The event is powered by, a year-round, online giving website. Search for our profile on the site and make your safe and secure donation in a few easy steps. Community First Foundation and FirstBank each contributed $500,000 to create a $1 million Incentive Fund, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the fund, which increases the value of every dollar that is donated. For example, if the VLTM receives 10 percent of the total donations made on Colorado Gives Day, the museum also receives 10 percent of the $1 Million Incentive Fund. For more information about the VLTM please visit us Dec. 10 for a special warming party to celebrate our new heating system. Donations via Paypal, checks and cash are also welcome. For more information or to become a museum member, visit For more information about Colorado Gives Day, please visit

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.