Drafts with Drafts, Golden Gallop, Liquor Licensing, Book Group, History Tickets

September 18, 2018

Drafts with Drafts at the Horse Protection League

This Saturday, September 22nd, plan to attend DRAFTS WITH DRAFTS at the Horse Protection League. This will be a fun night on a beautiful, historic ranch, only 3 miles north of downtown Golden (map). Enjoy food, live music, Westernaires trick ropers, Indian Dancers, and a horse beauty pageant. Golden City Brewery beer will be available for purchase (that’s the first DRAFTS) and you can have unlimited carriage rides around the ranch (the horses are the other DRAFTS)! The event runs from 5-8PM. $20 for adults and kids 10 and under are free. Call 303-216-0141 with a head count for your party.

The Golden Gallop is coming up this Sunday.  If you haven’t registered yet–do!  This 5K, 10K, and Kids Fun Run is a fund-raiser for the Golden Schools Foundation.

The Local Liquor Licensing Authority will meet at 2:30 this afternoon in City Council Chambers.  Learn more….

The Parks, Recreation, and Museums Advisory Board will meet at 7PM tonight at the community center.  Learn more….   They will discuss Single Track Sidewalks, a request for a bandstand in Parfet Park, and the Open Meeting Rules.

The Library will host the Tuesday night book group tonight from 6-7PM. Tonight’s book is Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.

The Golden History Museum has a few tickets left for their October 3rd lecture, Origins of the Colorado Territory.  If you’re hoping to attend that one, buy your tickets now.

Wednesday Preview:
7:30AM – Citizens Budget Advisory Committee
6PM – Fly-Tying with Golden River Sports at Mountain Toad
6PM – Amendment 73, Mill Levy & Bond Measures Info Mtg at Shelton
6PM – Climbing Injuries Clinic at Bent Gate
6PM – Snakes Alive – Jefferson County Snakes
6:30PM – Intro to Hiking Safely
6:30PM – Planning Commission Study Session

Downtown Development and Sustainability Open House

September 17, 2018

proposed changes to 1100 Washington Avenue - Golden Colorado

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will consider a $2000 grant request to help pay for some exterior improvements at the Golden Rock Shop, 700 12th St. They are likely to approve $950 of the requested amount.

They will also review an application for support by the City’s Tourism program, Visit Golden. The application does not specify a dollar amount, but last year the DDA provided $15K. The total budget for Visit Golden in 2018 is $461,500, not including the cost of the City employees who work on the program.

They will discuss a TIF agreement with the owners of the former mortuary at 1100 Washington Avenue, wherein the developers could receive up to $400,000 in incremental property tax rebates (and up to $620,000 including interest) between now and 12/31/38.  By way of comparison, the Buffalo Rose was granted a $250,000 TIF agreement for property tax and a $58,000 TIF agreement for sales tax.

Finally, they will review the discussion they had with GURA last week to consider best ways to spend the $2 million legacy fund left from GURA’s redevelopment of downtown. The most popular ideas were upgrades to Parfet Park and Clear Creek, contributing to the renovation of the Astor House, contributing to an affordable housing project, and buying land downtown to ensure future control of development. To learn more about any of these topics, review the meeting packet….

Golden Sustainability Open House

Your input is needed to help shape what defines Sustainability in Golden. Come out tonight from 6 to 9PM at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., to see what progress has been made and to give your opinion on the future of sustainability in Golden.

Check out how SOLAR has become the must-have energy source. Let’s talk TRASH and find out what new items can be thrown in your single stream recycling bin. Find out the biggest WATER CONSERVATION strategy you can implement at home (hint: it’s not indoors!). See the ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION options available to you and your family. Now is the time to have a say in the future for Golden’s RESILIENCY AND CLIMATE ADAPTATION. Come for the freebies and sweet treats. Kids are welcome, and enjoy raffle prizes that include FREE monthly subscriptions for curbside organic pickup, xeric plants from Garden In A Box, home energy audits, daily rentals at the Golden Bike Library, RTD Light Rail passes, garden sprayers, programmable thermostats, and many more.

There is also an online survey about our Sustainability Program.  Please take it!

The Downtown Development Authority will meet tonight at 6:30PM in City Council Chambers.  Learn more….

Tuesday Preview
Tomorrow morning from 10-11AM, the Railroad Museum will hold their monthly Storytime and Craft for 4-6 year olds.

Art and Mountain Bikes

September 16, 2018

In Plein Site - Golden Colorado

Make sure you visit the In Plein Sight Gallery today at the Golden Community Center to see the results of this week’s paint-a-thon in Jefferson County Open Space Parks.  Enjoy seeing the art and consider buying a piece.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit PLAN Jeffco’s educational outreach. The paintings will be on display from 10AM-3PM on the 2nd floor, Clear Creek Room, 1470 10th.

Golden Giddyup Mountain Bike Race

The Golden Giddyup race will be based in Lions Park today.  The racers will depart in waves, beginning at 8AM.  A bike expo will be going on all day, and the public is welcome:

Whether you’re gonna ride the Giddyup event or not, c’mon down to Lions Park for a day of fun in the sun. We’re throwing a rockin day of bluegrass, beers, and bike-time on Sunday, September 16th with dozens of great bike brands displaying their wares. Our family friendly event – including a kids’ bike course from Avid4Adventure, shenanigans from REI, food trucks, beer and whiskey – is gonna make for the best Sunday you’ve ever had (at least since last year’s Giddyup).

For the second year, we have teamed up with the great people at New Terrain Brewery who are making a yummy, tasty brew just for us. A tasty, hoppy, happy way to spend your Sunday, this beer is gonna taste great all day long, with proceeds supporting our trail efforts.

And, knowing our own beer and bike race and trails program aren’t enough to satisfy your high standards, we have invited Rapidgrass and two other bands to play our MainStage. Golden local Mark Morris and his band of players are gonna tear it up all afternoon with the sweet sounds of happiness in tune.

So join us! We have everything you need for a kickass time in sunny, Golden, Coloradical.  Learn more….

Monday Preview
Golden Sustainability Open HousePlease plan to attend a Golden Sustainability Open House tomorrow night, 6-9PM at the American Mountaineering Center.  Golden’s Sustainability effort is now 10 years old.  Here’s a chance for you to hear what has been accomplished and what is planned, and for you to weigh in with what else you think we should be doing.


Art on the Creek, Homesteaders Day, Craft Beer with Casey, History at the Library

September 15, 2018

The History Museum invites you to celebrate Homesteaders’ Day today from 10AM-2PM at the Clear Creek History Park. Experience 19th century homesteading, explore the historic cabins, try woodstove cooking, learn about blacksmithing, and take a lesson at the one-room schoolhouse. This event is drop-in style; there is no registration.  Learn more….

In Plein Site - Golden Colorado

PLAN Jeffco’s In Plein Sight artists will be working on the path along Clear Creek today from 7AM-4PM.  Take a leisurely stroll and observe art in the making! Afterwards, visit the Community Center to see a gallery of all plein air paintings created throughout the week, on view and on sale to the public. The Gallery is open today from 10AM-8PM and tomorrow from 10AM-4PM.

Thomas the Tank Engine at the Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden COThomas the Tank Engine is still visiting the Railroad Museum, so if you have youngster, make sure you plan to bring them!

The Golden History Roundtable meets this afternoon at the Library, from 12:30-2.  We’ll have a guest host this month, with long-time Golden Librarian Jo Barber telling us about Golden History Source Materials and Where to Find Them.  You’ll never meet anyone who knows more about this subject than Jo!

Craft Beer with Councilor Casey Brown - Golden ColoradoCouncilor Casey Brown will have Craft Beer with a Councilor from 3-5PM at Don Cameron’s house, NE corner of 21st and East Streets (map).  This is a great opportunity to talk with a representative and residents of the North Neighborhoods, as well as any issue related to the “good of Golden.” For more information, contact Councilor Brown at 303-900-2003 or cbrown@cityofgolden.net.

Don’t forget the Sidewalk Sale happening at stores all over town.  Check this list to see the most up-to-date list of participants.

Sunday(s) Preview
The Golden Giddyup mountain bike race will be happening tomorrow, based in Lions Park.  Vendors will begin moving in at 7AM and the race will start (in waves) at 8AM.  There will be an Expo in the park from 10AM-6PM.  Learn more about the race, the course they will follow, and the expo.

The Golden Gallop 5K-10K-Kids Run/Walk happens next Sunday, September 23rd.  This is a benefit for the Golden Schools Foundation.  It’s not too late to sign up!

What’s Up at Foothills Art Center? Yappy Hour at GCB

September 14, 2018

Exhibits and Classes at Foothills Art Center - Golden Colorado

Foothills Art Center is gearing up for their 2019 Members’ Show. If you are a member and an artist, you can apply to show your work in this juried show. Learn more….

Have you seen the current exhibits yet? Don’t miss Spirit Glass by Damien Gilley and Magnetic north by mai wyn schantz. Both will be on display until October 21st. More….

They have several adult classes scheduled, including Painting with Janet Nunn, A Mixed media World Map Workshop, Fearless Creating: Working with the Stages and Anxieties of the Creative Process, Figure Drawing from the Model; Step-by-Step, Painting Notecards with Janet Nunn, and Jane Christie’s One or two Day Workshop: Success with Pastels. Learn more and sign up for a class….

Yappy Hour at Golden City Brewery - Golden COGolden City Brewery is hosting a Yappy Hour from 3-8PM today. They will have a booth by Foothills Animal Shelter and their Ambassadogs, two food trucks, free tie dye bandanas for dogs, and pint specials! Bring your dog and receive a dollar off any of their staple beers. They will even have a special food truck for dogs!

Golden Civic Foundation Auction - Golden CO

The Golden Civic Foundation is currently selling tickets to their 43rd annual Gala and Auction.  Tickets will only last a day or two, so if you want to go, buy your tickets right now.

Saturday Preview
In Plein Site, artists painting along Clear Creek, 7AM-4PM
Golden Farmers Market, 8AM-1PM
Thomas the Tank Engine at the Railroad Museum, 8:30AM-4:45PM
Homesteaders’ Day, 10AM-2PM
Sidewalk Sale, 10AM-5PM
Golden History Roundtable, 12:30-2PM
Craft Beer with a Councilor, 3-5PM
Lungs at Miners Alley Playhouse, 7:30PM

Mountaineering Museum Reception, City Council Discusses Transportation and Finance Plans

September 13, 2018

Fred Doar Art Show at the American Mountaineering Museum - Golden Colorado

From 6-8 this evening, the Mountaineering Museum will hold an Art Show Finale for their Fred Doar show: Mountaineer and artist Fred Doar’s art has graced the walls of the Museum for the summer, but now it’s time to take his gorgeous art down. We want to end the show with a bang! And wine. And cheese. And Fred! Join us for the finale of Fred Doar’s show “A Few Legends of Altitude.” The event includes free admission to the Museum, a presentation by Fred, and two new paintings.

The Library’s DIY Lab will be making Hot Air Balloons from 6-7:30. Move molecules and explore thermal energy. Float to your destination and build a tissue paper balloon, then use hot air to make it soar. This program is for ages 12+.

City Council will meet at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. City Staff will provide an overview of two proposed transportation ballot issues. Council may choose to create a resolution in support of one of the issues.

They will discuss the conclusions of the Investment Task Force. That group spent the most recent meeting discussing questions to be included in a Citizens Survey, to help determine whether we should put a lodging tax on the ballot, and if so, how the proceeds of such a tax should be used. Council will discuss much larger financing issues, including projects that didn’t poll well in the Investment Task Force’s survey, such as solar improvements and city-wide broadband. Most of the City’s discretionary money for 2019 will fund the north Washington Avenue project. Most of the 2020 discretionary money will go to improvements in municipal facilities, such as upgrades to the community center and Splash, designing new storage space for the police, buying the street lights from Xcel, acquiring new fire equipment, and making information technology upgrades.

The City will finish paying 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 has been looking at our bonding capacity once those projects are paid off, and have concluded that we would be able to borrow up to $43 million for new projects.

Tonight’s Live Music
COLUMBINE CAFE – Backyard Bluegrass – Floodgate Operators, 7PM
NEW TERRAIN BREWING – Arthur Lee Land’s Twang Is Dead, 6-9PM

Geology Museum Open House Tonight

September 12, 2018

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum - Golden Colorado

The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum is holding an open house tonight from 6-9PM.  Come and visit with our Museum’s Advisory Council members, prominent mineral collectors and sellers, Museum staff and volunteers, Friends of the Museum, old friends and new acquaintances, and browse the expanded Museum Store. Enjoy a variety of new displays. During the past year, the Museum received a collection of rare Colorado Territorial Gold Coins on loan from Jan Meyer, who has graciously allowed us to tell the story of early mints in Colorado. The seventh mural in the Irwin Hoffman series on the History of Mining will be on display. As always, the event offers free appetizers and a cash bar. There is no cover charge. See you there!

The Library is hosting Library XYZ: Funky Bookends from 6:30-7:30 this evening. Generations X, Y and Z gather monthly to explore the quirkier side of pop culture, music, crafts, art, nostalgia, movies, gaming, zines, and more. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, or 40s, have fun exploring the funkier side of life.

Golden Beer Talks, CSM Career Fair, EDComm, GHS PTA, Mannie & Bo’s Fund-Raiser

September 11, 2018

The School of Mines is holding a Career Fair today. They are expecting more than 360 companies to attend. Expect an influx of (very welcome) visitors in town today. You may also see buses operating in the vicinity of the campus.

The Economic Development Commission (EDComm) meets tonight at 6:30 at the Public Works building, 1445 10th Street (map). They will consider the 2019 proposal from Traxion, which is a business development incubator. Traxion supports EDComm’s mission to “Cultivate Innovation and Entrepreneurialism.”  Learn more….

Golden Beer Talks - Golden Colorado

Tonight’s Golden Beer Talk speaker is geographer Joseph Kerski, who will speak about “Good Maps, Bad Maps, Location Privacy, and Why It All Matters.” Tonight’s beer will come from Oasis Brewing. As always, the gathering takes place at Windy Saddle Cafe, 1110 Washington Avenue (map). The official start time is 6:30, but people will start arriving at 6 to stake out their tables.  Windy Saddle will offer dinner.

Golden High School‘s PTA will meet at 5:30 at the school, 701 24th Street (map).

Mannie & Bo’s is holding a fund-raiser tonight from 4-9PM to benefit Golden High Schools Football, Dance, and Cheer teams.  Go Demons!  (Map to Mannie & Bo’s)

Mannie and Bo's Golden High School Fund-Raiser

Wednesday preview
The CSM Geology Museum will hold their annual Open House tomorrow night from 6-9PM. Enjoy a variety of new displays. During the past year, the Museum received a collection of rare Colorado Territorial Gold Coins on loan from Jan Meyer, who has graciously allowed us to tell the story of early mints in Colorado. The seventh mural in the Irwin Hoffman series on the History of Mining will be on display. Free, Fun, and Fabulous!

Art (In Plein Sight) and Music (Golden Concert Choir) / GURA and DDA

September 10, 2018

PLAN Jeffco - In Plein Sight

PLAN Jeffco will be offering In Plein Sight again this year. This is a free, week-long public painting and gallery exposition in Jefferson County September 10-16. This biennial event will feature 25 professional artists painting in a variety of Jeffco Open Space locations throughout the week, with a gallery exhibit running Sept. 12 – 16 at the Golden Community Center.

The artists will be working different places each day, as follows:

• Monday, Sept. 10, 2018: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Lair O’ the Bear Park (Idledale)
• Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018: Artists’ choice – any location within Jeffco Open Space
• Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park (Evergreen)
• Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Elk Meadow Park (Evergreen)
• Friday, Sept. 14, 2018: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Centennial Cone Park (Golden)
• Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. along the Clear Creek Trail in Golden, west from the corner of 10th St. and Washington Ave. (Golden)

Remember to check the gallery at the Community Center, starting on Wednesday. The gallery hours are 3-6PM Weds-Friday, 10-8PM Saturday, and 10-4PM Sunday.

Golden Concert Choir - Golden CO

The Golden Concert Choir will hold their Membership Night tonight. New members are welcome. You don’t need to be a good singer; you just need to want to sing.

We are committed to bringing the joy of singing to Golden. To join, no preparation is required. The choir’s Director will have you work through some vocal exercises to evaluate your voice range and tonality, note retention, sight reading and rhythm abilities. Must be 13 or older. There are choir dues (special arrangements available). Subsequent rehearsals are on Mondays from 7-9 PM. The first concert will be in December 1, 2018.

The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet tonight at 6:30PM in City Council Chambers. They will discuss possible projects for the Downtown Legacy Fund. GURA still retains about $2 million from the work they did downtown, when that was an urban renewal area. They have hoped to use it on a final, signature project downtown. They and the DDA, which is now responsible for downtown, will discuss several options, including:

Washington 14th to 19th (streetscape/ safety)
Clear Creek Trail Jackson to Ford
Parfet Park upgrades (events or otherwise)
Downtown Restrooms (contribute to reconstruct)
Upgrades to existing planters/streetscape
Partner in Astor House Project
Downtown Wayfinding
Partner in Affordable Housing Project
Land bank targeted properties
Washington and 58 upgrades
Contribute to Downtown Fiber Optics
Parfet Park Mobility Hub

Tomorrow night’s Golden Beer Talk will feature Joseph Kerski, a geographer, discussing Good Maps, Bad Maps, Location Privacy, and Why It All Matters.  Learn more….

Quilts, Trains, and the Pet Parade

September 9, 2018

Sunday at the Museum - Rocky Mountain Quilt MuseumThe Quilt Museum is hosting “Sunday at the Museum” today from 2-4PM. Janet Nestbitt will present “Crazy Piecing.” A quilt and fabric designer and owner of One S1ister Designs, a web based quilt company. For 18 years, she owned and operated Buggy Barn Quilts in Reardan, WA, as well as designing Buggy Barn’s popular line of quilt patterns and Henry Glass & Co. fabric collections. 

Tickets are still available for Thomas the Tank Engine at the Railroad Museum.  All Thomas fans are invited to come spend the day with their favorite No. 1 engine. For 65 years, children have been captivated by the courageous adventures of Thomas and his engine friends.  The first ride is available at 8:30 and the last at 4.  If you can’t make it today, you still have two more weekends.

Dave Powers got some cute pictures of yesterday’s Pet Parade!

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