Food & Drugs, Books and Road Closures


The Mountaineering Museum’s Yeti Night was both fun and very hairy, and Dave Powers was on hand to capture the magic!  See the photos on our facebook page.

skeletonreadingThe Library’s Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale is running today through Sunday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  See the Library’s website for particulars about hours, prices, directions, etc.

I found this on Nextdoor:  The First United Methodist Church of Golden is holding a food drive tomorrow (Saturday the 22nd) from 12 noon to 4 pm. The food drive is for the Christian Action Guild, which serves those in need in the Golden area. Canned goods and nonperishables only.   The Methodist Church is located at 1500 Ford Street, just north of Safeway.  Their parking lot is actually on Jackson Street, so approach it from Jackson.

hauntedphysicslabThe School of Mines Haunted Physics Lab is tomorrow from noon til 3 in Friedhoff Hall (inside the Green Center, 924 16th Street-map).  Learn more….

The Golden Police Department (911 10th Street-map) and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department (200 Jefferson County Parkway-map) are both having drug take-back days tomorrow from 10AM-2PM.  If you have old pharmaceuticals in your medicine cabinet, this is a good way to dispose of them safely.


Highway 6 will be closed this weekend, starting tonight at 10PM, from 19th Street to Highway 58.  Learn more….

Children, Yetis, Beer, and Wine

International Night at Shelton Elementary

Shelton Elementary is having an open house tonight from 5:30-6:30 for parents and next year’s kindergarteners.  After a brief presentation, they’ll have time for questions and tours of the school.  Shelton will also be hosting their International Night starting at 6, so visitors can experience the school’s diverse cultures with food tastings, native dance, and much more!

Don’t forget Yeti Night at the Mountaineering Museum, from 6-9.

This is also the night when Museum Director Nathan Richie will present his survey results about putting a Beer Museum in the Astor House to City Council.  That meeting starts at 6:30.  It’s a Study Session, so they won’t be accepting public comment.

Tomorrow night, the Golden Kiwanis Club will hold their 42nd Annual Wine Tasting!  This is a fundraiser to provide scholarships for Golden High School students to attend the Colorado School of Mines.  The theme is Paris France and their have both live and silent auctions, with a trip to Paris included in the live auction!  Learn more….

Bibliophiles, be poised to spring into action:  the Library’s Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale starts tomorrow at 9AM.

Boos and Brews and Yetis

Every Wednesday and Thursday from 4-6PM, the Colorado School of Mines Phi Gamma Delta fraternity offer free homework help at the Golden Library.  Any subject, grades 1-12…just visit the library, and they’ll be able to help you!

Toil and Trouble

Tonight’s the night that our wild librarians will be celebrating Boos and Brews at Holidaily Brewing Company.  You’re invited!  Costumes are optional, but the librarians will be dressed up.   Holidaily Brewing Co.  |  801 Brickyard Circle  |  303-867-5309  |  Map

Yeti Night at the American Mountaineering Museum

Tomorrow night is Yeti Night at the Mountaineering Museum–their most popular Thirsty Thursday of the year!  They’ll have beer by Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, gear prizes from Eddie Bauer, Yeti costume contests for both kids and adults, a Yeti mask-making station for kids, and FREE ADMISSION to the Mountaineering Museum!  The party runs from 6-9 at the Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St.  (Map)

Halloween Tales and Trails

Halloween Takes & Trails

Lookout Mountain Nature Center will have their annual “Halloween Tales and Trails” this Saturday, October 22nd, from 1-6PM.

Our Halloween festival will feature many activities perfect for a family friendly, non-scary, fun filled day! Enjoy seasonal crafts, stories, and games at our annual Halloween festival.

Guided hikes: When you arrive, check-in at the front table to pick your hike time. Hikes are limited to 25 participants. Once all tickets for a hike time are gone that time will no longer be available. Hikes will leave every 10 minutes until ~1 hour before the festival ends. Guided hikes are 1 hour in length. The guided hike takes place on our Forest Loop trail (length: 0.6 mile). Please wear good walking shoes as this trail can be rocky in areas. Check-in and all activities start at 1:00 pm. All hikes and activities end promptly at 6:00 pm.

Please give yourself enough time to do all the activities, crafts, etc. that you are interested. Costumes are encouraged but not required! We especially encourage costumes that are easy to hike and play outside in. Please bring your own traveling mug so you can indulge in our delicious hot chocolate! Let’s play and learn outside! This is an indoor/outdoor program that will take place rain, snow, or shine! So, dress accordingly. Dogs are not allowed on our trails. Please leave the furry family members at home. All ages/Family Register. Suggested donation: $10/family, $5/individual. (cash & check preferred)

For more Halloween Events, check our calendar at

What’s the City up to?


Here’s a summary of this week’s board and commission meetings.  For more details, see the Agenda, Minutes, Web Casts, Schedule page on the City website.

Tonight – The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet in City Council Chambers at 6:30PM.  They will consider a grant request for $2500 to help Table Mountain Vision defray the cost of correcting drainage issues in their back parking lot.  They will also consider a request from Golden Liquors to purchase some quarter-and-key operated lockers.  A year ago, Coors instituted a policy of prohibiting purses and backpacks on their tours.  Golden Liquors (which is across the street from the Coors visitor lot) installed some lockers, so the Coors tourists would have a place to stash their stuff.  The lockers have been popular, and the store would like to install a few more.  Staff will brief the board on a project to upgrade the Parfet Park bus stop/transportation center.  They will also discuss last week’s DDA outreach meeting, to see what they learned.

Tuesday – The Parks & Recreation Board will meet at 6PM at Fossil Trace.  They will receive a 1-hour tour of Fossil Trace, and start their regular meeting at the Clubhouse at 7PM.  They will review how we did at managing Clear Creek this past summer.  They will discuss updates to the Parks Master Plan.  They may pursue business sponsorships for some facilities.  The plan update is organized into two parts–“Recommendations with Goals and Objectives” and “Action Plan, Cost Estimates, and Prioritization.”  Each Objective has an Action Plan, except “Focus on Planning for Museums.”  They will also discuss the Parfet Park bus stop/”Mobility Center.”

Wednesday – The Planning Commission will have a study session (no public comment) at 6:30PM in City Council Chambers.  They will meet with members of the Sustainability Board to discuss the Sustainability Menu, which is is part of Site Development regulations.  They will also work with Cindy Pieropan, the City’s expert on Affordable Housing. to discuss potential regulatory barriers that could be preventing the construction of new affordable housing units in Golden and evaluate options for any recommended code changes.

ThursdayCity Council will have a study session (no public comment) at 6:30PM in City Council Chambers.  Museum Director Nathan Richie will discuss community feedback on his plan for turning the Astor House into a beer museum.  Council may tell him to proceed to a feasibility study, or they may ask him to present the public with other options.

Spooky Doings at the Library


The library is getting into the Halloween spirit in earnest this week.  This afternoon at 1PM, they’re having “Book vs. Screen,” featuring Stephen King’s The Shining.  They’ll watch the movie, then discuss which details were better in the book and which were superior in the movie!  Light snacks will be provided.

Tomorrow from 4-6 they’re hosting FamilyLab: Getting Ready for Halloween Halloween can be scary if you’re not ready. Learn the “tricks” and be “treated” to great ideas. A costume swap, Halloween make-up tips, easy costume creations and DIY treat bags made with t-shirts offer an afternoon of fun. We’ll have a few t-shirts on hand, but feel free to bring your own. And don’t forget the pumpkin decorating. It’s all about Halloween and we look forward to seeing you.

On Wednesday, you can mix it up with crazy librarians at Holidaily Brewing Company.  Enjoy a fresh pour of locally crafted gluten-free beer and get into the Halloween spirit with festive fun.  See your favorite Golden Librarians in costume and vote for the best dressed!  Suitable for adults 21+.

Autumn Day in Golden


Just a quick review of today’s events:  the Golden City Brewery ChiliFest16 runs from 12-3 with proceeds going to the Christian Action Guild’s food pantry.  The Chamber of Commerce Beer Tasting & Chili Cookoff runs from 1-4 in the parking lot between 12th & 13th on Arapahoe.  Casey Brown is having Coffee with a Councilor from 10-11 at the community center.  I covered these events in more detail in yesterday’s post.

There’s a tree-climbing class at 12:30 in Parfet Park.   It’s probably too late to sign up, but it might be fun to drop by and watch.

Art on the Brix offers a class from 1-3 today where they’ll lead you through painting a whimsical autumn image.

West Side Live! is presenting a concert tonight at 7 at the Unitarian Church.  Learn more….

Colorado Haunted History is offering their Murder, Mayhem, and Madness tour tonight at 10, and again tomorrow night at 7.

Junk, Chili, and Feeding Your Bugs

Last night, City Council voted to approve the new 44-unit affordable housing complex at 24th and Ford.  The vote was 5-2, with councilors Gould and Behm opposing it.

Councilor Brown is hosting Coffee with a Councilor tomorrow morning from 10-11 on the 2nd floor of the Community Center.

The Beautiful Junk Sale, which supports the Jeffco Action Center, is open from 8:30-7 today and 8-4 tomorrow.  The sale takes place at the Jeffco Fairgrounds.  Admission is $4.  Bring two or more non-perishable food donations and receive $1 off of admission!  Learn more….

Golden Chamber Beer Tasting and Chili Cook-Off

The Chamber of Commerce Beer Tasting and Chili Cook-Off is tomorrow, from 1-4, on Arapahoe between 12th and 13th.  Come on down and enjoy tasting of more than 40 beers and many, many chilis made at the site. The COORS musical RV, specials in stores and restaurants, entertainment in businesses on Washington Ave. and on side streets, and the list will go on.  Presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce & Coors Distributing. Proceeds will benefit the Golden Chamber of Commerce, its community projects, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Your ticket includes free samples from all the chili competitors including red, green, and white chilis. You will be voting on your favorite chili for the People’s Choice Award. The Chili & Beer ticket also includes free samples of numerous types of beers. Call 303-279-3113 for more information. It’s going to be a great day of fun, food, drinks and music. The weather should be perfect!


Golden City Brewery is also doing a chili cookoff tomorrow!  Their 16th ANNUAL CHILIFEST goes from 12-3.  They will have several chilis to try and FOUR TYPES of chili beer!  Proceeds from their event goes to the Golden Christian Action Guild food pantry.

Earth Sweet Botanicals is having a Super End of Summer Sale today through:  20% off all summer products  in their greenhouse!

They’re also hosting a free Food Talk this afternoon (10/14) from 5:30-6:  Feed Your Bugs.  Join Cheryl Rojic, Holistic Chef & Health Coach as she discusses the benefits of healthy bugs.  Learn how fermented foods contain probiotics that help improve digestion and allow you to absorb nutrients from your food. Discover how healthy bugs help to decrease bloating, gas and digestive discomfort and improve your immune system giving you a over-all feeling of well-being. 

The moon is full tonight at 10:23.

High Density Housing and Catapults


City Council will hear the appeal regarding the 44-unit apartment building at 24th and Ford tonight.  The meeting begins at 6:30 in City Council Chambers, 911 10th Street, Golden, CO (map).

The Library’s DIY Lab has a couple of interesting things lined up today.  From 4-5:30, 11-14-year-olds are invited to learn about paper weaving.  They’ll weave paper sugar skulls, hearts, and other designs. Participants can also to learn how to use the Library’s Silhouette paper cutter.

From 5:30-8:30, all ages are invited to make miniature catapults and slingshot rockets using basic craft and school supplies. For an extra challenge, see if you can improve the designs!  Kids, if you’re under 12, please bring your grownup to join and supervise you.

Interact with the DDA

The Boarding HouseJonathan Keeton, The Boarding House, Madrid, NM
Part of the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia exhibit at Foothills Art Center

Just a reminder that the Downtown Development Authority is holding an event tonight from 5:30-7:30 at Foothills Art Center described as “an interactive community input meeting.”  They encourage you to bring the family to play games and win prizes.  It’s also a good chance to see the National Watermedia exhibit before it closes on October 23rd.

Tonight, from 6-7:45, the Library will host an informational meeting explaining how health care works under the present system and what changes would happen under Colorado Care.

American Climber

Luke Mehall, author of American Climber, will have a slideshow presentation at Bent Gate Mountaineering tonight from 6-7.  American Climber is a memoir loaded with epic climbing stories and adventures. It contains two underlying themes: a compelling narrative of the author’s tumultuous journey to climbing that ultimately saved his life, and a detailed look at the American dirtbag climbing culture, which has never truly been examined in a memoir.