Almanac Week of 12.26.2018


Wednesday, Dec. 26

 National Park Closures.  During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant is closed for the safety of visitors and park resources. There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Florissant Fossil Beds, including public information, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities and park road maintenance such as plowing. Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. During a federal government shutdown all park programs will be cancelled. For updates on the shutdown, please visit

When the shutdown ends, the park is generally open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.There are a variety of trails to explore and sites to visit. In addition, check out information on upcoming programs, which you can attend free of charge, with the regular cost of admission. Most of these occur on the weekend, and they are a variety planned in January, pending on the shutdown. 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.  


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 for a full schedule of pick up and drop off times.

Thursday, Dec. 27

 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.

Friday, Dec. 28

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.

Saturday, Dec. 29

Sleigh Ride with Hot Cocoa. Join us here at the M Lazy C Guest Ranch, (M Lazy  Guest Ranch and Campground, 801 County Road 453, Lake George) for a Sleigh ride with Hot chocolate, and sweets like cookies, and sweet breads. Starts around 1-1:30 pm on Dec. 29. Sleigh picks you up, and ride to the dining hall, where you can enjoy campfires, enjoy hot chocolate or hot coffee, and sweets. Brand your own holiday ornament with the M Lazy C Brand. And enjoy the sleigh ride back to your vehicles. Call 719-748-3398 for more information.


New Year’s Eve festivities. A number of area restaurants, bars and casinos in the Teller high country are hosting New Year’s Eve celebrations, parties and gatherings on Monday, Dec. 31 to kick off 2019.

Happy New Year From the TMJ Staff.  All government offices and many businesses will be closed on Jan. 1. However, this is one of the busiest times of the year in Cripple Creek and at many local eateries and restaurants. Due to the holiday, the weekly edition of TMJ News will be delivered to area locations on Jan. 2.  

First Day Hikes. Join in a tradition of Colorado State Parks by going on a First Day Hike on New Year’s Day at Mueller State Park in Divide, off Hwy. 67.  Enjoy the peaceful silence in the snowy woods, watch for signs of wildlife and learn their different tracks, and see the hardiest of birds searching for food in the trees.  It’s great to explore Mueller in winter with a naturalist, or on your own, during this beautiful time of year! Four hikes will be offered on January 1. Don’t forget to dress for the weather!  Hiking at Mueller in winter can bring a wide range of temperatures and snow depths at 9600 feet.  Sometimes there is not enough snow to sled on and sometimes there is a foot or two of fresh powder!  Check our website or call ahead for snow conditions (719) 687-2366.  Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding are popular activities as well.  The campground is still open or stay in one of the luxurious cabins. 

The highlights of special Jan. 1 First Day Hikes, include the following: *Elk Meadow Hike, meet at Elk Meadow Trailhead at 9 a.m. and enjoy a hike through forest and meadow on gentle hills.  Watch for signs of wildlife and tracks with Volunteer Naturalist Rose. This is 2-mile, moderate hike. Dress for the weather; *Rock Pond Hike, meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 9:30 a.m. This is one of our favorite trails year round. 5-miles, 600 feet elevation change to Rock Pond and Canyon, moderate to difficult due to elevation. Led by Volunteer Naturalist Cindi.  Dress for the weather, in layers, bring lots of water and snacks; *Homestead Trail Hike, meet at the Homestead Trailhead at 10 a.m. Enjoy nature in winter on a gentle 2-mile hike through the woods with Volunteer Naturalist Penny; *Outlook Ridge Hike, meet at Outlook Ridge Trailhead at 11 a.m. Outlook Ridge trail goes through the woods and out to overlooks to view the valleys in the foreground and the Continental Divide in the distance with Volunteer Naturalist Craig. 2-3 mile, moderate hike; *On Jan. 5, enjoy an Outlook Ridge to Lost Pond Hike.  Meet at 9:15 a.m. at the Outlook Ridge Trailhead. This will be a short “mash-up” hike down Outlook Ridge to the first overlook, then continue over to Lost Pond then return on Revenuer’s Ridge back to the Outlook Ridge trailhead.  This hike should be about 3.5 miles RT.  Rating is moderate to difficult due to some steep hills.  Be sure to be prepared for winter hiking.  Bring lots of water, dress in layers.  Poles and spikes are very useful for these hikes. Led by Naturalist Nancy.

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 Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Jan. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the CC Council Chambers in city hall. This will mark their inaugural meeting of 2019.  

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers, next to city hall. This will mark their first meeting of the year.          

Tech Novice to Tech Master. Sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce and scheduled for Jan. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. This is a perfect seminar for any business :small, medium to large; new start-ups; nonprofits; local government Your business must adjust marketing and PR to react to changes in technology and consumer attitudes. Mike Perini, owner of a local marketing, public relations and advertising company, explains how to go from a “Techy Novice to Tech Master” with easy to learn techniques. Learn where the consumer and supporter are heading in 2019.  Marketing expert Mike provides five trends and useful tips to build customers, leads and more.  And, he has a bonus idea that he has already implemented in his own business drawing super results that he will share! The two-minute networking drill.  Meet new potential customers/supporters by participating in this fun activity.  Bring your business cards. To register and for more information, call 687-9885.


Prospect’s Grief Support Group will feature a variety of gatherings for eight weeks on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. from Jan. 14 to March 4. The topics will include: the Six Needs of Mourning, Common Grief Symptoms, Coping Skills for Strong Emotions, Adjusting to Changing roles and Identity and Creatng Ongoing Support Systems. The meetings will occur at the Prospect office at 16222, W. Hwy. 24, Suite 120 For information, call 719-687-0549.

Business After Hours. The next Business After Hours, hosted by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for Jan. 15 at the Design Center of Woodland Park at 1750 E. Hwy. 24, starting at 5:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Karas and The Kosmos and entertainment will occur through the Colorado Springs Astrology Society. After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event. Take advantage of an opportunity to network and catch up with 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



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.

Harp with Friends On Sunday, January 6 at 3  p.m., the First Christian Church at 16 East Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs is presenting “Harp with Friends,” featuring harpist Haley Rhodeside with Michael Sabatka, viola, Paul Nagem, flute, and JJ Sechan, bassoon.  They will perform works by French composers, including Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré et al. A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call 719-633-8888.

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.


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