Almanac Week of 01.08.20

Wednesday, Jan. 8

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 Woodland Park Downtown Development Authority Board will hold a public workshop on Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Country Lodge, 730 Country Road.  The purpose of the workshop is to discuss plans for the Cog Railway car, currently stationed at Woodland Station. The public is invited to attend.

Thursday, Jan. 9

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Jan. 9 at the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. This will mark their first meeting of the year and will feature a number of annual organizational matters.

Sales Tax Changes. A lunch and learn series, sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Jan. 9 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A presentation will be conducted by Lara Hunter of Kelley & Chulick CPAs. Call 719-687-9885 to register. This is the first lunch and learn event of 2020.

Saturday, Jan. 11


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 4:30 p.m. The Monument will be closed on Christmas Day. There also are a number of special programs, guided hikes and special events for the next month.  Here are a few highlights of upcoming programs: Night Sky Program, January 24, Night  7 to 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. 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

The 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

Mueller Hikes and Activities. With cooler days, celebrate winter at Mueller State Park. This is a great time to avoid the crowds and enjoy a plethora of great trails on foot, snowshoe or by cross-country, telemark skis.   A full schedule of naturalist programs can help you to look, learn and enjoy the surroundings.   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.

Indoor golf. The Shining Mountain Golf Course will host a closest to the pin contest with their special indoor simulator equipment. The contest gets underway on Jan. 11 around 10 a.m. Bring a club that can handle about a 140-yard shot. The bar will be open for event participants.

Jan. 12

Ice Races. The Harry’s Roamers annual Ice Racing Series will occur at Rainbow Falls Mountain Trout Ranch, north of Woodland Park on Hwy. 67, on Jan. 12. The races, featuring a number of competitions, begin at 9 a.m. For more information, email Thomas

Movie House Music Supervalue Package Held 2nd Sunday every month through May. Concert 2:30-4:00 pm, movie ticket good anytime and one beer, wine or soft drink all for only $20. Or concert and drink only, $12.  The January 12 event features Howie with his super-cool guitar and harmonica sounds. Season ticket discount available. Held at Gold Hill Theatres, 615 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 719-687-2210, Co-sponsored by Woodland Music Series and Gold Hill Theatres.

Deadline for Super Bowl Pick contest. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in TMJ’s annual Super Bowl Pick Showdown and possibly win great prizes.  Pick the two finalists for the Super Bowl and the final score and (optional) your reasons for your pick. Also, list your name and contact information. Submit entries to or The deadline for submittals is Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. But if you miss the deadline, submit your entry anyway, as you could be eligible for a constellation prize.


Shooting Program For Kids. Join the Teller County Marksmanship & Self-Defense Group shooting program for grades 8-12 students ofTeller County.Instruction will cover basic marksmanship and emphasize the safe and responsible operation and use of firearms. The course, in conjunction with Teller County 4-H Shooting Sports, will offer both rimfire and air-rifle instruction, and be conducted in Victor and Divide.Instructors will include NRA certified and US Olympic qualified personnel. All necessary equipment, firearms, and ammo will be provided.Parents Contact Annie Durham 719-722-9248.

Reservations Needed for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Beginning on January 1, 2020, ALL of Colorado’s 41 State Parks, including Mueller and Dome Rock, will require campers to book their campsites ahead of time.

Campers can make these arrangements starting six months in advance all the way up to the moment they arrive at the park and find an available campsite.


Anyone can reserve a site 24/7 online or by calling 800-244-5613.


This reservation system eliminates the need for campers to gamble on first-come first served spots. Campers who set up in a site without a reservation may be cited and moved from the space. CPW noted that some State Parks have spotty cell service so you are urged to make those reservations before just showing up.


Bonfire, Tour and BBQ. Join us for a bonfire, tour and home-made chili at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, 4729 Twin Rocks Road, Divide on Jan. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-9742.

Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Bingo. Join the fun 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. For more information, call 315-5004 or email

AARP Smart Driver Program. Scheduled for Jan. 14 from 9:30 t 1:30 p.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library. Sign up for a driver refresher course for drivers 50-plus who want to improve their driving skills and avoid traffic violations. Plus, they could qualify for lower insurance rates by taking this course. Sign up at the circulation desk at the library.

Social Media In Our Backyard. Scheduled for Jan. 15, 2020 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Learn how to use social media to enhance your marketing. Learn from people who have been successful because of their online presence. Honorary Co-Hosts of this event include the Pikes Peak Rotary Club and Ute Pass Kiwanis Club. Special Guest – Kevin Knebl via live webinar. He’s the most-recommended business speaker on LinkedIn (2018), Co-author of “The Social Media Sales Revolution” Featuring a panel of distinguished guests: Pete Treloar (Business Owner/Marketing Professional, including A-Z Storage), Alex Gauthier (Director of Marketing at Heuberger Motors), Kathy Lowry (Executive Director Teller Senior Coalition) and Bob Kittridge (CIO Kittridge Connection). For more information, call Gayle Gross at 719-233-9902.

Edgar Allan Poe Celebration. The Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs will host an Edgar Allan Poe celebration on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18. Two seatings will occur both evenings at 6 and 8 p.m. The event features, readings, special drinks, food and much more. It is being sponsored by the Manitou Springs Historical Society. Call 719-685-1011. (See related story in this week’s TMJ.

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 first Business After Hours for 2020 is scheduled for Jan. 21 at the Woodland Aquatic Center, 111 N. Baldwin, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  The event, hosted by the city of Woodland Park and the Aquatic Center, will feature Hors D’oeuvres and refreshments, along with certain pass discounts for Business After Hours attendees. For more information, call 719-687-9885.