Mountain Alamanac for the Week of February 21

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Meeting Change Times. The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Feb. 21 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. This marks a slight change from their normal meeting times, which generally occur on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

After Hours. The monthly Business After Hours 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!

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Feb. 22  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, Feb. 23

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

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.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.  The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Friday, Feb. 24

Teller County Playgroup, hosted by Community Partnership at 701 Gold Hill Place in Woodland Park, 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 three times a week, Playgroup offers opportunities for developmental screenings, school readin​ess assessments, and information on local resources. The Playgroup meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. For more information, call Jackie at 719-687-0705.

Saturday, Feb. 25

Second Week of Ice Fest. The Cripple Creek Ice Festival is back and is taking place from February 18-26, with the final weekend slated for Feb. 25 and Feb. 26.  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 are now lining 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.


Butte Theater Updates. Auditions are scheduled for the next community show, The Frog Prince, on Feb. 27 from 4:15  to 8:30 p.m. at the Cresson Elementary gym. The show will be hosted at the Butte Theater on March 3, with times scheduled for 1 and 5 p.m. It is being produced by the Missoula Children’s Theater.  For more information, call 719-689-6402.

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 final results will be published for the March 14 and March 21 issues.

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.