Beer, Dinosaurs, and Classical Music

Chili Cook-off and beer tasting

This afternoon from 2-5 is the Golden Chamber’s wildly popular Stomp Your Boots Beer Tasting and Chili Cook-Off.  Your ticket includes free samples from all the chili competitors including red, green, and white chiis. You will be voting on your favorite chili for the People’s Choice Award. The Chili & Beer ticket also includes free samples of numerous types of beers.

Dinosaur Ridge is celebrating National Fossil Day today from 9:30AM-3PM.  At the Visitor Center, Hands-on Dinos for kids includes the Backyard Bones Dinosaur Dig, the Cretaceous Crossroads Dinosaur Tracking Area, Track Painting (paint a fossil and take it home), gold panning, fossil sifting, and other activities depending on the theme for the day. The indoor exhibit, Trek Through Time, has free admission all day.


The 70-member Jefferson Symphony Orchestra kicks off their 63rd season tonight with Dvorak’s New World Symphony, a guest appearance by Masa Ito, and many other delights at the Green Center on the School of Mines campus.  Learn more….

Tonight’s Options: Movies or Murder

The City Council Candidate’s Forum is available for viewing through the City’s website.   The county will be mailing ballots on October 12th.  You’ll be able to mail back your ballot or drop it in a ballot box at the county building (3500 Illinois St.) or City Hall (911 10th St.).

The Colorado School of Public Health will conduct a focus group on “Wellbeing in Golden”  at 2:30 this afternoon at the Golden Library.  They are conducting this study on behalf of the City, and they want participants to spend one hour discussing “What supports your wellbeing?” and “What may need to change in Golden to support your wellbeing?”  If you are a resident of Golden, aged 18 or older, they would welcome your participation.

Colorado Rails & Cocktails at the Colorado Railroad Museum

The Railroad Museum hosts “Colorado Rails and Cocktails” tonight, featuring a film by Richard Luckin, Dome Car Magic.  If you haven’t get purchased tickets for this event, you’re in luck!  They’re offering a last-minute discount of $5 off per ticket, using this link!

Radical Reels is still on at the Mountaineering Center.  The doors open at 6:15, music starts at 6:20, and the hair-raising films begin at 7.  The same films are shown each of the three nights, so if you can’t catch it tonight, you’ll have once more chance tomorrow night.

Colorado Haunted History is leading one of their Murder, Mayhem, and Madness tours tonight at 7:30, starting at the Visitors Center (10th and Washington).

Tomorrow morning (Saturday the 10th), the Quilt Museum will offer one of their Make and Take Classes:  Smitten with Mittens.  Up-cycle wool and fleece and make your own warm mittens.  Minimal sewing required. Sewing machine provided.  $30 includes all supplies.  Call the museum (303-277-0377) to register.

Apex, GHS Concert, City Council, Golden Votes

judydenisonAt 4PM today (Thursday October 8th), Jeffco Open Space will hold a ceremony to celebration completion of improvements to Apex Park. You are invited!  Apex Park, 121 Heritage Road, Golden (map)

There will be an instrumental concert tonight in the auditorium at Golden High School, 701 24th Street, Golden, CO (map).

City Council meets at 6:30 tonight. This is a business meeting, so they will be accepting public comment at the beginning of the meeting. Consent matters include acceptance of an easement from Dewain Wood (“Woody” – retired GHS teacher) and Suzanne Justus to permit the city to construct a trail along W. 44th, out to Tony Grampsus Park.

The Mayor will proclaim October 17th “Golden Votes March to the Ballot Box Day,” and the Golden Votes Group will sing their anthem, “Oh Beautiful for Voting Rights.”

There will be a public hearing on the 10 year Capital Budget and Improvement Plan. Another public hearing will cover some changes to our municipal code. The definition of mixed used development will change; the procedure for permitting small animals will be simplified, and the process of vacating a city street will be clarified.

Fun at the library/planning at City Hall

The Library is hosting After School Fun today from 3:30-4:30 for kids aged 6-11.  Unwind with fun activities! We’ll play games, make crafts and hear read-aloud stories.  This event is free and no registration is required.South Golden Road - Golden Colorado

The Planning Commission has a study session tonight at 6:30, in City Council Chambers.  They will discuss the South Golden Road neighborhood plan, and consider affordable housing options, such as accessory dwelling units and tiny houses.  Study sessions do not include time for public comment.

Candidate Forum Tonight

This is an election year, and here in Golden, the two Districts and the Mayor’s position are all in contention.  Tonight at City Hall, Leadership Golden will host a Candidates Forum.  The forum will run from 6:30-8PM.  This is a good opportunity to compare and evaluate the people who want to represent you on City Council.

City of Golden Wards & Districts

The most recent Golden Informer includes a profile and a photo for each of the contenders.  Most of the candidates also have websites:

Caleb J Barcus
Chris Darr
Marjorie Sloan (incumbent)District 1
Saoirse Charis-Graves (incumbent)
Paul Haseman
District 2
Casey Brown
Mikey Sheridan
Lauree Valverde

If you’re not sure of your district, check the City’s Elections page.


Politics, history, and photography

Tomorrow night (Tuesday October 6th), Leadership Golden will present a forum where you can meet and listen to all of the City Council candidates.  We have a big slate this fall–lots of choices!  Learn more on the City website.

The Historic Preservation Board meets at 6:30 tonight in City Council Chambers.  They will review plans for alternations to two properties in historic districts:  a second story addition to 1109 11th Street in the 12th Street Historic District; exterior remodeling of 915 Illinois Street, located in the 8th and 9th Street Historic District.  For more information, check their meeting packet.


Photos by Dave Powers

Dave Powers braved the chilly weather on Saturday to catch both “lasts” for the year:  the Farmers Market and the Golden Super Cruise.  See the photos on our Facebook page.

And speaking of Dave…there’s a show of his photographs hanging at Higher Grounds Coffee Shop (803 14th St.).  Stop by for a leisurely coffee or tea, and enjoy some splendid photography while you’re there!

The Golden History Center has been offering neighborhood walking tours this summer.  The final one of the season is tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 10:  Courthouse Hill and the Colorado School of Mines Campus.  Learn more at

Yes, it’s nagging

My Name is Asher Lev - Miners Alley Playhouse
Have you seen My Name is Asher Lev at Miners Alley yet?  You can’t delay much longer: the final performance is two weeks from today!  Check out some of these comments about this play:

Excellent and hearfelt. A primal scene of American drama.
~The New York Times
You should see it, your children should see it, everyone should see it!      
~New York Magazine
Asher Lev is truly a classic. It is a must see.
~ Arts & Leisure News
One of the best plays of the year.  
~Huffington Post

Heritage Square Alpine SlidePhotos by Bill Evanko

And speaking of not delaying…the Heritage Square Alpine Slide will close forever next Sunday.  If you don’t want to ride the slide, just take the ski lift up and down.  The view is wonderful up there!  Go ride it today!

Fond Farewells…for now

Golden Farmers MarketPhoto by Dave Powers

This morning is the LAST GOLDEN FARMERS MARKET for 2015.  They will be open from 8-1.  After that, you’ll have to wait till June of 2016 to see all your favorite vendors!

Golden Super CruisePhoto by Dave Powers

This is also the last official Golden Super Cruise of the year.  Be sure to visit South Golden Road for one last site of those venerable beauties until next spring!

The 4th Annual Golden Tour of Solar Homes takes place today, between 9AM and 4PM.  Register at the Mountaineering Center (710 10th St.), get a map, and take the self-guided tour.  Visit each “green” home and talk with the home owners and volunteers about the green features of each home. Discover ways you can incorporate solar and renewable energy into your life!  More information….


The Homecoming Parade for Golden High School will go down Washington Avenue at 5PM today.  The parade starts at 18th Street and turn off Washington onto 12th Street.  The football game starts at 7, and will be played in our fabulous new Marv Kay Stadium!

Colorado School of Mine Homecoming 2015Photo courtesy of the Mines Activities Council

The Mines Homecoming Parade will be tomorrow morning  from 9-10.  It will run through the campus, from the new welcome center to the Q-Lot.  The parade will be followed by a BYOB tailgate party from 10-12 in Q-Lot.  The football game starts at noon.

Preview of October Events

Colorado School of Mines Homecoming and Alumni Weekend (continues through Saturday) Foothills Art Center Town Hall Meeting
Friends of the CSM Geology Museum Lecture:  From
The Comstock To Caribou – The Minerals And The Washoe Process
Golden High School
Homecoming Bonfire and Spirit Rally
Golden Rotary
International Golf Classic
Golden High School Homecoming Parade on Washington Avenue
Golden’s First Friday
Golden Farmers Market
– LAST ONE for the season
Golden Kids Clothes Swap
10 Year Anniversary Party at Grateful Bread
The Princess and the Pea at Miners Alley Playhouse (also 10/10 and 10/17)
Halloween Costumes sewing class at The Stitching Factory
4th Annual Golden Tour of Solar Homes Reception and Green Expo
Golden Super Cruise – LAST ONE for the season
Rock Project Party at Earth Treks
Global Grubbing:  Nepal – Fundraiser/Awareness Event for Human Trafficking
Courthouse Hill and School of Mines Walking Tour
Preschool Nature Nuts:  Creepy Crawlies (also 10/8 and 10/10) at Lookout Mountain Nature Center
TriceraTOTs at Dinosaur Ridge
Back to Basic Cyclocross Series

Community Open House
Radical Reels Film Tour
at the American Mountaineering Center (also 10/9 and 10/10)
Instrumental Concert at Golden High School
Colorado Rails and Cocktails
at the Colorado Railroad Museum
Murder, Mayhem and Madness
(also 10/17, 10/18, 10/23, 10/25, 10/26, 10/29, 10/30, 10/31)
Kids Saturday Morning Make-and-Take
:  Smitten with Mittens at the RMQM Office
Dinosaur Discovery Day
– National Fossil Day (and Girl Scout Day) at Dinosaur Ridge
Homesteaders’ Day
at Clear Creek History Park
Knock Your Boots Off Beer Tasting and Chili Cook-off

Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Concert – World Tour
Trick or Treat Train at the Colorado Railroad Museum
Intriguing Points About Antlers
at Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Sunday at the Museum
– Elizabeth’s Ohio Star
Happy Hour and Friendraiser
Increasing the Online Impact of Your Small Business at the Golden Library
Golden Beer Talks
– A Coffee Journey to Sumatra at Windy Saddle Café
Jeffco Innovators’ Workshop
– BIG DATA:  Big Opportunity or Big Hype? at Golden City Hall
Black Diamond Launch Party
at Bent Gate Mountaineering
Choir Concert at Golden High School
Beautiful Junk Sale
at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds (also 10/17)
16th Annual Healthy Fair
at Bell Middle School
17th Annual GCB Chilifest at Golden City Brewery
Halloween Tales & Trails
at Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Golden Votes
– March to the Ballot Box and Iron-Jawed Angels at the Golden Library
Bats are Strange and Wonderful!
at Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Boo!  Who’s Been Watching Your Garden?
at Clear Creek History Park
Geocaching and Earthcaching 101 at the Golden Library
Tuesday Night Book Group at the Golden Library
New Horizons:  NASA’s Mission to Pluto
at Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Game Lounge for Tweens at the Golden Library
Fast Food: How to make healthy meals for the family on the go!
at Golden Neighborhood Health Center
Civil War History in Colorado at the Golden History Center
Twisted Tales:  A Murder in Wonderland at the Golden Library
Fall Mineral, Book and Fossil Sale at CSM Geology Museum (also 10/25)
DOVE’s Annual Benefit Celebration at Colorado School of Mines
Dakota Blonde at Acoustic Alley (Miners Alley Playhouse)
West Side Live! Presents
Justin Roth at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Rocky Mountain Watermedia Exhibit
– LAST DAY at the Foothills Art Center
It’s What We Do:  25 Years of Collecting and 25th Anniversary
– LAST DAY at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Front Porch
Golden Book Club at Golden Community Center
Golden Bicycle Cruise
– Zombies – LAST CRUISE for the season
Halloween Costume Open Studio at the Foothills Art Center
Lecture:  Bone-Headed Dinosaurs
at Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center
Energy Africa Conference
at Colorado School of Mines 0also 10/30)
Opening Day for In the British Tradition:  Hand-Stitched Reproduction Quilts by Carolyn König
Thirsty Thursday
– YETI Night!
Run Free:  The True Story of Caballo Blanco
at the American Mountaineering Center
Halloween Crazy Days on Washington Avenue
Trick or Treat Train
at the Colorado Railroad Museum (also 11/1)
Family Halloween Party at the Haunted Grange (Golden Gate Grange)