Almanac Week of 06.25.2019

Tuesday, June 25

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on June 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, June 26

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 June 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers, at city hall.  An earlier work session will be held at 4:30 to discuss a take-away from the recent Colorado Municipal League Conference. This marks a slight change from the council’s normal meeting times.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on June 26 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall. This marks a change from their normal meeting times.

Thursday, June 27

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 Commissioners will meet on June 27 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Special Events (Call 719-689-3514 for more information on any of these events or other Parks and Recreation activities. Dog Training Classes for 7 weeks starting Thursday June 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. call for details.  Pet Vaccination Clinic on Sunday, June 30 from 8:00 to 12 noon in the Park. Call 689-2655 to RSVP.


Friday, June 28

Shining Mountain Opening. The Shining Mountain Golf Course and Bella Vista Bar and Grill is now open for the 2019 season on a daily basis, and for special events. 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.

Opening of Classic Melodrama. The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek has kicked off their professional season with seven shows planned for this year. My Partner, a classic melodrama and olio, has returned to the stage with a new twist. This classic was originally done by the Cripple Creek Imperial Players. The classic melodrama is one of the main signature shows featured this year at the Butte. It will play from June 21 to Aug. 18. For more information, visit

Saturday, June 29

Ute Trail Stampede Rodeo. The 63rd running of the historic Ute Trail Stampede Rodeo is scheduled for June 29 and June 30 in Woodland Park, with a variety of rodeo competitions (see related story in this week’s TMJ). The rodeo gates, located off Hwy. 24, just east of the downtown near the Walmart, will open at noon both days.

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 AM – 3 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! 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

Sunday, June 30

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is scheduled for June 30 at the Pikes Peak Highway in Cascade. The races kick off early in the morning and then culminate in the afternoon (see related story in this week’s TMJ).

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.


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.”

Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. Scheduled at Memorial Park in Woodland Park on July 4 throughout the entire day. The classic event features live music, a spree of games and contests, kids activities, artists and crafter, a basketball tournament and much more. It is presented by the city of Woodland Park and sponsored by a variety of organizations.

Senior Center Pancake Breakfast.  A July 4th Pancake Breakfast at the Woodland Park Senior Center, SE corner of Pine Street and Lake Avenue, Thursday, July 4, 8 to  11 a.m. Start off your July 4th celebration with a bang! All you can eat fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, melon and the best biscuits and gravy around is the best bang for your dollar! Your home town seniors will be decked out in red, white and blue as they flip pancakes and scramble eggs, to be served up with juice and coffee or hot tea for only $8. Kids 6 and under eat for $2. Our open to the public event helps to support the programs and activities of the Woodland Park Senior Center. We appreciated the support of each one of you!

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.

Fireworks Update  Fireworks celebrations will occur in both Woodland Park and Cripple Creek on the evenings of July 4, with no fire restrictions. The scheduled fireworks show in Manitou Springs, though, has been cancelled. See the July 2 issue of TMJ for complete details.

Symphony Above the Clouds. The annual Symphony Above the Clouds concert, featuring the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, will occur on July 5 at the Woodland Park Middle School football field. The gates open around 5:30 p.m. The concert, one of the largest attended events in Woodland Park, is free. Fireworks follow the show. For more information, visit

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.

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.)

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


Woodland Park Senior Center Yard and Craft Sale. Scheduled for July 13, 8am – 1pm. Local craft artisans will be joining us at our annual Summer Yard Sale this year. We are excited to add their beautiful crafts to the sale this year. If you have items you would like to donate for the yard sale, call the front desk at 719-687-3877 to make a drop off appointment. Come and browse inside and out for housewares, furniture, pictures, fabric, yarn, puzzles, games and much more. We have been collecting since January and our sheds are overflowing. On the sale day, plan to make several trips as you load up with treasures. This annual event helps to support the programs and activities of the Woodland Park Senior Center. We appreciated the support of each one of you!

Golf Tourneys. The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will host their annual golf tournament on Friday, July 19 at the Shining Mountain Golf Course. The tournament also features a special lunch. For more information, call 687-9885. Also, the annual “Coach D” tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 27, in honor of one of the most revered former coaches and teachers at the Woodland Park RE-2 School District. This tournament will take place at Shining Mountain. Call 687-7587 for more details.