Mountain Almanac for the Week of August 8

Tuesday, August 8

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Wednesday, August 9

 Wellness Walk. Scheduled for August 9  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, Aug. 10

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on  Aug. 10 at  9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

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 Planning Commission will meet on Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

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

Friday, August 11

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.

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.

Donkey Derby Days. Scheduled from Aug. 11-13 and featuring a slew of  events and activities, including donkey races, a street dance, parade, live music, kids’ games and great competitions. Now in its 92nd year, Donkey Derby Days tops the list of favorite Cripple Creek events. People from all over the world descend on downtown to be inspired by the town’s resident donkey herd, believed to be distant relatives of the original donkeys from the town’s Gold Rush era. The three-day festival is sponsored by the caretakers of the donkey herd, the Two Mile High Club. The bulk of the activities will take place on Saturday. Come for a beer tent, food vendors, retail vendors, kids’ activities, donkeys, and live music. For more information, visit or the city’s main tourism website.

Saturday, August 12

Join us for the 38th Annual Mountain Artists Festival on August 12-13th. This year we will be displaying at Memorial Park in Woodland Park. There will be something for everyone including a heaping dose of local and national art talent, live music, face painting, and some great local eats. Follow us on Facebook ( or Instagram @MtnArtsFest ( to stay up to date on the event details and view sneak peeks of featured artists leading up to the show!

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

Live theater. The Butte Theater will feature the final show of the popular musical, We Will Rock You, featuring the music of Queen, and produced by the Funky Little Theater Company. It will be showcased at the Butte until Aug. 12. The show features some popular hits from the British band Queen, and brings back familiar memories from one of rock ‘n’ roll’s magic eras, and unveils a story that has strong relevance in today’s social media times.  In addition, A Spoof of the Classic Melodrama Girl of the Golden West, which recently concluded, where the actors try and break on another while still trying to tell the classic story,  will be held on Aug. 13.   For more information, call 719-689-6402 or visit


Monday Music Series.  These series of concerts are held at the Gazebo Island in Green Mountain Falls and continue until the end of August. They are sponsored by the Ute Pass Chamber of Commerce and occur every Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.  The next concert, scheduled for August 14 show features the music of Lookee’ Here.  In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held at the Farm Stand, next to The Pantry. For more information, visit

Salute to American Veterans Festival. Join the 31st annual Salute to American Veterans Rally and Festival, scheduled on Aug. 18-19, with the majority of the events occurring in Woodland Park. The festival is capped by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall, a Veterans Memorial Ceremony, the POW/MIA Recognition Ride, a Veterans Poker Run, live music vendors and a spree of festivities. It was one of the biggest festivals in the area. For more information, visit or call the sponsors of the event, ProPromotions, 719-487-8005.