One Last Night of Lights

February 14, 2019
Holiday Lights in Golden Colorado

Happy Valentine’s Day! What could be more romantic than living in beautiful Golden Colorado? The City will turn off the holiday lights after tonight, so take one last walk or drive around downtown to enjoy them.

Thanks for all the responses on yesterday’s post, “City Plans and Civic Frustration.” If you’re new to “What’s Happening in Golden?” you might enjoy the following related posts from the past:

Today’s Events
10AM – Everything Dinosaur Talk: Thyreophora Part 2 (Ankylosaurs)
4PM – Subaqueous Debris Flow Processes and Deposits
5PM – Family Game Night at On Tap Credit Union
6:15PM – Inspired by Mountains at Bent Gate

City Council
City Council will meet at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will vote to give the City Manager a $24,500 raise, bringing him to $203,000/year.

The City Manager will provide a public briefing regarding property acquisition currently under consideration by City council. The property is “East of Ford St., near 10th St.

In recognition of the members of the Golden Cultural Alliance, their 700,000 visitors per year, and their $23 million contribution to the local economy, the Mayor will proclaim February to be Heart and Soul of Golden Month.

They will decide whether to approve new Sustainability Goals regarding energy, waste, and water.

They will consider applying to DRCOG (Denver Regional Council of Governments) for Federal funding to improve the interchange at US6 and Heritage Road and to do a “Complete Streets” project on West Colfax.

See the meeting packet for more details on any of these topics.

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Tonight’s Live Music
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke, 9PM
THE BUFFALO ROSE – Sammy Mayfield, Deep Pocket Thieves, and Emma Marie, 7PM
GOLDEN MOON SPEAKEASY – Booker and Ben, 7:30PM
NEW TERRAIN BREWING COMPANY – Music by the Mesa – Native Station, 6-9PM

8th Street Project Approved, New Art Program Proposed

February 7, 2019

The new apartments and hotel on 8th Street were approved by the Planning Commission last night. The discussion was heated. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the meeting live, you can always review it by scrolling down to the Planning Commission section on the City’s Agenda page and clicking the link that says “Audio.”

Commissioner Cameron reminded the assembled audience that positions would be opening on several of the City’s boards and commissions (though not Planning Commission), and now is the time to submit an application to serve.

Today’s Events:
9AMPublic Art Commission Meeting – They will consider launching a program of pop-up art exhibits and encouraging people to photograph and share them on Instagram.

10AMEverything Dinosaur Talk at Dinosaur Ridge: Thyreophora Part 1 (Stegosaurs)

11:15AMWee Create Color Mixing at the Library

At 4PM, Oliver Jagoutz, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will discuss Low-latitude Arc-continent Collision as a Driver for Global Cooling. The talk will take place in room 241 of Berthoud Hall (map). Learn more….

From 5:30-7:30, the Library will host Kindness Rocks. The Kindness Rocks Project has one simple goal: promote random acts of kindness to unsuspecting recipients. Paint a rock and leave in a public area to inspire kindness. Rocks and supplies provided. Please be respectful and leave no trace in our open spaces and protected areas.

The Backcountry Film Festival will happen at the Mountaineering Center from 7-9:30 this evening. The Backcountry Film Festival is produced by Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization that partners with groups like Colorado Mountain Club at the local level to inspire and educate the backcountry community to protect and care for their winter landscapes. Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche/safety programs and to raise awareness of winter management issues.

Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture- you’ll find it all in this award winning lineup. Filmmaker, Philip Huffeldt from Wool Hat Creative Productions, will give a short presentation and Q&A session about the Backcountry Snowsports Initiative : Human-powered project that is part of this year’s festival. Learn more and buy tickets….

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Tonight’s Live Music:
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Dave Frisk, 6-10PM
Bridgewater Grill in the Golden Hotel – Teresa Carroll, Mr Joe Lopez bass, Ed Stephen guitar and Dave Rolhf drums, 6-9PM
New Terrain – Music by the Mesa – Shawn Nelson Band, 6-9PM

Friday Preview
Canadian Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner: Latest News and Evolution of Our Bilateral Relationship – OLLI Speaker at the Unitarian Church
10AM Free Legal Advice – Elder Law & Probate at the Courthouse
1PM Friday Tour at the RR Museum – Settling Colorado
See the Calendar of Events for the details….

Things to Do on a Tuesday

February 5, 2019

If you’re looking for something to do today, visit Foothills Art Center to see their 2019 Members’ Show and the Jeffco Students’ Exhibition. They are open from 10AM-5PM.

2PM – South Golden Merchants will meet at Pizza Hut

5-6PM – PTA Meeting at Bell Middle School

6PM – Sustainability Board Meeting: The board will review metrics, data, and a new citizen task force for the proposed new Sustainability Goals. (City Council will vote on the new goals at their Feb. 14th meeting.) They will also discuss the Sustainability Plan work plan for 2019. They will discuss the February 27th meeting, at which they will hear a feasibility study for a possible hydroelectric project. They will also review some potential amendments to the Pay As You Throw ordinance and a letter to RTD regarding service level changes. Review the meeting packet to learn more….

6PM – Raising Confident, Caring Young People
(Held at Miners Alley Playhouse)
As parents and adults working with children and youth, we spend a lot of time thinking about what we don’t want our children to do or become. It’s even more important, though, to have a clear idea of what we do want. Using a strengths-based framework, we an work together to help raise healthy kids. Speaker: Lori Hoffner is a nationally recognized speaker and has been offering training for positive youth development since 1997. Raising Confident, Caring Young People is part of a new series of free classes offered for Golden area residents by the Rotary Club of Golden. Our Mental Wellness Initiative focuses on promoting mental well-being in teens and kids. For more information, please call 303-278-2823.

6PM – Tonight’s REEL ROCK 13 showing is sold out.

6:30PMCMS Avalanche Awareness Clinic at Bent Gate is sold out.

Wednesday Preview:
10-11AM TriceraTOTs at Dinosaur Ridge
5PM Teen After Hours: Video Game Nightwaitlisted
6:30PM The Planning Commission will hold the public hearing regarding the proposed 72-unit apartment complex and 48-room hotel at the west end of 8th St.

Construction Discussions and Wednesday Events

January 30, 2019

Unless you’ve been out of town and off-line, chances are you’ve heard a lot of grumbling about development lately, including comments about:

• Multi-family homes built where single family homes used to be

• Homes built close to the lot line, without traditional front and back yards

• New houses that tower over neighboring houses

• Increased traffic

• Being told by traffic engineers that traffic levels are fine–not near capacity, in fact

• Projects built without adequate parking

• Being told that in the future, people won’t drive cars, so they won’t need parking

• The inefficacy of public comment, since most of these new developments fall under the umbrella of “use by right–” meaning that if the proposed projects meet our codes, then developers are permitted to build these new projects, irrespective of the opinions of neighbors.

The wheels of government move very slowly, but a few things have happened and are happening to address these issues.

  1. A group from the Central Neighborhoods asked for changes to the Community Mixed Use (CMU) zone, and as a result the code was changed to require slightly greater setbacks.
  2. A group from the North Neighborhoods is asking for architectural changes, hoping to make the new buildings blend better with their older neighbors. These changes are described on and are currently open for comment.
  3. City Council has agreed to discuss a moratorium on new residential building until the community can define building styles that we consider acceptable. The City Attorney has written a memo describing the process of setting a moratorium and pitfalls to avoid when doing so. Council will discuss the possibility of a moratorium at the February 28th study session.

What can you do if you are concerned about the nature of new development happening in Golden?

  1. Review the North Neighborhood’s proposed changes on Submit comments if you have any.
  2. Urge your Council representatives to support a moratorium. (See the ward and district map if you’re not sure who represents you.)
  3. If we do get a moratorium, participate in public meetings to define what we do want–not just what we don’t want.

Wednesday Events:

5:30-7:30 Public Meeting – Peaks to Plains Trail, Mouth of Clear Creek Canyon Segment at the Golden Communicty Center Learn more….

6-7:30PM Everything Dinosaur Talk: Paleontology 101
Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge for this interesting talk on the history of dinosaur paleontology (including the Bone Wars!) Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 W Alameda Pkwy – map

Live Music
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Miners Saloon – Lindsey Saunders, 6-9PM
Old Capitol Grill – Wintery Wednesdays Concert Series, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30PM

Thursday Morning:
10-11:30AM – Everything Dinosaur Talk: Theropods at the
Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 W Alameda Pkwy – map

Lectures on Dinosaurs and Rocks | New Shows at Foothills | City Considering Property Acquisition

January 24, 2019

Everything Dinosaur Talk: Sauropods, 10-11AM. Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge for a talk about long-necked dinosaurs, held at the Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 W Alameda Pkwy (map)

ED Talks, 2-4PM. The Geology Museum’s Ed Raines will discuss the geology of Aspen, focusing on the Leadville Limestone. Before Aspen became one of the world’s best-known ski resorts, it first achieved wealth and notoriety from its role in the Colorado Silver Boom. The talk will take place in the Arthur Lakes Library, 1400 Illinois Street. (map)

Van Tuyl Lecture Series, 4-5PM. This week’s topic is “Unconventional Rocks.” The USGS will discuss moon rocks on loan from NASA. This talk takes place in room 241 of Berthoud Hall. (map)

Foothills Art Center is opening two new shows this weekend: the 2019 Members’ Show and The Power of Process, A Jeffco Student Exhibition. If you’re a member, you can attend tonight’s members-only preview at 6PM. The Members’ Show features the diverse artistic talents and techniques of artist members. The FAC exhibition staff has juried artwork to select an exhibition that features engaging and creative content along with the highest level of craftsmanship. The Jeffco student show was curated by their teachers. The show focuses on the unique creative process of the students. The work of more than 50 students will be on display in this diverse and dynamic exhibition.

City Council meets at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will be asked to approve the purchase of a new dump truck/snow plow, at a cost of $210,300. They will consider an addendum to our water service agreement with Pleasant View Water and Sanitation District and Consolidated Mutual Water Company. Staff will brief council on some potential changes to the RTD W Line (light rail) schedule. The change would reduce Saturday service to every 30 minutes and would take effect in May. See the agenda for more information….

The City Manager will brief us on property the City hopes to buy in the Goosetown neighborhood (“east of Ford near 10th Street”). After the business meeting, Council will hold an executive session to discuss negotiation for this property.

Welcome Newcomers and Other Details

January 23, 2019

The Golden Visitors Center has a new program, designed to welcome new residents to Golden. If you or someone you know is new to the community, stop at the Visitors Center at 1001 Washington Avenue. Introduce yourself, and they’ll give you an “All Things Golden” goody bag. In the bag, you’ll find special offers from several local businesses and other goodies. The Visitors Center is a great resource for All Things Golden!

The Sustainability Board meets tonight at 6PM in City Council Chambers. The Public Works Director will report on the purchase of the street lights from Xcel Energy and discuss potential energy savings projects. The Board will review public comments on the proposed new sustainability goals and discuss their work plan for 2019. See the agenda for more details….

New Terrain Brewing is having a ski & snowboard tune night from 4-9PM. Get your gear tuned up AND a beer while you wait for $20. Bent Gate Mountaineering is holding a Swix Wax clinic. Learn about different types of waxes and how to apply them, enjoy some refreshment and grab some swag.

Bell’s Chamber Orchestra will perform at the school from 6:30-7:30 this evening.

Thursday Preview
Dinosaur Ridge is offering a free Dinosaur Talk at 10 tomorrow morning on Sauropods.

The School of Mines has two talks tomorrow afternoon–an EDTalk on the History of Aspen at the Arthur Lakes Library, and Unconventional Rocks (moon rocks, in fact) in Berthoud Hall, room 241. Both are at 4PM.

January 9, 2019

Kid Stuff
The Jefferson County Public Schools resume today, after the winter break.

Dinosaur Ridge hosts TriceraTOTs this morning from 10-11 at the Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 W Alameda Pkwy, Red Rocks Entrance #1 (map). A story-time and craft program geared toward 2-5 year old kids. Siblings welcome! $5 per child non-member, $3/child member, adults free.

Adult Stuff
Golden River Sports (806 Washington Ave. – map) is having a Fly-Tying Class tonight from 6-9PM. No experience necessary. We will have a few vices and materials, but please bring your own if you have them! Contact us with any questions. 303-215-938

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Live Music
Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse – Wintery Wednesdays Concert Series – Chris Thompson & Friends, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30P

Thursday Preview (see calendar for details)
10AM – Everything Dinosaur Talk
1:30PM – iPad Basics class at the Library
5PM – Family Game Night at On Tap Credit Union
6PM – Group Run at Runners High
6:15PM – Cooking Class at Earth Sweet Botanicals
6:15PM – Jason Antin’s Arctic Circle Speed Record at Bent Gate
6:30PM – City Council
6:30PM – Friends of the CSM Geology Museum Monthly Lecture: “Climate Change – The Challenge for Geologists” by Dr. Phil Nelson”
7PM – HOJI in Golden at the American Mountaineering Museum

Santa and the Cops

December 12, 2018

The Golden Police will host Santa Claus from 5-7PM in City Council Chambers. Come meet Police Officers and get your picture taken with Santa! Kids, bring your letters to Santa. Officers will be collecting letters and making sure Santa receives them.

As mentioned yesterday, OLLI West (classes for people over 50) is having their Winter Kick-Off this morning, starting at 10AM. Learn more….

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Miss Stephanie is holding a family holiday sing-a-long at the Golden Community Center this afternoon from 4:30-5:15. The maximum capacity of the class is 20 people, so you might want to call the community center (303-384-8100) to make sure there’s still room. $10 for first 2 children/$7 for each additional child.

Bring your gifts to the Old Capitol Grill this evening from 5-8PM and Girl Scout Cadettes will wrap them for you, while you wait! Donations are welcome.

The Foothills Running and Cycling Club will have their Jingle Bell Run tonight from 5:45-8PM. They’ll start and finish at Barrels and Bottles, then go for a run and enjoy the holidays lights. Afterwards, they’ll enjoy soup and sandwiches at Barrels and Bottles.

Dinosaur Ridge is offering a free lecture from 6-7PM at their Discovery Center, 17681 W. Alameda Pkwy. Tonight’s topic is Mammals (Early evolution-Mesozoic).

The Library will host Generations X, Y, and Z from 6;30-7:30. Tonight, they’ll be making Unique Ornaments.

The American Alpine Club is hosting “The Slide Show” (storytelling about backcountry skiing in the Rockies and beyond) tonight from 7-9PM. Learn more….

Miners Alley is hosting improv at 7:30 this evening.

Live Music Tonight:
Cannonball Creek Brewing will have Open Mic Night from 6-9PM. Sign up from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Hosted by Niki Purcell. Call the brewery with questions. 303-278-0111.
Old Capitol Grill and Smokehouse – Wintery Wednesdays Concert Series, 6-9PM.
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 6PM

Colorado Gives Day

December 4, 2018

Colorado Gives Day

This is Colorado Gives Day. In yesterday’s post, I included lots of direct links to the donation pages for many Golden organizations. One of my readers suggested another organization, not listed on the Colorado Gives site but still a 501(c)(3) non-profit in need of support: the Colorado Teen Project.

If you’re interested in volunteering with Foothills Animal Shelter, consider attending a “Winter Volunteer Role Fair” today from 12-2PM at the Shelter. Would you love helping fill an animal’s hungry belly? Giving a dog her daily exercise, cuddling a kitten, or greeting visitors as they enter the Shelter? They have many unique and fulfilling volunteer positions to fit your skills and interests! Most volunteer positions require a regular weekly or every-other-week shift. For more info, email Kristen HERE.

Foothills Animal Shelter pet portraits

Would you like to get a portrait of your pet? Bring him or her to Foothills Animal Shelter between 2 and 6PM for a free photo by Denver Pet Portraits. The Shelter asks that you celebrate Colorado Gives Day by making a donation ($20 suggested) to support homeless pets.

Realtor Jim Smith reminds us of today’s 2PM South Golden Merchants Meeting: This Chamber meeting is not just for South Golden merchants, but for any resident or business person who’d like to get an update from our city council members and ask them about any city matters. I myself provide a localized real estate update and answer questions about the market. Come one, come all! The meeting will be held at Pizza Hut, 17540 S. Golden Road (map).

The Mobility & Transportation Advisory Board will have a Study Session at 6PM tonight at the Public Works Building, 1445 10th Street, Golden, CO (map).  Check the City website for an agenda.


Wednesday Morning
Dinosaur Ridge will have their monthly TriceraTOTs tomorrow morning from 10-11AM. This story-time and craft program is geared toward 2-5 year old kids. Siblings welcome! $5 per child non-member, $3/child member, adults free. RSVP with Erin LaCount at or 303-697-3466 x 101.

Wednesday Night
Tomorrow night, (December 5th) at 7PM, the Golden Wish Club at Golden High School will present, “The Golden One.” This is a next level pageant/talent show featuring 10 phenomenal senior boys. These gentlemen have partnered up with local charities to compete on their behalf. The first place winner will give his organization 65% of the night’s proceeds and the second place winner will award his organization 35% of the nights proceeds. Tickets are sold at the door for $5. They’re having a fund-raiser at Chick Fil A beforehand from 4-7PM. If you bring your receipt you will get $1 off your ticket.

Here is a list of our contestants and the organizations they are representing. We hope to see you there Wednesday at 7 at the Golden High School Auditorium.

Zak Bayer – Horse Protection League
Ben Berube – Youth on Record
Zak Chorny – Foothills Animal Shelter
Patrick Dolan – Colorado 14er’s Initiative
Connor Howe – Golden Schools Foundation
Stefan Leo – Colorado Teen Program
David O’Connell – Eddie Reeves Sports Foundation
Trevor Reed – Golden Civic Foundation
Danny Ridley – Pink Project
Linus Woodard – Sports Center for the Disabled

Olde Golden Christmas on Parade…and More!

December 1, 2018

Olde Golden Christmas on Parade

Pancake Breakfast with Santa at Table Mountain Inn, 8:30-10AM.

Craft Faire from 9AM-4PM at Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 West 32nd Avenue (map).
Come support local craft folk to buy presents for the holidays (or yourself). Crafts include pottery, jewelry, hats and scarves, decorations, etc. Children’s Market – 10:00 a.m. to noon

Golden High School Holiday Bazaar 10AM-4PM
Complete all of your holiday shopping in one spot while supporting a good cause. The bazaar is a great place for you to find all kinds of gifts for everyone on your list – large and small items, gifts for the home, gifts of food and snacks. The event helps support the Golden High School PTA. Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts from over 90 local artists. Holiday and home decors, wreathes, jewelry, ornaments, fashion apparel, pet merchandise, gourmet food, and more! Free parking and admission.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is offering a free gift with admission from 10AM-4PM. 200 Violet Street, Suite 240 (map)

Holiday Ornament Decorating Party at Dinosaur Ridge 10AM-2PM. Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 W Alameda Pkwy (map).  Join us and decorate some fun dinosaur ornaments for the holidays! Free for FODR members – $2/child non-members

Santa at the Station from 10AM-2PM
This December Santa is making a special stop at the Colorado Railroad Museum to pose for photos with visitors during the day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.!* Take a fun & unique family holiday photo this special season! Admission: Museum Members and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $10, and Seniors $8. Tickets are available for purchase at the door, no reservations required. *Santa will take a short lunch break around noon.

Olde Golden Christmas on Parade 10:30-11
Saturdays in December, authentic and historic downtown Golden becomes a festive holiday center with traditional decorations and fun family events. The free Olde Golden Christmas Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. with cowboys on horses, floats, marching bands, old cars, elves on unicycles, the Grinch in his corvette, and, of course, Santa Claus. The parade winds down Washington Avenue with lots of activities before and after, including snappy barbershop quartets, hot cider, Victorian carolers, and antique fire trucks. Presented by the Golden Chamber of CommerceToday’s Grand Marshal will be out new Fire Chief, Alicia Welch, with special guests Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl!

Pictures with Santa at Avenue Gifts 11:30-3PM
Bring your camera and make a great holiday photo at Avenue Gifts, 1212 Washington Avenue (map).

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides from 12-3PM
Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides through historic downtown Golden. Rides start at 12th Street between Washington and Arapahoe in front of Wings of Eagles, weather-permitting.

Olde Golden Christmas book by Barb Warden

Golden Hayride from 12-3PM
Free hayrides on the popular Golden Hayride one hour after the Christmas Parade. Join Santa on the ride. Pick-up point in front of Gold Mine Cupcakes, 700 12th Street (map)

The Story of the Nutcracker at Miners Alley’s Children’s Theater 1PM
Nearly everyone knows the tale of the Nutcracker: A gift to Marie from her Godfather Drosslemeier on Christmas Eve. Sadly, the beautiful Nutcracker gets broken and later that night Marie goes to check up on it. To her surprise, it has come alive, and a story-within-the-story begins! The audience is invited to become a part of the Nutcracker story and everyone gets to live happily ever after.

Pictures with Santa at Foothills Art Center 1-3PM
Enjoy a free family picture with Santa Claus while exploring and shopping the Holiday Art Market featuring fine handcrafted items and holiday gifts! Free

Artist Demos at Holiday Art Mart 2-3PM
Gain a deeper insight into the art-making process on Saturday afternoons during the Holiday Art Market with demonstrations and artist talks from Joni Emily.   Foothills Art Center

Golden Landmarks’ Holiday Shoppe 2-7PM
Old Fashioned Holiday Shoppe, featuring hand-crafted ornaments, decorations, and accessories for the home and holidays.  Takes place on the decks at Higher Grounds Coffee Shop and in the Golden Landmarks Association office…all at 14th and Washington.

Golden Concert Choir presents Handel’s Messiah at 4PM
Golden Concert Choir sings Handel’s Messiah – Part II & Additional Selections. Tickets online or at the door.

Art Rocks the Toad! at 4-7PM
Join us for an intimate evening of live art and music for Art Rocks The Toad! You will have a chance to win one of three original Jesse Crock paintings live! Entertainment provided by Weatherbee and the Gnarbillys.  Mountain Toad Brewing, 900 Washington Avenue (map)

Spirits in the Wind Gallery Open House from 5-8PM
Christmas Open House with refreshments. Spirits in the Wind Gallery 1211 Washington Avenue (map)

A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley at 7:30PM
This hilarious, fast-paced adaptation uses only five actors to bring Dickens’ most beloved characters to life. From Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mrs. Fezziwig, A Christmas Carol uses nothing more than simple props, fun physicality, and the power of imagination to convey this timeless story of redemption. Witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the spirit of the season all year long, in this brand new adaptation that is destined to become your favorite holiday celebration!  Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 7:30 p.m.  Sunday – 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Woody’s Downhill Saturday 9-midnight
Check out the latest ski and snowboard flicks and enter to win A-Basin and Loveland lift tickets, Never Summer snowboards, and sweet gear from Vans, Icelantic, Bent Gate, Powder 7, Vital Outdoors, IFA Prowear, Geigerrig, Larson’s Ski & Sport, and more! $3.50 pints $13 pitchers

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