Almanac Week of 09.17.2019

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Fall Is Here Celebration. Chamber Business After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event.  All Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce members are encouraged to attend.  Take advantage of this opportunity to network and catch up with your friends, clients and customers plus meet new members in an informal setting.  Business After Hours is a great way to share information about your business and learn about other members. Fun, food, drinks and door prizes.  Don’t forget your business cards! The next monthly Chamber Business After Hours is scheduled for September 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Woodland Country Lodge, 730 Country Drive, Woodland Park. The special theme is: Fall Is Here. The festivities will include Hors d’oeuvres, free keg beer and house wine and entertainment. Check out the Lodge’s patio and pool and other amenities. For more information, call 719-687-9885.



The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, Sept.18

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   .  .

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers at city hall.

Thursday, Sept. 19

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 Victor City Council will meet on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. in the city council chambers at city hall.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Sept. 20


Woodland Park Farmer’s Market. Woodland Park’s Award Winning Outdoor Summer Market for 2019 season will be held on Henrietta Ave located one block North of Highway 24 in Woodland Park every Friday during the summer and early fall Our Market features vegetables, breads, pies, pastries, jams, honey & pickles, salsas, pastas, birdseeds, birdhouses & toys, pet treats & miscellaneous items, natural meats, eggs, cheeses, flowers and plants, a variety of hot foods & drinks and seasonal specials. It will be held Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 719-648-7286 for more information.


Links Fever. The Shining Mountain Golf Course and Bella Vista Bar and Grill is still open for the 2019 season, and for special events. Happy hours at the bar will usually occur from 3 to 6 p.m. with drink specials. The course is open for play and is in great condition. Check with the pro shop for special tournaments. The restaurant is open every day, except for Monday and Tuesdays. For more information, call 719-687-7587.


Saturday, Sept. 21


Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest. Join us at our 22nd Annual Rocky Mountain OktoberfestPlus, scheduled for Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce continues the tradition of bringing a twist on the traditional German festivities  – Rocky Mountain style. The festivities will include a Kids game area. German Food by Chef Brother Luck • Food Network Top Chef, beer and wine – something for everyone, German entertainment along with country and rock ‘n roll music.   A number of businesses are involved in helping to sponsor the event, such as UCHealth, Park State Bank & Trust, TMJ News, Newmont Goldcorp, Ent and much more. For more information, call 719-687-9885.


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 special events for the month of September. Here are a few remaining highlights for the month: *Friday, September 20, Night Sky Program, 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Join park staff and members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society to gaze at the dark skies above Florissant Fossil Beds in search of planets, galaxies, nebulas, and more. Meet at the visitor center.*Saturday, September 28, Fee Free Day/Public Lands Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Enjoy your public lands on National Public Lands Day free.*Elk Hikes, Friday, September 27 and Saturday September 28, 4:45 PM – 7:15 PMJoin a ranger for a RESERVATION ONLY evening hike, to listen to the magical sounds of elk bugling.  These 1-2 mile, off-trail hikes and can be in rugged terrain at times.  Children must be at least 10 years old to attend. For reservations, please call (719) 748 – 3253 ext. 202.  Plus, in September, a few weekly programs will be offered as staffing allows. They include:Ranger Guided Walk, 1 mile guided hike on the Petrified Forest Trail; Fossil Learning Lab, Learn how scientists discover and research fossils in the Yurt; Hornbek Homestead, take a tour of an 1878 homestead.  For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNP


Sunday, Sept. 22


Mueller Hikes and Activities. As the warmth of summer gives way to cooler nights, celebrate fall at Mueller State Park, as the forest turns golden! Typical weather in September at Mueller brings picture-perfect, blue-sky days.   A full schedule of naturalist programs can help you to look, learn and enjoy the surroundings.  Evening amphitheater programs will continue on weekends and guided hikes are available almost daily.  Special programs this month include elk bugling hikes and fall challenge hikes!  The Fall Challenge is an invitation to hike all the trails at Mueller, with a guide or on your own, about 60 miles, in one month!  Folks that meet the challenge receive a certificate and prize for their accomplishment! On Saturday, September 28th is “Mueller in Gold” is around the peak of color at Mueller!  Visitors can celebrate the changes in the forest with several hikes offer to view the spectacular scenery.  All activities are free; a park pass for your vehicle is the only cost. Scheduled hikes, with special naturalists and park experts, are held on most weekends. For more information, call 719-687-2366.





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.




Housing Summit. The cities of Cripple Creek and Victor will hold a public workshop on a joint $70,000 housing needs study, coordinated by both communities and the state Department of Local Affairs. The public meeting will be held at the Pioneer Room of Bronco Billy’s casino on Sept. 25, starting at 5:30 p.m. During the meeting, the conclusions of the study will be unveiled by the project consultants, along with recommendations. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions. For more information, call 719-689-3316.

UCHealth/PPRH Fall Forum. There have been a lot of changes since Pikes Peak Regional Hospital joined the UCHealth System in early 2018, but the goal of providing quality care close to home hasn’t wavered. Joining forces with UCHealth means we’ve been able to enhance services available in Woodland Park and for patients throughout the Pikes Peak region. It’s an exciting time! Please join Joel Yuhas, CEO of UCHealth Memorial Hospital, Southern Colorado region, for a catered lunch and brief presentation with a Q&A to follow. The event will be held on Sept. 26 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.Event is free. Catered lunch included. Space is limited.RSVP to hold your spot! 719-374-6107

Cripple Creek’s Big Happenin’ Fall Festival is scheduled for Sept. 28 and Sept. 29. The event offers free fun for the entire family and is complete with Bounce Houses, a Pumpkin Picture Place, a Climbing Wall, Obstacle Course, Tractor-Churned Ice Cream, vendors, live music beer tents and more. Some of the special live bands include the Cari Dell Trio, Suga Bear & The Show Time Band, Element One and Martini Shot. Visit for more information.

Free Aspen Tours. This September and every September, join us the 2 Mile High Club for Aspen tours and watch the leaves change and as a result, benefit our free-roaming, donkey herd! The 2 Mile High Club’s Annual Aspen Tours will take place at the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad Depot on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29. Marvel at the beautiful fall colors and explore the World’s Greatest Gold Camp! Aspen Tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis–reservations will not be accepted. The first tour departs each morning at 9 a.m. from the Train Depot Parking Lot. If you would like to be a part of the first tour, please plan to arrive 30 minutes to 45 minutes prior. Tours depart every 30 minutes and last about 50 minutes. The last tour departs at 3:30 p.m.Our Aspen tours are FREE, but donations are appreciated. All proceeds gathered from the Aspen Tours go towards the care of Cripple Creek’s free-roaming donkey herd. You can find them in the winter pen during the colder months or they can be spotted roaming the streets of Cripple Creek during the summer. For more information, visit

Manitou Springs 5th Annual Heritage Brew Festival. Scheduled for Sept. 28 in Memorial Park from noon to 5 p.m. Featuring tastings from special Brewers, commemorative tasting glass, live music all day, food vendors and nonalcoholic offerings as well. Call 719-685-1454.

Stories at the Strong. Victor’s historic Strong Mine and hard rock mining will be the center of attention on Saturday, Oct. 5. Stories at the Strong: A Day of Tall Tales & Mining History will be held at the 1899 mine site. The event is sponsored by the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. The day will begin at 11 a.m. with check in at the gate. The day will feature a chance to see the surface plant and hoist house of the Strong Mine. Two Mile High Mining Company owner Jim Watson will provide a historical presentation. The cost of the event, benefiting the museum, is $10 per person with children under 5 free.Tickets can be reserved on line at or purchased at the museum or at the gate the day of the event by cash only. The Strong Mine is located just off Diamond Avenue on Victor’s north side. Parking is limited at the Battle Mountain and Independence Mill Site Trailhead on the Old American Eagles Road with a walk to the mine site. Attendees are encouraged to park in downtown Victor. A free shuttle sponsored by Newmont Goldcorp will provide transportation to and from the mine site and the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum throughout the day. For more information, visit, email or call 719-689-5509.


The Woodland Park Wind Symphony and Woodland Music Series announce their October 6, 2019 benefit concert partnering with the City of Woodland Park and the Ute Pass Cultural Center to raise funds which will go toward renovation of lighting and sound reinforcement in the Ute Pass Cultural Center to provide premium facilities for those using the Ute Pass Cultural Center.The Ute Pass Cultural Center is the City of Woodland Park’s facility and has been used by non-profit organizations throughout the years (as well as by corporate and private groups. The $10 adult/$5 student pp ticket sale proceeds will go to the City to use toward this lighting and sound system renovation.The benefit concert features a guest band from Germany – the Melchoirshausen Wind Band. The schedule will include a “Meet the Musicians” reception at 6 p.m. featuring the Swing Factory Big Band. The regular concert will occur at 7 p.m. with the Woodland Park Wind Symphony and the Melchoirshausen Wind Band. For more information: call Conductor Craig Harms, 719-687-2210; Ute Pass Cultural Center, 719-687-5284.Visit