Almanac Week of 09.25.18

Tuesday, Sept. 25  

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on Sept 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.



 Wednesday, Sept. 26 


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, Sept. 27



The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Sept. 27 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.





Friday, Sept. 28



The Woodland Park Arts & Crafts Fair is held every Friday thru September 28th in beautiful Memorial Park, alongside of the WP Farmers Market.  We offer 40+ amazing vendors who offer everything from homemade baked goods & breads to jewelry to wood lamps and home decor!!  Come out and find your treasures. Call 719-216-2006 for more information.    



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 this season and in great shape. For more information, regarding activities at the Shining Mountain Golf Course and Event Center,








Saturday, Sept. 29

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

Final Weekend for 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  final weekend, Sept. 29-30. See for more details.


Mueller In Gold Festival. 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. 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!  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.



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.


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. 30


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








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 Oct. 4.  For more information, call Rita Randolph at 719-502-5085.


Art In the Park. Come help the city of Cripple Creek kick off October ARTS Month by enjoying a variety of events in the charming Pocket Park found next to Cripple Creek City Hall located on Bennett Avenue. A 40+ foot canvas will be set-up for the public to express their artistic side * ALL Artwork must be family friendly and follow the theme for the weekend – Our Historic Gold Camp. Paint and other necessary supplies are being provided for the public to use. A variety of other crafts will be available for the public to ‘make and take’ home with them. The event kicks off at 10am on Saturday, October 6.  A variety of art organization and artists will be on site to talk about their work with demonstrations by select artists. A small stage area will be set-up with actors from Cripple Creek’s Mountain Repertory Theater popping in to do a musical number or two. There will be an open mic available for those people whose talents may lay in singing, dancing, comedy skits, or even poetry; all performances must be family friendly.



Free Chili Dinner. The Cascade Fire Department is hosting a special event and fundraiser during National Fire Safety month, scheduled for Oct. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cascade firehouse 8015 Severy Avenue.  It will feature a silent action, kids’ games, a bouncehouse, free chili and corn dogs. There also will be plenty of information and tours. For more information, call 719-551-0418. 



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.

Historical Society Auction. The Pikes Peak Historical Society’s  annual auction will be held on Saturday, October 20 at 2 pm at the Lake George Charter School gym/auditorium in Lake George, Colorado. This auction is THE major fundraiser for the Pikes Peak Historical Society, a non-profit organization which maintains two free museums in Florissant. The PPHS also provides free educational programs throughout the year. This organization and their sponsored events are funded by membership dues and donations. The funds generated by the annual auction supplements these funds by paying mortgage and insurance for our museum.. A variety of items will be offered for purchase at the upcoming auction – gift certificates to local stores, food items, antiques and collectibles.  Credit cards are accepted as well as cash or check donations. For more information contact Scott Adams at 719-748-9035 or John Rakowski at 719-748-3861

The Teller Historic & Environmental Coalition (T.H.E. Coalition) announces their Second Annual Breit Awards Banquet, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, October 21 from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park. After a successful inaugural event in September, 2017, T.H.E. Coalition is once again recognizing those individuals and organizations who work to preserve our regional history.  In 2017, Palmer Land Trust, the Ute Pass Historical Society and Edward M. “Mel” McFarland were honored.  At the 2nd Annual Breit Awards Banquet this October, the Gold Camp Victorian Society, the Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum and Mr. Larry Black will also be recognized. A fund-raiser for T.H.E. Coalition, the banquet also honors the memory of, and is named after, one of its founders, Doris Eileen “Dee” Breitenfeld, who passed away in 2014 and whose life-long passion for preserving our local heritage inspires us all. For more information regarding the banquet, to donate a silent auction item, become a sponsor and/or to register for attendance, contact David Martinek at (719) 213-9335 or Sherri Albertson at (719) 650-4089





Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs



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


First Christian Church in Colorado Springs (16 E. Platte Avenue) is presenting the Little London Winds, Colorado Springs’ premier wind ensemble, in their first formal concert of the season, led by their new director, Joe Olivieri. It will be held o Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. at the First Christian Church.The concert will include something for everyone, featuring marches, movie music, a suite by Gustav Holst for concert band, and a beautiful piece by Eric Whitacre celebrating the month of October.  A free will offering will be taken. Call 719-633-8888 for more information.