Almanac Week of 05.01.18

Tuesday, May 1

The Woodland Park Downtown Development Authority will meet on May 1 at 7:30 a.m. in the WP City Council Chambers, next to city hall.

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on May 1. At 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.


Wednesday, May 2


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 May 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers at city hall.


Thursday, May 3


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 9 a.m. in Green Mountain Falls at the Church in the Wildwood. Call Evelyn at 719-748-8383 for more information.


 Family Film Night at the Butte Theater.  Join us for an evening of family fun with the Classics. This will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.  at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek,  139 E. Bennett. This is a free event.  For more information, call 719-689-6402.

National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer will be observed in Teller County at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park on Thursday, May 3 from 6-7:30 pm. The Cultural Center is located at 210 E. Midland Avenue, next to the library. The observance is free and open to the public. This year’s theme is “Unity,” according to Dr. Ronnie Floyd, National Day of Prayer Chairman. The day invites people of all faiths to pray for the nation, as a day belonging to all Americans. It is a day to transcend differences and bring together citizens of all backgrounds, to unite in prayer for our country. For more information, please contact Teller County National Day of Prayer Representative Cheryl Steen at (719) 291-5818 (cell) or (719) 687-8711.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Thursday, May 3 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 & 3rd Thursday 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 proceeds benefit the children of Teller County.  The next event is scheduled for May3 For more information, call Rita Randolph at 719-502-5085.


Friday, May 4


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. Plus, the course is now open for play for the season. For more information, regarding activities at the Shining Mountain Golf Course and Event Center, visit


Safe, Fun and Fair. Our Youth Sport Leagues strive to provide a healthy environment, in which young people can learn about sports; develop skills and coordination, experience team play and most importantly HAVE FUN! Attendance at practices and games is important; these are team sports and your teammates depend on you. Division formats are subject to change. Season kicks off on May 5. For more information about the divisions call Kelsey Gavit of the Woodland Park Parks and Recreation for details at 719-687-5225, or visit the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce Events website.  Saturday, May 5

Fossil Beds Activities and Hours. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year round. The Monument is now open from  9 am to 5 p.m. Be prepared for outdoor conditions by dressing in layers, wearing a hat and sunscreen, etc. 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.


Sunday, May 6

Broadway at the Peak. A full evening of Broadway tunes and melodies presented by the Woodland Park Community Singers, and featuring the WPHS Madrigals, The Columbine Choir, and the Altitooners! Scheduled for May 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Come enjoy music, refreshments and good family fun!  For more information, call 719-660-2747.   





Movie House Music Supervalue Package Held the 2nd Sunday every month through May at Gold Hill Theatres in Woodland Park (615 W. Midland Avenue). Concert 2:30-4:00 pm, movie ticket good anytime and one beer, wine or soft drink all for only $15. Or concert and drink only, $8. The May 13 event features the merriment and Celtic music of the Grateful Dogs (formerly Bedlam Boys). For more information, call  719-687-2210 of visit www.woodlandmusicseries.orgThe monthly events are Co-sponsored by Woodland Music Series and Gold Hill Theatres.


Pikes Peak Ringers. On Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs is presenting the Pikes Peak Ringers, one of the premier handbell ensembles in North America, directed by Kevin McChesney.  They will be joined by Forte, an amazing handbell quartet whose motto is “Rethink Possible,” to present “Jukebox! A Pops Concert.”  Take your mom out to lunch for Mother’s Day, then treat her to this fun-filled program. A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call 719-633-8888.  


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 on a daily basis Saturday, May 26 at 9:30 a.m. The museum will again be hosting tours of the Newmont Mining Corporation’s Cripple Creek & Victor operations near Victor. Modern mine tours will start May 26 leaving from the Museum.  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. 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 26 through Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., daily except no tours will be held on Thursdays. In addition, tours are offered Sept. 8 and 9, 15 and 16 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Check for additional tour times and dates during the summer weekends. The cost is $8.50 per person plus a small online booking fee – 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 (June is the slowest and the best time to make a reservation) as they are very popular and fill up quickly. Reservations may be made online at or by leaving a message at 719-689-4211 or starting May 26 at 719-689-5509. The maximum on each tour is 13. The best way to reserve a mine tour is online at – online reservations receive first priority.

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. 


Midland Days Symposium. Midland Days at Divide, Inc., along with its partners, the Teller Historic and Environmental Coalition (T.H.E. Coalition) and the Divide Chamber of Commerce, and its sponsors, proudly announces the ninth annualMidland Days symposium to be held at the historic John Wesley Ranch south of Divide on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 9 am to 4 pm.In addition to a general focus and overview of the Colorado Midland Railway’s route from Colorado Springs to Grand Junction, just to get everyone on the same page, this year’s symposium program will cover the extraordinary story of the life and early demise of this very special railroad in terms of its company structure and operations. The symposium will begin with a social gathering at 9 a.m. followed by introductions and announcements. The agenda

for the day will include presentations (including numerous historical photographs), interviews and conversations between local author and historian, Mel McFarland, and local historians Tom VanWormerArt Crawford andDwight Haverkorn (who promises to have yet another railroad crime story). David Martinek, co-founder and president of Midland Days, will moderate the discussions and present, as well. Reservations should be made on or before Monday, May 14 by calling David Martinek at 719-213

-9335, emailing your RSVP to


Cemetery tours. Step back in time and learn about Victor’s 1890’s cemetery, its resident politicians, and the history that brought them to the gold mining camp. This event is sponsored by the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and will be held Saturday, May 19 as part of Colorado’s Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. Local historian Veldean Myers and Alicia Petri will provide insights into the cemetery, its history and some of the residents who made up the human element of the gold rush. The event will be held at the Sunnyside Cemetery which is south of town on Seventh Street. Meet just outside the gate in Pauper’s Field by 10 a.m. Cemetery tours will be offered all summer long as well on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. See for more info.At 12:30 p.m. the Southern Teller County Focus Group will provide a tour of the historic Ajax Mine on Battle Mountain. See for more information on that tour. For more information, visit, email or call 719-689-5509.