Lunch on the Creek, Dinner on the Avenue, A Classic Film, and a New Store

The Golden History Center (923 10th St.) is expecting a food truck today.  Sandy Bear Shack sells hot dogs, brats, Philly cheesesteaks, Ruebens, and more.  The History Center has a wonderful patio that overlooks the creek and the mountains.  Have lunch there today!

Foothills Art Center is showing a film tonight, in association with their fabulous Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit.  Be there at 5:30 to enjoy the classic film, Moulin Rouge.  Tickets are only $2!

We have a new store downtown, called the Lucky Star Ranch.  They’re celebrating their grand opening today with a special Old Pawn & Estate Jewelry Trunk Show.  The Chamber will welcome this new business to town with a ribbon-cutting at 5:15.

The Clothes Mine has a new owner, Cindy Haswell.  Come and meet the owner of this fine ladies’ consignment store as she holds an open house from 4-6.  The Chamber will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30.

We’re having a Street Fair downtown tonight from 5-9.  Local restaurants will be serving “tastes” and beer will be available for those 21 and older.  Several of the stores will be running specials and the restaurants are offering food specials and/or live music.  There will also be live music on the Avenue, and an aerial dance team (featured in yesterday’s Golden Transcript).   Check the Chamber’s flyer for the complete list of Street Fair goings-on!

Spirits in the Wind Gallery has a special show of Golden art tonight from 5-9, and local favorite Ed Slack will be in the gallery, painting one of his Golden scenes.  If you’re a Golden fan, you won’t want to miss that!


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How to be totally in-the-know about Golden

First, of course, subscribe to

Then sign up for Leadership Golden.  This is a fantastic program that will teach you all about Golden and show you how to get involved in the community.  Over the course of nine months, they have sessions on government, history, culture, city finance, volunteering, and much more.    They’re accepting applications now for the class that starts this fall.  The class is free.  They’ve offered this class every year since 1984, and the alumni list is a Who’s Who of Who’s Making Golden Great.

Both alumni and those interested in learning more are invited to a Leadership Golden Meet and Greet tonight, from 5:30-7:30, at the Old Capitol Grill (map).

For more information and/or to apply, visit www.leadershipg​ or contact Alison Broder at 303-384-4141 or leadershipgolde​

There are still a few tickets left for tonight’s presentation of DamNation at the Mountaineering Center.  This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.

City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will be asked for a grant to support Shelton Elementary’s 5K race.  They will hold a public hearing on the proposed revision of the City’s criminal code.  They will hold a public hearing on whether to authorize 8 new townhomes on 8th Street.  After the business meeting, they will hold a study session in which the Parks & Recreation director will discuss that department’s fees and charges.  They will then hear from the Community & Economic Development director about the new Downtown Development Authority.  Finally they will be briefed by City staff on how the city proposes to support Council’s 2014/2015 Signature Initiatives.  As always, you can watch the meeting on Cable Channel 8 or online, through the City website.

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Do you feel like you have too much stuff?  We’ve just started a Facebook group called “Golden Colorado Online Yard Sale.”  It’s designed to be a free, safe way to advertise items you want to be rid of.  Post items for sale or for free–it’s up to you.  If people want your item, they contact you through a Facebook message, and the two of you arrange the exchange.  Similar pages have been very popular in other communities, so let’s try it in Golden!  The Facebook group is

Incidentally, if you’re in a hurry to get rid of stuff, you can always take it to Goodwill at 17722 S. Golden Road (303-271-9991).  Goodwill is open from 9am to 9pm Monday through Saturday, and 10-6 on Sunday.  ARC now has a drop-off location too, at 2600 East Street.  They’re open from 8-6 daily.

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Golden Beer Talks – Tree Rings and the Future of the Colorado River

Golden Beer Talks is a homegrown endeavor organized by a few local citizens passionate about nurturing community connections, supporting local businesses, and learning a little something new now and then. An evening hosted by Golden Beer Talks centers around a brief, informative and entertaining presentation by an expert on an irresistibly enticing topic. Held in Windy Saddle Café–located next to downtown Golden’s welcome arch–each event features beer for sale from one of our local breweries, along with a variety of delicious food and drink offerings from the Windy Saddle kitchen and bar. It’s Golden’s own grassroots version of TED talks for the benefit of our own local community–and just for the fun of it. Golden Beer Talks is a nonprofit venture focused on three favorite local things–Golden and Beer and Talking!

Tonight’s speaker is Becky Brice, a PhD student at the University of Arizona and researcher for the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) and the Laboratory of Tree Ring Research in Tucson, Arizona. Her work is devoted to discovering what trees’ archives can tell us about atmospheric circulation, streamflow extremes and climate. Her current work uses tree rings as a proxy of snowpack, soil moisture and air temperature.

As a lifeline for the southwestern United States, the Colorado River provides water for municipalities, agriculture, hydropower and recreation, as well as fish and wildlife species. Tree ring research provides valuable clues about pre-historic streamflow in the Colorado River, and suggests that it will be dramatically different in the future than the body of water with which we are familiar today. Among other fascinating insights, tree ring reconstructions raise questions about the sustainability of the Colorado River Compact set into stone in 1922.

Windy Saddle will be serving French Dip sandwiches tonight with a side of coleslaw.  Tonight’s beer comes from Barrels & Bottles Brewery.

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Bones in the Afternoon

The Library (1019 10th St.) is hosting a program for teens this afternoon at 4:  Bare Bones.  Make no bones about it, this workshop will get you excited about your skeleton! Learn what it does for your body, how it is together and how it has changed over time! Presented by Mad Science ( Space is limited at these events. Come early to get a spot! For teens in 6th-12th grade. Free.

Tomorrow night is the monthly Golden Beer Talk at Windy Saddle Cafe.  The subject will be tree rings, and the featured brewery will be Barrels & Bottles.

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Steamy Sunday

Well, it’s the last day of the holiday weekend.  It’s going to be another hot one (predicted high of 91 degrees), but it you start early or late in the day, you might want to try some hiking, biking, horseback riding, or walking on one of our trails.

If you’re looking for a cooler past time, remember that most of our museums are open today:  Golden History Center, Astor House Hotel Museum, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Foothills Art Center, Colorado Railroad Museum, Dinosaur Ridge, and the Buffalo Bill Museum.

And of course…The Splash Aquatic Park is open today from 10-6:30!

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Super Saturday

The Golden Farmers Market runs from 8-1 this morning, in the parking lot west of the library (10th and Illinois).  They have fresh produce, baked goods, meat, plants, and cooked food that you can eat there at the market or take home for dinner later.  While you’re there, take a free carriage ride and enjoy a stroll along the creek.

This is the first Saturday of the month, so we’ll have a Golden Super Cruise.  If you like classic cars, you need to visit South Golden Road this afternoon and evening!


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4th of July in Golden

Happy 4th of July!

The Golden History Center, the Astor House, the Railroad Museum, and the Buffalo Bill Museum will all be open, so you can celebrate Independence Day with some American history!

The forecast calls for a hot day (high of 91), so lots of people will be playing in the creek.  If you’re one of them, be careful!  The water is still high, cold, and fast.

Heritage Square is celebrating with some wild west actors, who will be staging gunfights, quick-draw contests, and robberies between 11AM and 3PM.  Look for Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp, Madam Laura Bell, and others!

The Golden Lions Club will host a party from noon-8 in Lions Park (map).  They’ll have free rides for the kids, face painting, and live music.  Food and beverages (including Golden City Beer) will be available for purchase.  They’ll be pulling raffle tickets throughout the day.  The proceeds support the event, and any excess goes into community projects.  They have more than 200 prizes to give away, including overnight stays at the mountain casinos and a grand prize of $1000!

The party is officially over at 8, but stick around anyway, because the fireworks start as soon as it’s dark…9-9:30.  Lions Park is a good place to watch them.

The Golden Moon Speakeasy will have the Lookout Mountain Boys playing from 7 to 10PM, and their patio on Miners Alley will have a good view of the fireworks display.

Windy Saddle Cafe has Thunder & Rain playing, starting at 6:30, and they’re having a free old-fashioned cake walk for kids at 7.

The Buffalo Rose will present the all-American rock band, Warrant, at 7.

Have fun and stay safe today!

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It’s Peach Time!

Golden Rotary's 24th Annual Peach Sale
Peach lovers will be happy to hear that the ever popular Golden Rotary Peach Sale has begun.  For 24 years now, Golden Rotary has made arrangements with a west slope grower to bring a special shipment of peaches, straight from their trees to Golden.  The peaches are top quality, as the club’s hundreds of repeat customers know.

Proceeds from this sale fund Golden Rotary’s many service projects, such as the Golden Backpack Program, which provides food to needy schoolchildren; Canyon Gate’s Lunch ‘n’ Leftovers, which provides food for low-income seniors, holiday food boxes, which contain complete dinners for needy families in the area, and so many more.  See the Rotary Peach Sale site for all the details, and be sure you ORDER SOME PEACHES!

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New Building at 6th and Heritage Road

The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing tonight at 6:30 to review a Site Plan Approval request to construct a Primary Care Clinic at the corner of Highway 6 and Heritage Road.  They will be conducting a public hearing, so if you have comments on the proposed building, plan to attend the meeting and let your opinions be known.  You can see the site plan and drawings on the City website, and the meeting will be broadcast live, also through the website.

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