Almanac Week of 11.13.2018

Tuesday, Nov. 13

The Woodland Park City Council will hold a workshop on Nov. 13, starting at 4 p.m. in the city council chambers, next to city hall. The council will discuss the issues dealing with the reading of written correspondence at regular meetings, a review of the 2019 budget and 2018 appropriations. 

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on Nov. 13 at 6:30 pm at the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, Nov.. 14

 The Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Club will meet on Wednesdays at 6:45 a.m. in the Crystola Roadhouse in Crystola. .  

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, Nov. 15

 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.

Meeting Scheduling Change. The Teller County Board of Commissioners will meet on Nov. 15 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. This will mark their final meeting of November, and is a slight change from their normal meeting times. No meeting will occur next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Meeting Changes. The Pikes Peak Rotary Club recently changed their meeting day from the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month to the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.  We still meet at the Rampart Library in Woodland Park in the lower level meeting room at 6:45 AM for breakfast, with the meeting starting at 7 a.m. For any questions, call 719-687-4151.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet in the city council chambers, next to city hall, on Nov. 15, starting at 7 p.m.

 Friday, Nov. 16

Holliday Home Tour Kick-off. The Holiday Home Tour Gala will occur on Friday, Nov. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Tweeds Fine Furnishings, 240 East Hwy. 24, in Woodland Park. This will kick off the exclusive celebration of the 20th annual Tweeds Holiday Home Tour. The 2018 Tweeds Holiday Home Tour supports such organizations as Focus on the Forest, Habitat for Humanity of Teller County and the Woodland Park Senior organization. 


Saturday, Nov. 17

HOLIDAY BAZAAR  at the Woodland Park Senior Center. Ready to get started on your Christmas shopping? Stop by the Woodland Park Senior Center (SE corner of Lake Ave and Pine St) on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 8am to 2pm. You will be sure to find some great deals on holiday decorations and local arts & crafts as well as home-made, edible goodies. All proceeds support activities and programs of the Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club – Retired Not Expired.

Holiday Bazaar donations. ISO donors, bakers, shopper: We are still accepting donations of gently used holiday décor, ornaments, x-mas sweaters, etc. for the annual Holiday Bazaar, Craft Fair and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 17th from 8am2pm, at 321 North Pine Street (across from the Post Office).  Call 339-0954 for more information and help support our local Senior Center.

Fossil Beds Activities. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year-round. During November, the Monument is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are a variety of programs throughout the month. Here are a few highlights of remaining events this month. 
 *On Saturday, Nov. 17, a Winter Track Detectives program will occur from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Join an interpretive park ranger for a guided hike (up to 2 miles) to discover the clues left behind by the Monument’s wildlife.  As a track detective, you might encounter tracks, scat, feathers, rubs, burrows, and much more left behind by birds, coyotes, elk, and badgers or perhaps even see some of the wildlife in person.  Dress in layers and be ready to walk on uneven ground and possibly snow. Meet at the visitor center. There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $7 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 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.

Letters Home Exhibit. The Letters Home exhibit and program, sponsored by the Rampart Library District, which was  unveiled during special showing on Saturday, Nov. 10, is now available for viewing at the Woodland Park Library. The exhibit is sponsored by the Rampart Library District Foundation.   

 Sunday, Nov. 18

Birds of the Florissant area. The Pikes Peak Historical Society invites you to learn more about the Birds of the Florissant area at the PPHS monthly Chautauqua on Sunday, November 18th at 2pm at the Florissant Library. A special presentation will be done by Debbie Barnes Shankster, the author of several books dealing with birds in the area. 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.


Victor Elks Christmas Basket Project. The Teller County Assessor is collecting new unwrapped toys and new or gently used bicycles through December 8 for the Victor Elks Christmas Basket Project for families in southern Teller County.  Collection boxes are located in Woodland Park at Vectra Bank, Park State Bank, Peoples Bank, the Ute Pass Cultural Center and Fidelity National Title. In Cripple Creek, boxes are located in Cripple Creek at the courthouse, the Centennial Building, Family Dollar and Bronco Billy’s.  Call Betty for pickup, 686-7970.

Tree Lighting Festival. The Third Annual Community Tree Lighting Festival in Green Mountain Falls will be held on November 24 at 6 p.m. This popular community event is being organized and sponsored by the Ute Pass Chamber of Commerce and is free to the public. A “Town Walk” will assemble at the Sallie Bush Community Center where there will be live music, hot chocolate and cookies.  At 7 p.m., the walk will begin along Ute Pass Avenue towards the Gazebo Lake Park where Santa will be waiting. Along the way, stops will be made at Outlook Lodge, and Little Beaver Lodge where lights will be turned on in sequence. Additional lights will be up at residences and businesses including Duckies Coffee Shop, and The Blue Moose Saloon. The walk will end at The Church in the Wildwood with the ringing of the bell. This event is made possible by strong support from the Historic Green  Mountain Falls Foundation. For more information, call719-651-9367.  

The Mountain Artists Holiday Show will be held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park on November 24 from  9 AM – 3 PM.  Free Admission – light refreshments. Drawing every ½ hr. for $10 coupon for use at any booth during the show. ARTWORK FOR GIFTS OR HOME – Rustic aspen lamps, Rustic Candle Holders, Paintings, Photographic Art ,Fiber Art, Plaster wall Art Murals-Inspirational Pottery, Wooden Scroll Art, Wooden Bowls- and much more.

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.      

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Ute Pass Historical Society & Pikes Peak Museum!

You are invited to an Old Fashioned Christmas Open House at History Park, Saturday, December 1, noon until 3 p.m. Enjoy a tour of our festively-decorated historic cabins and stop by the newly remodeled Gift Shop for refreshments while browsing our extensive selection of books, historic photos, artwork and 2019 calendars. Activities for kids ages 5 and up. History Park is located at 231 E. Henrietta Avenue in Woodland Park.

For more information, contact UPHS by phone 719.686.7512 or


Calendars Available Now at the Ute Pass Historical Society Gift Shop. 2019 Green Mountain Falls or Ute Pass Edition pictorial calendars. The calendars cost $12 + tax. The Gift Shop is located at 231 E. Henrietta Avenue, next to the Woodland Park Public Library. Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. While visiting the Gift Shop, check out our great selection of books, jewelry, and unique gift ideas. For more information, call us at: 719.686.7512 or check our website:

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs

The Salvation Army Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Nov. 22 in Memorial Hall a city hall, 606 Manitou Avenue, from 11 am to 1 pm. Contact Andy Wells at 719-459-1630.

Victorian Christmas at Miramont Castle. Scheduled for Nov. 23 and Nov. 24 in historic Manitou Springs from 11 am to 4 pm on both days. Contact Miramont Castle at 719-685-1011.