Almanac For Week Of October 7th


Tuesday, Oct. 7

Geese Feeding Crackdown and July 4th Fireworks. The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will address these controversial issues during their regular meeting, scheduled for Oct. 7, starting at 7 pm in the temporary town hall at the Joyland Church. 


Wednesday, Oct. 8

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


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


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. All participating candidates will provide opening and closing remarks and will answer a number of questions.  


Thursday, Oct. 9   

 The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Oct. 9 in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek, starting at 9:15 am.  The commissioners are scheduled to adopt a resolution opposing Amendment 68, the state ballot issue calling for full-blown horse racetrack casinos in Arapahoe, Pueblo and Mesa counties.    


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.   


The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Oct. 9 at 7 pm in the council chambers, next to city hall.


Friday, Oct. 10

The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at7am at the Woodland Park Library.719-687-0418


Archery Classes will be  heldFriday from 5 to 6 pmandSaturdayfrom 8 am to 10 am at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation.  You must call John at 689-3514 to register!

  Sherlock Holmes and the Cripple Creek Ripper. The mystery and fun of Sherlock Holmes has been unveiled at the Butte Theater 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.The show will run through October. To make reservations visit or call 719-689-3247.




Saturday, Oct. 11

Fossil Day. Celebrate National Fossil Day on Saturday, October 11th at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument – one of the nation’s premiere fossil sites and a rare national park area. National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. The day will feature the rare opportunity to see the paleontology center including the lab and collections area and meet the paleontology staff. Some of  the key activities, which begin at 9 am, include a Tour of the Paleontology Center, a Scavenger Hunt, a Fossil Learning Lab and more. For more information, call719-748-3253.



Chili Supper. The Cascade Fire Department in Cascade will host a Chili Supper on Oct. 11 from 4 to 8 pm in the Cascade Fire Hall.  For more information, call Mike Whittemore at 719-684-9800.


Upcoming Crystola Shows. The Crystola Roadhouse, just outside Woodland Park, 20918 E US Highway 24, will featureTommy Castro & The Painkillers on Oct. 11 with a $23 General Admission and $43 VIP (includes reserved seat and choice of prime rib or catfish dinner). NOTICE: VIP tickets are almost sold out! You MUST call 719-576-5945 before purchasing VIP for this show to guarantee a seat! And on Saturday, Oct. 25th, the Crytola Roadhouse will showcase Candye Kane Band featuring Laura Chavez–$18 General Admission; $38 VIP (includes reserved seat and choice of prime rib or catfish dinner).


Sunday, Oct. 12

Movie House Music. The Gold Hill Theaters and Woodland Music Series will present a special “Movie House Music” show on Sunday, Oct 12  from 2:30 to 3:30 at the Movie Theater at 615 West Midland Avenue. This performance will showcase the Woodland Winds and Mountain Brass. Enjoy music, a drink and a movie for only $12.






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. 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.


Enjoy the Fitness Center at the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Center every day Monday thru Saturday 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Workout in the Fitness Center at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation for only a $14 per month membership.  Silver Sneaker Memberships are FREE for qualifying seniors.




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. 


CC&V’s Mine Shots. As a descendent of Cripple Creek and a Colorado mining buff, Steven Veatch, is passionate about the District! He’s also a published geologist and historian – recognized for his academic contributions. Combine these two qualities, and Steve can tell a story that will thrill and educate an audience at the same time! Join us onSaturday, October 18, at 10 am to explore how a geologic survey, conducted in 1894, created the foundation on which Cripple Creek miners made millions. Have you heard the name Penrose? Does it make you think about big business, philanthropy, or the Broadmoor Hotel?  Then come to hear this presentation: “Cripple Creek’s Foundation of Fortune: The 1894 Cross and Penrose Geological Survey,” and you’ll learn how that name became famous in the “World’s Greatest Gold Camp.”  The presentation, entitled “Cripple Creek’s Foundation of Fortune,” is sponsored by the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company (CC&V), and is free and open to the public. It is part of CC&V’s “Mine Shots” series. After the presentation, CC&V will pay admission for a visit to the Cripple Creek District Museum to see their Cross-Penrose Rock Collection. The location for this presentation is CC&V’s Visitors Center at 371 E. Bennett, Ave. But seating is limited, so RSVP today to: 719-689-2341


Help U Club Bazaar. The Help U Club will be having their annual Bazaar at the Florissant Grange on Sat. Nov. 1. Once again we will be serving your favorites, such as homemade biscuits and gravy for breakfast and homemade chicken and noodles for lunch. The ladies have also prepared their home baked goodies for your holiday enjoyment at the bake sale.  There will also be a variety of art and craft vendors for holiday shopping.  This year’s fundraising has been a raffle to give away a beautiful designed quilt from the 30’s “Sun Bonnet Sue.”  We are also doing a special raffle this year to give away a Samsung Galaxy 3 Tablet with all the accessories.  Hours for the bazaar will be from 9 am until 3 pm with the raffle occurring at 3 pm.  The Grange is located in Florissant just off Hwy. 24 west.  For more information you may contact Joan Tomlinson, President at719-689-2486.  Please come and help us help those in need!  All fundraising by the volunteers go to helping others in Teller and Park counties.


Rocky Mountain Christmas Boutique. The Holidays are quickly approaching! The Rocky Mountain Christmas Boutique is your one stop shop for local, beautifully handcrafted gifts and decorations sure to impress anyone. Get in the holiday spirit at this annual event! All proceeds benefit CHOICES.This event will be held at the Shining Mountain Event Center, November 7th and 8th from 9 am to 6 pm. For more information, call 719-310-4043.


Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Coffin Races.  The 2014 Manitou Springs Emma Crawford Coffin races and festivities, including a parade,  will be held downtown on Oct. 25 from noon to 3 pm. This ranks as one of Manitou’s largest and most popular special events. For more information, visit the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce website.


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.