Mountain Almanac for February 1

Tuesday, Feb. 1

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

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.  Due to new procedures, this meeting is in-person, and can’t be accessed, via Zoom.

Feb. 2

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for  Feb. 2 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.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Feb. 2 at the CC Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is available in-person and via Zoom.

Thursday, Feb. 3

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.

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 Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers next to city hall. The meeting is available, via Zoom and in-person.  Attendees must abide by the city’s mask mandates, effective at city facilities. Visit the city’s website for details.

Friday, Feb. 4

Night Sky Program. Join park staff and members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society to gaze at the dark skies above Florissant Fossil Beds in search of planets, galaxies, nebulas, and more. Meet on the front patio of the visitor center on Feb. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m.  There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the park entrance fee of $10.00 per adult (15 and younger are free) which is valid for seven days. More information on future Night Sky programs is available on the park website. For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253, visit the park website or follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram @FlorissantNPS.

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.

Saturday, Feb. 5

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.


Super Bowl Sunday. Super Bowl 56 will occur on Feb. 13 in the square-off between the Cincy Bengals and the LA Rams. This is a prime time for pre-game parties and festivities at local eateries, restaurants and casinos. See this week’s TMJ issue for a wrap-up of the AFC and NFC championship games.  Also, don’t miss the Feb. 8 issue of TMJ for a complete special Super Bowl 56 overview, including game predictions from local sports experts and area celebrities.

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.

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.

Chamber Music. On February 13 at 3:00 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue is presenting a program of chamber music, played by Elisa Wicks, violin; Heike Gazetti, clarinet; Veselka Kuzma and Jenny Yopp, cello; and Carol Wilson and Judy Biondini, piano. Featured selections are Fantaisie Romantique  by Joseph Edouard Barat and Little Suite of Four Dances by William Bolcom for clarinet and piano; Soir et Matin  by Mel Bonis and Trio in E Minor by Franz Joseph Haydn for violin, cello and piano; and Trio by Nina Rota and Trio by Louise Farrenc for clarinet, cello and piano. A free will offering will be taken.  Masks are mandatory for attendance.  The program will also be live-streamed on Facebook –