Almanac Week of 05.14.2019

Tuesday, May 14

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on May 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, May 15

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 May 15 at 6:30 the council chambers at city hall.

Thursday, May 16

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 May 16 at 7 p.m. in the WP city council chambers, next to city hall


Friday, May 17

Shining Mountain Opening. The Shining Mountain Golf Course and Bella Vista Bar and Grill is now open for the 2019 season. Happy hours at the bar will usually occur from 3 to 6 p.m. with drink specials. Live music occurs on most Friday evenings. For more information, call 719-687-7587.

May 18

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 p.m. There also are a number of special programs, guided hikes and educational opportunities. Some of the remaining highlights for May include:   *Saturday, May 18, Kids to Park Day – Be a Scientist! Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Kids to Park Day (former kids welcome too). The Monument is celebrating with a fun science day.  Join us for a variety of hands-on science activities such as birding, searching for fossils in our demonstration fossil pits, making fossils, visiting the Learning Lab, hiking with your family, or earning one of three different kinds of Junior Ranger Badges. *Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 – 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Throughout the day, a variety of ranger-guided activities will be offered including interpretive talks, ranger-guided talks, tours of the Hornbek Homestead, and Fossil Learning lab.  Please call (719) 748-3253 ext. 202 for times.  

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. See related story in this week’s TMJ. Register for free at   

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

Sunday, May 19

Impact Teen Drivers. A Parent/Teen Safe Driving workshop will be held on May 19 at 1 p.m. at the Teller County Sheriff’ Office training building, 11400 U.S. Hwy. 24 in Divide. This workshop being presented by Impact Teen Drivers, the Colorado State Patrol and the Teller County Sheriff’s Office.   

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. 


Assessor Office Update. The Teller County Assessor’s website has been updated to assist citizens and property owners with ease of access.  Please go to  The website consists of updated links, videos, and appeal process information.  If you have questions / comments, please call 719-689-2941 or visit the office at 101 W. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, CO 80813.”

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.  The Teller County Assessor’s Office is teaming up with the Rampart Library District, led by Rampart Library Director Michelle Petrazzoulo, to hold meetings focusing on the Teller County Reevaluation Program and to highlight the Rampart Library District.  Our next TCAL meeting is at 5pm, Thursday, May 23at the Woodland Park Library, 218 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park.