Almanac Week of 11.27.2018

Wednesday, Nov.. 28

 The Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Club will meet on Wednesdays at 6:45 a.m. in the Crystola Roadhouse in Crystola. .  

U.S. Senate Challenger Meeting. Trish Zornio, a potential candidate for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat, currently held by Cory Gardner, will outline her platform and answer questions during a meet and greet at the Woodland Park Public Library on Nov. 28 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Zornio is eyeing a run to unseat Cory Gardner in 2020.  She is an established scientist and professor who has a unique vision and dedicated passion for Colorado, according to campaign proponents.  For more information, contact, 

Thursday, Nov. 29

 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 to make positive changes in the role food plays in their lives. The local chapter meets every Thursday at 9 a.m. in Green Mountain Falls at the Church in the Wildwood. Call Evelyn at 719-748-8383 for more information.

 Friday, Nov. 30

Mountain Holiday. The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek is featuring their Christmas show, Mountain Holiday, featuring a Christmas melodrama and Olio, from now through Dec. 24, with a variety of show times.  The show is a heartwarming and charming story of love, redemption and reuniting for the holidays in spite of all obstacles. It also includes some popular musical numbers. This is the final show of the season for the Mountain Rep Theatre company. The show will be held until Dec. 24. For ticket information, For review of the show that debuted last weekend, or Mountain Jackpot Facebook.   . 


Saturday, Dec. 1

Holiday Home Tour. This wonderful tour of festively decorated holiday homes has served as a fundraiser for the Teller County community since 1999. Initially proceeds were dedicated to providing enhancements to the Dickson Auditorium. After completion of this project, the event was generously gifted to Pikes Peak Regional Medical Center Foundation to help fund hospital campus projects. In 2011 the Foundation reached out to partner with other local service organizations, with the intention of expanding this delightful event, while benefiting a much broader audience across this region.  Since its inception, the Tour has raised $162,000.00 for Teller County non-profits!  Our beneficiaries for 2018 Tour proceeds are: Focus On the Forest, Habitat for Humanity of Teller County and the Woodland Park Senior organization. This year’s tour will be held on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 at a variety of homes and properties in Teller County and the Ute Pass area. For more information, call 687-1115.  

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Ute Pass Historical Society & Pikes Peak Museum!

You are invited to an Old Fashioned Christmas Open House at History Park, Saturday, December 1, noon until 3 p.m. Enjoy a tour of our festively-decorated historic cabins and stop by the newly remodeled Gift Shop for refreshments while browsing our extensive selection of books, historic photos, artwork and 2019 calendars. Activities for kids ages 5 and up. History Park is located at 231 E. Henrietta Avenue in Woodland Park. For more information, contact UPHS by phone 719.686.7512 or email

Lighter Side of Christmas Parade. The 2018 Lighter Side of Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m., followed by a fireworks display. This will be a 30th anniversary of the event, which also will highlight a celebration surrounding space-related films.  

Sunday, Dec. 2 

Woodland Park Wind Symphony. The Woodland Park Wind Symphony will be celebrating 25 years of performing in the Woodland Park area on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.  Under the direction of Craig Harms, the group began as the Woodland Park Community Band and is made up of musicians from the Ute Pass and Pikes Peak area who volunteer their time at weekly rehearsals and free performances throughout the year, including the City’s Old Fashion 4th of July celebration, the City’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting, small ensemble performances for the Holiday Home Tour, Lights of Love and businesses), including new business grand openings.  Annual concerts include the Christmas concert which is the Sunday after the Lighter Side of Christmas parade and City Christmas Tree lighting), spring concert which has evolved into a themed concert (video games and space).  Please join us for a gala reception and concert to celebrate our musicians and 25 years of music.  We will be honoring our founding, and current, members:  Johanna MacArthur; Dick DeMey; and Bev Harms.


Victor Elks Christmas Basket Project. The Teller County Assessor is collecting new unwrapped toys and new or gently used bicycles through Dec. 8 for the Victor Elks Christmas Basket Project for families in southern Teller County. Collection boxes are located in Woodland Park at Vectra Banks, Park State Bank Peoples Bank, the Ute Pass Cultural Center and Fidelity National Title. In Cripple Creek, boxes are located in Cripple Creek at the courthouse, the Centennial Building, Family Dollar and Bronco Billy’s. Call Betty for pickup, at 686-7970.

The second annual Teller County Holiday Toy Drive will occur from now through Dec. 15. The event is being orchestrated through local fire departments and volunteers. Donations of new toys, gift cards and money will be used to provide presents for children in need for Christmas. At least 70 families are being targeted by the drive. Drop off points include the Divide Fire Station 1, NETCO Fire Station 1, Florissant Fire Station 1, Your Neighborhood Reality (111 E. Midland), Walmart, City Market, Divide Venture Foods, Outpost Feed Store and Ace Hardware. In addition, toys are being accepted during the Christmas parade in Woodland Park. For more information, call Jason at 720-296-4238. 

Hope For The Holidays.  Presenting inspiration, information and support to survive the holidays while mourning the loss of a loved one. The event will be held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. It is sponsored by Prospect, Your Partner For Life. Call 719-687-0549 for more information.

The Gold Camp Christmas festival will be held in Cripple Creek and Victor on Dec. 7-8, with a variety of events, including tree lightings, parades, gift deals, concerts, and various Yuletide festivities. For more information,, go towww.visitcripplecreekcom.


Movie House Music Supervalue Package Held the 2nd Sunday every month through May. Concert 2:30-4:00 pm, movie ticket good anytime and one beer, wine or soft drink all for only $16. Or concert and drink only, $10.  The December 9 event features local-favorite band A Stick, A Pick and A Chick and Friends offering a special Christmas concert. Season ticket discount available. Gold Hill Theatres, 615 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 719-687-2210, Co-sponsored by Woodland Music Series and Gold Hill Theatres.

On Sunday, December 9 at 7 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs is presenting the annual Messiah Sing-along, which will include choruses and solos from all three portions of Messiah, including the Hallelujah Chorus, accompanied by a chamber choir, strings, trumpet, harpsichord and organ, directed by Kim Schultz.  Some scores will be available, or you may bring your own.  A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call 633-8888.

Holiday Concert Above the Clouds. World renowned musician and classical pianist will appear at the Dickson Auditorium at the Woodland Park High School on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. for a special fund-raiser concert, with the proceeds benefitting the Woodland Arts Alliance. The concert also will feature the Woodland Park High School Madrigals.