Almanac Week of 05.30.18

Wednesday, May 30


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.


Thursday, May 31


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.


Congressional Debate. The Teller County Republicans and the Woodland Park Speech and Debate Club are sponsoring a debate among the GOP candidates for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District. It will be held at the Woodland Park High School Auditorium on May 31, with a meet and greet of the candidates at 6:15 p.m.  and the actual debate at 7 p.m. (See related story in this week’s TMJ News.)

Friday June 1


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


Woodland Music Series Kick-off. Woodland Music Series proudly presents “Jazz in June” FREE CONCERT featuring the big band sounds of Swing Factory. The concert is scheduled for June 1. The festivities include a cocktail hour at 6:30 and a concert  at7:30 Concert. The event will be held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Avenue, Woodland Park. All ages



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, June 2

.Gold Camp Trolley Tours begin on Saturday, June 2 and continue every Saturday through September 1.  The trolley will leave from the Cripple Creek Train Welcome Center
,, next to the District Museum, and last about 90 minutes.  Sites, stories, and reenactors will cover both history and happenings of Cripple Creek, Victor, and the CC&V Gold Mine. Tours are $10 for adults and $5 for children.  The tours are sponsored by the city of Cripple Creek and Gold Camp Victorian Society.


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 Summer Fun. Fairy Slippers to salamanders, nature is beautiful and fascinating at Muller State Park in summer! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and baby animals are born every day! Witness these delights on a guided hike or interpretive program this month, and starting this weekend. Naturalists and volunteers at Mueller love to share the wonder and science of all the living things at the park.  Programs in June will highlight local wildlife, favorite flowers, unique features and local history at the park.Choose from the many types of programs offered including guided hikes, children’s programs, evening amphitheater programs, moon gazing, bird watching, fly fishing, archery and much more!  We’re excited about several new, history programs coming up! Learn about “Prayer Trees”, or Culturally Modified Trees with John Anderson, then take a hike to see one! Hear about the Pony Express and Cattle Drives  that helped shape the west with Ken Valles. Also, we’re continuing our Thursday night history series with Paul Thies about explorers, military, fur trade, mining and railroads in the Pikes Peak region!

Outdoor Skills Day, a favorite annual event set for June 23rd, is great fun for the whole family!  Thirty different activities designed to give visitors a taste of various kinds of outdoor recreation including fishing, target shooting with shotguns, 22s, bb guns and archery, spelunking, bird watching, outdoor cooking, Bear Aware and so much more!  Receive expert instruction from Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff, Hunter Education instructors and conservation organizations like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation, Pheasants Forever and Aiken Audubon Society. Numerous partners and sponsors support this event including Cabela’s, The Adventure Company, Alpine Firearms, Team Telecycle, Cave-Sim, Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation, Teller Senior Coalition, City Market, the Dinosaur Resource Center, Peak Area Leadership in Science, Colorado Gear Lab and Big D Motorsports. We are very grateful to all our partners who help provide a great, fun and safe family event. For more information on specific activities, call 719-687-2366.

Top of the World Rodeo.  The city of Cripple Creek kicks off its summer season of events with the Top of the World Rodeo, scheduled for June 8-10. The professional rodeo features a variety of rodeo competitions at the country fairgrounds off Teller One and includes a wide range of festivities in town. 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.  For more information, call Rita Randolph at 719-502-5085.


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 June 11 at the 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.


Gem and Mineral Show. The sixth annual Gem & Mineral Show sponsored by the Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) in Victor, Colorado will be held June 15-17. The event will be held in downtown historic Victor and is open and free to the public.The show will include vendors from across the state selling Colorado dug minerals. Items for sale will include polished gems, hand-crafted jewelry, rough slabs, specimens, cabochons, geode breaking, Cripple Creek & Victor Mining District gold ore specimens, Burtis Blue Cripple Creek turquoise, and more. There will also be gold and gem panning at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. Show hours are from 9 to 5 each day.  This year a geologist from Newmont Mining Corporation will make a presentation on the geology of the gold mining district. This free presentation will be held Saturday, June 17 at 1 p.m. at the Victor Elks Lodge. For more information on the STCFG or this event, visit, email, or call 719-689-2675.


Balls and Chains.  A combination of regular golf with disc golf.  This fun and unique tournament is scheduled for June 17 at Shining Mountain in Woodland Park. The tourney features a 4-person scramble format of classic golf, followed by 18 holes of disc golf played on Serenity Pines. A barbecue lunch between rounds is also provided. All ages are welcome. Call 719-687-7587 for more information.  


Cemetery Tours. Step back in time and learn about Victor’s 1890’s cemetery, its residents, and the history that brought them to the gold mining camp. These walking tours of the Sunnyside Cemetery are sponsored by the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and will be held two Saturdays of each month from June 9 through the end of September as weather permits. Tour dates are June 9, 23, July 14, 28, Aug, 11, 25, Sept. 8, 22.Local historians Veldean Myers and Alicia Petri will provide insights into the cemetery and its history. 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 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or at the museum at 298 Victor Ave. For more information, visit, email or call 719-689-5509.


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 the popular event have begun. 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:


Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival. One of the town’s most popular pre-summer events. Located in Memorial Park in downtown Manitou on June 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event features many of the wineries from across the state and includes a variety of festivities. For more information, contact the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau and Office of Economic Development 719-685-5089.

Pikes Peak International Auto Hill Climb. The second oldest race in the country. This year will mark the 102nd running of the race. This year the race is scheduled for June 24. The race occurs along Pikes Peak Highway. For more information, call 719-685-4400.