Craft Fairs and Concerts and Train Wrecks in Golden

November 2, 2018

Golden United Methodist Church Craft Sale - Golden ColoradoThe Golden United Methodist Church is holding their 34th Annual Holiday Craft Fair from 10AM-4PM today and 9AM-3PM tomorrow. Over 20 vendors with crafts of all kinds, bake sale (including awesome homemade frozen fruit pies), and White Elephant items. Delicious lunch available for purchase both days 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 1500 Ford Street, Golden, CO (map)

The Jeffco Schools are releasing the kids early today, so the the Library is hosting Freaky Friday–games, crafts, and Legos from 2-3:30. From 5-7PM, the Library will host Teens After Dark: Teen Video Game Night. Enjoy friendly competition and play some video games with friends. Snacks provided.

CSM Arthur Lakes Libraray Concert - Golden CO

Arthur Lakes Library on the School of Mines Campus is offering a free concert (Walton and Wood, Rockabilly) today from 12-1PM. 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! 1400 Illinois Street, Golden, CO (map)

At 6:30, you can enjoy Colorado Rails and Cocktails at the Railroad Museum. Tonight’s subject is Train Wreck!

Relax, have a beverage, and travel back to a time when railroads shaped the American West.

Train wrecks occur for many reasons and leave a lasting impression, join Kris Autobee as she looks at these accidents from an historian’s perspective. The 1921 Pueblo flood and the fire on William Jennings Bryant’s train and of course the famous Casey Jones wreck are all explored.

Admission includes 2 beverages of your choice: beer, wine or soda and snacks. Doors open at 5:30PM for early enjoyment of Museum displays, bar opens at 6:00PM and the presentation starts promptly at 6:30PM. Presentation length varies by event and the doors close at 8:00PM.Admission: $20 for members and $25 for non-members. 21 and older only.

Advance tickets required. Order online. Presentation length varies by event and the doors close at 8:00PM.  Minimum Age: 21

Mines Little Theater Group will present Neil Simon’s Rumors tonight at 7PM in the theater at the Mountaineering Museum (710 10th St.). Tickets are $7 for Mines people and $10 for the general public. The performance will be repeated tomorrow at 2PM and again at 7PM.

Tonight’s Live Music:
Barrels and Bottles – Wylie “Crazy Horse Jones Reggae, 6PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – John Adam Smith, 8PM
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM

Saturday Preview (details in the calendar):

The Methodist Church Craft Fair continues, from 9AM-3PM

The Golden Terrace Village annual craft fair Saturday from 9AM-3PM.

Councilor Rob Reed will fill in for Councilor Charis-Graves at tomorrow’s 10AM Coffee with a Councilor at Bean Fosters. (Saoirse is in Ireland!)

Demon Dash 5K Run/Walk 9AM

Class at Foothills Art CenterFigure Drawing from the Model: Step-by-Step 12:30-5:30PM

Free workshop for kids at Home Depot: build a model military helicoptor (in honor of Veterans Day) 9AM-noon

Fandomonium (like a mini-ComiCon, sponsored by the Library) at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, 4-8PM

Powder7’s Ski Season Kickoff Party 6-9PM

West Side Live! Presents Wasted on the Young 7PM

Night at the Museums – Free admission to Dinosaur Ridge (4-9PM) AND the Golden History Museum (5-9PM)

Winter is coming, and so is the Day of the Dead

October 23, 2018

Avalanche Awareness Classes - Golden CO

Ready or not, winter is coming.  Clearly, a lot of people are more than ready:

Bent Gate Mountaineering is hosting an Avalanche Awareness Clinic in their store tonight from 6:30-7:30.  The Friends of Berthould Pass are offering an Avalanche Awareness Classroom tomorrow night from 7-9:30 at the Mountaineering Museum.

Thursday night, from 6:30-8:30, Powder7 Ski Shop will host Colorado’s premier powder forecaster Joel Gratz of OpenSnow.  The snow maestro will dig into this winter’s snow outlook, teach us how to find the best powder, and answer your burning questions about chasing storms. Powder7 Ski Shop, 880 Brickyard Circle, Golden, CO (map).

In other news….

The Library has a class on Finding Government Information Online, tonight from 6-7:30PM.  Learn more and register….

The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board meets tonight at 6PM.  The agenda was not posted as of last night, but you can check this page on the City website.

The moon will be full at 10:45 tomorrow morning.

Coming Up: Day of the Dead Event
Decorate Sugar Skulls at the Golden LibraryThis Friday from 3:30-4:30, representatives from the Museo de las Americas will visit the Golden Library to teach us about this special day and help us decorate sugar skulls.  Celebrate the traditions of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Library. From its Aztec roots to the modern celebration influenced by Spanish colonization, dive into this day of rich, cultural significance for Mexico and the United States. Explore the importance of ofrendas (offerings), the themed art and decorations, and the relationship to the monarch butterfly migration. You can even honor your ancestors and loved ones when you decorate your own sugar skull!  The event is suitable for all ages.

Mountaineering Museum Reception, City Council Discusses Transportation and Finance Plans

September 13, 2018

Fred Doar Art Show at the American Mountaineering Museum - Golden Colorado

From 6-8 this evening, the Mountaineering Museum will hold an Art Show Finale for their Fred Doar show: Mountaineer and artist Fred Doar’s art has graced the walls of the Museum for the summer, but now it’s time to take his gorgeous art down. We want to end the show with a bang! And wine. And cheese. And Fred! Join us for the finale of Fred Doar’s show “A Few Legends of Altitude.” The event includes free admission to the Museum, a presentation by Fred, and two new paintings.

The Library’s DIY Lab will be making Hot Air Balloons from 6-7:30. Move molecules and explore thermal energy. Float to your destination and build a tissue paper balloon, then use hot air to make it soar. This program is for ages 12+.

City Council will meet at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. City Staff will provide an overview of two proposed transportation ballot issues. Council may choose to create a resolution in support of one of the issues.

They will discuss the conclusions of the Investment Task Force. That group spent the most recent meeting discussing questions to be included in a Citizens Survey, to help determine whether we should put a lodging tax on the ballot, and if so, how the proceeds of such a tax should be used. Council will discuss much larger financing issues, including projects that didn’t poll well in the Investment Task Force’s survey, such as solar improvements and city-wide broadband. Most of the City’s discretionary money for 2019 will fund the north Washington Avenue project. Most of the 2020 discretionary money will go to improvements in municipal facilities, such as upgrades to the community center and Splash, designing new storage space for the police, buying the street lights from Xcel, acquiring new fire equipment, and making information technology upgrades.

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 payments will be $2.4 million less. City Staff has been looking at our bonding capacity once those projects are paid off, and have concluded that we would be able to borrow up to $43 million for new projects.

Tonight’s Live Music
COLUMBINE CAFE – Backyard Bluegrass – Floodgate Operators, 7PM
NEW TERRAIN BREWING – Arthur Lee Land’s Twang Is Dead, 6-9PM

Dancing at Foothills Art Center, Mountaineering Art, Running & Cycling in Golden, Live Music

June 7, 2018

Virtuosity Dance Centre at Foothills Art CenterART
Foothills Art Center
has an interesting new exhibit.  Charles E. Burchfield: A Resounding Roar features watercolor paintings displaying the artist’s love and appreciation of various sounds of daily life and the works he made in response. Early Burchfield works depict the sound of crickets as they chirp in the bushes around his childhood home. The resounding roar of a passing train or the delicate call of a bobolink could the inspiration for a series of works lasting decades. Later Burchfield works are inspired by his favorite composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Jean Sibelius. Visit the museum tonight for a special evening performance when Virtuosity dancers express Charles E. Burchfield’s work through dance. 6-8PM. Free to Foothills members. Regular admission for non-members. This exhibit is generously sponsored by Betsy A. Thorpe.

Mountaineering Museum - Golden ColoradoThe Mountaineering Museum is hosting an art show tonight from 6-8PM.  Join us for a rare opportunity to peruse original paintings by artist Fred Doar!  Fred is fresh off an expedition to Everest basecamp. It is among the high remote peaks that Doar draws inspiration for his one of a kind art.  This special collection features portraits of some of climbing’s most notable guides and pioneers including Melissa Arnot, Ueli Steck, and David Morton.  One lucky person will go home with a Doar original after the event!  Free.  Snacks and drinks provided.

The Public Art Commission meets this morning at 9AM in City Council Chambers. They will discuss their strategic plan and name the finalist for the new piece to be installed along Highway 93. They will discuss their involvement in the upcoming ArtsWeek Golden, July 16-22, and will consider some possible logos. The mural along North Washington Avenue is currently underway and should be finished in a couple of weeks. The bronze elk sculpture for the Heritage Road roundabout is ready to go to the foundry. It should be ready for installation late this fall.  Learn more by reviewing their meeting packet.

City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will consider a one year pilot program for a dockless bike sharing service, which would operate within a defined area of central Golden.  They will also consider recommending to RTD that they create Youth and Low Income Passes.  Learn more by reviewing their meeting packet.

Runners High has their weekly group run from 6-7PM.
Foothills Running & Cycling Club is having Goat Challenge #1 tonight starting at 6:10PM.  Learn more….
Big Ring Cycles has group road rides leaving from the store at 6PM.  More….

Live Music in Golden ColoradoACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM
GOLDEN HOTEL – Clear Creek Jazz Quartet, 6-9PM
GOLDEN MOON SPEAKEASY – Chris Kroger Trio, 7-10PM

The Golden Gate Grange will have a “Huge Rummage and Bake Sale” tomorrow from 8AM-4PM.  Join us for the sale where you may find a bargain or maybe a treasure! Clothes, kitchenware, tools, furniture, books, decorations, collectibles, jewelry, linens, sports equipment and more will be for sale at bargain prices. Hot dog and hamburger lunch plates will be served!  The Golden Gate Grange is located at 25201 Golden Gate Canyon Road just 4 miles west of Route 93 in Golden (map).

Preview of May Events in Golden

May 1, 2018

Graduation in Golden Colorado

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

Mothers of Preschoolers
English Paper Piecing – Quilt Museum
Bell PTA Meeting
Golden Fleece Fellowship at the Library
Bonfils Blood Drive
Avalanche Terrain Avoidance
Trout Unlimited Meeting
Golden Night Out – Foothills Art Center and American Mountaineering Museum
Charles E. Burchfield Resounding Roar Member Preview at Foothills Art Center
CSM Geology Museum First Thursday Lecture
High School Play: A View from the Bridge
CO Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony
Living Landmarks Dinner
CSM Ideas Reception
Colorado Rails & Cocktails
High School Play: A View from the Bridge
Coffee with Councilor Charis-Graves
High School Play: A View from the Bridge
Attention Management for Artists
GHS Community Bike Swap
Golden Concert Choir Nocturns
Golden Super Cruise
West Side Live! Presents Athena Project
Golden Marlins Swin Team Parent Information Meeting
Bike and Pedestrian Safety for Families
Golden United Community Discussion – Campaign Finance Laws
Residents’ discussion about city zoning
ABCs of Railroad Postcards
GHS PTA Meeting
Golden Writing Circle
Golden Beer Talks: Johanna Kovarik, US Forest Service
Wild Wednesday
Nymph Fishing Basics
Graduate Commencement – Colorado School of Mines
Preschool Nature Nuts – Frogs
Toddler Dance at the Library
Volunteer & Community Social
Art on Tap/GoFarm at Foothills Art Center
Rezoning Request for CSM Residence Hall on 19th Street
Request to rezone 6th & Ford from R1 to R2
Undergraduate Commencement – CSM
Spring Gear Sale Mountaineering Center
Boy Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge
Shred a Thon at Sheriff’s Office
Steampunk at the Station/Steampunk Tea Party – RR Museum
Jeffco 4H Barn Dance
Mother’s Day
Spring Yard Waste Collection
MOMS Club of Golden
NREL Community Open House
Golden Safety Academy – CPR/First Aid
Spring Yard Waste Collection
Mothers of Preschoolers
Storytime & Craft at the RR Museum
Book Group at the Library
Spring Yard Waste Collection
Jeffco’s Amphibians and Reptiles
Spring Yard Waste Collection
Wee Create at the Library
Band Concert
Affordable Housing Discussion at Foothills Art Center
Spring Yard Waste Collection
8th Annual Golden Games on the Creek
Opening Night: District Merchants at Miners Alley
Rocky Mtn Quilt Study Group
Teens After Dark at the Library
8th Annual Golden Games
Golden Community Pride Days
GHS Graduation
Homesteaders’ Day at the History Park
Golden History Roundtable at the Library
Mines Athletics Auction & Dinner
Golden Community Pride Days
8th Annual Golden Games
Sunday at the Quilt Museum – Mike’s Magical Miniatures
NREL Walking Campus Tour
“Where Do We Go From Here?” American in the First World War – History Park
Last Day of School – Jeffco Public Schools
Opening Day – Splash Water Park
Memorial Day Ceremony
Golden Bike Cruise – Flintstones
Dinosaur Ridge Talk: Thyreophora Part 1
Ukulele Wednesdays

Lots of Options Tonight

March 28, 2018

Dinosaur Ridge - Golden Colorado


Women’s HERstory Month 6PM
American Mountaineering Museum – 710 10th Street (map)

Ladies, gather with your fellow outdoor enthusiasts for an evening of community and inspiration. We’re celebrating Women’s History Month with local organizations and businesses like: Deuter, Beti Bike Series, and The Tea Spot. Peruse special exhibits highlighting the women who paved the path for all of us. Network with women’s meet up groups and organizations that empower and support. We’ll finish the evening with some all-female adventure films to feed the stoke! All are welcome! Tickets.

Everything Dinosaur Talk: Sauropods 6PM
Dinosaur Ridge – 17681 W Alameda Pkwy (map)

Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge for an interesting talk on long-necked dinosaurs, the sauropods! Free. RSVP at

The Highest Hundred – By the Long Ranger 6:15PM
Bent Gate Mountaineering – 1313 Washington Ave. (map)

A non-stop self-powered disaster-style tour of the hundred highest peaks of Colorado. Join Justin Simoni as he shares stories from his epic, sixty-day bike packing and trail running pilgrimage through the Colorado high country in his attempt to summit every one of the Colorado Centennials in record time.

Sustainability Board – 6PM
City Council Chambers – 911 10th Street (map)

Green Building Goals 6:15 – 7:30 pm
The Board will discuss potential revisions to the Sustainability Goals pertaining to Green
Buildings, look at past achievements, and begin a recommendation to City Council for new
targets. Goal revisions will be discussed at CSAB meetings through May and the Board is
seeking public input on the recommendations.

Green Menu Standards 7:30 – 8:00 pm
Annually, CSAB and Planning Commission meet to discuss best practices in the green
building industry and to make potential updates to the Residential and Commercial Green
Menus, part of the zoning process. CSAB will discuss preliminary ideas and research in
advance of an upcoming joint meeting with Planning Commission on April 18.

Learn more by reading the meeting packet.

Tomorrow Night
Thursday evening from 5:30-7, you are invited to the Golden Elks Lodge (16795 W. 50th Ave. – map) for a Potluck Speak-a-thon.Join the Golden Orators demonstrating speaking skills learned through the pathways of Toastmasters. This group also meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 5:30-7PM at the Keller Williams office, 350 Indiana St, Suite 300. For more information contact Rachael R. Kenney-Reid.

City Planning and Job-Hunting

January 17, 2018

Today is Museum Selfie Day (yes, that’s a thing). The History Museum is closed, but the Quilt, Mountaineering, Railroad, and Buffalo Bill Museums are open, as is Dinosaur Ridge.

State Representative Jessie Danielson will be at Cannonball Creek from 6-7 for News and Brews. This is a good chance to discuss issues impacting our district.

Guest House in Golden Colorado

The Planning Commission meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will consider a request to designate 1114 Illinois Street as a tourist home. They will also consider a site plan for a 68,000 ft. sq. office and warehouse structure in the Coors Technology Center. Finally, they will decide whether to grant a special use permit to allow 100% residential use on a lot that is adjacent to the new Senior Apartments at Highway 93 and Golden Gate Canyon Road.  Learn more by reading the meeting packet….

There will be a multi-industry career fair tomorrow from 1-3PM at the Jefferson County Human Resources Building. Full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions are available. Learn more….

Tomorrow night from 6-7:30 Nathan Richie, the Director of the Golden History Museum, will give a lecture on Early Golden and the Quest for the Capitol. Learn more….

The Day After

December 26, 2017 Team - Golden Colorado

Happy Birthday Tracy!

We’ll have a few quiet days in Golden this week–a somewhat welcome respite after all the holiday hoopla. Just a few reminders….

The Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center will be open through the 30th. The Golden History Museum is open, with free admission, through the 30th. After that it will be closed for several months while they remodel. I’m going to stop in there for one last look at the WPA Diarama of 1860s Golden.

If you have out of town company, take them to the Quilt Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum, Mountaineering Museum, or Railroad Museum….at least, that’s what my relatives are interested in. Yours might be more interested in local trails.

The Golden Library started a very popular event a couple years ago: they have a “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration for families at noon on December 31st, with party hats, noisemakers, a balloon drop, and bubblewrap “fireworks.” Their registrations are already full, but they’re still accepting people for the wait list.

History, Nature, and Skiing

November 15, 2017

The Golden History Center will hold a World War I book discussion from 11:30-12:30 today.  The topic is “Where Do We Go From Here? America in the First World War.”  The story of a war is much more than the recital of facts, battles, and dates.   No matter the impacts of war upon nations and the world order, the underlying story of a war is its immediate and long lasting impacts on individuals.  Come participate in a book discussion of Private Peaceful, with discussion facilitator Dr. Kevin Rucker.  Presented by the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colorado Humanities, and the Colorado World War I Centennial Commission.  Learn more….

The Library is hosting Wild Wednesday 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.

Jeffco Open Space - Golden COJeffco Open Space will present Get Wet – Aquatic Ecology of Bear Creek and Clear Creek tonight from 6-7:30.

Paul Winkle, Aquatic Biologist, CO Parks and Wildlife will present “Aquatic Ecology of Bear Creek and Clear Creek in Jefferson County”. Learn about our unique ecosystems.  Jeffco Open Space – Ponderosa Room – 700 Jefferson County Pkwy – Map

Tomorrow night (Thursday 11/16) at 7PM, Powder7 will host a ski film at the Mountaineering Center.  All proceeds will benefit the American Mountaineering MuseumFor the 9th consecutive year, Powder7 is proud to present a screening of MSP’s latest ski film, Drop Everything. The mad geniuses at Matchstick have gone back to their rowdy and lighthearted roots this year, delivering the season’s funniest and most action-packed ski movie. Featuring quick-hitting comedy, the world’s preeminent freeskiers, stunning locations, an infectious soundtrack, and breath-taking cinematography, Drop Everything is the perfect way to get pumped for winter. It’s the kind of movie that should be seen on a big screen with a raucous crowd.  Learn more….

Halloween Events and the Mines Parking Garage

October 26, 2017

Golden Cemetery ToursToday’s cemetery tours are at 10 and 1:30. Visit graves of legendary Golden characters on the Golden Cemetery Tour. Hear stories about their lives from storyteller and guide Ed Weising. Tours begin and end at the Golden Cemetery. Among the historic notables buried here is George West. West, a Golden founder, started the Colorado Transcript newspaper in 1866. Additionally, Seth Lake, builder of Astor House in 1867, is buried in the Golden Cemetery. Many other pioneers and characters of the early west are at rest here.Tickets are $10 for museum members or $15 for non-members. Learn more….

The Golden History Museum will host a book release party at 5PM for Andi Pearson. She has written Scent of the Wild, A novel of abandonment and choices set in Colorado’s natural beauty. (Congratulations Andi!) Please RSVP via email or call 720-255-2808.

Tonight’s Yeti Night (6-9PM at the Mountaineering Museum) offers an evening of beer, gear, music, free admission, and YETI COSTUMES!

Nightmare on Greek StreetNightmare on Greek Street at the Colorado School of Mines is a free event, providing the Golden community with a safe and fun trick-or-treat environment. Various Mines sports, clubs and organizations will set up booths along Greek Row, home to the university’s fraternities and sororities, featuring arts and crafts activities, face painting, rocket demonstrations and more. Hosted by the Colorado School of Mines Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council, 1856-1701 West Campus Road (map).

The library has an event for adults tonight from 5:30-7:30:  DIY Beer Pint Glass EtchingCustomize your own beer pint glass using our glass etching technique. Glass etching cream can be messy, so please dress accordingly. No registration required. All materials provided, while supplies last. Limit 25.

At 7PM, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) and Sierra Club Colorado present:  Evolving Past Coal – The Navajo Case. What are the consequences and options for the Navajo Nation if and when the coal mines and power plant in Page, Arizona, closes in 2019? Jobs will obviously disappear, but also substantial health impacts from mining and burning coal. New perspectives are urgently sought to re-develop. David Hurlbut is a Senior Analyst at NREL and has been a liaison with the Navajo Nation on energy. Free. Stay for a networking reception with food and drinks after the presentation.

City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. Tonight’s big topic is an appeal by the School of Mines regarding the proposed parking garage at 1400 Maple Street. The Planning Commission approved the garage, but only if 14th Street between Illinois and Maple is opened for traffic. This would allow direct access to the garage (via 14th Street) from downtown, so traffic wouldn’t have to filter through the other residential streets–11th, 12th, and 13th. Those streets have seen a big increase in traffic since the new stadium opened, and they requested the Planning Commission’s help in keeping still more traffic from going through.  Learn more by reading the meeting packet.

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