Mountain Almanac for the Week of October 10

Wednesday, Oct. 11

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Oct. 11 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, Oct. 12

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Oct. 12 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

Shining Mountain Links Activity.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course and clubhouse bar in Woodland Park is still open for the 2023 season and is offering special fall adjusted rates. Tee-times are available, weather permitting, starting at 9 a.m.  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. Also, don’t miss the SM’s infamous Thursday Night trivia parties. For more information, call 719-687-7587 and visit the Shining Mountain facebook page

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet Oct. 12 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, Oct. 13

Live Theater at the Butte.  The Play That Goes Wrong.  A hilarious, ridiculous play within a play that wants to everything right. Scheduled from Sept. 29-Nov. 5 at the main stage. Also, the Legend of Sleppy Hollow, scheduled from Oct. 5 – Nov. 4.  Both performances are being produced by the Funky Little Theater Company, and hosted by Cripple Creek’s Butte Theater.  For more information, visit

Saturday, Oct. 14

Beyond the Grave. An Evening with Bram Stoker. Presented by: Evergreen Heritage and Front Range Theatre Company. Held at the Evergreen Cemetery Colorado Springs, 1005 Hancock Expressway in Colorado Springs on October 13 & 14.  Guided tours depart every 30 minutes from 5 p.m.  The duration of the tours is approximately one hour per tour. Join us for an unforgettable evening steeped in the enigmatic world of Bram Stoker, the genius behind the legendary novel “Dracula.” Experience a chilling atmosphere as you explore the origins and inspirations that brought this enduring narrative to life. During the guided tour, you’ll encounter captivating characters such as Mina and Lucy, who will share their eternal love and stories. Dr. Van Helsing will also be present, delving into the otherworldly avenues that may explain Lucy’s deteriorating condition. For more information and ticket bookings, visit :


32nd Anniversary of Limited Stakes Gaming. It’s hard to believe.  October marks the 32nd anniversary of  limited stakes gaming, when slots, card games and other gambling options made their debut in Cripple Creek, Black Hawk and Central City. For gaming highlights throughout the month, and for summaries of the main casino players in Cripple Creek, visit our website,

Munchkin Market. Munchkin Market is a semi-annual fundraiser for the Ute Pass MOPS (mothers of preschoolers). The three-day event is regarded as Teller County’s Best Children’s Consignment Sale. You will find everything your kiddos need from clothes and books to bikes and toys for all age Thousands of clothing items are offered, but we have so much more! We also have a wide assortment of furniture, seasonal gear, decor, games, puzzles, maternity/nursing items, toys for all ages, costumes, feeding accessories, and more! Admission is always free for the event, scheduled at Woodland Park Community Church, at 800 Valley View Drive, Woodland Park. Public sales hours are Oct. 19 from 3 to 7 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 20 from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  During the final day, all items are 50 percent off.

Chamber Fall Business Expo. The public is invited to attend Woodland Park’s largest business expo with a wide range of exhibitors. The event is hosted by the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. and will be held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Meet face to face with local business people ready to talk about a variety of products and services offered including banking, financial, business services, construction, home maintenance and repair, healthcare, senior housing and more. Great fun with door prizes given away at the close of the event. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

Arts and Crafts Fair. The Chipita Park Association will host the 19th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair, scheduled for Nov. 4-5 at Marcroft Hall, 9105 Chipita Park Road, Chipita Park. The times for Saturday (Nov. 4) are from 9-4, while on Sunday (Nov. 5), it be held from 10-3.  The fair features  20-plus vendors with one-of-a-kind items including pottery, wood crafts, artistic greeting cards, items from the Ute Pass Historical Society, and much more. Lunch is available featuring pulled pork sandwiches. Mouthwatering baked goods available as well. FREE admission. For more information go to

Truck or Treat. Bring all the goblins and ghouls to a frightfully fun time in Cripple Creek.  Appropriate costumes are suggested because everything will be outdoors. Munchkins, ghosts, dragons, and witches and warlocks will be crawling, skipping, and slithering their way through the maze of decorated vehicles.  Don’t miss the excitement from 5 to 7 p.m. on Halloween night.  Trunks will be set up on 1st Street south of Bennett Ave, and along Masonic Ave, next to the Parks & Rec Building. Families, businesses, and clubs are invited to decorate your trunk and enter to win a prizes in specific categories.  Cash donations are also being collected to help with the candy purchase.  For more information or to register your space, contact the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Department – 719-689-3514, or fill out the print out the form below and sent it to

Contact Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation Department for more details about the event or to reserve a car/booth space – 719-689-3514.

Election, 2023. Several key municipal and school board elections, along with key local and state ballot questions, are slated for Nov. 7, with county’s clerk and recorder’s office coordination the election.  Stay tuned for more information regarding ballot drop-off and mail-in procedures.