Almanac Week of 10.15.2019

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Election Kick-off. Ballots will be mailed out to voters for the Nov. 5 election early this week. Registered voters should receive their ballots by mid or late week. The election will determine many key contests and state/local ballot issues. Early voting will start early this week at the courthouse in Cripple Creek. For more information, contact the county clerk and recorder’s office at 719-689-2951. Also, check with TMJ News for continual election updates.

Business After Hours. 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 October 15 After Hours is hosted at Fidelity National Title and Vectra Bank. It will occurfrom 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Fidelity National Title and Vectra Bank building at 361 West Hwy. 24, Suite 100. Call 719-687-9885 for more information.

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

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   .  .

Digital Marketing Trends. Scheduled for Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, and sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce. We are surrounded by technology, and that technology has changed the ways that small business and consumers interact.  The changes permeate all aspects of business: running operations, designing and building products, overseeing human resources and education, tracking performance and making projections and strategies.

More than those, however, marketing is one of the areas most impacted by the change of technology in recent years.  It levels out the playing field and allows small business to take advantage of that technology right along with big business. Digital marketing provides avenues to create engagement between brands and consumers in half the time and a fraction of the money as offline marketing.Join us as we look forward at just a few of the trends in digital marketing that we believe small businesses should be paying attention to as we approach 2020. We’ll explore what the trends are and some simple ideas for jumping in and fully taking advantage of them now. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

A meeting of the Undercover Book Club will occur at the Manitou Springs Library on Oct. 16 at 4 p.m.

Swing Dance Lessons are scheduled at The Loft in Old Colorado City on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Geeks Who Drink. Scheduled for the Mother Muff’s in Old Colorado City on Oct. 16 at  8 p.m.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Oct 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the CC Council Chambers.

Thursday, Oct. 17

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 Candidates’ Forum.  A Cripple Creek Meet the candidates’ forum will be hosted by the Double Eagle Casino on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.  The forum, facilitated by TMJ News, will highlight Cripple Creek’s city council and mayoral candidates in the upcoming Nov. 5 municipal election. It also will focus on the ballot propositions facing the voters.


The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.


Friday, Oct. 18



The Great American Trailer Park Musical. There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres—and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, an attractive dancer on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil–loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband—the storms begin to brew. A country rock musical! Rated PG, but with adult humor and themes. The musical will debut at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek on Oct. 11 and run through Nov. 3. For more information, call the box office at 689-6402.


Interstellar Costume Party. Scheduled to occur at Armadillo Ranch, 962 Manitou Ave. on Oct. 18 at 9 p.m.


Teenagers From Outer Space. Scheduled for the Manitou Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave. at 7 p.m. on Oct 18 Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Snacks and popcorn provided. Reservations and for  more information, call 719-685-1454.




Saturday, Oct. 19

Craft Sale at Lake George Community Center. Start your Christmas shopping early. Over 15 vendors will be selling crafts, baked goods, plants, etc.  Breakfast and lunch will also be available for purchase.  Get a jump start on your shopping at the Lake George Community Center, located at 39141 Highway 24, Lake George on Saturday, October 19,  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 next month. Here are a few highlights.*Friday, October 18, Night Sky Program, 7 PM – 9 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. *15 for 50 Hiking Contest (Deadline Extended Until End of Month!). Hike all 15 miles of the Monument’s trails to celebrate the 50th Anniversary and earn a Florissant Fossil Beds Trail Map Bandanna. By popular demand, the deadline has been extended until the end of October.  Details and the Challenge Log can be found at the front desk in the Visitor Center at Florissant fossil Beds National Monument.

There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $10.00 per adult (15 and younger are free). Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers 15 miles of beautiful, yet lesser known, hiking trails to explore, a free Junior Ranger Program, three short self-guided trails, a park video and museum exhibits, and bookstore.  For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNPS About the National Park Service: 

Winter Music Series. LO2 presents their Winter Music Series on Oct. 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Features a Classic Rock Concert featuring “The Grind 5208. Playing hits from the 70s, 80s and much more. First drink fee with ticket. Food provided by Carme Tapas Grille. The first event in the Winter Music Series. Call 303-325-6540 for more information.

Gallop 5K Stick Horse Race will occur at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center on Oct. 19 at 8 a.m. For more information, call  719-439-4564

UFO Sightings Across the Rocky Mountain West. Scheduled to occur at Manitou Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave on Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. The event is free.

Harvest Festival. Scheduled for Old Colorado City  on Oct 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival is free.

Sunday, Oct. 20

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 this fall 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!  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.


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.

Free Fall Concert. The Woodland Park Wind Symphony will hold a free fall concert on Oct. 20 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park (210 East Midland Avenue) from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Woodland Park Chamber/events website.

Magic Entertainment. Magic by Larry Scott brings you an event of Mystifying Magical entertainment suitable for the whole family on Oct. 26 at the Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park from 1 to 2 p.m.   After the show we will have a costume parade through the museum with treat bags and prizes. Check our website for more in-depth details. For more information, call 719-686-1820.

Spooktacular Senior Center Pancake Breakfast. Don’t miss the Pancake Breakfast at the Woodland Park Senior Center SE corner of Pine Street and Lake Avenue Saturday, October 26, 8 am to 11 am. Join us for a fresh cooked, all you can eat, breakfast of fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit and the best biscuits and gravy around. We guarantee to get your Halloween celebrations off to a great start! 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. This open to the public fundraising event helps to support the programs and activities of the Woodland Park Senior Center.

Emma Crawford Coffin Race and Parade. Scheduled for Oct. 26 from noon to 3 p.m. Come watch 60-plus coffin racers compete for bragging rights and more in downtown Manitou Springs. For more information, contact the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau and Office of Economic Development (719-685-5089.

History Ghost Tours. Ghost stories told of real people from Manitou Springs’ past. Visit

Halloween Party In GMF. The Pikes Peak Chamber of Commerce will co-host a free and unique Halloween Party and Indoor Trick or Treat event on Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Sallie Bush Community Building. Other sponsors of the event include the Sallie Bush board and the Church in the Wildwood. The festivities include games and prizes, a haunted pirate ship, crafts to make, snacks, hotdogs and much more. Visit the Pikes Peak Chamber of Commerce website and facebook page for more information.

Teller County Veterans Turkey Shoot: Held from 10 am – 3pm on Saturday, November 2. The American Legion Post 1980, VFW Post 6051 and the Teller County Shooting Society will hold the 2019 Veterans Turkey at the Gold Camp Shooting Complex on Teller County Road 81. The entry fee is $5.  The event theme this year is World War II.  Firearms, ammunition and targets will be provided.  Wear your military service regalia – ball caps and jackets.  First place is a turkey, second place is a chicken and third place is a Cornish game hen. For more info contact at

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE! Scheduled at the Shining Mountain Golf Course on Hwy. 67 North in Woodland Park on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. CHOICES Rocky Mountain Christmas Boutique is a shopping experience like none other. You will fine one of a kind, beautifully handcrafted gifts, decorations and baked goods that are sure to impress anyone. Get in the holiday spirit at this annual event!All proceeds benefit CHOICES. This event will be held at Shining Mountain Golf Course, November 1st from 9am-6pm and November 2nd from 9am-2pm. Bring a box of diapers or baby wipes for a free entry into our daily door prize. If you’d like more information about this event, please call/text Teresa Diamond at 719-502-1501 or e-mail her at

Veterans Day Celebration. Scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park. Eric V. Dickson, American Legion Post 1980 of Woodland Park invtes all veterans to the VETERANS DAY Celebration.FREE Bar-B-Q with all the fixings‘ for all VETERANS, active duty military, national guard, reservists and their families.You don’t have to be a member of any organization. Being a vet, you have paid your dues.