Mountain Almanac for the Week of Feb. 15

Tuesday, Feb. 15

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

Wednesday, Feb. 16

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Feb. 16 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. 16 at 5;30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers

Mardi Gras Bingo. Let the good times roll! Come celebrate Mardi Gras with bingo!  For only $20 you get a night of fun! Come early and get a good seat, some food from a visiting food truck and a libation from the bar. Wear your best Mardi Gras costume and win a prize! Best of all you will be helping us raise money for local scholarships. Scheduled for February 16 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Sponsored by the Ute Pass/Kiwanis Club. Call 719-315-5004.

Thursday, Feb. 17

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Feb. 17 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. This  marks a slight change from their normal meeting times. .

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. 17 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. 18

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. 19

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.

Dive-In-Movie. Swim, float or lounge at poolside and enjoy a variety of films on Feb. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Woodland Aquatic Center. Bring your own flotation devices or rent one from us! Regular daily pool admission will apply. Popcorn and concession items will be available for purchase. Please call Woodland Aquatic Center for film schedule. For more information, call 719-687-5225.


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.  Voting will occur on Results will be announced in mid-March. Vote now. See story updates on our website and Facebook pages.

What’s Your Pitch? The difference between a good elevator pitch and a great elevator pitch could be your bottom line!
Learn how to make a concise and influential introduction to your business to  market yourself, land new customers, and pique their interest to take action…in 15 seconds. This is part of the Lunch and Learn Series, sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce. It is scheduled for March 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. For more information, and to register, call 719-687-9885.

This forum is presented by Mark Bittle, who founded Connectionmark, a strategic planning and marketing firm, after seeing the opportunity to help businesses and key leadership become more productive and profitable. He works with his clients to assist them in growing and optimizing their businesses through strategic development, design, and execution. Bittle has been the Director of Marketing and Development for the largest media company in Southern Colorado and was a local executive for a Fortune 150 company.

Friday Night Creative Chill. Participants will enjoy an evening of painting
and socializing in a relaxing and fun atmosphere, at the North Room of the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Each class will feature a different painting theme based on the time of the year. All painting material and supplies will be provided. First glass of wine included. Must be
21+. Preregistration is required at the Woodland Park Parks and Recreation. Please register online by the Wednesday before the class. The next class is scheduled for March 11. Call 719-687-5225.