Mountain Almanac for the Week of August 16

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Tuesday, Aug. 16

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. The Aug. 16 Business After Hour is hosted by Coldwell Banker 1st Choice Realty at 18401 E. Hwy. 24, starting at 5:30 p.m. Call 719-687-9885 for more information.

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the GMF Town Hall. The meeting is in-person and on Zoom.

Wednesday, Aug. 17

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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The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cripple Creek Council Chambers. The  meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

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The Woodland Park City Council will  meet on Aug. 18  at 7 p.m. in the Woodland Park Council Chambers, next to city hall.  The meeting is available in-person and via Zoom.

Friday, Aug. 19

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.

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.

Greater Tuna. This play, hosted by the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek, kicks off on Aug. 19 and extends until September 17. It is set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the “third-smallest” town in the state. The play is at once an affectionate comment on small-town, Southern life and attitudes, but also a withering satire of same. The play is additionally notable in that two men play the entire cast of over twenty eccentric characters of both genders and various ages. For tickets and information, call 719-689-6402 or see the city’s tourist website at

Saturday, Aug. 20

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 POW/MIA commemoration will take place in Memorial Park on Aug. 20 at 12:30 p.m. The tribute will also include a new Memorial Dedication at Memorial Park. The Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall will be on display at the Woodland Park Middle School ball field, starting on Aug. 19. See this week’s story in TMJ for more details and check the event’s official website at for a full schedule.

Historic Trolley Tours. These tours occur every Saturday through Labor Day weekend, starting at the District Museum in Cripple Creek at 1 p.m. These 90-minute tours are led by our Victorian hostesses and feature many of the characters from Cripple Creek’s storied history.  The characters you will see are played by members of the Gold Camp Victorian Society. Please join us for the only historical trolley tour in Cripple Creek. Adults $15 and children 12 and under $5. These tours are fun for the whole family. Space is limited, so arrive early to reserve your seat.

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Sunday, August 21

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.

The Green Mountain Falls Summer Concert Series, with a performance by  Nube Nueve band will occur on August 21 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


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.