Sustainability for Homeowners: Solar

March 19, 2019

This Thursday at 5PM, Golden Real Estate will continue its series of sustainability classes for homeowners. The January class dealt with Home Insulation; the February class discussed Home Heating Methods, and the March 21st class will focus on Solar Power.

The most common homeowner investment is solar photovoltaic (PV), which generates electricity that you’d otherwise have to purchase from Xcel Energy or another utility such as United Power. Another form is solar thermal, which uses water- or glycol-filled black panels which are heated by the sun, either pre-heating domestic hot water or heating your home through a forced air unit. These and other solar systems, their costs, their return on investment rates, and financing options will all be explained in detail by myself and two guest speakers from the industry.

Thursday’s speakers include Ernesto Grossman from Golden Solar, Eric Krohn of Champion Bank (who specializes in financing home solar), and Jim Smith of Golden Real Estate.

The remaining sessions will cover Electric Vehicles (April 18th), Sustainable Renovation (May 16th), and Water Conservation (June 20th). There are still seats available in Thursday’s session. Please email Jim Smith to reserve a spot.

Golden Real Estate | 17695 S. Golden Road | 303-302-3636 | Map

Get Fit in Golden

March 18, 2019

I wrote about many FOOD offerings over St. Patrick’s Day weekend (most of them involving corned beef). For a change of pace today, I thought I’d write about fitness offerings in Golden.

Golden has many fitness options, offering everything from yoga and Pilates to CrossFit to tai chi. We have an indoor climbing gym, a dance center, belly dancing, and a training center for aspiring ball players. We have a 24 hour-accessible gym and physical therapists for those who overdo it. Explore Golden’s many fitness centers on our Golden Services page.

Golden’s St. Patrick’s Day revelries continue.

March 17, 2019

Truly BoHotique is offering 17% off merchandise store-wide.
Truly – a BoHotique  |  801B 14th St.  |   (303) 278-7084  |  Map

The Ace Hi Tavern will serve free corned beef and cabbage starting at noon and lasting till it’s gone. They will also have green beer and Irish drink specials all day.
Ace Hi Tavern  |  1216 Washington Avenue  |  303-279-9043

El Dorado Mexican Restaurant is serving St. Patrick’s Day mimosas.
El Dorado Mexican Restaurant  |  720 Arapahoe Street (Map) |  303-278-4644

Miners Saloon is having a St. Patrick’s Day party from 12-4PM, including music from an Irish duo.
Miners Saloon  |  1109 Miners Alley  |  303-993-3850 |  Map

Holidaily Brewing will have gluten-free corned beef tacos and more from 12-8PM.
Holidaily Brewing Co.  |  801 Brickyard Circle  |  303-867-5309  |  Map

The Buffalo Rose is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Variety Show today. The schedule is:
4PM – Doors Open
4:30PM – Magic and Comedy
5PM – Irish Dancers
5:30PM – Magic
630PM – Irish Dancers

No cover charge to watch the show. Drinks and food available for purchase, including Bangers, Reuben Sliders, Irish Nachos, and Corned Beef & Cabbage. And of course–green beer.
Buffalo Rose | 1119 Washington Ave | 720-638-5597 | Map

Lots of Irish Food This Weekend

March 16, 2019

Grateful Bread is offering a special St. Patrick’s Day baking of Parker House Rolls (made with lots of local butter) today. They remind us that these rolls are the perfect complement to corned beef and cabbage–as are their rye bread and pumpernickel bread. Get them before they sell out! If you miss them don’t worry–they have a couple dozen other breads, buns, and rolls today. They will be open from 10AM-2:30PM.
Grateful Bread | 425 Violet Street | 303-681-5406 | Map

The Bridgewater Grill at the Golden Hotel has some special menu items this weekend, including a breakfast of Green Eggs and Ham with Green Bell Pepper and Golden Hash for $12. For lunch and dinner, they’re offering Corned Beef and Cabbage – House Corned Beef Brisket, Herman Joseph Beer Braised Cabbage, Fingerling Potatoes and Roasted Baby Carrots served with your choice of House or Caesar Salad for $18 OR Shepherd’s Pie served with your choice of House or Caesar Salad and Caraway Garlic Bread $18
Bridgewater Grill  |  800 11th St.  |  303-279-2010  |  Map

New Terrain Brewing is having a St. Paddy’s Party
11AM-11PM. Don your green and let’s get silly for some St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans! We’ll have Irish GreenGrass by Ragged Union, Irish dancers, tasty-riffic Irish bites from J Street Catering and Food Truck, and we’ll toast with our seasonal special, the MintNight Express Chocolate-Mint Stout. Sláinte!
New Terrain Brewing Company  |  16401 Table Mountain Parkway  |  (720) 771-6997  |  Map

Mountain Toad Brewing is releasing a tadpole (small) batch of Irish Coffee Stout today, and they’re offering discounts all weekend on Irish Red and Ryrish Stout, as well as green Mountain Toad green shirts and hats.
Mountain Toad Brewing  |  900 Washington Avenue  |  720-638-3244  |  Map

Jolynn’s Food and Spirits will be serving corned beef and cabbage, reubens, and green beer all weekend.
Jolynn’s Food & Spirits  |  1224 Washington Avenue  |  303-271-0730  |  Map

Holidaily Brewing will be visited by Dedicated Bistro & Bakery from 12-8PM, serving gluten-free Shepherd’s Pie, Fish & Chips, Reuben Load Fried, Irish Shortbread Cookies, and more.
Holidaily Brewing Co.  |  801 Brickyard Circle  |  303-867-5309  |  Map

Tune in tomorrow for more St. Patrick’s Day delights!

Classes at Foothills Art Center

March 15, 2019

Foothills Art Center offers a popular series of classes for adults. In fact, tomorrow’s painting class at Foothills Art Center is SOLD OUT. Sign up for their other classes now, while opening are still available! Learn more and register for classes….

March 16th 10AM-4PM
Painting Spring Flowers with Janet Nunn – SOLD OUT

March 23rd 9AM-4PM
Next Steps in Encaustic – Prior experience with encaustic is mandatory.

This workshop is designed to expand your basic encaustic skills. Plan to experiment with glazing, incising, accretion, sgraffito, dipping, pouring, monotypes, assemblage. Let’s see what we can do with wax! Bring a sack lunch.
$160 for Members | $195for Non-Members

March 30th 12:30-5:30PM
Drawing for People Who Think They Can’t

Uncover the drawing talent that lies right below your fingertips! The ability to draw is common to everyone, not just the “gifted”. What enables one to draw well is the ability to see well. Learn the basics of the visual language and play with contour and shape drawing. Subjects will range from simple still life objects to the human figure. Be prepared to have fun and be surprised at what you can draw! All levels welcome (16+)
$95 for Members | $130 for Non-Members

April 13th 12:30-5:30PM
Drawing: Stickman to Illustration

Increase your drawing power and range! Whether you want to expand your ability to draw what you see, draw more freely from imagination, or both; this class is for you. You’ll learn the drawing techniques used by famous artists like Norman Rockwell and the Golden Age book illustrators—methods which will inject fresh excitement into the way you perceive, visualize, and create! All levels welcome (16 +)
$95 for Members | $130 for Non-Members

If you have kids, check out their Spring Break and Summer classes!

Foothills Art Center | 809 15th St. | (303)- 279-3922 | Map

Beautiful Junk | Great Cause

March 14, 2019

The semi-annual Beautiful Junk Sale will be open tomorrow and Saturday. The sale offers 10,500 square feet of  jewelry, collectibles, vintage odds and ends, a vast array of household items, sporting goods, holiday decor, kitchen gadgets and more.

If you want first crack at the goods, you can pay $30 for Early Bird Admission at 7AM Friday. Beginning at 8:30AM, admission will be $5. Admission is 2 for the price of 1, so bring a friend and you’ll both get in for that same $5! Ages 16 and under are free.

All proceeds benefit the Action Center, which provides an immediate response to basic human needs and promotes pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless.

Sale hours are Friday, March 15th from 8:30AM to 7PM and Saturday, March 16th from 8:30AM to 4PM. The location is the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West Sixth Avenue (map).

Connecting Businesses & Nonprofits

March 13, 2019

The Golden Executive Director Roundtable and the City of Golden Community & Economic Development Commission invite you to join them for a business panel discussion.

The objectives of the panel are to:

  1. Help businesses and nonprofits in Golden get to know one another better;
  2. Identify collaborative or partnership opportunities;
  3. Explore tools that our community could use to connect businesses to nonprofits; and
  4. Explore ways to track the volunteer hours that businesses and residents provide to nonprofits. Panelists include Bob’s Atomic Burgers, Connects Workspace, Coors, NREL, Powder7 & Wells Fargo.

When: Wednesday, March 20 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Where: Golden City Hall, City Council Chambers, 911 10th St.
RSVP: By March 15 to Robin Fleischmann, Redevelopment Specialist, or (303) 384-8080.

Cannonball Creek’s Open Mic Night 1 Year Anniversary

March 12, 2019

Tomorrow night, Cannonball Creek will celebrate the 1-year anniversary of their monthly Open Mic Night. They’re taking the opportunity host a fund-raiser for Foothills Animal Shelter:

Join us Wednesday March 13th for the One Year Anniversary of our Open Mic Night! Sign up starts at 5pm for our performers. We will be collecting donations for Foothills Animal Shelter! (Please refer to their Wish List for donation ideas.) Donate an item and you will be entered into our prize raffle! Prizes include gift certificates, a dog gift basket, and more! Prizes announced at 8pm.

Cannonball Creek Brewing Company | 393 N. Washington Avenue | 303-278-0111 | Map

Golden Beer Talks at Windy Saddle Cafe: Assorted Disasters

March 11, 2019

Windy Saddle Café will host Golden Beer Talks this Tuesday, March 12th. This month’s speaker will be Dr. Lisa S. Gardiner, author of Tales from an Uncertain World: What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us About Climate Change. When it comes to tackling climate change, we need to take quick action,but it can be challenging to know what to do in the face of a global and slow-moving disaster, one that we have never dealt with before. However, we have dealt with smaller scale disasters in the past, and learning from our past experiences can help us navigate climate change.

This month’s beer will come from Hogshead 54 Brewery. Food and beer will be available at 6PM, with the speaker starting around 6:35PM. Following the presentation, they’ll take a brief intermission before Q + A, wrapping up around 7:45PM. There is no cover charge and no purchase is necessary.

Golden Beer Talks  |  Windy Saddle Café  |  1110 Washington Avenue  |  303-279-1905  |  Map

Golden Businesses Expanding

March 10, 2019

I’ve noticed that at least three of our local stores have recently opened branches in other towns. Golden: the cradle of retail empires!

Vital Outdoors  |  1224 Washington Ave., Suite 115  |  303-215-1644  |  Map
Bean Fosters  |  720 Golden Ridge Road, Unit D  |  303-279-5077  |  Map
Runners High, LLC   |  103 N. Rubey Drive   |  303-746-6108  |  Map