Mountain Almanac for the Week of December 13

Tuesday, Dec. 13

State of the City Breakfast. Scheduled for Dec. 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The guest speaker is Woodland Park Mayor Hilary LaBarre. The cost is $30 and RSVPs must be received by Dec. 9. The event is sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce and UCHealth. Visit the city of chamber’s website for more details.

After Hours. Chamber Business After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event.  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! December 13 Business After hours is hosted by Edgewood Inn, located at 10975 Loy Creek Road in Woodland Park, and will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It is co-hosted by Peak Internet. For more information, call 719-687-9885 or visit the chamber at their website.

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The trustees are scheduled to approve a budget for 2023.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Dec. 14  at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Meet at the upper 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.

Thursday, Dec. 15

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Dec. 15 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek This will mark their final meeting of 2022.

Meeting cancellation. The Woodland Park City Council has cancelled their meeting, originally scheduled for Dec. 15.

TOPS. Take Off Pounds Sensibly- Meets every Thursday morning at 9 a.m.  in the basement of Church in the Wildwood 10585 Ute Pass Ave, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819. Affordable, effective weight-loss support

Funky Little Theater Company is bringing A CHRISTMAS CAROL to the beautiful Ute Pass Cultural Center this December! Six actors, three ghosts and the infamous Ebeneezer Scrooge. This production is great for the whole a family. It is scheduled for Dec. 15, 16 and 17 with a matinee and evening show on the final day. For more information, call Chris Medina at 310-909-3694 or visit

Friday, Dec. 16

 Wizard of Oz, Colorado and a new Christmas Olio. Featured at the Butte Theater for select times from now to Dec. 31. This is a New Holiday play by Chris Sorensen, loosely based on L. Frank Baum’s OZ stories. It is December in Cripple Creek, 1899. Before the holiday break, Dorothy Gunnison, a young schoolteacher, invites famed genius Nikola Telsa to speak to her class. But while demonstrating one of his inventions (the N.T.M.), Telsa accidentally sends Dorothy through a time twister to the LAND OF OZ. There, with the assistance of a certain scarecrow, tin man, and lion, she must find a way to return to Cripple Creek before Christmas is cancelled. Followed by TATC’s famous Christmas Olio. See show review in this week’s TMJ. For more information, call 719-689-6402 or check the Butte Theater’s website for reservations.

23rd Annual Holiday Headframe Lighting. The giant headframes that are the remains of 1890’s gold mining days will again light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek again this holiday season. These unique mining structures are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era. This marks the 23rd anniversary of the event. Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, will be lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek starting Saturday, Nov. 26. Everything from a Christmas wreath to a snowman and a toy soldier will be on display this year. A self-guided driving tour map will be available at the Cripple Creek District Museum, Cripple Creek Heritage Center, Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, and online at  The lights will be best viewed after dark and will be in place Friday through Sunday nights through New Year’s Day, weather/safety and volunteers permitting. Between Christmas Eve and New Year’s, weather allowing, the lights will be on nightly. More information and maps are at

Live Nativity Scene. The Charis Bible College in Woodland Park will host their Live Nativity Scenes from 5 to 8 p.m. from Dec. 16-19.

Sunday, Dec. 18

Special holiday celebration with the wolves. Includes: breakfast burritos and a wolf tour. Scheduled for Dec. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, 4729 Twin Rocks Road, Divide. Call 719-687-9742 for more information.


 Parent’s Night Out. Scheduled for Dec. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a night out 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. Available online through CivicRec. Registration will close on December 20, 2022. Call 719-687-5225 for more information.

Christmas Eve Celebrations. A variety of churches in the area will be holding Christmas Eve celebrations on Dec. 24. Check with the schedule of individual churches.