Almanac Week of 11.20.2018

Tuesday, Nov. 20

After Hours. The monthly After Hours gathering, sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Community Banks of Colorado, 651 Scott Avenue, on Nov. 20 starting at 5:30 p.m.  The theme of this month’s event: Eat, Drink And Be Merry. 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! Call 719-687-9885 for more information.

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Nov. 20 at 7 pm at the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, Nov.. 21

 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.

 The Aspen Mine Center will host their annual Thanksgiving feast in the second floor of the Aspen Mine Center, around noon, with the help of a spree of  non-profits.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Nov. 21 at 5;30 p.m. in the council chamber at city hall. The council will also meet earlier for a budget workshop at 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 22

Happy Thanksgiving from The Mountain Jackpot staff.  Also, if you don’t have special holiday plans, check out great Thanksgiving digs at several local restaurants, such as the Mucky Duck in Green Mountain Falls, and local casinos and prime eateries in Cripple Creek.  

Most government offices in the area will be closed on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23.  Call these offices prior to visiting them for conducting business. 

 Friday, Nov. 23

Mountain Holiday. The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek will debut their popular Christmas show, Mountain Holiday, featuring a Christmas melodrama and Olio, on the evening of Nov. 23. The show is a heartwarming and charming story of love, redemption and reuniting for the holidays in spite of all obstacles. It also includes some popular musical numbers. This is the final show of the season for the Mountain Rep Theatre company. The show will be held until Dec. 24. For ticket information, visit


Saturday, Nov. 24

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.

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. 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 a special showing on Saturday, Nov. 10, is now available for viewing. The exhibit is sponsored by the Rampart Library District Foundation.   


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


Holiday Home Tour. This wonderful tour of festively decorated holiday homes has served as a fundraiser for the Teller County community since 1999. Initially proceeds were dedicated to providing enhancements to the Dickson Auditorium. After completion of this project, the event was generously gifted to Pikes Peak Regional Medical Center Foundation to help fund hospital campus projects. In 2011 the Foundation reached out to partner with other local service organizations, with the intention of expanding this delightful event, while benefiting a much broader audience across this region.  Since its inception, the Tour has raised $162,000.00 for Teller County non-profits!  Our beneficiaries for 2018 Tour proceeds are: Focus On the Forest, Habitat for Humanity of Teller County and the Woodland Park Senior organization. This year’s tour will be held on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 at a variety of homes and properties in Teller County and the Ute Pass area. For more information, call 687-1115. Also, see related story in this week’s TMJ. 

Woodland Park Wind Symphony. The Woodland Park Wind Symphony will be celebrating 25 years of performing in the Woodland Park area on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.  Under the direction of Craig Harms, the group began as the Woodland Park Community Band and is made up of musicians from the Ute Pass and Pikes Peak area who volunteer their time at weekly rehearsals and free performances throughout the year, including the City’s Old Fashion 4th of July celebration, the City’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting, small ensemble performances for the Holiday Home Tour, Lights of Love and businesses), including new business grand openings.  Annual concerts include the Christmas concert which is the Sunday after the Lighter Side of Christmas parade and City Christmas Tree lighting), spring concert which has evolved into a themed concert (video games and space).  Please join us for a gala reception and concert to celebrate our musicians and 25 years of music.  We will be honoring our founding, and current, members:  Johanna MacArthur; Dick DeMey; and Bev Harms.

Hope For The Holidays.  Presenting inspiration, information and support to survive the holidays while mourning the loss of a loved one. The event will be held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. It is sponsored by Prospect, Your Partner For Life. Call 719-687-0549 for more information.

On Sunday, December 9 at 7 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs is presenting the annual Messiah Sing-along, which will include choruses and solos from all three portions ofMessiah, including the Hallelujah Chorus, accompanied by a chamber choir, strings, trumpet, harpsichord and organ, directed by Kim Schultz.  Some scores will be available, or you may bring your own.  A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call 633-8888.



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.