Music in the Park and Buffalo Bill Days

Golden Colorado - Music in the Park

This summer, music teacher Heather Malm has been offering Music in the Park, and the youngsters have been having a wonderful time.  Every Friday, Heather introduces the children to a different instrument.

Tomorrow morning, the group will be learning about percussion instruments, using drums, buckets, pots, pans, and even park equipment to make some music in the park!

Children 3 and up are invited to participate at 10 AM.  Children 2 and under can come at 10:30.  New Loveland Mine Park is located at 1309 5th St. (map).  A $5 donation per child is suggested.

Buffalo Bill Days

If you’re wondering about events in Parfet and Lions Park this weekend, check our Complete Schedule of Buffalo Bill Days events!

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The Sustainability Board will meet tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will be discussing their priorities for the year, extending the Pay As You Throw program, and project responsibilities for individual board Members.  See their meeting packet for the agenda, minutes of the previous meeting, and a list of their assignments for the year.

City Council meets tomorrow night at 6:30.  They will discuss the City’s current financial status, consider whether to authorize a 10 year franchise agreement with Comcast, and consider authorizing a new contract for bus advertising shelters within the city.  They will also decide whether to permit rezoning of the Golden Community Center to retroactively allow the HVAC system that was installed on the roof several months ago.  The new HVAC system exceeds the height limit allowed under current zoning.  Neighbors object to the loss of view caused by the new system.  Since the cost of moving the system is high, the City wants to change the zoning to permit it, rather than moving it.  The Planning Commission did not support this change, as it does not comply with current codes, but City Council may, since they are responsible for staying within the budget.

The study session after City Council’s business meeting will cover a proposed smoking ban, removal of traffic signals at 4th and Kimball on Heritage Road, and the planned Fall Fitness Challenge.  For more information, view the agenda online.  The meeting will be broadcast live on Cable Channel 8 or through the City’s website.

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Library Announces This Year’s Golden Reads Selection.

Mayor Marjorie Sloan has chosen Long Man by Amy Greene as this year’s GOLDEN READS selection.

Long Man tells the story of Yuneetah, Tenn., a small town about to be flooded by a Tennessee Valley Authority dam project. When three-year-old Gracie Dodson goes missing, the handful of remaining residents race against the rising water to find her, at the same time struggling with the gradual erasure of their home. Greene blends historical fiction and suspense with poetic meditations on the landscape and traditions of Appalachia.

Everyone in the Golden community is encouraged to read the book, and discuss it with others.  If you’re in a book club, read and discuss it with them.  The library has 53 copies of the book, and 6 copies of the audio version on CD, so get on the list to borrow it, and you won’t have long to wait.

The author, Amy Greene, will be visiting Golden on September 18th.  Put that date in your calendar, and plan to be at the Mountaineering Center (10th & Washington).  We’ll have food trucks there at 5, and a reading and book-signing at 7!  Learn more.

It’s not too late to sign up for the 2014 Summer Reading Club at the Golden Library, and earn a FREE book of your choice plus other fantastic prizes! Sign up at the library, or online: Fun for the whole family!

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Tech Faire: Sign Up Now And Save!

The City of Golden and the IX Power Foundation will sponsor an Innovation Faire on September 12th & 13th.  Tech startups, established businesses, educational institutions, and tech-focused business organizations can now apply to exhibit.  Exhibitor fees are $150 for a 10 x 10 space, but will increase to $300 after August 8.

“We have a really exciting two days planned at this year’s Innovation Faire” says Faire Chair Deborah Deal-Blackwell of IX Power Foundation, one of the event hosts. “Everything cool, techie, science, business, and education focused in Central Colorado will be at this year’s event.”  Learn more at the event website:

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Buffalo Bill Days Preview

Get ready!  Next weekend we’ll be celebrating Buffalo Bill Days.  It starts on Wednesday, with a golf tournament at Applewood Golf Course.  On Thursday, the Golden Chamber holds a special membership luncheon at the Buffalo Rose.  (If you’re a Chamber member, or considering joining, don’t miss this–it’s fun!)

The action in Parfet Park (10th & Washington) starts on Friday at 5.  All weekend long, we’ll have arts & crafts, food, beer, bull riding, children’s rides, and live music.  Friday’s music comes from Strange Radio and Chris Daniels & the Kings.

Saturday begins with a Golden Fire Department pancake breakfast from 6-10AM.  The parade starts at 10, and runs along Washington Avenue from 10th to 13th.  There will be a Wild West Show in Lions Park from 12:30-3.  And again, there will be music all day in Parfet Park:  Jewel & the Rough, Magic Moments, Ethyl & the Regulars, and Brad Lee Schroeder.

Sunday begins with a community worship service in Parfet Park from 9-10:15.  Over in Lions Park, little children can try their hand at Muttin Bustin’ from 10-1.  There will be a car show along Washington Avenue.  Back in Parfet Park, the Golden Center of Dance will perform from 10:30-11:30.  Music will follow, performed by Two Girls With Guitars and The Long Run.  There will be a duck race on Clear Creek at 1, sponsored by the Sons of American Legion.  The requested donation is $2/duck, and there are lots of good prizes!

Learn more about all of these events at

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Here’s an agenda for a good day in Golden:

1 Golden Farmers Market, 8AM-1PM.  There’s no Market next weekend, due to Buffalo Bill Days, so stock up today!

2 DinoExpress Train from 10-4 at the Colorado Railroad Museum.  What could be more fun than dinosaurs and train rides, all in the same place?

3 The Odd Couple tonight at 7:30, at Miners Alley Playhouse.

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Walk With A Geologist

Tomorrow morning at 9:15, Dinosaur Ridge will offer a hike, guided by a Dinosaur Ridge geologist and geared toward adults.  Learn about the many different environments, landscapes and how they’ve changed over the last 300 million years!  Not recommended for children. “Walk With A Geologist” is available to the public for a $10 fee. For reservations contact Tom Moklestad 303-697-3466 x103 or tom_moklestad@d​ For more information please visit www.dinoridge.o​rg.

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Mopar Party Tonight, NREL Tour Tomorrow

Washington Avenue will be closed tonight for the annual Mopar Block Party.  This event kicks off the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Raceway.  The party will be followed by three days of high-speed racing at Bandimere Speedway in nearby Morrison for the 33rd Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals.  Tonight’s party is free and open to the public, so come downtown and check it out!

This afternoon from 12:30-2:30, the Golden Library (map) is holding one of their drop-in computer help sessions.  (This is the ideal time to finally figure out how to get library books on your Kindle, iPad, etc.!)  They’ll also help with email, internet searching, and MS Office problems.

Tomorrow morning from 9-10:30, the National Renewable Energy Lab is offering a walking tour of their campus (map)NREL exemplifies environmental sustainability throughout its operations. Visitors learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency research as well as see for themselves how the campus is demonstrating clean energy technologies, reducing waste, and eliminating atmospheric pollution. The Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour is a vigorous, outdoor walking tour, so visitors are urged to wear comfortable walking shoes and to dress for the weather. The tours start at the NREL Education Center and include the Research Support Facility, NREL Parking Garage, and Central Detention Pond. Participants must be 18 or older, a U.S. Citizen, and have photo ID. Space is limited and advance registration is required. 303-275-3023. Free.

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Dinosaurs, Trains, and Beer

Dinosaur Express Train and Golden Craft Beer Train at the Colorado Railroad Museum

The Railroad Museum will be running their Dinosaur Express train this Saturday.  Colorado railroads helped unearth many fossils as railroad tracks were laid. Construction crews often exposed these unusual and fascinating bones as they were digging and laying railroad ties. Trains were then used to transport these ‘stone bones’ to museums around Colorado and throughout the U.S.  Make “Fresh Tracks through Prehistory” as children enjoy dino-related activities like:

  • Participating in scavenger hunts
  • Painting casts of a dinosaur footprint to take home
  • Sifting through loose sand to find, identify and take home free small fossils like shark teeth
  • Panning for gold and minerals such as fool’s gold (pyrite), amethyst, rose quart and peridot
  • Cracking geodes
  • Sluicing for Gems, Minerals and Fossils
  • Learning about dinosaur eggs and nests

Be greeted by multiple dinosaurs whose skeletons have been found all along the Front Range.  Follow the dinosaur tracks around the Museum’s 15-acre railyard and listen to the adventurous stories of these prehistoric reptiles during our dinosaur storytime. Train rides depart every 30 minutes between 10:00AM and 4:00PM and are included in the price of admission.  Dinosaur Express Train is in collaboration with the Morrison Natural History Museum, Dinosaur Ridge and Triebold Paleontology.

A slightly older crowd can look forward to their next special train–the Golden Craft Beer Train on August 9th!

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Gross! And a Public Meeting about 6 & 19th St.

The Golden Library is offering a teen program this afternoon, from 2-3:  Grossology.  It’s slimy. It oozes. It may or may not be edible. Explore the gross side of science with hands-on activities and experiments. Warning! This program is not for the squeamish. Presented by Jenna, your local teen librarian. Space is limited at these events. Come early to get a spot! For teens in 6th-12th grade.  Free.

This evening at 6, the City will host an open house on design options for the Hwy 6 and 19th Street interchange project. The project will grade separate US 6 and 19th Street and provide a pedestrian plaza and crossing, and a separate bike trail over 6th Avenue.  The meeting will be held at the CSM Student Center, 1600 Maple St. (map).

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