Walking with dinosaurs, climbing trees, and gardening

Have you ever walked the Triceratops Trail?  It’s a 1.5-mile, gravel hiking trail located one block east of 6th Avenue and 19th Street in Golden, Colorado.  The trail winds between large, vertical walls of sandstone and into reclaimed clay pits.

Today, from 10-2, guides from Dinosaur Ridge will be stationed along the trail, explaining the geology and paleontology along the route.  The trailhead is a bit tricky to find, but you’ll find directions on the Dinosaur Ridge website.

The Community Center is offering one of their tree-climbing classes (“Dances with Branches) today.  It’s probably too late to sign up for this one, but if you’re passing by Parfet Park between noon and 2:30, you might enjoy watching them climb those big cottonwoods.

The Golden Community Garden is offering at class at 12:30 on Basic Organic Gardening.  Everyone is invited.

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A dramatic and comedic weekend

Golden is awash with theater options this weekend!

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Ridiculously many options tonight

The Mountaineering Museum is holding a Thirsty Thursday tonight from 5:30-8:30.  Gear, beer, music and free museum admission!  All ages are welcome.

The Astor House is hosting a lecture tonight, covering Golden’s history, from 6-7:30.

From 6:30-7:30, Foothills Art Center hosts a lecture about turning trash to glass, given by Professor Ivar Reimanis from the School of Mines.

The Colorado Scientific Society is sponsoring a lecture at 7, at the Mountaineering Center: Dr. Tom Barclay, NASA Ames Research Center and the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute will discuss The Search for Earth-like Planets.

Golden High School will perform Cinderella tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday nights at 7, plus a 2PM matinee on Saturday.

City Council has a study session tonight at 6:30.  They will finish interviewing candidates for the city’s various boards and commissions.  The meeting will be broadcast live on cable channel 8 and through the city’s website.

For more information on any of these events, check the Golden.com calendar.

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Golden’s connection to President Lincoln

Today is the 150th anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln.  After lying in state in Washington D.C. for a week, the president’s body was put on a special funeral train, which traveled slowly through many cities and several states, and eventually brought him home for burial in Springfield, Illinois.

It may surprise you to learn that Golden has a connection to Lincoln’s funeral car.  An elaborate railroad car had been designed for the President early in 1865.  Lincoln declined to use it, feeling that it was unseemly to travel in such luxury during a war.  Upon his death, the car was put to use as part of his funeral train.  In 1866, it was sold to the Union Pacific and used as an executive car.

In 1874, after stripping it of its finery, the UP gave possession of the coach to the Colorado Central [Railroad], which unceremoniously gutted it at the Golden car shops and rolled it out as an unassuming day coach.
Excerpted from Colorado Central Railroad, p. 407, by Dan Abbott, Dell A. McCoy, and Robert W. McLeod, Copyright 2007 by Sundance Publications, Denver, CO.

The car was later restored and exhibited around the country, but ended its days caught in a grass fire in Minnesota in 1911.  A team of Lincoln and railroad enthusiasts have worked for several years to replicate the funeral car, and its unveiling is set for early May.

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Breweries, Industry, and Power

There will be a Golden Beer Talk tonight at 6:30 at Windy Saddle Cafe.  The topic is Golden City Brewery Goes to Nepal, and the speakers are Charlie Sturdavant of the Golden City Brewery, and Lhakpa Sherpa of the Sherpa House.  The two will discuss the new brewery that they are building together in Nepal.


The Economic Development Commission will meet tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will discuss planned upcoming meetings with Golden-based businesses, a May 7th “Industry Block Party” to be held in the Coors Tech Center, scholarships to be given to Golden High School graduating seniors, and a possible Entrepreneurial Club to be formed at the High School.  This meeting is not broadcast live, but you can see their meeting packet online, on the EdComm page of the City website, or listen to the recorded meeting tomorrow, on the Agenda, Minutes, Web Casts, Schedule page.


Tomorrow at noon, the National Renewable Energy Lab is hosting a Power Lunch Lecture – The Role of Energy Storage in Today’s and Tomorrow’s Electric Grid.

NREL Senior Energy Analyst Paul Denholm will provide an overview of the role of energy storage in today’s and tomorrow’s electric grid and describes some of the tools and methods NREL and others have used to understand the value of energy storage and its ability to help integrate very large amounts of renewable energy.  Call 303-384-6565 or e-mail education.center@nrel.gov to make a reservation for this free public program.  Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation, which will be held at the NREL Visitors Center, 15013 Denver West Parkway (map).

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WWII and GURA

Red Rocks Community College commemorated World War II last week.  Dave Powers was on hand to photograph the event.  Visit our Facebook page to see his shots of a USO show, visits by World War II Veterans, museum exhibits, and more!

The Golden Urban Renewal Authority will meet tonight at 6:30 in City Council chambers.  They will discuss the artwork to be installed on the exterior of the new Natural Grocers store.  They will also hear a presentation by Confluence, the company that build the new apartment complex on 8th Street.  This meeting should be broadcast live through the city website, but in case of technical difficulties, check the meetings page tomorrow to hear the recording.

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Songbird of the Sage

The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is holding “Sunday at the Museum” this afternoon from 2-4.  Today’s guest is Liz Masterson, the “Songbird of the Sage.”  Liz began performing Western music in 1982 and was quickly recognized as a trail blazer for the revival of this art form. Her distinctive singing voice, yodeling, and sense of humor has won her national acclaim. Enjoy some cowgirl style entertainment! $10 per person includes museum admission and refreshments.  Museum members are admitted free.

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Explosions and chamber music

E-Days continues today, with historic mining demonstrations (jackleg drilling and hand steeling), a car show, a cardboard boat race, a carnival, and fireworks.  Mines’ fireworks are really extraordinary.  In keeping with their mining heritage, they use a lot of dynamite, and it’s very loud!  Join them at the intramural field so you can see the ground show as well as the aerial rockets.  Get the details from the Mines website.


Musicians from the Jefferson Symphony will give a recital tonight at 7PM, at the Methodist Church (1500 Ford St.).  Tickets are $10.

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E Days

This weekend, the School of Mines will hold their annual E Days celebration.  They’ll begin at 7:30 this morning with the Ore Cart Pull down to the the State Capitol building.  The public is invited to a demonstration of a Tesla Coil this afternoon from 1:30-2:30 in Bunker Auditorium.  See the full schedule of events on the Mines website.


Miners Alley Playhouse will present Godspell tonight, tomorrow night, and Sunday night.  Check their website for performance times and tickets.


Tomorrow morning, the Quilt Museum is offering one of their Fiber, Fabric, and Fun classes for kids ages 8-14.  This month they’ll be making a button collage.  The class will be held in the museum’s administration office at 651 Corporate Circle, Unit 102 (map).  Learn more at the Museum’s website.


Tomorrow from 10-2, the Hillside Community Church at 103 N. Ford Street (map) is holding their annual Golden Kids Clothes Swap.  See their website to learn more.

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World War II at Red Rocks Community College

Red Rocks Community College (map) is hosting an all-day event today, “Celebrating the Brave Men and Women of World War II.”  They will have re-enactors, lectures, World War II-vintage military vehicles and civilian automobiles, a USO show, museum exhibits, and a FLYOVER BY WORLD WAR II FIGHTER PLANES!  See the complete schedule of events.


The Public Art Commission meets this morning at 9, in the Public Works building.  They will discuss policies for maintaining our public art and for de-accessioning pieces.  They will also discuss a vision statement to guide future public art decisions.


City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  Community & Economic Development Director Steve Glueck will provide an update on the Pay As You Throw trash program, and the Mayor will invite public comment on the subject.  Public hearings will be held for conveying a public right of way to Camping World, to enable some expansion on their part; on raising transcription fees for the municipal court; on raising the fee for dog licenses, and on two ordinances that will enable us to install water fountains and drinking water stations on City or County property.  The meeting will be broadcast live on cable channel 8 as well as through the city website.

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