Almanac Week of 05.15.18

Tuesday, May 15

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on May 15. at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.


Wednesday, May 16

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 16 at 530 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers at city hall.


Thursday, May 17

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.


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 May 17. For more information, call Rita Randolph at 719-502-5085.


The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall   


Friday, May 18

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

 Angst Documentary. May is Mental Health month, and mental health is a priority for all community partners in Teller County. As part of Mental Healthy month IndieFlix, a leading independent online streaming platform, along with its non-profit arm, the IndieFlix Foundation, is sparking a global conversation about anxiety through screenings of its brand-new documentary, Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety”.  On May 18, a special screening of the documentary will be at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders and experts. The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by small group discussions with community resources. Free tickets are now available and space is limited! The screening will be held on May 18, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Food and childcare for kids 10 and under are provided at no cost. Click here to reserve tickets For more information, visit Woodland Park:


The Bella Vista Restaurant at Shining Mountain, one of the town’s favorite restaurants, has great weekend specials and events. Don’t miss their great entrees for lunch and dinner and special entertainment during the weekend. Live music occurs every Friday night. 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


Saturday, May 19

Senior Center Pancake Breakfast. Pancake Breakfast at the Woodland Park Senior Center, SE corner of Pine Street and Lake Avenue, Saturday, May 19, 8 am to 11 am. Start off your weekend with a hot, home cooked breakfast! Join us for a fresh, 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 great food and friendly conversation. 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 this year.


President Lincoln Coming to Cripple Creek. President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln will be present at the Victorian Tea hosted by the Gold Camp Victorian Society on May 19 at the historic Carr Manor in Cripple Creek.   The Tea will be held from noon to 2 p.m. and is open to the public.  The cost for the Tea will be $25 each and will include finger foods as well as additional entertainment and door prizes.  The suggested dress for the Tea is Victorian, but any dressy attire is acceptable.  Seating is limited, so advance reservations are recommended. Please contact the chairperson, Diana Melching, at 719-689-0907 if you wish to attend.  Tickets may be purchased directly by mailing your check to GCVS Tea c/o Diana Melching, 149 Saddleback Drive, Florissant, CO 80816.  President Lincoln will be portrayed by John Voehl and Mrs. Lincoln by his wife Pam. In his first 20 years of Lincoln work, John Voehl has provided nearly 1,100 Lincoln presentations and appearances in 40 states to become a nationally recognized Lincoln Historian and Presenter. John utilizes over 50 different motivational and historically accurate portrayals which exemplify Lincoln’s virtuous and inspiring character traits, while making the persona of Abraham Lincoln come alive.  For more information, call 719-689-0907.


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 annual Midland Days symposium to be held at the historic John Wesley Ranch south of Divide on Saturday, May 19  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, or call 719-689-5509.


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.



Celtic Woman Homecoming Tour. Celebrating Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage, Celtic Woman combines the finest musical talent with epic stage productions to present a unique, inspiring live experience..This show is scheduled for the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs on Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. From its debut, Celtic Woman has touched the hearts of a huge global audience. Now, with “Homecoming,” Celtic Woman brings the next chapter of an extraordinary musical journey. It’s a universal celebration of life. It’s traditional, it’s contemporary. It’s yesterday, today and tomorrow.Continuing its remarkable legacy of introducing some of Ireland’s most talented singers and musicians onto the world stage, the GRAMMY-winning group Celtic Woman — featuring the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and the breathtaking Celtic violinist Tara McNeill, accompanied by a full ensemble of musicians and dancers — will embark on a four-month tour. Celtic Woman will be at Pikes Peak Center Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit


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.

Golfing for Music. The Woodland Music Series Benefit Golf Tournament will be held the morning of Monday June 11at Shining Mountain Golf Course, with a shotgun format. Entries are available at the SM pro shop and include $85/individual or $300 for a four man team.This summer’s lineup of free concerts is a great one and the tournament is the major fund raiser for the Series.  The tournament is always fun and the cause is good. For more information call Ralph Rothstein at 719-687-2237.


Tickets for Ute Pass Mansion Tours Kick Off. The much anticipated tours of the historic Marigreen Pines Estate in Cascade will be held on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15. Ticket sales for popular event start on May 16. The tours of the estate are hosted by the Ute Pass Historical Society. Marigreen Pines was the home of the Thomas Cusack family from 1895 until 1978. The tour includes their original home, Ellinor Cottage, as well as the elaborate Marigreen Pines mansion built in 1923. In 1978, Mrs. Anne Cusack Johnson stipulated that the mansion and grounds should be open for tours every three years for the benefit of the Ute Pass Historical Society. The tour is the biggest fundraiser for the non-profit group. Adult tickets are $25, and UPHS Patrons and groups of 10 or more are $20 per person. Tickets do sell out quickly, so get your order in soon!

For more information, call UPHS at 719.686.7512. Ticket order forms are also available at our website: