Funding the Symphony and Selling the Astor House

June 17, 2019

The Downtown Development Authority will meet in City Council Chambers at 6:30. They will consider a grant request from the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra to help pay the costs associated with their free summer concert in Parfet Park. The Symphony is requesting $4900 to defray the $8560 cost of presenting the concert. According to the meeting memo, “The Grants Committee was divided on the application. One member is not in favor due to the repetitive nature of this request and because the City’s Special Events Committee offered some relief for Parfet Park fees. Another member supported the application as JSO is still actively pursuing other funding avenues.”

The DDA’s grant application form states that “The DDA does not intend to become a regular, anticipated funding partner with any organization. We hope that our limited funding will enable worthwhile organizations to establish permanent funding sources; rise to new levels of service; meet an urgent need or take advantage of a unique opportunity. Likewise, if we can help build a small or large improvement that will last for many years and contribute to life in Golden we are interested in making one-time or occasional contributions.”

Of course, it’s hard to find other funding sources for a free event, and it would be hard to point to a more appropriate funder than the Downtown Development Authority. According to their web page, their grants are intended “… to help businesses thrive, enhance arts and culture opportunities, and make downtown a wonderful place to visit.”

They will also hear a report about the Astor House. The committee that has been reviewing proposals recommends that the City sell the building to the owners of the Dove Inn. For details, review the meeting packet or watch the meeting….

Tonight’s 6PM lecture at the History Museum, Western Women through American Art, is sold out for members, but $10 tickets are still available for non-members. Museum members might want to call, to see if there have been any cancellations: 303-278-3557.

The Library will have Story Time Under the Stars from 7-7:30 this evening. It’s a special starry night Story Time for all ages. The lights dim as we read about the moon and stars and get ready for bed. Pajamas, blankies and stuffed animals encouraged. This event is suitable for babies, preschoolers, and toddlers.

New Terrain Brewing will host Fireside Pickers starting at 6PM.
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse will have Open Mic from 6:30-9:30.

Tuesday Preview:
10AM – Director’s Storytime and Craft at the Railroad Museum
11:30AM – ED Talks: Pikes Peak Batholith – Colorado Precambrian at the Geology Museum
1PM – UFOs in America at the Library (adults)
2PM – Local Liquor Licensing Authority
6PM – GURA and DDA Joint Open House
7PM – Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board

GURA: Affordable Housing, 8th Street | Much Ado at the Library

June 10, 2019

The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council chambers. They will discuss the June 18th open house, to be held in partnership with the Downtown Development Authority. They will review ways that GURA can help fund affordable housing. They will consider the public finance agreement for the Gateway Village URA. The City has received a building permit application for a large storage project in the Gateway Center area. Representatives from the Confluence Company will be there to describe their construction plans for the Briarwood Inn property at the west end of 8th Street. They may agree to accept GURA funding to use part of the development as workforce housing. See the meeting packet for more information….

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Additional Monday Events:
9:30-10:30AM – MOMS Club of Golden
11:15-11:45AM – Let’s Dance (babies, preschoolers. toddlers)
12:15-12:45PM – Preschool Time (preschoolers)
3-4PM – Solar Printing (tweens and teens)
6-7:30PM – Golden Safety Academy – Animal Safety
6:30-7:30PM – Space Junk (school age)

Tuesday Preview
1PM – Space Junk
5PM – Golden Chamber’s VIBE@Five at the Goosetown Events Center
6PM – Transportation Master Plan Community Open House
6PM – Anxiety, Depression, Brain FUNK (how to fix it at Natural Grocers)
6:30PM – Golden Beer Talks at the Buffalo Rose: Boots on the Moon
6:30PM – French Language Meetup Group
6:30PM – Economic Development Commission
7PM – Golden Votes! Organizational Meeting at 1027 9th St. Call Judy Denison at 303-279-5177 for more information.

Clear Creek, Trains, and an Obsessive Quilter

June 9, 2019

Clear Creek is on the rise! The water levels generally peak in mid- to late-June, and we can expect extra high water this year because of the phenomenal snowpack. I’m seeing articles warning of potential flash floods around the state. That’s not likely to happen in Golden, but we can expect the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Dept to close the creek for recreational use for a few days later this month. A popular local pastime at this time of the year is watching the bronze trout below Parfet Park, to see whether they actually get submerged in the raging waters. If you’re more numbers-driven, you can track the flow on this USGS site.

The Railroad Museum has special events today, including tours of the roundhouse, the turntable, and railcars that aren’t normally open to the public. They also have a new exhibit, highlighting some of the unique items from the museum’s collection and a display of William Henry Jackson photos. The museum is open from 10AM-4PM, with train rides available from 10AM-2PM.

The Quilt Museum is hosting Sunday at the Museum this afternoon from 2-4PM. Today’s topic is History of an Obsessive Quilter. Ann Peterson has been quilting for most of her adult life and has always been passionate about sewing and textiles. In 2011 she started quilting full time after working at the Great American Quilt Factory. Her quilts have won numerous awards and have been featured in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine and Machine Quilting Unlimited. She also teaches classes online for Blueprint.

Live Music:
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Tony Rosario @ 11AM, Dave Frisk Band @ 2PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Kevin Jones, 1PM
Buffalo Rose – Swing Night Supper Club @ 5PM

Monday Preview
9:30AM – MOMS Club of Golden
3PM – Solar Printing (for teens and tweens) at the Library
6PM – Golden Safety Academy: Animal Safety
6:30PM – Space Junk (for school age) at the Library
6:30PM – GURA Board Meeting