Mountain Almanac for the week of February 22

Wednesday, Feb, 23

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Feb. 23 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.    .

Thursday, Feb. 24

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.

Meeting Cancellation. The Woodland Park Planning Commission, originally scheduled for Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers next to city hall, has been cancelled.

Friday, Feb. 25

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. 26

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. The course is tentatively scheduled to reopen in early April, weather permitting.


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 the last week for voting.  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 March 1 at the Woodland Park City Council Chambers, starting at 7:30 a.m.

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.

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.

Woodland Park Chamber Gala. Join us for our “Annual Gala,” featuring a Night of Entertainment, Recognition and Wondrous Fun.  A date definitely to be reserved on your calendar and an event not to be missed. Scheduled for March 18 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, starting at 5:30 p.m. Call 719-687-9885, or check out the Chamber’s website. Colorado Western Attire is encouraged.