Almanac Week of May 3rd

Tuesday, May 3

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on May 3 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Open Forum. Norm Steen, the chairman of the Teller County Commissioners, will be the speaker for the May 3 Open Forum. Steen will address the planning for expanding broadband high speed internet in Teller County. He then will open up any topic people want to talk about. The Open Forum will occur at Denny’s in Woodland Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. These forums were started by a group of leaders of the Teller County Republican Party, but they are open to citizens of all political persuasion. They are aimed at providing a dialogue between key local and state leaders and the citizens of Teller County.

The Norad Incident, a Southern Colorado Event. This presentation has been rescheduled from March 23rd when a blizzard closed the library. Presentation and Discussion with Steve Alexander. Steve is a well-respected retired Army Colonel and published author. Steve has had a passion for UFO hunting and discoveries for many years and is extremely interesting. The presentation is scheduled for May 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 719-687-9281×103 for more information.

Wednesday, May 4
Johnny Jump Up Plant Sale The Prospect Home Care and Hospice has kicked off its 3rd Annual Johnny Jump Up Plant Sale. “Nothing is as charming as a patch of Johnny Jump Ups today, all summer and again next year.” The sale goes from now until May 13, with deliveries scheduled for May 17. For more information, call Janet at 719-687-0549.

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 for a full schedule of pick up and drop off times.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on May 4 in the CC Council Chambers at city hall at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 5
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.

Family Fun Carnival. This is a free event for kids and parents of all ages. There will be games, bounce houses, rock wall, and free pizza to make this a great night to get out and enjoy some community entertainment. The festivities will be on May 5th from 5-7 pm at Colorado Springs Christian School in Woodland Park located at 1003 Tamarac Parkway, just past the post office. For more information, call 719-331-3842.

Habitat for Humanity Project. A meeting will be held at the Foxworth-Galbraith store in Woodland Park on May 5 to recruit suppliers and builders for the new Lofthouse Motel, condo rehab project, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of Teller County (see related story in this week’s issue of TMJ).

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on May 5 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers next to city hall. The council will hear the first reading of permit plans for converting the Lofthouse Motel into a multi-unit condo, affordable housing project.

Friday, May 6
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.

Saturday, May 7
Time to hit the links. The Shining Mountain Golf Club in Woodland Park has officially opened for the 2016 season. Both the golf course and the Mountain Grill restaurant that features a new menu and head chef are open for business. For more information, call 719-687-7587.

Sunday, May 8
Happy Mother’s Day from the staff of TMJ News. A number of restaurants and businesses in the area are offering Mother Day specials.

Movie House Music Supervalue Package Held the 2nd Sunday every month through May. Concert 2:30-4:00 pm, movie ticket good anytime and one beer, wine or soft drink all for only $12. Or concert and beverage only, $7. The May 8 event features Woodland Park’s own fabulous Swing Factory big band. Gold Hill Theatres, 615 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 719-687-2210, Co-sponsored by Woodland Music Series and Gold Hill Theatres.


The Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation is hosting some summer fun, with baseball and adult softball. The deadline for adult softball is slated for May 8. For more information, contact the CC Parks and Recreation at 719-689-3514.

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 “,” 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).

Mining Tours. Experience mining old and new this summer and explore gold rush history past and present at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. The Museum, which has operated in its current location for over 50 years, will open Saturday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. and again be hosting tours of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company operations near Victor. Modern mine tours will start May 29 at 10 a.m. from the museum. These popular gold mine tours feature the modern mining operations of Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company, which is operated by Newmont Mining Company. Tour experiences will offer the chance to see giant haul trucks, shovels and drill rigs in action in the large surface mine between Victor and Cripple Creek, Colorado. Watch boulders being crushed into gravel and learn about the modern refining methods while helping to preserve the district’s 1890’s history – all tour proceeds go to the Museum to help offset operations and building renovation costs. This summer the mine tours will be available May 29 through Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., daily except no tours will be held on Thursdays. In addition, tours are offered Sept. 11 and 12 at 10 and 1 p.m. Check for additional tour times and dates. The cost is $7.50 per person – an affordable way for the entire family to see a real working gold mine. Only children 5 years of age and older are allowed on the tours. Please be sure to reserve your tour dates.

Farmer’s Market. Woodland Park’s Award Winning Outdoor Summer Market is held every Friday from June-September near Vectra Bank off Hwy. 24 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Over 80 vendors will be providing Colorado grown vegetables, fruits, plants, and a variety of other products. In addition, you can purchase a wide assortment of baked goods, cheese, pastas, olive oils and personal care products. Don’t forget to swing by the food trucks and tents for breakfast, lunch, musical entertainments and so much more. Vendors accept cash, Market Bucks & SNAP dollars (use your Debit or SNAP card for these at the Market Managers Booth), and some accept credit/debit cards. Visit our Market Shop in the green shed for Farmers Market shirts, bags, caps and mugs. Stop by the Market Shop for a free vinyl cling for your car window and show your pride in supporting this 26 year old community event. For more information, call Judy Crummett at 719-689-3133.

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival. This annual event, which features wine tasting from the top wineries in the state and great live music and food, is scheduled for June 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Memorial Park in historic Manitou Springs. This is one of the town’s more popular early summer festivals. For more information, contact the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau and Office of Economic Development at 719-685-5089 or

Pikes Peak Ringers. Pikes Peak Ringers, an auditioned community handbell choir in Colorado Springs, will present two identical concerts, ”That’s Got Style” on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 2111 Carlton Ave. and again on Sunday, May 15 at 3 pm at First Christian Church, on the corner of Platte and Cascade Ave. The concert will explore musical styles of the 20th and 21st century – Pop, Original, Jazz, Rock, Broadway, Disney and much more, played with Pikes Peak Ringers’ versatility and artistry. Pikes Peak Ringers was formed in 1991 under the direction of Kevin McChesney. The group has been recognized as one of the premier handbell ensembles in North America. For more information, call 719-632-8836.

Picnic-N-Planes. Do you like watching the Thunderbirds flyover for the Air force Academy’s Graduation? Have trouble finding a place to watch them that has a great view and is safe and comfortable? Look no more! The Western Museum of Mining is honored to be the Academy’s neighbor…and lucky too! Here is why: The Mining Museum is the perfect place to watch the amazing aerial acrobatics of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as they fly for the Air Force Academy’s graduation. Bring and enjoy a picnic lunch by our spring fed ponds and flowering meadow as you experience the mighty Thunderbirds soar over you! The Thunderbird’s demonstration will take place between 12:30 am and 1:30 pm on June 2. Come early, set up your family picnic, and enjoy the show! Grounds are open for picnicking and flyover watching from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm! Admission to the grounds only for this event will be $5 per vehicle. Regular museum admission applies for those interested in seeing the museum afterwards. Visit or call 719-488-0880 for more information.