Liquor Licensing News and Book Groups

April 16, 2019

The Railroad Museum will have their monthly Storytime and Craft this morning from 10-11AM. Today’s story is From A Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson. Recommended for rail lovers aged 4-6 years old. Free for Museum Members and $2 for nonmembers with general admission. Learn more….

The Local Licensing Authority meets at 2PM in City Council Chambers. Bonfire Burritos, which has been operating out of a trailer on South Golden Road for several years, has applied for a liquor license to be used at 2221 Ford St. That’s the former frame shop, and–for those with long memories–the former Taco John’s and Taco Mesa. The Colorado Plus Cidery & Pub (1100 Arapahoe Street) is requesting permission to extend liquor service into their parking lot for a special event on June 29th. Dirty Dogs Roadhouse (17999 W. Colfax) is requesting to serve liquor in their parking lot during special events on May 26th and June 1st. Foss Company Liquor (1224 Washington Ave.) has applied for a permit to do “tastings” every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 2-7PM from May 16th – April 9th of next year. Golden Liquor at 601 13th St. has applied to do tastings Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from now through September and assorted dates after that. See the meeting packet for more info….

The Golden Library’s monthly book group meets tonight from 6-7PM. They’ll be discussing The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe. Learn more….

The Utility Rate Citizen Committee will meet at 6PM in the Public Works Building, 1445 10th St. This group is reviewing our water and wastewater rates. Learn more….

The Parks, Recreation, and Museum Advisory Board is scheduled to meet at 7PM at the Community Center. They will discuss the Lubahn Trail Hours and Lubahn Trail maintenance options, the City’s RV Park, and weed management. See the meeting packet for more info….

Wednesday Preview:

The Citizens Budget Advisory Committee will meet tomorrow morning at 7:30 in City Council Chambers. They will review a planned $2 million budget amendment and, in light of the planned purchase of a new municipal center, will review the City’s debt management policies. See the meeting packet for more info….

Tomorrow night from 6-8PM, the City is hosting a seminar on Plant Selection for a Water-Wise Landscape. Please pre-register and find full details about the seminar series on the CRC website. Call 303-999-3820 x222 or email with any questions or for more details.

City Planning, Game of Thrones, Live Music and/or a Blizzard

April 10, 2019

Note: In light of the ominous weather warnings, you should call ahead or check websites before leaving home, in case they have to reschedule.

2PM – Golden United has postponed this event. We’ll let you know when they’ve set a definite date.

The Golden United Planning and Zoning event is tonight from 6:30-8:30 at the First United Methodist Church, 1500 Ford St. (map).

Have you ever wondered…. What exactly is zoning and what can/can’t it do? Why does that building or site look like that? How do residents engage with the city in seeking approval for projects? How does planning and zoning in Golden compare to that in other cities? How can I learn more to help guide Golden? Learn more….

The Library is having a Game of Thrones Craft Night for adults, tonight from 6-7:30. Celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones by creating your own customized pint glass, coasters, or dragon egg bookends. While supplies last.

Tonight’s Live Music:

  • Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
  • Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30PM

Thursday Preview:

10AM Everything Dinosaur Talk at the Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center (map)
5:30PM Last Look with Hassan NajjarMembers’ Show
6:30 CMC Film Series: JEAN + The Crash Reel – Supporting LoveYourBrain
6:30 City Council: Vote to buy the Coors Office Building and property in Goosetown


The School of Mines’ annual E-Days celebration officially starts tomorrow. They’ll have lots of special events, including a magician, a comedian, a poker tournament, casino night, a concert, and more. Of particular interest to members of the Golden Community:

Thursday Marv Kay Day celebration, 3:30-5PM, Student Rec Center
Friday Ore Cart Pull, starts 7:30AM on the west side of the student rec center | Trebuchet Competition, Q Lot, 2:30-4PM
Saturday Cardboard Boat Races, 9-11:30AM on Clear Creek | Car Show CTLM Lot, 9AM-1PM | Fireworks 9:30PM, North IM Field

Coffee with Councilors, Theater, Lots of Music, and an Apres Ski Party

April 6, 2019
Coffee with Councilors

Councilors Saoirse Charis-Graves and Casey Brown will have Coffee With Councilors this morning at 10, at the home of Patrick and Lisa Vitry, 618 Golden Eagle Circle (map). There’s a lot going on in town, including the 120 day building moratorium, the disposition of the Astor House, and the imminent $12.25 million acquisition of the Coors office building and property in Goosetown (to be voted on this Thursday, April 11th). Here’s your chance to discuss it with the two District councilors.

The Jefferson County Volunteer Fair takes place from 11AM-2PM at Foothills Animal Shelter, 580 McIntyre Street (map). If you’ve been looking for an organization to support with your time, you’ll find many options at this event.

There are still a few slots available for the Library’s Fuzzy Friends Sleepover. Drop off a favorite stuffed animal today, then attend a slideshow and storytime at 1PM tomorrow to see the critters’ sleepover antics.

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There are THREE theater productions today: Three Billy Goats Gruff at 1PM at Miners Alley Children’s Theater; Cirque du Masque at 7PM at Mines Little Theater in the Ben Parker Student Center, 16th & Maple Streets (map); and Our Town at 7:30 at Miners Alley Playhouse.

Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza is having their final Downhill Saturday for the year from 9PM to midnight tonight. Join their End-of-Season Party
and check out the latest ski and snowboard flicks and enter to win A-Basin and Loveland lift tickets, Never Summer snowboards, and sweet gear from Vans, Icelantic, Bent Gate, Powder 7, Vital Outdoors, IFA Prowear, Geigerrig, Larson’s Ski & Sport, and more
. $3.50 pints and $13 pitchers.

Tonight’s Live Music:

Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM

The Buffalo Rose – Damage, Inc. with Motahead and Maiden Denver, 7PM

Cafe 13 – Austin Williamson Duo, 6PM

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Jane’s Gang, 7-11PM

Golden Moon Speakeasy – Anthony Russo Band, 8PM

Sunday Morning Preview:

8AM – Coffee with a Ranger: Join us for coffee and conversation the first Sunday of every month. Park Rangers will be discussing recent happenings and updates and taking questions you might have. No reservation required; simply stop by the Lookout Mountain Nature Center (map) between 8:00-9:00 a.m. if you want to chat. *Please BYO coffee mug.
8:30AM – Coyote Classic 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run

Public Art, History Museum and Foothills Art Center Events, State Room Grand Opening, Live Music

April 4, 2019

The Public Art Commission will meet at 9AM in City Council Chambers. Staff will discuss the Community Art Partnership, which is a plan to do temporary art installations around town and encourage people to do Instagram posts showing the art. They will discuss two unveiling events–one for the Elk sculpture at Heritage Road and Kimball Ave (April 27th), and the other a major piece just off Highway 93 at the north entrance to the city (date TBD). Nathan Ritchie of the History Museum will update them on a mural they hope to paint on the history museum. Foothills Art Center plans to hold an Artsweek Golden again this year, July 8th-14th. The Chamber’s Golden Fine Arts Festival is scheduled for August 17th and 18th. See the meeting agenda….

At 10AM, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge will host a talk on archosaurs, the crocodilians, pterosaurs, birds, and a bit on the dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center (map).

The Library will offer Wee Create – Sensory Art for preschoolers and toddlers from 11:15AM-12PM.

The State Room is holding their Grand Opening today from 5-7PM. This is the bar above the event center in the new Buffalo Rose. The windows look out over Washington Avenue, and it’s quite a snazzy place. Join them for classic cocktails and appetizers.

The History Museum is hosting a lecture tonight from 6-7:30PM: What’s Cooking in the Archives? A Food Historian’s View of Colorado Culinary Literature. Food history and food studies are more popular than ever. From bookshelves to university classrooms, we study the history of food because it tells us about what, how much, and why people ate what they did. Food history also tells us much about how people thought about health, what factors influenced their choices, and the rules of social engagement. This lecture will examine and explore what we can learn from cookbooks, an often-overlooked source for historians, by highlighting works from one of the most significant culinary archives in Colorado, the holdings at the University of Denver’s library.

Presented by Carol Helstosky, Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Denver. She is the author of Garlic and Oil: Politics and Food in Italy (2004); Food Culture in the Mediterranean (2009) and Pizza: A Global History (2008) and editor of The Routledge History of Food (2014). She has been teaching food history to undergraduates for 20 years, utilizing the culinary archives at the DU library’s Special Collections and archives. Register here….

Foothills Art Center is hosting MGD/PHO Multimedia Exhibition at 6PM. We are celebrating Red Rocks Community College Graphic Design, Photography, and Video students’ work. This year check out a fleet of stunning digital-visual experiences! Bring your friends, bring your family and everybody you know. Let’s show off what artistic talent is out there. We have snacks, drinks, and awesome artwork to share. Hope to see you there!

City Council meets tonight at 6:30, but they will be conducting interviews off-camera for boards and commissions.

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Tonight’s Live Music:

Friday Preview:

If you are planning to participate in Saturday’s Kids Clothes Swap, please bring your contributions to Hillside Church (103 N. Ford St.) on Friday from 12:30-1:30PM or 5-7PM. Please consider bringing the following items:

  • Gently used kids clothing 0-16(xl)
  • Winter gear (plan ahead!)
  • Sports equipment & uniforms
  • Children’s picture books & chapter books
  • Gently used kids shoes
  • Gently used maternity clothes
  • Other baby items (bath, nursing, sleep)

Preview of April Events in Golden

April 1, 2019

Here’s a preview of some of the events in Golden this month. For the details, check the Calendar of Events.

Museum Exhibits:
American Mountaineering Museum – Gregory William Frux:  Mount Washington Observatory
Buffalo Bill Museum – The Buffalo Bill Story, From Adversary to Advocate, A Visit to the Wild West, Firearms, Kid’s Cowboy Corral
Colorado Railroad Museum – Got Style? Railroads & Interior Design, Ski Train: A Colorado Tradition, Images from the Tracks: Photographs of William Henry Jackson
Foothills Art Center – Members Show through April 21st | Otto Kuhler: Designing the Future opens April 19th
Geology Museum – Mineral from Colorado and Around the World, Radioactive Minerals, Meteorites, Fossil
Golden History Museum – 1968 Time Capsule, Epic Events, Legendary People, History Lab, The Salon, Touch Gallery
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum – It Takes To to Tango: Collaborations Quilts through April 20th | Hawaiian Quilts opens April 22nd

Miners Alley Playhouse
Our Town
Miners Alley Children’s TheaterThree Billy Goats Gruff

Train Talks – “So You Want to Write a Railroad Book” at the RR Museum
Hexie Ladies at the Quilt Museum
Trailblazer’s Free Open Climbing at the Mountaineering Center
Trout Unlimited Meeting
Planning Commission Study Session
Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum Lecture
SCRIPTprov at Miners Alley
Public Art Commission
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Archosaurs
What’s Cooking in the Archives? A Food Historian’s View of Colorado Culinary Literature at the History Museum
MGD/PHO Multimedia Exhibition
City Council Study Session
Low-Key Applewood Moms
Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum
Colorado Rails and Cocktails: Streetcar Suburbs at the Railroad Museum
Golden Kids Clothes Swap at Hillside Church
Fuzzy Friends Sleepover at the Library
10th Annual Pi Mile Fun Run/Walk (3.14 miles) at the School of Mines
Train Rides at the Railroad museum
Coffee with Two Councilors
Jeffco Volunteer Fair at Foothills Animal Shelter
Opening Day – Three Billy Goats Gruff at Miners Alley Children’s Theater
Coffee with a Ranger at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Coyote Classic 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run for Shelton Elementary
MOMS Club of Golden, CO Meeting
Golden Safety Academy – Fire Safety & Prevention
GURA Board Meeting
Leonardo Da Vinci Lecture at Mines
Bell Middle School PTA
Golden High School PTA
Free Class – Taming Your Child’s Anxious Mind
Golden Beer Talks – Healthy Forests, Healthy Watersheds
Economic Development Commission Meeting
Colorado School of Mines – Adventure in the SerengetE-Days 2019
Auto-friendly Bicyclist Course at the Community Center
Game of Thrones Craft Night at the Library
Educational Event on Planning and Zoning in Golden
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Mammals
Golden Lunch Bunch – CSM Alumni
Marv Kay Day Celebration and Dedication
Teen DIY: Bubble Tea
Last Look With Hassan Najjar – Member’s Show at Foothills Art Center
E-Days at Mines
CMC Film Series: JEAN + The Crash Reel – Supporting LoveYourBrain
City Council Regular Meeting
E-Days at Mines
Rocky Mountain Storytelling – Story Seeds Conference and Concert
Art Book Club (ABC) at Foothills Art Center – The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
Friday Tour – Railroad Post Office Cars
Western on Washington: A Saloon Stroll
E-Days at Mines
Courage Walk – National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Drawing: Stickman to Illustration!
Pancake Breakfast at the Golden Gate Grange
Gathering of the Guilds at the Mountaineering Center
PEEPle’s Choice Awards
Artistry Through Applique Lecture at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
NREL Walking Campus Tour
Downtown Development Authority
Director’s Storytime and Craft
Local Licensing Authority Meeting
Tuesday Night Book Group at the Library – The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe
Utility Rate Citizen’s Committee
Parks, Recreation, and Museums Advisory Board
Town and Gown Book Club – The Brain: The Story of You by David Eagleman
Water-Wise Gardening Seminar: Plant Selection for a Water-Wise Landscape
Planning Commission Study Session
Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium at Mines, or GRADS
Cardboard Creations at the Library
Art on Tap – Bingo at Foothills Art Center
Lecture at the History Museum – Moving West: Who Moved to California in the 1930s and Why
City Council Study Session
First Day of Passover (begins in the evening)
Rocky Mountain Quilt Study Group at the Quilt Museum
Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum
Mines’ Helluva Service Event
Golden Family Easter Egg Hunt in Parfet Park
Bunny Express Train at the Railroad Museum
Eggmania/Easter Egg Hunt at the Golden Gate Grange
Gravity Blast Workshop at the Community Center
STEM Girls at the Library
Lecture at the History Museum: How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Changed Baseball and America
Bicycle-friendly Driver Course at the Community Center
Mobility & Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
Intro to Hiking Safety – Colorado Mountain Club
Sustainability Board
Land Stewardship Series – Intro to Wildlife Refuges
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Theropods
Ukulele Wednesday at the Library
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Library for All – Interactive Program for Adults with Disabilities
City Council Business Meeting
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Day Without Hate
Freaky Friday at the Library
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Babysitting Course at the Community Center
Golden Goes Green at the Library
West Side Live! Presents Acoustic Eidolon
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
The Big Read Station Eleven Book Discussion: Recycled Painting Workshop at the Library
Snakes Alive! Jefferson County’s Snakes at the Golden Library
Good News Breakfast

Railroads and Fancy Clothes

March 29, 2019
Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden CO

The Railroad Museum will offer a tour of Railroad Post Office Cars this afternoon at 1PM. The cost is $3 plus general admission. These specially-equipped cars were used to sort mail en route, thus speeding the delivery process.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!The Library is hosting a Prom Swap Day tomorrow from 1-4PM.

Make beautiful memories this prom season. Bring your unwanted and clean formal wear or accessories to the Library and take another’s dream outfit home. For each dress tuxedo/suit, pair of shoes, or accessory you donate, you receive tickets to trade for a new-to-you item.

Don’t have anything to bring in? That’s okay! You can “buy” tickets with canned goods. Five cans per dress tuxedo/suit, two cans for shoes, one can per accessory.

Leftover clothing donations benefit the Florence Crittenton High School, the Jeffco Action Center, and the Arvada Community Food Bank. Seamstress onsite for your immediate alterations!

Tonight’s Live Music

Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Buffalo Rose – Project Foreigner (Foreigner Tribute) and Paradise Theater (Music of Styx), 7:30PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Maynard Mills Blues, 7-11P

Goosetown Purchase, HERStory, Sustainability, Dinosaurs, Ukuleles, and Live Music

March 27, 2019
Property for proposed new municipal center – click to enlarge

The big news for the day is that the City has agreed on a price to buy 7.1 acres in the Goosetown neighborhood, including the Coors North Office Building, for $12.25 million. After taking possession, the City plans to renovate the building to serve as a Civic Center, including a new City Hall, Police Department, and History Museum, with additional space for other cultural entities. Learn more about the area to be purchased….

No word yet on the projected cost of the renovations.

The City would finance this purchase with Certificates of Participation, which would not require a vote of the people. In fact, City Council will vote on the purchase on April 11th, so this may happen very soon. If you have questions about the proposal, contact your city council representatives.

The Mountaineering Museum will celebrate Women’s HERstory tonight from 5-9 throughout the Mountaineering ceter (710 10th St.). Ladies, gather with your fellow outdoor enthusiasts for an evening of community and inspiration. Learn more….

The Sustainability Board will meet tonight at 6PM in City Council Chambers. They will discuss Sustainable Building Codes, proposed amendments to the Pay As You Throw program, commitments to various Climate Organizations, and the 2019 Golden Sustainability Awards.

The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge will host a free talk on long-necked dinosaurs, the sauropods, at the Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center (map). They will have another talk tomorrow morning at 10 on prehistoric mammals.

The Library has Ukulele Wednesday from 6-7:30 this evening, so if you play, and you want to jam with others, head to the library and join in.

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Tonight’s Live Music:
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Miners Saloon – Jonathan Browning, 6-9PM
Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse – Wintery Wednesdays Concert Series, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30PM

Learn, See, and Hear Things Today in Golden

March 23, 2019

Learn About State Issues:
As mentioned yesterday, Rep. Monica Duran and Sen. Tammy Story will hold a Town Hall Meeting from 9-11 this morning in City Council Chambers (map). They will focus on Paid Family Leave and Free Full Day Kindergarten.

Helen Leith’s funeral will take place at 10AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (map).

See Something for FREE:
Golden Library – Russell Pedri + Styliani Giannitsi Photography
Arthur Lake Library at Mines – DaVinci Machines Exhibit
Golden History Museum -Andrew Terrill Photography – Golden Above the Clouds and Discovery Awaits (Admission is Free throughout 2019)

West Side Live! Presents Denver Opera Collective “Love Letters and Arias” at 7PM at the Jeffco Unitarian Church. Tickets

Other Live Music:
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Buffalo Rose – Mr. Majestyk’s 8-Track Revival, 8PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Brian Hornbuckle Band, 7-11PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Half Pint & the Growlers, 8PM
Mountain Toad Brewing – David Ryle Live, 6-8PM

This coming Wednesday, March 27th, The Bradford Washburn Mountaineering Museum is having its second annual “Herstory” event. We’re celebrating Women’s History Month with local organizations and businesses like: Outdoor Women ⋅ Colorado, Colorado Mountain Club, and The American Alpine Club. Peruse special exhibits highlighting the women who paved the path for all of us. Network with women’s meet up groups and organizations that empower and support. We’ll finish the evening with some all-female adventure films to feed the stoke!”

Plans for Ford Street

March 18, 2019

4-5PM – STEM Girls at the Library
6PM – SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time at Bell Middle School.
6PM – Fireside Pickers at New Terrain Brewing
6:30PMOpen Mic at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse

City Meetings:
The will be a meeting-ful week in Golden: DDA on Monday, Local Licensing Authority AND Parks Rec and Museums on Tuesday, Planning Commission on Wednesday, and City Council on Thursday.

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet at 6:30 tonight in City Council Chambers. They will consider a $2500 grant request from Cafe 13, to be used as part of the cost of a new sign. The sign will aid in the restaurant’s re-branding effort. The name will remain the same, but a tag line will be added saying “Breakfast to Bourbon.” They will also review a $2597.34 grant request from The Wright, a conference of outdoor manufacturers that will meet in Golden April 30th – May 2nd. The money will be used to purchase banners for the downtown light poles.

Public Works plans to install signs on Ford Street to point drivers to the Coors tour or downtown/CSM. They hope this will reduce the traffic backups on that street. This is part of the “long-term vision” for Ford Street. If Ford Street affects your life, you should read the memo titled “9. Ford Street Memo-Modified Recommendation_11-27-18” in tonight’s meeting packet.

FREE Carnival, Horse Lecture, Scavenger Hunt

March 16, 2019

The JOY (Jamboree for Outstanding Youngsters) event at the School of Mines will be held indoors, in the Volk Gymnasium (1451-1489 Illinois St. – Map). This 10AM-2PM event is a FREE carnival, full of STEM-related activities. All are welcome.

Golden High School and Stage Right Productions will perform Big Fish – The Musical today at 1:30 and 6:30. Tickets – Adults $10; Students/Seniors/Thespians $5 (Map).

The is the final day for the Beautiful Junk Sale at the Jeffco Fairgrounds (map). They’re open from 8:30AM-4PM. Admission is $5 for either one or TWO people!

For horse-oriented people: the Horse Protection League is hosting a talk today from 1-3PM on Equine Behavior and Ground Manners. The event is free and open to the public. (Map)

The CSM Geology Museum (map) is offering a free scavenger hunt this weekend, and the first four kids who complete it will get free emeralds! The Museum is open 9AM-4PM.

Live Music:
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke at 9PM
The Buffalo Rose – Weatherbee and the Gnarbillys, 8PM, Dorado album release party at 9PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Dave Frisk Band, 7-11P

Sunday Preview
The Buffalo Rose will host a St. Patrick’s Day Variety Show from 4:30-11:30 tomorrow night with Green Beer, Entertainment, and Fresh Food Specials.

The Library will have Teen After Hours: St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt from 5-7PM.

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