Mountain Almanac for the Week of June 27

Wednesday, June 28

 Wellness Walk. Scheduled for June 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, June 29

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

Shining Mountain Links Activity.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course and clubhouse bar in Woodland Park has kicked into full-gear for the 2023 season. Tee-times are available, starting at 8 a.m., weather permitting.  Conditions are excellent for this time of the year, and the facility has undergone many improvements. In addition, the driving range and practice chipping  and putting greens are open for practice. SM features  special trivia nights every Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. (including a food truck) and other special events for the public. Also, check out their special charity golf tournaments, benefitting key groups around the county. The restaurant is open during Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-7587 and visit the Shining Mountain facebook page  and check for updates in TMJ.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission   will hold a special meeting on June 29  at 6:30 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, dealing with the subject of regulating short-term rentals. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Friday, June 30

The Green Box Arts Festival. The 15th annual running of the Green Box Arts Festival kicks off on June 30 and continues until July 15. It features a variety of cultural performances, live music, classes, art displays, hikes and community events. The festival starts on June 30 at 10 a.m. with the unveiling of new art works.  For more information, visit

Farmers Market. This annual summer and fall tradition kicks into full-gear on North Street next to Memorial Park and occurs every Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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. For more information, call Sara Swart at 719-400-9986.

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.

Live Music. The Painted Bear gift shop in Green Mountain Falls will host  its summer music series, featuring live performers on Friday evenings throughout the summer from 5;30 to 7 p.m.  The music occurs outdoors (special arrangements are made in case of inclement weather) in the scenic, back patio area. The Painted Bear features one of the most intimate settings for live music and showcases a great variety of performers. For more information, call 719-684-7864.

Saturday, July 1

The Gold Camp Victorian Society will present Original Historical Gold Camp Trolley Tours again this summer. The tours, which kicked off on Saturday, May 27, continuing every Saturday through Labor Day weekend, with the exceptions of June 17th and August 12th. Each tour begins at 1 pm from the District Museum parking area in Cripple Creek. These 90-minute tours are led by our Victorian hostesses and feature many of the characters from Cripple Creek’s storied past. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Please join us for a ride into history that is fun for the whole family. Space is limited, so please arrive early to reserve your seat. For more information, visit

Music at the Depot.  The Cripple Creek District Museum will host a free concert on July 1 from 2 to 6 p.m., featuring the music of Slopeside, a highly revered alternative rock band from Denver.  The event will feature a full supply of food and beer and other beverages. Call 719-689-9540 for more information.


July 4th Celebrations.  A festive lineup of July 4th and holiday Celebrations are being held in Woodland Park and Cripple Creek.  See full details in story in this week’s TMJ and at

Senior Center Pancake Breakfast. Scheduled for July 4. The annual Pancake Breakfast at the Woodland Park Senior Center, SE corner of Pine Street and Lake Avenue, Tuesday, July 4, 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Start off your July 4th celebration with a bang! All you can eat fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit and the best biscuits and gravy around is the best bang for your dollar! Your hometown seniors will be decked out in red, white and blue as they flip pancakes and scramble eggs, to be served up with sausage, biscuits & gravy, juice and coffee or hot tea for only $8. Kids 6 and under eat for $2. Our open to the public event helps to support the programs and activities of the Woodland Park Senior Center. We appreciated the support of each one of you! Mark your calendars and plan to join us on this special celebration on Tuesday, July 4!



The Teller Rifles will sponsor a CCW Class on Saturday, 8 July 2023 at 10 am, at the Victor Elks. It will be conducted by Bob Tyler & Randy Ford.

The class will be held at the Victor Elks Lodge and it will satisfy the class requirement for the Colorado state concealed carry permit.

You must be 21 years old to attend.

There will be 3 1/2 hours of classroom training followed by 1 to 2 hours of range shooting in the Elks indoor shooting range.

Bring your own handgun (.22LR only), ammo, and eye & ear protection.

If you don’t have your own handgun and can’t borrow one, let us know in advance so other arrangements can be made for you.

Each student who successfully completes the academic and live-fire training

will be issued a Concealed Carry Training Certificate which may be used to

apply for a Concealed Carry Permit at the Teller County Sheriff’s Office. Call 719-748-1335  for more details.



The Victor Gold Rush Days, featuring a variety of games, contests, home tours, a parade and festive activities, is scheduled for July 14-16. 


Mountain Arts Festival Call for Entries. The Mountain Artists are accepting entries for the 38th annual Mountain Arts Festival, August 12 and 13, 2023, to be held at Memorial Park in Woodland Park, Colorado. This is a juried art festival. Learn more about this huge event as we expand to 82+ booths, add live music and food trucks in 2023. Applications are available at or you can call 719-401-2301 for more information.