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:

Open Space, Restaurants, Music, and Coffee with a Councilor

February 8, 2019

Jeffco Open Space will be conducting a Volunteer Recruitment Fair today and tomorrow at the JCOS Administration Building, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100 (map). The times are Friday 4:30-6:30PM and Saturday 10AM-2PM.

From observing wildlife and assisting visitors to bringing history to life, volunteers find many ways to contribute to Jeffco Open Space (JCOS). Join us at Jeffco Open Space Headquarters to learn more about the different opportunities to get involved! Meet current volunteers and work with staff to find the best fit for your interests. More information

This weekend is the end of Winter Lights/Winter Nights. Many Golden restaurants are offering specials and discounts, so take advantage of the deals before Sunday night!

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Tonight’s Live Music:
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Barrels and Bottles – Lucas, 6PM
Nomad Taqueria and Beer Garden at Origin Red Rocks – Dave Christie – One Man Ruckus, 4-6PM

Saturday Morning Preview
Tomorrow morning at 10AM, Councilors Casey Brown and Saoirse Charis-Graves will have Coffee with a Councilor at Bean Fosters, 720 Golden Ridge Road. This is a great opportunity to discuss any issue related to the “good of Golden.” For details, call Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves at 303-709-7529 or, or Councilor Casey Brown at 303-900-2003 or

Preview of October Events in Golden

October 1, 2018

October Events in Golden Colorado

To learn more about any of these events, check the calendar of events.

English Paper Piecing at the Quilt Museum
Bell Middle School PTA
Golden Library Textile Society
Leadership Golden Alumni Meeting
Flu Shots
Coffee with a Cop
NREL Lecture – Net Energy Homes
History Museum Lecture – Origins of the Colorado Territory
Trout Unlimited
Friends of the CSM Geology Museum First Thursday Lecture
History Museum and OLLI – Know the Ballot from Top to Bottom
School Choir Concert
Concert in the Arthur Lakes Library
School Instrumental Concert
Laughs for Love Fund-Raiser
Colorado Rails and Cocktails: A Ticket to Tomahawk
Model Railroad Show at the RR Museum
Metro Denver Green Homes Tour
Multimedia World Map Workshop
Coffee with Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves
Photowalk in Downtown Golden
Golden Elks Open House
Golden Super Cruise (Final for 2018)
Model Railroad Show at the RR Museum
Costume Creation Workshop at the Library
MOMS Club of Golden
Golden Safety Academy – Drug Familiarization
Room and Board: Premiere showing of PBS Colorado Experience Episode at the History Museum
Golden High School PTA
Golden Beer Talks – Applying Geological Exploration Methods Towards Locating Clandestine Graves Related to Homicide Investigations
Extreme Science: Squid Dissection at the Library
Library XYZ: Strange and Unusual Halloween Decorations
Dance Party for Toddlers at the Library
Animals of the Wizarding World presented by Nature’s Educators at the Library
Preschool Nature Nuts @ the Nature Center
Last Look With Hassan Najjar – Magnetic North and Spirit Glass
Whiskey & Whiskers at Foothills Animal Shelter
CMC Presents: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
CMC Presents: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Last Chance Dance with Virtuosity Dance Centre at Foothills Art Center
CMC Presents: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
9Health Fair
Preschool Nature Nuts @ the Nature Center
Girl Scout Day & National Fossil Day
Golden Kids Clothes Swap
The Play’s the Thing Improv at the Quilt Museum
Colorado State Ballot Issues Community Forum
Cabernet/Chardonnay with a Councilor – North Neighborhoods
Chili Cookoff at the VFW
Sunday at the Quilt Museum – Tradition Meets Contemporary
Golden Library Textile Society
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Concert
3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress
NREL Walking Tour (through Thursday
STEM Girls at the Library
Story Time and Craft at the RR Museum
ED Talk: The History of Leadville, CO
Colorado Candidate Community Forum
Library Book Group: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Land Stewardship Series – Native Plants in Your Garden
History Museum Lecture: 1968 – The Year of Turmoil
Town and Gown Book Club – Why We Sleep, Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Bell Middle School Talent Show
Math and Science Night at Shelton
Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale
Concert in the Arthur Lakes Library
Teens After Dark at the Library: Scandal on the Steamship
A Night of Original Theatre by Mitch Samu (Oct 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28)
Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale
Geology Museum Book and Garage Sale
Trailblazer’s Free Climb Night @ AMC
Golden History Roundtable
Golden Civic Foundation Gala and Auction
VFW Testicle Festival
Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale
Lookout Mountain Nature Center: Fall Storytelling and Walk
Global Sundae: Multicultural Family Ice Cream Social at the Golden Library
Alzheimer’s Education at the Golden Library
ED Talk: People of Leadville, CO
Finding Gov’t Info Online at the Library
Mad Scientist Jars – Library
Play at GHS: She Kills Monsters
Play at GHS: She Kills Monsters
Dia de los Muertos: Sugar Skulls / Calaveras de Azúcar at the Library
Fall Gear Sale/Swap at the Mountaineering Center
Play at GHS: She Kills Monsters
Opening Reception – Fabric Challenge and Paper Art Quilts of Jane Matthews at the Quilt Museum
Golden Cemetery Tour
Trick or Treat Train at the RR Museum
Class at Foothills Art Center – Fearless Creating: Working with the Stages and Anxieties of the Creative Process
Golden Gives: Socktober at the Library
Family Halloween Party at the Haunted Grange
Trick or Treat Train at the RR Museum
Witches’ Brew and DIY a the Library
Monster’s Ball at the Library
ED Talk: The Geology of Leadville, CO
Trick-or-Treat Street at the High School
Mayor’s Community Celebration/Awards for Excellence
Ukulele Wednesdays at the Library
Everything Dinosaur Talk at Dinosaur Ridge: Pachycephalosaurs

Noxious Weeds, Public Square, and Ceratopsians

September 26, 2018

Jeffco Open Space - Golden Colorado

Jeffco Open Space is hosting a meeting tonight from 6-7:30 on “Developing a Restoration and Noxious Weed Management Plan.” This talk is geared towards landowners with more than 2-5 acres, but anyone with an interest is encouraged to attend. Learn more….

The First Baptist Church is hosting their monthly Public Square event tonight at Higher Grounds Cafe, 803 14th Street (map). Tonight’s topic: Mercy. What is mercy? How can we be merciful? Can mercy be abused? This is an open dialogue on topics that intersect faith and culture. Everyone is welcome, and a variety of perspectives are commonly shared, though the leader will wrap up the conversation with a summary of the biblical perspective on the topic. Please join us! Any questions? Contact Levi Bowland at or visit

Dinosaur RidgeDinosaur Ridge invites you to attend their monthly Everything Dinosaur talk tonight from 6-7PM. They’ll be discussing ceratopsians, the horned dinosaurs! This event is free. Please RSVP at Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 W Alameda Pkwy (map)


School Funding, Jeffco Snakes, Planning Commission

September 19, 2018

Jefferson County Snakes Program - Golden Colorado

The Library is hosting a program at 6:00 called Snakes Alive – Jefferson County’s SnakesSlither in to Golden Library and learn about Jefferson County’s most common reptiles. An Open Space Park Ranger discusses snake identification, illustrates bite first aid and even debunks some common myths while sharing some live snakes during this informative hands-on demonstration.

Shelton Elementary (420 Crawford Street, Golden, CO map) will be hosting a meeting about school funding initiatives, including Amendment 73, mill levy and bond measure from 6-7PM this evening.

The Planning Commission has a study session (no public comment) tonight at 6:30PM in City Council Chambers.  They will be joined by members of City Council and the Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board (MTAB) to discuss building a Transportation Master Plan.

Dinosaur Ridge Scientific Spelling Stomp

The Scientific Spelling Stomp, sponsored by Dinosaur Ridge, will take place this Saturday from 2:30-6PM at the Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St.  Join us for a new twist on the traditional spelling bee. Last year’s event was so much fun, we decided to host the 2nd Annual Scientific Spelling Stomp, where teams of up to four people will show off their scientific spelling skills. Brush up on your “archaeans” and “schistosity” and earn amazing prizes and the title of 2018 Dinosaur Ridge Scientific Spelling Stomp Champion. We know your team will do a “gneiss” job! Or, join us as an audience member to cheer on your favorite team.  Learn more and buy tickets.

September Events in Golden

September 1, 2018

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden Colorado

To learn more about any of these events, check the calendar of events.

Foothills Art Center
Spirit Glass by Damien Gilley
Magnetic north: oils on stainless steel by mai wyn schantz
The Founding of Foothills
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Pieced Together—Patchwork Quilts from Russia and Evolutions through Oct 20
Golden History Museum
Epic Events
Legendary People
Touch Gallery
Colorado Railroad Museum
Locomotive 20 Comes Home
Rail Pets
Westward in the Age of Rail

Miners Alley Playhouse
Lungs opens September 7th
Miners Alley Children’s Theater
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow opens September 22nd

Trail Runs with FRCC
Track Workouts with FRCC
Open Studio at Foothills Art Center
Vaccine, License & Microchip Clinic
Farmers Market
Morning Runs with FRCC
Morning Rides with FRCC
Polka Lovers Club

Coffee with a Councilor
Golden Super Cruise
Buffalo Bill & Louisa Cody visit his Museum
English Paper Piecing at the Quilt Museum
Golden Library Textile Society
Mines Master Plan Neighborhood Open House
Jackson Street Residence Hall Groundbreaking
Bonfils Blood Drive
Trout Unlimited Meeting
Opening Night for “Lungs” at Miners Alley
CO Rails & Cocktails at the RR Museum
Neighborhood Rehab Day of Service
Day Out with Thomas at the RR Museum
Toby’s Pet Parade and Fair
Safety & Preparedness Day at the Fire Station
Dinosaur Discovery Day: Gems & Minerals
Class at Foothills Art Center-Drawing: Stickman to Illustration
Day Out with Thomas at the RR Museum
Sunday at the Quilt Museum: Crazy Piecing
In Plein Sight
Class at the Quilt Museum: Crazy Piecing
Make a book for the visually impaired – Library
Golden Safety Academy – Traffic/Defensive Driving/Bike Safety
Golden Concert Choir Membership Night
In Plein Sight
GHS PTA Meeting
Golden Beer Talks – Good Maps, Bad Maps, Location Privacy, and Why It All Matters
In Plein Sight Gallery Opens at the Community Center
CSM Geology Museum Open House
Library XYZ: Funky Bookends
In Plein Sight
Let’s Dance at the Library (toddlers)
Fred Doar Art Show Finale at the Mountaineering Museum
DIY Lab at the Library – Hot Air Balloons
In Plein Sight
Free Legal Advice – Elder Law & Probate
In Plein Sight Artists working in Golden
Homesteaders’ Day @ Golden History Park
Craft Beer with Councilor Casey Brown @ Don Cameron’s House
Day Out with Thomas at the RR Museum
Golden History Roundtable
Oktoberfest @ the Denver Kickers Club
Day Out with Thomas at the RR Museum
Golden Library Textile Society
Golden Giddyup Mountain Bike Festival
Last Day for In Plein Sight Gallery at the Community Center
NREL Walking Campus Tour
Sustainability Community Conversation
Storytime and Craft at the RR Museum
Golden Library Tuesday Night Book Group: Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Snakes Alive – Jeffco’s Snakes
Intro to Hiking Safety Colorado Mtn Club
Freaky Friday (Early Dismissal) at the Library
Claire van der Plas – Boom Days Display at the CSM Library
Day Out with Thomas at the RR Museum
Opening Day: the Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Dinosaur Ridge Scientific Spelling Stomp
Drafts with Drafts at the Horse Protection League
Day Out with Thomas at the RR Museum (Last day)
13th Annual Golden Gallop
1000 Books Before Kindergarten Party at the Library
Trailblazer’s Free Climb Night at the Mountaineering Center
STEM Girls at the Library
Golden Bike Cruise: Zombies (last one for 2018)
Front Porch Book Club: The Sympathizer by Viet Nguyen
Workshop Wednesday – Duct Tape Projects @ the Library
Ukulele Wednesdays at the Library
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Ceratopsians at Dinosaur Ridge
CSM Homecoming and Alumni Weekend
Homecoming Kick-Off Lecture Featuring Adam Savage
Art on Tap – Trivia Night
Yūgen Film – North American Premiere @ Mountaineering Center
CSM Homecoming and Alumni Weekend
Sunrise M Climb, breakfast, presidential address, campus tours, Oredigger challenge, games, party, bonfire
Beautiful Junk Sale at the Jeffco Fairgrounds
Free Legal Advice – Elder Law & Probate
Medicare 101 at the Library
CSM Homecoming and Alumni Weekend
Homecoming run, parade, tailgate party, games
Beautiful Junk Sale at the Jeffco Fairgrounds
Fancy Nancy Tea Party at the Library
SPARK! Alzheimer’s Association Program

Liquor Licenses, Sustainability, Firewise, Live Music

August 22, 2018

Liquor licenses - Golden ColoradoThe Local Licensing Authority meets today at 2:30 in City Council Chambers. Tequila’s is renewing their liquor license. Sodexo, which does the food service on the CSM campus, is converting from a Hotel and Restaurant License to a Campus Liquor Complex License. A new restaurant called Vice Kitchen Wine & Whiskey, at 18445 W. Colfax has submitted an application for a license. Finally, the new hotel, Origin Red Rocks, will have the public hearing for their license at this meeting.  More info….

The Sustainability Board will meet at 6. Look for more info on this page.

Wildland fires - Golden Colorado

Jeffco Open Space is hosting Firewise – Learning to Protect Property Against Wildland Fire from 6-7:30 at 700 Jefferson County Parkway. Colorado’s Front Range is home to many landowners whose property may be vulnerable to periodic wildland fires. Aaron Betcher, Jeffco’s Fire Management Officer, will speak about the Firewise program and concept. This national program teaches people how to create defensible space, select fire resistant vegetation and how to harden your home against wildfires. Firewise encourages neighbors and community’s to work together and take action now to prevent losses and ensure public safety. Aaron will also talk about wildfire preparedness and help your family to plan ahead in the event of wildfire in your area. Learn more….

Self Rescue Clinic at Bent Gate - Golden Colorado

Bent Gate Mountaineering and Golden Mountain Guides are hosting a self-rescue clinic tonight from 6-7PM. Learn more….

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Live Music Tonight
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Brian Hornbuckle, 6PM
Miners Saloon – Mike Heuer (indie soul fusion), 7-10PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 6PM

Beer Talks: Air Quality in Nat’l Parks, Shifting Priorities for EDComm, Invasive Deer & Elk, and Be A Tool

August 14, 2018


Golden Beer Talks - Golden ColoradoGolden Beer Talks begins at 6:30, but people will be staking out tables in Windy Saddle Cafe by 6PM. Come listen to a scientist from the National Park Service talk about how they manage air quality. Food and drink are available for purchase in the Cafe, but there is no cover charge and no purchase is required. Today’s featured brewery is Holidaily.  The Beer Ambassador will provide a quick update on Holidaily’s expansion plans.

The Economic Development Commission meets tonight at 6:30 in the Public Works Building–1445 10th St. Staff will propose to the commissioners that they maintain or increase their support for new, entrepreneurial businesses (Traxion) and reduce or eliminate their support for existing retail businesses (Golden Business News).  See the meeting packet for more information.

Front Range Deer - Golden Colorado

Tomorrow night (Wednesday August 15th), Jeffco Open Space and Jeffco Invasive Species Management will talk about
Understanding Front Range Deer and Elk. Tim Woodward, CPW Wildlife Officer will talk about deer and elk, their abundance, general biology, hunting seasons and why we hunt. He will help us understand how these animals use the Front Range and how their populations are changing.  Interested?  Register here.

The Neighborhood Rehab Project (Be a Tool) is accepting registrations and donations for the September 8th Day of Service. If you would like to participate in this project, where community members help elderly, low-income, or otherwise disadvantaged neighbors with home repairs and yard maintenance. This is a great program and helps Golden residents stay in their homes. Check out the delightful video that they’ve released to inspire you:

If you can’t see a video above, view it on YouTubeRegistrations close on August 26th.

Let the Weekend Begin!

June 29, 2018

Free carriage rides in Golden ColoradoToday will be not quite as hot as yesterday was (low-to-mid-90s), and tomorrow will be considerably cooler (mid-70s). The temperature should be down into the 80s by early evening–nice weather for a free carriage ride some excellent music on Washington Avenue, a perusal of the stores, and a leisurely dinner downtown.

Live Music in Golden ColoradoLive Music Tonight:
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke, 9PM
JOLYNN’S – David Connelly 5:30 to 8:30
DIRTY DOGS – Kenny Perkins Band, 5-9PM

PLAN Jeffco and Jefferson County Open Space will host the Jeffco Conservation Summit tomorrow from 8:30-1:30 at the Boettcher Mansion. You are invited to join them “for authentic dialog about gear disparity, self-perception, and inequity in the outdoors.” Learn more and register to attend.

There are a few slots still available in Earth Sweet Botanicals’ 1-3PM Essential Oils for Beginners class. The cost for the class is $40. Call the store to reserve a spot. 303-278-1260

Beer Festival in Golden ColoradoThere will be a Beer Fest tomorrow at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. Calling all beer lovers! If you love beer and love America, then there is only one place to be on Saturday June 30th: AMERICA’S BEER FEST! Come sample 25+ American breweries, 60+ all-American beers, take part in the Star Spangled Beer Games, enjoy live music, and join us as we break the world record for the largest flip cup game on EARTH! Tickets are just 2 for $60 for a limited time, so get yours now! Tickets.

Parks Board, Visiting Poet, Jeffco Open Space

June 19, 2018

Railroad Museum Storytime and Craft - Golden COAs mentioned yesterday, The Railroad Museum’s Storytime and Craft is this morning at 10, and the Liquor Licensing Authority will meet at 2 in City Council Chambers.

The Parks, Recreation & Museums Advisory Board meets tonight at 7PM at the Community Center. The meeting packet does not include details, but the topics are: Municipal Budget, Single Track Sidewalks – Public Process Discussion, Bachman Agricultural Use. If these topics are of interest to you, plan to attend. The meeting will not be broadcast live, but an audio-only recording will eventually be posted on the Agenda page.

Wednesday Preview

Azure AntoinetteYou’re invited to a Living Room event tomorrow night at 1118 Maple Street with renowned poet and author Azure Antoinette.

Inspired by the release of renowned poet and author Azure Antoinette’s newest book WHYLD: A Write of Passage, we are fortunate to spend an inspiring, hilarious, and creative evening together.

Food: Courtesy of Whyld Hospitality (and it’s GOOD)
Drink: Please BYO
Rules: Kindness & Respect

Called “the Maya Angelou of the Millennial generation,” Azure Antoinette is a poet, brand humanist and creative strategist. As a Commissioned Poet she is firmly committed to finding a way to live out her mantra of “Do What You Love & Love What You Do.” She has a unique talent to curate and custom write the story of a brand.

Free. All are welcome. RSVP.

Jeffco Open Space Program: Outdoor Recreation in the West - Golden CO

Jeffco Open Space has a program tomorrow night from 6-7:30: Outdoor Recreation in the West: Who Cares?  The program is free, but please register.

Rebecca Watson, shareholder in the law firm of Welborn Sullivan Meek & Tooley, P.C. in Denver, will speak about the challenges faced by agencies tasked with providing outdoor recreation on public lands. With more than 30 years of legal and policy experience in the fields of conventional and renewable energy, mining, natural resources and federal environmental law, Rebecca counsels companies on environmental regulatory compliance and agency engagement strategies.

Rebecca is nationally recognized as a top energy and natural resources lawyer. Public land stewardship is a focus of her pro bono activity. She serves as the Secretary for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s governing board, is a board member and past-Chair of the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, and serves on the advisory board for Jeffco Open Space.

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