Mountain Almanac for the Week of November 23

John:  If you have to cut something out of this, keep the Tweeds and Lighter Side of Christmas Parade.

Wednesday, Nov. 24

Thanksgiving celebration at the Aspen Mine Center  The annual Thanksgiving Feast, featuring many nonprofits and a community gathering for area residents, will be held on the second floor of the Aspen Mine Center on Nov. 24, starting around noon. This annual tradition has returned. For more information, call 719-698-3584.

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Nov. 24  at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Meet at the lower level and choose a one, two or three-mile hike. Maps are available. Healthy living tips and mindfulness exercises to enhance your walk. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Free admission.

Thursday, Nov. 25

Happy Thanksgiving from TMJ staff.  Also, a number of local eateries, including the Mucky Duck in Green Mountain Falls and the Swiss Chalet in Woodland Park, along with a number of casino restaurants, are offering special Thanksgiving dinners and meals.

Government closures. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, most government offices  in Teller County will be closed on both Nov. 25 and Nov. 26.  You should call before frequenting any government offices this week.  In addition, no government meetings are scheduled this week.

Friday, Nov. 26

A Cripple Creek Christmas Carol Kick-off. Cripple Creek history meets the classic Dickens’ Christmas Carol in this holiday season is a perfect past, present and future holiday experience. This show, kicks off on Nov. 26 and continues through Dec. 31 on select days, is a great holiday outing for the entire family as its plot is based on the classic tale – with a Cripple Creek twist that relies on Bob Womack (who in 1890, discovered the gold that made Cripple Creek famous) to rescue the Scrooge-like Gooch from his selfish ways. The show was written for the Butte stage by TATC producer Chris Armbrister and Cripple Creek’s favorite playwright Chris Sorensen. For more information, call 719-689-6402.

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Scheduled for the days following the Thanksgiving holiday. With the current shipping and transportation problems facing the nation, local businesses  offer one of the best outlets for Christmas and holiday shopping.  A number of shops are offering special deals and offer unique gifts. Check out promotional ads in the Nov. 23 issue of TMJ and visit us on-line at

Saturday, Nov. 27

The Shining Mountain  Golf Course and Event Center is closed for the season.  But the spacious facility is still open for holiday events.  If interested in hosting your event at Shining Mountain, call 719-687-7587.

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. This marks the 22nd 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 on weekend nights from Thanksgiving weekend through Jan. 1. A self-guided driving tour map will be available at the Cripple Creek District Museum, Cripple Creek Heritage Center, Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, and online at STCFG

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Active Shooter Training. We are pleased to offer an  Active Shooter Training class to be held in December, free of charge. This class will be conducted by CCPD Chief Bud Bright. He will be presenting the ALICE training method which is a nationally recognized method of dealing with active shooter events. The class will take place Sunday, Dec. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Cripple Creek Parks and Rec. building, 128 East Bennett Ave. The classroom instruction will be held indoors. In addition to the classroom instruction there will be a few brief exercises to practice some of the methods presented.

Best of Cripple Creek and The High Country Kick-off.  The first round of voting for this annual contest, sponsored by TMJ and featuring nearly 100 categories, will kick off later this week, with the first round of voting and nominations for key categories.  More details will be announced in the Nov. 30 issue of TMJ.  Voting will occur on

The Tweeds Holiday Home Tour is scheduled for Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our Mission is to raise funds for the Greater Teller County nonprofit organizations that foster art, culture, human services, environmental stewardship or sports and recreation. The 2021 Beneficiaries are Friends of Mueller State Park, Habitat for Humanity of Teller County, Teller Senior Coalition and Woodland Park Players.  Revenues will be generated by producing an impressive, high quality tour event that positively showcases the Greater Teller County area and its talents, creativity and community commitments. Tickets may be purchased online or at Tweeds Fine Furnishings. For more information, call 719-661-7377.

Lighter Side of  Christmas Parade. The annual Lighter Side of Christmas Parade and all the Holiday activities are back for 2021! This year’s parade downtown on U.S. Hwy. 24 will take place on Saturday, December 4 from 6 to 7:15 p.m.  Our theme this year, “Season’s Readings,” gives participants an opportunity to celebrate the characters and stories in their favorite book. It’s SNOW secret! Books are COOL and ’tis the season to be reading. The check-in for the parade will occur near the movie theater at the Gold Hill Square North Shopping Center, starting at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-7375.