Almanac Week of 12.11.2018

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Green Mountain Falls Town Meeting. A Town Meeting will be held on Dec 11 at 6  p.m. at GMF Town  Hall to receive citizen input on the visions for the Town Comprehensive Plan. The planning contractor, Logan Simpson, will lead the discussion. Ute Pass Elementary students will also

make a presentation on what opportunities they see for the Town.

After Hours. This month’s monthly gathering, sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, will be held at The Edgewood Inn, 10975 Loy Gulch Road, on Dec. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to whenever. Music will be provided by Greg Couch and there will be Holiday treats. Dancing will start at 7 p.m. 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. 

Wednesday, Dec. 12

 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 at www.tellerseniorcoalition.orgfor a full schedule of pick up and drop off times.

Newmont Open House Mining Meetings. Newmont CC&V strives to be a good neighbor and wants to keep you informed about our mining operations during a series of community open house meetings. On December 12, we will overview mining northeast of the City of Cripple Creek on Globe Hill and Schist Island. On December 13, we will overview mining north of Victor in the South Cresson. The open house on Dec 12 will be held at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. On Dec. 13, the meeting  will be held at Victor’s Community Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. At 6 p.m. on both evenings, we will start with a safety share to keep us thinking about what is important! Then, we will make a brief presentation to highlight operational issues, our communications efforts. For more information, call 719-689-4052.

Thursday, Dec. 13

 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.

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Dec. 13 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Dec. 14

State of Our Region. Join the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce and Breakfast Sponsor Black Hills Energy as we hear from our elected leaders – County Commissioner Chairman Marc Dettenrieder and Woodland Park Mayor Neil Levy regarding the “State of our Region.”  The event is scheduled for Dec. 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Both elected officials will talk about the past accomplishments, challenges and the vision for the future within our region.  This is the premiere event of the season.  Space is limited so reserve your tickets TODAY! Call 719-687-9885.  

Mountain Holiday. The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek is featuring their Christmas show, Mountain Holiday, featuring a Christmas melodrama and Olio, from now through Dec. 24, with a variety of show times.  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,   


Saturday, Dec. 15

The second annual Teller County Holiday Toy Drive will occur through Dec. 15. The event is being orchestrated through local fire departments and volunteers. Donations of new toys, gift cards and money will be used to provide presents for children in need for Christmas. At least 70 families are being targeted by the drive. Drop off points include the Divide Fire Station 1, NETCO Fire Station 1, Florissant Fire Station 1, Your Neighborhood Reality (111 E. Midland), Walmart, City Market, Divide Venture Foods, Outpost Feed Store and Ace Hardware. In addition, toys are being accepted during the Christmas parade in Woodland Park. For more information, call Jason at 720-296-4238. 

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year-round. During December, the Monument is open daily 9 AM – 4:30 PM.  The Monument is closed on Christmas Day, December 25th. There are a variety of trails to explore and sites to visit. Here are some of the key remaining programs for the month: Saturday, December 15th, Winter Track Detectives! 11AM – 12:30 PM.  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. No extra fees are charged for these programs. For more information, call 719-748-3253.  



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.         

Join us at the M Lazy C Guest Ranch for a Sleigh/wagon ride pulled by our two beautiful draft horses, with jingling bells on a two horse open sleigh. The sleigh/wagon will pick you up before the dinner, drop you off at the dining hall, where you can enjoy a fire, hot coffee, and hot chocolate while you await your dinner. Dinner is a steak or chicken dinner. Enjoy some country and holiday music sung by our own wranglers, and learn some of our favorite line dances. You then enjoy a star light ride on the way back to your vehicles. 
Please call to make reservations! Times available for this month are Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The guest ranch is located at 801 County Rd. 453, Lake George. Call 719-748-3398

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.

Holiday Concert Above the Clouds. World renowned musician and classical pianist will appear at the Dickson Auditorium on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. for a special fund-raiser concert, with the proceeds benefitting the Woodland Arts Alliance. The concert also will feature the Woodland Park High School Madrigals. See related story in this week’s TMJ. 

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

Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs.

Manitou Christmas Festivities. Santa arrives at the Town Clock in downtown Manitou Springs on Dec. 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Manitou Springs Fire Department at 719-685-1444. And the Salvation Army Community Christmas Dinner is scheduled to occur at City Hall on Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Andy Wells at 719-459-1630. Volunteers are asked to call 719-636-5277.

Adaman Fireworks Show. Scheduled to occur from the Summit of Pikes Peak on Dec. 31. An early fireworks show will occur at 9 p.m. in honor of the original 5 AdAmAn members, and then a hug fireworks show will occur at midnight.