Mountain Almanac for the Week of December 21

Wednesday, Dec. 22

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Dec. 22  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, Dec. 23

Cripple Creek  Senior Clubhouse. Held  every Tuesday and Thursday  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the dining room of the Aspen Mine Center, 166 E. Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek. Featuring games, crafts, snacks and socializing.  Tuesday Bingo scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Call 719-689-3584 for more information or 317-513-8441.

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.

Friday, Dec. 24

Final Performances of A Cripple Creek Christmas Carol. Cripple Creek history meets the classic Dickens’ Christmas Carol in this holiday season is a perfect past, present and future holiday experience. This show, which 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.

Holiday Headframe Lighting Finale. 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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Christmas Eve Services. A number of local churches in Teller County are holding special Christmas Eve services. Also, a few area restaurants are hosting holiday specials.

Saturday, Dec. 25

Merry Christmas from the staff of TMJ News. We hope you and your family and loved ones have a great Christmas.

Office Closures.  Most government offices, and many businesses will be closed during the Christmas holidays. Check with the appropriate offices, prior to making any trips.

Woodland Park Community Church is partnering with the Salvation Army to provide a hot Christmas Day dinner for our community on Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Come enjoy a hot meal with us at the Woodland  Park Community Church, 800 Valley View Drive. For more information, call 719-687-4044.


Kid’s Free Day.  Scheduled at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center at  201 S Fairview Street in Woodland Park on Dec. 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a free day for two children, ages 12 and under. Call719-686-1820 for more information.

New Year’s Festivities in the High Country.  Make sure to check out the Dec. 28 issue of TMJ and visit us as for full details of New Year’s Eve and Day happenings. The Ute Pass Cultural Center is hosting a special celebration from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Call 719-687-5284.

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, is underway with the first round of voting and nominations for key categories.   Voting will occur on Vote now.