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….


Courtesy, Papo Company and Amazon.com

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

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
TheCyclist-Lawyer.com
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.

Quiet Start to a Busy Week

June 24, 2019

Monday Events:
11:15AM
– Let’s Dance at the Library (Babies, Preschoolers and Toddlers)
12:15PM – Preschool Time at the Library
6:15PMNew Terrain Brewing Run Club (weather and trail dependent)
6:30PM – Open Mic at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
9PM – College Night at Woody’s Pizza (All you can eat pizza – $7 with ID)


Tuesday Preview:
7:30AM – Golden Chamber’s Coffee Connections at Cafe 13
11:30AM – ED Talks at the Geology Museum
12PM – Power Lunch Lecture – NREL Wind Research: Looking Toward the Future of Wind (must register in advance by calling 303-384-6565 or emailing education.center@nre.gov)
6PM – Mobility & Transportation Advisory Board
6PM – Golden Bicycle Cruise – Theme: Cartoon Characters


This week starts out quiet, but revs up quickly as we approach the weekend. I expect these three Thursday events to sell out, so here’s your last-minute warning.

Thursday June 27th, 6-8:30PM
Hoppy Hour to Benefit Foothills Animal Shelter
Experience tastings from local breweries, live music, food trucks, prizes, and, most importantly, our adoptable pets. Learn more and buy tickets….

Thursday June 27th, 5:30-9:30PM
3rd Annual Golden Summer Jam to Benefit the Golden Civic Foundation
Live music by Dorado, Bowregard, and The Great Salmon Famine, three bands with Golden connections. Train rides, bouncy castles, food by Bob’s Atomic Burgers, the Crock Spot, and Moontime Crepes and beer by New Terrain Brewing Company. Learn more and buy tickets….

Thursday June 27th, 6:15-8:15PM
Cooking Class – Flower Power! at Earth Sweet Botanicals

Such a stunningly beautiful cooking class from cocktails to appetizers – hugely popular last year! Learn about the nutrients that edible flowers offer for our health and well-being, as well as how they can add that special flavor and visual pop to your dishes. Join us and eat your way through the colorful flower garden! Menu: dependent on what flowers are available at class time. Cost:  $40. Instructor:  Cheryl Rojic, Holistic Chef & Nutritionist. Call the store to register: 303-278-1260