Black Friday

Urban Escape Day Spa (1299 Washington Ave.) has a Black Friday special today:  purchase a gift certificate online or in the spa for $150 or more and receive a free $20 spa service gift certificate.  This special is available today only.

If you have the yen to do chain store Black Friday shopping, you can do it here in Golden at the following stores.  Click the store name to see their Black Friday specials.

Kohl’s (16700 W Colfax Ave)
Opens at midnight tonight, and you’ll receive $15 in Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent

Big 5 Sporting Goods (17205 S. Golden Rd.)
Staples (16630 W Colfax Ave)
Home Depot (16900 W Colfax Ave)
Petco (17132 W Colfax Ave)
Walgreens (17222 S. Golden Rd.)
Radio Shack (17211 S. Golden Rd.)

Better yet–hold off till tomorrow and catch all the excitement that our small, independent merchants have lined up.  Small Business Saturday in downtown Golden will be a lot fun!  Don’t forget the 5K and the Elf Parade!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

If you have any last-minute grocery emergencies, you’ll be glad to know that Safeway and King Soopers are both open until 6 tonight.  Natural Grocers is closed.  Walgreens is open until 10PM.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Golden!

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Getting Ready for the Holiday?

Foothills Animal Shelter is offering half off adoption fees for all pets today from 3-7.  If you have  a few days off for the holiday weekend, this might be a good time to welcome a new pet into your home.  On Friday, they’ll be offering “name your own price” adoptons from 11AM – 7PM.

Barrels & Bottles is offering 1/2 off all growler refills today from 11-5:30!

In case you still need to do some Thanksgiving grocery shopping, here are this week’s sale flyers:
Safeway – open till 11PM
King Soopers – open all night
Natural Grocers – open till 9PM

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We’ll have two runs here in Golden this week.  Runners High has organized a Turkey Chase on Thursday (Thanksgiving).  This is not a race–it’s a fun run, and a chance for family and friends to get together Thanksgiving morning for a 3 mile run along beautiful Clear Creek.  The route offers spectacular views of Lookout Mountain, North Table Mountain, South Table Mountain, and Historic Downtown Golden.

Learn more about the Turkey Chase on the Runners High website.  The registration fees include the following:  for $20 (1st adult), you get a HUGE pumpkin pie, a pair of custom Runners High socks, a small gym bag and Cannonball Creek beer at the finish line.  For $15 (additional adults), you get all of the above EXCEPT the pumpkin pie.  For $10, children get a pair of custom Runners High socks, the gym bag and snacks at the finish line.

The second run is a 5K race that takes place Saturday morning.  This event benefits Golden’s Neighborhood Rehab Project.  Learn more about this race on our Be A Tool 5K page.

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The Holiday Homes Tour Returns!

Good news: After a hiatus of a few years, the Holiday Homes Tour is back this year!  On Sunday December 7th, the Golden Landmarks Association will be sponsoring a tour through some of Golden’s most historic and distinguished homes.  This is a great opportunity to see the inside of some interesting houses.

The self-paced tour begins and ends in historic downtown with stops in the Historic Courthouse Hill area, East Street Historic and Twelfth Street Historic Districts, as well as the Welch Addition. The tour begins at 10am with plenty of time allotted to visit each area.  Visit the Golden Landmarks website to buy tickets.

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For Those Who Like to Plan Ahead

The Olde Golden Christmas calendar is now available.  You can pick up the brochure at stores all over town, as well as the Golden Visitors Center (at 10th & Washington).  We also have it online.

This calendar details when the concerts, parades, the Candlelight Walk, free carriage rides, free Newfoundland Dog rides, Santa Sightings, and all the other holiday traditions in Golden will occur.

The book, Olde Golden Christmas, is a wonderful way to get in the spirit.  With 150 full-color photos of Christmas festivities in Golden, it makes a good gift for a Golden friend or neighbor, and a nice addition to your own coffee table.  You can find the book at Baby Doe’s Clothing, Avenue Gifts, the Golden History Center, the Golden Visitors Center, or online at

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Much Frivolity

The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum is holding a Book Sale and Garage Sale this weekend, November 22nd & 23rd, 9-4.  Hundreds of books, maps, journals, USGS folios, minerals, fossils, etc. will be on sale.  Prices vary by item or box, but most prices will drop throughout the event!  The Museum is located at 1310 Maple Street (map).  For more information, call 303-273-3815.

This is the last day for the High School’s play, Totally Twelfth Night.  There are performances at 2 and 7, at 701 24th St.  Tickets are $8 at the door.

Golden Gate Grange (25201 Golden Gate Canyon Rd) is holding a Holiday Craft Fair today from 9-4.  They’re offering a dazzling array of jewelry, photography, cards, books by local author, pottery, leather fashion accessories, quilts, embroidering, pottery, Christmas ornaments, food and baked items and much more. Admission is free, and lunch will be available.

Barrels & Bottles Brewery is holding a coat drive.  They especially need men’s children’s, and extra-large coats (gently-used, please).  They are also hosting a trivia contest today from 4-8PM.  The fee to enter the contest is $5.  There will be prizes awarded for the winning teams, and giveaways throughout the evening.  Bring a coat to get a giveaway ticket!  This is a fund-raiser for Colorado Uplift.

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Music and More Music Tonight

The Colorado School of Mines is having a “Seasonal Sing” tonight at 7:30 in the Green Center (924 16th St.).  The public is invited to this free event, to enjoy the sounds of the season.  For additional information call 303-273-3000.

The Jazz Cats are playing “mainstream” jazz of the 1950’s tonight at Windy Saddle, starting at 6:30.  Golden Moon Speakeasy will feature Blake Aaron Russell from 8:00 PM until 11:00 PM. Check out his music here:


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Plays, Lectures, Beer and Music – All on a Thursday!

If you attended the Golden Civic Foundation auction last Saturday, you’ll enjoy the photo album of the event that they’ve posted on their Facebook page.

Golden High School is presenting Totally Twelfth Night (starring the incomprable Lily Conrad) tonight, tomorrow night, and Saturday at 7PM, plus a 2PM matinee on Saturday.  This is Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, updated to a 1980’s setting.  Check the video on their facebook page.  It looks fun!

Golden Earth Days & the Colorado Renewable Energy Society are hosting a lecture at the Unitarian Church (map) tonight at 7Chuck Kutscher: Climate Change – The Latest Science, Why It’s Serious, and What We Can Do About It.  Chuck is the Director of the Buildings and Thermal Systems Center at NREL.

The Mountaineering Museum is celebrating Thirsty Third Thursday tonight.  Golden’s own Thunder and Rain will be supplying the music, and tonight’s beer comes from Left Hand Brewery.  As always, they’ll have a craft table for the kids, free admission to the museum, and awesome gear giveaways.  The party runs from 5:30-8:30.

Then, if you can handle two parties in one night, head across the Street to Mountain Toad Brewing for their Paintin’ and Pickin’ Night.  Watch Golden artist Jesse Crock paint one of his masterpieces, while Golden band The Lookout Mountain Boys fills the air with music.  That event runs approximately 5-11.

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Paid Parking Downtown?

The Planning Commission meets tonight.  They will review a study of downtown parking, and consider a wide range of options, including more active enforcement, paid parking, back-in parking, selling permits in the residential districts, etc.

If you’re concerned about downtown parking (and if you live or work in or near downtown, you probably are), contact the Planning Commission and/or City Council and let them know your preferences.  Tonight’s meeting is a study session, so there will be no formal opportunity for public comment.  You can listen to the meeting live through the City’s website.

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