Transportation and Business

October 23, 2017

Heritage Road - Golden Colorado

Don’t forget tonight’s meeting about the design of Heritage Road. It’s at Shelton Elementary, from 6-8PM (map). Learn more….

If you are interested in serving on the City’s new Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board (MTAB), now is the time to fill out an application.  The deadline to apply is October 31st.  Learn more….

The Chamber of Commerce is holding Coffee Connections tomorrow morning at 7:30 at Cafe 13. The Topic for October is: Stress: The Mind-Body Connection. Led by Inge Senglemann, LCSW of Embody Your Life, LLC.  Coffee Connections is an early hours business networking event. Come enjoy a cup of coffee and mingle with fellow Chamber members at this topic-based discussion group. Interested in joining the Chamber? Click here….

Becoming an angel investor
The Rockies Venture Club and Traxion are hosting a workshop tomorrow night for people interested in becoming Angel Investors–that is, early investors in start-up companies. The event will be held at the Starzer Center on the School of Mines campus. Learn more and register….


Today & Tomorrow

October 22, 2017


Fall in Golden ColoradoFall Festival
Applewood Valley United Methodist Church (2035 Ellis Street – map) is having a Fall Festival this afternoon from 1-3PM. They’ll have carnival games, arts & crafts, face painting, a bouncy house, candy, and prizes! Costumes encouraged. It’s free and everyone is invited.

Symphony Concert
The Jefferson Symphony will play their first concert of the season this afternoon at 3PM in the Green Center. They will play Tragic Overture by Brahms, Enigma Variations by Elgar, and Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven. Learn more….

Enjoy a Himalayan Oktoberfest this evening from 5-8PM. Learn about the Sherpa people of Nepal, meet Sherpas who have summited Everest, eat food catered by the Sherpa House and sample craft beer from Nepal’s first craft brewery, the Sherpa Brewing Company, which partners with Golden City Brewing. The event is free but donations are most welcome.


Heritage Road Design Meeting
Tomorrow night (Monday 10/23) from 6-8PM, there will be a public meeting about the engineering review done on the Heritage Road roundabouts and other traffic calming design features.  Engineers from Bohannan Huston will be at a public meeting to discuss their review and the results.  This will not be an open house: there will be a presentation, followed by Q&A.  The meeting will be held at Shelton Elementary, 420 Crawford Street (map).  Learn more….

Apollo 15 Astronaut Lecture
Tomorrow night (10/23) at 6PM, Astronaut Al Worden, one of only 24 humans to fly to the moon, will recount his experience as the Apollo 15 command module pilot.  Worden flew alongside Commander Dave Scott and lunar module pilot Jim Irwin on the first mission with the Lunar Roving Vehicle in July 1971. He performed the first deep space walk and still holds the record for the “most remote human being ever.”  Worden’s lecture is free and open to the public and will take place in Bunker Auditorium at the Green Center. Map

Eventful Saturday

October 21, 2017
Colorado Railroad Museum

Photo Courtesy of the Colorado Railroad Museum

The Railroad Museum has a Steam Train going today, so it’s a good day to visit and take a ride!

Visit the Golden City Brewery today to enjoy their 19th annual ChiliFest, which is a benefit for the food bank at the Christian Action Guild.  They’ll have 15 chili cooks and at least 3 chili beers.  The event starts at noon and runs till 5PM…or until they run out of chili!

Mountain Side Gear Rental (map) is collecting coats, backpacks, and warm sleeping gear for Jefferson County’s homeless families. Almost 3,000 children are homeless in our county, so youth-size clothing is particularly welcome. Please bring your contributions between 10AM and 2PM today. You’re welcome to stay for a while for food and beverages and to meet the agencies that dedicate their time and efforts to end homelessness in Jefferson County. Call 303-955-2290 if you have any questions.

Golden Votes!

Photo by DPowers –

The March to the Ballot Box will meet at the library at 1PM to walk over to the City Hall and VOTE! Fill out your ballot and plan to join them.

Jefferson County CSU Extension Service is celebrating 100 years today–wow! Join them tonight from 5:30-8:30 at the Fairgrounds. “Foods to Mingle Over … History to Visit … Future to Enjoy” Live music provided by Grasping at Straws. Tickets are $15 per person with a cash bar.

The forecast says it will be cooler today, with highs in the 50s.

This is CSM’s Parents & Family Weekend, so look out for proud parents!

New Terrain Brewing is hosting BFC4 (Beer Fight Club) from 4-7PM. This is a blind tasting competition featuring 8 Colorado breweries. You can help judge by voting for the best beer. The breweries and Beer Fight Club will be giving away “stuff.” Tickets are $35-40.

Live Music:
THE BUFFALO ROSE – The Duke Street Kings at 3:30 and Genitorturers at 8PM
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM

If you’re looking for Halloween Events, check

Full Fall Friday

October 20, 2017

The Library is throwing a Toddler Dance Party at 11:15 this morning.

Friday’s Live Music
Admission is FREE to all of the following:

The School of Mines has a Concert in the Arthur Lakes Library at noon today. Andrew Fletcher will play acoustic guitar. The concert is open to the public.

THE BUFFALO ROSE – So What Brothers at 8PM
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM

Friday’s Halloween Happenings
Check with the individual businesses to see whether they still have openings.

6:30 – Golden Haunted Hayride
7:30 – Golden Haunted Pub Crawl
8:30 – Murder, Mayhem, and Madness Tour
9:00 – Atomic Halloween – Party at Bob’s Atomic Burgers – Costume Contest and Halloween Craziness! Free!

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The Golden City Brewery will have their 19th annual Chilifest to benefit the food pantry at the Christian Action Guild.  The event starts at noon and will go on until they run out of chili!

The Boettcher Mansion will hold their Autumn Wedding Show from 11AM-2PM.

The Library will celebrate Star Wars Reads Day from 11AM-1PM.  Costumes encouraged!

Golden Votes will lead a March to the Ballot Box at 1PM.  Meet at the Library and walk together to the Ballot Box at City Hall.

West Side Live! will present Voices of Light at 7PM.

The Railroad Museum will host a nighttime event:  Ghosts of the Railyard from 7:30-10PM.

What To Do On A Thursday

October 19, 2017

City Council has a study session tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. No public comment is taken at study sessions. They will be reviewing the City’s 2018 budget. City Council and Staff develop budgets in two year cycles. The first year of the cycle involves more planning and policy discussion. They strive to anticipate all budget needs for the next two years. The second year is supposed to require less planning and discussion, with adjustments being made to accommodate changes. This is the second year in the cycle, so should require few changes.

On the revenue side, we continue to make more in sales and use tax than anticipated (a great problem to have) and property tax revenue has increased as well.

As far as expenses–health care costs for employees continue to rise. The Planning department will spend an extra $200K to develop a Transportion plan and a Historic Preservation Plan, and to establish a Rental Assistance Program as part of the Affordable Housing Initiative.

The City wants to add several full-time positions: Long Range Planner, Engineering Inspector, Police Captain, Two Patrol Officers, Fire Operations Officer, Senior Maintenance Worker, Aquatics Specialist. In addition, they plan to reclassify some of the Police Department employees and to increase wages for part-time employees.

To view the operating budget, including the numbers from 2015, 2016, and 2017 for comparison purposes, see the meeting packet.

They will also discuss a request that the city develop “single track” dirt trails in addition to the paved trails that we already have.

They will conclude with an executive session (closed to the public) to discuss possible purchase of two pieces of property–one at Heritage Road and Berthoud Way, and one at 23rd Street and Vernon Road.

The meeting will be shown live through the city website and on cable channel 8, and of course, you can attend in person.

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Live Music

In case you don’t find City Council as enthralling as I do, there are several live music options tonight:

GOLDEN HOTEL – Clear Creek Jazz Quartet, 6-9PM
GOLDEN HIGH SCHOOL – Instrumental Concert at 7PM
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM

Renting Rooms, Trick or Treating, Bats, Books, and Ankle Arthritis

October 18, 2017

Pansy's Parlor Bed & Breakfast - Golden Colorado

The Planning Commission will have a study session tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They’re covering an interesting topic. Golden’s increasing popularity as a tourist destination is leading many people to think of renting out rooms to tourists. Can anyone do this? What are the legal requirements? What’s the difference between an in-law apartment, a tourist home, and a bed & breakfast? What is a “dormitory?” These are the questions that the Planning Commission will consider tonight. City staff has put together a helpful matrix, showing the type of zoning that allows each type of home, the number of parking spaces required, types of building and fire codes that the owners need to meet, etc. Remember–there’s no time set aside for public comment at study sessions, so this is not the time to weigh in on their deliberations. You’ll need to wait till their November 1st meeting to address the Commission.  See the meeting packet for more details about tonight’s topic.

One last reminder–Golden High School is hosting Trick or Treat Night tonight from 5:30-7:30 for elementary school-aged children.

Jefferson County Open Space program on bats

Jefferson County Open Space is giving a program entitled “Understanding Bats – Myths, Facts and More” tonight from 6-8:30 at the Jeffco Open Space Building, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100 (map).

Three School Board candidates–Brad Rupert, Susan Harmon, & Ron Mitchell–will be at Cannonball Creek Brewing Company (map) from 6-7:30 for a Meet & Greet.

Panorama Orthopedics is offering a free session about Ankle Arthritis & Instability tonight from 6:30-8PM. Learn more….

The Golden Library is hosting Colorado author David Baron tonight from 6:30-7:30. Mr. Baron will discuss his new book, American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World.

Election, Parks, & Early Trick or Treating

October 17, 2017

Judy Denison of “Golden Votes” sent out a rousing email yesterday:

We have run into a disturbing number of folks who don’t even know there is an election this November. We will be electing THREE SCHOOL BOARD members and FOUR CITY COUNCIL members (wards), plus a ballot issue on a solar “garden”. Ballots will be mailed to all voters starting today.

Remember the school board mess two years ago – student protests, ending in recall of three board members? This was because when those board members were elected in 2013, of those eligible to vote in Jefferson County only 43% actually voted. If the turnout had been 86% it would have been a different story. SO YOU NEED TO VOTE.

Here are two chances to meet the school board candidates. There’s a Candidate Forum for Jeffco School Board tonight from 7-9PM at the Jefferson Unitarian Church (map). In addition, three of the candidates (Brad Rupert, Susan Harmon, & Ron Mitchell) will be at Cannonball Creek Brewing tomorrow night from 6-7:30. (That’s Wednesday, October 18th – 393 Washington Ave – map.)

The City Council Candidates forum is available for viewing on YouTube.

Lions Park - Golden Colorado

The Parks, Recreation, & Museums Board meets tonight at 7PM at the Community Center. They will continue the discussion regarding crime prevention in Lions Park. Last month, they learned that people are currently allowed to set up tents in city parks, though they are not allowed to camp. They are allowed to sleep in their cars, though not on city property. The Board will discuss whether to accept parcels of land as part of the new Shelton Ranch subdivision. They will consider implementing an Adopt A Trail program. They will discuss the South Table Mountain Trail, though I’m not sure what aspect they plan to discuss. They will discuss a pilot project for adding a soft surface “single track” along side some concrete trails. The notes from last month’s meeting describe a discussion about deaccessioning artifacts from the history museum. The list of items they currently plan to deaccession appears at the bottom of the Collection Policy page on the museum’s website.  According to the Deaccession Policy, the museum is currently contacting other cultural organizations, seeking to re-home the artifacts with someone who will continue to use them for educational purposes.  See the meeting packet for details….

Tomorrow (Wednesday), Golden High School Student Council is hosting Trick or Treat Street for elementary school children (K-6) from 5:30-7:30PM. They’ll have games, candy, and fun! The High School is located at 701 24th St (map).

Feedback, 4-H, STEM, and Grants

October 16, 2017

You like us! 10th AnniversaryThanks to everyone who responded to our 10th Anniversary survey about What’s Happening in Golden last week.  Our audience appreciates hearing what city council, boards, and commissions are working on, though one response said we were too “anti-progress.”  People find the coverage of community events to be “about right.”  They like learning more about businesses, but sometimes would like more notice on events.  96% said they would refer the site/daily posts to a friend.  One person remarked that they would like more coverage of the school schedule.  See the complete list of results.

Jefferson County 4HJeffco kids ages 5-18 are invited to attend the annual Jeffco 4-H Open House tonight (Monday 10/16 from 6-8:30) at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. Volunteer 4-H leaders and current club members will be available to answer questions about the various programs offered for youth. For more information on 4-H enrollment, contact CSU Extension Agent Barbie Garnett at 303-271-6620 or Learn more….

The library is hosting STEM Girls this afternoon from 4-5PM. This fun celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math is open to girls of all ages. This event is led by Bell Middle School’s Girls in iSTEM Club.

Holiday Lights - Golden ColoradoThe Downtown Development Authority meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will vote on whether to approve a sign grant request from Connects Workspace, a TIF reimbursment agreement with the Buffalo Rose, and extending the contract to install the holiday lights. They will discuss whether to provide a grant to the Environmental Film Festival. On the one hand, such events bring a lot of people downtown and therefore support downtown businesses; on the other the DDA doesn’t want to provide repeat grants because they want events to be self-sustaining.  See their full meeting packet….

Dancing, Discussion, Desserts, and Endorsements

October 15, 2017

The Quilt Museum is hosting a cultural event this afternoon.  The Filipino-American Community of Colorado will present dancing, discussion, and desserts from 2-4.  Learn more….

Chili Cook-Off and Beer Tasting

Congratulations to the winners of the Chamber’s Chili Cookoff and Beer Tasting:  Elizabeth Kleinhanzl and Van Westerburg Partners!

The County will be mailing out ballots this week, so it will soon be time to vote for City Council, School Board Candidates, and the Solar Garden.

We’re fortunate in our choice of City Council candidates this time–they are all reasonable choices.  The City recorded the City Council Candidates Forum; you can watch it here.

The Golden Good Government League (3GL) has interviewed the candidates and posted their endorsements.  3GL is a non-partisan group that seeks to ensure that the City of Golden has solid candidates for City Council positions. They interview all candidates, looking for individuals who are open-minded, well informed, dedicated to the City of Golden, mindful of the importance of representative government and who are capable of providing professional governance for Golden.

The School Board candidates will appear in a candidate forum at the Jefferson Unitarian Church (map) this Tuesday, October 17th, from 7-9PM.  This event is hosted by the Jefferson County League of Women Voters.

Golden voters will also decide whether we should allow a Solar Garden (that’s an array of solar panels) near the Rooney Road Sports Complex.

A Lovely Fall Day

October 14, 2017

Creekside Path - Golden Colorado

Should be a lovely day to be in Golden Colorado--sunny and mid-60s.   The final election Coffee with a Councilor will be this morning at 10AM at Natural Grocers (map).  Casey Brown will host Ward 3 candidate Jim Dale.

While the main Golden Farmers Market is over for the year, the neighborhood market at 15th and Jackson is still operating, this week and next.

Miners Alley Children’s Theater will perform The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at 11AM and 1PM.

The Beer Tasting and Chili Cookoff will be happening in Parfet Park from 1-4PM.

Tonight’s Golden Hayride Beer Tour is sold out, but there are a few spaces left on tomorrow’s.  Next weekend, they’ll be starting the Haunted Hayride.

Likewise, tonight’s “Murder, Mayhem, & Madness” tour is sold out, but there are openings on the Sunday night tour, and there are several more scheduled this month.