Mountain Almanac for the Week of December 28

Tuesday, Dec. 28

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.

Wednesday, Dec. 29

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Dec. 29  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. 30

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. 31

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 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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New Year’s Festivities in the High Country. A wide variety of restaurants/bars and casinos in Teller County are hosting special New Year’s Eve festivities.  Plus, 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.

Saturday, Jan. 1

Happy New Year from the staff of TMJ News.

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


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.

Government meeting kickoff. Several local governmental bodies will kick off the New Year with their debut meetings. The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trusees will meet on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the CC Council Chambers. The Woodland Park City Council will  meet at 7 p.m. at the WP Council Chambers on Jan. 6 next to city hall. Most of these meetings will be held in-person, and via Zoom.  For more information, check with the local government offices in the above-mentioned jurisdictions.

Plant Your Flag as the VA authority in your market. Join Benchmark Mortgage Colorado, and Marine Corps Veteran Amos Benjamin as he shares his story, tools available, and how important home ownership is to Veterans. This event will be held Jan. 11 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 4 to 7 p.m.  For more information, call Shannon Anderson at 719-205-6128.