Tiny House Coming to Golden Tomorrow

Tiny Home

The Golden Library will host a Tiny Home Expo tomorrow (September 1st) from noon till 6PM.

The Energy Efficiency Business Coalition presents the 2016 Tiny Home Expo featuring Corbett Lunsford’s #TinyLab.  The tiny home phenomenon is booming and energy efficiency goes hand-in-hand with the tiny home movement.

Corbett Lunsford is coming to Golden, Colorado with a high performance, energy efficient tiny house on wheels called the #TinyLab. Corbett will be educating consumers and contractors about sustainable energy efficient homes and building performance best practices. And, Corbett will be on hand to give tours of the #TinyLab.

Cheryl Coates, of Tiny Diamond Homes will be speaking on The Tiny Home Market In Colorado and giving tours of the Tiny Diamond Home’s tiny home.

The best of the Denver area energy efficiency industry leaders will have an opportunity to showcase their energy efficient products and services ranging from HVAC systems, windows, insulation, wifi thermostats to energy auditors.

Information will be available to consumers on how to reduce their energy costs and environmental impact while creating a comfortable and healthy home.

Information will be available to consumers about the tiny home community: designs, building codes, safety, and how to live in less than 220 square feet.

Do you want a beer museum?


The Golden History Museum is seeking public opinion on their plan to turn the Astor House into a “beer museum.”

They plan to serve tasting flights to visitors, to educate them about different beer styles over time.  They point out that Golden has been brewing beer since the 1870s, and that the craft beer movement is popular, not only in Golden but throughout the state.  They anticipate that such a museum would be a major attraction in the state.

The Museum brought the idea to City Council.  Council told them to gauge public opinion and come back in October.  So the Museum is now seeking public opinion.

Those who are in favor of the beer museum stress these points:

• It will be a regional attraction, and will draw many visitors.
• It will bring revenue to the city
• Beer is part of Golden’s culture
• Beer is topical right now

Those who are opposed to the idea have this to say:

• We don’t need more crowds downtown.
• Where would all those visitors park? We’re already planning to charge for parking starting in January.
• The City shouldn’t be serving liquor.
• The City shouldn’t be competing with our craft breweries and bars.
• Craft beer is stylish now and may be outmoded in two years.  The City shouldn’t spend money developing a museum about a passing fancy.
• Golden is a family-oriented small town. This doesn’t seem family-oriented, nor supportive of a small town.
• We should be considering many ideas for how to use the Astor House…why have we only been given one idea for discussion?

What do you think?  The Museum wants to hear from you.  Please take this opportunity to complete their online survey.

Tonight’s Golden Cruise
Yesterday we mentioned that the Golden Bike Library planned to stay open during the Golden Cruise, so people could borrow bikes.  They’ve since realized that the bikes in the library aren’t equipped with lights for night riding.  They might be able to add lights to a few bikes by tonight, but to be safe, you should call them (303-597-3600) to confirm whether you’ll be able to borrow a bike.

Bikes & Bikers

minipeachGolden Rotary still has some peaches left from Saturday’s sale.  If you’ve been kicking yourself for your failure to buy any (or you’ve already gone through your whole case), go to Guaranty Bank (across from Kohl’s) today.

The Golden Bike Cruise takes place tomorrow night (Tuesday the 30th).  As usual, the kegs will be tapped at 6; ride starts at 7:00 pm; food, beer and music available until 9:30 pm.   The beer comes from New Belgium Brewing Company and Bob’s Atomic Burger makes the food!

bikelibrarysmThis month’s costume theme is Marvel comics.  Costumes are optional, but if you want to wear one, your options include Spiderman, Captain American, Thor, the Hulk, Wolverine (don’t puncture your tires), Magneto, and many others.

Don’t have a bike?  Here’s some good news:  according the cruise organizer Marcie Miller, the Golden Bike Library is going to stay open late so you can borrow one from them!

Golden Gran Fondo

Speaker of bikes and bikers, Dave Powers got a beautiful set of photos at yesterday morning’s Golden Gran Fondo.

Sunday Specifics

Gran Fondo

The Golden Gran Fondo bike race is today.  Washington Avenue will be closed for a brief while at about 8AM, but that’s the only street closure for the day.  There will be an all-day party going on in Parfet Park, with bike demos, food vendors, a beer garden, live music, mini farmers market as well as a Cruiser Crit and Big Wheel races.

Mines Little Theater

The Mines Little Theater Group will perform American Iliad again today at noon and 4 at the hay barn in the Clear Creek History Park.

Windy Saddle has a visiting author today, from 3-4:  Rania Eldam and “MD and Finn Go Camping!”

Peaches, Fabric, Theater, and Warrior Cats

Golden Rotary Peaches

If you ordered peaches from the Golden Rotary Club, TODAY IS THE DAY to collect them!  The club will be at the Jeffco Fairgrounds (map) from 8AM-2PM.  If you failed to order them ahead of time, get to the fairground early, because they always order a few extra boxes.

The Quilt Museum is having their annual GARAGE SALE todayThis is the sale quilters and crafters wait for all year! Score amazing bargains on new and gently used fabric, thread, patterns, vintage items, collectibles, and what-have-you!  The sale will last from 9AM-2:30PM at 200 Violet Street, Suite 150, Golden, CO (map).

The School of Mines Little Theater Group will perform American Iliad, a half-hour long comedy, at noon and again at 4PM at the Clear Creek History Park.  If you can’t make it today, plan to go tomorrow at the same times.  It’s FREE!

At 1 o’clock, the Library invites teens to play the Warrior Cats Tabletop Role-Playing Game Adventure with other fans of Erin Hunter’s popular Warrior Cats book series. A group of kits has snuck away from the Queens that were watching them. Every available warrior has been sent out to look for them, but we need your help too! Create your own character, and help save the missing kits.

The Golden Gran Fondo bike race will be happening tomorrow.  Most of the race takes place outside of Golden, so the only road closure will be  Washington Avenue between 11th and 12th from 7:45 am – 8:15 am for the start of the race.

Also tomorrow–plan to eat at Bob’s Atomic Burgers!  They’re hosting a fund-raiser to support Pleasant View Elementary.

Movies, Music, & Wood Stoves

Movies & Music i the Park 2016

Tonight is the last Movies & Music in the Park for 2016.  The Moses Jones Band will start playing at 7PM and the movie will start at dusk.  They’re showing Star Wars: the Force Awakens tonight–the newish one, with Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford.  Let’s hope for no rain!  Here’s the forecast.

The Jazz Cats will be playing from 6:30-8:30 at Windy SaddleJazz … unique American art form, key to which is “improvisation,” communication between performers and listeners, give-and-take  between musicians over songs from the Great American Songbook. “The Jazz Cats” swing, playing “mainstream” jazz of the 1950’s.

The Clear Creek History Park is offering one of their wood stove cooking classes tomorrow at 10AM.  These usually sell out, but as of this writing, there are a few slots left!  Buy your ticket now.


The Library’s DIY lab is open tonight from 5:30-7:30, so feel free to stop by and tinker, invent, and reimagine, using their cool tools.

The Quilt Museum’s annual book sale is going on now.  They have dozens and dozens of books available for purchase, including magazines, reference guides, novels, and all  books quilting and craft related.   The book sale runs through Saturday at 2PM.


On Saturday, they’re having the big annual garage sale.  They always have a have a great collection of fabric, quilting accessories and kits.  Both sales take place at their 200 Violet Street location (map).  FYI, this is where the Quilt Museum is moving sometime this fall.

If you were thinking of attending this fall’s Public Works Academy, tomorrow (Friday the 26th) is the deadline to apply.

Boards and Rails

The Sustainability Board meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They’re gearing up for a community sustainability night, to be held at the Mountaineering Center on November 30th.  With this board’s encouragement, the city has installed water bottle filling stations in the restrooms in Lions and Parfet Parks, as well as the one on 12th St.  Representatives from the School of Mines’ Sustainability Committee plan to visit tonight’s meeting.

City Council meets tomorrow night at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will hear about Foothills Art Center.  They will be asked to approve the sale of two lots of surplus city property up near the city shops.  The 5.85 acres of land are currently undeveloped and the the intended use is office and light industrial.  The City will net $1.5 million for this sale.

A brief history lesson:  The City bought 29 acres in 2005 so we could move the City shops from downtown to the north end of town.  The land that wasn’t needed for City use was subdivided into 6 lots and offered for sale.  Two lots sold in 2007.  Two more are likely to sell now, which is enough to retire the debt on the property.  The proceeds on the two remaining lots, when they sell, will be profit for the city.

Both meetings will be broadcast live through the city website.  The meeting packets, with more details, are also available online.

Politics and Trains at the Railroad Museum

Two news items about the Railroad Museum
The Railroad Museum is hosting one of their popular “Rails and Cocktails” events this Friday, August 26th, from 5:30-8PM.  The topic is Politics and Trains.  Learn more….

thomas3The Railroad Museum needs many volunteers to help with their ultra-popular Day Out With Thomas event.  Volunteer positions are available Saturday and Sunday September 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, and 25th. Full-day and Half-day shifts are available. 8am – 6pm.  Help them run activity booths, cashier in our merchandise tent, man a will call/greeter station, set-up/tear-down tents etc… There are a wide variety of duties to fill and they are flexible with schedule.  Contact Danielle@crrm.org or Carolyn@crrm.org to learn more, or sign up through the Metro Volunteers website.

Planning for Tonight and the Future

The Golden Library has Lego Play & Build this afternoon from 4-5.  All ages are welcome.    The Buffalo Rose has line dancing from 5-7, and Geeks Who Drink from 6:30-9:30.  The Ace Hi has Trivia starting at 7.

A Week From Tonight
We all know that the Golden Library offers good children’s programs–storytimes, games, DIY workshops–but they also offer a lot of interesting things for adults.  Next Tuesday (August 30th, 6-7PM), they’re offering an estate planning seminar.  They’ve invited an attorney from Ball & Barry to share his expertise.   Here are the topics he’ll cover:

  • If you don’t have an estate plan, don’t worry! The State of Colorado and the IRS have already done one for you. You might not like it.
  • Whether you need to worry about estate taxes.
  • Why a well-drafted living trust is an important investment for all homeowners. · How to leave an inheritance the right way.
  • How to protect your assets from lawsuits (a must for anyone who owns rental real estate or a business).
  • How to prevent an ex-spouse, creditors and immature financial judgment from destroying the inheritance you have built for your children and other loved ones.
  • How the probate process works and why you should try to avoid it!
  • Why trust planning is a valuable estate planning tool.

Sounds like a lot of good information, and, like all of the Library programs, it’s FREE.


Fresh Air and Exercise

The Community Center is closed for maintenance until Monday the 29th.  Happily, after today the weather should be great for outdoor exercise–70s and low 80s.  Consider one of these outdoor options at various Golden parks:

Fitness Loops – Golden Heights, Lions Park Ballfields, Ulysses
Walking Loops – Beverly Heights, Tony Grampsas, Rooney Road, New Loveland Mine Park
Tennis Courts – Lions, Southridge
Basketball – Heritage Dells, Lions, Southridge, Tony Grampsas, White Ash Mine
Volleyball – Lions, Parfet, Tony Grampsas

The Splash at Fossil Trace will be available for lap swim only this week. The main park and concessions are closed for the year. The hours for lap swimming will be Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Learn more and find maps to the parks on the PARKS PAGE.

Alternatively, if you want to be active and make money at the same time, apply for a job at our newest restaurant, Trailhead Taphouse (12th Street at Miners Alley).  They need someone to help bus tables.

Coors Brewery Tour

The Coors tours have gone to fall hours:  Thursday-Saturday 10-4, Sunday Noon – 4, and Monday 10- 4 (so closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).  They’re re-paving their visitors lot (13th and Ford) this week.