Tuesday, April 5
Election Deadline. All ballots for the municipal elections in Woodland Park and Green Mountain Falls must be returned to the respective clerk offices or designated election return areas by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5. If you are a registered or qualified voter in these municipalities and have not received a ballot in the mail, call the election officials in Teller County (for the Woodland Park election) and El Paso County (for the Green Mountain Falls election) immediately, or visit the designated ballot return centers.
Narcotics Anonymous Meetings. Meetings hosted by the Red Cloud Serenity Club, 10400 Ute Pass Avenue, Green Mountain Falls, will be held every Tuesday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Also, additional Narcotics Anonymous meetings will be held every Friday at 7 p.m. at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 101 Rampart Range Road in Woodland Park. For more information, call Sue Santoro at 561-503-0723.
Wednesday, April 6
TSC (Teller Senior Coalition) Transit is excited to announce our bus service on Wednesdays in Woodland Park. This is a joint venture with Cripple Creek Transit to provide much needed transportation service between Cripple Creek and 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. Call 719-687-0256 for more details or visit the TSC website at www.tellerseniorcoalition.com for a full schedule of pick up and drop off times. Cripple Creek Transit will bring Cripple Creek residents down to the Woodland Park Senior Center where they can board TSC Transit for shopping, doctor’s appointments, and other errands. Woodland Park residents can board Cripple Creek transit to enjoy breakfast and sight-seeing in Cripple Creek. Bus fare for Cripple Creek Transit is $5 for a round trip.
The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on April 6 in the CC Council Chambers at city hall, starting at 530 p.m.
Donkey Basketball. The annual game and fund-raiser starts at 6pm on April 6, with the doors opening at 5pm, at the Woodland Park High School gym. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for those under 18. It will feature teams from Pikes Peak Community College, City of Woodland Park, Woodland Park Teachers and Charis Bible College. This is a fundraiser for the Woodland Park Pikes Peak Lions Club. One Hundred percent of the proceeds go right back to the community. Tickets are available at Foxworth Galbraith, Pikes Peak Polaris, and The UPS Store. Tickets will also be available at the door. Call Sue Greene for more information at 719-229-6759.
Thursday, April 7
The Woodland Park Downtown Development Authority Board will meet on April 7 at 7:30 a.m. in the WP Council Chambers. The board is expected to discuss a plan by the Farmers’ Market group to use the Woodland Station area for their weekly summer events.
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.
The Woodland Park City Council will meet on April 7 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, next to city hall.
Friday, April 8
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club will meet at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.
The Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation will host roller skating and blading activities on every Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 719-689-3514 for more information.
Tee Time arriving. Weather permitting, the Shining Mountain Golf Club in Woodland Park is scheduled to open for the 2016 season on April for the golf course and the restaurant. For more information, call 719-687-7587.
Saturday, April 9
Craft Fair and Bake Sale. The Woodland Park Senior Center in Woodland Park will host a Craft Fair and Bake Sale on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $25 for an 8ft. table. Call Norma Franklin at 649-6286 to reserve a table or for more information.
Sunday, April 10
Movie House Music Supervalue Package Held the 2nd Sunday every month through May at Gold Hill Theatres in Woodland Park (615 W. Midland Avenue) and includes a Concert 2:30-4 p.m., movie ticket good anytime and one beer, wine or soft drink all for only $12. Or a concert and drink for only $7. The April 10 event features local-favorite band A Stick, A Pick and A Chick and Friends. Season ticket discounts are available. Call 719-687-2210 for more information, or visit www.woodlandmusicseries.org. These events are co-sponsored by Woodland Music Series and Gold Hill Theatres.
Prescribed burn operation. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument plans to implement a prescribed burn on approximately 180 acres of monument land along the northern boundary adjacent to Teller County Road 1. The primary goal for the project is to reduce accumulated hazardous forest fuels and to create a buffer near the monument’s northern boundary to help protect adjacent neighbors and communities. Prescribed burning operations are scheduled to begin the week of April 11, however, fire managers must wait until specifically prescribed conditions are met. Wind, fuel moisture, and availability of fire staffing all play a factor in when and whether burning operations occur. For safety purposes, monument neighbors and visitors are urged not to stop along the roadway or enter areas while burning operations are being conducted. The Monument visitor center, trails and roads are expected to remain open.
The locations of the proposed prescribed burn area and additional details will be available and updated on Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument’s website at http://www.nps.gov/flfo.
Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For information see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.
Starting on April 8 updates will also be available on Twitter and Facebook @FlorissantNPS or for additional information call Jeff Wolin at (719) 748-3253, ext. 202.
Vendetta of Felipe Espinosa. As the Civil War raged and goldfields beckoned, a gunman stalked the mountains of central Colorado on a divine mission to kill American settlers. He would elude governors and armies, bounty hunters and posses, until his demise at the climax of a fierce high-country manhunt. By then, Felipe Espinosa had claimed more than thirty lives to quietly become one of the nation’s first serial killers and foreign terrorists. The Pikes Peak Historical Society invites you to join author Adam James Jones on April 17th at 2 p.m. at the Florissant Public Library for a free presentation, as he speaks about Felipe Espinosa. Jones’ debut novel, The Vendetta of Felipe Espinosa. No reservations are required, but arrive early as seating is limited. For more information call 719-748-8259 or 719-748-3861.
Consignment Sale. A HUGE children’s consignment sale will be held in Woodland Park, featuring gently used clothing, shoes and accessories (infant to junior). The sale will also include 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, with free admission. The scheduled dates and times are Thursday, April 28 from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (with everything at half price). Proceeds from the event benefit the Ute Pass MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). Call 719-433-3215 for more information.
Midland Days Symposium. The 2016 Midland Days Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, May 14th, at the John Wesley Ranch south of Divide. This will be the seventh year commemorating the legacy of the Colorado Midland Railway and the Midland Terminal Railroad, and raising funds to support the Midland Depot at the Divide Preservation Project. Our co-sponsors again are the Teller Historic and Environmental Coalition and the Divide Chamber of Commerce. This year’s theme is “Over The Great Divide” – a focus on the operation of the Colorado Midland from Leadville to Grand Junction. Overviews of both the Colorado Midland and Midland Terminal will be presented, and we’ve planned some interesting talks related to both. Advanced registration is $55 per person and seating is limited so reserve your place today (fee includes refreshments and lunch). You may email your RSVP to “Midlanddays@yahoo.com,” or call 719-213-9335. You may pay your registration fee at the door the day of the event or mail your check in advance to “Midland Days, C/O David Martinek, P.O. Box 1088, Divide, CO 80814 (make check payable to Midland Days).
Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs
First Sheriff of El Paso County. The Old Colorado City Historical Society will host its monthly program on Saturday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. with a presentation by John Wesley Anderson, the former El Paso County sheriff and a local author. He will discuss the first sheriff of the El Paso County, Colorado Territory from 1861-1867, Rankin Scott Kelly. Kelly was born July 6, 1826 in present day Houlton, Maine. He was raised by his sister and father after the untimely death of his mother. Kelly ran away from home at 14 believing he was wanted for murder. He served in the 1st Pennsylvania, Company B during the Mexican-American War. Traveling west on a wagon train he arrived in the newly founded Colorado City, Kansas Territory, in 1860. He established the first sawmill, fought hostile Indians delivered the first load of lumber to Colorado City and was finally appointed the first sheriff of a newly formed El Paso County, Colorado. Later he sold his property to General Palmer and rode off into the sunset only to return to El Paso County in 1913. He died in the Myron Stratton Home and is buried in Fairview Cemetery. Enjoy these stories and more for a presentation at the Historical Society Center, located at 1 South, 24th Street, Colorado Springs. For more information, call 719-630-8384.
Classical Performance. The Colorado Springs Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present Madeleine Woodworth in a Rising Star organ recital at the First Lutheran Church on Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m. The program will include works by Bach, Widor, Franck and Dupré. Madeleine is a sophomore at the Eastman School of Music, studying organ with Nathan J. Laube. In addition to giving performances in the Rochester area, Madeleine sings in the Christ Church Schola Cantorum and the Eastman Chorale. She belongs to the professional music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota and recently won first place in the 2015 Great Lakes Regional Competition for Young Organists. This event is free of charge. For more information contact Joan Kuehn or Eric Wicks at (719) 632-8836