Golden’s softball twins are double trouble for opponents

By Dennis Pleuss

GOLDEN — The offensive numbers Golden’s identical twins Makayla and Makenzie Middleton have put up the previous three seasons on the softball field is mind boggling.

The Middleton twins have combined for 247 hits, 206 RBIs and 43 home runs over the past three seasons… Read more…

Becoming a GHS Demon

By Christy Steadman

This year’s nearly 400 incoming freshmen at Golden High School spent a full day acclimating to becoming a high schooler on Aug. 14 through the LINK program’s freshmen orientation… Read more…

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

What To Do On A Thursday

City Council has a study session tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. No public comment is taken at study sessions. They will be reviewing the City’s 2018 budget. City Council and Staff develop budgets in two year cycles. The first year of the cycle involves more planning and policy discussion. They strive to anticipate all budget needs for the next two years. The second year is supposed to require less planning and discussion, with adjustments being made to accommodate changes. This is the second year in the cycle, so should require few changes.

On the revenue side, we continue to make more in sales and use tax than anticipated (a great problem to have) and property tax revenue has increased as well.

As far as expenses–health care costs for employees continue to rise. The Planning department will spend an extra $200K to develop a Transportion plan and a Historic Preservation Plan, and to establish a Rental Assistance Program as part of the Affordable Housing Initiative.

The City wants to add several full-time positions: Long Range Planner, Engineering Inspector, Police Captain, Two Patrol Officers, Fire Operations Officer, Senior Maintenance Worker, Aquatics Specialist. In addition, they plan to reclassify some of the Police Department employees and to increase wages for part-time employees.

To view the operating budget, including the numbers from 2015, 2016, and 2017 for comparison purposes, see the meeting packet.

They will also discuss a request that the city develop “single track” dirt trails in addition to the paved trails that we already have.

They will conclude with an executive session (closed to the public) to discuss possible purchase of two pieces of property–one at Heritage Road and Berthoud Way, and one at 23rd Street and Vernon Road.

The meeting will be shown live through the city website and on cable channel 8, and of course, you can attend in person.

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Live Music

In case you don’t find City Council as enthralling as I do, there are several live music options tonight:

GOLDEN HOTEL – Clear Creek Jazz Quartet, 6-9PM
GOLDEN HIGH SCHOOL – Instrumental Concert at 7PM
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM

Musical Weekend

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Lots of music in town this weekend.  Tomorrow night’s concert at the High School has been postponed until next Tuesday, the 17th, at 7PM.  Tonight’s 7PM concert at the High School is still on.

– DJ Phat Staxxx 8PM
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM

THE BUFFALO ROSE – DJ EvAAA 4PM and Iron Maidens at 7PM
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM

ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM

THE BUFFALO ROSE – James Speiser 2PM

College Fair at the High School

Golden High School is hosting a mini-college fair tonight from 6-8PM.  This fair is intended for all grade levels! Regional Representatives from several schools will be available to answer questions and provide information on their schools. Some of the schools that are confirmed to attend: Cornell College, Saint Louis University, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, University of Arkansas, University of Missouri, University of Oklahoma.

After the College Fair, the Regional Representatives will facilitate the following small group sessions:
Finding your Fit: Private vs. Public Schools
The Selective Admissions Process
Intercollegiate Athletics and the Student/Athlete (NCAA & NAIA)
Performing and Visual Arts
Paying for College: Financial Aid/scholarship

Hosted by the Regional Officers of Admission of the Rockies

Something For Everyone Tonight / Homes Tour Tomorrow

Lions Park - Golden Colorado

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….

Civic Engagement, a Madwoman, and More…

Creekside Path - Golden Colorado

If you ever find yourself considering Golden issues–growth, affordable housing, traffic calming, historic preservation, sustainability–and wondering who made those decisions?  why didn’t they see it my way–the right way?–you should be following local government more closely!

Start tonight!  The Leadership Golden Candidates Forum takes place tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers and will be broadcast live on the city website and cable channel 8.  Each candidate will make an opening statement, answer a series of questions about current issues, and make a closing statement.  It’s a perfect opportunity to compare and contrast your choices.

Ward 1:
Robert W. Reed
Micah Allen

Ward 2:
Deborah Ann Deal
Paul Haseman
Daniel Sung
Josh Thompson

Ward 3:
Jim Dale (unopposed)

Ward 4:
Mikey Sheridan
Laura Weinberg

Madwoman of Chaillot at Golden High SchoolGolden High School’s State Right Productions will be performing The Madwoman of Chaillot this weekend.  The Prospector, the Broker, the Baron, and the Chairwoman of the Board have discovered oil beneath the streets of Paris and seek to destroy whatever they must in order to get it. It falls to the Madwoman of Chaillot, an eccentric countess who acts as the core of creative thought, and the everyday people of Paris to stop the darkness from taking control of their world.  Tickets: $8 – $10  Performances will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7, and a matinee Saturday at 2.

Foothills Art Center - Golden ColoradoFoothills Art Center is hosting aerialist Jill Scott, who will interpret the current show, Street Fonts and Funk from 6-8PM.  Free for members and regular admission for non-members.

The Geology Museum’s monthly lecture will be tonight at 6:30 in the Ben Parker Student Center.  The topic: “An Overview of Current Research in Extractive Metallurgy and Mineral Processing at the Colorado School of Mines” by Dr. Patrick R. Taylor, P.E., FASMLearn more….

The Colorado Mountain Club’s Radical Reels Film Festival starts tonight and will run through Saturday.  Grab your tickets and hang on to your seat for the best jaw-dropping mountain sport films on skiing, boarding, climbing, biking, kayaking and more – all brought to life on the big screen.

Jeffco Public Schools Early Learning Round-Up & Open House

Jeffco Public Schools is hosting the Early Learning Round-Up & Open House on Thursday, October 12, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Golden High School (701 24th St., Golden, 80401) to give families an opportunity to find the best school for their child’s needs…  Read more…

Local woman helps raise money to provide clean water in Malawi

By Holly Graham

Access to clean water isn’t a concern for many Americans. We turn a knob in our homes, and water flows out a faucet. But one Golden-area resident focuses on water every day. Not for her family or friends, but for people she’s never met — people who live on the other side of the world…  Read more…

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