Something For Everyone Tonight / Homes Tour Tomorrow

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First Friday celebrations are over for the year, but there’s still plenty going on in town tonight.

Buffalo Rose – Reuben Gonzales at 3PM
Wrigley’s – Look Both Ways 5-9PM

Miners Alley – Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Golden High School – The Madwoman of Chaillot

Open Mic/Easel Night at Hillside Community Church – Art, Coffee, Music, Fun. Contact for more info.

Teens After Dark: Tabletop Game Creation at the Library, 5:30-7:30

Quilt ’til You Wilt at Golden Quilt Company, starting at 5PM

Extreme Sports Fans
Radical Reels Film Tour – 6:30PM at the Mountaineering Center.

Tomorrow: Metro Denver Green Homes Tour
Register at the Jefferson Unitarian Church (14350 West 32nd Avenue – map), receive the map, guidebook, and take the self-guided tour. Visit each “green” home and talk with the home owners and volunteers about the green features of each home. Cost is $10 per person.  Learn more….

Festive Friday

Colorado School of Mines Campus - Golden Colorado

The Golden History Museum will offer a walking tour of the School of Mines campus at 11:30 this morning.

Don’t forget the Beautiful Junk Sale at the Fairgrounds. The proceeds support the Jeffco Action Center. Friday 8:30-7 and Saturday 8-4.

Tonight’s Music
The Buffalo Rose – Brian Hornbuckle at 3:30PM, Wolf Fest at 7PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Brant Williams at 8-11PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Midnight Growlers at 5-9PM
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke at 9PM
Bob’s Atomic Burgers – Music and Art at 9PM

There are only 3 weeks left to see Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) at Miners Alley Playhouse: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 1 and 6. (I’m going tonight!) The Miners Alley Children’s Theater is showing The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Saturdays at 11 and 1 from now through Saturday October 25th.

Colorado School of Mines Homecoming

The School of Mines Homecoming Parade will take place tomorrow morning at 9AM on Illinois Street between 18th and Clear Creek. Their Homecoming Football Game against Fort Lewis College will be at noon in the Marv Kay Stadium.

Lots to Do & Tons of Music

The Golden High School football team WON last night’s homecoming game against Green Mountain.  Go Demons!

Toby’s Pet Parade is at 8:30 this morning, starting in Parfet Park, and pet fair will run in the park from 8-1.

The Golden Farmers Market runs from 8AM-1PM at 10th & Illinois, and the Neighborhood Market runs from 8AM-2PM at 15th & Jackson.

The Golden Backpack Program will celebrate the grand opening of their new Fresh Food Coop from 10AM-2PM at New Hope Community Church, 16800 9th Ave. (map).

Sleepy Hollow

Miners Alley Children’s Theater is opening their production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow today, with performances at 11 and 1.  Ichabod Crane has come to Sleepy Hollow to teach, but what he learns there frightens him nearly out of his wits! Watch as Ichabod learns of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and tries to escape the clutches of the Headless Horseman. $10 Call 303-935-3044 for more information.

There will be a Healthy Lands Open House from 12:30-3:30PM at the Jeffco Fairgrounds (map).  The afternoon open house will include calibration demonstrations, a plant ID booth, safety and label information booth, Colorado 4 Healthy Landscape booth and much more! Co-Sponsored by CWMA, Jefferson County Invasive Species Management and Jefferson Conservation District Admission is free.

Horse Protection League

Don’t forget DRAFTS WITH DRAFTS at the Horse Protection League!  The draft horses who give carriage rides in Golden will be hosting this event, which includes dinner, beer from Golden City Brewery, a band, door prizes, and carriage rides.  $20 admission, 5-7PM at the Horse Protection League.

New Terrain Brewing Company is celebrating their 1st Anniversary today with their Wanderfest event.  We are roping off the back driveway & expanding the stage for a party of incredible proportions. Join us for a killer live music lineup, special limited beer releases, drink discounts, outdoor beer tents, a family fun zone, food trucks, free photo booth fun, free cupcakes, & an exclusive Lyft ride discount code to assist in your travel needs to & from the fun! Today’s music include:

New Terrain Brewing Company Music: $10 ticketed event
1-2:30 PM Other Brothers
3-4:30 PM Super Magick
5-6:45 PM Coral Creek
7:15-9 PM Head for the Hills

Other music in town:

THE BUFFALO ROSE  – 4PM Chris Romero, 7PM Colorado Blues Society Presents JW – Jones
– Soul Time 8-11PM
– Tripwire 4-8PM

City Business and Weekend Music

Public Transit in Golden Colorado

City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  Here are a few of the topics.  See the meeting packet for more details.

A group of concerned citizens will visit council to request a meeting to discuss concerns about growth and density in Golden.

RTD Collision of Purposes
On July 27th, Council voted to fund an additional green bus. Their objective was to increase bus service to and from the light rail station from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes, thereby encouraging more frequent use of public transportation. On August 10th, our representative to the RTD board visited Council and let them know that RTD planned to reduce the frequency of light rail service to Golden from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes at certain times of day. Council is understandably nonplussed about this decision and will vote on a resolution to request that RTD reconsider their plans.

City Staff will present their proposed 2018 Capitol Improvement Plan to Council.

Council will acknowledge an agreement that the Public Art Commission has made with Foothills Art Center and Golden High School to install a mural along north Washington Avenue. The theme will be Help, Hope, and Strength. It ties it with the High School’s suicide prevention program.

Here’s the line-up for live music this weekend:

GOLDEN HOTEL – Clear Creek Jazz Quartet 6-9PM
ACE HI TAVERN Karaoke at 9PM

ACE HI TAVERN Karaoke at 9PM
BUFFALO ROSE – Beloved Invaders – 3:30 and Noise Pollution The AC/DC Experience with Slave to the Grind – 7
GOLDEN MOON SPEAKEASY – Algorhythm Trio at 8PM
PARFET PARK – Moses Jones Band – 7PM

ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM
BUFFALO ROSE – The Duke Street Kings – 3:30 and The Atomic Punks with Maiden Denver – 7PM
UNITARIAN CHURCH – Skeleton Girls at 6:30PM

BUFFALO ROSEJamers Speiser 2PM
ROCK REST LODGE – Moses Jones Quartet 3-7PM

Meetings Past and Present

Golden United hosted an inspiring rally to promote Tolerance and Unity last night in Parfet Park. About 200 people attended, and enjoyed inspiring speeches and music. Many signed up to be involved in future community events.

A group of Scrabble enthusiasts plans to meet this afternoon at the Library.  Drop by any time between noon and 4 if you’re interested in getting in on a game!

The Sustainability Board will meet tonight at 6PM in City Council Chambers. They will discuss and forward a recommendation about the proposed community solar garden to City Council. They are also working on creating an energy advisory program for businesses and residents.

Since this is a relatively slow news day, I thought I’d report on a couple of recent board and commission meetings.

Ford Street Housing - Golden Colorado

On August 7th, the Historic Preservation Board considered two cases. The first concerned the planned remodeling of the the Buffalo Rose. You may recall the design drawings that made the rounds last summer, which included a two-story glass structure at 12th and Washington and a roof dining area. Many felt that the design was too modern to harmonize with the rest of the historic downtown. The new version looks more like the current version of the Rose–only newer and nicer. The roofline of the building will remain pretty much the way it is now. The board approved the new design, so it will now go on to the Planning Commission.

The second case involved a single family home at 2215 East Street in the East Street Historic District. A developer wants to demolish the house and replace it with 6 townhouses and 6 two-car garages. The historic board felt that the project was too dense and the design was not appropriate for the surrounding historic district, so they did not approve the project. The developer may now decide to rework the design and bring it back to the Historic Board.

Lions Park - Golden ColoradoThe August 15th Parks & Recreation Board meeting included a discussion by the neighbors near Lions Park, who have seen evidence of criminal activity in the park this past summer, and are therefore forming a Neighborhood Watch. The recording of the meeting was cut off after 10 minutes, so I can’t say how the board and staff responded, but these are the problems reported by the neighbors: begging, unconsciousness, overnight camping, public consumption of alcohol, drug use, profanity, noise ordinance violations, theft, pet abandonment, and threatening.

Typical Tuesday

Affordable Housing - Golden Colorado

4-7PM –Shawn Nelson will play on the patio of the Buffalo Rose

5:30-7 – City of Golden Affordable Housing open house. If you want to learn about it, if you have opinions about it–plan to attend.

6-8PM – Booze and Ballots at the Miners Saloon

6PM –  Yoga on Tap at New Terrain Brewing

6PM – Golden Bike Cruise at 10th and Illinois

6PM – Bingo at the VFW (map)

6PM – Foothills Running and Cycling Club will meet at the Denver West Marriot for a run on South Table Mountain.

6:15 – Golden Mountain Runners will meet for a run at the Beaver Brook trailhead.

6:30 – Front Porch book group at the Community Center, discussing Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. (map)

7PM – Trivia at the Ace Hi

7:30 – Geeks Who Drink at the Buffalo Rose

Buffalo Rose Redesign (Take 2)

The Library’s Tuesday night book group will meet tonight at 6.  They’ll be discussing Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  At 6:30, the Library will host a speaker discussing “Privacy and Civil Liberties in the Digital Age.”

Buffalo Rose Redesign - Golden ColoradoClick to enlarge

Tomorrow Night
You may recall that last fall, the owner of the Buffalo Rose brought plans for a redesign to the Planning Commission and the Historic Preservation Board.  At that time, the owner planned to demolish and rebuild most of the structure, and add a rooftop dining area. (Click here to see those earlier plans.)  The owner now has a new set of plans that do not involve demolition–he plans to remodel the existing building.

The owner will be at tomorrow night’s Planning Commission study session to discuss the new plans.  The Planning Commission wants to discuss whether the design complies with the 2009 Downtown Character Code.  That code was put in place to ensure that new or redesigned buildings would harmonize with the rest of downtown’s architectural styles, materials, height, colors, etc.  The new design will also come before the Historic Preservation Board at their August meeting.  To see the details of the Buffalo Rose redesign, check the Planning Commission’s meeting packet on the city website.

The Planning Commission will also discuss the results of meetings that were held between the School of Mines and the surrounding historic neighborhoods.  The School of Mines has done a lot of building in recent years, and plans to continue building and growing.  Residents of the surrounding neighborhoods find that Mines’ growth is eroding the quality of life for the neighbors.  The City is trying to broker an arrangement where Mines’ growth will have less negative impact of the surrounding neighborhoods.  For more information, see the meeting packet.

Libraries, Libations, and a National Laboratory

The Library
As usual, the library is a sizzling hotbed of activity. They have three storytimes this morning: Baby Time from 9:15 to 9:45, Toddler Time from 10:15 to 10:45 and Baby Time (again) from 11 to 11:45. At 2:30, the Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship will meet for needlework, spinning, or whatever fiber craft people choose to bring. There’s a children’s program–Build a Better World with Salida Circus–from 2:30-3:30…but they have a waiting list to be admitted. All ages Lego Play & Build is scheduled for 4-5, and the Golden Writing Circle will meet from 6 to 7:30.

Speaking of waiting lists…there are still a few spaces available tomorrow’s DIY Lab, where kids 11+ can make their own LED flashlight out of an Altoids Smalls tin. They’ll learn to solder and get some practice creating simple circuits. Register now, while you still can. Thursday’s Magic show has a waiting list.  Check their calendar to see if there are things coming up that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Bars & Breweries
Beer - Golden ColoradoAs usual, our watering holes offer several mid-week entertainment possibilities.  Tonight’s options include Yoga on Tap at New Terrain Brewery, Bingo at the VFW, Trivia Night at the Ace Hi, and Geeks Who Drink at the Buffalo Rose.

If you’re a regular at Golden Beer Talks, remember that they are not meeting this month.  They’ll resume on August 8th, with a talk about the Colorado Prairie Initiative.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory - Golden Colorado

Tomorrow night at 7, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society will be Celebrating Renewable Energy Pioneers. Hear from remarkable scientists and engineers on what motivated their research in solar power and other fossil fuel alternatives when oil was king and how they weathered hostility from earlier governments. Our headline speaker is Denis Hayes, who was SERI’s second director and famously co-founded Earth Days.

This event marks the 40th Anniversary of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and its predecessor, the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI).  Free. Join us for a networking reception with food and drinks after the presentation.  RSVP not required but helps us plan the food – and your donation helps pay for it.  Co-sponsored by the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, the JUC Green Task Force and New Energy Colorado/Golden Earth Days.

Boards, Books, Bars, and Bugs

The Parks & Recreation Board will meet tonight at 7PM at the Golden Community Center. The meeting is open to the public, but it will not be broadcast live. They will discuss Calvary Church‘s ongoing desire to close Arapahoe Street between 13th and 14th. They will also discuss a piece of art that was donated as a memorial for use in Ulysses Park. They’ve had trouble finding a secure place to display the artwork. They will hear a report from a subcommittee that has been working with the Lions Club to consider a possible pavilion that the Lions would like to donate for use in Vanover ParkSee the meeting agenda….

Miscellaneous Tuesday Events
The Library’s book discussion group will meet from 6-7 tonight to discuss Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas. New Terrain Brewing has their weekly “Yoga on Tap” from 6-7 tonight. The VFW has Bingo starting at 6. The Ace Hi has Trivia Night starting at 7, and the Buffalo Rose has Geeks Who Drink Trivia starting at 7:30.

Jeffco Open Space - Golden Colorado

Tomorrow: New Insect Pests in Our Urban Landscape
Tomorrow night from 6-7:30, Jeffco Open Space will continue their series of lectures. Laura Pottorff, Colorado Department of Agriculture, will speak about Emerald Ash Borer and Japaneese beetle. These newly introduced invasive insect pests are having significant impacts on our urban landscapes. Learn more and register here.

Things to Do Today

Farmers Market - Golden ColoradoThe Farmers Market will be open today from 8AM-1PM.

District 2 Councilor Casey Brown will hold Coffee with a Councilor at 10AM at Cafe 13 (map).

Reuben Gonzales will be playing on the patio at the Buffalo Rose starting at 3:30.  Tripwire will play at Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill from 4-8.

Earth Sweet Botanicals is hosting free tea tasting with Teakoe Tea Company today from 11-2.  Teakoe is a local Colorado company with lots of wonderful, natural teas. Try flavors such as Wayward Watermelon, Mango Manifesto, and Boardwalk Blackberry.

At 2PM, the Golden History Center will present Patty Limerick’s Western Mining program, featuring conversation on bridging the gap between past and present. Learn about issues within the context of Colorado’s rich mining history.