Mountain Almanac for the Week of August 9

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Tuesday, Aug. 9

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the GMF Town Hall. The meeting will be available in-person and on Zoom

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for  at the Aug. 10 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.

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Thursday, Aug. 11

 The Teller County Commissioners will  meet on Aug. 11 in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek, starting at 9:15 a.m. The meeting is available in-person and via zoom.   .

The Woodland Park Planning Commission  will  meet on Aug. 11  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, Aug. 12

Tee-off Time.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course is open daily 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.  An outdoor grill, with limited food items, is available Friday through Sunday throughout the season. For more information, and to make tee-times, call 719-687-7587. Also, check out their charity tournament outings.

Final Performances for Nunsense. The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek will host performances of Nunsense, which runs through Aug. 13 with variety of show times from Wednesday through Sunday weekly. Call 719-689-6402 or visit our web site at for reservations. A number of discounts are available for seniors, students and members of the military.

Farmers Market. Held every Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the end of September. Our Vendors come from all over Colorado and provide a variety of products to choose from, including, Colorado fruits and vegetables, fresh baked bread, honey, coffee, food trucks, and more. We have space for 100 vendors, providing a large variety of products.

If you are a vendor looking to sell at our market please apply here:  If you have any questions or suggestions please email

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, Aug. 13

Donkey Derby Day Festival. Now in its 91st year, Donkey Derby Days tops the list of favorite Cripple Creek events. People from all over the world descend on downtown to be inspired by the town’s resident donkey herd, believed to be distant relatives of the original donkeys from the town’s Gold Rush days. The event is sponsored by the Two Mile High Club.  Here are some of the highlights:

*We will be hosting 3 race heats this year with a final top 5 final race.
*Beer tent, food vendors, and parade
*A Special John Denver tribute concert will be held at 5 p.m. with Ted Vigil, considered one of the top John Denver tribute acts in the county.
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Gold Camp Adventure Tours of the Cripple Creek & Victor Mining District will be offered again this summer on Saturdays, along with Thursdays and Fridays, throughout the summer from the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. The new tours, which kicked off 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.

Sunday, August 14

The Green Mountain Falls Summer Concert Series, with a performance by  Look’ee Here will occur on August 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gazebo Island. The series of concerts, offering a variety of styles of live music, is sponsored by the town of Green Mountain Falls and the Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce. The concerts will be held on Sundays through the end of August. In case of inclement weather or an early evening rain storm, the performances will be held at the Blue Moose Tavern For more information, visit

Geology and Mineral “Eye Candy” of the CC/V Mining District. The Cripple Creek District Museum invites you to learn more about the geology of the Cripple Creek area on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at 2pm during a special presentation by C.R. “Bob” Carnein.  talk will be held at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center, 283 S Hwy-67Cripple Creek CO. This talk will briefly cover the geologic history and major geologic features of the district and how these relate to its mineral riches. Bob will show photos of “mineral eye candy” from his own and other private collections and from that of the Cripple Creek District Museum..This program is presented by the Cripple Creek District Museum and the City of Cripple Creek. Reservations are recommended. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to make a seating reservation, please call 719-689-9540.


Salute to American Veterans Rally. The 30th anniversary Salute to American Veterans Rally and Festival is scheduled for Aug. 19-20 in Woodland Park with a full lineup of events. The main signature event and veterans’ tribute will take place in Memorial Park on Aug. 20 at 12:30 p.m. The Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall will be on display at the Woodland Park Middle School ball field throughout the festival. Check with TMJ for more details and the event’s official website at for a full schedule.

Pikes Peak Memorial Wall Dedication. The Pikes Peak Region’s Memorial Wall offers a place to reflect on the sacrifices made for our freedom. Any members of our Armed Forces who were lost in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001 and were stationed at one of our five area installations, had a home of record in El Paso or Teller County or graduated from the Air Force Academy are listed on the wall in remembrance of their sacrifice and service. The Memorial Wall Dedication is a beautiful, solemn remembrance ceremony. Please join us for the Reading of the Names, guest speakers, a Salute Battery, a Wreath Laying Ceremony, and a stunning performance by the Pikes Peak Highlanders Pipe & Drum Corps and more.The ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, is free of charge and open to the public.

Food Pantry Golf Tourney. The Little Chapel Food Pantry will hold their annual golf tournament at the Shining Mountain Golf Course on August 29, starting at 7:30 a.m.  The tourney is an important fund-raiser for the Pantry, which provides supplementary food to hundreds of families in the community. To register or to sponsor a hole, call 719-322-7610 or call the tournament coordinator, Jude Brock, at 214-274-3978.