Railroads and Fancy Clothes

March 29, 2019
Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden CO

The Railroad Museum will offer a tour of Railroad Post Office Cars this afternoon at 1PM. The cost is $3 plus general admission. These specially-equipped cars were used to sort mail en route, thus speeding the delivery process.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!The Library is hosting a Prom Swap Day tomorrow from 1-4PM.

Make beautiful memories this prom season. Bring your unwanted and clean formal wear or accessories to the Library and take another’s dream outfit home. For each dress tuxedo/suit, pair of shoes, or accessory you donate, you receive tickets to trade for a new-to-you item.

Don’t have anything to bring in? That’s okay! You can “buy” tickets with canned goods. Five cans per dress tuxedo/suit, two cans for shoes, one can per accessory.

Leftover clothing donations benefit the Florence Crittenton High School, the Jeffco Action Center, and the Arvada Community Food Bank. Seamstress onsite for your immediate alterations!

Tonight’s Live Music

Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Buffalo Rose – Project Foreigner (Foreigner Tribute) and Paradise Theater (Music of Styx), 7:30PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Maynard Mills Blues, 7-11P

Plans for the Golden Mill and Colorado Gives Day

December 3, 2018

Golden Mill - proposed addition

The Historic Preservation Board meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will consider an application for a “Certificate of Appropriateness” from the Golden Mill.  The former feed store at Ford and Water Streets is slated to become a Food Hall.  The new owners have requested historic designation for the building, and plan to add a roof deck to the warehouse portion of the building.  See the meeting packet for details and bigger pictures of the project.

Colorado Gives Day

Tomorrow is Colorado Gives Day.  There are many Golden-based organizations that are hoping for your donations!  The Community First Foundation has a $1 million fund that they distribute to organization participating in Colorado Gives Day in proportion to the other donations they get.  In other words, the more we donate to our favorite organizations, the bigger share they will get of the $1 million fund.  The official start time for Colorado Gives Day is at midnight tonight, but they’ve set up their website so that you can schedule your contribution ahead of time.

Here are some organizations that benefit Golden, specifically. If I missed any Golden organizations, send me a note…I can still post it tomorrow! You can also search for organizations through the Colorado Gives home page.

American Alpine Club
Bell Middle School PTA
Christian Action Guild
Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Colorado Mountain Club
Colorado Railroad Museum
Community Faith in Action
Foothills Art Center
Free Horizon Montessori
Friends of Dinosaur Ridge
Friends of Golden History Museums
Friends of the Foothills Animal Shelter
Golden Backpack Program
Golden Civic Foundation
Golden High School PTA
Golden Landmarks Association
Golden Optimists Bicycle Recycle Program
Golden Schools Foundation
Golden View Classical Academy
Golden Visitors Center
Jefferson County Library Foundation
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra
Leadership Golden Alumni Association
Miners Alley Playhouse
Ralston PTA
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
The Action Center
The Horse Protection League

Storytime at the Railroad Museum, Library Book Group, Yoga at New Terrain

November 20, 2018

Colorado Railroad Museum Storytime - Golden CO

The Railroad Museum will have their regular monthly Storytime & Craft this morning from 10-11AM. Young train enthusiasts meet to read stories with a decidedly railroad theme followed by a fun make and take home craft. Afterwards enjoy exploring the museum’s grounds and exhibits. The program is a collaboration between the Colorado Railroad Museum and the Golden Public Library. This month’s story is I Dream of Trains by Angela Johnson.

Golden Library Monthly Book GroupThe Library’s monthly book group meets tonight from 6-7PM. This month’s book is Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano.

New Terrain Brewing has Yoga on Tap tonight from 6-7PM.  $16 covers both the class and a glass of beer afterwards.  All levels are welcome.

Preview of November Events in Golden

November 1, 2018

November Events in Golden Colordo

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

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.

A Very Kid-Friendly Weekend in Golden

September 22, 2018

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden Colorado

Miners Alley Children’s Theater is opening a new play today:  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  This play will run through October 27th, with performances every Saturday at 1PM.  On the 20th and 27th of October, they will also have 11AM shows.  Purchase tickets online or call the box office: 303-935-3044.

Thomas the Tank Engine at the Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden COThis is the final weekend for Day Out With Thomas at the Railroad Museum, and they still have some time slots available.  Kids love this event, and it’s the biggest fund-raiser of the year for the Museum.  If you miss it, you’ll have to wait another year to visit Thomas!


Dinosaur Ridge Scientific Spelling StompThe Scientific Spelling Stomp, sponsored by Dinosaur Ridge, will take place this afternoon from 2:30-6PM at the Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St.  Join us for a new twist on the traditional spelling bee. Last year’s event was so much fun, we decided to host the 2nd Annual Scientific Spelling Stomp, where teams of up to four people will show off their scientific spelling skills. Brush up on your “archaeans” and “schistosity” and earn amazing prizes and the title of 2018 Dinosaur Ridge Scientific Spelling Stomp Champion. We know your team will do a “gneiss” job! Or, join us as an audience member to cheer on your favorite team.  Learn more and buy tickets.

Drafts with Drafts at the Horse Protection LeagueDrafts with Drafts happens today from 5-8 at the Horse Protection League.  Food, live music, Westernaires trick ropers, and unlimited carriage rides on a beautiful, historic ranch (map).  The cost is only $20 for adults, and kids under 10 are free!

Sunday Preview:
The Golden Gallop takes place tomorrow morning.  Even if you’re not planning to run (or walk), come down and cheer on the participants!  It’s a nice event, and it benefits the Golden Schools Foundation.

Schedule of Events
7:45 am – 10k race starts
8:00 am – 5k race starts
9:25 am – Awards

Kids Fun Run Schedule
10:00 am – Buckaroos (2-4 yrs. old)
10:15 am – Ponies (5-7 yrs. old)
10:30 am – Stallions (8-10 yrs. old)

Downtown Development and Sustainability Open House

September 17, 2018

proposed changes to 1100 Washington Avenue - Golden Colorado

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will consider a $2000 grant request to help pay for some exterior improvements at the Golden Rock Shop, 700 12th St. They are likely to approve $950 of the requested amount.

They will also review an application for support by the City’s Tourism program, Visit Golden. The application does not specify a dollar amount, but last year the DDA provided $15K. The total budget for Visit Golden in 2018 is $461,500, not including the cost of the City employees who work on the program.

They will discuss a TIF agreement with the owners of the former mortuary at 1100 Washington Avenue, wherein the developers could receive up to $400,000 in incremental property tax rebates (and up to $620,000 including interest) between now and 12/31/38.  By way of comparison, the Buffalo Rose was granted a $250,000 TIF agreement for property tax and a $58,000 TIF agreement for sales tax.

Finally, they will review the discussion they had with GURA last week to consider best ways to spend the $2 million legacy fund left from GURA’s redevelopment of downtown. The most popular ideas were upgrades to Parfet Park and Clear Creek, contributing to the renovation of the Astor House, contributing to an affordable housing project, and buying land downtown to ensure future control of development. To learn more about any of these topics, review the meeting packet….

Golden Sustainability Open House

Your input is needed to help shape what defines Sustainability in Golden. Come out tonight from 6 to 9PM at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., to see what progress has been made and to give your opinion on the future of sustainability in Golden.

Check out how SOLAR has become the must-have energy source. Let’s talk TRASH and find out what new items can be thrown in your single stream recycling bin. Find out the biggest WATER CONSERVATION strategy you can implement at home (hint: it’s not indoors!). See the ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION options available to you and your family. Now is the time to have a say in the future for Golden’s RESILIENCY AND CLIMATE ADAPTATION. Come for the freebies and sweet treats. Kids are welcome, and enjoy raffle prizes that include FREE monthly subscriptions for curbside organic pickup, xeric plants from Garden In A Box, home energy audits, daily rentals at the Golden Bike Library, RTD Light Rail passes, garden sprayers, programmable thermostats, and many more.

There is also an online survey about our Sustainability Program.  Please take it!

The Downtown Development Authority will meet tonight at 6:30PM in City Council Chambers.  Learn more….

Tuesday Preview
Tomorrow morning from 10-11AM, the Railroad Museum will hold their monthly Storytime and Craft for 4-6 year olds.

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 cbrown@cityofgolden.net.

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!

What’s Up at Foothills Art Center? Yappy Hour at GCB

September 14, 2018

Exhibits and Classes at Foothills Art Center - Golden Colorado

Foothills Art Center is gearing up for their 2019 Members’ Show. If you are a member and an artist, you can apply to show your work in this juried show. Learn more….

Have you seen the current exhibits yet? Don’t miss Spirit Glass by Damien Gilley and Magnetic north by mai wyn schantz. Both will be on display until October 21st. More….

They have several adult classes scheduled, including Painting with Janet Nunn, A Mixed media World Map Workshop, Fearless Creating: Working with the Stages and Anxieties of the Creative Process, Figure Drawing from the Model; Step-by-Step, Painting Notecards with Janet Nunn, and Jane Christie’s One or two Day Workshop: Success with Pastels. Learn more and sign up for a class….

Yappy Hour at Golden City Brewery - Golden COGolden City Brewery is hosting a Yappy Hour from 3-8PM today. They will have a booth by Foothills Animal Shelter and their Ambassadogs, two food trucks, free tie dye bandanas for dogs, and pint specials! Bring your dog and receive a dollar off any of their staple beers. They will even have a special food truck for dogs!

Golden Civic Foundation Auction - Golden CO

The Golden Civic Foundation is currently selling tickets to their 43rd annual Gala and Auction.  Tickets will only last a day or two, so if you want to go, buy your tickets right now.

Saturday Preview
In Plein Site, artists painting along Clear Creek, 7AM-4PM
Golden Farmers Market, 8AM-1PM
Thomas the Tank Engine at the Railroad Museum, 8:30AM-4:45PM
Homesteaders’ Day, 10AM-2PM
Sidewalk Sale, 10AM-5PM
Golden History Roundtable, 12:30-2PM
Craft Beer with a Councilor, 3-5PM
Lungs at Miners Alley Playhouse, 7:30PM

City Council, Live Music, and Murder at the Railroad Museum

August 23, 2018

City Council - Golden Colorado

City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will vote to approve a $270,803.79 contract to Happel & Associates to remodel the Police Department. A representative from Foothills Art Center will report on their Finding Home exhibit, which dealt with problems of housing shortages and homelessness. They will consider a change to our anti-smoking ordinance, which would then include references to marijuana and specifically ban smoking in the parking garages.

Council will consider a proposal by the Mayor that would allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in municipal elections in Golden. The rationale for doing this would be to encourage them to become life-long voters. The counter-argument is that the city would bear more of the cost of having elections, since our process would differ from the rest of the county’s. Council will discuss the pros and cons.

The Community & Economic Development Director will report on a Wayfinding Project, which would unify and improve directional signage around town.  Review the meeting packet to learn more about any of these topics….

Tonight’s Music
Live Music in Golden ColoradoACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke, 9pm
GOLDEN HOTEL – Bridgewater Grill Lounge – Teresa Carroll does jazz vocals, featuring Ron Jolly-piano, Gonzalo Teppa-bass and Alejandro Castagno-drums, 6-9pm
GOLDEN MOON SPEAKEASY – Roots and Rhythm, 8pm
OLD CAPITOL GRILL & SMOKEHOUSE – Paul Frost (classic pop rock acoustic), 6:30-9:30PM

Last Chance for Murder
This is your last weekend to witness Murder at the Railroad.

Murder at the Railroad - Golden Colorado“MURDER AT THE RAILROAD” is a wild west “whodunit” taking place outside (rain or shine) at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado. Not your typical theater – here the audience moves within the story as it unfolds and is immersed into the plot line! Come in costume for added fun – Wild West, Steampunk, Westworld! Two performances left–Friday or Saturday at 7PM.  $45 – admission into the performance plus two drink tokens good for water, soft drink, or beer. Buy tickets at www.murderattherailroad.com.  Call 303-216-0877 for more info.

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