Almanac Week of 3.13.16

Tuesday, December 13
Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall
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. This is one of the most popular After Hours gatherings 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. The festivities begin around 5:30 p.m. 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.

Wednesday, Dec 14

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, Dec. 15

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 its last regular meeting of the year in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall, on Dec. 15, starting at 7 p.m. The council is scheduled to reach a final decision on the 2017 budget, and to take action of the final business items (see related story in this week’s TMJ).

Friday, Dec. 16
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. 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 Dec. 31. 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. 17

Pancake Breakfast. Pancake Breakfast at the Woodland Park Senior Center, Pine and Lake Streets, will be held on Saturday, December 17 from 8 am to 11 am. Take a break from holiday cooking and join us for a fresh cooked, all you can eat, breakfast of fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, melon and the best biscuits and gravy around. We hope to help you start off your Christmas celebrating with a Ho! Ho! Ho! 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.

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.


Meeting change. The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Dec 20 in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek at 9:15 a.m. This marks a change in their normal meeting times.

Winter Wonderland With The Wolves. This event is scheduled for Dec. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center at 4729 Twin Rocks Road. Enjoy Breakfast Burritos with the wolves. Call for reservations at 719-687-9742. The price is $30 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under.

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!

Teller County Cares Volunteer Service Awards. It is time once again to get your Teller County Cares Volunteer Service Award nominations submitted! The information and forms will also be posted on the Teller County and the City of Woodland Park Websites. Please take the time to nominate those who contribute to the community and your organizations through volunteerism. We have added a new category this year as each year the committee, after reading the submittals, feels there is a missing category that we are calling “Heritage”. This category is to honor those organizations or individuals who exemplify the County motto, and “protect the past” or “embrace the future”. Also please think about nominating someone in the Special Services category which is awarded to a worker “going above and beyond the types of efforts normally associated with people/organization’s positions or roles”. Deadline for submission is NOON on Thursday, January 12, 2017. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at (719) 640-0535 or .On behalf of this years’ Committee- Commissioner Norm Steen, Mayor Neil Levy, Veldean Petri, Suzanne Leclercq, Karen Casey-Svetich and Lisa Noble-

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

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.

The Salvation Army will hold a Community Christmas Dinner at City Hall in Manitou Springs on Dec. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Andy Wells at 719-459-1630. Volunteers should call 719-636-5277.

Adaman Fireworks Show. The annual Adaman Fireworks show from the summit of Pikes Peak is scheduled for Dec. 31. The celebration, culminating with the ascent up the Barr trail by club members, starts with the honor of the original 5 AdAmAn members at 9 p.m. Then a huge fireworks display occurs at midnight.