Almanac week of March 3

Tuesday, March 3

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on March 3 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, March 4

Teens and Tweens Create: Crazy Soap and Bath Fizzies. Scheduled for March 4 at 4 p.m. in the Old Colorado City Library Meeting Room, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. T​reat yourself to a crazy DIY spa day! Use vintage molds to create soap in wild shapes. Discover how to make bath bombs with a twist! Join presenter Shawn from Two Bee Industries for this dive into the crazy side of clean.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on March 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cripple Creek Council Chambers

Thursday, March 5

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on March 5 at 9:15 a.m. in the  Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on March 5 at the Woodland Park Council Chambers, located next to city hall, starting at 7 p.m.

Hot Club of Springs will perform on March 5 at 7 p.m. at Armadillo Ranch, 962 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs.


Friday, March 6

The Colorado Classics Association will meet on March 6 at 2 p.m. at the Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Road, Cascade, adults. Join the Pikes Peak Library District and the Colorado Classics Association for a presentation on Egyptian Myths. This is offered as a part of PPLD’s Winter Adult Reading Program.

Kids Make: Magnet Track. Scheduled for March 6 at 3 p.m. at the Manitou Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave. ​Kids will design and make their very own magnetic race track using paper plates and popsicle sticks. They will attach a magnet to the popsicle stick and to their car. They can then make the car move by using the popsicle stick magnet under the plate.

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

Saturday, March 7

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. Here is one of the main highlights for March. *Night Sky Program, scheduled for Friday, March 20 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. 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

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.

Tejon Street Corner Thieves will appear on March 7 at 9 p.m. at Armadillo Ranch, 962 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs.



Sunday, March 8


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. The 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.


STEM: Attack on the Fort. Don’t miss this great event for kids on March 9 at 3:30 p.m. at the Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Road, Cascade, for ages 8 to 12. ​You will have a battle at this library program. First, you will talk a bit about the Trojan War. Participants will then build egg carton catapults or trebuchets and also forts (using  simple materials). You’ll have a soft, puffy battle in the round using pompom ammunition. Participants will take home their creations.

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. 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.]


 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.

Woodland Park 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.

Men’s Advance Conference. Former NFL coach Tony Dungy and sportscaster James “JB” Brown will return to Woodland Park this month to speak at Charis Bible College’s Men’s Advance conference. Dungy is a Super Bowl winning coach as well as a New York Times best-selling author and current analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America. Brown is the current host of The NFL Today on CBS Sports. These two widely known figures will share the stage with Andrew Wommack, president and founder of Charis Bible College, to inspire men to champion their faith and lead in their workplaces, families, and nation. The two-and-a-half-day conference will be held on March 12–14 at the new 3,165-seat auditorium at Charis Bible College, located in Woodland Park. This event is free and open to the public.To register, go online to or call (719) 635-1111.

Pet Vaccination Clinic. The Cascade Volunteer Fire Department will hold their annual Pet Vaccination Clinic on Saturday March 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CVFD Firehouse 8025 Severy Dr. The clinic is available to dogs, puppies, cats; any and all shots.  Bring them all in at once! Staff provided by Compassion Animal Hospital of Woodland Park. Call them for prices, or Lori at 719-551-0418

Teller County Commissioners Forum. TMJ News will sponsor and moderate a candidates forum for the official contenders for the District One and District Three Teller County commissioner seats, currently held by Marc Dettenrieder and Norm Steen (Both can’t seek re-election due to term limits)  on Thursday March 19, starting at about 6 p.m. The event will be hosted by the County Lodge in Woodland Park. The forum will feature candidate introductions, questions from the media and public and closing remarks.

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.

Divide Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. This annual event, part of the St. Patty festivities in the area, is scheduled for March 15 at noon. The parade begins at Paradox, then goes down Hybrook Road, ending at McGinty’s.

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