Almanac Week of 04.16.2019

Tuesday, April 16

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on April 16 at the GMF Town Hall, starting at 7 p.m.

Chamber Business After Hours. The next monthly gathering is scheduled for April 16 at the Woodland Professional Building, 400 W. Hwy. 24, Suite 200 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Chamber Business After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event.  All Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce members are encouraged to attend.  Take advantage of this opportunity to network and catch up with your 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.

Wednesday, April 17

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  

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on April 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall. 

Thursday, April 18

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 on April 18 at 7 p.m. in the WP city council chambers, next to city hall


Friday, April 19

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, April 20

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.

Fossil Beds Activities  Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year-round. The Monument is now open daily 9:00 AM – 5 PM. There also are a number of special programs and educational opportunities. Here are some remaining highlights for this  month. *Saturday, April 20, Poetry Discovery Program, 1:PM – 3 PM (FREE). Join volunteer interpretive ranger Steve Veatch for an interactive poetry workshop. Participants will learn about different forms of poetry, participate in a hike and outdoor observations, and then create their own poems based up on nature and history’s inspiration. Meet at the visitor center. Be prepared to go on small hikes outside. Dress in layers and wear appropriate shoes for hiking on trails. *Saturday, April 20, Fee Free Day.  Celebrate the first day of National Park Week by visiting Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument for free.  All National Park Service units will be free on this day. There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $10 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

Victorian Easter Egg Hunt at Miramont Castle. Fun for all ages for this popular event, scheduled for April 20. Featuring a Victorian style Easter egg hunt to be held at Manitou’s Miramont Castle, 9 Capitol Hill Avenue. Reservations are required, contact Miramont Castle at 719-685-1011.

Easter Dinner Join us here at The M Lazy C Guest Ranch, 801 County Road 453, Lake George, Co for a turkey dinner with lots of Easter inspired foods, and desserts. Dinner is scheduled for April 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $20 for ages 11 and up, and $10 for 10 and under. Children under the age of 3 are free. Reservations are required.
Give us a call at (719) 748-3398.

Sunday, April 21

Happy Easter from The Mountain Jackpot staff.  Make sure to enjoy special Easter meals and feasts at a number of local restaurants and casinos.  


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.

Woodland Park Community Singers. Come Sing With Us!!  Rehearsals are every Monday from 6:30-8:30 pm at 1310 Evergreen Heights Dr., WP (Faith Lutheran Church).  No auditions, no age limit, over 18 anyhow!!  All you need is a love of singing and music! WPCSingers is a non-profit group composed of various ages of folks who LOVE to sing!  We perform all around Teller, Park and El Paso Counties.  For more information, call Melissa Mellen at 620-482-2017.  

Teller County Assessor Listens (TCAL).  On a monthly basis, the Teller County Assessor, Colt Simmons, breaks bread with Teller County folks to listen to county issues and concerns.  For April and May 2019, the TCL program will focus on the upcoming Teller County Property Reevaluation Programs as prescribed by Colorado Statue.  In addition, we’re teaming up with the Rampart Library System, led by Rampart Library Director Michelle Petrazzoula, to highlight all of the wonderful library programs at the Woodland Park and Florissant libraries.  Interested citizens can attend our TCL Meetings at the Woodland Park Library’s large meeting room on Tuesday April 23, 11:30 am to1:30 pm, Thursday April 25th, 11:30 – 1:30 pm, and Wednesday May 1st 5 – 7 pm.  The WP Library is located at 218 E. Midland Ave., in downtownWoodland Park.  For more information, please contact the Assessor’s office at 719-689-2941 or the WP Library at 719-687-9281

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.

Earth Day Celebration. The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center at 4729 Twin Rocks Road will celebrate Earth Day on April 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. with a variety of festivities, including face painting, a scavenger hunt and Earth Day-related activities. Call 719-687-9742 for more information.

Wind Symphony Concert. The Woodland Park Wind Symphony presents music from the popular Jurassic Park/World movies, as well as additional Jurassic-era themed music on May 4 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Featuring a life-size T-Rex from the Dinosaur Brokers and hands-on activity with the Florissant Fossil Beds, in addition to a dinosaur-theme costume contest, activities begin at 6 pm on May 4 with refreshments and cash bar.  The thrilling musical themes will be enhanced by video to provide an exciting evening of entertainment for the entire family. For more information, call 719-687-2210.

Bicycle-Friendly Driver. Held on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. This course covers laws for bicyclists and  motorists, demonstrates how to navigate on-street bicycle infrastructure and outlines common crashes between motorists and bicyclists and how to avoid them. It is sponsored by a variety of organizations, including Mountain Top Cycling Club. Register for free at

Manitou Springs

First Friday Art Walk. The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development will sponsor the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Manitou on May 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 719-685-5089 or visit

Heritage Center Vintage Baseball Game. Vintage Baseball game using 1864 rules. America’s Pastime as it was played in the Colorado territory 150 years ago. This classic game will be held at the Roger Maestas Field, 60 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs on May 18. Donations, concessions and photo sales support the Manitou Springs Heritage Center. For more information, call 719-685-1454 or visit

Manitou Springs Wine Festival. Scheduled for June 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spend your day in Manitou Springs enjoying generous tastings from 30 Colorado wineries. Stroll through Memoria Park in historic Manitou Springs listening to live music, while enjoying food and gift vendors. Gates close at 4 p.m. Ticket price includes admission to wine tasting and a Manitou Springs Wine Festival glass. For more information, contact the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development, or call 719-685-5089 or visit