Living Landmarks and Live Music

March 28, 2019

Golden Landmarks Association has announced this year’s Living Landmarks, and I’m happy to say that they include Goldentoday’s own DAVE POWERS! Here are this Year’s Honorees:

Golden Lions Club: The Golden Lions Club was chartered with Lions International in December 1942. For over 75 years they have served Golden, Colorado and the surrounding communities. The service the Lions Organization provides to the community includes annual scholarships for three students at Golden High School, participation in the Backpack Program, the Kidsight eye testing program, the Recycle for Sight eyeglass program and organizing and hosting the annual 4th of July community celebration in Golden’s Lions Park, just to name a few.

Dave Powers: We are proud to name Dave Powers as a 2019 Living Landmark. In 1988, after 30 years of professional fundraising in the East, Dave moved the family to Golden, Colorado where he continued his lifelong commitment to educational and non-profit fundraising and leadership. In Golden alone, Dave has directed his energies to the Colorado School of Mines, Foothills Art Center, Golden Visitors Center, Golden Civic Foundation and the Clear Creek History Park. In his “free-time” Dave pursues his passions of western history, photography and music.

Kathy & Kevin O’Connor: Kathy and Kevin O’Connor have been Jefferson County residents for 41 years, half of which have been in Golden. They have volunteered thousands of hours with many of Golden’s cultural and service organizations, including the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra where they both served on the Board for five years. Kevin and Kathy have also been involved with projects for Family Tree, the Golden History Museums’ Astor House and Clear Creek History Park sites, the Golden Lions Club and Golden High School.

You are invited to the annual Living Landmarks Dinner, to be held at Mount Vernon Canyon Club. Tickets are $90 per person or $800 for a table of ten. This dinner is a fund-raiser for the Golden Landmarks Association. Purchase tickets by mail, phone, or online at

Tonight’s Live Music

Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM

Golden Moon Speakeasy – Algorhythm Trio, 8-11PM

New Terrain Brewing Company – Buffalo Commons, 6-9P

Bike Race Photos, Fine Arts, Elks Club Book Sale, and Jefferson Symphony in Parfet Park

August 19, 2018

Colorado Classic Bike Race - Golden CO

Dave Powers got some nice shots of yesterday morning’s Colorado Classic Bike Race. You can see them on our facebook page.

Golden Fine Arts Festival 2018 - Golden ColoradoThis is the second and last day for this year’s Golden Fine Arts Festival. I went yesterday and saw many interesting and beautiful things. My favorite artist, Jesse Crock, did the painting for this year’s poster, so I bought one. (I’m a bit of a Jesse junky.) The action is all on 11th Street, next to the Clear Creek History Park.  Make sure you get down there between 10 and 5 today!

This is the final day for the Elks Club Book Sale. They’re open day from 10AM-3PM in the Golden Elks Lodge #2740, 16795 W. 50th Avenue, Golden, CO (map) This is not only a good chance to score some cheap books–it’s an opportunity to see the inside of that intriguing building!  Questions? Call 303-908-8715

Jefferson Symphony performs a free concert in Parfet Park - Golden Colorado

Tonight’s Jefferson Symphony concert in Parfet Park will be a lovely community event. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a family-friendly concert of show tunes and marches. Bring some sandwiches or a pizza and enjoy a picnic along with the concert. The baton comes down at 6:30!

Book Sale, Miniature Golf, Games & Records, and Boost Camp for Kids

August 5, 2018

Elks Club Book Sale - Golden CO

The Elks Club’s book sale continues today from 10-3.  I visited yesterday and came away with some great booty.  It was also a good opportunity to see the inside of their intriguing building.  Golden Elks Lodge #2740, 16795 W. 50th Avenue, Golden, CO (map).

The Library will host Teens After Dark: Putt Putt Golf this evening from 5:30-7:30PM. Play a round of mini golf on a course that winds through the Library for a whole lot of fun! Snacks provided. Register here.

Non-teens can head to Cannonball Creek for their weekly Sunday Night Games and Vinyl from 6-10PM. We supply the grown up games and the beer, you bring your favorites records and we’ll spin them!

Golden Super Cruise - Golden ColoradoLast Night
Dave Powers got some nice downtown photos of last night’s Super Cruise.

If you have elementary school-aged kids, you might want to give them a head start on their academic year with the BOOST Camp that starts tomorrow. It’s almost time to get ready for school and we can help with math & writing boost camps for 2nd-9th graders in central Golden. We keep things hands-on and engaging to refresh summer brains so they feel ready for school! Learn more and register….

Artsweek Recap, Civic Expenses, and Tattoos

July 23, 2018

Artsfest Golden 2018 - Golden Colorado

Dave Powers did his characteristically wonderful job of capturing events at the inaugural Artsweek Golden.  Enjoy his photos on our facebook page.

The Golden Investment Forum Task Force will meet tonight at 6:30 in City County Chambers. This group was asked to evaluate the “wish list” of possible projects that we’ve compiled through many years of public meetings. They used a variety of tools, including paper surveys and two online surveys. Survey respondents were asked to select from a list of projects. If the cost of their projects they wanted exceeded $15 million, they were asked which type of tax increase they would support.

The spending category that received the most support was acquisition of more open space. In general, people weren’t eager to raise any type of taxes, but a lodging tax was considered the most acceptable.

City Council reviewed the Task Force’s findings and has issued their next direction for the group. First, they should develop better project descriptions and re-introduce some things that dropped out of the later surveys, including citywide broadband and new municipal buildings. Next, they should see whether people would support a lodging tax, and if so, which of the following the tax should be used for:

Open Space Parks and Trails
Cultural Facilities
Affordable Housing

Learn more by reviewing the meeting packet.

Tomorrow night from 6-7PM, the Library will present Tattoo Talk: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Tattoos But Were Afraid to Ask.

Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing

March 21, 2018

Golden Chamber of Commerce Taste of Golden

Dave Powers got some nice photos of the Chamber’s Taste of Golden, which took place on Monday night.  Visit our Facebook page to see them!

The Planning Commission will have a study session (no public comment) tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They plan to discuss  regulatory barriers to creating more affordable housing. I encourage you to read the memo that outlines possible workarounds to regulatory barriers (click on the meeting packet on the City’s Agenda page).  They include:

1) Exempting Affordable Housing projects from the 1% growth limit.

2) Exceeding the yearly 1% growth limit by reviving unused permits from past years or borrowing from future years.

3)  Annexing property into the city and requiring that a percentage of residential units in the new section of town be affordable.

4) Relaxing zoning requirements for affordable housing–for example, allowing developers to build taller buildings and requiring less setback from the curb.

5) Relaxing the sustainabilty requirements for Affordable Housing, or allowing developers to “buy out” of sustainability requirements and use the cash to support Affordable Housing.

6) Adding a surcharge to non-residential development to help pay for Affordable Housing.

7) Requiring that new residential developments either include Affordable Housing or pay a cash-in-lieu amount to support Affordable Housing elsewhere in town.

Live Music in Golden ColoradoLive Music Tonight
Brian Hornbuckle will play at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse tonight at 6PM, and Dave Frisk will play at the Rock Rest Lodge, also at 6PM.

Dave’s Photos and Hannah’s Quilts

January 14, 2018

Dave Powers Photograph at the Golden Colorado Library

Golden Library has a rotating art exhibit, and right now they’re showing Dave Powers‘ work! In 2016, Dave was invited to the Dominican Republic to teach a jazz workshop. While there, he visited the old, now deserted Palma Caribe Beach Club and local meat market in Puerto Placa. Stopping in Miami on his way back, Dave caught the Sunday Little Havana chess and domino matches. The Library exhibit shows the images from this trip. (They have a nice hot weather feel, at a cold time of the year!) The photos will be in the library until February 15th.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum - Golden ColoradoDon’t forget this afternoon’s 2PM “Sunday at the Museum” event at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.  Hannah Claassen is a longarm quilter residing in Conifer, Colorado. She will take us through her journey of discovery and creation from dance to fabric. She will touch on how she discovered quilting and how her first love of dance informs how she views fabric, quilting, design and stitching. This will not be an ordinary trunk show.  Learn more….

The Cast Iron Tavern (111 N. Rubey Dr – map) is celebrating their 1st Anniversary today, from 2-6PM. They will have live music with Strings and the Box, $2.50 Coors Light, and smoked-in-house BBQ specials all day.

10th Anniversary and Sunday at the Quilt Museum

October 8, 2017 10th Anniversary - Golden Colorado is celebrating 10 YEARS of writing about the Golden Community! I started this because I thought Golden needed it.  What do you think–are you enjoying it? Finding it useful?  I’ve posted a very brief survey to collect some reader feedback.  Please take a minute and complete it.

Barb Warden

Dave Powers was downtown last night and got some nice shots of cars in the Golden Super Cruise.  See them on our Facebook page.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum - Golden Colorado

The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is hosting Sunday at the Museum today from 2-4PM:  3000 Pieces and Counting with Jeananne Wright.  Jeananne is a quilt historian from Longmont, Colorado, a professional quilt appraiser, and a quilt collector with more than 600 quilts in her collection. Jeananne will present quilts from her collection, which is in excess of 3000 pieces. The Museum also invites individuals to bring their personal quilts that contain more than 3000 pieces for viewing.

Barrels & Bottles, Bikers & Zombies

September 25, 2017

Golden Gallup 2017

Despite the chilly weather, yesterday’s Golden Gallup was a great success.  Dave Powers got some nice photos, which are available on our Facebook page, and the race results have been posted.  It was a good morning for the Golden Schools Foundation!

The Golden Library is offering a program from 5:30-6:30 this evening on Family Technology SafetyTake an hour out of your busy schedule and attend a presentation by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s CHEEZO unit ( to learn what you can do to make your use of technology safer. Do you know the dangers your children face when using their cell phones, iPads and iPods? What is Geotagging? Do you know the legal consequences and social consequences of sexting? What apps are your teens using that you don’t know about? What about hidden or ghost apps? Do your kids “KIK”? Learn the answers to these questions and a whole lot more! Suitable for: All ages

Barrels & Bottles is hosting their monthly Acoustic Monday tonight from 6:30-9:30.  This is an open mic evening for musicians.  All genres of music are welcomed and encouraged. Crowds can enjoy the songs while sipping on $1 off selected beers and wines. All Open Mic participants receive a free House pint or selected wine.  Signup for participants begins at 6PM sharp.

Zombie Bike Cruise - Golden ColoradoThe last Golden Bike Cruise of the year takes place tomorrow night (Tuesday 9/26).  Costumes are optional, but this is a popular theme:  ZOMBIES!  As always, meet at the parking lot at 10th & Illinois.  Burgers and Beer will be available starting at 6PM and the ride will start at 7PM.  There will be live music and giveaways, and participation is FREE!  Learn more….

Yesterday and Today

August 5, 2017

First Friday - Golden Colorado

Last night was a wonderful evening in Golden. The temperature was perfect, everyone was having fun, and Dave and Barb were both taking pictures. See them on our Facebook page!

Golden Super Cruise - Golden Colorado

No time to rest yet…we have a full Saturday planned.

8AM-1PMGolden Farmers Market at 10th & Illinois
8AM-1PM – Neighborhood Farmers Market – 15th&Jackson
10AMCoffee with a Councilor (Saoirse)
11AM-2PMFree Teakoe Tea Tasting at Earth Sweet Botanicals
1PMLittle Mermaid at Miners Alley
5-8:30PMGolden Super Cruise
7:30PMBroadway Bound at Miners Alley

Tonight’s Music:
Buffalo Rose The Skeleton Dolls at 3:30
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill Tripwire 4-8PM
Barrels & Bottles Erik Stucky 6-9
Golden Moon Speakeasy Skeleton Keys 8-11PM
Ace Hi Karaoke at 9

The Arts

May 31, 2017

Dave Powers Photography - Golden Colorado
You’re probably familiar with Dave Powers’ photography, because so much of his work has appeared on  From now until the end of June, you can see an exhibit of his work at Cafe 13 in the Armory Building.  This collection focuses on Golden, so you’ll see many familiar sites, such as the Kayak Park, Farmers Market, the Super Cruise, the Jeffco Rodeo, and lots more.  You won’t want to miss this show!

Foothills Art Center has two exhibits right now.  Variations on Growth features the organic sculptures of Ben Butler and is on display until July 25th.  The Colorado Watercolor Society Exhibit is an annual juried event showing the best water media artists in the state.  That exhibit will be up until June 25th.

Cabaret at Miners Alley is drawing rave reviews, including this one from Westword.  Those tickets are selling fast (the whole opening weekend was sold out), so if you hope to see this play, buy your tickets now.

Golden Eagles in Golden Colorado
The City is looking for community input on a proposed art installation for the new bridge over Highway 6 at 19th Street.  A local stone sculptor has submitted a proposal to create two golden eagles to stand on the bridge towers.  The cost will be $100,000, with another ~$100K of in-kind costs to be donated by the city.  If you want to weigh in on this proposal, you may attend the Public Art Commission meeting on Thursday June 1st at 9AM in City Council Chambers, or email your comments to PublicArt@cityofgolden.netLearn more about the proposed installation….

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum - Golden Colorado
The Quilt Museum has two exhibits on display right now.  Under the Western Sun is a juried exhibit featuring Western subjects by Western artists.  As the perfect complement to this, the other exhibit is Quilting the Wild West and features quilts commemorating Buffalo Bill Cody and the Wild West.  This is part of the year-long commemoration of Bill Cody’s life, death, and internment on Lookout Mountain.

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