Mountain Almanac for the Week of May 21

Tuesday, May 21

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.

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.

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

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on May 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Wednesday, May 22

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for May 22 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, May 23

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.

Cripple Creek 2024 Graduation Parade. Set for May 23 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Come and support the Cripple Creek-Victor High School Class of 2024 as they celebrate their graduation. Graduates and their friends and relatives will be leaving their graduation ceremony and be escorted through the streets of Cripple Creek and Victor in their decorated vehicles. The general public is invited to participate along the route. Honking horns, balloons, banners, signs, cheering, and noise makers are strongly encouraged. The graduation ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. The parade will begin at approximately 5:10 p.m. Visit the city of Cripple Creek’s tourist web site for more information, including a map of the route.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on May 23 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 24

Memorial Day Art Show. Extending from May 24 to May 27. Spend Memorial Day Weekend in historic Cripple Creek. While here be sure to stop by the Heritage Center to visit with local Teller County artists. Check out their great works. For more information, call 719-689-3315

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 25


Cripple Creek Donkey Release. Come and celebrate the release of the resident Cripple Creek Wild Donkey Herd from their winter grazing grounds into the city. This is an annual event and the donkeys are very excited to leave their pasture for the greener grasses throughout the community. The release takes place on May 27th at 11 a.m. The best location to welcome the donkeys to town is on C Street, near the Thurlow Avenue intersection. The national anthem will be sung at the City Park at noon followed by a community picnic. BYO lunch or buy a box lunch for a donation to Two Mile High Club. Live music provided by Mayor Annie Durham, Barbershop Harmony with the “Alitones” quartet and members of the Woodland Park Wind Symphony Mountain Brass Band.


Free Concert. A concert series, sponsored by the Woodland Park Wind Symphony, has featured several free concerts and ensemble recitals in the local area, including the Symphony’s annual spring concert. The Wind Symphony has a rich 30-year-plus history in Woodland Park and Teller County and has performed at nationally acclaimed shows. On June 2, anther free concert sponsored by the Wind Symphony 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



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.