Almanac Week of 06.11.2019

Tuesday, June 11

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on June 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, June 12

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 for a full schedule of pick up and drop off time . .

Thursday, June 13

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on June 13 at 9:15 a.m. in 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.

Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Special Events (Call 719-689-3514 for more information on any of these events.) Dog Training Classes for 7 weeks on Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. call for details. Archery Tournaments: Woodland Park June 5 indoor, Cripple Creek June 8 outdoor 2D, and Cripple Creek June 22 indoor BIG DEUCE Tournament with the 88th Annual “Donkey Derby Days” event. Each tournament only $10, call for details. VAST 21 (Victor Academy for Space Technology) is a class to learn about drones, robotics, 3D Printing, and space related products & activities. Classes and Labs are on Saturdays from 3 to 6:30 p.m. for just $5 per day. Pet Vaccination Clinic on Sunday, June 30 from 8:00 to 12 noon in the park, call 689-2655 to RSVP.

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 TCL program focuses on the recent revaluation of properties and the overall process. In addition, we are teaming up with the Rampart Library system, led by Director Michelle Petrazzoula, to highlight the programs and improvements at the Woodland Park and Florissant libraries. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on June 13 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, June 14

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.

Final weekend for Deathtrap. The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek has kicked off their professional season with seven shows planned for this year. This will be the final weekend for Deathtrap, a thrilling and hysterical murder mystery, which closes on June 16. This will is the beginning of an active season, showcasing a variety of genres For more information, visit

Saturday, June 15

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 during the weekend.
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. Here are some highlights of future programs: *Science Open House and Junior Ranger Day Saturday, June 29, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Learn about the ongoing research taking place at Florissant Fossil Beds including geology, paleontology, biology, hydrology, botany, astronomy and much more. Get a behind the scenes tour of different science projects. Kids (and former kids) can earn a Junior Ranger badge by visiting the science stations. In addition, the Fossil Beds will have many daily programs, including *Ranger Guided Walk at 11 a.m. along a 1 mile guided hike on the Petrified Forest Trail. *Fossil Learning Lab, Every Day 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.Learn how scientists discover and research fossils in the Yurt *Hornbek Homestead, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take a tour of an 1878 homestead. *Interpretive Talk, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thirty minute interpretive presentation in the amphitheater.

Mueller Hikes and Activities. The smell of a campfire and the echoing song of a hermit thrush await visitors at Mueller State Park in summer. Naturalists and volunteers at Mueller love to share the wonder and science of all the living things at the park. Programs in June will highlight local wildlife, favorite flowers, unique features and local history at the park. Choose from the many types of programs offered including guided hikes, children’s programs, evening amphitheater programs, bird watching, fly-fishing, archery and much more! Of special interest is our Thursday night series of history of the Pikes Peak region with Paul Thies. Each Thursday, will be a new program on a different time and people including Native Americans, early explorers, military, fur traders, mining and railroads – all in the Pikes Peak region! Outdoor Skills Day, a favorite annual event set for June 22, is great fun for the whole family! Thirty different activities designed to give visitors a taste of various kinds of outdoor recreation including fishing, target shooting with shotguns, 22, and archery, bird watching, outdoor cooking, Bear Aware and so much more! Receive expert instruction from Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff, Hunter Education instructors and conservation organizations like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation, Pheasants Forever. We are very grateful to all our partners who help provide a great, fun and safe family event. We also have regular guided hikes, mostly on the weekends. Check our website or call ahead for conditions (719) 687-2366.

Ute Pass Historical Society offers FREE guided tours of History Park and the Walking Tour of downtown Woodland Park every Saturday this summer, continuing through August 31. The 90-minute Walking Tour of Downtown Woodland Park begins at 9:30 a.m., so please arrive at the UPHS Museum Center by 9:20 a.m. The Museum Center is located at 231 E. Henrietta Avenue, next to the Woodland Park Public Library. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and a light sweater. After the downtown walking tour, walk through the bygone days with Ute Pass Historical Society. The tour of the five buildings comprising History Park is at 11 a.m. Exhibits and contents have recently been refashioned. While at History Park, visit the Old Curiosity Gift Shop, which offers an extensive selection of books and unique gift items. The Gift Shop is located in the Museum Center and is open year-round, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call UPHS at 719.686.7512 or check out the Website at


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.”


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.

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.

Donkey Derby Days. The 88th annual Donkey Derby Days festival will occur on June 22-23. The festivities include donkey races, a variety of unusual games and contests celebrating the town’s heritage, a parade, beer garden, petting zoo, live music and entertainment and more. This was rated as the town’s premiere special event during the annual “Best of Cripple Creek” contest, sponsored by TMJ. For more information, see

Free dog and Cat Vaccination Clinic, scheduled for June 30 from 8 a.m. to noon, will occur at the Cripple Creek Veterans Park, across the street from the Cripple Creek Police Station.

Summer Family Bible Conference. Families can grow together in their faith while having a great summer adventure at Charis Bible College’s annual Summer Family Bible Conference, being held July 1-5. Sessions available and tailored for all ages: children (5-12), youth (13-17), and adults. There will be a picnic BBQ for the whole family to celebrate a fun-filled Independence Day that will also include prayer and ministry. Children five and under are welcome; however, childcare is not provided. Register today and let the adventure begin! The conference is free, but registration is required for all attendees, including youth and children. BBQ tickets are available for purchase online at (A limited number of BBQ tickets are available once the conference begins.)

Ute Pass Historical Society Cemetery Crawl. Take a walk around the Woodland Park Cemetery on Thursday, July 4 and meet some of the old pioneers who are resting there. Tours run every 15 minutes from 1 to 3. Cost is $5.00, and tickets are available at the gate. Free parking for the event is provided at 540 Manor Court. Please call UPHS at 719.686.7512 or e mail for more information.

A Walk Through Time. The Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) will be hosting a second round of its May historic mine tour, A Walk Through Time, on Saturday, July 13. The hike will feature a walking tour of the Vindicator Valley Trail just north of Victor. 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). Participants will carpool to the upper mine site, walk to the Theresa and carpool back up or hike back up to the Vindicator Mine.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. All participants will be required to sign waivers. This tour is very popular and advance, pre-paid reservations are recommended online at The morning of July 13 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.For more information on the STCFG or this event, visit, email, or call 719-689-2675