Learn about Mines or Archosaurs Tonight, and Eat at Bob’s

November 28, 2018

Colorado School of Mines - Golden Colorado

The School of Mines will hold a community meeting tonight at 6PM.  The meeting will be held in the Ben Parker Student Center, 1616 Maple St. (map), Ballroom E.  Topics will include:

* Campus activities
* Sustainability
* Construction project update
* Parking
* Master plan process/timeline update
* Questions/discussion

Dinosaur Ridge will hold a free Everything Dinosaur Talk: Archosaurs (Crocs, Dactyls, and Avians) at 6PM at their Discovery Center, 17681 W Alameda Pkwy, Golden, CO (map)

Dinosaur Ridge lecture on archosaurs/The ancestral archosaurs probably originated some 250 million years or so ago, in the late Permian period. Their descendants (such as the dinosaurs) dominated the realm of the terrestrial vertebrates for a majority of the Mesozoic Era. Today, only the birds and crocodilians exist to provide a glimpse into the past glory of archosaurs. RSVP at education@dinoridge.org.

The Sustainability Board will meet at 6PM in City Council Chambers.  They will discuss their goals for the coming year, which they will present to City Council sometime soon.  See the meeting packet for details.

Bob's Atomic Burgers Fund Raiser for Golden High School Performing ArtsBob’s Atomic Burgers is holding a fund-raiser for Golden High School’s performing arts programs today from 11AM-8PM.  Have lunch or dinner at Bob’s and they will donate 20% of your bill to young performers!

Tonight’s Live Music:
Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse – Wintery Wednesdays Concert Series, 6-9PM.
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 6PM.

Thursday Preview:

Foothills Art Center Ugly Sweater Decorating - Golden Colorado

Tomorrow night (Thursday November 29th) from 6-8PM, Foothills Art Center will host Art on Tap.  This month, they’re doing an Ugly Sweater Decorating Party!

Bring an old sweater and meet us up in Petersen Classroom to adorn it for the upcoming holiday season. Golden City Brewery will be providing the beer, and we will be providing the decorating supplies (paint, glitter, and a plethora of unique items).

Bring a friend or a date and get crafty with Foothills staff members. 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.

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2018

Trick or Treat in Downtown Golden Colorado

The downtown merchants will be handing out candy from 3:30-5:30. To protect the trick or treaters, the City will shut down Washington Avenue from 11th to 14th Streets and 12th and 13th Streets from Miners Alley to Prospector Alley.

Golden City Brewery is celebrating their 25th anniversary with a Halloween/Anniversary party.  They’ll be selling beer at 1993 prices, so have a pint and bring your growlers!

From 5:30-8PM, School of Mines Students will be out trick or treating for canned and nonperishable food items to donate to the food pantry at the Christian Acton Guild.

There are still a few openings available for tonight’s Golden City Historical Ghost Tour and Pub Crawl. They will meet in front of the Dove Inn at 7:15. You must buy your tickets ahead of time!

Earth Treks Climbing Center is having a Treks or Treat Halloween Party from 6-10 tonight, with a costume contest, prizes, free beer, tricks and treat, and ghostly games.

Those of you who are tired of hearing about Halloween will be glad to know that’s this is the last of it…EXCEPT…there’s one final Murder, Mayhem, and Madness tour on Friday, November 2nd. I’m not sure that he scheduled it for this reason, but November 2nd is Día de los Muertos. Reserve your place by emailing tours@coloradohauntedhistory.com or calling 888-649-3849.

Dinosaur Ridge will give a talk on pachycephalosaurs, the bone-headed dinosaurs from 6-7 this evening. It’s free!

The Library will have its monthly Ukulele Wednesday from 6-7:30, and all ukulele players are invited to jam with them.

Thursday Preview
Tomorrow is the first of November, so I’ll be posting my usual preview of events for the month.

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Bike Brewery Crawl, Ballots & Brews, Pumpkin Carving

October 28, 2018

The Railroad Museum’s Trick or Treat Train will operate again today, from 10AM-4PM.

Applewood Valley United Methodist Church, 2035 Ellis Street (map) is having a Fall Festival today from 11:30AM-1:30PM. It’s free, and the public is invited. Wear your costumes! They’ll have carnival games, arts & crafts, face painting, a bouncy house, candy and prizes.

Witches Brew at the Golden LibraryThe Library is making Witches’ Brew in the DIY lab from 12:30-2:30PM today. Do you like to tinker, invent and re-imagine things? Drop in and try our DIY space and let the creativity flow. Learn how to make Witches’ Brew in our laboratory, and sample it too, while creating festive Halloween DIY projects. Please wear a Halloween costume, if you have one.

Pedal Pushers Brewery Bike Ride - Golden COPedal Pushers Cyclery is leading a Halloween Brewery Crawl starting from the shop (710 Golden Ridge Road (map) at 3PM. They plan to visit Cannonball Creek, Golden City Brewery, Mountain Toad, and Barrels & Bottles. Get to the shop early and watch the Broncos. If you wear a custom you can enjoy half price beers at Pedal Pushers (yes, the bike shop sells beer).

2018 ElectionFrom 4-6PM, The Underground (1224 Washington Avenue) will host Ballots & Brews. Join us as we rally in support of our Jeffco Democratic candidates! Ballots will be mailed the week of October 15th, so bring your completed ballot with you to the event. After hearing from our special guests, we’ll walk to the nearby drop box to return our ballots, then enjoy some good food and a beer!

They’re expecting an all-star line-up of Special Guests: Ed Perlmutter, Dave Young, Lesley Smith, Rachel Zenzinger, Brittany Pettersen, Jessie Danielson, Tammy Story, Tracy Kraft-Tharp, Chris Kennedy, Monica Duran, Kerry Tipper, Brianna Titone, Lesley Dahlkemper, George Stern, Jerry DiTullio, Scot Kersgaard, Cheryl Cheney, Marjorie Sloan, and Jane Goff.

Holidaily Brewing is hosting a Pumpkin Carving Contest from 5-7PM. The beer-tenders will vote on their favorite pumpkins and prizes will be given to one adult and one child. Bring your own pumpkin–they’ll supply carving tools.

Golden History, Chili Beer, Sock Hop, Ghost Tour and Pub Crawl

October 20, 2018

Astor House - Golden Colorado

The Golden History Roundtable meets at 11:30 this morning at the Library, and should be interesting. Nathan Richie of the History Museum will tell us about Golden’s boarding houses and the important role that boarding houses played in American history.

There will be two performances of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Miners Alley today–one at 11 and one at 1.

Golden City Brewery is hosting a ChiliFest starting at noon today. This is a fund-raiser for the Golden Christian Action Guild. They’ll have chili glasses and a special chili beer!

If you’re planning a wedding, you might want to visit the Autumn Wedding Show at the Boettcher Mansion from 11AM-2PM today.

The annual Golden Civic Foundation Auction happens today, and sold out quickly, as usual. This year’s theme was “Rock Around the Clock,” a 1950’s-type sock hop. If you weren’t able to get tickets, or you’re looking for an after-party, head to either the Ace Hi or Miners Saloon for a sock hop party this evening.

Natural Grocers is offering a free class from 5-6 on “Strategies to Keep Your Gallbladder.” Dr. Jennifer Christian of Alternative Family Medicine & Chiropractic will be discussing strategies for better gallbladder health, particularly for those experiencing discomfort or issues and have been told they’re a non-emergent surgical candidate but want to keep and correct their gallbladder. Just because we “can” live without this important organ doesn’t always mean we should.

Ghost Stories and Pub Crawl - Golden ColoradoGet a headstart on Halloween celebrations by taking the Golden City Historic Ghost Tour & Pub Crawl tonight. They’ll meet at 7:15 in from of the Dove Inn, 711 14th Street. The Dove Inn is offering a package price if you want to spend the night there.

Saturday’s Live Music
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM
DIRTY DOGS ROADHOUSE – Band of Brothers, 7PM

Book Sale, Music, Golden History and ChiliFest in Golden

October 19, 2018

Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale to Support Jefferson County Libraries - Golden Colorado

The Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale continues today at the Fairgrounds. They’re open today from 9AM to 5PM. If you want to get a jump on the other shoppers, you can pay for early bird admission between 8 and 9AM for $10.

The Arthur Lakes Library on the School of Mines campus is having a free Concert in the Library today from 12-1PM. Please join us for an eerie and fun Spooktacular Halloween Hangout as Animal Friends returns for their 2nd engagement at the Concert Series. The public is welcome. Learn more about the free concert….

Yesterday, I mentioned that there would be paranormal investigators at the Railroad Museum tonight. Turns out, that will be next Friday, the 26th.


D.W. Doucet will perform from 6-9PM tonight at Barrels and Bottles.

The Golden Mill (1012 Ford Street – map) is going to be remodeled into a food hall, but in the meantime, there are a lot of interesting events happening in that space. Here’s what’s going on tonight: Come out and enjoy the GLDN SOCIALS second concert series for the month of October! This will be a night filled with great local musicians, amazing local art, and a great atmosphere to connect as a community!! We have a stacked line up this night so you won’t wanna miss a second of the action. We have “West Hues”, “Los Arctic Cumbia Bois (The Los Narwhals in punk form)”, “Marafiki” , and “Los Mocochetes” on the electrical stage in the front room. and in the Forrest stage in the back we have “Sean Christian McDonell” doing a rare vinyl showcase. “12th gage w/ binge cult”!!!!! A “babybabydjset” and our own “purple” ! Please come out and have some fun with us !  This Clear Creek Freak-Out starts at 9PM tonight.

Saturday Preview:
There will be a Golden History Roundtable at the Library tomorrow from 11:30AM-1PM. Nathan Richie, director of the Golden History Museum, will talk about “the boarding house phenomenon that provided a home away from home for one third of Americans and challenged social and cultural conventions.” How does this tie into Golden? We used to have a bunch of boarding houses, including the Astor House, the Burgess House, and others. Learn more about the importance of boarding houses in Golden specifically and in America in general.  Any questions?  Call Barb Warden at 303-278-2701.

Golden City Brewery Chili Fest to Benefit the Golden Christian Action GuildGolden City Brewery is hosting ChiliFest21 tomorrow, starting at noon. This is a fund-raiser for the Golden Christian Action Guild. A $10 donation gets you a limited edition printed mug and unlimited chili samples (for as long as the chili holds out).

Murder Will Out

October 9, 2018

Tonight’s Golden Beer Talks topic is “Applying Geological Exploration Methods Towards Locating Clandestine Graves Related to Homicide Investigations.” In other words–using scientific methods to find hidden bodies. Jim Reed of Golden-based RockWare will describe how the multi-disciplinary volunteers of NecroSearch (e.g. anthropology, botany, criminalistics, entomology, geology, geophysics, meteorology, psychology, etc.) help to solve murders.

Tonight also marks Golden Beer Talks 5th Anniversary, and Dr. Jim Dale will lead his annual auction for a “Very Special Table” at a future Beer Talk meeting.  Tonight’s beer comes from Golden City Brewery, which will shortly celebrate its own 25th anniversary!  As always, the event takes place at Windy Sadddle Cafe and the speaker will start at 6:35. The doors are open at 6, and people will be there early to stake out tables.

The Economic Development Commission will meet tonight at 6:30 at the Public Works Building. They will discuss their work plan for 2019, an RFP to replace Golden Business News with a lower-cost alternative next year, and new workforce development webpage designed by city staff.

What’s Up at Foothills Art Center? Yappy Hour at GCB

September 14, 2018

Exhibits and Classes at Foothills Art Center - Golden Colorado

Foothills Art Center is gearing up for their 2019 Members’ Show. If you are a member and an artist, you can apply to show your work in this juried show. Learn more….

Have you seen the current exhibits yet? Don’t miss Spirit Glass by Damien Gilley and Magnetic north by mai wyn schantz. Both will be on display until October 21st. More….

They have several adult classes scheduled, including Painting with Janet Nunn, A Mixed media World Map Workshop, Fearless Creating: Working with the Stages and Anxieties of the Creative Process, Figure Drawing from the Model; Step-by-Step, Painting Notecards with Janet Nunn, and Jane Christie’s One or two Day Workshop: Success with Pastels. Learn more and sign up for a class….

Yappy Hour at Golden City Brewery - Golden COGolden City Brewery is hosting a Yappy Hour from 3-8PM today. They will have a booth by Foothills Animal Shelter and their Ambassadogs, two food trucks, free tie dye bandanas for dogs, and pint specials! Bring your dog and receive a dollar off any of their staple beers. They will even have a special food truck for dogs!

Golden Civic Foundation Auction - Golden CO

The Golden Civic Foundation is currently selling tickets to their 43rd annual Gala and Auction.  Tickets will only last a day or two, so if you want to go, buy your tickets right now.

Saturday Preview
In Plein Site, artists painting along Clear Creek, 7AM-4PM
Golden Farmers Market, 8AM-1PM
Thomas the Tank Engine at the Railroad Museum, 8:30AM-4:45PM
Homesteaders’ Day, 10AM-2PM
Sidewalk Sale, 10AM-5PM
Golden History Roundtable, 12:30-2PM
Craft Beer with a Councilor, 3-5PM
Lungs at Miners Alley Playhouse, 7:30PM

Pet Parade, Farmers Market, Dinosaur Discovery, Fire Department, Breweries, Music

September 8, 2018

The Farmers Market runs from 8AM-1PM today. I’ll be there, representing the Golden Cultural Alliance, so if you have any questions about the museums, the symphony, the choir, Golden Landmarks, the Visitors Center, the Library, the Chamber, the Nature Center, Miners Alley, or West Side Live, Golden Beer Talks, or the Cowboy Gathering, stop by the Golden Cultural Alliance booth this morning!

Also today:

9-11AM Adventure Van Meet Up
10AM – 2PM Toby’s Costume Parade & Fair
10AM – 2PM Dinosaur Discovery Day
10AM – 2PM Safety and Preparedness Day at the Fire Department
10AM – 3PM National Electric Drive Week Event

Goldenfest at Golden City Brewery

Brewery News
Today from 11AM-7PM, the Golden City Brewery will host their 18th annual GOLDENFEST, which is a fund-raiser that benefits the Golden Fire Department.

Cannonball Creek will run Pepperpalooza today from 12-11PM, with chili beers, on-site green chili roasting, and live music.

This is the final day for New Terrain Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary extravaganza, Wanderfest.

Coda Brewing is having their Grand Opening today from 12-9PM.

Today’s Live Music:
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Tony Rosario at 12PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Tripwire, 3-7PM
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke at 9PM
Cannonball Creek Brewing Company – The One and Only Jon Ham, 7PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Vince Converse Band, 1PM
Band of Brothers – 5PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Half Pint & The Growlers, 8PM
New Terrain Brewing Company – Wanderfest – The Big Wu, Dead Larry, Pat Ferguson Band, Great Salmon Famine, Thunder & Rain
Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina – Live Music Saturday, 5PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Mass Hipster, 4-8PM

Golden Volunteer Fire DepartmentHave you ever considered joining the Golden Volunteer Fire Department?  They’re having an open house tomorrow from 11AM-2PM for people who might be interesting in joining them.    Learn more….

Chili, Beer, and Pizza Events Tonight

February 22, 2018

Golden High School Chili Cookoff

Golden High School PTSA will host their annual Chili Cook Off and Silent Auction tonight (Thursday February 23rd) from 6-8:30 at the High School – 701 24th Street, Golden, CO (map).

This major fundraiser of the year supports programs such as Class Room, School, Teacher, Staff and Student Grants, providing much needed supplies, equipment, and educational activities; Senior Scholarships; the Reflections Art Program; and a safe fun venue for After Prom held at the Golden Recreation Center. Awards will be given to the top chili in each of four categories: green, red, white, and vegetarian. If you like chili but don’t want to cook, come on down and taste as much chili as you can, then vote on your favorite. Tasters can buy a ticket, $5 in advance online or $7 at the door.

Then find great deals at the Silent Auction: gift certificates to your favorite restaurants, tickets to sporting events, and more. We have manicures, auto and other services, and even bid on one of our GHS parking spots right up front and marked for the Silent Auction winner – great for your student driver. This is GHS’s major fundraiser of the year; it’s fun and entertaining. Last year we funded ten scholarships and over $3000 in requests for equipment and supplies that went directly into our classrooms.

Foothills Art Center and Golden City Brewery - Golden ColoradoFoothills Art Center is hosting Art on Tap from 6-8PM.
Golden City Brewery brewmaster Derek, joins us in the galleries every month to discuss creativity in brewing. Foothills staff and our beloved community partners will engage you with discussion, education, and hands-on activities!

From 6-7:30 tonight, Pizza Hut is hosting the Kick-Off/Open House for the American Cancer Society West Metro Relay for Life. If you are interested in helping with the fight against cancer, please attend this event – food is free and lots of fun! If you are able to attend or interested in volunteering, or creating a team please email dhamilton1127@gmail.com.  Again, the location is Pizza Hut, 17540 South Golden Road (map).

Philanthropic Pubbing

December 22, 2017

Pub Crawl - Golden Colorado

Want to do a pub crawl tonight? Dress up in your most festive gear and join other Golden people in a cruise through the breweries.

Tentative Schedule:
6:00 Golden City Brewery
7:30 Barrels and Bottles Brewery
9:00 Mountain Toad Brewing
And we will see how the rest of the night goes….

If you are feeling extra cheery and charitable this holiday season, please feel free bring a donation for The Action Center.

The Action Center’s mission is to provide an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless. 

They are currently in need of the following items:

FOOD ITEMS: Cereal, Cereal Bars, Peanut Butter, Canned Chicken, Beans, Pasta/Sauce, Pasta Dinners, Mac and Cheese, Canned Fruit, Canned Corn

NON-FOOD ITEMS: Jackets, Winter Boots, Gloves, Hats, Blankets, Sleeping Bags, New Socks, New Underwear

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