Mountain Almanac for the week of January 25

Wednesday, Jan. 26

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.    .

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.

Thursday, Jan. 27

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Jan. 27 at  9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

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 Planning Commission will meet on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers next to city hall. Meeting is available, via Zoom. Visit the city’s website for details.

Friday, Jan. 28

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. 29

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.

Sunday, Jan. 30. NFL Playoff Frenzy.  The AFC and NFC Championship games will be held on Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.  For great playoff action, check out McGinty’s Wood Oven Pub in Divide (see NFL wrap-up in this week’s issue), the Blue Moose Saloon and other area establishments. This game will determine who will be headed to Super Bowl 56.


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 updates on our website and Facebook pages.

The Woodland Park Downtown Development Authority will meet on Feb. 1 at 7:30 a.m.  Participation is available, via Zoom. Check out the city’s website

Lunch and Learn Series. Please join us for our Chamber Lunch and Learn Series, sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce.  Add a tool each month to your “Business Thriving Tool Kit”. Lunch is included. Our next series is scheduled for February 3 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. It will focus on Decision Making/Problem Solving, with a presentation by Cory Steinke, president of C2 Aerospace Corporation.  For more information, call 719-687-9885 or visit the chamber’s website.

Special Winter Book Sale scheduled for Feb. 11 at the Woodland Park Public Library from noon to 4 p.m. This features a $5.00 bag sale     Get a bag of books for your Valentine. Video games $5.00 per game not included in bag price. For more information, call Jennie Darrah at 719-687-9281×103.