Golden Businesses up for Auction, Yeti Night, Jared Polis, and the Haunted Railroad Museum

October 22, 2018

YETI Night in Golden Colorado

The Library is hosting a meeting from 6-7:30 tonight on “Alzheimer’s Education: Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body. Learn more….

This is a busy week in Golden. Here are several items you might want to get on your calendar:

The Briarwood Inn equipment is up for auction this week, and tomorrow is the day (from 9AM – 4PM) to go inspect the items. If you want to buy something, place a bid online.

The Arthur Lakes Library on the School of Mines campus will host an ED Talk (by Ed Raines, Collection Manager for the Geology Museum) on the People of Leadville Colorado. 4PM.

Golden Library - Mad Scientist JarsThe Library will host a workshop on Wednesday to make “Mad Scientist Jars.” This is for kids aged 8 to 12. As of last night, there were only 4 spots remaining, so if you want your kids to participate, sign them up now!

Gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis will be at the School of Mines on Wednesday from 7-8PM for a meet and greet and Q&A. You are invited. Ben Parker Student Center, 1200 16th Street (map).

Golden High School Play - She Kills MonstersHeritage Square Amusement Park Auction, 10:30-6:30.

YETI Night at the Mountaineering Museum, 6-9PM.

Golden High School play: She Kills Monsters. Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7PM and Sat at 2PM. Buy tickets Online.

Fall Gear Sale at the Mountaineering Center, 6-8PM.

Exhibit Opening Reception at the Quilt Museum from 6-8PM: Fabric Challenge and Paper Art Quilts of Jane Matthews

Haunted Railroad Museum (paranormal investigators) 7:30-10PM.

2018 Ballot, Fall Stories at the Nature Center, Ice Cream, Haunted History Tour

October 21, 2018

2018 Election Are you going to work on your ballot today? It’s an impressively long one! The League of Women Voters and Jefferson Unitarian Church held a meet and greet with Jeffco candidates on Oct 16th and a community meeting about statewide issues on October 13th. Recordings of both are available, and may help you think through some of the ballot issues:

Jeffco Candidates Meet and Greet
Statewide Issues

This is the final day for the Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale, and that means it’s BAG DAY!  It’s only $6 to fill a grocery-sized bag.  They’re open from 11-3 today at the Jeffco Fairgrounds.

Autumn LeafThe Lookout Mountain Nature Center is offering a Fall Storytelling and Walk from 12-1:30PM. Listen to a fascinating story about nature, place, or wildlife. Then head out onto the trails to explore the preserve at Lookout Mountain Nature Center and create your own nature story. This is designed for children ages 6 and older with an adult.  Learn more and register for the Fall Storytelling and Nature Walk.

SundaeThe Library will host Global Sundae, a Multicultural Family Ice Cream Social from 2-3PM today. We’re a global community! Connect with other families, practice English, and eat ice cream while enjoying great conversation! Activities and crafts for all ages provided.

Colorado Haunted History will lead a Murder, Mayhem, and Madness tour from 8:30-10:30 tonight. This is an excellent tour for people interested in Golden History (the vile and violent parts). The cost is $20 for adults. Meet in front of the Visitors Center. Reservations: or 888-649-3849.

Golden History, Chili Beer, Sock Hop, Ghost Tour and Pub Crawl

October 20, 2018

Astor House - Golden Colorado

The Golden History Roundtable meets at 11:30 this morning at the Library, and should be interesting. Nathan Richie of the History Museum will tell us about Golden’s boarding houses and the important role that boarding houses played in American history.

There will be two performances of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Miners Alley today–one at 11 and one at 1.

Golden City Brewery is hosting a ChiliFest starting at noon today. This is a fund-raiser for the Golden Christian Action Guild. They’ll have chili glasses and a special chili beer!

If you’re planning a wedding, you might want to visit the Autumn Wedding Show at the Boettcher Mansion from 11AM-2PM today.

The annual Golden Civic Foundation Auction happens today, and sold out quickly, as usual. This year’s theme was “Rock Around the Clock,” a 1950’s-type sock hop. If you weren’t able to get tickets, or you’re looking for an after-party, head to either the Ace Hi or Miners Saloon for a sock hop party this evening.

Natural Grocers is offering a free class from 5-6 on “Strategies to Keep Your Gallbladder.” Dr. Jennifer Christian of Alternative Family Medicine & Chiropractic will be discussing strategies for better gallbladder health, particularly for those experiencing discomfort or issues and have been told they’re a non-emergent surgical candidate but want to keep and correct their gallbladder. Just because we “can” live without this important organ doesn’t always mean we should.

Ghost Stories and Pub Crawl - Golden ColoradoGet a headstart on Halloween celebrations by taking the Golden City Historic Ghost Tour & Pub Crawl tonight. They’ll meet at 7:15 in from of the Dove Inn, 711 14th Street. The Dove Inn is offering a package price if you want to spend the night there.

Saturday’s Live Music
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM
DIRTY DOGS ROADHOUSE – Band of Brothers, 7PM

Book Sale, Music, Golden History and ChiliFest in Golden

October 19, 2018

Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale to Support Jefferson County Libraries - Golden Colorado

The Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale continues today at the Fairgrounds. They’re open today from 9AM to 5PM. If you want to get a jump on the other shoppers, you can pay for early bird admission between 8 and 9AM for $10.

The Arthur Lakes Library on the School of Mines campus is having a free Concert in the Library today from 12-1PM. Please join us for an eerie and fun Spooktacular Halloween Hangout as Animal Friends returns for their 2nd engagement at the Concert Series. The public is welcome. Learn more about the free concert….

Yesterday, I mentioned that there would be paranormal investigators at the Railroad Museum tonight. Turns out, that will be next Friday, the 26th.


D.W. Doucet will perform from 6-9PM tonight at Barrels and Bottles.

The Golden Mill (1012 Ford Street – map) is going to be remodeled into a food hall, but in the meantime, there are a lot of interesting events happening in that space. Here’s what’s going on tonight: Come out and enjoy the GLDN SOCIALS second concert series for the month of October! This will be a night filled with great local musicians, amazing local art, and a great atmosphere to connect as a community!! We have a stacked line up this night so you won’t wanna miss a second of the action. We have “West Hues”, “Los Arctic Cumbia Bois (The Los Narwhals in punk form)”, “Marafiki” , and “Los Mocochetes” on the electrical stage in the front room. and in the Forrest stage in the back we have “Sean Christian McDonell” doing a rare vinyl showcase. “12th gage w/ binge cult”!!!!! A “babybabydjset” and our own “purple” ! Please come out and have some fun with us !  This Clear Creek Freak-Out starts at 9PM tonight.

Saturday Preview:
There will be a Golden History Roundtable at the Library tomorrow from 11:30AM-1PM. Nathan Richie, director of the Golden History Museum, will talk about “the boarding house phenomenon that provided a home away from home for one third of Americans and challenged social and cultural conventions.” How does this tie into Golden? We used to have a bunch of boarding houses, including the Astor House, the Burgess House, and others. Learn more about the importance of boarding houses in Golden specifically and in America in general.  Any questions?  Call Barb Warden at 303-278-2701.

Golden City Brewery Chili Fest to Benefit the Golden Christian Action GuildGolden City Brewery is hosting ChiliFest21 tomorrow, starting at noon. This is a fund-raiser for the Golden Christian Action Guild. A $10 donation gets you a limited edition printed mug and unlimited chili samples (for as long as the chili holds out).

October 18, 2018

1968 - The Year of Turmoil - at the Golden History Museum

At 10:30 this morning the Golden History Museum (map) will present 1968 – The Year of TurmoilAmerica is more divided today than it was at any time since the Civil War. Or is it? Martin C. Babicz, Ph.D., will look at the tumultuous year of 1968, a year in which assassinations, riots, and war nearly tore the country apart. Dr. Babicz will also explore how the United States became divided in the late 1960s and the impact that polarization had on the future. $0 Members; $10 non-members.

As of last night, there was ONE TICKET LEFT FOR THE NOON CEMETERY TOUR on Saturday the 27th.  Buy it before anyone else does!

If you registered to participate in the Town and Gown book club–discussing Matthew Walker’s 2017 book Why We Sleep, Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams–don’t forget, today is the day, from 12-2!

Bell Middle School’s Talent Show is 6-8 this evening, as is Shelton Elementary’s Math and Science Night.

City Council has a study session ( no public comment) tonight at 630 in City Council Chambers. Jeffco Open Space staff will present an update on design and construction plans for the next segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail at the Mouth of Clear Creek Canyon. Council will consider proposed changes to the Pay as You Throw program. They will review the City Manager’s recommendation for the 2019-2020 Operating Budget and proposed rate/fee changes. They will discuss a funding request by The Action Center, which provides basic human needs and pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents.

Weekend Preview:
The Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale starts tomorrow, but if you’re a member of Friends of the Library, you can attend the member’s preview tonight from 6-8PM

Halloween Events in Golden ColoradoFriday night offers some Halloween-ish events, including a Murder Mayhem and Madness Tour and paranormal investigators at the Railroad Museum. The Teens After Dark steampunk murder mystery at the Library is full.  Stake out all your Halloween plans by checking our special Halloween calendar at

Budget and Planning Commission Meetings, Native Plants, and Halloween Arts & Crafts

October 17, 2018

Jeffco Open Space - Native Plants - Golden CO

The Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee meets this morning at 7:30 in City Council Chambers. I wasn’t able to open their meeting packet, but typically at this time of the year, they’re reviewing next year’s proposed budget.

The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office (200 Jefferson County Parkway – map) will host a Food Truck Lunch Event today from 11AM-2PM. All proceeds will benefit the MC-1 Foundation, which provides financial support for law enforcers injured in the line of duty and their families.

The On Tap Credit Union (formerly Coors Credit Union) is offering a program this afternoon from 4:30-6PM for first time home-buyers. Buying your first home is an exciting prospect. It’s also likely the biggest financial investment you’ll make. Leslie Larson with On Tap CU, Trisha Karstetter with Spirit Bear Realty, & Laura Roberts with Chicago Title want to help you understand the topics you should consider as you prepare for the mortage process. They will be discussing purchasing and selling homes and how to make great and informed decisions. No registration required.

Mountain Toad Brewing is holding a Halloween Arts and Crafts Night tonight, from 5-9PM. All ages are welcome, and the price per project is $7-25. The Halloween season is revving up. There are two more Halloween events tomorrow night, two more on Friday and two more on Saturday.  Keep track of all of the Halloween stuff at

From 6-7:30 this evening, Jeffco Open Space will present Land Stewardship: Native Plants in Your Garden. Join us to learn how to create a home landscape with Colorado’s colorful native plants and how landscaping with natives is beneficial to our environment. The instructor, Irene Shonle, is the Extension Director for Gilpin County and is a past Vice President of the Colorado Native Plant Society. She speaks about native plants statewide, maintains a native plant demonstration garden at the Gilpin Extension Office and uses them extensively in her own garden. Learn more and register for Native Plants in Your Garden.

The Planning Commission will have a study session (no public comment) at 6:30 this evening in City Council Chambers. Community Surveys show strong interest in acquiring more open space in and around the City. The Planning Commission will review a list of undeveloped land in our environs, and will prioritize which should be acquired if an opportunity arises to do so. The “opportunity” would need to include both the owners’ interest in selling their land and available funding to buy it. The Commission will also review a list of proposed changes to the “Sustainability Menu.” The menu includes energy efficiency measures required in new construction and significant remodels. Tonight’s third agenda item is a discussion of potential zoning changes for the North Neighborhoods area. As is the case in several parts of town, recent scrape-offs/new construction have raised concern amongst residents about how future development will affect their neighborhood. The residents have made a number of suggestions for changes to zoning that may make new development less overwhelming and invasive for current residents. Learn more about open space, sustainable building requirements, and possible zoning changes by reviewing the Planning Commission meeting packet.

Golden Life Coaching and Education will offer a free “Life Balance” workshop tonight from 6:30-7:30 at the Library. This interactive workshop will help attendees gain awareness about where their lives are out of balance and come up with some action steps toward achieving more balance and satisfaction.

Liquor Licenses, ED Talks, Candidates Forum, Single Track Sidewalks

October 15, 2018

Colorado Candidate Forum in Golden Colorado

The Railroad Museum will hold their monthly story time and craft at 10 this morning.

The Liquor Licensing Authority meets at 2PM today in City Council Chambers. They’ll consider Change of Manager records for the Diamond Shamrock at 17691 W. Colfax; Indulge Golden (1299 Washington Ave.), and the Foss Company liquor store. They will hold a public hearing for a new Hotel and Restaurant Liquor License for Vice Kitchen Wine & Whiskey (18445 W. Colfax). See the meeting packet for the Liquor Licensing meeting on the City website.

The Arthur Lakes Library on the School of Mines campus will host an ED Talk this afternoon at 4PM. Ed Raines, the Collection Manager for the Geology Museum will continue his series of lectures on the mining history of Colorado from the Gilman District to Leadville.

Tonight from 6-8PM at the Unitarian Church (14530 W. 32nd Ave. – map), the League of Women Voters and the Jefferson Unitarian Church Community Action Network (JEC CAN) will present a Colorado Candidate Community Forum. Invited candidates include those from Treasurer, Assessor, Clerk and Recorder, Sheriff and Coroner races. Get engaged in local government and make a difference in your community.

The Tuesday Night book group will meet at the Library from 6-7PM. Tonight’s book is Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.

The Parks, Recreation, and Museum Advisory Board will meet at 7 this evening in the Community Center. They will discuss the controversial Single Track Sidewalks proposed for the southwest neighborhoods and hear a presentation about the Peaks to Plains Trail. This will not be broadcast live, since the meeting is held away from the broadcast equipment in City Hall. See the meeting packet for the Parks Recreation and Museums meeting on the City Website.

October 15, 2018

Golden Visitors Center - Golden CO

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet tonight at 6:30 at the Public Works Building, at 1445 10th St. They will consider several funding requests.

Oh Susannah Vintage Photo Studio had a facility in the Buffalo Rose until it closed for renovation.  They have now leased the former Nature’s Gift candle shop on Washington Avenue. They plan to invest several thousand dollars to upgrade the facade and have requested a facade grant to defray some of the cost. The Grants Committee recommends matching up to $2000 of the business’s expenses for exterior improvements.

Miners Alley Playhouse will request assistance of $10,000 to defray the nearly $72,000 annual rent that they pay to Mesa Meadows.

The Golden Visitors Center will request a $15,000 contribution towards their $74,500 2019 budget. With this (shoestring) budget and with the help of dozens of volunteers, they welcome 57,000 visitors to Golden annually.

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival will request $3,000 to defray the cost of their annual event, which occurs every February, during Heart and Soul of Golden month. City staff and the Grants Committee recommend discontinuing this annual contribution.

For more information, review the meeting packet.

Quick Quilt Talk, More Chili, and Jefferson Symphony Concert

October 14, 2018

At 2PM this afternoon, the Quilt Museum will host “Sunday at the Museum – Tradition Meets Contemporary,” with Pat Pauly.

As a curator for exhibits such as “Quilts Uncovered: Treasures from Genesee Country Village and Museum” and “Quilts 20/20” Pat Pauly gives an expansive look at the long history of quilt making, and its change and rebirth in the twenty-first century. Presenting over 400 images in the span of an hour, she takes a fast-paced look at the craft that has endured in America for nearly 250 years. Hold on to your seats.

RMQM members admitted free. Nonmembers are $10/person. Admission includes museum admission and refreshments.  Doors open at 11:00 a.m. Program begins at 2:00 p.m.  Reservations are helpful but not required. Please call 303-277-0377 and tell us you’re coming!

Did you get enough chili at yesterday’s Chili Cook-Off in Parfet Park? If not, you’re in luck. The VFW Post 4171 (map) is having their own Chili Cook-Off this afternoon at 2PM. Bring your best red or green chili…or both! Judging during half-time of the Broncos/Rams game. Prizes for each category.

The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will play their first conference of the season this afternoon at 4PM. Since the Green Center on the School of Mines campus is closed for remodeling, they will play at the Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. The program is:

Beethoven: Fidelio Overure
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8
Guest Artist: Alexander Hersh

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+, $10 for students (11-21 years) and $5 for children (10 years and younger).  For information and tickets, visit or call 303-278-4237.

Beer Tasting and Chili Cook-Off, Fossil Day at Dinosaur Ridge, 9Health Fair, Ghost Tour

October 13, 2018

Golden Chamber Beer Tasting and Chili Cook-Off - Golden Colorado

The big event today is the Golden Chamber’s Knock Your Boots Off Chili Cook-Off and Beer Tasting. This takes place in Parfet Park (10th and Washington), and includes 30 chilis, 90 beers, and a live show by Buckstein! A portion of the proceeds goes towards the Golden Chamber of Commerce’s Scholarship Fund for Golden High School and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

The 9Health Fair happens today from 8AM-12PM at Bell Middle School. Please join us at our 9Health Fair this fall. This is your chance to make your health a priority all in one place to make it convenient for you and the whole family. Check out the NEW screenings – hs-CRP (for heart health) and Blood Type (ONLY ordered ONLINE) as well as a variety of important health education and free screenings. Register online today to make your commitment to your health!

Dinosaur Ridge will be celebrating Girl Scout Day & National Fossil Day from 9AM-3PM. Girl Scouts of all ages can walk where dinosaurs once roamed while fulfilling badge requirements. Experienced geoscientists will explain fossil footprints, show dinosaur bones, and make ancient Colorado come to life! Representatives from local STEM-focused organizations will lead hands-on activities and Girl Scouts can work toward earning merit badges. During this event, we’re recognizing National Fossil Day, so come learn about fossils and celebrate.

Period Six Studio is offering an interesting class today at 11AM: DIY Oil Diffuser Class. Call 303-278-2150 to make sure they still have spots available.

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a “Colorado State Ballot Issues Community Forum” today from 1-3PM at the Jefferson Unitarian Church.  Become an informed voter!  This informative event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County and the Jefferson Unitarian Church Community Action Network (JUC CAN). The presentation will provide both the pro and con arguments to help educate voters on these important election items. Your vote is your voice.

Councilor Casey Brown is having a Cabernet/Chardonnay with a Councilor this afternoon at 3PM at the home of Dixie Termin and Ron Miller, 400 White Ash Drive (map).

Natural Grocers is hosting a free program (Thriving Thyroid) from 5-6PM this afternoon.
Dr. Ann Barter of Alternative Family Medicine & Chiropractic will be talking about thyroid health, autoimmune conditions, and natural, effective ways to keep your thyroid thriving with proper nutrition and functional medicine.

There’s a Golden City Historic Ghost Tour & Pub Crawl tonight from 7:15-10PM. Stories come to life as you meet the ghosts who haunt the streets of Old Golden City. You will feel the energy of Golden’s darker past while enjoying some of the best pubs and saloons in town!  This tour is for age 21 and over. You can chose to drink or not on the tour, that is completely up to your discretion as alcohol is not included in the ticket price.  We meet in front of the Dove Inn Bed & Breakfast at 711 14th St, (Corner of 14th Street & Prospectors Alley) at 7:15 PM. The Pub Crawl starts at 7:30 PM and takes about 2 1/2 hours and usually ends around 10 PM. Food is available at the final destination if you’ve worked up an appetite (not included in the ticket price). The tour will take place rain or shine, so please dress accordingly – we will be walking to our locations, so take that into account as well. If you’re feeling spooky, dress up!  Tickets are not refundable.

Many thanks to the people and organizations who support "What's Happening in Golden."