Almanac Week of 04.23.2019

Tuesday, April 23

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on April 23 at the GMF Town Hall, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Teller County Assessor Listens (TCAL).  On a monthly basis, 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 law.  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 will occur on Tuesday April 23, 11:30 am to1:30 pm, Thursday April 25, 11:30 – 1:30 pm, and Wednesday May 1st 5 – 7 pm.  The WP Library is located at 218 E. Midland Ave., in downtown Woodland Park.  For more information, please contact the Assessor’s office at 719-689-2941 or the WP Library at 719-687-9281

Free Museum Admission. The Money Museum in Colorado Springs, operated by the American Numismatic Association, is celebrating National Coin Week with free admission to the museum April 23-27. On Saturday, April 27, we also will host an Open House event for the public that includes lots of family activities, prizes and drawings to win 30-seconds in our “cash tornado.” For more information, call 719-482-9871. 

Wednesday, April 24

The Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Club will meet on Wednesdays at 6:45 a.m. at 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, April 25

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 Board of County Commissioners will meet on April 25 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on April 25 at 7 p.m. in the WP city council chambers, next to city hall


Friday, April 26

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. The regular course is scheduled to open for play in early May. For more information, call 719-687-7587.

Saturday, April 27

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. 

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.  The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant is open year-round. The Monument is now open daily 9:00 AM – 5 PM. There also are a number of special programs, guided hikes and educational opportunities. These are announced at the beginning of every month.  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 or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNPS


Meet and Greet With Town Manager Finalists. The town of Green Mountain Falls will host a meet and greet with the two finalist for the town manager position on April 30 at 5:30 p.m. The meet and greet will be held at the GMF Town Hall, and will allow residents to meet the finalists in an informal fashion. The finalists are Kyle Coleman of Florida and Emily Katsimpalis of Colorado (see related story). The board of trustees will then meet in executive session, following the meet and greet and other interviews. A final decision is expected in late April or early May.

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 620-482-201

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.

Walk Through Time. The Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) will be hosting its 14th annual historic mine tour Saturday, May 18. A Walk Through Time will feature a walking tour of the Vindicator Valley Trail. The cost is $15 per person with proceeds benefiting the non-profit STCFG.Victorite Gary Horton will provide history and tales of the underground mines of the 1890s, starting the Vindicator Mine and ending at the Theresa Mine. This is a walking tour (in the downhill direction) but participants can drive or shuttle between the two main mine sites to catch most of the presentation. For the tour, meet at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum at 3rd and Victor Avenue in Victor no later than 12:30 on May 18. This tour is very popular and advance, pre-paid reservations are recommended online at Online reservations are by credit card; cash only payments will be accepted at the museum the day of the event. The cost is $15 per person, which benefits the historic preservation and community development projects of the STCFG. The organization works to preserve historic structures, develops, promotes, and maintains the Trails of Gold, and hosts other annual events such as the Victor Gem & Mineral Show, and Gold Camp Christmas Headframe Lighting. For more information on the STCFG or this event, visit, email, or call 719-689-2675.

Cemetery Tour. The morning of May 18 at 10 a.m. the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum will host a walking tour the Sunnyside Cemetery. See for information and reservations for that tour.

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

Golfing for a good cause. A Spring Break-out Golf Tournament will be held at the Shining Mountain Golf Course in Woodland Park on Monday, June 3, starting at 9 a.m. The fourth annual tournament will benefit the Little Chapel Food Pantry, which provides over 600,000 pounds of food to needy families on an annual basis. The Food Pantry is operated by many volunteers in the area. The popular tourney will feature a 4-person scramble format, and will include a golf cart and lunch. In addition, a silent auction will occur and door prizes will be given away. Get “teed off” for a good cause. For more information and to register, call Joe Joe Baumgardner at 405-488-5954.

Manitou Springs/Colorado 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

Classical Concert. On Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs is presenting Peter Tuff, baritone, accompanied by Carol Wilson, piano, performing art songs by Franz Schubert and Ralph Vaughan Williams. A free will offering will be taken. For more information, contact  719-633-8888. 

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