Mountain Almanac for the Week of January 18

Tuesday, Jan. 18

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!

The next Business After Hours, is scheduled for January 18, and is hosted by the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. It will be held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

Wednesday, Jan. 19

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Jan. 19  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.    .

Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers. This will mark their debut meeting of 2022. Their original kick-off meeting, scheduled for Jan. 5, was cancelled due to a lack of agenda items.

Jimmy Buffett Bingo. Sponsored by Ute the Pass Kiwanis Club and held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Jan. 19 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  Get your Buffett on!  For only $20 you get a quick escape to the beach while supporting the children of Teller County!  Come early to get a good seat and something to eat from a visiting food truck and a drink from the bar before the games begin! Put on your best beach garb and maybe you will win the prize. There are lots of opportunities to win! Call 719-315-5004 for more information.

Thursday, Jan. 20

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.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers next to city hall.

The Shining Mountain  Golf Course and Event Center is closed for the season.  But the spacious facility is still open for events.  If interested in hosting your event at Shining Mountain, call 719-687-7587.

Friday, Jan. 21

Shooting Nights in Victor, sponsored by the Teller  Rifles group.  A number of us get together almost every Friday night at the 50′ indoor shooting range downstairs at the Elks Lodge in Victor at 7 p.m. for contests with a .22LR pistol or rifle. Last Friday there were 10 of us and not one Baldwin.  Karen M. had her brand new shooter there and handily outshot most of the boys. Who said girls can’t shoot?  The entrance (white door) is on the southside parking lot level. (Mind your head going in!)

You don’t have to be a member of Teller Rifles. (Though it’s free, most of us leave a donation for the Elks building fund to help maintain the range.)  The Teller Rifles Challenge still stands. Best shooting last Friday was a ’78’. Fame, Glory, and Prizes, await, if you can score better than an ’94’! come and join us and show us your stuff.

Saturday, Jan. 22

Boosting Your immunity. Scheduled for Jan. 22 at the Woodland Park Public Library from 2 to 3:45 pm. Join presenter Cassandra Bachrach on the many ways you can boost your immunity during the cold winter months. Call 719-687-9281×103.


Best of Cripple Creek and The High Country Showdown.  The voting for this annual contest, sponsored by TMJ and featuring nearly 100 categories, has entered the final stretch, with voting taking place until Feb. 22.  Voting will occur on Results will be announced in mid-March. Vote now. See story in this week’s TMJ and on our website and Facebook pages.

Teller County Playgroup is FREE to any Parent or Caregiver with children ages 5 & under. Older siblings welcome. Come meet a great group of friends for you and your little one! Exchange wisdom and support with other parents while exploring the world with your child through music, movement, arts and crafts, free play, story-time, field trips, and themed structured activities. Meeting twice a week, Playgroup offers opportunities for developmental screenings, school readin​ess assessments, and information on local resources. Playgroup meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30AM – 11:00AM.  Our temporary location is at The Resource Exchange at 509 Scott Avenue, Woodland Park. January playgroup activities focus on Social Emotional Development. For more information visit:

Call 719-687-0705.