Mountain Almanac for the Week of February 8

Tuesday, Feb. 8

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.  The commission will conduct a public hearing on a variance request for a new proposed events center at the old firehouse building.  The meeting will be in-person, but is available, via Zoom.

Congressional GOP Candidates. The Teller County Republicans will hold their monthly meeting on Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Community Club. As special guests, the meeting will feature three GOP candidates vying for the newly-aligned 7th Congressional District, which includes Teller County. Appearances will be made by Carl Andersen, Erik Aadland and Laurel Imer.

Wednesday, Feb. 9

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Feb. 9 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, Feb. 10

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Feb. 10 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 Feb. 10 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. 11

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.

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.  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. 12

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, Feb. 13

Super Bowl Sunday. Super Bowl 56 will occur on Feb. 13 (game time at 4:30), featuring a square-off between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles 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 complete special Super Bowl 56 overview, including game predictions from local sports experts and area celebrities.

Chamber Music Concert. 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 –


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.

After Hours Event. 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 After Hours event, slated for Feb. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., will be hosted by Park State Bank & Trust.  Hors d’oeuvres will be catered by Swiss Chalet. For more information, call 719-687-9885.