Almanac Week of 01.08.2019

Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Changing of the guard. The Teller County Commissioners will hold their annual kick-off meeting of the year, featuring closing remarks from departing elected leaders (most of whom are term limited) and the official swearing-in of new elected officials. Then, the commissioners will hold an annual organizational meeting. The proceedings are scheduled for Jan. 8 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. 

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 in the GMF Town Hall on Jan. 8.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

 National Park closure still in effect.  During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument 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 www.tellerseniorcoalition.orgfor a full schedule of pick up and drop off times.

A Downtown Development Authority and Woodland Park City Council joint summit is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. in the council chambers, next to city hall. For more information, visit the city of Woodland Park’s official website.

Thursday, Jan. 10

 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.

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 Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet at Jan. 10  in the Woodland Park City Council Chambers, next to city hall, at 7 p.m.  

Friday, Jan. 11

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.

Indoor golf. Even though the course is now closed for play at the Shining Mountain Golf Course and Event Center in Woodland Park, the SM bar is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the golf simulator, allowing linksters to play at a variety of courses throughout the country, is now up and running. For more information, call 719-687-7587.

Alcohol Ink Tiles. Ink as an art medium has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity within the last few years, andfor good reason: it is deliciously fluid, wildly experimental, and unstoppably vibrant! In this class, we will allow alcohol ink’s unpredictable nature to surprise and delight us while crafting one-of-a-kind ceramic tiles that can be displayed decoratively or used functionally as coasters or trivets. Everyone will leave class with a collection of beautiful tile art pieces, uniquely handcrafted by you. The class, sponsored by the Woodland Park Parks and Recreation Department, is scheduled for Jan. 11 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 6 to 8 p.m.  Call 719-687-5225 for more information.


Saturday, Jan. 12

Mueller Hikes. Join in a tradition of Colorado State Parks by partaking in hikes during the first part of the year 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 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.  The majority of these guided hikes occur during the weekend. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding are popular activities as well.  The campground is still open or stay in one of the luxurious cabins. 

Crazy Carbon Dioxide. Join Science Matters to find out why we need carbon dioxide to live! Plants use it to make oxygen and it is all around us. We will explore the main phases of carbon dioxide, dry ice, and bubble/fizzy CO2 gas bubbles. You will experiment with Alka Seltzer, Mentos and Diet Coke. You will also make a lava lamp and more. Don’t miss out on this fun science project, hosted by the Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park. It is scheduled for Dec. 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. Call 719-686-1820 for more information. 

Sunday, Jan. 13

Movie House Music Supervalue Package Held the 2nd Sunday every month through May at Gold Hill Theatres, 615 W. Midland Avenue, Woodland Park Concert featured from 2:30-4:00 pm, a movie ticket good anytime and one beer, wine or soft drink all for only $16. Or concert and drink only, $10. The January 13 event features the merriment and Celtic music of the Grateful Dogs (formerly Bedlam Boys). Season ticket discount available. Call 719-687-2210 for more information or Co-sponsored by Woodland Music Series and Gold Hill Theatres.


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.

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 Creating 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. 


Wildhorn Ranch. Offered by the Ute Pass Historical Society. Steve Plutt, popular local historian,  presents The Life and Times of Henry Hoder and the Wildhorn Dude Ranch

On Saturday, January 26 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The program starts at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call 719-686-7512



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