Mountain Almanac for the Week of August 15

Tuesday, August 15

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Wednesday, August 16

 Wellness Walk. Scheduled for August 16  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 Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Thursday, Aug. 17

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 Aug. 17 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 18

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.

Saturday, August 18

Salute to American Veterans Rally and 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 at Memorial Park, the POW/MIA Recognition Ride between Woodland Park and Cripple Creek, a Veterans Poker Run, live music vendors and a spree of festivities. It is one of the biggest festivals in the area. For more information, visit or call the sponsors of the event, ProPromotions, 719-487-8005.

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

Sunday, Aug. 19

Pikes Peak Memorial Wall Dedication. This annual event is hosted by the city of Cripple Creek and occurs at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery on Aug. 20. The Pikes Peak Region’s Memorial Wall offers a place to reflect on the sacrifices made for our freedom. Any members of our Armed Forces who were lost in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001 and were stationed at one of our five area installations, had a home of record in El Paso or Teller County or graduated from the Air Force Academy are listed on the wall in remembrance of their sacrifice and service. The Memorial Wall Dedication is a beautiful, solemn remembrance ceremony. Please join us for the Reading of the Names, guest speakers, a Wreath Laying Ceremony, and a stunning performance. The ceremony starts at 1  p.m. at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, is free of charge and open to the public.


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 21 show features the music of New Vintage Jazz.  In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held at the Farm Stand, next to The Pantry. For more information, visit

The Ute Pass Literary Guild (a book club) is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its founding Saturday, August 26 at the Woodland Park Public Library from 1:30 –3:30.  The public is invited. At the celebration, members will share the books that shaped their lives, that gave them joy, and that changed their thinking and opinions. They will also mention the books that ended up in the rubbish bin! The book list is astounding and there will be copies of the list available at the celebration. See related story in this week’s TMJ.

The Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Department will host their annual BMX races at the Mountain View Adventure Park on Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the city of Cripple Creek’s tourism web site or call the parks and recreation department at 719-689-3514 for more details.