Mountain Almanac for the Week of April 23

Tuesday, April 23

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on April 23 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Magic: The Gathering. Come play with us! Bring your decks, bring your cards and your mats, and come battle at the Rampart Library District, 218 East Midland Avenue from 4 to 6 p.m. on select nights. It is open to teens and young adults, who visit the teen room at the library. The next gathering is scheduled for April 23. Interested in learning.  Someone will be available to teach you the basics.

Wednesday, April 24

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for April 24  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, April 25

 TOPS. Takes 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 April 25 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 April 25  at 6:30 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall. The meeting will be available in-person and on Zoom.

Friday, April 26

New Casino and Hotel. Chamonix Casino and Hotel, Cripple Creek’s new mega addition, which features about 300 rooms, and a spree resort-like amenities, such as a rooftop pool and spa, is now open for business in the initial stage. The Chamonix, part of Bronco Billy’s, features about 250 slots and table games. Check out the games and amazing lobby and the Chamonix Bistro.  This is the first stage of a $300 million development, the largest project ever undertaken in Cripple Creek. It will encompass a 500,000-plus square-foot area, when fully completed. The project’s new highly acclaimed steakhouse, is now open for business. For more details, visit the Chamonix website and check for update in TMJ.


Saturday, April 27

History Talk. Scheduled at Cripple Creek Heritage Center (9283 S. Hwy. 67, right across the highway from the Mollie Kathleen Mine) on April 27, starting at 11 a.m. The subject is “Mountain Men” with historian Ken Valles. This  interesting program covers famous mountain men of the early 19th century, using slides and movie clips; Jim Bridger, John Colter, Kit Carson, Jedediah Smith and more. There will be demos of some of their gear, plus a display of books, movies, furs, teeth and claws. Join us for this historic account of bravery in the wilderness. This is a free event and all ages are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 719-689-3315.


Student Art Show and Award Ceremony. A Student Art Show, sponsored by the Mountain Artists of Teller County, will continue at the Galleria of the Woodland Park Public Library through May 1, 2024. This show was open to all middle school, high school, private schools and home-schooled students in all of Teller County. And, for the first time, the Lake George Charter School were included! The show has been a showcase for our highly talented young people and the public has expressed great surprise and appreciation for it for many years now. Everyone is encouraged to come see the art on display. In addition, awards will be presented on Saturday, April 20, starting at 2pm at the Library (downstairs).


Best of the Teller High County.  Don’t forget to check out the results of the 34th annual Best Of contest, sponsored by TMJ, featuring more than 70 categories in local and area-wide competitions. The  results, which were featured in our March 19 and March 26 issues,  are also available on-line at  Thank you for your participation, as this year we had a record amount of participants.


Face It TOGETHER, an addiction wellness nonprofit, is partnering with Aspen Mine Center to bring free, in-person peer coaching to Cripple Creek. Face It TOGETHER’s support is completely confidential and available to anyone impacted by alcohol or other drugs. Learn more by visiting Also, see related story in this week’s TMJ.

Active Shooter Training. Sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce and part of their Lunch and Learn Series.  It is scheduled for May 2 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The purpose of this event is to prepare employees/employers how to handle the threat of an Active Shooter in the Workplace. The class will teach employees to participate in their own survival, while leading others to safety.  Though no one can guarantee success in this type of situation, this set of skills will greatly increase the odds of survival should anyone face this form of disaster. For more information, call Debbie Miller, president of the WP Chamber, at 719-687-9885.

Coffee Chats. Come have coffee, donuts, and chat with other people in the area. (This is your excuse to go make more local friends). This event, held in the Colorado room of the Woodland Park Public Library, is held the first Friday of the month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The next Colorado Chats is scheduled for May 5. For more information, visit the city of Woodland Park’s website, or call the Woodland Park Public Library and ask for Nick

Free Community Concert. Come join us for an incredible evening of live music at the Ute Pass Cultural Center! Get ready to connect with local singer/songwriters. This showcase includes performance by Tensas (Roots-Rock), Danny Leroy (Indie Folk), and Ghost of Bodie (Americana)This is a makeup date from the March Community Concert. It’s a FREE event that promises an unforgettable experience filled with catchy tunes, energetic performances, and a whole lot of fun. So, mark your calendars and bring your friends along for a night of pure musical enjoyment. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to support our local talent and have a fantastic time. See you there! All ages are welcome but children must stay with an adult at all times. Doors open at 5:30 pm – the UPCC bar will be open and outside food is welcome. Show starts at 6 pm  with Live music This concert is FREE thanks to our sponsor, the Rocky Mountain Music Society.   UPCC will host free community concerts every 2nd Wednesday. If you would like to learn more about sponsoring a concert please reach out to Melody at