Mountain Almanac for the Week of November 9

Tuesday, Nov. 9



Cripple Creek Senior Clubhouse. Held every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the dining room of the Aspen Mine Center, 166 E. Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek. Featuring games, crafts, snacks and socializing. Tuesday Bingo scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Call 719-689-3584 for more information or 317-513-8441. No activities will occur on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24.



Wednesday, Nov. 10


Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Nov. 10 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.

The Woodland Park Chamber Fall Business Expo is scheduled for Nov. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.


The American Revolution Relived. The Woodland Park Public Library, at 218 E. Midland Avenue, will host a special program, The American Revolution: The Winning of a Nation, on Nov. 10 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This will feature a presentation by Gary Penley, who will discuss the causes, victories, losses, struggles and hardships. For more information, call 719-687-9281×103.

Chamber Fall Business Expo. The public is invited to attend Woodland Park’s largest business expo with a wide range of exhibitors. Scheduled for Nov. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Meet face to face with local business people ready to talk about a variety of products and services offered including banking, financial, business services, construction, home maintenance and repair, healthcare, senior housing and more. Great fun with door prizes given away at the close of the event. For more information, call 719-687-9885.


The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Nov. 10 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.




Thursday, Nov. 11


Veterans Day Ceremonies. Veterans Day ceremonies are scheduled at the Woodland Park High School and at the Cripple/Victor High School on the morning of Nov. 11, with scheduled speakers at both locations and special tributes to local veterans. The Woodland Park ceremony will be held at the 9:30 a.m., while the Cripple Creek veterans’ tribute, sponsored by the school and an American Legion post, will occur at 10:30 a.m.



And later in the day, a county-wide Veterans Day Dinner, sponsored by the American Legion Post 1980, will be held for veterans and their families at 5 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.




Friday, Nov. 12

A Cripple Creek Christmas Carol. Cripple Creek history meets the classic Dickens’ Christmas Carol in this holiday season is a perfect past, present and future holiday experience. This show, which kicked off on Nov. 26 and continues through Dec. 31 on select days, is a great holiday outing for the entire family as its plot is based on the classic tale – with a Cripple Creek twist that relies on Bob Womack (who in 1890, discovered the gold that made Cripple Creek famous) to rescue the Scrooge-like Gooch from his selfish ways. The show was written for the Butte stage by TATC producer Chris Armbrister and Cripple Creek’s favorite playwright Chris Sorensen. For more information, call 719-689-6402.

Shooting nights. Scheduled for the Victor Elks Lodge on Fridays at the corner of 3rd and Diamond in Victor at 7 p.m. in the indoor shooting range downstairs. The entrance (white door) is on the southside parking lot level. You don’t have to be a member. (Though it’s free, most of us leave a donation for the Elks building fund.) Don’t forget hearing and eye protection. Remember, the Teller Rifles Challenge is still on! Offhand, 10 consecutive shots, 50′, iron sights, first one to shoot better than an ’81’ gets prizes!

Saturday, Nov. 13
Woodland Park Holiday Boutique. Scheduled for Nov. 13 from – 9am to 3pm at the Shining Mountain Golf Course, 100 Shining Mountain Lane, Woodland Park. For more information, call 719-640-3745


Holiday Headframe Lighting The giant headframes that are the remains of 1890’s gold mining days will again light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek again this holiday season. These unique mining structures are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era. This marks the 22nd anniversary of the event. Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, will be lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek on weekend nights from now through Jan. 1 Everything from a Christmas wreath to a snowman and a toy soldier will be on display this year. A self-guided driving tour map will be available at the Cripple Creek District Museum, Cripple Creek Heritage Center, Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, and online at The lights will be best viewed after dark and will be in place Friday through Sunday nights through New Year’s Day, weather/safety and volunteers permitting. Between Christmas Eve and New Year’s, weather allowing, the lights will be on nightly. This holiday lighting tradition is sponsored by Newmont Cripple Creek & Victor gold mine, on whose property most of the headframes are located; Southern Teller County Focus Group who coordinates generator crews; and the El Pomar Foundation who provided grant funding for the event this year. Volunteers from the communities staff the generators and line power connections each weekend. Other sponsors include the City of Victor, Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation, and the Cripple Creek District Museum. Support also comes from Black Hills Energy crews who help refurbish the lamps on the ornaments.


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Short-term rental tax increase. A meeting will be held at the Woodland Park Vectra Bank Conference Room to discuss a proposed property tax increase on short-term-rental properties, calling for a substantial tax hike. Colorado State Representative Mark Baisley, HD-39, will be at this meeting to discuss, comment, and take questions on this issue and this proposal by Colorado State Senator Chris Hansen. The meeting is scheduled for Nov. 16 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Teller County Assessor Colt Simmons at 719-689-2941.