Almanac For Week Of October 1st

Wednesday, Oct. 1

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


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

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Oct. 1 at 5:30 pm in the CC Council Chambers at city hall.


Thursday, Oct. 2   


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.


Are You Ready to Give Your Teen the Key to the Car.  This is an one-hour informational class for teen parents of new drivers, sponsored by the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce. It is scheduled for Oct. 2 from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

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


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


The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Oct. 2 at 7 pm in the council chambers, next to city hall.


Friday, Oct. 3

The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at7am 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 last remaining dates include Oct. 3-5 from4:45 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. Call719-748-3253.

  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.


Taste of Teller. The 4th Annual Taste of Teller, with Food, Fun & Entertainment, will be held at the Shining Mountain Golf Club on Oct. 3 from 5 to 8:30 pm. This year’s event is October 3. The Taste of Teller is a community fundraising event featuring some of Teller County’s most distinguished eating establishments. All proceeds benefit Community Partnership Family Resource Center. For more information, call 719-685-0705.


Saturday, Oct.. 4


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 to

Community Barbecue. A free Teller County community barbecue supporting Mark Manriquez, an unaffiliated candidate for sheriff in Teller County, is scheduled on October 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.


Sunday, Oct. 5

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.






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. 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 in Philadelphia. Early associations such as the one formed in Pennsylvania set a pattern for firefighting groups, which would one day become the backbone of firefighting in America. 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.




Woodland Aquatic Center Update.  Two public meetings will be held on Oct. 6 at 1:30 and 7 pm at the Ute Pass Cultural Center to unveil concept plans for a new aquatic center in Woodland Park, if voters give the okay for the financing of the project. Representatives of the design consultants for the project will be available to answer any questions. The meetings are being organized by a group called the Woodland Pool Committee, associated with the Woodland Aquatic Project. For  more information, call719-213-7577.


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. The candidates will have the opportunity to make opening and closing statements and answer a number of questions from chamber and media representatives.


Job Fair. The Pikes Peak Workforce Center has registered 114 hiring companies for its 2014 Fall Job Fair, scheduled for Oct. 8 at The Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center, located at 2886 South Circle Drive in Colorado Springs. To participate in the Job Fair, companies must have open positions.  Employers who registered for the Job Fair estimate that they have between 6,000 and 7,000 open positions to fill. A wide range of industries and companies from El Paso and Teller counties will be participating. The job fair will run from 11 am to 330 pm. Job seekers should pre-register at


Flag Retirement Ceremonies. Is your American flag faded, torn, or just plain worn out? American flags that are no longer in good condition should be respectfully retired and replaced with bright new flags to represent our country.  The Lake George Fire Department, located at 8951 County Road 90, Lake George (at the corner of Highway 24 and County Road 90) will host a special flag retirement observance onOctober 11, 2014 at 10 am.  To assist our local community with this service, the Florissant-Lake George Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #11411 will conduct an official ceremony. The public is invited to witness and participate in this short ritual to pay due respect to the symbol of our great nation.  You may bring your flag for retirement to the ceremony or if you are unable to attend, you may bring your flag to the Woodland Park Senior Center (312 N. Center Street, Woodland Park) Monday – Friday between 9 am and 1 p.m. by October 9 to be transported to the ceremony.  Flags may also be dropped off at the Lake George Fire Station weekdays when the station is staffed. In the event of a burn ban, the ceremony will be rescheduled.  New flags may be purchased from the VFW at the ceremony or by contacting Bob Tyler at 748-1335.  Special thanks are extended to Tim Kulin Cabinetry of Woodland Park and the Woodcraft store in Colorado Springs for providing the particular woods used for this distinct ceremony.


Quilt Show. On Friday, October 17 from 11 am to 3 pm, Saturday, October 18 from 9 am to 4 pm and Sunday, October 19 from 8 am to 2:30 pm, the quilters of First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue are holding their biennial quilt show and sale.  Items for sale will include hand-quilted and tied quilts of various sizes, lap quits, table runners, wall hangings, and other small items.  Lunch will be available for purchase each day.  Proceeds from the sale will benefit youth in Colorado, especially the Tennyson Center for Children in Denver, as well as other missions.  Call Carolyn at 573-8609 for more information.


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 at manitouheritage@gmail.comand 719-685-1454.