Mountain Almanac for the Week of February 14

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Happy Valentine’s Day. A number of  local eateries and restaurants throughout the area are planning specials Valentine meals. Check with your favorite restaurant.

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Feb. 15  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.

Special Dinners. McGinty’s Wood Oven Pub in Divide features series of 5-6 course dinners paired with libations, with special themes. The series kicked off on Feb. 1 and received great reviews. The next dinner is scheduled for Feb. 15 and it features a combination of Italian wines and Cuisine. For more information, call 719-686-7703 to make reservations.

The Cripple Creek City Council, with its first new lineup since the recall election of Jan. 24, will  meet on Feb. 15 at 5:30  p.m. in the CC Council Chambers.

Thursday, Feb. 16

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

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


Saturday, Feb. 18

Ice Fest Returns. The Cripple Creek Ice Festival is back and will occur from February 18-26, 2023.  New sponsors have been identified and the city of Cripple Creek has approved their sponsorship of the event, which paves the way for a larger more exciting event than ever before.  This marks the return of this popular festival after a several-year hiatus. The head-to-head carving challenges will also be returning to the event on Saturdays.  Carvers will compete in a stadium setting for a $1,000 cash prize each weekend.  Carving teams will also be doing their best to win the People’s Choice Award for an overall cash prize of $5,000.  Plan your visit and cast your vote for the most impressive carving. The ice sculptures will line parts of Bennett Avenue, which will include a children’s slide. There will also be food and retail vendors, as well as adult beverages being served on both weekends. Ice Fest has been rated as one of the town’s most popular festival. For more information visit the city’s tourism website or call 719-689-3461 or 719-270-1999.

Mardi Gras Carnival Parade. Scheduled for Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. in downtown Manitou Springs. It’s tradition in Manitou Springs to march down Manitou Avenue and celebrate Mardi Gras in true fun and funky color that Manitou is known for! So, grab your beads and costume-up with us. Our theme for 2023 is Manitou Time Machine. For more information, visit the Carnivale Weekend webpage. For more information, call 719-689-5089.

The more the merrier, so bring your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, your friends, everyone! Always free to join in, never any RSVPs!


Best of Cripple Creek and the Teller High County.  Don’t forget to partake in the annual Best Of 2023 contest, sponsored by TMJ.  This Best Of contest has been yearly tradition, which began shortly after gaming started in Cripple Creek. See related story in this week’s issue.  Voting continues until mid-February, with the winners announced in March. More than 70 categories for you to pick favorites. To vote, visit

The monthly Business After Hours, organized by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Feb. 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and will be hosted by Park State bank & Trust 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!

CC&V Open House.  Join the Newmont Cripple Creek & Victor Mine for a face-to-face  community meeting, scheduled for Feb. 23 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Victor Community Center, located at 201 S Second Street. In striving to be a good neighbor and keep you informed about our mining operations, here are the subjects that CC&V representatives will be presenting at this open house; Value Moment, Endowment Fund; 2022 Social Impact Assessment Update; 2022 Community Investment and Engagement; Sustainability & External Relations Updates; and Concurrent Reclamation. For more information, call719-851-4188.

Pearl’s Follies is the annual fundraiser for the Old Homestead House. It is scheduled for March 4 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Old Homestead House Museum. Victorian Elegance theme! Live entertainment, food provided by Miramont Castle, drinks!, Rodeo Road Apples Band after dinner with a Cocktail hour!! Single Tickets: $30. Entire tables can also be purchased.  Call for pricing. Limited Seating! Sales start soon! Call 719-689-2485 or visit The 2023 event will be held at the Cripple Creek Elks Lodge.