Trains, Shakespeare(ish), Our Town, and Music Today, and Multiple Egg Hunts Tomorrow

April 19, 2019

Things to do Friday:

The Railroad Museum will offer a “Highlights Tour” this afternoon from 1-2PM. The cost is $3 each, plus general admission

Foothills Art Center will host the High Grade Release Party from 5:30-7:30PM. High Grade is CSM’s annual art and literary journal, featuring all genres of original fiction, poetry, photography, art, and music from students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We’re dedicated to putting the Arts back in STEM, full steam!

Mines Little Theater will present Love’s Labour’s Lost tonight at 7PM in the new Coorstek Engineering and Applied Sciences building, rooms 140 & 150 (map). This version will be Shakespeare-problem-play-turned-modern-musical. Want to know what Papa John’s pizza has to do with Shakespeare? Do you love cats so much that you could sing about it? Do you just want to take a break and need a good laugh? Then this musical is for you. Tickets are $5 for Mines students and staff and $7 for the general public.

Warning: There are only two weekends left to see Our Town at Miners Alley Playhouse. It’s a great production. I saw it, and you should too!

Tonight’s Live Music:

Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Barrels & Bottles – Steve Selinsky, 6PM
Buffalo Rose – Texas Hippie Coalition with Fist Fight, Trainwreck, Lowdown, Michael Morrow, Thousand Frames, 8PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Tony Luke Band, 7-11PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Jeremy Mohney, 7PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Falling Rock, 5-9P

Passover starts tonight: Chag Sameach!

Easter Celebrations on Saturday:

  • 10AM SHARPEaster Egg Hunt in Parfet Park for kids 9 and under, presented by the Golden Chamber, the Golden Kiwanis Club, Builders Club, Key Club, and Circle K will present an . It starts at 10 and ends within minutes, so be there early.
  • 10AM-4PM – Bunny Express Train at the Railroad Museum. Ride in a vintage passenger coach, visit the Easter Bunny and Spike Railyard Hound, and collect Candy.
  • 10:30 – PREaster Hunt EGGstravaganza at the Buffalo Rose. Doors open at 10:30, Egg Hunt at 10:50, followed by baloon animals, a ventriloquist and puppets. There will be a $5 cover charge (2 and under free) and breakfast burritos, bellinis, mimosas, and bloody marys will be available for purchase.
  • 1PM Eggmania/Easter Egg Hunt at the Golden Gate Grange (map) – FREE event open to all! Bring hard boiled eggs for dyeing & decorating followed by an Easter egg hunt & visit from the Easter Bunny! Easter Baskets & dyeing materials will be provided.

Art on Tap, History Lecture, City Council, Live Music, Full Moon

April 18, 2019

The City’s Bike Library opens today. It is located behind the Visitors Center (10th & Washington). You can borrow one for free for two hours or all day for $10. Learn more….

The Library is offering “Cardboard Creations” for preschoolers – tweens from 4:30-6:30. It’s a car! It’s a plane! It’s whatever you imagine, but it’s definitely not just a box. Using cardboard, Makedo™ screws, tape and a lot of creativity, there’s no limit to what you can build. Drop in and build. Supplies provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

We have some tough decisions as to what to do tonight.

6PM – Foothills Art Center is hosting Art on Tap tonight. They’ll be playing Bingo. Test your luck and knowledge of art and have fun with friends! Beer provided by Golden City Brewery. THIS IS A 21+ EVENT. Admission to Foothills Art Center and the program is free for our Members. Non-members gain free access to the program upon paid admission to Foothills Art Center.

6PM – The Golden History Center is hosting a lecture tonight. Moving West: Who Moved to California in the 1930s and Why. Migration to California is one of the dominant history topics of the 1930s, built on a wealth of information from literature, news stories, and photographs. Using newly available data from the 1940 U.S. Census, this lecture will reveal insights on the people who moved, the places they came from, and why they may have moved, with special attention to the link between migration and the environmental trauma of the 1930s. $0 Members; $10 non-members Register.

6PM – The School of Mines will hold a Community Meeting from 6-7PM at the Ben Parker Student Center Grand Ballroom (map). They will discuss Sustainability (Phase II Energy Performance Contract), Construction Projects (Green Center – North Chiller Plant, Parking Garage/Classroom Building, Spruce Hall, Jackson Hall – Partnership, Facility Operations North, Facility Operations South, Utility Infrastructure Improvements, and MP Parking lot), and the Mines Master Plan (Sub-Surface Frontiers Research Building, Washington/18th Parking Garage, 14th Street shared pedestrian/vehicle way, Mines Park Daycare Center).

6:30 – City Council will have a Study Session (no public comment) in City Council Chambers. They will discuss the Historic Preservation Board’s Preservation Plan: The preservation planning process worked on developing a vision, goals, and priorities for the preservation of Golden’s historic and cultural resources. The plan identifies important stories that reflect Golden’s history and culture, looks for ways to improve the interpretation, understanding, and enjoyment of Golden’s stories, and identifies sites and resources that are part of telling those stories. Council will also review a draft of a Board and Commission Manual. You can see both documents in tonight’s meeting packet….

Tonight’s Live Music:

Full Moon:

The moon will be full at 5:12AM tomorrow morning. It will rise at 7PM tonight and set at 6:45 tomorrow morning.

Friday Preview:

Tomorrow, I’ll give you the rundown on the many Easter celebrations you can expect on Saturday.

Xeriscaping, Housing, Music, and CSM Research

April 17, 2019

Tonight, from 6-8PM, the City is offering a class on Plant Selection for a Water-Wise Landscape. What does “xeric” mean and how much water do these plants really need? Kenton Seth of Paintbrush Gardens will show you how to distinguish between the barely rugged dryer-growing plants at the garden center and those that thrive with literally no irrigation, and how to use both in your Golden yard to best effect. Find out which ones are ugly ducklings at the nursery, but become stunning swans that will impress your most dubious neighbors. We will learn how to choose what parts of your yard get less or no water, and how to select and establish plants for those spots so you can enjoy the long-term actual payoffs proclaimed by Xeriscape and dry garden advocates. The session will be held at the Community Center, 1470 10th Street (map). Please register ahead.

Speaking of xeriscaping, have you ordered your Garden-in-a-Box yet? A limited number of $25 discounts are available for Golden residents, so order soon.

The Planning Commission will meet tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. This is a study session, so there will be no public comment. The Chair of the Historic Preservation Board will address Commission on the topic, and Commission will discuss potential zoning tools and/or barriers related to historic preservation and neighborhood and community character. They will also discuss options and strategies for creating and retaining housing for moderate and middle income Golden residents. See the meeting packet for more information….

Tonight’s Live Music:
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Miners Saloon – Jenny Shawhan
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 6-8:30PM

Thursday Preview

CSM GRADS – 8:30AM-5:30PM

Curious about what research goes on in your backyard? The Graduate Student Government at Mines invites the Golden Community to join them for Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium at Mines, or GRADS.

Learn about research being conducted at Mines by more than 170 undergraduate and graduate students. Attend oral presentations and poster sessions. Refreshments will be served and attendance is free. Ben H. Parker Student Center, 1310 Maple Street (map)

Liquor Licensing News and Book Groups

April 16, 2019

The Railroad Museum will have their monthly Storytime and Craft this morning from 10-11AM. Today’s story is From A Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson. Recommended for rail lovers aged 4-6 years old. Free for Museum Members and $2 for nonmembers with general admission. Learn more….

The Local Licensing Authority meets at 2PM in City Council Chambers. Bonfire Burritos, which has been operating out of a trailer on South Golden Road for several years, has applied for a liquor license to be used at 2221 Ford St. That’s the former frame shop, and–for those with long memories–the former Taco John’s and Taco Mesa. The Colorado Plus Cidery & Pub (1100 Arapahoe Street) is requesting permission to extend liquor service into their parking lot for a special event on June 29th. Dirty Dogs Roadhouse (17999 W. Colfax) is requesting to serve liquor in their parking lot during special events on May 26th and June 1st. Foss Company Liquor (1224 Washington Ave.) has applied for a permit to do “tastings” every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 2-7PM from May 16th – April 9th of next year. Golden Liquor at 601 13th St. has applied to do tastings Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from now through September and assorted dates after that. See the meeting packet for more info….

The Golden Library’s monthly book group meets tonight from 6-7PM. They’ll be discussing The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe. Learn more….

The Utility Rate Citizen Committee will meet at 6PM in the Public Works Building, 1445 10th St. This group is reviewing our water and wastewater rates. Learn more….

The Parks, Recreation, and Museum Advisory Board is scheduled to meet at 7PM at the Community Center. They will discuss the Lubahn Trail Hours and Lubahn Trail maintenance options, the City’s RV Park, and weed management. See the meeting packet for more info….

Wednesday Preview:

The Citizens Budget Advisory Committee will meet tomorrow morning at 7:30 in City Council Chambers. They will review a planned $2 million budget amendment and, in light of the planned purchase of a new municipal center, will review the City’s debt management policies. See the meeting packet for more info….

Tomorrow night from 6-8PM, the City is hosting a seminar on Plant Selection for a Water-Wise Landscape. Please pre-register and find full details about the seminar series on the CRC website. Call 303-999-3820 x222 or email with any questions or for more details.

Peeps Art and Downtown Development Grants

April 15, 2019

Today is the last day to see the Peeps Literary Dioramas at the Golden Library. The PEEPle’s Choice Awards will happen tonight at 6PM at the Library.

The Fireside Pickers will be playing at New Terrain Brewing tonight, beginning at 6PM. The New Terrain Run Club will be heading out for a 2-6 mile run on North Table Mountain at 6:15PM, and you’re welcome to join them.

The Downtown Development Authority meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They have a full agenda.

Golden will be hosting an outdoor industry conference (The Wright) April 30-May2nd. The organizers will ask the DDA for a $3749.16 grant. If approved, and in combination with the already approved special events banner grant of $2,597.84, this grant would bring the DDA’s total support of The Wright to $6,347.00. The City also is providing $500.00 (20% of $2,500.00) to The Wright through a sponsorship with JeffCo EDC and peer cities.

The owner of the Ace Hi building (the historic Golden Opera House) is asking for an Exterior Improvement Grant to defray the cost of some planned facade improvements. Staff is recommending a grant of up to $30K, which would be about 1/3 of the cost. Mr. Stillman (the owner) also plans interior improvements, but those are not covered under this grant program.

Members of the Public Art Commission will update DDA members about a community art partnership project, the new mural planned for the History Museum, and possible future murals.

They may hear an update from the downtown merchants regarding their Summer Weekend plans.

They will hear about a downtown parking study, which has shown that the parking lots west of Washington are more crowded than the garages on the east side of Washington. City Staff will suggest that downtown employees be asked to park in the garages.

They will discuss traffic congestion on Ford St., and staff will report on their proposal to add decorative lighting to Miners Alley. See the meeting packet for the details on any of these topics.

Arts & Crafts and the Municipal Center

April 14, 2019

The Colorado Arts & Crafts Society will hold their Gathering of the Guilds today from 10AM-4PM at the Mountaineering Center (710 10th St.). Professional artists, metalsmiths, potters, woodworkers and weavers will be selling their handcrafted items in the following categories; Art, Antiques, Book Binding, Calligraphy, Ceramics, Distilling, Fiber, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Paper, and Textiles. There will be presentations and many artisans will be offering hands-on demonstrations of their craft throughout the day. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, please contact or call 720-497-7632.

In light of the City’s plans to create a new Municipal Center in the Coors North Office Building, I thought you might be interested in learning about the last time we did this, 60 years ago.

In the spring of 1958, Heinie Foss, owner of the Foss Drug, led a committee to plan a new complex of buildings that would include all city offices (including the police and fire departments), a swimming pool, library, museum,and recreation center. The first choice for the location was Parfet Park. The Golden Gardeners Club objected to losing the trees and green space, so the City instead chose property west of Washington Avenue, which belonged to the Parfet family.

The committee waged an “intense campaign” to persuade voters of the desirability of the project, and in November of 1959, a $350,000 bond issue was approved by a large margin.

The project went out for bid of February of 1960. The bids came in higher than expected, so council had the plans reworked and down-scaled. The swimming pool opened in June of 1960 and the rest of the municipal center was dedicated in May of 1961.

Golden celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1959, and the new Municipal was regarded as the perfect way to enter Golden’s second century and the modern era.

The Golden Transcript (originally called the Colorado Transcript) has been publishing since 1866. The Golden History Museum has been working on digitizing the old issues, and they’re currently up to October of 1965. You’ll find old Transcripts online at

Cardboard Boat Races, Car Show, Carnival, Fireworks

April 13, 2019

Today’s E-Days Shenanigans:

  • Cardboard Boat Races: 9AM-11:30AM on Clear Creek.
  • Car Show: 9AM-1PM in the CTLM Lot
  • Carnival: 12-3PM in the D Lot and North IM Field
  • Headliner Concert: B.o.B. and Smallpools, 7PM in D Lot
  • Fireworks: 9:30PM, North IM Field

The Golden High School Band and Choir Programs are hosting their Annual Mattress Fundraiser Sale from 10AM-5PM in the High School Cafeteria. If you could use a new mattress for your home, come help the kids and save up to 50% OFF RETAIL STORE PRICES! Brand new factory direct mattresses can be ordered on sale day and delivered right to your home! Brands include Simmons Beautyrest, Therapedic, Innomax, Intellibed, and Tranquility. There will be over 30 mattress models to choose from and all will be available in every mattress size. They are going to be made to order after the fundraiser and will ship brand new from the factory. All mattresses will carry the standard factory warranties which are typically 10 years or longer! There will also be luxury massage chairs, and sheets, mattress protectors/pads, and frames are also available. Get a free set of microfiber sheets on any mattress or a free luxury pillow with any massage chair for mentioning the student you’re there to support.

Your Ashtanga Yoga Studio will have their monthly Dance & Yoga night from 7-10:15PM. Every second Saturday of the month join us for an amazing night of ecstatic free-form dance in our cute studio here in downtown Golden. We will crank some tunes and dance away all of our worries. This practice is self-guided (meaning you can dance however you want)! Kiddos are welcome to come and head home for a great night of sleep before the guided 75 minute restorative yoga practice following the dance party. $20 drop in – members can use packages .
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Ecstatic Dance Party (come anytime!)
9:00 to 10:15 p.m. Restorative Yoga

Don’t forget tonight’s Story SLAM at the Mountaineering Center. Learn more….

Tonight’s Live Music:

Sunday morning Preview:

8AM Pancake Breakfast at the Golden Gate Grange
10AM Gathering of the Guilds at the Mountaineering Center

E-Days and Western on Washington

April 12, 2019

City Council voted unanimously last night to proceed with the purchase of the Coors building and property. They also granted a hardship exemption to the moratorium for the owner of 708 Cheyenne St.

E-Days at the School of Mines starts in earnest today. This year’s theme is Adventure in the SerengetE-Days 2019. (Does anyone know what the M has turned into?) See today’s lineup of events….

Foothills Art Center’s inaugural Art Book Club will happen today at noon. They will be discussing The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt. This event is free for FAC members and $8 for non-members. Bring a sack lunch!

There’s a super-fun event scheduled downtown tonight–Western on Washington: Saloon Stroll.

Don your Wild West best, stroll among Golden’s finest saloons for food and drink tastes and specials, then party at the awesome new Buffalo Rose with live music by Wood Belly. Wood Belly was the 2018 winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Band Contest. Check-in at Buffalo Rose before you begin your stroll.

Buy Tickets Online or at the Buffalo Rose.

They also have an online auction with several fun items, such as Moab Glamping, a weekend at a condo in Steamboat, tubing for 8 in downtown Golden, and more. View the auction items and bid here….

This event is hosted by the Mitchell Elementary PTA and will help raise funds for the lower playground improvements. Adults only, 21+

Have you ever been to a Story SLAM?

The Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference starts tonight. Exploring Story’s Impact from folk and fairy tales to slams and personal stories. They will have a “Story Concert” tonight from 7-9PM at the Mountaineering Center. They’ll have a Story SLAM tomorrow night from 7-9PM. The public is very much invited to both performances! Tickets for either performance are $15 each or families for $45. Stories are for adults and kids 10 years and older. Learn more….

You may also want to join the conference and learn more about the fine art of story-telling, They will start at 8 tomorrow morning. Sign up here….

Marv Kay, the Moratorium, and Money

April 11, 2019

In light of the weather, the Marv Kay Day celebration has been moved indoors, to the upper gymnasium in the student recreation center (map). Celebrate the greatest Miner of all time from 3:30-5PM. Mayor Sloan will also honor the former Mayor Kay by proclaiming this to be Marv Kay Day at tonight’s City Council meeting.

City Council meets tonight at 6:30PM in City Council Chambers (see full agenda). They will consider a request by the owner of 708 Cheyenne to be exempted from the building moratorium. They will also vote on the proposed $12.25 million purchase of the Coors North Office Building and property in the Goosetown neighborhood.

A Review of Recent Finance Discussions

In October of 2017, City Council created an Investment Forum Task Force to review the long list of things that citizens had said they wanted (open space, support for cultural organizations, affordable housing, solar improvements, etc). The timing was appropriate, because we will pay off the debt for the golf course, water park, and community center in 2021, so at that point our annual debt payments will be $2.4 million less. City staff calculated that at that point, we would be able to borrow up to $43 million for new projects.

The task force surveyed the community to determine which things they most wanted. The results showed that open space acquisition was the highest priority for those who took the survey.

As a somewhat separate topic, the task force discussed creating a new lodging tax, to be earmarked for some specific purpose. Some wanted the new tax to go to the cultural organizations, some to open space, and some to affordable housing.

Former City Manager Mike Bestor volunteered to campaign for a lodging tax to be used for cultural organizations.

Former Mayor Jacob Smith hopes to create a Community Trust to finance open space and affordable housing investments. Proposed funding sources include a lodging tax, city bonds, TIF financing, developer fees, etc.

Recently, Coors offered to sell their office building and property on either side of 10th Street. That wasn’t on the list of purchases we had been discussing, but the City sees it as a good opportunity, so they plan to buy it for $12.25 million. They estimate that–with necessary remodeling–the total cost of the project will be $20-24 million. They suggest paying for this by incurring city debt, establishing a lodging tax, renting out some of the new office space, and selling some city assets such as the Golden Transcript Building/City Hall Annex.

The advantages include the opportunity to gather city staff into one building and allow for future growth of city staff, the possibility of moving some of our cultural organizations into the “new” building, and allowing us to control the property along Clear Creek.

Open questions include: what we would do with the current city hall and police department? Will we demolish them and turn that area into park land? Sell them to developers? Will the Library move?

City Council will discuss and vote on the $12.25 million purchase tonight, subject to property and environmental inspections.

Tonight’s Live Music:

Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Dave Frisk, 6-10PM
New Terrain Brewing Company – Whitewater Ramble, 6-9PM

City Planning, Game of Thrones, Live Music and/or a Blizzard

April 10, 2019

Note: In light of the ominous weather warnings, you should call ahead or check websites before leaving home, in case they have to reschedule.

2PM – Golden United has postponed this event. We’ll let you know when they’ve set a definite date.

The Golden United Planning and Zoning event is tonight from 6:30-8:30 at the First United Methodist Church, 1500 Ford St. (map).

Have you ever wondered…. What exactly is zoning and what can/can’t it do? Why does that building or site look like that? How do residents engage with the city in seeking approval for projects? How does planning and zoning in Golden compare to that in other cities? How can I learn more to help guide Golden? Learn more….

The Library is having a Game of Thrones Craft Night for adults, tonight from 6-7:30. Celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones by creating your own customized pint glass, coasters, or dragon egg bookends. While supplies last.

Tonight’s Live Music:

  • Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
  • Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30PM

Thursday Preview:

10AM Everything Dinosaur Talk at the Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center (map)
5:30PM Last Look with Hassan NajjarMembers’ Show
6:30 CMC Film Series: JEAN + The Crash Reel – Supporting LoveYourBrain
6:30 City Council: Vote to buy the Coors Office Building and property in Goosetown


The School of Mines’ annual E-Days celebration officially starts tomorrow. They’ll have lots of special events, including a magician, a comedian, a poker tournament, casino night, a concert, and more. Of particular interest to members of the Golden Community:

Thursday Marv Kay Day celebration, 3:30-5PM, Student Rec Center
Friday Ore Cart Pull, starts 7:30AM on the west side of the student rec center | Trebuchet Competition, Q Lot, 2:30-4PM
Saturday Cardboard Boat Races, 9-11:30AM on Clear Creek | Car Show CTLM Lot, 9AM-1PM | Fireworks 9:30PM, North IM Field

Many thanks to the people and organizations who support "What's Happening in Golden."