Mountain Almanac for the Week of May 14

Tuesday, May 14

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 special 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.

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.

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

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on May 14 at 6:30  p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Wednesday, May 15

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for May 15  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.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on May 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers. The meeting will be available in-person and on Zoom.

Thursday, May 16

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 City Council  will meet on May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall. The meeting will be available in-person and on Zoom.

I Love You Mom Bingo. Sponsored by the Ute Pass Kiwanis Club and scheduled for May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. $20 buys a packet for 10 games. 6 cards for each game. All proceeds benefit youth programs and scholarships. Show Mom how much you love her and bring her for a fun night of bingo.  We will help make her feel special! Or just come and remember your mom. Polaris ATV tickets will be available for purchase. For more information, call 719-642-8679.


Friday, May 17


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.

Sunday, May 19

Free Concert.  On Sunday, May 19, a concert series, sponsored by the Woodland Park Wind Symphony, culminates as they perform their annual spring concert at the Church of the Nazarene at Hwy. 67 and County Road. The concert is  set for 7 p.m. Considerable improvements have occurred at this facility, which offers great acoustics and an ideal atmosphere for listening and viewing the Wind Symphony. This is one of the Wind Symphony’s major events of the year.  The Wind Symphony has a rich 30-year-plus history in Woodland Park and Teller County, and has performed at nationally acclaimed shows.  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, or visit the Symphony’s web site at



After Hours. Chamber Business After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event.  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 is scheduled for May 21, starting at 5:30 p.m., and is hosted by the Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company. For more information and to register, visit the Chamber’s website.

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.

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.