Almanac Week of 01.15.2019

Tuesday, Jan. 15

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. 

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall on Jan. 15

Wednesday, Jan. 16

 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.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers. In addition, the council will host an earlier workshop at 3 p.m. to discuss updating building codes and other issues.  

Thursday, Jan. 17

  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 City Council will meet at Jan. 17  in the Woodland Park City Council Chambers, next to city hall, at 7 p.m.  

Friday, Jan. 18

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 Events Center, the SM bar is open for 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.


Saturday, Jan. 19

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. 


Martin Luther King Celebration Event. A Martin Luther King Celebration will be held on Monday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Avenue) in Woodland Park. The guest speaker will be Tony Goggans of the Rubicon Institute for Inclusion. In addition, there will be a Capoeira Demonstration (Brazilian martial arts)  performed by Colorado Military Academy students. The festivities also will include interfaith prayers, craft activity for children and international desserts. There is no admission price for the event. For more information, call 719-244-0813.


Wolf Camp Tales. Denise Gard of The Dinosaur Resource Center will brings us another fantastic story with her Border Collie’s Sienna and Joey. Sienna and Joey are bored because the kids all went away to camp. They want to go to camp too-WOLF CAMP!! But this camp may change them forever. Come and join us for camping tales, make a craft to take home and learn to HOWL at the moon. This event is scheduled for Jan. 26 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park. Call 686-1820 for more information. 

Denver Nuggets Basketball Skills Challenge. Boys and girls are encouraged to test their skills in shooting, passing, and dribbling. The top scoring boy and girl in each age group will have the opportunity to advance to the sectional competition.7-14 years old (as of April 30, 2019). The Skills Challenge, sponsored by the Woodland Park Parks and Recreation, is scheduled for Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Woodland Park Middle School Gym. For more information, call Kelsey Gavit at 719-687-5225.  

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 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.


Wildhorn Ranch. Offered by the Ute Pass Historical Society. Steve Plutt, popular local historian,  presentsThe 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


Cripple Creek Ice Festival. The Cripple Creek Ice Festival is a spectacular event. Come watch ice sculptors carve ice into beautiful works of art that will amaze you. 2019 marks the 12th year for this premiere event. It will be held between Feb. 8 and Feb. 17, with most of the activity occurring on two weekends. Past themes have included a Mythological Wonderland, Story Time, Under the Sea, a Military Salute Carved in Ice, a Rocky Mountain Wonderland, the Old West and a Safari themeThis year’s theme is Super Heroes in Ice! The Ice Festival features numerous fun events to enjoy throughout the two event weekends. Interactive sculptures are available for event attendees to climb on and to have a Kodak moment. Several sculptures are made just for kids, with a fun ice slide and an ice maze that are all made of ice. There will be additional FREE parking at theHeritage Center northeast of town on Highway 67, and the shuttle service to the event will be FREE on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.Also – Don’t miss the Ice & Art Fest at the Heritage Center from 10 am till 4 pm daily throughout Ice Fest. Meet the Artists Saturday, February 9th from 4 pm till 7 pm. Hors-d’oeuvres and wine will be served.

Monte Carlo Masquerade Winter Gala. The Colorado Springs Chorale announces its 3rd annual “Monte Carlo Masquerade Winter Gala” fundraiser to be held on Friday, February 22 from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. at the Heritage Ballroom of the Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., in downtown Colorado Springs. The evening will feature dinner, dancing to the Bill Emery Band, casino-style games, a silent auction, and door prizes. A cash bar will be available. The event supports the music and education programs of the Chorale, the award-winning symphonic choir for the Pikes Peak Region. The event also helps the Chorale prepare for an assignment of great honor recently announced: it was asked to be the exclusive choir of the 2020 D-Day commemorative ceremonies in Normandy, France, and the conductor and the members of the Chorale are excited. Tickets to the Monte Carlo Masquerade are $80 and should be purchased by February 15th, either online at or by calling (719) 634-3737. The award-winning Colorado Springs Chorale, now in its 62nd season, is a 120-voice auditioned symphonic choir, made up of members of the community who volunteer their time and talent. The Chorale performs independently and with the area’s top music ensembles, and it also serves the Pikes Peak Region by performing at community events such as the Fallen Firefighters Memorial, the Pikes Peak Summit House groundbreaking, and an annual concert in Cripple Creek to benefit the social services of Aspen Mine Center.  All interested parties should contact the Chorale offices for information about auditions and sponsorship opportunities.

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