Junk & Skulls, Mountains & Oils

This is the second and final day of the Beautiful Junk Sale at the Fairgrounds.  Pick up some fun junk and benefit a very worthy cause.


I saw the new play at Miners Alley last night–A Skull in Connemara.  It was delightful–funny in a twisted, morbid sort of way, and a good chance to brush up on your Irish slang.  Go see if for a fun night out.


Mountain Fest takes place today at the Mountaineering Center (710 10th St.) from noon-4PM.  Mountain Fest is the perfect way to get motivated and learn skills for spring and summer mountain adventures. Come by and learn about everything the Club has to offer while enjoying beer, music, skills clinics, open climbing and more.  Plus, this year’s event will feature climbing in the Bouldering Bus, indoor rock climbing, free outdoor skills clinics, slacklining and an expo featuring the club’s popular hiking and mountaineering schools.

This year’s event will feature free outdoor skills clinics and tours of the American Mountaineering Museum. The highlight of the evening will be an expo featuring CMC’s popular hiking, mountaineering, fly fishing, and camping schools; our conservation program; adventure travel trips; the Youth Education Program and much more.

Don’t let your friends, family, neighbors or co-workers miss this opportunity to learn all about the CMC — your gateway to the outdoors! And the best part? It’s FREE!


Earth Sweet Botanicals - Golden ColoradoEarth Sweet Botanicals is offering an Aromatherapy Class with Essential Oils from 3-5.  Learn about essential oils and leave with your own custom blend.  Call to make sure they still have spots:  303-278-1260.

FAQ About Golden.com

I ran into Dan Thoemke (of Be A Tool fame) last night at the “soft” opening for State-38’s new downtown tasting room.  He asked what had become of my website, Golden.com.  When you go to that domain now, you see a big picture of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I did announce the change at the beginning of the year, but considering how often people ask the same question Dan asked, I should announce it again.

“Golden.com” was a very desirable domain.  People contacted me at least once a week to ask me to sell it.  After the November election, I needed something to cheer me up–so I sold the domain to a guy from Canada.  He plans to hold onto it until somebody offers him even more money.  (It worked, by the way.  I felt much better after I received the payment for the domain.  I used it to spend a month in London.)

As for my website–it’s still there.  You can find exactly the same content at my new domain–WWW.GOLDENTODAY.COM.  In addition to my three daily columns–What’s Happening in Golden?, Golden Business News, and News About Golden–you’ll find lists of every store and restaurant in town, local service providers, breweries & distilleries, and Golden industries great and small.  You’ll also find lots of things to do, information about summer camps, and much more.

Visit GOLDENTODAY.COM!  Tell your friends & neighbors!


The semi-annual Beautiful Junk Sale is open today and tomorrow at the Jeffco Fairgrounds.  Lots of bargains to be found, and the proceeds benefit the Jeffco Action Center.

Happy New Year!

This is the Persian New Year, known as Nowruz or Norooz, which means “New Day.”  The holiday, which dates back 3,000 years, is rooted in Zoroastrianism – an ancient Iranian religion.  They’ll be celebrating tonight at Mines with traditional music, local dance, Iranian food, and stand-up comedy.  Tickets are $20.  For information and tickets, email skhademi@mines.​edu or call 303-278-4237.

Driverless Car RevolutionRutt Bridges, a futurist, entrepreneur, and author will be speaking tonight at the Unitarian Church on Autonomous Vehicles & the Environment.  In 2015 he wrote Driverless Car Revolution, and is working on a new book for this year, Driverless Conquers Congestion.  The autonomous vehicle revolution will have deep impacts on society as everything revolves around transportation and the energy we use to move goods and people. Learn what the near future has in store, and what it means for the environment. The talk is free, and is co-sponsored by the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, the JUC Green Task Force, and New Energy Colorado/Golden Earth Days.

The Golden Lions Club supports a residential summer camp for people with special needs, including blind and vision impaired, deaf and hearing impaired, down syndrome, developmentally delayed, intellectual challenged, physical challenges, autism spectrum disorder, physical challenges or impairments, and mental disabilities.  Learn more and download an application.

Miners Alley will open a new play tomorrow night–A Skull in Connemara.  I’ll write more about it tomorrow, but I thought I’d mention it today, so you’d have a chance of getting opening night tickets.  The New York Times said that the play is “Wickedly funny and brilliantly abrasive. …[McDonagh] loves to push both feeling and humor to the extreme.”

Momos & Kolsch

Foothills Art Center - Golden Colorado

Tomorrow night (Thursday 3/23), Foothills Art Center will have another in their Art on Tap series.  This month they’re partnering with their neighbors at the Sherpa House.  Participants will learn to make momos, a traditional delicacy, and enjoy Khumbu Kolsch by the Sherpa Brewery, Nepal’s first craft beer.  This 21+ event is free for Foothills Art Center members.  Non-members can participant by paying the regular $8 admission price.  Please reserve your place today, so they’ll have enough momo making supplies!


There will be a free cooking class tomorrow at 1PM at Golden High School.  “Food Power: Culinary Skills for You” will include information and education on food and nutrition using a variety of healthy cooking techniques. In addition, participants will learn knife skills and ways to use herbs, spices and oils to create recipes that are tasty, healthy and affordable.  Interested in attending? Contact Bethany Thomas at 303-279-2188.


I don’t usually encourage shopping outside of Golden’s city limits, but if you’re in the market for books or music, head to the Barnes & Noble at Denver West tonight.  They’re holding a fund-raiser for Mitchell Elementary from 3-8PM.

Mysterious Mansions, Glass Castles, and Tiny Houses

Yesterday was the first day of spring, and for a change, we’re actually having spring weather for the vernal equinox!  The downtown planters contain crocuses and trees all over town are in bloom.  This marks the half-way point between the winter solstice (shortest day of the year) and the summer solstice (longest day of the year).  We had 9 hours and 21 minutes of daylight on December 21st and will have 14 hours and 59 minutes on June 20th.  Yesterday we had 12 hours and 9 minutes.  Source.

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden ColoradoDirector’s Storytime and Craft at the Railroad Museum

Busy cultural day today.  Dinosaur Ridge has a talk scheduled at 10AM about Pachycephalosaurs.  The Railroad Museum is holding their monthly story time and craft from 10-11AM for 4-6 year olds.  The Golden History Center will host historian Ed Weising from 1-2:30, discussing Curious Castles and Mysterious Mansions of Colorado.  The Library’s book group meets tonight from 6-7 and will discuss The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

Tiny Houses - Golden Colorado

The Sustainability Board will meet tomorrow night at 6 (note earlier start time) in City Council Chambers.  Their agenda includes an interesting conversation about Tiny Homes, including the answers to two basic questions:  What Could Golden Do to Increase Tiny Home Opportunities? and What do I need to live in a Tiny Home in Golden?  Learn more by reviewing their meeting packet….

This Week’s Meetings

The Downtown Development Authority meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will consider a facade improvement grant request by the owners of 1200 Arapahoe.  They may also discuss the “mobility hub”–which is the term used to describe an upgrade to the bus stops in Parfet Park.  Check their meeting packet for more information.

Parks & Recreation will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 7 in the Community Center.  They will discuss the new skatepark at Ulysses Park, which is nearly complete.  There will be a grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 22nd.  The Golden Lions Club is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year.  The have built pavilions in the Norman D and Beverly Heights Parks, and would like to build one in Vanover Park to commemorate their anniversary.  The Parks Board will consider several possible designs. Check their meeting packet for more information.

The Local Licensing Authority will meet on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 in Cit Council Chambers.  The judge will accept a liquor license application for the property at 1100 Arapahoe Street (currently a dry cleaner/laundromat).  The applicant  is “New Vinters, doing business as Colorado Plus Cidery & Pub. Check the meeting packet for more information.

The Sustainability Board will meet Wednesdsay night at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  Their meeting packet is not yet available.

Condominiums - Golden Colorado

City Council will meet on Thursday the 23rd at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will vote on an ordinance requiring the Farmers Market to accept SNAP benefits (formerly called food stamps).  They will discuss an ordinance that clarifies the “cash in lieu” requirements for downtown parking.  Finally, they will have a public hearing on a request to subdivide a single lot at 19th and Ford Streets into 12 lots.  The lot (currently a parking lot) will be used to build 12 condominiums. Check their meeting packet for more information.

Fiber & Music, Jobs and STEM

Jefferson Symphony Orchestra - Golden ColoradoThe Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship will meet at the library from 2:30-4:30 this afternoon.  Bring a project or your desire to start one, and enjoy some time with fellow fiber fiends.

The Jefferson Symphony will perform the Young Artist concert today at 3PM in the Green Center on the School of Mines campus (map).  This year’s winner of the Young Artist competition is Kamalia Freyling and she will perform with the Symphony.  Learn more….

Tomorrow morning from 9:30-11:30, Comcast will hold a hiring event at the American Job Center, 3500 Illinois Street.  Learn more….

Tomorrow from 4-5:30, the library will hold one of its popular STEM Girls sessions.  Girls of all ages are welcome to participate.

A Beautiful Day For STEM

Colorado School of Mines - Golden Colorado

Today’s Jamboree for Outstanding Youngsters (JOY) will run from 10AM-2PM and will be held on the Mines Intramural Field (map).  This event is FREE and good for kids aged 4 and up.  The hosts being Mines students, you can count on the activities to be good, nerdy, fun!  This year’s theme is SPACE.

Don’t forget this morning’s town hall meeting with State Representative Jessie Danielson.  The meeting will take place in Golden City Council Chambers from 10-11.  Councilor Casey Brown has cancelled his monthly Coffee with a Councilor meeting and will attend Jessie Town Hall instead.

Bar-B-Que for Fresh Water - Golden Colorado

There’s a Bar-B-Que for Freshwater tonight from 5:30-9 at the Buffalo Rose.  Grab your cowboy hat and boots and join us for an evening of food, drinks, dancing and fun to raise funds for clean water and safe sanitation in Malawi, Africa and Nicaragua. Families and students of all ages are welcome, but you must be over 21 to receive a drink ticket or purchase alcohol.  This events benefits Golden-based Freshwater Project International and Golden Rotary.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students, and free for kids under 6.  Buy tickets online or at the door.

So Many Options

Golden Fire Department

YESTERDAY
Yesterday, I said that the Fire Department would be burning a house that was scheduled for demolition as a training exercise.  I was wrong–they didn’t actually burn it; they just filled it with smoke.  Dave Powers was on hand, and got some nice photographs of the Fire Department at work!

TODAY
Since the schools are letting out early today, the Library has Freaky Friday (games and Legos) from 2-3:30.

TONIGHT
You can visit the Emerald City tonight, via the High School’s production of The Wizard of Oz.  The show is at 7.

St. Patrick's Day in Golden ColoradoAlternatively, you can don your green apparel and hit some of the St. Patrick’s Day events.

BOB’S ATOMIC BURGERS is having an Atomic St. Patty’s Day DANCE OFF featuring BabyBaby, 12gage, Jon Medina, and Soeze from 9PM-1AM.

The GOLDEN ELKS CLUB is having an international dinner at 6, followed by a dance at 7:30.

GOLDEN MOON SPEAKEASY has an all night line-up of music to celebrate St. Patricks Day.  Lots of green, great music, and cocktails of course!  Mikey Smith: 4PM-7PM  |  Matt Weatherbee and the Lookouts: 8PM-11PM.

THE BUFFALO ROSE has Irish Dancing tonight at 8, featuring the Celtic Steps.  Free admission, but tips are appreciated.  They’ll also be serving corned beef reubens, corned beef dinners, Jameson and Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Car Bomgs, Green Coors Light, and Guiness in cans.

MOUNTAIN TOAD will be serving Ryrish Stout and Two Gingers – a Double Irish Red aged in Oak.  Their food truck (Rolling Dough) will be serving Reuben Pizzas.

BARRELS & BOTTLES will host Reuben Gonzales on acoustic guitar from 6-9.

TOMORROW
Golden Rotary and the Jefferson Center for Mental Health are offering a free seminar on Adult Mental Health First AidRegister here.

Calligraphy class at Foothills Art Cente in Golden ColoradoFoothills Art Center is offering a Beginning Calligraphy class from 9-1.  Register here.

Alpha Phi Omega at the Colorado School of Mines is hosting a free kids jamboree tomorrow from 10-2.  Learn more.

State Representative Jessie Danielson will hold a Town Hall Meeting in Golden City Council Chambers from 10-11.  Councilor Casey Brown has cancelled his monthly Coffee with a Councilor meeting and will attend Jessie Town Hall instead.

Earth Sweet Botanicals will offer a spring cooking class from 3-5:30 called Nibbles, Sips & Sweets.  Learn more.

Smoke & Mirrors…and Fire

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Golden High School will perform The Wizard of Oz Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7, and Saturday at 2PM.  This version of the play is based on the 1939 movie, so you can expect to hear your favorite songs from that production.  The high school always does a good job with their plays–you should go!  Buy tickets online.

Lest you be alarmed–the Golden Fire Department will be burning a house tonight in the 8th & 9th Street Historic District.  The owners planned to demolish it and build something new, so they offered it to the Fire Department as a training exercise.  The firefighters will be gathered at the fire station at 6:30, and the “alarm” will come in some time after that.  Learn more….