Mountain Almanac for the Week of May 7

Tuesday, May 7

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 this week’s special May 7 issue of TMJ (dedicated to the great outdoors and spring/home improvement) for details of upcoming action at Shining Mountain this spring and summer. A slew of charity tournaments is in the works, 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 May 7 Interested in learning.  Someone will be available to teach you the basics.

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on May 7 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.


Wednesday, May 8

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for May 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.

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


Thursday, May 9

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 Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on May 9  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 10


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, 980 Prime, is now open for business Thursdays through Sundays. For more details, visit the Chamonix website and check for updates in TMJ.


Free Concerts. Woodland Park Wind Symphony is presenting several upcoming free concerts. The series recently kicked off on May 5, as the Symphony sponsored a performance and ensemble recital at the Mountain View United Methodist Church, Sanctuary in Woodland Park. The concert featured the High Altitooters Flute Ensemble, directed by Treese Kjeldsen, and the Clarion Winds Clarinet Ensemble, led by Hadley Hazen.  On May 19, the concert series moves into high gear as the Woodland Park Wind Symphony will perform their annual spring concert at the Church of the Nazarene at Hwy. 67 and County Road. A considerable amount of renovation has occurred at this facility, which offers great acoustics an ideal atmosphere for listening to the Wind Symphony. This is one of the Wind Symphony’s major events of the year. 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, Sanctuary, at 1101 Rampart Range Road in Woodland Park.  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

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 June 7. For more information, visit the city of Woodland Park’s website, or call the Woodland Park Public Library and ask for Nick.

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.

Golfing with the Sheriff. The annual Teller County HDSA (Teller County Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association) tournament will be held on Friday, June 7 at Shining Mountain Golf Club, with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.  This event, done in a best-ball scramble format, is one of the first major charity tournaments at SM this year. Proceeds benefit HDSA, which does a number of projects to benefit the sheriff’s department for more information and to register, call 719-687-9652.