Art on Tap, History Lecture, City Council, Live Music, Full Moon

April 18, 2019

The City’s Bike Library opens today. It is located behind the Visitors Center (10th & Washington). You can borrow one for free for two hours or all day for $10. Learn more….

The Library is offering “Cardboard Creations” for preschoolers – tweens from 4:30-6:30. It’s a car! It’s a plane! It’s whatever you imagine, but it’s definitely not just a box. Using cardboard, Makedo™ screws, tape and a lot of creativity, there’s no limit to what you can build. Drop in and build. Supplies provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

We have some tough decisions as to what to do tonight.

6PM – Foothills Art Center is hosting Art on Tap tonight. They’ll be playing Bingo. Test your luck and knowledge of art and have fun with friends! Beer provided by Golden City Brewery. THIS IS A 21+ EVENT. Admission to Foothills Art Center and the program is free for our Members. Non-members gain free access to the program upon paid admission to Foothills Art Center.

6PM – The Golden History Center is hosting a lecture tonight. Moving West: Who Moved to California in the 1930s and Why. Migration to California is one of the dominant history topics of the 1930s, built on a wealth of information from literature, news stories, and photographs. Using newly available data from the 1940 U.S. Census, this lecture will reveal insights on the people who moved, the places they came from, and why they may have moved, with special attention to the link between migration and the environmental trauma of the 1930s. $0 Members; $10 non-members Register.

6PM – The School of Mines will hold a Community Meeting from 6-7PM at the Ben Parker Student Center Grand Ballroom (map). They will discuss Sustainability (Phase II Energy Performance Contract), Construction Projects (Green Center – North Chiller Plant, Parking Garage/Classroom Building, Spruce Hall, Jackson Hall – Partnership, Facility Operations North, Facility Operations South, Utility Infrastructure Improvements, and MP Parking lot), and the Mines Master Plan (Sub-Surface Frontiers Research Building, Washington/18th Parking Garage, 14th Street shared pedestrian/vehicle way, Mines Park Daycare Center).

6:30 – City Council will have a Study Session (no public comment) in City Council Chambers. They will discuss the Historic Preservation Board’s Preservation Plan: The preservation planning process worked on developing a vision, goals, and priorities for the preservation of Golden’s historic and cultural resources. The plan identifies important stories that reflect Golden’s history and culture, looks for ways to improve the interpretation, understanding, and enjoyment of Golden’s stories, and identifies sites and resources that are part of telling those stories. Council will also review a draft of a Board and Commission Manual. You can see both documents in tonight’s meeting packet….

Tonight’s Live Music:

Full Moon:

The moon will be full at 5:12AM tomorrow morning. It will rise at 7PM tonight and set at 6:45 tomorrow morning.

Friday Preview:

Tomorrow, I’ll give you the rundown on the many Easter celebrations you can expect on Saturday.

Espresso, Music, and Streetcars

April 5, 2019

Cafe 13 continues celebrating their grand-reopening today by offering half price espresso drinks. The Chamber will do a ribbon cutting at 3PM, and DeDe & the Shakers will play, starting at 6PM. (See you there!) 1301 Arapahoe Street in the Armory Building (Map).

Tonight at 7PM, the Railroad Museum is having Colorado Rails and Cocktails: Streetcar Suburbs. The famous Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel will look at the various streetcar lines and the suburbs they created, including Curtis Park, Highlands, Berkeley, Sloans Lake, Lakewood, Barnum, Englewood Washington Park, University Park, Harman, Montclair, Park Hill, etc. Relax, have a beverage, and travel back to a time when railroads shaped the American West.

Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. 21 and older only. Admission includes two beverages of your choice: beer, wine or soda and snacks. Bar opens at 6:30PM and the presentation starts promptly at 7PM. Presentation length varies by event and the doors close at 8:30PM. Buy tickets here….

Tonight’s Live Music:

Saturday Morning Preview:

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

Goat Challenge, DIY Lab, and Weekend’s Live Music in Golden

August 30, 2018

Foothills Running & Cycling Club - Golden Colorado

The Foothills Running and Cycling Club is doing their last Goat Challenge of the year this evening. 6:10PM meet up with 6:20PM-ish first wave start times. Expect to see some very fit people running and cycling up the Lariat Loop Trail tonight.

The Library’s DIY Lab is open this evening 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.

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Live Music in Golden this Weekend

Thursday August 30th
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM
GOLDEN HOTEL – Bridgewater Grill Lounge – Teresa Carroll does jazz vocals, featuring Organ Trio with Monty Hogan at the organ, Mitch Chmara at the guitar and Kevin Smith drums. 6-9PM
OLD CAPITOL GRILL & SMOKEHOUSE – Austin Williamson Music (modern rock pop w/ a touch of funk), 6:30-9:30PM

Friday August 31st
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM
GOLDEN WEEKENDS (Music on Washington Ave.), 5-8PM
Austin Williamson Music @ Icelantic (modern rock pop with a little funk)
Jeff Miguel @ Baby Does (smooth saxophone)
OLD CAPITOL GRILL & SMOKEHOUSE – Shawn Nelson (americana, folk, country rock), 6:30 – 9:30PM

Saturday September 1st
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM
DIRTY DOGS ROADHOUSE – Twenty Hands High Band, 12-4PM
OLD CAPITOL GRILL & SMOKEHOUSE – Adam Lopez (honky tonk rockabilly w/ rock covers), 6:30-9:30PM0
WRIGLEY’S CHICAGO BAR & GRILL – Willie & the Po Boys, 4-8PM

Sunday September 2nd
Tim Stiles, 12-1PM
The Kenny Lee Young Duo, 1:30-3:30PM
Reuben Gonzales, 4-5:30PM
Matt Weatherbee & The Gnarbillys, 6-8PM

Monday September 3rd

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

Available Open Space, Early Start for Affordable Housing, Edible Plants

August 15, 2018

Planning Commission - Golden COThe Planning Commission will have a study session tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. It should be an interesting one. Citizen polls such as the recent investment advisory survey indicate strong interest in acquiring more open space–both for development and as a buffer zone between Golden and development. Tonight, the commission will review parcels of property that could possibly be acquired if money was available.

In addition, the will consider code changes that would allow “early starts” for affordable housing developments and a change to allowable products at Neighborhood Farmers Markets. They will review a draft Comprehensive Plan compliance form which is designed to be easier to use and more focused on the Golden Vision 2030 values. See the meeting packet for more information….

A new group called the Golden Executive Director Roundtable began meeting at the beginning of 2018. This group now includes over 40 members from nonprofits and partner organizations located in and/or serving the Golden community. The mission statement of this group is, “To create opportunities for collaboration and networking, foster connections between nonprofits and the larger community, and provide professional development for nonprofit leaders located in and/or serving Golden.” The group meets every month on the fourth Wednesday from 12:00-1:30 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 22 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the Golden Wells Fargo (1301 Jackson Street, Basement Conference Room), and it will be a training focused on strategic board governance. Please reach out to Kim Mangle at Kim Mangle Consulting, LLC for information about this group and details about how to get involved:

Live Music in Golden ColoradoTonight’s Live Music
DIRTY DOGS ROADHOUSE – Brian Hornbuckle, 6PM
MINERS SALOON – Chrispy the Looping Artist (modern rock covers), 7-10PM

Tomorrow is the first day of school for Jefferson County Schools!

Edible Plants at the Golden History Museum - Golden COTomorrow night 5:30, the Golden History Museum will present a talk about Edible Wild Plants of Colorado: What to eat when Safeway is closed. With a little bit of Edible Wild Plants knowledge and a good digging stick a resourceful person can find plenty to eat among the wild plants of Colorado. This lecture will cover the excavation and extraction of botanical remains from archaeological sites, the interpretation of the remains, and a review of some of the plants and their uses. Many of the plants discussed are common in the yards and wilderness areas of Colorado, either as our treasured flowers or as one of those nasty weeds. Learn more and register….

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.

Spend tonight downtown and tomorrow in the past

June 22, 2018

Free Carriage Rides in Downtown Golden Colorado

Head downtown tonight or Saturday night for music along the Avenue and lots of sales, samples, and specials in the stores from 5-8PM. Come for the music, do some shopping, and stay for dinner.  See today’s Golden Business News for a run-down on events in the stores and restaurants.  Make sure you take a free carriage ride between 5 and 7PM!

History Tomorrow
Tomorrow morning, plan to be at the Golden History Museum at 10AM for the celebration of the Museum’s 80th anniversary and their grand-reopening. The Westernaires Cavalry, Trick Ropers, and Pony Hoedowners will be on hand to help them celebrate the event. I got a preview of the newly-remodeled museum last night, and it’s beautiful, and full of interesting new insights into Golden history.  The Museum is open from 10AM-4:30PM six days a week–closed Tuesdays.

Councilor Paul Haseman is going to lead tomorrow’s Golden History Roundtable. He’ll be telling us about the skullduggery involved in Denver’s stealing the capital away from Golden. That will happen at the Library at 2PM.

Colorado Haunted History will lead a Murder, Mayhem and Madness tour Saturday night at 8PM.  This is a good tour–lurid highlights of Golden’s past.

Meetings, Fly-Tying, and Music Tonight in Golden

May 23, 2018

Safeway - Golden ColoradoFirst, let me apologize for a typo in yesterday’s write-up about the May 20th, 1948 Transcript. The write-up said it was 60 years ago when it should have said 70. Since I’m back on the subject of 1948, let me just add that a new 5-room modern frame home was $7875 and a new 5 room modern cinder block home in North Golden was available for $7,000. A 4 acre tract in Pleasant View, divided into one acre plots, was for sale for $550 per acre.

The Local Licensing Authority will meet at 2:30 this afternoon in City Council Chambers. Mountain Lux Candles (1111 Washington Ave.) has applied for a beer and wine license. Their hearing will be held on July 25th. Cafe 13 has requested approval for modifying the premises by adding an additional room. The Kum & Go at 18465 W Colfax has applied for a license to sell 3.2% beer.  Learn more….

The Sustainability Board will meet at 6 this evening in City Council Chambers. They have been working with the Planning Commission to make the “Green Menu” more stringent. The Green Menu specifies steps required for new construction or significant remodels to improve sustainability. The board is also looking at a new goals for waste diversion. They will discuss community needs for energy advisors, and will have an initial discussion of “Sustainable Neighborhoods.”  Learn more….

Jefferson County Open Space will present a program in their Land Stewardship Series: Coyote Country 2 from 6-7:30 this evening. Whether you are concerned or curious about coyotes, you’ll want to attend this talk highlighting recent findings on coyote biology, ecology and behavior as it impacts Jeffco residents.  Mary Ann Bonnell, JCOS Visitor Services Manager will be our speaker. She has been instrumental in promoting coyote awareness in our region. 700 Jefferson County Parkway (map).

Golden River Sports and Mountain Toad Brewing in Golden ColoradoGolden River Sports will teach you to tie flies from 6-9 tonight at Mountain Toad BrewingJoin us for free fly-tying at Mountain Toad Brewing. No experience necessary. We will have a few vices and materials, but please bring your own if you have them! Contact us with any questions. 303-215-9386

Tonight’s Live Music
DIRTY DOGS ROADHOUSE – Brian Hornbuckle, 6PM
MOUNTAIN TOAD BREWING – Franklin and Friends, 6-9PM

Topics of Debate in Golden: Growth, Affordable Housing, Short Term Rentals, Spending, and the “Small Town Look”

May 12, 2018

Controversy in Golden Colorado

Casey Brown will have Coffee with a Councilor this morning at 10, courtesy of our hosts, Tom and Alice Atkins.  There are a lot of issues under discussion right now.  Some residents are concerned about redevelopment pressure on our older neighborhoods.  Other want to build new housing to accommodate the seemingly endless demand.  Many are concerned about the School of Mines’ growth plans and their effects on surrounding neighborhoods.  Others think they’re an asset to the community and we should just be grateful to have them.

There’s Affordable Housing: we recently added goals to our comprehensive plan to ensure that 45% of our housing would be affordable to low, moderate, or middle income households.  How will we do that?  Will we help our current low-income residents stay in their homes, or focus on building new low-income housing? The comp. plan also says that the low-income housing will be distributed around the city.  Where will the Beverly Heights housing project go?  Which part of Stonebridge will have low-income housing?  Or will we put it all in the central core of the city, where we can scrape off small single family houses and replace them with three-story apartment buildings?

And then there’s the short term rental issue….  Some people would like to use part of their house to host AirBnB/VRBO guests, as a way to make money.  Others own multiple houses in town and want to rent those to visitors.  The new ordinance that Council will decide on May 24th says short term rentals must be owner-occupied…you can’t keep a whole house as an AirBnB.  Some people already own rental houses and depend on them for income.  Is it a “taking” to make an existing business illegal?  We aggressively market Golden to tourists, so should we encourage additional tourist housing?  Or do businesses just not belong in residential neighborhoods?  Some say those houses should only be rented with yearly leases, because the town needs affordable housing.  But can we force the owners to rent them at “affordable” rates?  Some say a neighborhood full of AirBnB’s is not a neighborhood–it’s a multi-building hotel.  Others say at least AirBnB’s tend to be better maintained than many year-round rental properties.

And there’s the spending task force.  The City will finish paying off the debt for the golf course, water park, and community center in 2021, so at that point our annual debt repayments will be $2.4 million less.  The spending task force is looking at a long list of other things we might want to buy–more parks, more trails, road improvements, a new history museum, open space, a rec center expansion, affordable housing.  Opinions vary as to which things we want to fund.  Some people say we shouldn’t fund any of it–that Golden is nice enough already, and we should just maintain what we have.

(By the way–have you taken the task force survey yet, to say how you want the City to spend your future tax dollars?  DO IT NOW–the survey closes soon!)

And a new item is entering the discussion:  what is the “small town look” that we keep saying we want to retain?  Councilor Paul Haseman has suggested that we should define it–and put it into our municipal code–so that developers can see what we’ll allow and the Planning Commission can enforce it in new buildings.  So how do you define a small town?  Is it single family homes or multi-family homes?  (Some of the Planning Commission members have well-defined views on this subject…!)

Do you have opinions on any of these topics?  Do you have questions?  Start talking to your City Council representatives.  Start this morning at 10, at Casey’s Coffee with a Councilor The address is 1110 12th St. (map).

Today’s other events
Check the calendar for the details:

8-12 Stonebridge and Mountain Ridge garage sales
9-3 Dinosaur Discovery Day at Dinosaur Ridge
9-4 Spring Fling Demo Day at Pedal Pushers Cyclery
10 Coffee with Councilor Casey Brown
10-11:30 Interior Paint and Drywall Class at Home Depot
10-4 Steampunk at the Station at the Railroad Museum
10-2 Paper Mosaics class at Foothills Art Center
10:15 Family Time at the Library
11-11:30 Wee DIY: Bubble Snakes at the Library
12-3 Greener Golden–pick up pre-ordered Gardens in a Box
(Note: there will be no tours of the Community Garden)
12-1 Health by Chocolate – Indulge and Be Well at Natural Grocers
2-4 Steampunk Tea Party at the RR Museum
3-4:30 Meet & Greet State House Candidate Kris Teegardin
5-9:30 Jeffco 4-H Barn Dance
6-11 Maypole Dance at the Denver Kickers Club
7-9 Drum Circle at PranaTonic Yoga Studio

Live Music
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM
DIRTY DOGS ROADHOUSE – Kenny Perkins Band, 12-4PM and Tommy Knoxville, 5-9PM
GOLDEN MOON SPEAKEASY – Half Pint & the Growlers, 7-10PM
WRIGLEY’S CHICAGO BAR & GRILL – Willie & the Po Boys, 4-8PM

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