Civic Participation and Zombies

September 25, 2018

Zombie Bike Cruise - Golden Colorado

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and the League of Women Voters will be conducting a Voter Registration Drive today at the Library. If you’re not registered (or are not sure if you are) make sure you visit the Library today to get it done. If you know someone who isn’t registered, march them into the Library and get them REGISTERED! The Golden Library is located at 1019 10th Street (map).

The final Golden Bike Cruise of the season takes place tonight, and the costume theme is Zombies. Put on your best moulting skin look, and head to the parking lot at 10th and Illinois.  It’s going to be chilly, so shroud yourself warmly. New Terrain Brewing will tap the kegs at 6 and the ride starts at 7. Tonight’s music is provided by Weatherbee and the Gnarbillys and Bob’s Atomic Burgers will be serving burgers, hot dogs, chips and a vegetarian option. No word as to whether brain-burgers are an option for this month’s zombie clientele.

The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board will meet at 6PM in City Council Chambers. They will discuss transportation ballot issues, then adjourn to a study session to discuss the minimum width for center median refuge and the draft crosswalk manual. Learn more….

The Old Capitol Grill has open mic night and $2 tacos tonight. Performers can sign up at 6 and will receive a free draft beer for their performance!

Historic Preservation Plan and Investment Task Force

September 24, 2018

Golden Gallop race in support of the Golden Schools Foundation - Golden CO

We had another delightful Golden Gallop yesterday–lots of runners participated and much support was shown for the Golden Schools Foundation.  Many thanks to Dave Powers for a fine bunch of photos, which appear on our Facebook page.

Historic Golden Colorado

From 5:30-6:30PM – The City will hold a Historic Preservation Plan Public Outreach Meeting in the Planning/Public Works Building at 1445 10th Street.

The City of Golden Historic Preservation Board is developing a Historic Preservation Plan that will:

• Identify important historic themes and stories that reflect Golden’s history and culture
• Identify ways to improve the interpretation, understanding, and enjoyment of Golden’s stories
• Identify sites and resources that are part of telling those stories

We invite you to discuss these important historic themes, stories, sites, and resources, and then brainstorm ways to interpret and promote them in order to develop the preservation plan.  Please join us – we greatly value your input!  More….

At 6PM, the Golden Investment Forum Task Force will meet in City Council Chambers. The Director of Community and Economic Development brought an interim report to City Council on September 13th. Council asked the Task Force to continue evaluating the possibilities. In the near term, we are likely to put a lodging task on the ballot in 2019. If we do, where should the proceeds be spent? Front-runners are cultural organizations and open space acquisition. There are also many other items on the city’s wish list, including affordable housing, parks, rec, and museum facilities upgrades, city-wide broadband, a new city hall, and lots more. The City is interested in a bond measure to cover some of the rest of those desires.  Learn more….

The moon will be full at 8:52 tonight.

The last Golden Bike Cruise of the year takes place tomorrow night.  The optional costume theme is ZOMBIES!

NIMBY-ism, Meetings, and the Golden Bike Cruise

August 28, 2018

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the term “Not in My Backyard (NIMBY).” The term is always used as an attack against people who don’t want something built near their homes–a prison, a sewage treatment plant, a sex offender home. The implication is that such things are necessary for society, and anyone who objects to having them built “in their backyard” is selfish and lacks public-spiritedness.

I can’t help but wonder–if the nearby homeowners don’t speak up for their backyards, who will? They’re the ones who are going to be most affected–it’s reasonable that they should express their concerns.

Kinney Run - Golden Colorado

The public meeting about proposed Singletrack Sidewalks (STS) happens tonight at 6PM at Shelton Elementary. This dirt mountain bike trail would run through the Stonebridge, Eagle Ridge, Tripp Ranch, and Heritage Dells neighborhoods, plus the Bachman open space.

I haven’t followed this dispute closely and I don’t live in that part of town, but I did read the first of 10 pages of public comments on the City’s Guiding Golden site. The term “NIMBY” was used twice in that limited sample. One irate writer says that people who oppose the trail should move elsewhere–perhaps Centennial. “Stop with your NIMBY-ism. This isn’t about you, it’s about the public. The public is not defined by those that live in close proximity to this proposed singletrack.”

The people in those neighborhoods ARE the public, just as much as the people who love mountain bike trails are. In some cases they are one and the same, as some people in the adjacent neighborhoods want the trails.  Those who don’t are entitled to express their objections without accusations that they are bad, selfish members of society (NIMBYs, in fact).

There’s nothing sacred about a mountain bike trail. Golden’s children can have happy childhoods without a new trail.

There’s nothing essential about a mountain bike trail. It’s not a landfill, that the public absolutely has to have. Building an additional trail in parallel to an existing one is absolutely optional. If people in the vicinity don’t want it, they have every right say so without hearing shrill, accusatory charges of “NIMBY-ism” from people who want the amenity but are not directly affected by it.

The Investment Task Force met last night and discussed a couple of questions that may appear on a survey later this fall. (“May,” because Council will discuss the proposed questions and they’ll make the final decision.) The questions ask what things citizens want to fund and how they want to pay for them.

The survey will be sent to 2000+ citizens. The City expects about a quarter of them to be returned. That will be the “statistically significant” sample. The City may also post the questions online for everyone else to answer.  The online responses won’t be “statistically significant,” but may provide supporting information for council.

So that’s it for now…the Investment Task Forum will go dormant until and unless City Council wants them to consider more questions.

The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board will meet at 6 this evening in City Council Chambers. They will discuss the upcoming North Washington Avenue project and review the draft of a Crosswalk Manual. The agenda appears on the City website.

Golden Bike Cruise - Golden Colroado

The Golden Bike Cruise happens TONIGHT!  The optional costume theme is Super Heroes.  See the event facebook page for the complete schedule of events.

Magic Mountain Archaeology, Leadership Golden, Bike Cruise, Proposed Antennas

July 30, 2018

Magic Moutain Archaeology Site - Golden COFrom 5:30-7PM today, you can learn about Golden’s Magic Mountain archaeology through pre-history and history research conducted by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. This is the second part of a series that began in 2017.

Dr. Michele Koons, curator of archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, will lead the talk.  Michele will detail some of her findings such as how the early settlers lived, what they lived in, and perhaps what they ate. If we are lucky, Dr. Koons will even bring some artifacts taken from the site for attendee viewing.

This lecture, which will take place at the Golden History Museum, is free for members of either the Golden History Museum or the Museum and Nature and Science, $10 for non-members.  Register here….

If you’re considering joining the 2018/2019 Leadership Golden class, you must get your application in by July 31st–that’s tomorrow!  The application is available on the Leadership Golden website:

The monthly Golden Bicycle Cruise takes place tomorrow night.  The theme is The Mustache Ride, so you’d better start growing one or looking for a suitable substitute.  This month’s music is provided by Thunder and Rain.

The Golden Bicycle Cruise rides on the last Tuesday of the month from May to September. This family friendly event meets at the parking lot west of the Golden Public library. Same format as years past….Kegs tapped at 6:00 p.m. in the library parking lot (site of the Golden Farmer’s Market). Ride starts at 7:00 p.m. Festivities continue with food, beer and music until 9:30 p.m. And the food sponsor for this year’s cruise is…..BOB’S ATOMIC BURGERS!!! A Golden favorite, Bob’s will be serving burgers, hot dogs, chips and a vegetarian option. Something great to go with your New Terrain brew!  More information….

Tomorrow afternoon at 4PM, there will be a neighborhood meeting to discuss a request by Verizon for a Special Use Permit to place 12 new antennas on the rooftop of the First Baptist Church at 1805 Washington Avenue. The meeting will take place at the Public Works building, 1445 10th Street (map).  The public is welcome.

Preview of July Events

July 1, 2018

4th of July Celebration - Golden Colorado

Learn more about any of these events by checking the Calendar of Events.

4th of July Celebration in Lions Park
Miners Alley Playhouse
– Lend Me a Tenor Opens July 12th
Foothills Art Center – Arts Week July 16-22
Buffalo Bill Days – July 27-29

American Mountaineering Museum
Fred Doar Portraits
Buffalo Bill Museum
A Visit to the Wild West
Foothills Art Center
Finding Home through 7/8
Charles El Burchfield, Resounding Roar through 7/29
Amuse Yeux: Miniatures through 8/5
Golden History Museum
Discovery Awaits
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Rooted in Tradition Revisited and Hollis Chatelain “Stories of West Africa” through 7/21

Trail Runs with FRCC
Track Workouts with FRCC
Open Studio at Foothills Art Center
Vaccine, License & Microchip Clinic
Farmers Market
Morning Runs with FRCC
Morning Rides with FRCC
Polka Lovers Club

Adult Makers Guild at the Library
English Paper Piecing at the Quilt Museum
South Golden Merchant’s Meeting
4th of July Ice Cream Social at the Applewood Valley United Methodist Church
Lions Club 4th of July Festival
Goat Challenge #3
Coffee with Councilor Charis-Graves
Golden Super Cruise
International Dinner – Elks Lodge
Bill & Louisa Cody at the Buffalo Bill Museum
Sunday at the Quilt Museum
Wild Senses at the Library
Golden Safety Academy (run, hide, fight)
Power Lunch Lecture at NREL
Golden Writing Circle
Golden Beer Talks – Response to Drought
Preschool Nature Nuts: Terrific Trees
Leadership Golden Meet & Greet
Golden Summer Jam
Preview night for Lend Me A Tenor
Free Legal Advice – Elder Law & Probate
Historic Brewing at the History Center
Preschool Nature Nuts: Terrific Trees
Dinosaur Express Train at the RR Museum
Golden Sketch Walk
NREL Walking Campus Tour
Downtown Merchants Assn Mtg
Storytime & Craft at the RR Museum
Library Book Group
Library for All
Rattlesnake Safety & Awareness
Goat Challenge #4
Buying & Selling Online – library
Botanical Field Trip
Golden History Roundtable at the Library: Goosetown by GLA President Bill Litz
Bill & Louisa Cody at the Buffalo Bill Museum
Local Harvest Dinner w/GoFarm at the History Park
Vietnam War at the History Museum
Instrument Petting Zoo at the Library
Ready Beti Series: Safety. Hacks. Skills
Tattoo Talk at the Library
Front Porch Golden Book Club
Ukulele Weds at the Library
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Iguanodonts
Intro to Hiking Safely
Grand Camp at the RR Museum
Library for All
Teen Throwback: Upcycle old CDs – library
Murder Mystery Outdoor Theater at the RR Museum
Buffalo Bill Days
Buffalo Bill Days Pancake Breakfast
Buffalo Bill Days Parade
Beginning Ukulele at the Library
Murder Mystery Outdoor Theater at the RR Museum
Buffalo Bill Days Car Show, Muttin Bustin’, and Duck Rase
Golden’s Magic Mountain Archaeology: Part 2
Harry Potter Birthday Celebration – library
Ready Beti Series: Safety. Hacks. Skills
Golden Bike Cruise: Mustache Ride

Bikes and Books

June 26, 2018

All About Bikes

Golden Bicycle Cruise - Golden ColoradoThe Golden Bicycle Cruise happens tonight. This family friendly event meets at the parking lot west of the Golden Public library. Same format as years past….Kegs tapped at 6:00 p.m. in the library parking lot (site of the Golden Farmer’s Market). Ride starts at 7:00 p.m. Festivities continue with food, beer and music until 9:30 p.m. Food by Bob’s Atomic Burgers, music by the Skeleton Dolls, and beer by New Terrain. Tonight’s theme is Red White & Blue.  The moon will rise at 7:18 this evening, and it’s one day short of full.  Pretty night for a ride!

Tomorrow is Bike-to-Work Day. The City will be hosting a breakfast station from 6:30-9AM in front of the Visitors Center.

The Golden Bike Library is in full swing for the year. They are open Thursday through Sunday from 10AM-4PM. The bike shed is located between the Visitors Center and the Creek, and you can borrow one for free for two hours or rent it for a full day for $10.

The City is doing a pilot program this summer with dockless bikes placed throughout downtown. To use these bikes, download the ofo app, scan the code on a bike, and borrow it for $1/hour.

If you need a place to ride, check out the City’s many miles of trails.

Golden-based Yeti Cycles will be building a new headquarters and outdoor recreation campus just north of Golden on Highway 93.  See the Transcript article about the new development.

If you have a bike to give away, or you need one and can’t afford to buy one, check out the Golden Optimists Club’s bike shop on Johnson Road.

If you want to buy a bike, check some of Golden’s many bike shops:

Golden Bike Shop | 722 Washington Avenue | 303-278-6545 | Map
Big Ring Cycles | 600 12th Street | 303-216-2000 | Map
Peak Cycles | 1224 Washington Avenue, Suite 145 | 303-216-1616 | Map
Pedal Pushers Cyclery | 710 Golden Ridge Road, Suite 102/104 | 303-365-2453 | Map
Gangl Custom Cycles | 16015 W 4th Avenue Unit 6 | 303-278-7180 | Map
C3 Bike Shop | 16948 S Golden Rd | 720) 598-5950 | Map

Not the Slightest Bit Bike-Related:

Golden authors Andi Pearson - Scent of the Wild and Barb Warden - Funiculars of Golden Colorado

Tonight at 7PM, two local authors–Andi Pearson, author of Scent of the Wild (fiction) and Barb Warden, author of Funiculars of Golden Colorado (history) will be reading from and signing copies of their books at Your Ashtanga Yoga, 612 10th St. (map).  Refreshments will be on hand!

Golden Bike Cruise and Public Square Discussion

May 29, 2018

Bike Cruise - Golden Colorado

The first Golden Bike Cruise of the season happens tonight.  The optional costume theme is Flintstones/Cavemen.  The Golden Bicycle Cruise rides on the last Tuesday of the month from May to September. This family friendly event meets at the parking lot west of the Golden Public library. Same format as years past….Kegs tapped at 6:00 p.m. in the library parking lot (site of the Golden Farmer’s Market). Ride starts at 7:00 p.m. Festivities continue with food, beer and music until 9:30 p.m. And the food sponsor for this year’s cruise is…..BOB’S ATOMIC BURGERS!!! A Golden favorite, Bob’s will be serving burgers, hot dogs, chips and a vegetarian option. Something great to go with your New Terrain brew!  Learn more….

Tomorrow Night:  Public Square
Tomorrow night will be the first meeting of Public Square–an open dialogue on topics that intersect faith and culture. Everyone is welcome, and a variety of perspectives are commonly shared, though the leader will wrap up the conversation with a summary of the biblical perspective on the topic. Our first topic is “Identity” What defines you and gives you value?  Please join us!  Any questions? Contact Levi Bowland at The group will meet from 6-7PM at Higher Grounds Cafe, 803 14th Street, Suite B, Golden, CO (map).

Things to do in Golden over Memorial Day Weekend (Monday Edition)

May 28, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend in Golden Colorado

Memorial Day
7-8AM The Honor Guard from Golden VFW Post 4171 will raise the flags in the Golden cemetery.
11AM The VFW will hold a ceremony in the cemetery to honor those who died in active military service.
2PM The Marine Corps Memorial will host a service that includes color guard, bag pips, a flyover, guest speaker, taps, rifle salute, and recognitions.  What you’ll need: bring your own chairs if you are unable to stand for more than 30 minutes without assistance. We don’t always have chairs available.  Parking for this event is generously offered by the Home Depot in the shopping area south of the Memorial.

Heritage Amusement Park is open from 10AM-6PM. They have rides, bumper boats, paddle boats, go karts for adults and children, miniature golf courses, an arcade, and a zip line over the pond.

Live Music
New Terrain Brewing will host the Fireside Pickers tonight, starting at 6PM.

Full Moon
The moon will rise at 7:31PM this evening, and will reach its fullest point at 8:19AM tomorrow morning.  Source

Golden Bike Cruise - Golden ColoradoTomorrow
The first Golden Bike Cruise of the season is tomorrow night. The optional costume theme is Flintstones/Cavemen, so get your saber tooth tiger outfit ready.

Bikes, Books, Buses, and Ceratopsians

September 26, 2017

Zombie Bike Cruise - Golden ColoradoDon’t forget tonight’s Zombie Bike Cruise.  Food and beer will be available at 6 and the ride will start at 7.  Sun Time Hannah will be providing live music and there will be prizes and giveaways.  This is the final Golden Cruise for the year.

Learn more at

Book Club - Golden ColoradoThe Front Porch Book Club will discuss Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah at 6:30 tonight at the Community Center.

If you are interested in joining, please email Jan Bradbury,

Dinosaur Ridge will host a free talk tomorrow night from 6-8 about horned dinosaurs.  Everything Dinosaur: Talk 9 – Ceratopsians (Wednesday) 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge an interesting talk on horned dinosaurs, the ceratopsians! Meeting place: Dinosaur Discovery Center: 17681 W Alameda Parkway, Red Rocks Entrance #1. FREE TALK. to RSVP.

Public Transit in Golden Colorado

Golden has had light rail for 4 years now.  We like it, but many find that the service takes too long to get to their destination–particularly those who would like to take a bus to the train station at the Jeffco Government Center.  In order to make public transit work better for our residents, the City Council recently voted to fund an additional green circulator bus.  This would allow pickups to go from once every 30 minutes to once every 15 minutes.  They anticipate that the improved service would increase ridership on both the bus and the light rail.

The vote for the new bus took place on July 27th.  On August 10th, Golden’s representative to the RTD board visited Council and let them know that RTD planned to reduce the frequency of light rail service to Golden from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes (which would undo the effect of having more frequent bus service).

RTD is coming to Golden this Thursday (September 28th) to hold a public meeting to see what we think of their proposed service cuts.  It’s important that Golden citizens show up, to ask RTD to leave our train service intact.  Even if you don’t take the train yourself, consider that it helps keep a lot of cars off the roads.

City Council is going to delay the start of their own meeting till 7PM, so they all have a chance to speak to the RTD board and staff at the meeting.  Council encourages citizens to attend too.  The meeting will start at 6PM at the Community Center.  Learn more on the City’s website.


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….

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