Almanac Week of 02.25.20

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Teen Tuesdays: Self-Care Spa Day. Scheduled for Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., ages 12 to 18. ​Treat yourself! In this program you’ll learn how to make your own foot scrub, dry shampoo, lip balm, and chocolate mask. You’ll leave with a container of each and instructions so that you can make them at home. All supplies provided.

Shrove Tuesday Pancakes. Scheduled for Feb. 25 at 6 p.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 808 Manitou Ave. Open to the public. Celebrate the traditional feast day with pancakes before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday.

Town Hall Meeting. Scheduled for Feb. 25 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Join us as we present the eleven referred ordinances that will appear on the April 7, 2020 ballot for consideration in changing the City Charter. The event is sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 719-687-9885. See related story in this week’s TMJ.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

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

Community Placemaking. The general public is invited to join Woodland Park Main Street and the city of Woodland Park for a community meeting on Feb. 26 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. It will occur from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  You will learn about placemaking, walkablity, signage and facade improvement strategies for downtown Woodland Park.  The two-hour program will be facilitated by Bud Tymczyszn, consultant with Community Builders.  Come and share your ideas and opinions for improvements to our downtown business district.

Thursday, Feb. 27

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Feb. 27 at the Woodland Park Council Chambers, located next to city hall, starting at 7 p.m.

Broken Revival, will perform on Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. at the Armadillo Ranch, 962 Manitou Ave.

Friday, Feb. 28

Make and Eat Frozen Treats. Scheduled for Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. at  Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave., ages 9 to 12. ​Make your very own ice cream and slushies! As an added bonus, we will be taste-testing Oreos and you get to vote for the best flavor! Please note that a parent or guardian will need to sign a food preparation waiver for you to participate in this program.

Community Singalong. Scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the  Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave., Manitou Springs. All are welcome for an evening singalong featuring the original animated version of “The Lion King.”


Saturday, Feb. 29

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. Monthly programs are available. 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.

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.

Buffalo Soldier Historical Snapshot. Scheduled for Feb. 29 at the Manitou Heritage Center, all ages. ​Dennis Moore will give an informative presentation on the Buffalo Soldiers. Buffalo soldiers were African American soldiers who mainly served on the Western frontier following the American Civil War. In 1866, six all-black cavalry and infantry regiments were created after Congress passed the Army Organization Act. Their main tasks were to help control the Native Americans of the Plains, capture cattle rustlers and thieves and protect settlers, stagecoaches, wagon trains and railroad crews along the Western front. Dennis Moore is a member of the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Committee, which was established in 2016 and was instrumental in the development of The Buffalo Soldiers Memorial in Colorado Springs and the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Highway.


Volunteers Sought For Advisory Committees/Commissions. The town of Green Mountain Falls is searching for volunteers for a number of key advisory groups, such as the Trails Committee, Planning Commission, Fire Mitigation Committee and Parks and Recreation Committee. These groups play a key role in advising the trustees. See related story in this week’s TMJ. And for more information, or to apply for any (or all) of the available opportunities, please follow the link below and submit the completed information to Town Hall.]

Presidential Primary elections. Ballots have been mailed out for the March 3 presidential primary election for registered Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated voters. They must be returned by 7 p.m. on March 3. Drop off points are established outside the courthouse in Cripple Creek and at the clerk and recorder’s office in Woodland Park.

Taste of the Grape. Scheduled for March 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The fund-raising event is sponsored by Ute Pass Kiwanis and Banana Belt Liquors and features more than 50 wines and  brews. Appetizers donated by a variety of local restaurants. Proceeds benefit the children of Teller County. For more information, call 719-6862595. Tickets available at Banana Belt Liquors and at


Movie House Music Supervalue Package. Held the 2nd Sunday every month through May at Gold Hill Theatres, 615 W. Midland Avenue, Woodland Park. 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. March 8 concert offers “Woodland Park Wind Symphony Ensembles Showcase” featuring Mountain Brass, Clarion Winds, and High Altitooters. For more information, call 719-687-2210, or visit The event is co-sponsored by Woodland Music Series and Gold Hill Theatres.

Shop and Ski. This popular discount program, offered by the Manitou Springs Visitors Center, allows participants to receive a 40 percent off voucher to Ski Monarch. Save Manitou Springs shopping, dining, lodging, gas or service receipts dated from now through March 15 and turn them into the Manitou Springs Visitors Center, 354 Manitou Avenue.  There are a few blackout dates, such as Feb. 15 and Feb. 16.

Candidates Forum. Woodland Park City Council Candidates and City Mayoral Candidates will join us for an evening of questions and answers on pertinent topics of interest to the citizens and business owners of the community. The forum is scheduled for March 11 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Woodland Park City Council Chambers. The forum is sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce. Nine candidates are vying for four open seats on the council. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

3rd Annual Woodland Park Saint Patrick Day’s Parade and Pub/Food Crawl. This will be year 3 for our local St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It starts at noon on March 14, come rain or shine, at Memorial Park and Henrietta, then turns onto Fairview St, then onto E Midland and runs in front of the Cultural Center and Library.  The parade ends at the bus loop at E Midland and Baldwin this year.  Again, in association with the parade, we will also be having the Pub/Food Crawl.  $5 will get you a stamp card full of great drink and food deals from area vendors, and the Crawl deals are good from the close of the parade (about 1:00 on Saturday, March 14) through closing time on Sunday, March 15. Cards can be purchased (cash only) the week before the event at McGinty’s in Divide, or the day of the parade the hour before and the hour after the parade in front of the Cultural Center.  Visit the official parade website for more information: or call Mickie Richardson at 719-210-4183.

Shooting Program For Kids. Join the Teller County Marksmanship & Self-Defense Group shooting program for grades 8-12 students of Teller 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.



Stop the Bleeding Training. On Sat. March 21st at 9am, a Stop The Bleed class conducted by members of the Cripple Creek Fire Department will be held.  Thanks’ to Chief Dean O’Nale and his people we are able to offer this class for FREE.If you are not familiar with the Stop The Bleed program, it is a Dept. Homeland Security campaign to empower the average citizen to help with bleeding control until 1st responders arrive. There is a lot of good info online about the program and why it is something you should know. This is a tool you should have in your toolbox of skills! It is roughly a 90 minute class and will be held in Cripple Creek at 9am March 21st (Sat) at either the CC fire dept. or one of the casino conference rooms (depending on level of interest). We encourage all of you to attend and if you have a friend or family member who would like to attend, please sign them up. I will be there and hope to see all of you there as well. We would just like to add that this class fits with one of our groups founding principles. That principle being that you strengthen your community by empowering the individual. This is a great opportunity to show that our concept is valid and workable. For more information, contact the Cripple Creek Fire Department or city hall at 719-689-2502.

Margarita March. Scheduled for March 19 in Manitou Springs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is the city’s first Margarita March, being held at four of Manitou Springs’ finest dining establishments, serving a variety of 4 oz. margarita tasters and food pairings. Participating establishments: The Loop, Armadillo Ranch, Keg Lounge. Tickets are $40 available on Eventbrite. For more information, call the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau and Office of Economic Development (719) 685-5089

Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce Return to the 70s Dinner and Awards. Scheduled for Friday, March 20 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs. RSVP by March 16. This is the chamber’s annual gala when awards are presented for key competitions. Reservations are required. Call 719-687-9885 or visit