Secret Diaries and Murder Mysteries in Golden

January 15, 2019

The Library’s monthly book group will meet from 6-7PM. They’re discussing The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen.

The Golden High School PTA will meet at 5:30 this afternoon (at the school). Bell Middle School is hosting Future Bobcat Night from 5:30-7:30PM for 2019-2020 Incoming 6th graders.

City Meetings
The Local Licensing Authority will meet today at 2:30PM in City Council Chambers. King Soopers has applied to modify their beer display area. This is in response to the new law that allows grocery & convenience stores to sell full-strength beer. Safeway and Loaf & Jug have already made similar modifications. Cafe 13 has applied to significantly remodel their premises. Currently, patrons enter through a central hallway, with the Cafe on the right and three rooms on the left. Since those rooms are all now leased by the Cafe, the plan is to open the space so that the front-left room and Cafe are combined into one big area. The back two rooms on the left side will keep their partitions, so they can be used by smaller groups. Los Jarritos restaurant (2600 East Street) has applied for a change of ownership. See the meeting packet for the details.

The Parks, Recreation, & Museums Board will meet at 7PM at the Community Center. They will review their goals & objectives for 2019 and will discuss a list of property that the city might want to acquire as open space if it becomes available. The director will report on trails, weeds, board vacancies, and the status of the Astor House.

Another Dennis Potter murder mystery!
The Golden History Museum is a member of the Golden Cultural Alliance.

Wednesday Preview
Tomorrow night (Weds) from 6-7:30, the Golden History Museum will be hosting a lecture by Dennis Potter: The Story of Reuben Benton Hayward’s Murder—Part 1. Sarah Hayward and her daughters, 13-year-old Cora and 11-year-old Minnie, watched as Reuben Benton Hayward slapped reins to the bays that pulled his wagon down the lane toward Mount Vernon Canyon. With him in the wagon were two strangers, purportedly dish washers from the Overland Hotel in Golden, who had asked him for a ride to the Rooney Ranch. The date was September 10, 1879, and it was the last time Sarah and the girls would see Reuben alive.

Dennis Potter is a retired Captain of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and now teaches Criminal Justice. His lectures are always great, and generally involve murder. I’m going, and I recommend that you do too! It’s free for museum members, and $10 for non-members. Learn more and get tickets….

Freedom of Information

December 10, 2018
Golden History Museum

The MOMS Club of Golden will meet at 9:30 this morning at Faith Lutheran Church, 17701 W. 16th Avenue (map). The MOMS Club of Golden meets the 2nd Monday of each month. Feel free to come to one of our meetings to learn more about our stellar Mom’s group! We have tons of fun with our kids all month long, and we welcome new members!

As mentioned yesterday, the Golden History Museum will host a lecture at 10AM today about the Vietnam War.

The Golden Safety Academy meets tonight from 6-8 at the Fire Department (911 10th St.). Tonight’s focus will be Motor Vehicle Theft/Trespass Prevention and Personal Safety.

Tuesday Preview: Golden Beer Talks

The guest speaker at tomorrow night’s Golden Beer Talk will be Jeff Roberts, the Executive Director of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition. You may have heard about a time when hundreds of journalists roamed the Denver metro area, keeping an eye on government — among other things — so that people could stay informed about important stuff, like how their tax dollars are spent. Newspaper journalists have become an endangered species in our state, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find out what’s going on in your community if something isn’t covered in the media. The Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan alliance of news organizations, groups and individuals that promotes freedom of the press, open courts and open access to government records and meetings. A big part of CFOIC’s mission is to help journalists and the public understand and use their rights of access to the records and proceedings of state and local government and the judiciary.

CFOIC Executive Director Jeff Roberts worked in journalism and public policy before coming to the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition in 2013. Roberts was at The Denver Post from 1984-2007 as a reporter, assistant city editor and data journalism specialist on The Post’s project’s team. He later spent four years at the University of Denver’s Center for Colorado’s Economic Future. Early in his career, he was a reporter at the News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla. Roberts has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. He is a board member of the National Freedom of Information Coalition.

Jeff was recommended to us by one of last year’s most popular speakers: Jim Clarke, the Associated Press Regional Director for Eight States.

Golden Beer Talks are held at Windy Saddle Cafe, 1110 Washington Ave.  Food and beer will be available at 6PM, with our speaker starting around 6:40PM. Following the presentation, we’ll take a brief intermission for Q + A. We’ll wrap up around 7:45PM, so that the cafe can close by 8PM. There is no cover charge and no purchase is necessary.  This month’s beer will come from New Terrain Brewing.

This is it: the Candlelight Walk!

November 30, 2018

Candlelight Walk - Golden Colorado

The Candlelight Walk is my favorite Golden event of the year. It’s fun, it’s free, it’s pretty, it’s cheerful, and I always run into a lot of people I know. Here’s a brief run-down of what to expect this evening:

2-7PM Golden Landmarks Association’s Olde Fashioned Holiday Shoppe at 14th and Washington.

4-5:30PM The Dove Inn will be hosting Santa Claus. You are encouraged to bring your kids and take photos.

6:30-8PM Visit the Golden Library to enjoy treats, make a craft, and stay for entertainment.

6PM The crowd will gather behind Foothills Art Center, at 15th and Arapahoe, for caroling, dancing, and pictures with Santa. You can bring a candle (or glow stick) or purchase one from the Chamber. The Golden Lions Club will be serving hot drinks and cookies, courtesy of the Golden Safeway.

The walk down the hill will begin at 6:30. Sometimes, the lights along each block are lit as the crowd passes by. We’ll all gather in front of the Visitors Center. There, the fabulous Annie Woodworth, age 6, will help Mayor Sloan throw a ceremonial switch and the lights on the big tree at 10th and Washington and all of the lights along the creek will come on. It’s a beautiful sight!

After that, the crowd will disperse along the Creek paths to enjoy the Open Houses at the Library, the History Musem, and the History Park. Many will visit the stores along Washington Avenue. Many of them will have refreshments, live music, etc.

Virtuosity Dance Centre dancers will perform in the hay barn at the History Park, and Destination Dance will perform at the Rotary Amphitheater along the Creek, behind the Visitors Center.

There will be a brief fireworks display, launched from the roof of the Golden Hotel at about 7PM.

A Jefferson County naturalist will have a telescope set up in the Visitors Center parking lot, so you can check out the celestial events. Inside the Visitors Center, local artist Jesse Crock will be signing this year’s Leadership Golden ornament.

Make sure you arrive early enough to find a place to park. Have fun tonight!

Olde Golden Christmas book by Barb Warden

Here’s a very brief overview of Saturday events. You can see everything, with times & places, at

Pancake Breakfast with Santa at Table Mtn Inn 8:30-10
Craft Faire
at JUC 9-4
Kids Workshop at Home Depot: build a model sled with reindeer 9-12
Golden High School Holiday Bazaar 10AM-4PM
Holiday Ornament Decorating Party at Dinosaur Ridge 10AM-2PM
Santa at the Station from 10AM-2PM
Olde Golden Christmas on Parade 10:30-11
Holiday Open House at Avalanche Harley-Davidson 11AM-3PM
Pictures with Santa at Avenue Gifts 11:30-3PM
at the Smokehouse 11:30AM-1PM
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides from 12-3PM
Nutcracker at Miners Alley’s Children’s Theater 1PM
Mug Rugs on Holiday class at Golden Quilt Company 1PM
Pictures with Santa at Foothills Art Center 1-3PM
Artist Demos at Holiday Art Mart 2-3PM
Golden Landmarks’ Holiday Shoppe 2-7PM
Golden Concert Choir presents Handel’s Messiah at 4PM
Art Rocks the Toad! at 4-7PM
A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley at 7:30PM
Woody’s Downhill Saturday 9-midnight