Mountain Almanac for the Week of April 30

Tuesday, April 30

Shining Mountain Open For Play.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course in Woodland Park has officially opened for its 2024 season, with tee times and daily play contingent on weather conditions.  In addition, the driving range and chipping area/putting green is open, along with the SM bar. For more information, call 719-687-7587. Also, make sure to check out a forthcoming special outdoors and home improvement section in the May 7 issue of TMJ for details of upcoming action at Shining Mountain this spring and summer. A slew of charity tournaments are in the planning stage, along with other links-related activities.

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 30 Interested in learning.  Someone will be available to teach you the basics.


Wednesday, May 1

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for May 1 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.

Last chance to see Student Art Show. 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. Awards were presented earlier on Saturday, April 20.


The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on May 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers at city hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.


Thursday, May 2

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.

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.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on May 2  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, May 3


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.

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

Star Party at Mueller. Scheduled at Mueller State Park on May 3 from 8:30 to 10:30 p. m. The Colorado Springs Astronomical Society will have several telescopes set up outside of the Visitor’s Center for everyone to view the stars and planets of the night sky. Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot. A park pass is required to access the park. For more information, call 719-687-2366.

Sunday, May 5

Free Concerts. Woodland Park Wind Symphony is presenting several upcoming free concerts. On Sunday, May 5, the Symphony is sponsoring a performance and ensemble recital at the Mountain View United Methodist Church, Sanctuary at 1101 Rampart Range Road in Woodland Park. The concert is scheduled at 3 p.m. The concert will feature the High Altitooters Flute Ensemble, directed by Treese Kjeldsen, and the Clarion Winds Clarinet Ensemble, led by Hadley Hazen.  Then on May 19 at 7 p.m., the Woodland Park Wind Symphony will perform their spring concert at the Church of the Nazarene at Hwy. 67 and County Road.  And on June 2, anther free concert will feature the Peak Hornsemble and the French Horn Choir Ensemble, directed by Craig Harms.  It will be held at 2 p.m. at the Mountain View United Methodist Church. Donations will be accepted for these performances. For more information, call 719-661-6168.



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.

Free Community Concert. Come join us for an incredible evening of live music at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Wednesday, May 8. 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

Teller County Job Fair. Scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Meet and chat with hiring employers in Teller County.