Art on Tap, History Lecture, City Council, Live Music, Full Moon

April 18, 2019

The City’s Bike Library opens today. It is located behind the Visitors Center (10th & Washington). You can borrow one for free for two hours or all day for $10. Learn more….

The Library is offering “Cardboard Creations” for preschoolers – tweens from 4:30-6:30. It’s a car! It’s a plane! It’s whatever you imagine, but it’s definitely not just a box. Using cardboard, Makedo™ screws, tape and a lot of creativity, there’s no limit to what you can build. Drop in and build. Supplies provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

We have some tough decisions as to what to do tonight.

6PM – Foothills Art Center is hosting Art on Tap tonight. They’ll be playing Bingo. Test your luck and knowledge of art and have fun with friends! Beer provided by Golden City Brewery. THIS IS A 21+ EVENT. Admission to Foothills Art Center and the program is free for our Members. Non-members gain free access to the program upon paid admission to Foothills Art Center.

6PM – The Golden History Center is hosting a lecture tonight. Moving West: Who Moved to California in the 1930s and Why. Migration to California is one of the dominant history topics of the 1930s, built on a wealth of information from literature, news stories, and photographs. Using newly available data from the 1940 U.S. Census, this lecture will reveal insights on the people who moved, the places they came from, and why they may have moved, with special attention to the link between migration and the environmental trauma of the 1930s. $0 Members; $10 non-members Register.

6PM – The School of Mines will hold a Community Meeting from 6-7PM at the Ben Parker Student Center Grand Ballroom (map). They will discuss Sustainability (Phase II Energy Performance Contract), Construction Projects (Green Center – North Chiller Plant, Parking Garage/Classroom Building, Spruce Hall, Jackson Hall – Partnership, Facility Operations North, Facility Operations South, Utility Infrastructure Improvements, and MP Parking lot), and the Mines Master Plan (Sub-Surface Frontiers Research Building, Washington/18th Parking Garage, 14th Street shared pedestrian/vehicle way, Mines Park Daycare Center).

6:30 – City Council will have a Study Session (no public comment) in City Council Chambers. They will discuss the Historic Preservation Board’s Preservation Plan: The preservation planning process worked on developing a vision, goals, and priorities for the preservation of Golden’s historic and cultural resources. The plan identifies important stories that reflect Golden’s history and culture, looks for ways to improve the interpretation, understanding, and enjoyment of Golden’s stories, and identifies sites and resources that are part of telling those stories. Council will also review a draft of a Board and Commission Manual. You can see both documents in tonight’s meeting packet….

Tonight’s Live Music:

Full Moon:

The moon will be full at 5:12AM tomorrow morning. It will rise at 7PM tonight and set at 6:45 tomorrow morning.

Friday Preview:

Tomorrow, I’ll give you the rundown on the many Easter celebrations you can expect on Saturday.

Public Art, History Museum and Foothills Art Center Events, State Room Grand Opening, Live Music

April 4, 2019

The Public Art Commission will meet at 9AM in City Council Chambers. Staff will discuss the Community Art Partnership, which is a plan to do temporary art installations around town and encourage people to do Instagram posts showing the art. They will discuss two unveiling events–one for the Elk sculpture at Heritage Road and Kimball Ave (April 27th), and the other a major piece just off Highway 93 at the north entrance to the city (date TBD). Nathan Ritchie of the History Museum will update them on a mural they hope to paint on the history museum. Foothills Art Center plans to hold an Artsweek Golden again this year, July 8th-14th. The Chamber’s Golden Fine Arts Festival is scheduled for August 17th and 18th. See the meeting agenda….

At 10AM, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge will host a talk on archosaurs, the crocodilians, pterosaurs, birds, and a bit on the dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center (map).

The Library will offer Wee Create – Sensory Art for preschoolers and toddlers from 11:15AM-12PM.

The State Room is holding their Grand Opening today from 5-7PM. This is the bar above the event center in the new Buffalo Rose. The windows look out over Washington Avenue, and it’s quite a snazzy place. Join them for classic cocktails and appetizers.

The History Museum is hosting a lecture tonight from 6-7:30PM: What’s Cooking in the Archives? A Food Historian’s View of Colorado Culinary Literature. Food history and food studies are more popular than ever. From bookshelves to university classrooms, we study the history of food because it tells us about what, how much, and why people ate what they did. Food history also tells us much about how people thought about health, what factors influenced their choices, and the rules of social engagement. This lecture will examine and explore what we can learn from cookbooks, an often-overlooked source for historians, by highlighting works from one of the most significant culinary archives in Colorado, the holdings at the University of Denver’s library.

Presented by Carol Helstosky, Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Denver. She is the author of Garlic and Oil: Politics and Food in Italy (2004); Food Culture in the Mediterranean (2009) and Pizza: A Global History (2008) and editor of The Routledge History of Food (2014). She has been teaching food history to undergraduates for 20 years, utilizing the culinary archives at the DU library’s Special Collections and archives. Register here….

Foothills Art Center is hosting MGD/PHO Multimedia Exhibition at 6PM. We are celebrating Red Rocks Community College Graphic Design, Photography, and Video students’ work. This year check out a fleet of stunning digital-visual experiences! Bring your friends, bring your family and everybody you know. Let’s show off what artistic talent is out there. We have snacks, drinks, and awesome artwork to share. Hope to see you there!

City Council meets tonight at 6:30, but they will be conducting interviews off-camera for boards and commissions.

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Tonight’s Live Music:

Friday Preview:

If you are planning to participate in Saturday’s Kids Clothes Swap, please bring your contributions to Hillside Church (103 N. Ford St.) on Friday from 12:30-1:30PM or 5-7PM. Please consider bringing the following items:

  • Gently used kids clothing 0-16(xl)
  • Winter gear (plan ahead!)
  • Sports equipment & uniforms
  • Children’s picture books & chapter books
  • Gently used kids shoes
  • Gently used maternity clothes
  • Other baby items (bath, nursing, sleep)

Preview of April Events in Golden

April 1, 2019

Here’s a preview of some of the events in Golden this month. For the details, check the Calendar of Events.

Museum Exhibits:
American Mountaineering Museum – Gregory William Frux:  Mount Washington Observatory
Buffalo Bill Museum – The Buffalo Bill Story, From Adversary to Advocate, A Visit to the Wild West, Firearms, Kid’s Cowboy Corral
Colorado Railroad Museum – Got Style? Railroads & Interior Design, Ski Train: A Colorado Tradition, Images from the Tracks: Photographs of William Henry Jackson
Foothills Art Center – Members Show through April 21st | Otto Kuhler: Designing the Future opens April 19th
Geology Museum – Mineral from Colorado and Around the World, Radioactive Minerals, Meteorites, Fossil
Golden History Museum – 1968 Time Capsule, Epic Events, Legendary People, History Lab, The Salon, Touch Gallery
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum – It Takes To to Tango: Collaborations Quilts through April 20th | Hawaiian Quilts opens April 22nd

Miners Alley Playhouse
Our Town
Miners Alley Children’s TheaterThree Billy Goats Gruff

Train Talks – “So You Want to Write a Railroad Book” at the RR Museum
Hexie Ladies at the Quilt Museum
Trailblazer’s Free Open Climbing at the Mountaineering Center
Trout Unlimited Meeting
Planning Commission Study Session
Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum Lecture
SCRIPTprov at Miners Alley
Public Art Commission
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Archosaurs
What’s Cooking in the Archives? A Food Historian’s View of Colorado Culinary Literature at the History Museum
MGD/PHO Multimedia Exhibition
City Council Study Session
Low-Key Applewood Moms
Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum
Colorado Rails and Cocktails: Streetcar Suburbs at the Railroad Museum
Golden Kids Clothes Swap at Hillside Church
Fuzzy Friends Sleepover at the Library
10th Annual Pi Mile Fun Run/Walk (3.14 miles) at the School of Mines
Train Rides at the Railroad museum
Coffee with Two Councilors
Jeffco Volunteer Fair at Foothills Animal Shelter
Opening Day – Three Billy Goats Gruff at Miners Alley Children’s Theater
Coffee with a Ranger at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Coyote Classic 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run for Shelton Elementary
MOMS Club of Golden, CO Meeting
Golden Safety Academy – Fire Safety & Prevention
GURA Board Meeting
Leonardo Da Vinci Lecture at Mines
Bell Middle School PTA
Golden High School PTA
Free Class – Taming Your Child’s Anxious Mind
Golden Beer Talks – Healthy Forests, Healthy Watersheds
Economic Development Commission Meeting
Colorado School of Mines – Adventure in the SerengetE-Days 2019
Auto-friendly Bicyclist Course at the Community Center
Game of Thrones Craft Night at the Library
Educational Event on Planning and Zoning in Golden
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Mammals
Golden Lunch Bunch – CSM Alumni
Marv Kay Day Celebration and Dedication
Teen DIY: Bubble Tea
Last Look With Hassan Najjar – Member’s Show at Foothills Art Center
E-Days at Mines
CMC Film Series: JEAN + The Crash Reel – Supporting LoveYourBrain
City Council Regular Meeting
E-Days at Mines
Rocky Mountain Storytelling – Story Seeds Conference and Concert
Art Book Club (ABC) at Foothills Art Center – The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
Friday Tour – Railroad Post Office Cars
Western on Washington: A Saloon Stroll
E-Days at Mines
Courage Walk – National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Drawing: Stickman to Illustration!
Pancake Breakfast at the Golden Gate Grange
Gathering of the Guilds at the Mountaineering Center
PEEPle’s Choice Awards
Artistry Through Applique Lecture at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
NREL Walking Campus Tour
Downtown Development Authority
Director’s Storytime and Craft
Local Licensing Authority Meeting
Tuesday Night Book Group at the Library – The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe
Utility Rate Citizen’s Committee
Parks, Recreation, and Museums Advisory Board
Town and Gown Book Club – The Brain: The Story of You by David Eagleman
Water-Wise Gardening Seminar: Plant Selection for a Water-Wise Landscape
Planning Commission Study Session
Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium at Mines, or GRADS
Cardboard Creations at the Library
Art on Tap – Bingo at Foothills Art Center
Lecture at the History Museum – Moving West: Who Moved to California in the 1930s and Why
City Council Study Session
First Day of Passover (begins in the evening)
Rocky Mountain Quilt Study Group at the Quilt Museum
Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum
Mines’ Helluva Service Event
Golden Family Easter Egg Hunt in Parfet Park
Bunny Express Train at the Railroad Museum
Eggmania/Easter Egg Hunt at the Golden Gate Grange
Gravity Blast Workshop at the Community Center
STEM Girls at the Library
Lecture at the History Museum: How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Changed Baseball and America
Bicycle-friendly Driver Course at the Community Center
Mobility & Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
Intro to Hiking Safety – Colorado Mountain Club
Sustainability Board
Land Stewardship Series – Intro to Wildlife Refuges
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Theropods
Ukulele Wednesday at the Library
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Library for All – Interactive Program for Adults with Disabilities
City Council Business Meeting
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Day Without Hate
Freaky Friday at the Library
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Babysitting Course at the Community Center
Golden Goes Green at the Library
West Side Live! Presents Acoustic Eidolon
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
The Big Read Station Eleven Book Discussion: Recycled Painting Workshop at the Library
Snakes Alive! Jefferson County’s Snakes at the Golden Library
Good News Breakfast

Goosetown Purchase, HERStory, Sustainability, Dinosaurs, Ukuleles, and Live Music

March 27, 2019
Property for proposed new municipal center – click to enlarge

The big news for the day is that the City has agreed on a price to buy 7.1 acres in the Goosetown neighborhood, including the Coors North Office Building, for $12.25 million. After taking possession, the City plans to renovate the building to serve as a Civic Center, including a new City Hall, Police Department, and History Museum, with additional space for other cultural entities. Learn more about the area to be purchased….

No word yet on the projected cost of the renovations.

The City would finance this purchase with Certificates of Participation, which would not require a vote of the people. In fact, City Council will vote on the purchase on April 11th, so this may happen very soon. If you have questions about the proposal, contact your city council representatives.

The Mountaineering Museum will celebrate Women’s HERstory tonight from 5-9 throughout the Mountaineering ceter (710 10th St.). Ladies, gather with your fellow outdoor enthusiasts for an evening of community and inspiration. Learn more….

The Sustainability Board will meet tonight at 6PM in City Council Chambers. They will discuss Sustainable Building Codes, proposed amendments to the Pay As You Throw program, commitments to various Climate Organizations, and the 2019 Golden Sustainability Awards.

The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge will host a free talk on long-necked dinosaurs, the sauropods, at the Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center (map). They will have another talk tomorrow morning at 10 on prehistoric mammals.

The Library has Ukulele Wednesday from 6-7:30 this evening, so if you play, and you want to jam with others, head to the library and join in.

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Tonight’s Live Music:
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Miners Saloon – Jonathan Browning, 6-9PM
Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse – Wintery Wednesdays Concert Series, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30PM

City Council Will Vote on Moratorium Tonight

March 21, 2019

City Council will meet at 6:30PM in City Council Chambers. They will vote on the subdivision plat for new housing development known as the Shelton Studio Ranch. This is a Planned Unit Development consisting of 9 acres to be divided into 13 lots. This piece of land was owned by the late artist, Hal Shelton, and his wife Mary. Shelton Elementary was named after the couple.

Council will then consider whether to impose a 120 day moratorium On The Acceptance And Processing Of Applications For The Issuance Of Building Permits For New Two Dwelling Unit Structures In The R2 And R3 Zone Districts As Well As Acceptance And Processing Of Applications For Special Use Permits To Allow More Than 75% Of A Building IN C1, C2, M2 And CMU Zone Districts To Be Used For Residential Purposes, And On The Acceptance And Processing Of Applications For Site Development Plan Approval For Multiple Household Dwelling Buildings Under GMC Chapter 18.40 (Community & Economic Development Director) City Council will conduct a public hearing to consider establishing a 120 day temporary moratorium on the processing and approval of certain residential land use applications, affecting duplex and multi-family dwelling structures.

This moratorium is driven by a series of recent housing developments that residents consider out of scale and inappropriate for Golden’s older neighborhoods and “small town feel.” The community concluded that our 2030 Vision, Comprehensive Plan, and Neighborhood plans were not reflected in the municipal code, and that the code was the only thing that had legal weight when approving new development. The 120 day period is intended to give us time to incorporate our “vision” into our code.

If you have an opinion–either pro or con–regarding this moratorium, please plan to attend City Council tonight and express your views during the Public Comment period. If you can’t make it, send a note to

After the business meeting Council will hold a Study Session to discuss the proposals received regarding the future use of the Astor House. The five proposals that the City received for the building are included in tonight’s meeting packet.

Tonight’s Live Music:
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Buffalo Rose – Sugaray Rayford Band, 7:30PM
Golden Hotel – Bridgewater Grill Lounge – Teresa Carroll, 6-9PM
New Terrain Brewing Company – Music by the Mesa – The Dave Booker Trio, 6-9PM

Maps, North Neighborhoods, Buying Goosetown, and Backyard Livestock

March 6, 2019

5-6PM Lecture at the School of Mines: How Maps Reveal (and Conceal!) History. Hill Hall 204, 910 15th Street (map). Whether as handmaidens of diplomacy, instruments of social reform, or even advertisements, maps have been central to American history. Across five centuries, maps have captured what people knew, what they thought they knew, what they hoped for, and what they feared. As such, they have the power to both illuminate and complicate our understanding of the past. Join us as Susan Schulten explores the myriad ways that maps have both reflected and shaped American history, from the voyages of discovery to the digital age. The talk is free and all are welcome.

CoorsTek Building on Ford St.

6:30PM The Planning Commission has a Study Session tonight, to discuss possible changes to the North Clear Creek Neighborhood Plan. In addition to the residential neighborhoods between the Creek and Highway 58, this plan includes two areas where City Planners anticipate significant change. The first is the the CoorsTek area. At some point in the next few years, CoorsTek is expected to move out of their historic downtown building in favor of newer offices in the Coors Tech Center. The City hopes to fill that area with Community Mixed Use buildings (commercial on the bottom, offices and apartments above). The second area of significant change is the Goosetown neighborhood, along 10th street, east of Ford. This area has jumped to sudden significance because Coors intends to sell their office building and the City would like to buy it for use as a Municipal Center.

Correction: a previous version of this post referred to the “North Neighborhoods Plan,” rather than the “North Clear Creek Neighborhood Plan.”

Other Wednesday Events:
10-11AM TriceraTOTs at Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 W. Alameda Pkwy (map)
6-7:30PM Lecture at the Golden History Museum: The Failed 1976 Denver Winter Olympics
6-7PM Bend at the Barrel – Yoga and Tea at Old Barrel Tea Company. Suggested donation is $10-15.
6:15-7:15 Backcountry 101 Session with Icelantic
6:30-8:45PM Trout Unlimited Meeting at the Mountaineering Center

Live Music Tonight:
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9P
Miners Saloon – Austin & Friends, 6-9PM
Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse – Wintery Wednesdays Concert Series, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30PM

Thursday Preview:
9AM – Public Arts Commission
10AM – Everything Dinosaur Talk: Ceratopsian
6:30PM – City Council

Coors Office Building in Goosetown

Tomorrow night’s City Council meeting will cover some hot topics. They will have an executive session to talk about buying the Coors Office Building and several parcels of property in Goosetown. They will vote to introduce the possibility of a building moratorium. They will vote on whether to allow the Jefferson County Housing Authority to build over an alley and whether to allow them to begin building early–before accumulating the required 51 housing allocations.

With such an agenda, it might be easy to overlook some proposed changes to our rules for keeping backyard livestock, such as chickens, miniature goats, rabbits, chinchillas, pot-bellied pigs, and bees. Several people from the Beverly Heights neighborhood are concerned about the new rules. They want animal pens to be at least 15 feet away from neighbors’ yards; want to know the city’s policy for dealing with poor maintenance of animal pens; want to include a requirement that coops and pens be removed once the animals are gone, and want to prohibit slaughtering animals onsite. They are also concerned about an implied requirement that certain animals be kept outdoors. They point out that such animals will die in “outdoor” temperatures. So there may be some unintended consequences that Council will want to fix before approving the new rules.

Civic Discourse and Things to Do Today

March 2, 2019

Thursday night’s City Council meeting was very well attended, and about 25 citizens offered public comment. Retired City Manager Mike Bestor encouraged Council to pursue the opportunity to buy the Coors property on 10th Street. Another citizen asked them to reconsider our traffic calming techniques. A third complimented the city on the job they did in replacing a water tank. The other citizens asked Council to place a moratorium on new construction until we can change our municipal code to better reflect our planning documents. In general, people asked for greater setbacks (distance between the curb and the buildings) and reduced building height in residential neighborhoods.

Following the business meeting, Council had a study session to discuss the possibility of a moratorium. They agreed to bring the issue to a vote in a future meeting. This isn’t something they can do overnight: they must introduce a possible ordinance in one business meeting and vote to adopt it in a later meeting. Accordingly, the ordinance will be introduced at their March 7th meeting and voted on at the March 21st meeting. If it does pass, we face a lot of work. We can’t just say that we don’t want any new construction–property owners have a right to build things on their property. We need to use the pause provided by the moratorium to define acceptable forms of construction.

A Choice of Meetings this Morning:

If you want to learn about the possible land swap by Jeffco Open Space, in which they would exchange some land to be used for quarrying for the site of the former Heritage Square Amusement Park, head to the Jefferson County Human Services Building, 900 Jefferson County Parkway (map) at 9:30AM.

Coffee with Councilors

If you want to chat with City Councilors Casey Brown and Saoirse Charis-Graves about the moratorium, Heritage Square land swap, purchase of the Coors property, traffic calming, or any of our other issues, go to Coffee with a Councilor at 10AM at the Armory Building (13th and Arapahoe). Cafe 13 is closed right now, so go in the side door on the east side of the building

More Saturday Events
For more information on these events, see the Calendar on the home page.
9AM Kids Workshop at Home Depot: Build a Clock Tray
9AM Elks Club Book Sale (till 4PM)
9:30AM Community Meeting on Proposed Heritage Square Land Swap
10AM Brewery Boot Camp at Holidaily
10AM Coffee with a Councilor at Cafe 13
10AM CSM Geology Museum Spring Book, Mineral and Fossil Sale (till 2PM)
11AM and 1PM Final Performances of Young King Arthur at Miners Alley Children’s Theater
2,3,4,or5PM Boots and Bling: Daddy Daughter Date at Gold Mine Cupcakes
6PM Wine Tasting for Women at Connects Workspace
9PM Downhill Saturday at Woody’s Pizza
9PM Karaoke at the Ace Hi
7PM Nightwolf at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse (till 11PM)
8PM Anthony Russo Band at Golden Moon Speak (till 11PM)

Sunday Morning Preview
You are invited to Coffee with a Ranger tomorrow morning from 8-9AM at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center, 910 Colorow Road (map) . Join us for coffee and conversation the first Sunday of every month. Park Rangers will be discussing recent happenings and updates and taking questions you might have. No reservation required; simply stop by the Lookout Mountain Nature Center between 8:00-9:00 a.m. if you want to chat. *Please BYO coffee mug

Last Night, Today, and Tomorrow in Golden

February 15, 2019
Heritage Square Property

Last night’s City Council meeting included a couple of interesting announcements. First, Jeffco Open Space is going to do a land swap with Martin Marietta, which owns the quarry just south of the old Heritage Square. Open Space will give Martin Marietta a piece of land which will enable them to expand the quarry. In exchange, Open Space will get the remaining piece of Bachman property (located at Heritage Road and Highway 40) and the property that formerly contained Heritage Square. The City plans to post information about this swap today on Guiding Golden, so check there to learn more.

Coors Office Building at 311 10th St.

The second announcement detailed the property that the City has been considering “on 10th Street, east of Ford.” As expected, it includes the Coors office building. The interesting thing is how much additional property is involved. In addition to the building, the large parking lot across 10th Street and several other parcels are involved–basically, most of the former Goosetown neighborhood. The City is interested in this property because they would like to build a “civic complex,” including a new City Hall and cultural center. We would then need to decide what to do with the current City buildings. The Clear Creek Master Plan called for using it all as park land. Much interesting discussion will follow. Again, check Guiding Golden today for more information.

Jeffco K-8 students have an early dismissal day, so the Library is hosting Freaky Friday, with with games, crafts, and LEGO® fun from 2-3:30 this afternoon. All Jeffco students will be off Monday, for Presidents’ Day.

The Railroad Museum is offering a Highlights Tour from 1-2PM today. The cost is $3, plus general admission.

Tonight’s Live Music:
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke at 9PM
Buffalo Rose – Loving the Alien (A David Bowie Experience) and Hey Lady (B-52’s Tribute) at 7:30PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Algorhythm Trio at 8PM

Saturday Preview
The Quilt Museum has a few openings left in tomorrow morning’s Jelly Roll Rug Class. Jelly Roll Rugs are the latest craze and a lot of fun to make. There are many choices for you in this class. Scotti will teach you basics and some tricks to make rugs or placemats and you can go from there. These are a lot of fun to make and addicting so beware. There will be a 30 minute lunch break. Please bring a sack lunch and drink or visit one of the local restaurants. Class Fee:  $50. Call 303-277-0377 or 303-215-9001 to sign up today.

One Last Night of Lights

February 14, 2019
Holiday Lights in Golden Colorado

Happy Valentine’s Day! What could be more romantic than living in beautiful Golden Colorado? The City will turn off the holiday lights after tonight, so take one last walk or drive around downtown to enjoy them.

Thanks for all the responses on yesterday’s post, “City Plans and Civic Frustration.” If you’re new to “What’s Happening in Golden?” you might enjoy the following related posts from the past:

Today’s Events
10AM – Everything Dinosaur Talk: Thyreophora Part 2 (Ankylosaurs)
4PM – Subaqueous Debris Flow Processes and Deposits
5PM – Family Game Night at On Tap Credit Union
6:15PM – Inspired by Mountains at Bent Gate

City Council
City Council will meet at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will vote to give the City Manager a $24,500 raise, bringing him to $203,000/year.

The City Manager will provide a public briefing regarding property acquisition currently under consideration by City council. The property is “East of Ford St., near 10th St.

In recognition of the members of the Golden Cultural Alliance, their 700,000 visitors per year, and their $23 million contribution to the local economy, the Mayor will proclaim February to be Heart and Soul of Golden Month.

They will decide whether to approve new Sustainability Goals regarding energy, waste, and water.

They will consider applying to DRCOG (Denver Regional Council of Governments) for Federal funding to improve the interchange at US6 and Heritage Road and to do a “Complete Streets” project on West Colfax.

See the meeting packet for more details on any of these topics.

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Tonight’s Live Music
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke, 9PM
THE BUFFALO ROSE – Sammy Mayfield, Deep Pocket Thieves, and Emma Marie, 7PM
GOLDEN MOON SPEAKEASY – Booker and Ben, 7:30PM
NEW TERRAIN BREWING COMPANY – Music by the Mesa – Native Station, 6-9PM

Construction Discussions and Wednesday Events

January 30, 2019

Unless you’ve been out of town and off-line, chances are you’ve heard a lot of grumbling about development lately, including comments about:

• Multi-family homes built where single family homes used to be

• Homes built close to the lot line, without traditional front and back yards

• New houses that tower over neighboring houses

• Increased traffic

• Being told by traffic engineers that traffic levels are fine–not near capacity, in fact

• Projects built without adequate parking

• Being told that in the future, people won’t drive cars, so they won’t need parking

• The inefficacy of public comment, since most of these new developments fall under the umbrella of “use by right–” meaning that if the proposed projects meet our codes, then developers are permitted to build these new projects, irrespective of the opinions of neighbors.

The wheels of government move very slowly, but a few things have happened and are happening to address these issues.

  1. A group from the Central Neighborhoods asked for changes to the Community Mixed Use (CMU) zone, and as a result the code was changed to require slightly greater setbacks.
  2. A group from the North Neighborhoods is asking for architectural changes, hoping to make the new buildings blend better with their older neighbors. These changes are described on and are currently open for comment.
  3. City Council has agreed to discuss a moratorium on new residential building until the community can define building styles that we consider acceptable. The City Attorney has written a memo describing the process of setting a moratorium and pitfalls to avoid when doing so. Council will discuss the possibility of a moratorium at the February 28th study session.

What can you do if you are concerned about the nature of new development happening in Golden?

  1. Review the North Neighborhood’s proposed changes on Submit comments if you have any.
  2. Urge your Council representatives to support a moratorium. (See the ward and district map if you’re not sure who represents you.)
  3. If we do get a moratorium, participate in public meetings to define what we do want–not just what we don’t want.

Wednesday Events:

5:30-7:30 Public Meeting – Peaks to Plains Trail, Mouth of Clear Creek Canyon Segment at the Golden Communicty Center Learn more….

6-7:30PM Everything Dinosaur Talk: Paleontology 101
Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge for this interesting talk on the history of dinosaur paleontology (including the Bone Wars!) Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 W Alameda Pkwy – map

Live Music
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Miners Saloon – Lindsey Saunders, 6-9PM
Old Capitol Grill – Wintery Wednesdays Concert Series, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30PM

Thursday Morning:
10-11:30AM – Everything Dinosaur Talk: Theropods at the
Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 W Alameda Pkwy – map

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