Kayaks, Ankylosaurs, and Ukuleles

June 26, 2019

As mentioned yesterday, this is Bike to Work Day and there are several breakfast stations set up around town, plus an after-work party.

5PM – The Golden Community Rodeo Series starts tonight on Clear Creek. Tonight’s freestyle competition is sponsored by Golden River Sports. The comp is open to all kayakers*, including C1s, of all skill levels on June 19. Participants will be grouped into appropriate categories based on their age, gender, and skill level – typically Junior, Sport, Intermediate, Expert, and Masters Divisions for both men and women. Admission to compete in the series is free. However, you must be a current Colorado Whitewater member for insurance purposes. Renew or sign-up online or at the event for only $30, which includes entry to all three events and a one-year membership to Colorado Whitewater. Come have some fun or come cheer on the kayakers! Learn more….

Should be a nice night to be on the Creek. In addition to kayak-watching, stop by the Visitors Center patio and enjoy some country-western music by Julie Richardson. She’ll be playing from 6-8PM.


5PM – Golden United will hold a meeting at Calvary Church to organize a rental assistance campaign. They hope to raise at least $50,000 for Golden residents who have emergencies and are struggling to pay rent or utilities. Please contact benioffron@gmail.com for more information and if you would like to join in this activity.


6PM – The Sustainability Board will meet in City Council Chambers. They will review 1) introductory materials to consider a commercial and multifamily energy benchmarking program and discuss next steps; 2) a proposed scope of work for assistance in reviewing energy reports for new development projects; 3) review proposed metrics for use in tracking and measuring the new Sustainability Goals. These industry-based metrics will also be used to evaluate future policy and project recommendations to City Council. See the meeting packet….


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6PMDinosaur Ridge Discovery Center (map) will hold a free talk on “tank dinosaurs”–the ankylosaurs.


6PM – The Library will host their monthly ukulele jam session from 6-7:30. Got a Ukulele? Know a few chords or songs? Jam with us and other ukulele enthusiasts the last Wednesday of each month. These are not lessons, just a chance to play with others. Suitable for: Ages 13+


Live Music:

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Golden Visitors Center – Julie Richardson, 6-8PM
Miners Saloon – Kenny Lee Young, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30PM


Thursday Preview:

9AMPublic Art Commission
10AMThrilling Thursdays at the Railroad Museum
6PMMember Preview at Foothills Art Center – Evolving Perceptions: Studio Art Quilt Association
7PM – Happy Hour and Adaptive Film Night at the Mountaineering Center

Quiet Start to a Busy Week

June 24, 2019

Monday Events:
11:15AM
– Let’s Dance at the Library (Babies, Preschoolers and Toddlers)
12:15PM – Preschool Time at the Library
6:15PMNew Terrain Brewing Run Club (weather and trail dependent)
6:30PM – Open Mic at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
9PM – College Night at Woody’s Pizza (All you can eat pizza – $7 with ID)


Tuesday Preview:
7:30AM – Golden Chamber’s Coffee Connections at Cafe 13
11:30AM – ED Talks at the Geology Museum
12PM – Power Lunch Lecture – NREL Wind Research: Looking Toward the Future of Wind (must register in advance by calling 303-384-6565 or emailing education.center@nre.gov)
6PM – Mobility & Transportation Advisory Board
6PM – Golden Bicycle Cruise – Theme: Cartoon Characters


This week starts out quiet, but revs up quickly as we approach the weekend. I expect these three Thursday events to sell out, so here’s your last-minute warning.

Thursday June 27th, 6-8:30PM
Hoppy Hour to Benefit Foothills Animal Shelter
Experience tastings from local breweries, live music, food trucks, prizes, and, most importantly, our adoptable pets. Learn more and buy tickets….

Thursday June 27th, 5:30-9:30PM
3rd Annual Golden Summer Jam to Benefit the Golden Civic Foundation
Live music by Dorado, Bowregard, and The Great Salmon Famine, three bands with Golden connections. Train rides, bouncy castles, food by Bob’s Atomic Burgers, the Crock Spot, and Moontime Crepes and beer by New Terrain Brewing Company. Learn more and buy tickets….

Thursday June 27th, 6:15-8:15PM
Cooking Class – Flower Power! at Earth Sweet Botanicals

Such a stunningly beautiful cooking class from cocktails to appetizers – hugely popular last year! Learn about the nutrients that edible flowers offer for our health and well-being, as well as how they can add that special flavor and visual pop to your dishes. Join us and eat your way through the colorful flower garden! Menu: dependent on what flowers are available at class time. Cost:  $40. Instructor:  Cheryl Rojic, Holistic Chef & Nutritionist. Call the store to register: 303-278-1260

Bikers, Cowboys, Museum-Goers, and More

June 23, 2019

The forecast says that the rain will clear out by this evening, and the temperatures will rise significantly by the end of week. We’ll be hurtling into July weather!


The Golden Gran Fondo bike event will start this morning, with participants checking in at Parfet Park from 5:30-7:15AM. Riders will meet under the arch at 7:45 and start at 8AM. There will be 3 routes of differing lengths, so there will be three awards ceremonies, at 1, 3, and 4PM in the park. This event takes place on public roads and riders must obey traffic laws, so I don’t think there will be any road closures after the 8AM start on Washington Avenue.


Under the M Farm Stand, in the Beverly Heights neighborhood, will be open from 9AM-12PM today. Mayor Marjorie Sloan will be there as a special guest. This is a great chance to buy some hyper-local produce, herbs, baked goods, eggs, etc. WHILE chatting with the Mayor herself!


Golden City Brewery is scheduled to host Summer Yoga on the Lawn at 10AM. This is a donation-based class, followed by Happy Hour pricing on beer.


Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress

The Buffalo Bill Museum will present Bill Cody and his sister Helen today from 1-4PM. The youngest Indian fighter on the plains: Buffalo Bill recounts how he went to work herding cattle at an early age and was attacked by Indians resulting in him being identified as “The youngest Indian fighter on the plains.” Big brother’s courage and decisiveness during the “Bleeding Kansas” era, as told by Helen Cody. Helen Cody Wetmore recalls the terrible events leading up to Kansas becoming a state and how her big brother Billy took on adult responsibilities. Her tales of Bill’s courage, decisiveness and determination show the early stages of the man he would become.


Sunday Hours at the Museums:
American Mountaineering Museum: closed on Sunday
Buffalo Bill Museum: 9-5PM
Colorado Railroad Museum: 9AM-5:PM
CSM Geology Museum: 1-4PM
Dinosaur Ridge: 10AM-5PM
Foothills Art Center: 12-5PM
Golden History Museum: 10AM-4:30PM
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum: 11AM-4PM


The Golden Library will host their Textile Society from 2:30-4:30. Spin a yarn at Golden Library’s drop-in fiber arts program. Relax with your craft for a few hours while fiber enthusiasts help you through difficult patterns or simply explain a new-to-you technique. All skill levels welcome.


Dirty Dogs Roadhouse will have three bands today:
10AM – Tony Luke Band
11AM – Tony Rosario
2PM Nine Tenths of the Law Band


All are welcome to join the pick-up soccer games in Southridge Park (map). Kids play at 4 and adults at 4:30. All ages and skill levels are welcome.