October Overview

Did you think life would settle down with the onset of autumn?  Think again!  Here’s a brief summary of some of the events happening during October.  For more information about any of these events (or the 95% of the events not mentioned here), check the GOLDEN.COM Calendar.

Thursday Oct 2 – Mayor’s 2014 Community Celebration
Thursday Oct 2 – Fall Equipment Sale at the Mountaineering Center
Friday Oct 3 – 15th Anniversary for Baby Doe’s Clothing
Friday Oct 3 – First Friday Downtown (not a street fair, but merchant specials and carriage rides)
Friday Oct 3-5 – Dylan Went Electric at Miners Alley Playhouse
Saturday Oct 4 – Last Golden Farmers Market for 2014
Saturday Oct 4 – Demon Dash, benefitting high school athletics
Saturday Oct 4 – Golden Kids Clothes Swap
Saturday Oct 4 – 3rd Annual Golden Tour of Solar Homes
Saturday Oct 4 – Coffee with a Councilor
Saturday Oct 4 – Last Golden Super Cruise for 2014
Tuesday Oct 7 – Community Conversation About the Armory
Wednesday Oct 8 – Candidate Forum for state offices
Wednesday Oct 8 – Jeffco Innovator’s Workship
Thursday Oct 9-11 – Radical Reels Film Tour
Friday Oct 10 – Colorado Rail and Cocktails: An Evening of Colorado History
Friday Oct 10-12 – Dylan Went Electric at Miners Alley Playhouse
Saturday Oct 11 – Foothills Art Center Tour
Saturday Oct 11 – Knock Your Boots Off Beer Tasting & Chili Cook-Off
Saturday Oct 11 – Black & White Night at the Golden History Center
Sunday Oct 12 – Quilt Museum: Lecture on Historic Tourism in Golden by Barb Warden
Tuesday Oct 14 – Presentation at the Railroad Museum: Kindertransport
Tuesday Oct 14 – Chamber Happy Hour & Send Off to Krista Braten
Tuesday Oct 14 – Golden Beer Talks: Climate Change and You
Wednesday Oct 15 – NREL Power Lunch: Developing Solar Friendly Communities
Friday Oct 17&18 – Beautiful Junk Sale benefiting Jeffco Action Center
Friday Oct 17 – Film at the Mountaineering Center: The Cherokee Word for Water
Friday Oct 17-19 – Dylan Went Electric at Miners Alley Playhouse
Saturday Oct 18 – Halloween Tales & Trails at the Lookout Mtn Nature Center
Sunday Oct 19 – Boo! Who’s Been Watching Your Garden at Clear Creek History Park
Sunday Oct 19 – Jefferson Symphony Concert
Tuesday Oct 21-25 – Golden Community Center 20th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday Oct 22 – Chamber Mixer: Manufacturers
Wednesday Oct 22&29 – Dem Bones: Nature Journaling at Lookout Mtn Nature Center
Thursday Oct 23 – Partial Solar Eclipse from Lookout Mtn Nature Center
Friday Oct 24-26 – School of Mines Parents & Family Weekend
Friday Oct 24 – Power7.com Movie Night at the Mountaineering Center
Friday Oct 24-26 – Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale, benefiting the Jeffco Libraries
Saturday Oct 25&26 – Trick or Treat Train at the Railroad Museum
Tuesday 28 – Last day of current exhibit and SCFD Free Day at the Quilt Museum
Tuesday 28 – Last Golden Bike Cruise for 2014 (Theme: Zombies)
Thursday 30-Nov 2 – Play at Miners Alley: Clarence Darrow
Thursday 30 – YETI Night at the Mountaineering Museum
Friday 31 – Halloween Crazy Days, hosted by the downtown merchants

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Go Golden! (Arrrgh!)

We are nearing the end of our month-long Go Golden Fitness celebration.  Mayor Sloan is leading a walk starting at Higher Grounds (803 14th St.) at 7:30 this morning, and Councilor Claxton leads a walk starting from the new Starbucks (17224 S. Golden Road) tomorrow morning at 7:30.  The monthly Golden bike cruise is tonight at 6:30.

The culmination of this month-long health extravaganza will be Mayor Sloan’s annual awards presentation to outstanding Golden citizens.  The keynote speaker at the event will be Mick Cornett, the Mayor of Oklahoma City.  Mr. Cornett’s list of awards includes nods for urban design, health, sports and the arts. Newsweek called him one of the five most innovative mayors in the country. London-based World Mayors listed him as the No. 2 mayor in the world and Governing magazine named him the Public Official of the Year.  Mayor Cornett speaks nationally on the topics of healthy communities, urban design, walkable cities and placemaking – all topics close to the heart of Golden’s people.

Plan to be at the Mountaineering Center at 6:30 Thursday night to hear what Mick Cornett has to say, and to celebrate the outstanding Golden-ites who are receiving Mayor’s Awards this year.

The dress-up theme for tonight’s Golden Cruise is “pirates,” so dig out your eye patch and be at the parking lot at 10th & Illinois at 6:30.

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Photos and a Video from the Golden Gallop

Dave Powers took his usual wonderful photos of the Golden Gallop, and they are posted on our facebook page.

Here are some additional Golden Gallop photos.

We have nearly 400 photos of the runners running…see if you can spot yourself!

Finally, here’s a video of the start of the 10K.  If you can’t see it embedded below, link to YouTube to watch the video.

Congratulations to all the participants, and thanks to the scores of volunteers who made it happen!

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A Sunny Sunday

The Golden Gallop is this morning.  To recap yesterday’s posting, the 10K starts at 8 on Washington Avenue; the 5K starts at 8:15, and the children’s fun run starts at 10:30.

This is the very last day for Thomas the Tank Engine at the Railroad Museum!

It’s going to be a beautiful day today.  Maybe you should try one of our many trails.  Starting tomorrow, we’ll have some cooler weather, and rain is predicted for a couple of days this week.


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Lots to Do on a Beautiful Fall Weekend

We are so lucky to have the Rooney Road Recycling Center here in Golden.  They’re the only household hazardous waste facility in Jefferson County.  They collect paint, motor oil, cleaners, pesticides, and more, and the best part is that 99% of what they collect is recycled into something else–it does not wind up in a landfill.  There are small fees for accepting the waste, but thanks to the 3RC Foundation, more than 75% of the drop-off fees are subsidized.

They’re having an open house today from noon till 3.  Stop by and take a tour.  They’ll be serving hot dogs and drinks and giving out door prizes.  (Educational and you get a free lunch!)  Rooney Road Recycling Center, 151 South Rooney Road, Golden, CO (map)

Today is the second-to-last Farmers Market of the year, and it’s going to be a gorgeous day, so you’d better go while you can!  This is the last weekend for Thomas the Tank Engine at the Railroad Museum.  Some of the time slots are sold out, but many slots still have a few tickets available.

Tomorrow morning is the Golden Gallop in downtown Golden.  If you’re in the mood for a spur-of-the-moment race, you can still register today at Runners High (103 Rubey Drive) from 10-5, or tomorrow morning at Parfet Park from 6:30-7:30.  If you’re not running, just come down to watch!

The 10K will start at 8AM, under the arch.  The 5K will start at 8:15 in front the Table Mountain Inn.  Each race will be led off by a galloping horse (a genuine American Mustang!).  The awards for those two races will be given at 10AM in Parfet Park.

The Kids Fun Run will start at 10:30, on the south end of the Washington Avenue bridge.  The kids will run along the creekside trail from Washington Avenue to the Billy Drew pedestrian bridge (at Illinois St.) and back to Washington Avenue.

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Friday Fitness (With a Little History Thrown In)

The Fall Fitness Celebration continues — Mayor Sloan will cut the ribbon for the new Beverly Heights playground equipment at 5:30 this afternoon. After that, walkers of all ages are invited to join her for a short (but uphill) walk to Golden’s 6200′ water tank for spectacular views and a quick explanation of the tank’s purpose. Beverly Heights park is on 19th street by the stone pillars.

Here’s something you may not have known about that water tower: it’s located at the terminal of a funicular railroad that ran from that spot to the top of Lookout Mountain from 1912 till about 1920.  You can still see the scar left by the track, but it gets fainter every year.

Lookout Mountain Funicular - Golden Colorado  
Source:  Funiculars of Golden Colorado by Barb Warden

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Highway 6 and 19th

Highwy 6 and 19th Street Intersection

The City has held several meetings to get public input on the planned changes to the Highway 6 & 19th Street interchange.  In case you haven’t been following the topic, Highway 6 is going to be lowered, so it will go under 19th Street, and cars, a bike lane, pedestrian paths, and some parkland will go over Highway 6.

City Council will give final design input about this project tonight, during their 6:30 meeting.  If you have any last-minute thoughts on the subject, contact your city council representatives today, submit your comments through the city website, or send council an email.

You can see their other topics by checking the online agenda.  If you want to listen to their discussion, you can watch the meeting live on Cable Channel 8 or through the meetings page on the city website.

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Go Golden Continues

The Mayor’s Go Golden fitness program continues to go full blast.  Have you participated in any of the free activities yet?  It’s not too late!  Here’s what’s lined up for the next 3 days.

WEDNESDAY the 24th
10 a.m. – Parfet Park (map)
Kier Bard – Pilates Ski Conditioning offered by Golden Pilates
12 p.m. – Lions Park Ballfields (map)
Free Drop-in Class: Trailhead CrossFit
2:30 p.m. – Parfet Park (map)
Kat Lowe – TRX offered by Golden Pilates
5 p.m. – Southridge Park (map)
GAP – Goldenites Active in the Parks
(Fit4Mom, JumpBunch, Stength Training, games)

THURSDAY the 25th    
11 a.m. – Parfet Park (map)
Karen Spohn – Pilates Mat offered by Golden Pilates
12 p.m. - City Hall (map)
Art Walk
2 p.m. – Vanover Park (map)
Free Drop-in Class: Meditation and Yoga

FRIDAY the 26th
12 p.m. - Virtuosity Dance Centre, 109 N. Rubey Dr, Unit C (map)
Drop-In Class: Dance Conditioning
5:30 p.m. - Beverly Heights Park (map)
Walk with Mayor Sloan & Playground Ribbon Cutting

See more events…!

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Elections and Dinosaurs

There’s an election coming up this fall.  You can meet the candidates for county office tonight from 7-9 at the Jefferson County building 100 Jefferson County Parkway (map).

Candidates for Jefferson County Sheriff, Coroner, Commissioner, Clerk and Recorder, Treasurer, and Assessor have been invited to answer your questions and address your concerns.  This event is hosted by the League of Women Voters.

Tomorrow morning at the Unitarian Church, you can meet Andy Kerr (incumbent Colorado Senate District 22) and Jane Goff (incumbent State Board of Education, district 7), and learn about the ballot issues: Amendments 67 and 68 and Propositions 104 and 105.  That meeting starts at 9:30.  Learn more….

If elections aren’t your cup of tea, you might enjoy tonight’s Sauropod program at Dinosaur Ridge from 7-8.  There are lots of different types of long neck dinosaurs, but how many are there? What did they do? What did they eat? Tonight, you can learn about the lives and times of the long neck sauropods.This is a free event and will be held in the classroom above Trek Through Time.  16831 West Alameda Parkway (map).

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Do You Like Golfing?

The Golden Rotary Club’s second-biggest fund-raiser of the year (after the peach sale) is their Annual Golf Tournament.  This year’s tournament will be October 10th, at Fossil Trace.  If you’re a golfer, why not plan to attend?  $175 includes a pre-game sandwich, golf, cart, practice balls, potential prizes dinner, and 18 holes of golf at the “Best Front Range Golf Course” (Colorado Avid Golfer).

If golfing isn’t your thing, consider being a sponsor or contributing something to their silent auction.

The Rotary Club uses the funds for many local projects, including food for low-income school children, a monthly luncheon for needy seniors, food and toys at Christmas for needy Golden families, and college scholarships for Golden High School students.

For more information about the tournament, please download their brochure or check the tournament webpage.

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