Almanac Week of 09.11.18

Tuesday, Sept. 11

The 2018 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony will be held in Lion’s Park in Woodland Park at the corner of Hwy. 24 and Hwy. 67 on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The ceremony will start at 7:30 a.m., and it will last about 45 minutes. Honorary speeches and tributes will be conducted by Mayor Neil Levy, a member of the Teller County Board of Commissioners, the sheriff and other law officers

Master Plan Meeting. A joint meeting of the planning commission and board of trustees will be held in the Green Mountain Falls Town Hall on Sept. 11, starting at 7 p.m. The purpose of the session will be to obtain a detailed update on the comp plan, known as the master plan, project. This is a $100,000 project being funded by the state Department of Local Affairs and the Kirkpatrick Foundation. The plan is being compiled by a planning/consultant firm based in Fort Collins.


  Wednesday, Sept. 12


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 atwww.tellerseniorcoalition.orgfor a full schedule of pick up and drop off times.


Thursday, Sept. 13


The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Sept. 13 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.


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.



The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, next to city hall.


Friday, Sept. 14


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, 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 still open for play and in great shape. For more information, regarding activities at the Shining Mountain Golf Course and Event Center, visit

Saturday, Sept. 15

Fossil Beds September Happenings. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year round. During September, the Monument is open 9 am to  5 pm  (with extended hours 8 am – 6 pm during Labor Day Weekend).  During the month of September there will be limited interpretive programs offered daily depending upon staffing levels.  These programs may include talks, walks, fossil demonstrations, and tours of an 1878 homestead.  Please call ahead for more details at (719) 748-3253. The weekly programs include: Yoga Hikes –  Mondays, 9 am to 10:30 pm. Join a certified yoga instructor and a Park Ranger for a 1 hour and 15 minutes, 1 mile yoga hike. This will be a hike interspersed with standing yoga poses. This program is geared for beginner to intermediate yoga enthusiasts.  Meet at the visitor center. The Fossil Demonstration Excavation Site will occur on Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm. Meet geologist, Dr. Bob Carnein at the demonstration excavation site and see the fossil beds in situ and learn about how excavations are conducted. This site is located off the Petrified Forest Loop approximately 1 mile round trip from the visitor center.


The Special Events include a Free Fee Day and Public Lands Day on Sept. 22 from 9 am to 5 pm. Enjoy your public lands on National Public Lands Day free! The Monument has 15 miles of hiking trails, a museum and film, and self-guided trails. Kids can earn a Junior Ranger Badge by completing a Junior Ranger gamebook available at the visitor center desk. A Night Sky Program will occur on Sept. 28 from 7:30 pm to 10 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. An the infamous Elk Hikes will occur in September and October.They kick off Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30 from 4:45 pm to 7:15 pm.   Join a ranger for a RESERVATION ONLY evening hike, to listen to the magical sounds of elk bugling.  These 1-2 mile, off-trail hikes and can be in rugged terrain at times.  Children must be at least 10 years old to attend. For reservations, please call (719) 748 – 3253 ext. 202. October dates for elk hikes include: 10/5 – 10/7 and 10/13 – 10/14  For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNPS

Sunday, Sept. 16

Rummage Sale. The Sallie Bush Community Building in Green Mountain Falls will host an annual rummage sale on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come sell and shop. For more information, call Margaret Peterson at 719-684-2130. You can also email:




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 Bingo session is scheduled for Sept 20.  For more information, call Rita Randolph at 719-502-5085.


Fall Activities at Mueller. As the warmth of summer gives way to cooler nights, celebrate fall at Mueller State Park, as the forest turns golden!Typical weather in September at Mueller brings picture-perfect, blue-sky days.  As those days become shorter, the trees start to change into their awesome display of color.  Aspen trees make the hillsides glow with gold!  Mueller is a favorite spot to see the show! Come on out to camp or hike and dive into the beauty of autumn in Colorado. A full schedule of naturalist programs can help you to look, learn and enjoy the surroundings.  Evening amphitheater programs will continue on weekends and guided hikes are available almost daily.  Special programs this month include elk bugling hikes, a full moon hike, and fall challenge hikes!  The Fall Challenge is an invitation to hike all the trails at Mueller, with a guide or on your own, about 60 miles, in one month!  Folks that meet the challenge receive a certificate and prize for their accomplishment! On Saturday, September 29th, the park will host its annual “Mueller in Gold” fall festival!  Visitors can celebrate the changes in the forest and the annual rut of the elk in this day full of family fun activities. Discover why the trees change their colors on an Aspen Hike. Learn what’s happening with all the elk in their peak of health at this time.  Join in the fun and try archery or “gold” panning. Special activities are planned for kids to explore and play in nature.  All activities are free; a park pass for your vehicle is the only cost. For more information about specific programs, call 719-687-2366.

2 Mile High Club Aspen Tours. Offering one of the best ways to view the fall foliage and to tour rare spots in the Cripple Creek/Victor mining district, these free jeep tours are available the weekends of Sept. 22-23 and Sept. 29-30. See for more details.

Cripple Creek’s Big Aspen Happnin.’ Scheduled for Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 and showcases the town’s third annual fall festival, capped by live music, street vendors, a rock climbing wall, a 150-foot obstacle course, a giant slide and an appearance by The Flying W Wranglers. For more information, check out


Culturally Modified Trees Presentation. The Pikes Peak Historical Society has been documenting human-modified trees for almost 20 years.  These remarkable living artifacts, displaying a variety of unusual shapes, are truly works of art, sculpted by highly talented and creative peoples,. The Pikes Peak Historical Society invites you to learn more about Culturally Modified Trees at the PPHS monthly Chautauqua on Sunday, September 30th at 2pm at the Florissant Library. The library is located adjacent to the Florissant Community Park on 334 Circle Drive in Florissant. This program is presented as a public service of the Pikes Peak Historical Society in partnership with the Rampart Library District.Admission is free and refreshments are served.  No reservation is required, but arrive early, seating is limited. For more information call 719-748-8259 or 719-748-3861.


Final Mining tours. Experience mining old and new this summer and explore gold rush history past and present at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. Tour experiences, sponsored by the Newmont Mining Corporation, 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. The final tours are offered Sept. 15 and 16 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Check for information. 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. Reservations may be made online at or by leaving a message 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.

Final CemeteryTour. 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.Remaining tour date is Sept. 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.

Strong Mine Tour. Victor’s historic Strong Mine and hard rock mining will be the center of attention on Saturday, Oct. 6. Stories at the Strong: A Day of Tall Tales & Mining History will be held at the 1899 mine site. The event is sponsored by the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. This is the fourth year for the event. The day will begin at 11 a.m. with check in at the gate.The day will feature a chance to see the surface plant and hoist house of the Strong Mine. Two Mile High Mining Company owner Jim Watson will provide history and showcase the history of the mine. Folks will also get a chance to see the Strong Mine’s hoist operate and visit the hoist house. Those attending will be eligible for a drawing for a Strong Mine gold ore specimen donated by Two Mile High Mining Co. The Strong Mine is located just off Diamond Avenue on Victor’s north side. Parking is limited at the Battle Mountain and Independence Millsite Trailheads on the Old American Eagles Road with a walk to the mine site. Attendees are encouraged to park in downtown Victor. A free shuttle sponsored by Newmont Mining Corporation will provide transportation to and from the mine site and the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum throughout the day. For more information, visit or call 719-689-5509.

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

Beethoven Symphony. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic group will present a concert at the Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, featuring the Beethoven Symphony No. 7. The concert will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 719-520-SHOW.  


American Music Icons. Music’s greatest showmen – Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, James Brown and more will come to life when Sonny G.’s AMERICAN MUSIC ICONS: Revue of Music’s Greatest Showmen visits Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts’ Studio Bee on Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. For one show only, renowned, Las Vegas entertainer Sonny G. will transform into each of these artists and bring audiences classic moves, original choreography, amazing dancers and routines with elaborate, intelligent lighting, props and special effects.  From the Act 1 finale by the King of Hi-De-Ho himself in Cab Calloway to the one-hour, world-renowned theatrical tribute to Michael Jackson in Act 2, fans will enjoy the greatest hits of these music icons. Tickets for the performance are now available at the Pikes Peak Center box office,, or via phone at (719) 520-SHOW. They can also be purchased at the Broadmoor World Arena box office and