Clear Creek, Trains, and an Obsessive Quilter

June 9, 2019

Clear Creek is on the rise! The water levels generally peak in mid- to late-June, and we can expect extra high water this year because of the phenomenal snowpack. I’m seeing articles warning of potential flash floods around the state. That’s not likely to happen in Golden, but we can expect the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Dept to close the creek for recreational use for a few days later this month. A popular local pastime at this time of the year is watching the bronze trout below Parfet Park, to see whether they actually get submerged in the raging waters. If you’re more numbers-driven, you can track the flow on this USGS site.

The Railroad Museum has special events today, including tours of the roundhouse, the turntable, and railcars that aren’t normally open to the public. They also have a new exhibit, highlighting some of the unique items from the museum’s collection and a display of William Henry Jackson photos. The museum is open from 10AM-4PM, with train rides available from 10AM-2PM.

The Quilt Museum is hosting Sunday at the Museum this afternoon from 2-4PM. Today’s topic is History of an Obsessive Quilter. Ann Peterson has been quilting for most of her adult life and has always been passionate about sewing and textiles. In 2011 she started quilting full time after working at the Great American Quilt Factory. Her quilts have won numerous awards and have been featured in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine and Machine Quilting Unlimited. She also teaches classes online for Blueprint.

Live Music:
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Tony Rosario @ 11AM, Dave Frisk Band @ 2PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Kevin Jones, 1PM
Buffalo Rose – Swing Night Supper Club @ 5PM

Monday Preview
9:30AM – MOMS Club of Golden
3PM – Solar Printing (for teens and tweens) at the Library
6PM – Golden Safety Academy: Animal Safety
6:30PM – Space Junk (for school age) at the Library
6:30PM – GURA Board Meeting

Railroad Writers, Quilting Ladies, Wall Climbers, and Female Entrepreneurs

April 2, 2019

The Railroad Museum is hosting a talk from 11:30-12:30 today: So You Want to Write a Railroad Book? (That sounds great to me, because I’m working on a book about the Railroads of Golden Colorado!) The talk is included with regular admission to the museum.

The Quilt Museum hosts Hexie Ladies from 1-3PM. Please join other paper piecing enthusiasts for a fun get-together and educational opportunity to learn, explore, and develop your skills with English Paper Piecing! Meeting is held the first Tuesday of each month from 1:00–3:00pm at 200 Violet Street Suite 150, Golden. Save your seat by calling the Gift Shop at 303-277-0377. Everyone is welcome whether you are just starting out and want to learn the various techniques or are an advanced sewer skilled in paper piecing techniques. Bring your projects to “Show & Tell” or ask for helpful suggestions. NO COST TO ATTEND.

The Chamber’s South Golden Merchants will meet at 2PM at Pizza Hut. This group meets monthly to discuss the needs/promotions/updates of the area. All are welcome to attend.

There’s FREE open climbing tonight from 6-8PM for the Trailblazers: CMC’s group for ages 20-40. Please bring your own harness, belay device and climbing shoes (approach shoes or even normal athletic shoes work just fine on this wall). No chalk. No prior climbing experience required. Please let me know if you have no or little experience, and we can work on some of the fundamentals! Register. For more information, contact: Logan Chandler – or Maddie Miller – or you can sign up on the Trailblazers page:

From 6-8PM at Connects Workspace, Women Who Startup (WWS) will host the first meeting of Basecamp Jeffco. Basecamp Jeffco will shine a spotlight on women entrepreneurs and innovators in Jefferson County and build a supportive community around the community’s Women Who Startup, those who work for them, support them, invest in them, and mentor them. Learn more at or email

Preview of April Events in Golden

April 1, 2019

Here’s a preview of some of the events in Golden this month. For the details, check the Calendar of Events.

Museum Exhibits:
American Mountaineering Museum – Gregory William Frux:  Mount Washington Observatory
Buffalo Bill Museum – The Buffalo Bill Story, From Adversary to Advocate, A Visit to the Wild West, Firearms, Kid’s Cowboy Corral
Colorado Railroad Museum – Got Style? Railroads & Interior Design, Ski Train: A Colorado Tradition, Images from the Tracks: Photographs of William Henry Jackson
Foothills Art Center – Members Show through April 21st | Otto Kuhler: Designing the Future opens April 19th
Geology Museum – Mineral from Colorado and Around the World, Radioactive Minerals, Meteorites, Fossil
Golden History Museum – 1968 Time Capsule, Epic Events, Legendary People, History Lab, The Salon, Touch Gallery
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum – It Takes To to Tango: Collaborations Quilts through April 20th | Hawaiian Quilts opens April 22nd

Miners Alley Playhouse
Our Town
Miners Alley Children’s TheaterThree Billy Goats Gruff

Train Talks – “So You Want to Write a Railroad Book” at the RR Museum
Hexie Ladies at the Quilt Museum
Trailblazer’s Free Open Climbing at the Mountaineering Center
Trout Unlimited Meeting
Planning Commission Study Session
Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum Lecture
SCRIPTprov at Miners Alley
Public Art Commission
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Archosaurs
What’s Cooking in the Archives? A Food Historian’s View of Colorado Culinary Literature at the History Museum
MGD/PHO Multimedia Exhibition
City Council Study Session
Low-Key Applewood Moms
Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum
Colorado Rails and Cocktails: Streetcar Suburbs at the Railroad Museum
Golden Kids Clothes Swap at Hillside Church
Fuzzy Friends Sleepover at the Library
10th Annual Pi Mile Fun Run/Walk (3.14 miles) at the School of Mines
Train Rides at the Railroad museum
Coffee with Two Councilors
Jeffco Volunteer Fair at Foothills Animal Shelter
Opening Day – Three Billy Goats Gruff at Miners Alley Children’s Theater
Coffee with a Ranger at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Coyote Classic 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run for Shelton Elementary
MOMS Club of Golden, CO Meeting
Golden Safety Academy – Fire Safety & Prevention
GURA Board Meeting
Leonardo Da Vinci Lecture at Mines
Bell Middle School PTA
Golden High School PTA
Free Class – Taming Your Child’s Anxious Mind
Golden Beer Talks – Healthy Forests, Healthy Watersheds
Economic Development Commission Meeting
Colorado School of Mines – Adventure in the SerengetE-Days 2019
Auto-friendly Bicyclist Course at the Community Center
Game of Thrones Craft Night at the Library
Educational Event on Planning and Zoning in Golden
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Mammals
Golden Lunch Bunch – CSM Alumni
Marv Kay Day Celebration and Dedication
Teen DIY: Bubble Tea
Last Look With Hassan Najjar – Member’s Show at Foothills Art Center
E-Days at Mines
CMC Film Series: JEAN + The Crash Reel – Supporting LoveYourBrain
City Council Regular Meeting
E-Days at Mines
Rocky Mountain Storytelling – Story Seeds Conference and Concert
Art Book Club (ABC) at Foothills Art Center – The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
Friday Tour – Railroad Post Office Cars
Western on Washington: A Saloon Stroll
E-Days at Mines
Courage Walk – National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Drawing: Stickman to Illustration!
Pancake Breakfast at the Golden Gate Grange
Gathering of the Guilds at the Mountaineering Center
PEEPle’s Choice Awards
Artistry Through Applique Lecture at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
NREL Walking Campus Tour
Downtown Development Authority
Director’s Storytime and Craft
Local Licensing Authority Meeting
Tuesday Night Book Group at the Library – The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe
Utility Rate Citizen’s Committee
Parks, Recreation, and Museums Advisory Board
Town and Gown Book Club – The Brain: The Story of You by David Eagleman
Water-Wise Gardening Seminar: Plant Selection for a Water-Wise Landscape
Planning Commission Study Session
Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium at Mines, or GRADS
Cardboard Creations at the Library
Art on Tap – Bingo at Foothills Art Center
Lecture at the History Museum – Moving West: Who Moved to California in the 1930s and Why
City Council Study Session
First Day of Passover (begins in the evening)
Rocky Mountain Quilt Study Group at the Quilt Museum
Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum
Mines’ Helluva Service Event
Golden Family Easter Egg Hunt in Parfet Park
Bunny Express Train at the Railroad Museum
Eggmania/Easter Egg Hunt at the Golden Gate Grange
Gravity Blast Workshop at the Community Center
STEM Girls at the Library
Lecture at the History Museum: How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Changed Baseball and America
Bicycle-friendly Driver Course at the Community Center
Mobility & Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
Intro to Hiking Safety – Colorado Mountain Club
Sustainability Board
Land Stewardship Series – Intro to Wildlife Refuges
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Theropods
Ukulele Wednesday at the Library
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Library for All – Interactive Program for Adults with Disabilities
City Council Business Meeting
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Day Without Hate
Freaky Friday at the Library
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Babysitting Course at the Community Center
Golden Goes Green at the Library
West Side Live! Presents Acoustic Eidolon
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
The Big Read Station Eleven Book Discussion: Recycled Painting Workshop at the Library
Snakes Alive! Jefferson County’s Snakes at the Golden Library
Good News Breakfast