Dinosaur Ridge in Colorado ranked no. 1 track site in all of U.S.

By Elizabeth Ruiz

Dinosaurs are no longer roaming the earth, but their tracks live on. In the foothills on the Front Range of Colorado, a story can be told from pieces of the past left behind… Read more…

Last Day of January

Did you see this morning’s lunar eclipse, between 6 and 7 AM? Even if you missed it, you’ll still see a good full moon tonight.

Golden Cultural Alliance Events Tonight:

Dinosaur Ridge is holding one of their “Everything Dinosaur” talks tonight–Paleontology 101. The Library has Ukulele Wednesday from 6-7:30 tonight.

Business Events Tonight:

Bent Gate Mountaineering is hosting an Avalanche Awareness Clinic tonight from 6:30-7:30. Woody’s Pizza has team trivia starting at 9PM tonight.

Tomorrow will be the first day of February, so look for the preview of February events, including lots of events for Heart and Soul of Golden month!

City Planning and Job-Hunting

Today is Museum Selfie Day (yes, that’s a thing). The History Museum is closed, but the Quilt, Mountaineering, Railroad, and Buffalo Bill Museums are open, as is Dinosaur Ridge.

State Representative Jessie Danielson will be at Cannonball Creek from 6-7 for News and Brews. This is a good chance to discuss issues impacting our district.

Guest House in Golden Colorado

The Planning Commission meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will consider a request to designate 1114 Illinois Street as a tourist home. They will also consider a site plan for a 68,000 ft. sq. office and warehouse structure in the Coors Technology Center. Finally, they will decide whether to grant a special use permit to allow 100% residential use on a lot that is adjacent to the new Senior Apartments at Highway 93 and Golden Gate Canyon Road.  Learn more by reading the meeting packet….

There will be a multi-industry career fair tomorrow from 1-3PM at the Jefferson County Human Resources Building. Full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions are available. Learn more….

Tomorrow night from 6-7:30 Nathan Richie, the Director of the Golden History Museum, will give a lecture on Early Golden and the Quest for the Capitol. Learn more….

Learn (A LOT) About Dinosaurs!

Dinosaur Ridge - Golden Cultural Alliance Member

Dinosaur Ridge (a member of the Golden Cultural Alliance) offers a FREE series of classes about dinosaurs. They’re great for people who are interested in volunteering at Dinosaur Ridge, but you’re also welcome to attend if you’re just interested in learning more about dinosaurs! You have several opportunities to take these classes, including both a once-a-week fast track or a once-a-month slow track.

The first class is this morning at 10AM. If 4 or more people request it, the instructor is willing to repeat it Friday morning at 10. Here’s the full schedule of classes.

Fast Track (once a week, 10-11:30 AM)
1/9 1: Paleontology 101
1/16 2: What IS a Dinosaur?
1/23 3: Sauropods
1/30 4: Theropods
2/6 5: Thyreophora Part 1 (Stegosaurs)
2/13 6: Thyreophora Part 2 (Ankylosaurs)
2/20 7: Iguanodonts
2/27 8: Hadrosaurs
3/6 9: Ceratopsians
3/13 10: Pachycephalosaurs
3/20 11: Archosaurs
3/27 12: Mammals
4/3 Dinosaur Ridge Field Trip

Slow Track (once a month, 6-7:30PM)
1/31 Paleontology 101
2/28 What IS a Dinosaur?
3/28 Sauropods
4/25 Theropods
5/30 Thyreophora Part 1 (Stegosaurs)
6/27 Thyreophora Part 2 (Ankylosaurs)
7/25 Iguanodonts
8/29 Hadrosaurs
9/26 Ceratopsians
10/31 Pachycephalosaurs
11/28 Archosaurs
12/12 Mammals

The Economic Development Commission meets tonight at 6:30 in the Public Works Building, 1445 10th St. Golden Moon Distillery is planning to substantially increase their capacity, and they are requesting a tax incentive of up to $25,000 from the City. The Commission will consider the request. They will also review a new application that they have developed for partnerships and funding requests. Finally, they will review their work plan for the year.

Rex Rideout - Golden Beer Talks - Golden ColoradoTonight’s Golden Beer Talk, featuring Rex Rideout discussing the music of the American west, promises to be very popular.  Food and beer will be available at 6 and the speaker will start at about 6:35PM. The event happens at Windy Saddle Cafe.  Rex will also be performing later this month at the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering at the Mountaineering Center.

Preview of January Events in Golden

Happy New Year!  For details on any of the following, see the Calendar of Events:

1 – Monday
Ring in the New Year Ramble
2 – Tuesday
English Paper Piecing at the Quilt Museum
Golden Fleece Fellowship at the Library
3 – Wednesday
Bonfils Blood Drive at the Library
TriceraTOTs at Dinosaur Ridge
Avalanche Terrain Avoidance
5 – Friday
Open Mic & Easel Night at Hillside Church
6 – Saturday
Coffee with Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves
Pediatric CPR/First Aid Class
West Side Live! Presents Takács Quartet
7 – Sunday
Family Fort Night at the Library
8 – Monday
FREE Open Climbing at the Mountaineering Center
The Write Age: Lighthouse Writing Workshop
9 – Tuesday
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Paleontology 101
Golden Writing Circle at the Library
Golden Beer Talks – Rex Rideout, Music Historian
10 – Wednesday
Preschool Nature Nuts: Antlers and Horns
Jeffco Innovators’ Workshop – Why Has America Stopped Inventing
11 – Thursday
Let’s Dance for Toddlers at the Library
13 – Saturday
Babysitting Course
Interstellar Adventure Workshop
14 – Sunday
Adult Makers Guild at the Library
Sunday at the Quilt Museum – Quilting Through the Stage Door
15 – Monday
NREL Walking Campus Tour
16 – Tuesday
Everything Dinosaur Talk: What IS a Dinosaur?
Storytime and Craft at the Railroad Museum
Book Group at the Library: Miss Jane by Brad Watson
17 – Wednesday
Museum Selfie Day
Land Stewardship Series – Birding by Ear
Beacon Practice in Parfet Park
18 – Thursday
Wee Create – Paper Collage at the Library
Member Preview at Foothills Art Center
Lecture at the History Museum: Early Golden and the Quest for the Capital

Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering - Golden Colorado
19 – Friday
Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering (19th-21st)
20 – Saturday
Coffee with Councilor Casey Brown
Wee DIY – Snow Globes at the Library
DIY Lab – ColderDojo
21 – Sunday
Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship
22 – Monday
STEM Girls at the Library
Write Age: Lighthouse Writing Workshop
23 – Tuesday
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Sauropods
24 – Wednesday
Workshop Wednesday at the Library: Toy Hacks
What you need to know about college admissions and the SAT at the Library
25 – Thursday
E-Books on Your Kindle – Free downloadables from the library
Library for All – Program for adults with Disabilities
26 – Friday
UllrGrass Music Festival (26th-28th)
Opening Night for Fun Home at Miners Alley Playhouse
27 – Saturday
Jeffco Open Space Nature Journal Club: Winter Nature Journalling
Class at Foothills Art Center: Painting with Plastic Wrap
Felt and Sew an LED Bracelet at the Library
Golden Lions Club Chili Supper
28 – Sunday
Nan’s Hundred Club Rocky Mountain High Tea at the Quilt Museum
29 – Monday
The Write Age: Lighthouse Writing Workshop
Spanish for Kids
Sustainability Ideas for the Family
30 – Tuesday
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Theropods
31 – Wednesday
Ukulele Wednesday at the Library
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Paleontology 101

Giving and Crafting

Golden Senior Santa - Golden Colorado

Based on various Facebook posts, several of our non-profit organizations did very well through yesterday’s Colorado Gives Day.

If you’re looking for a more tangible way to give, consider being a Golden Senior Santa. You can stop by Maki Sushi, Windy Saddle Cafe, Aegis Realty, or Connects Workspace to pick up a tag for a particular senior, go buy a gift for that person, and return it to the business. They’ll giftwrap it and deliver it the Senior Resource Center, the Neighborhood Rehab Project, or Canyongate senior apartments. They have the names of almost 100 local seniors; where possible, they find out directly or through a caregiver some “wish list” items so the gifts can be personalized – which might range from “a warm pair of socks” to a sweater to a toaster, and typically cost $25 to $50.

If you prefer buying toys, consider supporting the Christian Action Guild‘s Santa Shop. Just donate a new, unwrapped toy or a cash donation earmarked for buying toys. Bring your donation to the Christian Action Guild at 14th and Ford, or leave a toy in the collection box at Meyer Hardware, the Golden Mill, Brian Fox Farmers Insurance Agency, On Tap Credit Union,Table Mountain Inn, Golden Visitors Center, Golden Curves, Golden Walgreens, Natural Grocers, Alphagraphics, Golden Real Estate, Miners Saloon, Golden Moon Speakeasy, RE/MAX Alliance, Trailhead Taphouse, Red Wagon Gift and Garden Shop, Golden Roots Salon, or the Old Capitol Grill and Smokehouse.

The Lookout Mountain Nature Center is celebrating “Nature’s Gifts” both today and tomorrow from 10AM-noon. Hey all you young naturalists! Have fun making nature-related holiday crafts for your loved ones. Get into the holiday spirit by making handmade nature crafts, which include snowflake crayon rubbing wrapping paper, a paper tube owl ornament, a potato print forest card, and more!  Families with kids of all ages are welcome! (crafts are geared towards ages 3 – 8 yrs old)  Crafts will be available between 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. so feel free to drop in any time during those hours. Suggested donation: $3 per child.

Dinosaur Ridge has TriceraTOTs this morning from 10-11AM. A story-time and craft program geared toward 2-5 year old kids. Siblings welcome! $5 per child non-member, $3/child member, adults free. RSVP with Erin LaCount at or 303-697-3466 x 101.

The Library’s DIY Lab is offering “Broke Holidays – DIY Style” from 6-7:30 this evening.  Looking for gifts to impress your family and friends this holiday season without spending lots of money? Get creative with frugal craft gifting with heart, DIY style and make something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Choose from: Felted Soaps, 8-Bit Pixilated Ornaments, or Coasters. Craft supplies, refreshments and festive atmosphere provided. Suitable for: Adults

Preview of December Events in Golden

Holiday Lights in Golden Colorado

All Month
Foothills Art Center Holiday Art Market
A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley Playhouse
“How New Is Modern?” at the Quilt Museum
“A Better Place Could Hardly Have Been Chosen” and “A Visit to the Wild West” at the Buffalo Bill Museum
“Railroad Chin” and “T is for Trains” at the Railroad Museum
“Epic Events” “Made in Golden: Where Innovation Lives” “Show & Tell: Highlights From the Collection” and “Turn It Up: Golden’s Musical Memories” at the History Museum

For details on any of these events, refer to the calendar at

Golden High School Craft Faire
Book and Garage Sale at the Geology Museum
Concert in the Mines Library
30th Annual Candlelight Walk, 6:30
Library – Cookies, Cider, Ukuleles
Family Sing-Along in Parfet Park 7PM
Ornament Signing in the Visitors Center, 7PM
Jeffco Open Space telescope at the Visitors Center, 7PM
Destination Dance Performance at the Rotary Amphitheater 7PM
Winter Concert at the School of Mines, 7:30
Olde Golden Christmas Parade 10:30
Victorian Carolers 12-2PM
Local Authors, 12:30-2:30
Free Carriage Rides after the parade
The Nutcracker at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1PM
Book and Garage Sale at the Geology Museum
Golden Concert Choir Concert, 3PM and 7PM
Gardner History 2018 Calendar Open House
Rocket Blast Workshop at the Rec Center
Coffee with Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves, 10-11
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum – Free Gift w/Admission
Golden High School Holiday Bazaar 10-3
Ornament Decorating Party at Dinosaur Ridge, 10AM
Kids Craft – Gingerbread Houses @ Foothills Art Center
Artist Demos at Foothills Art Center
Midnight Masquerade for Miners Alley
Book and Garage Sale at the Geology Museum
Christmas with Cody at the Buffalo Bill Museum
Free Carriage Rides Downtown
Adult Makers Guild at the Library
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Concert
DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titan Experience at CSM
DIY Light-Up Holiday Cards at the Library
Jeffco Open Space Beginning Birders
English Paper Piecing at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Meeting: Future Use of Pleasant View Property
Jeffco Innovators Workshop
Christmas Tree Lighting at St. Joseph’s
Natures Gifts at Lookout Mtn Nature Center
Broke Holidays – DIY at the Library
Natures Gifts at Lookout Mtn Nature Center
CSM Geology Museum Lecture
GHS Holiday Choir Concert
Holiday Book Sale at the Library
Family Art Night at the Community Center
GHS Holiday Band Concert
Breakfast with Santa
Olde Golden Christmas Parade 10:30
Victorian Carolers 12-2PM
Free Carriage Rides after the parade
The Nutcracker at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1PM
Kids Craft – Gingerbread Houses @ Foothills Art Center
Artist Demos at Foothills Art Center
Natures Gifts at Lookout Mtn Nature Center
Pictures with Santa @ Applewood Valley Methodist
Free Carriage Rides Downtown
Create a 3D Printed Cookie Cutter @ Library
MOMS Club of Golden
STEM Girls at the Library
Golden Beer Talks: Warriors, Water, and Wild Beasts: Quenching Thirst Peacefully in the Shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Holiday Plant Care @ CSU Extension
Golden Writing Circle at the Library
Author Visit @ the Library-Andi Gregory Pearson
Holiday Sing-a-Long at the Community Center
Wild Wednesday@ the Library
Vocal Music Concert @ Bell Middle School
Fall Commencement at the School of Mines
Olde Golden Christmas Parade 10:30
Victorian Carolers 12-2PM
Free Carriage Rides after the parade
The Nutcracker at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1PM
Kids Craft – Gingerbread Houses @ Foothills Art Center
Artist Demos at Foothills Art Center
Holiday Dance Show
Cocktails with Councilor Casey Brown
Fuzzy Friends Sleepover at the Library
Free Carriage Rides Downtown
Story Time and Craft at the Railroad Museum
Book Group at the Library: Wintering by Peter Geye
Band Concert @ Bell Middle School
Printmaking Cards @ the Library
Winter Solstice
DIY Holiday Ornaments @ the Library
Ukulele Wednesdays @ the Library
Library for Adults w/Disabilities
Grow a Crystal Ornament @ the Library
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration @ the Golden Library
New Year’s Eve Celebration @ Denver Kickers Club

The Rest of November

The Golden Library has “Ukulele Wednesdays” on the last Wednesday of the month–and that’s tonight–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+

Dinosaur Ridge is having an Everything Dinosaur Talk tonight, about Archosaurs, at 6PM.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a public meeting tonight from 6:30-8PM to discuss bears in the metro area. The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the euthanization of the sow and cubs at the Apex Trail in September, ask questions about bear management in Colorado, and discuss how the community can move forward and assist with positive actions for bears locally. Jeffco Open Space Office, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, Golden, CO (map)

Jeffco Open Space Nature Journal Club

The Lookout Mountain Nature Center will hold “Jeffco Open Space Nature Journal Club: Sketching Mammals” from 5:30-8:30. Want to deepen your love of the natural world, notice nature’s tiniest details and spend time surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors? Then start keeping a sketchbook nature journal! Join us for a free journaling field trip in a Jeffco Open Space Park each month and make this activity a habit.   Registration and more information.

The Golden History Museum is hosting a lecture tomorrow night at 6PM, “Murder and the Shanghai Prize Fighter.” Robert S. “Batt” Battalino was a prizefighter who was good enough to star on the TV sports show The Greatest Fights of the Century, and was evil enough to commit murder in the foothills west of Golden. You will hear the story of Batt’s life, his crime, and the bond he formed with the County Sheriff as he faced death in the gas chamber. Learn more….

Foothills Art Center is having an “Art on Tap – Ugly Sweater Decorating Party” Thursday night from 6-8PM. Bring an old sweater and meet us up in Petersen Classroom to adorn it for the upcoming holiday season. Golden City Brewery will be providing the beer, and we will be providing the decorating supplies (paint, glitter, and a plethora of unique items). Bring a friend or a date and get crafty with Foothills staff members. THIS IS A 21+ EVENT. Admission to Foothills Art Center and the program is free for our Members. Non-members gain free access to the program upon paid admission to Foothills Art Center.  Learn more….

After That
I’ll be posting the preview of December events tomorrow, so I can spend Friday December 1st rhapsodizing about the Candlelight Walk.

Bikes, Books, Buses, and Ceratopsians

Zombie Bike Cruise - Golden ColoradoDon’t forget tonight’s Zombie Bike Cruise.  Food and beer will be available at 6 and the ride will start at 7.  Sun Time Hannah will be providing live music and there will be prizes and giveaways.  This is the final Golden Cruise for the year.

Learn more at

Book Club - Golden ColoradoThe Front Porch Book Club will discuss Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah at 6:30 tonight at the Community Center.

If you are interested in joining, please email Jan Bradbury,

Dinosaur Ridge will host a free talk tomorrow night from 6-8 about horned dinosaurs.  Everything Dinosaur: Talk 9 – Ceratopsians (Wednesday) 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge an interesting talk on horned dinosaurs, the ceratopsians! Meeting place: Dinosaur Discovery Center: 17681 W Alameda Parkway, Red Rocks Entrance #1. FREE TALK. to RSVP.

Public Transit in Golden Colorado

Golden has had light rail for 4 years now.  We like it, but many find that the service takes too long to get to their destination–particularly those who would like to take a bus to the train station at the Jeffco Government Center.  In order to make public transit work better for our residents, the City Council recently voted to fund an additional green circulator bus.  This would allow pickups to go from once every 30 minutes to once every 15 minutes.  They anticipate that the improved service would increase ridership on both the bus and the light rail.

The vote for the new bus took place on July 27th.  On August 10th, Golden’s 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 (which would undo the effect of having more frequent bus service).

RTD is coming to Golden this Thursday (September 28th) to hold a public meeting to see what we think of their proposed service cuts.  It’s important that Golden citizens show up, to ask RTD to leave our train service intact.  Even if you don’t take the train yourself, consider that it helps keep a lot of cars off the roads.

City Council is going to delay the start of their own meeting till 7PM, so they all have a chance to speak to the RTD board and staff at the meeting.  Council encourages citizens to attend too.  The meeting will start at 6PM at the Community Center.  Learn more on the City’s website.


Super Saturday

The stores of Golden are having a SIDEWALK SALE today from 10AM-5PM.

This is the second and final day of the Ball Production Technician Job Fair–9AM to 1PM.

Both Farmers Markets (10th & Illinois and 15th and Jackson) will be running this morning.

Safety and Preparedness Day will be celebrated at the Fire Station (911 10th St.) from 10AM-2PM.

Coffee with a Councilor will take place at White Ash Mine Park from 10-11. Casey Brown will have two guests–the candidates for City Council Ward 4.

The Golden City Brewery will host Goldenfest all day. This is a fund-raiser for the Fire Department, so you can drink beer and feel virtuous at the same time.

Dinosaur Ridge is having one of their Dinosaur Discovery Days today from 10AM-2PM. Today, they’re focusing on geocachingGeocaching is a great activity done with family and friends! Utilizing GPS coordinates, visitors locate small canisters, boxes, and crates, hidden in unique locations! The Dinosaur Ridge Main Visitor Center and the Dinosaur Ridge Trail feature many geocaches, as well as several earthcaches. GPS devices are available to rent from the USGS during the event. Hands on activities will be at the Visitor Center. Contact: Erin LaCount –

Both today and tomorrow at 2PM, Calvary Church will be giving tours to celebrate their 150th anniversary.

The Second Annual Golden Giddyup mountain bike festival will be happening tomorrow, starting at 7:30AM.

Golden Real Estate is hosting an event from 10AM-3PM to celebrate National Drive Electric Week. They’ll have a bunch of electric vehicles on hand, including LEAF, Tesla Model S, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, Ford Focus, Smart fortwo electric drive, Tesla Model X, and Prius.  The owners will answer questions and give rides in their vehicles.

The Quilt Museum is resuming their Sunday at the Museum series tomorrow from 2-4 with Confessions of a Scrap QueenIrene Berry enjoys the reputation of someone who will use any fabric, no matter how ugly it is. She will present a trunk show that includes some of her most recent quilts—and as you know, every quilt has a story. Irene will share her four top tips for making and designing your own successful scrap quilt.