Mountain almanac for Nov. 3

Mountain Almanac

*Many of the following events/activities are impacted by the Coronavirus epidemic restrictions.  Please contact the meeting/event organizers or hosts to double-check with the restrictions.  Masks are required for all in-door events and meetings.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Deadline for voting. Ballots have been mailed out for the Nov. 3 election, featuring many key local, state and national elections. They must be returned by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. Drop off points are established outside the courthouse in Cripple Creek, outside the motor vehicle office in Woodland Park and near the Divide Venture Foods outlet in Divide.  An actual center also has been established at the Woodland Park Public Library. If you live in the lower Ute Pass area, the prime drop-off point is the Manitou Springs City Hall ballot box.  For more information for Teller County voters, call 719-689-2951. For El Paso County residents, call 719-575-8683 (See related story in this week’s TMJ for more details).

Wednesday, Nov. 4

TSC (Teller Senior Coalition) Transit operates a limited bus service to 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

Budget Meeting. The city of Cripple Creek will feature a key 2021 budget hearing on Nov. 4, prior to their regular council meeting. It is tentatively scheduled for around 4 p.m. This meeting could determine if the city plans to sponsor or host any special events/festivals in 2021, and may resolve other important financial issues.  The city has proposed the smallest budget in 25 years, resulting from the coronavirus epidemic. For more information, and if you want to attend, call 719-689-2502. Meeting space is limited.

Regular Cripple Creek Meeting.  The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC  council chambers at city hall. This will mark the city’s first regular meeting, following the Nov. 3 election.

Thursday, Nov. 5

New Paid Sick Law Impact. The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a special presentation on the New Paid Sick Leave Law, prompted by the coronavirus epidemic.  This will feature a Zoom conference on Nov. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The featured speaker is Christiana Husman, an attorney for the Southern Regional Office Employers Council.  Register, via This is part of the chamber’s Lunch and Learn events. For more information, call Scott Leas of the Woodland Park Chamber at 719-687-9885.

Fun Run. A Gallop In The Garden 5K Fun Run will occur at the Garden of the Gods Park on Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.

Live Music. Logan LaValley and Coronation will perform on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m., at Armadillo Ranch, 962 Manitou Ave, in Manitou Springs.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, next to city hall.  The council will swear-in a new member, resulting from the Nov. 3 election.

Friday, Nov. 6 

First Friday Arts Walk.  This monthly event will be held on Manitou Avenue and Colorado Avenue, Old Colorado City on Nov. 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 7

Drive Through Flu Vaccine. Get your flu shot the easy way. Scheduled for Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon (while supplies last) in Divide.  Follow the signs. Each person must wear a mask and must not have any COVID symptoms. No pets in vehicle.  For more information, call 719-687-6416.

 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.  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. Many of their programs and facilities have been impacted by the Coronavirus epidemic.

Mueller Hikes and Activities. With cooler days, celebrate autumn and early winter at Mueller State Park. This is a great time to avoid the crowds and enjoy a plethora of great trails.   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 are the only cost. Scheduled hikes, with special naturalists and park experts, are held on some weekends, with social distancing. For more information, call 719-687-2366.

Live Music. The Jauntee, will perform on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at Armadillo Ranch, 962 Manitou Ave., in Manitou Springs.


Turkey Shoot. The American Legion Post 1980 will hold a Turkey Shoot on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. at the Teller County Shooting Society Range, 2067 Hwy. 81, (South past Gillette, toward Victor.) This is one in honor of our Veterans and First Responders each year as we approach Veteran’s Day.  Good camaraderie and friendship focused around shooting with a theme.  This years’ theme will be the Philippine Insurrection and we will be shooting period weapons. The weapons will be: Rifle – .30-40 Krag, Handgun – Colt SSA .45 Revolver (Substitute – Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Colt), Shotgun – 1897 Trench-gun.  All participants will use the same gun and donated ammo.

 If interested, contact the American Legion Post or send an email to the Teller Rifles group,

 Calling All Vets. Sponsored by the Eric Dickson, American Legion Post 1980 of Woodland Park and scheduled for Nov. 11 at the Shining Mountain Golf Course and Event Center. Two sessions available for veterans and their families at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Free Barbecue 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 group.  Being a veteran is enough. Due to the pandemic, limited seating is available. RSVP to 719-394-6299.

After Hours. The 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. This month’s After Hours is scheduled for Nov. 17 at the Community of Banks of Colorado branch in Woodland Park, 651 Scott Avenue, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Don’t forget your business cards! For more information, call 719-687-9885.