Apartments and a Hotel on 8th Street

February 6, 2019

The Planning Commission meets at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will vote on the site plan and banking plan for the former Briarwood Inn site, where a developer plans to build 72 apartments and a 48 room hotel. The Commission held a public hearing for this project on December 5th and they do not intend to re-open it tonight.

At the December meeting, fourteen neighbors expressed concern about the increasing population, traffic, and parking along 8th Street, as well as pedestrian safety and compatibility with the neighborhood. In light of the neighbors’ traffic concerns, the Planning Commission referred the case to the Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board. MTAB reviewed the traffic engineering study on December 19th and determined that the new development would not significantly affect traffic levels. With that new information, the Planning Commission will vote on the project. For more details, see the meeting packet….

Old Barrel Tea Company will hold their first “Bend at the Barrel” Yoga and Tea Pairing tonight at 6PM. Join us for a relaxing evening of yoga and tea! We will start with a 45 minute restorative yoga class with Kristen followed by tea tasting with Heather and cup of tea of your choice. Bring your mat and get read to bend at the barrel! Suggested cash donation $10/$15. Space is limited. Book your spot today:

Moms Demand Action will meet from 6:30-8PM at the Golden Library.

Miners Alley Playhouse is hosting SCRIPTprov (improvisational comedy) at 7:30 this evening.

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

Thursday Morning Preview:
9AM – Public Art Commission Meeting
10AM – Everything Dinosaur Talk at Dinosaur Ridge: Thyreophora Part 1 (Stegosaurs)
11:15AM – Wee Create Color Mixing at the Library

Traffic on 8th St. and Golden’s Annexation Plan

December 19, 2018

Are your kids’ sweaters too pretty? The Library can help you with that. They’re having an Ugly Sweater Workshop from 4-5PM. Take your craft skills to the next level at Golden Workshop Wednesdays! Once a month we create with a wide range of textile materials and learn new creative hands-on techniques in the process. Please register every participating child between the ages of 8 to 12.

 Bent Gate will present author Rob Writz from 6:30-7:30 this evening. Rob will share details from his new book, Guidebook for Berthoud Pass.

The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board (MTAB) will meet at 6PM in City Council Chambers. On December 5th, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on a proposed redevelopment of the Briarwood Inn property at the west end of 8th Street. The developer plans to build 72 apartments and 48 hotel rooms. Many residents of the 8th & 9th Street neighborhood spoke during the public comment period, expressing alarm about the increasing population density and traffic on 8th Street and the parallel streets. The Planning Commission advised the developer to speak to MTAB, to see whether they could come up with ways to mitigate the traffic. That discussion will happen tonight. There will be a public comment period at the beginning of the meeting, followed by a study session. The developer will return to the Planning Commission with the project in February.

The Planning Commission will have a study session (no public comment) tonight at 6:30 at the Public Works Building, 1445 10th St. They will discuss strengthening the City’s small animal regulations (chickens, geese, goats, etc.). While not “small” animals, horses will also be discussed.

They will also review Golden’s Annexation Plan. This Plan always makes interesting reading, as it details what sort of future development the City expects. For instance, many people are hoping that the property immediately north of the City boundary on Highway 93 might be acquired as Open Space, but it’s currently marked for Mineral Extraction, Office/Light Industrial/R&D, and Rural Residential. This document doesn’t dictate the future, but it’s interesting to see what the planners are expecting. Learn more by reading the meeting packet….

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Tonight’s Live Music:
Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse – Wintery Wednesdays Concert Series, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 6PM

Preview of July Events

July 1, 2018

4th of July Celebration - Golden Colorado

Learn more about any of these events by checking the Calendar of Events.

4th of July Celebration in Lions Park
Miners Alley Playhouse
– Lend Me a Tenor Opens July 12th
Foothills Art Center – Arts Week July 16-22
Buffalo Bill Days – July 27-29

American Mountaineering Museum
Fred Doar Portraits
Buffalo Bill Museum
A Visit to the Wild West
Foothills Art Center
Finding Home through 7/8
Charles El Burchfield, Resounding Roar through 7/29
Amuse Yeux: Miniatures through 8/5
Golden History Museum
Discovery Awaits
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Rooted in Tradition Revisited and Hollis Chatelain “Stories of West Africa” through 7/21

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

Adult Makers Guild at the Library
English Paper Piecing at the Quilt Museum
South Golden Merchant’s Meeting
4th of July Ice Cream Social at the Applewood Valley United Methodist Church
Lions Club 4th of July Festival
Goat Challenge #3
Coffee with Councilor Charis-Graves
Golden Super Cruise
International Dinner – Elks Lodge
Bill & Louisa Cody at the Buffalo Bill Museum
Sunday at the Quilt Museum
Wild Senses at the Library
Golden Safety Academy (run, hide, fight)
Power Lunch Lecture at NREL
Golden Writing Circle
Golden Beer Talks – Response to Drought
Preschool Nature Nuts: Terrific Trees
Leadership Golden Meet & Greet
Golden Summer Jam
Preview night for Lend Me A Tenor
Free Legal Advice – Elder Law & Probate
Historic Brewing at the History Center
Preschool Nature Nuts: Terrific Trees
Dinosaur Express Train at the RR Museum
Golden Sketch Walk
NREL Walking Campus Tour
Downtown Merchants Assn Mtg
Storytime & Craft at the RR Museum
Library Book Group
Library for All
Rattlesnake Safety & Awareness
Goat Challenge #4
Buying & Selling Online – library
Botanical Field Trip
Golden History Roundtable at the Library: Goosetown by GLA President Bill Litz
Bill & Louisa Cody at the Buffalo Bill Museum
Local Harvest Dinner w/GoFarm at the History Park
Vietnam War at the History Museum
Instrument Petting Zoo at the Library
Ready Beti Series: Safety. Hacks. Skills
Tattoo Talk at the Library
Front Porch Golden Book Club
Ukulele Weds at the Library
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Iguanodonts
Intro to Hiking Safely
Grand Camp at the RR Museum
Library for All
Teen Throwback: Upcycle old CDs – library
Murder Mystery Outdoor Theater at the RR Museum
Buffalo Bill Days
Buffalo Bill Days Pancake Breakfast
Buffalo Bill Days Parade
Beginning Ukulele at the Library
Murder Mystery Outdoor Theater at the RR Museum
Buffalo Bill Days Car Show, Muttin Bustin’, and Duck Rase
Golden’s Magic Mountain Archaeology: Part 2
Harry Potter Birthday Celebration – library
Ready Beti Series: Safety. Hacks. Skills
Golden Bike Cruise: Mustache Ride

Cheap Books, Discount Theater Tickets, and Museum Events

June 3, 2018

This is the last day of the Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale at the Fairgrounds. What’s more–this is bag day! Get a full bag of books, DVDs, and CDs for only $6. The sale is open from 11AM to 3PM today, and I can tell you from past experience that they start packing up early. All proceeds of this sale benefit the Jefferson County Libraries.

The Buffalo Bill Museum is starting a series of special programs, featuring historic interpreters Javan and Susan Ridge as Buffalo Bill and Louisa Cody. They will give a series of 20 minute presentations starting today and continuing on June 10, July 8 and 22, August 26, and September 2. Today’s programs include:

1 and 3PM: Buffalo Bill on the Stage with Texas Jack and Wild Bill
2 and 4PM: Lulu describes Life with Buffalo Bill

The museum is also hosting two authors this afternoon from 2-4PM. Steve Friesen, the former museum director, will discuss his book, Lakota Performers in Europe: Their Culture and the Artifacts They Left Behind. Joe Debrow will discuss his book, Pioneers of Promotion: How Press Agents for Buffalo Bill, P.T. Barnum, and the World’s Columbian Exposition Created Modern Marketing.

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden ColoradoThe Railroad Museum is offering rides 4 days a week–Thursday through Sunday–all summer.  Catch a ride behind one of the Museum’s steam or diesel locomotives in passenger cars from different eras in Colorado railroad history or on one of the unique Rio Grande Southern “Galloping Goose” Motorcars daily Thursdays-Sundays all summer long. Grounds & exhibits open 9AM to 5PM. Rides operate 10AM to 2PM (4PM Saturdays).

Miners Alley Playhouse - Golden ColoradoLast Minute Discount
You can get a Buy One/Get One Free discount for today’s 2PM show of District Merchants at Miners Alley Playhouse.  Use the promo code, “BOGO123” to receive the discount.

Fun Events. All Day.

April 14, 2018

E-Days continues today, wrapping up with a great big, noisy fireworks display tonight.  Learn more….

Colorado School of Mines E-Days - Golden Colorado8AM – Mining Games, Q Lot
9-11:30AM – Cardboard Boat Races, Clear Creek
9AM-1PM – Car Show and Drift Trike Race, CTLM Lot
12-3PM – Carnival, D Lot and North IM Field
3:30-5:30PM – Crawfish Boil, Sigma Phi Epsilon Lawn
7:00 PM (Doors At 6:15) – Saint Motel, D Lot
9:45PM – Fireworks, North IM Lot (Weather Depending)

The Golden Elks Lodge is having their annual Spring Craft and Gift Fair today from 10AM-3PM. We will have so many amazing vendors here! Stop by and shop for your favorite Moms, Dads and Grads! Golden Elks Lodge #2740 | 16795 W. 50th Ave. | Map

You are invited to Craft Beer with Councilor Casey Brown at 3PM today.  Ken Jacobs is hosting at his home at 1822 Arapahoe Street, Golden, CO (map).

The Library is hosting the Weird York Times for teens this afternoon from 5-7PM. Have you ever seen mysterious lights in the sky, Big Foot, or sometimes feel the government isn’t telling us the whole truth? Whether you believe in conspiracy theories or not, this event is sure to make you think twice! Be a “journalist” and try to explain the weird mysteries happening in the library in your own words as you encounter strange happenings around the library, then report back on the event. The best article wins a prize! Learn more….

Enjoy an improv show at the High School at 7PM. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds will go to the Tish Agos Memorial Scholarship Fund. Come out and support your Screamin’ Demons! Golden High School – 701 24th Street (map)

Preview of April Events in Golden

April 1, 2018

Learn more about any of these events by checking the Calendar of Events.

Miners Alley Playhouse
39 Steps and Red Riding Hood

7-8:15AM Golden Walks Weekly Sunrise Walk South Golden
7AM Golden Optimist Club at Windy Saddle Cafe
7:15AM Golden Rotary Club at Rolling Hills Country Club
6:30PM Golden Kiwanis Club CSM Campus 814 15th St.
Trail Runs Foothills Running and Cycling Club 6PM
Tuesday Night Bingo VFW 6PM
Volunteers of America Weekly Meals
Golden Walks: Weds Morning Celebrating Life
DIY Lab at the Library
Dinner & Darts at the VFW
Sunday Morning Rides Foothills Running and Cycling Club

Westernaires’ and Jeffco Horsemen’s Easter Parade
Pleasant View Lions Club Easter Pancake Breakfast
Open Car Days at the Railroad Museum – Cabooses

Top Ten Things You Should Know About North Korea
Golden United Community Discussion
Mothers of Preschoolers at the Baptist Church
English Paper Piecing at the Quilt Museum
South Golden Merchant’s Meeting
Bell Middle School PTA Meeting
Heritage Road Engineering Report Public Presentation
Avalanche Terrain Avoidance
Trout Unlimited
News & Brews with State Rep Jessie Danielson @ Holidaily
Celebrate Health!
Mines Little Theater “The Addams Family Musical”
Concert in the CSM Library
Jefferson Symphony Showcase
Mines Helluva Service Event
Golden Kids Clothes Swap
Women’s Wilderness: Community Supporter Celebration
Coffee With a Councilor – Saoirse Charis-Graves
Kitten Shower at Foothills Animal Shelter
Fuzzy Friends Sleepover
Mines Little Theater “The Addams Family Musical”
Open Car Days – Working Cars
Sunday at the Museum – Fabric Hat Boxes
MOMS Club of Golden
State of the City Luncheon
Golden Safety Academy
Trailblazers Free Open Climbing
Mines Master Plan – Neighborhood Open House
Golden High School PTA Meeting
Golden Writing Circle
Golden Beer Talks: Jeff Roberts – Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition
Wild Wednesday at the Library
Bad Art and Cocktails at the Golden Library
Living with Wildlife in Jefferson County
Let’s Dance at the Golden Library
Last Look with Hassan Najjar – Members’ Show
City of Golden Historic Preservation Plan Meeting
Low-Key Applewood Moms
Free Legal Advice – Elder Law & Probate
Colorado School of Mines E-Days
The Valley That Became Two Mountains
The Weird York Times at Golden Library
Craft Beer with a Councilor – Casey Brown
Open Car Days – Director’s Pick
Colorado School of Mines E-Days
NREL Walking Campus Tour
Director’s Storytime and Craft
Tuesday Night Book Group at the Golden Library
Education Center Special Presentation Lecture Series: Creative Destruction and the Electric Utility of the Future
Crime Prevention and Safety Tips at the Golden Library
Coyote Country at Jeffco Open Space
Wee Create at the Library
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: What Your Business needs to Know about Harassment in the Workplace Golden Library
Xeriscaping in Colorado: Weather, Wildlife and Beyond!
Prehistory of the Front Range
Golden High School Instrumental Pops Concert
Rocky Mountain Quilt Study Group
CSM High Grade Launch
Golden High School Instrumental Pops Concert
Arts in Society Grant – Art Therapist Parent Workshop
Amazing Antlers at Nature Center
Trash to Treasure at Golden Library
West Side Live! Presents Queen City Jazz Band
Earth Day
Open Car Days at the Railroad Museum
Mines Symphony Orchestra
Nature Yoga at Nature Center
Spanish for Kids at Golden Library
Getting Started in Online Genealogy at Golden Library
Pet Photo Shoot Fundraiser for Foothills Animal Shelter
28th Annual Good News Breakfast
Front Porch Book Club
Colorado Denim Day 2018
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Theropods
Ukulele Wednesdays
Mineral Evolution and Ecology: Tracing Earth’s History Through Time and Space
The Life of General John J. Pershing
Black Bear Basics at Jeffco Open Space
Library for All – Interactive Program for Adults with Disabilities
Town and Gown Book Club
Big-Data Geology: Visualizing Earth’s Co-Evolving Geosphere and Biosphere
Biochar’s Promise for Soil and Climate at the Unitarian Church
Golden High School – Choir Pops Concert
History Park Walking Tour
Concert in the CSM Library
Free Legal Advice – Elder Law & Probate
Golden High School – Choir Pops Concert
Community Wellness Fair at Golden High School
Geology Museum Book and Garage Sale
Golden History Roundtable at the Library: Golden in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Geology Museum Book and Garage Sale
Open Car Days – Kitchen Cars at the Railroad Museum
Spring Storytelling and Walk at Nature Center

Corks, Investments, and Pollinators

March 26, 2018

Planting for Pollinators - Golden Colorado
Both the Jeffco Public Schools and the School of Mines are on Spring Break this week.

The Library’s DIY Lab is featuring Wine Cork Creations this afternoon from 4:30-6:30. Tinker, invent and re-imagine things in our DIY space. Get creative and use extra wine corks to complete a variety of decorative DIY projects, perfect for gift giving or home display. All supplies and materials provided. Suitable for: Everyone.

The Golden Investment Forum Task Force will meet tonight at 6PM in City Council Chambers. This group is charged with identifying which (if any) of the items on our “wish list” should be funded and how we should fund them–taking on debt (bonds) or increasing taxes.

The Task Force has a big, amorphous job, and they’re struggling to find ways to accomplish it. They held an open house on March 14th with posters on several topics, including Open Space, Community Housing, Sustainability Improvement, Neighborhood Parks, Clear Creek Corridor, Recreational Facilities, Downtown Improvements, Complete Streets & Traffic Calming, US6 & Highway 93, and Cultural Facilities. Attendees were offered a survey that asked them to rank each of the topics as “Essential, Very Important, Not that Important, or Not at all important.”

I wasn’t sure how my answers would be interpreted. In many cases, I think that maintaining what we have is “essential,” but that doesn’t mean that I think we need more of the same.

City staff thought that too few people attended the open house, so they’re considering cancelling the remain two, and focusing instead on visiting certain stakeholder groups and finishing up with a “statistically valid survey.”

There is also an online exercise on 2021-2030 Capital Investment Options. With that, we’re given $15 Million to spend and asked where we want to spend it. The options were:

Build a new history museum: $12 million
Expand the community center aquatics area: $7.7 million
Improve Grampsas Facilities: $12.4 million
Expand Splash: $2.1 million
Improve Lions Park: $5.2 million
Improve Parfet Park: $.9 million
Build a Pedestrian Bridge over Clear Creek: $.7 million
Improve Bachman Park: $3.6 million
Build DeLong Park: $.9 million
Build a longboard course: $.24 million
Build the solar garden: $4.8 million
Add solar to city buildings: $12 million
Buy land for affordable housing: $12 million
Partner in affordable housing projects: $9.6 million
Acquire open space: $12 million
Re-do the downtown streetscape: $6.2 million
Re-do the Heritage Rd & 6th intersection: $7.2 million
Re-do the Hwy 93/Hwy 58 intersection: $36 million
Improve West Colfax: $6 million
Provide broadband “upfront”: $43.2 million
Bury utility lines: $9.6 million

As you can see, choosing almost any 2 of the options will blow your $15 million budget. Once you’ve exceeded the budget, you’re asked whether you want to increase sales tax, lodging tax, or property tax to pay the difference. It’s a tough choice! Those projects all sound lovely, but I’m wary of raising taxes.

The missing piece, as the Task Force knows, is estimating how much we, individually, would have to pay. Most of us don’t customarily think in terms of multi-million dollar price tags. The important question is, how much would it cost my household per year? That’s the question the task force is still grappling with.

In the meantime, take the online survey and see how you want to spend your $15 million!

The CSU Extension Program is offering a class tomorrow from 1-2PM on Planting for Pollinators. Buy tickets online.

Saturday Options

March 24, 2018

Mountain Fest 2018 - Golden Colorado


The Colorado Mountain Club is sponsoring Mountain Fest 2018 from 12-4PM today at the Mountaineering Center (10th and Washington). Here’s what they have to say about it:

MountainFest is the perfect way to get motivated and learn skills for year round mountain adventures. Come by and learn about everything the Club has to offer!

Experience free outdoor skills clinics, tours of the American Mountaineering Museum and open climbing on our indoor rock wall! There will be an expo featuring CMC’s popular hiking, mountaineering, fly fishing, and camping schools, CMC Conservation, Adventure Travel trips, our Youth Education Program and much more.

Don’t let your friends, family, neighbors or co-workers miss this opportunity to learn all about the CMC — your gateway to the outdoors! And the best part? It’s FREE!

Your first beer is FREE sponsored by Upslope Brewing!

Learn more….

Golden History Roundtable - Golden LibraryIf you’re interested in Golden history, come to the library at 2PM today (Saturday the 24th) for my lecture about Golden’s wild beginnings in the 19th Century.

Saturday Night’s Live Music:
DIRTY DOGS ROADHOUSE is hosting Pat Travis and Roger Falter at 5PM.
The ACE HI TAVERN has Karaoke at 9PM.

Things to Do Today and Tomorrow

March 16, 2018

Beautiful Junk Sale to benefit The Action CenterThe Beautiful Junk Sale starts today at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. They’ll be open from 8-4, and all proceeds benefit the Action Center. Admission is $4 for ages 16 and older. Bring two or more non-perishable food items and receive $1 off admission. Learn more….

The School of Mines Library (map) has a free concert today from 12-1 feature the Colorado Fuel Cell Center Troubadours. Learn more….

The public schools grades K-8 are out early today, so the Golden Library has Freaky Friday (games, LEGOs and crafts) from 2-3:30.

Councilor Casey Brown will have Coffee with a Councilor at 10AM at the Buller Residence, 500 Peery Parkway, Golden, CO (map). Here’s your chance to share your thoughts and concerns and hear about the latest happenings with the Golden City Council.

seed swap at the library - Golden Colorado

Attention seed savers: The Golden Seed Savers is hosting a spring seed swap at the Golden Library on Saturday from noon-2PM in the main meeting room. Here’s a chance to share your surplus and get some seeds to plant something new.

Student Apartments Across from Safeway and Guys & Dolls

March 15, 2018

The Library has Wee Create this morning from 11:15AM-noon. Introduce your little one to artistic processes and unleash their creativity. When children create without a set end product in mind, they are free to imagine, discover, and get messy! Suitable for: Preschoolers and Toddlers

The Library’s DIY Lab is open from 5:30-7:30. Tinker, re-imagine and invent! Drop in and use our DIY space to get creative. Try a variety of tools including sewing machines, a serger, Dremel™, Silhouette Cameo™, button maker, soldering irons, hand tools for fiber crafts, LEGO™ Mindstorms (and other robotics), and Arduino™. All ages are welcome during our weekly open lab. Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult as it is a mostly self-directed program. Suitable for: Adults, School Age, Teens, Tweens.

The City and School of Mines are hosting a meeting tonight at 5:30 at 1600 Jackson St. The neighborhood meeting is being held to discuss a potential application seeking approval of a special use permit for more than 75% residential uses and site plan approval for a four-story 107-unit student apartment building and associated amenities, including lounge areas, car and bicycle parking, and retail space located at 1750 Jackson Street, Golden. Questions can be directed to Planning Division at 303-384-8097 or

Guys and Dolls at Golden High School

Golden High School’s Stage Right Productions is performing Guys and Dolls this weekend. Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong. Performances are tonight, Friday, and Saturday at 7PM with a matinee performance at 2PM on Saturday. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $12 for adults.

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