Shredding and Sewing

Pedal Pushers Cyclery (710 Golden Ridge Road – Map) is having a their 5th Annual Spring Fling Demo Day today, complete with food truck and beer:  Demo day baby! Come to the biggest demo day event around. We will have the Factory Intense & Ibis truck as well as the folks from Scott, Kona and Transition bikes. Tasty treats from Pink Zebra and our delicious line up of beers from Bikes & Beers @ Pedal Pushers Cyclery!

The Library is having Family Time from 10:15-10:45 (stories, singing, rhyming and dancing).  Their DIY Lab will be open from 1-3.  Today’s theme: Learn different levels of sewing. Try everything from how to sew using a sewing machine to hand sewing your own small creation to whip stitching.

Rum and Splash

Splash Aquatic Park - Golden Colorado

The weather may not seem very summer-y, but this is Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the summer season.  To prove it, the Splash, the City’s water park, will open tomorrow at 10AM!

Ski Bum Rum - Golden ColoradoI’ve frequently written about two of our craft distilleries–Golden Moon and State-38.  You may not yet be aware of Ski Bum Rum.  They’re teaming up with hOMe Yoga Studio tonight to offer a yoga class from 5-7PM.  The $20 admission price includes a one-hour yoga class, followed by a drink at the Distillery bar & tasting room.  Learn more….

Excellence in Climbing (Bid Soon and Often!)

The American Alpine Club will hold their annual Excellence in Climbing Awards on Saturday, June 3rd.  This event benefits TWO Golden institutions–the American Mountaineering Museum, and the American Alpine Club Library.

The Excellence in Climbing Awards will include a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, entertainment, scrumptious food, awards, and an after party with live 80’s music by The Goonies.

The highlight of the evening will be inducting the 2017 Hall of Mountaineering Excellence (HoME) awardees: Sean Patrick, David Morton and Melissa Arnot Reid, Sean and Timmy O’Neill, and former AAC President Doug Walker. These deserving climbers have achieved greatness in the mountains and returned home to give back to their communities. We will also be recognizing the 2017 Cutting Edge Award winners: Scott Bennett and Graham Zimmerman.  BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW.

The online auction is open right now, so start bidding.

This is the last day of school for Jeffco public school students, so be on the lookout for giddy kids!

Don’t forget GoFarm’s Spring Happy Hour, from 4-6 this afternoon at Connects Workspace in the Armory Building.  Good chance to learn more about Community Supported Agriculture or just generally celebrate spring.

This Week’s Meetings

Solar Power - Golden Colorado

The Sustainability Board meets tonight at 6PM (note the earlier time) in City Council Chambers.  They will discuss the Community Solar Ballot Initiative.  They will also review several steps designed to integrate sustainability into all city plans and decisions.  Staff will report on plans to issue an RFP for companies who can provide energy audits for Golden homeowners.

Members of the Sustainability and Parks and Rec boards attended a Planning Commission study session last week.  The topic was open space, and whether Golden should acquire some, to protect us from becoming uncomfortably dense or being too encroached upon by neighboring cities.  The study session was not recorded, so the results of the conversation are a mystery.

City Council meets tomorrow night at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  The Mayor will proclaim June 2nd to be Gun Violence Awareness Day.  Council will vote on a resolution to authorize the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to do an archaeological dig on the Magic Mountain site, near the Apex trailhead.  They will consider a final plat to subdivide the lot on the southeast corner of 8th and Arapahoe to accommodate four townhomes.  This item will have a public hearing.

After the business meeting, the Communications Manager will present the Communications Master Plan for the City.  The plan emphasizes making the City website the primary source of information about Golden.  They want to promote the city and share positive stories about it.

Digging Golden

The Museum of Nature and Science will be doing an archaeological dig in Golden this summer.  The site of the dig, which is known as Magic Mountain, is near the Apex Trailhead.  This site has remains dating back 7000 years and has been excavated before, but they are initiating a new effort June 7-25th.

One goal of this project is to get people excited about the archaeology in their backyard.  The project team will be offering many tours and an opportunity for anyone to try their hand at digging. They also hope to encourage community members to keep a watchful eye on the area, so this incredible site remains preserved for generations to come.

Learn more about the dig and check the schedule for planned site tours….

Pleasant View Elementary’s closing ceremony was postponed last week because of the snow.  They’re going to try again today at 5, so I hope you can stop by and take one last look at the building.  The pupils will be going to Shelton and Welchester next fall.  There will be a Closing Ceremony at 5, to mark the event.  Student ambassadors will provide building tours.  An interactive art activity will allow families to mark the event, sponsored by The Denver Art Museum.  Light refreshments will be served.  All are welcome to attend.  15920 W. 10th Avenue, Golden, CO (map).

GoFarm Goes Wild

GoFarm - Golden Colorado

On Thursday (May 25th) from 4-6, GoFarm will celebrate the beginning of another Local Food Share season. Please join the GoFarm staff and other Local Food Share members for the GoFarm Spring Happy Hour.  The soiree will be held at Connects Workspace in the Armory Building, 1301 Arapahoe Street.

Immediately after the Happy Hour, those wild GoFarm folks will head over to Foothills Art Center for Art on Tap from 6-8.  Together, they’ll cook a new recipe inspired by a work in the Colorado Watercolor Society State Exhibit, then they’ll taste it and take home the recipe.  Golden City Brewery will be providing the beer.  Please reserve your space in advance.  This is a 21+ event and you must have a valid ID.

Lots to do before the weekend ends…

Kayaking in Golden Colorado

This is the final day for The 2017 Golden Games on Clear Creek.

District 2 Councilor Casey Brown will host Coffee with a Councilor this morning from 10-11 at Cafe 13, which is located in the Armory Building at 13th and Arapahoe.

The City will still be accepting stuff (household trash, electronic waste, tires, tree brush, mattresses & box springs) from 8-3:30 today at the City Shops (1300 Catamount Drive – map).  You MUST live within the Golden city limits to take advantage of Golden Pride Days.

Don’t forget to grab a burger today at Bob’s Atomic Burgers.  They’re giving 30% of the day’s profits to the Golden Backpack Program.


The forecast says we’ll reach the high 50s today.  Bring your lunch to Lions Park at noon, and join a new group, Golden United, in a conversation about Golden’s character and its future.

High 50s may be a lovely temperature for a picnic, but it sounds a little nippy for kayaking in Clear Creek.  Nevertheless, the valiant souls in this year’s Golden Games will be paddling around Clear Creek all day.  Take a walk along the creek and cheer them on!

The City will be collecting any junk that you want to unload at the City Shops (1300 Catamount Drive – map) from 8-3:30 today.  Among the items they’ll accept are household trash, electronic waste, tires, tree brush, mattresses & box springs.  They’ll provide unlimited paper shredding, and they’ll recycle metal.  DO NOT bring propane tanks, batteries, pharmaceuticals, or hazardous waste.  You MUST live within the Golden city limits to take advantage of Golden Pride Days.  Learn more about this popular annual program.

Jobs:  King Soopers is having a hiring event today from 11-4.

The VFW (map) is having a Casino Night tonight from 6-10.  If you are looking for something to do, come on down and play some craps, roulette, blackjack or Texas Hold ’em. Plus, the bar will be serving drinks for a little more than half of what you are accustomed to.  Get one raffle ticket at the door; more tickets for sale all night:  $20 / 2nd Buy-in $10

Conservation Colorado presents Congressman Ed Perlmutter

This evening from 5-7 at the American Mountaineering Center, Conservation Colorado is hosting Congressman Ed Perlmutter, discussing The Future of Public LandsLearn more….

Heading into a Busy Weekend

Golden High School Graduation

Congratulations to Golden High School Class of 2017!  Graduation exercises will be held at 9AM at the Colorado School of Mines, Marv Kay Stadium.  The school website says that the ceremony will take place, rain or shine (or snow, presumably).

Community Pride Days will happen tomorrow and Sunday, so if you haven’t already gathered up all the stuff you want to get rid of, do it today!

The 7th Annual Golden Games is scheduled for this weekend.  Check their website to see whether they’re rescheduled in light of the weather.  Tonight’s events take place in Morrison, at Big Soda Lake at the Bear Creek Lake Park.  Saturday and Sunday events are scheduled for Clear Creek in downtown Golden.

This is opening night for the new Miners Alley Playhouse production, Cabaret.  Performances will be Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through June 25th.  Learn more….

A group of Golden area residents and community leaders has launched Golden United:  a non-partisan effort engaging people across all walks of life to find common ground and act together to strengthen Golden’s character as a “small town with heart.”

The group plans to tackle topics, such as improving respect, maintaining economic diversity, supporting residents and strengthening education programs.

If you are interested in learning more about the group, you are invited to join a potluck lunch Saturday at noon at the Lions Park East Pavilion.  Bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks, meet Golden United organizers, and learn how you can participate.  RSVP to Ron Benioff at

Parking and Transportation Issues

Downtown Parking - Golden Colorado

City Council will have a study session (no voting and no public comment) tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  The Assistant City Manager has been researching the costs and logistics of having the city provide broadband services, and he will report on his findings to date.

Councilors Charis-Graves and Brown have been leading a group that has studied the charters of our various boards and commissions.  The group concluded that our two biggest gaps were in museum oversight and citizen input on transportation design.  The Parks & Rec Board has promised to spend more time on the museums, with occasional input by the Historic Preservation Board.  A new board is proposed to advise on transportation issues.  This need was inspired by strong citizen responses to the odd and torturous street designs along Heritage Road, 8th Street, and Eagle Ridge Drive.

Council will consider working with RTD to add another “flex route” green bus to improve public transit options in Golden.

They will review the status of several parking and transportation initiatives, including paid parking downtown, neighborhood parking permits, the bike library, a car share program, and West Colfax and Washington Avenue street redesigns.

The paid parking kiosks have definitely freed up parking in the downtown lots.  Some of the people from Mines who used to park downtown have now moved to the lot west of the library and to 16th, 18th, and Ford Streets.  The School of Mines has announced plans to build a parking garage on campus to accommodate their students and employees.

There is a lot of interest in the bike library, but the weather the past two weekends has minimized actual bike loans.  The city will be adding three more bike stations this summer–in Parfet Park, on the Mines Campus, and at the Light Rail Station.  These will be “bike shares” and there will be a charge for using the bikes.

Zip Car plans to establish a car share location in Golden, and is requesting two reserved parking spaces in the Jackson Street garage.

For more information on any of these issues, see the agenda and meeting packet.  The meeting will be broadcast live through the city website.

The Colorado Scientific Society is hosting a lecture tonight at 7PM at the Mountaineering Center–Too Warm, Two Poles: How Past Super Interglacials Should Inform Future Coastal Policy.  It’s free and open to the public.  Learn more….