Mountain Almanac for the Week of May 17

Tuesday, May 17

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 Business After Hours is scheduled for May 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It is Hosted by Foxworth – Galbraith Home Improvement System, located at  300 S. Chestnut Street in Woodland Park. Take advantage of 25 percent discounts on in-store items. For more information, call 719-687-9885 or visit the chamber’s website.

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees  will meet at the GMF Town Hall on May 17 at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18

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:

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for May 18 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.    .   .

Cinco de Mayo Bingo. Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some food, drink and fun! Sponsored by the Ute Pass Kiwanis Club and scheduled for May 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. For $20 you get to join the fiesta! All proceeds go to the children of Teller County.

Town Hall Meeting. The Woodland Park RE-2 School District will hold a town hall-style meeting on May 18, dealing with plans for Merit Academy to lease a portion of the Woodland Park Middle School facility.  The meeting will be held in the district office and will replace the regular scheduled meeting of the school board. It will begin at 6 p.m.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on May 18 at 5;30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers. The meeting will be available in-person and on Zoom.

Thursday, May 19.

The Woodland Park City Council  will  meet on May 19 at 7 p.m. in the Woodland Park Council Chambers.  The meeting is available in-person and via Zoom

Friday, May 20

Spring Downtown Clean-Up. This year Keep Woodland Park Beautiful will be hosting the Spring Downtown Clean up on May 20. Join us to help clean up the downtown area of Woodland Park by assisting with litter, window washing and sweeping!
We will meet at Bergstrom Park at TAVA Station starting at 8:45am.
We will provide gloves, and window washing gear. We will have brooms for the sidewalks, but if you have extras available- please bring!
Sign up for this event on the Keep Woodland Park Beautiful Facebook Page.

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.

Parents Night Out. Enjoy a night out on May 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. while your kids enjoy the pool! Drop your kids off at the Woodland Aquatic Center for games, pizza and swimming while you go out, enjoy dinner or shop!
Pre-Registration is required. Registration available online For more information, call 719-687-5225.
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Saturday, May 21

Tee-off Time.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course has opened for the 2022 season, weather permitting. The 18-hole course, the driving range and putting/chipping area are open for play/practice, along with the Shining Mountain bar. Carts are available, but the cart-path-only rule for the season will be in effect to protect the turf. The restaurant is scheduled to open on May 19. A limited menu will be available Thursday through Sunday throughout the season. For more information, and to make tee-times, call 719-687-7587.


Dive In Movies. Swim, float or lounge at poolside and enjoy a variety of films. 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. Next event is scheduled for May 27. For more information, call 719-687-5233.

Gold Camp Adventure Tours of the Cripple Creek & Victor Mining District will be offered again this summer on Saturdays throughout the summer from the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. The new tours, beginning on May 28, will highlight gold rush history and gold mining. The tours will be conducted using transportation and drivers from Parks & Recreation and an experienced tour guide from the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. All of the tour proceeds from the new tours will benefit Parks & Recreation and the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, furthering the missions of both community-minded organizations as a win-win fundraising option for both. For more information, call 719-689-5509.

Pioneers of the Mines Foot Races. Pioneer Bringing a fun and competitive 5K and 10K to Cripple Creek and Victor on May 28, starting at 8:30 a.m.  The 10K will be from Victor to the high school in Cripple Creek, highlighting the mines and history of these towns.  The 5K will start and end at the high school and tour the town of Cripple Creek.  Both finish lines will be on the track, which is the reason behind the races.  At almost 10,000 feet elevation these races will challenge your endurance and your will.  These are definitely bucket list races, and all for a good cause.

Proceeds from the races will benefit upgrades and improvements to the athletic facilities at the school. Register for the race at For more information about the event, contact

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