Pet parade pals headed to downtown Golden

By John Akal

Arf…Arf, arf, arf…Arf, arf…Woof!

Sorry, I had to start this week’s column by speaking directly to the dogs that, uhm…might be “using” this newspaper. Of course, most of them are probably puppies that are too young to read anyway. I don’t know what I was thinking. But whether you are canine or human, the news I’m going to share is the same. It’s time once again for Toby’s Pet Parade and Fair… Read more…

Pups on Parade [next] Saturday!

Toby’s Pet Parade is an annual tradition that shines the spotlight on Golden pets while raising funds and awareness for the 12,000+ animals that Foothills Animal Shelter cares for annually. Dress up your pup and join about 2,000 other animal lovers for a parade and fair in downtown Golden on Saturday, September 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m… Read more…


Charitable Donations

There’s still time to donate some of your unneeded clothes, household goods, and pantry items before the end of the tax year.  These places would be glad to relieve you of your excess “stuff.”

Goodwill – 17722 South Golden Road (map)
Donation hours Monday – Sunday 9-5

ARC – 2600 East Street (map)
Open daily 8-6

Christian Action Guild – 1401 Ford Street (map)
Thrift Shop open Tuesday and Friday 10-3:30 and Saturday 11-1
Food Bank open Tuesday and Friday 10:30-2:30 and Saturday 11-12:45

Foothills Animal Shelter – 580 McIntyre Street (map)
Monday – Friday 11-7, Saturday and Sunday 10-6
Welcomes quilts, blankets, towels, and of course, pet supplies.

The City is accepting natural Christmas trees from now through January 27th.  They’ll grind them into mulch, which will be available free to Golden residents in the spring.  Learn more….

Santa Sightings

Free Carriage Rides in Golden Colorado

This is a wildly busy day for Santa Claus. He’s scheduled to visit several places, some of them simultaneously. But really–isn’t that the skill he’s known for?

Santa Claus at the Colorado Railroad MuseumSanta’s first appearance will be at the Golden Chamber’s sold-out Breakfast with Santa at 8:30. Then, of course, he’ll be in the Olde Golden Christmas Parade at 10:30.

The Applewood Valley Methodist Church is offering photos with Santa from 10-1, with a gift for each child.

Santa will be at Avenue Gifts from 11-3.

He and Mrs. Claus will be at the Railroad Museum from 11-2. (This one has a sentimental place in my heart, since the Railroad Museum is where we always took our daughter to see Santa!)

Don’t forget that Santa keeps a mailbox at the Golden Visitors Center, and letters received by December 15th will be answered.  (Please include a return address in your letter so he can respond.)

Jolynn’s Food & Spirits (1224 Washington Avenue–map) is offering Brunch with the Christmas Bear from 10AM-2PM.

The Chamber is offering FREE HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES from noon till 3PM.  The rides start in front of Wings of Eagles, at 805 12th St.

The Golden Hayride will be at Gold Mine Cupcakes, and will give free rides for an hour after the parade.

Kids can make their own bagpipes from 11:30-12:30, courtesy of LifeStyle Realty & Consulting at 1111 Washington Avenue.

Golden Victorian Carolers will stroll the Avenue from 12-2.

Miners Alley Children’s Theater will perform The Story of the Nutcracker at 11 and 1.

This is the final day for the Library’s Holiday Book Sale, which will run from 9-4.

Spinster Sisters will donate 10% of their sales today to Girls, Inc.

The Briarwood Inn is serving a Holiday Tea from 10-3. Reservations required: 303-279-3121.

Foothills Art Center is offering a Kids Workshop from 1-4. They can construct a Gingerbread House while you shop at the Holiday Art Market! Foothills will also have three artists (Sunny Monaco, Chris Stuart, and Lelija Roy) working in the gallery from 2-4.

Foothills Animal Shelter is hosting a Percentage for Pets Pottery Sale from 1-6.

For more information on any of these events, check the Christmas Calendar at


Click here for a one page list that you can print and take with you.

Two Chances to Help Animals

Tobys Pet Parade

Saturday Morning
This Saturday, Golden will be host to the second annual Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair, which is a fund-raiser for Foothills Animal Shelter and the more than 9,200 dogs, cats and critter the Shelter cares for each year. It begins with a pet parade at 8:30 at Parfet Park.

Dress up your dog in a costume and join the parade. Register to participate in the parade for $20, or watch the parade and attend the Fair that follows for free. The Fair will have family-friendly games, activities, and vendors. There will also be demonstrations, vendors, food trucks, drink, and more. Learn more about this event and register.

Horse Protection League

Saturday Evening
The Horse Protection League is hosting Drafts with Drafts this Saturday from 5-7PM. Enjoy a catered dinner, beer donated by the Golden City Brewery, a chance to see the historic Churches Ranch (map), and carriage rides around the grounds!

They’ll have a silent auction, door prizes, live music, and more.

Call today (303-216-0141) to reserve your tickets for $15, or pay $20 the night of the event.

Two paws up for Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair this weekend!

Don’t miss the second annual Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair this Saturday, September 16 in downtown Golden, CO.

This is a great opportunity to dress up your dog in their snazziest costume and join us for a celebration to benefit Foothills Animal Shelter…  Read more…

September Preview

Autumn in Golden Colorado

First Friday Downtown – Free Carriage Rides
Colorado Rails & Cocktails
Open Mic/Easel Night
Farmers Markets
Coffee with a Council (Charis-Graves)
DIY Lab: Calming Glitter Jars
Golden Super Cruise
Polka Lovers Club
Labor Day
English Paper Piecing @ Quilt Museum
DIY Lab: Golden Fleece Fellowship
Bonfils Blood Drive
Scrabble from 12-4 @ the Library
Magic Mountain Archaeology Lecture
Planning Commission Public Hearing
Backyard Explorers @ the Library
First Thursday Lecture @ CSM Geology Museum
Opening Night of Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Museum Movie Night-Mountaineering Museum
Open Mic Night w/Skeleton Dolls
Be A Tool! Neighborhood Rehab
Fire Dept – Safety & Preparedness Day
Dinosaur Discover Day – GeoCaching
Finding Your Own Artistic Voice at FAC
Calligraphy Class at FAC
CSM Skyline Chorus Presents Honey, I’m Home
2nd Annual Golden Giddyup
High-Voltage Book Group – Nick and Tesla’s Secret Agent Gadget Battle
First rehearsal for Golden Concert Choir
Golden Writing Circle
Golden Beer Talks
Wild Wednesday at the Library
Taxes in Retirement – Library
Toddler Dance Party @ Library
Facebook Training @ Library
Rock Talk at FAC
City Council
Golden High School Homecoming
Coyote Chase Shelton Elementary
NREL Walking Tour
Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair
Grand Opening – Fresh Food Co-Op
Set Your Horizons – FAC
Coffee with a Councilor – Casey Brown
All Aboard for Art at the RR Museum
Oktoberfest at Denver Kickers Club
Buffalo Bill’s Western Roundup
Author Talk: LeAnna DeAngelo @ the Library
DIY Lab – Sharpie Dishware @ the Library
Director’s Story Time @ the RR Museum
Tuesday Night Book Group: The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars
Using the Cloud: Google Drive @ the Library
Superstars in Colorado History
City Council Study Session
Freaky Friday at the Library
Glitter in the Garden @ FAC
Farmers Markets
Model Railroading at the RR Museum
Golden Gallop
Golden Bike Cruise – Zombie Night
Front Porch Golden Book Club
3D Paper Sculptures @ the Library
Ukulele Wednesday @ the Library
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Horned Dinosaurs
Calming Glitter Jars @ the Library
CSM Walking Tour
CSM Homecoming
Farmers Market
Drumline Concert @ GHS

Volunteer for Open Space

The Schools of Mines Library is having a free concert today from noon to 1PM.  Today’s group has the catchy name, “Colorado Fuel Cell Center Troubadours.”  The performance takes place in the Boettcher Room.  It is free and open to the public.

Jeffco Open Space Volunteers

Jefferson County Open Space is holding a Volunteer Recruitment Fair tomorrow from 10AM-2PM at their administration building, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, (map)From observing wildlife and assisting visitors to bringing history to life, volunteers find many ways to contribute to Jeffco Open Space

Golden High School students will serve a free lunch for senior citizens tomorrow (Saturday the 11th) at the Presbyterian Church.  Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with us! Have fun with your friends while enjoying lunch! If you are considering coming, please call 303-908-8066. If you need a ride to and from the luncheon, feel free to call 303-908-8066, and we will come and get you!

Foothills Animal Shelter is offering a Pet First Aid/CPR class Sunday morning.  You must pre-register if you want to take the class.

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Alcohol Training and Gussie Up Your Pup

Many non-profits in Golden host parties with alcohol, and their volunteers need to have Safe Serving training.  Golden Elks Lodge will host a safe serving of alcohol class on Feb 15 2017 from 10 am until 1 pm. Cost will be $20 per Member or $30 per non-member. If you pass the test at the end of class you will receive a certificate of completion good for 3 years. Call (303) 279-2740 to sign up.

Foothills Animal Shelter wants you to know that this is National Dress Up Your Pet Day! Does your pet have an impeccable sense of style? Get your outfits and cameras ready. We want to see all your fashionable pet pics!

Post pictures of your dressed up pets to our Facebook page tomorrow and we’ll share our favorites.