Coffee with Councilors and a Trip to the Spa

February 9, 2019
Coffee with Councilors

Saoirse Charis-Graves and Casey Brown are hosting their monthly Coffee with a Councilor this morning at 10AM at Bean Foster’s (map). There’s a lot going on in town, and this is the best place to learn all about it and ask questions.

Virtuosity Dance Centre (map) is hosting a Spa Day Fundraiser today from 1-5. Come relax as we pamper you and your loved ones! Choose from a menu of services. You can get as many as you want! These are all walk in services, but don’t worry…if there is a wait, you can relax with snacks, sugar scrubs, and scalp massages in the waiting room.

Massage – $20
Facials/Skin Treatment – $10
Waxing – $5
Hair Styling – $5
Pedicures/Manicures – $5

This is all to benefit our dancers who are heading to NYC this summer for a week of dance and learning.

Virtuosity Dance Centre, 109 N. Rubey Drive, Unit C, Golden, CO (map

Tonight’s Live Music
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – The Strange Parade (Doors Tribute) and Ten Years Gone (Led Zeppelin Tribute), 7PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Soultyme, 8-11P

City Council, Holiday Art Mart, GHS Plays, and Live Music

November 15, 2018

The Sustainability Board will meet at 6PM in the Public Works building, 1445 10th St. They will compile feedback and draft preliminary recommendations for goals to discuss with City Council at an upcoming meeting.

Hunger Free Golden - Golden ColoradoCity Council meets at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will hear from Bethany Thomas, the Chair of Hunger Free Golden. This group has accomplished a number of things this year to ensure that low-income families in Golden have access to fresh, healthy food. They have arranged for GoFarm to distribute 311 local food shares. They have worked to increase enrollment in SNAP (formerly food stamps) and WIC programs. They set up a “Healthy Corner Store” pilot program at the East Tincup Market (17881 W. Colfax Avenue – Map). They’re doing good work.

After that, Council will adjourn to an Executive Session (no public access) “For Determining Positions Relative To Matters That May Be Subject To Negotiations; Developing Strategy For Negotiations; And Instructing Negotiators Regarding Property Lying East Of Ford Street Near 10th Street.” This often means that the City plans to buy some property. In this fall’s budget discussions, City staff has been emphasizing how tight our finances are, so perhaps it means something different this time. “East of Ford near 10th Street” is a pretty small area, so it will be interesting to learn what they’re discussing.

East of Ford in Golden CO
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Rick Weiss, the founding director of SciLine, will offer a free talk today at 5:30PM in Brown Hall W210 at the Colorado School of Mines about “Evidence in an Era of Synthetic Credibility.” The talk is free, but reserve your spot online. Refreshments will be served.   Brown Hall W210, 1610 Illinois Street, Golden, CO (map)

Accel at Golden Ridge will host a free talk at 6PM: After the Diagnoses: Scrambling to Put the Pieces Together.

Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center in Golden ColoradoIf you’re a member of Foothills Art Center, you can attend their Member Preview of this year’s Holiday Art Market from 6-8PM.

Shelton Elementary will celebrate International Night from 6-7:30PM. Shelton Elementary students represent dozens of countries and cultures. Come learn more and experience a night of foods from around the globe!

Golden High School’s Stage Right Productions will present Student Directed One-Acts tonight at 7:30. Buy Tickets here….

Tonight’s Live Music:
Live Music in Golden ColoradoAce Hi Tavern – Karaoke at 9PM
Golden Hotel – Teresa Carroll and her Jazz Quartet, 6-9PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Ryan Flores, 7-10PM
New Terrain Brewing – Shaky Hand String Band, 7-10PM

Holiday Craft Fair/Bake Sale at the Golden Gate Grange

November 10, 2018

Holiday Craft and Bake Sale at the Golden Gate GrangeThe Golden Gate Grange is having a Holiday Craft Fair/Bake Sale today from 9AM-4PM. Browse a wonderful selection of items from local crafters and artists including an array of items including the photography of Barb Bliss; books by local author Mary Ramstetter; photos, calendars, cards by Mr. P’s Pics; pottery by local artist, Judy Madison; an array of spectacular jewelry and accessories by Helene Arendt, Starfire Studios, Elle Phillips, Vicki Renee Originals; leather and western accessories by Kismet Designs, beautiful handmade dragons for kids; handcrafted wooden toys and art; Christmas decorations, artwork, jams, jellies, soaps, candles, gift baskets, antiques and vintage treasures, unique pocket knives, bee and bat boxes, natural oils, baked goods and much more!! Lunch will be available. Free admission.  The Golden Gate Grange is located at 25201 Golden Gate Canyon Road just 4 miles west of Route 93 in Golden (map).

Janet Nunn class at Foothills Art Center - Golden COAt 10AM Foothills Arts Center offers “Painting Notecards with Janet Nunn.” In this class participants learn to paint notecards with watercolor techniques. We cover splattering paint, washes, masking the white of the paper, all on notecards. This small format makes it easy to put a painting together. What a perfect time of year to create your own note cards. $5 materials fee. Non-members $105 / Members $90.

At 10AM, there will be a Suicide Prevention & Remembrance WalkThis is a community-wide walk that will start in Parfet Park in downtown Golden and end on the Colorado School of Mines campus on Kafadar Commons in front of the CoorsTek building.  Learn more….

11AM:  A Mental Health Wellness Fair will be held immediately following the community walk at the CoorsTek Center (1523 Illinois Street) and will conclude the week’s suicide prevention events. Booths will be hosted by campus and community organizations working to support suicide prevention and mental health. A variety of resources will be made available to the public for free.

From 12-3PM, the three new stores in the Foss Building will celebrate a joint grand opening and ribbon-cutting.  Stop by and check them out!

Barrels & Bottles is celebrating the 243rd Birthday of the United States Marines today from 3-10PM. They will donate a portion of sales from today through Monday to the DAV. They will also accept gently used coats, warming layers, Gloves, scarfs, and hats.

Live Music Tonight
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Soultyme, 8PM
Mountain Toad Brewing – Kenny Lee Young with Chris Carter, 6-8PM

Mines Little Theater - She Kills MonstersSee Mines Little Theatre’s performance of “She Kills Monsters,” by Qui Nguyen! “She Kills Monsters” is an action-adventure dramedy about loss, discovery, and a Dungeons and Dragons campaign.  The performance will take place in the theater at the Mountaineering Center (10th & Washington). Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash or check only). Tickets are $7 for students and faculty and $10 for community members.  Doors open at 6:30 and seats are first come first served.

Sunday Preview

The Golden History Museum will open the 1968 Golden Time Capsule tomorrow morningWitness the exciting and long-anticipated opening of Golden’s 1968 time capsule, which has been buried in front of Golden City Hall. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with a day of celebration, programs, and free admission to the Golden History Museum. The Museum opens at 10 a.m. and ceremonies begin at 11 a.m

The Quilt Museum will host Sunday at the Museum from 2-4 tomorrow, with the intriguing name, “A Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts.”

Cool Weather and Lots Going On

October 6, 2018

Autumn in Golden Colorado

Cool, cloudy weather is here, just in time to remind us of why some things are shutting down for the season. Here’s what’s happening in Golden today:

FINAL Golden Farmers Market for the season
Last chance till next spring to buy fresh produce, baked goods, salsa, etc. from the Golden Farmers Market.
Fall Tack Sale at the Horse Protection League
You’ll find incredible bargains on saddles, bridles, headstalls, blankets…everything the well-dressed horse needs! And for your own dressing needs, check out their new HPL-branded t-shirts and hoodies.  For the little ones, you’ll find some cute and cuddly stuffed horse toys.
Green Homes Tour
This year’s tour includes 7 homes in Golden and many others in Arvada and the foothills. The homes will be open from 9AM to 4PM and you can visit as many or as few as you like. You can register for the tour and receive the map and guidebook online or do it in person at the Jefferson Unitarian Church – 14350 W. 32nd Ave (map).
Coffee with Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves
Golden City Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves will be Bean Fosters this morning to talk to constituents about any questions or concerns they have regarding Golden.
Worldwide Photowalk
On the first Saturday of October each year, photographers and enthusiasts around the world get out their cameras and meet up at a designated location in their town to walk around and take photograph.  The Golden group will meet in the Library parking lot.  More info….
Avalanche Harley Davidson is hosting Hogtoberfest and will be serving $1 beers • Free brats and pretzels.
Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Miners Alley Children’s Theater
Ichabod Crane has come to Sleepy Hollow to teach, but what he learns there nearly frightens him out of his wits! Watch as Ichabod learns of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and tries to escape the clutches of the Headless Horseman.
Golden Elks 30th Anniversary Celebration
The Golden Elks invite you to attend an Open House event at their Lodge, 16795 W. 50th Avenue, Golden, CO (map).
FINAL Golden Super Cruise for the Season
Classic cars will congregate along South Golden Road and will be seen driving around town all day.  If the weather is nice, car owners often continue to visit Golden on first Saturdays throughout the winter, but October is the last official cruise for this year.
Model Railroad Show at the RR Museum
The High Plains 3 Railers present a weekend of 3 Rail Model Railroading at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the sights and sounds of classic toy trains from 1925 to the present.
Lungs at Miners Alley Playhouse
The world is getting hotter, there’s unrest overseas—the seas themselves aren’t very calm—and one couple is thinking about having a child. LUNGS is a smart and funny drama that follows a couple through the surprising lifecycle of their relationship as they grapple with questions of family and change, hope, betrayal, happenstance, and the terrible pain that you can only cause the people you love.

Live Music
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Anthony Russo, 8PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Liquor Biscuit, 4-8PM

Movie, Music, Green Homes Tour, History Museum Events

October 5, 2018

Colorado Rails and Cocktails at the Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden COMovie Tonight
The Railroad Museum is hosting Colorado Rails and Cocktails tonight, starting at 6:30PM. They’re going to show a 1950 cult classic movie, A Ticket to Tomahawk.  The movie features Dan Dailey, Anne Baxter, Walter Brennan, and a then-unknown Marilyn Monroe, but the real star is the Railroad Museum’s Locomotive #20! Enjoy a drink and a movie tonight at the Railroad Museum.

Music Tonight
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke, 9PM

Metro Denver Green Homes TourSaturday Preview
The annual Metro Denver Green Homes Tour will take place tomorrow (Saturday, October 6th). This year’s tour includes 7 homes in Golden and many others in Arvada and the foothills. The homes will be open from 9AM to 4PM tomorrow and you can visit as many or as few as you like. You can register for the tour and receive the map and guidebook online or do it in person at the Jefferson Unitarian Church – 14350 W. 32nd Ave (map). There will also be a Green Expo from 4-6PM. Learn more and sign up at

Don’t Miss Your Chance
Both of this week’s events at the History Museum events–“Origins of the Colorado Territory,” and “Be Informed–Know the Ballot from Top to Bottom”–sold out this week.  (Fortunately, they’re going to repeat the Ballot one on October 22nd.) Make sure you don’t miss the upcoming events–learn more and get your tickets now.

10/08 Room and Board (a few tickets remaining)
10/18 1968-The Year of Turmoil
10/22 Be Informed-Know the Ballot
10/27 Cemetery Tours (10AM tour is sold out; noon tour has some tickets remaining)
11/08 World War I – Making the World Safe for Democracy

Pet Parade, Farmers Market, Dinosaur Discovery, Fire Department, Breweries, Music

September 8, 2018

The Farmers Market runs from 8AM-1PM today. I’ll be there, representing the Golden Cultural Alliance, so if you have any questions about the museums, the symphony, the choir, Golden Landmarks, the Visitors Center, the Library, the Chamber, the Nature Center, Miners Alley, or West Side Live, Golden Beer Talks, or the Cowboy Gathering, stop by the Golden Cultural Alliance booth this morning!

Also today:

9-11AM Adventure Van Meet Up
10AM – 2PM Toby’s Costume Parade & Fair
10AM – 2PM Dinosaur Discovery Day
10AM – 2PM Safety and Preparedness Day at the Fire Department
10AM – 3PM National Electric Drive Week Event

Goldenfest at Golden City Brewery

Brewery News
Today from 11AM-7PM, the Golden City Brewery will host their 18th annual GOLDENFEST, which is a fund-raiser that benefits the Golden Fire Department.

Cannonball Creek will run Pepperpalooza today from 12-11PM, with chili beers, on-site green chili roasting, and live music.

This is the final day for New Terrain Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary extravaganza, Wanderfest.

Coda Brewing is having their Grand Opening today from 12-9PM.

Today’s Live Music:
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Tony Rosario at 12PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Tripwire, 3-7PM
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke at 9PM
Cannonball Creek Brewing Company – The One and Only Jon Ham, 7PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Vince Converse Band, 1PM
Band of Brothers – 5PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Half Pint & The Growlers, 8PM
New Terrain Brewing Company – Wanderfest – The Big Wu, Dead Larry, Pat Ferguson Band, Great Salmon Famine, Thunder & Rain
Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina – Live Music Saturday, 5PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Mass Hipster, 4-8PM

Golden Volunteer Fire DepartmentHave you ever considered joining the Golden Volunteer Fire Department?  They’re having an open house tomorrow from 11AM-2PM for people who might be interesting in joining them.    Learn more….

They grow up so fast.

September 6, 2018

New Terrain Brewing - Golden CO

New Terrain Brewing is celebrating their 2nd anniversary with “Wanderfest 2018,” a fall festival featuring lots of music and small-batch beer releases. They’ll also have a family fun zone with face painting, a tie-die station, food trucks, and free beer cupcakes. They start tonight, with a free pre-party: beer release at 5 and live music at 6. See the full schedule….

Runners High has moved their store to 2221 Ford Street (the former frame shop). Their weekly fun run will meet at the store at 6. You are welcome to join them!

Big Ring Cycles at 600 12th Street will hold their weekly group road ride tonight, leaving from the store at 6.

Tonight’s Live Music
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke, 9PM
GOLDEN HOTEL – Bridgewater Grill Lounge – Teresa Carroll does jazz vocals with Andy Weyl piano, Dave Rucker bass and Dave Rohlf drums, 6-9PM
NEW TERRAIN BREWING COMPANY – Wanderfest – Edge of the West, 6PM

Saturday Preview

Toby's Pet Parade & Fair - Golden COFoothills Animal Shelter will lead Toby’s Costume Parade & Fair this Saturday morning downtown.  Bring your dog downtown and join them!  Parade registration happens in Parfet Park from 9-9:45AM and the parade starts at 10.  This will be followed by a pet fair in Parfet Park from 11AM-2PM.  Learn more….

Foothills Art Center offers several classes throughout the year, and one of them will be this Saturday.  “Drawing: Stickman to Illustration” will run from 12:30-5:30PM.  Learn more….

City Council, Live Music, and Murder at the Railroad Museum

August 23, 2018

City Council - Golden Colorado

City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will vote to approve a $270,803.79 contract to Happel & Associates to remodel the Police Department. A representative from Foothills Art Center will report on their Finding Home exhibit, which dealt with problems of housing shortages and homelessness. They will consider a change to our anti-smoking ordinance, which would then include references to marijuana and specifically ban smoking in the parking garages.

Council will consider a proposal by the Mayor that would allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in municipal elections in Golden. The rationale for doing this would be to encourage them to become life-long voters. The counter-argument is that the city would bear more of the cost of having elections, since our process would differ from the rest of the county’s. Council will discuss the pros and cons.

The Community & Economic Development Director will report on a Wayfinding Project, which would unify and improve directional signage around town.  Review the meeting packet to learn more about any of these topics….

Tonight’s Music
Live Music in Golden ColoradoACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke, 9pm
GOLDEN HOTEL – Bridgewater Grill Lounge – Teresa Carroll does jazz vocals, featuring Ron Jolly-piano, Gonzalo Teppa-bass and Alejandro Castagno-drums, 6-9pm
GOLDEN MOON SPEAKEASY – Roots and Rhythm, 8pm
OLD CAPITOL GRILL & SMOKEHOUSE – Paul Frost (classic pop rock acoustic), 6:30-9:30PM

Last Chance for Murder
This is your last weekend to witness Murder at the Railroad.

Murder at the Railroad - Golden Colorado“MURDER AT THE RAILROAD” is a wild west “whodunit” taking place outside (rain or shine) at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado. Not your typical theater – here the audience moves within the story as it unfolds and is immersed into the plot line! Come in costume for added fun – Wild West, Steampunk, Westworld! Two performances left–Friday or Saturday at 7PM.  $45 – admission into the performance plus two drink tokens good for water, soft drink, or beer. Buy tickets at  Call 303-216-0877 for more info.

Golden Weekends, Carriage Rides, Classic Cars, and Live Music

July 6, 2018

Celebrate Golden Weekends tonight, with live music along Washington Avenue and all sorts of specials, samples, and sales in the stores!  Enjoy a free carriage ride from 6-8PM, sponsored by the Downtown Merchants and the Golden Super Cruise, and don’t forget to visit Cafe 13 in the Armory Building for their Summer Party.  Golden Weekends will only be celebrated on Friday this week–not Saturday.

Tomorrow is the first Saturday of the month, so expect to see an influx of classic automobiles in town for the Golden Super Cruise!

Also tomorrow–Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves will have Coffee with a Councilor from 10-11AM at Bean Fosters.

We’ll have lots of chances to enjoy live music this weekend:

Friday 7/6
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke, 9PM
WASHINGTON AVENUE – Theresa Peterson / Austin & Jay, 5-8PM

Saturday 7/7
COLUMBINE CAFE – The Reasonable Band, 7PM
DIRTY DOGS ROADHOUSE – Vince Converse and his Band 1-5PM
WRIGLEY’S CHICAGO BAR & GRILL – Willie & the Po Boys, 4-8PM
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke, 9PM

Sunday 7/8
DIRTY DOGS ROADHOUSE – Tony Rosario, noon
WRIGLEY’S CHICAGO BAR & GRILL – Jewel & the Rough, 3-7PM

Dancing at Foothills Art Center, Mountaineering Art, Running & Cycling in Golden, Live Music

June 7, 2018

Virtuosity Dance Centre at Foothills Art CenterART
Foothills Art Center
has an interesting new exhibit.  Charles E. Burchfield: A Resounding Roar features watercolor paintings displaying the artist’s love and appreciation of various sounds of daily life and the works he made in response. Early Burchfield works depict the sound of crickets as they chirp in the bushes around his childhood home. The resounding roar of a passing train or the delicate call of a bobolink could the inspiration for a series of works lasting decades. Later Burchfield works are inspired by his favorite composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Jean Sibelius. Visit the museum tonight for a special evening performance when Virtuosity dancers express Charles E. Burchfield’s work through dance. 6-8PM. Free to Foothills members. Regular admission for non-members. This exhibit is generously sponsored by Betsy A. Thorpe.

Mountaineering Museum - Golden ColoradoThe Mountaineering Museum is hosting an art show tonight from 6-8PM.  Join us for a rare opportunity to peruse original paintings by artist Fred Doar!  Fred is fresh off an expedition to Everest basecamp. It is among the high remote peaks that Doar draws inspiration for his one of a kind art.  This special collection features portraits of some of climbing’s most notable guides and pioneers including Melissa Arnot, Ueli Steck, and David Morton.  One lucky person will go home with a Doar original after the event!  Free.  Snacks and drinks provided.

The Public Art Commission meets this morning at 9AM in City Council Chambers. They will discuss their strategic plan and name the finalist for the new piece to be installed along Highway 93. They will discuss their involvement in the upcoming ArtsWeek Golden, July 16-22, and will consider some possible logos. The mural along North Washington Avenue is currently underway and should be finished in a couple of weeks. The bronze elk sculpture for the Heritage Road roundabout is ready to go to the foundry. It should be ready for installation late this fall.  Learn more by reviewing their meeting packet.

City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will consider a one year pilot program for a dockless bike sharing service, which would operate within a defined area of central Golden.  They will also consider recommending to RTD that they create Youth and Low Income Passes.  Learn more by reviewing their meeting packet.

Runners High has their weekly group run from 6-7PM.
Foothills Running & Cycling Club is having Goat Challenge #1 tonight starting at 6:10PM.  Learn more….
Big Ring Cycles has group road rides leaving from the store at 6PM.  More….

Live Music in Golden ColoradoACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM
GOLDEN HOTEL – Clear Creek Jazz Quartet, 6-9PM
GOLDEN MOON SPEAKEASY – Chris Kroger Trio, 7-10PM

The Golden Gate Grange will have a “Huge Rummage and Bake Sale” tomorrow from 8AM-4PM.  Join us for the sale where you may find a bargain or maybe a treasure! Clothes, kitchenware, tools, furniture, books, decorations, collectibles, jewelry, linens, sports equipment and more will be for sale at bargain prices. Hot dog and hamburger lunch plates will be served!  The Golden Gate Grange is located at 25201 Golden Gate Canyon Road just 4 miles west of Route 93 in Golden (map).

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