Mountain Almanac for the Week of November 7

Tuesday, Nov. 7

Election, 2023. Several key municipal and school board elections, along with key local and state ballot questions, are slated for Nov. 7, with the county’s clerk and recorder’s office coordinating the election.  Several designated drop-off outlets are available throughout the county, including ones in Woodland Park, Divide and Cripple Creek. Plus, in-person voting is available at the Woodland Park Public Library at certain times. Check the clerk and recorder’s website for specific details. In any case, the deadline for returning ballots at a designating drop-off box is 7 p.m. on Nov. 7. Also, check out the regular election race updates provided by TMJ in our print issues and by visiting us at


Please join the Newmont Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine for a virtual community meeting, scheduled for Nov. 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 719-322-3547. Join on your computer, mobile app or room device. Meeting ID is 278 048 103 256 Passcode: phHeyh. These meetings provide the latest CC/V Gold Mine updates.
Wednesday, Nov. 8

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Nov. 8 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, Nov. 9


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 Nov. 9 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.


The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers area, next to city hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.



Friday, Nov. 10

Shining Mountain Links Activity.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course is closed for the season. But the facility is still open for special events and for Christmas parties. Call, 719-687-7587 and visit the Shining Mountain facebook page


Saturday, Nov. 11


Veterans Day. Make sure you take time to recognize all veterans who have served. The Woodland Park School District will host a veterans day event on Nov. 11 at 9:30 a.m. in the high school gym. For more information, call 719- 686-2300.  A veterans day dinner is also planned at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.





Chamber After Hours. Chamber Business After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event.  All Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce members are encouraged to attend.  Take advantage of this opportunity to network and catch up with your friends, clients and customers plus meet new members in an informal setting.  Business After Hours is a great way to share information about your business and learn about other members. Fun, food, drinks and door prizes. The next After Hours, scheduled for November 21, is hosted by Community Banks of Colorado, at 651 Scott Avenue, Woodland Park.  To register and for more information, visit  the Chamber’s website.


Angel of the Christmas Mine.  The Thin Air Theater will be featuring another great Christmas show at the Butte Theater, with community actors, showcasing a variety of future stars and local celebrities. The show will also feature an all-new Christmas Olio.  If interested in partaking in the fun, or learning more about the performance, call 719-689-6402.


Winter Day in the Park. The Holiday Season is fast approaching! Winter Day in the Park is back again for another year of FREE joy-filled fun! It is scheduled for Dec. 1 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park. The event features hot chocolate, candy cane lane, pictures with Santa, and MORE! Enjoy the Elf Scramble- walk around Memorial Park and look for candy canes and elves! Make sure to dress warm and bring a flashlight. For more information, call 719-687-5225.


Tweeds Holiday Home Tour. Plan to attend the 25th Annual Tweeds Holiday Home Tour during the first weekend in December. Our theme for this event is Ute Pass Holiday Express…A Historical Tour of Greater Ute Pass. Tour beneficiaries are Performing Arts Parents Association (PAPA) of Woodland Park High School, Rampart Library District Foundation, Teller Senior Coalition and Ute Pass Symphony Guild. Six venues will be featured including a historic home in Green Mountain Falls and two beautifully decorated homes in Woodland Park. Elk Valley Estates and Rainbow Valley Ranch will complete our historic tour. As part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration, The Lodge at Rainbow Valley Ranch will be serving a complimentary meal and drink to each ticket holder.  Ticket prices are $20 for an adult, $35 for two adults, $40 for a Family Pass (two adults plus children), and $5 for Students (K-12). Call 719-661-7377 for more information.


Welcome to the 2023 Lighter Side of Christmas. This year we are celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Lighter Side of Christmas Parade. Our theme this year, “Woodland Park’s Nightmare Before Christmas,” which tells the story of Jack Skellington, the King of “Halloween Town,” who stumbles upon “Christmas Town” and schemes to take over the holiday. The parade is scheduled for Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in downtown Woodland Park, along Hwy. 24. The event has become the most grandiose and festive parade in Teller County. For more information, call 719-687-7375 and check out the WP Chamber of Commerce events website.