Mountain Almanac for the Week of March 15

Tuesday, March 15

Chamber Business After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event.  The next Business After Hours is scheduled for March 15 and hosted by Keller Williams Clients’ Choice Realty at 509 S. Scott Ave., Suite 2D. It will occur from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Food will be provided by McGinty’s Wood Oven Pub. 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.  Call 719-9885 for more information.

Wednesday, March 16

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for March 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.    .

. The Cripple Creek City Council will meet March 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers.  .

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.

Thursday, March 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and check out the festivities at a number of local eateries, casinos and bars.

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on March 17 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on March 16 at 7 p.m. in the Woodland Park Council Chambers, next to city hall. The  meeting is available in-person and via Zoom.

Friday, March 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.

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.

Saturday, March 19

Chili Cook-off. The Woodland Park Senior Center 9th Annual Chili Cook-Off  will be held on March 19 from 11:00 to 1:00. Chili cooks can register to submit their best Chili by dropping by the Senior Center any week day before 1:00pm.  Come early – we have room for only 12 entries. Registration is $20. Cash prizes ($30, $20, $10) for the top three chili recipes! Tasting is open to everyone! $5 for all the chili you can eat plus a voting ballot! This event is an annual WP Senior Center fundraiser – bring your family and friends!


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.

Sunday, March 20

St. Patrick’s Day Parade-Divide-style.  Scheduled for March 20. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will occur in Divide between Paradox Brewery and the McGinty’s Wood Oven Pub parking area, followed by live music at McGinty’s, featuring McDeviance and Irish dancing.  This culminates a week of St. Patty festivities at McGinty’s, occurring between March 16-20. For more information, call 719-686-7703.

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 –


Best of Cripple Creek and The High Country Showdown Announcements.  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 the March 22 and March 29 issues. 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.

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