Grass to Garden – replace your turf and save water

The Grass to Garden program makes it easy for residents to beautify their landscape and save water by removing their grass and replacing it with a FREE Garden In A Box or other low-water landscaping… Read more…

Greener Golden

Lots of “Green” things happening in Golden today.  If you pre-ordered a garden in a box, pick them up at the Public Works Building, 1445 10th St. (map).  Even if you didn’t order a garden, go there anyway.  They’ll be selling individual xeriscaping plants and water conservation equipment, while supplies last.  They’ll also be giving away mulch (bring your own container).  There will also be Master Gardeners and Master Composters on hand to answer questions.

You can also tour the Golden Community Garden this morning (9-12), participate in a seed swap, and buy some tomato and pepper plants.

You can join a guided hike of Golden at 10:30 at the Visitors Center (10th & Washington).  If you prefer an individual hike, stop by the Visitors Center anyway and pick up free maps and water bottles.  Or borrow a bike from the Golden Bike Library.

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A BAG OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD BY YOUR MAILBOX TODAY.  Your mail carrier will collect it and the Lions Club will bring it from the post office to the food pantry at the Christian Action Guild.

Saving time, trouble and water with a pre-planned garden

By Cindy Sutter

There’s always that one yard in your neighborhood, isn’t there? The one with the colorful flowers with butterflies flitting and bees buzzing.

That must be a lot of work, you think.  Plus, how could you possibly know how to care for those plants?

Moving from wistful to proud is a  lot easier than you think…  Read more…

Spring and rainwater

If you ordered a garden-in-a-box, this is the day to pick it up.  They’ll be at the Public Works building, 1445 10th Street (map).  Even if you didn’t pre-order, you can go there and buy individual xeric-type plants and low-water irrigation equipment.  You can also pick up some free mulch…just bring your own container.  They’ll be there from 9-12, so don’t be late!

After you get your plants, stop by GoFarm’s SpringUp! celebration at Ford and Water Streets, behind the Golden Mill.  From 11AM-2PM they’ll be serving fresh grilled organic food and refreshments.  You can preview their locally-sourced products, enjoy free face painting, pose at the veggie photo booth, learn about composting & vermiculture, enjoy live music, participate in a tree dedication, meet local author David Wann (and have him sign a copy of The Zen of Gardening) and more!  This is a FREE event.

jessiedanielsonState Representative Jessie Danielson will hold a town hall meeting this morning from 10-11 in City Council Chambers.  This is a good chance to hear what was accomplished during the legislative session that just ended.  You can congratulate her on the Rain Barrel legislation that now makes it legal to store two 55-gallon barrels of rainwater.  Changing Western water law is an impressive accomplishment!

There’s a car show from 10-3 today at Arapahoe Park, 4450 Indiana Street (map).  They’ll have music by DJ Van Jeffries Mobile Rock N’ Roll, a 50/50 Drawing, Lots of Door Prizes, 2-Best of Shows (Pre-1950, Post-1950), Awards in Classes, Reaction Tree Contest, Swap Meet, Pancake Breakfast! Contact Brenda at 970-568-2724 for more info!

Graduation and Murder

Congratulations to the Colorado School of Mines students who are receiving Bachelor’s Degrees this morning!  The ceremony will be held at 9:30 at the Marv Kay Stadium (west end of 12th Street).

Colorado Haunted History

Colorado Haunted History is doing their first “Murder, Mayhem and Madness” tour of the year tonight at 10PM.  Joel Chirhart knows his Golden history and does a good job of describing Golden’s seamy past.

stampouthunger2STAMP OUT HUNGER – Your mail carrier will be collecting bags of non-perishable food tomorrow (Saturday May 14th).  Please put together a bag of food and leave it out tomorrow!  All of your food donations will stay right here in Golden.  They will go into the Christian Action Guild’s food pantry.  Would you like to volunteer to help sort and shelf the food?  The Christian Action Guild will need you from 3-6PM at 1401 Ford Street.  For safety reasons, volunteers need to be at least 12 years old.  Questions?  Contact or call C.A.G. at 303-279-5674.

Tomorrow morning from 7AM-12PM, the Jeffco Sheriff’s office will hold a shred-a-thon.  There is no charge, but voluntary donations will go to CrimeStoppers.

Tomorrow is Greener Golden day.  If you pre-ordered a garden-in-a-box, pick it up between 9AM and noon at 1445 10th St.  Individual xeric plants and water wise products will also be available for sale.  While you’re there, tour the Golden Community Garden, have garden questions answered by CSU Extension Master Gardeners & Master Composters., and learn about the City’s Environmental Services programs.  Pick up free compost to amend your garden soil!  Bring your own container–buckets, trash cans, etc.

May Day! May Day!

Here’s your preview of May events in Golden:

Sun 5/1 – Golden Pride Days, Geology Museum Book, Map, and Mineral Sale, Blazing Saddles at the Ace Hi
5/1 through 5/5 – Spring yard waste collection for those on the City waste collection program
Mon 5/2 – STEM Girls: Robotics & Gears at the Library  *
Tues 5/3Visitors Center open house, Teen Movie Time at the Library  *
Weds 5/4 – Classes at the Fairgrounds: Gardening with Pollinators and Native Plant Landscaping, DIY Kids at the Library  *, TriceraTOTs, Volunteer Fair at the Visitors Center
Thurs 5/5 – Public hearing regarding the downtown bronzes; Ladies Only Sample Tour; A Night on Magic Mountain; Geology Museum Lecture: Uranium Fever
Fri 5/6 – Space Mission Mars Workshop for kids at the Community Center, Free admission to the museums; opening of new Quilt Museum exhibit; dance concert at the high school
Sat 5/7Grand Opening for Arbor Anglers, Used Bicycle Roundup, Pedal Pushers Demo Day, ; guided walks from the Visitors Center, STEM Girls at the Library: Circuits and Electricity  *, First Golden Super Cruise of the Season, West Side Live! Presents Athena Project: Sheltered; Golden Community Choir Concert
Sun 5/8 – Mothers Day, Book signing at Wings of Eagles (Robert McLaughlin, author of Magic Mountain)
Mon 5/9MOMS Club of Golden
Tues 5/10Golden Beer Talks, Railroad Museum Book Club: The Signal Man by Charles Dickens, Lego Play & Build at the Library  *
Weds 5/11 – Presentation at the Mountaineering Center: 20 Peaks in 30 Days, Live Action Angry Birds at the Library  *, League of Women Voters meeting with the County Commissioners, Making Japanese Seed Bracelets at the History Center
Thurs 5/12 – Making Japanese Seed Bracelets at the History Center, DIY Lab at the Library  *, GHS Pops Concert, Spring Commencement at Mines (MS and PhD)
Fri 5/13 – Commencement at Mines (undergraduate), GHS Pops Concert, Whisk(e)y release party at State-38 Distillery
Sat 5/14 – Stamp Out Hunger (food donation pickup for the Golden Christian Action Guild), Doggie Sniff & Social at Lions Park, Greener Golden celebration and Garden-in-a-Box pickup, GoFarm Spring Up! event, Fun with Fiber – Quilt Museum, Gravity Blast Workshop at the Golden Community Center, Town Hall Meeting with State Rep Jessie Danielson
Sun 5/15 – Woodstove Cooking Class at the Clear Creek History Park, Making Musical Notes with Heather at the Golden History Center, Making Japanese Seed Bracelets at the History Center
Tues 5/17 – Lego Play & Build at the Library  *, Book Group at the Library: A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawkin  *
Weds 5/18 – DIY Kids at the Library  *, Jeffco Innovators Workshop at Holidaily Brewing Company
Thurs 5/19 – Thirsty Thursday at the Mountaineering Museum, DIY Lab at the Library
Fri 5/20 – Biloxi Blues Opens at Miners Alley, 6th Annual Golden Games on Clear Creek, Golden High School graduation, Golden Landmarks Association’s Living Landmarks Dinner
Sat 5/21 – Magnificent Moms and Model Trains at the Railroad Museum, Old House Vintage Market, Golden Games continues
Sun 5/22 – Golden Games (final day)
Tues 5/24 – Feed Your Brain Nutrition program at the Library  *, Lego Play & Build at the Library  *, Front Porch Book Club: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Weds 5/25 – Making Japanese Seed Bracelets at the History Center, GoFarm Local Food Share Program at the Library  *
Thurs 5/26 – Program at the Mountaineering Center – Skiing the Centennials, DIY Explorers at the Library  *, DIY Lab  *
Fri 5/27 – Golden Gate Grange Rummage and Bake Sale, Wee DIY at the Library  *
Sat 5/28 – Grow the Rainbow: wildflower event at the Clear Creek History Park
Mon 5/30 – Memorial Day
Tues 5/31 – Lego Play & Build at the Library  *, First Golden Bike Cruise of the Year

* Click here for descriptions of all library events

Spring topics

This is the first day of spring–and a proper spring day it is, with rapidly-melting snow and predicted high in the mid-50s.


Every year, the Regional Air Quality Council sponsors a lawnmower trade-in, to encourage homeowners to get rid of gas-powered engines in favor of electric mowers.  They offer low-priced mowers, and give an extra discount to people who turn in gas mowers.  There are two catches–first, they have a limited number of mowers, so you can’t delay if you want to reserve one.  Second, you have to leave Golden (I know, I can hardly stand to type those words) to pick up the new mower.  They have their pickup sites in such exotic foreign climes as Loveland, Commerce City, and Aurora.  Still, if you want to learn more, visit

Xeric garden-in-a-box

Don’t forget the city-sponsored garden-in-a-box program.  Order a complete, water-efficient garden with a $25 discount through this website:

Box gardens promote saving water

By Jennifer Rios

To learn more or buy kits

Visit Conservation

Garden in a Box kits go on sale to the general public March 3.

As February melts away and home owners begin to think of their gardens, a local nonprofit is encouraging residents to remember to conserve water…  Read more…

May Events

Here are some of the calendar highlights for the coming month.  For more information, see the calendar.

Today – May 1st
Opening night reception for the Quilt Museum’s new show.  Free.
Story concert at the Mountaineering Center
2 – Golden Pride Days
Golden Town Hall
Golf Tournament to support GHS football
Golden Community Choir Concert
Golden Super Cruise
3 – Golden Pride Days
Full Moon Yoga at North Table Mountain Park
7 – Ladies Only Sample Tour
One Act Plays at Golden High School
Lecture at the Geology Museum – Silverton Mining District
8 – Spring Commencement at the School of Mines
Improv Show at Golden High School
9 – Dinosaur Discovery Days at Dinosaur Ridge
Introduction to Blacksmithing at Clear Creek History Park
Mothers Day Celebration and National Train Day at the Railroad Museum
Have You Met Your Local Raptors? at North Table Mountain Park
10 – Mothers Day
12 – Golden Beer Talks: Legend of the Lost Locust
14 – Pops concert at Golden High School
15 – Pops concert at Golden High School
Golden Games
16 – Golden Games
Greener Golden Event (Garden in a Box delivery)
West Side Live! presents After Midnight
17 – Jefferson Symphony Concert
With the Right Hat, Nothing Else Matters at the Clear Creek History Park
Golden Games
20 – Golden Blue Drinks: Colorado Ocean Coalition
21 – Thirsty Thursday at the Mountaineering Museum
Representative Jessie Danielson at Mountain Toad for News and Brews
22 – Golden High School Graduation
Brighton Beach Memoirs opens at Miners Alley Playhouse
23 – Opening day at The Splash waterpark
25 – Memorial Day
26 – Golden (Bike) Cruise
29 – Celebrity Read-a-Thon at the Jefferson County Building
Golden Landmarks Association’s Living Landmarks Dinner

Green Topics

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

If you want to reserve a space at the community garden next to Natural Grocers in Golden, plan to attend tomorrow night’s planning meeting, held at the store from 5:30-7. Shannon Spurlock, Community Initiatives Coordinator at Denver Urban Gardens will walk you through the steps of reserving a spot at the community garden and answer any questions you may have.  Natural Grocers is located at 2401 Ford St. (map)

The City’s annual tree sale is currently underway. Trees available this year include Peking tree lilac, Big Tooth maple, ‘Hot Wings’ Tatarian maple, Washington hawthorn, Chanticleer pear, Goldenraintree, Turkish filbert, Shumard oak and Bur oak.  The tree lilac, both maples, the Bur oak and the filbert are sold in approximately 15 gallon containers and are priced at $80-$90 dollars each. The hawthorn, pear, Goldenraintree and Shumard oak come in approximately 7 gallon containers and cost $55 each.  Quantities are limited, with a total of only 56 trees available, and purchases are limited to a total of 5 trees per customer.  Learn more….

Drought-tolerant Gardens-in-a-Box are now available from the resource conservation center.  This, too, is an annual program made available through the City.  If you get your water from the City of Golden, you’re eligible for a $25 discount on each garden.  Learn more….