Fitness in Company

Many people vow to start a fitness program when the new year begins.  In case you’re ready to start a little earlier, you should be aware of two local groups.

Golden Walks is a small group organized by Councilor Saoirse Charis-Grav­es.  They currently take two walks per week:  a Sunrise Walk at 7AM on Tuesdays, and a 10 O’Clockers walk (at 10AM!) on Wednesdays.  Learn more at their Meetup Site.

Front Range Running and Cycling Club holds weekly bike rides on Sundays, track workouts on Wednesdays, and group runs on Saturdays.  Learn more at their website.

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Winter Solstice

Today is the winter solstice (shortest day of the year).  According to, sunrise today is at 7:18AM, and sunset is 4:39PM.  Seize the day!  (Because there isn’t much of it!)

Come downtown this afternoon to enjoy a free carriage ride from noon till 4.  While there, check out the store window decorations…the merchants really went all out this year!

Lucky Star Ranch at 700 12th Street will give you 10% off anything in the store if you tell them you saw the offer on

The new boutique, Truly (801B 14th St.), is offering 20% off your entire purchase!

Last book-signing of the year:  Barb Warden will be at Avenue Gifts from 2-4, signing copies of Olde Golden Christmas and Funiculars of Golden Colorado.

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The Last Big Saturday of Olde Golden Christmas

The Christmas parade starts at 11 on Washington Avenue, downtown Golden.
Foothills Art Center is hosting a Gingerbread House Construction Zone today from 11-2.
What the Dickens? Victorian Carolers will be strolling the Avenue from 11:30-1:30.
Free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available from 12-4, and Newfoundland Dog Cart rides (for small children) will run from 12-3.
Barb Warden will signing her book, Olde Golden Christmas, from 12-2 at Baby Doe’s Clothing.
Santa Claus will be at Avenue Gifts from 12-3, so bring the kids for a visit and a  photo.
Jerry Barlow will be playing Celtic Music at Meyer Hardware from 12-2.
Ed Slack will be painting one of his beautiful Golden Christmas pictures at Spirits in the Wind from 12-4.
Enjoy holiday crafts and activities at the Astor House from 12-3:30.  Admission is only $3 per person (or free for members)!
Celebrate the winter solstice (shortest day of the year) at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center from 4-6PM.
The Buffalo Rose will host a Masquerade Ball tonight, beginning at 7:30, to celebrate the solstice.

We have a new store downtown:  Truly – A Bohotique sells consignment and new clothing, and features the work of local artists.  Stop in and see the new place at 801-B 14th Street (next to Higher Grounds Coffee Shop).

Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill is hosting their Annual Customer Christmas Party, which includes a free buffet.  If you’re a regular there, stop in and celebrate with them!

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Jazz and Improv!

For a fun and relaxing start to the weekend, have dinner or a drink at Windy Saddle tonight, and enjoy listening to The Jazz Cats!  They’ll be playing from 6 – 8.

Golden High School students are offering an evening of Improv, starting at 7.  Golden High School | 701 24th Street | map

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This weekend is your last chance to see Miners Alley’s holiday production, Songs for a New World. 

It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs For A New World. The first musical from TONY Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Last 5 Years, Bridges Of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices we make.

Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basket-ball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. 

The remaining performances are tonight, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30, and Sunday afternoon at 2.  Buy tickets online or call the box office at 303-935-3044.


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Live Music

Bill McKay and Chris Thompson will play at the Golden Hotel tomorrow night from 6 to 9PM.

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Want less “um” in your life?

“Toastmasters is an international organization that is a fun and supportive environment to learn and practice public speaking and leadership skills.”

We have two Toastmasters groups here in Golden.  Both meet the first and third Wednesday of the month.  Buffalo Toastmasters meets at 11:30AM in the Jefferson County Building, 100 Jefferson County Parkway.  Learn more on their web site.  Golden Orators Toastmasters meet at 5:30PM in the Golden Visitors Center, 1010 Washington Ave.  Call 720-282-9484 to learn more about that group.

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Downtown Development Authority

The new Downtown Development Authority meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  This group is still getting up to speed, so tonight’s meeting includes presentations about Miners Alley Playhouse and the Buffalo Rose expansion project, committee and liaison assignments, a discussion of their 2015 action plan, and an introduction to streetscape designs and sidewalk issues.  If you’re interested in Downtown’s future and in understanding what the DDA will be doing, this would be a good meeting to attend.  This meeting is not broadcast on cable or the city website, so you will need to attend in person.

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Sunday Events

This afternoon at 3, Golden Dance Arts presents The Nutcracker Ballet, featuring students of all ages from Golden’s Dance Arts ballet classes at the Golden Community Center. Tickets are $5 in advance for children / $7 in advance for adults or $10 at the door. Please call 720-266-0848 for reservations or more information.  The performance will be offered at Bell Middle School, 1001 Ulysses St. (map).

Enjoy a Guitar Recital this afternoon from 4-5PM at Windy Saddle Cafe, 1110 Washington Avenue.

Free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available from 12-4, starting on 12th Street, just west of Washington Avenue.

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More Yule Time Fun

We’ll have another exciting day downtown!  The parade starts at 11 and will run for about 30 minutes, along Washington Avenue, between 10th and 13th Streets.  Remember — each parade has a different line-up of entrants, so each one is different.  Rumor has it that we’ll see a lot of horses today.

We have free horse-drawn carriage rides from 12-4PM.  Board the carriages just west of 12th and Washington.  Free Newfoundland dogcart rides are available for young children at 12th and Jackson Streets.  The What the Dickens Singers will be caroling along the Avenue from 11 to 1.

Foothills Art Center is hosting a Holiday Sweater Party from 11-2.  You bring the sweatshirt or hoodie and they supply the materials and guidance to help create festive, awesomely fun holiday gear.  The cost is $5. 

The other option at Foothills is their Ornament Creation workshop.  Foothills’ jewelry workshop instructor Stephanie will help you create some beautiful wire ornaments for your home or as a gift! Please arrive before noon.  This activity also runs from 11-2, and the cost is $5.

For all the details on Holiday events, check our Holiday Events Calendar.

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