Almanac Week of 03.26.2019

Tuesday, March 26

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on March 26 at the GMF Town Hall, starting at 6:30 p.m.

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 5 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.  

Wednesday, March 27

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  

Newmont Community Meeting Rescheduling Newmont CC&V strives to be a good neighbor and wants to keep you informed about our mining operations.  On March 27, we will provide an update on our operations northeast of the City of Cripple Creek on Globe Hill and Schist Island, and other subjects, such as new business developments, community funding/preservation news and Newmont’s proposed underground exploratory project. The March 27 meeting will occur from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center. An earlier meeting, for March 13, had to be rescheduled to the recent snow storm. A presentation will occur around 5:45 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.

Thursday, March 28

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 March 28 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. The commissioners are scheduled to address the second reading of  new camping and temporary housing regulations.  


The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on March 28 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.


Friday, March 29

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, March 30

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. 


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. 

Wild Whiskers. Join us for the 11th Annual *Wild Whiskers* on Saturday, March 30 at the Shining Mountain Golf Course in Woodland Park! This fancy shindig will begin with a cocktail hour at 5 pm where you can wet your whistle while you enjoy perusing the variety of items at the silent auction. Remember – ALL PROCEEDS benefit the pets at TCRAS!  A live guitar player will set the mood and the delicious dinner will be masterfully prepared by the chefs at the Swiss Chalet! After dinner, hear about some of the wonderful things that TCRAS has accomplished this year with YOUR help and support! Then we invite you to raise your paddle and help bring in money for our furry friends at the shelter!  Then, the highlight of the night, the PUPPY PARADE! Enjoy the incredible cuteness of adoptable shelter pets and TCRAS alumni as they strut their stuff down the catwalk, er, dogwalk! Wear your fanciest cowboy and cowgirl outfits and join us for a night of fun! For more information, call 719-686-7707.


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.

New Volunteer Orientation at Mueller State Park. Do you want to give a bit of your time in a beautiful place with friendly people? Come learn about the various volunteer positions there are at Mueller State Park. Check it out, then decide. This informational meeting is scheduled  on April 27 at 10 a.m at the park Visitor Center. For more information, call 719-687-2366.