Almanac Week of 02.13.18


 Tuesday, Feb. 13

Teller County Cares Awards. This annual award-session and festivities honors the top volunteers and service providers in the area. It is scheduled to occur at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Feb. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m., with registration at 8:30 a.m.


The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. More discussion will occur regarding the town’s new comprehensive plan project.   


Wednesday, Feb 14

TSC (Teller Senior Coalition) Transit is excited to announce our bus service on Wednesdays and Fridays in Woodland Park and the lower Ute Pass area. TSC also offers a joint venture with Cripple Creek Transit on Wednesdays 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. In addition, new ride services are available on a limited basis to Green Mountain Falls, Cascade and Manitou Springs. Call 719-687-0256 for more details or visit the TSC website at www.tellerseniorcoalition.orgfor a full schedule of pick up and drop off times.


Ice Skating lessons through WP Parks and Recreation. Ice Skating is fun for all ages. Participants must have their own skates. Beginners will learn the fundamentals of ice skating so you can enjoy a lifetime of fun and exercise. Intermediate will build on the fundamentals of the beginner class. For this class, you must be able to skate forward and backward confidently and be able to stop. Classes, sponsored by WP Parks and Recreation, will be held at Meadow Wood Sports Complex on Feb. 14, 21 and 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For more information, call Kelsey Gavit at 719-687-5225.  


Happy Valentine’s Day From The TMJ Staff. If you don’t have plans, check out some of the great Valentine offerings at our local restaurants, eateries and casinos.  


Thursday, Feb. 15

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 to make positive changes in the role food plays in their lives. The local chapter meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. 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 Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers,  next to city hall.


Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Bingo. Join the fun at Shining Mountain during the 1st & 3rdThursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Twenty dollars buys a packet for 10 games, 6 cards for each game It’s a great opportunity to have fun and socialize with your friends and neighbors. Come early and have dinner! Food and drinks will be available for purchase during the games! This event is sponsored by the Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis club. The next gathering is scheduled for Feb. 15. The proceeds benefit the children of Teller County.  For more information, call Rita Randolph at 719-502-5085.


 Friday, Feb 16  

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

The Bella Vista Restaurant at Shining Mountain, Woodland Park’s only upscale Italian eatery, has great weekend specials and events. Don’t miss their great entrees for lunch and dinner and special entertainment during the weekend.  For more information, regarding activities at the Shining Mountain Golf Course and Event Center,


Home – Shining Mountain Club House

Welcome to Shining Mountain Golf Course and Event Center – Woodland Park Colorado’s Very Own PUBLIC Gathering Place!OUR COURSE IS NOW CLOSED TO GOLF FOR THE SEASO


Final week of Cripple Creek Ice Fest. The Cripple Creek Ice Festival is a spectacular event. Come watch ice sculptors carve ice into beautiful works of art that will amaze you. 2018 marks the 11th year for this premier event, and will continue to Feb. 18 Past themes have included a Mythological Wonderland, Story Time, Under the Sea, a Military Salute Carved in Ice, a Rocky Mountain Wonderland, the Old West and a Safari theme.This year’s theme is RENAISSANCE IN ICE!  Come dressed in your best Renaissance attire and join the fun! The Cripple Creek Ice Festival features numerous fun events to enjoy throughout the two event weekends. Interactive sculptures are available for event attendees to climb on and to have a Kodak moment. Several sculptures are made just for kids, with a fun ice slide and an ice maze that are all made of ice. Street vendors have just the perfect thing to bring home as a memento of your visit here, and an ice bar with a liquor luge ensures you always have a refreshing beverage to enjoy.There will be additional FREE parking at the Heritage Center northeast of town on Highway 67, and the shuttle service to the event will be FREE on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information, check with the city of Cripple Creek’s Special Events and Marketing Department 719-689-3461.


Saturday, Feb. 17    


Senior Center Pancake Breakfast – Pancake Breakfast at the Woodland Park Senior Center, SE corner of Pine Street and Lake Avenue, Saturday, February 17, 8 am to 11 am. Bring your favorite Valentine and join us for a fresh cooked, all you can eat, breakfast of fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, the best biscuits and gravy around, and a seasonal treat. 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. Everyone is welcomed to enjoy good food and friendly conversation. Thisopen 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 this year.


Teddy Roosevelt & Preserving National Treasures. Theodore Roosevelt is often referred to as the “conservation president” for his efforts to save our national treasures. Roosevelt, portrayed by Don Moon of Colorado Springs, will appear at the Gold Coin Club Saturday, Feb. 17 as a fundraiser for Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. He will provide insight into his work preserving our national treasures via the Antiquities Act of 1906.The event includes a “bully” reception at noon. The event will also include a display and information about the local historic preservation efforts, including Newmont Mining Corporation’s restoration of the Independence Mine headframe. The headframe is on the National Register of Historic Places, a program of the National Park Service. The event in honor of 2018 Presidents’ Day is being sponsored by the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. Advance reservations are highly recommended as a maximum of 50 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $20 each and include the reception and presentation. The event starts at noon p.m. at the Gold Coin Club on Diamond Avenue west of North 4th Street. For more information and to make reservations visit or call 719-689-5509.


Fossil Beds Activities. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year round. During February, the Monument is open every day of the week from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM.  Here are some of the remaining activities taking place this month:  Friday, February 16, Night Sky Program, 7 to 9:30 PM.  Join park staff and members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society to gaze at the dark skies above Florissant Fossil Beds in search of planets, galaxies, nebulas, and more. Meet at the visitor center; Saturday, February 17, Great Backyard Bird Count, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Friends of Florissant Fossil Beds along with many partners will host a citizen science event. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature and make a difference for birds. There will be two opportunities to join a scientist and help count birds.  The times are 9:15 am– 10:30 am or 10:45 a.m. – noon   You may participate in one or both if you would like. Meet at the visitor center;; Saturday, February 24, A Winter Poetry Walk, 1 to 3 p.m. Learn to write a nature poem.  Join volunteer interpreter Steven Veatch and discover your inner poet. The program will begin inside the visitor center with a brief discussion on poetry writing techniques.  Meet at the visitor center. Participants will then explore part of the Monument while hiking on easy nature trails (less than 1 mile). During the walk experience the Monument’s spectacular paleontological marvels and collect “picturesque” words, explore language, and create an optional three-line haiku while enjoying the winter day; Sunday, February 25, Hike for Your Health, 12 to 2 p.m.  Join park volunteer interpreters on a guided hike up to 3 miles in length.  This is a hike just for health. Please be prepared with good foot gear and winter clothing. Weather permitting, call (719) 748 – 3253 for up to date information on the hike. Meet at the visitor center. There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $7 per adult (15 and younger are free). Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers 15 miles of beautiful, yet lesser known, hiking trails to explore, a free Junior Ranger Program, three short self-guided trails, a park video and museum exhibits, and bookstore.  For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNPS


Mueller Winter Fun. Naturalist led hikes are on the thing to do at Mueller State Park in the winter.  Enjoy the peaceful silence in the snowy woods, watch for signs of wildlife and learn their different tracks, and see the hardiest of birds searching for food in the trees.  It’s great to explore Mueller in winter with a naturalist during this beautiful time of year!Don’t forget to dress for the weather!  Hiking at Mueller in winter can bring a wide range of temperatures and snow depths at 9600 feet.  Sometimes there is not enough snow to sled on and sometimes there is a foot or two of fresh powder!  Check our website or call ahead for snow conditions (719) 687-2366. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding are popular activities as well.  The campground is still open or stay in one of the luxurious cabins  Call 719-687-2366 for details on forthcoming events at Mueller State Park.




WP Chamber Business After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event.  All Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce members are encouraged to attend.  Take advantage of this opportunity to network and catch up with your friends, clients and customers plus meet new members in an informal setting.  Business After Hours is a great way to share information about your business and learn about other members. Fun, food, drinks and door prizes.  Don’t forget your business cards! February 20 is hosted by Park State Bank & Trust at Shining Mountain Golf Club. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market.  Scheduled the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park. A wide variety of vegetables, meats, fruits, toys and many miscellaneous items will be showcased. For more information, call 719-689-3133


The 6th annual Teller County Economic Forecast is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. This forum features local experts from the public and private sectors brought together to discuss the Teller County economy. The Forecast features perspectives on recent trends in the real estate, financial, and construction industries, how they impact our local economy, and what the experts predict for the future. Understanding where we have been will help us plan  for the future and how to get there.Attending the Forum Will Give You Local economic information provided for and supported by Teller County businesses;Teller County trends and whether Teller County is following national, state, and regional trends;Key economic indicators such as population, employment, prices, retail trade and housing;Forecasts in real estate, construction, and lending;Meet local experts and business owners. Register


Playwrights Workshop. Students will have the chance to be playwrights and actors as they collaborate in groups to create their own plays! Actors will dream up their stories, write their scripts together and then act out their creative creations. This workshop culminates with a presentation of each new play for family and friends on the last day of class that will include simple props and costumes. This workshop is sponsored by the WP Parks and Recreation, with the workshops held at the Parks and Recreation Classroom, 204 W. South Avenue, Woodland Park.  It is held on Feb. 26, March 4 and March 12. Contact Kelsey Gavit for more details at719-687-5225.   


Dickson Memorial Update. We are sponsoring an update briefing on the status on the Eric V. Dickson Memorial project and how the veteran community in Teller County can help. Of interest is garnering the names of Teller County Vietnam Veterans to have them added to the memorial base and sponsoring those who have passed away. If you are interested we will hold this briefing on March 7, 2018 at 7 pm at Veterans Hall, 27637 State Highway 67 – just north of Woodland Park and past the golf course. All members of the community are invited. The meeting is being orchestrated by Andy Tyler and Thomas Kelly of the VFW Post 6051.