Here’s when Polar Express Train Ride tickets go on sale in Golden

GOLDEN, Colo. — If you haven’t had the chance to ride aboard a train in Colorado’s gorgeous landscape, we may have found the best reason yet to consider it – mostly if you have little ones.

The Colorado Railroad Museum is continuing its tradition of “The Polar Express Train Ride” for 2019… Read more…

Polar Express, Stress, and Avalanches

Election Day is FINALLY HERE!  Need any helping figuring out how to vote?  ALL voting services are available at the Voter Service and Polling Center in City Council Chambers, at City Hall, 911 10th Street, which allow you to:

  • Vote in Person
  • Ballot drop off
  • Request a new or replacement ballot
  • Change voter registration information – also available online at
  • Register to vote – also available online at
  • Accessible voting equipment


This season’s Polar Express starts on Thursday and they’re nearly sold out already!  They need volunteers, so you can help create the magic.  If you can help, contact!


Tonight from 6-7, the Library is hosting Discovering Your Wellness:  Managing Holiday Stress.  Coaches Glitz and Susan of Uninhibited Wellness will present ways of reducing the many stressors that seem to be all too common in our lives during the holiday season. We’ll discuss methods of navigating the pressures of holiday eating, gift buying, family gatherings, and parties to rekindle the fire and warmth to which the holiday season should be dedicated. Come and share your stories with us and find solutions that will keep your spirits high through the New Year! Open to the public.

Bent Gate is hosting a FREE Avalanche awareness classroom clinic tomorrow night (11/9) from 6-7:30, covering topics such as identifying hazards, observing weather, terrain and snowfall, and self-rescue. This class is a perfect introduction for novices and also a great early season refresher for more experienced BC travelers. The class is open to the public and FREE of charge. No registration is required.

Documentaries, museums, plays, and train rides

Waking the Sleeping Giant - documentary about money, politics, and the 2016 election

Our former mayor, Jacob Smith, is producing a documentary regarding inequality, the role of money in politics, and the 2016 presidential campaign.  You can view a preview and support this project by visiting

Coors exhibit at the Golden History Center

The Golden History Center’s Coors exhibit, Calendar Girls to Cowboys: The Art of Selling Coors will be closing on January 3rd.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you’d better hurry!  It’s not often that you’re invited to shoot pool at a museum exhibit.

Miners Alley’s Christmas play, A Tuna Christmas, is sold out, but there may be a few single tickets still available.  Call the box office (303-935-3044) to check.  The Railroad Museum’s Polar Express is also sold out, but again, there are a few single tickets available.  They have had a few group cancellations, making tickets available at the last minute.  The best way to watch for that is through their facebook page.

December Highlights

Polar Express at the Railroad Museum (through 12/23)
Tuna Christmas at Miners Alley Playhouse (through 12/20)
Holiday Window Display Contest
Holiday Art Mart at Foothills Art Center (through 12/31)
Christian Action Guild Toy Drive
The Story of the Nutcracker at Miners Alley Children’s Theater (through 12/19)

Game Lounge for Tweens – Golden Library
After School Fun – Golden Library
Ornament Night at Art on the Brix
DIY Explorers Club – Golden Library
Candlelight Walk
Homestead Holidays
Holiday Whale of a Used Book Sale – Golden Library
Nutcracker Ballet at Golden High School
MineCraft – Desert Island at the Community Center
Soaps & Cider Fund-raiser for Foothills Animal Shelter at Spinster Sisters
Pottery Sale at Golden History Center
Fund-raiser for the Christian Action Guild at Bob’s Atomic Burgers
Olde Golden Christmas Parade
Dog Cart Rides
Pictures with Santa
Dino Ridge Holiday Party
JSO Holiday Concert
Golden Community Choir Holiday Concert
Hanukkah begins
Holiday House Tour
Children’s Victorian Christmas Ornaments at the Golden History Center
CSM Orchestra Concert at the Green Center
Colorado Gives Day
Golden Beer Talks with City Manager Jason Slowinski
Nature’s Gift Workshop @ LMNC
Nature’s Gift Workshop @ LMNC
Student & Teacher Art Sale at Golden High School
Thirsty Thursday @ AMM
Friends of the CSM Geology Museum Lecture
Colorado Blues Society Members Choice Awards at Buff Rose
Golden High School Holiday Concert
Olde Golden Christmas Events (hayrides, dog cart rides, carollers)
Breakfast with Santa
Book-signing at Baby Doe’s:  Olde Golden Christmas by Barb Warden
Hanukkah ends
Holiday Sing-a-long at the Community Center
Golden Library Book Group
CSM 2015 Fall Commencement for Graduate Students
Lecture: Holiday Customs in Early CO at Golden History Center
CSM 2015 Fall Commencement for Undergraduates
Winter Break Begins for Jeffco Public Schools
Cupcake Walk with the Jazz Cats at Windy Saddle
Olde Golden Christmas events (hayrides, dog cart rides, pictures with Santa, carolers, Celtic Music at Meyer Hardware)
Solstice Yoga at PranaTonic
Ornament making at Windy Saddle Cafe
Young Readers Club at the Library
Merry Christmas!
Lecture: Non-Dinosaurs at Dinosaur Ridge
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at Golden Library

Inexorably, it comes


Ready or not, Christmas is coming to Golden!  The Railroad Museum is giving their first Polar Express Train Ride tonight.  Those tickets sell out quickly (many days are already sold out), so if you’re interested in riding the Polar Express, buy your tickets now!


Foothills Art Center’s Holiday Art Mart opens this weekend.  They’re holding a members-only opening tomorrow night (Friday the 13th), and the Market opens to the public on Saturday.


Miners Alley Playhouse opens their holiday play, A Tuna Christmas, this weekend.  The play will be performed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 20th.  This will also be a hot ticket, so if you have a particular date in mind, buy your tickets early!

Polar Express returns to Golden Railroad Museum

By Christy Steadman

Come take a trip to the North Pole at the Colorado Railroad Museum this holiday season.

The Polar Express Train Ride will be offered Nov. 12—Dec. 23 for families and lovers of the classic children’s tale…  Read more….

The “Ayes” have it: preview of November events

Thanks for all the replies to my question regarding a beginning-of-the-month preview.  I had many responses asking for the preview, one pointing out that I misused the term Daylight Saving Time, and one suggesting that  I use my copious free time to also include horoscopes, handy hints, NASA Asteroid Watch, and Kardashian news (thanks Michael).

So here’s your preview of November events.  Remember that I get all of these events from my calendar, which appears on the home page of, so always check there for more information and things I may not have included in this list.

Week of November 2nd
Fall yard waste pickup on your normal trash collection day
Teen Writing Group at the Golden Library
Election day!
Bonfils Blood Drive at the Golden Library
Triceratots at Dinosaur Ridge
4th, 11, 18th – After School Fun at the Library, ages 6-11
Planning Commission will consider a request to permanently close Arapahoe St between 13th & 14
Public Art Commission will consider getting rid of the Bears on the south side of the Creek, Kids Sledding at 10th  Illinois, the deer on the north side of the Creek, the little girl in the garden west of the Clear Creek History Park, and the rodeo kids on the south side of the Creek near Washington Avenue.
DIY Explorers Club at the Library, grades 6-8
League of Women Voters Legislative Session
Tom Noel at the Railroad Museum – Railroading in the Rockies: A Grand Tour Aboard Colorado’s Surviving Passenger Railroads
CSM Geology Museum lecture: “A Cook’s Tour of Colorado’s Glacial and Periglacial Features” by Dr. Vince Matthews
5th, 6th, 7th – Golden High School presents “The Addams Family”
Concert at the Arthur Lakes Library: CSM Traditional Chinese Band
Class at the Library: Getting the Most Out of Your Library Catalog and Website
Open Reception for the new show at the Quilt Museum – “In the British Tradition: Quilts by Carolyn Konig
Holiday Craft & Bake Sale at Golden Terrace Village Communities Clubhouse
PAWS for Reading at the Library
Night at the Museums – free admission at the Golden History Center (4:30-8), Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (5-8), and Dinosaur Ridge (5-10)
Move Your Phi’t 5K to support women
From Trash to Treasures – Recycling Holiday Greeting Cards at the Golden History Center
Sunday at the Quilt Museum – “To Serve and Protect: the Story of Aprons
MOMS Club of Golden meeting
Lego Club at the Library (all ages)
League of Women Voters: Processing of Amending the U.S. Constitution
Public Meeting on the use of unmanned aircraft systems by the City of Golden
Golden Beer Talks – Andrew Novick from NIST discusses the Atomic Clock
Preschool Nature Nuts at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center: Sleepy Black Bears
Jeffco Innovators Workshop – Making a Product or Company Video for your business
Lecture at the Golden History Museum:  Frontier Religion in Early Colorado
Opening night for Polar Express Train Ride at the Railroad Museum
Opening night for “A Tuna Christmas” at Miners Alley Playhouse
Holiday Art Market opens at Foothills Art Center
PAWS for Reading at the Library
Quilt Museum presents Kids Saturday Morning Make at Take: Greetings of the Season
Golden Civic Foundation Dinner and Auction
Colorado Mountain Club’s 23rd Annual Backcountry Bash
A Fancy Nancy Tea Party at the Golden Library
Golden Library Tuesday Night Book Group:  Orphan Trian
Back Country 101 + Avy Beacon Practice at Bent Gate Mountaineering
Thirsty Third Thursday at the Mountaineering Museum
Concert at the Arthur Lakes Library:  Armando Lopez and Jazz Combo – 1930s jazz and swing
Advanced Care Babysitting class at the Golden Community Center
Mountain Lions at Lookout Mountain Nature Center
2nd Greatest Red Carpet Premiere
Lecture at Dinosaur Ridge: Non-Dinosaur Reptiles
Young Readers Club at the Golden Library
Small Business Saturday & Elf Parade
Win a $500 Golden shopping spree in the Golden Elf Contest
5K Elf Run
Golden authors book-signing at the Golden History Center

Polar Express Photos

The Colorado Railroad Museum’s inaugural year of The Polar Express was a triumph.  Rick Bernstein retired as the Executive Director of Miners Alley Playhouse about a year ago, and went on to produce this extravaganza for the Railroad Museum.  The Museum had hoped to sell about 5,000 tickets for this first year, but in the end it sold more than 7,000!  By the end of the first week of operation, tickets were sold out for the entire run.  Congratulations to Rick Bernstein and Donald Tallman (Railroad Museum Executive Director) for an artistic and financial triumph.

Ace Photographer Dave Powers was on hand at last night’s final performance to capture some of the magic of the Polar Express experience.  See Dave’s photos on the facebook page.

November Events in Golden

Here’s a quick overview of some of the major events in town for the rest of the month.  For the details, see the calendar!

International Day at Colorado School of Mines
Night at the Museums – free admission to 6 local museums
Jefferson Symphony recital @ the Methodist church
Sunday at the Museum lecture at the Quilt Museum
OLLI Open House (adult education)
Golden Beer Talks
Movie Night @ AMC
Blood Drive at the Golden Library
Jeffco Innovators Workshop
Opening day for Foothills Art Center Holiday Art Mart
Golden Civic Foundation Auction
Railroad Museum Open Car Day
22nd Annual Backcountry Bash at the Mountaineering Center
1st Annual Golden Community Harvest Dinner
Colorado Ocean Coalition
Totally 12th Night – a play at the Golden High School
Thirsty Third Thursday at the Mountaineering Museum
NREL Walking Tour
Mockingjay Release Party for teens at the Library
Mines Seasonal Sing
Opening night for Polar Express Train Ride at the Railroad Museum
Golden Shop Small Holly-Day Event
Golden Window Display Contest
Be a Tool 5K Run and Elf Parade