Almanac Week of 03.12.2019

Tuesday, March 12

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on March 12 at the GMF Town Hall, starting at 6:30 p.m. 

Newmont Community Meetings. Newmont CC&V strives to be a good neighbor and wants to keep you informed about our mining operations. On March 12, we will overview mining north of Victor in CC&V’s South Cresson area. On March 13, we will provide an update on our operations northeast of the City of Cripple Creek on Globe Hill and Schist Island. The March 12 meeting will occur from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Victor’s Community Center (205 E. Portland Ave.). The March 13 meeting will occur from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center. On both evenings, a presentation will occur around 6 p.m.  At other times during the evening, CC&V managers and staff members will be available to talk one-on-one with you about your questions pertaining to our mining operations. If there is a specific topic you’d like us to address, please respond to this email and let us know. Our goal is to make these meetings helpful for you. Your input is important to us. Light refreshments will be served, and we look forward to seeing you! For more information, call 719-689-4052.

Wednesday, March 13

 Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Re-opened. With the recent enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument have resumed regular operations  Please visit for updated information about the park and programs including special winter programs. Due to the partial government shutdown, the Fossil Beds was closed during most of January. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monumentemployees are happy to be back at work, serving the American people and welcoming visitors to their national parks. They are part of more than 20,000 National Park Service employees who care for America’s 418 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. The Fossil Beds 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. 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 time  

Thursday, March 14

Men’s Advance Conference. Sportscaster James Brown of The NFL Today and Retired NFL Coach Tony Dungy Return to Charis Bible College’s Men’s Advance! Former NFL coach Tony Dungy and sportscaster James Brown will return to Woodland Park in mid-March to speak at Charis Bible College’s Men’s Advance. James Brown is the former host of Fox NFL Sunday and current host of The NFL Today on CBS Sports. Tony Dungy is a New York Times–bestselling author and current analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America. These two widely known figures will share the stage with Andrew Wommack, president and founder of Charis Bible College, to inspire men to champion their faith and lead in their workplaces, families, and nation. The two-and-a-half-day conference will be held on March 14-16 at the new 3,000-seat auditorium at Charis Bible College, located in Woodland Park. Although the event is free, a $40 meal ticket is available for purchase that includes one lunch and one dinner. Food vendors are also onsite. Hiking trails and many other free activities will be available. This event is open to the public.

 To register, go online to or call 719-635-1111.

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.


Woodland Park Provider Connection Fair. Looking for a rewarding job with flexible hours working with children or adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities? Learn about career opportunities with: flexible hours, part or full time work, meaningful and fulfilling work, and Teller County Employment. Come join us at the Woodland Park Provider Connection Fair, scheduled for March 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, 201 w. Midland Avenue, Woodland Park. 20+ Employers will be there to offer employment opportunities and answer any questions! Please bring your resume and must be 18 or older to attend.  For further information, please call 720-341-3751.



The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on March 14 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.


Friday, March 15

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.


Boots and Business Gala. The Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce Dinner and Awards. Set for Friday, March 15 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. A Night of Entertainment, Recognition and Wondrous Fun.  A date definitely to be reserved on your calendar and an event not to be missed. To make reservations, call 719-687-9885 or



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, March 16

Woodland Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Pub/Food Crawl. The second annual St. Patty’s parade and festivities are scheduled for March 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The parade begins at Henrietta St and Center St turning right at N. Fairview St, left at E Midland Avenue, at right at Baldwin St, ending at Baldwin and Panther way. In conjunction with the parade, several local businesses will be offering specials on food and drink with the purchase of a Pub Crawl stamp card on the same day. For  more information, call 719-686-1325.

Fossil Beds Activities. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year-round. During March, the Monument is open daily 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (starting March 10, closing time will be 5 PM). Here are some remaining highlights for the month of March.  *Saturday, March 16, Winter Track Detectives! 11:00 AM – 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.There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $10.00 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 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. 


Sunday, March 17

McGinty’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festivities. The annual McGinty’s St Patrick’s Day Parade will occur on March 17 at 1 p.m. The parade will occur in Divide, starting near the Paradox brewery and ending at McGinty’s Wood Oven Pub. The festivities also include Irish dancers after the parade In addition, the popular McDeviants band will perform from 2 to 5 p.m at McGinty’s. This caps a week of St. Patrick’s Day festivities that also includes an Irish dinner, with whiskey tastings on March 13 and March 14, a unique Guinness promotion with dancers on March 15, just to name a few of the St. Patrick week of festivities at McGinty’s. For more information, call 719-686-7703 and check related advertisement in this week’s TMJ. 


Chili Cook-off. The eighth annual Chili Cook-off will be held on March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Woodland Park Senior Center, 321 N. Pine Street, in Woodland Park. The tasting fee is only $5. This is a fundraiser for the Woodland Park Senior organization. Please join us and vote for the best chili in Woodland Park. For more information, call 719-687-3871 or visit

 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.

AARP Safe Driver Program. By taking a driver safety course (for those 50-plus) you’ll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. Cost: AARP members cost $15(must show card) Non-AARP members $20 Call 687-9281 to register or ask at the circulation desk. AARP membership is not required to take the course and there are no tests to pass. Scheduled for March 19 from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library. Sign up at the circulation desk.

Dinner and Concert in Florissant. Enjoy a night out with Dinner and a Concert at the Florissant Grange on March 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.  We will be serving pulled pork, cowboy beans, cole slaw, dinner rolls and a fabulous dessert.  We will have pulled chicken for those who do not eat pork.  The Backroads Bluegrass Boys will be in concert for your musical enjoyment.  Dinner begins at 6:00 pm, music begins at 6:30.  Dessert will be served at 7:30.  Call 719-748-5004 to make your reservations.  Seats are limited.  The evening is a suggested donation of $30 ea.  Seats will go very fast, so don’t miss out, call today. For more information, call Renee Caldwell at 719-510-2325.