Mountain Almanac for the Week of September 12

Tuesday, Sept. 12

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on Sept. 12 at  6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Wednesday, Sept. 13

 Wellness Walk. Scheduled for August 30  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. Sept. 14

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 Teller County Commissioners will meet on Sept. 14 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building.

Lunch and Learn Series on AI Technologies. Are you a small business owner ready to revolutionize your operations and stimulate growth? Join us for this 1.5-hour workshop on Sept. 14 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, sponsored by the Greater Chamber of Commerce and the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Series, where we unravel the complexities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and illustrate how you can leverage AI technologies like ChatGPT, machine learning, predictive analysis, and more. Explore how these advanced tools can automate diverse aspects of your business, from customer service to lead generation, marketing strategies, and decision-making processes. They can save you valuable time and resources, and ultimately drive business growth. Worried about not having a tech background? We’ve got you covered! We will guide you step-by-step, demonstrating how to incorporate AI into your business strategy seamlessly. Embrace the power of AI, elevate your productivity, and propel your business into a prosperous future!  Call 719-687-9885 for more information, or check out the chamber’s website.

Shining Mountain Links Activity.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course and clubhouse bar in Woodland Park is still open 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. For more information, call 719-687-7587 and visit the Shining Mountain facebook page

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Woodland Park Council Chambers, next to city hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Friday, Sept. 15

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.

Saturday, Sept. 16

Mt. Pisgah, Cemetery Tours. Scheduled on Sept. 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ghosts  from the past come to life in this educational-but-slightly-creepy afternoon hosted by the Gold Camp Victorian Society. Learn who is buried in Mt. Pisgah and their history through live reenactments with a trolley ride to the cemetery! Tickets for the event can be purchased outside the Cripple Creek District Museum or advanced reservations can be made at or 719-270-2504.  The trolley will pick up guests at the ticket booth and transport them to Mt. Pisgah Cemetery (only trolley passengers may participate) for their supernatural experience.  The hours for the tours this year are 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Trolleys will depart the Cripple Creek District Museum every 30 minutes.

BMX Races. The BMX races, originally slated for late August, have been rescheduled for Saturday, September 16.  They will be held at Cripple Creek’s Mountain View Adventure Park, 510 Co Rd 89. Onsite registration begins at 1:00 followed by the races.  There will be 5 age groups and a bike giveaways in each age category.  There will also be door prizes.  Contact Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation Department for more details- 719-689-3514.


Music at the Depot. Another monthly free concert, held just outside the Cripple Creek District Museum. Featuring High Lonesome Colorado Bluegrass on Sept. 30 from 2-6 PM. To date, these shows have been received very well. Complete with food, and beer!  For more information, call 719-689-9540.

32nd Anniversary of Limited Stakes Gaming. It’s hard to believe.  Oct. 1 and the entire first week and month October  will mark the 32nd anniversary of  limited stakes gaming.  TMJ will celebrate the occasion with a special commemorative issue, planned for Sept. 26, highlighting casino action and many non-gaming businesses and the individuals that have made this such a successful industry and a boon to the area.  For more information, and to get included in this issue, call 719-687-0803 or email us at

Cripple Creek & Victor Yoga Festival.  This is an inaugural event for the CC/V district.  A “One Pass” is now available. Check it out. You are in for a treat! When choosing your favorite Yoga classes schedule time also for the “free” dance event at 1:30 on Sunday Oct. 1st on Main Street Victor complements of Auro Tejas Hemsell & The Shakti Dance School. Following the dance in the street plan to attend the closing ceremonies at Pinnacle Park Plaza in Victor at 2:30 and be a part of The Manitou Drum Circle with community participation along with more celebratory music and entertainment. Festival bandanas are still available for those that purchase tickets while supplies last. It’s going to be the perfect get away fall weekend adventure for girls, besties, spouses, couples, significant others etc. is fast approaching. We’ve got you covered with a wellness weekend immersion of yoga and so much more. The Sound Bath class on Friday 9/29 4:00-5:30 will be followed by free entertainment compliments of the Satya Kirtan Band with community participation at the Victor Elks Lodge 367 3rd St. Victor, CO. 6:00-7:00. Yoga hike where you’ll have the opportunity to meet The Troll “Rita The Rock Planter”, cultural art exhibit, museum tours, ghost tours, nature exchange activities, free concert at “Music At The Depot” at The District museum in Cripple Creek Saturday afternoon. You won’t want to miss the AuroTejas Hemsell & Shakti Dance School entertainment event in Victor, Sunday, October 1st at 1:30. Those are some of the activities during the Yoga Festival weekend September 29th, 30th and October 1st. This event supports local non-profits. Visit:

The Two Mile High Club Fall Festival is being planned for the weekend of October 6-8, 2023. There will be live music, a beer garden, vendors,, and professional wood carving displays, demonstrations, and sculptures for sale. Additional activities and events are being planned so please check back often for updates.  This is a free event which is open to the general public.  Plan your trip to check out the fall colors and spend a little time enjoying Cripple Creek. For more information, visit 719-689-3567.