Goldens in Golden

February 3, 2019

The City of Golden is partnering with Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies to celebrate International Golden Retriever Day. Golden retrievers and their humans are invited to gather at the Visitors Center (10th and Washington) at noon for a free dog photo and a bag of doggie treats. At 12:30PM, the group will walk through Golden, pausing for a group photo at the Welcome arch and another at the history park. The walk will end at Parfet Park.

Golden Rotary is offering a free program this Tuesday evening from 6-7:30: Raising Confident, Caring Young People.

As parents and adults working with children and youth, we spend a lot of time thinking about what we don’t want our children to do or become. It’s even more important, though, to have a clear idea of what we do want. Using a strengths-based framework, we an work together to help raise healthy kids. Speaker: Lori Hoffner is a nationally recognized speaker and has been offering training for positive youth development since 1997.

The event will be held in Miners Alley Playhouse. Seating is limited to 130 people. For more information, please call 303-278-2823.

Monday Preview:
Tomorrow night, the Golden History Museum will host a lecture: Rowdy Colorado. Shell games, dollars hidden in soap bars, shoot-outs in saloons and in the streets, fawning ladies of the night, swarms of migrating rattlesnakes, and cattle rustling dandies all play their part in Colorado history. Join us for a boisterous look at the early days of Colorado spanning from 1859-1930. Laughter encouraged. $0 Members; $10 non-members. Register

Museum, Theater, and Library Events Today

January 25, 2019

There’s a free concert today at noon in the Arthur Lakes Library (1400 Illinois St): Rebecca Flinthof – Songs of Love, Loss and Hope. Concerts in the Library are sponsored and organized by Arthur Lakes Library. All performances start at noon and take place in the Boettcher Room. Performances are free and open to the public. We encourage you to bring your lunch, sit back, relax, and enjoy music, poetry, theater, and other fine entertainments!

The Railroad Museum is offering a tour from 1-2PM. Today’s topic is Locomotives. The tour costs $3 in addition to regular admission.

The Quilt Museum is holding an Opening Reception tonight from 6-8PM. They have two new shows: It Takes Two to Tango: Collaboration Quilts and All in the Family: Family and Album Quilts from the RMQM Collection. Don’t miss your chance to see these new exhibits: the quilts are glorious!

Don’t forget: Miners Alley Playhouse is opening Lost in Yonkers (a Neil Simon play) this weekend. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30, and Sundays at 2PM. It runs through March 3rd.

Foothills Art Center’s new shows are now open to the public. They’re also offering a class tomorrow from 9AM-4PM: Hot Art, Basic Encaustic Techniques. This a high energy, hands-on encaustic workshop. We will explore a variety of encaustic techniques, including making medium and paint, prepping substrates, fusing wax, layering translucent color, adding and reducing texture, masking, stencils, mark making, image transfer techniques and more. No experience necessary, all materials provided, just bring your creativity (and a sack lunch) and go home with art. Register

Railways–Extinct and Imagined–and Christmas Plays

December 17, 2018
Castle Rock Mountain Railway, circa 1913 - Golden CO

I was driving down North Ford Street yesterday afternoon, when the sun was at just the right angle to really highlight the old scar from the funicular railway.  For a few years in the 19-teens, Golden had two of these railroads.  One went up Lookout Mountain and the other other traveled up South Table Mountain to Castle Rock.

Tuesday Preview:
The Downtown Merchants are scheduled to meet tomorrow morning at 7:30 at Connects Workspace in the Armory Building.

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The Railroad Museum will host their monthly Director’s Storytime and Craft at 10AM Tuesday morning. Join fellow young train enthusiasts, in collaboration with the Golden Public Library, for a morning of rail stories and make-and-take crafts. Recommended ages 4-6 years old. Free for Museum Members and $2 for nonmembers with general admission.  This month they’re reading The Polar Express!

This is the last week to see the Christmas plays at Miners Alley. The children’s show, The Story of the Nutcracker, will be performed every day, Monday through Saturday at 11AM, with an extra show Saturday at 1PM. A Christmas Carol will play at 7:30PM Tuesday through Saturday. The two final performances of A Christmas Carol will be Sunday at 1 and 6PM.

Plans for the Golden Mill and Colorado Gives Day

December 3, 2018

Golden Mill - proposed addition

The Historic Preservation Board meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will consider an application for a “Certificate of Appropriateness” from the Golden Mill.  The former feed store at Ford and Water Streets is slated to become a Food Hall.  The new owners have requested historic designation for the building, and plan to add a roof deck to the warehouse portion of the building.  See the meeting packet for details and bigger pictures of the project.

Colorado Gives Day

Tomorrow is Colorado Gives Day.  There are many Golden-based organizations that are hoping for your donations!  The Community First Foundation has a $1 million fund that they distribute to organization participating in Colorado Gives Day in proportion to the other donations they get.  In other words, the more we donate to our favorite organizations, the bigger share they will get of the $1 million fund.  The official start time for Colorado Gives Day is at midnight tonight, but they’ve set up their website so that you can schedule your contribution ahead of time.

Here are some organizations that benefit Golden, specifically. If I missed any Golden organizations, send me a note…I can still post it tomorrow! You can also search for organizations through the Colorado Gives home page.

American Alpine Club
Bell Middle School PTA
Christian Action Guild
Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Colorado Mountain Club
Colorado Railroad Museum
Community Faith in Action
Foothills Art Center
Free Horizon Montessori
Friends of Dinosaur Ridge
Friends of Golden History Museums
Friends of the Foothills Animal Shelter
Golden Backpack Program
Golden Civic Foundation
Golden High School PTA
Golden Landmarks Association
Golden Optimists Bicycle Recycle Program
Golden Schools Foundation
Golden View Classical Academy
Golden Visitors Center
Jefferson County Library Foundation
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra
Leadership Golden Alumni Association
Miners Alley Playhouse
Ralston PTA
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
The Action Center
The Horse Protection League

Olde Golden Christmas on Parade…and More!

December 1, 2018

Olde Golden Christmas on Parade

Pancake Breakfast with Santa at Table Mountain Inn, 8:30-10AM.

Craft Faire from 9AM-4PM at Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 West 32nd Avenue (map).
Come support local craft folk to buy presents for the holidays (or yourself). Crafts include pottery, jewelry, hats and scarves, decorations, etc. Children’s Market – 10:00 a.m. to noon

Golden High School Holiday Bazaar 10AM-4PM
Complete all of your holiday shopping in one spot while supporting a good cause. The bazaar is a great place for you to find all kinds of gifts for everyone on your list – large and small items, gifts for the home, gifts of food and snacks. The event helps support the Golden High School PTA. Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts from over 90 local artists. Holiday and home decors, wreathes, jewelry, ornaments, fashion apparel, pet merchandise, gourmet food, and more! Free parking and admission.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is offering a free gift with admission from 10AM-4PM. 200 Violet Street, Suite 240 (map)

Holiday Ornament Decorating Party at Dinosaur Ridge 10AM-2PM. Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 W Alameda Pkwy (map).  Join us and decorate some fun dinosaur ornaments for the holidays! Free for FODR members – $2/child non-members

Santa at the Station from 10AM-2PM
This December Santa is making a special stop at the Colorado Railroad Museum to pose for photos with visitors during the day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.!* Take a fun & unique family holiday photo this special season! Admission: Museum Members and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $10, and Seniors $8. Tickets are available for purchase at the door, no reservations required. *Santa will take a short lunch break around noon.

Olde Golden Christmas on Parade 10:30-11
Saturdays in December, authentic and historic downtown Golden becomes a festive holiday center with traditional decorations and fun family events. The free Olde Golden Christmas Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. with cowboys on horses, floats, marching bands, old cars, elves on unicycles, the Grinch in his corvette, and, of course, Santa Claus. The parade winds down Washington Avenue with lots of activities before and after, including snappy barbershop quartets, hot cider, Victorian carolers, and antique fire trucks. Presented by the Golden Chamber of CommerceToday’s Grand Marshal will be out new Fire Chief, Alicia Welch, with special guests Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl!

Pictures with Santa at Avenue Gifts 11:30-3PM
Bring your camera and make a great holiday photo at Avenue Gifts, 1212 Washington Avenue (map).

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides from 12-3PM
Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides through historic downtown Golden. Rides start at 12th Street between Washington and Arapahoe in front of Wings of Eagles, weather-permitting.

Olde Golden Christmas book by Barb Warden

Golden Hayride from 12-3PM
Free hayrides on the popular Golden Hayride one hour after the Christmas Parade. Join Santa on the ride. Pick-up point in front of Gold Mine Cupcakes, 700 12th Street (map)

The Story of the Nutcracker at Miners Alley’s Children’s Theater 1PM
Nearly everyone knows the tale of the Nutcracker: A gift to Marie from her Godfather Drosslemeier on Christmas Eve. Sadly, the beautiful Nutcracker gets broken and later that night Marie goes to check up on it. To her surprise, it has come alive, and a story-within-the-story begins! The audience is invited to become a part of the Nutcracker story and everyone gets to live happily ever after.

Pictures with Santa at Foothills Art Center 1-3PM
Enjoy a free family picture with Santa Claus while exploring and shopping the Holiday Art Market featuring fine handcrafted items and holiday gifts! Free

Artist Demos at Holiday Art Mart 2-3PM
Gain a deeper insight into the art-making process on Saturday afternoons during the Holiday Art Market with demonstrations and artist talks from Joni Emily.   Foothills Art Center

Golden Landmarks’ Holiday Shoppe 2-7PM
Old Fashioned Holiday Shoppe, featuring hand-crafted ornaments, decorations, and accessories for the home and holidays.  Takes place on the decks at Higher Grounds Coffee Shop and in the Golden Landmarks Association office…all at 14th and Washington.

Golden Concert Choir presents Handel’s Messiah at 4PM
Golden Concert Choir sings Handel’s Messiah – Part II & Additional Selections. Tickets online or at the door.

Art Rocks the Toad! at 4-7PM
Join us for an intimate evening of live art and music for Art Rocks The Toad! You will have a chance to win one of three original Jesse Crock paintings live! Entertainment provided by Weatherbee and the Gnarbillys.  Mountain Toad Brewing, 900 Washington Avenue (map)

Spirits in the Wind Gallery Open House from 5-8PM
Christmas Open House with refreshments. Spirits in the Wind Gallery 1211 Washington Avenue (map)

A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley at 7:30PM
This hilarious, fast-paced adaptation uses only five actors to bring Dickens’ most beloved characters to life. From Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mrs. Fezziwig, A Christmas Carol uses nothing more than simple props, fun physicality, and the power of imagination to convey this timeless story of redemption. Witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the spirit of the season all year long, in this brand new adaptation that is destined to become your favorite holiday celebration!  Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 7:30 p.m.  Sunday – 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Woody’s Downhill Saturday 9-midnight
Check out the latest ski and snowboard flicks and enter to win A-Basin and Loveland lift tickets, Never Summer snowboards, and sweet gear from Vans, Icelantic, Bent Gate, Powder 7, Vital Outdoors, IFA Prowear, Geigerrig, Larson’s Ski & Sport, and more! $3.50 pints $13 pitchers

Events Today and Delights to Come

November 25, 2018

Today in Golden:
Miners Alley Playhouse is doing two performances of A Christmas Carol today–at 1 and again at 6PM.

Mountain Toad Brewing has live music from 2-5 this afternoon: Shawn Cunnane will be playing solo acoustic.

Essential Oils Workshop at Golden Yoga & Healing Arts

Golden Yoga & Healing Arts is hosting an Essential Oils Workshop today from 3:30-5.

Cannonball Creek is hosting Games and Vinyl from 6-10 this evening. You bring the records (vinyl) and they’ll supply board games.


Golden has so many Christmas events starting next weekend that I need to start writing about it today.  We have a special Christmas calendar, and we’re adding new events every day.

Briefly, the Candlelight Walk takes place Friday night. Gather at Foothills Art Center at 6PM. Bring a candle or glow stick or buy one from the Chamber. The group will begin walking down the hill at 6:30 and gather at the Visitors Center. The Mayor and a child will flip a switch and the lights will go on all along the Creek. Many festivities will then ensue–details to follow.

The first Olde Golden Christmas parade will be Saturday morning December 1st at 10:30.

Golden Elf Academy

A week from today, on Sunday December 2nd, children 10 and under are invited to join the Golden Elf Academy. Calling all elf recruits! Santa wants you to join us and Gold Mine Cupcakes for The Golden Elf Academy! Decorate cupcakes with Mrs. Claus, sing and dance with Santa’s elves, and visit with Santa himself! Purchase tickets at this link.

Author Visit, Black Friday, A Christmas Carol, Live Music, Elf Run

November 23, 2018

Author Rich Grant will be at the Railroad Museum from 1-2 this afternoon to sign copies of his latest book: 100 Things To Do In Denver Before You Die: Second Edition.

Today is Black Friday, and lots of Golden’s locally-owned small businesses have special deals today.  Please make sure you check today’s Golden Business News to see if something catches your eye.  There will be even more specials tomorrow, for Small Business Saturday.

It’s time to get your tickets to this year’s version of A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley Playhouse:

This hilarious, fast-paced adaptation uses only five actors to bring Dickens’ most beloved characters to life. From Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mrs. Fezziwig, A Christmas Carol uses nothing more than simple props, fun physicality, and the power of imagination to convey this timeless story of redemption. Witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the spirit of the season all year long, in this Miners Alley adaptation that has already become your favorite holiday celebration!

Tonight’s Live Music

Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM

Barrels and Bottles – Giant Zero, 6PM

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – The Tony Luke Coup, 7PM

Saturday Preview

5K Elf Run in downtown Golden to support Be A Tool

The Be a Tool 5K Run will begin at 8:30 tomorrow morning under the Howdy Folks arch. Mens & women’s 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall winner and 1st place for 12 and under will receive a medal.   It’s not too late to register!

Art, Dance, Jazz, Theater, and a Possible Governor

October 12, 2018

Foothills Art Center - Golden CO

The School of Mines will be hosting two Gubernatorial Visits. You are invited to join forums with the two candidates for governor that the Colorado School of Mines is convening in October. These forums will include a short meet and greet, with most of the time devoted to Q&A. Please attend these forums and share with friends and colleagues. Light refreshments will be provided.

Oct 12, 3:30-4:30 – Walker Stapleton
at the Ben Parker Student Center, 1200 16th St. (map)
Oct 24 – Jared Polis

Tonight from 6-7PM, visit Foothills Art Center to see Virtuosity Dance Centre members perform their interpretation of Spirit Glass. This is free for Foothills Members and regular admission for non-members.

At 9PM, you can listen to Avante Jazz at the GLDN Mill – NAME, Kaitlyn Williams, dr3am c@$t, and BabyBaby play the GLDN Mill
$5-$10 entry donation.

Tick Tock
This is the final weekend to see Lungs at Miners Alley Playhouse.

Saturday Preview
The 9Health Fair is tomorrow morning from 8AM-12PM at Bell Middle School.  It’s a great way to get cost-effective health screenings.  Register here.

Dinosaur Ridge will be celebrating Girl Scout Day and National Fossil Day from 9AM-3PM. (You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to attend, but if you are, you can earn a merit badge!)

The always-innovative Councilor Casey Brown will have Cabernet/Chardonnay with a Councilor at 3PM at the home of Dixie Termin and Ron Miller, 400 White Ash Drive,

Cool Weather and Lots Going On

October 6, 2018

Autumn in Golden Colorado

Cool, cloudy weather is here, just in time to remind us of why some things are shutting down for the season. Here’s what’s happening in Golden today:

FINAL Golden Farmers Market for the season
Last chance till next spring to buy fresh produce, baked goods, salsa, etc. from the Golden Farmers Market.
Fall Tack Sale at the Horse Protection League
You’ll find incredible bargains on saddles, bridles, headstalls, blankets…everything the well-dressed horse needs! And for your own dressing needs, check out their new HPL-branded t-shirts and hoodies.  For the little ones, you’ll find some cute and cuddly stuffed horse toys.
Green Homes Tour
This year’s tour includes 7 homes in Golden and many others in Arvada and the foothills. The homes will be open from 9AM to 4PM and you can visit as many or as few as you like. You can register for the tour and receive the map and guidebook online or do it in person at the Jefferson Unitarian Church – 14350 W. 32nd Ave (map).
Coffee with Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves
Golden City Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves will be Bean Fosters this morning to talk to constituents about any questions or concerns they have regarding Golden.
Worldwide Photowalk
On the first Saturday of October each year, photographers and enthusiasts around the world get out their cameras and meet up at a designated location in their town to walk around and take photograph.  The Golden group will meet in the Library parking lot.  More info….
Avalanche Harley Davidson is hosting Hogtoberfest and will be serving $1 beers • Free brats and pretzels.
Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Miners Alley Children’s Theater
Ichabod Crane has come to Sleepy Hollow to teach, but what he learns there nearly frightens him out of his wits! Watch as Ichabod learns of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and tries to escape the clutches of the Headless Horseman.
Golden Elks 30th Anniversary Celebration
The Golden Elks invite you to attend an Open House event at their Lodge, 16795 W. 50th Avenue, Golden, CO (map).
FINAL Golden Super Cruise for the Season
Classic cars will congregate along South Golden Road and will be seen driving around town all day.  If the weather is nice, car owners often continue to visit Golden on first Saturdays throughout the winter, but October is the last official cruise for this year.
Model Railroad Show at the RR Museum
The High Plains 3 Railers present a weekend of 3 Rail Model Railroading at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the sights and sounds of classic toy trains from 1925 to the present.
Lungs at Miners Alley Playhouse
The world is getting hotter, there’s unrest overseas—the seas themselves aren’t very calm—and one couple is thinking about having a child. LUNGS is a smart and funny drama that follows a couple through the surprising lifecycle of their relationship as they grapple with questions of family and change, hope, betrayal, happenstance, and the terrible pain that you can only cause the people you love.

Live Music
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Anthony Russo, 8PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Liquor Biscuit, 4-8PM

Homecoming Parade & Games, Farmers Market, Art, Music

September 29, 2018

Colorado School of Mines Homecoming - Golden COHomecoming
The School of Mines is celebrating Homecoming this weekend, with a 5K run at 8AM, starting a 19th and Elm. The HomeComing Parade will go down Illinois Street from 18th to Clear Creek, starting at 9:30. The Tailgate Party starts at 10 in the Q Lot. The Mines Football Team will play Colorado Mesa at noon, and the Volleyball Team will play Westminster College at 5PM. See the full schedule.

Farmers Market
The second-to-last Farmers Market of the year is this morning from8AM-1PM at 10th and Illinois.  Stock up now while you can!

Mountain Toad is celebrating OkTOADerfest all day (11AM to 11PM). Curiously enough, their theme is Hawaiian Luau. They’ll have Ohana Grille food, special beer tappings, and a discount for people in Hawaiian shirts.

Foothills Art Center - Golden Colorado

Foothills Art Center‘s two current exhibits, Spirit Glass by Damien Gilley and Magnetic north: oils on stainless steel by mai wyn schantz, will both close in three more weeks, so make sure you see them soon.

Artist Charlotte Bassin is opening a show in the new Golden Center Gallery from 3-5PM.

Spirits in the Wind Gallery will host artist Sonia Reid from 4-8PM. She will be demonstrating creation of wildlife art in oil.

Live Music in Golden ColoradoACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9:00 p.m.
DIRTY DOGS ROADHOUSE – Mad Millie at 1PM, Vince Converse Band at 6PM

Miners Alley Playhouse is performing The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at 1PM and Lungs at 7:30PM.

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