Mountain Almanac for the week of October 12

Wednesday, Oct. 13

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Meet at the lower level and choose a one, two or three-mile hike. Maps are available. Healthy living tips and mindfulness exercises to enhance your walk. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Free admission.

Thursday, Oct. 14

Gallop in the Garden. This is a 5K Fun Run/Jog/Walk in Garden of the Gods Park on Oct. 14  at 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Free admission.


Local Author Showcase. Scheduled for Oct. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library. Authors will be talking about their book/ books. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions about the process of getting published. For more information, call 719-687-9281×103.

The Woodland Park  Planning Commission will meet on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.  In-person attendance is permitted and the meeting is available for participation via Zoom.

Friday, Oct. 15

Tee-off Time.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course is  still open, but only on certain days of the week for the remainder of the 2021 season due to the current drought conditions.  Check with the pro shop. However, the clubhouse bar is open, along with the driving range and chipping area. In addition, the restaurant is open from Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plus, special dinners are scheduled from Friday and Saturday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Call 719-687-7587 for more information.


Saturday, Oct. 16

Haunting at the Old Homestead. Thin Air Theatre Company will “scare you silly” with this year’s fall production from the warped mind of Chris Sorensen. When a spirit starts scaring off clients of Cripple Creek’s favorite brothel, The Old Homestead, Madam Pearl de Vere offers a hefty reward to anyone who can rid her house of the ghost. On a dark & stormy night (of course it would be dark & stormy) three of the unlikeliest ghost-busters turn up to answer her call. Steeped in mystery, history, thrills & chills… not to mention plenty of laughs, this show promises to be a Halloween treat for the whole family. Performances, held at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek, continue through Oct. 30. For more information, call 719-689-6402.

Fall Festival. A Fall Festival celebration will occur on Oct. 16, hosted by the 110 Reserve in Woodland Park (110 W. Midland Avenue). A slew of kids’ activities is scheduled between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and live music will occur between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. The 110 Reserve will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check out related ad in this week’s TMJ.

Join us at the Woodland Aquatic Center for Div-In Movies! Next scheduled event is Oct. 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Swim, float or lounge at poolside and enjoy a variety of films. Bring your own flotation devices or rent one from us! Regular pool admission will apply. Popcorn and concession Items will be available for purchase. This is a first come, first serve event; we will take guests until we reach out designated capacity. Please call Woodland Aquatic Center for film schedule. For more information, call 687-5233.


Woodland Park RE-2 School District Board Candidate Forums.  A variety of forums are scheduled between Oct. 18 and Oct. 26 for the four elected board seats, which will be decided during the Nov. 2 election.  The forums kick off on Oct. 18 with a candidate gathering at the Columbine Gym at 7 p.m., and then the following evening, Oct. 19, with a candidate discussion at the Summit Gym at 7 p.m.  For  more information, visit the school district’s website.

Look Out – the Posse is Comin.’ A free presentation on the 1894 Labor War will be hosted by the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum Saturday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. Lookout the Posse’s comin’ – The Labor War of 1894 – will be made by Gary Horton of Victor, who researched and developed the presentation on behalf of the Cripple Creek District Museum. He will share that presentation at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum Nov. 6.

The 1894 Labor War that began with unrest over wages was a five-month strike by the Western Federation of Miners in Cripple Creek and Victor. In January 1894, some Cripple Creek mine owners, who together employed one-third of the area’s miners, announced a lengthening of the work-day to ten hours (from eight), with no change to the daily wage of $3.00 per day. When workers protested, the owners agreed to employ the miners for eight hours a day – but at a wage of only $2.50. A strike ensued. The presentation is free and open to the public however, seating is limited. Please sign up for the event in advance, at Reservations are highly recommended. Donations to the museum will be accepted in lieu of a ticket fee. For more information, see

Rocky Mountain Christmas Boutique.  This annual event features Artisan Created Gifts and Deor. All proceeds benefit Choices. This event is scheduled at the Shining Mountain Golf Course for Nov. 5 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Nov. 6 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) For more information, call 719-284-2300.

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