Golden History and Warm Feet

November 17, 2018

Golden History ParkThe Golden History Park (formerly Clear Creek History Park) is offering a Homesteaders’ Day today.  Drop by the park any time between 10AM and 2PM to experience 19th century homesteading, explore the historic cabins, try woodstove cooking, learn about blacksmithing, and take a lesson at the one-room schoolhouse. This is a free event.


At 3:30, the Golden History Roundtable meets at the Library. There are a few people from Golden’s pioneer era who are highlighted again and again–particularly William Loveland, Edward Berthoud, and George West. Those guys were all incredibly important to Golden’s founding, and they deserve all the attention they get, but there were other, equally important founders. One of these was Charles Welch. Welch was active in the industries that put Golden on the map, including mining, railroads, irrigation, and real estate development. He donated the land for the Golden cemetery and for the first Colorado School of Mines building. The Welch’s Addition neighborhood (approximately 19th-24th, Ford to Cheyenne) was his doing, as was the Welch Ditch that bisects our town. Councilor Paul Haseman has been researching Welch and will tell us all about him!  Note:  Yesterday I said the roundtable would meet at 2:30.  We’ll meet at 3:30!


Warm Socks for Cold Feet in Golden ColoradoThe #1 thing most needed by homeless men, women and children is NEW socks. Drop off unused socks during the month of November at the Golden Visitors Center (1010 Washington), Golden City Hall (911 10th St.), and participating schools and churches.


During Thursday night’s City Council meeting, the City Manager mentioned that they had received 5 proposals for redevelopment of the Astor House.  No word yet as to the content of the proposals.


Live Music
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Barrels and Bottles – You Knew Me When, 6-9PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Roma Ransom, 8PM


Sunday Preview
1-3PM Women’s Self Defense at Lookout Mountain Nature Center
2-3PM Global Sundae: Multicultural Family Ice Cream Social at the Library
2-2:30PM Rocky Mountain Micromineral Association at the CSM Geology Museum
2PM Mines Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band Concert at the Golden Ford Building, 6th & 19th Street.
3-4:30PM Tibetan Sound Bath, Scent, and Guided Relaxation at Into the Mystic Healing & Arts

Preview of November Events in Golden

November 1, 2018

November Events in Golden Colordo

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

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Friends of the CSM Geology Museum “Let’s Talk” (in place of their monthly lecture)
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Holiday Craft Fair at the Methodist Church
Preschool Nature Nuts: Talkin’ Turkeys
Concert in the CSM Library
Freaky Friday (early school dismissal)
Teens After Dark at the Library: Video Game Night
Colorado Rails and Cocktails: Train Wrecks
Mines Little Theater presents Rumors
A Night at the Caberet Miners Alley Fund-Raiser
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Holiday Craft Fair at the Methodist Church
Preschool Nature Nuts: Talkin’ Turkeys
Fandomonium at the Jeffco Fairgrounds
Coffee with Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves
Demon Dash at Golden High School
Holiday Craft and Bake Sale at Golden Terrace Village
Figure Drawing from the Model at Foothills Art Center
Night at the Museums (Golden History Museums and Dinosaur Ridge)
Mines Little Theater presents Rumors
West Side Live! Presents Wasted on the Young
Backcountry Bash – Colorado Mtn Club
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STEM Girls at the Library
Golden Area Band and Orchestra Festival at the High School
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English Paper Piecing
So You Want to Write a Memoir at the Library
Golden Library Textile Society
7
2018 Mines’ Summit Beyond Closure – Repurposing Mines
TriceraTOTs
Materials Recycling Facility (The MERF) Tour
Woman’s Wilderness for Teens at the Library
Untamed – Medicine in Wilderness : Wilderness As Medicine at the Mountaineering Center
Trout Unlimited
Pulk (Winter Sled) Building Clinic
Golden High School Information Night
Mines Little Theater presents She Kills Monsters
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Let’s Dance (toddlers) at the Library
8th Grade Parent Night
World War I: Making the World Safe for Democracy
9
Free Legal Advice – Elder Law & Probate
Paths to Publication at the Library
Mines Little Theater presents Rumors
10
SWE Girl Scout Engineering Day at Mines
CPR/First Aid Class at the Elks Club
Painting Notecards with Janet Nunn at Foothills Art Center
11
Golden History Museum Opens the 1968 Time Capsule
Sunday at the Quilt Museum – A Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts
Golden United’s “Flavors of Golden” Dinner
12
Fall Yard Waste Pick-Up (all week)
Breakfast for Veterans at Golden High School
MOMS Club of Golden
Teen DIY: Interactive Comics
Golden Safety Academy – Identity Theft
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Golden High School PTA Meeting
Golden Beer Talks – 100th Anniversary of the 1918 Infuenza Epidemic
14
Community Blood Drive
Colorado Community Summit – Colorado’s Energy Future
Extreme Science: Buzzing with Energy at the Library
Library XYZ: Subversive Cross-Stitch
15
Foothills Art Center Holiday Art Market Opens
International Night at Shelton Elementary
16
Concert in the Mines Library
Mines Little Theater Productions presents She Kills Monsters
17
Homesteaders’ Day at the Clear Creek History Park
3D Printer Design at the Library
Golden History Roundtable at the Library: Councilor Paul Haseman discusses Charles Welch
Active Shooter Preparedness Class at the Elks Club
Mines Little Theater Productions presents She Kills Monsters
International Day at the School of Mines
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Women’s Self Defense at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Global Sundae at the Library
19
NREL Walking Campus Tour
20
Director’s Storytime and Craft at the Railroad Museum
Book Group at the Library: Aunti Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
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Thanksgiving
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Opening Night of A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley
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Be a Tool 5K Run
Miners Alley Children’s Theater: the Story of the Nutcracker
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Fall Storytelling and Walk at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center
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Front Porch Golden Book Club: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
28
Ukulele Wednesdays
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Archosaurs
29
Art on Tap – Ugly Sweater Decorating Party at Foothills Art Center
Responding to Climate Change
30
Concert in the CSM Library
Candlelight Walk

2018 Ballot, Fall Stories at the Nature Center, Ice Cream, Haunted History Tour

October 21, 2018

2018 Election Are you going to work on your ballot today? It’s an impressively long one! The League of Women Voters and Jefferson Unitarian Church held a meet and greet with Jeffco candidates on Oct 16th and a community meeting about statewide issues on October 13th. Recordings of both are available, and may help you think through some of the ballot issues:

Jeffco Candidates Meet and Greet
Statewide Issues


This is the final day for the Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale, and that means it’s BAG DAY!  It’s only $6 to fill a grocery-sized bag.  They’re open from 11-3 today at the Jeffco Fairgrounds.


Autumn LeafThe Lookout Mountain Nature Center is offering a Fall Storytelling and Walk from 12-1:30PM. Listen to a fascinating story about nature, place, or wildlife. Then head out onto the trails to explore the preserve at Lookout Mountain Nature Center and create your own nature story. This is designed for children ages 6 and older with an adult.  Learn more and register for the Fall Storytelling and Nature Walk.


SundaeThe Library will host Global Sundae, a Multicultural Family Ice Cream Social from 2-3PM today. We’re a global community! Connect with other families, practice English, and eat ice cream while enjoying great conversation! Activities and crafts for all ages provided.


Colorado Haunted History will lead a Murder, Mayhem, and Madness tour from 8:30-10:30 tonight. This is an excellent tour for people interested in Golden History (the vile and violent parts). The cost is $20 for adults. Meet in front of the Visitors Center. Reservations: tours@coloradohauntedhistory.com or 888-649-3849.

Preview of October Events in Golden

October 1, 2018

October Events in Golden Colorado

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

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English Paper Piecing at the Quilt Museum
Bell Middle School PTA
Golden Library Textile Society
Leadership Golden Alumni Meeting
3
Flu Shots
Coffee with a Cop
TriceraTOTs
NREL Lecture – Net Energy Homes
History Museum Lecture – Origins of the Colorado Territory
Trout Unlimited
4
Friends of the CSM Geology Museum First Thursday Lecture
History Museum and OLLI – Know the Ballot from Top to Bottom
School Choir Concert
5
Concert in the Arthur Lakes Library
School Instrumental Concert
Laughs for Love Fund-Raiser
Colorado Rails and Cocktails: A Ticket to Tomahawk
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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)
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Model Railroad Show at the RR Museum
Costume Creation Workshop at the Library
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MOMS Club of Golden
Golden Safety Academy – Drug Familiarization
Room and Board: Premiere showing of PBS Colorado Experience Episode at the History Museum
9
Golden High School PTA
Golden Beer Talks – Applying Geological Exploration Methods Towards Locating Clandestine Graves Related to Homicide Investigations
10
Extreme Science: Squid Dissection at the Library
Library XYZ: Strange and Unusual Halloween Decorations
11
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
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CMC Presents: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Last Chance Dance with Virtuosity Dance Centre at Foothills Art Center
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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
14
Chili Cookoff at the VFW
Sunday at the Quilt Museum – Tradition Meets Contemporary
Golden Library Textile Society
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Concert
15
3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress
NREL Walking Tour (through Thursday
STEM Girls at the Library
16
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
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Land Stewardship Series – Native Plants in Your Garden
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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
19
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)
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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
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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
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Alzheimer’s Education at the Golden Library
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ED Talk: People of Leadville, CO
Finding Gov’t Info Online at the Library
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Mad Scientist Jars – Library
25
Play at GHS: She Kills Monsters
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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
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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
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Trick or Treat Train at the RR Museum
Witches’ Brew and DIY a the Library
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Monster’s Ball at the Library
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ED Talk: The Geology of Leadville, CO
Trick-or-Treat Street at the High School
Mayor’s Community Celebration/Awards for Excellence
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Ukulele Wednesdays at the Library
Everything Dinosaur Talk at Dinosaur Ridge: Pachycephalosaurs

Preview of July Events

July 1, 2018

4th of July Celebration - Golden Colorado

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

JULY HIGHLIGHTS
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

MUSEUM EXHIBITS
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

WEEKLY EVENTS
Tuesday
Trail Runs with FRCC
Wednesday
Track Workouts with FRCC
Friday
Open Studio at Foothills Art Center
Vaccine, License & Microchip Clinic
Saturday
Farmers Market
Morning Runs with FRCC
Sunday
Morning Rides with FRCC
Polka Lovers Club

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Adult Makers Guild at the Library
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English Paper Piecing at the Quilt Museum
South Golden Merchant’s Meeting
4
4th of July Ice Cream Social at the Applewood Valley United Methodist Church
Lions Club 4th of July Festival
5
Goat Challenge #3
7
Coffee with Councilor Charis-Graves
Golden Super Cruise
International Dinner – Elks Lodge
8
Bill & Louisa Cody at the Buffalo Bill Museum
Sunday at the Quilt Museum
9
Wild Senses at the Library
Golden Safety Academy (run, hide, fight)
10
Power Lunch Lecture at NREL
Golden Writing Circle
Golden Beer Talks – Response to Drought
12
Preschool Nature Nuts: Terrific Trees
Leadership Golden Meet & Greet
Golden Summer Jam
Preview night for Lend Me A Tenor
13
Free Legal Advice – Elder Law & Probate
Historic Brewing at the History Center
14
Preschool Nature Nuts: Terrific Trees
Dinosaur Express Train at the RR Museum
Golden Sketch Walk
16
NREL Walking Campus Tour
17
Downtown Merchants Assn Mtg
Storytime & Craft at the RR Museum
Library Book Group
18
Library for All
Rattlesnake Safety & Awareness
19
Goat Challenge #4
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Buying & Selling Online – library
21
Botanical Field Trip
Golden History Roundtable at the Library: Goosetown by GLA President Bill Litz
22
Bill & Louisa Cody at the Buffalo Bill Museum
Local Harvest Dinner w/GoFarm at the History Park
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Vietnam War at the History Museum
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Instrument Petting Zoo at the Library
Ready Beti Series: Safety. Hacks. Skills
Tattoo Talk at the Library
Front Porch Golden Book Club
25
Ukulele Weds at the Library
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Iguanodonts
Intro to Hiking Safely
26
Grand Camp at the RR Museum
Library for All
27
Teen Throwback: Upcycle old CDs – library
Murder Mystery Outdoor Theater at the RR Museum
Buffalo Bill Days
28
Buffalo Bill Days Pancake Breakfast
Buffalo Bill Days Parade
Beginning Ukulele at the Library
Murder Mystery Outdoor Theater at the RR Museum
29
Buffalo Bill Days Car Show, Muttin Bustin’, and Duck Rase
30
Golden’s Magic Mountain Archaeology: Part 2
31
Harry Potter Birthday Celebration – library
Ready Beti Series: Safety. Hacks. Skills
Golden Bike Cruise: Mustache Ride

Sign Grants, Free JSO Concert, Nature Yoga, New Restaurants and New Hotel

June 18, 2018

Jefferson Symphony Concert in Parfet Park - Golden CO

The Downtown Development Authority meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will consider two requests for sign grants: a $2500 request to fund half the cost of signs for the new Colorado Plus Cidery and Pub going in at 1100 Arapahoe Street (the old laundromat), and $200 to help finance signs for Adventure West Tubing, a seasonal tube rental business running in the Golden Mill parking lot.  The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra has requested $8500 to pay for the annual concert in Parfet Park that marks the end of the Fine Arts Festival. This year’s concert will take place on Sunday, August 19, 2018.  See the meeting packet for more information.

Tuesday Preview
The Railroad Museum will have their monthly Storytime and Craft tomorrow morning at 10. The Library will have Lego Play & Build at 4PM. The Lookout Mountain Nature Center will offer Nature Yoga at 5PM (register now–they usually fill up). The Library’s monthly book group meets from 6-7PM, discussing The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick.

Nature Yoga at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center

The Local Licensing Authority meets tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday, June 19th) at 2:30 in City Council Chambers. They will review several applications for new licenses: a new restaurant (called “Launch) at 18455 W. Colfax Ave.; the new “Origin Red Rocks” hotel at 18485 W. Colfax Ave., and a new restaurant (called “Tributary Food Hall) at 701 12th St. Public hearing for each of these licenses will be held on July 25th.

Foss Liquor - Golden ColoradoThe judge will also consider three request to modify premises for existing liquor licensed businesses: Barrels & Bottles plans a 5th anniversary party on September 2nd and 3rd, and they want to use the parking lot north of the building for their celebration. Dirty Dogs Roadhouse plans a special event on July 14th and they want to sell liquor in their parking lot that day. The Foss Company is reconfiguring the space for their liquor store at 1224 Washington Avenue. Based on the drawings provided, it looks like the new version of the store will be smaller and will be located only on the west side of the building. The storefront on Washington Avenue will be dedicated to a new retail use.  See the meeting packet for more information.

Whitewater, Native Plants, and EDTalks

June 13, 2018

Golden Games - Golden COThe 16th Annual Golden Community Rodeo Series starts tonight on Clear Creek and continues for the next two Wednesdays (June 20th and 27th). According to their website, Everyone is welcome to compete, no matter your skill level (sorry, no pros allowed)… or just come cheer on the boaters! First two evenings will be a freestyle competition. The third evening will be a fun downriver race. Awards and giveaways for competitors. Learn more….


Native flowers at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center - Golden ColoradoThe Lookout Mountain Nature Center is seeking volunteers to care for their native plant garden. If you’re interested, join Native Plant Masters tonight from 6:30-8:30 for a fun evening of learning to identify plants native to Jefferson County, discover techniques on how to care for a native plant garden, and become a garden guardian helping to care for Lookout Mountain Nature Center’s unique gardens! Learn more….


EDTalks - Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

The CSM Geology Museum is about to present a series of EDTalks – Minerals Worth Sharing, presented by Ed Raines, the Museum’s Collections Manager and recognized expert on Colorado minerals and mining history.  Ed will provide an in-depth look at important mining districts of Colorado focusing on their history and geology.  Here’s the schedule of upcoming talks:

June 14 – History of the Creede Mining Site
June 21 – Geology of Creede, CO
Aug 2 – History of the Gilman Mines
Aug 9 – Geology of Gilman, CO

All talks will be held at 4PM in the Arthur Lakes Library’s Boettcher Room, 1400 Illinois St.


Art on Tap - Foothills Art Center and Golden City Brewery - Golden COTomorrow night from 6-8PM, Foothills Art Center will have their monthly Art on TapThis week we are spicing our own beer! What delicious flavors will you mix? Golden City Brewery brewmaster Derek will join us in the galleries to discuss creativity in brewing. Foothills staff and our beloved community partners will engage you with discussion, education, and hands-on activity. Come with a friend or a date and stay to create! Click here to RSVP! 

Sunday Events

May 20, 2018

Golden Games - Golden COThis is the second and final day of Golden Community Pride Days.  The City is open to accept the stuff you want to unload from 8AM-3PM today and tomorrow.  Take it to 1300 Catamount Drive (map).


This is the last day of this year’s Golden Games.  They’ll be cavorting along Clear Creek from 8AM-5PM.  See the schedule to see what’s happening when.


The Lookout Mountain Nature Center is hosting a Spring Storytelling and Walk today from 12-1:30. Listen to a fascinating story about nature, place, or wildlife. Then head out onto the trails to explore the preserve at Lookout Mountain Nature Center and create your own nature story.  Suitable for ages 6 yrs+ with an adult.  The walk will be on easy trails, 1/2 – 1 mile.  Please leave pets at home.


Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum - Golden ColoradoThe Quilt Museum is having Sunday at the Museum today from 2-4PM.  The topic is Mike’s Magical Miniatures.  Mike Klicek’s lecture will cover his introduction to quilting. His influences include Dan Burke and George Siciliano. He’ll be showing 75 quilts, 60 which are miniatures. His mini quilts contain over 1,000 pieces in a 12 inch square. His smallest is 4.5″ square with 500 pieces.  200 Violet Street, Suite 240 (map)


Live Music Today
DIRTY DOGS ROADHOUSE – Band of Brothers, noon to 4PM
WRIGLEY’S CHICAGO BAR & GRILL – Jewel & the Rough, 3-7PM

Blacksmithing, Kayaking, and Purging Today in Golden

May 19, 2018


Celebrate Homesteaders’ Day from 10AM-2PM today at the Golden History Park (formerly called the Clear Creek History Park). Experience 19th century homesteading, explore the historic cabins, try woodstove cooking, learn about blacksmithing, and take a lesson at the one-room schoolhouse. Free!

Do you like the picture above?  It’s a painting by Leila Reece, one of several that she did for the museum when it opened in the late 1930s.  She also worked on the museum’s dioramas of early Golden.  Visit their digital collection to see all of her paintings and lots of early photographs of Golden.


Congratulations to the students graduating from Golden High School today!


Colorado Central Railroad - Golden ColoradoGolden History Roundtable
The Golden History Roundtable will meet at 2PM at the Golden Library.  Barb Warden will tell us about the Railroads of Golden.  This includes the Colorado Central, Denver Lakewood & Golden, the Denver & Northwestern (an interurban that came through Arvada), both funicular railways, and RTD’s light rail.


The Golden Games continue along the Creek today from 9:30-7.  See the schedule to see what’s happening when.


Golden Community Pride Days
Do you have your excess stuff ready to take to Golden Community Pride Days?  The City is open to accept it from 8AM-3PM today and tomorrow.  Take it to 1300 Catamount Drive (map).

They will accept:
Electronic Waste (anything with a cord)
Limited paper shredding (4 boxes – remove all paper clips & staples)
Mattresses & box springs
Furniture
Metal recycling
Tires (Car tires only, limit four per household)
Tree brush & debris
Yard waste or lumber materials

They will NOT accept:
Propane tanks
Batteries
Pharmaceuticals
Hazardous Waste
Fluorescent lights
Paint
Appliances *
*  to learn about the City of Golden appliance pick up program call 303-953-5800.


Tonight’s Live Music
WRIGLEY’S CHICAGO BAR & GRILL – Liquor Biscuit, 4-8PM
GOLDEN MOON SPEAKEASY – Olde Town Swing Band at 7PM
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM


Sunday Events
12-1:30PM Spring Storytelling and Walk
12:30-3PM DIY Lab for Teens – make a flashlight
2-4PM Sunday at the Quilt Museum – Mike’s Magical Miniatures

Lots o’ Nature Coming Up

May 9, 2018

The Library will host Wild Wednesday: Butterflies this afternoon from 4-5PM. Discover Colorado wildlife and environment with naturalists from the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. Each month we explore a different environmental topic and discover what makes Colorado wild and wonderful. No registration required. For ages 6-10.

From 6-7:30, the Library will host Nymph-Fishing Basics. Local fly fishing expert Bob Artale shows you how to cut costs for leaders, how to lose fewer flies and catch lots of fish with an emphasis on bounce nymphing. With over 50 years of fishing experience, he’ll help you discover new places to fish, too! Note – this is not a casting class. Limit 40.

The Lookout Mountain Nature Center will present Preschool Nature Nuts: Fabulous Frogs. “How deep is a frog pond? Knee-deep, knee-deep!” Join us to learn about the types of frogs that live in Jefferson County, such as the songs they sing, their jumping abilities, what they eat, and how they transform from egg to tadpole to frog. You’ll do plenty of fun activities and make a craft too! This program is specifically designed for children ages 3-5 years with an adult. We ask that your child has reached his/her third birthday before participating in this class. Your child has several chances to see this presentation: tomorrow (Thursday) morning from 10:15 and again at 11:15, and Saturday morning at 10:15 or 11:15.

Friday night at 6:30, CSU Extension at the Jeffco Fairgrounds is offering Introduction to Common Plant Families. Learn more and register….

This Saturday is the 9th Annual Greener Golden Day. Kick-off the growing season with the City of Golden for the 9th annual Greener Golden celebration. Pick up your pre-ordered Garden in a Box. Tour the Golden Community Garden and learn about opportunities to participate. Learn about the City’s Sustainability programs, including water conservation and free sprinkler inspections. Find out how to deal with your green waste and how best to divert these materials from the landfill. Pick up free compost to amend your garden soil. Bring your own container to fill – buckets, trash cans, old potting mix bags, etc. Free

Sunday morning, you can take a Botanical Field Trip to the Upper Washington Avenue Open Space, which is a small (4 acre) City of Golden-owned parcel that was deeded to the city in 1993 as part of the surrounding developments. The city has no current plans for this parcel. An area of about 1.5 acres in the center of the parcel contains a somewhat intact native mixed-grass prairie. The current plant list shows there are 98 species of plants growing here, 64 of which are native to Colorado. This field trip is designed for anyone interested in seeing this small open space and learning about the native plants here. There will be a plant list with both scientific and common names. Free. Open to non-members of Colorado Native Plant Society. Contact Tom Schweich at tomas@schweich.com with questions. Meet at Norman D. Park at 9AM.  Learn more….

If you use the City’s waste collection service, you’ll be glad to hear that Spring Yard Waste Collection happens next week. Please have your yard waste out at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day. Use compostable bags if you choose to bag your yard waste. Yard waste in non-compostable plastic bags will not be picked up.  Learn more….



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