Almanac Week of 10.02.18

Tuesday, Oct. 2  


Production blast viewing. Over many months, the Newmont Cripple Creek & Victor Mine has been talking to the community about its evolving mining operations on Globe Hill and Schist Island northeast of the City of Cripple Creek. We appreciate the community’s participation! Continuing with our communications, we want to share the “real time” science, engineering, and technology education that modern mining can provide, and invite you to watch our first production mining blast on Schist Island.Please join CC&V’s blasting and mining specialists from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2, at the city of Cripple Creek’s Heritage Center parking lot to watch and learn about this historic mining event. We’ll buy the coffee and donuts for this celebration of the District’s continuing mining heritage! Call 689-4052 or 689-4044 for more information.


The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.


  Wednesday, Oct. 3


The Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Club will meet on Wednesdays at 6:45 a.m. in the Crystola Roadhouse in Crystola. See this week’s TMJ News for more details.


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.


Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Bingo. Join the fun at the Crystola Roadhouse during the 1st & 3rd Wednesday 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. 3.  See this week’s story on the Kiwanis Club in TMJ News.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Oct. 3 in the CC Council Chambers at city hall, starting at 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, Oct. 4


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.


Munchkin Market. Teller County’s largest consignment sale with a vast selection of gently-used children’s clothing, shoes, toys, media, furniture, strollers, playground equipment, maternity and more will be held at the Woodland Park Community Church, 800 Valley View Drive. The sale will occur from Oct. 4-6. Call 719-422-6804 or contact for more details. On Oct. 6, all items will be sold at a 50 percent reduction from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, next to city hall.


Friday, Oct. 5


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, Oct. 4

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. See related letter about the event in this week’s TMJ.


Mueller In Gold. As the warmth of summer gives way to cooler nights, celebrate fall at Mueller State Park, as the forest turns golden! Typical weather in the fall 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  include elk bugling hikes, a full moon hike, and fall challenge hikes!  Discover why the trees change their colors on an Aspen Hike. Learn what’s happening with all the elk this time of year.  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 Activities. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year-round. During October, the Monument is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekly programs include the following highlights: Yoga hikes will occur on Oct. 1 and Oct 8 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Join a certified yoga instructor and a Park Ranger for a 1 hour and 15 minute, 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. *In addition a Fine Art Show and Sale will occur on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.  Help support the Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds by attending the 3rd Annual Art Show Fundraiser.  Landscapes, wildlife, and western art will be on display and for sale. Children can draw their own landscape scenes with sidewalk chalk from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM each day. Plein Air art demonstrations will take place throughout the day. *A National Fossil Day Celebration will occur on Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Celebrate National Fossil Day with story time, fossil crafts, and a scavenger hunt. Earn a Junior Paleontologist badge by completing the Junior Paleontologist activity book. *And on Oct. 12, don’t miss our Night Sky Program from 7:30 to 10 p.m.  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.  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





Movie House Music Supervalue Package Held the 2nd Sunday every month through May at Gold Hill Theatres, 615 W. Midland Avenue, Woodland Park. Concert 2:30-4:00 pm, movie ticket good anytime and one beer, wine or soft drink all for only $16. Or concert and drink only, $10. October 14 concert offers “The Little Music Showcase”, featuring Clarion Winds, Mountain Brass, and High Altitooters ensembles. Season ticket discount available. Call 719-687-2210, Co-sponsored by Woodland Music Series and Gold Hill Theatres.



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


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 on 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.