Twelve Years of Golden News

February 16, 2019

February is the anniversary month for I’ve been doing this for twelve years now! Do you ever wonder why? I do it because I think it’s good for the community to have a single place that covers cultural, city, and business events all in the same place. I do it because I’ve found that people like knowing what’s happening in the community.

By 2007 (Goldentoday’s “birth” year), I had been peripherally involved with the Golden Cultural Alliance for several years, so my first self-appointed charter was to help them promote cultural exhibits and events.

In 2007 there was still much attention focused on downtown’s recovery and ensuring that downtown businesses remained viable, so I began promoting business events as well. (There weren’t as many back then: believe it or not, Golden used to go a month at a time with no live music anywhere.)

In recent years, I’ve been following board and commission meetings, so now I include the topics for upcoming city meetings, along with cultural and business events. I’ve found that Golden residents are tremendously interested in municipal news.

I plan to keep tracking local events, and I’ll keep sharing what I learn. Thanks for following my daily musings. Feel free to drop me a line anytime!

Barb Warden

Yesterday, I said that more information about the Jeffco Open Space land swap would appear on Guiding Golden, but in fact, it appeared on the Jefferson County Site. They will have two public meetings–March 2 at 9:30AM and March 5 at 5:30PM–to tell people more about the swap and to answer questions. The information about the City’s possible Coors property acquisition is now on Guiding Golden.

Residual Valentine’s Day Events

Tonight’s Live Music:

Last Night, Today, and Tomorrow in Golden

February 15, 2019
Heritage Square Property

Last night’s City Council meeting included a couple of interesting announcements. First, Jeffco Open Space is going to do a land swap with Martin Marietta, which owns the quarry just south of the old Heritage Square. Open Space will give Martin Marietta a piece of land which will enable them to expand the quarry. In exchange, Open Space will get the remaining piece of Bachman property (located at Heritage Road and Highway 40) and the property that formerly contained Heritage Square. The City plans to post information about this swap today on Guiding Golden, so check there to learn more.

Coors Office Building at 311 10th St.

The second announcement detailed the property that the City has been considering “on 10th Street, east of Ford.” As expected, it includes the Coors office building. The interesting thing is how much additional property is involved. In addition to the building, the large parking lot across 10th Street and several other parcels are involved–basically, most of the former Goosetown neighborhood. The City is interested in this property because they would like to build a “civic complex,” including a new City Hall and cultural center. We would then need to decide what to do with the current City buildings. The Clear Creek Master Plan called for using it all as park land. Much interesting discussion will follow. Again, check Guiding Golden today for more information.

Jeffco K-8 students have an early dismissal day, so the Library is hosting Freaky Friday, with with games, crafts, and LEGO® fun from 2-3:30 this afternoon. All Jeffco students will be off Monday, for Presidents’ Day.

The Railroad Museum is offering a Highlights Tour from 1-2PM today. The cost is $3, plus general admission.

Tonight’s Live Music:
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke at 9PM
Buffalo Rose – Loving the Alien (A David Bowie Experience) and Hey Lady (B-52’s Tribute) at 7:30PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Algorhythm Trio at 8PM

Saturday Preview
The Quilt Museum has a few openings left in tomorrow morning’s Jelly Roll Rug Class. Jelly Roll Rugs are the latest craze and a lot of fun to make. There are many choices for you in this class. Scotti will teach you basics and some tricks to make rugs or placemats and you can go from there. These are a lot of fun to make and addicting so beware. There will be a 30 minute lunch break. Please bring a sack lunch and drink or visit one of the local restaurants. Class Fee:  $50. Call 303-277-0377 or 303-215-9001 to sign up today.

8th Street Project Approved, New Art Program Proposed

February 7, 2019

The new apartments and hotel on 8th Street were approved by the Planning Commission last night. The discussion was heated. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the meeting live, you can always review it by scrolling down to the Planning Commission section on the City’s Agenda page and clicking the link that says “Audio.”

Commissioner Cameron reminded the assembled audience that positions would be opening on several of the City’s boards and commissions (though not Planning Commission), and now is the time to submit an application to serve.

Today’s Events:
9AMPublic Art Commission Meeting – They will consider launching a program of pop-up art exhibits and encouraging people to photograph and share them on Instagram.

10AMEverything Dinosaur Talk at Dinosaur Ridge: Thyreophora Part 1 (Stegosaurs)

11:15AMWee Create Color Mixing at the Library

At 4PM, Oliver Jagoutz, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will discuss Low-latitude Arc-continent Collision as a Driver for Global Cooling. The talk will take place in room 241 of Berthoud Hall (map). Learn more….

From 5:30-7:30, the Library will host Kindness Rocks. The Kindness Rocks Project has one simple goal: promote random acts of kindness to unsuspecting recipients. Paint a rock and leave in a public area to inspire kindness. Rocks and supplies provided. Please be respectful and leave no trace in our open spaces and protected areas.

The Backcountry Film Festival will happen at the Mountaineering Center from 7-9:30 this evening. The Backcountry Film Festival is produced by Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization that partners with groups like Colorado Mountain Club at the local level to inspire and educate the backcountry community to protect and care for their winter landscapes. Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche/safety programs and to raise awareness of winter management issues.

Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture- you’ll find it all in this award winning lineup. Filmmaker, Philip Huffeldt from Wool Hat Creative Productions, will give a short presentation and Q&A session about the Backcountry Snowsports Initiative : Human-powered project that is part of this year’s festival. Learn more and buy tickets….

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Tonight’s Live Music:
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Dave Frisk, 6-10PM
Bridgewater Grill in the Golden Hotel – Teresa Carroll, Mr Joe Lopez bass, Ed Stephen guitar and Dave Rolhf drums, 6-9PM
New Terrain – Music by the Mesa – Shawn Nelson Band, 6-9PM

Friday Preview
Canadian Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner: Latest News and Evolution of Our Bilateral Relationship – OLLI Speaker at the Unitarian Church
10AM Free Legal Advice – Elder Law & Probate at the Courthouse
1PM Friday Tour at the RR Museum – Settling Colorado
See the Calendar of Events for the details….

Moms & Kids, Crime Prevention, and Urban Renewal

January 14, 2019

Family-Friendly Events
9:30-10:30 MOMS Club of Golden
11:15-11:45 Let’s Dance at the Library
12:15 Preschool Time at the Library

City Meetings
6-8PM Golden Safety Academy: Crime Prevention

The Golden Urban Renewal (GURA) will meet in City Council Chambers at 6:30 this evening. They will discuss several infrastructure improvements in the Central Neighborhoods Urban Renewal Area, including sidewalk replacement on East Street, pedestrian improvements on 24th, Jackson, and Ford Streets, and park design to be done on DeLong Park, on 23rd St. They will also discuss how GURA might support Affordable Housing within their districts. Their options include purchasing housing, partnering with another entity (such as the Jefferson County Housing Authority), or subsidizing rents. They will also discuss the new public housing project recently approved by the Planning Commission for 24th & Ford-Jackson. City Council will hold public hearings on Feb 14th regarding the request to vacate the alley for that project and permission to start construction on the project before acquiring all housing permits. See the meeting packet for more details….

6:30-9:30 Open Mic Night at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse

Library Events, Choir, Historic Properties, and Monday Nightlife

January 7, 2019

It’s a good day to take the little ones to the library. From 11:15-11:45, they’ll have Let’s Dance for Babies, Preschoolers and Toddlers. From 12:15-12:45, they’ll have Preschool Time–sing, rhyme, dance, and craft together!

The Golden Concert Choir is having a membership night, from 6:30-9 this evening. New members are welcome, and no preparation is required. The choir’s Director will have you work through some vocal exercises to evaluate your voice range and tonality, note retention, sight reading and rhythm abilities. You must be 13 or older to join. Subsequent rehearsals are on Mondays from 7-9 PM. Learn more about the Choir…

The Historic Preservation Board will meet at 6:30 this evening in City Council Chambers. They will consider an application for a Part One State Tax Application for renovations made to 912 Arapahoe Street in the 8th & 9th Street Historic District. They will also review plans for construction of a second story addition to a detached garage to accommodate an accessory dwelling unit at 1205 9th Street in the 8th & 9th Street Historic District. To see the details, read the meeting packet….

New Terrain Brewing will host Fireside Pickers beginning at 6 this evening, and Woody’s Pizza will have College Night starting at 9PM–All U Can Eat Pizza for $7.

Tuesday Preview
The School of Mines will resume classes tomorrow. Golden Beer Talks will start at 6:30 at Windy Saddle Cafe. This month’s speaker is Dr. Tom Casadevall of the US Geological Survey. His topic is “Preserving and Promoting America’s Geoheritage.” The Economic Development Commission will meet at 6:30 at the Public Works Building, 1445 10th Street.

Beer, Book Group, Golden Overlook, and Trails

December 18, 2018

The Local Licensing Authority will meet today at 2:30 in City Council Chambers. Both Golden Loaf ‘N Jugs–one at 102 N. Rubey Drive and the other at 700 Warner Drive–have applied to modify their premises to substantially increase their beer offerings.  Safeway made a similar request last month.  I assume this is because the rules will change on January 1st, and grocery and convenience stores will be able to sell “full-strength” beer.  See the meeting packet to learn more….

The Library will hold their Tuesday night book group tonight from 6-7PM.  Tonight’s book is Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

There will be a neighborhood meeting regarding the Golden Overlook Subdivision at the Jeffco Fairgrounds from 6-7PM. They will hear about a potential application from the property owner of the Golden Overlook Subdivision, seeking approval to rezone the property from single family residential use to lower impact commercial uses. Learn more….

The Parks, Recreation & Museums Advisory Board will meet at 7PM this evening at the Golden Community Center. The City is interested in creating a walkway on the north side of Clear Creek, between Parfet Park and Ford Street. The new Golden Mill owners favor this plan. The City would also need an easement from the new owner of the Gold Apartment building. Steve Glueck, Director of Community & Economic Development, will attend tonight’s meeting to see what the Parks Board thinks of this idea. The Board will also discuss the Lubahn Trail, which starts at Belvedere Drive and 19th Street.  The trail needs maintenance, and the City may work with Jeffco Open Space to repair it.  See the meeting packet to learn more….

Horses and Beer (what’s not to like?)

December 16, 2018

Today is the last day to take a carriage ride downtown…what’s more, it’s going to be sunny and warm–nearly 60 degrees! Start your ride in front of Wings of Eagles, at 805 12th St. (map). The carriages will be running from 12-3PM today.

The carriages are available for private hire, so if you want to arrange a ride for visiting family or start planning a romantic Valentine’s date, contact Clear Creek Carriage Company.

The Library is having their monthly Global Sundae: Multicultural Family Ice Cream Social at 2PM. We’re a global community! Connect with other families, practice English, and eat ice cream while enjoying great conversation! Activities and crafts for all ages provided.

The breweries certainly give me a lot to write about:

10-11AM – Yoga on Tap at New Terrain Brewing.
Join us for a special Sunday morning yoga class by the mesa in the beer garden with Suzanne Thomas Hauserman! We’ll have beers & brunch from Tony Guacamole Food Truck & Catering & J Street Kitchen and Food Truck following! Bring a mat.  $16 at the door which includes your first beer.

12-5PM – SJS-Open Terrarium Workshop at Coda Brewing Company.
SJS brings the peace of nature inside, infusing your daily grind with dirt therapy.Sweet Jane’s Succulents provides materials to build you own terrarium! Great for personal enjoyment as well as thoughtful, creative, living holiday gifts! We include:-various size & shape glass/ceramic containers-sand, rocks, pebbles & multi-colored moss-soil, variety of succulent/air plants & decorative touches. Price: Small: $20- 1-2 plantsMedium: $35- 3-4 plantsLarge: $50+–5 +plants. Go at your own pace with easy, step-by-step, directed instruction, ensuring a comforting, therapeutic and interactive planting experience!

12-3PM – Builds and Brewskies at Holidaily Brewing Company.
Trails snowed in? No problem! Come join us at Holidaily Brewing in Golden for some drinks and eats! Bring your Jeep and hang out with other Jeep owners.

6-10PM – Sunday Night Games and Vinyl at Cannonball Creek Brewing Company
We supply the grown up games and the beer, you bring your favorites records and we’ll spin them!


Monday Preview
10-11:30AM NREL Walking Campus Tour. Participants must be 18 or older, a U.S. Citizen, and have photo ID. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Contact the Education Center at 303-384-6565 to check availability and make a reservation.

6:30-7:30PM Free Journaling Workshop at the Library, presented by Denise Richter

Santa and the Cops

December 12, 2018

The Golden Police will host Santa Claus from 5-7PM in City Council Chambers. Come meet Police Officers and get your picture taken with Santa! Kids, bring your letters to Santa. Officers will be collecting letters and making sure Santa receives them.

As mentioned yesterday, OLLI West (classes for people over 50) is having their Winter Kick-Off this morning, starting at 10AM. Learn more….

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Miss Stephanie is holding a family holiday sing-a-long at the Golden Community Center this afternoon from 4:30-5:15. The maximum capacity of the class is 20 people, so you might want to call the community center (303-384-8100) to make sure there’s still room. $10 for first 2 children/$7 for each additional child.

Bring your gifts to the Old Capitol Grill this evening from 5-8PM and Girl Scout Cadettes will wrap them for you, while you wait! Donations are welcome.

The Foothills Running and Cycling Club will have their Jingle Bell Run tonight from 5:45-8PM. They’ll start and finish at Barrels and Bottles, then go for a run and enjoy the holidays lights. Afterwards, they’ll enjoy soup and sandwiches at Barrels and Bottles.

Dinosaur Ridge is offering a free lecture from 6-7PM at their Discovery Center, 17681 W. Alameda Pkwy. Tonight’s topic is Mammals (Early evolution-Mesozoic).

The Library will host Generations X, Y, and Z from 6;30-7:30. Tonight, they’ll be making Unique Ornaments.

The American Alpine Club is hosting “The Slide Show” (storytelling about backcountry skiing in the Rockies and beyond) tonight from 7-9PM. Learn more….

Miners Alley is hosting improv at 7:30 this evening.

Live Music Tonight:
Cannonball Creek Brewing will have Open Mic Night from 6-9PM. Sign up from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Hosted by Niki Purcell. Call the brewery with questions. 303-278-0111.
Old Capitol Grill and Smokehouse – Wintery Wednesdays Concert Series, 6-9PM.
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 6PM

More Apartments

December 5, 2018

Head to the library from 4-5PM to make Light-Up Holiday Cards. Drop in and create a light-up LED holiday card and dazzle your friends and family with a fun, festive gift! All supplies provided. All ages welcome.

Tonight’s Live Music:
OLD CAPITOL GRILL & SMOKEHOUSE – Wintery Wednesdays Concert Series, 6-9PM

The Planning Commission meets at 6:30 this evening in City Council Chambers. They will hold a public hearing on a proposed redevelopment of the Briarwood Inn property at the west end of 8th Street. This project will be developed by the same company that built the 8th Street Apartments and is building the 5 story sophomore apartment building across from Safeway. They plan to demolish the one-story restaurant and replace it with two four-story buildings and one three-story building. They will contain 72 apartments and a 48-unit hotel.

New development on 8th Street in Golden Colorado

Parking: they plan to provide one parking space for each one-bedroom apartment and each hotel room, 1.5 spaces for two-bedroom apartments, and 2 spaces for 3 and 4 bedroom apartments. They hotel will have up to two employees on site at a time, and one parking space will be provided for the two of them.

Trees: If I’m reading the landscaping plans correctly, they will remove about 75 trees and will plant 83 young trees (2.5″ diameter trunk).

Affordable Housing: GURA has been negotiating with the developer, hoping to persuade them to make 10 of the apartments “affordable” in exchange for a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) deal. This agreement would last until the GURA district sunsets in twenty years, after which the apartments would revert to market rate pricing.

As an alternative, GURA may use that funding to create permanent affordable housing in another GURA district. Since the Central District (near the high school) already has one housing project with another one planned, they are looking at the West Colfax Urban Development district.

Either the central district or the West Colfax district would add more low-income housing to the Shelton Elementary articulation area. Thusfar, none has been built in the Mitchell area.

The project is shown on Only one citizen comment has been added to date:

This would make 171 apartments plus a 48 unit hotel within a span of about 500 meters along 8th street that have been added in the past eight years. In 2010 there were approximtely 110 housing units along 8th Street between Washington and the Briarwood Inn. This addition, plus the 8th Street Apartments and new condos near Washington, would create almost triple that number. The bike path has also been eliminated and no bike lanes exist — which makes riding dangerous. While this added congestion may benefit developers, it is an affront to those of us living in the area. My question for the Planning Commission is: would you want this to happen in your neighborhood?

City Staff responded that the bike path will remain.

Learn more about this project by reviewing the meeting packet….

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

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