Carousing for a Cause – Parts I and II

April 26, 2018

Art on Tap at Foothills Art Center - Golden ColoradoCarousing Part I – Art on Tap: Where the Cool People Hang Out
Foothills Art Center and Golden City Brewery are having Art on Tap tonight from 6-8PM.   Admission to Foothills Art Center and the program is free for Members. Non-members gain free access to the program upon paid admission to Foothills Art Center. THIS IS A 21+ EVENT.  Learn more….

Robert Hazen is lecturing tonight at 7PM on Big-Data Geology: Visualizing Earth’s co-evolving geosphere and biosphere. This is event is free but seating is limited. They’ll be in Berthoud Hall on the CSM campus room 241.  Learn more….

Jonah Levine of Confluence Energy will lecture at 7PM on Biochar: How Manmade Coal Removes CO2 and Improves Soil. This event takes place at the Jefferson Unitarian Church (14350 West 32nd Avenue, Golden, CO – map). Learn more….

City Council meets tonight at 6:30PM in City Council Chambers. They will vote on whether to approve a utility replacement package totaling $1,137,933. They will read proclamations celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Jefferson Center and naming May as Mental Health Month. The Mayor will announce the new appointments to City Boards and Commissions. The Finance Director will give his quarterly report on the state of the City’s finances. Council will consider a resolution to raise the purchasing thresholds for department heads.  Learn more be reviewing the meeting packet….

Casino Night to benefit the Horse Protection LeagueCarousing Part II – Friday Night Events

Don’t forget tomorrow night’s Saloon Stroll to raise money for Mitchell Elementary’s playground.  This event runs from 7-10PM.

Alternatively, you can attend Casino Night at the Table Mountain Inn to raise money for the horses at the Horse Protection League.  Casino Night runs from 6-10PM and tickets are $20.

Wednesday…and Saturday Preview

April 25, 2018

Lots of chances to learn things today:

Theropod lecture at Dinosaur Ridge2PM The Life of General John J. Pershing at the Golden Community Center
6PM Black Bear Basics at Jeffco Open Space
6PM TheropodsJoin us for an interesting talk on meat-eating dinosaurs, the theropods! Dinosaur Discovery Center (17681 W. Alameda Parkway—Red Rocks Entrance #1)
6PM Gym to Crag Clinic at Bent Gate
7PM Mineral Evolution and Ecology at the Colorado School of Mines

4PM UpcyclingTake your craft skills to the next level at Golden Workshop Wednesdays! Once a month we create with a wide range of textile materials and learn new creative hands-on techniques in the process.
6PM Ukulele Wednesdays – Have a ukulele? Know a few chords or songs? Jam with us on the last Wednesday of each month and meet other ukulele enthusiasts. This workshop is best suited for ages 13+.This workshop is best suited for ages 13+.

City Meeting:
6PM The Sustainability Board meets tonight in City Council Chambers.  They’re working with the Planning Commission to make the green building standards more stringent.  They will also discuss the upcoming public hearing (May 15th) about the CoorsTek air quality permit renewal.  Learn more….

Live Music:
6PM Brian Hornbuckle will be playing at Dirty Dogs RoadhouseDave Frisk will play at the Rock Rest Lodge.

Saturday Events to Get on Your Schedule:

Golden History Roundtable at the Golden Library

The second meeting of the Golden History Roundtable is scheduled this Saturday from 12-1:30PM. Last month Barb Warden told us about Golden in the 19th Century, and this month she’s covering Golden in the 20th and 21st Centuries.  Have any questions?  Contact Barb @ 303-278-2701 or

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum - Golden ColoradoThe School of Mines Geology Museum is having one of their popular Garage/Book sales this weekend–Saturday from noon till 4PM and Sunday from 9AM-4PM.

Did you miss the closing day of the Golden Mill? Well guess what? A group of local kids has organized a donation drive for Foothills Animal Shelter from 10AM-2PM, and the owner of the Golden Mill has agreed to host it. Golden Mill still has some  inventory, and the public is invited to buy what’s left at a deeply-discounted price. You can buy it for your own use or donate it to Foothills Animal Shelter. See the flyer.

Echoes of Two World Wars

April 24, 2018

10th Mountain Division - Bent Gate Mountaineering - Golden Colorado

Bent Gate Mountaineering is hosting a talk tonight from 6:15-7:45 on the famed World War II 10th Mountain Division.

Skiing Off to War – The History of the Original 10th Mountain Division in World War II
A 90 minute presentation by Retired Colonel of Marines Thomas Duhs. See over 100 slides and hear the history of the “Ski Troops,” their training in Colorado, and their wartime service in Italy. It’s the story of the creation and employment of the only Mountain Division the United States Military has ever had.  Learn more….
Bent Gate Mountaineering
| 1313 Washington | 303-271-9382

Tomorrow (Wednesday April 25th) from 2-3:30PM, the Golden History Museum will host a talk about The Life of General John J. Pershing.

General Jack Pershing - Golden History Museum LectureIt seemed that Jack Pershing was doomed to be late for everything. Born in Missouri in 1860, he came along too late to fight in the Civil War. Posted to New Mexico territory after graduating from West Point, he arrived a month after Geronimo’s surrender. But he had demonstrated uncommon leadership skills by organizing and drilling the award-winning Pershing Rifles at the University of Nebraska. Learn more about General Pershing’s life as portrayed by historical actor and University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Professor, Ron Edgerton.  For more information on General Pershing and Ron Edgerton, please visit

Because the History Museum is closed for remodeling, the lecture will be held at the Golden Community Center (1470 10th St – map) in the Beaver Brook Room.  Learn more, and please register….

Black Bear program by Jefferson County Open Space - Golden ColoradoTomorrow night from 6-7:30PM, Jefferson County Open Space will host a program about Black Bear BasicsJefferson County is black bear country. Join Jeffco Park Ranger, Mary Ann Bonnell, for an engaging overview of black bear biology, ecology and behavior. We’ll also discuss safety and how to minimize human-pet-bear conflict in your community and on the trail.  The program will be held at Jeffco Open Space, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, (map).  The program is free, but please register, as space is limited.

Monday and Beyond

April 23, 2018

Springtime in Golden Colorado

Today should be a beautiful day–sunny and high of 70.  Tomorrow, in contrast, is expected to have a high in the mid-40s with possible precipitation.

Golden Library - building a flashlight from an Altoids tinThe Library will have Spanish for Kids this morning from 11:30-12 and Preschool Time from 12:30-1. Today’s DIY Lab will teach kids to make flashlights out of Altoid tins.

The Investment Task Force meets tonight at 6PM in City Council Chambers. Have you taken the survey yet, indicating how you want the city to spend future tax money? If not–please do!  Tune in during the meeting for the big reveal to see how the various issues are fairing in the polls.

The task force originally planned to have three public meetings to solicit input into the long-term spending plans, but they’ve decided to cancel the second two. The new plan is to visit various stakeholder groups in town and possibly visit gathering places such as the library to ask people take the survey.

The School of Mines will have a special guest this week. Robert M. Hazen, the author of The Story of Earth: How Life and Minerals Co-Evolved will be delivering a lecture on Wednesday April 25th at 7PM in Rm 241 of Berthoud Hall.

The Story of Earth Robert M Hazen at the Colorado School of MinesHere’s an abstract of his book: A fundamental challenge in geology is to understand the evolving diversity and distribution of rocks and minerals through more than 4 billion years of Earth history–changes that reveal much about our planet’s co-evolving geosphere and biosphere. Mineral evolution and mineral ecology, which explore mineral occurrences through time and space, exploit large and growing data resources to detect previously hidden patterns in nature. We find dramatic changes in Earth’s mineralogy as a consequence of physical, chemical, and most surprisingly biological processes. Powerful analytical and visualization methods are now allowing us to predict Earth’s “missing” minerals–a prelude to the discovery of new ore deposits and other natural resources.

On Thursday (4/26), the new Town and Gown book club will kick off at noon with a visit from the esteemed author, Dr. Robert Hazen and a discussion of his book. The new group will meet at the Arthur Lake Library, 1400 Illinois Street.

Sunday and Beyond

April 22, 2018

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden ColoradoSee the Passenger Cars at the Railroad Museum
Museum volunteers will open 3 rail cars, each normally closed to the public, Sundays throughout the month of April from 10:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-3:00PM. Guides will be on hand to discuss the history of each of these unique railcars and provide insight into their restoration.

Sunday April 22 – “Passenger Cars”
– Union Pacific Coach Car No. 5442
– Denver & Rio Grande Western Passenger Coach No. 280
– Denver & Rio Grande Western Passenger Coach No. 284

Earth Day Celebration at Earth Sweet Botanicals: 12-4PM
Earth Sweet Botanicals likes to support local & give back. This year for Earth Day, we will donate 10% of all proceeds to GoFarm, a local food co-op. Join us for Wish Garden Herbal Tincture samples, FREE organic popcorn with botanical sprinkles, floral elixir tastings & other plant-based goodies! This year, our focus is on the Calendula Flower. Pick up your “sprout pouch” with seeds for planting. Also watch demonstrations on how to make calendula oil (@ 1 and 3) and get a free salve recipe. Fun activity for the kids, too! Get a 20% off one-day-only coupon to use that day plus 10% off all calendula products & 25% off select WG Tinctures.

Earth Day at the Library: 12-5PM
The Golden Library is celebrating Earth Day from 12-5PM today.  Earth Day is Maker’s Day at the Golden Library. Participate in a variety of Earth Day inspired crafts and activities. Use the DIY Lab to work on your entry for our Make-a-thon contest.  Learn more….

Golden High School Concert - Golden ColoradoThe Mines Symphony Orchestra will perform this afternoon from 2-3PM at the Ben H. Parker Student Center, Ballrooms B and C, 1310 Maple Street, Golden, CO (map).

The Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will perform at Faith Lutheran Church at 3PM. Compositions by chapter members will be featured, including works for organ, voice and handbells. Presented by the Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  Faith Lutheran Church, 17701 W. 16th Avenue, Golden, CO (map)

Casino Night Benefit for the Horse Protection League

THE HORSE PROTECTION LEAGUE will have their annual Casino Night this Friday, April 27th, at 6PM at the Table Mountain Inn (1310 Washington Avenue  |  Map).

Join us in the annual Casino Night – our biggest fundraiser! $20 includes hors d’oeuvres and a chance to “gamble” with our various games. Also included is a chance to bid on any of our basket auction items, drinks, and raffle tickets throughout the night!

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at HPL on Wednesday (Volunteer Day) from 9AM-2PM.  You can also call HPL (303-216-0141) and we’ll bring tickets to you, or you can buy them at the door on Friday.

Earth Day Activities and Jazz

April 21, 2018

We have a new gazebo in Vanover Park! The gazebo, purchased by the Golden Lions Club in partnership with the City of Golden, commemorates Golden’s veterans.  Please join the club in dedicating the new gazebo this morning at 11AM.   The event will also commemorate 100 years of Lionism nationally, while the Golden Lions club is celebrating its 75th anniversary.  Learn more….

Greenhouse at Compass Montessori - Golden Colorado

Greenhouse Tour at Compass Montessori
Growing Spaces is hosting an Open House in partnership with Compass Montessori School and the City of Golden. Visit a 22′ Growing Dome and a 42′ Growing Dome. Learn how the City of Golden and Compass Montessori school are using the Growing Dome to re-introduce native plants to the area and teach students about organic gardening and sustainable technology.  Visitors can access the Open House Special Offer and a giveaway for a $100 gift card to Sprouts.  Learn more….

Ladybug Event at Natural Grocers
Ladybug event at Natural Grocers - Golden ColoradoThe ladybug has been deemed a fairy godmother for plants. In their lifetime of about one year, a ladybug can eat as many as 5,000 aphids, that’s almost 14 garden pests a day! Sadly, popular agricultural practices have contributed to the decline in ladybug populations. Learn how to protect this vital component of our ecosystem. By taking our pledge, and showing ladybugs and other insects some love, you can make an impact.  Learn more….

Trash to Treasure Lab at the Library
All week long we’re celebrating sustainability and creativity. In this lab, we explore ways to give new life to old belongings. Bring in your old junk and repurpose it into something to treasure.  Learn more….

Jazz Performance Tonight
Queen City Jazz Band Presented by West Side Live in Golden ColoradoWest Side Live! has a concert tonight.  The Queen City Jazz Band (QCJB) will be performing tonight as part of their 60th anniversary celebration! The QCJB performs a variety of jazz subgenres inspired by the great Jazz Legends of the mid-1900’s. They have a long list of clients and have shared the stage with some of Colorado’s best orchestras. Along with standard performances they also perform Gospel services and provide local outreach to schools. Tickets: $17.  Learn more….

All things green and growing

April 20, 2018

Golden Library - Golden Colorado

In the spirit of Earth Day, the Library has a special Wee DIY on Seed Starting this morning from 11-11:30. Preschoolers love hands-on learning. Explore, create and construct new things and grow through stories, art and experiments. Space is limited to 15 scientists (not including their grown-up assistants). Learn more….

Colorado School of Mines High Grade celebration at Foothills Art Center

The School of Mines is celebrating the release of their annual art and literary journal, High Grade. Join them for a free reception tonight at 5PM at Foothills Art Center. You’ll see and hear original fiction, poetry, art, and music from students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Golden is hosting the Rocky Mountain Storytelling conference this weekend at the Mountaineering Center. Both Friday and Saturday nights, they will offer storytelling “concerts,” which are open to the public. Tickets are $10/person or $35 for a family.

Recreational marijuana sales banned in Golden ColoradoToday is April 20th–420, in the parlance of pot lovers. If you’re new to town, you might wonder why you never see the famous Colorado weed around here. The State of Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012 and sales became legal in January 2014. Golden voted to prohibit sales of recreational marijuana in June of 2014. We do allow medical marijuana, but we have pretty tight restrictions on where they can be located, and right now there’s only one dispensary operating within the city limits. The investment task force has listed marijuana taxes as a potential source of new revenue, but at this time, recreational pot is still banned in Golden.  We’re not alone in that decision: according to Wikipedia, “As of April 2017, 176 of Colorado’s 272 municipalities have opted to prohibit retail marijuana activity within their boundaries.”

Celebrating, Planning, and Gardening

April 19, 2018

Foothills Art Center Finding Home Exhibit

Foothills Art Center will open a new exhibit tomorrow:  Finding Home.  Housing has been a central political issue in the Denver Metro Area for over a decade. The explosive growth of Denver and the surrounding areas as a residential destination has caused turmoil in the housing market. FAC would like to spark conversation about this topic through the arts community. Invited artists will offer their unique perspective on the issue as Denver Metro residents. Partnership with local government will increase the depth of insight into the issue and educational opportunities for visitors.

If you’re a member of Foothills Art Center, join them tonight from 6-8PM for a members-only preview.  Please be aware, this is a FAC Member Only event. Please renew or join ahead of time. Please bring your membership card for faster check-in.

Prehistory of the Front Range
The Golden History Center is hosting a lecture tonight from 5:30-7 by Golden resident Meg Van Ness, Regional Historic Preservation Officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Learn about Colorado’s ancient hunter-gatherers and ecosystems while gaining a generalized understanding of early life on the Front Range.  $0 members; $10 non-members.  Since the History Center is closed for remodeling, this talk will take place at the Golden Community Center (1470 10th Street – map).

Golden Body Worker is celebrating their 15th anniversary tonight from 4:30-6:30, and you are invited to help them celebrate with food, music, chair massages, door prizes, and a ribbon cutting at 5:30.    Peter Wolf will play Native American Flute. Mary Schroeer will play singing bowls. Graduates from the Colorado Healing arts are doing free chair massages. Cyndy’s Food-Lish-Us is doing the catering, including smoked pulled pork and cooked cabbage. Gold Mine cupcakes is for dessert.  Congratulations Wendy!  1300 Jackson Street, Suite B200 (map)

The School of Mines is having a public meeting about their Master Plan tonight from 5:30-7PM at the Starzer Welcome Center, 1812 Illinois Street (map). They encourage citizens to watch this 40-minute video before the meeting, to prepare you for the discussion at the meeting.

At this session you will be able to comment on alternatives to the physical plan. The alternatives in the video were derived from campus and public input compiled during the previous months. This session is geared towards receiving input from the City of Golden and the public at large.

Get in the mood for Earth Day! The Golden Community Center has a program tonight from 6-8PM on Xeriscaping in Colorado. It is becoming more and more widely known that Xeriscaping is a good idea, and there are some really spectacular, eye-catching xeric landscapes out there. But how does your average person achieve such beauty and perfection? And what about when life happens – pets, critters, storms, budgets, and lifestyle realities? How does it work then? Does it have to be ugly to be easy?

Join Kenton J. Seth, a genuinely lazy Native Landscape designer and plant nut, to find out the hands-on, real-life answers that make saving water just the beginning of the benefits you’ll reap from your Xeriscape. If this is not one of the most useful classes you take this year, then you might have taken a wrong turn finding the room.  1470 10th Street (map)

Golden High School Concert - Golden Colorado

Golden High School is having an Instrumental Pops concert tonight at 7 in their auditorium. They will repeat it tomorrow night at the same time. 701 24th St. (map)


Crime, Coyotes, 14ers, Fish, Trivia, and Music

April 18, 2018

Officer Joe Page from the Golden Police Department will discuss crime prevention and provide safety tips at 2PM today at the Library.

Jefferson County Open Space - Coyote Country - Golden Colorado

Jefferson County Open Space will present a program about Coyote Country from 6-7:30 this evening. Whether you are concerned or curious about coyotes, you’ll want to attend this talk highlighting recent findings on coyote biology, ecology and behavior as it impacts Jeffco residents. Mary Ann Bonnell, JCOS Visitor Services Manager will be our speaker. She has been instrumental in promoting coyote awareness in our region. Jeffco Open Space – Ponderosa Room – 700 Jefferson County Parkway Suite 100.

The Planning Commission has a Study Session tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will be discussing possible changes to the sustainability menu used in permitting new construction. The Sustainability Board has provided a number of suggestions to make those requirements more stringent. They suggest that solar be required for new construction, that plug-ins for electric vehicles be required for new commercial construction, and that new multi-tenant buildings have separate utility meters for each tenant.  They also suggest that, if the city annexes new land, any new construction in the newly-annexed area must be net zeroSee the meeting packet for the details….

Bent Gate Mountaineering has a talk tonight from 6-7PM by a man who climbed/rode 54 fourteeners in a single season.

Arbor Anglers is hosting a Women’s Gear Geek Out & Fly Tying Night from 6:30-9:30. Women are invited to bring their gear and their gear questions and enjoy a fly-tying party.

The Colorado Mountain Club is hosting a free night of Nepalise culture, cuisine and adventure led by Karma Sherpa. See, hear, learn, and nibble from 6:30-8 tonight.

Woody’s Pizza has team trivia tonight starting at 9.
Rock Rest Lodge has live music (Dave Frisk) starting at 6.
Dirty Dog’s Roadhouse has live music (Brian Hornbuckle) starting at 6.


Foothills Art Center - Golden ColoradoTomorrow night (Thursday 4/19) from 6-8PM, Foothills Art Center will host the members-only exhibit opening party for their new exhibit, Finding Home.  More info on this tomorrow.

Also tomorrow, from 5:30-7PM, the School of Mines will host a public input meeting about the new Master Plan that they are currently developing.  Learn more….

Tuesday Events

April 17, 2018

Lubahn Trail - City of Golden

The Parks, Recreation, and Museum Board meets tonight at 7PM at the Golden Community Center. They will discuss trail hours. Residents near the Lubahn Trail on South Table Mountain have pointed out that Jeffco Open Space limits trail access to one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise. Golden’s trails are currently open 24 hours/day. The board will consider whether to match Golden’s trail hours to Jeffco Open Space trail hours.  Learn more….

The Library’s monthly book group meets tonight from 6-7PM. They’ll be discussing Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage murders and the birth of the FBI.

Things to Do Tonight:
New Terrain Brewing has Yoga On Tap tonight from 6-7PM.
The VFW (15625 W. 10th Ave) has Bingo tonight starting at 6PM.
The Ace Hi has Trivia Night tonight, starting at 7.
Open Mic Golden at the Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse, 6-9PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Karaoke, 7-11PM

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