Almanac Week of 10.16.18

Tuesday, Oct. 16 

The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will host an after-hours gathering on Oct. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This month’s event is being hosted by Fidelity National Title and Vectra Bank, 361 W. Hwy. 24, Suite 100. The gathering will feature a Halloween theme, capped by a costume contest. The festivities also will include a movie trivia contest. The Chamber Business After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event.  All-Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce members are encouraged to attend.  Take advantage of this opportunity to network and catch up with your friends, clients and customers plus meet new members in an informal setting.  Business After Hours is a great way to share information about your business and learn about other members. Fun, food, drinks and door prizes.  Don’t forget your business cards! For more information, call 719-687-9885. 

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.


Wednesday, Oct. 17

 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 atwww.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.17.   See this week’s story on the Kiwanis Club in TMJ News.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Oct. 17 in the CC Council Chambers at city hall, starting at 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, Oct. 18     

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 informatio

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Oct. 19

Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Mountain Rep Theatre group is now featuring The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Butte Theatre in Cripple Creek, with performances Thursdays through Sundays.  The evening shows are slated for 7 p.m. with two matinee performances scheduled at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Butte’s version of the cult classic has received rave reviews. The Rocky Horror Show will occur through Nov. 3. For ticket information, call 719-689-3247 or visit

Saturday, Oct 20

Pancake Breakfast at the Woodland Park Senior Center. scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20. The Senior Center is located at the corner of Pine Street and Lake Avenue. 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 hometown seniors will be flipping the pancakes and serving them up with juice and coffee or hot tea. All you can eat 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 Organization. We appreciate the support of each one of you! Mark your calendars and plan to join us on the 3rd Saturday each month this year. Call Bill Avery at 719-659-5174.

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 a variety of programs such as yoga hikes and art shows.  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


 Election Ballots Mailing.  Election ballots for more than 17,000 registered voters in Teller County will be mailed out, starting Oct. 16. Most voters should receive their ballots by the end of the week. The ballots must be returned by Nov. 6. For questions, call 719-689-2951.

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

 Preview of Charis Bible College Auditorium. Local Woodland Park Chamber members, government officials, and press will gather for the opening of Charis Bible College’s newest building. On October 30, the Andrew Wommacks Ministries will invite Woodland Park Chamber members to come to their Auditorium Open House. There will be light refreshments, speakers, and a self-guided tour of The Auditorium.  Press and government representatives will be on hand to help us celebrate the opening of this new building on the campus of Charis Bible College. For more information, call 719-464-5619, or the chamber office at 719-687-9885.  

David: The King of Jerusalem.  In partnership with 7m Ventures, Inc., Andrew Womack Ministries is premiering “David: The King of Jerusalem”—a hero for all ages. This new musical is written by Robert and Elizabeth Muren, directors of Charis Bible College’s Creative Arts School. Elizabeth Muren co-directs the production with Adam Stone, the school’s coordinator. The musical features a cast of over fifty members, from both Charis Bible College and The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida, where Elizabeth also serves as creative director.” It will be performed at Charis Bible College on Nov. 2. For more information, visit

Craft Fair. The sixth annual Dayspring Craft Fair happens Saturday, November 3, at Dayspring Christian Fellowship, 1061 Rampart Range Road in Woodland Park. This colorful event, which has quickly become a community favorite, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. one day only. Admission is free. A vast array of unique and beautiful items by local Christian artists and craftspeople will be offered at excellent prices. There will also be a bake sale and many other surprises. At least 20% of the sales from this special day will be donated to The Voice of the Martyrs, to support persecuted Christians around the world. A full 100% of the proceeds from the bake sale and another room of new items will also be contributed to VOM. There are still some spaces available for Christian vendors to sell their items. Please contact craft fair coordinators Elizabeth Summeril at 719-963-2680 or Cindy Galbreath at 719-687-0493 to register as a vendor.

Victor Lowell Thomas Documentary Showing. If you watch a newscast today, download a news video, listen to the radio or a podcast then you are benefitting from the work of Lowell Thomas.

In the 1930s Lowell Thomas was arguably more famous than any American journalist has ever been. Thomas dominated both network radio news and the newsreels shown in movie theaters back when they represented the only chance a mass national audience had to hear or see, rather than just read, the news. His voice, face and take on contemporary events were almost unavoidable.

Lowell Thomas, who grew up in and got his start in journalism in Victor, Colorado, is the subject of a new documentary film that will be shown in Victor Saturday, Nov. 3. The Victor Lowell Thomas will present, courtesy of the film’s producer, Rick Moulton, Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Rise of Broadcast News. The full-length feature film will be shown at 3 p.m. at the Victor Community Center, 2nd St. and Portland Ave., Victor, CO. Admission is by donation at the door. Please sign up ahead of the show at For a preview of the documentary’s introduction, please visit reserve seats, visit

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.