Snowmageddon and Museums of Increasing Antiquity

March 13, 2019

The Jefferson County Public Schools and the School of Mines are both closed today, in anticipation of the snow storm.

These are the events scheduled today…probably a good idea to confirm before heading out.

Noon – Golden Women in Business Book Club at Connects Workspace. They’re scheduled to discuss Becoming by Michelle Obama.

6PM – Fly-Tying Class at Golden River Sports

Live Music:
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse – Wintery Wednesday Concert Series, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30

Dinosaur Ridge recently posted their plans to celebrate 30 years of operations. They plan a full weekend of events over the weekend of April 25-28th, including a dinosaur movie party, dinosaur-themed carnival, a gala dinner and silent auction, lectures and tours.

This got me thinking about the ages of Golden’s many museums. I thought you might be interested too:

The American Mountaineering Museum opened in 2008, so it turns 11 this year
The Clear Creek History Park turns 20 this year
The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is 29.
Dinosaur Ridge celebrates their 30th anniversary this year.
Foothills Art Center is 51.
The Colorado Railroad Museum turns 60 this year.
The Golden History Museum opened 80 years ago in January of this year.
The Buffalo Bill Museum opened in 1921, so it’s 98 this year
The granddaddy of all of our museums, the CSM Geology Museum, is 145 years old!

Preview of November Events in Golden

November 1, 2018

November Events in Golden Colordo

To learn more about any of these events, check the calendar of events.

Friends of the CSM Geology Museum “Let’s Talk” (in place of their monthly lecture)
Holiday Craft Fair at the Methodist Church
Preschool Nature Nuts: Talkin’ Turkeys
Concert in the CSM Library
Freaky Friday (early school dismissal)
Teens After Dark at the Library: Video Game Night
Colorado Rails and Cocktails: Train Wrecks
Mines Little Theater presents Rumors
A Night at the Caberet Miners Alley Fund-Raiser
Holiday Craft Fair at the Methodist Church
Preschool Nature Nuts: Talkin’ Turkeys
Fandomonium at the Jeffco Fairgrounds
Coffee with Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves
Demon Dash at Golden High School
Holiday Craft and Bake Sale at Golden Terrace Village
Figure Drawing from the Model at Foothills Art Center
Night at the Museums (Golden History Museums and Dinosaur Ridge)
Mines Little Theater presents Rumors
West Side Live! Presents Wasted on the Young
Backcountry Bash – Colorado Mtn Club
STEM Girls at the Library
Golden Area Band and Orchestra Festival at the High School
English Paper Piecing
So You Want to Write a Memoir at the Library
Golden Library Textile Society
2018 Mines’ Summit Beyond Closure – Repurposing Mines
Materials Recycling Facility (The MERF) Tour
Woman’s Wilderness for Teens at the Library
Untamed – Medicine in Wilderness : Wilderness As Medicine at the Mountaineering Center
Trout Unlimited
Pulk (Winter Sled) Building Clinic
Golden High School Information Night
Mines Little Theater presents She Kills Monsters
Let’s Dance (toddlers) at the Library
8th Grade Parent Night
World War I: Making the World Safe for Democracy
Free Legal Advice – Elder Law & Probate
Paths to Publication at the Library
Mines Little Theater presents Rumors
SWE Girl Scout Engineering Day at Mines
CPR/First Aid Class at the Elks Club
Painting Notecards with Janet Nunn at Foothills Art Center
Golden History Museum Opens the 1968 Time Capsule
Sunday at the Quilt Museum – A Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts
Golden United’s “Flavors of Golden” Dinner
Fall Yard Waste Pick-Up (all week)
Breakfast for Veterans at Golden High School
MOMS Club of Golden
Teen DIY: Interactive Comics
Golden Safety Academy – Identity Theft
Golden High School PTA Meeting
Golden Beer Talks – 100th Anniversary of the 1918 Infuenza Epidemic
Community Blood Drive
Colorado Community Summit – Colorado’s Energy Future
Extreme Science: Buzzing with Energy at the Library
Library XYZ: Subversive Cross-Stitch
Foothills Art Center Holiday Art Market Opens
International Night at Shelton Elementary
Concert in the Mines Library
Mines Little Theater Productions presents She Kills Monsters
Homesteaders’ Day at the Clear Creek History Park
3D Printer Design at the Library
Golden History Roundtable at the Library: Councilor Paul Haseman discusses Charles Welch
Active Shooter Preparedness Class at the Elks Club
Mines Little Theater Productions presents She Kills Monsters
International Day at the School of Mines
Women’s Self Defense at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Global Sundae at the Library
NREL Walking Campus Tour
Director’s Storytime and Craft at the Railroad Museum
Book Group at the Library: Aunti Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
Opening Night of A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley
Be a Tool 5K Run
Miners Alley Children’s Theater: the Story of the Nutcracker
Fall Storytelling and Walk at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Front Porch Golden Book Club: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Ukulele Wednesdays
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Archosaurs
Art on Tap – Ugly Sweater Decorating Party at Foothills Art Center
Responding to Climate Change
Concert in the CSM Library
Candlelight Walk

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

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!

Giddiness and Gaiety in Golden

April 27, 2018

Casino Night to benefit the Horse Protection League

11AM – Free History Park Walking Tour
12PM – Free Concert in the CSM Library
2PM – Freaky Friday at the Golden Library
6PM – Casino Night at the Table Mountain Inn, benefiting the Horse Protection League
7PM – Western on Washington – a Saloon Stroll, supporting the playground update at Mitchell Elementary School

This is the final weekend to see The 39 Steps and Little Red Riding Hood at Miners Alley Playhouse!

The Golden Police Department is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back tomorrow from 10AM-2PM. This is a great chance to get potentially dangerous drugs out of the house. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Bring your unneeded prescriptions to the Police Department at 911 10th St. (map).

Don’t forget your SECOND LAST CHANCE to visit the Golden Mill! A few Golden kids have asked the Mill to host a donations drive for Foothills Animal Shelter, so they will be open from 10AM-2PM. The Golden Mill still has a variety of wet and dry dog food and cat food, treats, poultry supplies, supplements, horse tack/supplements/blankets, tank heaters, bird feeders, gloves, remaining animal feed, stock tanks and large animal feeders, and all racking/display grids/shelving/tables (note: all sales are final). Stock up on your own pet needs and buy a few extras to donate to Foothills Animal Shelter. The Golden Mill is located at 1012 Ford Street (map).

The CSM Geology Museum is having a Book and Garage Sale this weekend, Saturday 12-4 and Sunday 9-4PM. Visit the museum (1310 Maple St.) for great deals on rocks and minerals, books, maps, journals, fossils, etc. For more information call 303-273-3815.

Golden History Roundtable at the Golden Library

The Golden History Roundtable will take place at the Golden Library (1019 10th St. – map) from noon to 1:30. Last month Barb Warden told us about Golden in the 19th Century, and this month she’s covering Golden in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Come hear about a time when we had a narrow gauge railroad, incline railways up both Castle Rock and Lookout Mountain, and two commuter rail lines running from downtown Golden to downtown Denver. Learn about the fabled swimming pool under the dance floor at the Buffalo Rose. Hear how Golden weathered Prohibition, two World Wars, the Great Depression, and the Baby Boom. Questions? Contact the facilitator, Barb Warden, at 303-278-2701 or

Both “Ooh!” and “Ah!”

December 1, 2017

Golden Chamber of Commerce's 30th Annual Candlelight WalkThe Golden Chamber’s Candlelight Walk is my favorite Golden event of the year, and tonight will be a beautiful night for it–unseasonably warm, with an almost-full moon. Meet at 6PM at Foothills Art Center (15th and Washington) for the walk. Bring a candle or glow stick, or buy one there. The crowd will be led by Santa Claus and will start down the hill at 6:30. When they get to the Visitors Center, the Mayor and a local girl will flip a switch and light the lights along the creek. It’s an “ooh” and “ah” moment! Afterwards, we’ll have a brief fireworks display, courtesy of the City.

Leadership Golden 2017 OrnamentThen you can walk around and enjoy a number of fun things. There will be a Christmas carol sing-along in Parfet Park, by the dragon statue; dancers performing in the Rotary Amphitheater along the creek; music and free admission at the Golden History Museum; more music and cookies at the Golden Library. The Golden Kiwanis Club will be serving roasted chestnuts at the Clear Creek History Park. The artist who designed this year’s Leadership Golden ornament (Julie Leidel) will be signing ornaments at the Visitors Center.

Christmas at Baby Doe's Clothing - Golden ColoradoDon’t forget to visit the downtown stores, because many of them are planning live music and free treats this evening. The Candlelight Walk is an enchanting event–Golden at its best.

For the complete run-down on the Candlelight Walk, tomorrow’s parade and other downtown events, and everything Christmas in Golden, check the calendar at

Saturday Options

November 18, 2017

Homesteading day from 9AM-noon at the Clear Creek History Park

Art Rocks the Toad with Jesse Crock and Weatherbee & the Gnarbillys from 3-6 PM at Mountain Toad Brewing

Craft Beer with Councilor Casey Brown from 3-4PM at Cannonball Creek Brewing Company

Close the Rose from 3PM till closing. Stop by for one last drink (for the next year) at the Buffalo Rose.

FYI, The Corner Saloon (at the corner of the Buffalo Rose building) will be open for 2 more weeks, til Saturday December 2nd.

International Day at the Colorado School of MinesPhoto Courtesy of the Colorado School of Mines

International Day from 4:30-9PM in the Green Center on the School of Mines campus.

International Day is an annual “world bazaar” with exotic sights, melodious sounds and heavenly tastes of faraway countries. The exhibits at I-Day include samplings of food, dancing, singing performances and more on students’ native countries and cultures.

4:30 – 6:30 PM – Food samples at Friedhoff Hall, Green Center
7:00 – 9:00 PM – Culture show at Bunker Auditorium, Green Center

This event is open to all of Mines and Golden. Food sampling tickets are $1 each at the door, allowing visitors to sample cuisine from many different participating countries. Most samples range from 1-4 tickets.

Hosted by the International Student Council. Learn more….

Beer, Gear, and Homesteading Skills

November 17, 2017

CMC Fall Gear Sale - Golden Colorado

The Colorado Mountain Club is having their Fall Gear Sale tonight from 6-8PM at the American Mountaineering Center. Come on over right after work and get the best deals! You will be sure to find some sweet deals on some gently used outdoor gear. Plus 15% – 20% of the purchase price goes back to the CMC and its great programs!  Learn more….

The Golden History Museums will have Homesteaders’ Day tomorrow from 9AM-Noon at the Clear Creek History Park. Discover blacksmithing at the History Park with volunteer Stan on a crisp Saturday morning.  And there’s more!  Something tasty will be cooking on the woodstove, and a schoolmarm will be keeping students orderly in the one-room Guy Hill Schoolhouse!  Bring your curiosity, questions, and a warm coat.  This is a free, drop-in program held between 9 am and noon. Learn more….

Casey Brown is having Craft Beer with a Councilor tomorrow at 3PM at Cannonball Creek Brewing Company.  (393 Washington Ave – 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.”

Pleasantly Cool Saturday

June 24, 2017

Clear Creek History Park - Golden Colorado

The Clear Creek History Park will be hosting Homesteading Day today from 10-2. Explore the historic cabins, cook on a woodstove, learn why blacksmithing is an art, take a lesson at the schoolhouse, and play forgotten games. Sounds like fun! The History Park is right across the creek from the Farmers Market (open 8-1), so do both!

Golden City Brewery is celebrating Summer Solstice with a fund-raiser today from 12-5.  $10 gets you a logo pint glass and a pint of beer or soda. The entire ten bucks goes right to the Art Reaching Kids program. Pile High Burgers will be there, and Steve Selinksky will be performing.

Earth Sweet Botanicals is offering a double class today–Light & Luscious Foods and Luscious Lips–from 2-4:30.  Put out the heat of summer with these light and luscious foods with scrumptious flavors and fresh ingredients. Then learn how to have luscious lips during the hot months with these recipes for all-natural lip products. Think herb-infused lip balms, sweet essential oil sugar scrubs and natural tinted lip gloss with skin moisturizing ingredients!  Call ahead to verify that they still have openings in the class:  303-278-1260.

The morning tickets are all sold out for Thomas the Tank Engine at the Railroad Museum, but there are a few left for the afternoon.

Preview of June Events in Golden

June 1, 2017

Clear Creek - Golden Colorado

Here’s a brief preview of June events in Golden.  To see the full list, check the Events Calendar.

TheaterCabaret will be performed at Miners Alley on select days through June 25th.

* Check this page for all GOLDEN LIBRARY EVENTS.

Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale
Summer Reading Kick-Off at the Library
Free Friday Fun in Downtown Golden
Galactic Design Projects for Teens at the Library  *
Colorado Rails & Cocktails at the RR Museum
Teens After Hours: Harry Potter Night at the Library  *
Golden High School Community Bike Swap
Coffee with a Councilor: Saoirse Charis-Graves
Garden Railway Steam-Up at the RR Museum
100th Anniversary of Buffalo Bill’s Internment
Calligraphy Class at Foothills Art Center
Golden Super Cruise

Kids Bike Rodeo
Garden Railway Steam-Up at the RR Museum
The Great Outdoors at the Library  *
Build a speaker in a cup at the Library  *
Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship at the Library  *
English Paper Piecing at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Toddler Tuesday at Foothills Art Center
Buffalo Bill Stories at the Masonic Lodge
Job Fair for Colorado Mills Employees
Preschool Nature Nuts at the Lookout Mtn Nature Center
TriceraTOTs at Dinosaur Ridge
Trout Unlimited Monthly Program
Salida Circus at the Library  *
Preschool Nature Nuts at the Lookout Mtn Nature Center
New Courtyard Dedication at Foothills Art Center

Teens After Hours: Clash off the Fandoms at the Library  *
Open Studio at Foothills Art Center
Amuse Yeux: Miniatures Exhibit Opening Foothills Art Center
CoderDojo at the Library  *
Support Our Troops Pig Roast at the American Legion
Tours start at Magic Mountain dig site
Colorado Native Plant Society Field Trip: Plants of North Table Mountain
Dinosaur Discovery Day – Word Oceans Day at Dinosaur RIdge
Fundamentals with Fran at the Library  *
Finding Legal Information Online at the Library  *
Colorado Native Plant Society Field Trip: Plants of North Table Mountain
Golden Writing Circle at the Library  *
Golden Beer Talks:  USGS – Earthquakes
Build a Video Game at the Library  *
Amigurumi Crochet at the Library *
Mines Community Meeting
Jeffco Innovators – ANOMALIES: Pioneering Women in Petroleum Geology
Safari Sally at the Library  *
Where will YOU be for the Total Solar Eclipse at the Library  *
Golden Territorial Days Walking Tour – Golden History Center
Native Americans in Colorado – Golden History Center
So You Want to be an Art Collector? – Foothills Art Center
Toddler Dance Party at the Library  *
Open Studio at Foothills Art Center
NREL Sustainable Campus Walking Tour

Buffalo Bill Stories at the Masonic Lodge
Stop Motion Animation at the Library  *
Coffee with a Councilor:  Casey Brown
Patty Limerick’s Western Mining – Golden History Center
WWI and America at the Library  *
Robotics Roundup at the Library  *
Build with Food at the Library  *
Fundamentals with Fran at the Library  *

Magic: It’s All About Cooperation at the Library  *
Book Group – Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas at the Library  *
Storytime and Craft at the RR Museum
Buffalo Bill Stories at the Masonic Lodge
Build a Comic with Pop Culture Classroom at the Library  *
New Insect Pests in Our Urban Landscape
Petals-n-Pollinators Story Time at the Library  *
Last Look at the Watercolor Show – Foothills Art Center
Buffalo Bill Stories at the Masonic Lodge
LEGO Contest Party at the Library  *
Teens After Hours: Minecrafters Meetup at the Library  *
Open Studio at Foothills Art Center
Day Out with Thomas at the RR Museum
Homesteaders’ Day at the Clear Creek History Park
Painting Flowers w/Watercolor – Foothills Art Center
Family Camping Adventure at White Ranch Open Space
Golden Fleece Fellowship at the Library  *
Day Out With Thomas at the RR Museum
SPARK! Alzheimer’s Program – Foothills Art Center
Puff Rockets and Paper Airplanes at the Library  *
Fundamentals with Fran at the Library  *
iPad Basics at the Library  *
Front Porch Golden Book Club
Golden Bike Cruise – Medieval/King Arthur Theme
Armored Dinosaurs Talk at Dinosaur Ridge
Intro to Hiking Safety – Colorado Mountain Club
Bridge Building Challenge at the Library  *
Open Studio at Foothills Art Center

Deals and Museums

February 11, 2017

Golden Tickets provide discounts in Golden ColoradoDid you know that the Golden Visitors Center distributes Golden Tickets?  They’re good for discounts at lots of Golden businesses, and some of them are instant cash winners.  Stop by the Visitors Center (10th & Washington) Monday through Saturday and ask the volunteer for a ticket.  If you have a group coming to town and want 10 or more tickets, contact the Visit Golden team at, and they’ll make arrangements to get them to you.

Sunday at the Quilt Museum, Golden ColoradoThe Quilt Museum is having one of their Sundays at the Museum tomorrow from 2-4.  This month’s program is a Wa Shonaji Trunk Show and Chorus Performance.  “What’s that,” you’re wondering?  The objective of the Guild is to embody a viable, professional organization; representing an interest in quilt making and other fiber arts primarily from an African-American perspective.

Clear Creek History Park - Black History Month - Golden ColoradoAlso tomorrow, the Clear Creek History Park will present The Black Homesteader Experience from 2-3:30.  The Homestead Act of 1862, which granted 160 acres of free land for filing fees totaling just $18, enticed thousands of Americans and new immigrants to journey to western territories. Homesteaders traveled with hopes for a new life and opportunities not possible in the eastern states. Black American homesteaders, a significant proportion of whom were freed slaves, had a wide variety of experiences while staking their claims and trying to succeed in the harsh environment. Presented by historian Priscilla Marshall. Recommended for participants age 12 and up.

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