Kayaks, Ankylosaurs, and Ukuleles

June 26, 2019

As mentioned yesterday, this is Bike to Work Day and there are several breakfast stations set up around town, plus an after-work party.

5PM – The Golden Community Rodeo Series starts tonight on Clear Creek. Tonight’s freestyle competition is sponsored by Golden River Sports. The comp is open to all kayakers*, including C1s, of all skill levels on June 19. Participants will be grouped into appropriate categories based on their age, gender, and skill level – typically Junior, Sport, Intermediate, Expert, and Masters Divisions for both men and women. Admission to compete in the series is free. However, you must be a current Colorado Whitewater member for insurance purposes. Renew or sign-up online or at the event for only $30, which includes entry to all three events and a one-year membership to Colorado Whitewater. Come have some fun or come cheer on the kayakers! Learn more….

Should be a nice night to be on the Creek. In addition to kayak-watching, stop by the Visitors Center patio and enjoy some country-western music by Julie Richardson. She’ll be playing from 6-8PM.

5PM – Golden United will hold a meeting at Calvary Church to organize a rental assistance campaign. They hope to raise at least $50,000 for Golden residents who have emergencies and are struggling to pay rent or utilities. Please contact benioffron@gmail.com for more information and if you would like to join in this activity.

6PM – The Sustainability Board will meet in City Council Chambers. They will review 1) introductory materials to consider a commercial and multifamily energy benchmarking program and discuss next steps; 2) a proposed scope of work for assistance in reviewing energy reports for new development projects; 3) review proposed metrics for use in tracking and measuring the new Sustainability Goals. These industry-based metrics will also be used to evaluate future policy and project recommendations to City Council. See the meeting packet….

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6PMDinosaur Ridge Discovery Center (map) will hold a free talk on “tank dinosaurs”–the ankylosaurs.

6PM – The Library will host their monthly ukulele jam session from 6-7:30. Got a Ukulele? Know a few chords or songs? Jam with us and other ukulele enthusiasts the last Wednesday of each month. These are not lessons, just a chance to play with others. Suitable for: Ages 13+

Live Music:

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Golden Visitors Center – Julie Richardson, 6-8PM
Miners Saloon – Kenny Lee Young, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30PM

Thursday Preview:

9AMPublic Art Commission
10AMThrilling Thursdays at the Railroad Museum
6PMMember Preview at Foothills Art Center – Evolving Perceptions: Studio Art Quilt Association
7PM – Happy Hour and Adaptive Film Night at the Mountaineering Center

Support Art + Trout, Herbs, Livestock, and More in Golden Tonight

May 29, 2019

Foothills Art Center is developing a new program to encourage creativity in children at the local elementary schools. As they explain, Without imagination and the investigation of ideas, knowledge will languish. And creativity isn’t just for artists. Even those in S.T.E.M.-related fields benefit from thinking creatively. Henry Ford imagined the automobile instead of the faster horses others were breeding. Elon Musk is working on an underground tunnel system with car elevators and a hyperloop instead of improving ground transportation. Envisioning solutions like these requires more than technical ability; they demand imagination, creativity, and a sense of belief in the impossible. It is easy to take creativity for granted. But it is a precious energy, and it’s something to be nurtured and protected. If this sounds like something you would like to support, please visit their donation page. In the meantime, learn more about this program….

6-6:30PM – West Denver Trout Unlimited is having a Women’s Casting Meet Up tonight from 6-6:30PM at the Mountaineering Center. Ladies, come on out and learn how to rig up and cast with some fun gals from Colorado. Bring your rod or borrow one of ours. Anyone is welcome! Free wine provided! Join us!

The Casting Meet Up will be held before the 6:30 Trout Unlimited meeting, which is also at the Mountaineering Center. Tonight’s speaker is Levi Lambert. Levi, a self-described fly fishing addict, grew up in western Montana, fishing the rivers and creeks of the Bitterroot Valley and surrounding areas. After graduating from the University of Montana, he and his wife moved out to Colorado to live on the South Platte River, near the town of Deckers. A passion for teaching the technical aspects of fly fishing and for providing anglers with the tools to improve their overall fishing experience is what led him to become a full-time guide. This should be an entertaining and informative presentation. We hope to see you there. Learn more about the West Denver Chapter of Trout Unlimited….

5:30PM – Lookout Mountain Spring Evening Herb Walk
Come explore the variety of herbs surrounding our ranch in their spring form. It is important to know how plants develop throughout the year and identifying features at each stage. We’ll peruse a field moist from winter snow, and a Douglas fir stand – both offering different clues for upcoming summer blooms. These plants, though found in different micro-climates are common to foothills region so they will become familiar to you. Build relationship, learn identification, and which plants are useful throughout the year. Free event, requires registration. Email: wild@relationalrewilding.com to register.

6-7:30PM – A Different Kind of Pilgrim to Early New England at the Golden History Museum Learn more….

6-7:30PM – Ukulele Wednesdays at the Library
Got a Ukulele? Know a few chords or songs? Jam with us and other ukulele enthusiasts the last Wednesday of each month. These are not lessons, just a chance to play with others. Suitable for: Ages 13+

6-7:30PM – Hiking Colorado’s 14ers at Bent Gate Mountaineering
Learn more….

Dinosaur Ridge - Golden Cultural Alliance Member

6-7:30PM – Everything Dinosaur Talk: Thyreophora Part 1 (Stegosaurs)
This talk focuses on a group of dinosaurs with spikes on the tail and plates along their backs–the stegosaurs! Free. Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 W Alameda Pkwy, Golden, CO (map) RSVP at education@dinoridge.org.

Tonight’s Music:

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30PM

Snakes, Trout, and Free Lawyers

April 30, 2019

The Chamber is offering a Brown Bag Lunch & Learn at the Library from 1-2PM. The topic is The Business of Multigenerational Workforces.
Did you know, there has been a recent shift in continued employment by the 65+ population? In the last 9 years, the percent of people 65 or older who continue to work has increased from approximately 5% to more than 20% and it continues to grow. Learn more about this growing demographic of employees at this informative Lunch and Learn. Please bring your questions with you. No food is served at this event but you are welcome to bring your Brown Bag lunch with you to eat during the event. This is a free event for members of the Golden Chamber of Commerce and interested guests. Learn more….

6-7PM at the Library: Snakes Alive! Jefferson County’s Snakes. Fear or fan? View some of Jefferson County’s most common slithering reptiles in this informative hands-on demonstration. A representative from Majestic View Nature Center leads a discussion on identifying snakes, bite first-aid, and debunking some common myths. Caution: Live snakes in attendance!

Tonight’s Music:

Buffalo Rose – The Legendary Guitar Shorty with The Delta Sonics, 7:30PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Karaoke Tuesdays, 7-11PM

Wednesday Preview:

Tomorrow is the 1st of the month, so I’ll be posting the Preview of May Events in Golden. Here, then, is an extra detailed preview of tomorrow’s events.

9AM-3PM: Celebrate National Pro Bono Day at the County Courthouse (map). Talk with an attorney for 15 minutes about our legal issue. Attorneys will be available in the following areas: Divorce/Custody | Chid Support | Tenant/Landlord | Criminal/Traffic/Juvenile | Eviction | Small Claims | Cases about Money | Probate. No registration required.

10AM-3:30PM Blood Drive in the Library Parking Lot. Appointments can be made in advance online at Vitalant Donor Portal using site code #5538, or call 303-363-2300.

10-11AM TriceraTOTs at Dinosaur Ridge.

The Wright continues tomorrow. This is a 3 day summit “showcasing the industry and culture of the outdoors.” The keynote sessions, panel discussions and workshops ­are FREE and open-to-the-public. They do ask that you register in advance. Tomorrow’s sessions include:

11:30AM – 1:00PM – Why Rural? Why Now?
1:30-2:30PM – Original Influencers
1:30-2:30PM – Town Hall – Changing the Narrative of our Industries and Communities
1:30-4PM – Building a Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 101 – Rural Ecosystem Development
3-4PM – Life of Pie: Film Showing & Panel Discussion
3-4PM – Five Bold Ideas on Water Conservation

The Wright is celebrating Golden Night downtown. Several stores will be open late and having sales and specials. Icelantic will be offering tie-dye. Cafe 13 will have live music and a photo booth. Everyone is encouraged to dress in gold

4:30-10PM Stay Gold Art Show in the State Room at the Buffalo Rose. STAY GOLD features the original art by Elija Kane and is a modern tribute to the disco era. Live entertainment by Bun Bun, FredrowKnows & Tyler Smith! Happy Hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. ~~ Music begins at 6:00 p.m. Presented by In Bed by Ten. More information….

6-7:30PM Game of Thrones Craft Night at the Library: Celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones by creating your own customized pint glass, coasters, or dragon egg bookends. While supplies last. Suitable for: Adults

Photo Courtesy of West Denver Trout Unlimited

6:30-8:45PM Trout Unlimited Meeting at the Mountaineering Center with Special Guest Ron Belak Speaking on Backcountry Fly Fishing. Ron Belak is an award-winning writer and photographer from Evergreen. He has fished the Colorado backcountry as an adult for 40 years. In that time, he has fished about 400 different high lakes and small reservoirs in Colorado, as well as a number in Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, British Columbia, and Argentina. Educated as a scientist with degree in geology and significant coursework in the biological sciences, he approaches fly fishing from an analytical perspective. In addition to Colorado Outdoors magazine, Ron’s writing has also appeared in Fly Fisherman and American Angler magazines. You may visit his website at ronbelak.com. Learn more….


This Friday, Golden Rotary will hold its annual Ethics in Business Awards luncheon. They will be honoring one for-profit and one non-profit organization for their high standards of ethics in business. The public is invited and the luncheon is FREE! Doors open at 11 and the program begins at 11:30. As usual, past Channel 7 weather anchor and current KOA news person Ed Greene will host the luncheon. Attendees can register at http://GoldenRotaryEthics.org/register.