Mountain Almanac for the Week of April 18

Tuesday, April 18

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on April 18 in the GMF Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be available in-person and on Zoom.

Wednesday, April 19

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for April 19  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..

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on April 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers. The council is scheduled to address the initial reading of a marijuana zoning ordinance.  See related story in this week’s TMJ.

Thursday, April 20

2023 Teller County Reappraisal Meeting. Scheduled for April 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Greater Woodland Park Chamber has partnered with the Teller County Assessor’s Office to offer an informational meeting on the 2023 Reappraisals. The presenters are Assessor Carol Kittelson and Deputy Assessor Michael Akana. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the state of the Market on June 30, 2022 for the purposes of valuation for Notices of Value, which will be mailed May 1, 2023. Discussed by the presenters will be methodology; market trends from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2022; current market trends, and proposed legislation. This will cover the Teller County market for Residential, Vacant Land, and Commercial. The meeting is free, but to attend you must RVSP by April 15 by contacting the Chamber of Commerce office at 719-687-9885 or by visiting their website.

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 April 20 at 7 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Friday, April 21

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.


Welcome to the Great Outdoors. The Mountain Jackpot (TMJ) News will publish their annual Outdoors and Spring Improvement guide on April 25. Great information on local trails and recreation/adventure outings, including ATV journeys, golf, fishing, hiking and more.  For more information, and to have your business included in this section, call 7190687-08083, or email us at

Shining Mountain Opening.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course and clubhouse bar is scheduled to open for the 2023 season within the next few weeks.  For more information, call 719-687-7587.  Make sure to check out TMJ’s annual Outdoors and Spring Improvement Guide, scheduled for publication on April 25.

Newmont Open House. Newmont CC&V would like to invite the community to visit us at the Heritage Center in Cripple Creek on April 25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. to ask any questions, share any concerns, or chat with us about anything related to the community or mining!  Stop in and see our External Relations Representatives and explore the Heritage Center while you are there. Newmont is conducting a variety of open houses in the next few months at various locations.  For more information, call Andrea  Connolly, external relations representative for CC&V, at 719-851-4188.

“Video Games”  Concert. The Woodland Park Wind Symphony presents its “Video Games” themed concert on Sunday, April 30 at 4 p.m. in the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The performance will feature music and video from popular video games.  Youngsters are invited to participate in a video game/hero costume contest and parade.  Come early to register your costume.  For details, call 719-687-2210, visit  The event is free – donations are welcome.

Mountain Arts Festival Entries Deadline. After over 30 years, the Mountain Arts Festival is moving to a new location in Woodland Park. The new location is just a couple of blocks from the old one in Memorial Park, Woodland Park. This new location will have more space for additional artists and food vendors. The date has also been changed to the second weekend in August (Aug. 12 and 13) when fewer competing activities are occurring.
The Mountain Artists look to 2023 to be bigger and better than ever. The annual Mountain Arts Festival is calling for artists for this year’s show and the deadline is May 1. Applications for this juried show can also be obtained from the website at
In addition to the Mountain Artists annual summer show, they also have their members-only show in November, the student art show in the spring, and their scholarship program.
​Artists interested in joining the organization can pick up an application at the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, or can find the application at the website mentioned above. For more information, call 719-502-5085.

Dude Ranches premiere. From director and producer Robert Adriel and ‘A Watchful Eye Studio Productions’ comes Dude Ranches: In the Shadows of Pikes Peak, a documentary that speaks to the soul of our country. The Dude Ranches documentary was hosted recently at the Gold Hill Theatres before a packed house. Stay tuned for more showings.  The movie is presented by the Ute Pass Historical Society (UPHS) and voiced by local actors Christy Cole and Charlie Chambers.  The documentary is about  owners of each of the featured dude ranches and their unique characteristics, from a judge and his heroic wife, a criminal, a husband and wife lawyer team from Brooklyn, a veteran and his wife who was the only medical personnel in Woodland Park at the time, to the local love story born on the trail of romance.  For more information, call 719-651-5943.