Almanac Week of 10.11.16

Tuesday, Oct 11

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, Oct. 12
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 nd 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

Thursday, Oct. 13

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 Teller County Commissioners will meet on Oct. 13 in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek on Oct. 13 at 9:15 a.m.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers next to city hall.

Friday, Oct. 14
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club will meet at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday.

Forest restoration. Community volunteers and CUSP will be performing work that makes our forests healthier and more resilient to disease infestation and fire, while providing firewood for local families and individuals this winter. It is scheduled for Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1010 Evergreen Heights Drive in Woodland Park. Volunteers will remove logs from a forest thinning site and load the logs onto trucks provided by USAFA and the community. We will then transport the wood to Northeast Teller County Fire Department (Help the Needy wood processing location) where we will process the logs into firewood for delivery. This volunteer project epitomizes the military and community volunteers’ commitment to public service and protecting our communities from wildfire.

For more information, visit or contact or call 719-748-0033.

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.

Freemasonry. Learn about Freemasonry in our community, offering friendship, growth, leadership and providing charity. Learn more details about the Lodge No. 96 at 75 Buffalo Ct. in Divide. Meetings are held the first Friday of the month at 7 p.m. Call Roger at 719-310-0766 for more details.

Cripple Creepshow. Thin Air Theatre Company (TATC), now in its 10th year at the Butte Theater, will stage the “Cripple Creepshow” from Sept. 30-Oct. 30. This original play is created by collaboration between TATC artists Chris Sorensen, Mickey Burdick, Mel Moser, and Chris Armbrister.A mysterious show rolls into town, tents are erected, and the audience files in. But what happens when the stories told begin to leave the stage and cross into real life? Join us this Halloween season for an anthology in the vein of “Tales from the Darkside,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “Night Gallery.” In distinctly Cripple Creek fashion, four short stories come to life, based on such lore as “The Portrait of Dorian Gray”, “Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde”, “The Monkey’s Paw”, and the “Tale of Sasquatch”; all blended with music and a touch of comedy. The show is directed by Chris Armbrister, and musically directed by James Mablin, and features many of TATC’s favorite actors, including Nick Madson, JT Rider and more. As an extra bonus, this show is followed by a very special Halloween Olio, full of dance, music and spooktacular comedy. For more information and to make online reservations, visit To make phone reservations, call 719-689-3247.

Saturday, Oct. 15
Senior Center Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast at the Woodland Park Senior Center, Pine and Lake Streets, Saturday, October 15, from 8 am to 11 am. Join us for a fresh cooked, all you can eat, breakfast of fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, melon and the best biscuits and gravy around. We guarantee to get your Saturday off to a great start! Your home town seniors will be flipping the pancakes and serving them up with juice and coffee or hot tea for only $8. Kids 6 and under eat for $2. This open to the public fundraising event helps to support the programs and activities of the Woodland Park Senior Center. We appreciated the support of each one of you! Mark your calendars and plan to join us on the 3rd Saturday each month of the year.

Historical Society Auction. The 2016 Pikes Peak Historical Society Annual Auction will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Lake George Charter School gym/auditorium in Lake George. This auction is a major fundraiser for the Pikes Peak Historical Society, a non-profit organization which maintains two free museums in Florissant. The PPHS also provides free educational programs throughout the year. This organization and their sponsored events are funded off of membership dues and donations. The funds generated by the annual auction supplements these funds. A variety of items will be offered for purchase at the upcoming auction – gift certificates to local stores, food items, antiques and collectibles, and something “Very Enticing” has been donated by Richard Fretterd, from the show ‘Prospectors’. For more information contact Scott Adams at 719-748-9035 or John Rakowski at 719-748-3861.

Community Health Fair. The Pikes Peak Regional Hospital and Surgery Center will sponsor its fourth annual Community Health Fair on Oct. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its facility off Hwy. 24. The fair will feature 30 vendors, door prizes, health information, free screenings and more. Participants will receive a variety of discounted services in such areas as blood pressure, breast cancer awareness, discounted mammography, EMS fire department displays, transition care, balanced nutrition, exercise for arthritis, stress screenings and much more. For more information, call 719-687-9999.
Haunted Field of Screams. The Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a special trip to the state’s largest haunting attraction in Thornton, Colorado on Oct. 15. The bus leaves at 4 p.m. and returns at 2 a.m. on Oct. 16. The cost of the trip is only $8 per rider. Participants will get a chance to partake in some great haunts, while there, including the Haunted Field of Dreams and the Zombie Paintball Massacre, just to name a few. For more information, call 719-689-3514.

Sunday, Oct. 16
Chance to be a star. One-day auditions will be held for “A Cripple Creek Christmas Carol” for all ages, both male and female. They will be held at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek on Oct. 16, starting at 6 p.m. If you cannot make this particular audition, please call 719-689-6402. This performance is one of the most popular shows of the year in Cripple Creek.


Election Voting Kick-off. Ballots will be mailed out to all registered voters in Teller and El Paso counties, starting on Oct. 17, for the Nov. 8 election. A number of key ballot issues will be decided on, along with significant races, such as the presidential showdown. Voters have a variety of options for mailing-in their ballots, or dropping them off at designated spots or visiting polling centers. A special pre-election issue, outlining these details, will be published in TMJ on Oct. 18. For future election information, visit

City Wide Scavanger Hunt and Colorado Craft Distillery Tasting. Participate in Cripple Creek’s first ever Zombie Scavenger Hunt on Oct. 22, with a number of participating businesses. Find the clues like your life depends on it, and try your luck at snagging a $1,000 top prize. This is one of the new events the city has launched for 2016. Another new event, sponsored by the city, includes the Colorado Craft Distillery Tasting festival, scheduled for Nov. 12. See for details.
Breaking the Silence LIVECAST, sponsored by Andrew Wommack Ministries, will be a shared viewing experience hosted by Pastor Mark Cowart and emceed by Carrie Pickett on October 28-29 from the Charis Bible College campus in Woodland Park. This event will air live and simulcast to many locations both in and outside the US. It is scheduled for Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. (mountain time) and Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. (mountain time). Participants can register for free by calling 719-635-1111 or visiting The deadline for registration is at the close of the events on Oct. 29. The event is open to all members of the public.
Art Reception. An art reception with featured artist Carlene Toy, will be held at the Eichman Gallery in Park State Bank & Trust on Friday, Nov. 4, starting at 3 p.m. Toy’s works include oil, feather paintings and bronze sculptures.

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Manitou Springs Heritage Center announces their featured Exhibit of the Week Series-See our spectacular exhibit, “Manitou Rails,” featuring the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the Manitou Incline and the Red Mountain Incline, starting Sept. 24. Learn the story of how railways and inclines dominate the Manitou landscape and continue to our town’s growth, as a tourist attraction. In recent years, the Manitou Incline has become widely known f or its extreme physical challenges to any healthy fanatic. The Manitou Springs Heritage Center is located at 517 Manitou Avenue. For more information, call 719-685-1454,

Emma Crawford Coffin Races and Parade. Manitou Springs celebrates the 22nd annual Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade on Saturday, Oct. 29. The parade starts at noon, followed by 70 teams, racing coffins down Manitou Avenue for the ultimate victory. Each team consists of one Emma and four runners dressed in costume. The fastest times earch trophies as well as a chance to win Best Emma, Best Entourage and Best Coffin.

Common Prayer Liturgy. A special Common Prayer Liturgy is planned at First Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs (1515 N. Cascade Avenue) featuring Bishop Michael J. Sheridan of the Diocese of Colorado Springs and the Rev. Dr. Lowell G. Almen, co-chair of the U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue. It is scheduled for Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. The liturgy for the day is adapted from the rite that will be led by Pope Francis and Bishop Munib Younan, president of the Lutheran World Federation, in Lund, Sweden, on October 31. That service in Lund officially will mark the beginning of a year of remembrance for the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, as well as the Protestant and Catholic reformations of the 16th century. The “Common Prayer” liturgy will be part of a morning of focus, “Marking a Milestone,” on church reform. The day will begin at 9 a.m. with an overview of key events in the various reformations. For more information, call 632-8836.

The annual Victorian Christmas at Miramont Castle is back and slated for Nov. 25, starting at 10 a.m. Enjoy the wonders of a true Victorian holiday experience. The castle is lavishly decorated, homemade refreshments abound and delightful entertainment is available.