You can never have too much Buffalo Bill.

February 24, 2018

Rock Rest Lodge - Golden Colorado

William F. Cody was born on February 26, 1846, so we’re celebrating his birthday this weekend with TWO parties. Monarch Productions (the ones who perform the Wild West Show at Buffalo Bill Days in July) are hosting a party today from 11AM-11PM at the Rock Rest Lodge.

Get on your Old West best and help celebrate with 100s of reenactors, William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s birthday. No admission. No contest fees. After all, why pay to party? Take a shot in one of the free “outfits” contest for a chance of winning cash and/or a fabulous prize from top artists and photographers. National best-selling author, Reid Lance Rosenthal, will be there selling and signing his books along with Colorado authors. Live music. Free cake. Door prizes. Surprises. Meet national author Reid Lance Rosenthal and Colorado authors. This is the Rocky Mountain region’s biggest, most-popular Cody birthday celebration party. Meet old friends. Make new friends. All are welcomed. Put on your 1800s best and be ready to party!  For more information contact David or Lee at

The Buffalo Bill Museum & Gravesite will have their own party tomorrow from noon-4PM. Details to follow tomorrow…it sounds both fun and interesting!

The Jefferson Symphony is performing their winter concert tomorrow at 4PM. Since the Green Center is closed this year for reconstruction, the Symphony is performing at the Wheat Ridge United Mthodist Church. The Symphony and the City of Golden are offering a FREE shuttle for Golden seniors who want to attend the concert. The shuttle will leave at 3PM from the Golden Visitors Center at 10th and Washington.

This is the final day for the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, and I hope you get a chance to attend one or more of the sessions. The schedule is available at and the films are described at at

Don’t Wait!

February 23, 2018

Colorado Environmental Film Festival and Miners Alley Playhouse - Golden Colorado

You’re running out of time to see Fun House at Miners Alley. It runs through next weekend and some of the performances are already sold out. There are some seats left for tomorrow night (Saturday the 24th at 7:30), and Thursday – Sunday of next week (March 1-4th). Visit the box office online or call them (303-924–3044) to secure tickets.  The Pied Piper of Hamelin also ends next weekend. There are two performances each on Saturday the 24th and Saturday March 3rd.

There are only two more days for the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, and you should really make a point of visiting. They’re having kids’ programming this morning, and expect hundreds of school children to attend. Today’s schedule follows and tomorrow’s is available here. You will find descriptions of the films at

12–7:30PM – EcoExpo

Foss Auditorium and Colorado Public Television Theater
The Road to Renewal (3 min) WORLD PREMIERE
Changing Oceans(3 min)
Sea Police (3 min)
The Case for Organics (4 min)
Douglass Elementary Food Waste (4 min)
Under the Sea Debris (4 min)
Strike Out (4 min) COLORADO PREMIERE
Blue Ice (6 min) WORLD PREMIERE
Rising Tide (6 min)
Duranium (9 min)
Cities Beneath the Sea (9 min)
Melting Away (17 min) COLORADO PREMIERE

1:30-3:30PM – Foss Auditorium
Water (4 min)
It Only Needs Defenders (10 min)
At War with the Dinosaurs (95 min)
1:30-3:30PM – Colorado Public Television Theater
Under the Sea Debris (4 min)
Lost Crops-(15 min)
Burning Paradise(74 min)

4-6PM – Foss Auditorium
Growing VEGI: Valley Gardens Initiative (9 min) WORLD PREMIERE
The Shaman and the Scientist (14 min)
Drokpa (79 min)
4-6PM – Colorado Public Television Theater
Yochi (25 min)
Voices Not Heard: The Climate Fight of Malaysian Youth (40 min)
Canopy (52 min) US PREMIERE

5:30-7:15PM – Photo Exhibition Reception
6:30-7:15PM – Photo Exhibition Keynote – CPT-12 Theater
Kerry Koepping – Director of Arctic Arts Project
Photography awards after Keynote

7:30-9:30PM – Foss Auditorium
Melting Away (17 min) COLORADO PREMIERE
Walk on the Mountain (19 min)
How We Grow (75 min) WORLD PREMIERE
7:30-9:30PM – Colorado Public Television Theater
SEABANK: Nature’s Dividend (9 min)
Little Warriors (21 min) COLORADO PREMIERE
Beyond Standing Rock (72 min)
9:30 – 11:00PM – AFTER PARTY at Mountain Toad Brewing

Chili, Beer, and Pizza Events Tonight

February 22, 2018

Golden High School Chili Cookoff

Golden High School PTSA will host their annual Chili Cook Off and Silent Auction tonight (Thursday February 23rd) from 6-8:30 at the High School – 701 24th Street, Golden, CO (map).

This major fundraiser of the year supports programs such as Class Room, School, Teacher, Staff and Student Grants, providing much needed supplies, equipment, and educational activities; Senior Scholarships; the Reflections Art Program; and a safe fun venue for After Prom held at the Golden Recreation Center. Awards will be given to the top chili in each of four categories: green, red, white, and vegetarian. If you like chili but don’t want to cook, come on down and taste as much chili as you can, then vote on your favorite. Tasters can buy a ticket, $5 in advance online or $7 at the door.

Then find great deals at the Silent Auction: gift certificates to your favorite restaurants, tickets to sporting events, and more. We have manicures, auto and other services, and even bid on one of our GHS parking spots right up front and marked for the Silent Auction winner – great for your student driver. This is GHS’s major fundraiser of the year; it’s fun and entertaining. Last year we funded ten scholarships and over $3000 in requests for equipment and supplies that went directly into our classrooms.

Foothills Art Center and Golden City Brewery - Golden ColoradoFoothills Art Center is hosting Art on Tap from 6-8PM.
Golden City Brewery brewmaster Derek, joins us in the galleries every month to discuss creativity in brewing. Foothills staff and our beloved community partners will engage you with discussion, education, and hands-on activities!

From 6-7:30 tonight, Pizza Hut is hosting the Kick-Off/Open House for the American Cancer Society West Metro Relay for Life. If you are interested in helping with the fight against cancer, please attend this event – food is free and lots of fun! If you are able to attend or interested in volunteering, or creating a team please email  Again, the location is Pizza Hut, 17540 South Golden Road (map).

Lengthening Days, Dirt, and Environmental Films

February 21, 2018

Have you noticed that the days are getting longer? Today (February 21st) sunrise is at 6:45AM and sunset is at 5:42PM, giving us 10 hours, 59 minutes of daylight. Winter solstice was two months ago, on the 21st of December. At that time Sunrise was at 7:17 and sunset at 4:38, giving us 9 hours and 21 mintues of daylight. So it’s not your imagination–we’ve gained 1 hour and 37 minutes of daylight since the shortest day of the year. Source:

Tonight at 6PM Jeffco Open Space presents “The Dirt on Soil.” Clark Harshbarger, Resource Soil Scientist, USDA NRCS, will speak about soil – Its importance, structure and the organisms that live in it. The event is free and will be held at 700 Jefferson County Parkway (map)

Colorado Environmental Film Festival

Tomorrow is the opening night of the COLORADO ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL. They will host a reception from 5:30-7PM at the Mountaineering Center, followed by their awards ceremony and a showing of Chasing Coral.

Unfortunately, opening night is SOLD OUT! What does this mean for you? That you should get your tickets now for the Friday and Saturday films! Look through this year’s list of films to see which ones you want to catch.  You can buy tickets to individual screenings for $8 ($3 for children). All-day Friday tickets are $18 and all-day Saturday tickets are $22 (which includes the after-party). For $50 you can attend the entire festival AND you get an EcoVessal Mug and free refills!

This Week’s Meetings

February 20, 2018

Jeffco Open Space will host a Trails Talk tonight from 6-7:30 in their office.  Learn more….

Crowd in Lions Park - Golden Colorado

The Parks, Recreation, & Museums Board will meet tonight at 7PM at the Community Center. Representatives from the police department will be there, to join the ongoing discussion about park rules and safety concerns. Residents have expressed concerns about the influx of people who stay in the parks for prolonged periods of time, sometimes setting up tents and effectively camping in city parks. The board will also discuss the project to install single track sidewalks (dirt bike paths). According to the minutes from the January meeting, the city will remove the garage and house from the newly-acquired DeLong park-to-be on 23rd Street and may start the process of turning it into a park with a sign, some tree-trimming, and a couple of benches.

The Planning Commission will have a study session (no public comment) tomorrow night at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will be discussing Short Term Rentals. This is part of an on-going discussion of how Golden should regulate short term rental properties, variously defined as tourist homes, vacation rentals, AirBnBs, VRBOs, etc. Our current regulations vary by zoning, whether the property is owner occupied, the length of the rental period, and other factors. Some Golden residents resist the idea of their neighborhoods becoming hotels, while others like the idea of generating rental income from their own property. Owners of Bed and Breakfasts, which are subject to stringent health and safety codes, taxes, and liability, are concerned about the influx of competitors who aren’t subject to any of those safeguards.

Astor House Museum - Golden Colorado

City Council meets Thursday night at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will approve a contract for $1,055,000 for concrete replacement in 2018 and another contract for $1,685,170 for asphalt replacement during 2018. The regular meeting will be followed by a study session. They will meet with Golden-based Anderson Hallas Architects, which has been hired to study the city’s future space needs.

Council will then discuss the future of the Astor House. The Astor House, built in 1867, was saved from demolition in 1972 and was furnished and operated as a museum by the Golden Landmarks Association. The City took over operation of the museum in 2010. In 2015, the City received a $200,000 grant from the State Historical Fund to do structural rehabilitation on the old building, so the Museum was closed for that work. The City then discovered that “any changes or modifications to the entirety of the property and its use would be restricted by the Historical Fund for 20 years.” The City didn’t want the State to restrict what it could do with the property, so they turned down the grant and funded the $480,000 rehabilitation project itself.

While the museum was closed, museum staff sold the furnishings that Golden Landmarks had collected. With the artifacts gone, the museum can no longer be re-opened in its previous form, as the Astor House Hotel Museum. Museum staff hoped to turn the building into a Beer Museum, but an $85,000 study concluded that the site was not suited for that purpose. The Astor House is now gutted and is currently uninhabitable.  According to the staff memo on the subject, “The basic interior finish needed to occupy is estimated at $500-700 thousand dollars.”

Council will discuss what to do with the building. The City Attorney has opined that since the building was saved by a citizens’ ballot, the City can’t sell the Astor House without putting the issue on a ballot.  Other options include:

• Do nothing
• Board up the building and maintain the exterior
• Secure building and use for storage
• Invest in general interior finish and use for various short-term uses-meeting space, weddings, and receptions
• Invest in interior finish as office space.
• Invest in interior finish and use for specific departmental needs like museum’s Hands on History Summer Camp, lectures, programs and special events also serving as a venue for private weddings, meetings, and receptions.
• Lease to other governmental/non-profit agency. Finish TBD.
• Lease to individual or for-profit entity. Finish TBD.
• Sell or give to other governmental/non-profit agency.
• Sell or give to individual or for-profit entity.

For more information about any of the meeting topics as well as live access to the meetings and recordings of past meetings, check the city website.

So much for spring!

February 19, 2018

Crocus in Golden Colorado

I hope you enjoyed the taste of spring over the weekend. I saw several crocuses in bloom in my yard. Today we’ll be back to our regularly-scheduled February, with a high around 32 today , possibility of 6-10 inches of snow, and highs in the teens tomorrow!

This is Presidents Day/George Washington’s Birthday, so the Library is closed today, and there will be no mail delivery. According to Newsweek magazine, the banks will probably be closed too.

New Terrain Brewing will have fireside pickers tonight from 6-8PM:  Get cozy with us on Monday nights with the Fireside Pickers! With an abundance of talented musicians in our backyard, we are opening up the taproom to skilled pickers who can join us for impromptu Monday evenings of good jams & brews! Open to first 8 qualifying pickers.  Map

Tomorrow (Tuesday):
Storytime and Craft at the Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden COIf you have a 4-6 year old, you might want to bring them to the Storytime and Craft at the Railroad Museum tomorrow morning at 10. It’s free for museum members and $2 for non-members plus the general admission fee.

The Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship will meet at the library tomorrow from 2:30-4:30, so if you like to knit, crochet, sew, spin, etc., and enjoy company while you do it, head to the library.

The Golden Library Tuesday Night Book Group will be discussing Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River By Owen, David tomorrow night from 6-7PM.

History and Hunger

February 18, 2018

If the video above won’t play, click here to watch it on YouTube.

The History Museum has posted a video showing their progress on the remodel.  Right now it’s still in the gutting stage.

Hunger Free Golden - Golden Colorado

Hunger Free Golden invites you to a community conversation on hunger and food access in Golden.  The group will talk about hunger and food-related needs in our community.  Share ideas and learn more about how we can increase access to a sufficient amount of healthy and fresh food for all members of our community.  The meeting is Tuesday, February 20th from 4:30-6:30 at the Golden Community Center (map).  Dinner and childcare will be provided.  Questions? Contact: Bethany Thomas 303-279-2188 or deacon.bethany@calvarygolden.netPlease RSVP.  Hunger Free Golden is sponsored by Hunger Free Golden, Rotary Club of Golden, City of Golden, Jeffco Public Health, and Hunger Free Colorado.

Saturday Options

February 17, 2018

Galloping Goose - Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden Colorado

There are no huge events today in Golden, but in you’re looking for something to do, here are some options:

Galloping Goose train rides at the Railroad Museum from 10AM-4PM.

Pied Piper of Hamelin at the Miners Alley Children’s Theater at 1PM.

Home Depot class on Paint Trends & Tips from 10-11AM.

Natural Grocers class on Avocado Awesomeness from 10-10:45, and another on How to Cure Heartburn from 12-1PM.

Fun Home at Miners Alley at 7:30.

Friday Night Options

February 16, 2018

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse - Golden Colorado

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse has live bluegrass music tonight from 7-10PM: Blue Plate Special.

Barrels & Bottles Brewing Company - Golden ColoradoBarrels & Bottles Brewery plans to host a couple of weddings/vow renewals tonight, between 6 and 8PM. They’re calling the event “Hoppily Ever After,” and the brewery will be open to the public throughout.

Mines Little Theater group is putting on a “Valentine’s Day Show” tonight from 6-9 in the Ben Parker Student Center, Ballroom C (1310 Maple St. – map). Come one, come all: couples, singles, and awkward alternatives to both, and enjoy a delightful night of singing sappy love songs about significant others and sappier love songs about murder and occasional cooking utensils. Mines Little Theatre is delighted to put on this show as another convenient way to sit in a room with your significant other not talking, but under the guise of romance this time. The show is free, and the public is invited.

Nature & Music

February 15, 2018

Jefferson County Open Space is holding a volunteer recruitment event from 4-7PM today, at the JCOS Administration Building, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, Golden, CO (map)

From observing wildlife and assisting visitors to bringing history to life, volunteers find many ways to contribute to Jeffco Open Space (JCOS).  Learn about all the opportunities and talk with staff members and volunteers about positions that best suit your schedule and interests.
Drop-in at any time between 4 and 7PM. Refreshments and snacks will be on hand for all who attend.  More information

The Colorado Mountain Club has an interesting program from 6-9PM tonight.  Luis Benitez, mountaineer and Colorado’s first Director of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, will present on his climbing expeditions to Mt. Everest and peaks around the world.  Before beginning his tenure as the Director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, Luis Benitez tackled Everest’s summit 6 times. We’re honored to welcome this advocate, pioneer, and friend of the CMC to our home on Thursday, Feb. 15. Luis will spend some time with us talking about the future of Colorado’s outdoor industry, his combined 32(!!!) successful attempts on the Seven Summits, and more.  Join us in the conference rooms of the American Mountaineering Center for this FREE event!  American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street.  More information.

New Terrain Brewery has live music tonight.  Golden’s own Thunder & Rain will be playing from 6-9PM.

Tomorrow is an early release day for the Jeffco Public Schools, so the Library will be hosting Freaky Friday from 2-3:30.  They’ll have games, LEGO® fun and crafts.

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