Pegmatites, MTAB, and Bikes

June 25, 2019

The Friends of the Geology Museum will present another ED Talk today, from 11:30-12:30. The topic is Pikes Peak Batholith – Pegmatites. Brown bag lunches are welcome. The talk will take place in the conference room across the hall from the museum entrance (map).

The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board meets tonight at 6PM in City Council Chambers. Some members of the Planning Commission will join them to discuss the conundrum posed on Table Drive. Vernon and Table Drive were both built during the 1950s. The houses and lots are smallish, and they were built without garages, so residents park on the streets in front of their houses. The streets and the sidewalks are narrow, so pedestrians tend to walk down the middle of the street in between the lines of parked cars. Now, a developer has purchased one of the houses on Vernon and wants to build a garage on the back of his lot, opening onto Table Drive. This is distressing the residents of Table Drive, because 1 – they can’t afford to lose that length of street as parking, and 2 – they fear that this will set a precedent, and that all of the homeowners on Vernon will want to build garages that open onto Table Drive, and 3 – they don’t want people backing out of garages onto an already crowded street where children play and pedestrians walk. The Board will also consider “safety referrals” on Golden Ridge, Johnson, and South Golden Roads. See the agenda….

Golden Cruise

The Golden Bike Cruise starts tonight at 6PM in the lot west of the Golden Library (10th & Illinois). Bob’s Atomic Burgers will be flipping burgers and New Terrain Brewing will be pouring beer. Jackie and the Racket will provide the music. The ride will start at 7PM and the prize drawings will occur afterwards, once the group returns to the parking lot. Tonight’s (optional) costume theme is cartoon characters.

The Front Porch Golden Book Club will discuss The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway. They will meet at 6:30 in the Front Porch (upstarts) part of the Community Center (map).

Night Life:
6-8PMHolidaily Brewing is devoting tonight’s Raise a Pint, Lend a Hand to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. $1 per pint purchased will be donated all day, and $2 per pint will be donated from 6-8PM.
6PM – Yoga on Tap at New Terrain Brewing
6:30PM – Bingo at the VFW (map)
7PM – Trivia Night at the Ace Hi Tavern

Wednesday Preview:
Tomorrow is Bike to Work Day. There will be breakfast stations set up at the following locations from 6:30-9AM:
Bill Coors Wellness Center
1109 Ford Street
Connects Workspace
13th & Arapahoe
Golden Visitors Center
1010 Washington Avenue
Jefferson County Administration and Courts Building
100 Jefferson County Pkwy
Education Center – NREL
15013 Denver West Parkway
32nd & McIntyre Street

Big Ring Cycles will have a Bike to Work after work party station from 5-7PM, with burgers on the grill and beers in the cooler.

Opinions, Finances, Music, and Yoga for Veterans

June 19, 2019

Thanks for the responses to my question about including guest editorials/letters to the editor. The responses were 50/50, with some people loving the idea and others recoiling in horror at the thought of another Nextdoor full of whining and sniping and commercial messages. That’s certainly not what I’m envisioning, but I can see that I would need to carefully define editorial rules. Readers said they like the “factual” and “impartial” nature of What’s Happening in Golden, and don’t want it filled with people’s opinions. I’ll continue to think about it. In the meantime, if you belong to a citizens’ group, be aware that I will publish press releases in the News Stories About Golden email that comes out at 3PM.

The Citizens Budget Advisory Committee meets at 7:30 this morning in City Council Chambers. The Finance Director will report on our sales and use tax revenue (up from last year but less than projected in the 2019 budget). The Planning Director will report on parking issues downtown. (The lots west of Washington Ave. and perpetually full, while the higher levels in the parking garages east of Washington are user-used.) The Planning Director and Bethany Thomas from Calvary Church will provide an update on the Investment Forum Task Force. The Police Chief will provide an update on police business. The owners of the Dove Inn will describe their plans for redeveloping the Astor House. The City Manager will provide an update on their “due diligence” investigations into the Coors office building and property that the City plans to buy. You can watch the meeting live on the agenda page.

The Planning Commission will meet tonight at 6:30 in Council Chambers. They will discuss possible changes to the size limits for Accessory Dwelling Units within houses. They will also discuss the definition of “a household.” This issue is of concern to a city because there are generally limits as to how many unrelated people can live in a dwelling. For more information, see the meeting packet.

Night Life:
Miners Saloon – Lindsey Saunders, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Fish, 5-8:30PM
Dirty Dogs Road House – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Mountain Toad – Fly-Tying with Golden River Sports, 6-9PM
It’s also Pint Night at Mountain Toad. For every pint sold, $1 will go to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center – CAIC.

Get This on Your Calendar:
This Saturday, Golden City Brewery will hold its 23rd Annual Summer Solstice Fundraiser! Get your limited edition pint glasses filled with beer for$10, all of which goes to support Comeback Yoga and their work with veterans and PTSD. Yoga in the grass starts 11am. Pile High Burgers will be there all day!

Flora and the Future

June 4, 2019

The Parks, Recreation, and Museums Advisory Board will have a field trip/study session tonight from 6-8PM. They will visit the North Washington Open Space, where local flora savant Tom Schweich will provide a tour and explain the diversity of native plants found in that small plot of land. If you want to join them, meet at Norman D. Park and walk to the open space entering at the curve of N. Ford, just south of Alaska Street.

From 6-8:30, Golden United and the City of Golden will host “Visioning Golden’s Future” at Foothills Art Center. We will discuss our visions for Golden and how we can manage development to align with key goals, including preserving Golden’s small town character, access to affordable housing, and sustainability. We will collectively discuss options for regulating land-use and development and strategies for strengthening communication and engagement of residents in planning and zoning processes. Learn more….

Night Life:
Yoga on Tap at New Terrain – 6-7PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Karaoke, 7-10PM
VFW Post 4171 – Bingo, 6:30-8:30PM
Ace Hi Tavern – Trivia Night, 7PM

Wednesday Preview:
10AM TriceraTOTs at Dinosaur Ridge
6-7PM Bend at the Barrel – Yoga at Old Barrel Tea Company
6-7PM Young Adult Lit Lovers (Y’ALL) at the Library
6:30PM Planning Commission
7:30PM SCRIPTprov at Mines Alley Playhouse