Petroleum, Mining, & Music

January 31, 2019

Today’s Van Tuyl Lecture at the Colorado School of Mines features Alexei Milkov. His topic is Randomness, Serendipity and Luck in Petroleum Exploration. The lecture takes place from 4-5PM in rm. 241 of Berthoud Hall. Learn more….

Last week’s ED Talk on the Aspen Mining District was rescheduled to today (January 31st) at 4PM Ed will be in the Boettcher Room of the Arthur Lakes Library. Learn more….

Tonight’s Music:
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Coda Brewing Company – Marshy Roots, 5-7PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Dave Frisk, 6-10PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Algorhythm Trio, 8PM
New Terrain Brewing Company – Pick & Howl, 6-9PM

Friday Preview:
OLLI West will present speaker David Maloney at the Unitarian Church, 14350 W. 32nd. His topic will be Forensic Science: Past, Present Future? This presentation will summarize what forensic science is and is not. It will include a brief retrospective account of the field, the current status, and what the future holds. The presentation will explore what forensics in the state of Colorado looks like and will finish with trends in drug analysis, DNA, and crime scene investigation. Guests can attend one presentation for free. To attend additional presentations please contact Susan Schmetzer for arrangements,

1-2PM Highlights Tour of the Railroad Museum. Cost is $3 in addition to regular admission. Learn more….

4-7PM Winter on the Rocks Pre-Party at Nomad Taqueria + Beer Garden, 18485 W. Colfax Avenue, Golden, CO (map) (Red Rocks Origin Hotel) Help us welcome the first Red Rocks show of 2019 with a pre-concert bash! Sponsored by Oskar Blues, we’ll pour two-for-one Icy Pale Ales, a limited-release IPA brewed especially for the 8th annual Winter on the Rocks. Wash down our “God Loves Fugli” taco – a beer-braised pork taco with Oskar Blues’ Fugli IPA, pickled onion, grilled pineapple and cilantro – with a variety of brews, and get down to live music before heading to the concert venue. Speaking of, the Oskar Blues trolley will provide complimentary transportation to and from Red Rocks!

Friday’s Live Music:
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Mountain Toad Brewing – First Friday Happy Hour with Dee Dee and the Shakers

Volunteer Fair & More Tonight

May 10, 2018

Art on Tap at Foothills Art CenterTonight’s Art on Tap at Foothills Art Center will feature the GoFarm team. They’ll teach participants about local farming and create some veggie inspired art. 6-8PM. This is a 21+ event. Admission is free for Foothills Members. Non-members pay the normal admission price.

Congratulations to this year’s graduates from the Colorado School of Mines! Commencement for Graduate Students takes place this afternoon at 5PM at Lockridge Arena. The undergraduate ceremony will take place tomorrow morning at 9AM at Marv Kay Stadium.

Volunteer Fair at the Visitors Center - Golden Colorado

Party at the Visitors Center!
Plan to drop by the Golden Visitors Center this afternoon between 4:30 and 7PM. This is a combination Community Social and Volunteer Fair, so many of the Golden Cultural Alliance organizations will be there to tell you about volunteer opportunities. It’s going to be a great time with food, drink, and entertainment courtesy of the Colorado Cowboy Gathering, featuring Rex Rideout!

City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will review the final PEL (planning and environmental linkage) report completed by the WestConnect Coalition and CDOT. They will also review the final engineering report that reviewed Heritage Road and make recommendations.

Tonight’s consent agenda sets May 24th as the date to discuss a rezoning request that will allow the School of Mines to construct a new Residence Hall between 18th and 19th Streets/Elm and Illinois Streets. The current R-3 zoning restricts building height to 50 feet; thus, the request for rezoning. The new building is designed to be five stories and 64 feet high. Rooftop devices such as chimneys, ventilators, or solar panels may add up to 5 feet more. The new building will include 416 rooms. The May 24th agenda will also include a rezoning request made by the residents for the properties located at 602, 606, 609 And 610 6th Street And 600, 610-612 Ford Street from R-1, Residential Standard Lot, To R-2, Low Density Multiple Household at the property owners’ request. The proposed new Short Term Rental ordinance will also be discussed on May 24th.  Learn more by reviewing the meeting packet….

eBikes - Golden ColoradoRoad Rides and E-Bikes
Big Ring Cycles will have two group road rides this evening, leaving the shop at 6PM. Learn more….  From 6:30 to 7:30 they’ll be demonstrating e-bikes. Curious about electric bikes? Electric bikes make all sorts of things possible. Hills disappear. Miles disappear. Grown-up behavior disappears! Fun and long rides with friends and a permanent tail wind can be yours. At this info session we’ll show you around the different styles of e-bikes and point out what you need to know. Bring your questions. Bring a friend. Light snacks and drinks provided.

community garage sale - Golden ColoradoJim Smith of Golden Real Estate is sponsoring two community garage sales this Saturday, May 12th–one in Stonebridge and one in Mountain Ridge.  Click the links to see which households will be participating.  Jim will keep updating the list as more households join in.

Preview of May Events in Golden

May 1, 2018

Graduation in Golden Colorado

Learn more about any of these events by checking the Calendar of Events.

Mothers of Preschoolers
English Paper Piecing – Quilt Museum
Bell PTA Meeting
Golden Fleece Fellowship at the Library
Bonfils Blood Drive
Avalanche Terrain Avoidance
Trout Unlimited Meeting
Golden Night Out – Foothills Art Center and American Mountaineering Museum
Charles E. Burchfield Resounding Roar Member Preview at Foothills Art Center
CSM Geology Museum First Thursday Lecture
High School Play: A View from the Bridge
CO Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony
Living Landmarks Dinner
CSM Ideas Reception
Colorado Rails & Cocktails
High School Play: A View from the Bridge
Coffee with Councilor Charis-Graves
High School Play: A View from the Bridge
Attention Management for Artists
GHS Community Bike Swap
Golden Concert Choir Nocturns
Golden Super Cruise
West Side Live! Presents Athena Project
Golden Marlins Swin Team Parent Information Meeting
Bike and Pedestrian Safety for Families
Golden United Community Discussion – Campaign Finance Laws
Residents’ discussion about city zoning
ABCs of Railroad Postcards
GHS PTA Meeting
Golden Writing Circle
Golden Beer Talks: Johanna Kovarik, US Forest Service
Wild Wednesday
Nymph Fishing Basics
Graduate Commencement – Colorado School of Mines
Preschool Nature Nuts – Frogs
Toddler Dance at the Library
Volunteer & Community Social
Art on Tap/GoFarm at Foothills Art Center
Rezoning Request for CSM Residence Hall on 19th Street
Request to rezone 6th & Ford from R1 to R2
Undergraduate Commencement – CSM
Spring Gear Sale Mountaineering Center
Boy Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge
Shred a Thon at Sheriff’s Office
Steampunk at the Station/Steampunk Tea Party – RR Museum
Jeffco 4H Barn Dance
Mother’s Day
Spring Yard Waste Collection
MOMS Club of Golden
NREL Community Open House
Golden Safety Academy – CPR/First Aid
Spring Yard Waste Collection
Mothers of Preschoolers
Storytime & Craft at the RR Museum
Book Group at the Library
Spring Yard Waste Collection
Jeffco’s Amphibians and Reptiles
Spring Yard Waste Collection
Wee Create at the Library
Band Concert
Affordable Housing Discussion at Foothills Art Center
Spring Yard Waste Collection
8th Annual Golden Games on the Creek
Opening Night: District Merchants at Miners Alley
Rocky Mtn Quilt Study Group
Teens After Dark at the Library
8th Annual Golden Games
Golden Community Pride Days
GHS Graduation
Homesteaders’ Day at the History Park
Golden History Roundtable at the Library
Mines Athletics Auction & Dinner
Golden Community Pride Days
8th Annual Golden Games
Sunday at the Quilt Museum – Mike’s Magical Miniatures
NREL Walking Campus Tour
“Where Do We Go From Here?” American in the First World War – History Park
Last Day of School – Jeffco Public Schools
Opening Day – Splash Water Park
Memorial Day Ceremony
Golden Bike Cruise – Flintstones
Dinosaur Ridge Talk: Thyreophora Part 1
Ukulele Wednesdays

Pancakes, Railcars, and Wellness

April 15, 2018

E-Days photos by Dave PowersI hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy the School of Mines’ E-Days celebrations.  Ace Photographer Dave Powers got some fun photos of yesterday morning’s cardboard boat race.  You can see them on our Facebook page.  The final E-Days event takes place this morning–the Pi Phi Pancake Phiest in the Student Center Ballrooms, from 10AM-noon. Learn more….

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden Colorado

The Railroad Museum continues their Open Car Sundays today. During the month of April, they have docents available from 10AM to 12PM and 1-3PM to show you through railcars that are normally closed to the public. Stop by today to see Denver & Rio Grande Western F-Unit Diesel Engine No. 5771, Rio Grande Southern Business Car “Rico,” and Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Business Car No. 96. Learn more….

Community Wellness Fair - Golden Colorado

The Rotary Club of Golden has organized a Community Wellness Fair to be held at Golden High School on April 28, 2018 from 9:45AM to 3PM. The purpose of the Fair is to provide and identify resources for children and teens who are dealing with mental health issues, particularly within their own family, as well as anyone interested in learning more about mental well-being.

The Fair is free, open to the public, includes classes, presentations, food, entertainment, games, prizes and other activities designed to attract a broad audience.  Twelve classes designed for both children and parents will be given by mental health professionals on subjects such as anxiety, bullying, substance abuse, and other important topics. The Fair also includes a presentation by JC Jackman and a showing of the Disney film Inside Out.  For more information, visit  or download the event flyer.

Fun Events. All Day.

April 14, 2018

E-Days continues today, wrapping up with a great big, noisy fireworks display tonight.  Learn more….

Colorado School of Mines E-Days - Golden Colorado8AM – Mining Games, Q Lot
9-11:30AM – Cardboard Boat Races, Clear Creek
9AM-1PM – Car Show and Drift Trike Race, CTLM Lot
12-3PM – Carnival, D Lot and North IM Field
3:30-5:30PM – Crawfish Boil, Sigma Phi Epsilon Lawn
7:00 PM (Doors At 6:15) – Saint Motel, D Lot
9:45PM – Fireworks, North IM Lot (Weather Depending)

The Golden Elks Lodge is having their annual Spring Craft and Gift Fair today from 10AM-3PM. We will have so many amazing vendors here! Stop by and shop for your favorite Moms, Dads and Grads! Golden Elks Lodge #2740 | 16795 W. 50th Ave. | Map

You are invited to Craft Beer with Councilor Casey Brown at 3PM today.  Ken Jacobs is hosting at his home at 1822 Arapahoe Street, Golden, CO (map).

The Library is hosting the Weird York Times for teens this afternoon from 5-7PM. Have you ever seen mysterious lights in the sky, Big Foot, or sometimes feel the government isn’t telling us the whole truth? Whether you believe in conspiracy theories or not, this event is sure to make you think twice! Be a “journalist” and try to explain the weird mysteries happening in the library in your own words as you encounter strange happenings around the library, then report back on the event. The best article wins a prize! Learn more….

Enjoy an improv show at the High School at 7PM. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds will go to the Tish Agos Memorial Scholarship Fund. Come out and support your Screamin’ Demons! Golden High School – 701 24th Street (map)

E-Days (Cont’d)

April 13, 2018

Colorado School of Mines E-Days - Golden Colorado

Colorado School of Mines E-Days continues today with the following events:

Ore Cart Pull, Outside of Recreation Center, 7:30 AM
Tesla Coil, Lockridge Arena, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Field Day, North IM field, 2:30 PM-5:00 PM
Trebuchet Competition, Q Lot, 2:30 PM-4:00 Pm
Bad Luck In Bermuda:Friday Night Event, D Lot, 7:00 PM(Doors At 6:30)
EDM artist: Slumberjack
Student DJ’s

Preview of April Events in Golden

April 1, 2018

Learn more about any of these events by checking the Calendar of Events.

Miners Alley Playhouse
39 Steps and Red Riding Hood

7-8:15AM Golden Walks Weekly Sunrise Walk South Golden
7AM Golden Optimist Club at Windy Saddle Cafe
7:15AM Golden Rotary Club at Rolling Hills Country Club
6:30PM Golden Kiwanis Club CSM Campus 814 15th St.
Trail Runs Foothills Running and Cycling Club 6PM
Tuesday Night Bingo VFW 6PM
Volunteers of America Weekly Meals
Golden Walks: Weds Morning Celebrating Life
DIY Lab at the Library
Dinner & Darts at the VFW
Sunday Morning Rides Foothills Running and Cycling Club

Westernaires’ and Jeffco Horsemen’s Easter Parade
Pleasant View Lions Club Easter Pancake Breakfast
Open Car Days at the Railroad Museum – Cabooses

Top Ten Things You Should Know About North Korea
Golden United Community Discussion
Mothers of Preschoolers at the Baptist Church
English Paper Piecing at the Quilt Museum
South Golden Merchant’s Meeting
Bell Middle School PTA Meeting
Heritage Road Engineering Report Public Presentation
Avalanche Terrain Avoidance
Trout Unlimited
News & Brews with State Rep Jessie Danielson @ Holidaily
Celebrate Health!
Mines Little Theater “The Addams Family Musical”
Concert in the CSM Library
Jefferson Symphony Showcase
Mines Helluva Service Event
Golden Kids Clothes Swap
Women’s Wilderness: Community Supporter Celebration
Coffee With a Councilor – Saoirse Charis-Graves
Kitten Shower at Foothills Animal Shelter
Fuzzy Friends Sleepover
Mines Little Theater “The Addams Family Musical”
Open Car Days – Working Cars
Sunday at the Museum – Fabric Hat Boxes
MOMS Club of Golden
State of the City Luncheon
Golden Safety Academy
Trailblazers Free Open Climbing
Mines Master Plan – Neighborhood Open House
Golden High School PTA Meeting
Golden Writing Circle
Golden Beer Talks: Jeff Roberts – Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition
Wild Wednesday at the Library
Bad Art and Cocktails at the Golden Library
Living with Wildlife in Jefferson County
Let’s Dance at the Golden Library
Last Look with Hassan Najjar – Members’ Show
City of Golden Historic Preservation Plan Meeting
Low-Key Applewood Moms
Free Legal Advice – Elder Law & Probate
Colorado School of Mines E-Days
The Valley That Became Two Mountains
The Weird York Times at Golden Library
Craft Beer with a Councilor – Casey Brown
Open Car Days – Director’s Pick
Colorado School of Mines E-Days
NREL Walking Campus Tour
Director’s Storytime and Craft
Tuesday Night Book Group at the Golden Library
Education Center Special Presentation Lecture Series: Creative Destruction and the Electric Utility of the Future
Crime Prevention and Safety Tips at the Golden Library
Coyote Country at Jeffco Open Space
Wee Create at the Library
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: What Your Business needs to Know about Harassment in the Workplace Golden Library
Xeriscaping in Colorado: Weather, Wildlife and Beyond!
Prehistory of the Front Range
Golden High School Instrumental Pops Concert
Rocky Mountain Quilt Study Group
CSM High Grade Launch
Golden High School Instrumental Pops Concert
Arts in Society Grant – Art Therapist Parent Workshop
Amazing Antlers at Nature Center
Trash to Treasure at Golden Library
West Side Live! Presents Queen City Jazz Band
Earth Day
Open Car Days at the Railroad Museum
Mines Symphony Orchestra
Nature Yoga at Nature Center
Spanish for Kids at Golden Library
Getting Started in Online Genealogy at Golden Library
Pet Photo Shoot Fundraiser for Foothills Animal Shelter
28th Annual Good News Breakfast
Front Porch Book Club
Colorado Denim Day 2018
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Theropods
Ukulele Wednesdays
Mineral Evolution and Ecology: Tracing Earth’s History Through Time and Space
The Life of General John J. Pershing
Black Bear Basics at Jeffco Open Space
Library for All – Interactive Program for Adults with Disabilities
Town and Gown Book Club
Big-Data Geology: Visualizing Earth’s Co-Evolving Geosphere and Biosphere
Biochar’s Promise for Soil and Climate at the Unitarian Church
Golden High School – Choir Pops Concert
History Park Walking Tour
Concert in the CSM Library
Free Legal Advice – Elder Law & Probate
Golden High School – Choir Pops Concert
Community Wellness Fair at Golden High School
Geology Museum Book and Garage Sale
Golden History Roundtable at the Library: Golden in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Geology Museum Book and Garage Sale
Open Car Days – Kitchen Cars at the Railroad Museum
Spring Storytelling and Walk at Nature Center

Helluva Service Event

March 29, 2018

Helluva Service Event - Colorado School of Mines - Golden Colorado

The School of Mines is having their annual Helluva Service Event on Saturday, April 7th from 8AM-1PM. This is a great event! A team of volunteer students will come to your home, business, or non-profit organization and take care of jobs for you. Do you need some painting, raking, or moving done? They’ll do it!

Blaster - Colorado School of Mines MascotYour project must be within walking distance of the campus or along the 16 bus line–no transportation is provided. The volunteers will be available to start walking to their projects at 8:30AM and must be back at the campus by noon. Learn more on the Helluva Service Event website.

Are you wondering where they came up with that name? Check out the lyrics to their School Songs.

New Dorm(s) Planned for School of Mines

March 6, 2018

First, Foothills Art Center tells me that they have discontinued Toddler Tuesday, so if you were thinking of going there this morning, don’t.

Second, though the City website showed a Historic Preservation Board meeting last night, they didn’t have one. They’re showing a Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board meeting tonight at 6PM, but they have not posted an agenda, so I’m guessing that one won’t take place either.

I’m more confident that there will be a Planning Commission meeting tomorrow night at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will consider two special use permits for people wanting to have Tourist Home status. City Council recently put a moratorium on new Tourist Homes, but these two had already applied, so the city is letting them complete the process. The two homes are at 1107 11th Street and 154 Washington Avenue.

Colorado School of Mines Residence Hall - Golden Colorado

The major topic for the night will be a request by the School of Mines for a change in zoning and approval of a development plan for a new Residence Hall between 18th and 19th Streets/Elm and Illinois Streets. The current R-3 zoning restricts building height to 50 feet; thus, the request for rezoning. The new building is designed to be five stories and 64 feet high. Rooftop devices such as chimneys, ventilators, or solar panels may add up to 5 feet more.

The new building, which will include 416 rooms, will replace the parking lot west of the Starzer Welcome Center, resulting in the loss of 70 parking spaces. According to the Golden Municipal Code, 416 rooms require 139 parking spaces. The School says that the campus will have an adequate number of spaces when including the planned new parking garage on 14th Street.

For more information about the cases to be discussed at the Wednesday night Planning Commission meeting, see their meeting packet.

The School has plans for still more new residence halls, including one on the vacant lot across from Safeway, at 18th and Jackson.   They are hosting a neighborhood meeting to gather public input on their Master Plan from 5:30-7PM this Thursday, March 8th, at the Starzer Welcome Center – 1812 Illinois Street (map).

The Colorado School of Mines is developing a new master plan in conjunction with the MINES@150 plan. Mines will hold the first of three neighborhood meetings over the next several months, to gather public input for the master plan. Enter on the north side of the building from 18 th St. Upon entering, the meeting room is to the right. Parking is located in lot E on the west side of the building. Parking is free after 5 p.m.

Summer Camps in Golden

March 4, 2018

Summer Camps in Golden Colorado

Spring break happens at the end of this month–March 26th-30th.  If you need child care, or the kids need something to do, consider one of the camps here in Golden:

Spring Break Camp (Free Horizon Montessori)  2018 Dates:  3/26-30
Spring Break:  Model Railroads (Colorado Railroad Museum) 2018 Dates:  3/26-30
Camp Coconuts (Golden Community Center)  2018 Dates:  3/26-30
Spring Break Art Camp (Foothills Art Center)  2018 Dates:  3/27-29

Of course, summer break will be here before you know it, and some of the most popular camps are filling already.  We have some absolutely amazing options in Golden, including many programs offered by the School of Mines, hands-on history offered by the Golden History Museum, art camps at Foothills Art Center, a theater program offered by Miners Alley Playhouse, a chance to learn about trains and railroading at the Railroad Museum, athletic camps, chess camps, quilting camps…the list goes on and on!

We maintain a page all year round, listing the upcoming camps and classes.  Visit it, and start planning!

The Library will have an open house tomorrow (Monday March 5th) from 4-5:30PM with representatives from several summer camps on hand to tell you about their programs.  Learn more….

Golden United will hold the second in their series of community conversations tomorrow night at 6PM at Schnepf’s at Fossil Trace, and you are invited.

During these monthly gatherings, folks will meet to talk about issues of interest, starting with brief remarks on a topic defined in advance.

Tonight’s topic:  Personal Responsibility, Justice, and the Rule of Law presented by Steve Jensen, Chief Deputy District Attorney

Given the recent Florida school tragedy, Steve Jensen, the Chief Deputy District Attorney will speak to school safety and gun violence along with broader justice issues during his remarks.  Steve has deep experience on these topics as he was a chief prosecutor of the Columbine and Deer Creek school shootings.
To help us prepare for the meeting, we encourage you to register here for this discussion.

Please join us for dinner. Not required. If dining, you can choose from options starting at $14.00 and up.

Don’t forget, if you need childcare, you can contact Pastor Amy Strader to make a reservation.

One week from today we’ll be back on Daylight Saving Time.  On Sunday March 11th, the sun will rise at 7:17AM and set at 7:02PM.

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