Kayaks, Ankylosaurs, and Ukuleles

June 26, 2019

As mentioned yesterday, this is Bike to Work Day and there are several breakfast stations set up around town, plus an after-work party.

5PM – The Golden Community Rodeo Series starts tonight on Clear Creek. Tonight’s freestyle competition is sponsored by Golden River Sports. The comp is open to all kayakers*, including C1s, of all skill levels on June 19. Participants will be grouped into appropriate categories based on their age, gender, and skill level – typically Junior, Sport, Intermediate, Expert, and Masters Divisions for both men and women. Admission to compete in the series is free. However, you must be a current Colorado Whitewater member for insurance purposes. Renew or sign-up online or at the event for only $30, which includes entry to all three events and a one-year membership to Colorado Whitewater. Come have some fun or come cheer on the kayakers! Learn more….

Should be a nice night to be on the Creek. In addition to kayak-watching, stop by the Visitors Center patio and enjoy some country-western music by Julie Richardson. She’ll be playing from 6-8PM.

5PM – Golden United will hold a meeting at Calvary Church to organize a rental assistance campaign. They hope to raise at least $50,000 for Golden residents who have emergencies and are struggling to pay rent or utilities. Please contact benioffron@gmail.com for more information and if you would like to join in this activity.

6PM – The Sustainability Board will meet in City Council Chambers. They will review 1) introductory materials to consider a commercial and multifamily energy benchmarking program and discuss next steps; 2) a proposed scope of work for assistance in reviewing energy reports for new development projects; 3) review proposed metrics for use in tracking and measuring the new Sustainability Goals. These industry-based metrics will also be used to evaluate future policy and project recommendations to City Council. See the meeting packet….

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6PMDinosaur Ridge Discovery Center (map) will hold a free talk on “tank dinosaurs”–the ankylosaurs.

6PM – The Library will host their monthly ukulele jam session from 6-7:30. Got a Ukulele? Know a few chords or songs? Jam with us and other ukulele enthusiasts the last Wednesday of each month. These are not lessons, just a chance to play with others. Suitable for: Ages 13+

Live Music:

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Golden Visitors Center – Julie Richardson, 6-8PM
Miners Saloon – Kenny Lee Young, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30PM

Thursday Preview:

9AMPublic Art Commission
10AMThrilling Thursdays at the Railroad Museum
6PMMember Preview at Foothills Art Center – Evolving Perceptions: Studio Art Quilt Association
7PM – Happy Hour and Adaptive Film Night at the Mountaineering Center

Funding the Symphony and Selling the Astor House

June 17, 2019

The Downtown Development Authority will meet in City Council Chambers at 6:30. They will consider a grant request from the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra to help pay the costs associated with their free summer concert in Parfet Park. The Symphony is requesting $4900 to defray the $8560 cost of presenting the concert. According to the meeting memo, “The Grants Committee was divided on the application. One member is not in favor due to the repetitive nature of this request and because the City’s Special Events Committee offered some relief for Parfet Park fees. Another member supported the application as JSO is still actively pursuing other funding avenues.”

The DDA’s grant application form states that “The DDA does not intend to become a regular, anticipated funding partner with any organization. We hope that our limited funding will enable worthwhile organizations to establish permanent funding sources; rise to new levels of service; meet an urgent need or take advantage of a unique opportunity. Likewise, if we can help build a small or large improvement that will last for many years and contribute to life in Golden we are interested in making one-time or occasional contributions.”

Of course, it’s hard to find other funding sources for a free event, and it would be hard to point to a more appropriate funder than the Downtown Development Authority. According to their web page, their grants are intended “… to help businesses thrive, enhance arts and culture opportunities, and make downtown a wonderful place to visit.”

They will also hear a report about the Astor House. The committee that has been reviewing proposals recommends that the City sell the building to the owners of the Dove Inn. For details, review the meeting packet or watch the meeting….

Tonight’s 6PM lecture at the History Museum, Western Women through American Art, is sold out for members, but $10 tickets are still available for non-members. Museum members might want to call, to see if there have been any cancellations: 303-278-3557.

The Library will have Story Time Under the Stars from 7-7:30 this evening. It’s a special starry night Story Time for all ages. The lights dim as we read about the moon and stars and get ready for bed. Pajamas, blankies and stuffed animals encouraged. This event is suitable for babies, preschoolers, and toddlers.

New Terrain Brewing will host Fireside Pickers starting at 6PM.
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse will have Open Mic from 6:30-9:30.

Tuesday Preview:
10AM – Director’s Storytime and Craft at the Railroad Museum
11:30AM – ED Talks: Pikes Peak Batholith – Colorado Precambrian at the Geology Museum
1PM – UFOs in America at the Library (adults)
2PM – Local Liquor Licensing Authority
6PM – GURA and DDA Joint Open House
7PM – Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board

June Weather and Fathers Day in Golden

June 16, 2019

And what is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days…

James Russell, 1848

Golden is pretty at any time of the year, but it is exceptional right now…everything is green, the temperatures are moderate, and the creek is roaring high. I hope you can get out and enjoy it. It’s a great time for a walk along the creek.

Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads out there! Here are some ideas of ways to entertain fathers today.

For Flexible Dads:
Golden City Brewery will host Summer Yoga in the Lawn from 10-11AM. Donation based class, followed by happy hour pricing on beer.

For Historically-Minded Dads
The Buffalo Bill Museum is hosting An Afternoon will Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. They’ll have shows on the observation deck (gorgeous views) at both 12:30 and 2:30PM.

For Train-Loving Dads:
The Railroad Museum will have antique tractors and engines, Model A and Model T Fords, model railroads, train rides, food trucks, a storyteller, and face painting. The Museum is open from 9-5 today, with rides and entertainment from 10AM-4PM. Free admission for Dads today!

For Conspiracy Theorist Dads:
Miners Alley is offering free admission for fathers attending today’s 2PM performance of Queen of Conspiracy.

For Music-Loving Dads:
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Tony Rosario at 11AM and Nightwolf at 2PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Outliers from 3-7PM

For Athletic Dads:
Join the weekly pickup soccer games at Southridge Park (map)–kids at 4PM and adults at 4:30PM. All ages and skill levels are welcome!

For Dads Who Eat:
The Bridgewater Grill at the Golden Hotel is offering a BBQ Ribs special from 12-10PM.
Cafe 13 is offering Pancakes and Bourbon on the Patio from 7AM-2PM. Their full menu will also be available.
Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar is offering fathers a free drink with any entree.
Schnepf’s Restaurant at Fossil Trace will be grilling on the terrace from 4-8:30PM.
The Table Mountain Inn is offering “Dad Favorites” from 12-10PM.

Cheese Ranch Deli is all about goats this Fathers Day! They will be serving grilled cheese sandwiches made with goat cheese, offering 10% off goat cheese, and have a mini-petting zoo (featuring goats!).

The moon will be full tonight. It will rise at 8:02PM and set at 5:50 tomorrow morning. Source: TimeandDate.com

Monday Preview:
The Golden History Museum is hosting a lecture tomorrow night from 6-7:30PM: Western Women through American Art
What does it take to be a Western woman? We might not see many women within Western American art, but that does not mean women never ventured west or were not making art out west. Come explore the important Western women including the first Anglo woman that traveled west, the partner of a prominent western artist, and women artists working in the West, among many more. $0 Members; $10 non-members. Presented by Colleen Sullivan, Program and Marketing Coordinator at the American Museum of Western Art – The Anschutz Collection Register here….