Almanac Week of 11.19.2019

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Elks Toy Drive. The Victor Elks Toy Drive has begun. Once again, agin, the always active volunteers with the Victor Elks Lodge are collecting toys from now through Dec. 14 to go with the 50+ food baskets they will deliver right before Christmas.  Call 719.689.7036 for information or find us at Amazon smile. Area drop off spots are: Vectra Bank, Park State Bank, Fidelity Title, Ace Hardware-Florissant, Ace Hardware-Cripple Creek, Bronco Billy’s Casino, Cripple Creek Hospitality House, Teller County Clerk’s Office/Courthouse. We truly appreciate these elves who will bring smiles to Southern Teller County children.

Woodland Park Chamber Business After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event.  All Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce members are encouraged to attend.  Take advantage of this opportunity to network and 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. The next monthly After Hours will be held at Community Banks of Colorado, 651 Scott Avenue, Woodland Park, on Nov. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The theme is a Winter Wonderland. Delicious food and adult beverages will be provided. Also, After Hours-goers are asked to bring a new or gently loved coat for someone in need. For each coat donation, you will receive a ticket entry to win a grand prize. For more information, call 687-9885.

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Nov. 19  at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

TSC (Teller Senior Coalition) Transit is excited to announce our bus service on Wednesdays and Fridays in Woodland Park and the lower Ute Pass area. TSC also offers a joint venture with Cripple Creek Transit on Wednesdays 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 and the Department of Social Services upon request. In addition, new ride services are available on a limited basis to Green Mountain Falls, Cascade and Manitou Springs. Call 719-687-0256 for more details or visit the TSC website at www.tellerseniorcoalition.orgfor a full schedule of pick up and drop off time   .  .

Teens & Tweens Create: Iron-On-T-shirts. Scheduled for Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. for ages 12-18 at the Old Colorado City Meeting Room, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Make customized T-shirts! In this program you will learn how to create your own unique design and transfer it onto a t-shirt.

Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own shirts or other cloth items if you

would like to!

Changing of The Guard in Cripple Creek. The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the council chambers in city hall. The meeting will feature the swearing-in of new elected leaders and the official departing of outgoing members.

Thursday, Nov. 21

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.

Tabletop and Retro Games Tournament. Held on Nov. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at CK Comics, 719 Manitou Ave. For ages 12 and up. This month, we’ll have a tabletop game and retro games tournament!One drink and snack will be provided by the Manitou Springs Library.Surprise prizes for winners!

Meeting Change. The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Nov. 21 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. This marks a slight change from their normal meeting times due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, next to city hall

Friday, Nov. 22

Fossil Beds Activities.  The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant is open year-round. The Monument is now open daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There also are a number of special programs, guided hikes and special events for the next month. Here are a few remaining highlights:  *Night Sky Program, November 22, Night Sky Program, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join park staff and members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society to gaze at the dark skies above Florissant Fossil Beds in search of planets, galaxies, nebulas, and more. Meet at the visitor center. There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $10.00 per adult (15 and younger are free). Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers 15 miles of beautiful, yet lesser known, hiking trails to explore, a free Junior Ranger Program, three short self-guided trails, a park video and museum exhibits, and bookstore.  For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNPS

Saturday, Nov 23

Cards for Local Heroes. Scheduled for Nov. 23 at 11 a.m., Old Colorado City Meeting Room, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. for ages10 and up. The event is an honorary tribute to help us say thanks to our heroes by making them cards and writing notes to let them know how much their sacrifices mean to their communities. You can send the cards you make to heroes in your own life or add them to the collection that will be sent to military members, veterans, first responders, and other heroes who deserve a thank-you.

Ute Pass Coding Club. Held on Nov. 23 at 4 p.m., at the Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Road, Cascade. For ages 9 and up. Have you ever wondered what makes computer programs run? Ever wanted to make a cool video game or learn how to make a website? Learn how to code, mess

around with robots, and more!

Maker in Residence. Comics and sequential art with Tarikh Brown on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m., ages 16 at Manitou Springs Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave., Registration is required

and make you plans now as only seven seats left. This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to sequential art. Participants will learn how to create a comic page and will be able to tell a story through images. This course will cover critical lessons for comic creators,

and is useful for all skill levels.

Live music. Rocky Mountain Revel will perform on Nov. 23 at 8 p.m., at the Armadillo Ranch, 962 Manitou Ave, in Manitou Springs.


Mueller Hikes and Activities. As the warmth of summer gives way to cooler nights, celebrate fall at Mueller State Park, as the forest turns golden! Typical weather this fall at Mueller brings picture-perfect, blue-sky days.   A full schedule of naturalist programs can help you to look, learn and enjoy the surroundings.  Evening amphitheater programs will continue on weekends and guided hikes are available almost daily.  Special programs this month include elk bugling hikes and fall challenge hikes!  The Fall Challenge is an invitation to hike all the trails at Mueller, with a guide or on your own, about 60 miles, in one month!  All activities are free; a park pass for your vehicle is the only cost. Scheduled hikes, with special naturalists and park experts, are held on most weekends. For more information, call 719-687-2366.


Shooting Education Program For Kids. Join the Teller County Marksmanship & Self-Defense Group shooting program for grades 8-12 students of Teller County. Instruction will cover basic marksmanship and emphasize the safe and responsible operation and use of firearms. The course, in conjunction with Teller County 4-H Shooting Sports, will offer both rimfire and air-rifle instruction, and be conducted in Victor and Divide. Instructors will include NRA certified and US Olympic qualified personnel. All necessary equipment, firearms, and ammo will be provided.Parents Contact Annie Durham 719-722-9248.

Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Bingo. Join the fun during the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Twenty dollars buys a packet for 10 games, 6 cards for each game It’s a great opportunity to have fun and socialize with your friends and neighbors. Come early and have dinner! Food and drinks will be available for purchase during the games!  This event is sponsored by the Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis club.  The proceeds benefit the children of Teller County. For more information, call 315-5004 or email

The Mountain Artists Holiday Show will be held on Saturday Nov. 30 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Woodland Park. Free admission and light refreshments

There will be a $10 coupon drawing every 1/2 hr to be be spent at any  Artists

 Booth.   Event features Gifts & Home Décor, Fine Art, Jewelry, Woodworking & much more!    For more information, visit

The Victor Elks will be hosting a Community Thanksgiving Dinner on November 24 from 4p-7p at the Lodge on N. Third St. in Victor. Participants are asked bring a side dish or dessert to share. Live music by Sleepy Dave from 4p-7p    A $5 donation is suggested.  Join us and meet some new friends and neighbors and start the holidays off on a fun note.

Holiday Lighting In The Mining District. 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. This marks the 20th anniversary of the event. 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. 29. Everything from a Christmas wreath to a snowman will be on display this year. 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 sponsored by Newmont Goldcorp, 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, and the Cripple Creek District Museum. Support also comes from Black Hills Energy crews who help refurbish the lamps on the ornaments and donate power installations. More information is at

Tweeds Holiday Home Tour. The 21st Annual Holiday Home Tour, “Sounds of the Season,” graciously presented by Tweeds Fine Furnishings, will take place in Teller County on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 from 10am to 5pm each day.The 2019 Tour features a unique array of beautifully decorated homes located in the Woodland Park area. The festivities also include live musical entertainment featuring choirs, a harpist, soloists and large ensemble groups. For your shopping pleasure, there will be an Artisan Boutique at the Hospitality House. In addition, each location will share a collectible recipe card for a delicious holiday treat that is significant to each home and participant. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit four local non-profits: Focus on the Forest, Community Cupboard of Woodland Park, Friends of Mueller State Park, and Choices. Further details about the event may be found at or by calling 719-687-1115.

The 31st annual Lighter Side of Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. in downtown Woodland Park. This year we are celebrating the 31st Anniversary of the Lighter Side of Christmas Parade and the 30th anniversary of the classic comedy film, National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation.” As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house decorations. However, things go awry quickly. His hick cousin, Eddie (Randy Quaid), and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. What’s the plan for your Christmas vacation?? Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Woodland Park Main Street. Woodland Park Main Street is part of a nationwide movement striving to revitalize historic buildings, foster community among businesses, and create a place where people feel connected. WPMS does not build, buy or finance new development. They are contributors.

Holiday Concert. Come and join in making beautiful music to celebrate this joyous season! On Sunday, December 15 at 7 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue, in Colorado Springs is presenting their annual Messiah Sing-along, which will include the entire Christmas portion and the Hallelujah Chorus, accompanied by chamber choir, strings, organ and harpsichord, directed by Kim Schultz. The program will also feature lovely music for the season sung by the choir, as well as favorite Christmas carols for the audience to sing. You are encouraged to bring your own score, but there will be some available at the door.  A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call 633-8888.