The Polar Express Auditions

The Railroad Museum is going to be hosting performances of The Polar Express during November and December this year, and Golden’s children can participate!  They will need 24-30 people for this production, including many children.  This is a volunteer position (but what a cool opportunity)!

They will be holding auditions at the museum this Saturday, September 6th, from 3-5PM. You must make an appointment to audition.  Please bring a head shot and resume to the audtion.  Call Rick Bernstein, Director, 303-674-6564, email for more information and to schedule an appointment.  Need to know more?  Check the Railroad Museum’s site for all the details!


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Go Golden – The City’s Fitness Program

The City will sponsor a fall fitness program during the month of September.  In an effort to encourage more exercise, there will be community walks and special events in the parks.  Most of the City Councilors will lead one or more morning walks in the course of the month.  There will be free Pilates, Zumba, strength training, and other classes in the parks.  If you’ve been curious about one of these fitness classes, this is a good chance to try it for free.  The complete schedule of fitness events is available on the City’s website (scroll about 1/3 of the way down the page).

Mayor Sloan will lead a walk tomorrow morning at 8 AM, starting at Copa Cafe (in the Panorama Medical Building, 660 Golden Ridge Road – map).

Colorado Haunted History is offering a “Murder, Mayhem and Madness” tour tonight at 8, starting at the Visitors Center.  The cost is $15 per person.  This tour is not recommended for children.  Some of the stories of Golden’s early, violent Wild West days are a bit grisly…fascinating though!

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Produce and Innovation

The Farmers Market runs this morning from 8-1 at 10th & Illinois.  The produce is fantastic at this time of year!

Attention innovators & inventors:
Good news!  Students and business owners now have 5 more days to enter the Innovation STARS Challenge!   The deadline for the Challenge has been extended to 5 p.m. Sept. 3 to allow for more time over the long Labor Day weekend to prepare entries.

Entrants can submit their great product, demonstration unit, or concept in one of three levels:  Students in grades 8-12, college students, or adult professional startup exhibiting at the Faire. Entrants will be recognized at the Faire in one of three categories: Most Creative, Best Technical Achievement, and Most Likely to Succeed.  There is no charge to enter the Challenge and forms can be found at

The Faire will be September 12th & 13th, so plan to come, even if you don’t plan to enter.


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Ride the Rails with Live Steam Tomorrow

The Railroad Museum has a “new” (old) steam engine!  Locomotive No. 491 was donated to the Museum by History Colorado in 2013 and has been made operational as a result of its nearly pristine boiler and the efforts of Master Mechanic Mike Spera and his crew.  If you are a photographer, a fan of steam locomotives or a train enthusiast, you will want to visit the museum tomorrow for the big debut!  The Museum will be open from 9 to 5, and will be offering train rides from 10 till 4.

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Outdoor-Related Stuff

Tonight, from 5:30-7:30 at the Golden Community Center, you are invited to help Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) set funding priorities for the next five to 10 years for Colorado’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. New GOCO grant programs like Paths to Parks, which seeks to link trail systems and recreation facilities, and School Play Yards, which upgrades playgrounds and installs outdoor learning spaces, resulted from input at such meetings during a previous strategic planning process. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Please RSVP here.

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created by voters in 1992, GOCO has funded more than 3,500 projects in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. The grants are funded by GOCO’s share of Colorado Lottery revenues, which are divided between GOCO, CPW, the Conservation Trust Fund and school construction. For more information, visit

Alternatively, you could head to the Mountaineering Center at 7.  Join us for a free Photography Presentation with Colorado Mountain Club Press author Rod Martinez. Learn where to hike in Aspen, Telluride, and Grand Junction as Martinez takes you on a photo tour of western Colorado’s most scenic hikes. See beautiful photos of the 40 trails from his full-color editions of the new CMC Press pack guides: The Best Aspen Hikes and The Best Telluride Hikes. Rod will also include slides from The Best Grand Junction Hikes, published by CMC Press in 2012. Rod will discuss how a CMC pack guide is created, and give a sneak preview of his two Utah pack guides, to be published in 2015.

Martinez will take you on a photo tour of the most scenic locations on the West Slope, including iconic destinations such as the Maroon Bells, Mount Sopris, and the Lizard Head. Martinez will also cover photography tips on how to get a great landscape photo. Autographed copies of The Best Aspen Hikes, The Best Telluride Hikes, and The Best Grand Junction Hikes will be available at the CMC member discounted price. Free

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The Sustainability Board will meet tonight at 6:30 in city council chambers.  They will review the language for a proposed ordinance that will make “pay as you throw” trash collection city-wide.  (Some entities–such as HOAs and apartment complexes–with previously existing contracts for trash collection were exempt when this ordinance was first enacted.)

City Council will meet tomorrow night at 6:30.  Their agenda includes a public hearing on further restricting public use of tobacco in Golden.  They will discuss an upcoming project to install new culverts for Kinney’s Run between 23rd and 24th Streets.  What has been a weed-filled ditched will become a nice little stream with landscaping.  More importantly, the change will significantly reduce the size of the 100 year flood plain in the valley from the high school down past Safeway.  Council will also approve a new contract for the bus shelters and their advertising.  A study session after the business meeting will discuss proposed work to be done on the Astor House.

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How about a Museum?

Today might be a good day to visit one of Golden’s many museums.  The American Mountaineering Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum, Colorado Railroad Museum, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden History Center, and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum all have interesting exhibits.  (The Foothills Art Center is preparing for its water media exhibit next month.)  For details, check “Current Exhibits at the Museums” in the calendar below.

The Community Center is open again after a week of maintenance so the pool, exercise room, track, etc. await you.

You could stop by the library, too, to peruse the books, magazines, newspapers, movies, and CDs.  In fact, spending time in one of the coffee shops with a good book sounds tempting for this cloudy day.

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Golden Cruise Tonight – Surf’s Up!

Golden Cruise - family bike ride - Golden Colorado

The Golden Cruise meets tonight at 10th & Illinois (the Farmers Market lot). Enjoy this leisurely, family-friendly bike ride through Golden. Afterwards, you’ll have the chance to win a drawing for a cruiser bike, donated by New West Physicians! There is a dress-up theme each month. It’s optional, but if you want to do it this month, the theme is “Surf’s Up.” Thanks to Woody’s Pizza, the Golden Civic Foundation, and particularly, Marcie Miller, for organizing this monthly event.

Speaking of bikes…Dave Powers got a characteristically wonderful set of photos of Sunday’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge.  You can see them on our facebook page.


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Stumped by Technology

The Golden Library (1019 10th St.) is holding one of their “Stumped by Technology” sessions tonight from 6-8PM:  Come to our drop-in computer help sessions.  Get help with ebooks and ereaders, tablet computers, laptops, email, Internet searching, and Microsoft Office software.    This is a technology learning service.  We cannot troubleshoot or help with malfunctioning computers and devices, but will help with the stuff that runs on them!

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What’s a Weekend Without a Street Closure?

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge (a bike race) is coming through Golden today, and Washington Avenue will be closed from 7AM till mid-afternoon.  The City is hosting a Health & Fitness Expo from 8-4 in Parfet Park (sponsored by Baseline Engineering).  The Hottman Law Office is hosting an adult bike rodeo from 8-11.  Golden residents Dan and Beth Dwyer are sponsoring a Kids Adaptive Dash under the arch at 11AM.  See the City’s Golden Moves website for all the details!

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