Liquor Licensing News and Book Groups

April 16, 2019

The Railroad Museum will have their monthly Storytime and Craft this morning from 10-11AM. Today’s story is From A Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson. Recommended for rail lovers aged 4-6 years old. Free for Museum Members and $2 for nonmembers with general admission. Learn more….

The Local Licensing Authority meets at 2PM in City Council Chambers. Bonfire Burritos, which has been operating out of a trailer on South Golden Road for several years, has applied for a liquor license to be used at 2221 Ford St. That’s the former frame shop, and–for those with long memories–the former Taco John’s and Taco Mesa. The Colorado Plus Cidery & Pub (1100 Arapahoe Street) is requesting permission to extend liquor service into their parking lot for a special event on June 29th. Dirty Dogs Roadhouse (17999 W. Colfax) is requesting to serve liquor in their parking lot during special events on May 26th and June 1st. Foss Company Liquor (1224 Washington Ave.) has applied for a permit to do “tastings” every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 2-7PM from May 16th – April 9th of next year. Golden Liquor at 601 13th St. has applied to do tastings Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from now through September and assorted dates after that. See the meeting packet for more info….

The Golden Library’s monthly book group meets tonight from 6-7PM. They’ll be discussing The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe. Learn more….

The Utility Rate Citizen Committee will meet at 6PM in the Public Works Building, 1445 10th St. This group is reviewing our water and wastewater rates. Learn more….

The Parks, Recreation, and Museum Advisory Board is scheduled to meet at 7PM at the Community Center. They will discuss the Lubahn Trail Hours and Lubahn Trail maintenance options, the City’s RV Park, and weed management. See the meeting packet for more info….

Wednesday Preview:

The Citizens Budget Advisory Committee will meet tomorrow morning at 7:30 in City Council Chambers. They will review a planned $2 million budget amendment and, in light of the planned purchase of a new municipal center, will review the City’s debt management policies. See the meeting packet for more info….

Tomorrow night from 6-8PM, the City is hosting a seminar on Plant Selection for a Water-Wise Landscape. Please pre-register and find full details about the seminar series on the CRC website. Call 303-999-3820 x222 or email with any questions or for more details.

Espresso, Music, and Streetcars

April 5, 2019

Cafe 13 continues celebrating their grand-reopening today by offering half price espresso drinks. The Chamber will do a ribbon cutting at 3PM, and DeDe & the Shakers will play, starting at 6PM. (See you there!) 1301 Arapahoe Street in the Armory Building (Map).

Tonight at 7PM, the Railroad Museum is having Colorado Rails and Cocktails: Streetcar Suburbs. The famous Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel will look at the various streetcar lines and the suburbs they created, including Curtis Park, Highlands, Berkeley, Sloans Lake, Lakewood, Barnum, Englewood Washington Park, University Park, Harman, Montclair, Park Hill, etc. Relax, have a beverage, and travel back to a time when railroads shaped the American West.

Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. 21 and older only. Admission includes two beverages of your choice: beer, wine or soda and snacks. Bar opens at 6:30PM and the presentation starts promptly at 7PM. Presentation length varies by event and the doors close at 8:30PM. Buy tickets here….

Tonight’s Live Music:

Saturday Morning Preview:

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

Moratorium Passes

March 22, 2019

City Council approved the 120 day moratorium on new housing last night. Many members of the public expressed support for the moratorium, while one property owner expressed very reasonable concern about when he would be able to start a project that he had planned. Now we have a four month grace period to get our neighborhood plans and our municipal code to line up. We need to figure out how Golden can absorb reasonable levels of growth and redevelopment without destroying our small town charm or overshadowing our smaller, older houses.

We have a lot of work ahead of us! Congratulations to the citizens who worked to make this happen, and thanks to staff and council for agreeing to undertake this project.

Friday Events:
12PM – Free Concert in the Mines Library:
Logan Weinman – Downtempo and Chill Hop
1PM – Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum:
Settling Colorado
3PM – Craft Beer Week Hike and Happy Hour with Holidaily:
Meet at the North Table Mountain Trailhead (map)
7:30 – Miners Alley Playhouse:
Our Town (Opening Night)
7:30PM – Buffalo Rose:
Face Vocal Band
8PM – Golden Moon Speakeasy:
Ryan Flores
9PM – Ace Hi Tavern:

The funeral for Golden icon Helen Leith will be tomorrow morning at 10AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (map). Lunch will follow the mass.

There will be a Town Hall meeting tomorrow morning from 9-11AM in City Council Chambers, hosted by Senator Tammy Story and State Representative Monica Duran.

We will be discussing two important initiatives that the legislature is working on this session: Paid Family Leave and Free Full Day Kindergarten. We will have policy experts joining us to help answer questions on these topics. Our guests will be:

Debra Brown, Executive Director of Good Business Colorado
Bill Jaeger, Vice President of Early Childhood and Policy Initiatives at the Colorado Children’s Campaign &
Judith Marquez, Senior Organizer at 9to5 Colorado

At 7PM, West Side Live will present Denver Opera Collective “Love Letters and Arias” at the Jeffco Unitarian Church. Tickets

Horses, History, Hummingbirds, and the High School Parking Lot

March 8, 2019

The Horse Protection League’s Spring Tack Sale starts this morning at 9AM. This is one of their major fund-raisers, in that all of the tack and riding gear is donated. The prices are terrific, so sales are brisk. In addition to boots, bits, bridles, saddles, halters, etc., they’re selling HPL-branded shirts, hoodies, and plush horse toys. They also have some really cute tote bags and gardening aprons made out of repurposed feed sacks.

The Tack Sale is open today and tomorrow from 9AM to 4PM. All proceeds go to provide care and feeding for the horses. This is also a great opportunity to see the historic Churches Ranch, which was established in the early 1860s. Located just north of Golden, it’s a direct step into Colorado history!

At 9:30 this morning OLLI West at the Jeffco Unitarian Church (map) will present Journaling With Nature’s Jewels: Hummingbirds of Colorado. Join Kate Hogan from the Audubon Society of Greater Denver as we explore the popular past-time of nature and field journaling! Gain some tips and tricks for creating a nature field journal of your own. During the 2nd half of the presentation, learn about the incoming spring migrant hummingbirds, “Nature’s Jewels,” and how to create a safe and sustainable backyard habitat through native plant selection. Bring your own field journal or notepaper to practice! Guests are welcome to attend.

At 1PM, the Railroad Museum will offer a one-hour tour of Railroad Kitchens. Tickets are $3 each plus general admission.

Saturday Preview:
10AM – Behind the Scenes Tour at the Railroad Museum: Roundhouse Projects
10PM – Landscape and Pest Control class at Home Depot
5:30PM – Horse Races at the Elks Club (kids with stick ponies!)

Sunday Preview:
The Golden Elks Cub will host a Mental Health First Aid Class from 8AM-5PM. $40 includes the class workbook and lunch.

Last Night:
City Council agreed to vacate the alley between 23rd & 24th Streets/Ford and Jackson to make way for the 51-unit apartment building. They also gave them permission for an Early Start on construction. The only remaining issue for the developers is finding space for their tenants to park. They are hoping to get permission to use the High School’s parking lot.

March Events in Golden

March 1, 2019

From Andrew Terrill’s ‘Above the Clouds’ exhibit, currently on display at the Golden History Museum

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

Buffalo Bill Lecture by Steve Friesen (OLLI)
CRRM – Friday Tour: Highlights
Instrumental Concert
Final Weekend for Lost in Yonkers
Coffee with a Councilor
Community Meeting – Proposed Heritage Square Exchange
Golden Elks Book Sale
Young King Arthur at Miners Alley
CSM Geology Museum Book, Mineral, and Fossil Sale
Coffee with a Ranger
Final Performance of Lost in Yonkers
Golden Elks Book Sale
Train Talks at the Railroad Museum
Hexie Ladies – English Paper Piecing Group
Bell PTA
Golden Library Textile Society
Community Meeting – Proposed Heritage Square Exchange
Community Blood Drive
How Maps Reveal (and Conceal!) History at Mines
Failed 1976 Denver Winter Olympics at Golden History Museum
Trout Unlimited
Dinosaur Talk: Ceratopsians
Wee Create : Stamp Art at the Library
The Continua between Carlin-type Gold Deposits and Distal Disseminated and Epithermal Gold-Silver Deposits in Nevada at Mines
Friday Tour at the Railroad Kitchen’s
Behind the Scenes Tour at the RR Museum: Roundhouse Projects
Golden Elks Horse Races
Golden Elks Mental Health First Aid Class
MOMS Club of Golden
Unconventional Women of the West at the History Museum
Golden Safety Academy
Golden High School PTA
Golden Beer Talks: Tales from an Uncertain World: What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us About Climate Change
Golden High School Theater: Big Fish
Golden Lunch Bunch – Colorado School of Mines Alumni
Pi Day Celebration
Dinosaur Talk: Pachycephalosaurs
Beautiful Junk Sale at the Fairgrounds
Gravity Blast Workshop at the Community Center
Friday Tour at the RR Museum
Golden High School Theater: Big Fish
Freaky Friday at the Library
Beautiful Junk Sale at the Fairgrounds
Foothills Art Center Class: Painting Spring Flowers
Jamboree for Outstanding Youngsters Carnival at Mines
Golden High School Theater: Big Fish
Teens After Hours at the Library: St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
NREL Walking Campus
STEM Girls at the Library
SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age at Bell
Director’s Storytime and Craft
Library Book Group: Neverhome by Laird Hunt
Golden Area Elementary Instrumental Music Concerts
Full Moon
Dinosaur Talk: Archosaurs (Crocs, Dactyls, and Avians)
Free Legal Advice for Elders
Friday Tour at the RR Museum
Opening Weekend for Our Town at Miners Alley
Foothills Art Center Class: Next Steps in Encaustic
West Side Live! Presents Denver Opera Collective “Love Letters and Arias
25 Spring Break Begins – CSM and Jeffco Schools
3/25-29 Model Railroads (Colorado Railroad Museum)
3/25-29 Academies for Young Minds (Colorado School of Mines)
3/26-28 Spring Break Camp (Dinosaur Ridge)
3/25-29 Coconut Camp (Golden Community Center)
3/25-27 Spring Break Fun (Golden Library)
3/27-29 Spring Break Art Camp (Foothills Art Center)
Front Porch Book Club – Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World by Hans Rosling
Golden History Museum: Meet the Chicks
Women’s HERstory Month Celebration at the Mountaineering Center
Dinosaur Talk: Sauropods
Ukulele Wednesday at the Library
Dinosaur Talk: Mammals
Planning and Zoning Educational Event
Friday Tour at the RR Museum
Prom Swap Day at the Library
Drawing for People Who Think They Can’t at Foothills Art Center
Opening Day for Three Billy Goats Gruff at Miners Alley
Jefferson Symphony Concert

Museum News and Appreciating the Unappreciated

February 17, 2019

The Colorado Railroad Museum will be closed today through Friday for remodeling. Their big news is that they just received three new railcars, donated by the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The PPCR is closed this year for restoration, and when they re-open, it will be with all new equipment. Fortunately, they have given some of their antique rolling stock to our Railroad Museum!

The Golden History Museum posted a photo of a crocus from their garden yesterday–plus, they’re offering free admission all year, so there are two good reasons to visit today.

Dennis Potter’s lecture on “The Story of Reuben Benton Hayward’s Murder – Part 2” (Weds night at 6PM) is SOLD OUT. They will have a waiting list that night, so if you didn’t get a ticket, show up at 5:30 and ask to be put on the list.

The Buffalo Bill Museum is gearing up for their annual Buffalo Bill Birthday Celebration, which will be next Sunday (2/24) from 10AM-5PM. This is always a fun event, with free admission, crafts, living historians, and free birthday cake. Plan to attend next Sunday.

The Quilt Museum has two exhibits right now: It Takes Two to Tango: Collaboration Quilts and All in the Family: Family and Album Quilts from the RMQM Collection. Both are fabulous, of course.

The Museum offered a class last month, as part of the previous exhibit, on Paper Art Quilts by Jane Mathews. Jane Mathews taught a class on how to create paper quilts, and it SOLD OUT. They are offering it again next Saturday, the 23rd. That one is almost sold out, so sign up soon!

Foothills Art Center will be closed tomorrow (Presidents Day), but they’re open today from 12-5PM. It’s a good day to visit the 2019 MEMBERS’ SHOW and the POWER OF PROCESS: A JEFFCO STUDENT EXHIBITION.

Appreciating the Unappreciated
The Jefferson County Coalition is looking for nominations for their Annual Good News Breakfast. This year’s theme is “Unsung Heroes…Not all Heroes Wear Capes.” Each and every day there are people in our community who are quietly doing good things to make our community better. These are people and/or organizations who go above and beyond, with little fanfare or expectation of being praised or recognized. You know who they are. They have done extra special things for their community, those in need, or for someone unable to do things for themselves. Help us find and share the stories of these Unsung Heroes doing good things for Jefferson County! We will honor them at the 2019 Good News Breakfast on April 30th. Nominations are due by Friday, February 22nd. Learn more and nominate someone….

Lengthening Days, Full Moon, and Holiday Events

December 22, 2018
View from Vanover Park

More Celestial Excitement
Having passed the Equinox yesterday, we’ll have one extra second of daylight today . Woo-hoo!

The moon will be full at 10:48 this morning. That’s a bit confusing, since it won’t be visible at that time, but I read it on the internet, so it must be true, right? The moon will rise at 4:50PM this afternoon and set at 8:07AM tomorrow morning.

Closer to Home – Many “Lasts”
This is your last day to visit Santa (and get a photo op). He’ll be at Avenue Gifts (1212 Washington Ave.) from 11:30AM-3PM and at the Railroad Museum from 10AM-2PM.

This is also the last day to see the children’s play at Miners Alley: they’ll be performing The Story of the Nutcracker at 11AM and again at 1PM.

This is the last day to see an artist demonstrating and discussing his art at the Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center. John Hamilton III will be there from 2-3PM.

This is your first, last, and BEST opportunity to enjoy a Celtic Holiday Music concert at Meyer Hardware. Jerry Barlow will be playing from 12:30-2:30PM. Enjoy the music and finish your shopping at the same time!

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.

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