‘Once’ is more than might be expected

By Clarke Reader

The common perception of musicals is that they’re lavish song-and-dance productions that prize boldness and glitz over substance. That has never been completely true, but those ideas completely come apart when it comes to “Once.”

Based on John Carney’s 2007 film, starring Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (who also wrote the music), the show is a startlingly intimate story about music as human connection and love (both unfulfilled and not)… Read more…

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

Various Ways to Spend Money

Most of the remaining performances of A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley are sold out, but as of Tuesday night, there are still seats available on Thursday the 14th, Friday the 15th, Tuesday the 19th, and Wednesday the 20th.

Tonight is the first meeting for the new Golden Investment Forum Task Force. They’ll meet at 6PM in City Council Chambers, so the meeting should be broadcast live. This group is charged with reviewing all the things we’ve accumulated on our long term shopping list, such as more open space, more trails, more affordable housing, more parks, better sidewalks, a bigger waterpark, a new city hall, an arts center, and on and on…. The shopping list has evolved from lots of public meetings where we’ve said, “This would be nice, and so would this, and so would that.”

This new task force will be looking at that long wish list, figuring out what those things would cost, and trying to find out whether the community wants them badly enough to pay for them. If so, where would we get the additional funding? Raise sales tax? Add a lodging tax? Increase property tax? Raise admission fees?

Or we could decide we don’t want any of that stuff badly enough to pay for it.

The task force has an interesting set of problems to work through. The City has acquired a new online tool that’s designed to solicit public input, and this “investment forum” process will be their first trial of the new tool…so that should be interesting too.

The Colorado Teen Project, Golden Colorado

The Colorado Teen Project is a Golden-based non-profit organization. Their mission is to support foster kids as they “age out” of the system by providing mentors. This group is having a fund-raiser this weekend–a private screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Saturday afternoon at 2PM at the Colorado Mills Theater. There will be Star Wars characters at the event, providing great photo ops. The Golden community is invited to this private showing. The $25 tickets are a tax-deductible donation to The Colorado Teen Project. If you can’t make it, consider purchasing a Pay It Forward ticket for the kids in foster care. The Colorado Teen Project is also looking for sponsors. Promotion for sponsors will include acknowledgement on banners, press releases, and the organization’s website. For more information about sponsorship, please contact Lori Fuqua Gregory, Executive Director.

Golden Kiwanis Club

Remember the hurricane that rocked Puerto Rico in September? The Kiwanis Club of Golden is sponsoring a drive to provide food for the hurricane victims in Humacao, Puerto Rico. The club has a contact in Humacao, in that the son of one of the club members lives there. This Saturday, the Golden Kiwanis will lead a team to pack up to 40,000 high-energy meals to send to Puerto Rico. Would you like to contribute to the cost of the meals? The Kiwanis club will match all donations up to $2500. Contribute here….

Do it while you can!

Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center

Have you visited the Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center? They have hand-crafted pieces by dozens of artists, in a wide range of prices. This is, of course, a major fund-raiser for the Art Center. Foothills is open from 12-5 today and 10-5 every other day of the week.  The Holiday Art Market runs through December 30th. Go see them!

The Golden History Museum is about to close down for several months while they remodel, so you should make a point of getting in there before December 30th to see the current exhibits.

The Buffalo Bill Museum will be changing out their exhibit, “A Better Place Could Hardly Have Been Chosen” at the first of the year, so you only have about 3 weeks left to see it.

Miners Alley Playhouse will perform A Christmas Carol twice today–at 1 and again at 6.  This play runs through December 23rd, so you have less than two weeks left to see it.

Free Carriage Rides in Golden ColoradoToday will be sunny and low 60s–a good day for a carriage ride, and perhaps lunch or a bit of shopping downtown. The carriages, which are sponsored by the Golden Chamber, will be giving free rides from 12-3PM.  There’s only one weekend left for the carriage rides, so do it while you can!


The Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship will meet at the library from 2:30-4:30. It’s double the high fiber fun at the Golden Library! Do you sew? Knit? Crochet? Embroider? Spin? Weave? Want to? Come to Golden Library’s DIY Lab on the first Tuesday of the month (and selected Sundays) to show us your work in progress. Or bring a project idea and your curiosity and we’ll get you started. Suitable for: Adults.

Colorado Gives Day


The Library’s DIY Lab will help you make Light-Up Holiday Cards from 5:30-7:30 today.

Jeffco Open Space will be hosting a Beginning Birder’s Orientation tonight from 6-7:30PM. Learn more….

Colorado Gives Day

Tomorrow (Tuesday December 5th) is Colorado Gives Day, which an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.  To encourage people to donate on this particular day, there is a $1 million incentive fund, which is split up amongst the organizations that receive donations on Colorado Gives Day.

Want to participate?  You have from midnight tonight till midnight tomorrow night.  Here are some organizations that benefit Golden, specifically.  Apologies if I missed any.  You can search for organizations through the Colorado Gives home page.

American Alpine Club
Bell Middle School PTA
Christian Action Guild
Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Colorado Mountain Club
Colorado Railroad Museum
Community Faith in Action
Foothills Art Center
Free Horizon Montessori
Friends of Dinosaur Ridge
Friends of Golden History Museums
Friends of the Foothills Animal Shelter
Friends of the Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Backpack Program
Golden Civic Foundation
Golden High School PTA
Golden Landmarks Association
Golden Optimists: Bikes for People Who Need Them…
Golden Schools Foundation
Golden Visitors Center
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra
Leadership Golden Alumni Association
Miners Alley Playhouse
Public Elk Art
Ralston PTA
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Shelton Elementary Arts and Music After School Program
The Action Center
The Horse Protection League
The Spark City Bus! (mobile children’s museum)

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

Festive Friday

Colorado School of Mines Campus - Golden Colorado

The Golden History Museum will offer a walking tour of the School of Mines campus at 11:30 this morning.

Don’t forget the Beautiful Junk Sale at the Fairgrounds. The proceeds support the Jeffco Action Center. Friday 8:30-7 and Saturday 8-4.

Tonight’s Music
The Buffalo Rose – Brian Hornbuckle at 3:30PM, Wolf Fest at 7PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Brant Williams at 8-11PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Midnight Growlers at 5-9PM
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke at 9PM
Bob’s Atomic Burgers – Music and Art at 9PM

There are only 3 weeks left to see Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) at Miners Alley Playhouse: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 1 and 6. (I’m going tonight!) The Miners Alley Children’s Theater is showing The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Saturdays at 11 and 1 from now through Saturday October 25th.

Colorado School of Mines Homecoming

The School of Mines Homecoming Parade will take place tomorrow morning at 9AM on Illinois Street between 18th and Clear Creek. Their Homecoming Football Game against Fort Lewis College will be at noon in the Marv Kay Stadium.

Mid-Week Buzz

ukuleleThe Library is having a ukulele jam session from 6-7:30 tonight. From 6:15-7:15, Bent Gate will offer a presentation about mountain climbing by author Garry Harrrington. The Sustainability Board will meet at 6:30 in City Council chambers. They will discuss creating a program that provides energy efficiency advice for businesses and residences.

Tomorrow night
4PM – As part of the School of Mines Homecoming celebration, they will hold the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Coorstek Center. Long pants and close toes shoes are required, as this is still a construction zone.

6PM – RTD Public Meeting at the Community Center. Please come to ask the board and staff to NOT reduce the level of light rail service to Golden.

7PM – City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed Capital Improvement Plan for 2018. If there’s something you think the City should be funding, or something you think they should not be funding, this is the time to mention it. Council will also consider establishing a citizen task force to investigate community priorities with regard to future spending plans.

Buglet Solar  - Golden ColoradoXcel is asking Council to support a plan that would retire some coal-fired power plants but would also affect residents’ ability to install rooftop solar and invest in community solar projects. See the meeting packet to learn more about any of these issues.

7PM – the Colorado Renewable Energy Society will present Dr. David Renné speaking about The Transition to 100% Renewable Energy: Solar’s Role Worldwide. The meeting will be held at the Unitarian Church, 14350 West 32nd Ave. (map).

7:30PM – Miners Alley Playhouse will host the second annual Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret. This is a celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages. This event was created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theater. Come see some of the Denver area’s favorite actors perform selections from amazing shows, such as Cabaret, Chicago, Spring Awakening, Rent, Angels in America, Anything Goes, and Assassins. The performance is FREE, although donations to the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund are appreciated. Reserve your free tickets here.

Golden For All

For Kids
Library Programs - Golden ColoradoThe Library is hosting Wild Wednesday this afternoon from 4-5.  A naturalist from the Lookout Mountain Nature Center will be discussing Colorado wildlife. The program is geared for 6-10 year olds. Every Wednesday and Thursday, Mines Students will be at the library from 4-6 to provide Homework Help to anyone grades 1-12. Tomorrow morning at 11:15, the library will have a Toddler Dance Party.

For Athletes
A Meetup Group (anyone can join) will be taking an evening hike in Apex Park tonight from 5:45-7:45.

The Miles and Smiles Run Club will leave from Holidaily Brewing at 6 for a trail run followed by a happy hour.

The Foothills Running and Cycling Club will have track workouts starting at 5:45 on the Bell Middle School track.

For Spectators

City Council - Golden Colorado
It’s hard for me to grasp, but I’ve heard that some people don’t want to spend their Thursday evenings watching City Council meetings. For those who don’t, there are some alternatives tomorrow night.

Foothills Art Center - Golden Colorado

Foothills Art Center will be hosting Rock Talk from 6-7PM. Meet and engage with the artists of 3 Scientists – 3 Artists – 3 Forms; An Exhibition of Stone. Members Free / Non members pay regular admission.

Improv at Miners Alley Playhouse

Miners Alley will host an improv group at 7:30. What happens when a traditional theatrical scene is “flipped” with improvisational actors? Winning the 2017 Henry award for “Outstanding Improvisational Theatre,” SCRIPTprov™ has also been described as a “wonderful surprise” and “redefining the rules.” We put improv in their scripts; they put scripts in our improv. Hilarity ensues. Learn more….


New Terrain Brewing Company will kick off the 3-day celebration of their 1st Anniversary. Rastasaurus will be playing a free show from 6-9.

Dangerous liaisons, indeed, in Golden

By Gloria Shanstrom

The Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont are rivals who use sex as a weapon of humiliation and degradation. Their targets are the virtuous (and married) Madame de Tourvel and Cécile de Volanges, a young girl who has fallen in love with her music tutor, the Chevalier Danceny…  Read more…