Almanac Week of 10.27.15


Wednesday, Oct. 28
The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets on Wednesday at 6:45 am in Denny’s in Woodland Park.

The Cripple Creek City Council will hold a series of public workshops, pertaining to the proposed 2016 budget, on Oct. 28 and Oct.. 29. These public meetings will be held in the Cripple Creek Council Chambers from 3 to 5 pm on both days.

Thursday, Oct. 29
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 10 am in Green Mountain Falls at the Church in the Wildwood. Call Evelyn at 719-748-8383 for more information.

Spooky Victor. The Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) will be hosting Haunted Mill Site tours Thursday, Oct. 29. The guided tours will take kids of all ages on a walk through the Independence Mill Site, which will be decorated and set up especially for a fright night experience. Guides will walk small groups along the Mill Site trail, through spooky foundations with eerie lighting and scary scenes. Participants will meet at the Victor Heliport parking area for check in. There will be two tours for children age 17 and under which are free at 5 and 5:30 p.m.; ages 18 and older are $3 each and tours for those ages start at 6 p.m. and start every 30 minutes until 9 pm..Several Victor volunteers are putting the event together in conjunction with a Trunk or Treat event in the Third Street Plaza in Victor. That same day starting at 4:30 pm participants are invited to park their vehicles and decorate the backs of SUVs, beds of pickups, or trunks of cars in Halloween decorations. Kids will trick or treat from the trunks, and prizes will be given for the best decorated vehicle and for costumes.

Friday, Oct. 30
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.
TSC (Teller Senior Coalition) Transit is excited to announce its new “Out ‘n About” bus service has been expanded to include Fridays in Woodland Park. TSC Transit will be picking up from the Senior Center and will be making stops at Pikes Peak Family Medicine, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, City Market, Safeway, Walgreens, Walmart, and the Department of Social Services upon request. The bus will also be providing drop off/pick up service behind Vectra Bank for the Farmer’s Market. Call Janet Brown at (719) 687-3330 for more details or visit the TSC website at for a full schedule of pick up and drop off times.

The Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Center will host roller skating and blading activities on every Friday from 1 to 4 pm. Call 719-689-3514 for more information.

Final days for “Little Shop of Horrors.” The Thin Air Theatre Company is presenting “Little Shop of Horrors” (A Musical by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman) throughout October. This is a campy, comedy, horror, rock-musical about a hapless florist shop worker, who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy Roger Corman film by the same title. The music is in the style of early 1960s rock & roll, doo-wop (early Motown), & includes several well-known tunes, including Skid Row (Downtown), Somewhere That’s Green, & Suddenly, Seymour. The musical was made into a 1986 film starring Rick Moranis & Steve Martin. The show will play from Oct 2 to Oct. 31. For more information, call 719-689-3247 or visit

Saturday, Oct. 31
New Library exhibit. “Spirit Rappings,” a temporary exhibit presented by the Ute Pass Historical Society and Pikes Peak Museum, will be on display through the middle of November outside the Colorado Room on the third floor of the Woodland Park Public Library at 218 E. Midland Ave. in Woodland Park. The title of the exhibit is based on the origins of the Spiritualist movement in the 1840s, when a family living in upstate New York heard strange rapping noises in their house. Eventually, they were able to summon the noises, giving rise to the conviction that they were communicating with the spirit of someone who was murdered in the house. That belief—that people could communicate with the dead—subsequently became a foundation of Spiritualism. “Spirit Rappings,” which features vintage artifacts and photographs, highlights the impact the Spiritualism movement had on the temporary growth—and reputation—of Crystola and its surroundings. For more information, please contact UPHS at 719-686-7512.

Halloween Carnival. The Lake George Charter School’s 38th Annual Halloween Carnival will be held on Saturday, October 31st from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Lake George Charter School. This is the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year and people from all over look forward to this great event! Many local businesses sponsor booths for $25 each, donate gift certificates to be raffled off or donate a gift for a bingo prize. There will be games, a climbing wall, bounce house, Bingo, the famous Cake Walk, food and lots of candy! Treat bags will be given to all of the children at the door. Candy and/or prize tickets will be given out to participants at each game and the prize tickets are then redeemed at the prize table. Around 4:30 p.m., the highly anticipated drawings for the children’s and adult raffle prizes will be held.

Halloween Happenings. A slew of Halloween festivities are in store for the High Country for both adults and kids. See this week’s cover story in the current issue of TMJ and on our website at

Sunday, Nov 1
Little London Winds. On Sunday, November 1 at 3:00 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 East Platte Avenue is presenting the Little London Winds, directed by Paul Jacobson. Music to be performed will include a Sousa march and a concert piece for trumpet and band, as well as other selections. A free will offering will be taken. Call 719-633-8888 for more information.

Municipal and Special District Elections. Don’t forget to vote in the Nov. 3 election and to return your mail-in ballot at the Teller County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. At issue are a number of key ballot issues and contested races for several local municipalities and special districts. See related story in the current issue of TMJ, or view our website at

Open Forum Announcement. Teller County Commissioner Dave Paul will be the special speaker for the next Open Forum event on Wednesday, Nov 4 from 7:00-8:30pm at Denny’s Restaurant in Woodland Park. These events are organized by members of the Teller Republican Party, but are open to anyone of any political persuasion, and are aimed at offering a one-on-one dialogue between local citizens and key local and state elected leaders.

Free legal advice. A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 2 to 5 pm on the FIRST FRIDAY of each month at ther Woodland Park Public Library in Woodland Park, and also at your Florissant Public Library in Florissant. By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues, and civil protection orders. Please SIGN UP by calling (719) 687-9281 ext.103 for Woodland Park or 719-748-3939 for Florissant. Upcoming dates in 2015 are: November 6; and December 4.

Doc Susie relived. The Pikes Peak Historical Society invites you to learn more about the amazing life of the pioneer woman, Doc Susie, one of the first female doctors in the American West, as told by Hedy Boyce on Sunday, November 8, at their monthly Chautauqua (free program), at 2 pm at the Florissant Library. The Library is located adjacent to the Florissant Community Park on 334 Circle Drive in Florissant. This program is presented as a public service of the Pikes Peak Historical Society. Admission is free, and refreshments are served. Seating is limited. For more information call 719-748-8259 or 719-748-3861

The Woodland Park High School District will host a Veterans Day Assembly on Wednesday,, Nov. 11 from 9:30 to 10:45 in the gymnasium, followed by a reception. This is an ideal opportunity to hear real life stories from many of our local veterans.

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Join the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Monument on Nov. 5 as we welcome Stuart Sanderson from the Colorado Mining Association for an evening of learning about environmental mining law in Colorado. Mining is an important part of Colorado’s history, but remains an important industry today. Colorado is a leading producer of molybdenum, gold, coal, sodium bicarbonate and other minerals. Overall, mining contributes more than $8 billion to Colorado’s economy and produces thousands of jobs. But mining faces its share of challenges, as focus has intensified in the aftermath of the spill caused by the Environmental Protection Agency at the Gold King Mine into the Animas River. The speaker, who has served as the President of the Colorado Mining Association for more than 21 years, will discuss the standards and practices of modern mining operations today, how they differ from historic mining, and what legislative solutions lawmakers will discuss and debate in the aftermath of Animas.
Doors at 6pm and lecture at 7pm. FREE with RSVP to or 719-488-0880.