Almanac Week of December 5th

Tuesday, December 6
The Woodland Park Downtown Development Authority Board will meet on Dec. 6 in the WP Council Chambers at 7:30 a.m.

Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall

Wednesday, Dec 7

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 Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers at city hall

Thursday, Dec. 8
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Dec 8 in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek at 9:15 a.m.

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 hold a special public workshop on Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers to discuss the 2017 budget.

Friday, Dec. 9
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.

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!

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, Thursday through Sunday, through the holidays. 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 are again lighting 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, light up the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek. The holiday lighting started Friday, Nov. 25 and continues through this month. 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, Dec. 10

Gold Camp Christmas. The Yuletide festivities in Cripple Creek culminate with a parade on Saturday, Dec. 10 and all-day activities at the Aspen Mine Center and a variety of businesses. In addition, a youth skit will occur at the Butte Theater at 10:30 a.m. Prior to the Cripple Creek celebration, the Soup for the Soul and Cookie Contest is set for Dec. 9 from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Aspen Mine Center and a parade wil will occur in Victor on the evening of Dec. 9. For more details of the full lineup of events for Gold Camp Christmas, see, or call Kathi Pilcher, Gold Camp Christmas Coordinator at 719-659-3599.

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.

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

Sunday, Dec. 11
Movie House Music Supervalue Package Held the 2nd Sunday every month through May at Gold Hill Theatres, 615 W. Midland Avenue. Concert will occur from 2:30-4:00 pm, with a movie ticket good anytime and one beer, wine or soft drink, all for only $12. Or enjoy a concert and drink for only, $7. The next event is scheduled for December 11 and features the local-favorite band, A Stick, A Pick and A Chick and Friends, with a special Christmas concert. Season ticket discounts are available. Call 719-687-2210 for more information, or visit The event is co-sponsored by Woodland Music Series and Gold Hill Theatres

Business After Hours. The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will feature its monthly Business After Hours on Tuesday, Dec 13 at Tweeds Fine Furnishings, located at 240 E Hwy. 24, starting at 5:30 p.m. This is one of the most popular After Hours gathering of the year. Take advantage of the opportunity to catch up with your friends, clients and customers plus meet new members in an informal setting. Business After Hours is a great way to share information about your business and learn about other members. Fun, food, drinks and door prizes. Don’t forget your business cards! Call 719-687-9885 for more information.

Pride and Prejudice. Join this talented group of young actors and actresses from Teller and Park Counties as they bring you a humorous and touching original adaptation of
Jane Austin’s “Pride and Prejudice.” The play is scheduled for Saturday, Dec 17 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is is free
Click Below to Reserve Tickets Light refreshments will be served
Donations will be accepted to help alleviate production costs and to support future productions.For more information, please contact Liesl Wyka ( 719)748-3399

Santa coming to town. Santa Claus will be coming to the Dinosaur Resource Center, 201 S. Fairview Street in Woodland Park from 11am-2pm on December 17, 18, 20, 21 and 22. We have our craft table available for the children to make an ornament for our Christmas tree as well as one for themselves. So come and see Santa and help us decorate our Christmas tree. For more information, call 719-686-1820.

New Year’s Day Hikes. Colorado State Parks have taken on thetradition of hosting hikes on New Year’s Day – to start the New Year out right! Three different hikes are offered for First Day Hikes at Mueller State Park. Call 719-687-2366 Bring water, snacks, (snowshoes?) and dress for snow!

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy a few moments with Santa at the Community Congregational Church on Dec. 10 frm 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. This event is sponsored by the Manitou Springs Kiwanis Club. For more information, visit

Santa arrives at the Town Clock and Community Holiday Dinner. Get into the Christmas spirit with a celebration in the downtown historic Manitou Springs area as Santa arrives at the Town Clock on Dec. 24 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Contact the Manitou Springs Fire Department for more details at 719-685-1444. And in other Christmas events in Manitou Springs, the Salvation Army Community Holiday Dinner is scheduled for Dec. 25 at City Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Andy Wells at 719-459-1630. Volunteers should call 719-636-5277.