Art on Tap, History Lecture, City Council, Live Music, Full Moon

April 18, 2019

The City’s Bike Library opens today. It is located behind the Visitors Center (10th & Washington). You can borrow one for free for two hours or all day for $10. Learn more….

The Library is offering “Cardboard Creations” for preschoolers – tweens from 4:30-6:30. It’s a car! It’s a plane! It’s whatever you imagine, but it’s definitely not just a box. Using cardboard, Makedo™ screws, tape and a lot of creativity, there’s no limit to what you can build. Drop in and build. Supplies provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

We have some tough decisions as to what to do tonight.

6PM – Foothills Art Center is hosting Art on Tap tonight. They’ll be playing Bingo. Test your luck and knowledge of art and have fun with friends! Beer provided by Golden City Brewery. THIS IS A 21+ EVENT. Admission to Foothills Art Center and the program is free for our Members. Non-members gain free access to the program upon paid admission to Foothills Art Center.

6PM – The Golden History Center is hosting a lecture tonight. Moving West: Who Moved to California in the 1930s and Why. Migration to California is one of the dominant history topics of the 1930s, built on a wealth of information from literature, news stories, and photographs. Using newly available data from the 1940 U.S. Census, this lecture will reveal insights on the people who moved, the places they came from, and why they may have moved, with special attention to the link between migration and the environmental trauma of the 1930s. $0 Members; $10 non-members Register.

6PM – The School of Mines will hold a Community Meeting from 6-7PM at the Ben Parker Student Center Grand Ballroom (map). They will discuss Sustainability (Phase II Energy Performance Contract), Construction Projects (Green Center – North Chiller Plant, Parking Garage/Classroom Building, Spruce Hall, Jackson Hall – Partnership, Facility Operations North, Facility Operations South, Utility Infrastructure Improvements, and MP Parking lot), and the Mines Master Plan (Sub-Surface Frontiers Research Building, Washington/18th Parking Garage, 14th Street shared pedestrian/vehicle way, Mines Park Daycare Center).

6:30 – City Council will have a Study Session (no public comment) in City Council Chambers. They will discuss the Historic Preservation Board’s Preservation Plan: The preservation planning process worked on developing a vision, goals, and priorities for the preservation of Golden’s historic and cultural resources. The plan identifies important stories that reflect Golden’s history and culture, looks for ways to improve the interpretation, understanding, and enjoyment of Golden’s stories, and identifies sites and resources that are part of telling those stories. Council will also review a draft of a Board and Commission Manual. You can see both documents in tonight’s meeting packet….

Tonight’s Live Music:

Full Moon:

The moon will be full at 5:12AM tomorrow morning. It will rise at 7PM tonight and set at 6:45 tomorrow morning.

Friday Preview:

Tomorrow, I’ll give you the rundown on the many Easter celebrations you can expect on Saturday.

City Planning, Game of Thrones, Live Music and/or a Blizzard

April 10, 2019

Note: In light of the ominous weather warnings, you should call ahead or check websites before leaving home, in case they have to reschedule.

2PM – Golden United has postponed this event. We’ll let you know when they’ve set a definite date.

The Golden United Planning and Zoning event is tonight from 6:30-8:30 at the First United Methodist Church, 1500 Ford St. (map).

Have you ever wondered…. What exactly is zoning and what can/can’t it do? Why does that building or site look like that? How do residents engage with the city in seeking approval for projects? How does planning and zoning in Golden compare to that in other cities? How can I learn more to help guide Golden? Learn more….

The Library is having a Game of Thrones Craft Night for adults, tonight from 6-7:30. Celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones by creating your own customized pint glass, coasters, or dragon egg bookends. While supplies last.

Tonight’s Live Music:

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

Thursday Preview:

10AM Everything Dinosaur Talk at the Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center (map)
5:30PM Last Look with Hassan NajjarMembers’ Show
6:30 CMC Film Series: JEAN + The Crash Reel – Supporting LoveYourBrain
6:30 City Council: Vote to buy the Coors Office Building and property in Goosetown

E-Days:

The School of Mines’ annual E-Days celebration officially starts tomorrow. They’ll have lots of special events, including a magician, a comedian, a poker tournament, casino night, a concert, and more. Of particular interest to members of the Golden Community:

Thursday Marv Kay Day celebration, 3:30-5PM, Student Rec Center
Friday Ore Cart Pull, starts 7:30AM on the west side of the student rec center | Trebuchet Competition, Q Lot, 2:30-4PM
Saturday Cardboard Boat Races, 9-11:30AM on Clear Creek | Car Show CTLM Lot, 9AM-1PM | Fireworks 9:30PM, North IM Field

Public Art, History Museum and Foothills Art Center Events, State Room Grand Opening, Live Music

April 4, 2019

The Public Art Commission will meet at 9AM in City Council Chambers. Staff will discuss the Community Art Partnership, which is a plan to do temporary art installations around town and encourage people to do Instagram posts showing the art. They will discuss two unveiling events–one for the Elk sculpture at Heritage Road and Kimball Ave (April 27th), and the other a major piece just off Highway 93 at the north entrance to the city (date TBD). Nathan Ritchie of the History Museum will update them on a mural they hope to paint on the history museum. Foothills Art Center plans to hold an Artsweek Golden again this year, July 8th-14th. The Chamber’s Golden Fine Arts Festival is scheduled for August 17th and 18th. See the meeting agenda….

At 10AM, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge will host a talk on archosaurs, the crocodilians, pterosaurs, birds, and a bit on the dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center (map).

The Library will offer Wee Create – Sensory Art for preschoolers and toddlers from 11:15AM-12PM.

The State Room is holding their Grand Opening today from 5-7PM. This is the bar above the event center in the new Buffalo Rose. The windows look out over Washington Avenue, and it’s quite a snazzy place. Join them for classic cocktails and appetizers.

The History Museum is hosting a lecture tonight from 6-7:30PM: What’s Cooking in the Archives? A Food Historian’s View of Colorado Culinary Literature. Food history and food studies are more popular than ever. From bookshelves to university classrooms, we study the history of food because it tells us about what, how much, and why people ate what they did. Food history also tells us much about how people thought about health, what factors influenced their choices, and the rules of social engagement. This lecture will examine and explore what we can learn from cookbooks, an often-overlooked source for historians, by highlighting works from one of the most significant culinary archives in Colorado, the holdings at the University of Denver’s library.

Presented by Carol Helstosky, Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Denver. She is the author of Garlic and Oil: Politics and Food in Italy (2004); Food Culture in the Mediterranean (2009) and Pizza: A Global History (2008) and editor of The Routledge History of Food (2014). She has been teaching food history to undergraduates for 20 years, utilizing the culinary archives at the DU library’s Special Collections and archives. Register here….

Foothills Art Center is hosting MGD/PHO Multimedia Exhibition at 6PM. We are celebrating Red Rocks Community College Graphic Design, Photography, and Video students’ work. This year check out a fleet of stunning digital-visual experiences! Bring your friends, bring your family and everybody you know. Let’s show off what artistic talent is out there. We have snacks, drinks, and awesome artwork to share. Hope to see you there!

City Council meets tonight at 6:30, but they will be conducting interviews off-camera for boards and commissions.

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Tonight’s Live Music:

Friday Preview:

If you are planning to participate in Saturday’s Kids Clothes Swap, please bring your contributions to Hillside Church (103 N. Ford St.) on Friday from 12:30-1:30PM or 5-7PM. Please consider bringing the following items:

  • Gently used kids clothing 0-16(xl)
  • Winter gear (plan ahead!)
  • Sports equipment & uniforms
  • Children’s picture books & chapter books
  • Gently used kids shoes
  • Gently used maternity clothes
  • Other baby items (bath, nursing, sleep)

Preview of April Events in Golden

April 1, 2019

Here’s a preview of some of the events in Golden this month. For the details, check the Calendar of Events.

Museum Exhibits:
American Mountaineering Museum – Gregory William Frux:  Mount Washington Observatory
Buffalo Bill Museum – The Buffalo Bill Story, From Adversary to Advocate, A Visit to the Wild West, Firearms, Kid’s Cowboy Corral
Colorado Railroad Museum – Got Style? Railroads & Interior Design, Ski Train: A Colorado Tradition, Images from the Tracks: Photographs of William Henry Jackson
Foothills Art Center – Members Show through April 21st | Otto Kuhler: Designing the Future opens April 19th
Geology Museum – Mineral from Colorado and Around the World, Radioactive Minerals, Meteorites, Fossil
Golden History Museum – 1968 Time Capsule, Epic Events, Legendary People, History Lab, The Salon, Touch Gallery
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum – It Takes To to Tango: Collaborations Quilts through April 20th | Hawaiian Quilts opens April 22nd

Theater
Miners Alley Playhouse
Our Town
Miners Alley Children’s TheaterThree Billy Goats Gruff

2
Train Talks – “So You Want to Write a Railroad Book” at the RR Museum
Hexie Ladies at the Quilt Museum
Trailblazer’s Free Open Climbing at the Mountaineering Center
3
TriceraTOTs
Trout Unlimited Meeting
Planning Commission Study Session
Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum Lecture
SCRIPTprov at Miners Alley
4
Public Art Commission
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Archosaurs
What’s Cooking in the Archives? A Food Historian’s View of Colorado Culinary Literature at the History Museum
MGD/PHO Multimedia Exhibition
City Council Study Session
5
Low-Key Applewood Moms
Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum
Colorado Rails and Cocktails: Streetcar Suburbs at the Railroad Museum
6
Golden Kids Clothes Swap at Hillside Church
Fuzzy Friends Sleepover at the Library
10th Annual Pi Mile Fun Run/Walk (3.14 miles) at the School of Mines
Train Rides at the Railroad museum
Coffee with Two Councilors
Jeffco Volunteer Fair at Foothills Animal Shelter
Opening Day – Three Billy Goats Gruff at Miners Alley Children’s Theater
7
Coffee with a Ranger at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Coyote Classic 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run for Shelton Elementary
8
MOMS Club of Golden, CO Meeting
Golden Safety Academy – Fire Safety & Prevention
GURA Board Meeting
9
Leonardo Da Vinci Lecture at Mines
Bell Middle School PTA
Golden High School PTA
Free Class – Taming Your Child’s Anxious Mind
Golden Beer Talks – Healthy Forests, Healthy Watersheds
Economic Development Commission Meeting
10
Colorado School of Mines – Adventure in the SerengetE-Days 2019
Auto-friendly Bicyclist Course at the Community Center
Game of Thrones Craft Night at the Library
Educational Event on Planning and Zoning in Golden
11
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Mammals
Golden Lunch Bunch – CSM Alumni
Marv Kay Day Celebration and Dedication
Teen DIY: Bubble Tea
Last Look With Hassan Najjar – Member’s Show at Foothills Art Center
E-Days at Mines
CMC Film Series: JEAN + The Crash Reel – Supporting LoveYourBrain
City Council Regular Meeting
12
E-Days at Mines
Rocky Mountain Storytelling – Story Seeds Conference and Concert
Art Book Club (ABC) at Foothills Art Center – The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
Friday Tour – Railroad Post Office Cars
Western on Washington: A Saloon Stroll
13
E-Days at Mines
Courage Walk – National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Drawing: Stickman to Illustration!
14
Pancake Breakfast at the Golden Gate Grange
Gathering of the Guilds at the Mountaineering Center
15
PEEPle’s Choice Awards
Artistry Through Applique Lecture at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
NREL Walking Campus Tour
Downtown Development Authority
16
Director’s Storytime and Craft
Local Licensing Authority Meeting
Tuesday Night Book Group at the Library – The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe
Utility Rate Citizen’s Committee
Parks, Recreation, and Museums Advisory Board
17
Town and Gown Book Club – The Brain: The Story of You by David Eagleman
Water-Wise Gardening Seminar: Plant Selection for a Water-Wise Landscape
Planning Commission Study Session
18
Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium at Mines, or GRADS
Cardboard Creations at the Library
Art on Tap – Bingo at Foothills Art Center
Lecture at the History Museum – Moving West: Who Moved to California in the 1930s and Why
City Council Study Session
19
First Day of Passover (begins in the evening)
Rocky Mountain Quilt Study Group at the Quilt Museum
Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum
20
Mines’ Helluva Service Event
Golden Family Easter Egg Hunt in Parfet Park
Bunny Express Train at the Railroad Museum
Eggmania/Easter Egg Hunt at the Golden Gate Grange
Gravity Blast Workshop at the Community Center
21
Easter
22
STEM Girls at the Library
Lecture at the History Museum: How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Changed Baseball and America
23
Bicycle-friendly Driver Course at the Community Center
Mobility & Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
Intro to Hiking Safety – Colorado Mountain Club
24
Sustainability Board
Land Stewardship Series – Intro to Wildlife Refuges
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Theropods
Ukulele Wednesday at the Library
25
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Library for All – Interactive Program for Adults with Disabilities
City Council Business Meeting
26
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Day Without Hate
Freaky Friday at the Library
27
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Babysitting Course at the Community Center
Golden Goes Green at the Library
West Side Live! Presents Acoustic Eidolon
28
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
The Big Read Station Eleven Book Discussion: Recycled Painting Workshop at the Library
30
Snakes Alive! Jefferson County’s Snakes at the Golden Library
Good News Breakfast

Upcoming Events in Golden

March 24, 2019

Since this is a fairly light news day, I thought I would alert you to some upcoming events that you might want to get on your calendar.

Tomorrow – March 26th from 5-7:30PM. Taste of Golden features a wide variety of Golden’s fine dining restaurants, eateries, and sweet-shops; along with local breweries and distilleries. Come and sample some of the best which Golden has to offer. They will not sell tickets at the door, so if you want to go, buy your ticket now, online.

April 2 – Basecamp Jeffco, Women Who Startup 6-8:30PM at Connects Workspace. Monthly Events Series designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome a guest speaker who shares her story and tells us what worked, what didn’t, and what they’ll do different next time. The guest speaker for this first meeting will be Karen Hertz, founder of Holidaily Brewing.

April 4th – Multimedia Exhibition by Red Rocks Community College Graphic Design,Photography, and Video students’ work. Stunning digital-visual experiences. Hosted by Foothills Art Center. 6PM.

April 6th – Kids Clothing Swap at the Hillside Community Church. Please consider bringing gently used kids clothing 0-16(xl), children’s books, gently used kids shoes, gently used maternity clothes. Bring things you want to contribute on Friday (April 5th) from 12:30AM-1:30PM or 5-7PM, then go Saturday morning and pick out some new (to you!) things for your family. For more information, contact goldenkidsclothingswap@gmail.com.

April 7th – 9th annual Coyote 5K Classic and 1 Mile Fun Run
Looking for a fun run for the entire family? You can expect challenging hills and stunning views while you enjoy this one-of-a-kind community event. Register here.

April 9th – Taming Your Child’s Anxious Mind – a free class for Golden community members. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Golden at Miners Alley Playhouse, 6:30-7:30PM.

April 10th – Planning + Zoning Educational Event Hosted by Golden United at the Methodist Church

April 12thWestern on Washington – Saloon walk to support Mitchell Elementary PTA Playground Update

April 12 – Rocky Mountain Storytelling – Story Seeds Conference
Exploring Story’s Impact from folk and fairy tales to slams and personal stories. Enjoy a Friday evening concert, workshops, and a Story Slam on Saturday. Registration and more information

Snowmageddon and Museums of Increasing Antiquity

March 13, 2019

The Jefferson County Public Schools and the School of Mines are both closed today, in anticipation of the snow storm.


These are the events scheduled today…probably a good idea to confirm before heading out.

Noon – Golden Women in Business Book Club at Connects Workspace. They’re scheduled to discuss Becoming by Michelle Obama.

6PM – Fly-Tying Class at Golden River Sports

Live Music:
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse – Wintery Wednesday Concert Series, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30


Dinosaur Ridge recently posted their plans to celebrate 30 years of operations. They plan a full weekend of events over the weekend of April 25-28th, including a dinosaur movie party, dinosaur-themed carnival, a gala dinner and silent auction, lectures and tours.

This got me thinking about the ages of Golden’s many museums. I thought you might be interested too:

2008
The American Mountaineering Museum opened in 2008, so it turns 11 this year
1999
The Clear Creek History Park turns 20 this year
1990
The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is 29.
1989
Dinosaur Ridge celebrates their 30th anniversary this year.
1968
Foothills Art Center is 51.
1959
The Colorado Railroad Museum turns 60 this year.
1939
The Golden History Museum opened 80 years ago in January of this year.
1921
The Buffalo Bill Museum opened in 1921, so it’s 98 this year
1874
The granddaddy of all of our museums, the CSM Geology Museum, is 145 years old!

March Events in Golden

March 1, 2019

From Andrew Terrill’s ‘Above the Clouds’ exhibit, currently on display at the Golden History Museum

Here’s a preview of some of the events in Golden this month. For the details, check the Calendar of Events.

1
Buffalo Bill Lecture by Steve Friesen (OLLI)
CRRM – Friday Tour: Highlights
Instrumental Concert
Final Weekend for Lost in Yonkers
2
Coffee with a Councilor
Community Meeting – Proposed Heritage Square Exchange
Golden Elks Book Sale
Young King Arthur at Miners Alley
CSM Geology Museum Book, Mineral, and Fossil Sale
3
Coffee with a Ranger
Final Performance of Lost in Yonkers
Golden Elks Book Sale
5
Train Talks at the Railroad Museum
Hexie Ladies – English Paper Piecing Group
Bell PTA
Golden Library Textile Society
Community Meeting – Proposed Heritage Square Exchange
6
Community Blood Drive
TriceraTOTs
How Maps Reveal (and Conceal!) History at Mines
Failed 1976 Denver Winter Olympics at Golden History Museum
Trout Unlimited
7
Dinosaur Talk: Ceratopsians
Wee Create : Stamp Art at the Library
The Continua between Carlin-type Gold Deposits and Distal Disseminated and Epithermal Gold-Silver Deposits in Nevada at Mines
8
Friday Tour at the Railroad Kitchen’s
9
Behind the Scenes Tour at the RR Museum: Roundhouse Projects
Golden Elks Horse Races
10
Golden Elks Mental Health First Aid Class
11
MOMS Club of Golden
Unconventional Women of the West at the History Museum
Golden Safety Academy
12
Golden High School PTA
Golden Beer Talks: Tales from an Uncertain World: What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us About Climate Change
14
Golden High School Theater: Big Fish
Golden Lunch Bunch – Colorado School of Mines Alumni
Pi Day Celebration
Dinosaur Talk: Pachycephalosaurs
15
Beautiful Junk Sale at the Fairgrounds
Gravity Blast Workshop at the Community Center
Friday Tour at the RR Museum
Golden High School Theater: Big Fish
Freaky Friday at the Library
16
Beautiful Junk Sale at the Fairgrounds
Foothills Art Center Class: Painting Spring Flowers
Jamboree for Outstanding Youngsters Carnival at Mines
Golden High School Theater: Big Fish
17
Teens After Hours at the Library: St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
18
NREL Walking Campus
STEM Girls at the Library
SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age at Bell
19
Director’s Storytime and Craft
Library Book Group: Neverhome by Laird Hunt
20
Golden Area Elementary Instrumental Music Concerts
Full Moon
21
Dinosaur Talk: Archosaurs (Crocs, Dactyls, and Avians)
Free Legal Advice for Elders
22
Friday Tour at the RR Museum
Opening Weekend for Our Town at Miners Alley
23
Foothills Art Center Class: Next Steps in Encaustic
West Side Live! Presents Denver Opera Collective “Love Letters and Arias
25 Spring Break Begins – CSM and Jeffco Schools
SPRING BREAK CAMPS:
3/25-29 Model Railroads (Colorado Railroad Museum)
3/25-29 Academies for Young Minds (Colorado School of Mines)
3/26-28 Spring Break Camp (Dinosaur Ridge)
3/25-29 Coconut Camp (Golden Community Center)
3/25-27 Spring Break Fun (Golden Library)
3/27-29 Spring Break Art Camp (Foothills Art Center)
26
Front Porch Book Club – Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World by Hans Rosling
27
Golden History Museum: Meet the Chicks
Women’s HERstory Month Celebration at the Mountaineering Center
Dinosaur Talk: Sauropods
Ukulele Wednesday at the Library
28
Dinosaur Talk: Mammals
Planning and Zoning Educational Event
29
Friday Tour at the RR Museum
30
Prom Swap Day at the Library
Drawing for People Who Think They Can’t at Foothills Art Center
Opening Day for Three Billy Goats Gruff at Miners Alley
31
Jefferson Symphony Concert

Development Potential and Possible Changes Downtown

February 25, 2019

A Quick Lesson in Zoning
People familiar with Golden’s zoning often remark that we are “under-developed.” When they say that, they don’t necessarily mean that we should have more land-intensive development, but that we could, according to our current zoning.

That lesson is coming home in a big way on the north side of town, as developers buy small single-family homes and replace them with big, multi-family buildings. Neighbors are learning the upper limits of what the R2 zone will permit in the way of height (30-35 feet) and closeness to the property line (5 feet from the side, 10 from the rear, and 15 from the front).

The north side isn’t the only place in Golden that has R2 zoning–almost every neighborhood includes some. We also have R3, RC, Mixed Use and Commercial zoning. With each of the zones, the allowable density increases.

Are you curious as to the development potential of your neighborhood? Here’s how you find out:

1) Find your home on the Zoning Map. Determine your zone by comparing the color of your home to the Legend in the lower right hand corner of the map.

2) Check the Residential Setback Regulations for your zone. The chart shows both allowable height and minimum distance setback from the lot line.

3) If you want to know still more, check Title 18 of the Municipal Code and read the “Uses permitted by right” in your zone.
Thus endeth the lesson.


The Downtown Development Authority will meet tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will consider a $7,000 grant request by Foothills Art Center to help fund Artsweek Golden in July. They will also consider a $10,000 grant request by the Public Art Commission and Golden History Museum. They would like to hire some national artists to paint a mural on the Golden History Museum. The total cost of the mural would be $21K, with $5K coming from the museum budget and $6K coming from the Public Art budget. The mural would be similar to the following, done by the same artists for other cities:

They will vote on a plan to reconfigure Washington Avenue between 14th and 19th Streets. The street would go from three lanes to two and a bike lane would be added in each direction.

They will review a proposal to add decorative lighting to Miners Alley. “The proposed lighting would enliven and celebrate the walkability of downtown Golden, creating a new gathering place for the community in the Miners Alley, and potentially drawing additional customers to businesses located on the alley, Arapahoe Street, and side streets.”

Finally, they will be asked to support a series of pop-up art installations around town, in collaboration with the Public Art Commission, Foothills Art Center, and Visit Golden. These temporary art exhibits would be designed to encourage selfies taken with the art and posted on Instagram. For more information on any of these topics, see the meeting packet….

Free Admission at the Buffalo Bill Museum, New Book Club at Foothills Art Center

February 24, 2019
Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Gravesite

The Buffalo Bill Museum is offering FREE admission today, as they celebrate Buffalo Bill’s Birthday. Join them at noon for birthday cake and ice cream, then enjoy hands-on activities and special programs from 12:30-4PM.


Foothills Art Center is starting an Art Book Club. Their first book is The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt.

Centered around an orphaned New Yorker, Theo, The Goldfinch painting is what captivates and draws him into the underworld of art during life as a young teenager who’s struggling to come to terms with the tragic loss of his mother. As an adult, Theo’s life unfolds into a dark, complex and mysterious love story as he continues to struggle with loss, identity and survival.

This book won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2014) and is due to be released as a movie later this year.

The first Art Book Club meeting will be Friday April 12th at noon. The cost to attend is $8 for nonmembers or free for members. Their next book, The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, will be discussed on August 23, 2019.


On a related note, the Golden Library‘s current art exhibit features work inspired by another art book club: Books for Art Lovers – Book Collage Images by Diane Kaiser. Art Under Cover book Club is a book club for Artists and people who are interested in the Arts. From all of the books that the club has read, they have selected some of their favorite books about the arts and artists for this particular exhibit. Each composite image in this display represents a book read by the book club. These images are compiled, printed and framed by Collage Artist, Diane L. Kaiser. The Library is open today from 12-5PM.

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….



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