Out like a lamb

On March 1st, the high temperature was 26 degrees and the low was 12.  Today’s predicted high is 75!  Enjoy this last day of March.

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Road and building construction projects

Tomorrow night from 6-8, the City will host a meeting to discuss the Heritage Road reconstruction project.  The construction firm, New Design Construction, will be presenting the project schedule, phasing plan, and traffic detours at the meeting. All are welcome to attend.  The meeting will be held at Shelton Elementary, 420 Crawford Street (map).  The neighborhood has taken an active interest in this project amid concerns about “field engineering” and budget changes that sometimes occur after a road design has been approved.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday night to review a Site Plan Approval request for a dental office building at 2421 Ford Street–the site of a former coffee shop on the east side of the roundabout.  They will also review the revised list of sidewalk and trail gaps in the City.  This meeting will take place at 6:30 in City Council chambers, and will be broadcast live through the City’s Agenda, Minutes, Webcasts page.

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Library books, homework, and beautiful weather

Since the library is closed for remodeling until mid-June, it’s worth noting that the Bookmobile will be in town today from noon till 4.  You’ll find them in the library parking lot.

Do Your Homework!
City Council will be interviewing 26 candidates for various board positions this month.  If you’re one of the applicants, you might want to watch last year’s interviews, so you know what to expect.  You’ll find the video on the City’s Agenda, Minutes, Webcasts page.  Scroll through the City Council meetings to 4/3/14 and 4/17/14.  You should also review the work plan for the board you’re interested in (most of which are included in this Thursday’s meeting packet).  You can also listen to the most recent meetings of each board.  They are also available through the Agenda, Minutes, Webcasts page.

The weather for the next several days is mostly sunny, in the 60s and 70s.  The moon is waxing, and will be full next Saturday.

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Celebrating warm weather and darkness

Dave Powers got some nice photos of people enjoying the warm weather by visiting Downtown Golden.  Check the pictures on our Facebook page!

Tonight, from 8:15-9:30, the School of Mines will celebrate “Earth Hour.”  This is a global celebration where participants are encouraged to turn off their lights from 8:30-9:30PM, local time, to draw attention to climate change.  Landmarks all over the world, such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Acropolis in Athens and Edinburgh Castle in Scotland will go dark.  Here in Golden, the “M” on Mount Zion will go dark.

CSM is planning an Earth Hour Celebration, including glow in the dark sports, star gazing, a long exposure glow photo booth, a scaled model of the solar system, and eating s’mores.

Learn more about Earth Hour at www.earthhour.org.

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Godspell, Magic Mountain, and Engineers without Borders

GODSPELL opens tonight at Miners Alley PlayhouseA mega hit On Broadway, Off Broadway and around the world GODSPELL was radiantly revisited and revived by its composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin) With crisp new arrangements and an injection of contemporary references. GODSPELL (2012) is every bit as delightful as the original and its uniqueness is strong enough to allow it to stand alone without eclipsing its predecessor.  There are a few tickets left for tonight’s performance, which includes their free, award-winning Opening Night Party.  Purchase tickets online. or phone the box office at 303-935-3044.

You’ve probably heard that most of Heritage Square will close after this year.  That includes the stores, alpine slide, and Miners Maze Adventureland.  The Heritage Square Amusement Park, which includes the rides, go-karts, miniature golf, arcade, and zipline will remain open.

Did you know that Heritage Square originated as Magic Mountain, which was patterned after Disneyland?  The Magic Mountain park operated for only one summer, during 1960, before closing due to bankruptcy.

Tomorrow afternoon at 4 (Saturday, 3/28), local historian Rick Gardner and long-time resident Bill Robie invite people to meet at the Square to share memories.  They are specifically hoping to meet people who remember the original incarnation–Magic Mountain.  Rick has a wonderful retrospective of the park on his website, gardnerhistory.com.  Check it out!

The CSM chapter of Engineers without Borders will hold a dinner and silent auction tomorrow night to benefit their Bridges to Prosperity program in Nicaragua.   Dinner will be provided by Arapahoe Hog Roasters and the silent auction will include authentic Nicaraguan items such as wooden bowls, paintings, pottery, coffee, hammocks, etc.  Click here to learn more.

 

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Photos, lectures, classes, and junk

Dave Powers got some nice photos of yesterday’s Visitors Center reception to celebrate Carol Ann Bowles’ retirement.  The turn-out was a real who’s-who of Golden!  The photos are on our facebook page.

There are a few tickets left for Saturday’s lecture at the Astor House: Buffalo Bill, The Great Entertainer.  Learn about one of the greatest showmen of all time: Buffalo Bill Cody. For millions of people all over the world, this larger-than-life figure was able to create an image of what the “Wild West” was really like. Follow Bill from humble beginnings to wealth and glory, to ultimate poverty and his burial on Lookout Mountain above Golden.  Learn more on the History Museum’s website.

OLLI West starts their spring session next week, and most of the classes still have some openings.  If you’re 50 or older, you’re eligible to learn things ranging from short fiction writing to theoretical physics.  A single $100 membership fee entitles you to take as many classes as you like.  Check the options.

The Jeffco Action Center will hold their semi-annual Beautiful Junk Sale tomorrow and Saturday from 8-4 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds.  General admission is $3, but if you bring two or more non-perishable food items, you’ll receive $1 off admission.  Most items are less than $10, and 100% of the proceeds go toward food, shelter and vital services to those in need.

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Supplemental – Tonight’s movie starts at 6, not 7

Correction:  In case you were planning to attend tonight’s movie about energy, Switch, please note that it starts at 6, not 7 as we previously reported.

Golden’s newest landmarks

Golden Landmarks Association has announced this year’s Living Landmarks honorees:

Charlie and Janine Sturdavant (founders of Golden City Brewery)
Carole Lomond (retired publisher of City and Mountain Views magazine and author of Jefferson County, Colorado – A Unique and Eventful History!)
Mike Bestor (retiring City Manager of Golden)
The Golden Civic Foundation.

The honorees will be celebrated at a banquet at Mount Vernon Country Club on Friday May 29th.  Purchase tickets by phone (303.279.1236) or online.

This year’s Landmarks join an exulted company of previous honorees:

2002-Ruben Hartmeister, Verna Katona, Lorraine Wagenbach
2003-Alice Dempsey, Heine Foss, Irma Wyhs
2004-Viona Hader, Charles Hearn, Larry Williams
2005-Carol Dickinson, Marvin Kay, Donna Miller
2006-Mary Curtis, Gene Child, Jo Ann Thistlewood
2007-Holly Coors, Mary Ramstetter, Jack Galland
2008-Elliot Brown, Chip Parfet, Tom & Donna Plummer
2009-Chuck Baroch, Arlone Child, Hal & Helen Leith
2010-Tom Atkins, Gwyn Green, Nancy Mason
2011-John Tracy, Lynda Wentworth, Golden Fire Dept.
2012-Meg Van Ness, Judy Denison, Colorado Railroad Museum
2013-Gudy Gaskill, Gary Wink, Westernaires
2014-TJ Mullin, Barb Warden, CSM Geology Museum

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Golden’s newest landmarks

Golden Landmarks Association has announced this year’s Living Landmarks honorees:

Charlie and Janine Sturdavant (founders of Golden City Brewery)
Carole Lomond (retired publisher of City and Mountain Views magazine and author of Jefferson County, Colorado – A Unique and Eventful History!)
Mike Bestor (retiring City Manager of Golden)
The Golden Civic Foundation.

The honorees will be celebrated at a banquet at Mount Vernon Country Club on Friday May 29th.  Purchase tickets by phone (303.279.1236) or online.

This year’s Landmarks join an exulted company of previous honorees:

2002-Ruben Hartmeister, Verna Katona, Lorraine Wagenbach
2003-Alice Dempsey, Heine Foss, Irma Wyhs
2004-Viona Hader, Charles Hearn, Larry Williams
2005-Carol Dickinson, Marvin Kay, Donna Miller
2006-Mary Curtis, Gene Child, Jo Ann Thistlewood
2007-Holly Coors, Mary Ramstetter, Jack Galland
2008-Elliot Brown, Chip Parfet, Tom & Donna Plummer
2009-Chuck Baroch, Arlone Child, Hal & Helen Leith
2010-Tom Atkins, Gwyn Green, Nancy Mason
2011-John Tracy, Lynda Wentworth, Golden Fire Dept.
2012-Meg Van Ness, Judy Denison, Colorado Railroad Museum
2013-Gudy Gaskill, Gary Wink, Westernaires
2014-TJ Mullin, Barb Warden, CSM Geology Museum

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Switch – a film about our energy future

Tomorrow night at 6, the Colorado School of Mines will host a screening of the award-winning documentary, Switch.

Is fracking polluting our water? How dangerous is nuclear? Will we run out of oil? Can we clean up coal? Will renewables power our future? Get the straight answers to today’s most important energy questions in Switch, the acclaimed new documentary and web video series.

In Switch, energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring leading energy sites from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. He seeks the truth from international leaders of government, industry and academia. In the end, he cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our energy future as surprising as it is practical.

The film will be shown in Bunker Auditorium at the Green Center, 924 16th St. (map).  It’s free and open to the public.

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Do you enjoy Olde Golden Christmas?

Carol Ann Bowles, the architect of Golden’s monumental Christmas celebrations, is retiring from the Golden Chamber at the end of the month.  The Chamber is hosting a reception for her tomorrow, Tuesday the 24th, from 4-6PM.  Please drop by and help Carol Ann celebrate her 23 years with the Chamber!  An R.S.V.P. to the Chamber, today, would be appreciated but is not required.  The reception will be held at the Golden Visitors Center, 1010 Washington Avenue.

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