Almanac Week of 10.25.16

Tuesday, Oct. 25

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, Oct. 26
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

Salute to American Veterans Decision. The Cripple Creek City Council will hold a special public meeting at 3 p.m. in the Cripple Creek Council Chambers at city hall to discuss the future of the Salute to American Veterans Rally held every summer.
Thursday, Oct. 27

County meetings. The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Oct. 27 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. And at 1 p.m. the commissioners will hold a public meeting on the proposed 2017 budget for Teller County. The budget meeting will occur at the Centennial Building.

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.

Treat Street and Haunted House. On Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. the Woodland Park High School will host Trick-or-Treating festivities throughout the hallways. The school district also will feature a Hunted House on Oct. 27 and Oct. 29 a 6:30 p.m.
Ladies’ Night Out. The Woodland Park Hardware store in Woodland Park feature a special Ladies night out on Oct. 27, with 20 percent off on all merchandise. For more information, check out the advertisement in this week’s TMJ.

New Fire Station Meeting. The Green Mountain Falls/Chipita Park Fire Protection District will hold an informational meeting on the new proposed ballot issue, 2E, facing voters on Nov. 8 regarding plans for constructing a new fire station. The meeting will be held at the current fire station on Ute Pass Avenue in Green Mountain Falls, starting at 7 p.m.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Oct. 28
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.

Halloween BOOzaar. Scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Henry C. “June” Hack Community Center, located at 128 E. Bennett Ave in Cripple Creek. Celebrate this year’s Halloween Carnival. The event provides a safe place for the children to have fun, show off their costumes, win prizes and candy too! Children are invited to attend the BOOzaar in support of non-profit organizations in our Community Center, where there will be games and prizes for kids of all ages. Also this year is our annual “Trunk or Treat” which will be Halloween night. Individuals and businesses alike are welcome to join our Trunk or Treat. Decorate the trunk of your vehicle, stock it with purchased and store wrapped candy and the kids will come. The best decorated trunk wins dinner for two and a hotel stay, graciously donated by Century Casino.
We are having our first annual costume contest on Halloween night also. The doors open at 5:30 pm and the winner will be announced at 6:15 pm. These events will be at the Park & Recreation at 128 E. Bennett Ave in Cripple Creek. For more information, call 719-689-3514.

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.

Breaking the Silence LIVECAST – Andrew Wommack Ministries
Pastor Mark Cowart & Carrie Pickett with political & religious leaders, are breaking the silence on social issues affronting to Judeo-Christian values.

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. 29
Halloween Happenings. A wide variety of Halloween festivities for both adults and kids will be held throughout the high country. See this week’s TMJ for details and visit

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Halloween Carnival. A Halloween Carnival will be held at the Ute Pass Elementary School on Oct. 29 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Dani Hainds at 719-685-2227.


Election Voting. Ballots have been mailed out to all registered voters in Teller and El Paso counties for the Nov. 8 election. Ballots must be received by Nov. 8. 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. For election information, visit

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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.
Fall Business Expo. The Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce welcomes everyone to attend our Fall Business Expo and meet 38 local business owners to see what they have to offer. Light appetizers, cash bar and door prizes will be offered. The event is scheduled for Nov. 3 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

Tipi. Tepee, Teepee. No matter how it is spelled, the Tipi is an icon of the Native American Indians. But not all Native Americans lived in Tipis. The Tipi was used by the nomadic tribes of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. It’s simple yet sturdy construction kept the occupants warm in the winter and cool in the summer, it stood strong against strong winds, and was easy to put up and take down during a move. Ed Held, a Native American and Pikes Peak Historical Society member, will be sharing his knowledge of this iconic structure at the November Chautauqua gathering of the Pikes Peak Historical Society. This will be held on Sunday, November 20th at 2 p.m. at the Florissant Library. The Library is located adjacent to the Florissant Community Park on 334 Circle Drive in Florissant. Admission is free and refreshments are served. No reservation is required but arrive early, seating is limited. For more information call 719-748-8259 or 719-748-3861.
Mountain Arts Holiday Show. The annual Mountain Arts Holiday Show and Sale will be held Saturday, November 26, at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 10am to 4pm. The event features free admission and refreshments. Members of the Mountain Artists will showcase acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings, photography, wood working, jewelry, and more. In addition, there will be a drawing for a $20 coupon every one-half hour which the winner can spend with any of the Mountain Artists. For more information, call 719-502-5085.

Holiday Headframe Lighting. The giant headframes that are the remains of 1890’s gold mining days will again light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek again this holiday season. These unique mining structures are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era.Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, will be lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek starting Friday, Nov. 25. A self-guided driving tour map will be available at area businesses, as well as the Cripple Creek Heritage Center and online at The lights will be best viewed after dark and will be in place Friday through Sunday nights through New Year’s Day, weather/safety and volunteers permitting..This holiday lighting tradition is 19 years old and is sponsored by Newmont Mining Company, on whose property most of the headframes are located. Volunteers from the communities staff the generators and line power connections each weekend. Other sponsors include an anonymous donor, Southern Teller County Focus Group, Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation, Two Mile High Mining Co., and Cripple Creek District Museum. Support also comes from Black Hills Energy crews..The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and gift shop will be open for special holiday shopping hours, weekends through December from 10-5 weather allowing. More information is at

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.