Mountain Almanac for the Week of March 8

Tuesday, March 8

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on March 8 at  6:30 p.m. at the GMF Town Hall. The meeting is available in person and via Zoom.

Wednesday, March 9

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

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for March 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 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 Woodland Park RE-2 School Board of Education will meet on March 9 at t6 p.m. at the district office.  .

Thursday, March 10

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 March 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Woodland Park Council Chambers, next to city hall. The  meeting is available in-person and via Zoom.

Friday, March 11

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, March 12

The Teller County Republican Party will hold their Assembly on March 12 at Summit Elementary in Divide, starting at 7 a.m. The Assembly will feature the first official voting for candidates for all county elected seats, including the contested county commissioner district 2 race, by precinct delegates.  It is the first major party function, prior to the primary elections.

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

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 Candidates Forum.  Sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce and scheduled for March 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Woodland Park Council Chambers.  The event will showcase the candidates for mayor and council for the municipal election in early April.  Altogether, five seats are up for grabs.  This forum typically attracts large crowds.  The event can also be accessed online. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

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.

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Bach Concert. On Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs, is presenting their annual Bach Celebration Concert after a hiatus of two years.  The program will feature a concerto for two harpsichords, a prelude and fugue for organ, a gamba sonata, a toccata for harpsichord, a concerto for oboe d’amore, and chorales for audience singing. A free will offering will be taken.  Masks are mandatory for attendance.  The program will also be live-streamed on Facebook –