Almanac Week of 05.21.2019

Tuesday, May 21

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on May 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

After Hours. The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will sponsor their monthly business After Hours gathering on May 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This month’s festivities will be hosted by the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, located at 4729 Twin Rocks Road. The food will be provided by the Wolf staff and the desert will be furnished by My Sweet Escape and Cafe and the drinks will be handled by Bristol Brewing. The festivities will also include a special pianist, Steven Keyer. For more information, call 719-687-9885.   

Wednesday, May 22

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, May 23

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on May 23 at 9:15 a.m. at the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

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.

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 23 at the Woodland Park Library, 218 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on May 23 at 7 p.m. in the WP city council chambers, next to city hall


Friday, May 24

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. The course is open for play and is in great condition for this time of year. For more information, call 719-687-7587.

Deathtrap. The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek will kick off their professional season on the evening of May 24, with a performance of Deathtrap, a thrilling and hysterical murder mystery. This will start the beginning of an active season of seven shows, showcasing a variety of genres. Deathtrap will play at the Butte from May 24 to June 16. For more information and for reservations, visit

Saturday, May 25

Fossil Beds Activities.  The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant is open year-round. The Monument is now open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There also are a number of special programs, guided hikes and educational opportunities. Some of the remaining highlights for May include:    *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.  

Mueller Hikes. Join in a tradition of Colorado State Parks by partaking in hikes 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 this time of year 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.  Check our website or call ahead for  conditions (719) 687-2366.  The majority of these guided hikes occur during the weekend.


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.”

Senior Center Pancake Breakfast.  This is a Memorial Day celebration honoring our Veterans  – join us for a Pancake Breakfast at the Woodland Park Senior Center, SE corner of Pine Street and Lake Avenue, on Saturday, May 25, from 8 am to 11 am. Start off your weekend with a hot, home cooked breakfast! Join us for a fresh, all you can eat, breakfast of fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, the best biscuits and gravy around, and a seasonal treat. Your home town seniors will be flipping the pancakes and serving them up with juice and coffee or hot tea for only $8. Kids 6 and under eat for $2. Vets eat free. Everyone is welcomed to enjoy great food and friendly conversation. This is open to the public fundraising event helps to support the programs and activities of the Woodland Park Senior Center. We appreciated the support of each one of you!

Memorial Day Celebration. The American Legion Post 1980 and the VFW ost 6051 of Woodland Park invites all residents to their annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Woodland Park Cemetery. The ceremony incudes a few speeches and special tributes, and has attracted a growing crowd in recent years. Flags will placed on veterans’ graves on Saturday, May 25.

Memorial Day Ceremonies Outside of Woodland Park. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #11411 of Florissant and Lake George will conduct its Honor Guard Ceremony in memory of veterans that are buried in local cemeteries on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 at the following times and locations:  *10:00 a.m. at the 4-Mile Cemetery; 11:00 the Florissant Cemetery;  (noon) at the Lake George Cemetery.The public is invited to attend these ceremonies. To learn more about membership in the Florissant-Lake George VFW Post #11411 or it Auxiliary, contact Post Commander Randy Ford at 748-5344 or Auxiliary President Janiece Tyler at 748-1335.

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.

Registration for MADD (Music, Art, Drama and Dance) will occur from April 28 through June 2. The actual camp dates are June 10-14, 9 a.m. to noon; Mondays through Thursdays 9-4 and after services on Sundays at the Impact Christian Church, 27400 N. Hwy. 67. For questions and more information, call 719-235-7144.

Summer Camp. May is the last month of school, and has a full week of the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation’s KRU Summer Camp! Our trip this month, first trip of summer will be on THURSDAY May 30th, to the Cripple Creek & Victor train, and then down to Woodland Park to swim! Activity fee $5, plus the daily fee of $15 for the first child, and $12 each for additional siblings. Please note: Summer continues our full day sign up sheets, where we need at least 10 kids to open, but can take no more than 30 kids. If you sign up, we are saving your child’s spot, and if they are a no call/no show, you will still be charged a daily fee. If you’ve signed your child up for a day they will no longer be attending, please call us as soon as possible so we can open up the spot. For more information, call 719-689-3514.

Golden Meadows Dog Park Grand Opening. Woodland Park’s first dog park will officially open on June 1 at the Meadow Wood Sports Complex, 200 Evergreen Heights Drive in Woodland Park (just past the fire station). A ribbon cutting will occur at 9 a.m. with a “Ninja” themed casual dog walk from 9 to 11 a.m. In addition, a variety of festivities, with food, fun and live music will take place throughout the day. For more information, call 719-687-5225.

Golfing for a good cause. A Spring Break-out Golf Tournament will be held at the Shining Mountain Golf Course 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 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

Gem and Mineral Show. The annual Gem & Mineral Show sponsored by the Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) in Victor, Colorado will be held June 14-16. The event will be held in downtown historic Victor and is open and free to the public.The show will include vendors from across the state selling Colorado dug minerals. Items for sale will include polished gems, hand-crafted jewelry, rough slabs, specimens, cabochons, geode breaking, Cripple Creek & Victor Mining District gold ore specimens, Cripple Creek turquoise, and more. There will also be gold and gem panning at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. Show hours are from 9 to 5 each day.  This year a geologist from Newmont Mining Corporation will make a presentation on the geology of the gold mining district. This free presentation will be held Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m. at the Victor Elks Lodge. For more information on the STCFG or this event, visit, email, or call 719-689-2675.