Ponies & Plants & Books

May 30, 2019

How cool is this? The Horse Protection League is hosting its first ever day camp for kids! Pony Pals is for kids ages 5 – 9 who want to spend time with our horses. They will practice being safe on the ground with horses, leading, and grooming. We will also have horse crafts and games. This camp is for beginners (not suitable for kids with significant horse experience). The Horse Protection League is located on the historic Churches Ranch, just 3 miles north of Golden. Pony Pals Day Camp will take place from 9:30-2:30 on June 13th. Download the event flyer to learn more.

Tomorrow, Golden High School students and the neighbors across the street from the school will plant a garden together. After the Kinney run project a couple years ago, the City re-landscaped the area along the waterway, but one patch of ground along 24th Street went to weeds. The neighbors and students discussed the patch and decided they wanted to plant a garden there–one that uses the school colors, maroon and white! They contacted the Urban Drainage and Flood Control district, and they offered to donate the plants. Tomorrow, they will take delivery of a maple tree, several flowering shrubs, ornamental grasses, and perennial flowers.

You are welcome to join the planting party! Drop by any time from late morning to mid-afternoon. The plants will arrive at about noon, but if you come earlier you can help prepare the soil, dig the holes, etc. Bring gardening tools if you like, or share the ones on site Again, the garden is on 24th Street across from the High School (map).

The Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale is this weekend at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. This is a prime opportunity to stock up on books, videos, and audio books. They always have a great selection of children’s books, and adults may enjoy their rare books section.

Here are a few “insider” tips. If you want early access, join the Friends of the Library. They get a 2 hour preview tonight from 6-8PM. (Individual membership is $15, and couples membership is $25.) Alternatively, you can pay $10 for Early Bird Admission Friday morning from 8-9AM. After that, admission is free! The sale is open Friday and Saturday from 9AM-5PM, and Sunday from 11AM-3PM.

The sale is conducted by the Jefferson County Library Foundation, and proceeds support the Library’s early literacy, cultural engagement, technology access, and education programs. Learn more….

Night Life:

  • Avalanche Harley-Davidson will host Brew & BBQ Bike Night from 5-9PM, with $1 beers & $5 meals, plus live music, games, prizes, and more.
  • The VFW will host War Movies Trivia from 6-7PM.
  • Runners High will lead a group run tonight, leaving from the store (2120 Ford St.) at 6PM. They will run on South Table Mountain via 19th St.
  • Big Ring Cycles will lead a group road ride starting at 6PM from their store at 600 12th St.
  • New Terrain Brewing’s weekend-long bluegrass festival starts tonight at 6 with Golden-based Thunder & Rain.
  • Dirty Dogs Roadhouse will host Dave Frisk from 6-10PM.
  • The Ace Hi will have Karaoke at 9PM.

Graduation, Stories, Microscopes, and Music

May 24, 2019

Golden High School’s graduation will take place at 9AM this morning at the Marv Kay Stadium on the School of Mines campus (map). There’s very little parking near the stadium, so if you can, walk there. Congratulations, graduates!

You and the kids can enjoy Story Time with the Hens from 10-10:30 this morning at the Golden History Park. Join us for 30 minutes of fun stories on the homestead as we read aloud with the chickens! Meet at Golden History Park’s chicken coop. FREE for ALL Friends of the Flock (any GHM&P membership level). Join now.

The School of Mines Geology Museum will be selling 40 microscopes over the next few weeks, with proceeds benefiting the Museum. This sale will be ongoing for the next couple of weeks. Contact the Museum Volunteer Coordinator, sdhoward@mines.edu, to set an appointment to see the available microscopes. See the Museum’s facebook page to learn more….

Live Music:
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke at 9PM
Buffalo Rose – Still the Same (Bob Seger Tribute) at 7:30, Duke St. Kings (Bruce Springsteen Tribute) at 9:10PM
Cafe 13 – The Green Flowers Quartet, 6-8PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Nightwolf, 7PM

Saturday Morning Preview:
10AM – The Splash (waterpark) opens
10AM – 2PM – Homesteaders’ Day at the History Park
10-11:30AM – Installing Tile Backsplash at Home Depot
11AM-1PM – 4 year anniversary celebration and pet adoption at Gold Mine Cupcakes

Sustainability, New Housing, Music, and a Scholarship

May 22, 2019

The Sustainability Board will meet tonight at 6PM in City Council Chambers. They will get a first look at an online dashboard that will show electricity usage and solar energy production at City facilities. They will discuss ways that the City can help home and business owners to increase their energy efficiency, and they will consider ways to review energy reports for new developments. They will also discuss an ongoing effort to inventory greenhouse gas emissions in the City. Learn more by reviewing the meeting packet….

An Update on the Proposed Housing Development at 24th & Ford:

Jefferson County Housing Authority - Golden Colorado

The proposed housing project at 24th & Ford has caused consternation ever since it was first broached by a Chicago-based developer in 2016. Neighbors have been concerned about the overflow parking cluttering up an already crowded neighborhood. People who drive the Ford/Jackson corridor are worried about more traffic. Residents who value the single home, low-slung nature of Golden don’t want small houses to be demolished in favor of a 51-unit apartment building. People who love big trees don’t want them cut down and replaced with saplings.

The original developer was followed by the Jefferson County Housing Authority. They took their project to the Planning Commission in January and received a Special Use Permit, several waivers, a bonus to allow them to build 3 stories tall, and the right to build over the existing alleyway. The one thing they couldn’t get a waiver for was the parking requirement. They were 13 spaces short. They talked of having their tenants park in the High School parking lot. Since the School’s parking lot is too small to serve all of the High School students (and the overflow parks in the neighborhood), this was distressing for both High School parents and nearby neighbors. However, the Jeffco Schools Superintendent said the District would “not be entering into an agreement to provide these spots to JCHA.”

Discussion among the residents died down after the Planning Commission meeting. After all, the city said they couldn’t build if they didn’t have enough parking. Last week, the Golden High School PTA minutes said: The City of Golden and Jefferson County Housing Authority are working together for new parking and 13 spots will be in the GHS lot. However, in return for those spots lost, the school will be compensated and the Housing Authority will restripe the lot adding 60 additional parking spots. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the City of Golden–Steve Glick. Seniors and juniors will have first choice on parking passes, then sophomores if there are still available spots.

I asked the Housing Authority, School District Superintendent, and the City’s Community Development Director (Steve Glueck) if the PTA statement was accurate. The Housing Authority and Superintendent both said they were still negotiating and the City said no one had come to them with a new parking plan. I sent the Superintendent (Dr. Jason Glass) follow-up questions: Are you planning to cede some of the parking lot to the housing authority? | Are you planning to make the student parking spaces smaller? | Does current demand for parking spaces exceed supply? | How much are students paying for parking passes?

Dr. Glass replied that it was inappropriate to comment while negotiations were underway. So apparently much discussion is going on behind closed doors. I’ll let you know if I learn anything new.

Tonight’s Music:

Buffalo Rose – Nick Moss Band, 7PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30PM

Reminder about the scholarship offer by the Golden Civic Foundation: The Golden Civic Foundation is offering scholarships to attend the 2019-2020 Nonprofit Pathway program at Red Rocks Community College. Employees or committed volunteers for nonprofit organizations located in or serving the community of Golden are eligible to apply. Recent Golden High School graduates are also eligible. Applications for scholarships to attend the 2019-2020 academic program are being accepted through May 31, 2019. Applications and program information can be found HERE.