From trails in a dirt lot, to a world-spanning sport

By John Akal

Although I wouldn’t exactly call myself a pioneer of the sport, I can say that my friends and I used to ride our stingray bikes on the trails around Golden well before anyone ever thought of something called a mountain bike. Back in the late 1960’s the trails were pretty much the domain of hikers and horses or maintenance crews for power and telephone lines… Read more…

Trail stewardship, bikes and community celebrated

By Christy Steadman

Across its entire trail network, Jefferson County Open Space attracts about seven million people annually… Read more…

Bikes, Cars, Singing, and Redevelopment

Sidewalk Sale in Golden Colorado

Yesterday’s sidewalk sale was fun–I ran into a lot of friends and Dave Powers got some nice photos.  View them on our Facebook page.

The Golden Giddyup Mountain Bike Race will be happening today, starting at 7:30, and it will be celebrated this afternoon in Lions Park (map).  Whether you’re riding the Giddyup event or not, it will be a fun day of bluegrass, beers, and bikes at Lions Park on Sunday afternoon, with dozens of great bike brands displaying their wares, and fun for all ages.  The Expo will be set up in Lions Park from 10-6, the Beer Garden & Lunch will be open from 11-4, and Rapidgrass will play from 1:30-3 and again from 4:30-5:30.  The awards will be presented between 3 and 4:430.  Learn more….

Golden Real Estate will have lots of electric cars on hand today between 10 and 3, so if you’ve been thinking about buying one, this is a good opportunity to see a bunch of them all in one place, talk to their owners, and ride in them.

Don’t forget the Quilt Museum’s Sunday at the Museum lecture at 2PM.

The Golden Concert Choir will have their first rehearsal of the year tomorrow night, starting at 6:30.  If you enjoy singing and would like to do it in company, consider joining the community choir.  Learn more….

At tomorrow night’s GURA meeting, the board will discuss a possible redevelopment project on Colfax. Confluence–the company that built the 8th Street Apartments and proposed a commercial “dormitory” building across from Safeway–is trying to acquire property on West Colfax.

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.

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

REI gives $30,000 to support Jefferson County mountain bike trails

By Jason Blevins

REI is investing $30,000 in Jefferson County mountain bike trails.

The retailer has joined the Golden Giddyup trails team — more 150 trail-building volunteers who have spent 2,000 hours rebuilding and maintaining Golden-area bike trails since the devastating floods of 2013 — to continue the bike trail work at Jefferson County parks…  Read more…

Jeffco Open Space Trail closures this Sunday

There will be a number of trails closed to the public this Sunday, September 18 from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Golden Giddyup mountain bike festival…  Read more…

Preview of September Events

Another interesting month in Golden!  For the details on these events, see the calendar.

Tiny Home Expo at the Library
Have you met your local raptor? at the Nature Center
Furry Friends Social at the Green Paw
Quilt til You Wilt at Golden Quilt Company
Coffee with Councilor Charis-Graves
Homesteaders Day at the Clear Creek History Park
Golden Super Cruise
Last day to sign up for Be A Tool Neighborhood Rehab Project
Bonfils Blood Drive at the Library
TriceraTOTs at Dinosaur Ridge
Trout Unlimited Meeting
Spark! at Mines-Politics of Energy
Backyard Bluegrass Series at Columbine Bar
Geology Museum Lecture: A Rock of Consequence
Best Herbs & Spices to Fight Inflammation at Earth Sweet Botanicals
God of Carnage opens at Miners Alley
Day Out with Thomas – 10th & 11th
Safety & Preparedness Day at the Fire Department
Marketing Your Art – Foothills Art Center
Courthouse Hill Walking Tour – History Center
Spanish Time at the Library
Legend of Sleepy Hollow opens at Miners Alley
Neighborhood Rehab Project
Golden author at the Library
MS Hootenanny Fundraiser at the Buffalo Rose
Golden Concert Choir Membership Night
Railroad Museum Book Club
Golden Beer Talks: 100% Renewable Energy Generation
Jeffco Innovators Workshop – Gunslingers
Geology Museum Open House
Rain Barrel Talk with State Rep Jesse Danielson
Epic Events – Exhibit Opening for History Museum’s new Timeline Exhibit
Thirsty Thursday at the Mountaineering Museum
Beer Class at Golden City Brewery – Oktoberfest
NREL Walking Tour
Ribbing Cutting at GTO Physical Therapy
Day Out with Thomas at the Railroad Museum – 17th&18th
Old House Vintage Market in Parfet Park
Golden Choirs Garage Sale
Toby’s Pet Parade at Foothills Animal Shelter
Art Marketing Class at Foothills Art Center
3rd Anniversary – Barrels & Bottles
Golden Oktoberfest
80th Anniversary Campaign Launch and Black & White Night Gala
A celebration of Hops at Cannonball Creek
Buffalo Bill’s Western Roundup at Buffalo Bill Museum
Movie vs. Book – Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy at Library
Golden Giddyup / Mountain Bike Festival
Gold Rush Walking Tour – Golden History Museum
Family Lab at the Library
In Plein Site Kickoff Exhibition at the Courthouse
Colorado Railroad Museum Storytime and Craft
Questions about Medicare at the Library
Book Group at the Library – Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
Sewing 101 Class at The Stitching Factory
Golden High School Homecoming Parade and Game
Freaky Friday at the Library
Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening at the Woodhouse Day Spa
Laughs for Love at the Mountaineering Center
Social Media for Artists at Foothills Art Center
Raise a Reader at the Library
Make Ahead Meals at Earth Sweet Botanicals
Day Out with Thomas – 24th & 25th
SPARK! Alzheimer’s Association event at Foothills Art Center
Golden Gallop
STEM Girls at the Library
Golden Bike Cruise – 1970s Costumes
Community Needle-Free Flu Shot Day
Central City Lecture at the History museum
Ski Season Kickoff Party at the Mountaineering Center
Drumline Concert
Free Food Talk on Fiber at Earth Sweet Botanicals

For the first time ever, JeffCo Open Space is closing its trails for an event. This event.

Cyclists from Yeti Cycles enjoy their lunch hour daily ride on trails at Apex Park in Jefferson county in Golden, Colorado on August 6, 2015. Photo by Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)

The first-ever Golden Giddyup mountain bike event in September will traverse three trails around around Golden, marking the first time Jefferson County Open Space has closed trails for an event…  Read more…