Almanac For Week Of September 23rd



Tuesday, Sept. 23

Gold Camp Christmas Meeting Preparation. The Gold Camp Christmas Committee will conduct meetings to help plan the expanded tea which will be onNov. 8. Others are needed to plan the benevolence display and obtain stories from organizations, parade and children’s events committees. Please come for a meeting, scheduled for 9 am on Sept. 23 at the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek. Volunteers needed for eight different activities, as well as assisting the coordinator.Please call Kathi Pilcher at 659-3599.


The Colorado Photography Learning Group is sponsoring a photography show from now through Sept.28 at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center. For more information, call 719-260-6637.
 Wednesday, Sept. 24

The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45 am in Denny’s Restaurant in Woodland Park. 

Thursday, Sept. 25   


The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Sept. 25 at 9:15 am in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. The commissioners are scheduled to approve a resolution opposing Amendment 68, the proposition calling for full-scale casino gambling at three horse racetrack venues in Colorado.


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 make positive changes in the role food plays in their lives.  Local chapter meets every Thursday at 9:30 am in Green Mountain Falls at the Church of the Wildwood.  Call Evelyn,719-748-8383 for more information.   



5K Run/Walk FREE. Scheduled every Thursday, anytime after 4:30 at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation.  When finished stop back at Park & Rec for a 50 percent-OFF coupon for the Thursday night buffet at Wildwood 


The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Sept. 25 at 7 pm in the council chambers, next to city hall.


Friday, Sept. 26

The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Library. 719-687-0418


Bugling of the bull Elk. Take part in a Rocky Mountain tradition: listening for the bugling of the bull Elk (Wapiti) on an autumn evening.  Join a ranger at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to learn about and listen to the wild Wapiti. The remaining dates include Sept.26-28 from 5 to 7:30 pm and Oct. 3-5 from 4:45 to 7:15 pm. These programs will include a brief presentation about these magnificent animals, followed by an off trail hike of up to 2 miles during which we will look and listen for the elk in the wild. Call 719-748-3253.


The final weekend of Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Three madcap men in tights will weave their wicked way through all 37 of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in a wild ride that will leave you breathless with laughter. Directed by Mickey Burdick and starring three of your favorite Butte actors, Kevin Pierce (Nathan Detroit in TATC’s Guys and Dolls,) Matthew Krob (Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls,) and Levi Penly (Roy Glenister in The Spoilers). Prior knowledge of the Bard? Unnecessary. This ain’t the dull Shakespeare you learned in high school.The show is staged by Thin Air Theatre Company and will continue at the Butte Theater through Sept. 27. Due to some content, this show is rated PG. To make reservations visit or call 719-689-3247.


Saturday, Sept. 27

Final Aspen Tours. The 2 Mile High Club’s final weekend of free aspen tours will occur onSept. 27 and Sept. 28. The tours will begin at the Cripple Creek District Museum. Come see the beautiful fall colors as Colorado showcases the World’s Greatest Gold Camp! Tours are offered on a first come, first served basis – reservations will not be accepted. The first tour departs from the museum at 9:30 am. If you would like to try to be a part of this first tour, please plan to arrive 30 minutes to 45 minutes prior. The last tour departs at 4 pm.  Aspen tours are free, but donations are appreciated. Proceeds from the Aspen Tours are used to pay for the care of Cripple Creek’s free roaming donkey herd. For more information, call 1-877-858-4653.

National Public Lands Day. Celebrate National Public Lands Day by visiting the Pikes Peak region’s closest national park area – Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on Saturday, September 27. In honor of National Public Lands Day, fees will be waived at Florissant Fossil Beds as well as the 400 plus other national park units across the United States. A number of interpretive programs will be  held throughout day, starting at 10 am. Late September can be one of the most beautiful times of year to hike at the Monument. There are over 14 miles of trails in the Monument.  From short, self-guide loops, to longer hikes, there is plenty of opportunity to find the hike that is just right for you and your family. Calling all teens!  The first 75 teens (13-19yrs) that come to the park this day and complete a hiking challenge (The Hornbek Wildlife Loop, 4 miles round trip) receive a free t-shirt.  The teen hiking challenge is part of the Trails4Teens program at Florissant Fossil Beds. This program encourages teens to explore the Monument’s trails through hiking, playing, serving, and working.


A Creek Week Clean-up of Fountain Creek, aimed at addressing problems in the Fountain Creek Watershed, will occur from Sept. 27 to Oct. 5.  A local Ute Pass group is being led by David Shaw. For more information, call 719-684-9427 or

Please join the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation at our 4thannual Spike Camp Banquet at the Shining Mountain Golf Course in Woodland Park. The Banquet is scheduled for 5 pm on September 27. We will have some outstanding items in our live and silent auctions as well as games and raffles. Since 1984 the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has protected or enhanced 6.5 million acres across the United States including 225,00 acres in Colorado. For information and tickets please contact Sue Davis at 719 748-3002 or




Citizens Firefighters of Ute Pass. The Ute Pass Historical Society & Pikes Peak Museum presents this new display at the Woodland Park Public Library through December. Residents of Ute Pass live on the borders of the Pike National Forest and within communities threatened by drought and wildfires. These areas are referred to as urban/wildland interface areas. We are fortunate to have citizen firefighters equipped and trained to protect our beloved property, lovely surroundings, and our lives.The man who established the notion of a volunteer fire department also invented bifocal glasses, studied electricity, and helped draft the Declaration of Independence–Benjamin Franklin.Through his efforts, the first V.F.D. was organized in 1736. This exhibit recognizes the early development of volunteer fire departments in Ute Pass, and celebrates the tradition of service they have provided for decades.The display is located on the top floor of the library, just outside the Colorado Room.


Come play BINGO on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Shining Mountain Golf Club. Come early and have dinner at the bar and grill. Sponsored by the Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Club. Proceeds used to benefit the children of Teller County.



Children’s Consignment sale. A huge children’s consignment sale will be held in Woodland Park  featuring gently used clothing, shoes and accessories (infant to junior), along with  toys, media, play equipment, strollers, high chairs, sporting goods, baby gear, maternity, bedding and more. It will be held at the Woodland Park Community Church, 800 Valley View Drive, on Oct 2 from 5 to 8 pm, Oct 3 from 9 am to 1 pm and 5 to 8 pm and Oct. 4 from 9 am to 1 pm, with everything half price on the final day. Admission is free with proceeds benefitting Ute Pass MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). Call 719-433-3215 for more information or visit


Sherlock Holmes and the Cripple Creek Ripper. The mystery and fun of Sherlock Holmes will unfold at the Butte Theater beginning Oct. 3 with Thin Air Theatre Company’s newest production, Sherlock Holmes and the Cripple Creek Ripper.Directed by Chris Armbrister & penned by Cripple Creek’s favorite writer, Chris Sorensen, this show’s plot unravels as Holmes and Watson travel to Colorado and become embroiled in one of their most baffling and terrifying adventures.  After a string of murders take place at the Palace Hotel, the great detective must solve the case before he too becomes a victim of the Cripple Creek Ripper! Sherlock Holmes and the Cripple Creek Ripper is followed by an all-new Halloween Olio. To make reservations visit or call 719-689-3247.


Community Barbecue. A free Teller County community barbecue supporting Mark Manriquez, an unaffiliated candidate for sheriff in Teller County, is scheduled onOctober 4 from 1 to 5 pm.

Everyone in Teller County is invited to this event, regardless of age or political affiliation. This will be a unique opportunity for all members of our great mountain community to get together to meet old and new friends. The barbecue is hosted by Jerry and Ricky Johnston on their ranch at 13800 US Highway 24, which is located between Woodland Park and Divide. The Johnstons and LaGree’s Food Stores (owners of the Venture Foods stores in Divide, Cripple Creek, and Pueblo) are sponsoring this event. For more information, call 719-322-1284.


Mine to Mine Challenge. The city of Cripple Creek will host its third annual Mine to Mine Challenge race at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 4.  The race will begin across the street from the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center and continue to the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company. The 9K road race takes place at an altitude of 9,494 feet and presents stunning scenery.   Runners of all levels are encouraged to participate.  Entry fee is $35.Top men’s and women’s overall winners will win real gold nuggets.  First-place winners receive $500 in gold nuggets, second place $200 and third place $100.  Every age-group winner receives a one-of-a-kind fluoride gold prize from the mine.  Plus, runners will be given a T-shirt, and the first beer is free with race entry. Transportation will be provided from the finish line to the Brass Ass, and to the Start Line. Also, a bag-drop service will be available to all runners. Don’t miss the race After Party on Bennett Avenue at the Brass Ass parking lot, complete with a Beer Garden and live music from 1 – 9 p.m.  To learn more about the race, please go online


On Sunday, October 5 at 3 pm, First Christian Church at 16 East Platte Avenue is presenting the Academy Winds from the United States Air Force Academy Band.  This innovative ensemble, including woodwinds, brass, percussion and vocals, will perform classical and folk favorites; solo works for bassoon, French horn, and marimba with organ; as well as patriotic numbers.  No admission charge. For more information, call 633-8888.


Teller County Candidates’ Night.  The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates’ night forum on Oct. 8, starting at 6 pm in the Woodland Park City Council Chambers.  The event is open to all candidates for county seats in the upcoming Nov. 4 election, including those who aren’t being opposed.


Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

The Manitou Springs Heritage Center has opened its newest exhibit, titled “Red Mountain-Manitou’s Other Incline.” The exhibit features rare photos and information on the little-known incline railway that operated intermittently from 1912-1922 and is associated with the famed story of Emma Crawford. No reservations are necessary. To find out more about the Manitou Springs Heritage Center visit the website,, or contact the Center and 719-685-1454.