Museum News and Appreciating the Unappreciated

February 17, 2019

The Colorado Railroad Museum will be closed today through Friday for remodeling. Their big news is that they just received three new railcars, donated by the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The PPCR is closed this year for restoration, and when they re-open, it will be with all new equipment. Fortunately, they have given some of their antique rolling stock to our Railroad Museum!

The Golden History Museum posted a photo of a crocus from their garden yesterday–plus, they’re offering free admission all year, so there are two good reasons to visit today.

Dennis Potter’s lecture on “The Story of Reuben Benton Hayward’s Murder – Part 2” (Weds night at 6PM) is SOLD OUT. They will have a waiting list that night, so if you didn’t get a ticket, show up at 5:30 and ask to be put on the list.

The Buffalo Bill Museum is gearing up for their annual Buffalo Bill Birthday Celebration, which will be next Sunday (2/24) from 10AM-5PM. This is always a fun event, with free admission, crafts, living historians, and free birthday cake. Plan to attend next Sunday.

The Quilt Museum has two exhibits right now: It Takes Two to Tango: Collaboration Quilts and All in the Family: Family and Album Quilts from the RMQM Collection. Both are fabulous, of course.

The Museum offered a class last month, as part of the previous exhibit, on Paper Art Quilts by Jane Mathews. Jane Mathews taught a class on how to create paper quilts, and it SOLD OUT. They are offering it again next Saturday, the 23rd. That one is almost sold out, so sign up soon!

Foothills Art Center will be closed tomorrow (Presidents Day), but they’re open today from 12-5PM. It’s a good day to visit the 2019 MEMBERS’ SHOW and the POWER OF PROCESS: A JEFFCO STUDENT EXHIBITION.

Appreciating the Unappreciated
The Jefferson County Coalition is looking for nominations for their Annual Good News Breakfast. This year’s theme is “Unsung Heroes…Not all Heroes Wear Capes.” Each and every day there are people in our community who are quietly doing good things to make our community better. These are people and/or organizations who go above and beyond, with little fanfare or expectation of being praised or recognized. You know who they are. They have done extra special things for their community, those in need, or for someone unable to do things for themselves. Help us find and share the stories of these Unsung Heroes doing good things for Jefferson County! We will honor them at the 2019 Good News Breakfast on April 30th. Nominations are due by Friday, February 22nd. Learn more and nominate someone….

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.

Painting Class and the Astor House

January 29, 2019

This Saturday (February 2) Foothills Art Center is offering a class: Painting Note Cards with Janet Nunn. Why paint note cards in February? A few reasons…a great way to learn different techniques in watercolor on a small format. The second reason, is it is nice to give a card for Valentine’s Day, a Birthday, or just sending someone one of your original paintings. In this class participants will learn how to make note cards using various watercolor techniques, splattering, negative space painting, masking, layering paint and more. All in one class. Grab a friend a make a fun day out of painting note cards. Learn more and register….

If you’re interested in Golden History (or old buildings), you should follow Rick Gardner’s Historic Golden Colorado facebook page. He often posts interesting photos and stories about Golden History. A few days ago, he posted a bunch of photos showing the interior of the Astor House in its current state. If you’ve been curious about what’s in there now, check his page!

Wondering what’s happening with the Astor House? The City put out a Request for Proposals, asking for ideas of what to do with it. Five proposals were received and a committee is reviewing them. The proposals have not been released for public review. The committee will make a recommendation to City Council sometime later this spring.

Museum, Theater, and Library Events Today

January 25, 2019

There’s a free concert today at noon in the Arthur Lakes Library (1400 Illinois St): Rebecca Flinthof – Songs of Love, Loss and Hope. Concerts in the Library are sponsored and organized by Arthur Lakes Library. All performances start at noon and take place in the Boettcher Room. Performances are free and open to the public. We encourage you to bring your lunch, sit back, relax, and enjoy music, poetry, theater, and other fine entertainments!

The Railroad Museum is offering a tour from 1-2PM. Today’s topic is Locomotives. The tour costs $3 in addition to regular admission.

The Quilt Museum is holding an Opening Reception tonight from 6-8PM. They have two new shows: It Takes Two to Tango: Collaboration Quilts and All in the Family: Family and Album Quilts from the RMQM Collection. Don’t miss your chance to see these new exhibits: the quilts are glorious!

Don’t forget: Miners Alley Playhouse is opening Lost in Yonkers (a Neil Simon play) this weekend. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30, and Sundays at 2PM. It runs through March 3rd.

Foothills Art Center’s new shows are now open to the public. They’re also offering a class tomorrow from 9AM-4PM: Hot Art, Basic Encaustic Techniques. This a high energy, hands-on encaustic workshop. We will explore a variety of encaustic techniques, including making medium and paint, prepping substrates, fusing wax, layering translucent color, adding and reducing texture, masking, stencils, mark making, image transfer techniques and more. No experience necessary, all materials provided, just bring your creativity (and a sack lunch) and go home with art. Register

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.

Final Parade

December 15, 2018

10AM-2PM – Visit Santa at the Railroad Museum. Museum Members and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $10, and Seniors $8.
10AM-4PMFree Gift with AdmissionRocky Mountain Quilt Museum.
10:30-11AM –  Olde Golden Christmas Parade, downtown on Washington Avenue.
11:30AM-3PM – Photos with Santa at Avenue Gifts.
11:30AM-1:30 – Victorian Carolers on Washington Avenue.
12-3PM – Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides (805 12th St.).
1-4PM Kids Craft – Gingerbread Houses at Foothills Art Center.
1AM and 1PM – The Story of the Nutcracker at Miners Alley’s Children’s Theater.
2-3PM – Artist Demos at the Holiday Art Market, Foothills Art Center
4-8PM – Ace Hi Tavern Annual Christmas Party: bring a favorite dish to share.
7:30PM – A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley Playhouse

Blaha Family in Golden Christmas Parade
Golden History Roundtable speakers Frank Blaha and Barb Warden with their daughter, Margaret Blaha – photo courtesy of Visit Golden

The final Golden History Roundtable will take place this morning at 11:30 at the Golden Library. We’ll have two short talks today.

Frank Blaha will trace Golden’s water history, from our earliest days of dipping buckets in Clear Creek to laying our first water pipes, to our pursuit of a “pure and wholesome” drinking water supply as Clear Creek became polluted by upstream mining and industry, to our current enviable position of holding senior water rights even as we pursue aggressive conservation goals. Frank is an environmental engineer and has done water quality research for the past 21 years. He also serves as the Beer Ambassador for the Golden Beer Talks lecture series! Paragraph

Barb Warden will give the second talk. She’ll describe Golden’s Christmas celebrations, beginning with our first Christmas ball in 1859 through our current month-long Olde Golden Christmas extravaganza. Barb is a history enthusiast, author of three books, and the publisher of

Commencement, Music, Christmas, and Golden History

December 14, 2018

The School of Mines is holding their 2018 Midyear Commencement today. The undergraduate ceremony takes place at 9AM and the graduate ceremony at 2PM, both in the Lockridge Arena in the Student Rec Canter. CONGRATULATIONS to the graduates! That’s a huge accomplishment! We hope you come back to visit Golden many times.

Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center

Just a reminder–the Holiday Art Market is now open at Foothills Art Center. This event happens only once a year, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to see or buy (or both!) some beautiful, affordable arts and crafts–for yourself or as a gift.

Another reminder–tomorrow is the last day to send a letter to Santa via the mailbox at the Visitors Center. Be sure to include a return address, so Santa can write back!

Tonight’s Live Music:
Golden High School Winter Concert – 6:30PM
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9:00 p.m.
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Kenny Perkins Band, 7PM
Jolynn’s Food and Spirits – Drama Americana, 9PM

Olde Golden Christmas book by Barb Warden

Saturday Preview:
Tomorrow will be a day of “lasts:” Last holiday parade (10:30AM), last day for hayrides after the parade, last day for the Victorian Carolers downtown, last Saturday for free carriage rides, last day for making gingerbread houses at Foothills Art Center. Be sure to make it downtown to catch the full panoply of Olde Golden Christmas celebrations.

Tomorrow will also be the last Golden History Roundtable. Frank Blaha will tell us about Golden’s water history, and Barb Warden will describe how Golden has celebrated Christmas over the past 159 years.

Seasonal Saturday: Parade, Carriage Rides, Two Nutcrackers, Christkindl Market, HART, Supporting the Animal Shelter

December 8, 2018
Olde Golden Christmas - Golden Colorado

This is the second of three Olde Golden Christmas weekends. Today is supposed to be sunny with a high near 50. You never know what kind of weather next weekend will bring, so get out and enjoy the events today!

Downtown Delights

This morning’s Olde Golden Christmas Parade will run from 10:30-11AM, from 10th to 13th Street along Washington Avenue.

Family Co-Op is hosting a Children’s Book Swap at the Dove Inn from 11AM-1PM. Free–just bring a book (or several!) to swap!

Victorian Carolers will be strolling and singing along Washington Avenue from 11:30AM-1:30PM

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides downtown from 12-3PM. Rides start at 12th Street between Washington and Arapahoe in front of Wings of Eagles.

The Story of the Nutcracker at Miners Alley Children’s Theater, 11AM and 1PM

A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley Playhouse, 7:30PM

Today’s Highlights at the Holiday Art Market/Foothills Art Center

Build a Gingerbread House at Foothills Art Center from 1-4PM. Free for members, $12 for non-members.

Artist Demos at Foothills Art Center – Gain a deeper insight into the art-making process during the Holiday Art Market with demonstrations and artist talks from Jane Christie, Vanessa Martin, and Kristal Wick. 2-3PM

In the Golden Hinterlands

At 10AM, you can have Coffee with TWO Councilors, Saoirse Charis-Graves and Casey Brown, at Bean Fosters.

The Denver Kickers Sport Club (16776 W. 50th Ave) is hosting a Christkindl Market today from 9AM-6PM. Come celebrate the flavors and sounds of an old world European Christmas at the Denver Kickers! Crafts – Vendors – Music – Homemade Chocolates and Holiday Cookies – Food and Drinks 9AM-6PM

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is offering a free gift with admission from 10AM-4PM.

Nutcracker Ballet by Virtuosity Dance Centre at the Golden High School, 1PM

Several Chances to Support Foothills Pet Shelter:

Holiday Celebration and Fundraiser for Foothills Animal Shelter at the Goosetown Events Center. Local beers for $2 and assorted wines with all proceeds to benefit the Foothills Animal Shelter. Loads of sumptuous treats and snacks, plus pony rides and cookie decorating!! Plenty of room for all – everyone is welcome! 12:30-3:30PM

Spinster Sisters will donate 10% of today’s profit to Foothills Animal Shelter.

Pottery for Pets at Foothills Animal Shelter – Golden Community Potters present affordable ceramic art with a percentage of each sale going to Foothills Animal Shelter, 12-4PM

Tonight’s Live Music:

ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke, 9PM

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

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

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