Happy Colorado Day

Street Fair in historic downtown Golden Colorado

August 1st is Colorado Day–the anniversary of date we became a state.  To celebrate, admission to all state parks is free today!  We have a nice one, not far awy:  Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

Closer to home, don’t forget the First Friday Street Fair tonight, from 5-9, or Movies and Music in the Park, starting at 7.  We’ll have just a sliver of a moon, and it should be an enchanting night in Golden.

Golden City Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves will have her monthly “Coffee with a Councilor” tomorrow morning at 10, at Bean Fosters.

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Friday Events in Golden

Tomorrow night, the Chamber will be hosting the First Friday Street Fair from 5-9.  The theme this month is Hops & Vines – featuring wine at the street fair for the first time.  Music will be by Bradford Junction.  Altitude Aerial Performers, food vendors, and entertainment for the kids will be on hand.  The Street Fair takes place on Washington Avenue, between 12th and 13th Streets.

Be sure to visit the Quilt Museum during the Street Fair, because they’ll be holding an opening reception for their new exhibit, the “Evolutions Juried Quilt Challenge.”  The reception runs from 5-8, and admission is free!

After hanging out at the Street Fair and checking out the Quilt Museum, you can wander over to Parfet Park, because the City will be hosting Movies and Music in the Park!  Flock of Beagles will be playing 80s music, starting at 7.  At dusk, they’ll be showing The Wizard of Oz.  Sure, you’ve seen it before, but have you ever seen it on a giant screen?  Bring a blanket or a lawn chair (or both, so you can bundle up in your lawn chair), and follow the yellow brick road.

This will be a perfect Golden evening!

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Planning for the Future

If you’ve been thinking about applying for this year’s Leadership Golden class, now is the time to do it!  Applications are due tomorrow, July 31st.  Here are links to the class schedule and the online application.

Yesterday we mentioned that Easy Street Properties would be moving the 1923 brick house from the CSM campus to its new location, in the Goosetown neighborhood.  They’ve decided to postpone the move till Thursday night.  The current plan is Thursday at 10 PM, but keep an eye on their facebook page for updates.  (I think they’re going to have some spectators!)

We have an action-packed weekend coming up.  Here’s a quick preview, so you can get things on your calendar:

Friday – First Friday Street Fair, Opening night reception for the Quilt Museum Exhibit, and the first Movies & Music in the Park for the year.

Saturday – Farmers Market, Walk with a Geologist at Dinosaur Ridge, Lookout Mountain Hill Climb, and Golden Super Cruise.

Sunday – Mountain Melodies Music Fest at the Buffalo Bill Museum, Hiram’s Sunday Jobs at the Railroad Museum.

Details about all of these events (and more!) are available in the Golden.com calendar of events.


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Traffic Calming, Flood Mitigation, Migrating Houses, and a Bike Ride

The City plans to put “traffic calming” (center islands, narrower lanes, and vegetation to reduce visibility) on Eagle Ridge Drive midway between Entrada and Somerset.  They will hold a meeting tonight at City Hall, at 6PM, to show their plans.  If you want to weigh in on those plans, attend the meeting!  Learn more….

There will be another City meeting tomorrow night at 6, also at City Hall.  This one concerns the West Fork Kenny Run Project.  The project includes culvert replacement at 23rd and 24th streets and channel improvements in the area, to help with flood mitigation.

And here’s one more interesting upcoming event.  Remember the house that the School of Mines was giving away, with the stipulation that the buyer had to move the house away from the campus?  The move is happening tomorrow night.  Local company “Easy Street Properties” bought the 1923 house, and they will be moving it tomorrow night.  Check the Easy Street facebook page to learn more.

The Golden Cruise is tonight.  People will start to gather in the parking lot next to the library at about 6.  There will be live music, and tonight’s theme is “doctors and nurses.”


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What’s Past and What’s Next

Dave Powers took some wonderful photos of Buffalo Bill Days.  Check them out on our facebook page!

Tomorrow night is the monthly Golden (bike) Cruise.  This month’s theme is Doctors and Nurses, so start working on your costume.  The Cruise is supported by a different non-profit each month, so thanks to the Mountaineering Center for set-up, monitoring the route, and take-down!  Meet at 10th & Illinois.  Beer sales start at 6.


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Sheep, Ducks, Orphans, and Spiritualism

This is the final day of the annual Buffalo Bill Days celebration.

There will be a community worship service in Parfet Park this morning from 9-10:15.  The Muttin Bustin’ contest takes place in Lions Park from 10-1.  A duck race take place starting at 1, at the pedestrian bridge over Clear Creek at Illinois Street.  There will be free train rides from 11-5 starting at the Visitors Center, at 10th & Washington.

The Golden Center of Dance will perform from 10:30-11:30.  Two Girls with Guitars will play from 12-1:30, and an Eagles tribute band will play from 2-5.  There will be food, beer, merchandise, and rides from 10-5 in Parfet Park.

We’ll have two car shows going on downtown.  Those in vicinity of 11th and Washington will be “Orphan” cars.  These are cars whose parent companies are no longer in existence.  The cars on Washington Avenue, from 11th -13th, are classics and street rods.

If none of that appeals to you, go to Foothills Art Center at 2 for a lecture on “Spiritualism in France, 1900.”  The curator of the current Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit will conduct a tour of the exhibit at 3.

Have fun today!

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Come downtown today to enjoy our 60th Annual Buffalo Bill Days!  Here are the highlights:

6-10 Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, 10th & Arapahoe
10 Parade on Washington Avenue, from 10th -13th.
12:30 Wild West Show in Lions Park (10th & Maple)
10-10 Music, food, crafts, and rides in Parfet Park (10th and Washington)

For more details, check our Buffalo Bill Days Events Schedule.

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Lots of Options Tonight

Buffalo Bill Days starts in Parfet Park tonight at 5.  There will be live music, food vendors, rides for the kids, and craft vendors.  For more music options, see today’s Golden Business News.

Just to give you a head start for tomorrow’s events, the pancake breakfast runs from 6-10 at the fire station, at 10th & Arapahoe.  The parade starts at 10, on Washington Avenue between 10th and 13th Streets.  The complete schedule is listed on www.golden.com/buffalo-bill-days.htm, and even more information is available on the Buffalo Bill Days website.

If you’re looking for an event that has nothing to do with Buffalo Bill, go see The Odd Couple at Miners Alley, or attend film night at Foothills Art Center, where they’ll be showing Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris at 5:30.


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Music in the Park and Buffalo Bill Days

Golden Colorado - Music in the Park

This summer, music teacher Heather Malm has been offering Music in the Park, and the youngsters have been having a wonderful time.  Every Friday, Heather introduces the children to a different instrument.

Tomorrow morning, the group will be learning about percussion instruments, using drums, buckets, pots, pans, and even park equipment to make some music in the park!

Children 3 and up are invited to participate at 10 AM.  Children 2 and under can come at 10:30.  New Loveland Mine Park is located at 1309 5th St. (map).  A $5 donation per child is suggested.

Buffalo Bill Days

If you’re wondering about events in Parfet and Lions Park this weekend, check our Complete Schedule of Buffalo Bill Days events!

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The Sustainability Board will meet tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will be discussing their priorities for the year, extending the Pay As You Throw program, and project responsibilities for individual board Members.  See their meeting packet for the agenda, minutes of the previous meeting, and a list of their assignments for the year.

City Council meets tomorrow night at 6:30.  They will discuss the City’s current financial status, consider whether to authorize a 10 year franchise agreement with Comcast, and consider authorizing a new contract for bus advertising shelters within the city.  They will also decide whether to permit rezoning of the Golden Community Center to retroactively allow the HVAC system that was installed on the roof several months ago.  The new HVAC system exceeds the height limit allowed under current zoning.  Neighbors object to the loss of view caused by the new system.  Since the cost of moving the system is high, the City wants to change the zoning to permit it, rather than moving it.  The Planning Commission did not support this change, as it does not comply with current codes, but City Council may, since they are responsible for staying within the budget.

The study session after City Council’s business meeting will cover a proposed smoking ban, removal of traffic signals at 4th and Kimball on Heritage Road, and the planned Fall Fitness Challenge.  For more information, view the agenda online.  The meeting will be broadcast live on Cable Channel 8 or through the City’s website.

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