Almanac Week of 03.20.18

Tuesday, March 20
After  Hours. The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly After Hours gathering on March 20 at Keller Williams Realty, 107 Sundial Drive, starting at 5:30 p.m. This event, the biggest monthly networking gathering in the area, will help support the Ute Pass Symphony Guild.
The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on March 20 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.
Community forum. Darryl Glenn, a Republican candidate for the Congressional District 5 seat, will hold a meeting on March 20 at the Woodland Park City Council Chambers. He will discuss such issues as gun control, immigration and school safety. See related notice in this week’s TMJ.
Wednesday, March 21
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.
The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on March 21 in the CC Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, March  22
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 Teller County Commissioners will meet on March 22 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek
The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on March  22 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.
 Friday, March 23
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.  On March 23, don’t miss live music from Oakley Cassaboom from 6 to 9 p.m.For more information, regarding activities at the Shining Mountain Golf Course and Event Center,
Saturday, March 24   

Woodland Park Senior Center Chili Cook-off
. Come join in on the fun at the Woodland Park Senior Center Annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, March 24, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. An admission fee of $5.00 covers tastings of all the Chili entries as well as a great Chili lunch with all the fixings. Want to submit your secret Chili recipe into the contest? The entry fee is $10. Drop by or call the Senior Center (719-687-3877) to reserve your spot. Proceeds from this event support activities at the Woodland Park Senior Center.
Fossil Beds Activities and Hours. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year round. The Monument is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm through March 9 and then 9 am to 5 pm from March 10 until May 25


. Here are some upcoming remaining highlights for March: Friday Saturday, March 24, Introduction to Nature Photography, 1 pm to 3 pm. Join volunteer interpretive ranger Steve Veatch for a hands on photography workshop amid the spectacular scenery of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. While walking a trail you will learn on-location compositional strategies that will turn your photo into something more than a snapshot! The workshop will teach you how to tell stories with your photos. Meet at the visitor center. Be prepared for outdoor conditions by dressing in layers, wearing a hat and sunscreen, etc. Bring water and snacks and most importantly your own camera. There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $7.00 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.
Spring Fling 5K Poker Ride/Run. Scheduled at Bear Creek Regional Park in Colorado Springs on March 24. Everyone is welcome!……Horseback Riders, Runners, Bikers, Hikers (can bring leashed dogs & kids in strollers)  ……This is a Family Friendly Event!.T he 5K start line is in the lower parking lot south of the Norris Penrose Event Center (1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd) and south of the horse stables.  Parking will be available the day of the event at Norris Penrose Event Center.  Please follow direction of parking attendants on course that day Registration starts on March 24 at 8:30 am. Bikers start at 9:30am, Runners start at 9:45am, Horses start at 10:15am and Hikers start at 10:30am.  Each participant gets a scorecard to start. There are 5 checkpoints on the course at which you will draw a card.   Turn your hand in at the finish line. Prizes will be given out for the high and low hand in each category. This is a family friendly, non speed event.  Anyone can win! $15 in advance, $20 day of the event Sign up at
Mining Open House. The Newmont Corporation’s Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine will hold a a community open house on March 27 at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center from 5 to 7 p.m. This will provide an update on our mining operations northeast of the city of Cripple Creek regarding the Globe Hill project and progress to Schist Island. Newmont CC&V invites you to the next in an on-going series of meetings. Please join us to stay informed about how CC&V is managing topics like tree removal, blasting vibrations, structural surveys, historic preservation and community investment. A primary goal for these meetings is to facilitate communications with our neighbors about our operations. We will talk about what the community is experiencing and listen to your concerns as the Globe Hill & Schist Island projects become a vital part of our business. Starting at5:30, we will feature a presentation to discuss specific operational parameters and changes including how CC&V is managing tree removal, blasting operations, historic preservation and community investment. The presentation will be about one hour long.
At other times during the evening, CC&V managers and staff members will be available to talk one-on-one with you about your questions pertaining to our mining operations.
If there are specific topics that you would like addressed, please let us know via email by Thursday, March 22.Light snacks and refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there! For additional information about this update, or if you have questions about our responsible mining operations, please do not hesitate to contact: Brad Poulson, External Relations Representative,719-689-4052, email at:, or Lorna Shaw, CC&V External Relations Manager, 719-689-4044, email at:
Easter Egg Hunt. On Saturday, March 31, 2018, children will race around the City Park in Cripple Creek on a search for colored and golden eggs. The hunt is for ages 0-12 beginning at  1 pm, with the line-up beginning at 12:30 pm in the circle parking lot above the City Park. This event provides a safe place for children to have fun, win prizes and candy, and have a hoppin’ good time! Children will fill their Easter baskets with colored eggs, sunshine and joy! The Easter Bunny will make his appearance hiding eggs and visiting the kids! In case of inclement weather, the hunt will be moved inside so the event is on rain, snow, or shine…COME JOIN THE FUN! When the hunt is completed, everyone will fill the Henry C. “June” Hack Community Center, 128 E Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek, to celebrate Easter, and claim their prizes. Children are invited to attend the Easter Egg Hunt for FREE! The children are divided into age groups: 0-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 years old to find a pre-determined number of eggs. Again this year, there will be a special glow-in-the-dark hunt for the 10-12 year old group inside the Park & Recreation fitness gym. In addition to the colored eggs, there will be two golden eggs hidden for each age group. Each golden egg will receive a cash prize of $5.  For more information, call 719-689-3514.
Easter Brunch. A number of restaurants in the area, such as Mucky Duck in Green Mountain Falls (awarded the best restaurant in the area in the latest TMJ reader’s survey) and the Bella Vista at Shining Mountain, are offering superb Easter brunches. See current and future notices in TMJ for more information.
Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Bingo. Join the fun at Shining Mountain during the 1st & 3rd Thursdayof 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 proceeds benefit the children of Teller County.  For more information, call Rita Randolph at 719-502-5085.
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
Gold Spring Time Bird Walk. Spring time in the Rockies is a great season for bird watching. If you are interested in learning about the birds of southern Teller County, plan on attending a free trail walk and program in Victor on Saturday, April 28. Joe LaFleur, a wildlife biologist, will lead the walk on the Trails of Gold near Victor. Meet at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum at 8:45 a.m. The walk will take about an hour and is free but is limited to 20 people. Be sure to sign up for this walk ahead of time as it is expected to sell out. Reservations should be made at Be sure to dress for mountain weather.
At 10:15 a.m. LaFleur will make a free audiovisual presentation about local common birds of the spring season. The program will help you identify birds by sight and sound and will also review preferred habitats where each species is likely to be encountered. This event is being presented by the Southern Teller County Focus Group and Victor Lowell Thomas Museum as part of the non-profits’ education programs. For more information and to make reservations visit or call 719-689-5509.