Holiday Craft Fair/Bake Sale at the Golden Gate Grange

November 10, 2018

Holiday Craft and Bake Sale at the Golden Gate GrangeThe Golden Gate Grange is having a Holiday Craft Fair/Bake Sale today from 9AM-4PM. Browse a wonderful selection of items from local crafters and artists including an array of items including the photography of Barb Bliss; books by local author Mary Ramstetter; photos, calendars, cards by Mr. P’s Pics; pottery by local artist, Judy Madison; an array of spectacular jewelry and accessories by Helene Arendt, Starfire Studios, Elle Phillips, Vicki Renee Originals; leather and western accessories by Kismet Designs, beautiful handmade dragons for kids; handcrafted wooden toys and art; Christmas decorations, artwork, jams, jellies, soaps, candles, gift baskets, antiques and vintage treasures, unique pocket knives, bee and bat boxes, natural oils, baked goods and much more!! Lunch will be available. Free admission.  The Golden Gate Grange is located at 25201 Golden Gate Canyon Road just 4 miles west of Route 93 in Golden (map).

Janet Nunn class at Foothills Art Center - Golden COAt 10AM Foothills Arts Center offers “Painting Notecards with Janet Nunn.” In this class participants learn to paint notecards with watercolor techniques. We cover splattering paint, washes, masking the white of the paper, all on notecards. This small format makes it easy to put a painting together. What a perfect time of year to create your own note cards. $5 materials fee. Non-members $105 / Members $90.

At 10AM, there will be a Suicide Prevention & Remembrance WalkThis is a community-wide walk that will start in Parfet Park in downtown Golden and end on the Colorado School of Mines campus on Kafadar Commons in front of the CoorsTek building.  Learn more….

11AM:  A Mental Health Wellness Fair will be held immediately following the community walk at the CoorsTek Center (1523 Illinois Street) and will conclude the week’s suicide prevention events. Booths will be hosted by campus and community organizations working to support suicide prevention and mental health. A variety of resources will be made available to the public for free.

From 12-3PM, the three new stores in the Foss Building will celebrate a joint grand opening and ribbon-cutting.  Stop by and check them out!

Barrels & Bottles is celebrating the 243rd Birthday of the United States Marines today from 3-10PM. They will donate a portion of sales from today through Monday to the DAV. They will also accept gently used coats, warming layers, Gloves, scarfs, and hats.

Live Music Tonight
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Soultyme, 8PM
Mountain Toad Brewing – Kenny Lee Young with Chris Carter, 6-8PM

Mines Little Theater - She Kills MonstersSee Mines Little Theatre’s performance of “She Kills Monsters,” by Qui Nguyen! “She Kills Monsters” is an action-adventure dramedy about loss, discovery, and a Dungeons and Dragons campaign.  The performance will take place in the theater at the Mountaineering Center (10th & Washington). Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash or check only). Tickets are $7 for students and faculty and $10 for community members.  Doors open at 6:30 and seats are first come first served.

Sunday Preview

The Golden History Museum will open the 1968 Golden Time Capsule tomorrow morningWitness the exciting and long-anticipated opening of Golden’s 1968 time capsule, which has been buried in front of Golden City Hall. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with a day of celebration, programs, and free admission to the Golden History Museum. The Museum opens at 10 a.m. and ceremonies begin at 11 a.m

The Quilt Museum will host Sunday at the Museum from 2-4 tomorrow, with the intriguing name, “A Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts.”

Bike Brewery Crawl, Ballots & Brews, Pumpkin Carving

October 28, 2018

The Railroad Museum’s Trick or Treat Train will operate again today, from 10AM-4PM.

Applewood Valley United Methodist Church, 2035 Ellis Street (map) is having a Fall Festival today from 11:30AM-1:30PM. It’s free, and the public is invited. Wear your costumes! They’ll have carnival games, arts & crafts, face painting, a bouncy house, candy and prizes.

Witches Brew at the Golden LibraryThe Library is making Witches’ Brew in the DIY lab from 12:30-2:30PM today. Do you like to tinker, invent and re-imagine things? Drop in and try our DIY space and let the creativity flow. Learn how to make Witches’ Brew in our laboratory, and sample it too, while creating festive Halloween DIY projects. Please wear a Halloween costume, if you have one.

Pedal Pushers Brewery Bike Ride - Golden COPedal Pushers Cyclery is leading a Halloween Brewery Crawl starting from the shop (710 Golden Ridge Road (map) at 3PM. They plan to visit Cannonball Creek, Golden City Brewery, Mountain Toad, and Barrels & Bottles. Get to the shop early and watch the Broncos. If you wear a custom you can enjoy half price beers at Pedal Pushers (yes, the bike shop sells beer).

2018 ElectionFrom 4-6PM, The Underground (1224 Washington Avenue) will host Ballots & Brews. Join us as we rally in support of our Jeffco Democratic candidates! Ballots will be mailed the week of October 15th, so bring your completed ballot with you to the event. After hearing from our special guests, we’ll walk to the nearby drop box to return our ballots, then enjoy some good food and a beer!

They’re expecting an all-star line-up of Special Guests: Ed Perlmutter, Dave Young, Lesley Smith, Rachel Zenzinger, Brittany Pettersen, Jessie Danielson, Tammy Story, Tracy Kraft-Tharp, Chris Kennedy, Monica Duran, Kerry Tipper, Brianna Titone, Lesley Dahlkemper, George Stern, Jerry DiTullio, Scot Kersgaard, Cheryl Cheney, Marjorie Sloan, and Jane Goff.

Holidaily Brewing is hosting a Pumpkin Carving Contest from 5-7PM. The beer-tenders will vote on their favorite pumpkins and prizes will be given to one adult and one child. Bring your own pumpkin–they’ll supply carving tools.

Sign Grants, Free JSO Concert, Nature Yoga, New Restaurants and New Hotel

June 18, 2018

Jefferson Symphony Concert in Parfet Park - Golden CO

The Downtown Development Authority meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will consider two requests for sign grants: a $2500 request to fund half the cost of signs for the new Colorado Plus Cidery and Pub going in at 1100 Arapahoe Street (the old laundromat), and $200 to help finance signs for Adventure West Tubing, a seasonal tube rental business running in the Golden Mill parking lot.  The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra has requested $8500 to pay for the annual concert in Parfet Park that marks the end of the Fine Arts Festival. This year’s concert will take place on Sunday, August 19, 2018.  See the meeting packet for more information.

Tuesday Preview
The Railroad Museum will have their monthly Storytime and Craft tomorrow morning at 10. The Library will have Lego Play & Build at 4PM. The Lookout Mountain Nature Center will offer Nature Yoga at 5PM (register now–they usually fill up). The Library’s monthly book group meets from 6-7PM, discussing The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick.

Nature Yoga at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center

The Local Licensing Authority meets tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday, June 19th) at 2:30 in City Council Chambers. They will review several applications for new licenses: a new restaurant (called “Launch) at 18455 W. Colfax Ave.; the new “Origin Red Rocks” hotel at 18485 W. Colfax Ave., and a new restaurant (called “Tributary Food Hall) at 701 12th St. Public hearing for each of these licenses will be held on July 25th.

Foss Liquor - Golden ColoradoThe judge will also consider three request to modify premises for existing liquor licensed businesses: Barrels & Bottles plans a 5th anniversary party on September 2nd and 3rd, and they want to use the parking lot north of the building for their celebration. Dirty Dogs Roadhouse plans a special event on July 14th and they want to sell liquor in their parking lot that day. The Foss Company is reconfiguring the space for their liquor store at 1224 Washington Avenue. Based on the drawings provided, it looks like the new version of the store will be smaller and will be located only on the west side of the building. The storefront on Washington Avenue will be dedicated to a new retail use.  See the meeting packet for more information.

Free Day at Foothills Art Center, The Splash Opens, and Live Music

May 25, 2018

Foothills Art Center - Golden ColoradoIf you’re an AARP member, you can visit Foothills Art Center for free today! Bring your AARP membership card to get your free admission. They’re open today from 10AM-5PM. More info….

At last night’s Council meeting, the new Mines dorm was approved 4-2, which Councilors Weinberg, Dale, Sloan, and Haseman for in favor and Councilors Brown and Reed voting against. The rezoning from R1 to R2 at 6th and Ford was approved 4-2, with Councilors Weinberg, Dale, Sloan, and Brown voting in favor and Councilors Reed and Haseman voting against.  The short term rental ordinance passed, though I believe a couple of non-owner occupied homes were grandfathered in.  There was a lot of discussion on that issue and I’m not 100% sure I caught everything.  If you’re vitally interested in that issue, you should watch the meeting or wait till the city publishes the final version.  The meeting ran long, so they postponed the discussion of affordable housing until a future meeting.

Splash water park - Golden Colorado

The Splash Water Park opens tomorrow at 10AM! Their hours from today till August 26th are 10AM-6:30PM. Check their website for more information about cost and facilities.

Tonight’s Live Music
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM
WRIGLEY’S CHICAGO BAR & GRILL – Falling Rock from 5-9PM

CoorsTek Air Quality and Arguments about Short-Term Rentals in Golden

May 15, 2018

Coors Tek - Golden Colorado

CoorsTek, Inc. – Public Comment Hearing
It’s somewhat unusal to have manufacturing squarely in the middle of a town the size of Golden, but CoorsTek has been located in our historic downtown for more than a century. There will be a public hearing tonight at 7PM in City Hall on their operating permit with regard to air pollution standards. The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission will hold a public hearing to elicit and record comments on a proposed renewal of the Title V Operating Permit for the CoorsTek Inc. 9th Street Facility in Jefferson County located at 600 9th Street, Golden, Colorado. Section 25-7-114.5(6)(b) of the Colorado Revised Statutes provides an opportunity for any interested person to provide comments on the sufficiency of the proposed operating permit’s preliminary analysis and whether the permit application should be approved or denied.  More information….

Barrels & Bottles - Golden ColoradoDrinking Beer for a Cause
Stop by Barrels & Bottles tonight between 5 and 8PM to celebrate the release of this year’s batch of Brian Q Pale Boy Ale. $2 for every beer/wine purchased that night will be donated by Barrels & Bottles Brewery and The Golden Group Real Estate Advisors to the Golden Civic Foundation. Live Music from Tim Stiles. Snacks provided.

The Parks, Recreation, and Museum Advisory Board will meet tonight at 7 at the Golden Community Center.  Their topics will include changing the Lubahn trail open hours to match those used by Jeffco Open Space; the public process regarding single track sidewalks, and cleaning up the back yard of the Astor House.  Learn more by checking their meeting agenda….

Letters to the Editor
I get quite a bit of email from my readers and don’t usually post it, but the City’s Planning Manager felt that I seriously misrepresented the proposed short term rental policies in Saturday’s post.  In fairness I thought I would post his comments:

Hi Barb,

I feel the need to correct some of the information in your May 11th post, specifically related to Short Term Rentals (STR). In the future, I would welcome the opportunity to answer questions and clarify such information before you post it and distribute it to your subscribers, as I think we can all agree that this would best serve the community. Please see my comments in blue, below.

And then there’s the short term rental issue…. Some people would like to use part of their house to host AirBnB/VRBO guests, as a way to make money. Others own multiple houses in town and want to rent those to visitors. The new ordinance that Council will decide on May 24th says short term rentals must be owner-occupied…you can’t keep a whole house as an AirBnB. The ordinance as written allows homeowners to rent their whole house as an STR for up to two months per year. Some people already own rental houses and depend on them for income. Is it a “taking” to make an existing business illegal? STRs are currently illegal in Golden, unless you have one of the 12 existing “Tourist Home” permits. Long term rentals, meaning housing units that are rented for terms of 30 days or more, are and will remain legal. If someone is operating a STR illegally, it would not be a “taking” to enforce the existing zoning code. I think this question also misses the larger point. This proposed ordinance would open up the opportunity for most residential properties in Golden to operate a STR, where today there are only a small number of eligible areas of town (mainly R-3 zoning). We aggressively market Golden to tourists, so should we encourage additional tourist housing? Or do businesses just not belong in residential neighborhoods? Some say those houses should only be rented with yearly leases, because the town needs affordable housing. But can we force the owners to rent them at “affordable” rates? I don’t believe that anyone on staff, Commission or Council has stated that property owners should be forced to rent their housing units at “affordable rates.” The conversation that Commission had related to affordability was focused on the owner occupancy requirement. Other cities (including Denver) have seen investors buying up properties throughout the community to use as STRs, which can be very lucrative if located in a popular/desirable area. Golden is obviously a popular/desirable area as well, and the fear is that this will make housing that is available for Golden residents more scarce, drive up housing costs in an already expensive market, and will make market rate housing even more unaffordable than it is currently. In addition, neighbors in these cities have complained that their neighborhood character and connectedness have been diminished by these “mini-hotels” on their blocks. Property rights always have to be balanced with community impacts, and Commission wanted to offer flexibility without harming neighborhood character. Some say a neighborhood full of AirBnB’s is not a neighborhood–it’s a multi-building hotel. Others say at least AirBnB’s tend to be better maintained than many year-round rental properties.
Thank you,
Rick Muriby
Planning Manager – City of Golden

Hi Rick,

That post reported on the various conversations happening in town, and City Staff and Council aren’t the only ones asking questions and having points of view.  You may not agree with residents, and you may think they’re misinformed, but that doesn’t stop the conversations.

In fact, one side that I failed to represent in that post was the people who live in neighborhoods (like mine) where Short Term Rentals are about to be permitted.  I think there will be a lot of shocked R1 residents who suddenly learn that their neighbors can rent out rooms.

The term “Affordable Housing” is being used to justify all sorts of things right now, from circumventing the growth limit to limiting short term rentals.  And yes, I have heard people say that we need to keep those houses available as full-time housing, because people can’t find housing, which makes it unaffordable.  And no, we can’t force owners to charge “affordable” rents…which is what makes that argument specious.

I’m very glad to see your comment that “Property rights always have to be balanced with community impacts.” That will certainly be a consideration as we try to preserve the homes in the central core of the city.

Thanks for writing.
Barb Warden

Valentine’s Day…and Beyond

February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day!  If you’re tired of hearing about it, buck up–it will be over soon.  If you’re not, and wish it would go on longer, cheer up–there are still a few Valentine-related events this weekend.

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

Mines Little Theater group is putting on a “Valentine’s Day Show” Friday night 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.

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden ColoradoSaturday night from 5-7PM, the Colorado Railroad Museum is hosting “Date on the Diner.” This will be a mid-century themed affair and period dress is encouraged. Seating will begin at 4:30pm with dinner served at 5:00pm followed by a short theatrical performance. Both dinner and the performance will occur on the beautiful Union Pacific Dining Car. The cost is $150 per couple. If you forgot to do anything about Valentines Day, this date would make a brilliant come-back!

Lights and Music

January 5, 2018

Holiday Lights in Golden Colorado

Saoirse Charis-Graves will leading a holiday lights walk tonight along Clear Creek. The distance will be approximately 2.5 miles, and most of it will be on sidewalk. The event is free, and everyone is invited.  Meet at 6:30 at Windy Saddle Cafe.

The holiday lights along Clear Creek in downtown Golden are bold and bright every year. Please join us for a stroll through the twinkling beauty along Clear Creek, in Parfet Park, and through downtown Golden. This walk will be a relaxed one-hour loop at a conversational pace. We will take in the amazing array of colors and lights and enjoy the creativity of our brilliant light-hangers. Depending on the desires of the group, we may gather at a nearby Golden establishment to partake of our “beverage of choice.”  Learn more and RVSP.

Live Music Tonight
Jolynn’s Food and Spirits presents Chris Koltak tonight from 6-9PM, and, as mentioned yesterday, Barrels and Bottles is hosting Giant Zero, also from 6-9.


Saoirse is having a busy weekend!  Her Coffee with a Councilor will take place Saturday morning from 10-11 at Bean Fosters.

Philanthropic Pubbing

December 22, 2017

Pub Crawl - Golden Colorado

Want to do a pub crawl tonight? Dress up in your most festive gear and join other Golden people in a cruise through the breweries.

Tentative Schedule:
6:00 Golden City Brewery
7:30 Barrels and Bottles Brewery
9:00 Mountain Toad Brewing
And we will see how the rest of the night goes….

If you are feeling extra cheery and charitable this holiday season, please feel free bring a donation for The Action Center.

The Action Center’s mission is to provide an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless.

They are currently in need of the following items:

FOOD ITEMS: Cereal, Cereal Bars, Peanut Butter, Canned Chicken, Beans, Pasta/Sauce, Pasta Dinners, Mac and Cheese, Canned Fruit, Canned Corn

NON-FOOD ITEMS: Jackets, Winter Boots, Gloves, Hats, Blankets, Sleeping Bags, New Socks, New Underwear

Barrels & Bottles, Bikers & Zombies

September 25, 2017

Golden Gallup 2017

Despite the chilly weather, yesterday’s Golden Gallup was a great success.  Dave Powers got some nice photos, which are available on our Facebook page, and the race results have been posted.  It was a good morning for the Golden Schools Foundation!

The Golden Library is offering a program from 5:30-6:30 this evening on Family Technology SafetyTake an hour out of your busy schedule and attend a presentation by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s CHEEZO unit ( to learn what you can do to make your use of technology safer. Do you know the dangers your children face when using their cell phones, iPads and iPods? What is Geotagging? Do you know the legal consequences and social consequences of sexting? What apps are your teens using that you don’t know about? What about hidden or ghost apps? Do your kids “KIK”? Learn the answers to these questions and a whole lot more! Suitable for: All ages

Barrels & Bottles is hosting their monthly Acoustic Monday tonight from 6:30-9:30.  This is an open mic evening for musicians.  All genres of music are welcomed and encouraged. Crowds can enjoy the songs while sipping on $1 off selected beers and wines. All Open Mic participants receive a free House pint or selected wine.  Signup for participants begins at 6PM sharp.

Zombie Bike Cruise - Golden ColoradoThe last Golden Bike Cruise of the year takes place tomorrow night (Tuesday 9/26).  Costumes are optional, but this is a popular theme:  ZOMBIES!  As always, meet at the parking lot at 10th & Illinois.  Burgers and Beer will be available starting at 6PM and the ride will start at 7PM.  There will be live music and giveaways, and participation is FREE!  Learn more….

Lots to Do & Tons of Music

September 16, 2017

The Golden High School football team WON last night’s homecoming game against Green Mountain.  Go Demons!

Toby’s Pet Parade is at 8:30 this morning, starting in Parfet Park, and pet fair will run in the park from 8-1.

The Golden Farmers Market runs from 8AM-1PM at 10th & Illinois, and the Neighborhood Market runs from 8AM-2PM at 15th & Jackson.

The Golden Backpack Program will celebrate the grand opening of their new Fresh Food Coop from 10AM-2PM at New Hope Community Church, 16800 9th Ave. (map).

Sleepy Hollow

Miners Alley Children’s Theater is opening their production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow today, with performances at 11 and 1.  Ichabod Crane has come to Sleepy Hollow to teach, but what he learns there frightens him nearly out of his wits! Watch as Ichabod learns of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and tries to escape the clutches of the Headless Horseman. $10 Call 303-935-3044 for more information.

There will be a Healthy Lands Open House from 12:30-3:30PM at the Jeffco Fairgrounds (map).  The afternoon open house will include calibration demonstrations, a plant ID booth, safety and label information booth, Colorado 4 Healthy Landscape booth and much more! Co-Sponsored by CWMA, Jefferson County Invasive Species Management and Jefferson Conservation District Admission is free.

Horse Protection League

Don’t forget DRAFTS WITH DRAFTS at the Horse Protection League!  The draft horses who give carriage rides in Golden will be hosting this event, which includes dinner, beer from Golden City Brewery, a band, door prizes, and carriage rides.  $20 admission, 5-7PM at the Horse Protection League.

New Terrain Brewing Company is celebrating their 1st Anniversary today with their Wanderfest event.  We are roping off the back driveway & expanding the stage for a party of incredible proportions. Join us for a killer live music lineup, special limited beer releases, drink discounts, outdoor beer tents, a family fun zone, food trucks, free photo booth fun, free cupcakes, & an exclusive Lyft ride discount code to assist in your travel needs to & from the fun! Today’s music include:

New Terrain Brewing Company Music: $10 ticketed event
1-2:30 PM Other Brothers
3-4:30 PM Super Magick
5-6:45 PM Coral Creek
7:15-9 PM Head for the Hills

Other music in town:

THE BUFFALO ROSE  – 4PM Chris Romero, 7PM Colorado Blues Society Presents JW – Jones
– Soul Time 8-11PM
– Tripwire 4-8PM

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