Events for Toddlers, Wine-Lovers, Worriers, Runners, and City Business Groupies

April 8, 2019

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It’s a good morning for families with little ones:

From 4-6PM, Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar will host a wine-tasting event: Australia on the Barbie. Please call to reserve your spot: 303-277-9991.

At 4PM, the Golden Chamber will hold a ground breaking ceremony for EVO, a new Climbing and Fitness facility at 831 Pine Ridge Road (map). Learn more about EVO.

The City’s monthly Golden Safety Academy will focus on Fire Safety and Fire Prevention tonight from 6-8PM at the Golden Fire Department, 911 10th St. (map). If you are interested in attending this session, please register here.

Now that the weather is clearing and the trails are drying, New Terrain Brewing is restarting their Run Club. Let’s hit the trails! Join us for Monday Night Run Club! We meet every Monday for a nice trail run anywhere between 2-6 miles long. All skill levels are welcome. Join us at the brewery (map), we’ll depart at 6:15pm for a social run, at your own pace. Waiting at all intersections, we’ll weave our way up North Table and back to the brewery. Bring trail running shoes and water. See you there!

The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) meets tonight in City Council Chambers. They will discuss ways for GURA to help fund affordable housing. The City is expecting to receive a building permit application for a large storage project in Gateway Village (the GURA district that includes Origin Red Rocks hotel). They expect to receive a building permit application for the hotel and the first residential building on 8th Street (in the Parfet/Briarwood GURA district). See the meeting packet for more information….

Espresso, Music, and Streetcars

April 5, 2019

Cafe 13 continues celebrating their grand-reopening today by offering half price espresso drinks. The Chamber will do a ribbon cutting at 3PM, and DeDe & the Shakers will play, starting at 6PM. (See you there!) 1301 Arapahoe Street in the Armory Building (Map).

Tonight at 7PM, the Railroad Museum is having Colorado Rails and Cocktails: Streetcar Suburbs. The famous Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel will look at the various streetcar lines and the suburbs they created, including Curtis Park, Highlands, Berkeley, Sloans Lake, Lakewood, Barnum, Englewood Washington Park, University Park, Harman, Montclair, Park Hill, etc. Relax, have a beverage, and travel back to a time when railroads shaped the American West.

Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. 21 and older only. Admission includes two beverages of your choice: beer, wine or soda and snacks. Bar opens at 6:30PM and the presentation starts promptly at 7PM. Presentation length varies by event and the doors close at 8:30PM. Buy tickets here….

Tonight’s Live Music:

Saturday Morning Preview:

TriceraTOTs, Tea & Yoga, Defining a “Small Town,” Colorado Ore, and Standup Improv

April 3, 2019

TriceraTOTs meets at 10AM this morning at the Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center (map). This is 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.

The Chamber’s Community Development Council meets from 11:30-1 at the Golden Visitors Center. This group is designed to encourage the economic vitality, prosperity and educational opportunities of the Greater Golden area and to monitor and inform members on public issues while serving as the voice of the Greater Golden business community. If you plan to attend, please call the Chamber in case of cancellation or location change at 303-279-3113.

Old Barrel Tea Company at 1224 Washington Avenue hosts Bend at the Barrel – Yoga and Tea Pairing from 6-7PM.

The Planning Commission meets tonight at 6:30PM in City Council Chambers. They are plunging into the challenging task of bringing our municipal code in line with the Comprehensive Plan and Neighborhood Plans. A lot of this work involves turning qualitative terms such as “small,” “compatible,” and “friendly” into quantitative terms such as “50% maximum lot coverage,” and “maximum height 25′.” Council approved a 120 day building moratorium in order to get these issues addressed, so the next four months will be interesting in Golden. See the meeting packet….

The Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum will host a lecture tonight at 7PM: Outstanding Minerals of Colorado’s Metallic Ore Deposits: A Brief Review by Phil Persson. The talk will be on the Mines campus in GRL 201, the large conference room directly across the hall from the CSM Geology Museum. The Mines Geology Museum is one block north of Mines’ Maple Street pedestrian mall. The closest parking is in the lots immediately north and south of the Geology Museum and is FREE in the evening. The Geology Museum is #27 on the campus map. Admission is free and all are welcome.

SCRIPTprov takes place at 7:30PM at Miners Alley Playhouse. We put improv in their scripts, they put scripts in our improv. What could possibly go wrong? SCRIPTprov is an award winning show that has been described as a “wonderful surprise” and “redefining the rules.” Performed in Denver since 2009, SCRIPTprov features the talents of traditional actors and the Dishwater Blondes improv troupe. Watch scenes get their scripts flipped. $17 For more information please visit

Summer Jobs for Youth, Chamber Happy Hour, Beer Talks

March 12, 2019
Get paid to work outside, make new friends, learn new skills, and make a difference in your parks!

Jefferson County Open Space offers summer work for youth, doing trail maintenance work. Learn more at a meeting tonight from 6-7:30. Pizza will be provided during the first half hour. Learn more….

The Golden Hotel is hosting this month’s Chamber of Commerce VIBE@FIVE gathering from 5-7 this evening. Come join other members of the Golden Chamber of Commerce for this “Very Important Business Event” – VIBE. Stop in for a quick hello and a refreshment right after work and a chance to get to know fellow members of the Golden Chamber of Commerce and Golden Young Professionals. This is a great networking and socializing event. Learn more….

The Golden High School PTA will meet at 5:30 at the school (701 24th St.).

Golden Beer Talks will take place tonight at 6:30 at Windy Saddle Cafe. Lisa S. Gardiner, PhD will discuss Tales from an Uncertain World: What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us About Climate Change. Tonight’s beer comes from Hogshead 54 Brewery. Food and beer will be available at 6PM, with the speaker starting around 6:35PM. Following the presentation, they’ll take a brief intermission before Q + A, wrapping up around 7:45PM. There is no cover charge and no purchase is necessary

The Economic Development Commission (EDComm) meets at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. A board member from the Chamber of Commerce will be there to give a status report on the Chamber’s plans and finances. GoFarm will request an economic incentive for a proposed new greenhouse that will grow food. A property owner in the Goosetown neighborhood has offered the use of his property. The requested incentive would be to have the City provide a water tap on the property, which would be worth a minimum of $29,000. Staff will suggest a couple of alternatives. Staff will also provide an update on several on-going projects, such as this year’s agreement with Traxion and the proposed Local Business Awareness program.

We’re compiling a list of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations for this weekend, but here’s one I need to mention early: the Golden Elks are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day dinner at 6PM Saturday night, with corned beef & cabbage, mashed potatoes, Irish sausage, Irish soda bread, and dessert for $25. If you’re interested, you need to RSVP today: or

Meetings, Beer Talks, Karaoke, Trivia, Biomethanation, and RTD Service Cuts

February 12, 2019

The Local Licensing Authority will meet at 2:30 this afternoon in City Council Chambers. The Table Mountain Inn is asking to renew their license. Cheese Ranch Deli is applying to include their patio in the licensed area (so people can drink alcohol while dining on the patio). Light Rail Wine & Ale (14799 W. 6th Ave.) is applying to transfer ownership. Maki Sushi & Grill (1301 Washington) is changing both names and ownership.

The Economic Development Commission will meet at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. (Note–this is a change of venue, and a very welcome one, as the meetings will be shown live and the recordings will be easier to hear.) They will discuss the possibility of working with a group called the Executive Directors Roundtable to improve the connection between Golden’s business and nonprofit sectors. They will also consider a new event, proposed by one of the board members, called “Denver West Women Who Startup Basecamp.” They will discuss the new Local Business Awareness program and this year’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Mentoring Program, which they do in partnership with Traxion.

The Chamber is having their monthly VIBE@FIVE – Business After Hours Social Event at 5PM this evening at Cast Iron Tavern. If you’re a Chamber member or interested in becoming one, join them at 5PM.

Golden High School’s PTA will meet at 5:30 at the school.

Golden Beer Talks at Windy Saddle Cafe - Golden Colorado

Golden Beer Talks meets at 6:30 at Windy Saddle Cafe. Tonight’s speaker, Claire Zilber, MD, will discuss the physiological effects of acute and chronic stress on immune functioning. This month’s Golden brewery is Coors, and if you’re a Beer Talks regular, you know why that’s good news! As always, there is no cover charge, but space is limited. If you want to be assured of a chair, arrive early.

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse has Karaoke tonight from 7-11PM, and the Ace Hi hosts Trivia Night beginning at 7PM.

Wednesday Preview
will hold their monthly Power Lunch Lecture tomorrow at noon. The topic is Biomethanation: Unique, Sustainable Approach to Renewable Natural Gas. Registration is required. Call 303-384-6565 or e-mail to make a reservation for this free public program. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation. For information about upcoming events, visit

Tomorrow night, there will be a public meeting with RTD in City Council Chambers. RTD is proposing to cut light rail service to Golden on Saturdays from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes. City Council is opposed to this proposed change because Golden has been working to encourage the use of public transportation. Reducing the frequency makes the public option less convenient, and thus less likely to be used.

We (Golden) also want to discuss the fact that our fares are significantly higher than they would be if we were one mile closer to Denver. We pay $5.25 to ride the light rail; whereas the next station, Red Rocks, only pays $3. This is because Golden is considered a different “zone” from the rest of the line. This works both ways. Anyone coming from Lakewood or Denver to Golden also has to pay $5.25. This means that people needing to visit the county buildings for services and benefits pay a premium price for the trip. Golden hopes to persuade RTD of two things: first, to keep our weekend service at a train every 15 minutes, and second, to include us within the same zone as Denver and Lakewood, so our fares would drop from $5.25 to $3. Please plan to attend this meeting and provide feedback to RTD.

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

Christmas-Readiness and Future Spending

November 26, 2018

Christmas Tree Fund-Raiser
Optimists Club Christmas Tree SaleDo you need a Christmas tree? Consider buying one from the Golden Optimists Club! Their tree lot is located in the US Bank parking lot at 19th and Jackson. This annual fundraiser supports the Optimists’s service activities, which include sponsoring a local Boy Scout Troop, helping a local Girl Scout troop, sponsoring an annual oratorical contest at GHS, providing school supplies to local schools, helping food banks, and helping the Golden Optimists Bicycle Recycle Program. They are open Mon-Fri from 12-6PM and Saturday-Sunday from 9AM-6PM.

Letters to Santa

Santa's Mailbox in Golden Colorado

The Chamber has a US Postal Box for Santa Claus at the Golden Visitors Center (10th and Washington). Bring your letters to Santa’s mailbox before December 15th and Santa will answer them. Please include a return address in your letter. Questions? Call 303-279-3113.

Golden Investment Task Forum
The Golden Investment Task Forum meets tonight at 6PM in City Council Chambers. This group continues to work through its complicated task of sorting through the long list of “wants” defined in our various master plans. Its current tasks are developing a question for next year’s National Citizen Survey and refining the project descriptions defining Golden’s long-term wants and needs.

The National Citizen Survey will go to a statistically significant sample of Golden citizens. Most of the questions are standardized “how are we doing?”-type questions. We are allowed to add a couple of custom questions. The Task Force is trying to craft a question that would tell us which future expenditures are most important to the community.

The project descriptions will provide a more concrete description, projected costs, and an explanation of why we would want the projects–how they would tie in to our Golden Vision Plan.

The object of all of this study is to provide City Council with solid background for two possible ballot issues in the future. The first would ask Golden voters whether we should institute a lodging tax. Before the issue goes on the ballot, Council will need to decide whether to earmark the proceeds of the new tax for something specific (such as cultural institutions, open space purchases, or affordable housing) or to just put it in the general city fund. The second question will consider a bond issue. This would authorize the City to borrow a substantial sum that would allow us to do many or all of the projects that the task force is defining.  Learn more by reviewing the meeting packet….

Back to School, TIF Agreements

August 20, 2018

Jefferson Symphony Concert in Parfet Park - Golden CO

Last night’s Jefferson Symphony concert in Parfet Park attracted an impressive crowd!  The Chamber reports that they had record crowds at the Golden Fine Arts Festival. Dave Powers took a few photos while checking out the art. See them on our Facebook page.

The Colorado School of Mines students begin classes todayJeffco Public School students began last week.

The Downtown Development Authority will gather an hour earlier than usual this evening–at 5:30, rather than 6:30–so they can take a walking tour of their downtown domain. Afterward, they will convene in City Council Chambers for their regularly-scheduled (and recorded) 6:30 meeting. Xicamiti La Taquería Bistro (715 Washington Avenue) is requesting a $500-700 grant to help pay for a one-way film window sign. They will vote on a sales taxed-based TIF agreement of up to $58,000 with the Buffalo Rose. Last year, the DDA approved a property tax-based TIF agreement of up to $250,000 with the Buffalo Rose. The DDA is working on a legal/financial agreement with the new owners of 1100 Washington (the former funeral parlor), but the details are not yet finalized.  To learn more about tonight’s DDA topics, review the meeting packet.

Tuesday Preview
The Downtown Merchants will meet tomorrow morning at 7:30 at Connects Workspace.  This is a monthly opportunity to exchange information about downtown events. All are welcome. Learn more….

The Chamber will host a Brown Bag Lunch & Learn tomorrow from 12:30-1:30. The topic is Solo-prenuer: Solutions for Common Problems of a “Solo-Proprietor’s” Experience, presented by Amira Watters and Lou Riverso with Jefferson County Business Resource Center. Learn more….

The Railroad Museum will hold their monthly craft and storytime tomorrow morning at 10AM.

Tomorrow night, the County is hosting an open host to discuss the Comprehensive Master Plan. If you have ideas or comments on development in Jefferson County, this is your chance to weigh in.

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

A Glimpse of 1948 in Golden…and Back to the Present

May 22, 2018

Downtown Golden Colorado in the 1940s

Click to enlarge this image of Golden in the 1940s.

The Golden Transcript has been publishing since 1866. The Golden History Museum has been working on digitizing the old issues, and they’re currently up to June of 1948. I love reading old Transcripts, and yesterday I was reviewing what was happening 60 years ago this week.

The May 20th, 1948 Transcript reported that the City was looking into paving the streets. The City Manager said that it was an expensive process, and it would take many years. Property owners would be expected to pay for the street in front of their property (at about $100 per 50 foot lot), with the City paying to pave intersections.

City Council was looking for a new source of water. They were considering purchasing water from Denver. They were also busy redesigning the street signs, and were evaluating hiring another policeman, as they had only four officers for a population of 6000.

The School of Mines was graduating its largest class ever–191, including 23 graduate degrees.

Foss Drug - Golden ColoradoThe ads were interesting too. The Appliance Shoppe was located at 1118 Washington Ave. (where the Red Wagon is now); Sarge Candies was at 1117 Washington Ave. (now part of the Buffalo Rose) , and Golden Cafe and Bakery was located at 1202 Washington Avenue (now part of Goozell Yogurt). Chuck’s Market & Grocery operated at 1214 Washington (now Laurel Property Services), while Safeway was half a block south, at 13th and Washington (now Peak Cycles). Tierney Jewelry Company was at 1206 Washington…and it still is, now known as Creekside Jewelers! Foss Drug Company was advertising lipsticks at 2 for $1.

The LaRay Hotel (which is now the Table Mountain Inn) had a new automatic shoe shiner, which allowed ladies and gentlemen to shine their own shoes in two minutes for ten cents!

You’ll find old Golden Transcripts online at  You can contribute to the cost of the digitizing project with a donation to the Golden History Museums.

Returning to the Present…
The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board meets tonight at 6PM in City Council Chambers. They will hear from the Jefferson County Housing Authority about the low-income housing they want to build at 24th and Jackson. The Housing Authority will be requesting that the city vacate a north-south alley between 23rd and 24th. After that, the board will adjourn to a study session, where they will consider changing the municipal code. The proposal is that streets with posted limits less than the default speed limit should not be prioritized for traffic calming. You can see their agenda and watch the meeting live on the city’s website.

The Golden Chamber is having a membership luncheon tomorrow from 11:30-1 at the Briarwood Inn.  If you would like to attend, contact the Chamber to see if tickets are still available: (303) 279-3113 or

The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) is hosting a Power Lunch tomorrow from 12-1PM.  This month’s topic is What is the NREL Solar Radiation Research Laboratory?  The event is free, but you must register in advance.  Learn more….

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