Splash, Homesteaders Day, Trains at Foothills Art Center, Music All Over Town, and a New Brewery

May 25, 2019

Are you ready for summer? The Splash is. The City’s water park opens today. The forecast calls for low-70s today and mid-70s tomorrow. Don your thermal suit and plunge in.

The Golden History Park is celebrating Homesteaders’ Day from 10AM-2PM. 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. Come any time between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for any length of time. Free!

Make sure you see the current show at Foothills Art Center. Otto Kuhler: Designing the Future will only be there until June 10th. Famous for his work in industrial design; streamlining of American railroad engines in the mid-20th century. Otto Kuhler’s fascination with machinery and the ingenuity of the human mind are front and center in his diverse portfolio or artwork. The Kuhler pictures are on loan from the Railroad Museum, which means this is a collaboration between the two institutions, so from now through the 10th, members of each museum is entitled to free admission to the other! They also have an exhibit of videos art by Canadian Alex McLeod. Inspired by video games and science fiction, Alex’s video creations are part animation/ part surrealist sculpture.

Over Yonder Brewing is having their Grand Opening today. They are open from 2-10PM. | 18455 W Colfax Avenue #103 | 303-278-0399 | Map

Tonight’s Music:
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke at 9PM
Buffalo Rose – Slaughter with special guests: Hold me Hostage, One Track Mind, Immortal Synn, Johnny got Rox, Daggen, Bloodstone Dragon, 5PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Nightwolf at 2PM, Tony Luke Band at 7PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Loose Association, 8PM
Over Yonder Brewing Company – King of Prussia, 6-9PM

Railroad Highlights, Mountaineering Gear, Pizza, Music, and Gathering Your Unwanted Stuff

May 17, 2019

The Railroad Museum will offer a Highlights Tour today from 1-2PM. The cost is $3, plus general admission. The Museum has also started their summer Ride the Rails schedule. They’ll be offering train rides every Thursday through Sunday!

The Colorado Mountain Club is holding their Spring Gear Sale this evening from 6-8PM. It’s a great opportunity to pick up some gently-used outdoor gear, while benefiting the CMC. If you have stuff you would like to sell, you have the option of bringing it in this afternoon. Learn more….

Tonight at 5PM, the Library’s Teen After Hours will celebrate National Pizza Day with a Pizza Contest.

Earth Sweet Botanicals will hold their Healthy Skin Club tonight from 5-7PM. They’ll focus on Lucious Lips! Surround your smile with fresh and soft beautiful lips! Join us and try a Honey & Honey Powder Hydrating Lip Mask, healthy lip balms, exfoliating lip scrubs and serums. Plus, learn about toxic cosmetic ingredients and what causes chapped lips! Try on healthy lipsticks and lip glosses that come in fabulous colors! This event is free, however, registration is required; call 303-278-1260.

Live Music:

Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Buffalo Rose – An Evening with the Wash Park Funk Band, 7PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Brian Hornbuckle, 7-11PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Kasual Six, 5-9PM

Saturday Morning Preview:

Golden Community Pride Days is tomorrow and Sunday, 8AM-3PM, so gather up the stuff you want to get rid of, and prepare to hand it over this weekend. This is FREE for Golden residents. Learn more….

There will also be a shred-a-thon tomorrow morning from 7AM-12PM. Bring your unneeded receipts, bank statements and other documents to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Jefferson County Parkway (map). This is a fundraiser for the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers program, so they will ask you for a donation.

Beginning Fly Fishing Class at Golden River Sports. More….

9:30AM – Meet at the Library for a Forest Therapy Walk. Learn more….

10AM – Beginner’s Fusible Applique class at Golden Quilt Company. Learn more….

10AM – Interior Painting and Drywall Repair class at Home Depot More….

11AM – Soil Probiotics: Compact Bucket Composting at Natural Grocers. More….

Commencement, New Exhibit at Foothills, City Council, GHS Theater, and Music

May 9, 2019

The School of Mines will hold Commencement for graduate students at 5PM today. It will be held in Lockridge Arena in the Student Recreation Center (1500 Illinois St. – map). Be prepared for parking shortages, which will be even more pronounced with the undergraduate commencement at 9AM tomorrow morning. Congratulations to all graduates!

Foothills Art Center will host a Members-Only Preview of their new exhibit tonight from 6-8PMOtto Kuhler: Designing the Future.
Famous for his work in industrial design; streamlining of American railroad engines in the mid-20th century. Otto Kuhler’s fascination with machinery and the ingenuity of the human mind are front and center in his diverse portfolio or artwork. This show will feature works on loan from the collection of the Colorado Railroad Museum. Colorado Railroad Museum Members receive free admission to see this exhibit. FAC Members will receive free admission to Colorado Railroad Museum while the exhibit is on view.

City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They have a couple of interesting topics on their agenda.

First, they will review the status of our Neighborhood Plans. Each of the Plans contained improvements that the City should work on. Tonight, the Economic Development Director will go through the Plans and update Council on our progress. His report makes interesting reading, so you might want to peruse it (item 10 on tonight’s agenda–click “Neighborhood Planning Implementation Update”).

“West Downtown”

The 12th Street Historic District hasn’t had a Neighborhood Plan, so City Staff is currently developing one, calling it the “West Downtown” neighborhood. They did a survey last summer of people shopping at the Farmers Market (presumably other people as well, but I observed them working at the Market). The results of that survey showed that people wanted more commercial development, starter homes, and improved pedestrian and “alternative mobility” routes through the area. From the text of the memo, I gather that the proposed mobility improvements would come at the expense of parking spaces. A second survey is now online. If you have an interest in that part of town, you should take the survey. Staff will also emphasize that we need to revisit planning efforts in the Goosetown area, in light of the City’s plan to purchase and redevelop that area.

You should familiarize yourself with your own neighborhood’s plan. When the city does unexpected things, such as putting islands in the middle of your street, removing right turn lanes, or turning car lanes into bike lanes, the origins of their actions can often be traced back to your neighborhood plan.

The second topic of interest is our long-anticipated lodging tax. Most cities tax lodging. At present, Golden does not, but that’s largely because we’ve been holding the possibility in reserve for when we wanted something “really special.” Right now, there are at least three suggested uses for the proceeds of our theoretical lodging tax: financial support to our cultural organizations; purchase of additional open space, and funding for affordable housing. The Finance Director also cited a lodging tax as one way to help pay for the property in Goosetown. Two Citizen groups have formed–one wanting to use the money to support our museums & other cultural organizations, and the other proposing to form a “community land trust,” which would purchase property in Golden and use it for either open space or affordable housing projects.

Golden High School will perform Romeo & Juliet tonight at 7PM, Friday at 7PM, and Saturday at both 2 and 7PM.

Tonight’s Live Music:
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Dave Frisk, 6PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Booker and Ben, 7:30-10:30PM
New Terrain Brewing – Jay Roemer Band, 6-9PM
Bell Middle School Musical Performance – 7-8:30PM