Splash, a copper mine, water storage, and the new Mike

The City’s waterpark, “The Splash,” opens today!  It’s still a bit cool today, but next week’s forecast shows temperatures in the 80s.

Tonight at 6, Pete Modreski of the USGS will lead a hike to see an old copper mine at the base of Lookout Mountain.  We will meet at Parking Lot F at the edge of the CSM campus-located on the south side of 19th St., Golden, just east of 6th Avenue; from there we will drive together the short distance (1 mile) up Lookout Mtn. Dr. to park where a short walk across fields and up a hillside & gully will take us to the site of the old mine adit and dump.  We’ll see traces of copper minerals, plus garnet crystals in the metamorphic rocks nearby.  Any questions?  Email pmodreski@usgs.gov or call 720-205-2553.

City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  Council’s agenda usually includes several “Consent Matters,” which include items that are considered uncontroversial.  Any councilor can request that an individual item be removed from that list, so it can be discussed, but if not, the entire list of consent matters is approved at once.  Tonight’s consent matters include an interesting item:  both Black Hawk and Georgetown have requested to use our reservoir to temporarily store water.  In exchange, we’ll get to keep half of the water stored.  (Yea! for our giant reservoir!)

The meeting will end with an executive session in which the councilors will review candidates for the City Manager’s job.  They plan to select five finalists, who will be invited to visit the city and meet with Council.  The meeting will be broadcast live on cable Channel 8, and streamed live through the city website.  See the full agenda and meeting packet on the Agenda, Minutes, Web Casts, Schedule page.

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Liquor (and Marijuana) Licensing and Sustainability

The Liquor Licensing Authority will meet this afternoon at 2:30 in City Council Chambers.    Rocky Mountain Organic Medicine (medical marijuana) is applying to renew their business license.  Cafe 13 is applying for a (new) liquor license.  The Diamond Shamrock at 17691 W. Colfax and the Table Mountain Inn have both filed “Change of Registered Manager” applications.  For more information, see the Agenda, Minutes, Web Casts, Schedule page and review the meeting packet.

The Sustainability Board meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will be reviewing proposals for a new 5-year trash and recycling collection vendor.  Residents are invited and encouraged to review and comment on the proposals, but they have not yet been posted on the City website.  Attend the meeting to get a copy, or look on this board’s page tomorrow.  The board will pass their recommendation on to City Council, so you will have another chance to register your comments in June.  The board will also review proposed amendments to the zoning code designed to make our building standards more “green.”  They will also discuss ways to educate the public about water conservation.  The meeting packet is available here.

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Memorial Day Photos and Tonight’s Golden Cruise

Dave Powers attended both Memorial Day ceremonies yesterday, and got a nice bunch of photos.  Check ’em out!

The first Golden (bike) Cruise for the year is tonight.  This month’s (optional) costume theme is “Mimes,” so get out your beret and white face paint.  The group will meet in the parking lot at 10th & Illinois.  Beer, food, and live music are available starting at 5:30.  The ride starts at about 7.  St. Anthony’s Hospital is sponsoring an adult bike giveaway each month this year, and the Golden Civic Foundation will give away a kid’s bike each month!  Learn more of the details on the Golden Civic Foundation’s site.

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Memorial Day Parade and Marine Memorial Ceremony

Memorial Day is busy for the Golden Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).  At 6:30 AM, they will raise the “Avenue of Flags” in the Golden Cemetery.

At 10AM, the VFW, American Legion, and a pipe band will form up for Golden’s first Memorial Day parade.  The parade will meet at the new VA Clinic at 1020 Johnson Road (map).  They will march down 10th Avenue to Ulysses and enter the cemetery at the north gate.

At 11AM they will conduct a flag service in the Veterans section of the cemetery.

At 2PM, there will be a Memorial Day ceremony at the Marine Corps Memorial (map), which honors the overall service of the U.S.M.C. as well as specific units, special corps (such as FMF Corpsmen and Women Marines) and various wars.

Ken Giese will play the bagpipes, Hazel Miller will sing the national anthem, Bob Antosik will play the bugle, and Tom Loux will release white doves.  The Women Marines Association CO-1 will provide a wreath and the program; James G. Chapman will serve as the Honorary Marine Memorial Chaplain, and the 1st Colorado High Plains Regiment, Young Marines will serve as color guard.

Please note: parking for this event is at Home Depot.  Please walk from there to the site.  Handicapped and pre-approved parking will be available on-site.

As always, THANK YOU to the Golden Kiwanis Club and Boy Scout Troop 130 for the flags they place along South Golden Road.  For $30/year, you can help sponsor the flag display here in Golden, and they will also place a flag in front of your home or business!  Visit the club’s website to sign up!

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Cruisin’ in Golden

The first Golden Family Friendly Bicycle Cruise of the year is this Tuesday.  This year, in addition to the adult cruise bike that they give away at each cruise (donated by Saint Anthony’s Hospital), they’ll be giving away a kid’s bike every month!  Once again, they’ll have an optional costume theme each month.  This Tuesday, the the theme will be Mimes.  Check out the details on the Civic Foundation’s site.

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The memorial service for Heinie Foss will be held next Friday, May 29th, at 1PM in the Foss Auditorium in the American Mountaineering Center.  His obituary is now available online.

The Railroad Museum is celebrating model trains and railways this month, so their garden railway will be even more fun than usual.  In addition, they will be showing a documentary about model trains at 11, 12, 1, 2, and 3PM.  Since this is Saturday, they will also be offering train rides today.

Gold Mine Cupcakes is celebrating their grand opening today with snacks and refreshments (including cupcakes!), dog adoptions from Evergreen Animal Protection League, and raffle drawings.  Check out their new store at 700 12th Street, #130 (map).  Their Grand opening flavors will be: Turtle, Cookies n Cream, Double Chocolate, Cherry turnover, Birthday cake, Coconut lime, Red velvet, Gluten Free Carrot cake and Gluten Free Double chocolate!

Colorado Haunted History wants you to remember that the best scary stories start with, “It was a dark and stormy night…”  They’ll be giving their “Murder, Mayhem and Madness Tour of Golden” tonight, starting at the Visitors Center (10th & Washington) at 8PM.  The cost of the tour is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 13.

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Sad news and congratulations

We are very sorry to say that Heinie Foss passed away on Wednesday night.  Mr. Foss was the owner of the Foss Drug Store, which operated at 13th and Washington from 1913-2007.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

The City has (very sensibly) delayed the opening of The Splash from tomorrow (May 23rd) till next Thursday (May 28th).  The current forecast calls for much warmer temperatures next weekend.

Do you own a Golden business?  Is so, the City would like to remind you to complete a brief survey, evaluating their level of service to local businesses.  The survey is available online or as a PDF that you can complete and return to the City.

Congratulations to this morning’s Golden High School graduates!

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Thirsty Third Thursday, Theater, and Things

Tonight is “Thirsty Third Thursday” at the Mountaineering Museum (710 10th Street).  Join them from 5:30-8:30 for gear, beer, and free museum admission.  All ages are welcome.

Brighton Beach Memoirs opens tomorrow night at Miners Alley Playhouse.  If you go  tomorrow night, you can enjoy their free opening night party and buffet!

The library’s DIY Explorer’s Club meets this afternoon at 4, and remember that they’re in their temporary location in the High School library (701 24th St.)  If you’ve ever gotten into trouble for taking stuff apart “just to see how it works” or if you love to invent, create, and reimagine things, join the DIY Explorers Club! Whether it’s learning basic circuitry to make bike lights, creating costumes out of cardboard, making stop-motion animation, each month we’ll do an awesome hands-on activity (or two!) to turn you into a Maker! This program is for those in 5th-8th grade only.

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Coffee, beer, and politics

Just a reminder–there’s a public information meeting tonight from 6-8 at the Community Center about the Hwy 6 and 19th Street interchange.

Pangea Coffee Roasters is celebrating their grand opening tonight from 4-6 and having a ribbon-cutting tonight at 5:30.  Stop by the shop and enjoy some complimentary coffee and pastries.

Tomorrow night, Representative Jessie Danielson will be at Mountain Toad Brewery starting at 5:30 for News and Brews.  Here’s your chance to meet your legislator and learn about the recent legislative session!

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If you like trivia games, our bars have you covered.  Woody’s Pizza has “Team Trivia” Sunday and Wednesday nights at 9.  The Ace Hi Tavern has trivia nights on Tuesdays starting at 7PM.  The Buffalo Rose has “Geeks Who Drink” on Tuesday nights at 7:30 (with all you can eat tacos for $10).

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