Mountain Almanac for the week of October 19

Tuesday, Oct. 19

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! This month’s After Hours gathering, scheduled for October 19, is hosted by Fidelity National Title, Vectra Bank and Andersen Pack ‘N Ship.  It will be held at 361 W. U.S. Hwy. 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  For more information call 719-687-9885.

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.  Additional forums will occur on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. For  more information, visit the school district’s website and check out for more details.

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.  The meeting is in-person, but is available on Zoom.

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Oct. 20 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.

Budget Forums.  The Cripple Creek City Council will hold a budget meeting on Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. to discuss a few remaining fiscal issues dealing with the 2022 budget, including the subject of special event funding.  Then, at 4:30 p.m. it will hold another public meeting regarding the subject of possible gaming device fee increases or adjustments (see related story in this week’s TMJ).  The council will hold a regular meeting on Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 21

Gallop in the Garden. This is a 5K Fun Run/Jog/Walk in Garden of the Gods Park on Oct. 21  at 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Free admission.

The Woodland Park  City Council will meet on Oct. 21 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. 22

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. 23

Celebration of Life.  A Celebration of Life will occur for Cindy Lou Corrigan, a well-known local resident, who passed away on August 22, at McGinty’s Wood Oven Pub in Divide.  The Celebration of Life will occur from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.


Seniors Pizza Party. Scheduled for Thursday October 28 at noon at the Aspen Mine  Center dining room in Cripple Creek, 166 E. Bennett Avenue. Call 719-689-3584 for more information and to RSVP  for the event.

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. 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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The Woodland Park Chamber Fall Business Expo is scheduled for Nov. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. For more information, call 719-687-9885