Heart & Soul for Fun & Profit

February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day, Dear Readers!


On behalf of the Golden Cultural Alliance, thank you to City Council, who proclaimed February Heart and Soul of Golden Month at last night’s City Council meeting. Thanks also to the Golden Cultural Alliance Members who were there last night to receive the Proclamation: Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering (Frank Blaha and Marcie Miller), Colorado Railroad Museum (James Smith), Foothills Art Center (Sherry McEachran), Golden Beer Talks (Barb Warden), Golden Chamber of Commerce (Nola Krajewski), Golden Landmarks Association (Bill Litz), and Miners Alley Playhouse (Lisa DeCaro).

Highlights from the Proclamation included the facts that Golden’s Cultural Facilities host about 700,000 visitors per year, that those visitors spend about $28 apiece on other things–shopping, dining, etc.–while they’re in town. In other words, Golden’s Cultural organizations are a gold mine for our local economy. Plus…they make life in Golden a lot more fun!


Today’s Heart and Soul of Golden events are brought to you by the Library, Foothills Art Center, the Railroad Museum, and Miners Alley Playhouse.

9:15AM Baby Time at the Library
10AM Open Studio at Foothills Art Center
10:15AM Toddler Time at the Library
1PM Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum – Railroad Post Office Cars
7:30PM Miners Alley Playhouse – Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune

Other Friday Events:
9:30AM
Recycle Often, Recycle Right! at the Unitarian Church
10AM Free Legal Advice at the Courthouse – Elder Law & Probate
112PM Grandmas on Strike about Climate Change – 10th & Washington
4PM Vaccine, License & Microchip Clinic at Foothills Animal Shelter
7PM Valentine’s Day Celebration at the Golden Gate Grange
8PM Firefall – Just Remember We Love You, Colorado dinner and/or show at the Buffalo Rose

Friday Music:
7-10PM David J. Henning at Buffalo Rose
7PM Groovebirds at Mountain Toad Brewing
8PM Firefall at Buffalo Rose
8PM Karaoke at Smiley’s
9PM Karaoke at Ace Hi Tavern


Preview of Saturday Events:

9AM-2PM Brunch at the Rose – Menu | Reservations
9AM CSU Jefferson County Pollinators & Bee Club at the Fairgrounds
10:15AM Family Time at the Golden Library
10:15AM Walk With a Geologist at Dinosaur Ridge
12PM Golden Philosophy and Spirituality Meetup Group
12PM Relief Printmaking on Fabric for Quilters with Jonathan Nicklow at the Quilt Museum
1PM Hansel & Gretel – Miners Alley Playhouse Children’s Theater
7:30PM Miners Alley Playhouse – Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune

Salacious Events and Parking Requirements

February 13, 2020

Today’s Heart and Soul of Golden events are brought to you by the Library, Dinosaur Ridge, and Miners Alley Playhouse.

9:15AM Baby Time at the Library
10:15AM Toddler Time at the Library
11:15AM Wee Create at the Library
4PM Family Yoga at the Library

7PM Dinosaur Ridge After Dark: Salacious in the Cretaceous
Dinosaur Ridge definitely wins the “Best Event Name” contest with tonight’s Salacious in the Cretaceous. Join us to make dinosaur-themed valentines and then move on to chocolate*! Learn about the molding and casting process before trying your hand with the chocolate molds. The chocolates and appetizers will put you in the mood for the accompanying lecture and discussion, “Salacious in the Cretaceous.” This talk will focus on how dinosaurs mated and courted one another. So yes, we’ll be discussing dinosaur sex! All in all, it will be a delightful, delicious, and decadent night with chocolate, fun coffee, spiked winter drinks, and yummy baked goods! Learn more….

7:30PM Miners Alley Playhouse – Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune
Here’s a nice offer from Miners Alley: throughout Valentine’s Day weekend, tickets to Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune are available on a Buy One/Get One 50% off basis. You can have a romantic date and save money doing it! Learn more….


More Golden Events:
1PM
Chronic Pain & Illness Support Group at the Presbyterian Church
6:15PM Overeaters Anonymous at Natural Grocers (map)
6:30PM Overeaters Anonymous at the Methodist Church (map)

6:30PM City Council Regular Business Meeting
City Council meets tonight in City Council Chambers. They will read a proclamation naming February as Heart and Soul of Golden month (and if you read yesterday’s email, you now know what that means). They will hear a presentation from the Hunger Free Golden Coalition. They will review a request from the owner of 2018 Washington Circle to enlarge the garage such that it will encroach into the required setback from the street. The neighbors objected to this project and the Planning Commission said no, so the owner is appealing to Council. They will consider a proposal from City staff regarding stormwater quality violations. The City wants the ability to impose administrative penalties to violators, as an alternative to taking them to court. They will consider a suggestion by the City attorney that they change Chapter 2.35 of the City code. Frankly, I found the change confusing, but it has something to do with whether they need to take an oath at certain types of public hearings. Finally, City staff will provide an update regarding the Heart of Golden (remodeling the Creek front) project.

Tonight’s Consent Agenda includes three ordinances concerning Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The Planning Commission is striving to increase density in Golden’s residential neighborhoods because they believe adding more housing units within existing neighborhoods will make it cheaper to live in Golden. (To the best of my knowledge, they have not done any outreach to the community to ask whether Golden’s residents want density, but they have been assiduously working to make it happen nonetheless.)

The first ordinance would change the definition of a “household” to define how many individuals can live in a house. The second would allow duplexes to be split up so that each half can also contain an ADU–effectively turning duplexes into fourplexes. The third ordinance says that a homeowner adding an ADU to his property must provide one off-street parking spot. That third one comes with a memo from the Planning Commission saying that they disagree with the parking requirement. They think it you provide parking it will just encourage people to have cars, and if there’s no place to park them, people won’t have cars.

The Commission sent these three ADU ideas to Council last September. Council discussed them in a study session. Some Councilors weren’t entirely comfortable with putting ADUs into duplexes and all said that their constituents insisted on off-street parking for ADUs. They sent them back to the Commission for further consideration.

At their November 20th study session, Planning Commission had a spirited discussion about parking requirements. They concluded that they still believed they were right. The ordinance they sent back to Council says that an ADU must come with a parking spot, but the Planning Commission included a memo explaining why they didn’t agree with the parking requirement. One Commissioner dissented from this opinion. He thinks people still need to be able to park.

It was an interesting discussion, and I encourage you to watch the November 20th Planning Commission meeting. If you don’t have time, here’s a short excerpt:

If you can’t see the video above, click here to watch it on YouTube.

The inclusion of these items in the consent agenda serves as advance notice to the public. The ordinances will be discussed and voted upon at the February 27th City Council meeting.

The Planning Commission will have 5 openings this spring. The one Commissioner who thought we still need parking does not plan to reapply. If you would like to serve on this board, apply here. Applications are due by March 11th.


Tonight’s Music:
6PM
Colin Patrick at Buffalo Rose
6PM Dave Frisk at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
6PM Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs at New Terrain Brewing Company
6PM Open Pick Night at Over Yonder Brewing
7:30PM Albert Castiglia with Zakk DeBono and the Broken Circle at Buffalo Rose
8PM Karaoke at Rock Rest Lodge
9PM Karaoke at Ace-Hi Tavern


Preview of Friday Events:

The Buffalo Rose has a special Valentine’s Day dinner and concert planned. Firefall will be performing! Learn more….


9:15AM Baby Time at the Library
9:30AM Recycle Often, Recycle Right! at the Unitarian Church
10AM Open Studio at Foothills Art Center
10AM Free Legal Advice at the Courthouse – Elder Law & Probate
10:15AM Toddler Time at the Library
12PM Grandmas on Strike about Climate Change – 10th & Washington
1PM Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum – Railroad Post Office Cars
4PM Vaccine, License & Microchip Clinic at Foothills Animal Shelter
7PM Valentine’s Day Celebration at the Golden Gate Grange
7:30PM Miners Alley Playhouse – Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune
8PM Firefall – Just Remember We Love You, Colorado at the Buffalo Rose

GCA Secrets Revealed

February 12, 2020

So What Is “The Golden Cultural Alliance?”
The Golden Cultural Alliance was formed in 1998 so that Golden’s cultural groups could support each other with advice and marketing. February had always been a slow month in Golden, so the GCA offered to liven up the month with special exhibits, concerts, and lectures. We had fewer culturals back then (and far fewer events!). They were run mostly by volunteers, and none of them had significant marketing budgets. Early members of the Cultural Alliance were the Golden Pioneer Museum, Friends of the Astor House, Foothills Art Center, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, and the Jefferson Symphony.

We had a new walking tour brochure that year, leading people through the 12th Street Historic District. The Cultural Alliance decided to promote both the walking tour and the special cultural events by naming February “Heart and Sole” (like a foot) “of Golden Month.” After a few years, the association with the walking tour was lost, so the month was renamed “Heart and Soul of Golden Month.” The footsteps in the artwork lasted several more years, until the jazzy new red heart was designed a few years ago.

Cookbooks
The Cultural Alliance published a hardcover cookbook one year (2003), which included volunteers’ favorite recipes and beautiful photographs of Golden. That book, alas, is long-since out of print.

Sweethearts
For many years, the Cultural Alliance would select a pair of super-volunteers from the community and name them “Golden’s Sweethearts” for the year. The Sweethearts would be invited to exhibit openings, opening nights for plays, symphony concerts, etc. The list of Sweethearts includes many of Golden’s heavy-hitters from the early 2000’s: Pete Smythe & Jacquie Craig, Helen & Hal Leith, Donna and Tom Plummer, Mary & Hal Shelton, Mary & Charlie Ramstetter, Carol & Chuck Baroch, Joy & Jack Brandt, Jean & Ed Dorsey, the entire Tiberi family, Bill and Charlene Pazar, Ted and Frani Bickart, Vern and Vickie Wagner, Carol Christensen, Kathy & Kevin O’Connor, and Heidi Markley. The Sweetheart program lasted through 2013. We still gather and publicize the Heart and Soul of Golden events though!


Today’s Heart and Soul of Golden events are brought to you by the Library and the Golden History Museum–both members of the Golden Cultural Alliance.

9:15AM Toddler Time at the Library
10:15AM Toddler Time at the Library
11:15AM Discovery Play at the Library
4PM Extreme Science Challenge: Squishy Circuits at the Library

6PM Unconventional Women of the West at the Golden History Museum
In this presentation by The Legendary Ladies, you will meet fascinating women who made unique contributions to the American West. In first-person living history, various characters will share their struggles and triumphs as they visited and lived in the West. $0 Members; $10 plus online registration fee  non-members. Register

Other Wednesday Events:
9AM
Golden Walks: Wednesday Morning Celebrating Life
10AM Volunteers of America (VOA) Weekly Meals
6PM Mines Community Meeting

Another (Unrelated) Heart Event:
6:30PM Heart of Golden 2020 Visioning Workshop
The City is hosting another Heart of Golden event tonight. This is a repeat of the January 29th workshop, so if you were able to attend that one, you have the night off. As a reminder, “Heart of Golden” is the City’s project to see how (or if) the community wants to remodel the property along Clear Creek and build new municipal buildings.


Tonight’s Music:
5PM Dave Frisk at Rock Rest Lodge
6PM Tony Rosario at Buffalo Rose
6PM Open Mic Night at Cannonball Creek
6PM Bunny Blake at Miners Saloon
6PM Jam Night at Mountain Toad Brewing
6:30PM Open Mic Night at Smiley’s


Thursday Preview:

9:15AM Baby Time at the Library
10:15AM Toddler Time at the Library
11:15AM Wee Create at the Library
1PM Chronic Pain & Illness Support Group at the Presbyterian Church
4PM Family Yoga at the Library
6:15PM Overeaters Anonymous at Natural Grocers (map)
6:30PM Overeaters Anonymous at the Methodist Church (map)
6:30PM City Council Regular Business Meeting
7PM Dinosaur Ridge After Dark: Salacious in the Cretaceous
7:30PM Miners Alley Playhouse – Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune